James Alexander Van Fossen

Mount Sidney, Augusta, Virginia, United States

The Life of James Alexander

When James Alexander Van Fossen was born in 1846, in Mount Sidney, Augusta, Virginia, United States, his father, James C. Van Fossen, was 29 and his mother, Louisa Mowry, was 31. He married Elizabeth A. Campbell on 17 August 1871, in Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Augusta, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Middle River District, Augusta, Virginia, United States in 1880.

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James Alexander Van Fossen
Elizabeth A. Campbell
Marriage: 17 August 1871
Rosa Belle Van Fossen
Edward Marshall Van Fossen Sr
John Andrew Vanfossen

Spouse and Children

17 August 1871
Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Sarah J. Van Fossen


    William E. Van Fossen


    Jacob David Van Fossen



World Events (8)


Age 0

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1847 · Hollywood Cemetery Established

Age 1

Hollywood Cemetery was established in 1847 in Richmond Virginia. This is where Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler are buried. During the Civil War it became the largest military interments and a large section dedicated to military burials. Jefferson Davis a well known Confederate is also buried here. Many other notable people are also buried here.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 35

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

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

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Sources (3)

  • James A Vanfossen in household of James C Vanfossen, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James A Van Fossin in household of James Van Fossin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Vanfossen, "United States Census, 1880"

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