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Fossett, Henry, Captain (1823-1896) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Fossett, Henry, Captain (1823-1896)

Historical Note:

Captain Henry Fossett [Jr.] was born in Bristol, Maine in 1823 to Henry Fossett Sr. (b. 1793-d. 1865) and Mary Sproul (b. 1795-d. 1877). He married Sally M. Myers (b. 1833-d. 1902) in 1853 in Bristol. They had daughters: Hattie L. (b. 1862-d.?), Cora L. (b. 1864) and Lillian Albertine (b. 1872-d. 1928). The family resided in Bristol,1 in the village of Round Pond.

Captain Fossett was a sailor in earlier years along with brothers Leonard and James.1 He was also master of the Olive Elizabeth (Schooner), President (Schooner), Judge Blaney (Brig), Acklam (Schooner), Canima (Brig), Emma Cushing (Bark), Ocean Eagle (Brig), J. M. Sawyer (Brig), Edith Rose (Bark), Samson (Brig), Jasper (Bark), Liberia (Bark), Thomas Pope (Bark) and Jasper (Bark). In particular, he commanded the President (Schooner) for seven years in the coasting and West Indies trade. Captain Fossett was also involved in the cross Atlantic trade. He voyaged at least twice on the Ocean Eagle (Brig) and five times on the Liberia (Bark) to Africa.2   Capt. Fossett kept detailed account books for vessels and log books for voyages with various cargoes such as shooks, lumber, shingles, molasses, coal, tobacco, fish, rice, sugar, coffee, rum, pails, soap, pork, flour, kerosene and fruit. Captain Fossett also recorded seamen accounts and wages in the account books.

Captain Fossett maintained a personal account book. He recorded the building of a house and barn in Bristol, Maine. Waterman Hatch provided the products for construction. Hatch was a mill man and neighbor. Fossett employed him to build as well.  Family member accounts were also documented by him in the personal account book. This included his brothers, Leonard and James, work at the Bristol farm. The bills for Mother Mary Fossett were listed and paid by Captain Fossett as well. Moreover, he captured daily farm life and employment of hired hands at the Bristol farm in the personal account book.3

Captain Fossett died on April 24, 1896 in Medford, Massachusetts.3 His wife died on March 16, 1902.1


1. ancestry.com

2. MS-323. Log book, 1850-1886.

3. https://familysearch.org.

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