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Who died in 837 A. V. 

With Wills, Inventories, Biographical Sketches, Etc. 



Author of the Batchcller, Batchelder, Brocklchank, FiskcFisk, IVhilney, /', 

Pcirci-, iiiict Pi-arci- Genealogies, Haiuke Memorial, Forhcs-Forbtish and 

Gibson Genealogies, History of Grafton, History of Barre, 

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Table of Contents. 


Origin of the Name Foster g 

The Early Foresters 1 1 

The Foresters of Bamuorouoh and Etherston 15 

Bamborough Castle, English Home of Fosters 26 

Farne Islands 40 

A Visit to Bamborough Castle in i8g6 42 

St. Aidan's Church, Bamuokough 44 

Other English Fors'i er Branches 47 

Foster Land Grants in Nova Scotia 58 

Fosters IN America 59 

College Graduates ny Name of Foster. .... 63 

Fosters in the Various Wars 66 

Revolutionary Pensioners 105 

Connecticut Fosters in War of 1S12 109 

Reginald Foster of Ipswich 110 

The Dorchester Branch 485 

The Salem Branch of Fosters 694 

The Long Island Foster Family S77 

The Foster Family of Scituate 920 

The Chelmsford Branch 9S1 

Descendants of John Foster of Kingsware. England 1015 

Andrew Foster of Andover 1032 

List of Illustrations. 


Frederick C. Pierce Frontispiece 

Foster Coat of Arms g 

Autograph Prof. John Fiske ii 

Foster Coat of Arms 1 1 

Bamborough Castle, English Home 

of the Fosters 27 

Autograph Sophia Foster Symes. . , 44 

St. Aidan's Church, Exterior 45 

St. Aidan's Church, Interior 46 

Foster Coat o£ Arras 56 

Autograph Reginald Foster no 

Views of Ipswich, Mass 112 

Autograph Reginald Foster 114 

Autograph Reginald Foster 116 

Mrs. Sarah A. Sherwin 179 

Charles M. French 180 

David Starr Jordan, LL. D 182 

Col. Joseph Foster 183 

Col. Foster's Parole 185 

Hon. Rufus Choate 191 

Hon. Abiel Foster, M. C 198 

Machias, Me., Bay and Island 205 

Foster's Rubicon 206 

East Machias, Me 207 

Near Machias, Me 20S 

Mrs. Fanny A. Elliott 238 

Hon. Lafavette S. Foster 240 

H. H. Rowe 262 

Hon. Ira Colby 268 

Eugene Denton Brooks 273 

Hon. Lucien M. Kilburn 275 

Mrs. Mary Foster Chamberlain .... 278 

Hon, Henry Chamberlain 279 

Paul Mellen Chamberlain 2S0 

Hon. Mellen Chamberlain 281 

Mrs. Maria Foster Wood 300 

Deacon Stephen Wood 300 

Nathan Lanesford Foster 321 

Mrs. Elizabeth L. F. Mather 322 

Mrs. Catherine L. T. King 324 

Dr. John Wells Foster, LL. D 326 

Mrs. Elizabeth F. Draper 328 

Judge John Porter 329 

Rev. William Foster Peirce 332 

Deacon John E. Foster 337 

Capt. Joseph Foster 348 

Hon. George Foster 362 

Mrs. G. Spencer Shimmin 367 

Joseph Foster 368 

Joseph A. Foster 369 

Thomas Foster 372 


Dr. E. J. Foster-Eddy 391 

Cony Foster 393 

Gen. John G. Foster 394 

Edward D. Foster 397 

Hon. David S. Foster 405 

Gen. George P. Foster 407 

Samuel K. Foster 413 

Silas W. Foster 427 

James W. Foster, Sr 427 

Major Joseph Foster 429 

Joseph Foster, Jr 431 

Herman Foster 439 

George Reginald Foster 439 

Capt. Alfred H. Foster 442 

David Skaats Foster 444 

Edward C. Foster 445 

Hon. James G. Foster 448 

Nathan G, Foster, A. M 449 

Col. Everett W. Foster 451 

Hon. Addison G. Foster 453 

Parker H. Foster 462 

Sidney A. Foster 463 

Rev. Elon Foster, D. D 465 

Horatio A. Foster 477 

John R. Foster 480 

Frank H. Foster 483 

Massachusetts Coat of Arms 505 

Cover John Foster Almanack 506 

Gravestone Capt. James Foster 508 

Chillingsworth Foster Place 514 

Foster Coat of Arms 516 

Albert Arnold Sprague 543 

Col. Perez Dickinson 547 

Mrs. Deborah Cook 555 

Mrs. Lydia Hyde 556 

Mrs. Emily H. Gary 557 

Edward H. Gary 557 

Capt. Stephen Foster 583 

Mrs. Mary King Foster 583 

Mr. and :\Irs. Hopestill Foster 585 

L. Foster Morse 593 

Herbert Foster Gunnison 596 

Rev. Amos Foster 608 

R. G. Foster 610 

John Foster 624 

Hon. Stephen Foster 625 

Hon. Henry D. Foster 626 

Hon, Austin T. Foster 627 

John Murray Foster 629 

Mr. and Mrs. Volney Foster 631 

Harvey Foster 632 


Mrs. Rebecca Foster 632 

Hon. Henry Lewis Foster 633 

Mrs. Rebecca Foster 633 

Mrs. Lafayette Smith 634 

Mrs. Frances F. Sumner 634 

Dr. Oilman Osgood 641 

Franklin Elwell Foster O42 

Louis Frederick Foster 647 

Col. Theodore S. Foster 648 

Rev. E. B. Foster. D. D 650 

Dr. Wm. Davis Foster 657 

Benjamin G. Foster 658 

Hon. James H. Foster 661 

Mrs. Richard Macauley 663 

George T. Macauley 663 

Hon. George E. Foster 664 

Dr. Daniel Shays Foster 672 

Volney William Foster, Esq 673 

Rear of Volney W. Foster's Resi- 
dence 675 

Albert Volney Foster 676 

Eva Cornelia Foster 677 

Capt. Herbert G. Foster (.82 

Rev. Addison P. Foster. D. D 684 

Capt. William T. Foster 688 

Henry M. Foster 6f)i 

Sumner S. Foster 6q2 

Mrs. E. B. Hutchins 715 

Hon. Amos Gould 716 

Mrs. Louisa Peck Gould 716 

Rev, David P. French 751 

Dr. George G. French 752 

Lucile Foster French 753 

James H. Bullard 756 

Dr. Stephen Sewell Foster 759 

Hon. Paul H. Sweetser 768 

Rev. Edwin C. Sweetser 771 

Major David Thwing 778 

Charles G. Foster 788 

Hon. George F. Davis 790 

Stephen Foste' 794 

Ephraim Foster 795 

Deacon Joseph Foster 796 

Prof. John H. Loomis 797 

Hosea Foster 798 

Charles W. Foster 8uo 

Freeman R. Foster Soi 

Judge Samuel Willard Foster 805 


Autograph Hon. John B. Foster. ... 807 

Gen. Charles H. Howard S08 

Judge William Lawrence Foster. ... 811 

Hon. Asa B. Foster 813 

Rev. Aaron Foster 815 

Rev. Samuel Fiske 816 

Dr. George Foster Fiske 818 

Foster Hall, Chicago University. . . . 819 

Mrs. Nancy Foster 819 

Dr. John H. Foster (steel plate in- 
sert) 819 

Perkins Bass, Esq 820 

John Foster Bass S21 

Rev. Edward Clark Porter 822 

Hon. George E. Adams S23 

Hon. Charles B. Foster S36 

William Elmore Foster 840 

Col. D. Jack Foster 850 

Hon. Charles Foster 855 

George G. Foster 859 

Samuel B. Foster 860 

Autograph Rev. John M. Foster. . . . 863 

James Brown Foster S67 

Foster Coat of Arms 878 

Autograph Christopher Foster 880 

Alonzo Foster 905 

Richard V. Carpenter 1)13 

Charles H. Walden 924 

The Craigie House 937 

Henry Norman Rice ()5i 

Mrs. Lydia L. Pettibone 957 

P. Foster Pettibone 958 

Howard C. Pettibone 958 

Rev. Luman A. Pettibone 959 

Robert S. Pettibone 959 

Moses Foster Sweetser g6o 

Col. Calvin Foster 967 

Rev. Charles F. Foster 976 

Foster Coat of Arms 980 

Dr. Heniy Foster (steel plate insert) 


S. W. Foster loog 

Hon. Charles D. Foster 1013 

Dr. Hubbard A. Foster 1014 

Hon. Henry A. Foster 1025 

] udge Henry A. Foster 103c 

Hon. O. H. Foster 1048 


WHILE makiny historical investigations for Mr. Volney \V, 
Foster, of Evanston. 111.. I found that no adequate geneal- 
ogy of this very prominent and important family had ever 
been compiled. In collecting data for his branch I secured much of 
the other branches, and finally decided to compile this volume, which 
was done after a year's work. A number of small pamphlets in rela- 
tion to the various branches of the Fosters have been printed, and 
have been available. Town, city, county, State, and probate records 
have been examined, from which much valuable information has been 
obtained, and many heretofore disputed points settled. The work 
makes a volume nearly double the size of the one contemplated, and 
includes all Fosters whose ancestors were in this country prior to 
1700. The history of the English branch is intensely interesting, and 
the Americans may well feel a pride in their ancestry. 

The arrangement of the matter is the same style as in my former 
publications; copied after the style in the New England Historical 
and Genealogical Register, it is the simplest, best, and most compre- 
hensive. My thanks are due to all those who have so generously aided 
me in this compilation, and especially to Volney W. Foster, Evanston, 
111.; Mrs. Silas A. Pierce, Grafton, Mass.; F. L. Ora, Esq., Chicago, 
111. ; Frederick Foster, St. Paul, Minn. ; Seymour Morris, Chicago, 
111. , and others. A'ery truly, 

Frederick C. Pierce. 
' Chicago, Oct. 9, 1899. 


^^ 'npHE tirst that is known of the name Foster was about the year 

^jtC I 1050, when Sir Richard Forester, called then by his Latinized 

■"^ ^^ •*■ name, Forestarius, went over to England. He accompanied 

^^ his brother-in-law, William the Conqueror, and his father, Bald- 

^^^ win the IV, the forester, called "Le Debonaire," whose wife was 

^iBi> ^ Adela, daughter of Robert, King of France, and participated in 

the victorious battle at Hastings. 

We find the name first Forrester, then Forester and now 
Foster. In France it is Forestier; in low Latin, Forestarius, from 
Forest a, a wood. In old German it is Forestari, Forstare and now 
m Germany we find it Vorsta-re. The meaning is, one who has 
charge of a forest or forests; one who has charge of growing tim- 
ber on an estate, as in Gesta Romanorum, p. 206: "I am forester 
of the Emperoures in this forest," Or one who lives in a forest 
or wild wooded country. 

"Where foresters and shepherdi dwell."— Wordsworth's White Doe of Rylstone. 
Or, a forest tree as in Evelyn.Silva: "This niceness is more conspicuous in flowers 
and the herbaceous offspring than in foresters." Or, a member of the benefit soci- 
ety so called. It has within its pale some hundred thousand members. 

The Encyclopedic Dictionary has this: Foster, v, t and i [a. s. fostrian from 
fostor, fostur— nourishment ; from foda — food; cogn. with Dan., fostre — to bring up; 
foster — offspring; Icel., fostr — nursing; fostra — to nurse; Sw., foster — Embryo; 
fostra — to foster.] 
A. — Transitive. 

1. To feed, to nourish, to support, to bring up, to nurse. 

"Some say that ravens foster forlorn children."— Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus. 

2. To promote the growth of; to sustain and promote; to forward. 
"Western winds do foster forth our flowers."— Gascoigne; Complaint of Philomerie. 

3. To encourage, to pamper. 

"A prince of great courage and beauty, but fostered up in blood by his naughty father." 

4. To cherish, to harbor, to indulge; as to foster ill-feeling. 
B. — Intrans: To be fostered or brought up together. 

Crabb, in Eng. Synom thus discriminates between to foster, to cherish, to 
harbor and to indulge: "To foster in the mind is to keep with care and 
positive endeavors; as when one fosters prejudices by encouraging every- 
thing which favors them ; to cherish in the mind is to hold dear or set a 
value upon; as when one cherishes good sentiments, by dwelling upon them 
with inward satisfaction ; to harbor is to allow harm in the mmd, and is gen- 
erally taken in the worse sense, for giving admission to that which ought 
to be excluded ; as when one harbors resentment by permitting it to have a 
resting-place in the heart; to indulge in the mind, is to give the whole mind 
to, to make it the chief source of pleasure." 

Foster, fostre, fostra — a nurse or foster mother or father, a fosterer. 
"God was mv foster, 
He fostered me 

Under the book of the Palm tree." —Longfellow. 

Foster, forester. A contraction of forester in which form it still exists as a 
proper name. It is several times used by Spenser, and is found in the 
romance of Be vis of Hampton. Percy explains the word as; "Foresters of 
the King's Demesne" (Nares). 
"A foster was he sothely."— Chaucer. 


Lower's Family Names. — Foster — sometimes a contraction of Forester; but 

there is an origin at least equally probable; viz., fosterer, one who feeds and 

has the charge of children instead of their parents. "When a gesithcund- 

man left his land, he was at liberty to take away his Reeve, his smith and 

his child's Fosterer." Laws of Ina', King of Wessex, Thrope, i, 145; Arch- 

feologia, xxxiii, 277. 

Prof. John Fiske, the most eminent historian in the country to-day, in writing 

to the author in relation to the origin of names, says; T^e origin of surnames is 

not perfectly clear. The largest and most familiar groups of surnames are either 

(i) patronymics, such as Johnson, Jones, Wilson, etc. ; or (2) names of villages and 

estates, such as Washington, Frothmgham (a corruption of Fotheringham), Green- 

ough (green field). Holmes (meadowj, Etherston (Adder's Stone), Stanley (Ftony 

pasture), etc. ; or (3) names descriptive of occupation or social position, such as 

Mason, Carpenter, Franklin (country squire). Baker and its feminine Baxter, 

Thatcher acd Thaxter, Weaver and' Webster, Draper, Smith, Fletcher (afrow- 

maker). Chapman (merchant). Cooper, Butler, Cartwright, Sargent, Waterman, 

Sawyer, Chandler, Bishop, Abbot, Clark, Constable, Spencer (steward), Grosvenor 

(chief huntsman), Woodward (forest-keeper), Youmans (yeomanj, etc. 

The earliest use of family names in England was about the beginning of the 
eleventh century. Long before that time, indeed, clan names were common, and such 
were always patronymics, e. g., Fotherings, the descendants of Fother; Beormings, 
the descendants of Beovm; Icklings. the descendants of Ickel. At the time of the 
Anglo-Saxon conquest of Britain (fifth and sixth centuries) it was customary for a 
clan to settle in a stockaded village by itself, and all English towns whose names 
end in ham or ton, preceded by ing, were originally the abodes of single clans; e. g., 
Birmingham, home of the children of Beorm ; Icklington, town of the children 
of Ickel. Besides these general clan names no others were in use except individ- 
ual names, such as Alfred or Edith. 

The use of family names, beginning in the eleventh century, increased slowly. 
It was not until the fifteenth century that such names became nearly universal, and 
also stationary. At first they were shifting in usage. Thus, the same man might 
be called Henry Wilson, because his father was named William, or Henry Frothing- 
ham, because he lived at the village of Fotheringham, or Henry Draper, because of 
his occupation. If the son of this Henry were named Robert, and were any kind of 
a worker in metals, from an armorer to a blacksmith, he might be known as Robert 
Harrison or Robert Smith. Surnames had not ceased to fluctuate in this way until 
the fifteenth century, and it was not until late in the sixteenth that more importance 
began to be attached to the family surname than to the individual baptismal name. 
It appears, therefore, that in tracing back the Foster genealogy into the ninth cen- 
tury, we are approaching the time at which difficulty must arise from fluctuations of 
surname. In the thirteenth century we should be quite likely to encounter such 
confusion and to find the helpfulness of surnames in tracing genealogies vastly 

Surnames derived from estates or localities seem to have been the first to be- 
come stationary, and next after them the surnames derived from trade or ofiice, 
since sons have so commonly followed their fathers in business. 

We are at first struck with the fact that barbarians commonly use such names, 
both for individuals and for clans. Such individual names as Grey Wolf or Yellow 
Raccoon often owe their origin to some personal peculiarity or to some irrecoverable 
incident. Among American Indians, and in general among barbarians all over the 
world, the clans are apt to have such names as Wolf, Eagle, Salmon, Turtle, etc. ; 
the totem, or symbol of the Wolf clan, the idol or image of its tutelar deity, is likely 
to be a rude image of a wolf or wolf's head; and in many cases the clan is supposed 
to have had a wolf for its first ancestor. 

Shall we say, then, that animal surnames in modern English are sur\nvals of 
ancient heathen clan-names? To this view there seems to be a serious objection. 
The conversion of our Ecglish forefathers from heathenism to Christianity was 
completed in the seventh centurv, at least four hundred j-ears before the earliest 
use of surnames in England. The old clan system, moreover, had crumbled to 
pieces long before the Norman Conquest. It is not likely, therefore, that habits of 
naming characteristics of the old heathen clans could have persisted long enough to 
give rise to a whole class of surnames so late as the eleventh and twelfth centuries. 
Between the ancient systems of totem devices and the heraldry of the Middle 
Ages there were many analogies and doubtless some points of connection ; though, 
on the whole, the former must be regarded as the predecessor of the latter, not as 


its ancestor. The medieval heraldry was growing up in England during the 
eleventh and twelfth centuries, and it made an extensive use of conventionalized 
heads of familiar animals, not merely lions, wolves, and bulls, but many kinds of 
bird and fish, as well as such imaginary creatures as dragons, griffins, and cock- 
atrices. For example, Lucy is the heraldic name for pike, and the shield of the De 
Lucy family bears on a field gules three lucies or. From this emblem the family 
surname is likely to have arisen, just as Geoffrey Plantagenet was so called from the 
sprig of broom or genesta plant worn in his helmet. The familiar name of Pike, as 
well as that of the Puritan magistrate. Sir Thomas Lucy, who arrested Shakespeare 
for poaching, has probably come from the heraldic use of pikes or lucies. 

The explanation which serves for one of this class of animal surnames might 
perhaps serve for all ; but there is another point to be considered. Heraldic devices 
were used not only upon banners and coat-of-arms, but also upon signboards, not 
merely of inns but of other places of business. In days when reading and writing 
were not common accomplishments, such devices were in general use, and they 
survived down to a recent time. For tavern signs they are not yet extinct. In old 
times, as often at the present day in Europe, the shop and the homestead were 
usually contained in the same building. Thus in the seventeenth century the father 
of John Milton, who was a solicitor, notary public, and law-stationer, had his office 
and his home in a certain house known as the Spread Eagle, in Bread Street, 
Cheapside. Over the front door was the figure of an eagle with outstretched wings. 
For four or five centuries before Milton's time, in going through any town, you 
would have passed by a succession of such signs of hawks, cranes, dolphins, salmon, 
lambs, and bulls, thus finding your way to the particular shop and homestead'of 
which you were in quest. The principle upon which the signs were chosen is not 
always obvious. Sometimes a family name may have suggested the sign, as if a 
man named Crow were to paint a black crow over his door; but in early times the 
sign undoubtedly preceded and suggested the name. The family which dwelt at 
the sign of the crow came to be called Crow, in the same way that a family which 
dwelt at a country house called Greenough or Greenhalge (green field) came to be 
called by the name of the house. 


Below will be found the English and Flemish* ancestors of 
Reginald Foster and undoubtedly of all the other emigrants to 
JIassachusetts in an early day, and in fact every one now bearing 
this name in the world. The first of the name was: 

1. ANACHER GREAT FORESTER of Flanders died in 
S37, had son. 

2. BALDWIN I, OF FLANDERS (Anacher Great For- 
ester), the Forester called "Iron Arm" on account of his great 
strength, some say on account of his being constantly in armor. 
He married the Princess Judith, daughter of Charles,' the Bald.f 

King of Aguitenia and Neustria, or in other words the greater part of modem 
France. He built castles at Bruges and Ghent to defend the country against the 
Normans. He died at Arras in 877. and was succeeded by his son. 

3, BALDWIN II, OF FLANDERS (Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester), 
the Forester, married the Princess Alfrith, daughter of Alfred the Great, King of 
England. He made war against Endes, Count of Paris, who usurped the French 
crown and defeated him. He died in 919 and was succeeded by his son, Arnulf of 
Flanders, the Forester, who was succeeded in gSS by his son. 

4. BALDWIN III, OF FLANDERS (Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great 
Forester), the Forester, called "of the handsome beard," married the daughter of 

* See Galway, Ireland, "Vindicator" of Oct. 20, 1806, for genealogical chart of the Blake For- 
ester branch. 

t Charles II, the Bald, King of France, 
was son of Charlemaene. Emperor of the We; 
who was son of Charles I, King of France. 


the Count of Luxemborg. He was a great warrior and defended his country against 
the united forces of the Emperor Henry, King Robert of France and the Duke of 
Normandy. He died in 1034 and was succeeded by his son. 

5. BALDWIN IV (Baldwin III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great For- 
ester), the Fores'.er called "Le Debonaire," married the Princess Adela, daughter 
of Robert, King of France, by whom he had issue. 

6. i. BALDWIN V, the Forester, 

7. ii. ROBERT FORESTER, surnamed ''the Frislander," from his having 

conquered the Principality of Frisland. « 

8. iii. MATILDA or Maud, m. William I, surnamed the Conqueror of Eng- 

land. William, Duke of Normandy, was bom in 1024. He was sur- 
named the Conqueror, from his triumph over Harold at Hastings, on 
the 14th of October, 1066. and was crowned King of England by Al- 
dred, Archbishop of York, at Westminster Abbey on the 2gth of De- 
cember in the same year. His children were : i. Robert, surnamed 
Courthouse, successor to the Duchy of Normandy, d. at Cardiff Castle, 
Feb. 10,1134. 2. Richard, killed by a stag in the New Forest, and 
d. a youth. 3. William Rufus, successor to the crown of England, 
known as William II, d. Aug. 2, iioo. 4. Henry, successor to the 
crown of England, after his brother, known as Henry I. He d. from 
eating too freely of lampreys Dec. 2, 1135. 5. Cicelie, who took the 
veil at the monastery of Fescamp, and was afterward abbess to the 
Holy Trinity at Caen, where she d. in 1126. 6. Constantia. m. Alan 
Fergant, Earl of Brittany, and d. Sept. in 1 1 26. 7. Alice, contracted 
to Harold. S. Adela, m. Stephen, Earl of Blois, and had 5 ch. 9. 
Agatha, d. unm., but betrothed to Alphonzo, King of Galicia. 10. 
Gundred, m. William de Warren, Eaii of Surrey, and d. May 27, 1085. 

9. iv. SIR RICHARD FORESTER, called in those days by his Latinized 

name of Forestarius. Sir Richard and his father, Baldwin IV, passed 
over to England with his brother-in-law, William the Conqueror, and 
received the honor of knighthood after the decisive battle of Hastings, 
being then in his sixteenth year, from whom sprung the Foresters of 
Etherston and Bamborough Castle in Northumberland, and the Blake 
Foresters of Ashfield and Knockmoy Abbey, County of Galway and 
Inchorey Castle, County of Clare. 

The Forester family were the principal chieftains in Northum- 
berland and allied by marriage with all the eminent northern families, 
viz., the Fetherstones, Grays of Chillingham, the Fenwicks, the Lord 
Barons of Hilton, the Mittords. Barons of Mitford, from whom the 
Earl of Redesdale, the CoUingswoods of Dislington, the Radcliffes, 
Earls of Derwentwater, the Haggerstons of Haggerston ; the Russels 
from whom the Duke of Bedford, and others too numerous to mention. 
Many of the family were distinguished for their deeds of chivalry and 
warlike actions, and at; the siege of Acre, A. D. 1191, a party of 
Saracens, having sallied forth and surrounded King Richard, he 
would have been overpowered and made prisoner had not Sir John 
Forster, who seeing from a distance the danger in which the King 
was placed, pushed forward with couched lance followed by his 
retainers shouting, "To the rescue! a Forester! a Forester!" The 
King then cut down the Saracen leader whose troops retreated before 
Sir John, who for his bravery and timely assistance received from 
King Richard a grant to bear a Chevron vert on his shield. There is 
a monument to his memory in Bamborough Abbey bearing his effigy 
in full armor. In a song on the battle of Otherbowine, in 1238, the 
Foresters are placed first of the clans mentioned : 

"The Forster, Fenwick, CoUingwood, the heroes of Renown, 
High in the ranks of Lord Percv, the war a.xe hewed down, 
The Percies in that vengeful fight, both were prisoners taken, 
But for the Douglas' dead body were 3-ielded up again." 

The Forsters of Bamborough Castle were Lords of Blanchland in 
Northumberland, and for several generations they were Knights 
Bannerets, Lords Warden of the Middle Marches, High Sheriffs of 
Northumberland and hereditary Governors of Bamborough Castle 
from the reign of James I to that of George I. The Forsters of ' 
Etherston — the head of this house — from whom those of Bamborough 


descended, won their honors on the field of battle; and their descend- 
ants, of Huntdon (Hunsdon), by their profound skill in legal knowl- 
edge. Sir Richard Forester, the son of Baldwin IV, ,was suc- 
ceeded by his son. 

Baldwin III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester), who marched against 
Magnus, King of Norway, when he invaded England A. D. i loi. In the battle that 
ensued King Magnus was slain and his troops routed. Sir Hugo d. in 1121, leaving 

11. i. SIR REGINALD. He was knighted by King Stephen for his valiant 

conduct at the battle of the Standard, fought Aug. 22, 1138. He died 
in 1156, leaving a son and successor. 

12. ii. SIR HUGO, a person of great eminence during the reign of King 

Stephen, who appointed him Chief Guard of the Royal Forests of 
England. In 1152 he witnessed a deed in Northumberland in which 
he is styled Foresturious (the Latinized name of Forster). He bore 
for arms a shield argant, three bugles or stringed gules. 

13. SIR WILLIAM FORSTER (Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, Bald- 
win IV, Baldwin III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester). He took an 
active part in suppressing two formidable insurrections that broke out in Wales A. D. 
1163 and again in 1165. In 1166 he took his departure for France, the people of 
Brittany having rebelled against their Duke Conan, but the insurrection was quelled 
by Henry II with his usual promptitude, and afforded him a pretext for taking the 
government into his own hands. Sir William was then about returning to England, 
but Henry becoming involved in hostilities with Louis VII he remained and took 
part in all the engagements; but the war terminating by the peace concluded at 
Montmirail, Jan. 6, 11 69, he returned to England and d. in 11 76. He was succeeded 
by his son Sir John. 

14. SIR JOHN FORSTER (Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, 
Baldwin IV, Baldwin, III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester). He 
I ccompanied Richard I to Palestine, where he received the honor of knighthood for 
his valor. He was one of those who compelled John to sign the Magna Charta in 
12 1 5. He d. in 1220 and was succeeded by his son. 

15. SIR RANDOLPH FORSTER (Sir John, Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir 
Hugo, Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, Baldwin III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great 
Forester). He accompanied Prince Richard, brother of Henry III, to France in 
1225, the Prince being sent by the King for the purpose of regaining his French 
provinces. After a year's fighting an armistice was agreed upon, but the French 
King dying before its expiiration, the hostilities were agaifi renewed, but ended in 
very little result. He d. in 1256 and was succeeded by his son. 

16. SIR ALFRED FORSTER (Sir Randolph, Sir John, Sir William, Sir 
Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, Baldwin HI, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, 
Anacher Great Forester). He assisted Prince Edward after his escape from the 
rebel barons in raising an army for the purpose of releasing his father, Henry III 
and Prince Richard from their confinement, and was appointed one of the King's 
officers. Having collected his army Prince Edward fought the battle of Eversham 
Aug. 4, 1265, in which he was victorious. Sir Alfred received the honor of knight- 
hood on the battlefield. He d. in 1284 and was succeeded bv his son. 

17. SIR REGINALD FORSTER (Sir Alfred, Sir Randolph, Sir John, Sir 
William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, Baldwin HI, Baldwin 
II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester). He fought at Bannockburn in 13 14, and d. 
in 132S and was succeeded by his son. His descendants were great chieftains, 
many being knighted, and being closely allied to the Royalty in Scotland, Ireland, 
Wales and England. Sixty-one (61) of this family held the offices of mayors or 
sheriffs of the town of Galway. Frances Blake Forster left five (5) children, two (2) 
sons and three daughters, who still survived and one of whom, Capt. Blake Forster, 
J. P. of Forster Street House in this city (Galway) and Bally Keale, County Clare, 
is the present (1S66) head of this (Blake' Forster) family. There is a monument to 
the memory of Sir John Forster (of the time 1190) in Bamborbugh Abbey, being'^his 
effigy in full armor. Sir Reginald's son was: 

iS. SIR RICHARD FORSTER (Sir Reginald, Sir Alfred, Sir:Randolph,'Sir 
John, Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, Baldwin III, 
Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester), He fought at Cricy Aug. 25,^1346, 
and at Poitiers Sept. 19, 1356. He was knighted for his valor. He d. in I37i,leav- 
ing a son. 


19. SIR WILLIAM FORSTER (Sir Richard, Sir Reginald. Sir Alfred, Sir 
Randolph, Sir John, Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, 
Baldwin III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forster). He took an active 
part against the French for Henry V, by whom he was knighted He was succeeded 
by his son. 

20. SIR THOMAS FORSTER (Sir William, Sir Richard, Sir Reginald, Sir 
Alfred, Sir Randolph. Sir John. Sir William. Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, 
Baldwin IV, Baldivin III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester). He 
was of Etherston Castle, Knight, b. 1397, married Joan Elwerden, co-heiress to the 
Earldom of Angus, which is now in abeyance. He was succeeded by his son. 

21. SIR THOMAS FOSTER (Sir Thomas. Sir William, Sir Richard, Sir Reg- 
inald, Sir Alfred, Sir Randolph, Sir John, Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir 
Richard, Baldwin IV, Baldwin III, Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester). 
He was knighted, and married the daughter of Fetherstonbaugh, of Stanhope Hall, 
Durham, Chief of the Fetherston clan. This family is of Saxon origin, and was 
seated at Fetherston, in Northumberland, before the Conquest; that part of the 
country having been allotted to its progenitor, a Saxon officer, for his gallant con- 
duct against the Britons. The house in which the family resided was formerly 
upon a hill, where were two stones — called fether stones. The house was destroyed 
and a new edifice erected under the hill, which valley was locally denominated a 
haugh, hence the name Fetherstonehaugh. Sir Thomas' children were: 

22. i. SIR THOMAS. He was knighted, was of Etherston, and married the 

daughter of Lord Baron Hilton, of Hilton Castle. His children 

24. I. SIR THOMAS, m. Dorothy Ogle. 

25. 2. PATRICK. 

26. 3. ROGER. 

27. 4. REGINALD. 

23. li. SIR ROGER. 

24. SIR THOMAS FORSTER (Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir 
Thomas, Sir William, Sir Richard, Sir Reginald, Sir Alfred, Sir Randolph, Sir John, 
Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, Baldwin III, Bald- 
win II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester). He was of Etherston, Knight, who 
was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1564, and also in 1^72 married Doroth)% dau. 
of Ralph, Lord Ogle of Ogle,* and Baron of Bothall of Bothall Castle by Mary his 
wife, daughter of William Gastroigne of Lawthrop, Knight in Yorkshire. His 
children were : 

28. i. SIR THOMAS FORSTER, m. Feorina WTiarton. 

29. ii. SIR JOHN FORSTER, Knight of Bamborough Castle. 

30. iii. REGINALD, who left only a daughter. 

31. iv. ROLLAND, who left only a daughter. 

32. V. ROBERT, ancestor of the family of Forsters of York, Baronets. 

33. vi. ELIZABETH. 

34. vii. AGNES. 

35. viii. DOROTHY, who m. Henry Neville, b. of Sir John Neville of Levassy. 
28. SIR THOMAS FORSTER (Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir 

Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir William, Sir Richard, Sir Reginald, Sir Alfred, Sir Ran- 
dolph, Sir John, Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, 
Baldwin, III, Baldwin II. Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester). He was a Knight 
of Etherston, married Feorina, dau. of Thomas, Lord Wharton of Wharton. He 
was of Adderstone, High Sheriff of Northumberland. Will dated April 4, 1589, 
and had children. 


37- ii. CUTHBERT FORSTER, m. Elizabeth Bradford. 

37. CUTHBERT FORSTER (Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir 
. Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir William, Sir Richard, Sir Reginald, Sir 

Alfred, Sir Randolph, Sir John, Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, Sir Richard, 
Baldwin IV, Baldwin HI,' Baldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great Forester), m. 
Elizabeth Bradford. Will dated 15S9. His children were: 

38. i. SIR MATTHEW FORSTER, knighted April 24, 1617. 

39. ii. THOMAS FORSTER of Brunton Esquire, who m. ]\Iargaret Forster, 
dau. of Richard of Zungwell Hall, Esquire, and had one dau. , Elizabeth : he married 

*The Ogle family; is of very great antiquity in the county of Northumberland in England. 
Sir Robert Ogle, Knight of Ogle, was the eighth in lineal descent from Humphrey Ogle who 
settled at Ogle at the Conquest; his wife was the daughter of Lord Bothall. 


2nd. Elizabeth Carr, dau. of William Carr of Ford, Esquire, and will dated June ig, 
1648, and had issue. 



42. 3. REGINALD FORSTER m. Judith— and Mrs. Sarah Martin. 

42. REGINALD FORSTER (Thomas, Cuthbert, Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, 
Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas, Sir William, Sir Richard, Sir 
Reginald, Sir Alfred, Sir Randolph, Sir John, Sir William, Sir Reginald, Sir Hugo, 
Sir Richard, Baldwin IV, Baldwin III, iBaldwin II, Baldwin I, Anacher Great For- 
ester), b at Brunton, England, about 1595, came to America with wife. Judith, 
and seven children. 


Sir Walter Besant, the celebrated English novelist, has written an intensely 
interesting novel entitled "Dorothy Forster." Of the family history in his second 
chapter he has this to say: 

There are in Northumberland (one may thank heaven for it) as many Forsters 
as there are Fenwick's, and more. First it hath been said (but irreverently) the Lord 
made Adam and Eve; and then he made the Forsters. They are. indeed, as ancient 
a family as any in the county, as ancient in the county as the Percys, who belong 
also to Susse.x, or the Radcliftes, who came from Cumberland. The ancient and 
original seat of the Forsters from time immemorial has been at Etherston, which is 
being interpreted, the Adder's Stone. An old rmg of the family, now in possession 
of John Forster, Esquire, of Etherston, commemorates the origm of the name, 
being shaped like a twisted viper with tail in mouth, and set with a precious stone. 
There is a snake or dragon connected with many old and illustrious families. The 
legend of the Forsters' adder is lost. Mr. Hilyard once made for me a ballad or 
a song about it, but so full of knights, shepherds, nymphs, and cool grots (of which 
there are not many in our part of the county), that I thought it fantastical, al- 
though ingenious: The shield of the Forsters is: argent: a chevron vert between 
three bugle horns stringed gules, and for crest a bent arm and a hand bearing a 
broken lance. The Etherston quartering is also argent: on a bend cottised sable 
three martlets. The motto is "Si fractus fortis;" but, like the Fenwicks, we have 
our family legend, namely, — 

Let us dearlie then liolde 
To mynde ther worthine^ 

Had left us to posses. 

There are branches of the Forsters everywhere; at Bamborough, at Stokesly in 
Yorkshire, at East Bolton, at Tuggall Hall, at Aldermarston, in Berwick, in Jama- 
ica, descended from Claudius, nephew of Sir Claudius Forster, in London, and I 
know not where else. With these branches we have nothing here to do, save to 
mention them with respect as flourishing offshoots of a brave old stock. Especially 
however to be considered is the noble branch of Bamborough, founded by Sir John 
Forster, the valiant and trusty Warden of the March, under good Queen Elizabeth 
for twenty-seven years, and Governor of Bamborough Castle. It~was to his son, 
Sir Claudius, that King James made a grant of the castle and manor. This made 
him a man of greater importance than his first cousin, Mr. Forster, of Etherston. 
Yet it is a proud thing to be the head of the house, which will ever be the happiness 
of the Forster who holds Etherston. 

They have always been, like most Northumbrian families, blessed with 
numerous progeny. One of them had twenty-one sons and a daughter; being un- 
surpassed in this respect, even in Northumberland, except by Sir William Swinburne's 
father, who, to be sure, had thirty children. How great a happiness to bring up 
so many valiant sons to fight England's enemies and maintain the glory of the 
country! By marriage, especially before the Reformation, into which many noble 
Houses of the North would never enter, the Forsters were connected with nearly 
every family of gentle birth m the North ; viiiflici-t. Lords Crewe, Wharton, 
Hilton, and Ogle; the Radcliffes, Snaftoes, Swinburnes, Chaytors, Selbys, Herons, 
Carnabys, Crasters. Ridleys, Fenwicks, Salkelds. Greys, of Chillingham and of 
Howick; Coles of Brancepeth, and Ordes. By marriage with a Radclift'e, the For- 
sters of Bamborough acquired the Manor of Blanchiand ; and by marriage with a 


Selby, that of Thornton. One of the Forsters was Lord Chief Justice of England, 
another was a puisne judge; many of them were sheriffs and knights of the shire. 
Their history is, in a word, part and parcel of the history of Northumberland itself 
that is to say, of the great and glorious realm of England. 

This book is written for no other purpose than to set forth the true character of 
a gallant and honorable gentlemen which hath been much defamed ; and especially 
by one who hath eaten his bread, drunk his wine and jeceived many favors at his 
hands. The name of this gentlemen is Thomas Forster, generally called the Young- 
er. It was he who commanded the princes English forces during the unhappy 
Rebellion. The hand which writes his history is that of his sister. She is unprac- 
ticed in the penman's art, therefore unskilled in the trick of making the false appear 
the true. Yet she can narrate faithfully the things which happened, she can show 
hypocrites and villains, stripped of their disguise, the horrid wretches which they 
are, and she can tell how gallant gentlemen and loyal subjects of the lawful sover- 
eign of these realms (whom may God restore!) were betrayed to their o\\-n undoing. 

No one should be able to speak of a man so well as his own sister. As for his 
wife she knows him only when he has arrived at manhood, and has no knowledge 
of the time when he was a stripling, ine.Kperienced and ignorant, though perhaps 
full of brave intentions, or a boy at school under ferule and discipline, or a curly- 
headed laughing child. The sister remembers the growth of her brother's mind; 
she has watched (if she be an elder sister) the hesitations of the boy, his first doubt- 
ful flights , seeming, like the needle when the compass is shaken, to incline now 
here, now there, until it settle toward a steady north, as toward the straight and 
narrow path of honor which leadeth to heaven. To a wife a man presents himself 
completed; at his best; like'a finished work, a picture framed, a poem written and 
printed. As for myself, it is true that I remember not my brother Tom as a child, be- 
cause he is older than myself, but I knew him as a young man while he vi-ore his own 
hair still tied up by a ribbon, and went fibout dressed in gay sagathy and woolen 
stockings, and great thick shoes for week-day use; with broadcloth and silver but- 
tons, thread stockings, silver buckles in his shoes, and a silk ribbon for his hair on 
Sundays and holy days. A brave and gallant lad he was, better at hunting than at 
reading, fonder of sport than of books, hearty with all, ready with a laugh 
and a triendly word with rich and poor; and gifted with a natural love for friendli- 
ness, companionship, and good-fellowship, which made him beloved of all. He is 
dead now, and his fortunes broken and gone, and his enemies may say, as in the 
Otterbourne Ballad; — 

Now we ha' 
All the w( 

!Many have drawn comparisons between Mr. Forster and his gallant companion- 
at-arms. Lord Derwentwater, who, it must be owned, drew all hearts by qualities as 
rare as they are admirable. But she makes bold to maintain that if loyalty, fidelity, 
and courage may command respect, then we must give respect to the memory of Mr. 
Thomas Forster. These virtues were conspicuous in him, as in all his line. Like a 
river in a champaign country which runs evenly between its banks, so is the race of 
Forsters: like the River Coquet, which is now deep, now shallow, now gliding 
through open fields, now running under rocks, now under high hanging woods, 
is the race of the Radcliffes: and, like that river, they are most beautiful just before 
the end. 

The father of this Thomas Forster was Thomas Forster, commonly called the 
Elder, of Etherston. He remained a private gentlemen, taking no office until after the 
death of his cousins of Bamborough. Then he became sherilT of the county and, be- 
tween the years 1706 and 1710, knight of the shire. In the House of Commons he 
made no greater figure than a gentleman of Tory and High Church principles gen- 
erally desires to make. Thus he was never a prater, nor did he waste the time of 
the House with idle talk and argument, being always well advised beforehand 
which side was the right, whose arguments would be the better, and prepared to 
vote, when called upon, with his friends. He, therefore, acquired the respect 
which Parliament is always ready to accord to members who sit silent and vote with 
their party. It would, indeed, have pleased him best could the measures have been 
brought forward silently, and voted without any speeches at all. It was a poor re- 
ward, he said, for the fatigue of a journey from Etherston to Newcastle, and from 
Newcastle to town, to sit out a long and tedious debate, when one's mind was al- 
ready made up, and argument can produce no more effect than s%vanshot on the 
back of a tortoise. He married, while in his twenty-first year, his second cousin 
Frances, daughter of Sir William Forster of Bamborough. By her he had issue, 


namely, Thomas Forster, aforesaid ; John, who is now the possessor of Etherston ; 
Margaret, the eldest of the family, married to Sir William Bacon, of Staward; 
Elizabeth and William, who both died young; and Dorothy. It was the misfortune 
of these children that their mother, who was as virtuous and prudent as she was 
beautiful, died while they were all of tender years, and Dorothy, but a little lassie, 
indeed, too young to feel the blow which fell upon her, and too ignorant to join in 
the resentment which filled the breasts of her elders when her father, forgetting the 
incomparable virtues of the wife he had buried, married a second time. This mar- 
riage lasted but a short while, ending most tragically in the shooting by accident 
of madam. Would not one think that any man would plainly see in the death of 
two wives the plain injunctions of Heaven to wed no more? Yet my father tempt- 
ed Providence and married a third time, his wife being now a certain Barbara 
Lawes, from the South Country, whose birth was not such as to warrant this eleva- 
tion and who understood not the Northumberland people, or their speech or their 
ways. She brought her husband two children, Ralph, who lived to be thirty years 
of age, and Jlary, now married respectably to Mr. Proctor. 

As to my father, he was the easiest and kindest of men ; all he asked for in 
the world was rest and a quiet life; to this he was surely entitled by reason of his 
birth, his fortune, and his good health. As for his fortune , it was moderate; an 
estate, some few hundreds a year, and a house as good as any, except the great cas- 
tles in the county. Etherston Hall is a mile or so from the 'little hamlet of Lucker 
and four miles from Bamborough. It is a large, square house, as full of modern 
conveniences as any gentleman may desire; the sitting-rooms are wainscoted with 
walnut wood; it has sash windows, glazed with crown glass, which make the rooms 
light and pleasant in all weathers; there are stoves to burn a coal fire, as well as 
andirons for wood; in the parlor where we took our meals there was a high-backed 
chair for madam, and a great oaken settle for my father, who loved the wooden seat 
of the North Country, with its cupboard below, in which w^ere kept all kind of stores 
there was a shelf of books if any wanted to read; there were stillroom, dairy, and 
great cellar well stocked with 'ale. both small and October, wine, both French, 
Spanish, and home-made, and whisky, brandy, and Hollands. Outside there was a 
stately garden full of fruit trees and planted with every kind of flower, fruit and 
herb; and to screen the house from the cold north and east winds there was a thick 
plantation, call it rather a small wood or coppice, containing all the trees that afford 
thick foliage and .shelter, as, outside, firs and pines, and within, wychelm, sycamore 
ash, rowan, and so forth. "Why," my father would say, looking around him, 
"there is no better house in Northumberland for the entertainment of one's friends, 
nor, upon my word, doth a pipe of tobacco anywhere taste so well, whether it be in 
the settle by the fire, or in the garden beneath a tree. Go fetch me one, Dorothy 
my girl." Seeing how much he loved to be at home it may be thought surprising 
that he should have endured so long the fatigue of Parliament, the discomforts to 
a country gentlemen of living in London, and the burden of the long journey to 
London and back again. Yet a gentleman must not shrink from the duties imposed 
upon him by his position, and when it became necessary for him to become knight 
of the shire, he accepted the office with courage. 

I have no cause for repentance as regards the Fifth Commandment, and am easy 
in my conscience concerning ray duty to my father. The Fifth Commandment, 
altho'ugh it hath been held by some to enjoin submission to all one's superiors in 
rank, fortune, place, affinity, or age, yet surely was never intended to include step- 
mothers. If it was. Heaven forgive the Forsters, for they have greatly sinned. 
Still, without seeking, like Adam in that pitiful e.Ncuse of his, to shift the blame 
upon another, it is not unjust to say that the beginnings of the quarrels were gener- 
ally made by madam, who desired to rule her step-children, now growing tall and 
beyond her control, as if they were still litt;le ones, and her own. My sister Mar- 
garet, the eldest, a girl of uncommon spirit, was quite able to hold her own. Per- 
haps madam was wrong when she charged her with inciting the younger ones to dis- 
obedience, but I am sure that Tom was right when he, grown too big to be beaten, 
even by his father, stood between madam and his little sister Dorothy, swearing 
that he would not let madam lay finger upon her, whether she deserved it or not. 
Let her go beat her own children as much as she pleased. 

"Dame." cried her husband, when madam complained, "must I forever be 
going about with a whip in my hand, like an overseer in a negro plantation? Do 
you let the children alone, and they will let you alone." 

Then would she sit glum in a corner till Dorothy went to ask pardon, and all for 
a time would go well again, and over a pipe of tobacco and a pot of October my 


father would talk with Tom about his horses and his hounds. When my sister Mar- 
gret married and went away, the household became more peaceful. Between Tom 
and Dorothy, she being a child and he a lad who was always ready to promise 
anything, besides that he regarded his younger sister with singular affection, it was 
presently arranged and understood that when they grew up they would live together 
away from Etherston House, and quite apart from madam. The compact was 
made long before it seemed likely that it would ever be carried out; but then, who 
knows the decrees of Fate? Nothing, according to th^ French proverb, is more cer- 
tain than the unforeseen. 

"We will live together," said Tom. "Cheer up, Dorothy. We will go and live 
somewhere as soon as I come of age to do what I please. Then madam will have 
no one to flout but Jack — poor Jack!" 

It is sad to remember the quarrels which occurred daily between these jealous 
children and their step-mother. She would rush into my father's presence loud m 
complamt, scolding like a mad woman, though perhaps it was but a mere trifle, call- 
ing loudly for rods and whippings, lamenting the day that ever she came into a house 
where the children were so disobedient, upbraiding her husband for his lack of se- 
verity, and calling on the precepts of Solomon, who is nowhere so clear as on this 
point of punishing children. (Yet Rehoboam, who was, no doubt, very soundly 
flogged, did not turn out altogether such a son as the wisest of men and fathers 
could regard with pride.) On the other side stood Tom and Dorothy, she hanging 
her head and holding her brother by the hand ; he angry, flushed, with fiery eyes, 
meeting accusation with denial or with charges of his own. When the angry wife 
flung out of the room, the poor father would turn a perplexed face to his children. 

"It is hard," he would say, " that a man cannot come home and hang up his 
wig and find peace without quarrels and fault-findings. Tom, you villain, why 
anger madam? Dorothy, child, go ask pardon for both, and then sit down and let 
us be happy." 

Peace was attained presently when, in a happy day, ;\Ir. Hilyard came to the 
house. No one, before his arrival, understood how to treat the fancies of a whim- 
sical woman, to humor her prejudices, and to keep her in good temper. Of Mr. 
Hilyard more presently. For the moment, suiificient to note that my father soon 
learned to trust in him for the maintenance of an unclouded sky at home ; my step- 
mother looked to him for such personal services and attentions as were necessary 
to keep her in good temper; my brother Tom, for such money (to be begged of my 
father) as he wanted for his personal pleasure; Jack, for mediation in order to save 
him from punishment; and Dorothy, for amusement and instruction, combined with 
the fingering of the spinet, of which she was always fond, and over which she at- 
tained, thanks to JNIr. Hilyard, a proficiency (she may fairly say) equaled by few. 
There was never, sure, such a tutor in any family as Mr. Antony Hilyard. 

By my mother's side we came from the Bamborough Forsters, a branch of the 
family more distinguished in the world than the mainstock, and remarkable for the 
gifts of politeness and love of learning. Madam Frances Forster was the elder 
daughter of Sir William Forster, of Bamborough and Blanchland, by Dorothy Selby, 
his wife, daughter of Sir William Selby, and granddaughter of Ferdmando, Lord 
Fairfax. There were nine children of this marriage, viz., William the eldest, who 
married his second cousin, Elizabeth Pert Forster, but died in 169S without issue 
(she afterward married Lord Stawell, and enjoyed a charge of .^350 a year upon the 
estate); John, the second son, who died unmarried in 1699, aged thirty-one years; 
Ferdinando, of whom more immediately ; Frances, my mother; and Dorothy, the 
youngest, whose birth caused the death of her mother. 

This Dorothy, my aunt, grew up a most incomparable beauty, the equal of 
whom was not to be seen anywhere in the county. In those days, and until the 
death of Ferdinando, there was open house kept at Bamborough, with so much com- 
pany and such prodigality and lavishing of good things as no other house in the 
county could show. It was ever a distinction between the Forsters of Etherston and 
those of Bamborough, that the former were quiet gentlemen, lovers of home, and 
not profuse of expenditure, while the latter were large-handed, hospitable, and never 
so happy as when they were spending money with open hands and both hands. 
True, they had a great estate. Sir William first and his sons afterward lived as 
freely as if they had an endless revenue. They were not spendthrifts, nor did they 
throw money away in riotous living; but they lived at a great rate; their house was 
always open for any one who chose to enter; their stables were full of horses; their 
cellars full of wine ; their rooms full of company ; grooms and varlets in plenty lived 
upon them; they even went to London. Mada'm, I remember, was forever wonder- 


ing how the Bamborough people could afford, even with their means, this great 
expense, and looking forward to a sudden end with the satisfaction at other people's 
misfortunes which makes many women rejoice to play the part of that Trojan 
princess who constantly foretold disaster. But she was one of those who concern 
themselves continually with the affairs of other people, and are never so well pleased 
as when they have some one's fresh misfortune to discuss, or some certain disaster 
to foretell. 

To the beautiful Dorothy the coming and going of fresh company meant the 
arrival and dismissal of so many lovers, for all men fell in love with her at first 
sight. Those who were too old' lamented their youth ; those who were married 
wished they were single for her sake ; those who were rich trusted in their acres ; 
those who were poor hoped she would accept their poverty. In a word, they all 
with one consent began to ask her in marriage before she was seventeen years of 
age. But she would have none of them, not from pride, nor from a desire to make 
a great match (because, being a Forster, she knew that she could marry no one 
better than a plain Northumberland gentleman), but because she was young and 
happy, contented to wait single for a while, and because of all the lovers there was 
none who touched her heart. 

"My dear," she said once long afterward, to her niece, "a maid so young is 
simple and expects more than she can get; this man is too tall, that man loo short, 
another too fat, another is boorish, another drinks too much wine, another has a 
hasty temper — as if she must needs have a man made on purpose for her. The 
gentlemen pleased me well enough to converse with, though sometimes they were 
coarse in their talk (a thing which gentlewomen cannot too strongly reprehend), 
but I liked not the prospect of spending my whole life with any one of them all. I 
desired, in short, more than a plain gentleman can be expected to give. Heaven 
hath granted my desire, save for one small particular, which, perhaps, I forgot to 
pray for, or I might have had that as well. My husband, most admirable in all other re- 
spects, had lost what many yoimg women would prize the most — his youth. Yet he 
gave me a great place and high rank, with great learning and piety, beyond what 
may be lookej. for, even in a bishop; wisdom more than one expects, even in the 
House of Peers; and, my dear, unfailing love and consideration for woman's weak- 
ness, which is as rare as it is delightful. " And with that her beautiful eyes filled 
with tears, but not of sorrow. 

For there came to Alnwick when she was staying in their house in that town, 
being then but just eighteen, the great Bishop of Durham, Lord Crewe, upon a con- 
firmation. Perhaps, but I am not sure, she was herself confirmed by him on that 
occasion. He was then fifty-six years of age, and, though there is so great a dis- 
parity between fifty-six and eighteen, and between a grave bishop and a giddy 
maiden, his lordship fell in love like any young country squire with Dorothy, and 
proposed to marry her. To me it seems a truly awful thing to marry a bishop of 
the English church, and I am not surprised that Dorothy refused him. Being still 
in her youth, she was naturally inclined to gayety, mirth, laughter, dancing, and the 
company of the young, which is a quite sufficient reason for her refusal, and we 
need seek no further. Yet it was a great match, for he was not only Bishop of Dur- 
ham (that is, a Prince Palatine, with power to appoint his own sheriffs, and almost 
sovereign in his own diocese), but he was also a great statesman (he had made many 
enemies in his political career), and, besides this, a peer of the realm by birth and 
succession, the only member of his sacred profession who could boast of that dis- 

When his lordship found that his suit did not prevail he went away, and pres- 
ently married a widow — Penelope, the relict of Sir Hugh Tynte. But when, ten 
years later, she died, he found that he still remembered the beautiful Dorothy — 
probably he had never forgotten her — and he again offered her his hand and title. 

"Child," she told her niece, "when one arrives at twenty-eight, the pleasures of 
youth have all been tasted. I had been to London, and seen the glories of the 
Park, the theater, the Row, the gaming-table, and the town of London. Nothing is 
solid, I had already learned, except the joys of rank, dignity, and wealth. When 
my lord came to me again he was, it is true, ten years older — he was sixty-six — yet 
I assure you that he bore himself still with the uprightness and strength which most 
men show at forty, having no shadow of ailment or weakness, or touch of infirmity. 
I was, therefore, sensible of the great honor he proposed to me when he asked me 
again to become his wife. My dear, that venerable hand which I presumptuously 
rejected at eighteen I accepted with gratitude at eight-and-twentj-, and have had 
no reason since for a single day to regret my decision. Pray Heaven my lord hath 
continued to regard his marriage with the same feeling of satisfaction 1" 


Of that, indeed, there could be no doubt, because the bishop remained to the 
end an ardent lover. 

Such then, was the family of the Forsters — a goodly trunk, with many \4gorous 
boughs — their original seat at Etherston, with many stately houses and broad lands, 
belonging to the off-shoots and younger branches : a house received with the respect 
due to an equal by all the great Northumbrian families, one which is numbered 
among those whose origin mounts to the time of th^ Conqueror or earlier. Their 
name is not like that of the Fenwicks or the Swinburnes, of territorial origin, but 
is, perhaps, a corruption of Forester. They were, Mr. Hilyard says, the family who 
first seized upon the Forest, or they were the King's Foresters. In the old times, 
when they were always fighting, there was need of as many as could be produced, 
for the nien were mostly doomed to early death fighting on the Border, and the 
women, more to be pitied, doomed to mourn for husbands, sons, and brothers. So 
that to both alike fate was unhappy. But that time has passed away. There is 
peace upon the Marches; and if wicked men stir not up the waters of strife, it is a 
time for sitting every man beneath his own fig-tree, his wig hung upon one peg, 
and his sword upon another; his helmet placed beside his forefathers' monuments 
in the church, above the old coat of mail ; a pipe of tobacco in his mouth, a brown 
tankard of October cider upon the table, with him a friend or two, and talk grave 
or cheerful, as the time and mood may suggest, while the sun slopes westward, and 
the shadows lengthen, and the dark crypt of Bamborough Church draweth nearer 
every hour. « 

The way in which Tom Forster, junior, of Etherston, became Tom Forster, of 
Bamborough, was as follows: 

On August the 22d, in the year of grace seventeen hundred and one, Mr. Ferdi- 
nando Forster, the youngest and only surviving of the three brothers. Member of 
Parliament, was entertaining a company of gentlemen to dinner at the Black Horse 
Tavern in Newcastle. Now, there had been anger (for what reason I know not, and 
have never heard) for a long time between Mr. Forster and Mr. John Fenwick, of 
Rock. It has always been maintained that Mr. Forster was a gentleman of easy 
and cheerful disposition, who bore no malice, and was unfriendly to no one; also 
that he was ready and willing to an amicable settlement of their differences what- 
ever they might be, haling nothing so much as bad blood, and being ready to for- 
give private injuries so far as his honor would allow. Unfortunately Mr. Fenwick 
was of an opposite temperament, being choleric, vindictive, and hot-headed. Also, 
conceiving that he had been wronged, he went about demanding vengeance, and 
breathing threats whenever he should meet his adversary. Was it not, therefore, a 
most unfortunate accident that he should be in Newcastle on that same August 
morning? And what should be said of the mischievous wretch (reported to be Mad 
Jack Hall) who informed to this angry man that his enemy was at the Black Horse? 
Thither he rushed, maddened by his great wrath, and, bursting into the room where 
Mr. Forster sat with his friends, did assail him with reproaches, insults, curses, and 
foul names of so outrageous and intolerable a kind that there was nothing for a man 
of honor to do but (having first called upon his friends to take notice that the quarrel 
was forced upon him) to rise and follow the aggressor into the open street. At the 
White Cross they stood, and both drew their swords. Mr. Hall, who bad followed 
Mr. Fenwick, drew his sword as well, with intent to act as second. Just then, before 
the weapons had crossed, Sir. Forster's foot slipped, and he fell upon the stones. 
What followed is dreadful to tell, and shows how rage may even make an honorable 
gentleman blind and mad. For Mr. Fenwick, without awaiting for his adversary to 
recover, or to be in a position to defend himself, instantly ran him through the 
heart, so that he fell dead. It has always been said that Mr. Hall should have pre- 
vented this cruel murder by striking upon Mr. Fenwick's sword with his own. and 
there are not wanting those who call him as much a murderer as the unhappy man 
himself who did the deed. I know not how this may be; but so much is certain, 
that nothing afterward ever prospered with Mr. Hall; but he was pursued with con- 
tinual disaster to the day of his violent ana untimely end — a clear mark of Heaven's 
displeasure. They seized Mr. Fenwick red-handed, so to speak, and lodged him in 
prison. A month later he was led forth and hanged for the murder — a melancholy 
and disgraceful end for a gentleman of his birth and fortune. 

The intelligence of this terrible crime was brought to Etherston by Mr. Hilyard 
the next day. He lay at Bamborough that night, and so heard the news among the 
first. Madam was sitting in the garden with the two boys, and Dorothy, Tom be- 
ing then seventeen and Jack five years younger. 


"Alas!" she cried, when she heard the news — the children looking at each other 
in amazement, not knowing what to say. "Alas! sure some great wickedness, boys, 
must have been committed by your mother's family. First it is John, then William, 
and now Ferdinando; all gone in three years. Of nine children there remains but 
one. These things, we are assured, are visited upon the third and fourth genera- 
tion. Tom, it would become thee to repent, lest it be visited upon thee as well." 

"When I find out what I am to repent of," said Tom, sullenly, because he loved 
not to hear the least reflection upon his mother's family, "I will repent. My 
mother's family have brought nothing but honor to us, as far as I know. Mean- 
while, there is some credit in being worth notice. Now, a Lawes might steal a pig 
and be hanged for it. and his grandchildren never a penny the worse. ' ' 

"With submission, madam," Mr. Hilyard interposed hastily, to prevent further 
words, "this crime may lead to your step-sons's singular advantage. For, if Mr. 
Ferdinando had left no will, I mistake much if the estates do not devolve upon him, 
or upon him and Lady Crewe together." 

, "Will Tom have Bamborough?" madam asked. "Then he must not have 
Etherston as well. That," she added, thinking of her own son, not yet born, 
"should be divided among all the other children, however many there may be. The 
law is unjust as regards the younger sons. No woman would ever be a second wife 
did she know how her own children would be served." 

"I doubt not, madam," said Mr. Hilyard, "that should the occasion arise, his 
honor will prove as just and as generous as you would desire." 

"Their father," madam replied, tossing her head, "would give all to Dorothy 
had he his own way. When justice is to be done, Mr. Hilyard, come to me about 

'As for me," cried Tom, the brave lad, his face suddenly flushing "it will be 
my business to avenge the death of my uncle. What! The breath only just out of 
his body, and we are talking of his succession !" 

'Nay," said Mr. Hilyard, "as for the murderer, he is in prison; they say that 
he will be tried for his life. Let me advise you rather to keep this melancholy story 
before your eyes as an example, never to be forgotten, of the danger of ungoverned 
wrath, which Lactantius calls a cruel tempest of the mind. Thus, as is recorded, 
began the madness of Ajax." 

They brought the body of Mr. Forster to Bamborough, and buried him in the crypt 
below the chancel. It was observed that no longer procession had ever been known 
at the funeral of any one; nay, it is even said that when the coffin was borne into 
the church, the tail of the long line of mourners was yet a whole mile away from 
the porch, and they had to wait till all had reached the church, though all could not 
find room within, before they began the words of the Funeral Service. The chief 
mourner was my brother Tom, and after him my father, at the head of so great a 
gathering of Forsters that you might think them an army in themselves. Then 
came the county gentlemen and private friends, and lastly the tenants and the com- 
mon people, who wept tears of unfeigned sorrow, for they had lost a landlord and 
friend of a kind heart, although one who spent at a great rate and lived beyond 
his income. The foxhunters gave their brother sportsman the last view holloa, as 
one fires a volley over the grave of a soldier; and the Manor House provided a 
noble supper for all the mourners, of high and low degree, with as much drink of all 
kinds as their grief could crave, so that few, indeed, departed sober from that last 
tribute of respect to the murdered man. 

It was proved to be as Mr. Hilyard thought, Mr. Forster had made no will. 
Therefore, the Bamborough estates fell to Lady Crewe and Tom as co-heirs, each 
to take a moiety. 

"Dorothy," Tom cried, "what we agreed to do shall be done. As soon as I am 
of age, and can go to live at the Manor House, thou shalt come too, and we will live 

A noble inheritance indeed, even if one only had a moiety or half part! Not 
only did it include the manors of Bamborough and Blanchland, but also the rectory 
and monastery of Shotley, the manor of Thornton, houses at Alnwick and elsewhere, 
fishing rights on Tweed and Derwent, and presentations to four livings and chap- 
elries. Tom never wearied of enumerating his lands and possessions. 

"As to her ladyship," he said, "she may have children and she may not. If she 
have none, then the whole will be mine. And whatever happens, we shall live in 
the Manor House, Dorothy, and we will have a noble time— you and I together. 
She has a dozen palaces and castles; she will surely not grudge rne the simple Manor 
House of Bamborough." 


But as yet he wanted three years of twenty-one, and for the present he must 
needs have patience. 

Presently, little by little, there began to leak out uncomfortable reports that all 
was not as it should 'be with the estate. For first he heard of a charge of /350 a 
year in favor of Will Forster's widow — a monstrous and most greedy jointure, truly, 
when one considers that on many estates as large a poor /'40 a year is all that a 
younger son or daughter may look for. Xext he heard of a rent-charge of ;f 500 a 
year created by the late Sir William Forster to pay for some of his profuse expend- 
iture. This was bought up by Lord Crewe, no doubt at her ladyship's expressed 
desire, for v^ But the bishop was one of the most wealthy men in the king- 
dom, and could well afford even so great a sum. Here, however, was a goodly 
cantle cut out of the estate. Half the annual rent gone at once. Tom, for his part, 
showed little or no concern about it. "There remains," he said, "another ;^Soo a 
year, beside the houses. There is a good deal to be done with the half of ;/^8oo a 
year. And I am the heir of Etherston as well." He looked on his heritage of 
Bamborough as a means for living as he wished until the Etherston property fell in. 

Yet he ought to have felt that there is a sad falling-off from the v;i,6oo or so of 
revenue enjoyed by Sir William to the enjoyment of only a moiety of ;{^Soo a year. 
There were other creditors and claims upon the estate also, of which we knew noth- 
ing and. happily as yet, suspected nothing for some time. 

The heir of both'Bamborough and Etherston was a much more important person 
than the heir of Etherston alone. Lady Crewe, who, to speak the truth, took little 
notice of her sister's children while her brothers were living, now showed a very par- 
ticular interest in Tom, and wrote many letters upon his course of life, both to him 
and to his father. She begged earnestly that he might go to Cambridge, pointing 
out that, although her nephew's inclination lay not so much, as she understood, in the 
direction of books, it would be well for him to make the acquaintance at that ancient 
seat '.of learning of the young men, his contemporaries, and to learn how matters 
of importance are regarded outside Northumberland. Tom went to St. John's 
CoUese with Mr. Hilyard for his tutor. Here, however, he remained but three or 
four terms. Then her ladyship pointed out that a country gentleman has to become 
a magistrate, so that it is most desirable for him to know law, and entreated him to 
enter at Lincoln's Inn, and reside in London for a part of each year, in order to 
study the Acts of Parliament and the powers of a justice of the peace. To this, 
however, Tom objected, saying that his father and his grandfather had been justices 
without going to Lincoln's Inn, or knowing any law at all, and that, to his mind, a 
gentleman should not dirty his fingers with the quibbles and shifts of lawyers. In 
this he continued, although he was reminded that one of his cousins had been Sir 
Thomas Forster, Justice of Common Pleas under King James I., and another, Sir 
Robert Forster, no less than Lord Chief Justice of England under Charles I. Then 
Lady Crewe wrote another letter, in which she clearly told her nephew that his 
rusticity and that of his friends was such as to unfit him for the posts of distinction 
open to the owner of Bamborough (her brothers, indeed, especially Ferdinando, had 
been gentlemen of most courtly and finished manners, acquired in the most polite 
society of St. James's), and that if he would neither study law nor letters, it be- 
hooved him, under proper tutelage, such as that of Mr. Hilyard, to travel into Italy, 
and so to acquire the manners of the great world. I knew not at the time, and 
none of us were courtiers enough to discern, that her ladyship, in taking all this 
trouble, was endeavoring to make her nephew understand that it was her design to 
make her nephew, the successor of her brothers, no loser by their expenditure, pro- 
vided only he would show himself worthy of her bounty. 

This project she never abandoned, being always most jealous for the honor of 
the Forsters, although the events which followed prevented her from carrying it into 
effect. Yet Tom was so foolish as to fall into a great rage upon receiving'this letter, 
alleging that, as for his manners, he was not ashamed of them, and they were those 
of his father and his friends, that he was not for his part going to become a London 
beau, and as to traveling in foreign parts, to be sure the prince was in France, but 
what' had an English gentlemean to learn from a set of mangy French and scurvy 
Italians? And as for distinction and the holding of high posts, he might show her 
laayship some day that he was as capable of distinguishing himself as any man in 
Northumberland rusticity or no rusticity. 

"Thou wilt not be guided by the wisest of women, boy," my father said. "She 
is the wisest of women because she is led by the wisest and most crafty of men. 
Thou wilt neither to London nor to foreign lands, though here is Mr. Hilyard long- 
ing to go with thee. Well, stay-at-homes have litttle wit; ignorance breeds conceit; 


I have myself been to London and seen the Court, but as for you, Tom, thou art 
pure rustic. Besides, though I am a simple and unlearned person, content to stay 
at home, they will not, I fear, suffer thee the same liberty. For thou hast more to 
lose, and where the carcass is thither the eagles gather." 

Then Lady Crewe privately exhorted Mr. Forster to take care lest his son, 
through ignorance of the world, should be tempted into some rash enterprise, like 
that of Sir William Fenwick, who was executed for treason in the year 1696; to 
remember that fierce spirits were always abroad, endeavoring to stir up immature 
risings, and to hatch foolish plots for the destruction of unhappy gentlemen; and to 
be assured that though her own favor and that of her husband would be continued 
to her nephew should he move prudently, that favor would certainly be withdrawn 
should rashness plunge him into difficulties with the Government, with much more 
to the same effect. 

