John Q A Foss, b Machias ME, 11 Jun 1836

John Q A Foss, b at Machias ME, 11 Jun 1836 son of Charles and Mary C (Bowers) Foss of Machias ME. (Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities: The Town of Machias, hereafter Machias OR, p. 117).

The following are birth records that I found in the Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities: The Town of Machias.

Page 117 right side

  • .                                                                                           Mary C Foss      May 20 1831
  • Foss Amanda W          Sept 22 1827           Charles + Mary C Foss      Feb 12 1828
  • Foss Charles M            Jan 5 1829              Charles + Mary C Foss
  • Foss Mary H                May 15 1831            Charles + Mary C Foss
  • Foss Amanda W          Dec 9 1834             Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss Malvena               Feb 20 1835           Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss John Q A         Jun 11 1836         Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss Israel P                April 18 1838          Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss Emery C              Sept 18 1840           Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss James A              May 31 1842            Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss Louisana  B        Feb 29 1844            Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss Franklin N         Aug 30 1947            Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss Joseph W           Sept 3 1849             Charles + Sarah Foss
  • Foss Izora V               Mar 30 1851            Charles + Sarah Foss

Reported by Charles Foss June 25, 1854 + recorded by                John A Kelly Town Clerk

The following death record is from the Maine Death Records, 1617-1922.

Name: John Foss
Gender: Male
Age: 69
Birth Date: abt 1836
Death Date: 26 Nov 1905
Death Place: Machias
Registration Place: Machias, Washington
Father: Charles
Mother: Sarah

The following records come from the United States Federal Census.

  • 1850 United States Federal Census: Page 32: Machias, Washington Co., Maine: Enumerated 3 August 1850
    Charles Foss                44  Laborer
    Sarah Foss                   41
    Charles M Foss           21   Laborer
    Amanda W Foss         16
    Melvina F Foss           15
    John L N Foss        13
    Israel P Foss               12
    Emery C Foss             9
    James A Foss             8
    Louisana Foss            6
    Franklin F Foss          3
    Joseph W Foss           1
  • 1860 United States Federal Census: Machias, Washington Co., Maine: Enumerated 4 Jul 1860
    Charles Foss                53  Laborer
    Sarah Foss                   50
    Mary Foss                    29
    Amanda  Foss             26
    John Foss                24
    Israel Foss                   22  Sailor
    Emery Foss                 19   Sailor
    James Foss                 18
    Louisa Foss                16
    Franklin Foss             13
    Joseph Foss                11
    Izora Foss                    9
    Sarah A Foss               6
    Evin W Foss                3
  • 1880 United States Federal Census: Moscow, Somerset Co., Maine: Enumerated 22 Jun 1880
    John Carney               53  Laborer
    Mary E Carney           50
    Edward L Carney       29
    John Q A Foss        26 Works on farm
    Kate Haley                  24
  • 1890 United States Federal Census, Veterans Schedule:  The Forks,  Somerset,  Maine:
    Home in 1890 (Township, County, State): The Forks, Somerset, Maine
    Veteran’s Name: John Q A Foss
    Rank: Private
    Company: P
    Regiment: 6 Me Inf
    Year enlisted: 19 Apr 1861
    Year discharged: 25 Apr 1865
    Yrs: 4
    Mos: 0
    Days: 6
    Post Office:
    Disability Incurred: Prisoner at Libby Prison
  • 1900 United States Federal Census: Machias, Washington Co., Maine: Enumerated 8 June 1900
    Foss, Israel P               Head         April 1838  62
    Foss, Leonice H          Wife          Mar   1856   44  Married 23 Years 6 Child. 3 Liv.
    Foss, Clifford H          Son            May  1885    15
    Foss, Mildred              Daughter  Oct   1895    4
    Foss, John Q A       Brother   Jun  1835  64 Married

The following are Civil War service records for John Q A Foss.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles,

  • Name: John Q. Adams Foss
    Residence: Machias, Maine
    Age at enlistment: 25
    Enlistment Date: 12 Dec 1861
    Rank at enlistment: Private
    State Served: Maine
    Survived the War?: Yes
    Service Record: Enlisted in Company D, Maine 6th Infantry Regiment on 12 Dec 1861.
    Mustered out on 05 Nov 1862.
    Birth Date: abt 1836
    Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine
  • Name: John Q. A. Foss
    Residence: Machias, Maine
    Age at enlistment: 26
    Enlistment Date: 3 Nov 1863
    Rank at enlistment: Private
    State Served: Maine
    Survived the War?: Yes
    Service Record: Enlisted in Company H, Maine 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment on 11 Mar 1863.
    Mustered out on 01 Sep 1865.
    Birth Date: abt 1837
    Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine, First Maine Heavy Artillery: A History

U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938,

  • Name: John Q A Foss
    Name of Res. of Relatives or Friends: Charles Foss, Machias, Maine
    Where Born: Moscow Maine
    Company and Regiment: Co H 1 Me H.A.
    Date of Enlistment: March 11 1863
    Date of Discharge from Service: Sep 1 1865
    Disability: Chronic Diarrhea
    Date of Admission: March 23 1885
    Age 48
    Married or Single: M

