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  • Name John FOST 
    Born England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 17 Dec 1699 
    Died 18 Dec 1699  Dover, Strafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Source: The Chadbourne Family in America web page <>.

      (2) Maine & New Hampshire Settlers, 1600s-1900s [database online],, 2003:

      FOST . . .

      1 JOHN, Dover 1663, tailor. Rev. Joseph ('Handkerchief') Moody, town clerk of York, a born genealogist, spelt his name -Foss-, yet guarded against the confusion of Foss - Fost - Forst - Frost by recording his dau. Elizabeth as 'd. of John Foss born at England.' The mar. rec. of one John Fost, 16(__), at the home of the Chadbournes, has not been invest. First app. as atty. for Anthony Checkley in Dover ct. Aft. Mr. Goff's death he appar. had charge of Quamphegan mills and m. his wid. Gr. jury 1671, 1674. Lists 311c (Dover), 356km, 357c, 359ab, 49, 52, 96. Will 17 Dec. 1699, d. next day. He m. 1st Mary Chadbourne; 2d 25 Jan. 1686-7 Elizabeth (by error -Sarah- in the record), wid. of James Goffe, who m. 3d James Emery(3). Ch. by 1st w: Mary, m. ab. 1692 James Warren. Humphrey, app. d. or remov. William, b. 11 Mar. 1673-4. Jemima, wit. Berw. in 1702. Elizabeth, m. 8 Nov. 1698 Daniel Dill(2), 2d Henry Beedle(2). By 2d w: Samuel, mariner, Boston, mar. (Foss) 9 July 1714 Mehitable Lincoln (child bur. 25 July 1717); 2d (Fost) 15 Sep. 1726 Mary White. Will 1 Jan. -18 Oct. 1747-8 (Forst), son Samuel, approximately 19, under gdn. of uncle John Hill. Lydia, appar. m. 24 Feb. 1717 Capt. Peter Grant of Berw. 7 ch. bap., including Landers.

      (3), New Hampshire Probate Records, 1635-1753 [database online], Provo, UT:, Inc., 2003:

      JOHN FOSS 1699 DOVER

      In the Name of god Amen

      I John fost of dover being week and in expectaion of my chainge * * *

      I will and bequeath to my loveing wife ye one half of my housing and homested for hur maitainece and bringing up of my two youngest Children

      I will and bequeath to my S Humphrey half of my housing and lands for his one use and benephit requesting and appointing my Son in law James warrin to be his over sar counseler lest he be ronged of a comfortabel maintainenc--

      I will and bequeath to my Son william one Shilling and also fourty acers of land that was granted me by the towne of dover

      I will and bequeath unto my daughter mary one Shilling

      I will and bequeath unto my daughter Jemimah one shilling

      I will and bequeath unto my Son Samuel the half of this which i left with my wif when he comes of age

      I will and constitute my wife Sole Executrix of this my last will and testement and for consideration of all the above Saide I have heare unto seat my hand and seale this sevententh day of desember one thousand six hundred ninty and nine

      John ffost [seal]

      Signed sealed and delvered as his last will and testament In presence of us

      John Wade
      James Emery
      Alse Abbott

      [Inventory Jan. 8 1699/1700; as exhibited by the widow, Elizabeth Foss; amount, ??52.15.0; signed by Silvanus Nock and Hatevil Roberts, both of Dover.]

      [Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 163.]

      (4) Stackpole, Everett S., Old Kittery and Her Families, Lewiston, ME: Press of Lewiston Journal Company, 1903, pp. 429-431:


      In all of the several Frost families the name sometimes appears in court records and deeds as Fost. John Fost was in Dover in 1665 and was a juryman in 1667-9, 1671, and 1688. He married Mary, dau. of William Chadbourne, and she is mentioned in Humphrey Chadbourne's will, 1667. He may have married (2) Sarah Gosse 15 Aug. 1688.

      John Fost, perhaps son of the above, made his will 17 Dec. 1699, which was probated 17 April 1700. It names wife Elizabeth and following children:

      WILLIAM b. 11 March 1673. See below.

      MARY m. James Warren, Jr., about 1692.

      HUMPHREY m. Catharine (_____). Widow Catharine Frost sold, 16 Nov. 1761, ten acres granted to her husband in 1734, in Somersworth, N. H. Tate says she d. in Dover, 14 March 1776.




      SAMUEL, under age.