"Her ladyship is right," cried my father. "None so hot for the sovereign as 
my lord bishop till King William comes to the throne. Then he must needs run for 
it and try the air of France. Running is a very noble exercise when you are young. 
My lord is out of favor now, and he is getting old. and would fain stay where he is, 
and I think he would like to taste once more the sweetness of court smiles, but 
still one who loves the old house. This should be the safest plan, Tom. Be guided 
by the bishop. He will never go over to the other side, and yet he will never put 
his neck in the noose. Wherefore my son, remember that conspiracies are hatched 
by men who have got nothing to lose; it is easy for an Irishman who has got his 
neck and little else to talk wild and vapor, but for us, who have a name and an 
estate which we have held together for seven hundred years and perhaps more, 
the risk is too great. I do not say, neither, that we are to turn Whigs. We who 
fought for the Stuarts stand by them still. They made my grandfather sheriff and 
knight; they gave Sir Claudius the Manor of Bamborough; saving our religion — 
and our estates, Tom — and our estates, bO}', mind that — we follow the Stuarts 
always. When the voice of the country is clearly for the prince, the Forsters will 
come with the rest. But when thwacks are going, let those who began get first 
their share of the hammering, while we stand by and see which way the battle is 
likely to go. Therefore, when thou art of age. Tom, take care to write nothing, to 
promise nothing, to sign nothing. As for what may happen, we know nothing. 
The Dutchman hath no children: let us wait; the Princess Anne may follow but we 
know not. Let us wait, and meantime lie snug all." 

However, there were two years to wait before the coming of age, which was in 
the year 1702. By consent of Lady Crewe, Tom was allowed during this time to 
use the Manor House as if it was already his own, and many were the days which 
we spent in the old place, sometimes with Mr. Hilyard for tutor and companion, 
spending whole weeks there. The house was not larger than Etherston Hall, but 
it was, in a way, more splendid. There were portraits on the walls of Sir Claudius 
his nephew. Sir William, his three sons, the wife of the eldest, my own mother, and 
the beautiful Dorothy. Truly there never was a more lovely and charming face 
than that of this portrait, the original of which I had as yet never seen except when 
a baby. It represented her at the age of twenty or twenty-one. She had a face 
round rather than oval; a sweet, rounded, dimpled chin; a mouth more like a rose- 
bud than the lips of a woman ; light brown, curling hair, lying in a cluster about 
her forehead, which, Jlr. Hilyard said, was too ample for the Greek idea of beauty, 
their Venus being low of forehead ; the nose was full ; the eyes were dark brown, 
and of a singular brightness. (I reflected with inexpressible joy, when looking upon 
this sweet face, that my own eyes were of the same color and brightness, and my 
own hair of the same hue, and the same tendency to twist and curl itself about my 
forehead. ) When gentlemen, past the age of thirty or so, came to the Manor House, 
they gazed at the portrait and sighed, remembering her beauty, and thinking, no 
doubt, how great a thing it would have been to marry so lovely a woman. When 
the young men came, they looked upon the portrait with such wonder as they might 
experience in looking upon that of Helen, Cleopatra, or fair Dido. "She moves," 
said Mr. Hilyard, "a goddess confessed. Never, since those fair women of old, has 
there been her like. Sometimes I think that Sappho may have had those eyes, 
which are yours also, Miss Dorothy ; and Lucretia that look, in which you greatly 
resemble your aunt; and Venus herself that dimpled chin, which I am glad to see 
remains still in the family." 

There were other portraits, but these were the best. 

The house itself is of two stories, and is built in the modern fashion, 'having 
square sash windows, two on one side the door and one on the other. It looks from 


the front upon a triangular green, planted with a clump of trees, having a pant at 
the end, and a field at the base. On the right is the church, and on the lett is the 
broad street leading to the castle. At the back is a garden, not so big or so well 
provided as that of Etherston, because, by the seaside, everything will not grow; 
but it has a great store of herbs and fruit trees, with currants, gooseberries, and 
strawberries in season, lavender and other plants for strong waters and perfumes, 
and herbs for medicine, though Nature hath been so benevolent as to plant things. 
for suffering man's solace in every hedge, so that, though there is plenty of tooth-' 
ache in the world, there is also plenty of trefoil, yarrow, and groundsel root; and, 
though none may catch a cough, there is no fear of using up all the ground ivy ; and, 
though men will cut themselves, their wives can gather for nothing as much com- 
frey, self-heal, and valerian as will cure their wounds. 

A goodly garden and ancient, with a trim lawn as well, on which bowls could 
be played; and a sundial, which had marked the flight of time for many hundreds 
of years; and a fountain, which was stopped, and would work no longer till Mr. 
Hilyard set it agoing ; and then one marveled how we could have found the garden 
perfect without the pleasant plash of that jet of water and its rainbow sparkle in the 

In every season — summer, winter, or autumn— it was pleasant to walk in the 
garden, and to look over the low wall at the end of it, and the green meadow 
beyond it, acrosst he broad sea which stretches away till sea and sky meet. A 
stormy sea it is when the northeast winds blow, and many have been the wrecks 
upon the rocks and islets off the shore. To live in the^Ianor House was in itself a 
help to cure our rustic ways of thought and speech. i<or not only were there por- 
traits, but also pictures brought from abroad, pictures of Roman Catholic saints — 
there was a martyr, I remember, set up as a target for the arrows of his persecu- 
tors — of hunting parties, of battles by sea and land. Jlr. Hilyard would stand 
before these pictures and discourse with great learning to me upon the Italian, 
Spanish, French, and Dutch schools, and the chief merits of each. There was also 
tapestry, but not much. Mr. Hilyard told me of the famous tapestry wherein is 
represented the Norman Conquest. There was a cabinet full of curiosities brought 
home by travelers in foreign parts — among them a stone picked up in the Garden of 
Gethsemane, and a garland of thorns bought in Jerusalem. This cabinet afforded 
Mr. Hilyard the opportunity of many a discourse. There were also books — not one 
shelf only, as we had at Etherston — but many shelves. There were Baker's 
"Chronicle," Holinshed's "History," Sibbe's "Soul's Conflict," a volume of Jeremy 
Taylor, Camden's "Britannia," Grey's "Choregraphia," a "History of the Lives, 
Travels, and Sufferings of the Apostles," with pictures, very moving; Record's 
"Arithmetic," the "Marrow of Mathematics," Hartmann's "True Preserver of 
Health," Burton's "Melancholy," Drake's "World Encompassed," Evelyn's "Gar- 
dener's Almanack," the "Paradise Lost" of Milton, the Plays of Shakespeare, 
Bacon's "Essays," Quarles's "Emblems," Butler's "Hudibras," in which Mr. Hil- 
yard greatly delighted — I know not why, because I could never read it with pleas- 
ure — and a great many more. I read in most of these books, and, I hope, sucked as 
much profit from them as was to be expected of a girl. To be sure, I had beside 
me always a most patient, learned, and kind commentator, who spared no pains to 
make me understand obscure passages, and to illustrate places which, before he 
spoke of them, seemed unintelligible. An ignorant reader is like a poor man with 
empty purse, who walks along a valley strewn with diamonds and precious stones, 
which he neglects because he knows not how priceless are the stones beneath his 
feet. Pity it was that Tom would neither read nor listen. 

On Sunday's, when we all went to church in the morning, there was a great and 
noteworthy difference after Tom became the half owner of Baraborough. For, as 
often happens in old churches, this of ours was divided and parceled out among'the 
gentry. 'The north transept belongs to the Greys of Howick, the south transept to 
the Radcliffe's, although they are Papists; the north part of the nave belongs to the 
owners of Lucker, the south to the Forsters of Etherston, and the chancel to the 
Forsters of Bamborough. While, therefore, my father, with madam and Jack and 
the children, sat in their pew below the pulpit, Tom, and I with him, and Mr. "Hil5'ard, 
because he was the tutor, walked proudly into the chancel and sat in a great pew 
raised three feet above the ground, so that you mounted by steps. The seats were 
lined with red velvet, very worn. Above us hung our own scutcheon, showing the 
RadcViSe ^£ur-de-/is among the Etherston martlets; on the other side was the great 
marble monument of Sir Claudius, who died at Blanchland ; and, hanging on the 
wall, the helmet and iron coat of some other Forster long since dead and gone. 


Beside us was the stone effigy, with crossed legs, of Sir Lancelot du Lac, concern- 
ing whom Mr. Hilyard had a great deal to say, as to whether he was not a Forster, 
and thus misnamed from the tradition of some great exploit or deed of arms. 

It is an old and crumbling chancel. Among other things it contains an ancient 
window, through which the unhappy lepers outside could formerly see the elevation 
of the Host within. Separating chancel from nave is an open screen of carved 
white stone, a good deal broken. When we stood up for the reading of the Psalms 
and the singing of the hymn I could see through this screen the back of the vicar at 
the reading-desk, and in the pew below the pulpit my father's best Sunday wig in 
the crispest curl, and madam's hat and ribbons. Beyond the pews of the gentlefolk 
were the seats of the common people, worn black and shiny by generations of the 
humble worshipers. I suppose that in Heaven there are no velvet-lined pews, with 
steps to mount, and stoves to keep one warm in winter; but it seems fitting thus to 
separate gentle and simple, and doubtless even in Heaven there are degrees —one 
cannot understand that a prince and a scullion will ever sit side by side. As for 
me, I confess that it was with great pride that I sat beside Tom in the chancel, 
reflecting that, although my father was the head of the older stock, the noblest and 
best of the family came from Sir John, the great Warden of the March and Governor 
of Bamborough Castle — the most splendid possession of his grandchildren. 

There was never a day, when I was at the Manor House, but I passed some of it 
within the old walls, clambering, exploring, and running from one broken chamber 
to another until I knew every chamber and every vault in the great pile. When 
I climbed the broken stairs and stood upon the giddy top of the half-roofed keep, 
I used to look around me with such pride as a Percy should feel at Alnwick or at 
Arundel. I was prouder even than my brother of the stately place, though he never 
wearied of rehearsing the greatness of his folk. A noble castle, indeed ! This is 
none other than the Castle of King Ida, called the Royal House. King Edwin lived 
here ; miracles were worked here by saints for the preservation of the castle ; Wil- 
liam Rufus sat down before it; David Bruce was a prisoner in it ; the breaches in 
the broken walls were caused by the cannon of the Yorkists. Why, whenever I 
read the history of England in Holinshed or Baker, I turned over the pages and 
looked out the places where the castle is mentioned, and then my foolish heart 
would glow with pride. But surely there could be no more delightful place for a 
young girl's playground and place of meditation. The keep alone remains entire 
out of all the towers, bastions, forts, and strong places which once stood here ; but 
their ruins still stand. In some places there are broken stone steps leading up to 
chambers whose floors are gone, windows gaping wide, and roof long since torn oflf ; 
in others there are deep dungeons, open now to the light of Heaven. At night, I 
used to think, the groans of dead prisoners still ascend to the sky. From the top of 
the keep one may look out to sea and behold the Fames lying beneath one as on a' 
map; to the north is Holy Island, with Us ruined church and castle on a hill; to the 
south is black Dunstanburgh, where the Seeker may be seen nightly by those who 
look for him ; and inland lie the fields and woods belonging to the Forsters. In 
early summer the rock on which the castle stands, black and terrible in winter, is 
covered, wherever the least ruggedness affords space for a morsel of earth, with 
tufts of grass and flowers. There are the thrift, the bell campion, and the trefoil, 
crimson, white, and blue, very pretty to look upon. Later on, the sandhills, about 
which the rabbits keep running all the year round m thousands, are covered with 
flowers of other kinds, the names of which I knew and their properties, thanks to 
Nurse Judith and Mr. Hilyard. 

Often Mr. Hilyard came here with me, telling out of his vast knov^ledge stories 
of the days when this place, now so silent and ruinous, was filled with knights and 
valiant men-at-arms, when the courts resounded with the hoofs of horses, the voices 
of the soldiers, and the clank of iron heel. He could restore the castle as it used to 
be, and would mark out for me the inner bailly, the outer bailly, the portcullis, the 
postern, the outworks, the chapel, the stables, the kitchens, and all, until in imagin- 
ation I knew the castle as it was when the Percys were its governors. No others 
came to the old castle except myself and Mr. Hilyard; it was quite lonely and de- 
serted. In stormy weather the waves leaped up to the very walls, while the gulls 
flew screaming and the wind whistled. In the evening, when the twilight fell, I 
would sit among the fallen stones, seeing in the shadows o£ the pile grim spirits of 
the dead, and hearing in the breeze the voices of departed saints, kings, knights, 
bishops, and prisoners, brave men, and fair ladies, whose ancient joys and suffer- 
ings made this place as sacred as the churchyard. 

As for Tom, he cared little about the antiquity of the Castle or its past history. 


his chief desire being for the time to arrive when he could call the place his own and 
be out of tutelage, and his principal occupation being hunting of fox and of otter, 
riding, shooting, fishing, badger-drawing, stalking the wild bulls of Chillingham, 
cock-fighting, dog-fighting, with the other manly sports in which young men delight. 
He took great pleasure, in those days, in the wild-fowl shooting on the islands; many 
a time he has taken me with him when he had no other companion (Mr. Hilyard's 
stomach being unable to stand the motion of the boat). Then we would sail through 
the waves to those wild and desolate rocks covered with the nests of the sea-birds 
which rise screaming from under the feet of the rare victor. The cries of the 
birds, the whirr of their wings, the whistling of the wind, the dashing of the waves 
are the only sounds upon these lonely islands where St. Cuthbert built his hermit- 
age. They are, indeed, a truly fitting place for the gloomy recluse, who (though 
doubtless a holy man) dared to call the half of the Lord's creatures unclean, and 
forbade a woman even to set her foot upon the place where he resided. Many pious 
women have gone into voluntarj- retreat and hermitage, but one never yet, I believe, 
heard of a woman thus speaking of man as to call him unholy or unclean. The 
walls of St. Cuthbert's house yet stand m ruins on his deserted island, but there are 
now no human beings within their shelter. 

I learned to know all the birds by their flight, their crj', and their feathers — the 
St. Cuthbert ducks, who make nests of the seaweed, the Tom Noddies, the skouts, 
the guillemots, the shags, the kittiwakes, the gulls, the brockits, the rock pigeons, 
the sealarks, and the jackdaws who build in the rabbit-holes. In those days, who 
so brave and handsome as young Tom Forster, leaping lightly from rock to rock, 
fowling piece in hand, his long hair tied in a ribbon, and blown behind him by the 
sea breezes, his gray eyes bright, and his cheeks ruddy? What but a great and 
splendid future could await a lad so gallant? As for the girl that ran behind him, 
as agile as her brother, dressed in short petticoats and thick shoes with woolen 
stockings, she was a slip of a thing then, with dark brown eyes (like those of her 
aunt), and long fair curls flying under her hat. Her brother, though he sometimes 
swore at his grooms and thrashed the stable boys, never had a harsh or unkind word 
for her, nor she any thought for him but of tender and true affection. P.ty it was 
that one of natural abilities so good would never read and acquire wisdom. 


The English Home of the Fosters for Many Years — A Description of this 

Gigantic Medieval Castle — Of Its Interior and Exterior — Bamborough 

Church and the Buried Fosters — The Fame Islands. 

Bamburgh is on the eastern coast of Northumberland, about fifteen miles from 
Alnwick. The castle stands upon a rising eminence of basaltic rock, which at this 
point is of great thickness. 

By some writers it is thought not unlikely that Hamburg was one of the Roman 
Stations in the reign of the Emperor Agricoba. But be this as it may, there are no 
remains about the works of the present castle that will in any way bear out this sup- 
position. It is not till the time of the Saxons that the page of history begins to 
dawn upon 

"Ida's castle, huge and square." 
This king began his reign inthe year 550, and with 'his name the castle of Bam- 
burgh has for centuries been associated. 

If there are no remains about the castle associating it with the Romans there is 
equally little to justify us in connecting it with the Saxons. But this is not surpris- 
ing, as most of the defenses of that period were composed of wood. 

It was not till the time of the Normans that a different state of things crept in, 
and when wood was superseded by stone. 

About the earliest mention we have of Bamburgh is by the venerable Bede, who 
says, "in the year 625 the nation of the Angels, living on the lands northwards of 
the Humber, with the king, Edwin, received the Christian faith through the mission 
of Paulinus, by whom the royal convert, with the nobility of his nation, and many 


people were baptized at York on the 12th April, 627," and that after this event the 
Holy Bishop tarried with Edwin for more than a month at the northern stronghold. 

Hamburgh, "the royal burgh," is supposed to have derived its name from 
"Bebba," one of the early queens of Northumbria. But its greatness, antiquity and 
renown is derived from the fact of it having been the place where the good Bishop 
Aidan spent much of his time. 

Oswald had not been long on the throne ere he comrtyssioned Aidan, one of the 
brethren of the convent of lona, to instruct the people of his kingdom in the way of 
religion. Previous to this there was no church or alter in Northumbria. 

In 651 the Mercians, under Penda, inflicted great hardships and cruelties upon 
the inhabitants. The invaders, on arriving before the walls, endeavored to take the 
place by surprise, but being thwarted in the attempt they ne.xt proceeded to encom- 
pass the fortress on the land side with wood and thatch, and setting fire to this, the 
flames suddenly rose above the highest towers and ramparts. Aidan, at that partic- 
ular time, was upon the island of Fame, where he was wont to resort at particular 
periods, and anticipating the deadly havoc that would befall those within the walls, 
at once invoked the divine aid to counteract the subtle machinations of the 
enemy ; nor were the prayers of the bishop allowed to go unheeded, for all of a sud- 
den the wind became changed, which caused the flames to rage violently amongst 
the besiegers. This was regarded as an intervention on the part of Providence, as 
it had the effect of causing the seige to be raised. 

It was at Bamburgh where one of the first Christian churches in Northumbria 
was reared, and within this small wooden structure Aidan was peacefully reclining 
when his spirit was summoned to "the abode of the just." 

There can be little doubt but that durmg the whole of the Saxon rule in this 
country, the castle of Bamburgh would play a very important part, often will it 
have shared in victory and adversity. There are instances in its historj- when its 
towers, walls and ramparts successfully resisted the attacks of the enemy. Its geo- 
graphical position would betoken much strength and resistance, and in more recent 
times this was amply exemplified on the occasion, when for nearly three months it 
withstood the formidable assaults of the soldiers of Edward IV. 

Bamburgh, like other neighboring towns, experienced in the past all the evils 
attendant upon civil and warlike commotions. On more than one occasion its walls 
and places of habitation were burnt to the ground, and the inhabitants subjected to 
the greatest cruelties, but most heroically were those inflictions borne, for as soon 
as the storm was over there arose from the ruin a fortress stronger and more formid- 
able than the one it supplanted. 

During Saxon times the castle was famous for the great advantages it possessed 
in the shape of a stronghold; this was chiefly owing to its situation. But great as 
the fortress was in those times, there can be little doubt that the castle at a subse- 
quent period became still more famous for its walls and towers of defense. It is 
rather remarkable that a place so rich in lore and traditional associations should 
possess no remains of the sturdy Saxons who first settled withm its domain, yet at 
the same time it must not be forgotten that Bamburgh forms no exception to the 
general rule, for of all the monuments raised in Northumbria by this brave people, 
very few now remain to tell of their existence. In the invasion of England, logi, 
by Malcolm, King of Scotland, Bamburgh is brought into prominence, for it was 
here that Mowbray, Earl of Northumberland, took refuge when he refused allegiance 
to William II. A good deal of the masonry of the castle may be attributed to that 
period, notably the towers and walls facing the mainland. 

The King and his army pursued Mowbray to the outer walls of the castle, but 
after tarrying a few days, they found it impregnable and consequently resolved to 
move southwards ; but before leaving he took precautionary steps to guard and 
watch the movements of the insurgents. The King caused a wooden structure to 
be erected not far from the castle, and this was called "Malvcisin," which signifies 
the "bad neighbor," and in this town were quartered a number of soldiers. There 
can be little doubt but that Mowbray was fully aware that due vigilance was exer- 
cised by the King's troops over his movements, but he was not only a good soldier, 
but also fully cognizant of all the strategic qualities which go to make an experienced 
warrior. Endowed with such qualities he was not slow to take advantage of the 
position, but in this case he allowed himself to be entrapped in a net of his own 
making. Mowbray, by means of secret correspondence with the garrison of New- 
castle, grew impressed with the idea that by a little effort on his own part he might 
easily make himself master of that town. Starting from Bamburgh for that pur- 
pose, and under cover of night, he had not journeyed far before he ascertained that 


his movements were watched. Harassed and disheartened, the Earl, by the time 
he arrived at Newcastle, found the gates of the town closed against him, and being 
driven to despair he took shelter in the monastry of St. Oswin, at Tynemouth ; but 
the King was so exasperated at his conduct that he wantonly disregarded the sanctity 
of the asylum by ordering his soldiers to drag him forth. 

Mowbray, on his leavmg Bamburgh, had committed the custody of the castle to 
one Moreal, and amongst the inmates was the Earl's wife. After several unsuccess- 
ful attempts on the part of the King to induce the garrison to surrender, he resolved 
upon a last resource, which was to lead Mowbray forth before the walls of the castle, 
there to be subjected to the torture of havmg his eyes put out. On this being com- 
municated to the commander, the garrison at once surrendered. Moreal, for his 
bravery, received a free pardon from the King, but Mowbray was sent to the castle 
at Windsor. 

In the conditions of peace between King Stephen and David I, the Earldom of 
Northumberland was settled upon Henry, David's son, but the castles of Bamburgh 
and Newcastle were reserved to the Crown of England. Amongst royal visits we 
find that King John spent three days at Bamburgh in 1201, and 1213 he again visited 
this northern stronghold. In the latter year the sum of £111, 8s. 4d. was spent in 
repairs about the castle, which was probably incurred by reason of the King's visits. 

During the reign of Edward I, Bamburgh enjoyed all the privileges of a duly 
constituted borough. In addition to the holding of fairs, markets and other juris- 
dictive powers, it returned two members to the Parliament held at Westminster, on 
the 13th November, 1295, and which was prorogued by Royal Writ to the 27th of the 
same month. 

It was at this castle where John Baliol, King of Scotland, was summoned in 
1296 to do homage to the King of England, and it was here in 1312 where the par- 
tigans of Henry de Percy induced Henry II to confer upon that nobleman the ofBce 
of custodian of the castle. 

After the battle of Durham, David Bruce, King of Scotland, was confined for a 
while at Bamburgh; and in 1355 the Earl of Murray, previous to being removed to 
the castle of Windsor, was retained here as a prisoner. In 1356 a convention was 
entered into between the King of England and the King of Scotland, and about this 
time there are several important transactions, all of which are dated Bamburgh. 

In the wars of the fifteenth century, between the rival houses of York and Lan- 
caster, Bamburgh is made to form the scene of some of the deadly encounters that 
were to determine the struggle. After the disastrous battle of Lawton, 1461, Henry 
VI and his queen sought refuge in Scotland, and although the fortune of the Red 
Rose was upon the wane in the southern parts of the kingdom, yet for all this, many 
a heart in the north country beat heavily for the cause of the dethroned monarch, and 
this is most emphatically shown by the garrisons of the castles of Alnwick, Dunstan- 
burgh and Bamburgh refusing to surrender to the troops of Edward IV, a determina- 
tion that was not overcome till after the battle of Hexham, when all hope for the cause 
of Henry was blasted. For nearly three months Sir Ralph Grey, after the battle of 
Hexham, successfully defended the castle from the fierce attacks that were made 
against it by the soldiers of the King. It is estimated that at one time King Ed- 
ward's forces amounted to upwards of 10,000 men, and it was not till the commander 
of the fortress had been bodily disabled by the falling of one of the towers that the 
garrison surrendered. The siege to which the castle was subjected during the 
fifteenth century may justly be regarded as one of the most disastrous that it ever 
had sustained. After the surrender of the castle by Sir Ralph Grey, it was found 
that the walls and ramparts had suffered very much from the onslaught; and this is 
the more apparent by the fact that in the 42d of Edward III we find that commis- 
sioners were appointed to examine and repair the great tower and other parts of the 
building, but from all accounts these repairs only appear to have been of a partial 
character, for subsequent events all go to prove that the castle after this period 
began rapidly to sink into decay. 

In the time of Queen Elizabeth Sir John Forster, Warden of the Marches, was 
Governor of Bamburgh Castle, and in the reign of James I, Claudius, a grandson of 
Sir John, received from the Crown a grant of the castle and manor. After this a 
good deal of the history of the castle is associated with the Forsters. 

Before making any further remarks concerning the Forsters, and their after- 
wards disposing of the castle and manor, we will give a brief outline of the cele- 
brated fortress. 

Of all the castles in the north Bamburgh may be said to be far superior to any- 
other in regard to strength and position. The castle is built upon an overlying 


mass of basaltic rock, and the whole of the buildings go to form a triangle. Adjoin- 
ing the mainland the basalt rises very high, and judging from the walls that traverse 
this part of the line, there are indications that different parts of the masonry have 
at times undergone repairs, and this may have been caused bv parts of the cliff giv- 
ing way 

The principal entrance to the castle is by way of a steep enbankment that runs 
m a windmg direction by the south end of the tjuilding. At the latter stands the 
barbican, or outer gateway. On the northwest side of the walls stood the postern, 
or sally-port. At stated intervals the walls are strengthened and protected by 
towers' and bastions, some of these being remarkable for their strength, boldness 
and uniqueness, and this is nowhere seen to greater advantage than in that finely 
conceived and almost impregnable pass that leads to the keep. As you enter by the 
barbican you will at once perceive how difficult it would be for an assailant to effect 
a fooling from this point. Independent of the approach by the keep being protected 
by a portcullis and two circular towers, it was also strengthened by a deep ditch, 
which was cut through a narrow gut or strip of rock, and made to communicate 
with the mainland. If the assailants effected an entrance into the inner baly, they 
would next find themselves exposed to the greatest danger, for this point was in 
reality the pass to the keep, and thus formed a second gateway ; behind this again 
was a strong circular tower, constructed in such a way as at the shortest notice to 
have been used to great advantage against the enemy. The keep, a massive square 
building, is situated in the miner baly. This part of the castle may be said to differ 
very considerably, in an architectural point of view, from the whole of our Northum- 
berland Castles. Its chief object has been defense. Situated on a lofty eminence 
and commanding a wide expanse of sea and inland scenery it could not fail to impart 
a beauty and grandeur to all around it. At each of the four angles of the keep are 
exploring turrets, and from the summit of these a wide stretch of country is com- 
mandable. In addition to the keep there were in the inner baly several other towers 
of a miscellaneous character, and in olden times it would 'be in this part of the 
castle where the garrison would be quartered. There was also within the walls a 
small chapel, the remains of which were discovered last century when certain alter- 
ations were being effected, but there were no remains amongst them that would 
warrant the assumption that the building had been older than the early part of the 
commencement of the twelfth century. 

From a recent survey it has been found that the castle occupies eight acres of 
land, and in addition to this there are within the walls fifty-six acres of rock, war- 
ren and hills. 

Returning to the Forsters we may state that this family is old origin, dating 
back to the thirteenth century. For several centuries they have been connected 
with Northumberland. Sir John, one of the most distinguished of the name, was 
warden of the Middle Marches in the time of Queen Elizabeth. From Sir John 
sprang Claudius, who received a grant of the manor from King James. The castle 
and manor of Bamburgh remained in the hands of the Forsters till 1709, when they 
were sold to Nathaniel Crewe, Lord Bishop of Durham,* for the sum of /' 
Lady Crew was the daughter of Sir Wm. Forster, and aunt of Thomas Forster, 
Esquire, M. P., who was implicated in the rebellion of 1715. Of all the great and 
renowned names associated with the castle of Bamburgh, none have achieved a 
greater distinction than that of Lord Crew, thus verifying the words of the Doet : — 

"Peace hath its victories^as'sreat as war.' 
The Crews were an old family who resided at Stene, in Northamptonshire. John 
Crew, father of the Bishop, was rewarded with a peerage for the services he had 
rendered to the restoration of Charles II. 

Nathaniel Crew was the fifth son of John Crew, having been born on the 31st 
January, 1633. At the age of nineteen he went to Oxford, where he was not long 
before he took his first degree. In due time he became a fellow of the college, and 
in 1663, after taking his Dr. 's degree, he entered the church, having been ordained 
by the Bishop of Winchester. It is said that it was about this time that the young 
cleric first met the King, and report avers that the monarch was so impressed with 
the amiableness of his character, that he ever afterwards entertained a warm affec- 
tion for him. Be this as it may, Crew's preferment in the church was not only 

'* The Right ReV. Nathaniel Crewe, Lord Bishop of Durham, was known as .3d Lord Crewe 
of Stene. This prelate stood so high in the favor of James II and so strenuously supported that 
prince's measures that he found it no easy task to make his peace after the Revolution. He did 
so, however, and the remainder of his life was spent in retirement and devoted to acts cf henev- 

He died in 1721 witho 


rapid, but lucrative. In i66S he was elected Rector of Lincoln College, and this 
was followed up by the King appointing him Clerk of the Closet. But these pre- 
ferments did not suffice, for in 1669 he was made Dean of Chichester, and two years 
after this (1671) Dean Crewe was promoted to the See of Oxford. There is some 
doubt as to the exact time that the Bishop was translated to Durham. Hutchinson, 
a very reliable authority, has given the date 1674. At that time a great deal of 
jealousy had arisen in regard to the Bishop's preferment. Nor was the this solely 
confined to the clergy, but the same discontent would seem to have been shared hy 
many of the courtiers of the King. The calumnators of the Bishop did not scruple 
to aver that this prelate owed his promotion to the Duke of York. In 1675 Bishop 
Crewe made his customary public entry into the then princely palatinate of Dur- 
ham. Lord Crew, father of the Bishop, having died in 1679, he was succeeded by 
his eldest son. 

James II having acceded to the throne in 16S5, one of his first acts was to make 
Bishop Crewe a member of the Privy Council. From this date, down to i68g, a 
great deal of intrigue and jealousy was carried on between the rival factions of the 
courtiers of James, and which in the end tended much to militate against the actions 
of the Bishop. 

But the Revolution placed Bishop Crewe in a still worse position, and although 
he voted in convocation that James had abdicated the Kingdom, yet he was excepted 
by name, so Gibson says, "out of the pardon granted by William, Prince of Orange, 
and Mary." At this critical moment the Bishop fled to Holland, where his friends 
said he had gone for a tour, but his enemies entertained different ideas, and not a 
few were of the opinion that he would never subscribe allegiance to the new Govern- 
ment. Amongst this number was Bishop Burnett. It is said the latter almost 
counted for a certainty upon being translated to Durham; but in this he was disap- 
pointed, as Bishop Crewe arrived in London on the day previous to the expiration 
of the time prescribed in the proclamation for taking the oath. After this event he 
was graciously received by the King and Queen. During; the reign of the Revolu- 
tion Government, Bishop Crewe would seem to have retained a passive demeanor, 
and there are reasons for assuming that at this important period in his life he con- 
templated retiring from the giddy uncertainties that are ever to be found in the 
train of political strategies, and this would appear the more certain, as about this 
time he was about to be married to one Miss Croft, a daughter of Dr. Croft, but the 
union never took place, as the lady died before the nuptial day. The Bishop ne.xt 
directed his attention to Dorothea Forster, and whom Surtees describes as a "lady 
of great beauty." She was a daughter of Sir William Forster, who was then one of 
the members for Northumberland. But the historian asserts that the suit went off. 
as she refused, being too young. But the next attempt was more successful, as in 
1691 the Bishop was married to Lady Tynte, a widow of Sir Hugh Tynte, and 
daughter of Sir Philip Trowde. 

In 1697 Bishop Crewe, who was then iu his sixty-sixth year, succeeded his 
brother Thomas in the title and estates of his family. He was summoned to Parlia- 
ment as Baron and Bishop. For several years he made it a practice to reside at 
Stene for a given space. 

In the month of March, 1700. Lady Crewe died at Stene, and strange to relate, 
that in four months from the date of the decease of his first wife, the Bishop was 
married to the object of his first choice, Miss Dorothea Forster. 

For a moment let me revert to the Forsters and their connection with the castle 
at Bamburgh. It is a remarkable fact that the whole of our local historians have 
fallen into the grievous error in regard to the time when Lord Crewe purchased the 
possessions of the Forsters. All of them have fixed the date after the attainder of 
General Forster, whereas it was six years previous to that event, 1709. 

Lord Crewe died at Stene in the year 1722, having attained the patriarchial age 
of 89. During an active life the Bishop had been no idle looker-on in the conflict 
that was warred between the rival claims of the Stuarts and the house of Hanover. 
In every sense of the word he might be termed a partisan of the latter; whilst his 
sympathies may be said to have been in most cases averse to those opinions held 
by the bulk of his countrymen. Notwithstanding this, his courtesy, piety and 
finely cultured mind secured him that respect he so justly deserved. 

Lord Crew bequeathed nearly the whole of his'personal property to charitable 
purposes in the Diocese of Durham, for the due administration of which he appointed 
five trustees. Since the death of the Bishop the property in trust has become very 
enhanced in value, and after a lapse of 162 years we are able to estimate the great 
amount of good that has occurred from such a noble benefaction. 


On the death of Lord Crewe the duties devolved upon the trustees in devising 
some scheme for carrying out the trust, and out of this rose the propriety of restor- 
ing a part of the castle, and their object was to make it the center for the scheme 
which they were about to inaugurate. But in order to accomplish this, many 
obstacles had to be removed, which were not finally overcome till 1758, when Dr. 
Sharp, Archdeacon of Northumberland, was appointed a trustee in the place of his 

After disposing of that part of the Bishop's will which related to certain char- 
itable bequests, the trustees next applied themselves to the restoration of the keep, 
together with some other towers within the walls. 

After the fifteenth century, the castle was allowed to get into a dilapidated state. 
This is confirmed by an inquisition that was made in 1574, when it is stated, "that 
the drawbridge and gates were then broken down and the castle was only accessible 
through a breach. Such of the walls as were standing were decayed, and the build- 
ings within the ramparts were for the most part in ruins, except the great tower, 
and the walls of the massive structure were suffering through the lead having been 
torn from the roof. Since the time of Sir John Horsley, the then last Governor, the 
chapel and some turrets had become roofless and ruined." 

From the foregoing it will be seen that during the time that the castle was held 
by the Forsters, they had done little or nothing in the way of repairs, so that when 
Dr. Sharp resolved to grapple with the work of restoration the prospect would be 
anything but encouraging, as at that time the whole of the towers were not only in 
a dilapidated state, but what was nearly as bad, every chamber was completely 
filled with soil. 

Archdeacon Sharp possessed a warm attachment for the great northern fortress, 
and in order to give effect to this he was anxious that the castle should be one of 
the principal mediums in transmitting to future generations the noble and philan- 
thropic deeds of one of the greatest of the many prelates that have adorned the 
princely palatinate of Durham. Actuated by such laudable motives, the Archdeacon 
and the other trustees resolved upon restoring the keep, so that it might be used as 
a temporary residence of the trustees, whose business demanded their attendance. 
But before this part of the work could be accomplished, a good deal else of a mis- 
cellaneous character would have to be attended to. At that time the keep was the 
most entire part of the whole building, and if this was to be attended to, then it was 
necessary that the gateway, towers and ramparts should be all examined, and if 
necessary, utilized and made subservient to the wants of the newly formed trust. 
Thus Bamburgh, grim and mighty in the past, was m the future to become still 
more glorious in becoming the asylum for all that is great, noble and good. 

The amount of interest Dr. Sharp took in the charity will be best gathered from 
Hutchinson, who writing in 1776, says; "He resides for many months in each year 
in the castle of Bamburgh, superintends the charity, and he has his eyes upon every 
new channel by which he may give relief or consolation to his suffering fellow crea- 
tures. The shipwrecked and diseased are comforted by his visitation, and the cal 
amities are alleviated by his care ; and his residence there diffuses blessings over the 
neighboring coast." After the approaches to the castle had been opened out, the 
chambers and buildings in the inner baly cleared of the sand that had accumulated 
in and about them, and the breaches in the walls were repaired, the general appear- 
ance of the entire structure began to assume something of its former greatness. 

In adapting the charity to the requirements of the times the trustees were 
actuated by the most disinterested motives. They caused a considerable sum to be 
set aside for education and other benevolently organized schemes. At the castle, 
apartments were furnished and set apart as a surgery and dispensary. On certain 
days in each week the poor in the neighborhood are allowed medicine gratuitously, 
and the privilege of consulting a duly qualified medical practitioner. Formerly 
meat, flour, coals, and other gratuities, vi-ere, with the consent of the trustees, dis- 
tributed at stated times amongst the sick and deserving poor. To guard against 
shipwrecks and other casualties that are constantly occurring on our coast, great 
care and provision was observed, but amongst the most laudable objects inaugurated 
was that which provided for the cause of education. In addition to a regular school 
for the use of boys and girls in the village, there was another set apart at the castle 
for clothing and educating thirty poor girls. By means of these agencies a great 
and lasting good has been accomplished, for it is only by acts such as these that you 
practically assist the poorer classes of the community. 

In 1778 a public library was established within the castle. In that year the 
whole of the valuable books belonging to the Rev. Thomas Sharp, incumbent of 


Bamburgh, were purchased by the trustees, and went to form the nucleus of what is 
now a very extensive collection. 

Dr. Sharp, by his will, bequeathed the whole of his books to the newly formed 
library- at Bamburgh, which was available to residents within a radius of twenty 

The works about the castle which are associated with the name of Dr. Sharp, 
are to a certain extent scattered over a large portion of the entire range of the build- 
ing. But it was to the keep where he directed his main efforts, and unfortunately it is 
here where the greatest mischief was done. Externally, there was little opportunity 
afforded for changing the general character of the keep ; but not so when they 
came to gut and mutilate the interior. The remodeling of the areas of the principal 
chambers is the point where the evil commenced. In order to give the apartments 
a more lofty and imposing aspect, every sacrifice was made, whereby the harmony 
and grandeur of the interior was likely to be lessened, but this was the one prevailing 
idea of the eighteenth century. Time accomplishes much, and let us hope that ere 
long something may be done that will cause this fine old mediaeval structure to 
stand forth as in the days of yore 

"To tell the soul of all that once hath been." 

The restoration of the castle was commenced by Archdeacon Sharp in 1770, and 
the internal arrangements of the present keep may be said to date from that period. 
The several apartments may be enumerated as follows: Entrance Hall, Waiting or 
Servant's Hall, Court Room, Armory, Kitchen, Library, and Twelve Bedrooms, two 
of the latter only dating from the late Archdeacon 'Sharp's time. Access to the 
upper apartment is gained by the principal staircase, whilst a third communicates 
with the north turret. As an instance of the strength and solidity of this part of the 
building, we may state that the thickness of the walls varies from eleven to nine 
feet. The staircases pierce through a mass of solid masonry, and thus communicate 
with the whole of the apartments. It is very probable that previous to the altera- 
tions in the last century, the whole of the turrets possessed auxiliaries similar to the 
north turret. 

Within the curtain wall are still to be seen the ruins of a small church dedicated 
to St. Peter. 

Several of the towers within the baly are now used for the following purposes, 
viz. : dispensary, offices and household accommodation for the resident agent, and 
school house in which thirty poor girls are educated, boarded and trained in do- 
mestic duties. 

About ten years ago certain changes were introduced into the management of 
the trust by order of the Court of Chancery. 

Amongst the changes made was that every boarder should contribute ^^5 
annually towards her maintenance; another was the power of the trustees to let the 
keep for stated periods, subject to the approval of the said trustees; the application 
to be made to C. Rowlandson, Esq., agent to the trustees. 

Description of the Interior of the Keep — Entrance Hall. 

The chief attractions in this chamber are two large massive chains, which are 
described as "King Ida's Watch Chains." These were formerly used for the rais- 
ing of sunken vessels. A Sedan chair, covered with leather and studded with nails, 
was the one used to carry the good and amiable Archdeacon Sharp from the castle 
to the church. 

There is also in the chamber a genealogical map, or tree, of the Kings of Scot- 
land from the earliest times. In the chamber now used as a Servant's Hall is a 
very good portrait of Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham. Another portrait of interest 
is that of the old man who discovered the well in the interior of the castle during 
the alterations that were carried out in 1770 by Archdeacon Sharp, the depth of 
which was upwards of 150 feet, and this was carried through a rock of basalt, meas- 
uring in thickness about 75 feet. 

Court Room. 

The paintings in this apartment are nearly all of a local character. Over the 
fire-place are two finely executed portraits, one of Lord Crewe, and the other of his 
noble consort Lady Crewe. Over the doorway that leads to the Armory is a portrait of 
the venerable Archdeacon Sharp. The next picture that commands attention is a 
very clever portrait of the Reverend Sir George Wheeler, Knight. Near to the latter 
we have a portrait of another eminent north country divine, the most Rev. Dr. John 
Sharp, Lord Archbishop of York, grandfather of Dr. Sharp. Another picture of 


interest is that of Thomas Sharp, D. D. He was son of Archbishop Sharp, and 
was Archdeacon of Northumberland, Rector of Rothbury, and Prebendary of Dur- 
ham. He died in 175S. The next two portraits are those of ladies, but neither of the 
subjects are known, although it is supposed, by some, that they are relations of the 
Forster family. We have in this apartment a beautiful piece of statuary miniature 
representing Archdeacon Sharp. There is also a rare and valuable collection of 
engravings. Among other objects of interest will be found 
The T.\pestry 

consisting of four pieces, which are intended to illustrate some of the principal inci- 
dents in the life of the Emperor Justinian. They were brought about the year 17S8, 
from the Deanery of Ripon. They are of considerable dimensions, the two largest 
measuring 15 feet by 8 feet, and containing several figures as large as life. The 
colors at one time have been extremely vivid, but are now faded in some degree 
from age; upon the whole, however, they are in excellent preservation and exhibit 
such correct drawing and good composition that it is evident the paintings or 
designs from which they were worked must have been the production of no common 
master. The first of the series I imagine to represent the Emperor Justinian, seated 
at a large table and engaged with his compeers in forming the celebrated Digest of 
Roman Law. A remarkable figure standing behind his chair may probably repre- 
sent Trebonianus. Two of the lawyers are in oriental costume, and one of the two 
may be supposed to be Basilides, who had been Prefect of the east. In the second 
the Emperor is seen advancing in royal apparel to an open temple of Janus. Slaves 
newly manumitted are crowding round him, and kissing the hem of his garment. 
Other persons are also introduced as spectators of the scene. Justinian may here 
be conjectured to be in the act of proclaiming, immediately after one of the great 
victories gained by Belisarius, the "eternal peace." which by the way lasted two 
years. The third is a coronation; the Emperor kneels on a cushion with the scepter 
in his right hand, while a stately figure "on a scarlet robe is placing a crown upon 
this head, before him stand two Flamens holding an open book, on which may be 
distinguished the words "Lex Romanas. " Between the priests and the Emperor 
lies a naked sword wreathed with olive. On another cushion, and beside it, a kneel- 
ing page throws the light of a torch on the open volume. This transaction is repre- 
sented as taking place at night on a terrace, and the populace are gathered in a court 
below. In the fourth piece of tapestry, Justinian appears, not e.xactly in a hunting 
dress, but with a hunting spear in his hand, in a wild country, with only two attend- 
ants; he has come suddenly upon two of his hounds, which lie dead, and apparently 
poisoned, on the ground. A chased bowl stands near them, and a stream of water 
gushes from the rock at a small distance. The countenance and attitude of the 
Emperor are strongly expressive of surprise and regret. 

A good deal of the furniture is very old and curious. Among this will be found 
several pieces of carved. One piece deserves special mention, and this is an old sofa 
"covered with work in tent stitch." 

The Armory 
occupies the entire length of the keep, and upon the walls are displayed some very 
good examples of pictures, swords, halberts, guns, pistols, and other specimens of 
ancient armory. 

Among the pictures probably none attracts the attention of the visitor more 
than an oil painting of "Hamburgh Castle, by Moonlight," by James Wilson Car- 
michael. taken in 1S63. and presented to the trustees by Mrs. Bland, wife of Arch- 
deacon Bland. For effect and coloring the picture may be said to be unique, and a 
fine example of the work of one of England's greatest marine painters. Another 
very interesting picture in oil of Hamburgh Castle in 1788, is by G. Sykes. There 
is also a very fine lot of old engravings in this part of the castle, and along with 
these may be mentioned a complete list of Lord Crewe's trustees, from the date."of 
the Bishop's death down to the present time. A rare engraving of the right Hon. 
James, Earl of Derwentwater, will be found in this room. James, or as he is more 

■ termed the last Earl of Derwentwater, having been implicated in the Rebellion 
[5, was beheaded on Tower Hill in 1716. 

aptly t 
of 171; 

juETiNG Hall 

is supposed to have been on the flat, now partly used as a kitchen, for there is still 
to be seen the gallery of the minstrels. Scott, in his "Lay of the Last Minstrels," 
gives a fine portrayal of the last of the ancient Border Minstrels. 



The Lii;rarv. 

In this apartment there is an admirable portrait of "General Thomas Foster," 
who was implicated in the Rebellion of 1715. Another portrait is that of "Miss 
Dorothea Foster," sister of General Foster. 

Thomas Foster, the Rebel General, was the eldest son of Francis Forster. It is 
stated that General Forster owed his escape from Newgate to his sister Dorothy. The 
latter is reported to have ridden from Adderstone in company with one Purdy, a 
blacksmith. On her arrival in London and after an interview with her brother, she 
managed to array the General in the clothes she was then wearing, and by this 
means he escaped to France, where he remamed to the time of his death in 173S, 
when his body was brought to England and buried in the family vault in Bamburgh 
church, where the bodies of sixty other Forsters are interred. 

In all, the number of books in library amounts to about 4,000, which are divided 
into two sections, one known as the "modern library," which is in the keep, and 
the "old library" is in that part of the building now'occupied by the charity chil- 
dren. The books in the library at Bamburgh are a fine collection,' embracing many 
hundreds of rare and valuable works, and to the student and antiquary are of 
immense importance; but this valuable depository of learning is not sufficiently 
taken advantage of in Northumberland. I am sure that the librarian, the vicar of 
Bamburgh, would only be too glad to give any information respecting the class of 
books on the shelves, as well as the conditions on which they are issued. 

The present trustees of Lord Crewe's Charity are: Rev. Dixon Brown, M. A., 
Chairman, Unthank Hall, Haltwhistle. Rev. Canon Mason, M. A., Rector of 
Whitfield. Rev. Canon Chester, M. A., Rector of Easington. Rev. Wm. Walter 
Merry, D. D.. Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. The agent is C. Rowlandson, 
Esq. The College, Durham, sub-agent, Mr. R. G. H. Hutchinson, Bamburgh 

In a sense, all the ground about Bamburgh may be termed "classic," for every 
step unveils some hidden treasure, reminding us of the time when the Saxon, Dane 
and Norman met in open feud and deadly combat. From the castle and embank- 
ments the scenery is magnificent and full of interest; upon a fine day when the sky 
is clear the different islands, which are so familiar to he mariners who frequent our 
coast, are seen to advantage. To the south in mellow decay are the crumbling walls 
of "Dunstanburgh's cavernous shore," and beyond there again stand 

"Warkworth, proud of Percy's name.' 
To the north the prospect is of the same pleasing description, embracing Lindis- 
farne, with its many memories and hallowed associations, and to the north of this 
again is the good old border town of Berwick, around whose history still hovers 
much that relates to ancient lore and reminiscence; while en the west a wide expanse 
ol beautiful country imparts a charm to the landscape, and combines in casting a 
halo around a scene already rich in valiant deeds and historic associations. 

Few watering places in the north of England afford a more pleasing aspect than 
Bamburgh. Great and illustrious in the past on account of its historic associations, 
it has in modern times become the favorite resort of the tourist, the pleasure seeker, 
and those in quest of health. From a geographical point of view, the situation of 
the village may be termed exceptionally good. It is built on the brow of a hill, 
which gradually slopes from the sea embankments upwards. To the west it is 
sheltered by a beautiful grove of trees which greatly enhance the entrance to the 
principal street. To the east it lies nestled, as it were, under the shadow of the 
great Norman Fortress. On the north and south sides of the castle a fine stretch of 
sandy beach can hardly fail to please the most fastidious taste. This place is most 
frequented during the summer months, by numbers of visitors who never tire in 
exploring a locality almost inexhaustive in its associations of the past. 
Old M.\nor House. 
The Old Manor House, formerly the residence of the Forsters, stood on the site 
of what is now known as the "Hall," and which adjoins the parish church. The 
old building was anciently used as a religious house, but after the Dissolution it 
became the adopted home of the Forsters. Several of the pictures which grace the 
walls of this house, together with much valuable furniture, were removed in 1709, 
thus verifying an old saying, "that the Manor House shared the vicissitudes of a 
once powerful family." In prosperity as well as in adversity, the castle and manor 
of Bamburgh have become interwoven with the history of the Forsters. The 


Church, as dedicated to St. Aidan, first Bishop of Lindisfarne, and may justly be 
termed a fine structure of the early part of the thirteenth century. It is bold in 
design, chaste in proportion and arrangement, and the same characteristic runs 
throughout the entire structure. Before attempting to deal with the architecutural 
features of this great historic church, let me briefly state that it was at Hamburgh 
where one of the first Christian Temples in ancient Northumbria was reared. 
Shortly after Aidan's appointment, in 635, to the see of Leindisiarne, he appears to 
have made Bamburgh one of his chief places of resort. Previous to that time, Bede 
says, "There was no altar throughout the Kingdom of riorthumbria. " It was 
through Oswald's influence that the Bishop was induced to leave the "sea-girl 
island of lona" with the view of converting the natives from heathenism to Chris- 
tianity. For nine years Aidan labored in the northern kingdom, and it was during 
those short eventful years that a church, chiefly composed of wood, was first built 
at Bamburgh. At the west end of the structure was a small apartment, and it was 
here where the Bishop was reposing, his head reclining against a buttress which 
supported the erection, when the news arrived of the death of Oswin. St. Aidan 
felt the blow so keenly that he soon sickened and died. That a church dating from 
Saxon times existed at Bamburgh at the time of the Conquest is certain, but there 
are no remains about the present structure that can be associated with those times. 
In the absence of any I am led to infer that the ancient church was composed prin- 
cipally of wood. This opinion would almost apply to what is known as the Norman 
period ; for if there are no existing proofs of a Sa.xon church, neither is there any 
trace of Norman remains. If this conjecture is right then we may readily conclude 
that the Saxon church did duty down to the time of the twelfth century, when it was 
superseded by the present graceful edifice. 

One of the most interesting objects connected with this church is the small 
Crypt which exists under the floor of the chancel. For many years all trace of this 
fine mediaeval remain was hidden, and it was not till 1837, when certain repairs 
were being carried out about the chancel, that some workmen engaged came upon 
an opening in the floor which led to chambers underneath. After an entrance had 
been aff'ected, the apartments were found to be filled with rubbish, this device hav- 
ing no doubt been resorted to shortly after the death of Mr. B. Foster, who is re- 
ported as having been the last of the name buried in this part of the church. 

The date of the Crypt is undoubtedly co-eval with the chancel. The discovery 
of this chamber in 1837 led to further excavations being made, which resulted in a 
passage being exposed at the east end of the structure that led to the underground 
chamber. This approach, which is in close contiquity to the chancel, may be 
described as a narrow passage, and being a good depth under the surface o't the 
churchyard, is almost unique iu style and arrangement. At the terminus of the 
passage a beautiful pointed doorway opens into the chamber. 

There is evidence about this interesting remain to show that in ancient times 
when border feuds and state intriques were constantly being fermented, it would 
be used by the brethren at the adjoining monastry as a chapel or alter, and it was 
not till more recent times that it came to be used as a charnel house for the dead. 

As much interest is centered in the Crypt, not only from an architectural point 
of view and the use for which it may have been intended, but more especially as 
being so closely connected with the Forsters of Northumberland. We have, through 
the kindness of the Rev. Arthur Octavius Medd, formerly vicar of Bamburgh, been 
fortunate in getting access to some papers in the possession of Miss E. Carr of Bam- 
burgh, which belonged to her father, the late Mr. Wm. Carr, who died m 1861, aged 
76 years. Df course, architecturally, the documents are not of much value, but his- 
torically they are full of local interest, especially the following, showing the state of 
the Crypt and its contents as discovered on Tuesday, July 25, 1837. 

"Examined the vaults beneath Bamburgh Church, sometime called the Death 
House, and sometime the vault of the Forsters." 

"The oak planks which supported the floor were entirely decayed, and on their 
removal there appeared a flight of stone stairs, leading to the apartments below. 
On examination this was found to pass through the original wall of the vaults and 
terminate in a long-arched chamber, like a passage of worked stone, the arch having 
been finished with plaster resting on a cornice, and with a narrow window at the 
east end." 

"The different proofings of the floor, apparently through light rubbish, under 
and near the window, seem to favor the tradition current at Bamburgh that there 
was a subterranean passage from the religious house, directly opposite to the east 
end of the chancel." 


"At the foot of the steps was a square opening which led to a second chamber, 
the sides of which had been rudely broken, and which had the appearance of having 
been a doorway. This apartment, which possessed a groined stone roof, and other 
peculiarities of the gothic period, may justly be termed a fine chamber. At the 
east end on a stone platform were laid five coffins which were made to rest from 
north to south. Between the south wall and the columns there was an intermediate 
space of about two and a half feet. In the south wall was a piscina, which was 
lighted by a narrow lancet window. At the east end are two other windows of a 
similar character, and on the south side was a large doorway, traces of which may 
be seen on the walls of the chancel. In the roof was a staple, probably for suspend- 
ing a lamp. We could not find a floor, and sticks went down three feet without 
interruption. This apartment has undoubtedly been a chapel. The chambers and 
passage are well ventilated and entirely free from dampness." 

The foregoing coffins are enumerated as follows: — 

1. Mr. B. Forster, of Adderstone, 1765; the body of John or Wm. had been 
removed so as to make room for this coffin. 

2. Fernando Foster, murdered at Newcastle Aug. 22, 1701, by John Fenwick, 
of Rock. 

3. John or Wm. Forster, 1700. 

4. General Forster, implicated in the Rebellion of 1715. This distinguished 
individual would seem, after his escape from Newgate, to have settled down m 
France. He died in 1738, and his remains were brought to England. His funeral 
was entirely private. In addition to the hearse drawn by one horse, a confidential 
servant of the deceased was all that made up the funeral cortege when the remains 
of the rebel General were consigned to their last resting place in Bamburgh church. 

5. Dorothy Forster, married in 1739, to one of the name of Armstrong. The 
latter is described as having been a man of "inferior person." Mr. Armstrong and 
his wife lived for a while at Bamburgh Friars. Dorothy died at Crookhara, in this 
county, on the 5th of May, 1771. 

The first coffin was perfect; the second, of wood only, had fallen to pieces, but 
there remained the whole trace of a figure, the legs and thigh bones entire, and in 
place of the skull, on which the coffin lid had fallen, was mass of white dust, like 
lime. The third was in much the same state, but in this case the skull of the figure 
had not crumbled to dust. The fourth was perfect, except only the cloth covering 
the outer coffin of elm, and was entire and strong. It is reported that thirty years 
previous to this an opening had been made near the foot to ascertain the presence 
of this body, which had been disputed. It rested in sawdust closely packed; the 
linen clothes were there, and the legs were fleshy and perfect. No further examin- 
ation at that time was made. Mr. Embleton thought he detected the smell of harts- 
horn near this coffin. The fifth was in a bad state, having fallen to pieces, so the 
remains were not exumed. A few years ago a coffin was dug up in the chancel, it 
never having had a body in it, which strengthened the supposition that General 
Forster's .body was not in the vault. This said General Foster was condemned to 
death, and only delivered from prison by the intrepid devotion of his sister Dorothy, 
who now lies by his side in the vault. It is generally averred that a mock funeral 
took place at Bamburgh some few years previous to the death of General Forster in 
1738, and the coffin discovered in the chancel, and alluded to in Carr's notes, most 
probably points to this event. A somewhat similar report to this is given by Amelia, 
Countess of Derwentwater, as she styled herself after the death of the only son of 
James, the last Earl of Derwentwater. This lady alleged that the reported death 
of the Earl's son was a complete fabrication, and only intended to divert the ani- 
mosity that was in those days evinced against those who espoused the cause of the 
Stuarts. This good lady further alleged that the young scion of "Radcliffe's fair 
domain," ultimately banished himself to a foreign land, where he lived to an old 
age, and died in the greatest obscurity. With regard to the murder of Fernando 
Forster, one of the members of Parliament for the county of Northumberland, we 
get a very accurate account of the quarrel from Alderman Hoarby's manuscript 
noies to Brand: "He says he takes for his authority Edward Collingwood, Esq., 
Recorder of Newcastle, who informed me that his father was present when the 
quarrel happened. The company consisted of the whole or part of the Grand Jury 
of Northumberland, and probably during that state of conviviality which prevailed 
much on these occasions about that period, Mr. Fenwick came in singing a favorite 
party song, the burthen of which was, "Sir John Fenwick, the flower among them." 
This brought on some altercation betwixt him and Mr, Forster, but the company in- 
terfering, the matter was supposed to be quite settled. The next morning the 


parties met accidentally near the White Cross, the altercation was renewed, swords 
were drawn, and Mr. Forster killed." 

One of the windovvs at the west end of the church contains full length figures of 
St. Aidan, the apostle of Northumbria, and St. Cuthbert. Both of the saintsTare 
arrayed in their episcopal robes. In the arms of St. Cuthbert is the head of St. 
Oswald. This window was manufactured by Messrs. Hardman, of Birmingham, 
and was the gift of Mrs. Forster, of Tuggal. In the interior are several chaste and 
beautiful tablets, monuments, and tombstones. On the ijorth side of the chancel 
and within the altar rails is a tablet to the memory of Sir Claudius Forster, Bart. 
He was created a baronet on the -th of March, 1619, and it was to this same Sir 
Claudius that the castle and manor were granted m the reign of James I. The fol- 
lowing inscription in Latin appears upon the tabic*.: — 

Sew qiioii Rcdemptor M' : vivit in Ca-lo Sta : Sal: D. 

Claudius Forsterus, Esques Aurat et Baronetlus antiqua numerosa et noble 
Forsteroru familia in Com. Northumb oriundus Dno. Nicolas Forster, qui 37 Anos 
Mediar Marchiar: Scotia vers Dns Guardian extitil filiet haeres Horvoratiss etiam 
Dns. CumbrJEe et Bedf: Comitibus neceron insigni et illustri Fenwicoru progenie, 
totique sanguine conjunct; Castridenque Bamburg Dns. Senescal etsumm; Con- 
stabulari; in m'anerio suo de Alba Terra in Comit: Northumb: Anno Sal: 
Nost 1623. 

Memorise sacrum lugens posuit uxor egies Dwa: Elizabetha. 

Guliebma Fenwick d Wallingtonia, Equitis Aurati. 

The following inscription will be found on a monument to the Forsters in the 
chancel: "In the vault below lie buried the bodyes of William, John and Ferdinand, 
sons of Wm. Forster* of Bamburgh, Knt., by Dorothy, f daughter of Sir Wm. Selby, 
of Twisdale, Bart., and Elanor, daughter of Ferdinand, Lord of Fairfax, of Denton. 
William was born 2Sth July, 1666; married Elizabeth, dau. of Wm. Pert, Esq.; died 
ist September, 1700, without issue. John was born 21st September, 1668; died 15th 
November, 1669. Ferdinand, born 14th February, 1699; died 22d August, 1701. 
Both unmarried." 

They had another brother, Nicolas, who died young, and was buried in" the 
Church of Saint Mary in the South Bailey at Durham. So also five sisters: Elanor 
and Dorothy, who died young; Frances married Thomas Foster, of Etherstone, 
Esq., by whom she had several children; Mary who died unmarried; and Dorothy, 
wife of the Right Hon. Lord Crewe, Lord Bishop of Durham, of whom their mother 
died. She being the only one remaining of the family, set up this monument in 
memory of her dear brothers, as a last respect that could be paid them for their 
affection to the church, ye monarchy, their country, and their sister, A. D., 1711; 
this being the burying place of their ancestors. 

On the north side of the chancel, and within the enclosure, is hung the helmet, 
breastplate, sword and glove of Ferdinando Forster, Esq. 

In 1857 a paper was found in the helmet of the aforesaid Ferdinando Forster, 
Esq., and upon it was written the following: "Prayer and blessing to you and 
your wife, your son Dawson and his wife, hoping these few lines will find you in 
good health at present, praised be God for it. I have it to testifie of. I have sent 

you some hose yarn and a yard of and I desire you to send me money of 

butter comes to los for having to money for my husband left me bet\vixt 

5 to pay when he died, and I do intend a deed (or gift) of all I am of, &c." 

Before leaving the structure, there are certain legends and traditions about the 
building to which I will allude. The first of these is concerning the slight deflec- 
tion in a southerly direction of the chancel arch ; a similar divergence also exists in 
one of the transept arches. Mr. Wilson, in his "Churches of Lmdisfame," says: 
That some authorities regard the deflection as depicting the 'head of Christ as He 
hung upon the cross.' "Others again imagine that it is intended to mark a spot in 
the sky. at which the sun rose on the day of the death of St. Aidan. To those who 
are fond of ancient and legendary lore, few ideas can be more congenial than these 
here advanced ; but in most cases wherever deflections exist, either in arches or 
main walls, they may possibly be found to have been caused by some temporary 
derangement, such as the making of vaults and graves in close contiguity to the 
principal walls of the building. Concerning the lychnoscopes on the north and 
south sides of the chancel, which are marked by a low narrow window with trefoil 


heading, there are some who thmk that the openings may have been intended to 
emit the light which burned before the altar, in order that it might scare the evil 
spirits from the graves of the newly buried in the churchyard. Another tradition 
exists, which is that a subterranean passage connected the monastery with the 
church ; but up to the present have been found about the building to favor such a 

Only once, between the reign of Henry I., and that of John, 1197, is there any 
mention of the church, and this is during the time of Richard Coeur de Lion, when 
Hamburgh contributed iive marks toward the exchequer. 

In T725 the church was still in a bad state, the following document, supplied by 
the Rev. Canon Carr, of Whickham, and Rural Dean of Ryton, which bears upon 
the state of the church during the early part of last century will read with interest 
Canon Carr procured a copy of the report from one in the possession of the Rev. G. 
Wilkinson, of Harperley Hall, in the county of Durham. The survey was made in 
the above year by the Rev. Dick, or Dickson, who was Vicar of Norham. In this 
report it is stated that "Bamburgh is a curacy, and that the income from all sources 
amounted to ;^I25, 3s. 4d." It'is further stated "that the living is endowed, and 
has belonging to it a chapel of ease, four miles from the mother church, called Bead- 
neU, where there is divine service once a month only, in the afternoon. It is in the 
gift of the five trustees." "The Church of Bamburgh was in a very bad condition, 
a great part of it being uncovered and lying exposed to any profanation ; but since 
this Archdeacon's visitation, the isles that were down are rebuilt, and cover'd with 
lead, the floor is new flag'd, and the walls plaster'd and whitewash'd, and all things 
therein are decent and becoming. The church is large, and the chancel very 
spacious, wh was some yrs ago repaired and beautified by the late Ld Rp of Dur- 
ham. There is also in the vestry a small parochial library, consisting of about 60 
vols., wh was lately begun, and is now increasing by the voluntary subscriptions of 
the gentlemen of the parish." "The parish is of gt extent, and very populous, and 
as wealthy. There are few Dissenters in it of any denomination. There is a small 
glebe, and no means remaining, for wh reason the gentlemen of the vestry, from 
time to time, and now, have settled upon the curate a commodious farm, with a 
good house upon it, for wh he is to pay I2lb per annm into the vestry for the repairs 
of the Ch and procuring the elements for the H. Com.munion 

The gt Tythes are in the possession of the 

Earl of Tankerville, 

Mr. Henry Neville Grey, 

Mr. Forster, of Adderstone, 

And some other gentlemen." 

The document is interesting, as it gives a good deal of information upon the 
state of the church during the early part of the eighteenth century. From this 
record we gather that the building was rescued from the dilapidated state it had 
fallen into through the munificence of Lord Crewe. Previous to the time of this 
Bishop, the church had got into a bad and ruinous condition. That the Forsters 
would take a great interest m the building is only natural, so that after Lord Crewe's 
marriage with Miss Dorothea Forster, it is not surprising that one of his first acts in 
the parish was to restore the ancient structure. In the year following his marriage 
he strengthened the family ties when he purchased a rent charge of /500 a year on 
the estates of the Forsters, and for which he paid the sum of ;(f 10,000. This bill was 
sanctioned by the Court of Chancery for the payment of certain debts that had been 
secured on the property. ' And this was followed up in 1704 by several creditors 
presenting another bill, in which they petitioned the court to have the whole of the 
estates sold for the payment of debts incurred by William and Ferdinando Forster. 
The court complied with the petition, and the whole of the property was offered for 
sale, whereupon Lord Crewe was declared to be the purchaser, for the sum of 
;f20,67g los. In the latter sum was included in the purchase a life rent charge of 
;rf35o a year, payable to Elizabeth, widow of Wm. Forster. It was not till 1709 that 
the deed confirming the sale was enrolled in Chancery, and that after all debts had 
been paid there only remained for Lady Crewe and Thomas Forster, the rebel 
general, the sum of ^f 1,028, 15s. 7d. Thus it will be seen that six years previous to 
the Rebellion of 1715, the Forsters had nearly exhausted the whole of their once 
wide possessions. 

How the church acquired possession of the Fowberry estate, there appears to 
be no record. But as this would form part of the ancient manor, it is not improb- 
able that it would be conferred by Lord Crewe about the time that he became the 
purchaser of the estates of the Forsters. 


There were two chantries in Bamburgh Church, one of which was endowed by 
the ancient Earls of Devilstone or Derwentwater, from lands held by them at 
Spindlestone. This altar stood in the north transept, and for several years was the 
burying place of the Greys of Shoreston Hall. The registers of Bamburgh Church 
commenced in 1653, and from this time down to 1760 are very imperfect. Among 
Miss Carr's papers the following occurs: "Thos. Forster of Edderstone had a 
daughter bap. Eliz., Aug. 14, 1684. Godfather was Mr. Ralph Forster of Halton's 
son who stood up for Mr. John Forster. Godmothers were Mrs. Betty Forster, Mr. 
Francis Forster's daughter, of Durham, and Mr. Grey's 'younger daughr. Thos. 
Forster of Adderstone had son bap. , Willm., Nov. i, 16S5. Godfathers were Esq. 
Forster of Balmbro, Mr. Robt. Hebburn of Hebburn, and Mrs. Mary Forster, Mr. 
Ralph Forster, Halton's daughr. Thomas Forster of Etherston Esqe had a daughter 
baptzd Dorothy, Mr. Ralph Forster of Halton, Mrs. Mary Forster, his Lady's sister, 
her aunt Mrs. Grey of Durham, and Mrs. Magdalen Grey's daughter of Howick 
were the Gossip's. Feb. 3, 16S6, Thomas Forster of Etherston, Esquire, had a 
son born, John, bap. fifth of July, 1688, Mr. John Forster, Mr. Ferdinando Forster, 
his lady's brothers were Godfathers, and Madam Margaret of Durham, Godmother." 


These islands are situated to the southwest of Bamburgh, and at a distance of 
two miles from the latter place, while from Monkshouse, which is the nearest point 
from the mainland, the distance is about one and a half miles. It is estimated that 
the number of islands vary from fifteen to twenty-five ; this, in a measure being due 
to the flow and ebb of the tide. It is remarkable the effect that this evolution has 
upon these tiny spaces of land. At full tide several of them are covered with water, 
but when the tide begins to recede they are agam united, and form one distinct 
island. But the transformation is perhaps more apparent at full tide, for then the 
several islands are reduced to three or four. There are two groups of islets, 
separated from each other by the Ox Scar Road, which is one mile in breadth, and 
from five to eight fathoms deep, affording facilities to vessels of almost any size to 
pass, but not without danger. Several of the names associated with the island are 
of ancient origin, and may be traced back to Saxon times. Amongst these are Fame, 
Wedum, Staple, Brownsman, South Wamses, North Wamses, Harcar Scarcar, 
Crumstone, Longstone, Megstone, Noxes, Nivestone, Clive Car, Swedraan, Out- 
carres. Nameless Rock, Roddam, and Green, Northern Hares, etc. 

