“Did you write about an interesting will you’ve discovered or maybe a strong-willed ancestor?”
Most of the women in my family are or have been strong-willed. It takes strength to survive the deaths of children, spouses, the rise and fall of fortunes and the casualties of war.
Fannie Foss, my 4th great-grandmother, was born March 29, 1805 in Machias, Washington County, Maine to Benjamin Foss (1741-1830) and Hannah Miller (1766-1830). She was the sixth born of eight children to Benjamin – the second born to Hannah, his second wife.
Fannie married John Allen Roberts on October 27, 1822 in Machias and gave him ten children – five daughters, five sons. Her firstborn son, Hiram Hills Roberts, is my 3rd gr.grandfather.
All five of her sons served in the Civil War. Hiram and Silas died in the war. William, Josiah and Lewis survived. Silas died on Feb 10, 1862 in Ossabaw Sound, Georgia. He was part of the 9th Regiment, Maine Infantry – Company H. He was 28 years old – unmarried – when he died.
Hiram died on August 20, 1863 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He was 35 years old and had been married to Mary Ann Wilder for 13 years. They had six children, four surviving when he died, the youngest, Hiram Jr, born a month before he died. His body was buried in Ohio, but there is a gravestone in Wesley, Maine, with his name and dates on it.
Fannie died on December 7, 1907 in Northfield, Washington County, Maine. She had 35 grandchildren – and had outlived at least seven of her ten children. (Two I don’t have death dates for.) Her husband died in 1905 at the age of 103. She lived to 102.