Francis Asbury Voss was a younger brother of my great-great-grandfather, William Voss, and was the third son of Clement Voss and May Britton. I am indebted to the research of my fourth cousins, Sandy Pickett and Linda Davis, for most of the information on Francis and his family which appears on this page. Please visit our photo album to see pictures of this family which Sandy and Linda provided.
Francis Asbury Voss was born 10 March 1811 in Stokes county, North Carolina, and died 29 September 1898 in Riverside, California. He was named for a famous Methodist preacher, Francis Asbury (1745-1816). Francis Voss moved with his parents to Virginia, then Tennessee, then finally to Indiana around 1833.
First marriage. Francis married Nancy (Lomax) Voss 24 March 1836 in Monroe county, Indiana, according to the Indiana Marriage Index. Nancy was born 17 Mar 1804 in NC and died 29 Aug 1859. She is buried in Old Greencastle Cemetery in Greencastle township, Putnam county, Indiana, listed as "w/o F. A. Voss". We haven't been able to locate Francis or the children in the 1860 census anywhere, or to find any other trace of this family in Putnam county.
Francis and Nancy Voss' children. The following children were all enumerated with Francis and Nancy in the 1850 Federal Census. They were living in Bloomington, in Monroe county, Indiana. Francis was listed as a carpenter.
I tracked down Francis M. Voss, the son of Nancy and Francis, who fought in the Civil War. In 1880 census he was living with his in-laws, James & Caroline M. Whitlock in Kickapoo, Leavenworth county, Kansas with his wife Media, who was born abt. 1852. She had consumption...Linda subsequently added some more information on Francis, who served in the 18th Indiana Volunteer Infantry:
I received the miltary file for my great uncle, Francis M. Voss. He had been very elusive but I was able to confirm some info and found new bits of info. Francis M. served in the Civil War from Indiana. He married Ophelia A. (Media) Whitlock in either Clay county, Missouri, or Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Her father was a hotel keeper in Clay county and a government employee at Ft. Leavenworth according to census records. Francis was born about 1842 and died of consumption 31 Jan 1882 at Leavenworth. His wife preceeded him in death from the same illness probably the year or 2 before. She is listed in 1880 census as having consumption. They had at least one son, George, born in 1869 at Leavenworth but had died by 1880. Ophelia's parents were James Whitlock and Caroline Matilda Crockett...In 2007, Linda sent us several photos of Frank and Media's family's graves which are now in our Indiana scrapbook, and filled in some more information on this unfortunate family:
Francis M. Voss was born 28 May 1842 in Greencastle, Owen, Indiana.
He died 31 Jan 1882 in Slat Creek, Leavenworth, Kansas of pneumonia.
His wife, Ophelia or Media Whitlock Voss was born 30 Jan 1852 probably Platte, Clay, Missouri. She died 18 Sep 1880 in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas of consumption.
Francis & Ophelia had 2 children
- George born 21 Nov 1869 in Leavenworth and died 27 May 1879 of scarlet fever.
- Frances born and died 18 Mar 1875 in Leavenworth.
Ophelia had 1 brother, Lysander Whitlock born 1850-51 in Missouri also. He died 14 Nov 1920 in Topeka, Kansas. He and his wife had 10 children. I have info on them if anyone would be interested.
Mary Sophia Voss (youngest daughter of Nancy and Francis) married John W. Wink, 28 Nov 1869 in Owen county, Indiana. They do not appear in 1870 census. They do appear in 1880 in Saline, St. Genevieve county, Missouri with 6-year-old daughter, Olive, born in Indiana, and Mary's sister, Claudia Beatrice Voss,1 the daughter of Francis & Celestia. My gg. grandfather was living in this county also at that time and was 13 years old...Mary died 14 Nov 1900 in Riverside, and is buried in Evergreen cemetery there.
Nancy Voss' family. According to information supplied by Linda Davis, Nancy's first marriage was to Andrew Voss, who was born 2 Jun 1804 in Stokes county, NC, and died about 1835, probably in Indiana. Nancy and Andrew were married 17 Mar 1825 in Guilford county, NC. Andrew was the son of Thomas Voss and Mary Workman. We have no information as to how these Vosses are related to our own Voss line. Nancy and Andrew had the following children, of whom Abigail and Benjamin were both living with Nancy and Francis in 1850:
Second marriage. Francis married Phoebe Celestia Wolfe2 1 October 1865 in Owen county, IN. She was known by her middle name and was the daughter of Daniel Wolfe and Eliza Faraby. She was born 28 May 1846 in Hillias, Knox county,Ohio, and died 6 October 1932 in Riverside, CA. In 1870 they are listed as living in Franklin township, Owen county, IN. Francis is now a farmer. Some time later they moved to Liberty, St. François county, Missouri, where they were enumerated in the 1880 census.1 (You must look at this family's record to see how wonderfully their names were rendered by the census taker!) Around 1895 they moved to Riverside, CA, where Francis died at the age of 87. Celestia is found in the 1920 Federal Census in Riverside, listed as a 72-year-old widow, living with her daughter Ida and son-in-law, George Russell, and their children. She died at the age of 86, and is buried along with Francis in Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside.
Francis and Celestia were the first members of my mother's family to move to California, arriving here nearly 30 years before Mom and her parents and siblings came to Santa Monica. However, I never heard them mention any Vosses who were in California, so I don't know if they were aware of these cousins' existence or location.
Francis and Celestia's children:
Francis Asbury Voss and his family lived in the area where William Allen Miller was born and raised, Madison county and St. François county, Missouri. William and one of his brothers, Columbus, decided to leave Missouri and head to California to grow oranges. It appears that Francis decided to move his family with them since William decided to marry Eliza. The orange grove did not survive a deadly freeze so William and Eliza moved to Sacramento where he was a gardener until he died. Most of the Voss descendants remained in the southern California area. Some did move up the central valley and a couple of Francis' grandchildren moved to the Oregon border...Eliza and William Miller's family were enumerated in Riverside in the 1910 census and in Sacramento for 1920.