Sarah Louise Foss

28 March 1843–3 October 1877 (Age 34)
Hiram, Oxford, Maine, United States

The Life of Sarah Louise

When Sarah Louise Foss was born on 28 March 1843, in Hiram, Oxford, Maine, United States, her father, Foxwell Cutts Foss, was 31 and her mother, Sarah P Webster, was 28. She married Lorenzo William T Davis on 2 October 1861, in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Maine, United States in 1870. She died on 3 October 1877, at the age of 34.

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Lorenzo William T Davis
Sarah Louise Foss
Marriage: 2 October 1861
Mary E Davis
Willie L Davis
Walter F Davis
Charles F. Davis
Chester M Davis

Spouse and Children

2 October 1861
Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Walter Foss


    Mary Hannah Foss


    George William Foss



    Charles F Foss


+6 More Children

World Events (6)


Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 8

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Age 20

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant spelling of Fosse .2 Danish: from fos, vos ‘fox’; a nickname for a sly or cunning person or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a fox.3 Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named from Old Norse fors ‘waterfall’, examples of which are found throughout Norway.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah L Foss in household of Foxwell C Foss, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah L Davis in household of Foxwell C Foss, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lizzie in entry for Benjamin F Hutchinson and May E Davis, "New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947"

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