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.
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.