Married a Mary Tyson B: 1753 D: Oct 15 1827 Father Conrad or Cunard Van Fossen B: 1699 Worcester, Montgomery, Pennsylvaina D:Oct 28 1774 Montgomery, Perkiomen area Pennsylvaina Br Gr Skippack, Pen Notes on Conrad Van Fossen Conrad Van Fossen was born Ca. 1700 and died Ca. 1777. He married Ankin (Ann) Bon, daughter of Peter Bon and Elizabeth Opde Graef, Ann's sister Elizabeth married Conrads brother John.
In 1727, Conrad bought 153 acres of land in Worcester Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, adjacent the land of his brother Adam. He was a blacksmith and wheelwright.
He wrote his will on Oct 28, 1774. It was probated June 2, 1777. It read, in part:
"Be it remembered that I Cunrad Van Fossen of the Township of Worcester in the County of Philadelphia and Province of Pennsylvania yeoman being (through Divine favor) in my Usual health and of sound disposing mind and Memory, yet calling to mind the mortality of my Body, and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do think fit this twenty eight day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Seventy four to make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. . . .
"I give and Bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Van Fossen the Sum of thirty pounds current Money of Pennsylvania. . .I also give unto her our Best Bed with all it's furniture. . Her spinning wheel . . . One Brass Kettle. . . and uninterrupted use of our new House wherein we now Dwell with the Garden adjoining thereto during the Term of her natural life-- - and four Bushels of Rie and two Bushels of wheat yearly and every year during her natural life to be delivered to her by my son Leonard readily ground and Bolted at such times as my said wife shall desire.
"I give and Bequeath unto my Son Peter Van Fossen the summ of one Shilling Sterling or the value therof in current Money of Pennsylvania, I having already given him to a considerable amount.
"I give and Bequeath unto my Son Leonard Van fossen all the Tools of his trade, the two Mares now on my Plantation, a wagon, Plough and Harrow and Cleaning Mill.
"I give and Bequeath all the rest and residue of movable of every kind unto my said wife and son Leonard and my two daughters viz Mary the wife of John Hall and Catherine the wife of Matthias Rittenhouse. That is to say one third part of the said residue unto my Beloved wife and the other two thirds thereof to be equally divided between my son Leonard and my said two daughters part and share alike.
" I give and Devise unto my son Leonard Van Fossen and to his Heirs and assigns forever all that my Plantation and tract of land heron I now dwell Situate in Worcester aforesaid Containing by Estimation one hundred acres by the same more or less Together with all and singular the building improvements, Heirditaments and appurtenances whatsoever unto the same. . .
"I give and Bequeath unto Each of my said two daughters Mary Hall and Catherine Rittenhouse the sum of forty Pounds current Money of Pennsylvania to be paid unto them effectively by my son Leonard out of the said Plantation. . ."
Conrad made his mark on the will: a printed C.
An inventory of his goods was conducted on May 24, 1777, with values of each item in pounds, shillings, and pence. Some items included his wearing apparel 11-10-0; Cash in the house, 44-9-8; all his books, 0-5-5; seven old chairs,0-8-0; a poplar chest with drawers, 0-10-1; a small parcel of wool, 0-7-6; a looking glass, lamp, razor, file, and some trifles, 0-5-0; a brass box and a lantern, tin watering pot, gridiron, ladle, Hare Sieve, Reigning Sieve and Salt Box, Old Frying pan, Tongs, Shovel and Pot chains, two axes, seven bags and some flaxseed, baskets, beehives, and old tub and other tub with some buckwheat, some fragments of leather, vinegar barrel, and many, many other items common to living at the time. total value of the inventory came to 144 pounds and 9 pence.
It is shown in the 1734 Census in P.A. that a Cunnard Vanfussen owned land in Worchester Township in Montgomery County.
His mother Anakin (Anna) Von Bon B:1710 Buried: Br Gr Skippack, Pen 5 children