Fame is derived from the German word "Ferhern," signifying, as Raine says, 
to "rest from labor, and thus applicable to the early recluses, who repose from the 
labors and struggles of the world." 

Fame is very frequently applied to the whole of the islands, and probably this 
is the most correct way of designating them, as in Saxon times they were only known 
as Farneland. In several charters and documents the inner island is termed the 
"House Island." In the twelfth century it was styled the "Stapol-i-land," and in 
more recent times it occurs as "Stapleland" and "Staple." 

There can be little doubt that the inner island owes much of its greatness to St. 
Cuthbert, although previous to this time it had been the resort of St. Aidan. Dur- 
ing the time that St. Cuthbert was connected with Lindisfarne he often visited 
Fame, and his example in after yeHTs was followed by Ethelwold, who at one time 
was a monk at Ripon. He came to Fame in 6S7, and continued there to his death 
in 699. After Ethelwold came Felgeld, Elwin, Bartholomew and Thomas ex-Prior 
of Durham. 

The greater portion of Bamburgh Estate, including the Castle, has been pur- 
chased by Lord Armstrong, C. B. , of Cragside, Rothbury, from the trustees of Lord 

It was in the early part of the year i S94 that the public first learned that this 
historic domain was likely to change hands. But sudden as the announcement was, 
public anxiety was relieved when the name of the popular purchaser became 
known. At the Audit dinner held in connection with the Court Leets of the Manor 
of Bamburgh and Bamburgh Castle on April 24, 1S94, at which several of the trustees 
were present, the following letter was read by the chairman, the Rev. Dixon Brown, 
from which may be gathered to a large extent, the particular use that his lordship 
was intending to make of the Castle: — 


Extract from Lord Armstrong's letter:— 

"The preservation of Bamburgh Castle as a historic monument, and its restora- 
tion to a more dignified position than it at present holds, are the chief inducements 
that have led me to contract for its purchase. I therefore have no objection to enter 
into a covenant to run with the land, that I will do nothing to change the historic 
character of the Castle. But it seems difficult to define what would and what would 
not be a change. I think it would be desirable to put on record what I intend to 
do. First, I intend to restore the Great Hall of the Castle, in the style of the period 
in which it was built. Second, I intend to convert the adjoining buildings into a 
charitable institution, to be approved of by Lord Crewe's trustees. These buildings 
have only of late years been used as a boarding school for girls, and are now used 
for seaside lodgings. The institution will most probably be for the benefit of con- 
valescent patients, who will have the advantage of using the restored Great Hall for 
exercise and recreation." 

From the foregoing may be gathered the motives of this generous benefactor. 
In addition to alterations to the Castle, Lord Armstrong contemplated doing a great 
deal for the entire estate. But our aim on the present occasion is to deal more 
particularly with the Castle. Those who are familiar with the architectural fea- 
tures of this line old stronghold, will be aware that during the early j'ears of the 
Trust, nearly the whole of the building was subjected to many violent changes, and 
that while the mere outlines may not have been much interfered with, this does 
not apply to several internal alterations that were carried out. Such being the case 
it was only natural that Lord Armstrong should seize the first opportunity for having 
the fortress restored to what it was in pre-historic times. Owing to certain arrange- 
ments a start has first been made with some of those towers and chambers situated 
on the southeastern part of the wall, and in close proximity to the eastern part of 
the keep. At this juncture it is rather difficult to give a foreshadowing of all that 
is contemplated. But this to a certain extent may be gathered from the remarks of 
that eminent architect, Mr. C. J. Ferguson, F. S. A., who only last year at a meet- 
ing at Bamburgh, said "that with the help of Mr. Gibbings and Mr. Hart, he was 
endeavoring to disqualify himself for either classification, and had commenced his 
education by making a careful plan and drawings of the Castle as it now existed, 
for nothing unfolded the history of a building so thoroughly as a careful plan. All 
great variations in the style of building arose from some new or improved 
method of construction. The medieeval art was a transition from concrete to 
masonry, as the walls got thinner and thinner and the masonry better in quality 
and finish. The greater part of the outer walls of Bamburgh Castle and the towers 
which stand upon them were ancient. The muniment tower was a fine example of 
a thirteenth century tower, and had two original windows of great interest, but it 
had unfortunately been partially refaced, but great care Vv-ould be taken to preserve 
as much of the old work intact as possible. The kitchen, though somewhat hidden 
under modern additions, was the old kitchen of the Castle, and had the peculiar 
feature of having vents or flues for ventilation formed over each of the windows. 
To the west of it stood the old King's Hall, the site now being occupied by a laun- 
dry, wash house, and other offices. These would be taken down and the hall re- 
built, probably the same size, seventy feet by thirty feet. It would not be the old 
hall, but would occupy the site, and be a lasting monument of its predecessor. The 
lower parts of the old walls had unfortunately been refaced some time ago. and so 
had lost some of their original expression. Great care, however, would be taken to 
preserve whatever of it was left. From the foregoing it will be seen that the ancient 
King's Hall was on the east side of the keep and to west of the old kitchens. After 
its demolition the site was utilized by the erection of a dairy, laundry, and other 
offices. These are all being swept away, and the walls of a new hall, almost on the 
identical lines of the old one, are being erected. Of the history of this particular 
part of the Castle, Mr. Bates says it was in existence at the time of the Conquest, 
and may be said to have witnessed much of the chivalry and martial achievements 
that are associated with its history. "It," as this same authority facetiously remarks, 
"may have been associated with one of the most distinctive Northumbrian tenures 
in supplying logs for its hearth." Nor is it at all unlikely "that it was probably at 
this hearth that the Countess Judith tested the miraculous properties of St. Oswin's 
hair. The history of Ida's Castle at Bamburgh carries our minds back to the 
days of feud, war, and turmoil, and it was not till the time of Oswald that better 
things were ushered in, when the godly influences of Aidan and that noble band of 
lona Missioneris caused the glad tidings of the gospel to be felt. At the present 
time there are nearly 200 workmen employed about the building, and as the work 


: may expect to see this number still more augmented. Some of the 
alterations in progress at the present time are formidable difficulties, especially 
where the basalt has to be excavated for specific purposes. One of the most ardu- 
ous undertakings has been the cutting out of a passage that will afford communica- 
tion between the kitchens and the keep, and where by means of a hydraulic lift 
erected under the floor of the latter every facility will be afforded for rapidly sup- 
plying the good store for "my lord's table." The stones for the work of reconstruc- 
tion are being brought from Lord Armstrong's quarries at Craigside, and judging 
from the color and nature of the dressed ashbars, they will assist in imparting a still 
bolder effect to the exterior. The whole of the works are being executed from 
plans specially prepared by Mr. Ferguson, and we may say that in the hands of 
such a competent authority, full justice will be done to the undertaking. The Clerk 
of the works is Mr. Laidler, who is imbued with a keen relish for the project before 

During the last twelve months a considerable amount of expense has been in- 
curred over certain repairs and alterations that are going on at the Church This 
was caused in a great measure by the roof of the chancel having gotten into a dilapi- 
dated state. For some time past the present Vicar who had under consideration a 
plan for raising both the roof of the chancel and the nave to their original height, 
such as existed previous to the fifteenth century. Bamburgh Church, like a good 
many more in Northumberland, joined in the transition from the high pitched roof 
to^the low flat-roof, and the change was no doubt brought about by the fact that the 
low roof was better adapted to our northern climate than the other. It is a somewhat 
knotty point, and one over which a great difference of opinion exists. Be this as it 
may, the architect, Mr. Wm. Searles Hicks, is to be congratulated on the manner in 
which the work is being executed. The Church is worthy of careful study. There 
are no traces about the present building that can be .associated with the early Saxon 
Church, but in the absence of such we are almost safe m assuming that the pre-exist- 
ing structure would be chiefly composed of wood. There is no part of the present 
building'that dates earlier than the middle of the thirteenth century, whilst the chan- 
cel and crypt are both somewhat later. The transepts which show indications of an 
extension, date from about the early part of the fourteenth century. The small 
pointed doorway at the soutnwesternmost part of the south facade has often led 
to a good deal of conjecture. Judging from the importance of the place, and with 
a monastery of no mean significance close at hand, it is not improbable that the west- 
ern part of the nave and a portion of the south aisle may have served as an altar. 
These were formerly to be found oftener at the east end of our churches, but we 
have instances, as at Durham, where the west end was occasionally resorted to. 


As It Appeared in 1896 when Visited by Mrs. Sophie Foster Symes— An Inter- 
esting Account of the Early Home of the Family. 

'Twas in making a tour of the Cathedral towns in the summer of '96 that we 
came to Northumberland. We had speat the Sunday at York and at noon of a 
beautiful August day — quite like our own September ones — we alighted from the 
train at Belford. With another party bent upon visiting the famous old Bamboro' 
Castle we occupied a wagonette and made the distance of eight miles in time almost 
too quick for any lingering enjoyment of the landscape, diversified by an occasional 
glimpse of the North Sea, very fierce and wild at that point of the coast. 

Arriving at the village of Bamboro', neither the Victoria Inn nor the Crewe 
Arms, could afford us accommodation, so we sought and found refuge in a cottage 
within the shadow of the Castle walls. In the absence of the family, we were 
attended by the care-taker of the domicile, a maiden who bore the name of Short, 
but who at the same time was possessed of a face so long and of a nature so melan- 
choly, that we only endured her serving of the goose-berries and mushrooms — 
abundantly bestowed by kind neighbors — for two meals of the day, taking our din- 
ners at the Inn. patronized by H. R. H. the Prince of Wales, so the sign board read. 

Bamboro' village is a typically English one, of primitive aspect, two streets, one 
leading to the stage road and the other to the Manor house and the Church, uniting 
in one, and terminating at the^Castle. Then, like any other well regulated English 


village, it has a "Lord of the Castle" and a "gray haired Vicar" and the "Squire" 
— the rest of the inhabitants seemed like simple honest folk, many of whom live 
their short, or their long lives — it matters little which — with never going from the 
boundary of their native hamlet; yet the history that events have made in this re- 
mote corner of England I can only refer to— for does it not take the greater part of 
the seven gigantic volumes of the History of Northumberland to record? 

As the roads, so does interest, center at the Castle, one of the most ancient in 
all England. King Ida's reign began in the year 550 and prior to that "a castle 
huge and square" existed; to the antiquarian and student of architecture, the vari- 
ous epochs m building, Roman, Saxon and Norman, afford an interesting study. 

Bamboro' derives its name from Babba, one of the early Queens of North- 
umbria. It was by a grant from William the Norman that the'Forsters became 
possessed of this splendid fortress, retaining it until 1709. In the spring of 1895 the 
property was purchased by Lord Armstrong, of Armstrong gun fame, and he has 
by this time, I presume, completed the restoration to its old time splendor, this 
castle "superior to any other in strength and position." 

As the Forsters were so identified with all pertaining to Bamboro' it was with 
no ordinary interest our little party of four climbed the winding path that morning, 
when, by Lord Armstrong's courtesy we were to have entrance within the Castle 
walls. Eight acres are enclosed and the principal gate of Norman build is very 
imposing. On this our first visit, we passed in quick review the moat, the port- 
cullis, the towers and bastions, all remarkable for their impregnability, and hastened 
to the keep, a massive square building outwardly, and its interior of grand propor- 
tions. In the year 1700 some efforts at repair were m.ide, but since then, till the 
more recent ownership, it has been somewhat neglected. Much of the elegant 
forniture remained, also the famous Justinian tapestries, the armor, plate, and china, 
(Oh, how we coveted the possession of one cupi. The family portraits were most 
interesting, especially that of Sir Walter Besant's heroine, Dorothy Forster, and 
that of her revolutionary brother. General Tom Forster. We peered down the 
well 150 feet deep, accidentally discovered in 1770 and located in a small passage 
way. We only had, it seemed to us, a brief time in the library, with its many 
priceless volumes, its mistrals and illuminated texts, centuries old. We had to care- 
fully pick our way down the old worn stone steps at the further end from that we 
entered, viewing, on the ocean side of the Castle's domains, the scene of Grace 
Darling's exploits. 

The Vicar of the parish, dear old Canon Long, welcomed us as long wandering 
children returning to their native heath and 'twas at once our privilege and pleasure 
to go to the rectory for our afternoon tea and hear him tell of Bamboro' and of the 
brave, adventurous Forsters; then to walk with him through the high walled gar- 
den, once belonging to a convent, but destroyed by Cromwell — and along the same 
paths trod by the gentle nuns centuries before, and later on by beautiful Dorothy 
Forster and her handsome, chivalrous lover, the Earl of Derwentwater and who, 
because one would not give up the Protestant religion and the other his Roman 
Catholic faith, were never wed. This garden is directly across from the Manor 
House included in the original grant to the Forster family, now the home of "the 
Squire," and where we were most hospitably entertained, meeting many of the 

One of the first Christian churches in that part of England was built in Bam- 
boro' in 635, the present one is believed to have been erected in the twelfth century 
and has many fine, unusual features. Some of the windows are exquisite in color. 
The young lady of our party went to the crypt "the graveyard of the Forsters" 'tis 
called, where sixty-six of that name are buried. This was only discovered and 
opened within a few years. 

On the following Sunday the American descendants of this once famous family 
were accorded seats in the Forster pew and over the ashes of her ancestors, they 
listened to a memorial sermon to a fair, sweet girl called to another world the year 
before. After service we lingered in the little churchyard reading the quaint inscrip- 
tions on many of the monuments, especially that of Grace Darling's, whose memory 
is justly held in great reverence, love and pride. 

And then the little old caretaker of the church asked us to go and see her yet 
older and crippled mother, who would tell us so much of the Forsters and show us 
some gifts that had been held in her family for generations. 

From time immemorial Bamboro' has been visited by the grandest and the 
greatest of the realm on hostile and peaceful intent bent, happily only of the latter 
kind for many a year now, and there are many who in the summer seek this retired 


spot for the rest it affords. In the days of our stay there Sir Henry Irving was 
wont to pace the beaen or country road, book in hand, studying the lines of Cym- 

How vividly does the last night of our stay at Bamboro' come to mind 1 At low 
tide we_ wandered far out on the sands and looking backward viewed for the last 
time, this grand old Castle and fortress, the scene of so many struggles, fierce and 
destructive, by sea and by land, yet like a mighty Sphinx immovable, calm and 
majestic with the rays of the setting sun restmg m glory upon tower and turret. 
As for centuries it has stood, so it will stand, when we,»iike those whose memory 
we came to reverence, have passed on and generauons will have followed us. 



A Description of the Old Parish Church of the Forster Family in Bamburgh, 

Northumberland Co., England — The Chancel and Crypt Cover the 

Remains of Sixty-three of the Forsters. 

The Glebe, Bamburgh, Belford, Northumberland, England— March 30, 1895. 

Bamburgh is now a small place, inhabited chiefly by agricultural laborers, and 
the distressed state of the land in England renders owners incapable of doing much 
for church restoration — especially as the old churches have required so much repair 
of late years. Lord Armstrong lias purchased Bamburgh Castle, and will live there 
part of the year — partly as a change from his property at Craigside, Rothberry, and 
partly to overlook a Convalescent Home for decayed gentlefolks, which he will 
raise on the Castle Hill at Bamburgh. Will you tell your friends that all the armor 
belonging to the Forsters, with family pictures, and other relics, have been in the 
hands of the "Crewe Trustees" — five clergymen elected for the purpose of Lord 
Crewe's charities under his will. Lord Crewe was the Bishop of that name who 
married Dorothy Forster, the aunt of the Dorothy, Walter Besanfs heroine. The 
Crewe Trustees have been forced in these bad times to part with Bamburgh Castle 
and some farms near it to Lord Armstrong, but they retain the family pictures, etc., 
and the valuable library, which contains some early printed books of the greatest 
rarity and value. 

Your ancestors' name is highly thought of in this part of England (and every- 
where amongst educated people). Lord Armstrong, I am sure, would give people 
leave to go through the old buildings, as well as Adderstohe Hall, five miles from 
Bamburgh, where the Forsters partly lived. He has recently restored the Hall and 
has presented it to some members of his family. This whole part is very full of 
historical interest, and would, I am sure, afford great delight. Allow me to add 
that nothing touches the hearts of Englishmen so much as the love of the American 
people for the old country and its antiquities. 

The old Castle still under restoration; but nothing has been done to impair its 
character — and the drawings of the restored buildings will assure you of Lord Arm- 
strong's reverence for antiquity. The chief architect, Mr. Ferguson, of Carlisle, is 
the famed restorer of Haworth Castle, the seat of Lord Carlisle. That work of 
restoration is a most skillful and successful attempt to harmonize new and old. 
The old characterizes the building and the new looks old. 

We are engaged in the work for the restoration of Bamburgh Church. The 
chancel is approaching completion — so far as the roof goes— but the interior will 
require a large outlay. The chancel and ciypt cover the remains of sixty-three 

H. F. LONG. 



Bamburgh. on the mainland, with Holy Island and the Fame Islands off the 
coast, is the chief source of English Christianity. Bamburgh Crag, a natural 
fortress of volcanic rock, formed, in Saxon times, the seat of a Kingdom which 
stretched from the Humber to the Forth, with a protectorate or ascendancy over 
almost the whole Heptarchy. Ida, the founder of the Kingdom, landed with his 
followers, the Angles, above the Tweed, and seized the magnificent rock known to 
the Britons as Dingueroy, and afterwards to the Anglians as Bebbanburgh, or Bam- 
burgh, from Bebba, the wife of Ida's grandson. Here dwelt Oswald, the Royal 
Saint, to whose zeal and guidance we owe the rise and march of English Chris- 
tianity — as distinct from foreign importations. Not long after his accession, Oswald 
invited S. Aidan from the island monastery of lona, and gave him a commission to 
evangelise his realm. And so it was, remarks Professor Bright, that, in the summer 
of 635, S. Aidan approached his task. From the outset, the Saint maintained his 
Celtic views and practices — the Celtic Easter, Celtic monasticism, Celtic discipline, 
the Celtic tonsure, and the Celtic form of Baptism. His first settlement, indeed, 
betrayed his preferences; for he carried with him the remembrance of lona, his 
island home, reproducing it in Lmdisfarne or Holy Island. Here his position cor- 
responded with his origin: he became a Missionary Bishop, of the same type as the 
Monks ot lona, and was sent without foreign authority from the neighboring Scottish 
Church, at the summons of the Northumbrian King. 

.A.S the friend of S. Oswald, the Saint spent much of his time at Bamburgh, 
where he raised a Church of wood, as the Anglian manner was, and died in a small 
cell at the west end, in view, tradition says, of the Altar, and within hearing of the 
Vesper Service. 

The above Church, passing through Norman and later stages, is the successor 
of the wooden church, occupies the same site, and perpetuates the same associa- 
tions. Its Christianising influence was great. From the group of Lindisfarne, 
the Fame Islands, and Bamburgh — all united in religious work — missionaries flowed 
over most of the Heptarchy. The same spirit of independence which marked S. 
Aidan and the Celtic school characterised their work ; and thus the whole of Eng- 
land bears witness to S. Aidan's impress. 



In thir, view, the Church of S. Aidan, at Bamburgh, is a center of national inter- 
est; and Churchmen in every part of the Anglican world have a right to share in its 
history, by contributing to the preservation and increasing the beauty of this great 
Church memorial. 

The Church is a noble structure many feet in length, and stands on a slope rising 
towards the Budle Hills, in view of Holy Island and the Fames, with which it forms 
a group of sacred places. The site dips eastwards, and in the hollow is a Crypt, 
probably built at first at the eastern e.xtremily of the Saxt)n Chancel. The present 
Chancel, 60 feet in length, was built over the Crypt and over the site of the older 
Chancel. The authors of this change were the Augustinian Canons from the Priory 
of Nostell, in Yorkshire, to which, as the parent of similar institutions in the North, 
Henry I. assigned the Church and land in Bamburgh. These Canons raised for 
themselves a monastery east of the Churchyard (on the site afterwards belonging to 
the Forsters, and associated with the life of Dorothy Forster), and carried out the 
subsequent alterations in the church — such as the enlargement of the transepts for 
Chantry Chapels, and the widening of the South Aisle for parochial purposes. 

The internal walls of the Chancel are adorned with a beautiful arcade which 
frames 13 lancet windows of exquisite design; but the eastern windows were, at 
some time, dwarfed to suit the low roof which now remains and needs renovation. 
It is proposed to restore the windows to their original height, as shown by existing 
traces, and to raise the roof to its ancient pitch. 

The effect will be a great accession of dignity to the Church, and the improve- 
ment of the building for acoustic purposes. In place of the plaster-work on the 
inner wall at the east end of the Chancel, it is intended to erect canopies of Caen 
stone, enclosing historical figures of S. Aidan, S. Oswald, S. Cuthbert, and other 
missionaries who spread Christianity from this part of Northumberland, or contrib- 
uted to its annals. 

A Faculty has issued from the Bishop's Court authorising the above alterations 
m the Church. 

In the Churchyard, it is proposed to raise a bronze canopy over Grace Darling's 
monument, in place of the stone cover which was blown down in the terrible gale 
of November, 1893. The monument is a raised tomb, supporting a recumbent 
figure of the heroine, whose character is beautifully expressed in the humble modesty 
and Christian strength of the face and mien: 




The name Forster, Foster is by high and most compete Dt authority identified 
with Forester, which, in English opinion, is quite an aristocratic surname. A Reg- 
inaldus le Forester was in the House of Commons in 1347. 

The Forsters in England were a very numerous family and besides occupying 
many large estates in that country emigrated to Ireland and the Island of Jamaica. 
We give below a few of the prominent branches: 

FOSTERS OF SHOPSHIRE— This ancient Shopshire family springs from 
Richard Forestarius, who lived in the reign of Henry III. John Forester, of Wal- 
ling Street, Co. Salop, held from Henry VIII. a grant of the privilege of wearing his 
hat in the royal presence, the original of which grant is now in possession of Lord 
Forester. From this John Imeally descended, Francis Forster, of Dothill, Co. Salop, 
who m. Mary, dau. of Richard, Lord Newport, of Ercall. His son. Sir Wm. For- 
ester, Knt, of Dothill, m. Cecil, dau. of James, 3d Earl of Salisbury, and was s. 
by his son, Wm. Forester, Esq., who m., 1714, Catherine, dau. of Wm. 
Brooke, Esq., and had issue: Brook Forester,' Esq., whom, in 1734 Elizabeth, only 
dau. and heir of Geo. Weld, Esq., of Welley Park, Co. Salop, by whom he had two 
sons, Geo. (who d. unm. in iSii, and devised his fortune to his nephew, the late 
peer) and Cecil Forester, Esq., who m. dau. and co-heir of Robert Townsend, Esq., 
by whom (who died at an advanced age, 24th May, 1825) he had Cecil Weld For- 
ester, Esq., who inherited the estates of his uncle, and was elevated to the peerage, 
as Baron Forester, of Willey Park, Co. Salop, 17th July, 1821. His lordship m. i6th 
June, 1800, Katherine Mary, second dau. of Charles, 4th Duke of Ruthland, by whom 
(who d. loth May, 1820) he had issue, John George Weld, present peer. Geo. Cecil 
Weld, M. P., b. ioth May, 1807, an officer in the horse guards. Chas. Robert Weld, 
b. 28th December, 1811, lieutenant of the Twelfth Lancers. Orlando Watkin Weld, 
b. iSth April, 1813, in holy orders. Emilieus John, an officer in the army. Henry 
Townsend, b. 19th January, 1S21, in the guards. Anne Elizabeth, m. 1S02, to the 
Earl of Chesterfield. Elizabeth Katherine, m. 1S22, to the Hon. Robert John Smith, 
and d. 22d July, 1S32. Isabella Elizabeth Annabella, m. 30th November, 1S30, to 
the Hon. George Anson. Henrietta Maria, m. 6th July, 1S33, to Lord Albert, Co. 
Selina Louisa. The baron d. 1S2S. Creation 17th July, 1821. Arms Quarterly: 
first and fourth, quarterly, perfesse, dancettee, ar and sa, in the first and fourth 
quarters, a bugle horn of the last, garnished, or for Forester; second and third, az 
a fesse embattled, between three crescents, two and one, erm. for Weld. Crest of 
Foresters, a talbot, passant, ar, collard, sa and line reflexed, ar. Crest of Weld, a 
wivern, sa. , gutte's-d'or, collard, and interior of the wings of the last line refle.xed 
over the back, gu. Supporters, two talbots, ar., collard, sa therefrom pendant a 
bugle horn, as in the arms, line refle.xed over the bark, erm. Motto, semper eadem. 
Seal, Willey Park, Shopshire. 

FOSTER OF LYSWAYS HALL— Foster, Charles, of Lysways Hall, Co. 
Stafford, M. P. for Walsall, D. L. and J. P. Co. Stafford, m. August, 1S40, Frances, 
dau. of the late John Surtus, Esq., of Durham, and of Chalean La Colinois, in 
Brittany, cousin of the Earl of Elden and has three sons: i. Charles, b. 1841; ii. 
John Henry, b. 1S43; iii. Villius Francis, b. 1850. 

Lineage. — Until a century back the Forsters were settled in Worcestershire. 
William Foster, of Birtsmorton in that county, m. Margaret Smith, a descendant and 
co-representative of Capt. John Smith who 1603 was in the service of Sigismond, 
Duke of Fransylvania, and left one son, Charles Foster, Esq., who d. at Walsall, 
in Staffordshire, 2Sth June, 1S15, leaving issue, Charles Smith, his heir; John of 
Hanch, Co. Stafford. The elder son Charles Smith Foster, of Lysways Hall, Co. 
Stafford, J. P. and D. L., M. P. for Walsall, high sheriff 1S45, m. Elizabeth, dau. 
of Richard Emery, Esq., of Burcott, House Shropshire, and left at his decease, 
17th November 1S50, one son, Charles, now of Lysways Hall, and one dau., Ellen 
Catherine, m. to Richard Dyott, Esq.. of Freeford. 

Frederic Adolphus La Trobe, of Kempstone, Bedfordshire and of the Boym and 
Lancaster Estates, Jamaica, Rector of Little Munden Herts, b. 12th October, 1820; 
m. 2d May, 1S49, Annie Hulbert, dau. of the Rev. William Reed, of Stone Easton, 


Co. Somerset, domestic chaplain to His late R. H. the Duke of Kent; and his issue: 
i. Frederick La Trobe, b. 31st July, 1S53. ii. Henry Reed, b. 2?th January, i860. 
V. Annie Louisa: vi. Caroline Nora; iii. Hellen Mary; iv. Lelia Kate. 

Lineage. — This family claims to be descended from the ancient and distinguished 
house of Forster or Foster of Etherston Castle, Lucker and Bamborough Castle, 
Northumberland, the ancestor of which, according to tradition, was De Forestier, a 
Norman cavalier who came over with William the Conqueror. Thomas Foster, of 
Etherston, b. 1397, d. 1425, was father of Thomas Forster, »who m. a Featherston- 
haugh. His son, Thomas Forster, m. the sister of the Blind Baron of Hilton. His 
son. Sir Thomas Forster, was high sheriff of Northumberland 1564 and 1572 ; and m. 
Dorothy, dau. of Lord Ogle. His son. Sir Thomas Forster, b. 1518, m. Frances, 
sister of Thomas, Lord Wharton. His brother, Sir John Forster, was a distin- 
guished military leader in the fueds between the English and Scottish Borderers, 
and was governor of Bamborough, and warden of the Middle Marches; he signed 
the treaty concluded in 1563 between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots. 
He m. Jane, widow Robert 5th Lord Ogle and eldest dau. of Sir Cuthbert Radclyffe 
and Margaret his wife, dau. of Henry, Lord Clifford. He d. 1602, leaving (with a 
dau., Eleanor, m. to Sir Francis Russell whose son was ist Earl of Bedfordshire) a 
son. Sir Nicholas Forster, governor of Bamborough, Lord of Blanchland. He m. 
Jane, dau. of Sir Anthony RatclifEe, and d. 22d July, 1613. His son. Sir Claudius 
Forster, Bart., m. Elizabeth, dau. of Sir William Fenwick; d. 1623, and was father 
of Sir William Forster, who m. first Dorothy, dau. of Sir William Selby, Bart, of 
Twisdal, and secondly Eleanor, dau. of Ferdinand, Lord Fairfax, and had issue: 
William, d. s. p. ; John, M. P. for Northumberland, d. unm. ; and Ferdinand, M. P. 
for Northumberland, d. unm. His nephew, Thomas Forster, of Etherston and 
Lucker, b. 1659, ™- liis cousm, Francis, dau. of Sir William Forster of Bamborough 
Castle. He was high sheriff of Northumberland, and d. 1723. His son, Thomas 
Forster, b. 16S3, by whom and from whose time the spelling of Foster has been used, 
was M. P. for Northumberland. His estates forfeited for the part he took in the 
rebellion of 1715. and were granted to Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham, who had m. 
Dorothy Foster, the aunt of the said Thomas Forster. In 1715 he surrendered, to- 
gether with Lord Derwentwater and others, and was sent to London and committed 
to Newgate on the charge of high treason, whence he afterward escaped through 
the aid intrepidity of his sister Dorothy, and tied to the continent. He d. leaving 
no male representative of this branch of the family, but the descent is traced in the 
Harl MSS. from Roger Forster, the brother of Thomas Forster above mentioned, 
as having m. the sister of the Blind Baron of Hilton. Roger Forster m. a dau. of 

Hursey; his son, Thomas Forster, of Hunsdon Herts, 3'eoman of the great 

chamber to Queen Elizabeth, m. Margaret Browning, and d. 1571. His son. Sir 
Thomas Forster, of Hunsdon, b. 154S; m. Susan, dau. of Thomas Forster of Iden, 
Co. Sussex. He was chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and d. 1612. His 
second son. Sir Robert Foster, of Great Fosters Egham, b. 15S9, was chief justice 
of the Court of King's Bench, and d. 1665. Thomas Foster, eldest son of Sir 
Thomas, m. Ann Baskerville, and had issue. His second son. Col. John Foster, 
of Egham, held a military command in the expedition to Jamaica under Penn and 
Venables, 1655. He received a grant of extensive estates in the parish of S. Eliza- 
beth in that island, the greater part of which are still in the possession of the fam- 
ily. His son, Thomas Foster, perished in the earthquake at Port Royal, 1692. His 
son. Col. John Foster, of Egham, Surrey and of Elim, the Bogue, Two Mile Wood, 
Lancaster, Waterford, The Island and other estates in Jamaica, resided in Elim in 
that island. He was b. July, 1681, and d. 30th August, 1731. He m. Elizabeth 
Smith of Barbadoes, and by her (who m. secondly Dr. Henry Barham of Jamaica) 
had issue: i. Thomas, b. 1720, d. s. p. He resided upon the family estate at 
Egham, Co. Surrey, and was M. P. for Dorchester. His will give rise to a lengthened 
litigation, ii. William, of whom presently, iii. John, b. 1723, d. unm. 1744. iv. 
Samuel, b. 1725, m. and had issue: i. John of Egham, Surrey, and of Elim, 
Lancaster and Two Mile Wood, Jamaica, m. and had issue: George, who m. and 
had issue, a son, George John Henry, capt. Twenty- third regt.. m. and had issue: 
Henry, rector of Col. Rogers, Gloucestershire canon of Gloucester, m. Ellen, young- 
est dau. of the late Rear- Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, Bart., K. C. B., and had 
issue: John, Her Majesty's chaplain of the Savoy, rector of Stambourne, m. 
Laura, dau. of Col. Lapsley, R. A., and d. 186S, having had issue. 2. Samuel 
Warren, had issue; 3. Richard, d. unm. i. Elizabeth, ra. to John Venner, Esq.; 
2. Flora, m. to her cousin, John Foster, Esq., of Brickhill House, Beds. v. Joseph 
b. 1729, afterward took the name Barham in addition to that of Foster, and had 


issue: i. Mary, m. Florentius Vassal, Esq., whose granrldaii.. Elizabeth Vassal, 
m. first Sir Godfrey Webster, Bart., and afterwards Henry Richard, 3d Baron 
Holland; 2. Margaret, m. to Conlin Campbell, Esq.; 3. Elizabeth, d. 1729. vi. 
Sarah, m. William Mathew Burt, governor of Shanta Cruz, captain-general and 
governor-in-chief of the Leeward Islands. The second son, William Foster, b. 
1722, d. 176S; he m. first Elizabeth Vassal, but by her had no issue, and second, 
8th February, 1743, Dorothy Gale, of Acomb, near York, and of Lucena in the 
Island of Jamaica, of an old distinguished family, and by her had issue: i. Thomas 
of Grove House, Chalfont, St. Giles, Buckinghamshire and St. Pol in the Pyrennese, 
b. 19th August, 1752, had issue by his first wife, Deborah Senior: 1. Thomas, and 
second, William, both d. unm. i. Elizabeth Deborah m. to Rear-Admiral Sir 
Thomas LTrsher, K. C. B. and K. G. H. ; 2. Maria Catharine, m. to William Penne- 
father, Esq. ; 3. Dorothy Valina, m. first to Capt. Fergus, R. N.. secondly to Robert 
Strong, Esq., and thirdly to Baron d' Eisendecker; 4. Emma Louisa Keith, m. to 
James Esdaile Hammet, Esq. By his second wife, Elizabeth Overend, the above 
named Thomas Foster, ot the Grove, had issue: i. Marianne, ra. to her cousin, 
Herman Von Zezschwitz, capt. in the Saxon cavalry ; 2. Harriet, m. to her cousin, 
Edward Von Zezschwitz, major in the Saxon array, chamberlin to the King Saxony. 
The male line in this the eldest surviving branch 'thus became extinct, ii. Frederic 
William, of the Bouge Estate, Jamaica, a bishop of the Moravian Church, b. 1760, 
m, 1791 Anna Louisa Eleanor La Trobe. of a noble refugee family from Languedoc, 
and d. at Ockbrook, Co. Derby, 1S35, having had issue: i. John Frederic, of whom 
presently; 2. William oi Ockbrook, Co. Derby, b. 1797, m Marianne, second dau. 
of Sir William Bayshawe of the Oaks and Worn.ihill Hall. Derbyshire, and d. 1S29, 
having had issue, one son. Fredrick William, b. June, 1S18, d. April, 183S; 3. Isaac 
Henry, b. iSoo, d. unm. 1S27. i. Anna Dorothy, m. to John Amery, Esq , banker 
at Stonebridge; 2. Mary Louisa, m. to her cousin, the Rev. P. La Trobe of Ely 
Place, London, secretary to the Moravian Missions; 3. Margaret Eleanor, d. unm. 
1833. iii. John, of the Bogue Estate, Jamaica, and of BrickhiU House, and Lord 
of the Manor of Marston, Co. Bedford (see Foster of Brickhill). i. Elizabeth Dor- 
othy, m. to W. H. Weber, Esq. ; 2. Sarah, m. to Baron Christlieb, Frederick Von 
Zezschwitz of Taubenhem and Deutsch Baslitz in Upper Lusatia, an ancient dis- 
tinguished Saxon family, and had issue, iii. Anna Benigna, b. 1758, d. unm.; iv. 
Mary Helden, m. to John Roederer, Esq., of Xeuwied on the Rhine. The eldest 
son of Fredrick William Foster, John Frederic Foster, Esq., of the Bogue Estate, 
Jamaica, and of Kempstone, Co. Bedford, barrister-at-law, J. P. for Lancashire and 
Cheshire, and D. L., chairman of the Quarter Sessions for the hundred of Salford, 
Co. Lancaster, b. iSth June, 1795. m. 13th May, 1S17, Caroline, eldest dau. of the 
late Sir William Chambers, Bagshawe of the Oaks and Wormhill Hall, Co. Derby, 
and of Coats Hall, Co. York, and had issue: i. John William Bagshawe, b. iSiS, 
d. 182S; ii. Fredric Adolphus La Torbe, now of Kempstone; iii. Thomas Barnham, 
civil engineer, b. Sth July, 1S27, m. 15th September, 1858, Mary Anne, dau. of 
Samuel Taylor, Esq., J. 'P. and D. L of Ibbotsholme, Co. Westmoreland, and 
Eccleston, Co Lancaster, and had issue, Fredric Barnham. b. 27th June, 1859. 
iv. William Henry, commissioner of crown lands, warden of the gold fields, and 
protector of the Chinese, and J. P in the colony of Victoria, b. 25th April, 1832. m. 
2d September, 185S, Catharina McLean, dau. of Alexander Patterson, Esq , and has 
issue, John Frederick, b. July, 1859. i- Caroline Louisa, m. to Edward Loyd. Esq., 
banker, of Prestwick Lodge, Co. Lancaster, and Lillisden, Kent, J. P and D. L. ; 
ii. Mary Eleanor, m. 29th April, 1S51, to James Collier Harter, Esq., of Oak 
End, Co. Lancaster, and d. 24th December, 1857; iii. Margaret Helen, m. to Arthur, 
son of Sir Benjamin Heywood, Bart. Mr. Foster d. gth April, iSsS. 

FOSTER OF BRICKHILL —Foster, Morgan Hugh, Esq., of the Bogue, Lan- 
caster and Two Mile Wood Estates. Jamaica, and of Brickhill near Bedford, 
Companion of the Order of the Bath, b. 1S15, m. 1838 Mary, dau. of George Flint, 
Esq., and has surving issue: i. Algernon Craufurd. b. ist December, 1S39; li. 
Edward, b. 1S41, d. young; iii. Arthur, b. 21st July, 1S43; iv. William Erskine, b. 
2ist October, 1847; i. Alice, d young; ii. Edith Margaret ; iii. Florence Amelia. 

Lineage. — The same as the'preceding family down 10 John Foster of the Bogue 
Estate, Jamaica, and of Brickhill House, Bedfordshire, Lord of the Manor of Mar- 
ston in the same county, a magistrate in England and in Jamaica, for many years 
chairman of the Central Agricultural Society in London, b. 21st June. 1S31. In 
consequence of the eminent services he had rendered to agriculture, as well by his 
speeches as by his writings, he was presented with two magnificent pieces of plate, 
oneTDy the agriculturists of Co. Bedford and the other*by the agriculturists of the 


whole of England. He m. first Margaret, dau. of Thomas Place, Esq., recorder 
of York, and had issue: William, who d. unm. ; Thomas, d. young; Edward, d. 
young; Margaret, m. to the Rev. Maurice Parrel, rector of Woughton Bucks. John 
Foster, m. secondly his cousin, Flora Foster, but by her had no issue; thirdly 
Amelia, dau. of John Morgan, Esq., barrister-at-law, recorder at Maidestone, and 
sister of the Countess of Carhampton. Of this last marriage there was issue 
Algernon, b. iSii, d. 1821; Arthur Fitz John, heir to his father; Morgan Hugh, 
now of Brickhill House ; Mary Amelia, m. to the Rev. Henry Fuller, rector of Thom- 
haughand Wansford, Northamptonshire; Flora, m. to the ^ev. Alfred Dawson, rector 
of Flitwick, Bedfordshire. The eldest surviving son, Arthur Fitz John Foster, 
Esq., of the Bogue Estate and of Brickhill, barrister-at-law, and member of the 
House of Assembly, Jamaica, b. 1813, d. unm. 1S42, and was s. by his brother, 
the present Morgan Hugh Foster of Brickhill, near Bedford. 

FOSTER, BARHAM BRANCH.— Joseph Foster, Esq. (youngest son of Col. 
John Foster), b. 1729, d. 1789. He took the name of Barham, and m. first Dorothea, 
dau. and eventual heir of Erasmus Vaughn, Esq., of Treecwn, Co. Pembroke; sec- 
ondly Lady Hill of Hawkstone. The eldest son of the first marriage, Joseph Foster 
Barham, Esq., of Trecwn and of Stock bridge Hants, b. 1760, M. P. for that borough, 
m. 1792 Lady Caroline Tufton, dau. of Sackville Sth Earl of Thanet, and had issue, 
several sons and daus. The eldest son, John Foster Barham. who was M. P. for 
Stockbridge and afterwards for Kendal, m. Lady Katharine Grimston, dau. of the 
Earl of Verulam. who survived her husband, and is the present Countess of Claren- 
don. The second son, William Foster Barham, d. unm. The third son, the Rev. 
Charles Henry Barham, how of Trecwn, nephew and sole representative of Henry, 
last Earl of Thanet, m. first Miss Ince, and secondly Miss Massey, but has no issue. 
There are also two daus. , Mary who m. Count Gaggiotti, and Caroline who m. the 
Rev. Sanderson Robins, rector of Shaftesbury. 

FOSTER OF BALLYMASCANLAN.— Foster, Fredrick John, Esq., of Bally- 
mascanlan House, Co. Louth, J. P. and D. L., High Sheriff 1845, m. 22d October, 
1827, Isabella, fourth dau. of Peter A'ere, Esq. 

Lineage. — William Foster, Esq., M. P. for Dunlier (second son of the Rev. 
Thomas Foster, D. D.. and nephew of the Right Hon. Anthony Foster, lord chief 
baron of Ireland, father of John Foster, speaker of the Irish House of Commons, 
afterward Lord Oriel), m. 1743 Patience, dau. of John Fowke, Esq., and had issue: 
i. John William, M. P. for Dunlier, who m. 17S8 Rebecca, only child of Hamilton 
McClure, Esq., of Dublin, and d. 1S09, having had issue: i. Fredrick John of Bally- 
mascanlan House; 2. William Hamilton, d. 1S13; 3. Henry, d. 1820; 4. Charles 
Thomas, d. 1822. i. Elizabeth Susan; 2. Louisa Jane, m. ■26th October, 1819, to 
Thomas, Lord Plunkett, D. D. , Bishop of Tuam ; 3. Emily Anna. ii. Henry, i. 
Patience, m. 1766 to John McClintock, Esq., M. P. ; ii. Elizabeth, m. to John Long- 
field, Esq., M. P. 

FOSTER OF WADSWORTH BANKS.— Foster, Henry, Esq., of Wadsworth 
Banks and Tolling Royd, Co. York, J. P., b. 29th May, 1795. 

Lineage. — The ancestors of this family came trom Wensleydale, N. R of York- 
shire, about 400 years ago, to the Slack near Heptonstall, which they obtained by 
purchase. The Slack estate is still retained by a branch of the same family, and 
the present occupier and owner is John Foster, Esq., who m. the only dau. and heir 
of Henry Lord, Esq., of Bacup, Lancashire. John Foster, Esq., of Slack, and son 
of Thomas Foster, Esq., of the same place, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Green- 
wood, who erected the chapel at Slack at his own expense and preached in it gratu- 
itously ; by this lady Mr. Foster had, with a dau., three sons: John, from whom the 
present John Foster, Esq., of Slack; Henry, of whom presently; and William, who 
d. s. p. The second son, Henry Foster, Esq., removed from Slack to his own estate 
at Wadsworth Banks, about the year 1S70. He m. Ann Townsend of Heptonstall, 
and had, with a dau. Mary, who d. s. p., aged 73, a son, John Foster, Esq., of 
Wadsworth Banks, who m. 23d December, 1790, Sarah, dau. of William Howorth 
Gent of White Lee, and had (with dau. Elizabeth who d. young) an only son, the 
present Henry Foster, Esq., of Wadsworth Banks. Mr. Foster d. 12th September, 
1812, aged SI. 

FOSTER OF THURNBY.— Foster, Hon. William John, of Thurnby, Newton, 
New South Wales, prime Judge of the Supreme Court of N. S. W., b. at Rathescar, 
Co. Louth. 13th January, 1S31, m. 8th August, 1854, Matilda Sophia, dau. of John 
Williams, Esq., of Landigige, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, by Jane Makeig his 
wife, and has issue: i. Arthur William John, b. 24th June, 1S55 ; ii. William Henr3^ 
b. 24th May, 1856, m. 18S6 Ella, dau. of"George.Clift.;Esq., and has issue, a'_daugh- 


ter; iii. Thomas Chichester James, b. 5ih September, 1858; iv. Edward Pokenham, 

b. 25th June, 1S60; V. Frederick Leopold, b. 18th April, ; vi. Charles Ernest, 

b. 1st December, 1S71 ; vii. Rodolph Wellesley, b. 26th Sepeteraber, 1874. i. Cath- 
arine Jane, m. ist August, 18S2, Lieut. Henry John Jeffreys, R. N. ; ii. Welhelmina 
Rosalind, m. 2gth September, 1886, William' Mclntyre St. Clair Maclardy, Esq., of 
Sydney; iii. Helen Mary Elizabeth, unm. Mr. Justice Foster was educated first at 
Cheltenham College ; settled in Victoria in 1S54 (having visited the colony two years 
previously), and engaged for a short time in agricultural pursuits; subsequently 
studied for the bar and was admitted 13th May. 1S58; the following year was ap- 
pointed crown prosecutor for the northern distiict, and in 1870 crown prosecutor for 
Sydney, which office he resigned December, 1877, and became attorney-general 
under the Farnell administration, with a seat in the Legislative Council, which he 
re.'iigned in iSSo; afterward became M. P. for Newton ; in 1881 minister of justice in 
the Parke's ministry; and again in 1SS7 attorney-general, which office he subse- 
quently resigned in February, iSSS, was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of 
N. S. W. Mr. Justice Foster has written a treatise on the District Courts Act, 
which is still regarded as the standard work on that subject. He has been a mem- 
ber of every diocesan provincial and general synod of the Church of England con- 
stituted in New South Wales. 

Lineage. —Mr. Justice Foster traces his discent through the families of Fortescue, 
Chichester and Bonchier, back to King Edward HL According to tradition his 
paternal ancestors were formerly seated in Berkshire, whence thev migrated to 
Ireland. John Foster. Esq., of Dunlier, Co. Louth, for many years M. P. for that 
borough, m. loth December, 1704, Mary, youngest dau. of William Fortescue. Esq., 
of Xewarth, Co. Louth, who was grandfather of William Henry, first Earl of 
Clermont and son of Sir Thomas Fortescue, Knt. of Dromeskin, Co. Louth, lieuten- 
ant-colonel of Prince Charles' Horse Guards, and governor of the Castle of Carrick- 
fergus, and by her (who d. 29th October, 1762, aged 77 years) left at his decease, 
i6th May, 1747: i. Anthony (Right Hon.), of whom hereafter; ii. Thomas (Rev.), 
D. D., rector of Dunlier, b. i6th November, 1709, m. 1740 Dorothy, dau. of William 
Burgh, Esq., of Bert, Co. Keldare, and was s. by his son, John Thomas, of 
Dunlier, some time M. P., who m. 2d April, 1776, Lady Elizabeth Hervey, dau. of 
Fredrick Augustus, fourth Earl of Bristol, Lord Bishop of Derry, and d. 1795, hav- 
ing had by her (who m. secondly, 19th October, 1809, William, fifth Duke of Devon- 
shire, K. G., but d. s. p. by him 20th March. ,1824): i. Fredrick Thomas, b. 2d 
October, 1777, M. P. ; 2. Augustus John (Right Hon. Sir). Bart., P. C, G. C. H. of 
Stonehouse, Co. Louth, b. December, 17S0, was appointed envov extraordinary and 
minister plenipotentiary to the United States 181 2, and subsequently to Sweden, 
Denmark and Sardinia. He was created a baronet 30th September, 183 1 ; he m. i8th 
March, 1S15, Lady Albina Jane, dau. of the Hon. George Vere Hobart, second son 
of George, third Earl of Buckinghamshire, and d. ist August, 1S48 (his widow dying 
28th May, 1S67) having had: i. Fredrick George (Sir), who s. as second 
baronet, b. 3d January, 18 10, and d. unm. 25th December, 1S57; ii- Cavendish 
Hervey (Rev. Sir) of Glyde Court, Ardee. Co. Louth, rector of Theydon Garnow, 
Epping, Co. Essex, 1S43 to 1857, b. 7th May, 1S17; educated at Eton and Magdalene 
College, Cambridge (B. A. 1S41); s. his brother as third baronet 25th Decem- 
ber, 1S57; m. 15th Januarv, 1S44, Isabella, youngest dau. of the Rev. John Todd, 
curate of Frankley and S. Kenelm, Halesowen, Co. Salop, and by her (who d. 3d 
June, 18S1) has : i. John Frederick, J. P. and D. L., high sheriff Co. Louth 1875, 
late major Sixth battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Louth militia) and formerly of the 
Thirteenth Hussars, b. iSth January, 1847, educated at Marlborough and Magdalene 
College, Cambridge; m. 20th April, 1871, Caroline Emily, eldest dau. of Thomas 
Coxhead Chesendale Marsh, Esq., of Gaynes Park, Co. Essex, and has issue: 
Augustus Vere, b. 3olh March, 1873; Emily Albinea, Mary Isabella and Alice Jane 
Blanche. 2. Hervy, lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles, b. 20th June, 1851, d. unm. 31st 
March, 1887. i. Jane Vere, m. 2d October, 1872, to Robert Boothby Heathcote, 
Esq., of Friday Hill Chingford, Co. Essex, iii. Vere Henry Louis, b. 25th April, 
iSig. iii. William, M. P. for Dunlier, who m. 1743 Patience, dau. of John Fowke, 
Esq., of Dublin, and d. 24th August, 1783, leaving issue: i. |ohn Wiliiam of Cast- 
erling, Co. Louth, D. L. , M. P. for Dunlier, b. 1745; ra. 1788 Rebecca, only child of 
Hamilton McClure, Esq., of Dublin, and d. 1809, having had issue: i. Fredrick 
John of Casterling and Bally mascanlan, Dundalk, Co. Louth, J. P. and D. L., high 
sheriff Co. Louth 1845, b. 1799, m. 22d October, 1827, Isabella,' fourth dau. of Peter 
Vere, Esq., of Carltonian, Trent, Co. Nottingham; ii. William Hamilton, d. 1813; 
iii. Henry, d. 1S20; iv. Charles Thomas, d. 1822. i. Elizabeth Susan; ii. Louisa 


Jane, m. 26th October, 1S19, Thomas Span, second Baron Plunket, P. C, D. D., 
Lord Bishop of Tuam, Killalu and Achonry, being so consecrated m 1839; and had 
issue, female (see Burkes Peerage); iii, Emily Anna, d, 1S74. 2. Henrv. i. 
Patience, m. 1866 to John McClintock, Esq., M. P. ; 2. Elizabeth, m. to John Long- 
field, Esq., M. P. i. Margaret, m. to Stephen Sibthorpe, Esq., of Brownslon; ii. 
Charlotte, m. 173S to Nicholas Forster, Esq., of Tullaghan, great grandfather of 
Sir Thomas Oriel Forster, Bart, of Coolderry, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. The eldest 
son, the Right Hon. Anthony Foster, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Ireland, 
from 1776 to 1777. b. 12th December, 1705, m. first 25th February, 1736, Elizabeth, 
dau. of William Burgh, Esq., of Bert, Co. Kildare, and b^ her (^who d. 30th July, 
1744) had; i. John (Right Hon.) Baron Oriel, so created 17th July, 1S21, P. C. 
Great Britain, chancellor of the exchequer, and last speaker of the Irish House of 
Commons from 1785 to 1801, barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple, b. 2Sth Septem- 
ber, 1740, m. 14th December, 1764, Margaret Amelia, dau. of Thomas Burgh, Esq., 
M. P. of Bert, Co. Kildare. She was created a peeress of Ireland as Baroness Oriel 
in 1790 and Viscountess Ferrard 1797. Lord Oriel d. i6th August, 1S2S, having had 
issue, besides a dau., Anne Dorothea who m. James Blackwood, Esq., an only son, 
Thomas Henry, afterward Thomas Henry Foster Skeffington, Viscount Forard, who 
m. 29th November, iSro Harriet (nee Skeffington), Viscountess Massereene, only dau. 
Chichester, fourth Earl of Massereene, and d. in 1S43. The Viscountess d 2d Jan- 
uary, 1831, leaving issue. Their eldest son, John Skeffington, became Viscount 
Massereene, Viscount Farrard and Baron Oriel (see Burkes Peerage, Massereene 
Viscount), ii. Winiam (Right Rev.) of whom presently, i. Margaret, b. 1737, m. 
1759 the Hon. and Right Rev. Henry Maxwell, D. D., Bishop of Dromose, loth 
March, 1765. and of !Meath 15th April, 1776, third son of John, first Baron Farnham 
of Farnham, Co. Cavan, Ireland, and father of John, fifth Lord, and of Rev. Henry, 
sixth Baron Farnham. She d. 7th October, 179S The Lord Chief Baron m. sec- 
ondly 1749 Dorothea, dau. of Thomas Burgh, Esq., of Oldtown, Co. Kildan (see 
Burke's Landed Gentry, De Burgh of Oldtown), and d. 3d April, 177S. Hi.s second 
son, Right Rev. William Foster, D. D., Bishop of Clogher, Ireland, was consecrated 
14th June, 1789, Bishop of Cork and Ross, translated to Kilmore 1790. and to Clogher 
1796, b. 1774, m. Catharine Letitia, dau. of Rev. Henry Leslie, D. D., of Ballybay, 
Co. Monaghan, prebenday of Tullycorbet Clogher, and afterward prebenday of 
Tandragee in the Cathedral of Armah (see Leslie of Ballibay in Barke's Landed 
Gentrv), and d. November, 1797, having by her (who d. 1S14) had issue: John 
Leslie' (Right Hon.) of Rathescar, Co. Louth, M. P. for that county for nearly 
twenty years, baron of the exchequer of Ireland, m. 1S14 Hon. Letitia Vesey Fitz- 
gerald, dau. of the Right Hon. James Fitzgerald, P. C. , by Catharine his wife first 
Baroness Fitzgerald arid Vesev, and sister of Lord Fitzgerald and Vesey. and d. 
1842 having by her (who upon the death of her brother Henry, third Lord Fitzgerald 
and Vesey in 1S60 m accordance with the will of her brother William, second Lord 
Fitzgerald and Vesey, assumed for herself and her issue the surnames of Vesey 
Fitzgerald after that of Foster, and d. 1S66), had issue: i. William Foster Vesey 
Fitzgerald of Moyvane, Newton, Sandes, Co. Kerry, Kilmurry, MacMahon, Kilmi- 
hill, Co. Clare, and Mullacloe, Co. Louth, J. P., Cos. Clare and Kerry, b. 12th July, 
1815, educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B. A. 1830), m. 27th April, 1847, Sarah 
Anne, only child of Henry Ouilter, Esq., of Monken Hadley, Co. Middlesex, and 
had issue: i. John Vesey, T)arrister-at-law, b. 25th February, 184S, educated at 
Eton and Balliol College. Oxford; ii. William Vesey, b. 25th March, 1850; iii. 
Henry Martin, b. ist April, 1S52. 2. John Foster Vesey Fitzgerald (Hon.). J. P., b. 
in Dublin iSiS, educated at Trinity College, Dablia, and emigrated to Australia in 
1S40. He was twice colonial secretary of Victoria, Australia; acting governor of 
Victoria in 1S54; the following year was elected to the first legislative assembly 
under the new constitution, and held office as treasurer in the first O'Shanassy 
ministry in March, 1857; finally leaving the colony for Europe. He m. 1S50 Emily, 
dau. of Rev. John Joseph Fletcher, D. D. , of Dunran, Co. Wicklow, and has issue: 
i. John, b. 1S64; ii." Emily Henrietta Louisa; iii. Anna. 3. James Foster Vesey 
Fitzgerald of Moyriesk Quin Co. Clare, ]. P. Cos. Clare and Galaway. D. L. Co. 
Clare, and high sheriff of Clare 186S, b. Sth May, 1S21, educated at Trinity College, 
Dublin (B. A. 1S42), m. 4th December, 1S45, Henrietta Louisa, dau. of the late Sir 
Ross Mahon. Bart, of Castlegar, Co. Galaway, by his third wife the Hon. Maria 
Geraldine Fitzgerald, dau. of the Right Hon. James Fitzgerald of Incheronan, Co. 
Clare, prime sergeant in Ireland, by Catharine, his wife. Baroness Fitzgerald and 
Vesey, and had issue: i. James. B. A. of Trinity College, Dublin, barrister-at-law, 
b. 1846; ii. George, captain Clare artillerj', b. 1849. i. Henrietta Mary Emily, m. 


iS-o George Harrington Godbold, Esq., late captain Twenty-seventh regiment, and 
d. 24th December, 1S77; ii. Geraldine Sophia, m. 1S72 Robert Hume Crowe, Esq., 
Toorah, J. P. Co. Clare, i. Letitia; ii. William Henry, Rev., of whom hereafter, 
i. Catharine, m. 1S05 William Drumond Delap, Esq. ; ii. Anna, m. Jonas Stowell, 
Esq., of Old Court, Co. Cork, and had amongst other issue a son, afterward Sir 
William Foster Stowell, K. C. M. G. of D' Estaville, Kew, Melbourne, ex-Chief Justice 
of the Culony of Victoria, second son, who was b. in Co. Cork June, 1815 ; educated 
at Trinity College, Dublin (B. A. 1S37), called to the Irish bar 1839; emigrated to 
Victoria, arriving in Melbourne 1S43, and afterward held large squatting'intertsts 
near Avoca and between Lake Wallace and Glenely; appointed attorney-general of 
Victoria 1851 ; returned to the legislative assembly of Victoria for Melbourne in 1856, 
and succeeded Sir William A. Becket as chief justice in 1S57, remaining in that office 
until 1SS6, when he was appointed lieutenant-governor of the colony of Victoria. 
Sir W. F. Stowell was knighted in 1857, and created K. C. M. G. in 1S86. In 1S73 
the University of Dublin conferred upon him the degree of LL. D. He m. Jan- 
uary, 1S56, Mary Frances Elizabeth, only dau. of the late William Pomeroy Greene, 
Esq., of CoUen House, Collen, Co. Louth, Ireland, and afterward of Woodlands, 
Victoria, Australia, formerly lieutenant, R. N. (see Greene of Greystone), and had 
issue: i. Jonas Molesworth; 2. William; 3. Charles Leslie; 4. George Cooper ; 5. 
Richard Rawdon; 6. Rodolph de Salis. i. Anne Catharine; 2. Mary Letitia; 3. 
Henrietta; 4. Melian. lii. Henrietta, m. iSio Jerome Fane, Count de Salis, and d. 
1856, leaving issue: William Fone de Salis, who emigrated to Victoria, but after- 
ward returned to England and became chairman of the board of directors of the 
Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company; and the Hon. Leopold Fane 
de Salis, member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, iv. Elizabeth, 
m. Rev. James McCreight, and had issue, a dau., Letitia, m. Edward Jeffreys, Esq. ; 
V. Letitia, m. John Henry North, Esq., Q. C, sometime M. P. for the University 
of Dublin, and d. s. p. The second son. Rev. William Henry Foster, Lough Gilly, 
Co. Armah, and of Altamenah, Donegal, Ireland, rector of Lough Gilly, Co. Armah, 
and formerly midshipman, R. N., m. 18th December, 1821, Catharine, dau. of James 
Hamilton, Esq., of Brown Hall, Ballintra, Co. Donegal (who was maternally de- 
scended from the Scottish royal house of Stewart), by the Hon. Helen Pakenham, 
his wife, sister of Thomas, Earl of Longford, Major-General Sir Edward Michael 
Pakenham, G. C. B., Lieutenant-General Sir Hercules Robert Pakenham, K. C. B., 
and Catharine, wife of Arthur, the first and great Duke of Wellington, and d. 1861, 
having had by her (who was b. 1S03 and d. 1873): i. Arthur Hamilton William, of 
Bell Isle and St Ernan's, Co. Donegal, J. P. Co. Donegal, b. 1824; educated at 
Trinity College, Cambridge; m. Arabella Rose, dau. ot John Hamilton, Esq., of 
St. Ernan's and Brown Hall, Co. Donegal, J. P. and D. L., high sheriff 1826 (see 
Burke's Landed Gentry, Hamilton of Brown Hall), and has issue, four daughters: 
ii. William John (Hon.) of Thurnby, Newton, i. Catharine Helen, m. 1849 John 
James Verschoyle, Esq., of Tassaygard Saggard, Co. Dublin, and of 36 Upper 
Mount street, Dublin. Ireland, J. P. Co. Dublin, who was educated at Trinity Col- 
lege, Dublin; third son of the late John Verschoyle, Esq., of Stillorgan House, Co. 
Dublin (who d. 1S40), by Margaret his wife. dau. of John Stuart. Esq., of Droraes- 
pil, Co. Tyrone, and has issue, besides five daughters, two sons, the elder of whom is 
the Rev. John Stuart Verschoyle, B. A., of Pembroke College, Cambridge, curate of 
Holy Trinity, St. Marylebone, London, b. 185S; ii. Catharine Wilhelmina, unm. ; 
res. Thurnby Newton, New South Wales, Australia. 

FOSTER.— Foster, the Rev. Sir Cavendish Henry, of Stonehouse, Co. Louth, 
rector of Thoydon, Garnon, Essex, b. 7th May, 1S17; s. his brother as third 
bart. 25th December. 1857; m. 15th January, 1S44, Isabella, youngest dau. of the 
late Rev. John Todd, cura'e of Frankley and St. Kenelm Halesowen, and by her, 
who d. 3d June, 1S81. has: i. John Fredrick, D. L.. late Thirteenth Hussars, major 
Sixth battalion Royal Irish Rifles, b. Jan. 18, 1847, m. 20th April, 1871, Caroline 
Emily, eldest dau. of T. C. Chirenhale Marsh Augustus Vere, b. 30th March, 1873: 
Emily Albina, Mary Isabella, Alice Jane Blanche; ii. Hervy, lieutenant Royal Irish 
Rifles, b. 2oth June, 1S51, d. unm. 31st March, 1S87. i. Jane Vere, m. 2d October, 
1872, to Robert Boothby Heathcote, Esq., of Friday Hill, Chnegford, Essex. 

Lineage. — John Foster, Esq., M. P. of Dunlier, Co. Louth, m. loth December, 
1704, Elizabeth, youngest dau. of William Fortescue, Esq., of Newarth, Co. Louth, 
and d. i6th May, 1747, leaving issue: r. Anthony (Right Hon ), Lord Chief Baron 
of the Exchequer, Ireland, m. first 1736 Elizabeth, dati. of William Burgh, Esq., of 
Bert, Co. Kildan, and had issue: i. John, Baron Oriel, so created 1821, Chancelor 
of the Exchequer and last Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, m. Margaret, 


dau. of Thomas Burgh, M. P. of Bert, who was created a Peeress of Ireland as 
Baroness Oriel in 1790, and Viscountess Ferrord 1797 (see Massereene v) ; 2. William 
(Right Rev.), Bishop successively of Cork, Kilmore and Clogher, m. Catharine 
Letitia, dau. of Rev. Charles Leslie, D. D. , of Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, and d. 1797, 
having by her (who d. 1814), had issue; John Leslie, M. P. Co. Louth, Baron of 
the Exchequer, Ireland, m. 1814 Hon. Letitia Vesey Fitzgerald, sister of Lord Fitz- 
gerald and Vesey, and d. 1842, having by her (who assumed the additional surname 
of Vesey Fitzgerald, and d. 1S66), had issue: i. William, Foster Vesey Fitzgerald, 
m. Sarianne, only child of Henry Quilter, Esq., of Monken Hadley, Middlesex, and 
has issue ; 2. John Foster Vesey Fitzgerald, m. Emily, dau. of Rev. John Joseph 
Fletcher, D. D., of Dunran, Co. Wecklow, and has issue; 3. James Foster Vesey 
Fitzgerald, of Moyriesk Quin, Co. Clare, J. P., D. L., b. Sth May, 1821. m. 4th 
December, 1S45, Henrietta Louisa, dau. of Sir Ross Mahon, Bart, of Castlegar, Co. 
Galaway, and has issue (see Burke's Landed Gentry) ; 4. Letitia. William (Rev.) 
rector of Loughgilly, Co. Armagh, m. Catharine, dau. of James Hamilton, Esq., ot 
Brownhall, Co. Donegal, and had issue. Catharine, m. 1S05 to William Drumond 
Delap, Esq. Anna, m. to Jonas Stowell, Esq. Henrietta, m. Jerome Fane, Count 
de Sails, and d. 1856, leaving issue. Elizabeth, m. to Rev. James Mereight. 
Letitia, m. John Henry North, Esq., Q. C, M. P. 1. Margaret, m. Most Rev. 
Henry Maxwell, Bishop of Meath (see Farnham B). and d. 1792. The Lord Chief 
Baron m. secondly Dorothea, dau. of Thomas Burgh, Esq.. of Oldtown, and d. 1778. 
ii. Thomas, of whom presently ; iii. William, M. P. of Dunlier, who m. Patience, 
dau. of John Fowke, Esq., of Dublin, and d. 24th August, 1783, leaving issue, two 
daus.. Patience, m. to John McClintock, Esq., M. P., and Elizabeth, m. to John 
Londfield, Esq., M. P., and two sons of whom the elder, John William, ]\I. P.. b. in 
1745, m. Rebecca, dau. of Hamilton McClure, Esq., of Dublin, and had Fredrick 
John of Ballymascanlan, Co. Louth, J. P. and D. L. ; Louisa Jane m. to Thomas, 
second Lord Plunket; Elizabeth and Emily, i. Margaret, m. to Stephen Sibthorpe, 
Esq., of Brownston; ii. Charlotte, m. to Nicholas Foster, Esq., of Tullaghan. The 
second son, the Rev. Thomas Foster, D. D., rector of Dunlier, b. i6th November, 
1709, m. 1740 Dorothy, dau. of William Burgh, Esq., of Birt, Co. Kildare, and was 
s. by his son, John Thomas Foster, Esq., of Dunlier, sometime M. P., who 
m. 2d April, 1776, Lady Elizabeth Hervy, dau. of Fredrick Augustus, fourth Earl 
of Bristol, Bishop of Derry, by whom (who m.. after his decease, William, fifth 
Duke of Devonshire, and d. in 1S24) he had issue; Fredrick Thomas, b. Oct. 2, 
1777, M. P.; Augustus John. Mr. Foster d, in 1795. His second son, the Right 
Hon. Augustus John Foster, P. C, G. C. H., b. December, 1780, was appointed 
envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the United States 1812, and 
subsequently to Sweden, Denmark and Sardinia. He was created a baronet 30th 
September, 1831; he m. iSth March, 1815, Albina Jane, dau. of the Hon. George 
Vere Hobart, second son of George, third Earl of Buckinghamshire, and by her 
(who d. 2Sth May, 1867) had: Fredrick George, second bart. ; Cavendish Hervey, 
present bart.; Vere Henry Louis, b. 25th April, 1819; Sir Augustus John, d. Aug. 
I, 1848, and was s. by his eldest son. ii. Sir Fredrick George, who was b. 3d Jan- 
uary, 1816, and d. unm. 25th December, 1857. 

