Children of Israel and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Connors) Foss

This week I am documenting a little bit about Israel Foss. Israel was the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Mitchell) Foss. I believe that I am a descendant of Benjamin through Israel. So I am going to flip through the original records of Machias to see what I can find about the children of Israel & Betsey (Connors) Foss.

On page 9 the first name is missing, but the birth date matches Sarah Foss from later on in the records.

Ann Foss     Israel and Betsey Foss     1 March 1807

On page 19 the marriage of Israel and Betsey Connors is recorded. Unfortunately there is no date that can be found with the record. It looks as though the original page is torn where the date would have been. It also ripped partially through Betsey’s name.

Israel Foss               } Machias
tsey Connors

On page 31 the death of Sarah Ann Foss is recorded. The date is in conflict with the date Betsey Foss provided later in the records. I am going to use the date found on this page as the death date.

Sarah Ann Foss    29 Nov 1808

On page 41 Lucy’s birth is recorded. The page is torn and the L in Lucy is missing. Interestingly, this is the first entry that I find that calls Betsey by Elizabeth.

ucy Foss    Israel + Elizabeth Foss     March 2nd 1813

On page 64 the birth of Charles is found. It looks like the day is written as 12, but is written as a 14 in the report by Betsey later.

Charles Foss    Decem 12 1805    Israel & Eliza Foss

On page 71 the birth of Lucy is recorded again.

Lucy Foss    2 March 1813    Israel + Elizth Foss

On page 115 the births of the children Israel and Betsey (Connors) Foss can be found. This was submitted to the town clerk by Betsey Connor. I feel very fortunate that this record was submitted.

Names When Born Parents Name Deaths
Foss Charles Dec 14 1805 Israel + Betsey Foss
Foss Sarah March 1 1807 March 1 1809
Foss Betsey March 13 1809
Foss Mary January 1 1812
Foss Lucy March 2 1814 Sept 2 1825
Foss James August 25 1815
Foss John July 25 1817 June 24 1833
Foss Sarah Sept 19 1819
Foss Caroline Sept 7 1822
Foss Albert July 10 1824
Foss Lucy July 11 1826
Foss Lucius Bowles July 25 1829
Foss Henry April 23 1831

Reported by Mrs Betsey Foss March 28, 1834 + recorded by John S Kelly Town Clerk

Unfortunately, that is all of the time that I have this week. I need to go to the office today.

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Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities: The Town of Machias [PDF]. (2005). Rockport, Maine: Picton Press.

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Benjamin Foss Revolutionary War Records

Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War is a set of books that contain the soldiers and sailors that lived in Massachusetts and Maine. Remember Maine was part of Massachusetts and did not become a state until 1820. I bought this set of books a few years back.

The records are now also available online at the Mass.gov website. Here is the link. Below is the text that can be found for Benjamin Foss in this book.

Foss, Benjamin. Private, Capt Stephen Smith’s (Seacoast) co.; enlisted Sept. 16, 1775; discharged Dec. 31, 1775; service, 3 mos. 22 days; company stationed at Machias; also, Capt. Joseph Libbie’s (9th) co., Col. Benjamin Foster’s (Lincoln Co.) regt.; enlisted June 23, 1777; discharged July 16, 1777; service, 23 days; company ordered on duty for defense of Machias and adjacent rivers when ship “Ambuscade” lay in the harbor; also, Capt. Stephen Smith’s co., Col. Benjamin Foster’s (Lincoln Co.) regt.; service between July 16, 1777, and date of discharge of company, Oct. 10, 1777, 13 days, at Machias when British ships lay in the harbor; also Capt. Reuben Dyer’s co.; enlisted July 29, 1777; discharged Nov. 24, 1777; service, 3 mos. 27 days; company raised for expedition against St. Johns, N.S., and Machias; also, certificate dated Machias, Dec. 12, 1777, signed by Capt. Reuben Dyer, stating that Capt. Stephen Smith, Muster Master for Lincoln Co., paid said Foss and others in Capt. Dyer’s co., the bounty allowed them for engaging to serve on the expedition against St. Johns; also, Private, Capt. Stephen Smith’s co., Col. Benjamin Foster’s regt., service between Dec. 4, 1778, and Jan. 4, 1779, 3 days, at Machias; also, Lieut. John Scott’s detachment, 6th Lincoln Co. regt.; service between Aug. 31, 1779, and Nov. 20, 1779, 11days, at Machias; roll endorsed “service at Penobscot.”

Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War. A compilation from the archives, prepared and published by the Secretary of the Commonwealth in accordance with chapter 100, resolves of 1891. (Vol. 5, p. 882). (1899). Boston, MA: Wright and Potter Print., State Printers.

