Ben Voss is the local carpentry expert, and another founder. He was a good friend and business contact of the Imogasts back in Serin, and he and Bront were the ones that wanted to strike out on his own. He was originally the son of a farmer, Ben Rovalle, and his father's farm had failed due to a double drought and the loss of his wife in child birth. Ben was apprenticed to a carpenter in the city when he was 12 years old, and his 14 year old sister Anne to a tailor because their father could barely afford to feed them. The youngest, Nathan, was too young to be apprenticed and stayed with their father.
After a few years he paid his dues at the shop and he was able to return and help his father with rebuilding. Some money lenders in the city made some very harsh impositions on the family though, and his father ended up working himself to death. He had told the money lenders he only had one son though, and Ben managed to smuggle his brother into the city shortly after their father died, begging his old master at the woodworking shop to take him in. The money lenders sniffed around quite a bit, but the "Rovalles" disappeared. Ben Voss was "born" at this point. He spent the next few years working himself to the brink, and between his savings and Anne's savings they were able to buy their brother's freedom.
Ben married his old master's daughter a few years later, and helped his brother-in-law take over the business when his father-in-law decided to retire. His little brother lived and worked with him as well, and they were quite happy. Ben was troubled though, in the back of his mind there was always the chance a moneylender would recognize his father in him, and come calling. He was also the minor partner when it came to his father-in-law's business. His friend and competitor Bront Imogast had a similar situation in his family business. One night after a few too many mugs of ale, they told each other they should just pick up and start over somewhere else. They laughed it away that night, and went home to sleep off the drink. The idea had seeded though, and it came up a few more times. After another year or so, it had grown into a plan, and they put it into action. They gathered a bunch of trusted friends, acquaintances, and supplies and journeyed north. Ben had managed to convince his sister and her husband as well.
Ben had planned to return to farming when they settled in, but his skill at carpentry was hard to deny. He built his own farm first, and then one for his sister's family while his brother began tilling their land. Then he cut and milled lumber for some of the other villagers. Then they talked him into helping them frame a few houses. Nathan was fortunately old enough to manage the farm with just Ben's wife Jules to help him. Ben was around when he needed to be, but the day to day building kept him away most of the time. The Voss family grew with a pair of sons and a daughter over the next few years, and Nathan eventually found a woman he was partial to and they built a new farm for them nearby. Most of the fields were left to Nathan, as Havenford burgeoned the carpentry kept Ben far too busy to tend his fields beyond a small section for his family.