Narrative of the town of Machias: the old and the new, the early and late By George Washington Drisko


–     Benjamin Foss first comer to Machias, m. Sarah Getchell; m. 2nd Hannah Miller; children: Sally, Mary, Benjamin, Joseph, Eunice, Dorcas, Israel, Wm., Dennis, Mehitable, Hannah, Edward, Fanny, Margaret, Betsey, Stephen, Louisa, Luther, Allen.
–     Sally m Benj. Blyther; children: Thomas, Benjamin, Wm., Polly, Hannah, Sarah.
–     Mary m. Noah Mitchell, moved to Scarboro.
–     Benjamin m. Anna Miller; children: Jane, Deborah, Samuel, George, Wm., James, Eliza, Francis, Salome.
–     Joseph m. Ruth Fogg; children: Keziah, Sally, Lydia, Abagail, Joseph, Rufus.
–     Eunice m. London Atus; children: Betsey, Louisa, George, Patience, Eunice, John, Moses, Susanna, Nathaniel, Sophronia.
–     Dorcas m. Edward Clark; m. 2nd Charles Smith.
–     Israel m. Betsey Connors; children: Charles, Betsey, Mary, James, John, Albert, Lucius, Caroline, Lucy, Henry.
–     Wm. M. Lydia Flynn; children: Rebecca, William, Lucy, Rufus, Geo., Nancy
–     Dennis m. Lydia Hall; children: Mercy, Thomas, John, David, Lewis, Sarah, Levi, Jacob, Isaac.
–     Mehitable m. Robert West.
–     Hannah m. Amby Nash.
–     Edward m. Caroline Bowers; children: Mary, George, Caroline, Lavina, John W., Lizzie, Samuel, Charles F.
–     Fannie m. John Roberts; children: Hannah, Margaret, Wm., Hiram, Silas, Josiah, Mehitable, Hepzibah, Eliza.
–     Betsey m. Frank Smith; children: Marjory, David, Benjamin, James.
–     Stephen m. Eleanor Barney.
–     Louisa m. James Foss; children: Wm. A., Hannah, Lydia, Jacob L., James, Laura, Tahphenas, Margaret.
–     Charles Foss m. Mary C. Bowers, April 20, 1827; children: Amanda, Charles, Mary. Amanda d. young. Charles m. Eliza A Foss.
–     Mary d. unmarried.
–     Mary of Charles d. 1831; m. 2nd. Sarah Davis; children: Amanda, Melvina, John Q. A., Israel P., Emery C., James, Louisiana B., Franklin, Joseph, Izora.
–     Charles d. 1868, at 34 years.
–     Melvina m. John G. Richards. She d. in 1884.
–     Israel P. m. Aphia Knight; children: Linnie, Edgar, Bertha, Eva, Amelia, Merton. Aphia d. 1876. Israel m. 2nd. Leoniece H. Kilton children: Virgil, Ernest, Clifford, Edith, Mildred.
–     Emery m. Phebe J. Bryant children: Albert, Almeda, Willis, Alton, Mabel, Evalena, Thomas. James d. unmarried.
–     Louisianna B. m. Lewis Hall.
–     Franklin d. 1864.
–     Joseph W. m. Sarah Johnson children: Darrell Chester, Perley, Cleveland.
–     Izora m. Edgar Knight.

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1 Response to John Q A Foss, b Machias ME, 11 Jun 1836

  1. Douglas Schneider says:

    From Joe Alton Foss:

    From the Civil War Veterans file, Maine State Archives: John Q.A. Foss
    was of Machias, age 20, and a private in Company D, 6th Infantry
    Regiment, Maine Volunteers. He enlisted November 6, 1861, mustered
    December 12, 1861, and was discharged November 5, 1862. He then
    reenlisted March 11, 1863 in Company H, 1st Heavy Artillery. He was
    of dark complexion, with gray eyes, black hair, and he stood 5′-10″
    tall. He was a seaman. See also: Civil War Pension records, National
    Archives. John made application, number 91377, certificate number
    65273. His file contains a letter dated 17th August 1886 to Hon. J.C.
    Black, Court of Pensions, written by T.H. Dinsmore, U.S. War Claims
    Agent, who remarked that “… John Q.A. Foss is the most peculiar man
    I have ever met. ..I have been laboring with him to furnish evidence
    many times last year. … Somewhat of a crank.” It seems that John
    was on duty at Fort Hill, apparently near Petersburg, Virginia, and
    came down with a severe case of dysentery from long continuous
    marching and exposure “in the swamps of Virginia under [Gen.]
    McClellan.” He was discharged by a Surgeon’s Certificate at Camp
    Convalescent, Fort Ellsworth, Alexandria, Virginia, 5 November 1862,
    for phthisis pulmonalis. In later life, John was quite itinerant and
    lived in Philadelphia, then many places in Maine. He did not marry and
    there were no heirs. In the 1900 census of Machias, he is shown as
    John I.A. Foss, born in June 1835, and living with Israel Putnam Foss
    and family.

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