FOSTER.— Foster, Sir William, of the city of Norwich, D. L. for Co. Norfolk, 
b. March, 1825, late capt. Eleventh Hussars, m. first in 1S54 Georgiana, second dau. 
of Richard Armit, Esq., of Monkstown. Co. Dublin, and by her (who d. in 1861) 
had issue; i. William Yorke, b. ist April, i860, lieut. R. H. A., m. loth October, 
1885, Aileen Ethel, dau. of Lieut.-Col. Augustus Berkley Portman, Bombay Staff 
Corps (see Portman v), and had issue, Aileen Cavendish, b. 1SS6. i. Emily Georgi- 
ana; ii. Mary, and iii. Diana, twins. He m. secondly 25th June, 1864, Harriet, 
youngest dau. of Capt. Thomas George Wills, R. N., and had issue. ii. Thomas 
Hudson, R. H., b. 31st December, 1867; iv. Harriet; vi. Lucy, m. 18S6 Lucas Temple 
Cobbold, Esq. ; vii. Amy- 
Lineage.— William Foster, Esq., of Norwich, b. in 1762 (son of William Foster 
of the same place by Sarah his wife, dau. of Robert Pratt also of Norwich), m. first 
24th August, 1787, Mary, dau. of Jehosephat Postle, but by her had no issue ; and 
secondly in June, 1794, Anastatia, dau. of John Beevor, M. D., of Norwich, by whom 
he left at his decease in 1821: i. Lambert Blackwell of Brundal, Norfolk, in holy 
orders, b. 27th June, 1795, m. 22d November, 1821, Mary Greene, dau. of the Rev. 
R. E. Browne of Elsing, and d. i6th March, 1863, having by her (who d. June, 1870) 
had issue: 1. Lambert Blackwell, b. Feb. i, 1S24; 2. William, b. 24th July, 1828. 
I. Mary, d. unm. 29th November, 1842; 2. Anastasia, d. unm. 14th December, 1845; 
3. Charlotte Frances, ii. William, created a baronet in 1838. i. Anastasia, m. first 


2oth April, 1829, Giovani Pietro Guillo Francesco Cucchi Piedemonte, who d. nth 
August, 1835, and secondly in 1841 to Ernesto Baldassare Luigi Penotts Piede- 
monte. She d. July, 1S55. The second son, i. William Foster, Esq., of the city 
of Norwich, b. i6th June, 1798, was created a baronet 3d August, 1838. He m. 14th 
June, 1821, Mary Anne, dau. of Starling Day, Esq., of Norwich, banker, and by 
her (who d. 28th December, 1885) had issue: i. William, present bart. ; ii. Charles 
(Thorpe Norwich), b. 12th November, 1828, m. i8th May, 1858. Charlotte, third 
dau. of Capt. T. G. Willis, R. N. ; iii. Frances Gostling (Norwich), b. 3d July, 1S30, 
m. first 16th August. 1S53. Lucy, third surviving dau. of Capt. William Gwyn, R. 
N., of Tasburg Lodge, Norfolk, and by her (who d. 1864) had issue: Herbert 
Francis, b. July 10, 1S60; Charles Blackwell, b. 13th September, 1S61 ; Lucy Maude, 
m. 1886; Lucas Temple Cobbold, Esq., ofTpswich; and Alice Mary. He m. sec- 
ondly 5th September, 1S65, Bertha, second dau. of the late Timothy Steward, Esq., 
of Hugham Lodge, Norfolk, and has a son, Reginald Stewart, b. Sth January, 1867; 
and two daus., Winifred Bertha and Eveline Margaret, i. Emily, d. in 1846; 2. 
Julia, m. nth April, 1867, Herbert William Day, Esq., of the Heath, East Durham. 
Sir William d. 2d December, 1874; creation 3d August, 18 "iS. 

FOSTER OF BRICKHILL.— Foster, Arthur Fitz John, Esq,, of Brickhill Co. 
Bedford, b. 14th January, 1S13, s. his father 30th June, 1S31. 

Lineage. — There is a strong presumptive evidence of the descent of this family 
from the Fosters of Baraborough Castle in Northumberland, but the link of connection 
has not been precisely ascertained. The immediate ancestor of the branch before us 
having forfeited his estates in England during the political troubles of the period in 
which he lived, joined the e.xpedition of Pennand Venables in 1655, and obtained a 
grant of a considerable tract of laud in the Island of Jamaica, which is now enjoyed 
by his descendants, the Fosters and Barhams. His son and successor. Col. John 
Foster, of the Island of Jamaica, d. there 30th August, 1731, aged 50, leaving four 
sons and three daus; viz.; i. Thomas of the Grange; li. William, of whom pres- 
ently; iii. Samuel, who m. twice; iv. Joseph, who assumed the additional surname 
of Barham. He m. and had issue: i. Joseph, his heir, of Stockbridge Hants, M. 
P., m. in 1793 Lady Caroline Tufton, dau. of the eighth Earl of Thanet, and d. hav- 
ing had issue. 1. John of Trecwn, Co. Pembroke, and Stockbridge Hants, J. P. 
and D. L., high sheriff for Co. Pembroke in 1834, and M. P. for Kendal, b. in 1800, 
m. in 1S34 Lady Katharene Grimston, but d. s. p. in 1838; 2. William; 3. Charles; 
4. Mary, m. in 1S39 to the Rev. Mr. Robins. 

F. H. Foster, cashier of the Claremont. N. H., National Bank, in writing to the 
author, in March, 1S98, saj's: — 

In response to your request I enclose extracts which I made of data given in 
"Fosters and Forsters of No. of Eng.," about which I wrote you. You will notice 
that this particular line which I traced in the above work ends in one Reynold, 
fourth child of Thos. of Brunton, whose (Thos.) will was dated June, 19, 1648. The 
possibility occurred to me that this Reynold might have been our Reginald as the 
name in N. E. is spelled in various ways, viz.: Renall, Rennoll, Renol and Reginal, 
and there would seem from the date of his father's will that there would be no 
anachronism in the way. The book gives no data other than those quoted and I 
am absolutely without any clue or evidence which would serve to support a hypo- 
thesis upon the matter. The only tangible clue I found in my search in Boston 
Library was a note in Emerton and Water's gleanings from Eng. records about N. 
E. Families— Salem Press, iSSo, p. 40, viz.: — 

"Margaret Foster of Shrewsbury, Salop, May 15, 1629, widow of Thos., late of 
Reddington aged — . Grandchildren Reginald and Leighton Foster. Estate at 
Edmonton, Middlesex. D. Newell Foster, dau. Judith Hosier. The name of Judith 
Hosier occurs as witness to the will of Isabella Forster in 1631." 

Also another note, p. 82, Part I, Vol. I, of same work, has extracts from 
will of Elizabeth Hailes of lower Shadwell at Stepney, in County of Middlesex, 
widow, 28th September, 1664. Proved March 22, 1664. "To my cousin John Foster 

at Tower Hill To my cousin William Foster at New England the full sum 

of ten pounds To my cousin Isaac Foster's daughter " 

As you will see, neither of these "gleanings" has any apparent connection with 
the line which I traced from "De Buckton." The "cousin William at New Eng- 
land" might be the third son of Reginald, who would have been about 31 years old 
at the date of Elizabeth Haile's will above mentioned. This seems to me the most 
tangible clue of anything I have been able to find, but I do not know just how any 
one could follow it out without the assistance of some one on the other side. 


Extracts from the "Fosters and Forsters of the North of England," Boston 
Pub. Library: i. John, son of Gilbert de Buckton, called Forster, alias Forrester, 
who was chief gamekeeper and a forrester to the Bishop ot Durham, 1342. 2. John 
Forster of Buckton, Forrester to the Bishop of Durham, aged 26 at the death of his 
father. Did homage Jan. 26, 1342. 3. John Forster of Buckton, No. Durham, 
wf. Elizabeth. 4. Thos. Forster of Buckton. lived temp. Richard second, wf. 
Jean de Elmedon, co-heir to Gilbert, Earl of Angus. 5. Thos. Forster of Ether- 
stone, liv. temp. Henry IV and wife Elizabeth heiress to her brother Roger de Ether- 
stone, Lord of Etherstone, temp. Henry IV. 6. Thomas Forster of Etherstone, 


living temp. Henry V and wife Elizabeth. 7. Thomas Forster of Etherstone, Co. 
Northumberland, living temp. Henry VI, wife Joan, dau. of Sir Wm. De Hylton, 
Knt. of Hylton Castle. Sec. to "Blind Baron." S. Sir Thomas Forster, Knt., 
Marshall of Berwick on Tweed, will dated 3d March, 1526, wife Dorothy, dau. of 
Robert, Lord Ogle. g. Thos. Forster of Adderstone, high sheriff of Northumber- 
land, 5th and 14th, Elizabeth. Will dated 4th April, 15S9. Wf. Florence, sister of 
Thomas, Lord Wharton. 10. Cuthbert Forster of Brunton, Gent, and wife Eliza- 
beth Bradforth; will dated i;Sg. 11. Thomas Forster of Brunton 1615; will dated 
June 19, 1648. 12. Reynold Forster, fourth child of above. 


Extract from "America Heraldica," Page 137. Boston Pub. Library. Bates 
Hall Genealogical reference books, No. 1002-4. Published in 18S6. Foster. — Reg- 
inald Foster of Little Badow, Co. Essex, Eng., landed at Ipswich, Mass., 163S. He 
belonged to the Foster family of Bamborough and Etherstone Castle, Co. Northum- 
berland. Reginald brought with him five sons and two daughters. We find also in 
the old burial ground at Charlestown, Mass., the tombstone (with the arms we give) 
of the wife of Richard Foster, Jr., 1724. He was the grandson of Wm. Foster, 
known to have been in Charlestown about 1650. These arms are those of the Fosters 
of Brickhill, Co. Bedford, and the Bogue, Co. Lancaster. Also represented by the 
Fosters of Jamaica in the West Indies. Various ancient silver articles with the 
Foster arms are preserved in America. Among others a large tankard with the 
arms beautifully engraved and the tinctures clearly indicated. It is in the posses- 
sion of Edward Ingersoll Browne of Boston, the lineal descendant of the Browns 
of Watertown. Crest, an arm in armor embowed holding in the hand a broken 
tilting spear, proper. 

References: Joseph Foster, Foster Genealogy, 18S6. Heraldic Journal — i — 56. 
Wyman's Charlestown Mass. Genealogies, N. E. H. and G. Reg. i — 20 — 25 — 30. 
(Concerns also several other branches of the Foster stock.) Sir Bernard Burke. 
The General Armory of England, 1S84. Page 165 of above work (America Her- 
aldica) has arms: Argent, a chevron vert between three bugle horns, sable, stringed 
gules. Same arms as the Fosters of St. Andrews, Co. Bedford, (Wal fords Co. 

Col. I. L. Vivian of London, England, in 1891 and 1892 made a search for the 
ancestry of the emigrant Reginald Foster, but it proved unsuccessful. 

Col. Chester of London, recently deceased, was employed at one time by, I 
think, John Foster of Boston, but failed to accomplish anything in this direction. 
Col. Vivian's researches were made in both Devonshire and Suffolk. Later he 
writes: "I have given up Devonshire as being in no way connected with your 
family." Col. Vivian writes that Harlow records have been stolen or destroyed. 
He examined as to Bocking m Essex, whence came the Whipples of Ipswich, and 
where Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich settled. Later he reports that the "Reg- 
isters of Bocking prior to 1655 are lost." "The Ipswich Registers all begin before 
1600, but a general search through them has proved useless." "The births also 
have been examined at Norwich for Essex births, but nothing can be found to give 
any clue to Reginald Foster who emigrated to New England." He writes 27th 
April, 1892, "It struck me suddenly on finding the loss of certain Parish Registers 
in Essex, that I might get something from the Subsidy Rolls. I therefore yester- 
day looked up the Hundred of Hinkford which has forty-nine parishes, all of which 
I most carefully examined with this result, that Foster was a family living at Fel- 
stead in the reign of King James I. and King Charles I." 

"i Essex, 21, James I, Parish of Felsiead, Michael Foster on lands valued ;^3 
paid 8s tax." " 2 Essex, 3 and 4, Charles I. Parish of Felstead, Andrew Foster on 
lands £1, paid 4s tax." 

"I chose the above period as being near Reginald Foster and it is clear there 
were Fosters at Felstead holding land between 1600 and 1630" Col. Vivian, how- 
ever, felt that he was on the right track, writing: "Felstead is in the same hundred 
as Bocking and Harlow, all within a circle of about twelve miles in diameter. I 
looked up ninety-nine (99) parishes. Felstead was the only one that had the name 
of Foster." Col. Vivian interviewed Joseph Foster of London. Rewrites: "Mr. 
J. Foster of London has not printed anything to help you, he told me he felt no 
interest whatever in Reginald Foster." Col. Vivian also interviewed Mr. Waters, 
and writes: "I understood Mr. Waters to say last week when I saw him that the 
great difficulty was there are too many Reginald Fosters about the period named, 
and that it would cost a lot of money to look them up." 


West of England, 1395-1419. 
John Forster became rector of Blackborough, Devonshire, 25th February, 1413. 
Walter Foster, details not noted. 
Reginald Foster, d. at Trenoglos, Cornwall, in 1409. 


The name Reginald Foster occurs as one of those who during the Great Rebel- 
lion compounded for his property. The particulars, easily to be ascertained, would 
disclose his place of abode and other matters. 



"Fosters of Dowsby and Moulton, Co. Lincoln," compiled by Everard Green, 
Esq., F. S. A. Reprinted from the 'Miscellaneous 'Genealogica et Heraldica," of 
November, 1875, for W. E. Foster, Esq., London. Mitchell & Hughes, Printers, 24 
Wardow Street. W., 1875. 

Arms. — Sable, a chevron engrailed ermine, between tnree broad arrows, or 
feathered argent. 

Crest.— An antelope's head, erased argent, attired or colored and chained of the 
last. , 

Motto. — "Inconcusser Fides." 


List of all grants of land issued to the name of Foster; from the Index to Grants 
of Nova Scotia from 1707 to 1854 (inclusive). N. B. — New Brunswick was a part of 
Nova Scotia until 1785. 

27 June, 1759 

18 Oct., 
I Sep., 

4 Mar., 1761 
12 Oct., 1763 
22 Nov., 1764 

12 Oct., 1763 
30 Oct., 1765 

3 July, 1766 

II Jan., 1768 

22 July, 1774 
22 July, 1774 

15 July. 1783 

14 July, 1784 
14 July, 1784 

14 July. 1784 

14 July. 1784 

3 Aug.. 1784 
2 June, 1785 

16 June, 1785 

4 Feb.. 1789 
7 Aug., 1790 

Foster. Jeremiah and 
many others 

Foster, Hugh and others 

Foster, Thomas, and 

Foster, William 

Forster, Christian 

Foster, Edward, Wil- 
liam, John, Thomas, 
and many others 

Foster, Christian, and 
another , 

Foster, Isaac, Isaac Jr., 
Jacob; Forster, Isaac, 
E z e k i e 1, Jeremiah, 
Joseph and others . . . 

Foster, Jacob, license to 
alienate to T. Buck . . 

Foster, Robert, and 

Foster. Robert and John 

Foster, Robert and An- 
drew and others 

Foster, Edward, Senr., 

Foster, Edward, Jr 

Foster, Jacob,and others 

Foster, Lawrence, and 

Foster, Elias, and 


Foster, Jo si ah, and 
others : . 

Foster, Joshua, and 

Forster, William, and 

Foster, William, and 

Foster, William, and 

Foster, William, and 




Tp. of Granville. . 
Tp. of Shoreham. 

Tp. of Liverpool.. 
Tp. of Horton. . . . 
Windsor Road. . . 

Tp. of Liverpool. 
Sackville Road. . 

Tp. of Granville. 
Tp. of Granville. , 

Tp. of Sackville. 
Tp. of Sackville. 

Tp. of Sackville 

Twn. pit. Dartmouth 
Town plat of Gage.. 

Twn. pit. Kingston.. 
Kennebeccasius Riv. 
Twn. of Kmgston. . . 

Tp. of Sunbury 

St. John River 

Twn. Guysborough. 


Sable River 

Tp. of Guysborough. 






21 Sep., I7Q0 

I May, 

1 May, 

26 Oct., 

19 Aug., 
21 Jan., 
18 Oct., 
25 Apl, 
25 May, 

2 Mch., 

Foster, John, and others 
in trust for a common 

Foster, Edward 

Foster, Benjamin, and 

Foster, Joseph, and 

Foster, William 

Foster, John 

Foster, William 

Foster, George 

Forster, Avard 

Foster, Ezra 

384 ! Tp. of Wilmot 

II I Tp. of Dartmouth.. . 
) Water' 
I lots I Town of Granville. . 

Foster's share New Annapolis Rd. . 
Lot j Town of Dartmouth. 
200 ! Brookfield Road .... 

Water lot j Dartmouth 

100 1 Sissiboo River 

142 New Germany 

200 Lake Spry 









ALLEN FOSTER'S SONS. Early in the 17th century four sons of Allen 
Foster, of England, viz.. Jonathan, David, Ephraim and Samuel, came to this coun- 
try. One settled in Maine, another on Long Island, another in northern New 
Jersey, and Samuel in Cape May, south New Jersey, from whom sprang most all 
the Fosters m the lower county of West Jersey. One of Samuel's sons was 
Nathaniel, who had a son Salathiel, who had a son Reuben, who had a son Reuben, 
Jr. He m. Nov. 20, 1804, in Cape May, N. J., Nancy Edmunds, who died in her 
74th year, Aug. 6, 1855. He d. in his goth year June 24, 1870, leaving Robert 
Edmunds Foster and Downs E. Foster. The latter was b. Oct. 20, 1S07; m. Ann 
Lawrence Hughes, b. Nov. g, 1817; d. Feb. 26, 1865. He was a contractor and 
builder, and d. Oct. 20, 1886. 

Ch. I. JANE ANN FOSTER; res. Cape May, N. J. 

2. SAMUEL L. FOSTER; P O. address, Norfolk, Va. 

3. DOUGLASS FOSTER; res. Baltimore, Md. 

4. ELLA FOSTER; res. Cape May, N, J. 

5. RHODA FOSTER; res. Cape May, N. J. 

6. MARY C. FOSTER; res. Cape May, N. J. 

7. REUBEN FOSTER, b. Cape May Co., N. J., Oct. 28, 1839; m. 

there Nov. 6, 1866, Sarah L. Head. He is general manager for the 
Chesapeake and York river lines of steamboats. Res. 2301 Charles 
St., Baltimore, Md. 
Ch. I. ENOCH EDMUNDS FOSTER, b. Sept. 2, 1867; m. Oct. 25, 1894. 

2. ARTHUR D. FOSTER, b. Nov. 9, 1S72; m. Nov. 30, 1898. 

3. REUBEN CARL FOSTER, b. July 10, 1875. 

4. FRED FOSTER, b. Oct. 5, 1879. 

ANDREW. He died in Andover May 7, 1685, ae. 106. See notice of descen- 
dants in this book. 

CHRISTOPHER. Coming from England he first located in Lynn, but soon 
removed to Long Island, where he was an early settler. Descendants in this work. 

HON. EDWARD. Born in Devonshire, England, son of Timothy. Settled 
in Scitnate. See notice of descendants in following pages. 

CAPT.. HOPESTILL. Son of Richard, and grandson of Rev. Thomas; bom 
in Biddenden. England; settled in Dorchester. Descendants in this book. 

EDWARD. Born in England, came to America about 1650, m. in Springfield, 
Mass., Dec. 26, 1661, Esther Bliss, who lived with John Pynchon. She d. June 12, 
1683; m. second Jan. 17, 1683, Mrs. Sarah Miller, who d. Mar. g, 1708. He was] a 
freeman in 1690, and d. in Springfield Feb. 22, 1720, s. p. 

CAPT. Thomas. Son of John, b. in Kingsware, England, about 1642, m. in 
New London, Conn. Was a master mariner and sailed between Boston, New Lon- 
don and the Barbadoes. See notice elsewhere. 

EDWARD. Brother of Capt. Thomas; res. in Marblehead, Mass., Middletown 
and Guilford, Conn. His descendants are given in this work. 


BARTHOLOMEW. Brother of Capt. Thomas, resided in Gloucester, Mass. 
Was engaged in maritime pursuits like his brothers. See notice in following pages. 

SERGT. THOMAS. Son of Rev. Thomas, b. in England, came to America, 
resided in Boston, Weymouth, Woburn, Braintree and Billerica. Was one of the 
early Baptists. Descendants in this work. 

CAPT. WILLIAM. Brother of Sergt. ^Thomas, b. in England, resided in 
Charlestown. Mass. ; was a master mariner, "was captured^ with his son by the 
Turks, while enroute to Bilboa. See descendants elsewhere. 

HON. SAMUEL. Born in England, came to America, located in Dedham, 
married there, moved to Wenham and finally settled in Chelmsford. Was the an- 
cestor of a large family. See descendants in this book. 

JOHN, SR. Came from England and settled in Salem, Mass. It is said he 
was closely related to Samuel of Chelmsford and Andrew of Andover, but I do not 
think so. See descendants in these pages. 

REGINALD. Born in Brunton, England, came to America, settled in Ips- 
wich, Mass. , and was the ancestor of a numerous posterity. His ancestry is traced 
back to 837. and his descendants fully given in this work. 

WILLIAM. Born in England, was of Ipswich, Mass., and Newport, Rhode 
Island ; may have been brother or relative of Reginald. He had land granted him 
in Ipswich in 1635, says Felt. He was disarmed Nov., 1637, as a follower of Wheel- 
wright, and supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson. '• Yet he was a man with the prefix of 
respect ; and was in Sept. foil, informed that we conceive him not fit to live with us ; 
therefore he was wished to depart bef. the Gen. Court in Mar. next. Yet he may 
have, like not a few of his associate misbelieve, made his peace or been too much re- 
spected for his est. and thot. less dangerous soon after." I think on account of his 
religious difficulties he moved to Newport, R. I., in 1639. In the earlier records we 
find the name spelt indifferently Foster and Forster— the former spelling being the 
more common. The "r" has now been entirely dropped, except by the descendants 
of Jacob Forster, of Charlestown, j\Iass. , who was the first I believe, to write the 
name always in this manner. 

COL. JOHN. Born Alesbury, Bucks Co., England, came to America, located 

in Boston; m. Lydia , who d; m. second Abigail , who d. Aug., 1711. 

He d. Feb. g, 171 1. He was one of the wealthiest merchants in Boston, and one of 
the most influential men of his day. John, Boston, an emin. merch. from Alesbury 
Co., ar. CO. 1679, of the council of safety 1689, rep. i6go, at May session, for Ports- 
mouth, where the inhab. earnestly desir. to continue the union with Mass. after the 
overthrow of Andros ; Col. of Boston reg. named in the Chart, of William and Mary 
by approb. of Increase Mather, a couns.— Savage. John Foster (1679), oi Boston, 
was an eminent merchant from Alesbury, Bucks county, England, and was admitted 
a freeman in 16S2. He joined the artillery company immediately after his arrival, 
and became very prominent in the affairs of the company from 1690 to 1695. He 
was of the Council of Safety in i6Sg; was representative for Portsmouth m i6go; 
one of Gov. Dudley's (1677) councillors; named in the charter of William and Mary 
in 1692; one of the first council under it, in which office he continued until his death. 
He is mentioned in the Boston records, the first time, March 15, 167(^-80, when being 
elected constable, he was fined for refusing to serve; and was selectman in i6go, 
1691 and 1692. On the 7th of December, i6g2, he was appointed a justice of the in- 
ferior court of Common Pleas for Suffolk county, and served in that office until his 
decease. He is called "Capt." in the Boston town records, 1696-8, and Mr. Savage 
says he was colonel of the Boston regiment, a wealthy merchant and of a most fair 
and unblemished character. 

John Foster. Adm. to estate of Col. John Foster, late of Boston, dec'd, 
granted to son-in-law, Thomas Hutchinson, merchant of Boston, Mar. 26, 1711. Lib. 
17, Fol. 220. 

Will — Abigail Foster, relict widow of John Foster late of Boston^ 
niece Mrs. Hannah Ruck wife of Mr. John Ruck, Merchant — Abigail Ruck, daughter 
of said John and Hannah — Peter, Hannah and Elizabeth, three other children of 
said John and Hannah Ruck — niece Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchinson— Mrs. Lydia 
Hutchinson daughter of my aforenamed husband, and now wife of Mr. Edward 
Hutchinson — Mr. John Foster Mariner — and my kinswoman his present wife — Abi- 
gail Salter wife, of Jabesh Salter, Jr. and Mary Foster the two daughters of my 
aforesaid kinswoman Sarah Foster — John Richardson, Woodmansey Richardson, 
Elizabeth Richardson the three children of my cousin John Richardson, dec'd — 
and to his Widow, Mrs. Margaret Richardson my kinswoman, Mrs. Johanna Perry 



ow — nephew Capt. Thomas Hutchinson— and his son Foster Hutchinson — 

Thomas Hutchinson, Exec. 

Dated Mar. i, 1710-11. 

Prob. Sept. i, 1711. Lib. 17, Fol. 296-7. 
Ch; i. MARY, b. Mar. 13, 167S. 

LYDIA, b. Oct, 22, 16S0, d. in infancy. 
JOHN, b. Feb. 5, 16S1, d. in infancy. 

JOHN, b. July 27, 16S4, m. Sarah , was a mariner. Had two 

SARAH, b. Jan. 29, 16S6, m. Gov. Thomas Hutchinson. He was 
the eldest son of Col. Elisha, whose father, Capt. Edward, was 
wounded in King Philips war in 1675, at Brookfield, and died in 
a few days at Marlboro. Thomas was born Jan. 30, 1674, and 
was bred to mercantile pursuits. He was early a member of the 
provisional legislature, and thirty years a member of the council. 
He was distinguished for independence of character in times ot 
great party e.xcitement; was much esteemed for his integrity 
and for his liberal benevolence on all occasions when the public 
exigencies required his aid. Snow says that in 1713 he built at 
his own charge the Grammar school in Bennet street, and he 
was a liberal contributor to Harvard College, He died Dec. 3, 
1739, much lamented. His eldest son, i. Foster Hutchinson, who 
was graduated at Harvard m 1721 died early; 2. Thomas, b. 
1711, governor of Massachusetts; 3, Foster; and daus., 4, Mrs. 
Rev. William Welsteed; 5, Mrs. Rev. Samuel Mather; 6, Mrs. 
Rev. Rogers, and 7, Mrs. Davenport. 

Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, of Massachusetts Bay, under the 
second charter, as stated above, was b. in 1711. He was admit- 
ted to Harvard College when only twelve years of age. His prog- 
ress in study was a subject of particular notice and applause. 
In 1727 he received his bachelor's degree, but instead of entering 
a learned profession, he engaged in mercantile pursuits. Not 
being successful, he studied law and was elected a selectman in 
173S. He visited London and effected the settlement of important 
matters for Boston. On his return he was elected to the legisla- 
ture and annually re-elected for ten years, three of which he was 
speaker. In the assembly he possessed the charm of oratory beyond 
any man in that body. There was with him fluency and pathos. 
He could argue as well as declaim. He took an important part in 
that body; later he was Judge of Probate. In 175S he was ap- 
pointed lieutenant-governor, and m 1760 Chief justice of the 
State. The governor having the precedence, Lieutenant-Gov- 
ernor Hutchinson presided as Chief Magistrate and at this time 
held the offices of Judge of Probate, Councillor, Chief Justice and 
Lieutenant-Governor. He was a friend of England, sympathized 
with the mother country, and just prior to the Revolution was 
particularly obnoxious. Aug. 26, 1765, a drunken mob visited his 
residence, split the doors of the house to pieces, destroyed or cast 
into the streets everything which was in the house and kept pos- 
session of it until daybreak. He was that night at the castle. 
The damage was estimated at ;^2,50o, besides many public and 
private papers. He was paid by the government ;{;3. 194, 17s. 6d. 
for his damage and loss. In 176S British troops arrived in Bos- 
ton and intensified the feeling against Mr. Hutchinson. The 
following year, the governor leaving the province, the administra- 
tion devolved upon Mr. Hutchinson as lieutenant-governor. The 
following year occurred the Boston Massacre, and this further 
inflamed the public mind. A long discussion with the assembly 
followed on proroguing that body to Cambridge by order of the 
King. The council was opposed to him. In March, 1771, his 
commission as governor was received from England. He accepted 
it, and from that time until his departure for England, in 1774, 
he was in constant dispute with the assembly and council. While 
he was governor, Dec. 14, 1773, occurred the Boston Tea Party, 
when a number of citizens, disguised as Indians, threw three hun- 


dred and forty-two chests of tea from the ships into the sea. The 
King intended to re-appoint Mr. Hutchinson governor, but he left 
for England where he afterward resided, receiving a pension for 
life from the British government. He was a man of good character 
unwearied industry and highly respectable talents. As a judge he 
was irreproachable and evinced great ability. But it was his for- 
tune to live at the time of that revolution, and in the very center 
of popular excitement. He was on the wrong side, and fell a mar- 
tyr to the cause in which he was engag^. He published many 
volumes of an historical character, and after his death his grandson, 
Rev. John Hutchinson, published his third volume of Massachusetts 
history. He died at Broughton June 9, 17S0. His daughter died 
Sept. 21, 1771; his son William Feb. 20, 17S0. His son Thomas 
died at Heavitree, near Exeter, in iSii, ae. 71, and his son Elisha 
at Blurton Parsonage, Trentham, Staffordshire, in 1S24, ae. 80. 
vi. LYDIA, b. Feb. 25, 1687, m. Col. Edward Hutchinson. He was 
born in 167S, bred a merchant. He was much in public business, 
was selectman of Boston, representative in the legislature, colonel 
of a regiment, judge of the court of common pleas, judge of probate 
of Suffolk county, and for thirty years treasurer of Harvard College. 
He was highly respected, and died in 1752. He left three chil- 
dren: I, Edward, who graduated at Harvard in 1748, lived a great 
invalid for many years and died unmarried ; 2, Sarah, who lived 
to a great age unmarried; 3, Elizabeth, who m. in 1757 Rev. 
Nathaniel Robbins, of Milton, who was father of Hon. Edward 
Hutchinson Robbins, who graduated at Harvard College in 1775, 
speaker of the house of representatives, judge of probate court 
and lieutenant-governor. 
JAMES was b. in England. He was a mariner and d. unm. in Yarmouth. 
Barnstable Co., Mass., in 16S5. His will, which is the first one entered on the 
Barnstable records, is found in Vol. i. Page i, and is as follows: 
From Probate Records of Barnstable Co., Vol. i. Page i. 

In the Name of God, Amen. I, James Foster late of London being weake in 
body but of disposing mind and memory. Blessed be God and not knowing how 
soone It may please Almighty God to calle me hence by death, do therefore make 
and ordain this my last will and testament, as foUoweth: 

First I bequeath my soule to God that gave it me, and my body to the dust 
from whence it was, in deasent burial, and for that outward and temporal estate 
which God of his goodness hath given me my will is that my funeral charge be 
paid and al other charges and reasonable dues belonging to any person by reason 
of my sickness and board since I came to New England be also paid by my Execu- 
tors hereafter named. 

I give to Mr. Robert Goss my hoope ring and to each person whose turne it 
hath been to watch with me in this time of my sickness I do give five shillings, I do 
give to Elisha Hedg Jur. ten shillings and 1 do give Charles Knight his freedom 
and whereas I have bought the liberty of purchas of an island called Ouitneset 
being in or near Manomoyet and have been at considerable charge about the same, 
my will is that purchas of sd island be made if it may be obtained for eighteen 
pounds in money, and all the writings and conveyances of it to be entered in the 
Court Rowles at New Plymouth ; and said Quitneset Island I do give to my sister 
Elizabeth Wopshot the daughter of Elizabeth Torlton lately living tn Jacobs Streete 
in Southworke near London and to the heirs of her body but in case shee die with- 
out issue then I give it to my honnoured mother Elizabeth Torlton the wife of Mr. 
John Torlton living in Jacobs Street, and I do give to my servant Edward Ames 
the one half of the price I am to have for him which part is five pounds in .shooes 
at money price, and to my other two servants Larrance bustob and Christopher 
West I do give twenty shillings apiece. 

Concerning my debts that lie in Antego for the receiving of which Mr. John 
Norman is my attorney with order to shipe them for Bostowu in New England, 
and my will is that the produce of what he sends to Boston (after the charge there- 
about is paid) be sent home to England to Mr. Robert Torlton lately living in Pew- 
ter Hall in Lime Streete in London to be disposed according to former order given to 
him. And to my well beloved friends Capt. John Thacher and Mr. Elisha Hedge 
both of Yarmouth I do give two guinnes to make each of them a ring. And in de- 
fect of the gould the valine thereof in silver, and lastly I do ordain and appoint 


the said Capt John Thacher and Jlr. EUsha Hedge Executors to this my last Will 
and Testament. 

In witness whereof I the said James Forster have hereunto set my seale and 
made my marke (my hands being so weake I cannot write,) this eleventli day of 
February 16S5 

the marke of and X a (seale) 

James Foster. 
Signed sealed and declared 

in presence of 
Joseph Rider, 
Samuel Howes. 
Proved July 13, i6S6. 

A true copy ot the record. 


Below will be found a list of persons by the name of Foster who have been 
graduated at the various colleges in this country: 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, MASS.— The following is a list 
of graduates of Harvard College by the name of Foster. The first date is the year 
of graduation and the second the date of death. The residences of the living are 
given where known: John, 1667; Isaac, 1671, 16S2; Jedediah, 1744, 1779; Thomas, 
1745. 1777; George, 1752, 1759; Jacob, 1754, 1798; Abiel, 1756, 1806; Isaac, 1758, 1781; 
Dwight, 17S4, 1B23; Edmund, Yale 177S, 1784, 1S26; Daniel, Dart 1777, 1785, 1795; 
Bossenger, 1787, 1816; John, 1787, 1829; Freeman, 1799, 1S63; Andrew, M. D., 1800. 
1831; John, 1S02, 1S36; Thomas, M. D., 1S05, 1S31 ; Jacob, 1S06, 1S17; John, 1813, 
1836; Alfred Dwight,i8i9,iS52 ;.Charles Phinehas, 1825, 1S79; George Emerson, 1829, 
1842; Andrew, 1833, 1879; Samuel Conant, M. D., 1834; Charles Francis, JI. D., 
1838, 1865; Jacob Collier, 1S41 : Francis Charles, 1S50, 15 Oxford, Cambridge, Mass. ; 
Jacob Post Girard, 1847; Charles Amos, 1853; Charles Marsh, 1863, Topeka, Kans. ; 
Charles Mattoon, 1867; Hubbard Aug., 1S71; Alfred Dwight, 1873, S7 Milk St.. 
Boston; Francis Hugo, Prof., Rev., 1S73, Pres. Theo. Sem., Oakland, Cal. ; George 
Russell, 1875; Charles, 1877; Jacob Richards, 1877; Charles Chauncey, M. D., iSSo, 5 
Riedesel Av., Cambridge, Mass.; Charles H. W., 18S1, Upland Road, Brookline, 
Mass.; John McGraw, Rev., 1882, Boston, Mass.; Warren Worden, 18S2: Samuel 
Lynde, A. B., 1885; Burnside, M. D., A. B., Yale 18S2, 18S6; Eugene Hiawatha, A. 
M , A. B., Antioch 1S78, 1SS6; Chauncey Charles, A. B., 1S87; George Waldo, A. 
B., 1887; Clarendon Atwood, M. D., 18S9; Arthur Fay, LL. B., 1SS9; Stephen 
Austin, LL. B., A. B., Tufts, 1887, 1891; Herbert Darling, A. M., A. B., Dart. 18S5, 
1892; Sumner Hatherly, LL. B. , 1S95; Herbert Baldwin, A. B., 1S95; Benjamin 
Oliver, A. M., 1897; Herbert Ira, A. B., 1S98; Lindsey King, A. B., cum laude, 
1S9S; William Albert. LL. B.. S. B., Dart. 1895, 189S. 

YALE COLLEGE, NEW HAVEN, CONN.~The list of graduates by the 
name of Foster from this institution is as follows: Isaac, M. A., 1770, 1S07; Ben- 
jamin, M. A. 1781, 1774; Brown, 17S6, D, D. Brown 1792, 179S; Dan, M. A., Dart., 
1774, 1809; Isaac, M. A., Dart. 1778, 1776, 1794; Edmund, M. A., 1778, 1S26; Eleazer, 
M. A., 1802, 1819; Lemuel, 1828, 1S72; Lewis, 1831, 1839; Eleazer Kingsbury, 1S34, 
1877; Stephen Clark, 1840; Thomas Edwin, M. A, 1S40, 1S51; Charles, 1844, 1S77; 
Dwight, M. A., LL. D. 1S71, 184S, 1884; William Edward, i860; Henry W. W., 
1861; Eleazer Kingsbury, Judge Cir. Ct. Florida, 1863; William L., lawyer, 1865; 
John Pierrpont Coddington, M. D.. 1SG9; Lauren M., 1871; Frank Wade, 1874; 
William, LL. B., 1874; Roger, LL. B., Columbia iSSo, M. A. 1883, 187S; George 
Forris, 1879; Samuel Monell, 1879; Burnside, M. D., 1882; Reginald, LL. B., 1S84; 
Lambert, 1885, 1890. 

BROWN UNIVERSITY, PROVIDENCE, R. I.— The following are the 
graduates by the name of Foster from this institution: 

Henry Foster, A. M. ; A. B. Oxford university. Clergyman Church of England; 
curate and lecturer St. Andrew Wardrobe, Blackfriars 1769-89; curate St. James, 
Clerkenwell 1S04-14. Author Grace displayed and Saul converted, 1S14; The Bible 
preacher, 1S24. Born 1745; died 1814. barling's eye. bib.. Manning and B. U. 

Daniel Foster, A. M, ; A. B. Dartmouth college 1777; A. M. 1780; Harvard 
university 1785. Ordained Congregational 1778; pastor. New Braintree, Mass., 


1778-95- Author Sermon at ordination of Joshua Crosby ; Mass. election sermon, 
1790. Bom Warren, Mass., 1751; died Sept, 4, 1795. 

Dwight Foster, A. M. ; Harvard university 1784. Admitted to bar 177S; lawyer 
Providence, R. I., 1778-79; justice of peace 1779; lawyer, Brookfield, Mass, 1779- 
1823; delegate, Mass. constitutional convention 1779, '99; justice of peace Worcester 
CO. 1781; special justice Court of common pleas 1792; high sheriff Worcester co. 
1792; member Mass. house of representatives; Mass. senate; U. S. house of rep- 
resentatives 1793-99; U. S. senate 1800-03; chief justice Court of common pleas, 
Worcester co. 1801-11; member Mass. executive council 181S. Born Brookfield, 
Mass., Dec. 7, 1757; died Brookfield, April 29, 1S23. Cyc. Am. biog., Cong, direct. 

Theodore Foster, A. M. ; Dartmouth college 1786. Lawyer, Providence, R. 1. ; 
member R. L house of representatives 1776-S2, 1S12-16; town clerk. Providence 
manyyears; judge Court of admiralty 17S5; member U. S. senate 1790-1803; trustee 
Brown university 1794-1822; antiquary, collecting materials for history of R. I. 
Born Brookfield. Mass., April 29, 1752; died Providence, R. I , Jan. 13, 1828. R. L 
cyc, Cyc. Am. biog., Cong, direct. 

Benjamin Foster, A. M. ; D. D. 1792; A. B. Yale college 1774; A. M. Yale col- 
lege 1781. Ordained Baptist 1776; pastor, Leicester, Mass., 1776-85; First church, 
Newport, R. L, 1785-88; First church, New York, N. Y., 178S-9S; trustee Brown 
university 1786-98. Author divine rite of immersion; Primilive baptism defined: 
Dissertation on the seventy weeks of Daniel, 1787. Born Danvers, Mass., June 12, 
1750; died New York, N. Y., Aug. 26, 179S. Cyc. Am. biog., Bapt. encyc. 

Theodore Dwieht Foster, A. M. Died 1S02. 

Theodore Adelphidos Foster, A. M. 

Lafayette Sabine Foster, LL. D. 1S51. Teacher, Providence, R. I.; principal 
academy. Queen Anne co., Md., 1S29-30; admitted to bariS3i; lawyer, Norwich, 
Conn., 1S31-33, '35-So; Hampton, Conn., 1833-35; member Conn, house of represen- 
tatives 1839-41, '46-48, '54-55, '70; speaker three terms*; mayor Norwich 1851-53; 
member U. S. senate 1855-67; president pro tempore 1S65-67; appointed professor 
Yale college iS6g, but declined; justice Conn, supreme court 1870-76; commissioner 
from Conn, to settle boundary with N. Y. 187S-79; one of three commissioners to 
negotiate with N. Y. for purchase of Fisher's Island; member commission on 
simpler procedure for the state courts 1878; vice-president American Bible society. 
Born Franklin, Conn., Nov. 22, iSo6- died Norwich, Conn., Sept. 19, 1880. Cyc. 
Am. biog., Cong, direct.. Nee. 1881. 

George Foster. From Cambridge, Mass. ; died 1817. 

James Milton Foster. From Springfield, Mass. 

Joseph Coggin Foster, A. I\I. ; D. D. Central university of Iowa 1S83. Baptist 
clergyman; pastor, Brattleboro, Vt., 1S43-56; First church, Beverly, Mass., 1856-73; 
Randolph, Mass., 1S73-S2; associate editor Watchman, Boston, Mass., 1882; mem- 
ber school committee Brattleboro 1S43-56; Beverly 1856-73; Boston correspondent 
Watch tower. New York, N. Y., 1879-81. Author Uncertainty of Life, obituary 
discourse, 1849; Baptism and communion, tract, i860; Providence illustrated, histor- 
ical discourse, dedication of Baptist meeting house, Brattleboro, Vt., Dec. 28, 1870; 
Accountableness for evils of intemperance, tract, 1871 ; Lowliness of Christ, sermon, 
1892. Address, South Main St., Randolph, Mass. Died 1899. 

Louis Tucker Foster. Cotton manufacturer. Address, 6 Olive St., Providence 
R. I. P. 

William Eaton Foster, A. M. Librarian public library, Hyde Park, Mass., 
1873-76; cataloguer Turner free library, Randolph, Mass., 1876-77; librarian public 
library. Providence, R. I,, 1S77. Author Literature of civil-service reform in the 
U. S., 1881; The civil-service reform movement, 1S81; Libraries and readers, 18S3; 
Stephen Hopkins, a R. I. statesman, 1SS4; Early attempts at R. I. history, com- 
prising those of Stephen Hopkins and Theodore Foster, edited, in Collections of 
the R. I. historical society, vol. 7, 1S85 ; References to political and economic topics, 
18S5; References to the history of presidential administrations, 1789-18S5, 18S5; 
Town government in R. I., 1SS6; References to the constitution of the U. S., with 
an appendix, 1890; Public support of public libraries, 1S91 ; Address before R. I. 
society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 1891, 1892; Some R. I. contribu- 
tions to the intellectual life of the last century, 1892; besides various periodical 
articles, partially enumerated in Annual report of the American historical associa- 
tion, i88g. Address, Public Library, Providence, R. I. Am. hist, assoc, P. 

Austin Powers Foster, A. M. Principal high school, Candia, N. H. ; classical 
department. Grove school, Dallas, Tex.; examiner public school teachers Dallas; 
publisher and wholesale book dealer. Address, 312 Main St., Dallas, Tex. P. 


Irving Lysander Foster, A. M. upon examination 1894. Instructor French, 
Brown university 1893-94; student, Leipsic, Germany. Address, care Fr, Dr. 
Buch, Leplay Str. 8-, Leipsic, Germany. 

Theodore Clyde Foster. 78 Waterman St., Providence, R. I. 

Albert Orson Foster. 86 Lansing St., Utica, N. Y. 

Marsden Rhodes Foster. In charge of Methodist Episcopal Church, Drown- 
ville, R. I. Address, Drownville, R. I. 

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, HANOVER, N. H.— The following Fosters 
were graduated from this institution: Aaron Foster, Rev., A. M., and Theo. Sem. 
1825, 1822, 1S70, ae. 76; Amos Foster, Rev., A. M , 1822, 18S4, ae. 87; Asa Emerson 
Foster. A. M., 1822, 1875, ae. 80; Abie! Foster, 1S23, 1S69, ae. 70; Addison H. 
Foster, A. M., M. D., 1863, Chicago; Charles Foster, major nth Iowa vols., 1S40, 
1864, ae. 44; Charles Heselton Foster, M. D., 1S75, Lisbon, Me.; Charles Lee 
Foster, i860, 1863, ae. 27; Clarence Marion Foster, Columbia 1875, 1873, New 
York, N. Y. ; Dan Foster, A. M., Hon. Deg., Yale 1774, 1774, 1810, ae. 62; Daniel 
Foster, Rev., A. M., Harvard 17S5, Brown 1787, 1777, 1795, ae. 44; Daniel Foster, 
Rev., A. B. 1845, Capt. 37th U. S. C. T., 1S41, 1864, ae. 47; David J., lawyer, 1880, 
Burlington, Vt. ; Davis, Rev., and Theo. Sem. 1855, D. D. 1&85, 1S49, Wmchendon, 
Mass.; Eden Burroughs, D. D. Wms. 1861, 1837, 1882, ae. 68; Emerson, Rev. A. 
M., 1773, 1814, ae. 67; Frederick, Rev,, 1840, 1865. ae. 51; Frederick Fairfield, 1865, 
Weare, N. H. ; Geo. Vickery, m., 1882, New York, N. Y. ; Henry Richard, Rev., Ct. 
Teo. Md. 1885, 1882, 1S87, ae. 28; Herbert Darling, A. M., 1885, Worcester, Mass.; 
Herman, lawyer, Pres. senate N. H. 1861, 1861. 1S75, ae. 74; Horace K., A. M., M. 
D., 1S79, Peabody, Mass.; Isaac, Rev., A. M., A. B. Yale 1776, 1778, 1794. ae. 39; 
Isaac, A. M., 1S28, 1877, ae. 71; Joel. Rev.. A. M., 1777, 1812, ae. 57; John, Rev., 

A. M., Harvard 1787, D D. Harvard 1S15, 17S3, 1S29, ae. 66; John, 1S5S, Faribault, 
Minn.; John, lawyer, 1876, Manchester, N. H. ; John Hilbert, 1S21, 1874, ae. 78; 
John Luther, lawyer, 1864, 1890, ae. 52; Moses, 1841, Andover, Mass., died; Nahum 
Parker, Rev., D. D., Cent. Univ. Iowa 1875, 1834. 1S76, ae. 62; Richard Baxter, 
Rev., A. B. 1867, ist Lt. 62d U. S. C. T., 1S51, Cheney, Kans. ; Roswell, Rev., and 
Theo. Sem. 1853, 1849, Phillipston, Mass.; Stephen, Rev., and Theo. Sem. 1824, 
Pres. LTniv. Tenn., 1821, 1S35, ae. 36; Stephen Symonds, 1838, 1881, ae. 71 ; Sylvester 
M., 1S84; Theodore, A. M., A. B. Brown 1770, U. S. senate 1790-1S03, 17S6, 1828; 
Walter Henry, 1874, 1S78, ae. 25; Warren William, lawyer, A. M., LL. B. Colum- 
bia 1883. iSSi. New York, N. Y. ; William Cowper, Rev., Theo. Sem. 1844, 1841, 
Middletown. Conn. ; William Hamilton, 1885, Concord, N. H. ; William Lawrence, 
lawyer, A. M., judge Sup. court N. H. 1869-74, chief justice N. H. 1S74-6, judge Sup. 
court 1S76-81, i860. Concord, N. H. ; Willie Hudson, 1879, 1880, ae. 23. 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, N. Y.— Alia Wright Foster, 1872-3, A. 
M. 1877, A. B. Vassar 1872, Hotel Eliot, Roxburv, Mass.; Charles E., 1S77-8, 
Ithaca, N. Y. ; Geo. Emett, 1S70-2, Milford. N. H ; Henry Ward, 1873-7, Ithaca, N. 
Y. ; Lucy Allison, 186S-72, d. in Denver, Colo., Mar. 29, 1882; Lottie A., 1884-8, 
Ithaca, N. Y. ; Dr. Newel Kelley, 1869-73, Canterbury, N. H., 335 E 12th St., Oak 
land, Cal. ; Reuben Burdick, 1870-4, So. Lake Weir, Fla. 

the graduates of this college of persons by the name of Foster: E., engineering; 

B. L., bachelor of letters; Ph. B., bachelor of philosophy; LL. B., bachelor of 
laws; B. S. , bachelor of science. Burt Lewis Foster, Ann Arbor, Mich., '96, E. 
(Mech. E.); Charles Woodworth Foster, '95, B. 'L., '96, LL. B., Lansing, Mich; 
Elijah C. Foster, '67, LL. B., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C. (1890); Emory 
Arthur Foster. Law, '86-'87, registered from Independence, Kans.; Francis Alma 
Foster, '97, B. L., Detroit, Mich.; Francis Albert Foster, '85, M. D., East Jor- 
dan, Mich.; Frank Albert Foster, '79, M. D., Waltham, Mass.; Frank Augustus 
Foster, non-grad. , Lit. , '77-7S, Ludington, Mich.; Frank Henry Foster, '82, LL, B., 
623 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kans.; George A. Foster, '61, LL. B. ; George Forris 
Foster, non-grad.. Lit., '74-76, A. B. (Yale) 1879, 182 Fifth Ave,, New York, N. 
Y. ; Homer Redfield Foster, '97, Ph. B., Seattle, Wash.; Irving Charles Foster, 
Med., '82-83, M- D- (Coll. of Phys. and Surg., Chicago), '84, Albion, Mich.; Isaac 
Foster, '95, LL. B., Gladwin, Mich.; John Reynolds Foster, '67, LL. B,. A. B. 
(Hillsdale Coll.), 1865; Joseph Foster, '1)4, M. D., Lansing, Mich.; Mary Celinda 
Foster, '85, M. D. (Mrs. Wm. H. Brenton), Green Mountain Falls, Colo. (1890); 
(Mrs.) Mary E. Foster, '76, LL. B.,; Morris Bishop Foster, '70, B. S., Hector, 
Minn.; Newell Kelley Foster, Med. '77-78. B. S. (Cornell Univ.), 1873, Oakland, 
Cal.; Riley Foster, '72, B. S., (brother of Morris B. Foster above); Sidney Foster, 
Law, '81-82, registered from Toledo, O. ; Stephen Foster, non-grad.. Lit., '70-72; 


Stephen Olin Foster. '77, LL. B., Turin, N. Y. ; Thomas Reese Foster, '91, M. D., 
St. Peter, Minn. ; William Henry Foster, '90, LL. B., Hamilton Milliken Blk., Trav- 
erse City, Mich. 

The following are deceased: George Adelbert Foster, '67, A. B., '70, A. M., 
died at Ann Arbor Mich., Sept. 5, 1881; Gustavus Lemuel Foster, '63-65, Lit., died 
at Dansville, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1891; Newton Trumbull Foster, '67, LL. B., died at 
Paw Paw, Mich., Oct. 8, 1S77; Leroy Allison Foster, '67-68, Lit., died at Denver, 
Colo., March 29, 1882; Sidney Hiram Foster, '73-74, Med., died at Malone, N. Y., 
May ig, 1891. 

Foster graduates from this college with the year of graduation; Festus, 1800; 
John. 1S34; Joseph Crane, 1S57; Addison Pinneo, 1S63; Russell Burroughs, iS6g; 
Arthur Lew"is, 1S70: Mathias Lancton, 1881; William James, 1S84; Harold 
(Harry?) Ernest, 1895. 

Joseph Crane Foster was born in Carmel, N. Y., July 20, 1822. After his 
graduation at Williams he studied theology at Andover, and was licensed to preach 
by the Presbytery at Bedford, and installed pastor of the church at Red Mills, N. 
Y., m , and remained there until iSsg. He d. July 23, 1S60, ae. 38. 

AMHERST COLLEGE, AMHERST, MASS.— The graduates of Amherst 
college by the name of Foster are; Benjamin Franklin, iS2g, d. 1S6S, aet. 65; 
Galen, 1831, d. 1S95, aet. 87; John Phelps, 1834, d. 1851, aet. 44; Andrew Butler, 1840, 
d. iSgi, aet. 71; Edgar Lowell, 1S64, d. 1872, aet. 34; George Byron, 1883; Edgar 
Lowell, 1897; Nellis Barnes, 1S9S. 

Non-graduate students; George Emery, 1867; William Phillips, 1879, d. (?); 
George Wilson, 1883. 

Andrew Butler Foster, who graduated in 1840, was son of Andrew Butler 
and Clariesa (Davenport) Foster; was born in Brookline, Dec. 6, i8ig, and was 
fitted for college at Phillips, Andover Academy. He studied theology at Andover 
Theological Seminary and East Windsor, now Hartford Theological Seminary, 
1840-43. He was ordained at Orford, N. H., in 1844, and was pastor there until 
1847; was pastor at Petersham. N. H., 1853-5, and preached after that at Westmin- 
ster, Vt., and at Orange, Mass. In 1S70 on account of infirm health he retired 
from the ministry and became a druggist at Orange. He retired from business in 
iSSg and devoted the remainder of his life to traveling for his health. He d. of 
cancer of the stomach at Orange, Feb. 25, iSgi. He was m. Oct. 3, 1843, to Irene 
C. Cooley, dau. of Moses D., of Amherst, who d. Aug. 12, 1884. They had two ch., 
both deceased. 

PHILLIPS EXETER, EXETER, N. H.— The following are the graduates 
here by the name of Foster: David Foster, 1791, Canterbury, N. H. ; Wm. Emer- 
son Foster, 1824, H. U. iS2g, A. M., M. D , Boston, Mass., d. 1842; John Foster, 
1852, Dart. Coll., 1858, teacher, Faribault, Minn.. Dublin, N. H. ; Wm. Rice Foster, 
1863, StafiFord Springs, Conn. ; Wm. Russell Foster, 1S70-71, H. U. 1S75, lawyer, 
Portsmouth, N. H., d. 18S3; John McGraw Foster. 1876-77, H. U. 18S2, Boston, 
Mass.; Herbert Darling Foster, 1879-81, Dart. Coll., instructor, Dartmouth Coll., 
Winchendon, Mass. ; Wm. Elliott Foster, 1S83, Middletown, Conn. 

BELOIT COLLEGE, BELOIT, WIS.— There was only one graduate of 
Beloit by the name of Foster, viz: George T. Foster, M. A., class of '75, who 
d. at Cherokee, la., Feb. 23, 1S95. 



During the past few years it has been quite the thing to join one of the patri- 
otic-hereditary societies. Following is the list of those by the name of Foster who 
took part in the struggle for American Independence from Massachusetts : 

FOSTER, Ipswich (West Parish). Drummer on Lexington Alarm Roll 

of Capt. Abram How's co., which marched on alarm of April 19,17 75, from Ips- 
wich (West Parish); service 2 days. 

FOSTER, Plymouth. Sergeant, on Pay Abstract of Capt. Samuel N. 

Nelson's co., Col. Willard's regt., for travel allowance from Fort Edward to 
Plymouth via Albany, dated in council Jan. 28, 1777; also for travel from Plymouth 
to Skeenesborough by way of No. 4 (Charlestown), dated Boston, Jan., 1777. 


FOSTER. Lieutenant. On list of men drafted from companies com 

manded by Capts. Gore, Mayo, White and May, wiio served at Nantasket in June, 
1776, under Lt. James Morton, driving ships from Boston harbor; service 3 days. 

FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Amos Foster's co. 

Col. Cyphrian How's regt. ; detached from 7th Middlesex co. regt. ; enlisted July 28 
17S0; discharged Oct. to, 17S0; service, 2 mos. ; 13 days travel included. 

AARON FOSTER, Ipswich. Clerk, on Le.Niington Alarm Roll of Capt. John 
athan Cogswell Jr.'s co. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Ipswich ; service: 
3 days. 

AARON FOSTER. Rank not given; on warrant to pay officers in Capt. 
Richard Dodge's CO. , Col. Putnam's regt. ; 3 mos. service in 17S1 at West Point 
roll dated Feb. 22, 1785. 

ABEL FOSTER, Townsend. Private, on Lexington Alarm Roll of Cape, 
Samuel Douglass' co., Col. James Prescott's regt., which marched on alarm of 
April ig, 1775, from Townsend; service, 5 days. On muster roll of Capt. Henry 
Farwel's CO., Col. Win. Prescott's regt. ; dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 25, 1775 
service, gS days. Reported enlisted April ig, 1775, on return of Capt. Hugh Max 
well's CO., — Col. John Bailey's regt. in service before Aug. 15, 1775 — Corporal on 
return of Capt. Mawxell's co. — in camp near Valley Forge, Jan. 24, 177S. On 
Continental army pay accounts of Col. Bailey's regt. ; service, Irom June i, 1777, to 
Dec. 31, I77g; credited to Fitchburg; reported 3 mos., 4 days service as private, and 
27 mos., 26 days as corporal. 

*ABIAL FOSTER, Billerica. On list of men enlisted into Continental Army 
from Capt. Wm. Thurlo's co. ; dated Fitchburg Dec. 20, 1777 ; enlisted for Fitchburg 
for 3 years; joined Capt. Fox's CO., Col. Henley's regt. ; on receipt for bounty paid 
by town of Billerica, to serve 3 years, dated April S, 1782. 

ABIJAH FOSTER. Private, Capt. Stephen Smith's co; enlisted Sept. 13, 
1775; service, 3 mos., 25 days; discharged Dec. 31, 1775; stationed at Machias; 
also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Seavey's co.. Col. Benj. Foster's 
(Lincoln CO. ) regt. ; enlisted June 22, 1777; discharged July 16, 1777; 23 days ser- 
vice; ordered on duty for defence of Machias; also from July 16 to Oct. 10, 1777; 
2.mos., 24 days; also i day in Dec, 177S. 

ABIJAH FOSTER. Private, on pay roll of St. John Scott's co., for i mo., 8 
days service at Machias, between Aug. 31 and Nov. 20, 1779; 6th Lincoln co. regt. 

ABNER FOSTER. Private, Capt. Benj. Adams' co.. Col. Johnson's regt. ; 
enlisted Aug. 15, 1777; discharged Nov. 30, 1777; service, 4 mos. in northern army. 

ABRAM FOSTER. Private, on return of Capt. Thomas Wighill's co.. Col. 
L. Baldwin's regt. ; service in 1773, wages for month of August also for service in 
January, 177(5. 

ABRAHAM FOSTER (or FORSTER), Reading. Rank not given on roll of 
Capt. John Flint's co., Col. David Green's regt. ; 10 days service: roll dated Reading, 
Dec. 19, 1775; also on muster roll of Capt. John Bacheller's co.. Col. Bridge's regt., 
as Eeri<eant, dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 24, 1775; service, 3 mos., 14 days; 
also on order for advance pay — roll dated Cambridge, June 22, 1775. 

ABRAHAM FOSTER. As sergeant in the Training band, in Reading, under 
Capt. Thomas Eaton. 

ABRAHAM FOSTER. On list officers chosen by their respective cos. and 
field officers; ist lieut. in James Bancroft's (4th) co. of 2d Middlesex co. regt; 
commissioned by council May 6, 1776; dated Woburn March 26, 1776; a Reading co. 

ABRAHAM FOSTER. Commissioned Capt. in 4th co. of 2d Middlesex co. 
regt. August 20, 1777; on muster and pay roll Capt. A. Foster's co.. Col. Jonathan 
Fox's regt,; dated Woburn Aug. 31, 1777; enlisted Aug. i, 1777; marched to 
Bennington; also in Col. Samuel Bullard's regt.; enlisted Aug. 14, 1777; dis- 
charged Nov. 30. 1777; 3 mos., 28 days service; travel allowed; service near 
Stillwater under Gen. Gates; on abstract of rations due men Col. Bullard's regt. 
from Aug. 14 to Dec. 11, 1777; and on list of officers claiming traveling expenses 
for his company of 62 men in Col. Samuel Bullard's regt. from Scarsdale to their 
home, in council, Nov. 4, 1778. 

ABRAHAM FOSTER. Corporal, on pay abstract of Capt. Pettengill's Co., 
Col. Baldwin's regt. ; for service in Feb., 1776; dated New York April 19, 1776; 
also for service m March, June, 1776; also in service Nov. 2g, 1776; reported 
advanced to sergeant May 8, 1776; on list of men having lost goods on evac- 
uation of New York, Sept. 14, 1776. 

•Also called Abel and Abiel. 


ALEXANDER FOSTER, Attleborough. ist lieutenant on Lexington alarm 
roll of Capt. Stephen Richardson's co., which marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, 
from Attleborough; service 9 days; on list of officers ordered to be commissioned 
in council March 21, 1776; chosen by the 4th regt., March iS, 1776, as ist lieutenant 
in Capt. Stephen Richardson's co. , Col. John Daggett's (4th) Bristol co. regt.; on 
an order dated July 5, 1776, for wages, etc., on Ephraim Newell, town treasurer 
of Attleborough; service on alarm caused by battle of Bunker Hill; on muster and 
pay roll of Capt. Elisha May's co., Col. John Daggett's regt., for service at Rhode 
Island; enlisted Aug. 23, 177S; discharged Sept. 2, 177S; service, 11 days. 

ALEXANDER FOSTER. Captain. On muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Alexander Foster's co., Col. John Daggett's regt. ; service in R. 1. on alarm of Dec. 
8, 1776; service, 25 days; warrant allowed in council Junes, 1777; also in Col. 
Thomas Carpenter's regt. Forservice on alarm in R. I. enlisted July 27, 177S; 
discharged Aug. 12, 177S; service, 17 days. Also enlisted July 27, 17S0; service, 
7 days. Reported marched to Tiverton, R. I., on six days campaign. Also on pay 
roll of Col. Isaac Dean's regt.; enlisted July 31; discharged Aug. S, 1780; service, 
10 days. On list of officers of Massachusetts militia as captain of the 4th Bristol 
CO. regt; commissioned July 31, 1777. 

ALEXANDER FOSTER, Attleborough. Private, on muster and pay roll, 
Capt. Samuel Robinson's co. , Col. Wales' regt. ; service in R. I. ; enlisted June 21, 
1778; discharged July 13, 1778; service, 22 days. 

ALLEN "FOSTER, Ipswich (West Parish). Private, on Lexington alarm roll 
of Capt. Abraham How's co. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Ipswich 
(West Parish); service, 2 days. 

ALLMA FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Enoch Robin- 
son's CO., under Capt. Commandant Samuel Fisher; enlisted Aug. 12, 1779; dis- 
charged Sept. 12, 1779; service at R. I., i mo., 2 days;roll sworn to at Attleborough. 

AMOS FOSTER, New Salem (possibly). Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Ebenezer Goodall's co., Col. 'VVoodbridge's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 
19, 1775, from (possibly New Salem); service, 4 days. 

AMOS FOSTER. Private, on list returned as having served on main guard at 
Prospect Hill July 16, 1775, under Col. L. Baldwin. 

AMOS FOSTER, JR. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. Zachariah Fitch's co.. 
Col. Samuel Brewer's regt., for service from Aug. 23 to Sept. 30, 1776; i mo., 9 

AMOS FOSTER, Tewksbury. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
John Trull's co.. Col. Ebenezer Bridge's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Tewksburg; service, 9 days. Also on muster roll of Capt. Benj. Walker's co. . 
Col. Ebenezer Bridge's regt. ; dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 28, 1775; service, 3 
mos., II days, and on order for advance pay, dated Cambridge June 6, 1775. 

AMOS FOSTER. Private (probably), on muster and pay roll of Capt. Edward 
Farmer's co., Col. Jonathan Reed's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 29, 1777; discharged Nov. 8, 
1777; service, 41 days; marched to reinforce the northern army by resolve of Sept. 
22, 1777. 

AMOS FOSTER, Beverly. Private, on muster roll Capt. Trescott's co.. Col. 
J. Brewer's regt.. dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted July 6, 1775; service, 25 days. Also 
on return dated Prospect Hill Oct. 6, 1775, and on order for bounty coat or equiva- 
lent due for the 8 mos. service in 1775 in above co. and regt., dated Prospect Hill 
Oct. 25. 1775. payable to Lt. Nathaniel Gushing. 

AMOS FOSTER, Boston. On discriptive list; age, 54 years; 5 ft, 8 inches, 
light complexion ; arrived at Springfield Aug. i, 1780, 32d division marched to camp 
Aug. 2, 17S0, under Lieut. Benj. Pike. 

AMOS FOSTER, Tewksbury. Ensign, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Jonathan Brown's co., Col. David Green's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Tewksbury; service, 7 days. On list of oificers of Massachusetts militia, 
chosen by company and accepted by council May 31, 1776, as 2d lieutenant in Joshua 
Baldwin's co. , Tewksbury East co. (Sth) of Simeon Spauldiug's regt, 7th Middlesex 
CO. regt. On list of officers of Massachusetts militia as captain in the Sth co. of the 
7th Middlesex co. regt.; commissioned June 29, 17S0; commanded by J. Brown. 
Captain on muster and pay roll of Capt. Amos Foster's co.. Col. Cyprian How's 
regt., 7th Middlesex co. regt. for service at R. I. on alarm by a resolve of June 
22, 1780: enlisted July 4, 1780; discharged Oct. 30, 1780; service, 4 mos., 10 days. 

ANDREW FOSTER, Freetown. On descriptive list of men raised on resolve 
of Dec. 2, 1780; received at Taunton March 8, 1781, by Sergeant Ebenezer Crocker 
to be conducted to Springfield and delivered to Col. Wm. Shepard; age, 21 years; 


stature, 5 ft. 334 inches; complexion, light, eyes blue, hair light, occupation farmer; 
served in Norton's co. ; enlistment during war. 

ANDREW FOSTER, Lynn. Private, Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Ezra 
Newhall's co. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1773, from Lynn; service, 21 days. 

ANDREW FOSTER, Lynn. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Nathaniel Bancroft's co. ; marched from Lynn on alarm of April ig, 1775; service, 

2 days. 

ANDREW FOSTER, Andover. On list of men enlisted into Continental army 
from Capt. James Gates' co. of 8th Worcester co. regt; enlisted for Ashburnham for 

3 years; joined Capt. Summers' co., Col. Greaton's regt; enlisted before May 26, 
1777. On return from service from Jan. i, 1777, to May i, 1777; credited to Reading 
as 15 mos. service as sergeant and if mos as private; reported deserted. 

ANDREW FOSTER, Cambridge. Appears on descriptive list of men enlisted 
from Middlesex co. under resolve of Dec. 2, 1780; age, 14 years; stature, 4 ft. 6 in., 
complexion light, hair light, blue eyes; laborer: enlisted July i, 1781, for 3 years; 
reported rejected. 

ANDREW FOSTER, Newton. On list of men enlisted into Continental army 
from CO. of Middlesex ; enlisted for Newton. 

ANDREW FOSTER. Seaman, on pay roll of ofdcers and crew of Ship 
Protector, John F. Williams commander; enlisted March 25, 1780; discharged Aug. 
17, 1780; service, 4 mos., 23 days. 

ANDREW FOSTER. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Francis Green's CO., 
Col. Joseph Vose's (ist) regt. for Feb. and March, 1781; enlisted Feb. 15, 1781, for 
during the war; on roll dated West Point April — , 1781; reported joined April 3, 
1781 ; confined for desertion; on another roll, dated at West Point, in April, he was 
reported dead. 

ANDREW FOSTER, Concord. On descriptive list of enlisted men; age, 19 
years; stature, 5 ft.; complexion, light; occupation, farmer; mustered by Ensign 
Phelon; return made by Nathaniel Barber, Muster Master, Suffolk co., Boston, 
Sept. 25. 1780, Col. Henry Jackson's regt. 

ANTHONY FOSTER, Marblehead. Private on muster roll of Capt. Haynes' 
Co., Col. J. Brewer's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; service, 15 days. Also on order for 
bounty coat due for the eight months service in 1775, dated Cambridge Oct. 25, 1775, 
payable to Capt. Haynes'. 

ANTHONY FOSTER, New Gloucester. Private on company return of Capt. 
Haynes' co.. Col. Brewers' regt., dated Prospect Hill Oct. 6, 1775. 

ANTHONY FOSTER. Private, in Capt, Aaron Haynes' co.. Col. Asa Whit- 
comb's regt,, at Ticonderoga, roll dated Dec, 1776; reported discharged Jan. i, 
1776; service, 11 mos. 

ASA FOSTER, Ware. Private on muster and pay roll of Capt. Samuel Fair- 
field's co., Col. Nathan Sparhawk's regt.; enlisted Oct. i, 1778; service. 2 mos., 17 
days, at Dorchester. 

BARTHOLOMEW FOSTER. On order for bounty coat, or equivalent in 
money, given by Mary Foster (widow), adminx, dated Boston Nov. 26, 1776, payable 
to Jabez Fisher; bounty due for service in Capt. John Boyd's co.. Col. John 
Greaton's regt.; service certified to by Lieut. Ebenezer Dean; reported as having 
marched to Quebec in Capt. Hubbard's co. Col. Arnold's regt. 

