Person:Jacob Van Fossen (1)

Jacob Van Fossen
d.20 February 1835 Augusta County, Virginia
m. abt. 1753
  1. Catherine Webber Van Fossen1754 - 1821
  2. Jacob Van Fossen1756 - 1835
  3. Benjamin H. Van Fossen1760 - 1830
  4. Agnes 'Nancy' Van Fossen1764 -
  5. John Van Fossen1764 -
  6. William Van Fossen1766 - 1814
  7. George Van Fossen1775 - 1852
m. 1773
  1. Abraham Van Fossen1774 -
  2. Elizabeth Van Fossen1783 - 1851
  3. Jesse Van Fossen1785 - 1866
m. 3 April 1806
  1. William Van Fossen1815 -
  2. James C. Van Fossen1817 -
Facts and Events
Name Jacob Van Fossen
Alt Name Jacob Vanfosson
Gender Male
Birth[1] 9 September 1756 Worcester Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Marriage 1773 Pennsylvania[soldier was in Philadelphia until after Revolutionary War]
to Susanna Unknown
Marriage 3 April 1806 Augusta County, Virginiato Sarah 'Sally' Lambert
Death[1] 20 February 1835 Augusta County, Virginia

Jacob Van Fossen was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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American Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 6, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :

Van Fossen, Jacob - born 9/9/1756 in Worcester Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvani; entered service in 1776 about 20 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as minuteman in Philadelphia company; took part in Battles of Brandywine, Germantown & Monmouth; moved after Revolutionary War to Augusta County, Virginia; applied for Pension there in 1832, & Pension Application rejected, less than 6 months service; William Wilson & John Crawford made affidavit there then, per County Court Clerk Jefferson Kinney; William Young made affidavit there in 1833 he was County Justice of the Peace & knew soldier for 23+ years; Philip Fishburn made affidavit there in 1834 abt. age 50 that he had known soldier there for 40+ years, per County Justice of the Peace John C. Sowers; soldier resided there in 1844 aged, infirm & destitute, per local Pension agent Nicholas K. Trout. F-R10865, R2446.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 51.--1st January, 1787. Jacob Vanfosson, John ( ) Henger, teste.
  • Vol. 1 - SINGLE PAPER. - 23d March, 1795.--Jacob Vanfossen's list of taxable property, two tithables, viz: himself and son Abraham.
  • Page 253.--5th November, 1796. John Gardiner's will--To John Gardiner, executor, son; to wife, Margaret; to four sons, viz: John Gardiner, James, Thomas, and William. Teste: Jacob van Fossen, Richard Trotter Proved, 20th December, 1796, by the witnesses. Executor qualified.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1801--November 21, Francis Lambert and Jacob Vanfossen, surety. Francis Lambert and Elizabeth Vanfossen, daughter of above bound Jacob.
  • Vol. 2 - Revolutionary War Service Declaration: Jacob Vanfossen's Declaration, November 27th, 1832: Born September 8th, 1756, in Worcester Township, in the then Philadelphia County, and moved to Augusta County after the war. In 1776 he joined a volunteer company then forming in his neighborhood near Philadelphia; they were to remain at home and be ready like minute men for instant service; Jacob Wentz was Captain, Christian Weaver was Lieutenant, Benjamin Weaver was Ensign; declarant was First Sergeant. In 1776 they were assembled at the tavern of Jacob Wentz, their Captain, and marched to Philadelphia, where they joined the command of Colonel John Bull, Major Robert Curry, and Adjutant William Armstrong; thence to Amboy, passing through Trenton, Princeton, Brunswick, and crossing the Delaware and Raritan Rivers; they held Amboy to keep the enemy on Long Island from crossing; were employed several weeks in digging intrenchments, and compelled to work altogether at night; they suffered much from unwholesome food. and found lime had been mixed with flour by a Tory miller; returned home after two months' service. In September, 1777, was again called out; Captain Wertz has been deprived of his commission; former Lieutenant Christian Weaver was Captain; declarant was promoted to Ensign, which he held during the war; they assembled at Wertz's tavern September 8th and marched to Brandywine on September 11th; also at Monmouth on June 20th, 1778; was constantly under arms between Brandywine and Monmouth.
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