My g-g-g-grandfather, Clement Voss, was born in Delaware or Maryland1 10 Mar 1786. He was of German ancestry. He moved to North Carolina2 and had married Mary Britton there by 1807. Mary (also known as May or Emily) was born in North Carolina 5 May 17813 and was of Welsh ancestry. The following sons were born to them in North Carolina:
I didn't have any information on just where in North Carolina Clement might have lived until I learned, via Judy Brown's web site, that there were Vosses listed in several different censuses in Stokes county. I found William, Phillip and Thomas Voss there in 1820, but no trace of Clement in either the 1810 or 1820 census. Judy says that a Thomas Voss, possibly her ancestor, was a witness at the wedding of a Clement Voss. We don't know if this was "our" Clement Voss, or how, or if, he was related to Thomas.
In 1816 Clement and Mary Voss moved to Lee County, Virginia, where their sixth and last son was born to them:
Lee County is located in the extreme southwestern tip of Virginia. After a short stay there, the Vosses moved on to Grainger county, Tennessee, which is not far from Lee County. Clement appeared in the 1830 census in Grainger county, on page 390, with a household which included:
These entries account for Clement and Mary, plus Francis through Lorenzo. Where are John and William? I couldn't find them anywhere in Grainger county in 1830.
In 1833, Clement and Mary Voss moved to Indiana, settling for awhile in Monroe County, where Bloomington is located, then moving one county south to Lawrence County by 1839. They may have brought some of their grown children with them, or the children may have come on their own at about the same time.
Some of the Vosses remained in Lawrence County, while others moved to other nearby counties. William Voss, cabinetmaker, and his family are listed in the 1850 U.S. census in Perry township, Lawrence county, IN. Lorenzo and his family have an adjacent entry. Clement and Mary moved to Clay township, Owen county, Indiana, in time for the 1840 census, which listed one person in each of the following categories in the Clemen Voss household:
We don't know who the teenaged male might be, perhaps a hired hand. Thomas is probably married and living elsewhere by this time. The 30-40-year-old male is probably John, who didn't marry until the following year. The Indiana Marriage Index lists a John C. Voss marrying Mary M. Wilson in Owen county, Indiana, 15 Jul 1841. John and Mary are listed in the 1850 and 1860 censuses in Owen county, in the latter on the page following Clemens Voss' entry. Some transcribers list Clement in 1860 as "Clemens Wise"! There were several Wilson families listed nearby in each census. By 1870, John and Mary had moved on to Greene county, which adjoins both Owen and Monroe counties.
Bureau of Land Management records include patents issued 30 May 1849 and 1 Oct 1852 to Clement Voss for two different 40-acre properties in Owen county. They were both in Section 10 of Township 9N, which would place them in the upper central portion of Clay township. It is possible these patents reflect the final legal transfer of Federal lands which Clement had occupied for several years.
Mary died 28 Feb 1858. On 17 Jun 1860, Clement married Mahala Wood in Owen county. Cousin Delores Starkman discovered this information in Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Mahala Voss was born Jan 15, 1810, in North Carolina. Clement died in Owen county 25 Apr 1862 and Mahala 3 Dec 1867. We didn't have any information as to Clement and his wives' final resting places until Randi Richardson, who lives in Owen county, not only located their graves, but sent us photographs of their grave markers and of the Heddings Chapel cemetery.
Clement and Mary must have been devout Methodists, since they named two of their sons, Francis and Lorenzo, for early Methodist preachers.
The following information on the Vosses' North Carolina origins was taken from Descendants of Thomas Voss, by William Voss:
Some 200 years ago, my great-great-grandfather, Thomas Voss, settled in the Kernersville - New Garden area of Stokes County,4 along with some 20 other families from Maryland and Delaware. Thomas Voss (1769-1857) deeded his first land in the year 1796 on what is now known as Vance Road, 2 miles north of Dobsons Cross Roads, near Kernersville. Thomas Voss, married first Elender McDorman, the mother of William Voss, and possibly two daughters. He married second Mary Workman, daughter of William Workman...
The lands acquired by William Voss in the year 1826 remain in the hands of his direct descendants. This property is now located in Forsyth County and fronts approximately one mile on U.S. 158, 3 miles east of the intersection of U.S. 158 and N.C. 66.
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This page was last updated 21 Nov 2007.