Voss Family History & Genealogy
Biographies & Family Trees
Voss Last Name History & Origin
Nationality & Ethnicity
These are the earliest records we have of the Voss family.
Voss Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 8,847 people with the last name Voss that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Voss family on AncientFaces.
Franklin carries native blood from his grandmother Charlotte(read her story)...and his own mother Susanna Pennington(don't have pictures of her...she died young and he was only 5 years old).
The Vosses, Penningtons and Sanders all got together in Lawrence Cty TN(near what is now Henryville, TN) in about the early 1800's(as did the Mitchells...covered in the previous story under Robert James Voss). Supposedly the Vosses and Sanders came from NC and the Penningtons GA.
Just recently I was contacted by Joe Sitting Owl White, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee in Lawrence Cty, [external link] use some of the research I had on the Penningtons(who were the primary family in this group of Cherokee who settled in TN).
The Pennington line had two Cherokee women marry into it in succession...Mary Tuttle and Susanna Proctor. This means that Franklin's grandmother Charlotte and his mother Susanna both would have carried the blood...making him native on both sides.
I also believed for a long time that his wife....Mary Adeline Ellis carried blood(check her features). So I began investigating the Ellis/Sanders/Luna/Looney lines. Go to that picture and story for more info.
Charlotte Mitchell who married Robert James Voss was Cherokee. She was not the birthchild of Thomas Mitchell and his wife...but was found along with her older brother in a campground outside of Chattanooga TN in approximately 1814. She was just walking(approximately a year old)and her brother was 2-3. This puts her birthdate at 1813 and her brother about 1810.
We have never been able to substantiate this as we didn't have her "native name". Back when the Vosses could have applied for benefits from the Guion Miller Roll or Dawes, Robert James's grandsons, Franklin Pierce and Robert William were told by their father William James, that they needed to learn how to live in the white man's world and told them not to apply.
In my research I came across a story about a "Massacre of Women and Children in 1810"...of Chickamauga Cherokee. This occurred in KY but not to far from where these children were found....and it seems that after this massacre the parents in this group were encouraged by their leaders to find safe places for their children(including giving them to folks to be raised as white).
This would fit with the story that the parents of the children who were adopted were on the run and needed their children to be safe.