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Fuss/Foss, Berkeley Co., WV; 1850
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: July 16, 2004 at 15:41:12
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I am not related to these people, just entering information I hope will be helpful. There is an article in "The Berkeley Journal, 1997, issue 23, published by the Berkeley County Historical Society:

"Fuss Home Place by Don C. Wood - On 16 September 1850 John Fuss pruchased for $1,850 a tract containing 142 acres of land from William Smith. Then in 1869 John Fuss purchased a tract of land on the west side of his farm, containing 64 acres, 3 rods, 33 poles....This gave John Fuss 103 acres in the 'Home Place."

"John Fuss was born in Wirtenberg, German, and obtained his citizenship 24 July 1854 in Morgan County (then in Virginia). He appears in the 1860 Census aged 36 with wife Elizabeth 33, Mary 14, John 12, Godlieb 11, Ann 9, Peter 7, George 5, Barbara 3, Martin 3 months. Next door to John was his brother Frederick Foos 31, born in Germany, wife Mary 27, George 1 and Elizabeth Foos 75 years and Godlieb 34. Elizabeth was the widow of Frederick Fuss."

"After the death of John Fuss and wife, his children sold the home place on 14 September 1889 to the youngest son, Martin Fuss. The brothers and sisters who each sold their one-seventh interest were Mary C. Riser and her husband Franklin Riser, John F. Fuss, Peter H. Fuss, and his wife Clara, Frederica A. Mongan and her husband Daniel Mongan, George A. Fuss and his wife Mary e., Barbara E. Dorrance and her husband John Dorrance. They sold for $750 the two tracts of land, 142 1/2 acres and 64 acres, to their brother Martin Fuss."

"After the death ofg Martin Fuss and his wife, the Fuss 'Home Place' was sold on 22 July 1931 y Harry L. Fuss and his wife Ida, George R. Fuss and his wife Agnes M., Thomas C. Fuss and his wife Dorothy G. Fuss and John W. Fuss and his wife Ruth M. Fuss, their interest in the 206 acre 'Home Place' to their brother Edgar Fuss."

"In October 2939 Edgar Fuss, unmarried, and Martin Fuss, unmarried, sold to Elizabeth Rowe and Richard Rowe, their interest in the Fuss 'Home Place.' Elizabeth Fuss Rowe owned one-seventh as a daughter of Martin Fuss."

"The Fuss 'Home Place' was sold by Elizabeth Rowe and her husband Richard Row, to the present owner, Charlotte V. Bohrer and her husband Ernest E. Bohrer, with right of survivorship. Ernest E. Bohrer is now deceased."

"Goldie Hiner Newkird, granddaughter of Mary Fuss Riser, said that the road south of the Fuss home place was known as the 'Raceway' where they raced horse-drawn buggies. The house was built around 1921 by Martin Fuss. The older, small house was moved to the opposite side of the road. The Fuss house is north of Johnsontown near Goughs Run and identified as G. Foose on the 1847 map."

There is a present-day photo of the Fuss Home Place.


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