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Birth Record for Sarah (Mitchell) Foss

Well the mystery has been solved. I have found a birth record for Sarah Mitchell who was the wife of Benjamin Foss. I found the record in the Vital Records of Brunswick, Maine. I ended up looking in these records due to a lead in the book Old Kittery and Her Families.

When Israel passed away Mary (Berry) Mitchell remarried Joseph Getchell in 1750. In 1765 both the Foss and Getchell families moved to Machias. When the history of the town was written it was probably assumed that Sarah was Joseph’s daughter. Furthermore, Benjamin Foss and Sarah Mitchell were married in 1762. If she was the daughter of Joseph Getchell she would have been born after 1750. This would have made her 12 years or younger when Benjamin and Sarah got married. This would have been highly unlikely. The only record I was missing was a birth record to prove whose daughter Sarah was. Below is the information from the Vital Records. Interestingly, neither John or Sarah were recorded in the baptism records in Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine. However, some of Israel and Mary’s other children were recorded, which included Mary who was born on May 17th, 1736.

Israel Mitchel and Mary Mitchel and his wife
–1 their Daughter Mary Mitchel was born May 17th 1736
–2 John Mitchel son of Israel Mitchel and Mary and his wife was born October the 22th 1739
–3 Sarah Mitchel Daughter of Israel Mitchel and Mary and his wife was Born Jully the 9th 1742

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Anderson, J. C. (2004). Vital records of Brunswick, Maine, 1740-1860 and the Forsaith book of Brunswick family records, compiled 1876-1880 by Jonathan W. Forsaith, town clerk (p. 24). Rockport, ME: Picton Press.

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Sarah Mitchell or Sarah Getchell

This week I thought I would try to find out a little more about the wife of Benjamin Foss, Sarah Mitchell. Especially since there is a discrepancy with the Machias books stating her name is Sarah Getchell versus Sarah Mitchell. Is she a Mitchell or Getchell? I went to Google books to start my search. I found a couple of sources, but I think this one is going to be a little tough to track down.

The first book I found with some lead information was Old Kittery and Her Families by Everett Stackpole. On page 610 the genealogy of the Mitchell family can be found.

  1. William Mitchell marred before 1702 Honor ——-, (2) before 1715 Elizabeth, dau. of John Tenny of Kittery and Scarborough. He lived at the Isles of Sholes and at Black Point, Scarborough, where he was killed by Indians in his field 17 April 1724. Widow Elizabeth married Benjamin Haskins, and was living in 1748. Deeds show the following children “of William Mitchel of Scarborough, formerly of Kittery.”

— Israel. M. 24 Dec. 1729, Mary Berry. He moved to New Meadows, Brunswick. His widow m. 17 July 1750, Joseph Getchell in Scarborough Children of Israel Mitchel bapt. In Scarborough, William, Mary, and Margaret.
— Christopher m. Deborah ——-, Ch. Bapt. In Scarborough,    Jonathan, Mary, William, Deborah, Josiah, Jesse and Lucy. He moved to West Bath, Me.
— John of Scituate, Mass, in 1761.
— Job m. Susanna Brown 5 Han. 1743-4. Ch. Bapt. In Scarborough, Benjamin, John, Jeremiah and William.
— William m. 31 May 1744. Hannah Berry in Scarborough.
Elizabeth m. Joseph Drisco.
— Relief m. John Berry.
— Mercy m.  James Marr 19 Mar 1746-7.

I found this read interesting for a couple of reasons. 1) If I am related to the Mitchell’s a grandfather of mine was killed Indians, This interesting part is that I am also a descendant of sachem Autumsquin. 2) Is Israel Mitchell or Joseph Getchell the father of Sarah, which was Benjamin’s wife? This is where the confusion lies.

I figured I should go back to see if there were any matches in the Church records in Scarborough for the Mitchell family. Below is what I found in the Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, VI.

Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine

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Communicated by Wm. M. Sargent, ESQ

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[p053] 1733: Jan. 21, Elizabeth Mitchel, widow.
[p117] 1734: Oct. 27, William, son of Israel and Mary Mitchell.
[p163] 1737: Aug. 14, Mary, daughter of Israel and Mary Mitchel.
[p171] 1745: June. 16, Margaret, daughter of Israel and Mary Mitchel.

In Volume III of the Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder I found the marriage of Israel Mitchell and Mary Berry. I also found the remarriage to Joseph Getchell that was mentioned in the book Old Kittery and Her Families.

Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine

Marriages

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Communicated by Wm. M. Sargent, ESQ

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By Rev. Wm. Thompson.

[p083] 1730: Dec. 24, Israel Mitchel and Mary Berry.
[p086] 1750: July 17, Joseph Gatchell and Mary Mitchell.

In Volume VIII of The Maine Historical Magazine there is a section called Notes of Machias. This section is further evidence of the marriage of Joseph Getchell and Mary (Berry) Mitchell. The date matches the record in the Scarborough records. The following text is from the Notes of Machias.

Benjamin Foss, from Scarborough, 1765: Married first Sarah Getchell Nov. 7, 1762, and second Hannah Miller prior to 1800; nineteen children, sixteen of whom had families.

Joseph Getchell, Scarborough, 1765: Married Mary Mitchell (?) July 17, 1750; Revolutionary soldier, Machias, 1777, Revolutionary pensioner; sold one-half of his homestead to Joseph Getchell, Jr., Dec. 28, 1780; two or more children.

Next I take a look at the Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities:  Town of Scarborough to see what records I can find in there.

[CD1 P189] Israel Mitchel + Mary Berry were married Dec. 24, 1730
[CD1 P200] Margret the daughter of Israel Mitchel and Mary his wife was born the 2nd Day of May 1743
[CD1 P206] Israill Mitchell ad Mary Beary his intention of marriage was entered ye 17th of October 1730.

Yes the spelling is that good in the records. I found nothing new in the records.

I am now thinking that I should look in the original records of Brunswick to see if there are any records that show the birth of Sarah or ties to Israel and Mary. However, I think I can conclude that since Mary was remarried to Joseph in 1750, Sarah would have only been 12 or younger when she was married in 1762 to Benjamin if Sarah was born as a result of that marriage.

That is all for this week.

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Stackpole, E. S. (1903). XVI Genealocial Notes. In Old Kittery and Her Families. Retrieved October 31, 2010, from http://books.google.com/books?id=NMV8ijlqeA0C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Sargent, W. M. (1884). Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine. In The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder (Vol. I). Retrieved October 24, 2010, from http://books.google.com/books?id=R7c-AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Sargent, W. M. (1886). Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine: Marriages. In The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder (Vol. III). Retrieved October 31, 2010, from http://books.google.com/books?id=hrc-AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Notes About Machias With Some Account Of Its First Settlers. (1894). In The Maine Historical Magazine (Vol. VIII). Retrieved October 31, 2010, from http://books.google.com/books?id=eb8-AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities: The Town of Scarborough [PDF]. (2005). Rockport, Maine: Picton Press.

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Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine

This week I made a trip back to Google Books to see if I could find a birth record for Benjamin Foss. I still have not found a birth record. However, I did find church baptism records for him and several other Foss family members. Below are my findings from Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. I

Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine

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Communicated by Wm. M. Sargent, ESQ

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1730
[p114] Aug. 16, James, son of Walter and Sarah Foss.
1732
[p115] Nov. 5, Pelatiah, son of Walter and Sarah Foss.
1735
[p117] June 22, Joseph, son of Walter and Sarah Foss.
1738
[p164] Lemuel, son of Walter and Sarah Foss.
1741
[p176] Mar. 29, Sarah, daughter of Walter and Sara Foss.
1742
[p168] Jan 31, Samuel ,William, Susanna, Benjamin, children of Benjamin and Silence Foss.
[p168] Apr 25, John, son of Benjamin and Silence Foss.
1744
[p170] Oct 7, Mary daughter of Benjamin and Silence Foss.

    Sargent, W. M. (1884). Records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine. In The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder (Vol. 1). Retrieved October 24, 2010, from http://books.google.com/books?id=R7c-AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

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    Machias Maine Vital Records

    This week is a little tough for me to get my weekly dose of research in. I had to take a flight to Montreal today for business. However, I was able to take the Machias vital records with me on the flight in the form of a PDF. Picton Press is a publisher based in Rockland, Maine and they have been copying vital records and putting them on CD. I have a bunch of vital records from Maine on my bookshelf, that I have bought from them. You can find them on the web at www.pictionpress.com.

    The original vital records are really hard to read. Many of the entries cannot be deciphered because the text is faded or just illegible. There are 369 pages in the PDF for the Town of Machias. I didn’t make it too far into the PDF today. However, I did find the marriage of Benjamin Foss to his second wife. The text on page 25 is fairly clear. It states the following:

    • Date: 28 Sept 1800
    • Names: Benjamin Foss & Hannah Miller
    • Place of Abode: Machias
    • By whom married: Stephen Jones Esq
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