BARTHOLOMEW FOSTER. Prize Master. On muster and pay roll of 
officers and crew of the brigantine "Tyranicide," commanded by Capt. Jonathan 
Hearaden ; enlisted March 26, 1778 ; service, i mo., q days; reported died May 5, 1778. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. On list of officers of Massachusetts militia, appointed 
by Brig.-Gen. Michael Farley as quartermaster of Col. Cogswell Jr. 's regt., in Brig.- 
Gen. Farley's brigade; drafted from training band and alarm list of Essex co. 
militia, and ordered to march to Horse Neck under resolve of Sept. 12, 1776; dated 
Ipswich Sept. 30, 1776. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, Boxford. Sergeant. On muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Jonathan Evan's co.. Col. Nathaniel Wade's regt, for service in Rhode Island 
(North Kingstown); enlisted July i, 1778; discharged Jan. i, 1779; service, 6 mos., 
7 days. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, Wilmington. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Timothy Walker's co.. Col. Green's regt, which marched from Wilmington on 
alarm of April ig, 1775; service, 71^ days. Also on receipt for advance pay, dated 
camp at Cambridge, June 22, 1775. payable to himself for services in Capt, Ham- 
den's co.. Col. Bridge's regt; autograph signature; reported corporal. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. Corporal. On muster and pay roll of Capt. John 


Crawford's co., Col. James Couvers' regt. for service in R. I. on alarm ; enlisted July 
23, 1777; discharged July 26, 1777; service, 4 days. Also in same co. marched to 
Bennington on alarm of Aug. 20, 1777; enlisted Aug. 20; discharged Aug. 23, 1777; 
service, 5 days (travel included). Also on pay roll of Capt. Crawford's co.. Col. 
Job Cushing's regt.; enlisted Sept. 7, 1777; discharged Nov. 2g, 1777; service, 3 
mos., 3 days, travel included. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, Leicester. Chaplain. On muster roll of Col. Samuel 
Denny's regt., which marched to reinforce northern army Aug. 19, 1777; service, 
5 days. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, Oakham. Private, on a pay abstract of Capt. Nathan 
Hamilton's co.. Col. Samuel Brewer's regt. ; service, from Aug. 3 to Sept. 30. 1776; 
I mo., 2g days. Also on receipt for wages for Oct., 1776, dated Ticonderoga Mills, 
Nov. 3, 1776, in above company. Also on pay abstract for mileage from Fort 
Edward to his home in Oakham, dated Brookfield, Feb. 6, 1777. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, Reading. On return for equipments made by Capt. 
Amos Upton dated at Reading, April 21, 1775; John Flint captain instead of said 
Upton. Also on roll of Capt. Flint's co., dated Dec. ig, 1775 ; service, 4 days. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Dodge's 
CO., Col. Jacob Gerrish's regt. , from April i, 1778, to July; also from July 2, 1778, 
to July 12, 1778; guard duty at Cambridge; autograph signature for wages for 2 
mos. service in April and May, dated camp Winter Hill, June 21, 1778. Also on 
muster and pay roll Capt. Samuel Huse's Co., Col. Jacob Garrish's regt. of guards; 
enlisted July 26, 1778; discharged Dec. 14, 1778; guards at Cambridge, 4 mos. 21 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. On list of men on return of Capt. John Harendel's 
CO., May 11, 177^. (Nothing more.) 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. Private on pay abstracts for service for months of 
February, March, April, May, June, July and August, 1776, in Capt. Moses Brown's 
CO., Col. John Glover's (14th) regt.; enlisted Jan. 29, 1776. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. Machias. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Jabez West's co. (raised at Machias for expedition against St. Johns); enlisted May 
22, 1777; discharged July 17, 1777; service, i mo. 25 days. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. Appears on list of officers of the Massachusetts 
militia, chosen by the legislature Jan. 30, 1776, as colonel of 6th Lincoln co. regt.; 
concurred in council Feb. 8, 1776. On a return, dated Gouldsborough, March 20, 
1777. Also on pay roll, date not given; service at Machias between May 20, 1777, 
and Aug. 20, 1777; service, i mo. 11 days. Also service at Machias, as engaged, 
Aug. 20, 1777; discharged Oct. 10, 1777; i mo. 21 days. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Wm. Green's 
CO., Col. Cyprian How's regt; for service in R. I. ; enlisted July 30, 1780; discharged 
Nov. I, 17S0; service, 3 mos. 7 days. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER. On list of field officers of Massachusetts militia as 
quartermaster of Col. James Frye's regt. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, Boxford. Drummer, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Wm. Pearley's CO. , Col. James Frye's regt, which marched on alarm of April 19, 
1775, from Boxford; service, 7 days; enlisted Feb. 16, 1775. On muster roll of 
above CO., dated Aug. i, 1775, his time of enlistment is given as April 26, 1775; 
service, i mo. i day. Also on receipt for advance pay, dated Cambridge camp, 
June 22. 1775. On order for bounty coat, dated Cambridge Nov. 14, 1775. 
As quartermaster sergeant on return dated at Cambridge camp. May 17, 1775, was 
appointed quartermaster Jan. 23, 1776; commissioned March 13, 1776, Col. Isaac 
Smith's regt. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, JR., Machias. Private, on muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Stephen Smith's co., stationed at Machias; enlisted Sept. 13, 1775; service, 
3 mos.. 25 days; discharged Dec. 31, 1775. Also private in Capt. John Scott's co. ; 
enlisted Nov. 28, 1776; discharged Dec. 21, 1776— 24 days. Also on muster and 
pay roll of Capt Joseph Sevey's co.. Col. Benjamin Foster's regt. ; enlisted June 23, 
1777; discharged July 16, 1777— 23 days. As corporal in Capt. Sevey's co; enlisted 
July 16, 1777; discharged Oct. 10, 1777; service, 2 mos. 24 days. Also one day's 
service between Dec. 5 and 25, 177S. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, JR. On list of men in the training band in Reading 
under Capt Thomas Eaton. 

BENNET FOSTER. Cambridge. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Abijah 
Child's CO.. Lieut. Wm. Bond's regt. ; in camp at Prospect Hill for Aug and Sept., 
1775; reported as having supplied the place of George Wellington, who was dis- 


charged July 28, 1775; enlisted July 2S, 1775. Also on a pay abstract of Capt. John 
Minott's CO., Col. Dike's regt, for equipments for Dec, 1776, and Jan. and Feb., 
1777, on return of this co. from Jan. 9, 1777, to ilarch i, 1777. 

BENNETT FOSTER, Menotomy. Matross, on Continental pay accounts of 
Capt. John Wells' CO., Col. John Crane's (artillery) regt; service, from March i, 
1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; enlisted for 3 years: credited to Capt. David Allen's co. on 
muster rolls for Sept., 1777, and Jan. i, 177S. Also on pay accounts of Capt. Jackson's 
CO., Col. Crane's regt. ; service, from Jan. i, 17S0, to March i, 1780. 

BENNETT FOSTER. JIarine. On list of officers and crew of the state ship 
Tartor, commanded by John Cathcart; enlisted Aug. 3; discharged Nov. 21, 1782; 
service, 3 mos. iS days; autograph signature. 

*BENNING FOSTER. Private. Served in Capt. Dyer and West's co., that 
marched to St. Johns May, 1777; service, i mo. 25 days. On another roll enlisted 
July 15, 1777; discharged Dec. 13; service, 4 mos. 28 days. Also enlisted Dec. 13, 
1777; discharged June, 1778,-5 mos. 18 days. — A company of artillery. Service 
under Col. John Allen, commander-in-chief of the Indians, eastern department. On 
payroll of artillery co. under Col. John Allen, entering June i, 1778; discharged 
Dec. I, 1778; 6 months stationed at Machias. 

BENONIA FOSTER, Concord. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Joseph 
Butler's CO., Col. John Nixon's regt. ; dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 29. 1775; 
service, 3 mos. 9 days. On Sept. report is reported sick in hospital. Also on order 
for bounty coat, or equivalent, due for the 8 months' service in 1775, dated Winter 
Hill, Dec. 20. 1775. 

BENONI FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Seavey's 
CO., Col Benj. Foster's regt. ; on duty at Machias between Dec. 5 and 25, 1778; serv- 
ice, n daj'S. 

BENONI FOSTER. Seaman. On muster and pay roll of officers and crew 
of Brig. Hazard, commanded by Capt. John F. Williams; enlisted May 12, 1779; 
service, i mo. 9 days ; reported as one of the crew placed on board the Ship Putnam, 
or who left the brig on her arrival at Boston. 

BOSTON FOSTER, Boston (probably). Appears on an enlistment agreement, 
dated Boston, June, 1780; signed by said Foster and others, engaging themselves 
to serve in Continental army for the term of 6 months from tmie of arrival at 
place of rendezvous — Capt. Wells' co. — age, 36 ; stature 5 ft. 8 in. ; comple.xion, 
black. Received bounty of Edward Proctor, colonel of Boston regt. On descriptive 
list given on his arrival at Springfield, July 2, 17S0; age, 32; complexion, negro. 
He also enlisted July 22, 1780, to serve in the militia under Brig.-Gen. John Fellows. 
Was private on muster and pay roll of Capt. Alexander Hodgdon's co.. Col. 
Ebenezer Thayer's regt., for service in R. I.; enlisted July 31, 17S0; discharged 
Oct. 30; service, 3 mos. 3 days (3 days' travel included). 

C. FOSTER. On a receipt, dated March 25, 17S2, for ^6 given by Isaac Burn- 
ham, sergt. 

CALEB FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Kettell's 
CO., Maj. Heath's regt. of Guards doing duty in and about Boston; enlisted Aug. 
21, 1779; discharged Sept. 30, 1779; service, i mo. 12 days. 

CATO FOSTER. Andover. On pay abstract of Capt. Benjamin Farnum's co., 
Col. Ebenezer Francis' regt. ; rations allowed from date of enlistment. March 8, 
1777, to time of arrival at Bennington; credited with allowance to March 28, 1777 
— 33 days, including 11 days for 220 miles travel. On muster return of Capt. 
Farnum's co., Col. Benj. Tupper's regt., dated Jan. 24, 1778, was reported unfit for 
duty for want of clothes. On return of enlisted men, dated Andover, Feb. 16, 1778, 
enlisted for 3 years; on pay accounts of Capt. Stephen Abbot's co.. Col. Tupper's 
regt.; service from March 8, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; reported enlisted April, 1778, 
for during the war. 

CATO FOSTER, Andover. On descriptive list of men belonging to Andover; 
age. 22 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 5 in.; complexion, black; hair, black; enlisted May 12, 
1779, for during the war; joined Capt. Daniel Lunt's co., loth regt., rank of Drum- 
mer; enlisted by Capt. Abbot; on pay accounts of Capt. Abbot's co., for service 
from Jan. i, 17S0. to Dec. 31, 1780; service, 9 mos. as Private, and 3 mos. as Cor- 
poral ; also on roll from Jan. i, 1781, to Jan. i, 1782, as Private. 

CATO FOSTER, Salem. On list of men of the ist regt. ; entitled to 200 acres 
of land or $20 in money, bv resolve of court, March 5, 1801. 

CHANDLER FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Isaac 


Marsh's co., Col. Sear's (Berkshire co.) regt. ; enlisted July 21, 1781; discharged 
Nov. 2, 17S1; service, 3 mos. 12 days; stationed at Fort Plains, Tryon co., under 
Brig. -Gen. Starks. 

CHARLES FOSTER, Kingston. Appears among a list of prisoners on board 
the Guard Ship "Adams," by the Board of War as returned by Joseph Dobel, Sept. 
8, 1777; reported received Aug. 26, 1777. 

CHILLINGSWORTH FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Benj. Berry's co. , Maj. Zenas Winslow's regt. (Harwich militia); 3 days' service; 
service at Bedford and Falmouth, on alarm of Sept. 7, 1778. 

DANIEL FOSTER, Groton. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Henry Farwell's 
CO., Col. Wm. Prescott's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 25, 1775; service, 
g8 days. Is also on the October return, and on order for bounty coat or equivalent 
in money due for the S months' service, dated Sewall's Point, Nov. 16, 1775. 

DANIEL FOSTER. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Zadock Buffing- 
ton's CO., Col. Samuel Johnson's regt. ; enlisted Aug. 15, 1777; discharged (at Cam- 
bridge) Nov. 30, 1777; 3 mos. 16 days' service at the Northward. 

DANIEL FOSTER, Rutland. Private, autograph signature for advance pay, 
dated July 13, 1775, due for services in Capt. Adam Wheeler's co.. Col. Doolittle's 
regt; on the company return, dated Winter Hill, Oct. 6, 1775; also in Capt. Joseph 
Livermore's co. ; enlisted July 7, 1779; discharged Oct. 2, 1779; 2 mos. 26 days' 
service as Guard at Rutland. 

DANIEL FOSTER. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. Barnabas Dodge's co., 
Col. Baldwin's regt, for service in Nov., 1775; reported enlisted Nov. 22, 1775; 
also for service in Dec, 1775; enlisted Dec. i, 1775; also reported as enlisted for i 
year from last of Dec, 1775 ; also on list of men who did not pass muster, dated at 
Chelsea, Jan. 3, 1776; on list of men who received ammunition Jan. 24, 1776; on re- 
turn of men receiving advance pay for Jan., 1776; on pay abstract for service in 
April, 1776, also for May, June and July, in camp at New York; also on list of men 
agreeing to serve 6 weeks from Dec. 31, 1776, dated at Trenton; also on list of those 
returning guns into public store at Chatham, Feb. 12, 1777. 

DANIEL FOSTER. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Joseph Bates' co., Lieut.- 
Col. John Brooks' regt., for Aug., 1781 ; enlisted July 25, 17S1, for 6 months, dated 
in camp at Peekskill ; also on the Sept. report ; also Oct. and Nov. reports, dated at 
"York Hutts;" on Dec. report, dated at "York Hutts," reported deserted, Jan. 
II, 1782. 

DANIEL FOSTER. Seaman, on muster and pay roll of the Frigate Boston; 
enlisted June 27th (year not given). 

DANIEL FOSTER, Ipswich. Private on muster and pay rolls of Capt. Jere- 
miah Putnam's CO., Col. Nathaniel Wade's regt.; enlisted July 15, 1778; service to 
Dec. 31, 1778, 5 mos. 21 days in R. I.; also served as Corporal in Capt. Putnam's 
CO., Col. Nathan Tyler's regt. from Dec i, 1779, to Jan. 1, 17S0; service, i mo. 5 
days; also from July 8, 1779, to Dec. i, 1779, 4 mos. 23 days. 

DANIEL FOSTER, Ipswich. On descriptive list of 6 months' men to reinforce 
Contmental army, by resolve of June 5, 1780; age, 18 yrs ; stature, 5 ft. 9 in. ; com- 
plexion, ruddy; arrived at Springfield juty 5, 1780; marched from Ipswich June 22, 
1780; discharged Jan. g, 1781; service, 7 mos. 

DANIEL FOSTER. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Bates' co., as 
Sergeant; enlisted July 9, 1780; discharged Jan. g, 17S1, dated at West Point. 

DAVID FOSTER, Boxford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Jacob 
Gould's CO., Col. Samuel Johnson's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Boxford; service, 6 days; also on a pay abstract of Capt. Richard Peabody's co., 
Col. Edward Wigglesworth's regt., for service in 1776 for travel allowance from 
Ticonderoga home to Boxford. 

DAVID FOSTER, Gloucester. On descriptive list, dated June 9, 1780, of 
ofiScers and crew of Ship America, commanded by John Somes ; age, 37 yrs. ; stature, 
5 ft. 4 in. 

DAVID FOSTER, Watertown. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Asa Prince's 
CO., Col. Mansfield's regt, dated Aug. i, 1775 ; enlisted May S, 1775 ; service, 3 mos. ; 
also on order for bounty coat or equivalent for the 8 months' service, 1775, Capt 
Prince's CO., Col. Hutchinson's regt. 

DAVID FOSTER. Private, on muster and payroll of Capt John Dix'sco., 
Col. Mcintosh's regt; service in R. I.; enlisted Aug. i, 1778; discharged Sept 12, 
1778; service, i mo. 15 days, 4 days' travel allowed. 

DAVID FOSTER, Winthrop. Me. Private, on muster roll of Capt Samuel 
McCobb's CO., Col. Nixon's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted June i, 1775; service. 


2 mos. 5 days; also on receipt for advance pay, dated Cambridge, July 26, 1775; at 
Winter Hill, Oct. 7, 1775. Isonalist of men returned with a petition of inhabitants 
of Winthrop, dated March 10, 1777, asking consideration on account of their exposed 
condition, as having voluntarily enlisted in the army in 1775. 

DAVID FOSTER. On a list of men returned as having served on Main Guard 
at Prospect Hill, July 16, 1775, under Col. L. Baldwin; rank. Private. 

DAVID FOSTER, Westminster. Corporal, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Noah Miles' co.. Col. John Whitcorab's regt., which marched on alarm of April ig, 
1775, from Westminster to Cambridge; service, 5 days; then enlisted into the army; 
commissioned Ensign, June 12, 1775, of Capt. Edward Bemis' co.. Col. Asa Whit- 
comb's regt. ; given as 2d Lieutenant on the Oct., 1775, return. 

DAVID FOSTER, Harwich. On list of officers of Massachusetts militia; 
chosen by election of the company, ist Lieutenant in Abijah Bang's CO., of 2d Barn- 
stable CO. regt. ; consented to in Council, April 20, 1776; 7 days' service performed 
during Sept., 1778, on alarm at Bedford and Falmouth; also on pay abstract, dated 
Nov. 7, 177S; 2 days' service guarding prisoners from Ship Somerset at Harwich, 
and thence to Yarmouth. 

DAVID FAUSTER (or FOSTER). Mariner, on descriptive list, dated May 
16, 17S0, of officers and crew of schooner Betsey, commanded by George West, Jr. ; 
age, 29 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 7 in. ; complexion, dark. 

DAVID FOSTER, 2d Attleborough. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Stephen Richardson's co., which marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, from Attle- 
borough; service, 6 days. 

DAVID FOSTER. On list of Massachusetts State Pensioners, pensioned 
June 12, iSoo, for life, amount S70; reported dead, last warrant June 7, iSoi. 

DAVID FOSTER. (Rank not given, probably Corporal), on muster and pay 
roll of Capt. Miles Greenwood's co.. Col. Jacob Gerrish's regt. (of guards) ; enlisted 
Nov. II, 1777; discharged Feb. 2. 1778; service, 2 mos. 22 days; also enlisted Feb. 
3, 177S; discharged April 3, 177S; service 2 mos. i day; dated, camp at Winter Hill. 

DAVID FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay rolls of Capt. Cadwalladar 
Ford's CO., Col. Brook's regt. (guards at Cambridge); enlisted Nov. 5, 1777; dis- 
charged Feb. 3, 177S; service, 2 mo. 29 days. On Nov. report, reported sick — absent; 
enlisted Feb. 2, 177S; discharged Aprils, 1778; service, 2 mos.; order for wages, 
dated Reading, Feb. 26, 1778. 

DUDLEY FOSTER, Boxford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Wil- 
liam Pearley's co. , Col. James Frye's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Boxford; service, 7 days; enlisted Feb. 16, 1775; on muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; 
enlisted April 26, 1775 ; service, 3 mos. 8 days ; on order for bounty coat or equivalent 
in monev due for the S months' service, dated Cambridge, Nov. 14, 1775. 

EBENEZER FOSTER, Oakham. Appears on list of officers of Massachusetts 
militia; recommended by field officers and accepted by Council, May 31, 1776. as 
Adjutant in James Converse's regt. (4th Worcester co. regt), dated Brookfield, May 
14, 1776; commissioned in Council, May 31, 1776, also giv-en as June 4 and 5, 1776. 

EBENEZER FAUSTER (FOSTER), Rochester. Private, on muster roll of 
Capt. Earl Clap's co., Col. Theophilus Cotton's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted 
May 2, 1775; service, 3 mos. 6 days; also on a return of men enlisted into the Con- 
tinental army from above regt., dated Feb. ig, 1778, to serve 3 years; joined Capt. 
Turner's co., Col. Bradford's regt; reported commissioned Ensign, June i, 1777; 
reported killed, Sept. ig, 1777. 

EBENEZER FOSTER, Westford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Timothy Underwood's co.. Col. Wm. Prescott's regt ; marched on alarm of April 
19, 1775. from Westford; service, 8 days. On muster return of Capt Solomon Kid- 
der's CO., Col. Brook's regt, for service at White Plains, year not given, possibly 
1776; on pay accounts of Capt W. H. Ballard's co., Col. Brooks' regt ; service from 
May I, 1777, to Oct i, 1777; reported died Oct i or 7, 1777. 

EBENEZER FOSTER, Wilmington. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Timothy Walker's co.. Col. Green's regt, which marched on alarm of April 
i9> 1775. from Wilmington; service, $14 days. 

EBENEZER FOSTER, (probably Wilmington). On list of men, dateH July 
8, 1776, who hired men to serve on Crown Point expedition; hired John Gowing, Jr. 

EBENEZER FOSTER. Private, on return of Capt. Jonathan Poore's co. ; 
receipt for wages for 6 weeks' service. On reverse of roll, dated Newbury, March 18, 

EDMUND FOSTER, Reading. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 


John Bacheller's co.. Col. Ebenezer Bridge's regt. ; marched on alarm of April ig, 
1775, from Reading; service, ii days. 

EDMUND FOSTER, Wrentham. Sergeant, on muster roll of Col. Joseph 
Read's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 27, 1775; service, 3 mos. 12 days; 
on order lor bounty coat due for the S months' service in Capt. Oliver Pond's co. , 
Col. Read's regt., dated Roxbury, Dec. 27, 1775. 

EDWARD FOSTER, Beverly. Private, on muster roll of Capt. John Low's 
CO., Col. Mansfield's regt. ; enlisted May 12, 1775; service, 2 mos. 25 days; autograph 
signature on receipt tor advance pay, dated Cambridge, June, 30, 1775; on order 
for bounty coat due for S mos. service, dated Winter Hill, 'Oct. 21, 1775. 

EDWARD FOSTER, Dorchester. Sergeant, on muster rolls of Maj. Thomas 
Pierce's co.. Col. Gridley's (artdlery) regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 8, 
1775 ; service, 3 mos. i day. On order for bounty coat or equivalent in money, dated 
Roxbury, Dec. 30, 1775; also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Hopestill Hall, Col. 
Robinson's regt.; enlisted Jan. 2g, 1776; service, 23 days; roll dated Roxbury, 
March, 30, 1776; also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Seth Sumner's co., Col. Ben- 
jamin Gill's regt. ; enlisted June 12, 1776; service. 3 mos; also on Lieut. Wm. Foster's 
CO., Col. Pierce's muster and pay roll; enlisted March i, 177S; discharged April S, 
1778; service, i mo. 9 days; stationed at Moon Island. 

EDWARD FOSTER, Milton. Matross, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Daniel 
Vose's CO., Col. Robinson's regt., which marched from Milton to Roxbury; service, 
14 days; at battle at Concord before standing army was completed. 

EDWARD FOSTER, Sturbridge. Corporal,' on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Timothy Parker's co.. Col. Warner's regt., which marched on alarm of April 19, 
1775, from Sturbridge; service, 14 days; also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Abel 
Mason's co. , Col. Jonathan Holman's regt. ; service, in R. L on alarm ; en- 
listed Dec. 10, 1776; discharged Jan. 20, 1777; service, i mo. 14 days, 3 days travel 
included; also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Benj. Freeman's co., Col. Holman's 
regt; enlisted Sept. 26, 1777; discharged Oct. iS, 1777; service, i mo.; service at 
Northern Dept., rank given both as Clerk and Sergeant. 

EDWARD FOSTER. Beverly. 2d Mate, on descriptive list of officers and crew of 
the privateer brig, Stark, commanded by Ezra Ober, dated June 14, 17S0; age, 23 
yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. S in. ; complexion, dark ; also on a list dated Aug. 22, 1780, as 2d 
mate of the brigatine Fanny, commanded by Herbert Woodbury ; no description. 

EDWARD FOSTER ,JR. On a return of Capt. S. Richardson's 4th co. (2d At- 
tleborough co.), in service as 2 mos. men at York in 1776; reported "did y^ a turn." 

ELIAS FOSTER. Private, on a pay abstract of Capt. Jonathan Minott's co., 
Col. Baldwin's regt., for travel allowance, dated Cambridge, Jan. 12, 1776. 

ELIJAH FOSTER, Ipswich (W. Parish). Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Abraham How's co., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Ipswich 
(W. Parish); service, 2 days. 

ELIJAH FOSTER, Bolton. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Benjamin 
Hastings' co.. Col. John Whitcomb's regt.; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Bolton to Cambridge; service, 13 days. 

ELIJAH FOSTER, JR., Bolton. On return of men enlisted into the Continental 
army from Capt. David Nurse's co. , Col. Whitney's regt., dated Jan. 2, 1778; 
enlisted for Bolton for 3 yrs. ; joined Capt. Daniel Bams' co.. Col. Bigelow's regt. ; 
also on pay accounts for service from May 15, 1777 to July 5. 1779; reported de- 
serted on muster rolls, dated Van Schaick's Island, Sept. i. 1777; enlisted May 15, 
1777; reported sick in General Hospital for March and April, 1779. dated Providence, 
reported sick in General Hospital. 

ELIPHALET FOSTER, Winthrop, Me. Sergeant, on muster roll of Capt. 
McCobb's CO., Col. Nixon's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted June i, 1775; service, 
2 mos. 5 days; on return for cartridge boxes, daitd Cambridge, June 24, 1775; aut- 
ograph signature on receipt for advance pay June 26, 1775; at Winter Hill, Oct. 7, 
1775; returned with a petition of inhabitants of Winthrop, dated March 10, 1777, 
asking consideration on account of their exposed condition as having voluntarily 
enlisted in the army in 1775; lieutenant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John 
Blunt's CO., Col. Samuel McCobb's regt. ; enlisted June 28, 1779; discharged Sept. 
28, 1779; service, 3 mos. ; 2d lieutenant, on muster' and pay roll of Capt. Timothy 
Foster's co. , Maj. William Lithgow's regt.; service, i mo. 7 days, between Sept. 
ist and N'lv. 4, 1779; service in Lincoln co. 

ELISHA FOSTER, On list of men mustered in Worcester co. to serve in Capt. 
Harwood's co.. Col. Nixon's regt. ; on return made by Thos. Newhall, muster master; 
mustered April 4, 1777; enlisted for 3 yrs. 


ELISHA FOSTER, Brookfield. Enlisted out of Col. Converse's regt. for west 
ern; list dated Brookfield, Sept. 15, 1777. 

ELISHA FOSTER, Brookfield. Enlisted into army out of Capt. Daniel Gil- 
bert's CO., list dated Feb. 17. 1778; enlisted in 1777 for town of Brookfield for 3 yrs; 
on pay accounts of Col. Nixon's regt., for service from Feb. 25, 1777, to Dec. 31, 
1779; on muster roll, dated Peekskill, Feb. 16, 1779; roll for May, dated Highlands; 
enlisted Feb. 15, 1777; on pay accounts for service from Jan. i, 1780, to Dec. 31, 
17S0; reported Sergeant; commissioned in council as Ensign, June 15, 1781; on 
descriptive list of men belonging to Brookfield, dated West Point, Jan. 2g, 1781; 
age, 21 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 9 in. ; complexion, light; hair, light; eyes, light Enlisted 
Dec. 23, 1779, during war; joined Capt. Pike's co., Lieut.-Col. Smith's regt. ; also 
given Col. Thos. Nixon's regt.; reported Sergeant; autograph signature on pay 
abstract, dated Boston, June 22, 1781, for service for October to December, 1780. 
On return for wages for service for Jan. to Dec, 17S1, reported appointed Ensign, 
June 14, 1781; also on return for wages for January to December, 17S2, with rank of 

ELISHA FOSTER, Harwich. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Bangs' 
CO., Col. Nathaniel Freeman's regt., for service on alarm in R. I.; enlisted Oct. 
I, 1777; discharged Nov. i, 1777; service, 31 days. 

ELISHA FOSTER, Holden. On list of men mustered in Worcester Co., to 
serve in Capt. Hubbard's co.. Col. Denny's regt. ; on return made by Thomas New- 
hall, muster master; enlisted lor 9 mos; mustered July 2, 1779. On descriptive list 
returned by Seth Washburn, supt. for Worcester Co. ; age, 20 yrs. ; stature, 6 ft. ; 
complexion, light. Division of militia marched to Springfield July 8, 1779. 

ELISHA FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Daniel Grout's 
CO., Col. John Rand's regt. ; enlisted July 7, 1780; discharged Oct. 9, 1780; service, 
3 mos. II days, travel allowed; marched to Claverack; discharged at West Point. 

ELISHA FOSTER, Worcester. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John 
Cutler's CO., Col. Luke Drury's regt. ; enlisted Aug. 20, 1781; discharged Nov. 28, 
1781 ; service, 3 mos. 16 days, travel included; joined regt. at West Point, Aug. 28, 

ELISHA FOSTER, Scituate. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. William 
Turner's co. , Col. Bailey's regt., for travel allowance; joined Col. Bailey's regt., 
Dec. 10, 1775. 

ELISHA FOSTER, Scituate. Sergeant, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Galen Clapp's Co., Col. Anthony Thomas' regt., which marched on alarm of April 
19, i775i from Scituate; service, 4 days. Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Joseph Stetson's co.. Col. Thomas' regt. ; enlisted March 24, 1776; discharged March 
29, 1776; service, 5 days; marched on alarm from Scituate to Hingham after taking 
of Dorchester Heights. Commissioned 2d Lieutenant Maj' 10, 1776. Lieutenant, 
on muster and pay roll of Lieut. Anthony Waterman's co.. Col. John Cushing's 
regt. ; enlisted Dec. 10, 1776, on alarm at R. I. ; marched to Bristol, R. I. , service, 
15 days. Also on pay abstract of Capt. Hayward Peirce's co., Col. Cotton's regt. ; 
service, i mo. i day, between September and November, 1777; expedition to Tiver- 
ton, R. I. 

ELISHA FOSTER, Dorchester. On order for bounty coat or equivalent in 
money given by Thomas Foster (father), dated Dorchester, April lo, 1776, payable 
to Capt. Ebenezer Withington ; bounty due on account of service in Capt. Elijah 
Vose's CO., Col. Heath's (later) Col. Greaton's regt. ; service, certified to by the se- 
lectmen of Dorchester; reported enlisted in April, 1775, and died in Dec, 1775. 

ELISHA FOSTER. Seaman, on muster and pay roll of officers and crew of 
brigantine "Independence;" enlisted July iS, 1776; discharged Sept. 22, 1776; 
service, 2 mos. 4 days. Also on another roll as discharged Jan. 20, 1777; date of 
enlistment not given; service, 3 mos. 28 days; crew sent to convey prize brigantine 
Nancy to Plymouth ; rolls dated Plymouth. 

EPHRAIM FOSTER. Boxford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
John Cushing's co. , Col. Samuel Johnson's regt. ; marched on alarm of April ig, 
1775, from Boxford; service, 4 days. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER, Bernardston. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Agrippa 
Wells' CO., Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt. ; enlisted May i, 1775 ; service, 3 mos. 8 days. ; 
on receipt for wages for Sept., 1775, dated Prospect Hill, Nov. 17, 1775. Also on 
October return as Private; on order for bounty coat or equivalent, due for the 8 
mos. ser\'ice. dated Prospect Hill, Dec. 22, 1775; payable to Capt. Wells. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER, Bernardston. Ensign, on list of officers in Col. Asa 
Whitcomb's regt.; commissioned June 12, 1775; 2d Lieutenant, on muster roll 


dated Aug. i 1775; enlisted May i, 1775; service, 3 mos. 8 days; on report dated 
Prospect Hill, Nov. 17, 1775, reported Lieutenant. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER, Greenfield. Lieutenant, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Agrippa Wells' co.. Col. Samuel Williams' regt., which marched from Greenfield on 
alarm of April ig, 1775 (marched April 20th); service, 10 days; enlisted into the 
army May i, 1775. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER. 2d Lieutenant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Daniel 
Pomroy's co. (a detachment from a Hampshire Co., regt. serving under Gen. Starks 
in Northern Dept); enlisted July i, 1778; discharged OcT. 31, 1778; service. 4 mos. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER. 2d Lieutenant, on list of officers of Massachusetts mil- 
itia of 6th Lincoln Co. regt., commissioned July 11, 1776. Lieutenant, on muster 
and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Sevey's co,. Col, Benjamm Foster's regt, ; enlisted 
July 16. 1777; discharged Oct, 10, 1777; service at Machias, 2 mos., 24 days. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER, (perhaps) Greenfield. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll 
6f"°Capt. Timothy Child's co,. Col, David Leonard's regt, ; enlisted Feb, 24, 1777; 
discharged April 10, 1777; service, i mo. 17 days. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Amasa Shel- 
don's CO., Col. Elisha Porter's regt. ; enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 8, 1777; 
service, i mo. 4 days. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Benjamin Larrabee's 
CO., Col. Mitchel's regt., which marched on expedition to Penobscot; enlisted July 
gth ; discharged Sept. 12, 1779; service, 2 mos. 3 days. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER, JR., Greenfield. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Agrippa Wells' co.. Col. Samuel Williams' regt.; marched (April 20th) on 
alarm of April ig, 1775, from Greenfield; enlisted into the army May i, 1775. 

EZEKIEL FOSTER, JR. Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Amasa 
Sheldon's co., Col. Elisha Porter's regt. ; enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 8, 
1777; service, i mo. 4 days, travel included; service in Northern Dept. 

EZRA FOSTER, Tewksbury. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Samuel 
Tay's CO., Lieut.-Col. Webb's regt.; enlisted Sept. 12, 1781; discharged Dec. i, 
1777; service, 3 mos. ii days, travel included. 

EZRA FOSTER appears on receipt for bounty paid him by Capt. John Trull, 
for class No. 3, for town of Tewksbury, to serve in Continental army for 3 yrs. ; 
receipt dated Boston, June 14, 1782. 

EZRA FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Col. Benjamin Tupper's 
(loth) regt.; enlisted May 29, 1782; service, 7 mos. 3 days; roll made up to Jan. i, 

EZRA FOSTER. Private, on return of Capt. Matthew Chamber's co., Lieut- 
Col. Calvin Smith's regt. (6th); in service for December, 17S2, for wages. 

EZRA TRASK FOSTER, Beverly. Private, on Lexington alarm, roll of 
Capt. Larkin Thorndike's co., which marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, from 
Beverly to Concord ; service, 2 '-^ days. 

FLETCHER FOSTER, Sturbridge. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt, Timothy Parker's co. of minute men. Col. Warner's regt., which marched on 
alarm of April ig, 1775, from Sturbridge ; service, 14 days. 

FLETCHER FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Abel Mason's 
CO, Col. Jonathan Holman's regt.; service in R. I. (stationed at Providence); 
enlisted Dec. 10, 1776; discharged Dec. 28, 1776; service, 22 days, 3 days travel 

FENNER FOSTER, Granville. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Lebbens Ball's co. of minute men, which marched April 20th, on alarm of April 
ig, 1775. from Granville; service, g days; reported "Enlisted" into army April 2g, 
1775. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Ball's co.. Col. Danielson's regt.. dated Aug. 
I. 1775 ; service, 3 mos. 10 days; on order for bounty coat or equivalent due for the 
eight mos. service, dated Roxbury, Dec. 23, 1775. On muster roll of Capt. Aaron 
Coe's CO., Lieut.-Col. Timothy Robinson's regt., dated in garrison at Ticonderoga, 
Feb. 24, 1777; enlisted Deo. 25. 1776. On list of men enlisted out of Capt. Coe's co., 
list dated March 31, 1779; enlisted for 3 yrs.; joined Capt. Keep's co., Col. Shep- 
herd's regt. On muster roll of Lieut. John Wright's co. (formerly Capt. Keep's) 
for July and Aug., 1778; reported with the guard. On roll dated Providence, Nov. 
13, 1778, reported with the commissary; on Dec, 177S, roll, as butcher; on Conti- 
nental army pay accounts of Capt. Keep's co., for service from April 5, 1777, to 
Dec. 31, i77g; on pay accounts of Capt. Webb's co., Col. Shepherd's regt., for serv- 
ice^frora Jan. i, 1780, to April 4, 1780 

GEORGE FOSTER, Hubbardston. Autograph signature on order for advance 


pay, dated July 13, 1775, Charlestown camp, due on account of service in Capt. 
Adam Wheeler's CO., Col. Doolittle's regt. 

GEORGE FOSTER, Sutton. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Arthur Daggett's co.. Col. Larned's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Sutton; service, 15 days. On petition, dated Roxbury, June 21, 1775, signed by said 
Foster and others, who had enlisted to form an artillery company, stating their 
unwillingness to serve under John Wiley as captain, owing to their belief in his 
incompetence ; petition addressed to the Provincial Congress. Matross, on muster 
roll of Capt. Ezra Badlam's Co., Col. Richard Ridley's regt. ; enlisted May 11, 1775; 
also on roll dated Sewall's Point, Oct. 8, 1775; also on order for bounty coat or 
equivalent, dated same place, Dec. 26, 1775, due for the 8 mos. service. On list of 
men mustered in Worcester Co. to serve in Capt. Burbank's co., Col. Crane's regt. ; 
enlisted during the war; mustered April 30, 1777. Sergeant, on rolls of Capt. Jona- 
than Drury's co.. Col. Crane's regt., from Sept., 1777 to Jan. i, 1778; on muster 
roll of Capt. David Cook, dated Feb. 5, 1779, reported on furlough; on roll dated 
April 7, 1779, reported sick — absent; on pay accounts of Capt. Cook's co., for serv- 
ice from March 8, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779, credited to Sutton, res. Plymouth. 'Re- 
ported served 33 mos. 23 days, as Sergeant. On pay accounts for service from Jan. 
I, 17S0, to April I, 17S0; reported deserted April i, 1780. 

GEORGE FOSTER. Private, on company return of Capt. Nathan Peter's co.. 
Col. Timothy Danielson's regt., dated Oct. 6, 1773; reported deserted. 

GEORGE FOSTER. On list of prisoners sent from Newport on the Lord 
Sandwich prison ship, and landed at Bristol, March 7, 1778. 

GEORGE FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Samuel Sloper's 
CO., Col. Israel Chapin's regt. ; enlisted Nov. 5, 1779; discharged Nov. 22d; service, 
22 days, 5 days travel included; stationed at Claverack. 

GERSHOM FOSTER, Middleborough. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt: Isaac Wood's (2d) co. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Middle- 
borough to Marshtield; service, 3 days. Private, on company return of Capt. Isaac 
Wood's CO., Col. Theophilus Cotton's regt., dated Oct. 6, 1775; on muster'and pay 
roll of Capt. Abner Brown's co.. Col. Ebeuezer White's regt. ; service in R. I., on 
an alarm; marched Aug. i, 1780; discharged Aug. 9th; service, 9 days. 

GERSHOM FOSTER. Lieutenant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Timothy 
Ingraham, from March ist to May i, 1778, 61 days; stationed at Dartmouth at the 

GIDEON FOSTER, Andover. Private, Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Joshua 
Holt's CO. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Andover to Cambridge ; service, 
i;4 days. 

GIDEON FOSTER, Danvers. 2d Lieutenant, on Lexington alarm roll [of 
Capt. Samuel Epes' co.. Col. Pickering's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Danvers; service, 2 days; enlisted as Capt. in Col. John Mansfield's regt.. May 
6, 1775; commissioned May 27, 1775; commissioned Capt. of 3d Co., 8th Essex co. 
regt. of Massachusetts militia, May 3, 1778. 

HACHALIAH FOSTER (credited to Granville, residence not given). On list 
of men enlisted into army out of Capt. Aaron Coe's, John Hamilton's and William 
Coolidge's co's., dated March 31, 1779; enlisted for 3 yrs; joined Capt. Keep's co.,' 
Col. Shepherd's regt. Sergeant of Lieut. Wright's co., for July and August, 1778, 
reported wounded; also on October return, dated Providence, Nov. 13, 1778; and 
on pay accounts of Capt. Keep's co. ; service, from March i, 1777, to Jan. i, 1779. 
Name spelled Hakaliah on this roll. 

HETHERLY FOSTER. Georgetown. 2d Lieutenant, Capt. John Berry's co.. 
Col. McCobb's (ist) Lincoln co. regt. ; commissioned July i, 1776; roll dated George- 
town, Nov. ig. 1779. 

ISAAC FOSTER, Tewksbury. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Furbush's co.. 
Col. Bridge's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 25, 1775; service, 2 mos. 12 
days,; on order for bounty coat or equivalent due for the 8 mos. service in 1775, 
dated Cambridge, Nov. 21, 1775. Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Moses 
Barn's co. , Lieut. -Col. Pierce's regt. ; .service in R. I. ; enlisted May 17th; discharged 

July I, 1779; service, i mo. 14 days. 

ISAAC FOSTER, Tewksbury. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Thomas 
Hovey's co., Col. Nathan Tyler's regt. ; service in R. I. ; enlisted July 10, 1779; dis- 
charged Dec. I, 1779; service, 4 mos. 21 days, also 27 days in December. Ol» 
descriptive list of men raised to reinforce Continental army, for term of 6 mos., on 
resolve of June 5, 1780. Age, 19 yrs; stature, 5 ft. 7 in. ; complexion, light. Arrived 
at Springfield July 9, 1780; marched July 4, 1780; discharged Jan. 8, 17S1; service, 
6 mos. i6 days. 


ISAAC FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Joslin's co., 
Col. Job Cushing's regt. ; marched from Loeminster to Bennington, last of July, 
1777, to join Col. Seth Warner; no service given; reported deserted; roll dated 
Leominster, Dec. 29, 1777. 

ISAAC FOSTER, Tewksbury. Descriptive list of men from Middlesex co. , 
under resolve of Dec. 2, 1780. Age, iS yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 8'^ in. ; complexion, light; 
hair, brown; eyes, gray farmer: enlisted Jan. i, 17S1 or 82, enlisted for 3 years. 

ISAAC FOSTER, Chelmsford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Col. Moses 
Parker's co. : marched on alarm of April iq, 1775. from Cbelmsford: 16 days' serv- 
ice ; marched under command of Lieut. Benjamin Walker. Corporal, on return of 
Capt John Minott's co.. Col. Dike's regt. ; service, from Dec. 13, 1776, to March i, 
1777. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Minott's co,, Col. Josiah Whitney's 
regt. ; service in R. I. ; arrived at Providence May 10, 1777; discharged July 9, 1777: 
service, 2 mos. 9 days. 

ISAAC FOSTER, Pembroke. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Isaac Pope's 
CO., Col. William Shepard's regt. ; enlisted for 8 months: on return made bj' James 
Hatch, muster master, dated Oct. 7, 1777, 

ISAAC FOSTER. On list of men who delivered firelocks, dated Jan. i, 1776. 

ISAAC FOSTER, Greenfield. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Daniel 
Winchester's CO. , Col. Ruggles Woodbridge's (Hampshire co. ) regt. ; enlisted Aug. 
17, 1777; discharged Nov. 29, 1777, 8 days travel included: service in Northern Dept. 
On muster and pay roll of Capt. John Wells' co., Col. Timothy Robinson's regt. ; 
enlisted Dec. 23, 1776; discharged April i, 1777; 100 days detached and marched to 
Ticonderoga. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Timothy Child's co., Col. David 
Field's regt.; enlisted Aug. 14th; discharged Aug. 18, 1777; service, 4 days, on 
alarm at Bennington, 

ISAAC FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Abijah Bang's co. 
(Maj.) Zenas Wmslow's (2d Barnstable co.) regt; 5 days' service during Sept., 1778; 
marched on alarm at Bedford and Falmouth. 

ISAAC FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Abrani Washburn's 
CO., Col. Jacob Gerrish's regt. ; enlisted July 27th; discharged Dec. 14, 1778; service, 
4 mos. 18 davs; service at and near Boston. 

ISAAC FOSTER. Deputy Director General in the Eastern Hospital on Con- 
tinental array pay accounts, for service from April 10, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779, and 
from Jan.- ist to Sept. 30, 17S0. 

ISAAC FOSTER. On an abstract from Col. Hatch's book, on account dated 
Jan. 20, 17S1. 

'ISAAC FORSTER. On return of 4th Massachusetts regt. in New Windsor 
Hospital, Feb. 17S3. 

ISAAC FOSTER. Probably Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Simon 
Hunt's CO., Col. Gerrish's regt.; enlisted July 14, 177S; discharged Dec. 16, 1778; 
service, 5 mos. 3 days; roll dated Winter Hill, regt. of Guards. 

ISAAC FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Edmund Longley's 
CO., of Col, Cogswell's regt.; enlisted Oct. i, 1778; discharged Dec. 31, 177S; serv- 
ice, 3 mos. I day; Guards near Boston. 

ISAAC FOSTER Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Moses Barn's 
CO., Lieut.-Col. Solomon Pierce's regt.; enlisted May 17, 1779; discharged July i, 
1779; service, i mo. 14 davs. 

ISAAC FOSTER, Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Isaac Parson's 
CO,, Col. Prime's regt,; enlisted June 2, 17S0; discharged Dec. 11, 1780; service, 
6 mos. 10 days; roll dated North Yarmouth; service at Eastward, under Brig.-Gen. 
Wadsworth. " 

ISAAC FOSTER, JR., Greenfield. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Child's CO., Col. Field's regt.; enlisted Aug. 14, 1777; discharged Aug. i8th; serv- 
ice, 4 days; on alarm at Bennington. 

ISAAC FOSTER, JR., Lunenburg. On list [of men drafted from Worcester 
CO. militia to go to Horse Neck under Col. Converse, who did not join regt. ; drafted 
to Capt. William Edgell of Westminster. 

*ISAIAH FOSTER, Chelmsford. On descriptive list of enlisted men. Age, 
22 yrs,; stature, 6 ft. ; complexion, light; occupation, farmer. Enlisted April 25, 
1775; joined Capt. John Ford's co.. Col. Bridge's regt. Private, on roll dated Aug. 
I, 1775; service, 3 mos. 14 days; on receipt for wages from Feb. 5th to April i, 
1776, dated Chelmsford, April 19, 1776; on return of men in Capt. Solomon Kidder's 
CO., Col. Brook's regt. ; service at White Plains; endorsed 1776. 

' Probably;Jr. 


ISAIAH FOSTER, Pepperellborough. On receipt for bountj- for 2d class, 
paid by Samuel Booth for Pepperellborough, to serve in Continental army for 3 
years; receipt dated Pepperellborough, April 13. 1782. On descriptive list; age, 
47; stature, 5 ft. 9 in ; complexion, light; hair, light; eyes, blue; occupation, car- 
penier; enlisted April 13, 1782, for 3 years; joined Capt James Tisdale's co., 3d 
Massachusetts regt., dated Hutts, New Boston, :May 13, 17S2. Private, on muster 
rolls dated Nov. 9, 1782, Feb. 24th, March nth and Oct. 14, 1783; on accounts of 
clothing delivered, dates from Nov. 20, 1782, to Dec. 16, 17S3. 

ISAIAH FOSTER, JR., Chelmsford. Private, on Lexmgton alarm roll of Capt. 
Oliver Barron's co. , Col. David Green's regt , which marched on alarm of April 19, 
177s, from Chelmsford; service 6 days. 

"ISRAEL FOSTER, Bolton. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Robert 
Longley's CO., Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt, which marched on alarm of April 19, 
1775, from Bolton; service, 3 days; discharged April 20, 1775. 

ISRAEL FOSTER, Beverly. Appears on a petition dated Beverly. July 15, 
1778, signed by Joseph Wood, Town Clerk, in behalf of selectmen of Beverly, asking 
consideration on account of men who have moved into or from said town or have 
died since return, under resolve of Dec. 9, 1776. or are unable to contribute toward 
raising the town's quota. Reported: moved from Marblehead and is unable to con- 
tribute; reported: Israel Foster moved out of town. 

JACOB FOSTER, Andover. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Henry 
Abbott's CO., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Andover; service, 
I V2 days. 

JACOB FOSTER, Berwick, Me. Chaplain, on company return of Col. James 
Scararaon's (30th) regt., not dated, probably October; return reported: enlisted May 
31, 1775; on muster roll of Col. Edward Ph'inney for Nov., 1776, dated Fort George, 
Dec. S, 1776; appointed Jan. i, 1776; reported, resigned Feb. 28, 1776. 

JACOB FOSTER, Bridgewater. Matross, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
David Lothrop's co. , Col. John Bailey's regt., from April 10, 1775, to May 2, 1775; 
service, 3 weeks 2 days Gunner, on muster roll of Maj. Thomas Pierce's co.. Col. 
Gridley's regt.; enlisted May 26, 1775. on October return of Capt. Lothrop's co. 
is ranked private; reported, enlisted in the artillery May 30, 1775; enlisted as Pri- 
vate in Capt. Abram Washburn's co.. Col. Abijah Steam's regt., April 11, 1778; 
service, 2 mos. 24 days, at Castle Island. 

JACOB FOSTER, Lincoln. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. William 
Smith's CO., Col. Abijah Pierce's regt., which marched from Lincoln on alarm of 
April ig, 1775; service, 8 days; on muster and payroll of Capt. John Hartwell's co.. 
Col. Eleazar Brook's regt.; service, 5 days; date of enlistment not given ; called 
March 4, 177^, to fortify Dorchester Hills. 

JAMES FOSTER, Boston (probably). On pn enlistment agreement, dated 
Boston. June. 1780, signed by said Foster and others, engaging themselves to serve 
in the Continental array for the term of 6 months from the time of arrival at place 
of rendezvous, Capt. Hodgdon's co. ; age, 44 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. S in. ; comple.xion, 
light; received bounty of Edward Proctor, colonel of Boston regt. 

JAMES FOSTER, Harwich. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. Abijah Bangs' 
CO , Col. Dike's regt., for gun and blanket money, dated Boston, Feb. 24, 1777; on 
return for service, from Dec. 13, 1776. to March i, 1777; pay abstract service, Nov. 
7, 17-S, 2 days guarding prisoners from Ship Somerset, at Harwich, from thence to 

JAMES FOSTER, Rockingham, N. H. Autograph signature on receipt for 
advance piy given by company, dated Cambridge, June 10, 1775, on account of 
service in Capt. Joseph Butler's co , Col. Nixon's regt. Private, on muster roll 
dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 23, 1775; service, 2 mos. 13 days; also on return 
dated Winter Hill, Sept. 30, 1775; reported, discharged; on order for bounty coat 
or equivalent due for the 8 months' service, dated Winter Hill, Dec. 20, 1775. 

JAMES FOSTER, Reading On list of men in Capt. Amos Upton's co., show- 
ing equipments, dated Reading, April 21, 1775; on list of men in Capt. John Flint's 
(3d) CO., Col. Baldwin's regt , dated May 15, 1775; also on roll of Capt. Flint's co., 
dated Reading, Dec. 19, 1775; service 6 days. 

JAMES FOSTER. Appears on a report of the Enlistment Committee of Wor- 
cester CO., of men raised to reinforce the Continental army at Canada. As captain, 
marched with his company under Col. Jona Smith, July 22, 1776, report dated 
Watertown, Sept. 6. 1776. 

JAMES FOSTER, Machias. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Stephen 
Smith's CO., enlisted Sept. 15th; discharged Dec. 31, 1775; service, 3 mos. 23 days. 


at Machias; also on pay roll of Capt. Jabez West's co. ; enlisted May 22, 1777; dis- 
charged July 17, 1777; service, i mo. 25 days; expedition against St. Johns, N. S. 
Also on muster and pay roll Capt. West's co., as enlisted July 15, 1777; discharged 
Aug. 15, 1777; service, i mo. On a certificate (year not given) signed by Capt. 
Jabez West, stating that Capt. Stephen Smith, muster master for Lincoln co., paid 
said James Foster, and other men belonging to Capt. West's co., the bounty allowed 
them for engaging to serve on expedition against St. John. 

JAMES FOSTER, Marblehead. 2d Sergeant, on company return of Capt. 
Curtis' CO., Col. Glover's regt. , probably October return. 1,775; on order for bounty 
coat or equivalent in money due for the 8 months' service in 1775, dated Cambridge, 
Dec. 21, 1775. 

JAMES FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Roe's co. ; 
enlisted Aug. 5, 1776; service, 2 mos. 23 days; roll dated Beverly; ordered to serve 
at the hnes at Beverly, July 20, 1776. 

JAMES FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. William Cooley's 
CO., Col. John Mosley's regt.; enlisted Aug. 17th; discharged Aug. 19, 1777; serv- 
ice, 4 days. A Hampshire co. regt. marched on alarm toward Bennington ; roll 
sworn to at Granville. 

JAMES FOSTER. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Samuel Foster's co.. Col. 
John Greaton's regt.; enlisted Feb. i, 177S, for during the war; reported on com- 
mand at Kinderhook. On return dated White Plains, July 20, 177S. On return 
dated Sept. i, 1778. Reported transferred to Col. Chandler's regt. 

JAMES FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Barnabas Doty's 
CO., Col. Ebenezer Sprout's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 13, 1778; discharged Sept. 17, 1778; 
5 days' service on alarm at Falmouth, Barnstable co. 

JAMES FOSTER. Appears on an order, dated Cambridge, Sept. 23, 1778, 
signed by Capt. John Walton, directing Sergt. Samuel Butterfield to detach said 
Foster and others from Capt. Walton's co., to join Capt. Frost the following day at 
Cambridge and to march thence to Boston to serve there or elsewhere, as directed 
by the Council, until Jan. i, 1779, unless sooner discharged. 

JAMES FOSTER. Private, on Continental army pay accounts of Capt. Mc- 
Farland's co.. Col. Nicholas' invalid corps, for service from June 2, 1780, to July 
17, 1780; reported discharged, July 17, 1780. 

JEDEDIAH FOSTER. On a receipt, dated June 26, 1776, for 2 months' 
wages; service in the winter of 1775-6, in Capt. Selah Heart's co.. Col. Erastus 
Woolcot's regt. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER, Suffield Ct. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Nathan 
Peters' co.. Col. Timothy Danielsou's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April, 
26, 1775; service, 3 mos. 13 days; also on October, 1775, return; and on order 
for bounty coat or equivalent due for the 8 months' service, dated Roxbury, Nov. 
20, 1775- 

JEREMIAH FOSTER. Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph 
Rae's CO. ; enlisted July 25, 1776; service, 3 mos. 3 days; roll dated Beverlv. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Ca'pt. John 
Lane's (Seacoast) co. , Col. Joseph Foster's reg^. ; enlisted Jan. 10, 1776; discharged 
Feb. 15, 1776; service, i mo. 5 days; enlisted in Capt. Giddings' Co., Col. Foster's 
regt., Feb. 15, 1776; service, ;< mo.; service to March i, 1776. 2d Lieutenant, on 
muster and pay roll Capt. Giddings' co. from Feb. 29, 1776; service, 3 mos. ; sta- 
tioned at Gloucester ; commissioned March iS, 1776 ; reported as serving in the room 
of Moses Atkinson; also on pay roll for service from June i, 1776, 3 mos., and from 
Sept. I, 1776, 2 mos. 18 days; discharged Nov. iS, 1776. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER. Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Samuel 
Clark's co., Col. John Brown's regt.; enlisted June 30, 1777; discharged July 26, 
1777 ; service, 27 days. Also enlisted Sept. 7, 1777; discharged Sept. 30, 1777; serv- 
ice, 24 days in same co., but Col. Benjamin Symond's regt.. Col. Brown's regt., 
enlisted July iS, 1780; discharged Oct. 23, 17S0; Capt. John Spoor's co. ; service, 3 
mos. 10 davs, 4 davs travel included; a Berskire co. companj-. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER. Appears on a petition, dated Boston, Feb. 2, 17S1, as 
ist Lieutenant on board the ship "Betsey," commanded by Philemon Haskell; age, 
23 yrs ; height, 5 ft.; complexion, dark; black hair. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER, JR., Boxford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Jacob Gould's co., which marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, from Boxford; 
service, 3 days. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER, JR., Williamstown. Private, on muster and pay roll 
of Capt. John Spoor's co.. Col. John Brown's regt.; enlisted July iS, 17S0; dis- 


charged Oct. 23, 17S0; service. 3 mos. 10 days, 4 days' travel included. On de- 
scriptive list of enlisted men; age, 17 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 4 in. ; complexion, dark; 
hair, black; occupation, laborer. Enlisted for 3 years; joined Capt. Whipple's 
CO., Col. Simond's regt. ; dated Lenox, Aug. 20, lySi. On muster roll of Capt. 
Luke Day's co., Lieut.-Col. John Brook's regt. ; at West Point from June to July, 
17S1. On roll dated Camp Continental Village, Oct. i, 1781; enlisted April i, 17S1; 
reported confined; also appears on rolls for Oct., Nov., Dec, 17S1, to April, 1782. 

JOB FOSTER, Plymouth. Private, on muster rolls of Capt. Mayhew's cc. 
Col. Cotton's regt., dated Aug. i and Oct. 7, 1775; enlisted July 18, 1775; and on 
order for bounty coat or equivalent due for the 8 months' service, dated Roxbury, 
Nov. 8, 177^. 

JOHN FOSTER, Ashby. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. John Jones' 
CO., Col. James Prescott's regt, which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Ashby; service, 7 days. 

JOHN FOSTER, Andover. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Joshua 
Holt's CO., vphich marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Andover to Cambridge; 
service, ij^ days. On muster and pay roll of Lieut. William Foster's co. , Col. 
Pierce's regt.; enlisted March ist; discharged April 4, 1778; service, 35 days. 
Lieutenant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Amos Foster's co.. Col. Cyprian How's 
regt., for service in R. L, on alarm; appointed Oct. nth; discharged Oct. 30, 1780; 
service, 25 days. 

JOHN FOSTER, Barnstable. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Micah 
Hamilton's co., which marched on alarm of April 19. 1775, from Barnstable to Marsti- 
field; service, 2 days. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Micah Hamblin's co. ; 
enlisted July 10, 1775, to Dec. 31, 1775. Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Benjamin Godfrey's co., Col. John Cushing's regt. ; service in R. L, from Sept. 30, 
1776, I mo. 24 days; roll dated Newport, and of Capt. Abijah Bangs' co., Maj. 
Zenas Winslow's regt. ; 5 days' service in Sept., 1778, on alarm at Falmouth. 

JOHN FOSTER, Attleborough. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Moses Willmarth's co., Col. John Daggett's regt.; marched on alarm of April 19, 
1775, from Attleborough; service, 9 days. On order, dated July 5, 1776, for wages 
on Ephraim Newell, town treasurer of Attleborough; service on alarm caused by 
battle of Bunker Hill. 

JOHN FOSTER, Billerica. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Jon- 
athan Stickney's Co., Col. Bridge's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Billerica; service, 6 days; regt. of minute men. Also on rolls dated Aug. and Sept., 
1775, and on order for bounty coat or equivalent due for the S months' service, 
dated Cambridge, Nov. 16, 1775. On a return of men enlisted into Continental army 
from Capt. Edward Farmer's co., 7th Middlesex regt. , dated Feb. 16, 1778; joined 
Capt. Elijah Danforth's co.. Col. Nixon's regt. Corporal, on return dated camp 
near Peekskill; in service Aug. 15, 1777; on muster roll of Lieut.-Col. C. Smith's co. , 
Col. Nixon's regt., dated Highlands, June 12, 1779; enlisted April 7, 1777; service, 
2 yrs. 2 mos. 5 days; reported enlisted for 3 years. Also on rolls for Aug., Sept., 
Oct., Nov., Dec , 1779; on pay accounts for service from April 9, 1777, to Dec. 31, 
1779; on pay accounts, service from Jan. i, 17S0, to April 7, 1780; discharged April 
7, 1780; autograph signature on receipt for clothing, etc., dated Peekskill, Dec. 5, 

JOHN FOSTER, Boston. On list of men enlisted into Continental army; 
enlisted for Northbridge for 3 years; return made by Col. Benjamin Gill, June 27, 
1777; enlisted from Capt. Josiah Woods' CO., of Worcester co. regt., dated North- 
bridge, Feb. 13, 1778; joined Capt. Dolliver's CO., Col. H. Jackson's regt.; enlist- 
ment to end June 5, 1780. Drummer, on pay roll of Capt. Nathaniel Jarvis' co.. 
Col. Jackson's regt. ; service from Jan. 31, 1778, to March i, 17S0. 

JOHN FOSTER, Boston. Gunner, on muster roll of Capt. Burbeck's CO., Col. 
Gridley's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted June g, 1775; service, i mo. 24 days. 
Also on Sept. return and on order for bounty coat or equivalent due for the 8 
months' service in 177s, dated Jan. 6, 1776. 

JOHN foster', Boston (probably). On an enlistment agreement, dated 
Boston, July 22, 1780, signed by said Foster and others, engaging themselves to 
serve in the militia under Brig.-Gen. John Fellows for term of 3 months from time 
of arrival at rendezvous, Capt. Loring's co. ; age, 15 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 3 in. ; com- 
plexion, light. Received bounty of Edward Proctor, Col. of Boston regt. Drum- 
mer, on muster and pay roll of Lieut. William Bird's co., Col. Thayer's regt.; 
enlisted July 19, 1780; discharged Oct. 10, 1780; service, 3 mos. 3 days; stationed 
at West Point. 


JOHN FOSTER, Needham. On descriptive list of men raised to reinforce 
Continental arm)-, for term of 6 months, by resolve of June 5, 1780; age, 46 yrs. ; 
stature, 5 ft. S in'; complexion, light; arrived at Springfield July 16, 1780; marched 
to camp same day, under command of Sergeant Thomas Kench. 

JOHN FOSTER, Dudley. On descriptive list of enlisted men belonging to 
Dudley, Worcester co. ; age, 37 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 5 in. ; complexion, dark; occupa- 
tion, baker; enlisted Jan. 2, 1781, for 3 years, Capt. Coburn's co., Col. Grout's regt. ; 
on receipt for bounty, dated Dudley, April 18, 17S1. 

JOHN FOSTER, Dorchester. Private, on LexingtSn alarm roll of Lieut. 
Hopestill Hall's co. ; marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, from Dorchester; service, 
7 days. On muster roll of Capt. Edward Webber's co.. Col. John Fellows' regt., 
dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 10, 1775; service, 3 mos. 25 days. Also on return 
dated Oct. 7, 1775, and on order for bounty coat or equivalent, dated in camp at 
Dorchester, Dec. 25. 1775. Also on pay roll of Capt. John Robinson's co.. Col. Ben- 
jamin Gills' regt.; 2 days' service in March, 1776, guarding lines near Dorchester 
Heights. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Seth Sumner's Co., Col. Gill's regft, 
ordered to march to Moon's Island June 12, 1776, 3 days' service. On pay abstract 
of Capt. Isaac Tuckerman's CO., Col. Ebenezer Francis' regt., for mileage; dated 
Nov. 28. 1776, On return of Capt. Oliver Lyman's co.. Col Dike's regt. ; service 
from Dec, 1776, to March i, 1777. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Sumner's co.. 
Col. Gdl's regt.; service in R. I.; marched April 17, 1777; service, 25 days. On 
muster and pay roll of Capt. John Bradley's co.. Col. Gill's regt. ; enlisted Aug. 
14, 1777; service, 3 mos. 28 days (12 days' travel allowed); marched to Manchester, 
Vt. , to join Northern array. On list of men enlisted to serve g months in Conti- 
nental army under Gen. Washington, dated Dorchester, ;May 19. 1778; autograph 
signature. On descriptive list of enlisted men; age, 44 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 7 in. ; 
complexion, dark; hair, dark; eyes, gra)'; occupation, weaver; enlisted June 14, 
1778, to serve 9 months from arrival at Fishkill, from Capt. Sumner's co.. Col. Gill's 
regt.; received from Maj. Stephen Badlam and delivered to Brig.-Gen. Jonathan 
Warner at Fishkill by Capt. Robert Davis, under resolve of April 20, 1778, dated 
Roxbury, June 5, 1778. 

JOHN FOSTER, JR., Dorchester. Fifer, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Abraham Wheeler's co. of minute men. Col. Lemuel Robinson's regt., which marched 
on alarm of April ig, 1775, from Dorchester; service, 12 days. Onmuster and piy roll 
of Capt. Hopestill Hall's co.. Col. Lemuel Robinson's regt. ; enlisted Jan. 2y, 1776; 
service, 23 days; also 12 days' service in March, 1776, in Capt. John Robmscn's co.. 
Col. Benjamin Gill's regt. On muster and pa^' roll of Capt. vSumner's co. , ordered 
to march to Moon Island June 12, 1776; service, 3 days. On muster roll of Capt. 
Thomas Wellington's CO., Col. Asa \Vhitcomb's regt., dated in camp at Ticonder- 
oga, Nov. 27, 1776; enlisted Oct. i. 1776; service, i mo. 26 days. On muster and 
pay roll of Capt. Sumner's co.. Col. Gill's regt.; service in R. I.; marched April 
17. 1777: service, 25 days. Muster and pay roll of Capt. Lemuel Clap's co. ; enlisted 
May 19, 1779; discharged Aug. 10, 1779; service, 2 mos. 23 daj-s. A detachment of 
Guards under Maj. -Gen. Nathaniel Heath, at Dorchester Heights: also from Aug. 
nth to Oct. 31, 1779 — 2 mos. 21 days; also from Nov. i, 1779, to Jan. 31, 17S0 — 3 
mos. ; also from Feb. i, 17S0, to May i, 17S0 — 3 mos. 

JOHN FOSTER, Littleton. On descriptive list of men raised in Middlesex co. 
to reinforce Continental army, for 9 months, by resolve of April 20, X77S; age, 35 
yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 6 in. ; belonged to Col. Reed's regt. ; arrived at Fishkill June 23, 

JOHN FOSTER, Gloucester. 3d Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
William Pearson's co., stationed at Gloucester; enlisted Jan. 9, 1776, to May 31, 
1776; also I mo. 25 days between June ist and Aug. 31, 1776. Commissioned 2d 
Lieutenant of Capt. Samuel Page's co. , Col. Ebenezer Francis' regt., Feb. 3, 1777. 
On a petition as lieutenant, dated Van Schaick's Island, Aug. 31, 1777. Autograph 
signature on an order, dated camp near Valley Forge, April 8, 177S, on Board of 
War for clothing to replace that lost on retreat from Ticonderoga in Col. Benjamin 
Tupper's regt.. Gen. John Paterson's brigade; also on order for clothing, order 
dated Danbury, Oct. 12, 1778; name cancelled from roll. Lieutenant, on muster roll 
of Maj. William Lithgow's CO., Col. Tupper's regt., dated West Point, April 5, 1779, 
for March, 1779; appointed or enlisted Nov. 6, 1776; service, 2 yrs. 4 mos. 29 days; 
reported, transferred to light infantry co., April r, 1779. On Continental army pay 
accounts of Col. Tupper's regt., for service from Jan. i, 1777, to July 14, 1779; 
reported, resigned July 14, 1779. 

JOHN FOSTER, Machias. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Stephen Smith's 


CO.; enlisted Sept. 13, 1775; discharged Dec. 31, 1775; 3 mos. 25 days' service, sta- 
tiontd at Machias. Reported advanced to Corporal, Oct. 25, 1775. Sergeant, on 
muster and pay roll of Capt. Jabez West's co. ; enlisted May 2rst; discharged July 
19. 1777; service on expedition against St. Johns, i mo, 28 days. 

JOHN FOSTER, Marblehead. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Francis 
Symonds' co.. Col. John Glover's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted June 15, 1775; 
I mo. 19 days' service. 

JOHN FOSTER, Marblehead. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Haynes' co., 
Col. J. Brewer's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted July 17, 1775; service, 15 days. 
On company return, dated Prospect Hill, Oct. 6, 1775, says he belonged to New- 
buryport. On order for Dounty coat or equivalent due for 8 months' service, dated 
Cambridge, Oct. 25, 1775. 

JOHN FOSTER, Plymouth. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Lieut. 
Stephen Churchill's co., which marched (April 20th) on alarm of April ig, 1775, 
from Plymouth to Marshfield; service, 7 days. On return of men enlisted mto 
Continental army from Capt. Sylv. Harlow's co., ist Plymouth co. regt., dated 
Plymouth, Feb. 21, 1777, for 3 years; joined Capt. Donham's co.. Col. Bailey's regt. 
Sergeant, on Continental army pay accounts of said regt. ; service, from Feb. 10, 
1777- to June 13, 177S; reported, died June 13, 1778. 

JOHN FOSTER, Roxbury. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Lemuel 
Chil i's CO., Col. William Heath's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Roxbury; service, is days; dismissed May 3, 1775. 

JOHN FOSTER, Roxbury. Private, on company return of Capt. Williams', 
Col. Heath's regt., dated Oct. 5, 1775; encamped at Fort No. 2. On order for 
bounty coat or equivalent, dated Cambridge, Dec. 22, 1775, payable to Capt. Wil- 

JOHN FOSTER, Rutland. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. David 
Bent's CO., Col. Nathaniel Sparhawk's regt.; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Rutland to Cambridge; service, 6 days; marched April 20th. Also on muster 
and pay roll, same regt. detached, Aug. 20, 1777; marched from Rutland to Ben- 
nington on alarm; service, 11 days. 

JOHN FOSTER, St. George or Vassalborough. On list of men enlisted into 
Continental army from Capt. T. Nash or S. Ward's cos., dated Weymouth, Jan. 2, 
1778; enlisted for Weymouth for 3 years; joined Benjamin Burton's co. , Col. Sher- 
burne's regt. Also on a list dated Gardnerstown, Feb. 2, 1778, as belonging to 
Winthrop, and drafted from Col. Joseph North's (2d Lincoln co. ) regt. On return 
of men mustered in Suffolk co., dated Boston, June 8, 1777; received ^'20 bounty. 
On return of men in Col. Henry Sherburne's regt, certified to in Boston, June 15, 
1779, by Capt. Benjamin Burton; enlisted April 18, 1777, for 3 years or during war. 
Private, belonged to Vassalborough. On pay accounts of Col. Sherburne's regt. ; 
service from March S, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also from Jan. i, 17S0, to March 17, 
1780; reported discharged March 17, 1780. 

JOHN FOSTER. Appears on a petition dated Boston, Sept. 4, 1777, request- 
ing that he be appointed ist Lieutenant of a sloop called the Revenge, commanded 
by Nathaniel Coit Webb. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Seavey's 
CO., Col. Benjamin Foster's regt. (Lincoln co.); enlisted July 16, 1777; discharged 
Oct. ro, 1777; service, 2 mos. 24 days; service at Machias when British ships lay 
without the harbor. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Oliver's co., 
Col. Nathan Sparhawk's regt., from Sept. 28, 1777, to Oct. 18, 1777; service, 28 days; 
marched to reiaforce Northern army at the reduction of Burgoyne. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Crawford's 
CO., Col. Job Cushing's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 7th; discharged Nov. 29, 1777; 2 mos. 
23 days' service, travel allowed. 

JOHN FOSTER. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Ale.xander Fos- 
ter's co., Col. John Daggett's regt. ; service in R. L, on alarm of Dec. 8, 1776; serv- 
ice 25 days. 

JOHN FOSTER, Marblehead. On list of men who delivered (irearras, dated 
Feb. 23, 1776; reported, "Of the selectmen of Marblehead." 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Hartwell's 
CO., Col. Eleazar Brook's regt., called March 4, 1776, to fortify Dorchester Hills; 5 
days' service ; marched from Lincoln. On receipt dated Lincoln, Sept. 21, 1776, 
for wages due, signed by self and others in above co. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Abram Washburn's 


CO., Col. John Cushing's regt., stationed at Newport, R. I. ; enlisted Sept. 20, 1776; 
service, S9'A days. Roll dated Bridgewater, Nov. 28, 1776; also on muster and 
pay roll of Capt. Francis Cushing's co., Col. John Cushing's regt. ; ir days' service, 
marched to Bristol, R. I,, on alann of Dec, 1776. 

JOHN FOSTER. Sergeant, on pay abstract of Capt. James Prentiss' co.. Col. 
Samuel Brewer's regt., for travel allowance from place of discharge, Saratoga, 
home; allowed in council, Feb. 3, 1777, roll indorsed "travel from Fort Edward." 

JOHN FOSTER. Sergeant, on muster and pay rolkof Capt. John Stutson's 
CO., detached Dtc. 10, 1777; discharged March i, 1778; service, 2 mos. 22 days; Maj. 
Edward Proctor's detachment of guards at Boston, under Maj. -Gen. Heath. 

JOHN FOSTER. Seaman, on list of prisoners sent from Newport. R. I., on 
the Lord Sandwich prison ship and landed in Bristol, March 7, 1778. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Adam Henry's co., 
enlisted Jan. 5th; discharged March 31, 1779; service, 2 mos. 29 days; a company 
of guards detached to guard troops of Convention at Rutland, detached from 

JOHN FOSTER. Salem. Seaman, on descriptive list dated June 17, 1780, of 
ofBcers and crew of Privateer Brigantine Addition, Joseph Pratt commander; age, 
21 yrs. ; stature, 4 ft. 6 in. ; complexion, dark. 

JOHN FOSTER, Coxhall. On list of men in an account of bounties paid to 
soldiers, raised by town of Coxhall, by resolve of court, Dec. 2, 1780. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster roll of Capt, Charles Parson's CO., Col. 
Goose Van Schaick's (ist N. Y.) regt., for Jan. -March, 17S1, dated West Point; 
enlisted for during war. 

JOHN FOSTER, Wells. On receipt for bounty paid by Paul Chadburn for a 
class for town of Wells, dated Wells, Aug. 20, 17S2. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on a retuiTi of Capt. Caleb Chapin's co., for cloth- 

JOHN FOSTER, JR.. Dorchester. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. Isaac 
Tuckerman's co.. Col. Ebenezer Francis' regt., for mileage, etc., dated Nov. 28, 1776. 

JOHN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Abel Richard's 
CO., Col. Benjamin Hawes' regt.; enlisted Sept. 25th; discharged Oct. 28, 1777; 
service, i mo. 7 days; marched on secret expedition to R. I., 3 days' travel allowed; 
roll sworn to at Dedham. 

JOHN WOODEN FOSTER, Machias. Private, on muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Stephen Smith's co. ; enlisted Sept. 13, 1775; discharged Dec. 31, 1775; serv- 
ice, 3 mos. 24 days; stationed at Machias. On muster and pay roll of Capt. John 
Scott's CO. ; enlisted Nov. 29, 1776; discharged Dec. 21, 1776; service, 23 days; raised 
to reinforce Col. Jonathan Eddy at Cumberland, against British garrison there. On 
muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Sevej-'s co. , Col. Benjamin Foster's regt.; 
enlisted June 23, 1777; discharged July 16, 1777; 23 days' service. Also enlisted 
same co. July i6th; discharged Oct. 10, 1777; service, 2 mos. 24 days. Corporal 
(on roll as John W. ), on muster and pay roll, i day's service at Machias, between 
Dec. 5 and 25, 1778; also 6 days' service between Aug. 31st and Nov. 20, 1779. 
Note, his middle name is also given Woodin and Wooding. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Ashby. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
John Jones' co.. Col. James Prescott's regt.; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Ashby (marched April 20th); service, 7 days. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Rowley. On return of men raised under resolve of 
Dec. 2. 1780; raised March 17, 17S1; enlisted for 3 years. On receipt for bounty 
paid him by Daniel Mighill and others; receipt dated Rowley, Jan. 20, 1781. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Shirley. On descriptive list; age 23 yrs. ; stature, 5 
ft. 9 in.; complexion, dark; hair, dark; occupation, yeoman; birthplace, Shirley; 
enlisted April 28, 1782, for 3 years; joined Capt. Benjamin Hey wood's co., 6th regt. 
Private, on muster and. pay roll of Col. Benjamin Tupper's (loth) regt. ; enlisted 
April 2S, 17S2; service, 8 mos. 3 days; roll made up to Jan. i, 17S3; transferred to 
6th regt., Dec. 17, 1782. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, S. E. Tewksbury. Private, on Lexington alarm roll 
of Capt. Jonathan Brown's co.. Col. Green's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 
1775, from Tewksbury; service, i day. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Tewksbury. On list of men raised for 6 months' serv- 
ice, returned by Bng.-Gen. Paterson as having passed muster, return dated Camp 
Fotoway, Oct. 25, 1780. On pay roll of 6 months' men raised by Tewksbury for 
service in Continental army during 1780; marched July 4, 1780; discharged Dec. g, 
1780; service, 5 mos. 17 days. 


JONATHAN FOSTER, Lenox, ist Lieutenant, on list of officers of Massa- 
chusetts militia in Capt. Oliver Belding's co., 2d Berkshire Co. regt. ; commissioned 
May 3 or 4, 1776. Also on muster roll of Capt. Erastus Sergeant's co.. Col. Ben- 
jamin Simond's regt., dated in camp at Ticonderoga. Feb. 25, 1777; appointed or 
enlisted Dec. 16, 1776. On a return dated Sheffield, May i, 1777, signed by John 
Fellows of a detachment from said Fellows' (Berkshire co.) brigade, made agreeable 
to order of General Court to reinforce Continental army and which marched the 
beginning of Jan., 1777. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Jesse Bradley's co., Col. 
John Brown's regt.; entered service June 30th; discharged July 26, 1777; 27 days' 
service. Autograph signature on list of officers who petition to General Court, dated 
Camp above Stillwater, Sept. 15, 1777, requesting that clothing may be furnished 
them to replace that lost on retreat from Ticonderoga. On muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Oliver Belding's co., Col. Brown's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 2ist; discharged Oct. 
14, 1777; service, 24 days, service at Northward. Also on muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Charles Dibble's co.. Col. Rossiter's (3d) regt.; enlisted Oct. 14. 1780; dis- 
charged Oct. 17th; service, 3 days on alarm to the Northward. Also on list of 
officers in Massachusetts militia; ist Lieutenant in Capt. Samuel Goodrich's co. of 
3d Berkshire co. regt. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Ashby (?). On a list* of men draughted Aug. ig, 1777, 
to serve 3 months. 

JONATHAN FOSTER. Appears on a receipt for advance pay, dated Cam- 
bridge, June 30, 1775, due on account of service in Capt. John Low's co. , Col. Mans- 
field's regt. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Beverly or Berwick. Private, on muster roll of Capt. 
John Low's CO., Lieut.-Col. Hutchinson's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 
12, 1775; service. 2 mos. 25 days. On company return of Capt. Low's co., Col. 
Mansfield's regt., given as belonging to Berwick. On order for bounty coat due for 
8 months' service in 1775, dated. Winter Hill, Oct. 21, 1775. On pay abstracts of 
Capt. Moses Brown's co.. Col. John Glover's regt; service in Feb., Oct,, 1776; 
enlisted Jan. 11, 1776. 

JONATHAN FOSTER. Beverly. Mate, on descriptive list, sworn to Sept. 11, 
1780, of officers and crew of the brigantme Freedom, commanded by Benjamin 
Ober; age, 24 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 9 in. ; complexion, dark. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Boxford. Lieutenant, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. John Cushing's co. (of minute men). Col. Samuel Johnson's regt., which 
marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Boxford; service, 6 days. Commissioned 
Feb. 3, 1776, captain in Col. Huntington's regt. of Massachusetts militia. Also on 
list of an Essex Co. regt. commanded by Col. Wade, detached for Providence; com- 
missioned July 24, 1778; enlisted July ist; discharged Oct. 17, 1778; service, 109 
days. On roll made up to Jan. i, 1779; reported, stationed at Middletown, R. I., 
for 6 months. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Douglas. Corporal, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Benjamin Wallis' co. (minute men). Col. Arnold's regt., which marched on alarm of 
April 19, 1775, from Douglas; service, 11 days; roll dated Roxbury Camp. On roll 
dated same place, Oct. 6, 1775. as Private on late Capt. Arthur Daggett's co., Col. 
Ebenezer Lerned's regt. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Dudley. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Nathaniel Healy's co. (minute men). Col. Ebenezer Larued's regt. ; marched on 
alarm of April ig. 1775, from Dudley; service, S days. Also on muster roll, same 
CO., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 27, 1775; service, 3 mos. i week, 4 days. 
Also on October return ; on order for bounty coat or equivalent due for the 8 months' 
service in 1775, dated Roxbury, Nov. 2, 1775. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Ipswich. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt 
Nathaniel Wade's CO., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Ipswich to 
Cambridge; service 21 days; April igth, marched to Mystic; on April 20th. ordered 
to Salem; on 21st, to Ipswich; from there to headquarters at Cambridge. Corporal, 
on return of same CO. ; in service June 5, 1775. On muster roll, same Co., Col. Little's 
regt, dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 10, 1775; service, 11 weeks, 5 days. On 
order for bounty coat or equivalent, dated in camp, Dec. 21, 1775. Sergeant, on a 
return of above co. (not dated); enlisted Nov. 21, 1775. On pay abstracts of said 
regt, for wages for Feb. and March, 1776. Autograph signature on receipt dated 
Long Island, June 9, 1776, for allowance to April 30, 1776. Also on receipt dated 
same place, July 14, 1776, for provisions from April to July 3d, given by company, 

* This list was found among old papers in town of Ashby. 


received of Capt. Wade. On list of men who sent letters by Port, July, 1776. On 
pay abstract for arms, etc., dated Prospect Hill, 1776. On receipt dated IpsMnch, 
Feb. 24, 1777, wages and travel allowance; autograph signature. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Ipswich. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
David Low's co-, 3d Es'^ex Co. regt, ; engaged Sept. 30, 1777 (marched Oct. 2, 1777); 
discharged at Cambridge, Nov. 7, 1777; service. 40 days; service in a regt. com- 
manded by Maj. C. Smith, in Northern Dept. , and guarding Gen. Burgoyne's army to 
Prospect Hill. On descriptive list of enlisted men; age, 29 yrs. ; stature 5 ft. 10 m. ; 
complexion, light; hair, light; engaged for Ipswich for 9 months; Col. Jonathan 
Cogswell's regt , raised by resolve of Gen. Assembly of April 20, 1780; arrived at 
Fishkill June 12, 177S. Onlistof deserters from 5th Massachusetts regt.. Col. Rufus 
Putnam, dated Nov. 20, 17S0; age, 28 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 8 in.; complexion, light; 
hair, brown; enlisted for 3 years; deserted March, 1779. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Medford. On a list of men in Medford, who paid 
money to persons to go to Canada, dated Oct. 8, 1776. 

JONATHAN FOSTER. Reading. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
John Walton's co.. Col. David Green's regt. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Reading; service, i day. Private, on list of men in the Reading Training 
Band, under Capt. John Walton, May 13, 1775. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Winchendon. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Moses Hale's 00., Col. Nathan Sparhawk's regt., marched on alarm of April 
19, 1775, from Winchendon to Cambridge; service, 14 days. 

JONATHAN FOSTER. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Isaac 
Martin's CO., Col. Ezra Woods' regt.; marched to R. I. on alarm of Dec. 8, 1776; 
service, 9 days. 

JONATHAN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Lieut. Josiah 
Wilson's CO., Col. Porter's (Hampshire co.) regt.; enlisted Sept. 23d; discharged 
Oct. 17, 1777; service, i mo. 2 days, 7 days' travel included; marched on alarm to 
reinforce Maj. -Gen. Gates at the Northward. 

JONATHAN FOSTER. Private, on pay roll of Capt. Job Shattuck's co., Col. 
John Robinson's regt., dated Cambridge, March, 1776; service, 6 days; service from 
enlistment to date of marching to camp. Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Aaron Jewett's co,. Col. Samuel BuUard's regt. ; enlisted Aug. 15, 1777; discharged 
Nov. 29, 1777; service, 3 mos. 26 days, ii days travel included; marched to Saratoga; 
roll dated Littleton. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, Dracut. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Joseph Bradley Varnum's co., Col. Mcintosh's regt.; enlisted Aug. i, 1778; dis- 
charged Sept. II, 1778; service, i mo. 15 days; expedition to Rhode Island, 5 days' 
travel included. 

JONATHAN FOSTER, JR., Ipswich (W. Parish). Private, on Lexington 
alarm roll of Capt. Abram How's co. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Ipswich (W. Parish); service, 2 days. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Andover. Appears on a list of men enlisted into Conti- 
nental army from Jonathan Glover's regt., dated Nov. 7, 1777; enlisted for Marble- 
head for 3 years, or during war; joined Col. Benjamin Tupper's regt. On muster 
roll of Capt. Stephen Abbot's co., said regt., dated West Point, April 5, 1779; 
Private, reported transferred to Capt. Samuel Page's CO., light infantry, April i, 
1779. On muster roll of said co.. dated West Point, April 5, 1779; service, 2 yrs. 22 
days. On pay accounts of Capt. Abbot's co., for service from March 13, 177S, to 
Dec. 31, I77Q. Sergeant, on pay account; service from Jan. i, 1780, to Dec. 31, 
1780; reported i mo. 20 days as Private, lo mos. 10 days as Sergeant. On descriptive 
list of enlisted men; age, 21 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 8 in. ; complexion, light; hair, light; 
occupation, husbandman; enlisted Oct. 2b, 1779, during war; birthplace, Andover; 
enlisted by Capt. Abbot at West Point. On muster and pay roll made up from Jan. 
I, 1781, to Jail. I, 1782; 12 mos service; reported, Feb. i, 17S2. reduced; May i, 
1782, promoted to Sergeant. On an account of rations, small stores, etc., delivered 
officers and soldiers of loth Massachusetts regt., by E. Lunt, state commissary, year 
not given. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Becket. Sergeant, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Peter 
Porter's co. (minute men). Col. Paterson's regt., which marched on alarm of April 
19. 1775. from Becket to Cambridge (marched April 23d); service, i mo. i ;< days. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Beverly. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Lieut. Peter 
Shaw's CO., of minute men; marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, from Beverly; 
service, 2 days. Autograph signature on receipt for advance pay given by company, 
dated Cambridge, July i, 1775, payable to himself, pay due on account of service 


in Capt. John Low's co., Col. John Mansfield's regt. On muster roll of Capt. John 
Low's CO., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 12, 1775; service, 2 mos. 25 days; also 
on October, 1775, return, and on order for bounty coat or equivalent due for the 8 
montlis' service, dated Winter Hill, Oct. 21, 1775. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on list of men enlisted in Seacoast co., of Beverly, 
as returned by Lieut. Joseph Wood; enlisted Nov. 25, 1776. Also on muster and 
pay roll of said co., as enlisted ;\Iay 12, 1777, stationed at Beverly. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Attleborough. Corporal, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Stephen Richardson's co., minute men; matched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Attleborough; service, 9 days. On order, dated July 5, 1776, for wages, etc., on 
Ephraim Newell, town treasurer of Attleborough, for service on alarm caused by 
battle of Bunker Hill. On return of Capt. Stephen Richardson's co., Col. Daggett's 
regt., in service as 5 months' men, at Dorchester in 1776. On receipt for wages, 
dated Dorchester, Oct. 9, 1776, given by Capt. Hodge's co., from Aug. 12th to Oct. 
I, 1776; also for months of October. Nov., 1776. On muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Alexander Foster's co.. Col. Daggett's regt. ; marched to Rhode Islaiid on alarm of 
Dec. 8, 1776; service, 25 days. On muster and pay roll, same co., Col. Thomas 
Carpenter's regt. ; service in campaign at R. L, from July 27th to Aug. 12, 177S, 17 
days. Also on muster and pay roll of same co.. Col. Isaac Dean's regt. ; marcied 
on alarm to Tiverton, R. L, July 31, 17S0; discharged Aug. S, 17S0: service. 10 days. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Beverly. Appears on a return of men enlisted into Conti- 
nental army frpm 2d Beverly co. of Essex co. regt., dated Beverly, Feb. 13, 1778; 
enlisted for Beverly for 3 years; joined Capt. William Porter's co., Col. Francis' 
regt. On pay abstract of said regt. , for subsistence money from time of enlistment, 
Feb. 17th, to time of arrival at Bennington, 36 days' travel included; roll sworn to 
March 6, 1777. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Billerica (probably). Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Jonathan Slickney'sco. of minute men. Col. Bridge's regt. ; marched on alarm 
of April ig, 1775, from Billerica (probably) ; service, S days. Also on muster and 
pay roll of Capt, Edward Farmer's co.,'Col. Jonathan Reed's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 
2gth; discharged Nov. 8, 1777; service, 41 days; company marched to reinforce 
Northern army, by resolve of Sept. 22, 1777. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Chelmsford or Kittery. Private, on Continental army 
pay accounts of Col. Sprout's regt; service from Jan. i, 1777, to July 6, 1777; enlisted 
for during war; reported prisoner since July 6, 1777, also reported dead. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Dorchester. Matross, on muster roll of Maj. Thomas 
Pierce's CO., Col. Gridley's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775 ; enlisted July 15, 1775; service, 
2 weeks 3 days. Also on return dated Sept. 29, 1775. On order for bounty coat or 
equivalent due for the S months' service, datea Roxbury, Dec. 27, 1775. Also on 
return, dated Roxbury Camp, Dec. 16, 1775, of men enlisted for the ensuing year 
under the rew establishment; Capt. Thomas Pierce's co.. Col. Knox's artillery regt. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Danvers. Appears on a return of men raised under resolve 
of Dec. 2, 17S0; raised March 12, 17S1, for 3 years. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Dudley. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. David 
Batcheller's co.. Col. Ezra Wood's regt. , enlisted June 5, 1778; discharged Jan. 29, 
1779; service, 8 mos. 13 days; raised for 8 months, service at North River. Auto- 
graph signature on order, dated Dudley, April 12, 1779. for wages, etc. On muster 
and pay rolls of Capt. Thomas Fish's co.. Col. Nathan Tyler's regt. ; enlisted July i, 
1779, to Dec. I, 1779; 4 mos 20 days' service in R. I. ; also from Dec. i to 25, 1779, 
28 davs; also from Nov. 30, 1779, to J^-f- i. i/So, i mo. 3 days, travel allowed. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Dunbarton, N. H. Matross, on muster roll of Capt. Cal- 
lender's co.. Col. Gridley's regt., dated Aug. i, 177s enlisted June 30, 1775; serv- 
ice, I mo. 4 days. Also on order for bounty coat or equivalent, due for the 8 months' 
service in 1775 in Capt. William Perkin's co.. Col. Richard Gridley's regt., dated 
Nov. 6, 1775. pavable to Capt. Perkins. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Ipswich. On order for advance pay, dated Cambridge, 
June 8. 177^. payable to Lieut. Billy Porter, pay due on account of service in Lieut. 
Billy Porter's co . Col. Mansfield's regt., autograph signature. Private, on muster 
roll of Capt Francis' co., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 4, 1775; service. 3 mos. 
5 days; belonged to Beverly. On roll dated Oct. 6, 177^. given, belonged to Ipswich. 
On order for bounty coat or equivalent, due for the 8 months' service in 177;, dated 
Winter Hill. Oct. 26, 1775, payable to Capt. Francis. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Kittery. On list of men enlisted in York co., to .serve in 
Capt. James Donnel's co. , Col. Samuel Brewer's regt. ; return made by Joseph Brag- 
don, muster master, March 31, 1777; enlisted for 3 years. Received State and Con- 


tinental bounty; on muster return, dated Camp at Valley Forge, Jan. 25, 1778; on 
Continental army pay accounts of Col. Sprout's regt. ; service from Feb. 20, 1777, to 
Dec. 31, 1779, and from Jan. i, 1780, to Feb. 20, 1780. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Lunenburg. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
George Kimball's co. ; marched (April 20th) on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Lunen- 
burg; service, 6 days. On muster roll of Capt. John Fuller's co., Col. Asa Whit- 
comb's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 25, 1775; service, 3 mos. i '^ days. 
Also on receipt dated Prospect Hill, Oct. 4, 1775, for wages from Aug., 1775; also 
on receipt dated same place, Nov, 17, 1775, wages for Sept., 1775; also on the 
October return. ♦ 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Sudbury. On return of men enlisted into Continental 
army from Capt. Maynard's co.. Col. Ezekiel Howe's regt, to serve during war; not 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Ware (probably). Captain, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Joseph Foster, Col. Ruggles Woodbridge's regt., which marched (April 20th) 
on alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 25 days. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Rehoboth. Appears among a list of men raised agreeable 
to resolve of Dec. 2, 1780; received at Taunton, Dec. 24, 1781, by Oliver Sooper to 
be conducted to Boston and delivered to Maj. Pettingall; age, 25 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 
8 in.; complexion, light; occupation, farmer; enlisted Dec. 19, 1781, for 3 years; 
reported deserted Dec. 22, 17S1. Appears on receipt for bounty paid him by Philip 
Miller for town of Rehoboth. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Tewksbury. On descriptive list, age, 19 yrs. ; stature, 5 
ft. 6 in.; complexion, dark; enlisted for 9 months; joined Capt. Trull's co., 7th 
Middlesex co. regt, dated Lincoln, July 21, 1779. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, Ware. Sergeant, on pay abstract of Capt. Elijah D wight's 
CO., for billeting money to and from camp. On list of officers, dated March 
16, 1776, as returned by Col. Samuel Howe, rank 2d lieutenant, Capt William Brak- 
ingridge's (Ware) co. ; commissioned April r, 1776. Lieutenant, on muster and pay 
roll of said co. ; engaged July 9, 1777; discharged July 29, 1777; service, 26 days. 
Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Samuel Fairfield's co. , Col. Nathan Sparhawk's 
regt. ; entered Sept. 22, 1778; 2 mos. 24 days' service at Dorchester. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Surgeon, on list of officers in Cambridge Hospital, ap- 
proved of by a committee of Congress, July 5, 1775. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on pay abstracts of Capt Moses Brown's co.. 
Col. John Glover's regt., from April to Aug., 1776; enlisted June 15, 1775. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt Joseph Rae's 
CO.; enlisted July 25, 1776; service, 3 mos. 3 days; roll dated Beverly; service at 

JOSEPH FOSTER. On list of men enlisted into Continental army by Maj. 
John G. Fraizer and turned over to Capt. Nathaniel Gushing. Commanded to join 
Col. Paterson's regt., by order dated Headquarters, Nov. 17, 1776, signed by D. 
Adjt-Gen. J. Trumbull, Capt. Dodge's co.. Col. Willard's regt. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on muster roll of Capt. William Hudson Ballard's 
CO., Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt. ; taken to, Nov., 1776, dated m camp at Ticonderoga, 
Nov. 27, 1776; enlisted Jan. i, 1776. Reported re-engaged Nov. 15, 1776, to serve 
during war as Private in Capt. Brewer's co., Col. Brewer's regt., but to serve in 
Whitcomb's regt. until Dec. 31, 1776. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt Peter Porter's 
CO., Col. Benjamin Simonds' regt ; entered service April 26, 1777: left service May 
20, 1777, 25 days; company marched to Saratoga; Berkshire co. regt 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Marine, on muster and pay roll of officers and crew of 
brigantine Hawk, commanded by Capt Jonathan Oakes; service with fleet under 
Com. John Manley; enlisted May 3d; discharged June i, 1777; service, i mo. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt John Thomp- 
son's CO., Col. Leonard's regt. (Hampshire co.); enlisted May 7th; discharged July 
8, 1777; service, 2 mos. 10 days, 9 days' travel included; marched to reinforce 
Northern army. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt Ebenezer Good- 
ale'sco., Lieut-Col. Samuel Williams' regt ; enlisted July i, 1777; discharged Aug. 
12, 1777: service, i mo. 9 days, travel allowed; marched to join Northern army. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Moore's 
CO., Col. Jonathan Reed's regt, from enlistment April 2, 1778, to July 3, 177S; serv- 
ice, 3 mos. 2 days, guards stationed at Cambridge. 

JOSEPH FOSTER. Appears on instructions of council to commissary of pris- 


to Vocefd ?oVc^-Kl^^LVr\o^rrn aT/ofT^'^'-.'^^ the brigantine Fame. 

m.£'^,''fh.''?,Sp!'S„ti*K7 ^.yS 'S ?;,eS"/S' '•"*•• "Con,. 

maJs^L^'J <fe?a^hmL or|uTd'sren"lS Tui^^Y ^d°" h°' "^fi ^"^ P-"^" 
service. 15 days. S'l'i-ras;. engaged July 2d; discharged July 17, 1778; 

SncSffro™ IJanL. IfprTo Z77S"' °' P"^°'^^^^ ^^^ ^° ^-'^ - the Cartei 

Aug:^?s1!' d,^ch^a?g™ct f/'Tf-^'-TerTct?^" ^^ V?"' ^^^P'' '^°' ^'-^ ■ -"^'^^ 
JOSEPH FOSTFR Pr';, J/^' ^®'^^"=«' 3 mos., stationed at Beverly. 

CO. ; inllsted Jan^6™7^y ■ discharged ZTs T.". ^"^ '°^ °^ ^^^P^" ^^^^ ™ H«°^Vs 
CO.. CoL Natt«fde^^eTen"st"r nW^ftr^H^ ^^P'' J^^^'^an Aver's 

Fanny, commanded byPHer^bertWoodb^:^.! - >-^of offic rs and men of brigantine 

tor./co'!lJ^1.7acIb^lerr^^^rr^;gr. ^^rstla^'^^^V'^l^ 'T:^^''''^^^ ^™- 
'" JoTi1h-^oTtVr'^>"-^^4^^'°'^^^^^^^^^ ^7.7; discharged Feb. 3, 

Petercibla^.s'cfo^mi^uTrmenin^-or ^^"™ -» o'" Capt. 

of April 19, 1775, from DracuV service - drv^^'on'?P;' T^^j?^ "^'^'^^'^ °° ^'^"" 
regt. to be commissioned May 27 1-7. 'rank^I i.,,?.n . °^°*"'"' '° '-°'- bridges' 
muster roll, dated Aug. i, 1775 enlisted ADrnofi^°f°' '° ^^P'" ^oburn's co. On 
Also on receipt for pa,^ date^d^^amSgl ^ ! 6.V;;?and oraVe^rprdat^d'^^L^; 


29. 1775. On a certificate of services dated Dracut, Oct. 14, 1776, given b}' Peter 
Coburn, Capt., in which he certifies that said Foster was a Lieutenant in his company 
in Col. Bridges' regt., at the battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, where he lost 
some articles; money for losses allowed in council, Oct. 25, 1776. Also on return of 
Capt. Joseph B. Varnum's Co., Col. Simeon Spaulding's regt., for equipments for 
1777, for alarm list. 

JUDE FOSTER, Western. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Josiah 
Putnam's co.. Col. Jedediah Foster's regt., which marched on alarm of April ig, 
1775, from Western to Roxbury ; service, S days. Private, on muster roll of Capt. 
Joim Grainger's co.. Col. Learned's regt, dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 29, 
1775 ; service, 3 mos. i week 3 days. Also on return, dated Oct. 7, 1775. On muster 
roll of Capt. Jonathan Danforth's co.. Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt., dated in Camp at 
Ticonderoga, Nov. 27, 1776; enlisted Jan. i, 1776; service, 10 mos. 26 days; reported 
sick in hospital. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Daniel Gilbert's co.. Col. Job 
Cushing's regt., from July 30, 1777, to Sept. 2, 1777; i mo. 4 days' service at Ben- 
nington; marched from Brookfield to Bennington and Half Moon. (Probably) 
Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Thomas Whipple's co., Col. Abijah 
Stearns' regt., from March 30 to July 2, 1778; service, 3 mos. 3 days,' guarding Con- 
vention troops. 

LEVI FOSTER, Machias. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Jabez 
West's CO. ; enlisted May 21st; discharged May 30, 1777; service, g days. Also on 
muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Sevey's co., Col. Benjamin Foster's regt. ; 
enlisted July i6th; discharged Oct. 10, 1777; service, 2 mos. 24 days; also 5 days' 
service in December, 177S, and 15 days' service in Lieut. John Scott's co., between 
Aug. 3ist and Nov. 20, 1779. 

LEMUEL FOSTER, Dudley. Private, on list of men in Capt. Reuben 
Davis' CO., which marched to join regt. Aug. 5th; jomed Aug. 20th (year not 
given). On warrant for pay, dated Aug. 20, 17S3. Also on muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Benjamin Allton's co.. Col. John Rand's regt. ; enlisted July gth; discharged 
Oct. 10, 1780; service, 3 mos. 11 days. 

LEMUEL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Elias Pratt's 
CO.; enlisted April 13, 1779; discharged July i, 1779; 2 mos. iS days' service, as 
guards at Rutland. 

LEMUEL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Timothy 
Paige's CO., Col. John Rand's regt. ; enlisted July 20, 1780; discharged Oct. 10, 17S0; 
3 mos. service, g days' travel allowed; service at West Point. 

LUNEY FOSTER, Attleborough. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Samuel Robinson's co., Col. Wade's regt., for service in R. L; enlisted June 21, 
1778 ; sei"vice, 22 da^-s. "Lune," on muster and pay roll of Capt. Alexander Foster's 
CO., Col. Thomas Carpenter's regt. ; service in R. I. ; enlisted July 27th; discharged 
July 31, 17S0; service, 7 days; marched to Tiverton. On roll of same company as 
marched July 31. 17S0; discharged Aug. 8, 17S0; service, 10 days. 

LEONA'RD FOSTER, Pepperell. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Aaron Jewett's co., Col. Job Cushing's regt.; enlisted July 27, 1777; discharged 
Aug. 29, 1777; service, i mo. 10 days; marched to Bennington on alarm; 7 days' 
travel included. On descriptive list: age, ig yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 9 in. ; complexion, 
dark; enlisted for g months, Capt. Lakin's co.. Col. Read's regt. ; received of Justin 
Ealy. Commander at Springfield, Aug. 23, 1779, by Capt. James Tisdale. On re'ceipt, 
dated Springfield, Aug. 22, 1779, for equipments; and on list of g months' men enter- 
ing service Aug. S. 1779, discharged May S, 17S0. 

LINCOLN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Simeon Fowl- 
er's CO., Col. Jonathan Reed's regt. ; enlisted April 23. i'778, to July S, 177S; service, 
2 mos. 16 days, served as guard at Cambridge. 

LINCOLN FOSTER. Seaman, on muster and pay roll of oflBcers and crew of 
brig Hazard, commanded by John F. Williams; enlisted Dec. 4, 1778; discharged 
April 20, 1779; service, 4 mos. "16 days. 

LINE FOSTER. On list of prisoners sent from Newport, R. I., in the Lord 
Sandwich prison ship, and landed in Boston, March 7, 1778. 

MICAH FOSTER, Pembroke. Corporal, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Thomas Turner's co., Col. Anthony Thomas' regt., which marched on alarm of 
April ig, 1775, from Pembroke; service, 3 days. Private, on muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Freedom Chamberlain's co. ; marched on alarm (of the taking of Dorchester 
Heights), March 5, 1776; service, 5 days. 

MICHAEL FOSTER, Sturbridge. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Samuel Hamant's co., Col. Nathaniel Wade's regt. ; enlisted June 26, 177S, ^enlist- 


ment to expire Jan. i, 1779; roll dated Middleton, R. I., Aug. 27, 177S. Also oni 
muster and pay roll of Capt. Abel Mason's co. , Col. Jacob Davis' regt. ; enlisted! 
July 30th; discharged Aug. S, 1780; service, 13 days, travel included; marched tO' 
Tiverton, R. I. 

MOSES FOSTER, Bridgton. Private, on pay roll of 6 men sent by town of 
Bridgton to act as guards at Sudbu;y, Canada, and who joined guards sent by the 
selectmen of Fryeburg. 

MOSES FOSTER, Ipswich. On descriptive list, dated May 27, 17S0, of officers, 
and crew of the ship Rambler, commanded by Benjamin Lovett: age, ig yrs. ; stat- ' 
ure, 5 ft. 8 in. ; complexion, light. 

MOSES FOSTER. Ipswich (W. Parish). Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Abram How's co., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Ipswich 
(W. Parish); service, 2 days. Also on muster roll of Capt. John Baker's CO., Col. 
Little's regt., dated Aug. 'i, 1775; enlisted May ir, 1775; service, 2 mos. 26 days. 
On order for bounty coat or equivalent in money, due for the 8 months' service in 
1775, dated Dec. ii, 1775, paj-able to Capt. Baker. Corporal, on muster and pay 
roll of Capt. Robert Dodge's co., Col. Jonathan Titcomb's regt.; marched from 
home April 25, 1777; service, 2 mos. 8 days; roll dated Warren, June 28, 1777. 
Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. David Low's co. , 3d Essex Co. regt. ; engaged 
Sept. 30, 1777 (marched Oct. 2d); discharged Nov. 7, 1777; service, 40 days; service 
in regt. commanded by Maj. C. Smith, in Northern Dept., and guarding Gen. Bur- 
goyne's army to Prospect Hill ; discharged at Cambridge. Sergeant, on muster 
and pay roll of Capt. Jeremiah Putnam's co.. Col. Nathaniel Wade's regt, for serv- 
ice at R. I.; enlisted July 15, 177S, to Dec. 31, 1778; service, 5 mos. 21 days; also 
January to November, 177S; enlisted to serve 12 mos. from Jan. i, 177S; certificate 
of service, dated Ipswich, Jan. 18, 1779, given by Col. Nathaniel Wade, that said 
Foster served to credit of town of Ipswich iQ Capt Simon Brown's CO., at Provi- 
dence, until Jan. i, 1779; raised by resolve of June 10, 177S. 

MOSES FOSTER, Sturbridge. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Adam 
Martin's co.. Col. Learned's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May i, 1775; service, 
3 mos. 8 days; also on return dated Oct 7, 1775. 

MOSES FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Dodge's 
CO., Col. Jacob Gerrish's regt. (of guards), from April'i, 1778. to July'i, 1778; serv- 
ice, 3 mos. 4 days. Also on order for wages due for months of April and May, 
autograph signature. 

MOSES FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Lieut John Scott's co., 
for 9 days' service at Machias, between Aug. 3rst and Nov. 20. 1779. 

MOSES FOSTER, JR., Ipswich. On list of men enlisted into Continental 
army from 3d Essex Co", regt., dated Ipswich, Feb. 17, 177S; enlisted for 3 years; 
joined Capt. Burnham's co., Col. Jackson's regt On pay accounts of above regt 
for service from March i, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779. Private, also from Jan. ist to Feb. 
21, 1780. 

NATHAN FOSTER, Reading. On list of men in Capt Amos Upton's co., 
showing equipments, roll dated Reading, April 21, 1775. Also on list of men in 
Capt. John Flint's co., Col. Baldwin's regt., dated May 15, 1775; and on roll of 
same company, dated Dec. 19, 1775, for 12 days' service. 

NATHAN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Caleb Turner's. 
CO.; enlisted July 13, 1775, to Dec. 31, 1775; service, 6 mos. 3 days. Autograph 
signature on "order for one month's pay, dated Bristol, Nov. 18, 1775. On muster 
and pay roll; enlisted March 26, 1776, to June 10, 1776; service, 2 mos. 15 days; 
also 3 mos. service between June loth and Sept. 10, 1776, and from Sept. 10, 1776, 
to Dec. 7, 1776; service. 2 mos. 27 days; stationed at Boothbay, seacoast defense - 
all the rolls dated at Bristol. 

NATHAN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Wells 
CO., Col. Timothy Robinson's regt ; enlisted Dec. 23, 1776; discharged April i, 1777; 
service, 100 days. A Hampshire Co. regt. marched to Ticonderoga; enlisted to 
serve until March 23, 1777. Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Wells' co. , 
Col. David V/ells' regt; enlisted Sept. 22, 1777; discharged Oct. 23, 1777; service, 
I mo. 2 days; roll dated Shelburne, Nov. 2r, 1777. Also on receipt dated Shelburne, 
Sept. 22, 1777, for mileage, etc., from Shelburne to Stillwater, 112 miles, given by 
said Foster and others to the selectmen of Shelburne; Capt John Wells certifies 
that the men whose names appear upon the receipt went out of the town with him. 

NATHAN FOSTER, JR. Appears on a receipt dated Dorchester Camp, Feb. 
IS, 1776, for ammunition received from Capt. Barnabas Sears. 

NATHAN FOSTER, JR. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt Calebs 


Turner's co. ; enlisted March 26, 1776, to June 10, 1776; service, 2 mos. 15 days, in 
seacoast defense; roll dated Bristol; also 3 mos. service between June loth and 
Sept. 10, 1776, and from Sept. loth to Dec. 7, 1776; service, 2 mos. 27days, at Booth- 

NATHANIEL FOSTER, Chelmsford. Private, on Le.xington alarm roll of 
Col. Moses Parker's co., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Chelms- 
ford under command of Lieut. Benjamin Walker; service. 7 days. On descriptive 
list of enlisted men : age, 20 yrs. ; stature, 6 ft. ; comple.xion, dark ; occupation, 
farmer; enlisted April 26, 1775; joined Capt. Ford's co.,»Col. Bridge's regt. Auto- 
graph signature on order for advance pay, dated Cambridge, June 6, 1775, payable 
to Lieut. Isaac Parker. Also on muster roll, dated Aug. i, 1775; service, 3 mos. 
13 days. Also on company return, dated Sept. 25, 1775. 

NATHANIEL FOSTER, Ipswich. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Charles Smith's co. ; enlisted July iS, 1775, to Nov. i, 1775 ; service, 3 mos. 22 days: 
also from Nov. i, 1775, to Jan. i, 1776, 2 mos. 6 days. Sergeant, on muster and 
payroll of Capt. Daniel Gidding's co.. Col. Foster's regt.; enlisted April 5, 1776; 
service to May 31, 1776, i mo. 27 days, at Gloucester; also from June ist to Aug. 
31, 1776, 3 mos; and from Sept. ist to discharge, Nov. iS, 1776, 2 mos. iS days, 
seacoast defense. 

NATHANIEL FOSTER, Middleborough. Fifer, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Abiel Peirce's co., which ;marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Middle- 
borough to Marshfield ; service, 2" days. 

NATHANIEL FOSTER, Woolwich. On return of men enhsted into Conti- 
nental army from Essex Co., of Col. Jonathan Cogswell's regt., dated Ipswich, Feb. 
17, 177S; enlisted for Ipswich for 3 years; joined Capt. John Bailey's CO., Col. Jack- 
son's regt. On muster and pay roll of said co. ; enlisted April 30, 1777 ; discharged 
May 26, 1777; service, 27 days. On army pay accounts of Capt. John Burnam's 
CO., Col. Jackson's regt.; service, from April 30, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also from 
Jan. I, 17S0. to April 21, 17S0. 

NATHANIEL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Abijah 
Bangs' CO., Maj. Zenas Winslow's regt. ; service, 5 days in Sept., 177S, on alarm at 
Bedford and Falmouth. Also on pay abstract dated Nov. 7, 177S; service 2 days 
guarding prisoners from Ship Somerset, at Harwich, and thence to Yarmouth. 

NATHANIEL FOSTER. Appears on a receipt dated Nov. 2, 17S1, for £g for 
Sergt. Asa Graves of Col. Smith's regt., signed by himself. 

NATHANIEL FOSTER, JR. Private, on muster and pay roll of;Capt. Abner 
Bourn's co. , Col. Ebenezer White's regt., for service in R. I., on alarm of Aug. i, 
17S0; marched Aug. i, 17S0, discharged Aug. 9, 17S0, service, 9 days; roll sworn 
to at Middleborough. Jan. 22, 17S1. 

NOAH FOSTER, Chelmsford. On descriptive list of enlisted men age, iS 
yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 6 in.; complexion, light; occupation, farmer; enlisted April 27, 
1775; joined Capt. John Ford's co.. Col. Bridge's regt. Autograph signature on 
order for advance pay, dated Cambridge, June 6, 1775, payable to Lieut. Isaac 
Parker. On muster roll of above co., dated Aug. i, 1775; service. 3 mos. 12 days; 
also on roll dated Sept. 25, 1775. Private, on army pay accounts of Capt. William 
Hudson Ballard's co., Col. John Brooks' (late Ichabod Alden's) regt., for service 
from March 10, 1777, to Oct. 7, 1777; reported killed Oct. 7, 1777. 

OBADIAH FOSTER, Andover. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Joshua Holt's co., which marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, from Andover to Cam- 
bridge ; service, i 'i days. 

PARKER FOSTER, Kittery, Me. Ensign, on muster roll of Capt. Tobias 
Fernald's co.. Col. James Scammon's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 12, 
1775; service, 2 mos. 24 days; also 2d Lieutenant, on return (not dated), probably 
Oct., 1775. 

PARKER FOSTER, Kittery, Me. Private, on muster and pay roll ot Capt. 
Samuel Grant's co.. Col. Titcomb's regt, for service and travel allowance to and 
from camp at R. I. ; service, 2 mos. 12 days; council date, July 21, 1777. Also on 
descriptive list of enlisted men: age, iS yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 7 in. ; complexion, light; 
enlisted for 9 months in 1779. On receipt dated Springfield, Aug. 22, 1779, for 
equipments given to Capt. James Tisdale by himself and others. On list of g 
months' men entering service Aug. 23, i77g; time of discharge. May 23, 17S0; arrived 
at Springfield Aug. i, 17S0; marched to camp Aug. 2d, under command of Lieut. 
Benjamin Pike. On pay roll of 6 months' men; enlisted as Private Aug. i, 1780; 
discharged Feb. i, 17S1; service, 6 mos. 15 days. On order dated Oct. 26. 17S3, for 
2 months' pay as Sergeant, given in a memorandum of orders accepted on account 
of wages. 


PAUL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Moses Brown's 
CO. ; enlisted July 15. 1775; service, 6 nios. 2 days; stationed at i5everly. Also on 
list of men's names signed to a receipt for advance pay given by Rev. Daniel Hop- 
kins, dated Beverly, Sept. 25, 1775, for service guarding the sea'coast. 

PAUL FOSTER. Prize blaster, on descriptive list sworn to June 17, 1780, of 
officers and crew on board the Eagle, commanded by William Groves; stature, 5 ft. 
S in. ; complexion, dark. 

PEREGRINE FOSTER, Brookfield. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Daniel Gilbert's co.. Col. Job Cushing's regt., from July 30th to Sept. 2, 1777; i 
mo. 4 days' service at Bennington ; marched from BrookSeld to Bennington and 
Half Moon. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Asa Danforth's co, , Col. 
Convers' regt.; marched Sept. 23, 1777; service, 31 days; marched to join Gen. 
Gates' army. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Gilbert's co., Col. Josiah 
Whitney's regt., for service in R. L, from Aug. 2d to Sept. 13, 17S0: i mo. 16 days. 

PERLEY FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Lieut. Solomon Jack- 
son's CO., Col. John Ashley's regt.; enlisted Oct. 13, 17S1; discharged Oct. 20, 1781; 
service, 12 daj's; a Berkshire Co. regt. which marched on alarm at the Northward, 
under Lieut. -Col. John Collar, by order of Col. John Ashley; roll dated Tyringham, 
4 davs' travel included. 

PETER FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Nathaniel Woods' 
CO., Col. Ebenezer Sprout's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 6, 1778; discharged Sept. 12th; serv- 
ice, 6 days, on 2d alarm at Dartmouth ; roll dated Middleborough. On muster and 
pay roll of Capt. Edward Sparrow's CO., Col. John Jacobs' regt. ; enlisted July 23d; 
discharged Oct. 27, 17S0; service, 3 mos. 5 days; detached to reinforce Continental 
army by order of council June 22, 1780; 3 mos. service; roll sworn to at Middlebor- 

PETER FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Kettell's 
CO.; enlisted Aug. 14th; discharged Sept. 30, 1779; service, i mo. iS days; Maj. 
Heath's detachment of guards doing duty in and about Boston, by resolve of June 
iS, 1779. 

PETER FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Abbot's 
CO., Col. Nathaniel Wade's regt. ; enlisted July ; discharged Oct. 10, 1780; serv- 
ice, 3 mos. II days; raised for 3 mos. service at West Point, by resolve of June 22, 

PHILEMON FOSTER, Ipswich (W. Parish). Private, on Lexington alarm 
roll of Capt. Abraham How's co. of minute men, which marched on alarm of April 
19. 1775, from Ipswich (W. Parish); service, 2 days. Sergeant, on muster and pay 
roll of Capt. John Dodge's co., Col. Jacob Gerrish's regt. ; enlisted Nov. 12, 1777, to 
Feb. 3, 177S; service, 2 mos. 21 days (a regt. of guards serving at Charlestown); 
enlisted Feb. 3, 1778; discharged April 3, 177S; service, 2 mos. i day. Also on roll 
for Feb., 177S. dated Winter Hill, April 17, 177S, detached Nov. 5, 1777, to guard 
Burgoyne's army. 

PHILEMON FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. William 
Weston's co. ; enlisted Sept. 27, 1776; discharged Nov. ig, 1776; roll made up from 
Oct. I, 1776; service, i mo 18 days; stationed on Gurnet for defense of Plymouth 

PHINEAS FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. James Mal- 
lon's CO. (raised in Essex and Plymouth Cos.), Lieut. Putnam's regt. ; enlisted Aug. 
26, 17S1 ; discharged Dec. 4. 17S1 ; service, 3 mos. 20 days, travel included. 

REUBEN FOSTER, Chelmsford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Col. 
Moses Parker's co., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Chelmsford; 
service, S days. On descriptive list of enlisted men: age, 23 yrs. ; stature, 6 ft. i 
in.; complexion, light; occupation, farmer; enlisted April 27, 1775; joined Capt. 
John Ford's co.. Col. Bridge's regt. Private, on muster roll of saidco., dated 
April 27, 1775; service, 3 mos. 12 days; also on company return, dated Sept. 25, 

REUBEN FOSTER. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. James Russel's co.. 
Col. Eleazar Brooks' regt.; service, 5 days; marched to Dorchester, March 4, 1776, 
to reinforce the army. 

RICHARD FOSTER. Seaman, on muster and pay roll of officers and crew of 
ship "Protector," commanded by Capt. John F. Williams; enlisted March 5, 1780; 
discharged Aug. 17, 1780; service', 5 mos. 12 days. 

RICHARD FOSTER, Massachusetts. Seaman, on descriptive list sworn to 
at Boston, Sept. g, 17S0, of officers and crew of ship General Mitfiin, commanded by 
George Wait Babcock; age, 22 yrs. ; complexion, light. 


RICHARD FOSTER, Amesburj-. On descriptive list of men enlisted from 
Essex Co., for term of g r.ionths from arrival at Fisbkill ; age, 17 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 
4 in. ; complexion, dark; arrived at FishkiU June 17, 17-S. 

RICHARD FOSTER, Boxford. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Jacob Gould's co.. Col. Samuel Johnson's regt., which marched on alarm of April 
19. 1775. from Boxford: service, 6 days. 

RICHARD FOSTER, New Salem. Corporal, on muster roll of Capt. 
Nathaniel Healey's co., Col. Learned's regt, dated Aug^ i, 1775; enlisted May 10, 
1775; service, 2 mos. 3 weeks, 5 days; also on return of said CO., dated at Roxbury 
Camp, Oct. 6, 1775. 

RICHARD FOSTER, Salem. On descriptive list of men raised to reinforce 
Continental army for term of six months, by resolve of June 5, 1780: age, iS yrs. ; 
stature, 5 ft. S in. ; complexion, light; arrived at Springfield, July 22, 17S0; marched 
to camp same day under command of Capt. William Scott. On list of 6 months' 
men having passed muster, dated Camp Totoway, Oct. 25, 17S0. On pay roll of 6 
months' men raised by town of Salem; marched July 23, 1780; discharged Dec. 5, 
1780; service, 4 mos. 25 days. 

ROBERT FOSTER. Appears on list of officers of the Massachusetts militia 
chosen by their respective companies, agreed to in council June 6, 1776, as Captain 
■ oi 7th CO., in Col. Timothy Pickering, Jr.'s ist Essex Co. regt., dated Salem, May 
15, 1776; commissioned June 6, 1776. Also on a petition dated Salem, May 19, 
1778, signed by himself, asking for a discharge from his commission as captain in 
the 7th CO., of Col. Pickering's (ist) regt, in the county of Essex; accepted by 
.council May 20, 1778. 

ROBERT FOSTER. Appears among a list of officers of Massachusetts mil- 
itia as 2d Lieutenant in the volunteer co. (from Salem), Capt Samuel Flagg's 
<Essex Co.) regt. ; commissioned July 25, 1778. 

ROBERT FOSTER. Quarter Master, on pay roll, commenced July 31, 177S; 
discharged Dec. i, 1778; rations allowed for 4 mos. ; service under Col. John Allan 
at Machias; also from Dec. i, 177S, to June i, 1779; 6months. Also on pay accounts 
from July 4, 1777, to June i, 1779, and from June i, 1779, to Dec. i, 1779, also from 
Dec. I, 1779, to June i, 1780. Assistant to Deputy Quartermaster General, on pay 
abstract, for service at Machias, from May 5, 1780, to Jan. 31, 17S1; service, 8 mos. 
26 days. 

ROWLAND FOSTER, Boxford. Private, on a pay abstract of Capt. Richard 
Peabody's co.. Col. Edward Wigglesworth's regt., for service in 1776, and travel 
allowance from Ticonderoga home. 

RUFUS FOSTER. Private, on a return of Capt Caleb Chapin's co., for 

RU FUS FOSTER, Bernardston. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Law- 
rence Kemp's CO., Col. David Wells' regt. ; enlisted May 10, 1777; discharged July 
17, 1777; service, 2 mos. 9 days, at the Northward. Also on muster and pay roll 
of Capt. James Walsworth's co., Col. Elisha Porter's regt ; enlisted July 22, 1779; 
discharged Aug. 27, 1779; service, i mo. 11 days, at New London, Conn., 6 days' 
travel allowed. On descriptive list of men belonging to Hampshire Co. ; age, 19 
yrs. ; stature, 5 ft S in. ; complexion, light; hair, light; eyes, light; joined 5th Hamp- 
shire Co. regt ; dated Deerfield, July 24, 17S0. Private, on muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Isaac Newton's CO., Col. S. Murray's regt. ; enlisted July 22, 1780; discharged 
Oct 10, 1780; service, 2 mos. 28 days, 9 days' travel allowed. 

REYNOLD, RUNNEL, or RUNNELS FOSTER, Bradford. On descriptive 
list of enlisted men: age, 32 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. S in.; enlisted for 9 months from 
arrival at FishkiU, June 19, 1778. On receipt for bounty paid him by Lieut Abel 
Kimball, class No. 4, for town of Bradford, to serve in the Continental array for 3 
years; dated Boston, May 29, 17S2. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Billerica. Private, on a return of men in Capt Sol- 
omon Kidder's CO., Col. Brook's regt.; in service at White Plains; endorsed 
1776. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt Fox's co.. Col. Johnson's regt. ; 
enlisted Aug. 6, 1777, for 3 years; enlisted for Marlborough; reported promoted to 
Sergeant, May 30, 1778, to Sergeant-Major Aug. i. 177S, reduced to Sergeant April 
9, 1779. On list of men enlisted into Continental army from Capt. Edward Farmer's 
CO., 7th Middlesex regt., dated Feb. 16, 1778; joined Capt Fox's co.. Col. Hanly's 
regt. On pay roll of Capt. Lemuel Trescott's co.. Col. David Henley's regt ; dated 
Providence, Sept 11, 1778; service from April ist to May i, 177S: i mo. Private 
Sergeant, on roll dated Pawtuxet. May 4, 1779. On muster roll of Capt. Fox's co.. 


Col. Henry Jackson's regt., dated Providence, Nov. i, 1779, for Oct., 1779: also on 
pay rolls to Aug. 6, 17S0. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Haverhill. On descriptive list of men raised for 6 
months, agreeable to resolve of June 5, 1780; age, 17 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 2 in. ; com- 
plexion, light; arrived at Springfield July i, 17S0; marched to camp July 2, 17S0. 
On list of men who passed muster, return dated Camp Totoway, Oct. 25, 17S0. 
On pay roll of 6 months, men raised by Haverhill; marched June 29, 17S0; dis- 
charged Dec. 16, 17S0; service, 5 mos. 2S days. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Beverly. On a petition dated Boston, Nov. 29, 1779, 
signed by Josiah Batchelder, Jr., on behalf of himself and others, requesting that 
said Foster be appointed commander of sloop "Fish Hawke;" granted bj' council 
Nov. 30, 1779. Master, on descriptive list dated June 6, 17S0, of officers and crew 
of sloop Fish Hawke, commanded by Samuel Foster: age, 32; stature, 5 ft. 5 in.; 
complexion, dark. On a petition dated Boston, May 2, 17S1, signed by Samuel 
Foster in behalf of Josiah Batchelder and others of Beverly, asking that said Foster 
be appointed commander of sloop "Fish Hawke;" granted in council May 2. 17S1. 
Also on a petition dated Boston, Aug. 23, 17S1, signed by Samuel Foster in behalf 
of Nathaniel Silsby and others of Salem, asking that said Foster be appointed com- 
mander of schooner "Surprise;" granted in council, Aug. 23, 17S1. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Kingston. On list of prisoners sent on board the guard 
ship "Adams," by the Board of War as returned by Joseph Dobel, Sept. S, 1777; 
reported received Aug. 26, 1777. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Newburyport. Corporal, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Moses Nowell's co. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Newburj-port ; 
service, 4 days. Sergeant, on muster roll of Capt. Benjamin Perkins' co., Co'l. Mo- 
ses Little's fegt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 9, 1775; service, 12 weeks. On 
company return (not dated), probably Oct., 1775: age given as 24 yrs. On order 
for bounty coat or equivalent, due for the 8 months' service in 1775, dated in camp, 
Dec. 27, 1775, pavable to Capt. Perkins. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Manchester. Lieutenant, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Andrew Marster's co. ; marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Manchester 
to Medford ; service, 3 days. 

SAMUEL FOSTER. Appears on list of men's names signed to receipt for 
advance pay, given by Rev. Daniel Hopkins, dated Beverly, Sept. 25, 1775; service, 
guarding the sea coast. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Moses Brown's 
CO. ; enlisted July 15, 1775; service, 6 mos. 2 days. Also on pay abstract of above 
CO., Col. Glover's regt., for service in Feb., 1776; enlisted Jan. 8, 1776; also in serv- 
ice to Sept.. 1776, inclusive. 

SAMLTEL FOSTER, Roxbury. Sergeant, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Moses Whiting's Co., Col. John Greaton's regt., which marched on alarm of April 
19. 1775. from Roxbury; service, 5 days. Lieutenant, on list of officers in Capt. 
Edward P. Williams' co., Gen. Heath's regt., dated Roxbury Camp, May 20, 1775. 
Also on return dated Oct. 5, 1775. Captain, on muster roll of 2d Massachusetts 
regt.. Col. John Greaton's, for Dec, 1777, dated Albany, Jan. 2, 1778; commissioned 
Jan. I, 1777; reported on furlough for 6 months with Gen. Gate's leave, granted 
Dec. 25, 1777. On Continental army pay accounts of Col. Greaton's regt, for serv- 
ice from Jan. i, 1777, to May 6, 177S; reported: deceased May 6, 177S. On list of 
officers whose widows or orphans received half pay for 7 years (to May 6, 17S5), by 
resolve of Aug. 24, 17S0. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Westminster. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Elisha Jackson's co.. Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt., which marched on alarm of April 
19, 1775, from Westminster to Cambridge; service, g/i days. Private, on pay 
abstract of Capt. Jackson's co.. dated Aug. 22, 1777; service', 10 days, on alarm at 
Bennington; marched from Westminster to East Hoosa'c, and there dismissed. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Wilmington. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Timothy Walker's CO., Col. Green's regt., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Wilmington; service, 4'< days. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, Wrentham. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Samuel Powell's co.. Col. John Smith's regt., which marched on alarm of April 19, 
1775, from Wrentham; service, 11 daj-s. Also on muster roll of Capt. Oliver Pond's 
CO., Col. Joseph Read's regt., dated Aug. i. 1775; enlisted May 2, 1775; service, 3 
mos. 7 davs; also on company return, dated Sept. 25, 1771. 

SAMUEL FOSTER. Appears on list of men who received money from the 
public treasury for losses at battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill; allowed by 
council, June 13, 1776. 


SAMUEL FOSTER. Prize Master, on muster and pay roll of officers and crew 
of the brigantine "Tyranicide." commanded by Capt. Jonathan Haraden; enlisted 
March 13, 1777; discharged Aug. 29, 1777; service, 5 mos. 16 days. 

SAMUEL FOSTER. Lieutenant, on .muster and pay roll of Capt. John 
Blunt's CO. (Lincoln Co. regt.); enlisted March 6, 17S0; discharged Sept. 6, 1780; 
service, 6 mos. 

SAMUEL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Nathaniel 
Carter's co.. Col. Job. Cushing's regt.; enlisted Sept. 7, 1777; discharged Oct. 22, 
1777; service, i mo. 24 days. * 

SAMUEL FOSTER. Private on muster and pay roll of Capt. Thomas 
Whipple's CO., Col. Abijah Stearns' regt. from March 30, 177S, to July 2, 1778; 3 
mos. 3 days; service guardmg convention troops. 

SAMUEL FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Elijah Dem- 
ing's CO., Col. Ashley's regt.; enlisted June 4; discharged July 15, 177S; service, 
I mo. II days. Also from July 19, 1779, to Aug. 27, 1779, in Capt. Collar's co, i mo. 
9 days. 

SAMUEL FOSTER. Appears in a petition dated Boston, May 7, 1782, given 
by himself and others, asking for the commission of the above as commander of 
the schooner Penguin; approved in council May 7, 17S2. 

SETH FOSTER. Private on pay abstract of Capt. Abijah Bangs' co., Maj. 
Zenas Winslow's regt. ; service on alarm at Bedford and Falmouth in September, 
177S; 5 days. Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Elijah Smalley's co. , Col. 
Winslow's regt. ; 4 days' service on alarm at Bedford and Falmouth in September, 

SETH JEWETT FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John 
Robinson's co; service in R. L; enlisted Aug. 4, 1781; discharged Dec. i, 17S4; 
service, 4 mos. i day (5 days' travel allowed). Also on a warrant to pay men in 
above company, dated April 11, 17S3. i 

SILAS FOSTER, Acton. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. David Wheeler's 
CO., Col. Nixon's regt., for travel allowance, dated Winter Hill, Jan. 15, 1776; 
Sergeant on pay abstract of Capt. Zachariah Fitch's co.. Col. Samuel Brewer's 
regt. ; service, from Aug. 23 to Sept. 30, 1776; i mo. g days. 

SIMEON FOSTER, Andover. Private on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Nathaniel Lovejoys' co. (minute men). Col. Samuel Johnson's regt., which marched 
on alarm of April ig, 1775, from Andover to Cambridge via Billeiica; service, 3^^ 

SIMEON FOSTER, Andover. On decriptive list of men raised for six months, 
agreeable to resolve of June 5, 17S0; age, 24 years; stature, 5 ft. 5 in; complexion, 
light; arrived at Springfield July i, 17S0; on list dated camp Totoway, Oct. 25, 
17S0, as having passed muster; on pay roll for six months' men; marched June 26, 
17S0; discharged Dec. iS, 17S0; service, 6 mos. 3 days. 

SIMEON FOSTER, Groton. Private on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. John 
Nutting's CO., Col. William Prescott's regt., which marched on alarm of April 19, 

1775, from Pepperell; service, 6 days. Also on return of the above company, dated 
Aug. I, 1775, enlisted April 25, 1775; service, 3 mos. S days. On order for county 
coat, or equivalent, due for the eight months' service, dated Cambridge, Jan. i, 

1776. On descriptive list of men raised in Middlesex Co. to reinforce Continental 
army for nine months by resolve of April 20, 1778: age, 43 years; stature, 5 ft. g 
in. Also on list returned as arrived at Fishkill, Aug. 5, 177S; reported detained by 
an accident which happened after his march. 

SIMEON FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Eaton's 
CO., Col. Samuel Johnson's regt.; enlisted Aug. 15, 1777; discharged Nov. 30, 
1777; service, 3 mos. 16 days; marched on expedition "to the northward. 

SIMEON FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Samuel Rus- 
sell's CO., Col. Samuel Ballard's regt. ; enlisted Aug. 15, 1777; discharged Nov. 30, 
1777; service. 3 mos. 28 days; roll dated Danvers (12 days' travel included). 

SKELTON FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Craw- 
ford's CO., Col. James Converse's regt. ; enlisted Aug. 20; discharged Aug. 23, 1777; 
service, 5 days, travel included ; marched on alarm at Bennington. 

SMITH FOSTER, Westford (also given as Billerica). Private, on return of 
Capt. John Minot's co.. Col. Dike's regt. ; service from Dec. 13, 1776, to March i; 
1777; discharged Feb. iS, 1777. On return of men enlisted into army from Capt, 
Wright's CO., 6th Middlesex co. regt., dated Littleton Sept. 17, 1777, for three years, 
joined Cap. William H. Ballard's co.. Col. Ichabod Alden's regt. On muster roll 
of said CO., dated Cherry Valley May 14, 1779; enlisted May 17, 1777. On roll of 


Lieut. John Brook's co. : made up to Dec. 31, 1779, 2 years, 7 mos., 15 days' service 
(is given as belonging to Acton). Reported as enlisted for during war Dec. 20, 
1779. On pay accounts of Capt. Ballard's co. ; service from May 17, 1777, to Dec. 
31, 1779; reported transferred to Col. Crane's regt. On pay accounts of Capt. 
Treadwell's co., Col. Crane's regt.; service from Jan. i, 1780, to Dec. 31, 17S0. 
Matross on list of men in ist artillery regt, who did not receive gratuity granted 
by resolve of Jan. 15, 17S1. Matross on muster roll of Capt. Treadwell's co. for 
Feb. and March, 17S1, dated at West Point; reported on furlough. On muster roll 
for April, 17S1. 

STEPHEN FOSTER, Dorchester. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Lemuel Clap's co.. Col. Benjamin Gill's regt. ; enlisted March 14. 1776; discharged 
March 26, 1776; service, 12 days. Also enlisted June 13; discharged June 16, 1776; 
service, 3 days. On pay abstract of Capt. Richard Mayberry's co.. Col. Ebenezer 
Francis' regt., for travel allowance from Dorchester Heights home; allowed in 
council Nov. 29, 1776. 

STEPHEN FOSTER, Groton. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Lawrence's 
CO., Col. Prescott's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 25, 1775; service, 3 mos. 
8 days. On company return, dated Oct. 6, 1775, reported either killed in battle or 
taken prisoner, June 17, 1775. On order for bounty coat, or equivalent in money, 
due for the eight months' service in 1775, dated Cambridge, Oct. 30, 1775, payable 
to Captain Lawrence. 

STEPHEN FOSTER, Oakham. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Simeon 
Hazleton's co., Col. Fellows' regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 2, 1775; serv- 
ice, 3 mos. 7 days. Also on return dated Oct. 7, 1775. 

STEPHEN FOSTER. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Aaron Haynes' co., 
Col. Aas Whitcomb's regt., dated in camp at Ticonderoga, Dec. i, 1776; enlisted 
Jan. I, 1776; service, 11 mos. ; reported died Sept. 28, 1776. 

STEPHEN FOSTER, Topsfield. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Stephen Perkins' co. of minute men, which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Topsfield; service, i day. 

STEPHEN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Eaton's 
CO., Col. Samuel Johnson's regt.; enlisted Aug. 15, 1777; discharged Nov. 30, 1777; 
service, 3 mos. 29 days (13 days' travel included); on expedition to the northward. 

STEPHEN FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Timothy 
Foster's co. ; enlisted Sept. i, 1779; discharged Nov. i, 1779; service, 2 mos.; 
defending frontiers of Lincoln co. 
^__ STUART FOSTER, Winthrop. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Oliver Colborn's co., Col. Arnold's regt. ; enlisted July 25, 1775 ; service, 20 days. 

THEOPHILUS FOSTER, Brookfield. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Ithamer Wright's co., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Brook- 
field; service, S days, travel included; returned home April 23, 1775. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Dorchester (possibly). Private, on Lexington alarm roll 
of Capt. William Holden's co.. Col. Robinson's regt., which was mustered on alarm 
of April 19, 1775, and marched under command of Lieut. Preserved Baker; service, 
10 days. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Middleborough. On return of men enlisted into Conti- 
nental army from Capt. Nathaniel Wood's co., 4th Plymouth co. regt., dated Feb. 
ig, 177S; enlisted for during war; joined Capt. Wadsworth's co.. Col. Bradford's 
regt. On roll dated at Boston made up for billeting allowance; enlisted March 6, 
1777; 64 days. On muster return dated Valley Forge Jan. 28, 177S, reported on 
furlough. On pay accounts of said regt., private; service, from March 6, 1777, to 
Dec. 31, 1779. Also for service from Jan. i, 1780, to Dec. 31, 17S0; rank. Sergeant. 
On register of furlough of Lieut.-Col. J. Brooks' 7th regt. since Jan. i, 17S1; rank, 
Sergeant, in Capt. King's CO., leave given by Major Porter to go from West Point 
toMiddleboro, Jan. 25, 17S1, for 40 days; overstayed 72 days. Reported on duty on 
muster roll for May, 17S1. On muster rolls from June to November, 17S1 ; reported 
as on extra duty as armorer; reported reduced to private June i, 17S1. On muster 
rolls dated York Hults, December, 1781. and February, 17S2, reported on furlough. 
On a list of men dated Boston Jan. 28. 1S03, returned by John Avery, secretary, and 
J. Jackson, treasure'r, who had enlisted into the Continental arm)' and actually served 
three years, and were accordingly entitled to gratuities under resolves of March 4. 
and June 19, 1801 ; credited with $20. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Jonathan Allen's co.. 
Col. John Fellows' regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May i, 1775; service, 17 days. 
Residence not given — marked "transient." 


THOMAS FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Nathaniel Good- 
win's CO., Col. Theophilus Cotton's regt., detached Sept. 25, 1777; discharged Oct 
10, 1777; service i^ days; on secret e.\pedition to Newport, R, I. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Nathaniel 
Carter's co.. Col. Job Cushing's regt.; enlisted Sept. 7, 1777; discharged Nov. 29, 
1777; service, 3 mos. 4 days. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Surgeon's Mate, on muster and pay roll of officers and 
crew of the brigantine Hazard, dated Boston, June 6, 177S; enlisted Nov. 22, 1777; 
discharged May 11, 177S; service, 5 mos. 19 days. Deceased. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Dodge's 
CO., Col. Jacob Gerrish's regt. (guards serving at Charlestown) ; enlisted Nov. 23, 

1777, to Feb. 3, 1778; 2 mos. 10 days. Also on roll dated April, 177S, for February, 

1778, reported on guard. On muster and pay roll; enlisted Feb. 3, 1778; discharged 
April 3, 1778; service, 2 mos. i day. Also between April i and July i, 177S; 2 
mos. 27 days. Also on receipt, dated Camp Winter Hill, June 21, 1778, for wages 
for service in April and May; service, 23 days in April and the month of May; 
autograph signature. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Ward Swift's 
CO., Col. Freeman's regt; 8 days' service on alarm at Dartmouth and Falmouth, 
Sept 6, 1778. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Gardnerstown. Private on muster and pay roll of 
Capt Oliver Colborn's co.. Col. Arnold's regt; enlisted July 25, 1775; service, 20 
days. Also on a return of men enlisted into the Continental army from Captain 
Swan's CO., Col. Benjamin Gill's regt (also given Col. Joseph North's 2d Lincoln 
Co. regt), dated June 27, 1777, for town of Stoughton, for three years; joined Capt. 
Burton's co., Col. Sherburne's regt. On a return of officers and men belonging to 
Massachusetts in Col. Henry Sherburne's regt, certified at Boston, June 15, 1779, 
by Capt. Benj. Burton; enlisted March iS, 1777, for three years or during war. 
Residence, Vassalboro. On Continental army pay accounts of Col. Sherburne's 
regt for service from March iS. 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; reported deserted Feb. 3, 
1 7 So. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Ipswich (W. Parish). Lieutenant, on Lexington alarm 
roll of Capt. Abram How's co., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Ipswich (W. Parish) ; service, 2 days. Also on list of officers of Massachusetts mil- 
itia, chosen by their respective companies and field officers as captain in Sth co. of 
Essex Co. regt ; commissioned bv council May 7, 1776. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Ipswi'ch. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt 
Jonathan Cogswell Jr.'s co., which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from 
Ipswich; service, 3 daj's. Also on muster and pay roll of Capt Abraham Dodge's 
CO., Col. Moses Little's regt, dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 3, 1775; service. 12 
weeks 6 days. On company return, dated Oct 9, 1775, his age given 20 years. 
On order for bounty coat, or equivalent, due for the eight months' service in 1775, 
dated in camp, Dec. 21, 1775, payable to Lieut James Lord. Also on muster and 
pay roll of Capt. Daniel Giddings' co.. Col. Foster's regt.; enlisted March 12, 1776; 
service to May 31, 1776; 2 mos. 20 days; stationed at Gloucester. Also from June 
I to Aug. 31, 1776; service, 3 mos. Also from Sept. i, 1776; 2 mos. iS days; dis- 
charged Nov. iS, 1776. On a return of men enlisted into Continental army from 
3d Essex Co. regt for three years; joined Capt Burnham's co., Col. Jackson's regt. 
On a list of officers in Col. Michael Jackson's regt., dated West Point, Nov. S, 1779; 
rank. Ensign; commissioned Nov. 26, 1779. On pay accounts of above regt. for 
service from March iS, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779. On list of officers in said regt. as 
Ensign; recommended as Lieutenant; commission to date from Oct. 6, 17S0, in place 
of Lieut Jackson, promoted; dated Camp Totoway, Oct 15, 17S0. On army pay 
accounts for service from Jan. i, to Dec. 31, 17S0: reported served 9 mos. 24 days 
as Ensign; 2 mos. 6 days as Lieutenant On list of officers in Lieut -Col. Badlam's 
(Sth) regt., dated PhilipsbuTg, Julv iS, 17S1; lieutenant commissioned Oct 6, 17S0. 

THOMAS FOSTER, JR., Ipswich. On a descriptive list of men raised to 
reinforce the Continental army for six months, agreeable to resolve of June 5, 17S0: 
age, 18; stature, 5 ft. 10 in; complexion, dark; arrived at Springfield July 5, 17S0; 
marched to camp same day ; passed muster at Camp Totoway ; return dated Oct. 25, 
17S0. On pay roll of six months' men as marched June 17', 17S0; discharged Dec. 
3, 1780; 5 mos., 28 days. Also on list of three years' men, raised by resolve of Dec. 
2, 1780; raised March 14, 1781. On receipt for bounty, class No. 31, dated Ipswich, 
March 23, 17S1. Corporal on pay roll of Col. Benjamin Tupper's regt ; 9 mos. iS 
days; roll made up from Jan. i, 1781. to Jan. i, 1782; reported promoted from Pri- 


vate to Corporal Nov. i6, 1781. Also on pay roll from Jan. i, 1782; service, 12 mos. 

THOJIAS FOSTER, Lenox. Drummer on muster and paj- roll of Capt. Caleb 
Hyde's co., Col. James Easton's regt., which marched from Lenox on alarm at 
Ticonderoga Jlay 10, 1775; service. 5 days. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Middleborough. Private, on muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Joshua Benson's co., Col. Theophilus Cotton's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; 
enlisted June i, 1775; service, 2 mos. 4 days. Also on order for bounty coat, or 
equivalent, due for the eight months' service in 1775, dated Roxbury, Nov. 14, 1775, 
payable to Lieut. William Tomson. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Middleborough. On list of men mustered in Plymouth 
Co., to serve in Capt. Joseph Tapper's co.. Col. Bigelow's regt. ; mustered between 
March 5 and March 22. 1777; age, 42 years. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Middleborough. Private, on pay abstract of Capt. Mat- 
thew Randall's CO., Col. Marshall's regt., for advance pay, dated camp at Hull, June 
iS, 1776. On muster and pay roll of said regt.; enlisted June i, 1776, to Aug. i, 
1776; 2 mos. Also on return as in service from Aug. i to Nov. i, 1776; 3 mos. 
Also on pay roll for November, 1776; i mo. 2 days. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Lieut. Jonah Wash- 
burn's CO., Col. Ebenezer Sprout's regt., which marched from Middleboro on alarm 
of Dec. 8. 1776, at R. L: service, 5 days; roll dated Middleborough March 28, 1777. 

THOMAS FOSTER, Winthrop. On list of men enlisted or drafted into Conti- 
nental army out of Col. Joseph North's (2d Lincoln Co.) regt, dated Gardnerstown, 
Feb. 2, 177S; enlisted for three years; joined Capt. Langdon's co.. Col. Jackson's 
regt. On list of men returned with a petition of inhabitants of Winthrop. dated 
March in, 1777, asking consideration on account of their exposed condition as having 
voluntarily enlisted in the army in 1776. 

THOMAS FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Nathaniel 
Wood's CO., Col. Simon Cary's regt.; service, s days; roll dated Roxbury, April i, 

THOMAS WAITE FOSTER, Hadley. Captain, on list of men in Col. Wood- 
bridge's regt., dated Cambridge, April 25, 1775. Also in a letter regarding sending 
a cannon to Cambridge from Cora. Gen. John Pigeon to Major Baldwin, dated April 
25, 1775. Also on muster roll of Col. Richard Gridley's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; 
enlisted April rg, 1775; 3 mos. 20 days. Also on the October, 1775, return. 

THO-MAS WAITE FOSTER. Appears in a letter written by himself, a gunner 
in the ship Warren, on the Penobscot expedition, asserting that Paul Revere had 
apparently been consistent in action at above expedition; sworn to before court 
Nov. II, 1779. 

TILLA FOSTER, Greenwich. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Oliver 
Coney's co.. Col. Sears' regt.; marched Aug. 12, 17S1; discharged Nov. 15, 17S1; 
service, 3 mos. 10 days. 

TILLEY FOSTER, Rochester. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Earl 
Clap's CO., Col. Theophilus Cotton's regt, which marched in consequence of alarm 
of April 19, 1775; service, 12 days. Also on muster roll of above co., dated 
Aug. I, 1775; enlisted May 2, 1775 ; service, 3 mos. 6 days. Also on return dated 
Oct. 7, 1775, and on muster and pay roll of Capt. Elisha Haskell's Co., Col. Ben- 
jamin Hawes' regt. ; service in R. L from July 29 to Sept. 11, 177S; i mo. 15 days. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER, Dorchester (probably). Sergeant, on Lexington alarm 
roll of Capt. William Holden's co.. Col. Robinson's regt., which was mustered 
April 19, 1775, and marched under command of Lieut. Preserved Baker; service, 
10 days. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER, Dudley. Sergeant, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Nathaniel Healey's CO. (minute men). Col. Ebenezer Learned's regt., which marched 
on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Dudley; service, 6 days. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER, JR., Dudley. Ensign, on muster roll of Capt. Nathaniel 
Healey's co.. Col. Learned's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775 ; enlisted April 24, 1775 ; serv- 
ice, 3 mos. 2 weeks. Also on list of officers of Massachusetts militia as 2d Lieutenant 
in 3d CO. of 5th Worcester Co. regt. ; commissioned April 4, 1776. Lieutenant on 
muster and pay roll of Capt. Healey's co.. Col. Jonathan Holman's regt., dated 
Providence, R. I., Jan. 21, 1777; service, 21 days; on alarm of December, 1776. 
Also on pay abstract, dated Fort Edward Oct. 17, 1777; engaged Sept. 26; dis- 
charged Oct. 6, 1777; service, 30 days. On list of officers of Massachusetts militia 
as 2d Lieutenant, Capt. David Keith's co.. Col. Holman's regt., commissioned Sept. 
25, 177S; commissioned Feb. 19, 1780, ist Lieutenant in Capt. Lemuel Corbin's co., 
Col. Davis' (5th) regt. 


TIMOTHY FOSTER, Taunton. Matross, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Samuel Fale's co. , Col. G. Williams' regt., for time and travel to Slade's Ferry in 
Swazey, R. I., on alarm of Dec. S, 1776; service, 4 days. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER. Appears among a list of men's names signed to a 
receipt for advance pay, given by Rev. Daniel Hopkins, dated Beverly, Sept. 25, 
1775 ; service, guarding the sea coast. Fifer on muster and pay roll of Capt. Moses 
Brown's co. ; enlisted July 15, 1775 ; service, 6 mos. 2 days; stationed at Beverly. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER. Appears in a pay roll of Sergt. Enos Dean's detach- 
ment of guards; service, 14 days; by order of committee «of correspondence, etc., 
in order to prevent escape of Highlanders and other prisoners from Taunton jail 
during the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Nathaniel 
Clap's CO., Col. Benj. Hawes' regt. ; service at R. I. ; enlisted July 26, 177S; discharged 
Sept. II, 1778; service, 17 days. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. John Blunfs 
CO., Col. Samuel McCobb's regt. ; service, i mo, between June 28 and Sept. 28, 
1779; on expedition against Penobscot. 

TIMOTHY FOSTER. Captain, on list of officers of Massachusetts militia in 
7th CO. of 2d Lincoln Co. regt. ; commissioned July 23 (or Aug. 23), 1776. On muster 
and pay roll of his company in Major Lithgo's detachment; enlisted Sept. i, 1779; 
discharged Nov. 2, 1779; service, 2 mos. 2 days, defending the frontiers of Lincoln 

TIMOTHY FOSTER. Private on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joshua Wil- 
bore's co.. Col. Mitchell's regt., for service in R. I. on alarm of Aug. 2, 17S0; 
marched Aug. 2, 17S0, to Tiverton, R. I. ; service, 8 days. 

WARHAM FOSTER. Sergeant-major, on muster roll of Capt. Abijah Sav- 
age's CO., Col. Henry Sherburne's regt., dated Rhode Island, Aug. 21, 177S; enlisted 
May 6, 1777, for 3 years. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Andover. First Lieutenant, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Henry Abbot's co., vphich marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, from Andover; 
service, I'/z days. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Attleborough. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Samuel Robinson's co.. Col. Wade's regt., for service at R. I.; enlisted June 21, 
1778; service, 22 days. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Attleborough. On list of men mustered in Bristol Co., 
by return made by James Leonard, muster master, Oct. 28, 1779; enlisted for three 
years. Drummer on muster and pay roll of Capt. Joseph Franklin's CO., Col. Nathan 
Tyler's regt.; service in R. I.; enlisted Aug. 24, 1779, to Dec. 34, 1779, service, 4 
mos. 7 days. Also from Dec. i to Dec. 31 ; i mo. 2 days; travel included. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Boxford (probably). Private, on Lexington alarm roll 
of Capt. John Cushing's co. (minute men). Col. Samuel Johnson's regt., which 
marched on alarm of April ig, 177s, from Boxford (probably); service, 2 days. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Mendon. On descriptive list of men enlisted from Wor- 
cester Co., dated Leicester, June 2, 1778; enlisted for nine months from time of 
arrival at Fishkill, June 7, 177S; age, iS years; stature, 5 ft. 9 in; complexion, 
dark; hair, dark brown; eyes, light; belonged to Capt. Cragin's CO., Col. Ezra 
Wood's regt. On muster and pay roll of Capt. Philip Ammidon's co.. Col. Nathan 
Tyler's regt., which marched to R. I. on alarm of July 27, 1780; enlisted Aug. 2, 
1780; discharged Aug. 8, 1780; service, 10 days. Also on certificate of enlistment 
dated Mendon, Aug. 2. 1 781, given by selectmen of Mendon, certifying the above 
enlisted in the Continental army for three vears, in March, 17S1. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Monson. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Freeborn Moulton's co.. Col. Danielson's regt., which marched on alarm of April 
19, 1775. from Monson to Cambridge; service, 20 davs; left Cambridge Mav =;, 1775. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Northbridge. Corporal, on Lexington alarm roll of 
Capt. Josiah Wood's co. (minute men), which marched on alarm of April 19, 1775, 
from Northbridge to Roxbury ; service, 9 days. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll 
of Capt. Peter Penniman's co.. Col. Wood's regt. ; service at R. I. from April 18 to 
May 7, 1777; 21 days. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Newbury. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Thomas Noyes' co., which marched (April 20) on alarm of April 19, 1775, from New- 
bury to headquarters at Cambridge ; service, 4 days. 

'^WILLIAM FOSTER, Cape Ann. Sergeant, on muster roll of Capt. John 

♦Reported served for his brother, Job Foster. 


Row's CO., Col. Eben Bridge's regt. ; dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 29, 1775; 
service, 2 mos. 8 days. Also on order for bounty coat, or equivalent, due for the 
eight months' service in 1775, dated Cambridge, No\'. g, 1775; payable to Lieut. 
Mark Pool. Also on an order, dated Gloucester, Oct. 16, 1776, for losses at Bunker 
Hill, given by himself and others on Henry Gardner, treasurer; payable to Samuel 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Dudley. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Nathaniel Healey's co.. Col. Jonathan Holman's regt., which marched to R. I. on 
alarm in Dec, 1776; service, 43 days. Corporal, on muster and pay roll of Capt. 
Lemuel Corbin's co.. Col. Jacob Davis' regt; detached for service in R. I., on 
alarm of July 30, 17S0; service, 13 days. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Ipswich. Private, on receipt for advance pay, dated 
Cambridge, July 2, 1775, due on account of service in Capt. Gideon Parker's co., 
Col. Little's regt. ; autograph signature. On muster and pay roll of said co. , dated 
Aug. I, 1775; enlisted May 15, 1775; service, 2 mos, 22 days. Also on company 
return, dated Oct. S, 1775; age, 39 years. On order for bounty coat, or equivalent 
in money, due for the eight months' service in 1775, dated Prospect Hill, Dec. 2S, 
1775; payable to Capt. Parker. 

"WILLIAM FOSTER, Oxford. Private, on Le.xington alarm roll of Capt. John 
Town's CO., which marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, from O.xford to Roxbuiy ; 
served 6 days and "enlisted into the army." Private, on muster roll of Capt. Camp- 
bell's CO., Col. Learned's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 26, 1775: service, 
3 mo3., I week 5 days. Also on return, dated Oct. 7, 1775, and on order for bounty 
coat, or equivalent, due for the eight months' service, dated camp at Ro.\bury, Oct. 
26, 1775. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Thomas Fish's co.. Col. William Shep- 
ard's regt., for July and August, 177S, dated Sept. 5, 1778; enlisted for three years. 
On October return, dated Providence, Nov. 13, 177S, reported on duty. On pay 
accounts of Capt. Moore's co.. Col. Shepard's regt., for service from March 11, 
1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; reported 13 months' service as Corporal, and 20 months 20 
davs as Private. Corporal on return of Capt. Moore's co., dated Mountain Hutts, 
West Point, Jan. 23, 17S0 ('), made up from Jan. i to Dec. 31, 1780; enlisted March 
7, 1777; service, 2 mos. 7 days; reported discharged March 7, 17S0. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, Reading. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. 
Thomas Eaton's co.. Col. Green's regt., which marched on alarm of April ig, 1775, 
from Reading; service, S days. Also on list of men in the training band under 
Capt. Eaton. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Roxbury (also given Boston). Private, on a return of 
Capt. Edward P. Williams' co.. Col. John Greaton's regt., dated Oct. 5, 1775, and on 
order for bounty coat, or equivalent, due for t'ne eight months' service, dated Cam- 
bridge, Dec. 22, 1775, payable to Capt. Williams. On a return of men enlisted into 
Continental army, from Capt. Edward Cobb's co. of 3d Plymouth Co. regt., dated 
May 15, 1777; enlisted for Abington, for during war. Joined Capt. Foster's co.. Col. 
Greaton's regt. Also on roll, dated Albany, Jan. 2, 177S; enlisted March 3, 1777. Also 
on returns, dated White Plains, July 20, and Sept. i, 17S0. And on muster roll of 
March, I77g, dated Cortlandt Manor, April 7, 1779; reported transferred to Major 
Oliver's co. On pay accounts of Col. Greaton's regt. ; service from Jan. i, 17S0, to 
Dec. 3:, 1780. On descriptive list of men belonging to Roxbury: age, 33 years; 
stature, 5 ft. gin; complexion, dark; hair and eyes, dark; enlisted Feb. 16, 1777, for 
during war, dated West Point, Jan. 25, 17S1. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Private, on Lexington alarm roll of Capt. Ebenezer 
Withington's co., which was mustered April 19, 1775 ; service, 3 days. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. On list of men who received money from public treas- 
ury for losses at battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill; allowed by council June 13 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Private, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Noah Lank- 
ton's co., Col. John Ashley's regt. ; enlisted July 8, 1777; discharged Aug. 14, 1777; 
service, i mo. S days ; marched to Kingsbury ; roll dated Tyringham. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Drummer, on muster and pay roll of Capt. Samuel 
Clark's co., Col. Benjamin Syraonds' regt. ; enlisted Sept. 7, 1777; discharged Sept. 
20, 1777; service, 14 days; marched to Paulett by order of Major-General Lincoln. 
Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Israel Harris' co.. Col. Simonds' regt. ; enlisted 
Oct. 12; discharged Oct. 19, 17S0; service, 11 days; 4 days' travel allowed; marched 
on alarm to the northward. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Appears on a petition, dated Boston, Dec. ig, 1777, 


for his brother Joseph Foster, who is a prisoner on the guard vessel at New York, 
and whom he would like to have released by sending some one to take his place. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Lieutenant, on muster and pay roll of Lieut. William 
Foster's co., Col. Pierce's regt. ; joined March 3, 177S; discharged April S, 177S; 
service, "■,- davs; stationed at Long Island. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Sergeant, on a warrant to pay oiBcers and men on a 
roll bearing date Nov. 12, 17S4. Capt. Toy's co., Col. Webb's regt. 

BILLY FOSTER (also William on one roll), Winthrop, Me. Corporal, on 
return of Capt. Samuel McCobb's co., Col. Nixon's ri^t., for cartridge boxes 
received, dated Cambridge, June 24, 1775; autograph signature on receipt for 
advance pay, dated Cambridge, June 26, 1775. On muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; 
enlisted June i, 1775; service, 2 mo. 5 days. Also on Oct., 1775, return, dated 
Winter Hill. Autograph signature on order for bounty coat, or equivalent, dated 
Winter Hill, Dec. 20, 1775. Also on list of men returned with petition of inhabitants 
of Winthrop, dated March 10, 1777, asking consideration on account of their exposed 
condition, as having voluntarily enlisted in the army in 177=5. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. On list of men mustered in Suffolk Co. to serve in Capt. 
Nathaniel Cushing's co., Col. John Peterson's regt., by return made by Nathaniel 
Barber, dated Boston, Feb. 2, 1777; enlisted for three years; received v" 20 bounty. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Appears on list of men who signed oath of allegiance, 
dated Feb. 24, 1777. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. On list of men mustered in Worcester Co. to serve in 
Capt. Foster's co.. Col. Nixon's regt. by return made by Thomas Newhall, muster 
master; enlisted for three years; mustered April 21, 1777. 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Second Lieutenant, on list of officers of Massachusetts 
militia, chosen by the ist company and accepted by council I\Iay 10, 1776, Capt. 
Ebenezer Gore's co.. Col. William Mcintosh's regt. On muster and pay roll of 
Capt. Abel Richard's co. , Col. Benjamin Hawes' regt. ; enlisted Sept. 25 ; discharged 
Oct. 2S, 1777; service, i mo. 7 days; 3 days' travel allowed; secret expedition to R. I. 
Also on muster and pay roll of Capt. Caleb Whiting's co.. Col. Hawes' regt.; 
entered July 2S ; discharged Sept 12, 177S; service on expedition to R. I. On a peti- 
tion, dated Roxbury, May 2, 1779, of resignation from militia; granted in council 
May 7, 1779- 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Private on muster and pay roll of Capt. Lemuel Clap's 
CO. ; enlisted May 11 ; discharged Aug. 10, 1779; service, 3 mos. ; guards at Dorchester 

WILLIAM FOSTER. Sergeant, on muster and pay roll of Capt. David 
Batcheller's co., Lieut. -Col. Nathan Tyler's regt. ; for service in R. I., on alarm of 
Dec. S, 1776; enlisted Jan. S, 1777; service, 12 days. Also enlisted in same com- 
pany July 28, 17S0; discharged Aug. S, 17S0; service, i^ days. 

WOODEN FOSTER. Private, on muster and payroll of Capt. Joseph Sevey's 
CO., Col. Benjamin Foster's (Lincoln Co.) regt. ; enlisted June 23, 17-7; discharged 
July 16, 1777; service, 23 days, at Machias. Also enlisted July 16; discharged Oct. 
10, 1777: 2 mos. 4 days, and i day's service between Dec. s and 25, 177S, at Machias. 

ZEBULON FOSTER, Beverly. Private, on muster roll of Capt. Lemuel Tres- 
cott's CO., Col. J. Brewer's regt., dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted July 6, 1775; service, 
25 days. Also on return, dated Prospect Hill, Oct. 6, 1775, and on order for bounty 
coat, or equivalent, due for the eight months' service in 1775, dated Prospect Hill, 
Oct. 25, 1775. 

ZEB. FOSTER. Seaman, on muster and pay roll of officers and crew of brig- 
antine Tyianicide, commanded by Capt. Jonathan Haraden; enlisted Feb. 26, 1777; 
discharged Aug. 29, 1777; service, 6 mos. 3 days. 


JOSEPH FOSTER, of Chaplin, Conn ; pension granted 1S40; ae. 7S. 

ADONIJAH FOSTER, enlisted April 11, 1-7S; three years; Windham; Capt. 
Wm. Sizer. 

ALPHEUS FOSTER; pension granted 1S32; Middlesex Co. 

AMAN FOSTER, enlisted July 11, 17S0; discharged Oct. 25, 17S0; 4th Conn, 


ASA FOSTER, enlisted Feb. 6, 1777, for three years; discharged Feb. 16, 17S0; 
Capt. Hait. 

ASA FOSTER, of Connecticut; residing in Ohio; granted a pension in iSiS. 

ASA FOSTER; Sergeant; in service 2 days; town of Stafford. 

ASA FOSTER, joined April 7, 1777; Lieutenant Smith's company; discharged 
May 19, 1777. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, enlisted May 10, 1775; discharged Dec. 15; Capt. 
Manning 7th company ; Woodstock. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, enlisted July 12, 1775; Capt. Wm. Hubbell ; New 
Fairfield; discharged Dec. 23. 

BENJAMIN FOSTER, of Sharon, was in Capt. Woodbridge's company for 
three years; was discharged in 1780. 

BENNETT FOSTER, enlisted July 20, 17S0; discharged Dec. 25. 

CHARLOTTE FOSTER, of Ellington; ae. 74; in 1S40 was a revolutionary 

CHAUNCY FOSTER, of Windsor, was in Capt. Blackman's company in 1777 
to 17S0; he also served in the R. 1. militia. 

CHRISTOPHER FOSTER, from near New London, was' sick in hospital at 
Stamford as a discharged revolutionary soldier, in 1776. 

DANIEL FOSTER, was Ensign in Capt. Daniel Clark's company in 1777; was 
Ensign in Capt. Nathan Wales' 3d company in 17S0. 

DAVID FOSTER was pensioned in iSiS; was then residing in New York 

EDWARD FOSTER, of Colonel Wylly's regiment, was sick in hospital at 
Stamford, Nov., 1776; he was of Weathersfield, and was of Capt. Throop's company ; 
was in Capt. Shephard's company in 1777; he was pensioned in iSiS. 

ELIJAH FOSTER, of Sharon, was second Lieutenant in Benj. Mills' company. 
in 1776. 

EPHRIAM FOSTER, of East Haddam, was in Capt. Holmes' company; later 
in Capt. Jones' company. 

FRANCIS FOSTER, from near Bethlehem, was in Capt. Beardsley's com- 
pany and later in Capt. Watson's company. 

GEORGE FOSTER, of Killingly, was in Capt. Warren's company; later in 
Capt. Trowbridge's company, and after the battle of Long Island, Aug. 27, 1776, 
was reported missing; was captured, however, and paroled Aug. 30. He d. at 
Milford about Jan. i, 1777. 

HACHALIAH FOSTER, of East Windsor, was at siege of Boston in 1775 in 
Capt. Parson's company; later in Capt. Wolcott's company, and was reported 
missing Sept. 15, 1776. 

ISAAC FOSTER was Sergeant Major of Col. Wm. Douglass' regiment; was in 
battle at White Plains Oct. 2S, 1776. 

SERGT. ISRAEL FOSTER was in Capt. Mills' company. He was from 
Sharon ; was in the defence of Ft. Washington in N. Y. 

CORP. JABEZ FOSTER, of Lebanon, was in Capt. Tildens' company at the 
Lexington alarm; was at battle of Bunker Hill in Capt. Clark's company in Col. 
Israel Putnam's regiment; was a Corporal in Capt. Tilden's company in 177S. 

JAMES FOSTER, of Saybrook, was in Capt. JIattock's company in 1777 from 
Hartford; was transferred to invalid corps; was in Capt. Wylly's company and 
again transferred to invalid corps in 17S1. In 17S1 he was drummer in Capt. 
Hopkins' company from Hartford. 

JEDEDIAH FOSTER, of Farmington, was in Capt. Heart's company in 1776. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER, of Suffield, was in Capt. Hanchett's company in 1775. 

JESSE FOSTER, of Danbury, was in Capt. Doolittle's company in 1775; was 
later in Capt. Pendleton's company ; then in Capt. Benedict's company at Ft. Wash- 

JOHN FOSTER, of Wyoming Valley, Pa., was in Capt. Durkee's company in 
1776. This was settled by people from Conn., and known as Westmoreland 
County; was in battles at Bound Brook, N. J., Brandy wine and Germantown and 
wintered at Valley Forge. He d. Jan. i, 177S. 

JOHN FOSTER, of Middletown, was in service in Capt. Beebe's company at 
siege of Yorktown in 1781. Beebe was from Stratford. This company was the 
corps of lappers and miners. 

JOHN FOSTER, of East Windsor, was in Capt. Prior's company until Nov., 
1776; was in Capt. Hedgwick's company until Dec, 1776; in 1777 in Capt. Grant's 


company; was later pensioned in 1S40 while living in New London Co. at Norwich; 
ae. 7S. 

JOHN FOSTER, of East Haddam, Middlesex county; was pensioned in 1S40; 
ae. 92. 

JONAH FOSTER, of Ridgefield, was in Capt. Beardsley's regt., in July, 1779, 
to repel Tryon's invasion; was recruiting officer for Continental army in 1781; 
was in Capt. Hait's company in 1776. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, served from July to Dec. 17S0 in the ",d regiment. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, of Wmdham Co., was fifer in Capt." Chandler's company 
in 1776; in 1S32 he res. in Windham Co., and was granted a pension. He was b. in 

MICHAEL FOSTER, of Westmoreland, Pa. (then of Conn.); was in Capt. 
Spaulding's company in 1779. 

CORP. NATHANIEL FOSTER, from near Danbury, was in Capt. Wal- 
bridge's company in 1777, and was a prisoner June 30 of that year. 

NATHAN FOSTER was in Capt. Doolittle's company in 1775; he was about 

OZIAS FOSTER, of Sharon, was in Capt. Martin's company in 177S; was at 
West Point. 

PETER FOSTER, from near Windham, was in Capt. Durkee's company in 

SAMUEL FOSTER was in 1777 and 177S in Capt. Hait's company of Stamford; 
was a farmer: was in the 1st Conn, troop in 17S0; in 1776 was in Capt. Benedict's 

SAUL FOSTER, of New Haven, Co., was granted a pension in 1S32. He 
resided in Madison, Conn., in 1S40, and was ae. 85, having been b. in 175=;. 

STEPHEN FOSTER, of Ashford, was in Capt. Thos. Knowlton's company in 

""THOMAS FOSTER was in service m 1779-S0 in the 2d Conn, regt.; was 
in Capt. Branch's company in 1778. 

TIMOTHY foster:, of Ridgefield, was in Col. Canfield's regiment at West 
Point in 1781. 

SERGT.-MAJOR WARHAM foster, of East Wmdsor, was in Capt. 
Elsworth's company in the Lexington alarm ; was in company of Capt. Pitlcin, of 
Hartford in 1775; Sergeant-Major 1777-7S-S0 in Col. Meig's regiment; in 1776 was 
in Capt. Simons' company. 

SERGT. WILLIAM FOSTER, of Canterbury, was Sergeant in Capt. Cleve- 
land's company at Lexington alarm. 

ZEPHANIAH FOSTER, of Lebanon, was in Capt. Pitch's company in 1777-7S. 




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John Foster 

Joseph Foster (deceased), 
by John L. Wilson, ad- 

Priscilla Foster, widow of 
John Foster. 

Lucretia Foster, widow of 
Wareham Foster. 

Esther Foster, widow of 
Isaac Foster. 

Isaac Foster. 

Anna Foster, formerly 

widow of John Poppino. 
Susannah Foster, widow of 

William Foster. 
Sarah Foster, formerly 

widow of James FoUingsly. 
Sidney Foster, widow of 

John Foster. 

George Foster. 
Samuel Foster. 

Bristol, Lincoln 
Co., Me. 

West Fairlee 

Orange Co. 

Reading, Hart- 

ford Co. 

Ellington, Tol 

land Co. 


Milford, New 
Haven Co., 

Riverhead, Suf- 
folk Co., N.Y. 

Goshen, Orange 
Co., N. Y. 

Albany, Albany 
Co., N. Y. 

Co., N. Y. 

S. C. 

Vernon, Hick- 

Indianapoli s, 
Marion Co., 

Not on rolls, no such corps as he al- 
leges was maintained in 1777, he 
did not serve six months. 

Entitled to full pension as a sergeant 
of infantry upon the return of his 
certificate, under the act of 1848. 

Suspended for further proof of the 
date of the marriage. Proof of serv- 
ice admitted. 

A definite statement of the soldier's 
service, grade, officers, and dura- 
tion is required in order to an in- 
spection of the rolls. 

No proof that he was a soldier of the 

No proof of service. 

He did not serve six months. 

Not a widow at the date of the act. 

He did not serve six months. 

For proof of identity that he was the 
person referred to on one or other 
of the auditor's certificates of 
soldiers of the same name. 

Not six month's service. 

Not under competent military author- 
ity or organization. 


ABRAHAM FOSTER, b. 1743; S, ffolk county, N. Y. 

CHRISTOPHER FOSTER, b 1743. Suffolk county, N. Y. 

ALEXANDER FOSTER b 1723; Ireland. 

ELNATHAN FOSTER, Southhold, N. Y. 

JEREMIAH FOSTER, carpenter, b. 173S; Suffolk county, N. Y. 


DAVID FOSTER, shoemaker b. 1740; Suffolk county, N. Y. 

GILBERT FOSTER, weaver, b. i7'^9, Hempstead, N. Y. 

JAMES FOSTER, b. 1740, ScoiU^nd. 

JOHN FOSTER, b. 1719; Westchester. N. Y. 



SAMUEL FOSTER, b. 1755. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, b. 1742; Gloucester, N. J. 



ELEAZER FOSTER, of Hartford, was in Maj. Daniel Ketchum's command, 
25th infantry, in war of 1S12. 

SAMUEL FOSTER, of Middletown, was in 37th infantry. Cant Brown in 
war of 1S12. 

JOHN FOSTER, of New London, was in the artillery of Cant. McKeon in 
war of 1S12. 

WILLIAM FOSTER, of New London, was in 37th infantry, Capt. Gavlord 
in war of 1S12. j r j < 

CHARLES FOSTER, musician, Capt. Copeland's co 

CHARLES FOSTER, private, Capt. Clark's Co., of New London. 

CLARK FOSTER, iirst lieutenant, Capt. Adams' co., of New London 

EDWARD FOSTER, private, Saybrook, Capt. Andrews' co. 

EDWARD FOSTER, private, Saybrook, Capt. Webber's co. 

FLETCHER FOSTER, New London, Saybrook, Capt. Sabin's co. 

JOSEPH FOSTER, corporal, Capt. Phelps' co 

LABAN FOSTER, private, Capt. Abell's co., of New London. 

LYMAN FOSTER, of New London, private, Capt. Swift. 

LYMAN FOSTER, New London, musician, Capt. Strone 

MAHLON FOSTER, private, Capt. Hall. 

MATHEW FOSTER, sergeant. Capt. Butler. 

RUSSELL FOSTER, corporal, Capt. Webster. 

THOMAS FOSTER, private. New London, Capt Middleton 

WILLIAM FOSTER, private, Capt. Wilson. 



^ was born in Brui 
1, <• j» « P, SLjtt. kJf^ descendant of an a 

-r^y^iJtO^^.T^JT^^ 1^ ily of that secti( 

•t--^ of England, who 

born in Bruntftn, England, and was a 
1 ancient and respectable fam- 
section, which was identified 
lies in the northern counties 
Qgland, who were known by the name 
of Forster, and had distinguished themselves in their successful achievements 
against their Scottish foes, and are mentioned in the 'Lay of the Last Minstrel,' and 
'Marmion. '* He came to America in one of the vessels embargoed by King Charles 
I., accompanied by his wife, Judith, five sons and two daughters, and settled in 
Ipswich, Mass., about the year 163S, and was one of the earliest inhabitants of that 

"A proclamation was issued 30 April, 1637, to prevent the emigration of Puri- 
tans" from England; "the king," Charles the First, "refused his dissenting sub- 
jects the security of the wilderness." "In England the proclamation was but little 
regarded. The Puritans, hemmed in by dangers on every side, and at that time 
having no prospect of ultimate success, desired at any rate to escape from their 
native country. The privy council interfered i May, 163S [in April, 1638], to stay 
a squadron of eight ships, which were in the Thames, preparing to embark for New 
England." "The tleet," however, "was delayed but a few days; on petition of 
the owners and passengers King Charles removed the restraint," and "there came 
over during this summer, twenty ships, and at least three thousand persons." 
Within the first fifteen years after the settlement of New England, and before the 
assembling of the Long Parliament, in 1640,— and there was never afterwards any 
considerable increase from England, — there came over from England twenty-one 
thousand two hundred persons, or four thousand families, coming in two hundred 
and ninety-eight ships. These twenty-one thousand English Puritans, who came 
over to New England before the meeting of the Long Parliament, have now in- 
creased to nearly thirteen million. According to the most careful estimates, at least 
one fourth of the whole population of the United States at the present moment is 
descended from these men. 

Nothing certain, however, was known until recently of Reginald Foster's birth- 
place, or of his English ancestry. Some information as to families in England of 
the same name will be found in A Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters, of the 
North of England, and of some of the families connected with them, 4to, illustrated, 
published by John Camden Hotten, 74 and 75 Piccadilly, London, 1871. The book 
was also printed as a folio, illustrated, xlvi, 66 pages. It was compiled by the dis- 
tinguished genealogist, Joseph Foster, of London, who printed in Sunderland, in 
1862, a first edition of this work, under the title of "Some Account of the Pedigree 
of the Forsters of Cold Hesleden, County Durham, 4to. He had, in 1S88, in pre- 
paration an exhaustive history of the Forster, Foster and Forester families, to 
include the branches in England and America; the first volume of his "Foster's 
Family History Library." A record of the "Will of Reynowld Foster, of Harlowe, 
in the County of Essex, yeoman," dated 18 September, 1622, proved 7 January, 
1622 (O. S.jand mentioning wife "Margaret," sons "Reynold," "William," and 
"Peter," and daughters "Sara" and Elizabeth," has been discovered in England 
by Henry F. Waters, of Salem, Mass., the eminent genealogist, who also found 
several mentions of deeds, etc., to and from Reginald or "Reynowld" Foster in 
the same locality. As Reginald Foster 'had children bearing three of the names 
mentioned, "Reynold" "William," and "Sara," it has been suggested that he 
himself may have been the son "Reynold," naming three of his children for his 
brother, sister and himself, and that William Foster, the early settler in Ipswich, 
who went from Ipswich to Newport, R. I., in 1638, may have been the son "Wil- 
liam," and that both came to America from Harlow, Essex County, England. No 

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evidence in support of this theory has. however, yet been discovered, but Harlow is 
only about forty-five miles from Ipswich. England, after which Ipswich in New 
England was called in acknowledgment of the great honor and kindness done to our 
people, who took shipping there, as stated m "Felt's History of Ipswich." No 
mention of Reginald Foster can be found in the parish records of Exeter, England, it 
is said, perhaps unadvisedly; but the records of Harlow prior to 1795, relied on for 
positive evidence, have unfortunately been stolen or destroyed. The historical 
novel "Dorothy Forster," by Walter Besant. New York, 18S7, No. 384 of Lovell's 
and No. 696 of Munro's Library, a story of the Rebellion of 1715, when Thomas 
Forster commanded the English forces of the Pretender, is of interest to all who 
bear the name, as it describes the Forsters as a numerous, prominent and ancient 
family of Northumberland, whose "history is, in a word, part and parcel of the 
history of Northumberland itself, that is to say, of the great and glorious realm of 

The name of Foster was probably originally Forester, which "Webster's Diction- 
ary," after mentioning its equivalents of "French and Provencal, forestier, Low 
Latin, forestarius, Spanish, florestero. New High German, forster. Old High German, 
forstari," defines as. "One who has charge of a forest, an officer appointed to watch 
a forest and preserve the game," and says that it was used by Shakespeare, 1564- 
1616, for "An inhabitant of a forest, a sylvan." This origin of the name is con- 
firmed by the different Foster Arms, many of which bear three hunting horns, and 
others different sylvan emblems. For while no particular one of these arms (two of 
which may be seen in the "Heraldic Journal," Boston, 1865-1S6S, pages 27 and 55, 
and a third in the "Curio," New York, October, 1S87, page 68) can be fairly claimed 
by any of Reginald Foster's descendants, until his English ancestry is clearly 
established, they are collectively good evidence of this derivation of the family 
name; which is further confirmed by the fact, mentioned by Webster, that, 
"Foster," contracted from forester, and meaning "a forester," was so used by 
Spenser, 1553-1599, though the word is now obsolete. Further evidence of this 
derivation of the name will be found in the following e.xtract from page 216 of "An 
Etymological Dictionary of the English language," by Rev. Walter W. Skeat, M. A., 
Oxford, 1882. "Forest, a wood, a wooded tract of land (French, derived from 
Latin).- Middle English, forest. King; Alisaunder, 35S1 [A metrical romance of 
Early English literature, line 35S1], derived from Old French, forest, 'a forrest,' Cot. 
[Cotgrave's "French and English dictionary"], derived from Low Latin foresta, a 
wood; forestis. an open space of ground over which rights of the chase were 
reserved. * " * document quoted in Brachet, q. v. (Brachet's "Etymological French 
dictionary," which see], derived from Latin foris, out of doors, abroad; whence 
forestis, lying open, derived from Latin fores, doors; see Foreign. Derivatives, 
forest-er, contracted to forster, Chaucer, C. T. 117 [Caterbury Tales, line 117 (of 
the Prologue)]; and to foster, Spenser, F. O. iii, i. 17 [F:«ry Queen, iii, i, i3.]." 

The references to Chaucer and Spenser are as follows: 

"A forster was he sothely as I gesse. " 

(Chaucer, born 132S, died 1400.) 

"But after the foule foster Timias did strive." 

(Spenser, born 1553, died 1599.) 

"Previous to 1752 the year commenced in Marcn, which was consequently the 
first month, and February, which is now the second, was the twelfth. Ten days 
must be added to any date in the sixteenth century, and eleven days in the seven- 
teenth, to bring them up to the present style of reckoning." 

About the end of the year 1632, was discovered a very desirable tract of land, 
ten miles to the northeastward of Salem, called by the Indians, Agawara, afterwards 
called "Ipswich." Fearing that the French might occupy Agawam, the son of the 
Governor of Massachusetts (Winthrop) was sent in the Spring of 1633, with twelve 
men, to "begin a plantation there," "but it was not long before many others came. " 
"Hubbard's History of New England." 

"Aprill ith, 1633, It is ordered, that noe pson wtsoeuer shall goe to plant or 
inhabitt att Aggawam. withoutt leave from the Court, except those that are already 
gone, vz: Mr. John Winthrop. Jun'r. Mr. Clerke, Robte Coles. Thomas Howlett, 
John Biggs. John Gage. Thomas Hardy. WiUm Perkins. Mr. Thornedicke, Willm. 
Srieant [Three names are wanting to make up the number before mentioned]. 

June II. 1633. There is leave graunted to Tho. Sellen to plant att Aggawam. 

5 August, 1634. It is ordered that Aggawam shal be called Ipswitch. " 

"At Ipsidge a plantation made upe this yeare. Mr. Ward P. Mr. Parker T. — 



James Cudworth, i6'!4" ("Early Records," Ipswich Antiquarian fapers. February, 

"163S-9, Mch 13. Maschanomet, the sagamore of Agawam, ackowledged that 
hee had received io£ of Mr. John Winthrope, lunior, for all his land in Ipswich, 
for wch hee acknowledged himselfe fully satisfied" (Ipswich Antiquarian Papers, 
June, 1880). 

■'The famous Captain John Smith, sailing along the New England coast in 
1614, was struck with 'the many rising hills of Agawam.' The Pilgrim Fathers 
heard of it in 1620 as a desirable locality where to found a settlement. Governor 
John Winthrop declared in 1632 that it was 'the best place for cattle and tillage in 
the land.' Wood, in his 'New England's Prospect,' written shortly after, described 
it as 'abounding in fish and flesh, meads and marshes, plain ploughing-ground, and 
no rattlesnakes;' and Johnson, in his 'Wonder Working Providence' m 1646, re- 
ferred to it as situated on 'a faire and delightful river,' and as having 'very good 
land for husbandry." "John Winthrop and his twelve companions in 1633, a hun- 
dred others with their families a year after, and at the end of fifteen years a 
thousand in all" settled in Ipswich. "Houses were rapidly put up. Johnson 
speaks of them in 164635 'very faire-built with pleasant gardens." ("Historical 
Address," Ipswich's 250th Anniversary Celebration, Boston, 1S84, pp. 29, 32-33, and 
49.) "In 1675, forty-two years after the settlement of Ipswich, there were four- 

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^^l~ hundred houses m 

-" — - town (Ipswich 

Antiquar an Pa 

J pers, July, 1S84.) 

^ ^, "In forty years its 

^^ ' pcpulation had increased to fourteen 
^^_^ hundred During the Revolution it 
~ was fort> five hundred. In 1670 it 
was spuken of side by side with Boston, as 
ot our maritime towns' ; and at the end of 
its first hundred jears its county valuation was 
second onl} to that of Salem. Then followed 
Its long period of stagnation," "which lasted 
till the end of its second hundred years. Then 
came the railroad train skilfully flanking the 
bar to commerce Nature had placed at the 
mouth of its river, and opening a new artificial port on dry land right at its heart; 
then with it all the wonders of modern discovery and invention, sending into its veins 
their quickening life. And to-day, with two hundred and fifty years on its brow, it 
stands forth, not a city, not a commercial metropolis, not a large manufacturing 
place, but an active, healthy, up-with-the-times New England town, radiant with 
all the combined beauty of ripened age and vigorous youth." "Its population in 
1 8 60 was 3,349; in 1870, '3,674; in 1S80, 3,699; in 1 884, about 3,900." ("Historical 
Address," Ipswich's 250th Anniversary.Celebration, Boston, 1S84, pp. 50-51). 

"Before Europeans came to this country, Agawam reached from Merrimack 
River on the north, to Naumkeag River, now of Salem, on the south; from Cochi- 
chawick, afterwards named Andover, on the west, and to the sea-side on the east. 
When it was settled by Mr. Winthrop and others, its boundaries on the north and 
west remained the same; but those on the east, were its own bay and that of 
Squam, and the town of Gloucester; and on the south were Manchester, Wenham, 
and Danvers, all four of which latter places were then villages belonging to Salem. 
Johnson remarks on this territory, 'The Sagamoreship or Earldom of Agawam, now 
by our English nation called Bsse.x.' 1636. Wessacumcon, or Newbury, being 
settled, the court order, that Ipswich shall run six miles into the country. As popu- 


lation flowed in and spread over its surface, as corresponding necessities arose and 
reasons for separation successively prevailed, this town became reduced to its 
present size. The latitude of Ipswich, as taken at the Court- House, is 42' 41' 
north, and longitude, at the same place, 70" 50 west. This place, now having 
Rowley on the north, Boxford and Topsfield on the west, Hamilton and Essex on 
the south, and the ocean on the east, has an area of 25,478 acres. Of this 3,579 
acres are water, i,50gsandon Castle Neck and Plumb [Plum] Island. There are 
72 miles of roads" ("Felt's History of Ipswich, Cambridge," 1S34, pp. 1-2). 

Reginald Foster "lived near the 'East Bridge,' which stood where the stone 
bridge is now. It is supposed that the remains of what is known as the 'old Foster 
house,' may have been the site of his residence. This seems probable, for 6 April, 
1641, there was 'granted Reginald Foster, eight acres of meadow in the west 
meadow, if any remain there ungranted, in consideration of a little hovel that stood 
at the new bridge, which was taken away for the accommodating of the passage 
there,' and ■4th iimo., 1646,' he with others 'promise carting voluntary toward the 
East Bridge beside the rate a day work a piece" "The Descendants of Reginald 
Foster," Boston, 1S76, p. 3." 

la the "Ipswich Antiquarian Papers," for December, iSSo, will be found a 
picture of "the ancient house, which stood about half way between the Town Hall 
and the residence of the late Miss Sally Choate, now the ofiice of George Haskell, 
Esq. For many years its easterly end was but a heap of ruins. It was called 'the 
Rust house,' and 'the Foster house.' It was entirely taken down about twenty 
years ago. In its prime it was a handsome and substantial mansion. Some 
years ago a writer in the "Historical Genealogical Register " (probably Mr. Ham- 
matt) thought it might have been the first house built by Reginald Foster: which 
he gave to his son Deacon Jacob Foster. If this is correct,* the house was built 
about 163S." 

A view of Choate bridge built in 1764, "the stone bridge" mentioned above, is 
given at page 14S of "The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniver- 
sary of the Incorporation of the Town of Ipswich, Mass., August 16, 1SS4, Boston, 1SS4; 
which contains other views of Ipswich, and an interesting record of the celebration. 

"The Dennison Memorial," printed at Ipswich, in 1SS2. referring to "primi- 
tive Ipswich," relates that "At Choate bridge, we find first a lighter or gondola, 
and then logs and planks to carry men and horses over, and land them just before 
the door of Mr. Manasseh Brown's residence, which in that day was Reginald 

Of his [Reginald Foster's] life we know very little ; the following facts, gleaned 
from town and county records, indicate however that he was an active citizen. 
The danger from Indians in these early times was such that in the year 1645 a law 
was passed requiring the 'youth from ten to sixteen years to be exercised with small 
guns, half pikes, bows and arrows,' and also that 'every town is to have a guard set 
a half hour after sunset, to consist of a pikeman and musketeer, and to prepare for 
any sudden attack from the Indians.' Our ancestor, on the 19th December, 1645, 
subscribed with others his proportion of three shillings toward the sum of ^24. 7 
shillinc'= 'to pay their leader. Major Dennison,' who then commanded the military 
forces o! Essex and Norfolk Counties" "The Descendants of Reginald Foster, "Boston, 
1S76, p 3 Such was the danger arising from this source, that in 1637 a law was 
pas.sed m Ipswich, that 'no person is allowed to travel alone above one mile from 

his house, e.xcept where houses are near together, without arms. One Line 

of the Des-cendants of William Foster." p. 5. Reginald Foster "bought of Ralph 
Dix, 01 1| swich, S March, 1647-S, 'all his six acre lott he '(Dix)' bought of 'William 
White [same day], lying in the common field on the north side of the river, 
bounded on laud of Thomas Smyth, Humphrey Broadstreet and Robert Lord. ' 
We find 1 o mention of him again until 1(152, when it was 'Granted Thomas Clark 
and Kegmald Foster, that when they shall have cut through a passage from this 
river into Chebacco river of ten feet wide and soe deepe as a lighter may pass 
through laden, and to make a ford and footebridge over, that then the town have 
given unto them /lo towards said passage.' On 3 June of the same year [11152] he 
was a witness to the will of William Averill, of Ipswich. He bought of Roger 
Preston, 11 March, 1657-S, for /'50, his dwelling house, house lot, barn and other 
buildings, also another house lot, with gardens, orchards, etc., which Preston 
bought of Robert Wallis, situated on the north side of the river, and one planting 

*It is correct— see will and inventory of Reginald Foster, and the record of his son, lacob 


lot of three acres, on the north side of Town Hill, bounded on land of widow Rose 
Whipple, Andrew Hodges, John Morse and Thomas Treadwell. The houses were 
on 'the High Street,' probably at the east end — and m the vicinity of the ancient 
dwelling house of Rev. Mr. Norton, which [in 1S76] yet stands. He had also a 
house lot near the 'meeting house green.' 

On 29 September, 1663, he was an appraiser of the estate of Robert Roberts."^ 
"The Descendants of Reginald Foster," pp. 3-4. 

In "1661, he was a surveyor of highways; his name with the names of his sons, 
Abraham, Reginald, Isaac and Jacob, are in a list of the wnhabitants [of Ipswich] 
that have shares in Plum Island, etc., 14 February, 1664. The same names are on a 
list of those that by law are allowed to have their votes in Town affairs, 2 Decem- 
ber, 1679." — The Hammatt Papers, Ipswich, Mass., 18S0— iSS-, No. iii, p. 105. 

"In the grant of King James, 1621, to Captain John Mason, of land between 
Naumkeag and Merrimack rivers, there is the subsequent clause; 'The great Isle, 
henceforth to be called. Isle of Mason, lying near or before the bay, harbour or 
river of Agawam.' This must have been Plumb [Plum] Island, part of which was 
set off to Ipswich by the General Court, 1639 [1649]." — "Felt's History of Ipswich," 
Cambridge, 1S34, p. 36. 

"Plum Island bears north and south, and is between eight and nine miles in 
length, and less than a mile in width." Plum Island was so called from the "small 
beach plum" which is indigenous there, and "was extensivelj- used for many years 
as a winter resort for cattle, and from the value which the early settlers seemed to 
place upon it, we should infer that it was somewhat more prolific of herbage than 
we find it at the present day." 

The northern half of it was originally owned by the town of Newbury," 
though sold in 1S27 to Moses Pettengfil, of Newburyport, the island having been 
divided m 1649 by the General Court "to Ipswich two-fifths, Newbury two-fifths, 
Rowley one fifth. The southern part of the island belongs to Ipswich and 
Rowley, and contains a few dwelling-houses and farms; but the northern partis 
entirely composed of sand, which is thrown by the wind into hillocks of various 
heights and forms, and on the eastern shore is continually the sport of the Atlantic 
billows, which change its outline from year to year, making its shores a new study 
to the lover of nature, who might here revel in one of her wildest and most 
fantastic forms, an ever new delight. 

"In the earlier records we find the name spelt indifferently Foster and Forster, 
— the former spelling being the more common. The 'r' has now been entirely 
dropped, except by the descendants of Jacob Forster, Sen., [Jacob Forster*^ 
(Jacob, ^ Jacob,* Isaac,' Reginald,- Reginald')] of Charlestown, Mass. , who was 
the first, I believe, to write the name always in the same manner." — "The Pedigree 
and Descendants of Jacob Forster, Sen., of Charlestown, Mass.," Charlestown, 1S70, 
p. 3. Reginald Foster's "name is variously written in an abbreviated form ; viz.: — 
Renald, Regnold, Rejnald, Ringdell, Reginold. He signed his will, Renold ffoster. 

It is erroneously supposed by many that he is the sole progenitor of the Fosters 
of America. There is an account of a William Foster, who was of Ipswich as early 
as 1635, and had land granted him that year, and is said to have emigrated to this 
country from England in 1634, in the ship Hercules. In November, 1637, he was 
disarmed for entertaining the peculiar views and doctrines of Wheelwright and 
Ann Hutchinson, and warned to depart from the jurisdiction before the sitting of 
the general court in March following [he died in Newport, R. 1.. about 16S5 — see 
elsewhere]. A William Foster, living in 1&52, at Marblehead. was threatened, by 
court, with a fine of ^.lo, for 'living heare and his wife in England,' and warned to 
'go to her before the end of the 7th mo., 1652' (County Court Records). 

" Anarew Foster, an early settler of Andover, died 7 Maj% 16S5, at the very ad- 


vanced age of io6 \-ears. His wife, Ann Foster, was condemned for supposed 
witchcraft (see 'Abbott's History of Andover,' page 154), but died in prison. [Her 
daughter, Mary (Foster) Lacey, wife of Lawrence Lacey, and her granddaughter, 
Mary Lacey, jr., were also accused of witchcraft in 1692. and tried, the former being 
condemned, though not e.xecuted, and the latter acquitted (see 'Bailey's Historical 
Sketches of Andover. Mass.,' Boston, iSSo, pages 200, 201 and 207).] Her son 
Abram petitioned, 13 September, 17 10; — 

"The honorable'committee now sitting in Salem * * * that the attainder may 
be taken off * * *. The charges which 1 was forced to pay the keeper before I could 
have the dead body of my mother to bury her was £1 los; money and provisions 
expended while she was in prison, ^"4. Total expenses six pounds ten shillings. 
Abram Foster, Son of the Deceased.' 

"Andrew Foster appears in no way identified with the Fosters of Ipswich. An 
account of his descendants, by Edward Jacob Forster, M. D. , may be found in the 
'New England Historical and (lenealogical Register,' vol. xx, page 227. There 
were, besides, Bartholomew of Gloucester, Christopher of Lynn, Edward of 
Scituate, William of Charlestown (of whose family an account was published in the 
N. E. H. and G. Register for January, 1S71 [vol. xxv, page 67]), Hopestill of Dor- 
chester, and several others contemporary with him ; but between whom it is not 
known that any relation existed." — "One Line of the Descendants of William 
Foster," pp. 6-S. 

Reginald Foster "was twice married. First to Judith , in England, who 

died in Ipswich, October, 1664 [she was the mother of all the children] ; second, 
September, 1665, to Sarah Martin, of Ipswich, who, after her husband's decease, 
married, 21 September, 1682, William White, of Haverhill, whose first wife, Mary, 
died 22 February, i65i." 

"The exact date of Reginald Foster's death is unknown. [He died between 5 
March and 30 May, i6Si, aged over eighty years.] His will was proved 9 June, 

16S1." : 

Sarah JIartin, his second wife, was the "widow of John Martin, of Ipswich. She 
survived Reginald, and 21 September, 16S2, she became the second wife of William 
White, of Haverhill las already stated). She died 22 February, 16S2-3." 

"The will of Reginald was made 30 April, 16S0. a codicil attached, signed 5 
March, loSo-i and approved 9 June, 16S1. He appears to have been a large owner 
at Plum and Hog Islands; and among his bequests, he gives to his son 'William 
'my six acres of land I had of Thomas Smith, and six acres of marsh at Hog Island.' 
He also mentions his wife Sarah, sons Abraham, Renold, Isaac, Jacob, and daughters 
Sarah, wife of William Story, Mary, wife of Francis Peabody, and grandchild 
Hannah Story. He left an estate valued at /' 744-16. including real estate at £iyli. 
Inventory taken 30 May, 16S1, by John Whipple and Simon Stace. 

The originals of the Will and Inventory of the Estate of Reginald Foster can- 
not be found. The following are official copies from the Recoids in the Registry 
of Deeds, at Salem, Mass. 

Will of Reginald Foster. "Book 4, Leaf 402, Ipswich Records.— The last Will 
and testament of Renol ffoster Sen'', of Ipswich in the County of Essex in New 
England, made the last day of Aprill. Anno Dom. one thousand si.x hundred & 80, 
being this day by Gods good providence of perfect understanding, tho, through 
infirmatyes ot body, dayly mindfull of my mortalitv. Therefore for the setting 
my house in order I make and apoynt this my last Will and testament as followeth. 

In the name of God Amen my soule I committ into the hands of Jesus Christ, 
my blessed redeemer. In hope of a joyfull resurrection at the last day my body to a 
decent comly buriall. And for my outward estate which the Lord hath graciously 
given me, I thus dispose of it in manner following: 

Imp. To my beloved wife Sarah I give the use of the house I now dwell in, 
and the orcyards [orchards], and gardens and five pound yearly, dureing her 
naturall life, and two cowes, which she shall chuse out of my stock, and the keeping 
of them both summer & winter yearly, also I give her the bedstead with beding 
in the parler, and the rest of the linnen &- woollen yarne that she hath made and 
prvided into the house, also the use of a bras pot, and cheespres, and kneading 
trough, with the utensils in the Leantoo, and the great kettle &- two skillets dureing 
her naturall life. Also I give her three sheepe to be kept winter & summer, also 
two piggs, and what provisions shall be in the house at my decease, also the table 
and forme for her naturall life, ffurther my will is that the household stuff iV" things 
that my wife brought into the house when I marryed her be at her dispose in life 
and at death. 


I give and bequeath unto my son Abraham ffoster my now dwelling house and 
orchard and ground about it, three acres more or less & halfe the barne. and halfe 
that land in the field lyeing betweene the land of John Denison & Philip ffowlers, 
and ten acres on this syde the River caled Muddy River by Major Denisons & 
John Edwards land, and six acres of salt marsh. All which I give him after my 
wives decease, I give him four acres of marsh at Plumb Island and the six acres 
at Hogs Island. 

I give and bequeath unto my son Renol ffoster all the land which he possesses 
of myne at the ffalls, that he hath built a house upon b«th upland & marsh be it 
fifty acres more or less, only to pay out of it within a yeare after my decease to 
Sarah my daughter Story, the sum that I have given her, except w' ye sheets & 
pillo cases amounts to. 

I give and bequeath unto my son Isaack ffoster my eight acres of fresh meadow 
at the west meadows joineing to meadows of his, and four acres of salt marsh at 
Hogs Island, Jacob to have the use of the salt til the decease of my wife. 

1 give and bequeath unto my son William ffoster my six acres of land I bad of 
Thomas Smith, & six acres of marsh at Hog Island, the marsh to Jacob till my 
wives decease. 

I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob ffoster the house he lives in & ground 
about it, and ray two lotts beyond IMuildy River ten acres more or lesse and the 
remainder of salt marsh att Hog Island, further my will is that my son Jacob have 
my land at home and barne dureing my wives naturall life, further I give him my 
pasture on the south syde of the river by Simon Tompsons, and the pasture by 
Caleb Kimballs, also I give him a feather bed, only my will is that he pay what I 
have given my wife & keepe in repaires for her yearly, what I have allowed her 
and given her in my will. 

1 give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah, William Storeys wife the sum of 
ten pounds viz', a payre of sheets and a paire of pillow cases, and what they amount 
not to of the sum, the rest in the hands of my son Renol, which I have willed him 
to pay as appeares above. 

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the wife of ffrancis Peabody the 
summ of ten pound, part of it to' be payd in a payre of sheetes and a paire of pillo 
cases & a fether bed, the bed after my wives decease. 

I give my granchild Hanah Story the sum of six pound vizt a bed bolster 
pillow and paire of sheetes and blanketts, which are of my now wives makeing, the 
rest to be payd by my executors if she carry it well to my wife while she lives with 
her as she hath done to us hitherto. 

My will is that my son Jacob have the implements of husbandry. 

My will is w^h I desire and apoynt my two sonns Abraham ffoster and Jacob 
ffoster, to be my executors of this my last will and testament, and request and desire 
my beloved ffriends Simon Stace & Nehemiah Jewett to be my overseers to this 
my will fullfild by my executors, and if any difference arise amongst ray wife and 
children, or amongst them, about any perticular in ray will, my will is that my two 
overseers shall end it, and they rest satticefied as they two shall agree, and if they 
two differ, then as a third man, who they shall choose joyning with either of them. 

In wittnes whereof I have sett to my hand & seale, read, signed, sealed and de- 
clared to be the last will and testament of me Renol ffoster Senr. the day and yeare 
above written i6So, as wittnes my hand & seale 

John St.\rkweather 
Nehemiah Jewett 

Memorandum. The things given my wife for her naturall life be soe exsept she 
marry againe and what debts shee shallhave due for labor & worke shall be for 
her proper use & sole benifitt, and that the repaires of the house be out of her 
estate, and dureing her abode in it, and that jny wife shall have liberty to cutt & 
procure what woood she needeth from of [off] my land at Muddy River, this de- 
clared the 5 of March i65'; to be his last will. 

In presence of wittnesses "Renol ffoster 

John Starkwe.\ther 
Nehemiah Jewett. 
The gthjune i6Si Nehemiah Jewett & John Starkweather appeared before our 
Honeredmajestrates Major Gen" Denison Esqf. and Major Samuell Appleton Esqf. 


& the Gierke present and made oath that they were present and saw Renol ffoster 
signe, seale & publish this to be his last will & testament and they know of no 
other and that he yas of a disposeing mynd. 

As attest. Robert Lord, Cler. 

Essex Registry Deeds, So. Dist. Salem, Dec. i6, 1SS7. 

The foregoing is a true copy ot record in this office. 
Attest. Chas. S. Osgood, Reg." 

The following notices of Reginald Foster's "beloved ffriends Simon Stace and 
Nehemiah Jewett," the overseers of his will, are taken from "Felt's History of 
Ipswich," Cambridge, 1S34. 

"1699, October 27th. Simon Stacey died. He was Selectman, often entrusted 
with town affairs. Captain of a company, and Representative to the General Court in 
1685,1686,1689. He left a wife, Sarah, who died 29 November, 1711. Estate ^660 
8s. id." 

"1720, January 20th. Nehemiah Jewett died lately, son of Jeremiah, who 
died 1 714. His wife's name was Exercise, and was alive 1685. He left children, 
Nehemiah, Joseph, and Benjamin; and son-in-law, Daniel Dow. and grandson, 
Nehemiah Skillion. He sustained various trusts in the town ; was Representative 
16S9, 1690, 1692, 1693, 1694, 1695, i6g6, 1697, 1701, 1702, 1703, 1704. 1705, 1706, 1707, 
1709, and Speaker of the House 1693, 1694. 1701 ; was Justice of the Sessions Court. 
1711-12, he was on a Committee to compensate individuals, who were damaged by 
prosecutions for witchcraft, or the heirs of such among these individuals as had died. 
Mr. Jewett was a highl)- respected member of the Legislature and esteemed in every 
walk of his life." 

Inventory of the Estate of Reginald Foster. Book 4, Leaf 403, Ipswich 
Records. — An Inventory of all the goods and chattells of Renol ffoster, late of Ips- 
wich deceased, taken & aprised by us whose names are under written this 30 May 
16S0 [16S1]. 
Imprimis. The bouse and barne with homstead with all previledges. . . [£] 1 50-00-00 

The house Jacob ffoster liveth in with ye homstead & previledges 100-00-00 

Ten acres of land at Muddy River 035-00-00 

4 acres & a halfe in the comon field 020-00-00 

29 acres of salt marsh 0S4-00-00 

8 acres of fresh meadow 16-00-00 

12 acres of pasture lands 40-00-00 

20 acres of land in the common field 76-00-00 

by 50 acres of upland and marsh 1 50-00-00 

One ox, 4 cowes, 2 steers 2 years old 21-00-00 

One calfe, 10 sheepe, three lambes 05-00-00 

Three swine 01-10-00 

A bed in the chamber with beding upon it 05-00-00 

20 bushells of Indian corne & rye 03-05-00 

Two boxes & severall old tubbs 01-00-00 

A coslet [corselet], 2 pikes, old rapier 20' and money 20* 02-00-00 

A ff eather bed of 2 sheets 2 pillow cases 05-00-00 

A paire of sheets & a paire of pillow cases 00-16-00 

A bedstead in the parlour with beding and curtaines 02-00-00 

A trundle bed with beding oo-i 5-00 

A flock bed, i pillow, i bolster a paire of sheets 2 blankets 03-06-00 

Sheets, pillow cases, table linnen 03-00-00 

3 paire of sheets & one sheet 01-10-00 

2 table cloths, two napkins 00-16-00 

Two chests, one old trunke, one box oo-i 2-00 

His weareing apparrell, woollen ivoollen and linnen 06-10-00 

A table forme, a chayer oo-io-oo 

Pewter & brass 2« tubbs. keeler pailes barrells i-S 03-00-00 

in porke, a cheespres and kneading trough oi-oS-00 

A paireof cobirons, a tramell, a warming pan, frying pan, long Spit & 

other small things 01-00-00 

Ten pound of yarne i^ Utencills of husbandry i £ lOs 02-10-00 

An old iron pot & kettle los. A pitt saw & milk vessells and churne 15s. 01-05-00 


Sixteen pound of sheeps woole i6s. A trowell, halfe bushell, four Ham- 
mers [7s] 001-03-00 

[£] -44-16-00 
John Whipple. 
Simon Stace. 
The gth of June 16S1 Abraham ffoster and Jacob fEoster Executors made oath 
that the above written is a full and true inventory of there fathers estate to the best 
of there knowledge and if more appeare to add the same before the worshipfull Major 
Gen"" Denison Esqr. Major Samuell Appleton Esqr. and the clerke being present. 
As attest. Rolert Lord. Cler. 

