Sarah Louise Foss

Brief Life History 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 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Saco, York, Maine, United States in 1870. 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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Lorenzo William T Davis
Sarah Louise Foss
Marriage: 2 October 1861
May E. Davis
Willie L. Davis
Walter F Davis
Charles Frederick Davis
Mark Chester Davis

Sources (19)

  • Sarah L Davis in household of Foxwell C Foss, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah L Foss, "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907"
  • Sarah Louise Foss Davis, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (6)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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


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

Name Meaning

English: either topographic name from Middle English foss ‘ditch’ (from Old English foss ‘ditch’, Latin fossa) or a habitational name from one or more of the many places so named, such as Voss in Plympton Saint Mary and Great Fossend in Burlescombe (both Devon), the River Foss (North Yorkshire), Foss Beck (East Yorkshire), and the Fosse Way, a Roman road running between Lincoln (Lincolnshire) and Axminster (Devon) via Leicester (Leicestershire), Cirencester (Gloucestershire), and Bath (Somerset), named in the Old English period from the ditch that ran alongside it.

Danish: from fos, vos ‘fox’, applied as a nickname for a sly or cunning person, or as a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a fox.

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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