      William Fost, named above, married Margery, dau. of Nathan Lord, about 1692. A William Foss married, 26 April 1703, Sarah, widow of Nathaniel Heard of Dover and had dau. Lydia born 7 Jan. 1705. A Lydia Fost married Peter Grant 24 Feb. 1717, and this is the only Lydia Fost I can find. She was then but a trifle over twelve years of age, yet such a marriage is not impossible. William Fost or Frost is mentioned in Dover (Rollinsford) in 1704, 1716 and 1732. Jan. 15, 1735, John Waldron of Dover, and Mary, his wife, Joseph Conner of Dover, and Sarah, his wife, James Richards of Dover, and Margery, his wife, and Benjamin Frost of Rochester, quit-claim to Benjamin Lord of Berwick all right to estate of Abraham Lord and William Lord of Berwick. York Deeds, XVIII. 185. June 9, 1737, William Frost of Portsmouth, mariner, made a similar quit-claim. The children, then, of William and Margery (Lord) Frost were:

      WILLIAM m. Elizabeth Snell of Portsmouth, 1 June 1716. He is called "William ffoss formerly of Nichawannock, now of Portsmouth."

      MARY m. John Waldron of Dover.

      SARAH m. Joseph Conner of Dover.

      MARGERY m. James Richards of Dover.

      BENJAMIN m. Ann Hodsdon.

      William Frost bought forty acres of James Stackpole in what is now Rollinsford, in 1714, and sold the same to Benjamin Hoeg 2 Oct. 1721. This was perhaps the one who married Elizabeth Snell. He returned from Portsmouth to Dover and, 13 Dec. 1741, William and Elizabeth Frost, his wife, of Dover, sold to Giles Seward half of a house with small piece of land in Portsmouth. In these deeds the name is written fforst and Frost. The estate of William Frost of Dover [see footnote below] was appraised 29 June 1764, and William Frost was administrator. He is called Frost in the inventory and Foss in the administration.

      It was, doubtless, the last named William Frost who married Mary, widow of Benjamin Hanson. June 18, 1739, William Forst and wife Mary sold to Amos Main land in Rochester, which was granted to William Forst, Benjamin Forst and Samuel Alley. Children:

      MARY b. 24 June 1728; m. Oct. 1751, Samuel Ricker of Somersworth?

      CHADBOURNE b. 26 March 1731.

      DANIEL bapt. 26 Aug. 1733.

      LYDIA bapt. 14 May 1738.

      Benjamin Forst married in Newington, 2 Feb. 1735, Ann Hodgdon. Lived at Rochester, N. H. Will, 22 March 1775-20 June 1787. Children; all named in will:

      MARY bapt. 13 Jan. 1736.

      DANIEL bapt. 1 April 1740.

      JOHN bapt. 18 Sept. 1743.

      BENJAMIN bapt. 7 April 1745; m. Judith Whitehouse 19 Dec. 1780?

      SARAH bapt. 5 July 1747.

      SUSAN bapt. 11 June 1749; born same day.

      LYDIA bapt. 9 Dec. 1750.





      [Footnote: The following were bapt. in Dover. Whether they were children of Humphrey and Catherine Forst or of William and Elizabeth (Snell) Frost is not determined. Humphrey bapt. 3 July 1720; Benjamin bapt. 31 July 1725; William bapt. 22 Aug. 1725; Margery and Lydia bapt .4 April 1725. The will of Philip Stackpole of Somersworth, 1761, names dau. Lydia Frost. The will of William Frost of Dover, 1780, names wife Elizabeth and ch. John, William, Samuel, Lydia and George, all under age. Nathaniel Frost, "formerly of Dover now of Durham, laborer," conveyed, 10 May 1735, to Samuel Chesley his right in commons of Dover, once belonging to Nicholas Brock. All these Forsts, Fosts and Frosts are given here, in order that they may not be confused with the Frost families of Eliot and Berwick. Some of the descendants now write their names Foss. I think the original name was Frost and was miscalled Fost and Forst, just as the Eliot name sometimes was.]
    Person ID I4056  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Family 1 Mary CHADBOURNE,   b. Dec 1644, Boston, Suffolk County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Jan 1687, Dover, Strafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married Bef 1666 
     1. William FOST,   b. 1 Mar 1674, Dover, Strafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1738, Dover, Strafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 65 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary FOST,   b. Abt 1666,   d. Aft Jun 1750  (Age ~ 84 years)  [natural]
     3. Jemima FOST,   d. Aft 1702  [natural]
     4. Elizabeth FOST  [natural]
     5. Humphrey FOST  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 23:03:19 
    Family ID F2451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth CRAWFORD 
    Married 25 Jan 1687 
     1. Lydia FOST  [natural]
     2. Samuel FOST  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 23:03:19 
    Family ID F2469  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart