Benjamin Tenney Foss

Male26 April 1803–11 September 1882

Brief Life History of Benjamin Tenney

When Benjamin Tenney Foss was born on 26 April 1803, in Strafford, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Robert Foss, was 23 and his mother, Betsey Foss, was 19. He married Sophia Ann Jones on 12 July 1827. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 11 September 1882, in Strafford, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Strafford, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States.

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Benjamin Tenney Foss
Sophia Ann Jones
Marriage: 12 July 1827
Frederick Jones Foss
Mr. Foss
Benjamin Franklin Foss
Lyman W. Foss
Mary Ann Foss
Robert Plummer Foss
John S Foss
Sophia Jane Foss
Clarendon Sanford Foss

Sources (16)

  • Benjamin T Foss, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Benjamin F. Foss, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"
  • Benj T Foss, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947"

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  • Marriage
    12 July 1827Strafford, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
  • Children (10)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.

    1808 · Concord Becomes the Capital

    Age 5

    In 1808, Concord became the capital of New Hampshire. It was originally the Penacook Plantation given to the state by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 22

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    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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