Sarah Louise Foss

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

The Life Summary of Sarah Louise

When Sarah Louise Foss was born on 3 August 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 5 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 3 October 1877, in Maine, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Biddeford, York, Maine, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lorenzo William T Davis
1837–1920
Sarah Louise Foss
1843–1877
Marriage: 2 October 1861
May E. Davis
1867–
Willie L. Davis
1869–1877
Walter F Davis
1870–
Charles F. Davis
1872–
Chester M Davis
1874–1910
Mark C. Davis
1877–

Spouse and Children

Children

(6)

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Parents and Siblings

Siblings

(11)

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World Events (6)

1846
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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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.
1863
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.

Possible Related Names

Voss
Fosse
Vos

Sources (19)

  • 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"
  • Sarah L Foss, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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