52 Ancestors #35 Fannie Foss Roberts – Revolutionary War Hero’s daughter, Civil War Gold Star Mother

Fannie Foss , my fourth great-grandmother, was born March 29, 1805 in Machias, Washington County, Maine – the daughter of Benjamin Foss and Hannah Miller.

On October 27, 1822, she married John Allen Roberts in Machias, Maine. Between 1825 and 1848 she gave John ten children. Hannah (1825-?), Margaret (1826-?), Hiram Hills (my ancestor) (1827-1863), William Henry (1828-1915), Silas T. (1834-1862), Josiah (1835-1898), Hephzibah (1837-1864), Eliza Foster (1840-1903), Lewis I. (1844-1891) and Mahitable (1848-?).

1850, 1860 the residence is listed as Northfield, Washington County, Maine. In 1896 and 1900, her residence is listed as Biddeford, Maine. It is assumed that she died sometime between 1900 and 1910 as she’s not found in the 1910 census and she would have been over 100 years old at that point.

Fannie Foss Roberts – the daughter of the Revolutionary war hero Benjamin Foss – lost two of her sons in the Civil War. Silas in 1862 and Hiram in 1863. William, Josiah and Lewis all fought but came home.

Hiram was my third great grandfather – he died in Ohio in August 1863 and his last son was born in June 1863 – but he never saw him. Hiram left seven children behind. Silas died in Georgia, never married or had children.


Fannie Foss (1805 – ) is your 4th great grandmother
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Hiram Hills Roberts
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts

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