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Foss, Francis Henry


Age: 25, credited to Vergennes, VT
Unit(s): 19th ME INF
Service: enl, Fairfield, ME, 8/25/62, m/i, SERGT, Co. C, 19th ME INF, 8/25/62, pr 1SERGT, comn 2LT, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/2/62 (neck), m/o 10/27/63

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Birth: 09/08/1837, Maine
Death: 12/06/1921

Burial: Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 42108921


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, application date, 5/27/1865
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: See History of the 19th Maine by John D. Smith, 1909.


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OBITUARY Francis H. Foss

Francis H. Foss, one of Vergennes's oldest and most highly esteemed residents, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 6., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William R. Warner, in the 85th year of his age, after an illness which had confined him to his bed for about 10 days. Death was the result of a gradual dissolution of the vital forces, although he had seemingly been in his usual good health up to the time of his last illness.

Francis Henry Foss was born in Bath, Me., September 7, 1837, and his early life was spent in that state. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted as a private in the Nineteenth regiment, Maine Volunteers, and won rapid promotion to the rank of lieutenant. He participated in several of the important engagements of the war, among them the battle of Gettysburg where he received a bullet in his neck which he carried to the day of his death. Returning to Maine after the close of the war, he married in 1865 Susan Dorr Witherell, and to them eight children were born, four of whom are living. He continued to reside in Maine until 1877, when he was attracted to Vergennes by the abundance of cheap water power here. He formed a partnership with George D. Wright and engaged in the manufacture of shade rollers where the plant of the Vermont Shade Roller company stands today. In this business he was successful. About 886 he disposed of his interest in the factory to the Crane Brothers and engaged in the hardware business with J. J. Wright, which he conducted for many years. In 1908 he was appointed postmaster of Vergennes. The office was then located in the building now occupied by William J. Strong as an insurance office, but was moved during his administration to its present location. In 1910 he resigned the postmastership and had not since been engaged in active business.

Mr. Foss had always taken an interest in politics, and was a lifelong Republican. While a resident of Maine he was elected to the Legislature, and was prominent in party councils, being frequently called with other leaders of the party to the residence of the Hon. James G. Blaine when campaign plans were to be mapped out. He was a great admirer of Senator Blaine, and was one of his staunchest supporters even after coming to Vermont. He did not seek political preferment after coming to Vergennes, but had served as a member of the city council and on the board of water commissioners.

Mr. Foss became affiliated with the Masonic order while living in Maine, being a past master of his lodge, later becoming a member of Dorchester lodge of this city. He was also a member of Jerusalem chapter, R. A. M., and of Mount Cavalry commandery, K. T. He was also a member of Ethan Allen post, G. A. R.

Mr. Foss is survived by four daughters, Kate, widow of the late Dr. Karl Severance of Keeseville, N. Y. ; Bessie, wife of Public Service Commissioner William R. Warner; Mary, wife of State's attorney George W. Stone, and Miss Sarah W. Foss of Boston. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. B. F. Leighton of Washington, D. C. Mrs. Foss died about 20 years ago. Funeral services were held at the home of William R. Warner this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. F. Frazier, pastor of the Vergennes Congregational church. The honorary bearers were the surviving members of Ethan Allen post, now reduced to a mere handful. The active bearers were J. H. Donnelly, George R. Thorne, John Amblo, Elzear Ware and J. A. Harrington. Burial was in Prospect cemetery.

Source: Vergennes Enterprise and Vermonter, December 8, 1921
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.

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