John G. and Mary Voss

John G. Voss was an older brother of my great-great-grandfather. He was born 1 March 1807 in North Carolina to Clement and Mary (Britton) Voss. He migrated with his parents to Virginia, then Tennessee, then finally to southern Indiana during the 1830s. He is probably the 30-40-year-old male listed in the Clemen Voss household in Owen county in the 1840 census. The Indiana Marriage Index lists a marriage between John C. Voss and Mary M. Wilson in Owen county 15 Jul 1841. According to census information, Mary was born about 1818, also in North Carolina.

John and Mary Voss had the following children, all born in Indiana:

  1. William Jasper Voss, born May 1842, died 3 Feb 19111 in Greene county.
  2. Mary E. Voss, born about 1844.
  3. James E. Voss, born Sep 1846.
  4. John F. Voss, born about 1848.
  5. Harriet E. Voss, born about 1849.
  6. Thomas M. Voss, born Feb 1853.
  7. Sarah Catherine Voss, born about 1854.
  8. Samuel S. Voss, born about 1857.
  9. Susan Voss, born about 1859, may have died during childhood.
  10. Ida D. Voss, born Feb 1864.

John and Mary Voss 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 Wright township in Greene county, which adjoins both Owen and Monroe counties. John is listed as a farmer in each census.

John Voss died 22 April 1872, according to a handwritten sheet I found in his niece's Bible.

In 1880, the census taker found Mary living with her four unmarried children in Washington township, Greene county. Thomas was still single, a day laborer living with another family in Washington township. James was enumerated in Smith township, also in Greene county, with his wife and two children.

In 1900, James and family were enumerated once again in Smith township, while Jasper and Ida were both single and still living in Washington township. Thomas had married and moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he was working as a deputy sheriff.

1 The WPA death index for Greene county lists the death of Voss, W. Jasper, male white, age 68, in book R-15, page 67.
This page was last updated 5 Oct 2007.