Essex Registry Deeds, So. Dist. Salem, Dec. 16, 1S87. 

The foregoing is a true copy of record in this office. 

Attest. ' Chas. S. Ogsood.Reg." 

The first printed notice of Reginald Foster which has been found, is contained 
in an extract from the Boston Gazette of 9 November, 1779; reprinted in the ap- 
pendix, page 33, of the sermon preached on the occasion of the death, 17 October, 
1779, of Hon. Jedediah Foster (Ephraim, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald) of Brook- 
field, Mass., by Nathan Fiske, D.D. This account was doubtless furnished by his 
son, Senator Theodore Foster, of Rhode Island, and the pamphlet was, in fact, 
printed at Providence, R. I., apparently under his supervision. The notice was 
as follows: 

"He [that is, Jedediah Foster] was born at Andover, on Merrimack River, 
October 10, 1726, descended from an antient and reputable Family (Reginald 
Foster'sjwho came from England a. d. 1636, on Account of the Troubles in the 
Reign of Charles I." 

The following note is added at the foot of the page. 

"This Gentleman Reginald Foster was born in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, 
in England, in the latter End of the Fifteenth Century, and was descended of the 
same Family with Sir Reginald Foster, who was made a Baronet of England July 
2ist, A. D. 1661, mentioned in the 30th Edition of Chamberlayne's Present State of 
Great-Britain, and in the Heraldry Books of the English Peerage. — He brought with 
him to America his Wife, with five Sons and two Daughters, with whom he settled 
at Ipswich, Eastward of Boston. — All his children, as well as himself, lived to 
old Age. — AH man-ied and had large Families, from whom have risen a numerous 
Progeny, now settled in different Parts of the United States of America." 

The first genealogical record of Reginald Foster and his descendants, known 
to exist, is contained in the "Foster Papers," now in the possession of the Rhode 
Island Historical Society. These papers, both originals and copies, amount to 
about one thousand, and are preserved in si.xteen bound volumes; they relate gener- 
ally to the history of Rhode Island, and were left to the Society in 1S2S by the late 
Senator Theodore Foster (Jedediah, Ephraim, Ephraim. Abraham, Reginald), of that 

One of these volumes, the largest, is nearly twenty-four inches high, and is 
lettered "Foster Papers, Vol S. — Genealogies." It contains genealogies of the fol- 
lowing families: Pyncheon, Foster, Williams, Olney, Dexter, Crawford, Arnold, 
Westcott, Dwight, Harris, Fenner and Cranston. The Foster genealogy is on one 
large sheet (made however of several pieced together), about 39 by 233^ inches. 
In order to shut into the book, it has to fold over twice. The genealogy is in the 
well-known form of using connecting lines. Across the top is written this heading, 
the whole, without the parentheses, forming only two lines, but very long ones: 

"A Genealogical Table of the Posterity of Reginold (Rennold) Foster who was 
born in the reign of Queen Elizabeth at (or near) Exeter in England the latter End 
of the Fifteenth Century was married and Settled at (or near) Exeter where he had 
born Five Sons and Two Daughters with whom he removed to New England in the 
Year 163S and settled at Ipswich in the State of Massachusetts Bay (Massachusetts). 
He removed from England a little before the Commencement of the Civil Wars in 
the Reign of Charles the First) and with his Familj' was on Board one of the 
Vessels embargoed by a Proclamation of the King and Council issued in April 163S, 
copied into "Rushworth's Memorials".)" 

The chart shows that it was originally prepared by Theodore Foster, sometime 
between 20 March, 1777, and 17 October, 1779; and probably the words in paren- 
thesis were added by him on or about 13 January, 1S03, when he copied on pages 
65-68 of "Foster Papers, Vol. g," the extracts from "Rushworth's Historical 


Colections," vol. ii, for 1637-163S, referred to in the last parenthesis (see London 
edition, 1680, page 409) following them with this entry: 

"N. B. My Ancestor Reginald Foster, came from the West of England, with a 
Wife, Five Sons, and Two Daughters in the Year 163S and settled in Ipswich east- 
ward of Boston in Massachusetts and is supposed to have been on Board of one of 
the Eight Vessels mentioned in the foregoing order, and among those whom 'His 
Majesty was graciously pleased at this Time (6 April 163S) to free from a late 
Restraint and to set at Liberty to proceed in their intended Voyage." 

It will be seen that Theodore Foster in the last paragraph, while fixing 1633 as 
the year in which Reginald Foster came to America, leaves uncertain the exact 
locality of his English birthplace and home, which in his earlier printed and written 
statements, he placed first as "at" and afterwards as "at or near," Exeter, England. 

Some of the following information of the descendants of Reginald Foster, as 
well as of Reginald Foster, John Foster, and Jeremiah Foster, the direct ances- 
tors of Colonel Joseph Foster, and their descendants, has been taken from "The 
Descendants of Reginald Foster, who settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Mass.," a.d. 
163S, by Edward Jacob Forster, M. D., Boston, 1S76, pages 24; originally printed 
in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," volume xxx, pages S3- 
102. as already mentioned on page 12; which furnishes a record of the first four 
generations of the family; or has been furnished from his manuscripts by Dr. 
Forster (Jacob. Jacob, Jacob, Jacob, Isaac, Reginald, Reginald), who was a resident of 
Charlestown District, Boston, Mass. 

""^ Further information in relation to Jacob Forster (Jacob, Jacob, Isaac, Reginald, 
Reginald), of Charlestown, Mass., his direct ancestors, and his descendants, may 
be obtained from Dr. Forster's pamphlet. The Pedigree and Descendants of Jacob 
Forster, Sen., of Charlestown, Mass., by Edward Jacob Forster, M. D., Charles- 
town, 1S70, pages 25. 

Much valuable information has also been drawn from One Line of the Descend- 
ants of William Foster, son of Reginald Foster, of Ipswich, Mass , by Perley 
Derby, of Salem, Mass., Boston, 1S72, pages 35, which furnishes an account of 
Reginald Foster, and his children, but relates more particularly to the direct ances- 
try and descendants of John Foster (Obadiah, John, William, William, Reginald), 
of Warner, N. H.. and was privately printed for his son John Foster, of Boston, to 
whom the compiler is indebted for a copy. Extracts "have already been given. 
Perley Derby, Esq., of Salem, placed his Foster manuscripts at the disposal of 
Col. Joseph Foster, kindly aided in his research, and the changes in the heretofore 
published order of birth of the children of Reginald Foster were made with his 

A notice of Reginald Foster, of Ipswich, and the descendants of his son Abraham 
Foster, by the late Hon. Alfred D wight Foster (Dwight, Jedediah, Ephraim, 
Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), of Worcester, Mass., in the New England Historical 
and Genealogical Register, for October, 1S47, vol. i. pages 352-354, has also been 
consulted. This is the first published record of the Foster family knownto the com- 
piler; its author doubtless had access to the "Foster Papers" already mentioned. 

The account of Reginald Foster and his descendants in "Savage's Genealogical 
Dictionary of New England," Boston, 1S60-1S62, has been examined, and found to 
contain many errors. 

Additional information as to Hon. Jedediah Foster (Ephraim, Ephraim, 
Abraham, Reginald) of Brookfield, Mass., mentioned above and on other pages in 
this book, and his descendants, may be obtained from "The History of the Descend- 
ants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass.," by Benjamin W. Dwight, New York, 1874, 
vol. ii, pages 633-680. 

The compiler is indebted to Col. Joseph Foster, of Portsmouth, N. H., for in- 
formation for the interesting extracts and other valuable information. 

A manuscript record of the descendants of Jacob Foster, son of Reginald Foster, 
"from whom descended Archibald Foster, Esq., formerly cashier of Granite Bank, 
Portuguese and Brazilian Consul, Boston," is referred to in "One Line of the 
Descendants of William Foster," page 2, but the compiler has no other knowledge 
thereof. Arecordof some of the descendants of his daughter, Sarah Fosters, wife of 
John Caldwell, with a notice of the Foster family, will be found in the Caldwell 
Records, by Augustine Caldwell, of Ipswich, Mass., Boston, 1S73, pages So. 

Many town histories of New England have published short notices of the Fosters 
residing in their respective towns, but not until this publication has there any 
attempt been made at a complete history and genealogy. 


I. REGINALD FOSTER* (see English Fosters elsewhere for his ancestors), 

b. England abt. 1595; m. there ; m. 2d, Judith ; d. Oct., 1664; m. 3d, Sept. 

ig, 1665, Mrs. Sarah (White) Martin, wid. of John. She was widow of John Martin, 
of Ipswich. After Reginald's death she m. a third time, Sept. 21, 16S2, Wil- 
liam White, of Haverhill. She was his second wife. She d. Feb. 22, 1683. Sarah 
Martin was the second wife of John Martin, of Charlestown, a ship-carpenter, who 
was a nephew of Priscilla Upham. 

From an other authority we have this. "Reginald Foster, of Little Badow, 
Co. Essex, England; landed in Ipswich, Mass., in 1636. He belonged to the 
Foster family of Bamborough and Etherstone Castle, Co. , Northumberland. Reginald 
brought with hira five sons and two daughters." 

Savage says . "Now this unusual blessing of fruit in old age, when the last ch. 
came fifty-six years after the first, I doubted, might have arisen from mistake, and 
that both the last ws. and their offspring should really belong to his s. Reginald, 
wh. might well have had Judith to w. bef. he took Eliz Dane, and after d. of the 
latter have m. Sarah Martin, inasmuch as Sen. and Jr. are changeable characters, 
and he wh. was Jr. on the d. of his f. would be call. Sen. But this explanat. is not 
receivab. bee. the first Reginald d. 16S1, as we infer from the date of inv. 30 May in 
this yr., and the Prob. rec. of his will of 30 Apr. bef. proving that he left w. Saran. 
and ch. Abraham, Renold, Sarah, w. William Story, Isaac, Jacob, William, and 
Mary, w. of Francis Peabody. ' ' 

He came from England, it is said, in 1638, and had a grant of land in Ipswich, 
April (■, i()4i. He brought with him his seven children by his first wife. At his 
death, in 16S1, his wife's name was Sarah. This fact is mentioned, as it is stated 
by some historians, that he did not marry a third time. At his death his children 
mentioned in the will were Abraham, Renold, Sarah, wife of Wm. Story, Isaac, 
Jacob, William, and Mary, wife of Francis Peabody. It is remarkable of this 
family that they all lived to extreme old ags.all married and all had large families, 
from which are descended a very numerous progeny, which in every case has been 
highly respected. 

In the Ipswich records we find Goodman Foster, referring to Reginald, whose 
name is somtimes abreviated Renald. He resided near the "East Bridge," which 
was where the stone bridge now is, but whether his residence was where the ruins 
of the "Old Foster House" yet stood, I have not learned. Under date of April 6, 
1641. is "granted to Reginald Foster eight acres of meadow in the west meadow if 
any remain there ungranted. in consideration of a little hovel that stood at the new 
bridge, which was taken away for the accomodation of the passage there." What- 
ever facts we have of them are gleaned from the town and county records, which 
show him to have been a very active man. The danger from Indians in those early 
days was such that in the year 1645 a law was passed requiring the "youth from ten 
tosi.xleen years to be experienced with small guns, half pikes, bows and arrows, and 
also that every town is to have a guard set a half hour after sunset, to consist of a 
pikeman and musketeer, and to prepare for any sudden attack from the Indians. 
Reginald Foster, Dec. 19, 1645, subscribed with others his proportion of three 
shillings towards the sum oi £24. 7sh "to pay their leader. Major Dennison," who 
then commanded the military forces of Essex and Norfolk counties. He bought of 
Ralph Dix, of Ipswich, S March, 1647-S, "all his six acre lott he" (Dixi "bought of 
Wm. White, lying in the common field on the north side of the river, bounded on 
the land of Thomas Smyth, Humphrey Broadstreet and Robert Lord." We find 
no mention of him again until 1652, when it was granted Thomas Clark and Reg- 
inald Foster, that when they shall have cut through a passage from this nver into 
Chebacco River of ten feet wide and soe deepe as a lighter may pass throK^ri laden, 
and to make a ford and footbridge over, that then the town have given unto them 
/■lo towards said passage." On 3 June of the same year he was a to the 
will of William Averrill, of Ipswich. He bought of Roger Preston, 11 Marcn. 1657- 
8. for /50, his dwelling house, house lot, barn and other buildings, also another 
house lot, with gardens, orchards etc., which Preston bought of Robe i Wallis 
situated on the north side of the river, and one planting lot of three acris. on the 
north side of Town Hill, bounded on the land of wrdow Rose Whipple, Andrew 
Hodges, John Morse, and Treadwell. The houses were on "the High Sfeei " 
probably at the east end— and in the vicinity of the ancient dwelling house of Rev. 


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Mr. Norton, which yet stands. He had also a house lot near the "meeting-hoase 
green." On 29 September, 1663, he was an appraiser of the estate of Robert 
Roberts. Reignald Foster was married when he came to this country. He d. in 
i58i; res. Ipswich, Mass. 

2. i. MARY, b. England, abt. 1618; m. Wood and Lieut. Francis 

Peabody, b. 1614 He was from Ft. Albans, Wertfordshire, England, and 
came to New England in the ship "Planter," Nicholas Trarice, mas- 
ter, in 1635. He was a husbandman and was then twenty-one years of age. 
He was one of the original settlers in Hampton, N. H., with Rev. 
Stephen Bachiler* 

and resided there for many years, finally removing to Topsfield, Mass. 
He was chosen to "ende small causes" by the people of Hampton, and 
confirmed in that office by the justices of the court. He was a large land 
owner in Topsfield, Boxford and Rowley. He d. Feb. 19, 1697. She d. 
April 9, 1705. They had fourteen ch. i. John, b. in 1642; m., first, 
23 November, 1665, Hannah Andrews, f and second, 26 November, 1703, 
Sarah Mosely; will proved August, 1720. A descendant was George Pea- 
body (Thomas, David, David), of London, England, b. 18 February, 1795; 
the famed London banker and philanthropist; d. in 1869. 2. Joseph, b. in 
1644; m. 26 October, 2668, Belhiah Bridges; d. in 1721. Descendant is 
Andrew Preston Peabodj' (Andrew, Andrew, Zerubabel. Joseph), of Cam- 
bridge, Mass., b. 19 Match, iSii, in Beverly. Mass.; Harvard University, 
1826; D. D., 1852; minister of the South Church in Portsmouth, N. H., 
1833-1860; appointed Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Harvard 
University, i860; the distinguished Unitarian divine. 3. William, b. in 
1646; m. 14 August, 16S4, Hannah Hale; d. March, i6gg. Descendants 
are: a. Oliver Peabody, of Natick, Mass., b. 7 May, 169S; Harvard 
University, 1721 ; minister of Natick, for about thirty years; d. 2 February, 
1752. b. John Peabody (John), of Andover, Mass., b. 20 August, 1732; at 
siege of Louisburg, 175 8; and captain of an Andover company in the 
Revolution (see "Bailey's Historical Sketches of Andover, Mass.," Boston, 
1S80, pages 160-161, and 2S4-285); d. 12 June, 1S20. c. Stephen Peabody 

(John), of Atkinson, N. H., brother of the preceding, b. ; Harvard 

University, 1769; minister at Atkinson, 1772-1S19; a man of eminence 
among the clergy of New Hampshire at that time; m., second, Elizabeth 
(Smith) Shaw, a widow, sister of the wife of President John Adams; d. 23 
May, 1S19. His son, Hon. Stephen Peabody, of Buckspoft, Maine, b. 6 Octo- 
ber, 1773, Harvard University, 1794, judge of the Court of Common Pleas of 
Hancock County, Maine; d. 12 April, 1851. d. Oliver Peabody (Oliver, 
John), of Exeter, N. H,, b. 2 September, 1753; Harvard University, 1773; 

*See Batcheldei Genealogy, by Fred C. Pierce. 

jTheir dau. Mary m. Lieut. Richard Hazen. His son Lieutenant Moses m. Abigail White; 
their dau. Abigail m. Benjamin Mooers; their dau. Abigail, b. Jan. G, 1754, m. James Hazeltine, 
b. March ^, 1750, of Haverhill. James' brothers and sisters were: 1. Samuel Haseltine, b. June 
28, 1740; m. Elizabeth Haseltine, his cous. 3. Marv Haseltine m. Rev. Stephen Peabody. 3. 
'■ " • Ebend.y. ,5. James, b. March 27, 1750. 6. Bille, b. March 10, 1751, d. unm. 7. Sarah, d. y. 

,1830, Elizabeth Stanley Shinn, b. April 82, 1811; d. June 89, 1882. He d. Dec. 11, 1871. Ch: 1. 
Caroline Augusta, b. Philadelphia, Dec. 17, 1830; m. Feb. 7, 1855, Emile Marquize, b. at Ortez, 
France, May 20, 1820; had 3 ch. 2. Marv White, b July 17, 18.S3; d. y. 3. Major James Henry, b. 
Nov. 2, 1833; m. July .5. 1881, Maria Nazarena Filamena Trombetti; b. Ferracina, Italy, Feb. 21, 
1846. They live in Italy. He is a sculptor. Served through the rebellion as major of «th Penn. 
cavalry. 4. William Stanley, b. June 11, 1835; m. 1st, Helen Lane, Oct. 9, 1860. She d. June 11. 
1864. M. 2d, Feb 28, 1866, in N. Y., Helen Wykoff Marshall, b. March 4, 1837. 1 ch. by 1st wf. 
■■ ~" vrl. 5. Elizabeth Stanley, b. Ap "~ ~ ■ - • - 

t the Commercial Nat. Bk. of F 
sept. 6, ia38; m. Rose Idler, June 9, 1869. He was captain in the 2d Penn cavalry all through 
war. 1 ch m. 7. Charles Field, b. July 29, 1840; m. in Pittsburg Sept. 6, 1863, Elizabeth Hoi 
Patterson, b. Dec. 15, 1840; d. at Corronnado Beach, San Diego, Cal., March 29, 1891. 3 eh. Was 
for a time first lieutenant of artillery. 8. Lucy, b. Sept. 28, 1811, d. y. 9. Albert Chevalier, b. 
Jan. 16, 184.1; unm., lives in France; grad. of Harvard University, Cambridge; as was also (4) 
William Stanley (above). 10. Child, d. y. 11. Marianne Lucy, b. June 9,1846; m. Oct. 11, James 
S. Dumaresq; she d. in Boston, July 16, 1881. lohn. b. 1793; had brothers and. sisters: 1. fames; 
m. Susanna West. 2. Capt. William; b. Sept. 13, 1783; d. Oct 25, 1841; m. Susan Badger. "3. Ben- 
jamin, m. Betsey Hardy. 4. Abigail, b. Mar. 27, 1780; d. April 27, 1875: m. Daniel Haddock. 5. 
John (my father (see above). 6. Mary, m. Richard West. 7. Elizabeth, m. Stephen Kimball. 8. 
Sarah, m. Warner Whittier, of Haverhill, Mass., for 1st wife. 7. Charles Fielcf, ad. 1720 Chester 
St., Philadephia, Pa. Ch: 1. Esther Holmes Haseltine, b. Phila., April 29, 1864; m. Jan. 14, 1886. 
her cous. Charles Stewart Carstairs; has 4 ch., Charles Haseltine, Carol., James Stewart, and 
Elizabeth Holmes. 2. Elizabeth Stanley Haseltine, b. Dec. 28, 1867; d. Feb. 9, 1881. 3. Caroline 
Marquize Haseltine, b. Oct. 29, 1873. 


judge of the Court (if Common Pleas of Rockingham County, N. H. ; d. 3 
August, 1S31. Oai of his twelve children three may be named. Lucretia 
OraePeabody, b. 4 July, 1786; m. 21 October, 1816, Alexander Hill Everett, 
diplomatist and author, brother of Edward Everett, orator and statesman. 
Rev. William Bourn Oliver Penbody and Rev. Oliver William Bourn Pea- 
body, twins, b. 7 July 1799; Harvard University, 1S16; the former d. 28 
May, 1S47; the latter d. 5 July, 1848. e. Charles Augustus Peabody 
(Samuel, Richard, Stephen), of New York, b. 10 July, 1814; judge of the 
Supreme Court of the State of New York, 1856— 1S57; delegate from the 
United States to the International Code Conference at Cologne, m 1881. 
f. John Appleton (Elizabeth (Peabody) Appleton, Ephraim Peabody, 

Thomas, Ephraim), of Bangor, Maine, b. ; Bowdoin College, 1S22; 

LL. D., 1S69; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Maine, 1869. 4. 
Isaac, b. in 1648; m. Sarah ; will proved 2 January, 1727. Descend- 
ants are: g. Joseph Peabody (Francis, Francis), of Salem, Mass., b. 12 
December, 1757; an eminent ship owner and merchant. His daughter, 
Catherine Elizabeth Peabody, b. 23 June, 1S08; m. October, 1826, John 
Lowell Gardner, of Boston. His granddaughter, Mary Peabody (George, 
Joseph), m. Hon. William C. Endicott, of Salem, Secretary of War, and 
their daughter, Mary Endicott, m. 15 November, 1S88, in Washington, D. C, 
Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, M. P., of England. h. Nathaniel Peabody 
(Isaac, Matthew), of Salem, Mass., b. 30 March, 1774; Dartmouth College, 
1800; a teacher and physician; m. 3 November, 1S02, Elizabeth Palmer (see 
"Bailey's Historical Sketches of Andover, Mass.," Boston, 18S0, pages 553- 
554). Three of their seven children may be named. Elizabeth Palmer 
Peabody. b. 16 May, 1804 ; d. about 1SS6. Mary Tyler Peabody, b. 16 Novem- 
ber, 1S06; m. Horace Mann, b. in 1796, d. in 1859, Secretary Massachusetts 
Board of Education. Sophia Amelia Peabody, b. 21 September, 1809, m. 
30 June, 1842, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author, b. in 1804, d. in 1864; she 
was the author of "Notes in England and Italy," written when her husband 
was consul at Liverpool; children, Una Hawthorne, Julian Hawthorne, 
who like his father has gained distinction as a novelist, and Rose Haw- 
thorne, who m. George Parsons Lathrop, the novelist, essayist and poet. 

5. Sarah, b. in 1650; m. How, of Ipswich. 6. Hepsibah, b. in 1652; m. 

Rea, of Salem Village. 7. Lydia, b. in 1654; m. Jacob Perlcy. 8. 

Mary, b. in 1656; m. John Death, of Framingham. g. Ruth, b. 22 May, 
165S; d. before 1698. 10. Damaris, b. 21 January, 1660; d. 19 Dectmber, 
1660. II. Samuel, b. 4 January, 1662; d. 13 September, 1677. 12. Jacob, 
b. 28 July, 1664; m. 12 January, 16S6, Abigail Towne; d. 24 November, 1689. 
A descendant is: i. Nathaniel Peabody (Jacob, Jacob), of Atkinson. N. 
H., b. 18 February, 1741; colonel in the revolutionary army; member of 
the Continental Congress, from New Hampshire, 1779; d. in 1S23. 13. 
Hannah, b. 28 May, 1668; d. before i6gS. 14. Nathaniel, b. 29 July, 1669; 

m. Frances ; d. in 1715. 

,. li. ABRAHAM, b. Exeter, England, 1622: m. Lydia Burbank. 

.. iii. REGINALD, b. England in 1636; m. Elizabeth Dane. 

. iv. WILLIAM, b. England in 1633; m. Mary Jackson. 

1. v. ISAAC, b. England in 1630; m. Mary Jackson, Hannah Douring, 

and Martha Hale 
'. vi. JACOB, b. England in 1635; m. Martha Kinsman and Abigail 

1. vii. SARAH, b. England in 1620; m. about 1640 William Storey, of 
Ipswich. He was b. in 1614, in Norwich, Norfolk County, Eng- 
land, embarked for America 8 April, 1637, at the age of twenty- 
three, and settled in Ipswich. He was a carpenter. In 1671 he 
erected a saw-mill on Chebacco River. Sarah (Foster) Story vvas 
living in 1668, aged forty-eight, as stated in her disposition in the 
Court Records. November term, 1668, in case of a complaint 
against Thomas Wells and others, of Ipswich, for reproaching 
Major-General Denison. In volume v, page 596, Essex County 
Deeds, it is recorded that William Story, senior, deeded 31 
March, 1693, to his son Seth Story.i, "all my housing, lands, 
fences, orchards, &c. belonging to my lands in Chebacco, in 
Ipswich, adjoining to Chebacco Falls River, having the latter on 
the E. and S. E., and land of Thos. Low on E. & N. E., and 


land of Renold Foster [Reginald Foster:] on S. & S. W and 
Ipswich common on W. & n. W." The Story estate in 'che- 
bacco was origmally a large tract of land and extended "from 
the southern part of Belcher's lane to the river, bounded on the 
east by White's Hill, and land of Deacon Thomas Low, on the 
south-west and west by land of Reynold Foster, on the west and 
north-west by common land belonging to Ipswich ("Crowell's His- 
tory of Essex," Essex, 1S68, pp. 236-237). Referring to William 
btory, senior, it is also stated in "Crowell's History of Essex " 
page 237, that "William's son, Seth, was married and lived with 
hira, and on condition of his maintaining him the rest of his days 
he conveyed to him by deed of gift the farm, which he" occupied.' 

1 his deed IS dated 13 April, 1693 [31 March, 1693]. This same year 
his grandson, Seth, was born, who lived nearly a hundred years on 
a part of the same farm, filled the office of elder in the same church 
in \vhich his fatner had been deacon, and in which his brother 
Zechariah was deacon during the time that he was an elder " 

js not believed that Andrew Story, who came from England 
and settled in Ipswich as early as 1636, was the father of WUliam 
biory, as stated on page 236, or his brother as suggested on page 
47s. of the "History of Essex." He was probably no relativ?e 
Andrew Story served in the Ipswich quota in the Pequot war of 
1037. and most of the many Storys in Essex are descended from 
h.m William Story made a deed of gift, 3 April, 1693, to his 
son bamueb, of all his upland and swamp at south side of Chebacco 
tails River; also one-half his salt marsh he formerly bought of 
Henry Archer, "said son Samuel paying to my daughter Susanna 
Browne 40s, and to my granddaughter Ruth Walker 40s within 
2 years after my decease," also "I doe give to my granddaugh- 
ter, my sd. son's daughter Elizabeth a little iron Kettle & a 
pewter bo .vie and a broad box that useth to stand in ye bed 
Leantow This deed was witnessed by Thomas Wade and 

Richard Walker, senior. William and Sarah (Foster) S'ory were 
not the ancestors "of Dr. Story, formerly of Boston, and of the 
late Judge Story," as has been somtimes stated. Mr. Justice 
Joseph Story of the United States Supreme Court, born 1770 died 
1845, was the "son of Dr. Elisha and Mehitable (Pedrick) Story" 
(''Historical Collections Essex Institute," vol. xv, page 283) and 
his emigrant ancestor, Elisha Story, of England, was born about 
1681, arrived m Boston, with his only sister Sarah Story, in 1700 
was a member of the Old South Church in 1704, and died before 
30 September. 1725, when his will was proved. William Story d 
January, 1702-3, Administration on his estate was granted to 

t'Jh f R f^^Q?^*"" ?'5'"^''' '° J^°"^^y. 1702-3. William and 
Sarah Foster) Storv had seven children; Sarah. Seth, William, 
Abigail, Samuel, Hannah and Susanna. Children: Sarah b 
about 1641 ; m. 29 October, 1661. Richard Walker, who was living 
in 1693. Ch. 1. Hannah, b. 10 September, 1663. ii. Sarah b. 
29 November. i666. iii. Richard, b. 6 February 1674. iv Ruth 

b. ; named in before mentioned deed of gift, 3 April, i6g-i' 

from her grandfather, William Story, 2, Seth, b in 1646- m." 
— -, Ke.sKlence. Chebacco, Ipswich. He was Deacon of the 
church at Chebacco, otherwise known as the "Second Church in 
Ipswich. He d. 9 October, 1732. aged eighty-six. Ch i. 

Zechariah, b. in 16S4; m. . Residence, Chebacco. Ipswich. 

He also was Deacon of the "Second Church." He d 16 Febru- 
ary, 1774. aged ninety, i. Jeremiah, b. . 2. Nathaniel, b, 

--, 3. Isaac, b. . 4. Jesse, b. 1730; m. ; d. 27 May, 

1824. aged ninety-four. "In the House of Representatives Fof 
Massachusetts]-'Resolved that there be paid out of the public 
Treasury of this State to Jesse Story of Chebacco in Ipswich 
(father of Jesse Story, Jr.. under 21 years of age) the sum of ^5. 
15s. m full for the loss he sustained in arms, ammunition and 
wearing apparel by the death of his said son who was killed at the 
battle of Bunker's Hill, as will appear in the account and cer- 


titicate.'-- Records of General Court" (Crowell's Essex, Essex. 
iS68, p. 206). Ch. a. Jesse, b. after 17 June, 1754; killed, a 

minor, at Bunker Hill. b. Parker, b. . c. Ephraim, b. . 

5. Lucy, b. . 6. Rachel, b. . 7. Deborah, b. . 8. 

Jerusha, b. . g. Lois, b. . ii. Seth, b. in 1693; m. ; 

Residence, Chebacco, Ipswich. He was also Deacon, and after- 
wards Elder of the "Second Church." He d. n August, 1786, 

aged ninety-three. Ch: d. John, b. . e. Ebenezer, b. , 

m. ; and had i. Jonathan, b. -. 3. William, b. in 1650; 

nineteen years old in 1669; living in 1693. 4. Abigail, b. in 1654; 

fifteen years old in i66g; d. before 1703. 5. Samuel, b. ; 

m. Mary ; named in before mentioned deed of gift, 3 April, 

1693, from his father, William Story; he was of Norwich, Conn., 

before 1723; d. in 1726. i. Elizabeth, b. ; named in before 

mentioned deed of gift. 3 April, 1693, from her grandfather, 
William Story. 6. Hannah, b. 19 August, 1662; named in 

will of Reginald Foster. 7. Susanna, b. probably iden- 

tical\with an unnamed daughter, b. 4 March, 1664; m. 

Browne; named in before mentioned deed of gift, 3 April, 1693, 
from her father, William Story. 

3. ABRAHAM FOSTER (Reginald), b. Exeter, Devonshire, England, 1622; 
m. 1655, Lydia Burbank, dau. of Caleb and Martha of Rowley. He came from 
England with his father when sixteen years of age and located in Ipswich. He d. 
Jan. zs, 1711. Res. Ipswich, Mass. Caleb Burbank was of Rowley, in 1691, and 
had children, John and Lydia, and perhaps others; he is supposed to have been tne 
son of John Burbank, who was made freeman in Rowley, 13 May, 1640, and who in 
his will 5 April, 1681, mentions wife Jimima, and children, John, Caleb and Lyd a. 
Foster joined the church in full communion 12 April, 1674; and was seventy-six 
years of age, 26 September, 1698, when he gave his deposition concerning Rev. John 
Norton's land. He was a yeoman. There is no will or administration of his estate, 
as he distributed it among his family by deed, 21 Dec, i6g8 (Essex Deeds, lib. 13, 
p. 206). 

9. i. EPHRAIM, b. Oct. 9, 1657; m. Hannah Fames and Mary West. 

10. ii. ABRAHAM, b. Oct. 16, 1659; m. Mary Robinson. 

11. iii. JAMES, b. Jan. 12, 1662; d. before 169S; not mentioned in his father's 

distribution of real estate. ; 

12. iv. BENJAMIN, b. in 1670; m. Ann . 

13. V. EBENEZER, b. July 15, 1672; m. Mary Borman. 

14. vi. MEHITABLE, b. Oct. 12, 1675; m. Dec. 31, 1700, Ebenezer Averill. 

15. vii. CALEB, b. Nov. g, 1677; m. Mary Sherwin. 

i6. viii. ISAAC, b. 166S; d. s. p. Feb. 13, 1717. 1717 made his will "upon 
going out upon his country's service." Upon a chart sent me by 
Moses Foster, cashier National Bank, Andover, I find the following: 
"Had one son, Ebenezer, who settled Rowley," but I think this 
must be wrong 
17. ix. A little child, b. Dec. 27, 166S. 

i3. X. RUTH, b. ; m. April 16, 1702, Jeremiah Perley, of Boxford, 

son of John and Mary ( ) Perley, of Boxford; baptized 10 

July, 16S0. She d. . He m., second, 20 December, 1710, Alice 

Hazen, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Howlett) Hazen, b. 10 

June, 1 686, "in Boxford, who d. 17 October, 1740; and third, 10 

November, 1741, Sarah Hale, of Newbury, who d. before 175S. 

He d. before 26 June, 1758, when his will was proved. Jeremiah 

Perley had three children, but by which wife or wives is uncertain. 

Sarah m. Daniel Black, of Boxford. Hannah m. Paul Prichard, of 

Boxford. Abigail m., first, 15 March, 1750, William Spofford, son 

of Capt. John and Dorcas (Hopkinson) Spofford, who d. in the army; 

and second, Rufus Wheeler, of Maine. 

4. REGINALD FOSTER (Reginald), b. England in 1636; m. Elizabeth 

Dane. dau. of John Jr. and niece of Rev. Francis. Reginald, of Chebacco, Ipswich, 

married Elizabeth, daughter John Dane. He died leaving an estate of about 

pf35o. His will was dated 11 July, 1704, and proved 10 Jan., 170S. Daniel Warner, 

in his Record, "mentions the above children and no more," saying his "aunt Foster 

had," etc— N. E. H. G. Register, vol. xv, p. 50. 


He left a will, wherein he speaks of his extreme old age, "the craziness and 
weakness of his body. " Inventory of his estate, ^326 i6s. yd., is. 6d. were for rum, 
sugar, spice, gloves and cider, for the funeral, a custom quite prevalent in those 

Elizabeth (Dane) Foster was a niece of Rev. Francis Dane, forty-eight years 
minister at Andover, Mass., who boldly denouncing the witchcraft delusion of 1692, 
was prominently connected with the trials at Salem when almost every member of 
his family was under arrest on suspicion, and a daughter and granddaughter 
were tried and condemned to death. See Bailey's Historical Sketches of 
Andover, Boston, iSSo, pp. 199 and 423. 

Reginald Foster, fourth child of Reginald and Judith ( ) Foster, was born in 

England, as stated in the "Foster Papers" already mentioned. Residence, Che- 
bacco, Ipswich. He married about 1652, Elizabeth Dane, daughter of John Dane, 
jr., of Ipswich, New England, author of "A Declaration of Remarkable Providences 
in the Course of my Life, By John Dane, of Ipswich," 1682, Boston, 1S54; and grand- 
daughter of John Dane, senior, of Berkhampstead and Bishops Stortford, Herts, 
England, and of Ipswich and Ro.xbury, New England as, mentioned on page 12, 
and to be related on later pages. Reginald Foster was the third signer of the fol- 
lowing petition in favor of John Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth Procter, condemned 
to death for witchcraft, 5 August, 1692 at Salem ; which, however, was of no avail, 
as John Procter was executed ig August. 1692. His wife gave birth to a child about 
a fortnight after his e.xecution. This indicates to what alone she owed her life. 
The petition, signed also by Isaac Foster, probably the eldest son of Reginald Fos- 
ter*-, is taken from "Upham's History of Witchcraft," Boston, 1S67, where, volume 
ii, pages 304 and 307, the following tributes to the signers will be found. "Notwith- 
standing the danger to which any one was exposed who expressed sympathy for 
convicted or accused persons, or doubt of their guilt, a large number had the manli- 
ness to try to save this worthy and honest citizen. John Wise, one of the ministers 
of Ipswich, heads the list of petitioners from that place. The document is in his 
handwriting. Thirty-one others joined in the act, many of them among the most 
respectable citizens of that town." 

"I have given the names of the men who signed this paper, as copied from the 
original. It is due to their memory; and their descendants may well be gratified 
by the testimony thus borne to their courage and justice." 

"The Humble and Sincere Declaration of us. Subscribers, Inhabitants in Ipswich, 
on the Behalf of our Neighbors, John Procter and his Wife, now in Trouble 
and under Suspicion of Witchcraft. 


Honored and Right Worshipful, — The aforesaid John Procter may have great 
reason to justify the Divine Sovereignty of God under these severe remarks of Pro- 
vidence upon his peace and honor, under a, due reflection upon his life past; and so 
the best of us have reason to adore the great pity and indulgence of God's providence, 
that we are not exposed to the utmost shame that the Devil can invent, under the 
permissions of sovereignty, though not for that sin forenamed, yet for our many 
transgressions. For we do at present suppose, that it may be a method within the 
severer but just transactions of the infinite majesty of God, that he sometimes may 
permit Sathan to personate, dissemble, and thereby abuse innocents and such as do, 
in the fear of God, defy the Devil and all his works. The great rage he is permitted 
to attempt holy Job with; the abuse he does the famous Samuel m disquieting his 
silent dust, by shadowing his venerable person in answer to the charms of witch- 
craft; and other instances from good hands, — may be arguments. Besides the 
unsearchable footsteps of God's judgments, that are brought to light every morn- 
ing, that astonish our weaker reasons; to teach us adoration, trembling, depend- 
ence, &c. But we must not trouble Your Honors by being tedious. Therefore, 
being smitten with the notice of what hath happened, we reckon it within the duties 
of our charity, that teacheth us to do as we would be done by, to offer thus much 
for the clearing of our neighbor's innocency; viz., that we never had the least 
knowledge of such a nefandous wickedness in our said neighbors, since they have 
been within our acquaintance. Neither do we remember any such^thoughts in us con- 
cerning them, or any action by them or either of them, directly tending that way, no 
more than might be in the lives of any other persons of the clearest reputation as to 
any such evils. What God may have left them to, we cannot go into God's pavilion 
clothed with clouds of darkness round about ; but, as to what we have ever seen or 
heard of them, upon our consciences we judge them innocent of the crime objected. 
His breeding hath been amongst us, and was of religious parents in our place, and. 


by reason of relations and properties within our town, hath had constant intercourse 

with us. We speak upon our personal acquaintance and observation ; and so leave 

our neighbors, and this our testimony on their behalf, to the wise thoughts of Your 


Jno. Wise. Nathanill Perkins Benjamin Marshall 

William Story Senr. Thorns Lovkine. John Andrews Jur. 

Reinalld Foster William Cogswell. William Butler. 

Thos. Chote. Thomas Varny. William Andrews. 

John Burnum Sr. John Fellows. Jofin Andrews. 

William Thom=onn. William Cogswell Jur. John Chote Ser. 

Tho. Low Senr. Jonathan Cogswell. Joseph Procter. 

Isaac Foster. John Cogswell Ju. Samuel Gidding 

John Burnum junr. John Cogswell. Joseph Evleth 

William Goodhew. Thomas Andrews. James White." 

Isaac Perkins. Joseph Andrews. 

Reginald Foster died 28 December, 1707. aged seventy-one years. He left an 

estate inventoried at ^326. 19s., with debts amounting to £ig. i6s. 7d., of which £4.. 
IS. 6d. was for rum, sugar, spice, gloves and cider for the funeral, a custom quite 
prevalent in those days. 

His will dated 11 July, 1704, and proved ig January, 1707-S, is as follows: 

Will of Reginald Foster. 
In the name of God. Amen. I, Reginald Foster of Chebacco, in Ipswich, in 
ye County of Essex in New England being att this time thro ye goodness of God 
in prfect understanding & memory tho very crazy & weak of Body b}f reason of old 
age & other infirmities we attend mee. In ye first place I committ my Imortall soul 
into ve hands of Almighty God who gave itt & In ye hopes of a blessed Resurrec- 
tion to Life eternall thro Jesus Christ my blessed Redeemer. And my Body to ye 
earth from whence it was taken to be decently Buryed by my Executors hrafter 
mentioned. And wt worldly estate the Lord hath been plased to bless mee with I 
give & bequeath as hereafter followeth 

I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Foster the parlour yt 1 now 
enjoy & also wt use of ye cellar shee needeth & half ye Orchard also ye keeping of 
a cow & two sheep Winter & Summer & firewood fetched home & cutt fittfor ye fire 
so much as shee needeth for her use and a horse & one to ride before her to carry her 
to meeting and this Nathaniel Foster my son shall doe. 

Item. I doe appoint my two sons Isaac & John Fosters to pay ye mother five 
& forty shillings apiece yearly In provision such as she needs & requires wc is four 
pounds ten shillings but If shee desires to remove to Billerica they shall carry wt 
was brought to Audover & yn pay yearly in Specie wt. was agreed upon— and my 
will is yt. all be done honestly according to truth. 

Item. I Doe will unto my son Isaac Foster the house he hath lived in since he 
marryed Also nine acres of Land in my upper pasture joyneing to itt from Seth 
Stores Land & so Downward also my upland by ye widow Martins But I Reserve a 
convenient cart way thro it to fetch up hay or what may be needfuU — Also I will 
my said son Isaac a third part of ye meadow about ye Ditch equally divided and 
Isaac his part shall Lj'e ne.xt Goodm Kinsmans Also a third part of my Low 
Meadow or Salt Marsh being divided from Deacon Goodhue meadow to Procters 
Creek and Isaac shall have his next Deacon Lows and his Brethren shall have a 
way through that to Theirs. 

Item. I give to my son John Foster ye house he lives in & ve orchard — and ye 
upper pasture except what 1 shall otherwise dispose of and all that part of ye com 
feild next Mr. Wades mill excepting one acre joyneing to ye high way next my 
house also I will to him one third part of both ye parcells of meadow or salt marsh 
above named excepting yt meadow given to Nathaniel betwixt ye Ditch & ye upland. 
Item. I give to my son Nathaniel Foster my now dwelling house & half ye 
Orchard & Barn & yt part of ye corn feild next Seth Storeys & the Lower pasture 
all within ye stone wall & one acre of ye other feild next my house & two acres of 
my upper pasture to water his cattle and ye meadow betwixt ye Ditch & ye 
upland next ye widow Martinns & Nathaniel shall have a way to his corn feild thro 
his brother John's & his brother John thro his to carry wt is needfull Also John & 
Nathaniel shall equally divide ye meadow above ye Ditch between them & settle 
ye Bounds as they shall agree or as they may Chose Indifferent men to doe it for 
them & and so with ye Lower meadow Sc if John will take a pait of my Barn away 
& he halfe ye cost to sett up a Lentoo he may doe it if he will. 

Item. I give & bequeath to my eldest daughter Elizabeth ten pounds to be payd 


to her a Legacy out of m)^ estate by my son Isaac above named within a year after 
my decease. 

Item. I give to my Daughter Judith ten pounds for a legacy to her to be payd 
out of my Estate by my son John before named within a year after my Decease 
also I give further to my Daughter Judith my bed & bedsted boulster & 2 pillows 
curtains &• coverlid belonging to it and also my table that stands in the parlour. 

Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter Elenour eight pounds to be payd to 
her for her legacy out of my estate by my son Nathaniel Foster aforenamed within 
one year after my decease and my son Nathaniell Fosters hall have the other halfe of 
ye Orchard after my wife's decease or removal. 

Ult. I constitute & appoint my loving son John Foster to be my Executor of 
this my last will & testament together with my beloved wife and my son Nathaniel 
Foster and for confirmation that this is my last will & testament and yt I hereby 
will & make void all former wills yt I have heretofore made. I ye aforesaid Reg- 
inold Foster have hrunto sett & affixed my hand & seal this eleventh day of July 
Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred & four In ye Third year of ye Reigne 
of yueen Anne 

Reginold Foster (seal) 
Signed and sealled in ye presence of us three witnessess 

Joseph Eveleth 
Nathaniel Rust junr. 
Umphrey Claric 
Will proved 19 Jan. 1707-S. Rec. 3. 309, Page 27S. 
Essex, ss. Probate Office. 27 April, 1SS5. 
A true copy of record. 

Attest J. T. Mahoney Register 

Daniel Warner m his "Record" mentions the following children and no more, 
saying his "aunt Foster had," etc. — (N. E. H. G. Register, vol. xv., p, 50.) 

Reginald and Elizabeth (Dane) Foster had twelve children; Elizabeth, Isaac, 
Judith, Sarah, Mary, John, Rebecca, Naomi, Ruth, Eleanor, Hannah and Nathaniel. 
He d. Dec. 28, 1707. Res., Chebacco Parish in Ipswich, Mass. 

19. i. REBECCA, b. Feb. 26, 1667; d. July r, 16S4. 

20. ii. NAOMI, b. May 6, i66g; d. before 1707. 

21. iii. RUTH, b. Dec. 17, 1671; d. Jan. i, 1677. 

22. iv. HANNAH, b. Oct. 5, 1675; d. before 1707. 

23. V. ISAAC, b. in 1656; m. Abigail . 

24. vi. JOHN, b. Julv 15, 1664; m. Mary . 

25. vii. NATHANIEL, b. Sept. 19, 167S; m. Joanna Marshall. 

26. viii. ELIZABETH, b. , 1653; m. Aug. 8, 1674, Simon Wood, of 


27. ix. JUDITH, b. Jan. 20, 1659. 

28. X. MARY, b. June 18, 1662; prob. d. before 1707. 

29. xi. SARAH, b. ; prob. d. before 1707. 

30. xii. ELEANOR, b. June 14, 1673. 

- s.rrWILLIAM FOSTER (Reginald), b. England m 1633; m. May 15, 1661, 
Mary 'Jackson, b. Feb. 8, 1639; dau. of William and Joanna. William Jackson 
lived on Bradford Street, where, in 1643, a house lot, containing one acre and a half, 
was laid out to him not far from the meeting-house. He gave 6 December, 1680, to 
his daughter Mary Foster, out of his estate, two acres of meadow in the common field, 
one ox and a heifer, all of the value of ^{^ii, and "20s. of which is for her daughter's 
paines with me and my wife;" or, in other words, for the great care and comfort 
she had bestowed upon them in their old age, while abiding under their roof. Wil- 
liam Jackson d. i May, 16SS. William Foster was a yeoman, lived first in Ipswich, 
and afterwards removed to Rowley, where he was received as an inhabitant in 1661. 
He settled in that section of the town known as Rowley Village, which was after- 
wards incorporated under the name of Boxford. Before his removal he purchased 
of "Joseph Jewett, of Rowley, for /'iis. 13. 4d., a seventy-second part of the village 

lands in said town; but Mr. Jewett d. , before he gave him a deed of it, and he 

afterwards received one from the executors, bearing date of 30 May, 1661, witnessed 
by Thomas Dorman, Francis Peabody and Gershom Lambert. About the year 
1666-7 the village lands were laid out by John Pickard and Ezekiel Northend. Of 
this land, William Foster, Francis Peabody, husband of his sister Mary Foster, 
Joseph Bixbie and Abraham Reddington, received eight hundred acres, bounded 
north by land of Messrs. Dorman, Cummins and Stiles, west by Andover line, south 


by Wade's brook, etc., and east by various other lots. This grant consisted of 
upland, meadow and swamp. It is recorded in Essex Registry of Deeds, under date 
of 27 February, 1706-7, that he gave his son Samuel Foster one half of his right in 
this land, describing the same bounds and parties to whom it was laid out. He 
bought, 3 April, 1695, with his sons William and Jonathan, and John Kimball, all of 
Boxford three hundred acres of land of Robert and Bethiah Fames, "lying 
between Five Mile Pond and Moses Tyler's house, on both sides of Ipswich road." 
By deed, bearing date 25 August, 1710, he gave to his "son David, of Haverhill, all 
that right which falleth to us in lands, orchards, &c., which our Hon'd Father Wm. 
Jackson, formerly of Rowley, dec'd did give to his son John Jackson and John 
Jackson's son John, William Jackson's grandson, and in case his grandson John 
died childless, then . . . the estate mentioned in said deed ... to return to our 
father's three daughters or their children. William Jackson's grandson John dying 
childless, said lands are divided among said daughters; viz., Elizabeth How (of 
witchcraft fame). Eizabeth (Jackson) How, wife of James How Jr. , grandson of John 
Dane senior, was executed 19 July, 1692, in Salem, for witchcraft. John Dane 
senior was the grandfather of Elizabeth (Dane) Foster, wife of Reginald Foster 
(Reginald), Mary Foster my wife, and Deborah "Trumbull ; which land in my right 
(Mr. Jackson's deed bearing date in Rowley 6 December, 1680,) I give to my son 
David. Mr. Foster was one of the leading men in the town of Rowley, holding 
many offices of trust, and frequently serving on committees in matters of impor- 
tance, with great acceptance. In 1675, he, with Joseph Peabody and John Kimball, 
were appointed collectors of taxes. In 1677 and 16S0 John Peabody and he were 
appointed on the part of the village to enforce the strict observance of the Sabbath, 
"and to have the special inspection of those families nearest their house on either 
side of them," according to the provisions of a law of the General Court, passed 23 
May, 1677. Up to the year 16S5, Rowley Village had been subject to the control 
and government of the town proper, which was contrary to the expectations of the 
settlers when the Village lands were allotted them, who considered themselves "free 
from any engagement to the town of Rowley ellse we had not purchased it." 
According to the records, the Village, in 1673, was composed of but sixteen families, 
living nine miles distant from the town, and near to the bounds of Topsfield. In 
1685 they had increased to forty families, and the lands, containing about eighteen 
thousand acres, they thought "would comfortably setuate one hundred families;" 
and considering the distance from town, and the general difficulties under which 
they continually labored in their governmental affairs, and other matters owing to 
their remote situation, they conceived the importance of petitioning the General 
Court for leave to settle a minister, and grant them "township prevelig, that so 
wee might the more comfortably carrj' on so needful! a work, for the betor edication 
of our children that cannot gooe fouer mieles to meting" (to Topsfield). This peti- 
tion was signed by "Abraham Reddington, Sen., Joseph Bixbee, Sen., Samuel 
Busbee, Sen., William Foster and John Peabody." It was dated "27: 3 mo. 16S5." 
The petition was granted 5 June, 1685, "Provided it ma)- be with the consent of the 
Selectmen of Rowley," and which finally resulted in the incorporation of the town 
of Boxford; for shortly after the above grant two committees were appointed, one 
on the part of Rowley Village, of which William Foster was a member, and the 
other on the part of Rowley, which met together 7 July, 16S5, and agreed upon 
"a parting line betwixt the town of Rowley and the village," that all the common 
undivided village land e.xcept the ministers farm, shall belong to Rowley, and "that 
the inhabitants shall be free from all rates to the town, excepting 20s. in silver, to 
be paid Joseph Bixbee, Sen., John Peabody, William Foster, Samuel Symonds and 
Moses Tyler, yearly . . . while [or until] they have an orthodox minister settled in 
the village." 

The following is a copy of a paper found among the Court files: "Theas few 
Liens may Sertify anney gentilmen whome it may Consern that the Town of Box- 
ford have with the Consent of the Selectmen of Boxford chosen William Poster, 
Sener, to be thaier ordenary Keepper for this year '93 and doe desier that hee may 
have a Lisenc for the aboue said purpos this 13th of June 1693 
as a test 

(sd) John Pebody 


William Foster made his will 3 September, 1711, when seventy-eight years of 
age. as stated in the will. He d. 17 May, 1713, in Boxford. His will was proved 
15 June, 1713. In his will he gave his five sons, Jonathan, William, Timothy, David 
and Samuel, all his salt marsh he had of his father Foster, lying in Ipswich, which 


was to be enjoyed by his wife Mary and son Joseph during her widowhood, his ' 'son 
Samuel to keep son Joseph at his house to look out for him." He appointed his 
sons Jonathan and Samuel executors. The following extract from Essex Deeds, 
Book 43, page 279, under date of 11 February, 1723-4, enumerates his children and 
sons-in-law : 

"... we Jonathan Foster, Timothy Foster and Samuel Foster of Boxford, 
William Foster of Andover, David Foster of Haverhill, Mary Kilburn [Mary Foster] 
and John Platts [who m. Judith Foster], Theophilus Rix and Hannah Rix his wife 
[Hannah Foster], of Wenham ... for ... the sum of thirty pounds . . . paid 
... by John Perkins of Andover . . . have sold . . . said John Perkins, his heirs, 
&c., a certain piece ... of meadow lying in Andover ana Salem, containing by 
estimation five acres . . . ." 

William and Mary (Jackson) Foster had nine children: Mary, Judith, Jonathan, 
William, Timothy, Hannah, David, Samuel and Joseph. 

History of Boxford, Mass., says: "William Foster, from Ipswich, settled in 
Rowley Village in i66r. The old house that stood some years ago on the site of the 
late residence of Mr. Dean Andrews, deceased, was undoubtedly his residence. 
The first town meetings were held in his house ; and in it was also kept for several 
years after the incorporation of the town, a kind of tavern called in the language 
of those days, an ordinary. Mr. Foster was one of the principal men in the 
Village, as the numerous offices of trust of all kinds held by him fully prove." He 
d.May 17, 1 71 3. Res., Boxford, Mass. 

31. i. MARY, b. Nov. 16, 1662; m. Nov. 20, 16S2, Samuel Kilburn, of Row- 


32. ii. JUDITH, b. June 19, 1664: m. 13 April, 1693, John Platts. Five 

children: i. Mary Platts. 2. James Platts. 3- John Platts. 4. 
Ebsaba Platts. 5. Jonathan Platts. 

33. iii. HANNAH, b. Nov. 23, 1673; m. May 11, 1709-10, Theophilus Rix, of 

Wenham, who died July 5, 1726. She was his second wife. Two 
children: i. Samuel Rix, b. April 7. I7ii. 2. Hannah Rix, b. 
May4, 1717- 

34. iv. JONATHAN, b. 6 March, 1667-8; m. Abigail Kimball. 

35. v. WILLIAM, b. 1670; m. Sarah Kimball and Margaret Gould. 
■^6. vi. TIMOTHY, b. 1672; m. Mary Dorman and Ruth Andrews. 

37. vii. DAVID, b. 9 May, 1679; m. Mary Black. 

38. viii. SAMUEL, b. 20 February, 16S1; m. Mary Macoon. 

39. ix. JOSEPH, b. 168 — ; bap. May 21, 16S2; living in 1711, but probably 

never m. See his father's will. 

6. ISAAC FOSTER (Reginald), b. England 1630; m. IVIay 5, 165S, Mary Jack- 
son. She d. Nov. 27, 1677; m. 2d, Nov. 25, 166S, Hannah JJowning, who d. Nov. 
27, 1678; m. 3d, Ma'ch 16, 1679, Martha Hale, who survived him. He lived in 
Ipswich, near Topsfield, at the east end of "Syraond's Farm," the town line divid- 
ing the farm. He was sixty-two )-ears old when he made his will ; proved March 
29, 1692. Isaac Foster had fourteen children; eleven by his first wife, and three by 
the second: Jonathan, Mehitable, Jacob, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Mary. Daniel, 
Martha, Ruth, Prudence, Hannah. — second wife — Hannah. Eleazer and Sarah. 

He d. March, 1692. Res., Ipswich, Mass. 

40. i. JONATHAN, b. 9 January, 165S-9; d. May 15, 1661; not mentioned 

in father's will. 

41. ii. MEHITABLE, b. 19 September, 1660; d. February. 1660-1. 

42. iii. JACOB, b. 9 February, 1662-3; ™- Sarah Wood and Mary Edwards. 

43. iv. BENJAMIN, b. June, 1665; m. . 

44. V. ELIZABETH, b. 20 April, 1667. 

45. vi. MARY, b. 26 June, 1669; m. Richard Grant, 27 February, 1688. 

46. vii. DANIEL, b. 14 November, 1670; m. Katherine Freese and Mary 


47. viii. MARTHA, b. i August, 1672 ; m. Thompson Wood, S December, 1691. 

48. i.x. RUTH, b. 20 February, 1673-4; m- Groue. 

49. x. PRUDENCE, b. 23 May, 1675; m. Joseph Borman, 17 February, 


50. xi. HANNAH, fa. 24 October. 1676; d. before 16S1. 

51. xii. ELEAZER, b. April, 1684; m. Eliza Fiske. 

52. xiii. SARAH, b. 19 March. 1687. 

53. xiv. HANNAH, b. February 16, 1681. 


7. DEA. JACOB FOSTER (Reginald), b. England in 1635; m. Jan. 12. 1658, 
Martha Kinsman, dau. of Robert (r. of Ipswich), who d. Oct. 15, 1666; m. 2d, Feb. 
26, 1667, Abigail Lord; d. June 4, 1729. 

Jacob was a resident of Ipswich, in which place he died. He was deacon of the 
first church. He married, first, Martha Kinsman, who died. He married secondly, 
Abiagal, daughter of Robert and Mary (Wait) Lord. She survived him. The 
grave oi Deacon Foster is marked by a stone rudely carved; the inscription is 
"Here lies Dec'n Jacob Foster, who died July ye 9th 1710, in ye 75 yr of his age." 
Deacon Foster lived in the first house built by his father I^eginakl. It stood on the 
south side of Ipswich river, near the stone bridge ; and on a portion of what is now 
the Heard Estate. The house lots as they were granted from the bridge, were 
given as follows; — to John Proctor, House, built in 1635, yet stands; and is now 
owned by the venerable Capt. Samuel Baker. 2. Thomas Wells, probablj' a physi- 
cian, as 'he had "phissic," books. In 1677 mention is made of "the house that 
Thomas Wells built." 3. Samuel Younglove. The house he doubtless built was 
taken down in 1862. 4. The Foster lot. An old "Foster House" remained on this 
lot till within the recollection of the present generation. Its last Foster occupant 
was an aged woman known as "Molly Foster." The house was called in Ipswich 
the old Foster house, as long as it stood. It was given by Reginald Foster at his 
death to Deacon Jacob, his son, and the Deacon lived on it. The deacon also owned 
another house which he sold to Abraham Perkins — son of John, and grandson of 
Elder John Perkins. For in the will of Hannah (Bernsley) Perkins, widow of 
Abraham, she bequeaths the house her husband bought of "Deacon Foster, dec'd," 
to the three of her grandsons. He d. July 7, 1710. Res., Ipswich, Mass. 

54. i. JUDITH, b. 20 October, 1659; d. 27 January, 1659-60. 

55. ii. JOHN, b. 1660; d. 1660. 

56. iii. JACOB, b. 15 May, 1662; d. June, 1662. 

57. iv. MARY, b. ; d. 11 January, 1666-7. 

58. V. SARAH, b. 3 August, 1665; m. John Caldwell. She d. July 11, 1721. 

59. vi. ABRAHAM, b. 4 December, 1667; m. Abigail Parsons. 

60. vii. J.A.COB, b. 25 March, 1670; m. Mary Caldwell, Martha Graves and 

Mary Willis. 

61. viii. AMOS, b. 15 August, 1672; d. 12 October, 1672. 

62. ix. ABIGAL, b. 3 July, 1674; d. before 1710. 

63. X. NATHANIEL, b. 7 October, 1676; d. previous to 1710. 

64. xi. SAMUEL, b. 10 September, 1678; d. previous to 1710. 

65. xii. JOSEPH, b. 14 September, 1680; m. Elizabeth Goodwin, Mary 

Cressy and Sarah Brown. 

66. xiii. JAMES, b. 12 November, 16S2; m. Anna Cross. 

67. xiv. MARY, b. 25 December, 1684; not mentioned^^in father's will; d. 

before 1710. 

9. EPHRAIM FOSTER (Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., October g, 

1657; m. , 1677, Hannah Fames, dau. of Robert, b. 1661, d. July 8, 1731; m. 2d, 

Jan. 8, 1732, Mary West, of Bradford, wid. of John West. He was a blacksmith. 

"One of the prominent names in the early town history [of Andover, Mass.,] 
was Ephraim Foster. He was a grandson of Reginald Foster, a citizen of 
Ipswich of some consideration, and who is said by genealogists to have been de- 
scended from an ancient family of Forsters, mentioned by Walter Scott in his tales 
and ballads of Scottish border warfare. Ephraim Foster was a man conspicuous 
in the town matters of Andover, although not connected prominentlj' with the 
military or the civil history. He seems, judging from the numerous documents in 
his handwriting, to have excelled as a scribe, and to have been versed in the art of 
punctuation, then little known to the majority of our town officials. His favorite 
point was the colon, with which his papers are plentifully besprinkled, without 
regard to the grammatical or rhetorical construction. This characteristic appears 
in the 'Proprietor's Records,' where his handwriting occurs. Some of the family 
estates were in the east part of Noith Andover, one of the ancient homesteads 
(that afterward occupied by J. M. Hubbard, Esq., and noted for the large and 
beautiful elm tree, still vigorous) was Ephraim's residence. He d. September 21, 
1746. Res., Andover, Mass., in that part now North Andover. 

Ephraim Foster seemed to put some faith in his townsman's prophecies. He 
testified that Wardell had made some predictions in regard to the birth of his (Fos- 
ter's) children, that there would be five girls in the household before a son should 
be bom. This had proved true. The witness had also often seen Wardell "tell 


fortins," and he observed that in doing so the fortune teller always "looked first 
into the hand of the person, and then cast his eyes down on the ground." This 
was proof of his being in league with Satan, though the connection is not obvious. 
6S. i. ROSE, b. May 9, 167S; d. unm. Feb. 25, 1693. 

John Hawthorne, Joua Corwin, Assistants. 

The examination and confession (September 8, 1692,) of Mary 
Osgood, wife of Capt. Osgood, of Andover, taken before John Haw- 
thorne and Majesties' justices. She confesses, that about eleven 
years ago, when she was in a melancholy state and condition, she 
used to walk abroad in her orchard ; and upon a certain time she saw 
the appearance of a cat at the end of ihe house, which yet she 
thought was a real cat. However, at that time, it diverted her from 
praying to God, and instead thereof she prayed to the devil, about 
which time she made covenant with the devil, who, as a black man, 
came to her and presented her a book, upon which she laid her finger, 
and that left a red spot; and that upon her sinning the devil told her 
he was her god and that she should serve and worship him; and she 
believes she consented to it. She says further, that about two years 
ago she was carried through the air in company with Deacon Frye's 
wife, Ebenezer Barker's wife and Goody Tyler, to Five Mile Pond, 
where she was baptized by the devil, who dipped her face in the water, 
made her renounce her former baptism, and told her she must be 
his, soul and body, forever, and that she must serve him, which she 
promised to do. 

She says the renouncing her first baptism was after her dipping, and 
that she was transported back again through the air in company 
with the aforenamed persons, in the same manner as she went, and 
believes they were carried upon a pole. 

Q. How many persons were upon the pole? 

A. As I have said before; viz.: four persons and no more, but 
whom she had named above. She confesses she has afflicted three 
persons: John Sawdy, Martha Sprague and Rose Foster; and that she 
did it by pinching her bed clothes, and giving consent, the devil 
should do it in her shape, and that the devil could not do it without 
her consent. She confesses the afflicting persons in the court by 
the glance of the eye. She says, as she was coming down to Salem 
to be examined, she and the rest of the company with her stopped at 
Mr. Phillip's to refresh themselves up, and the afflicted persons, being 
behind them upon the road, came just as she was mounting again, 
and were then afflicted and cried out upon her, so that she was forced 
10 stay until they were all passed, and said she only looked that way 
toward them. 

Q. Do you know the devil can take the shape of an innocent per- 
son and afflict? 

A. I believe he cannot. 

Q. Who taught you this way of witchcraft? 

A. Satan ; and that he promised her abundance of satisfaction and 
quietness in her future state, but never performed anything, and that 
she has lived more miserably and more discontented since than ever 
before. She confesses further that she herself, in company with 
Goody Parker, Goody Tyler and Goody Dean, had a meeting at 
Moses Tyler's house last Monday night, to afflict, and that she and 
Goody Dean carried the shape of Mr. Dean, the minister, between 
them, to make persons believe that Mr. Dean was afflicted. 

Q. What hindered vou from accomplishing what you intended? 

A, The Lord would not suffer it so to be; that the devil should 
afflict in an innocent person's shape. 

Q. Have you been at any other witch meetings? 

A. I know nothing thereof, as I shall answer in the presence of 
God and his people, but said that the black man stood before her and 
told her that what she had confessed was a lie; notwithstanding she 
said that what she had confessed was true, and thereto put her hand. 
Her husband, being present, was asked if he judged his wife to be 
any way discomposed. He answered that, having lived with her so 
long, he doth not judge her to be any way discomposed, but has 


cause to believe what she has said is true. When Mistress Osgood 
was first called, she afflicted Martha Sprague and Rose Foster by the 
glance of her eyes, and recovered them out of their fits by the touch 
of her hand. Mary (Foster) Lacey and Betty Johnson and Han- 
nah Part saw Mistress Osgood atHicting Sprague and Foster. The 
said Hannah Post and Mary Lacey and Betty Johnson, Jun., and 
Rose Foster and Marv Richardson were afflicted by Mistress Osgood, 
in the time of their examination, and recovered by her touching of 
their hands. * 

T,' underwritten, being appointed by authority to take this exam- 
ination, do testify upon oath, taken in court, that this is a true copy of, 
the substance of it, to the best of my knowledge, January 5, 1692-3. 
The within Mary Osgood was examined before their majesty's jus- 
tice of the pface in Salem. 

[ATTEsr, ] John Higginson, Just. Pac." 

69. ii. HANNAH, d. May 28, 16S1; d. young. 

70. iii. HANNAH, b. May '15, 16S4; m. March 5, 1701, Timothy Stiles, of 

Boxford. He was son of Robert; was b. Boxford Oct. i, 1678; 
with his wife admitted to the church June 27, 1703; was select- 
man in Boxford 1724-8-34-5. He d. Dec. 7, 1751. Ch; i. Jacob, 
b. Feb. 6, 1702; m. Sarah Hartwell. 2. Hannah, b. April 12, 
1704; m. Abial Barker, of Andover. 3. Keziah, b. March 30, 
1707; m. Moses Walton, of Boston. 4. Ephraim, b. Dec. 27, 1708; 
m. Elizabeth Louksford. 5. Gideon, b Feb. 26, 1711; m. Sally 
Faulkner, 6. Mary, b. Feb. 11, 1713; m. Thomas Clark. 7. Ezra, 
born July 2, 1715; m. Mary Warren and Mrs. Sarah Johnson. 
S. Jeremiah, b. Oct 5, 1722; d. Dec. 17, 1727. 9. David, b. July 
I, 1724; d. April 13, 172=;. 

71. iv. JEMIMA, b. Feb. 25, 1686; m. Ezekiel Ladd; b. Feb. 14, 16S6; res. 

Boxford. She d. s. p. 

72. V. EPHRAIM. b. March 12, 1688 ; m. Abigail Poor. 

73. vi. JOHN, b. March 26, 1690; m. Rebecca Rowland and Dorcas Hovey. 

74. vii. GIDEON, b. May 13, 1692; d. June 25, 1707. 

75. viii. DAVID, b. April 18, 1694; m. Elizabeth Abbott and Lydia Farnum 

and Judith Norton. 

76. ix. MOSES, b. Sept. 27, 1696; m. Elizabeth Rogers and Mary Gray. 

77. X. AARON, b. Apr. 21, 1698; m. Martha Smith. 

78. xi. JOSHUA, b. March 13, 1702; m. Mary Barker and Mary Town. 

79. xii. RUTH, b, March 9, 1704; m. May 11, 1722, Capt. Jacob Abbott, of 

Brookfield. She d. 1774, s. p. 

10. ABRAHAM FOSTER (Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Oct. 16, 
1659; m. Nov. 15, 1693, Mary Robinson, dau. of Robert, of Newberry. He was a 
soldier in the military service of the colony "and was wounded in the public service 
and is to receive £S out of the public treasury 'for smart money.' " He d. May 23, 
1 741. Res. Ipswich and Topsfield, Mass. 

80. i. ABRAHAM, b. June 12, 1696. m. Sarah Dunnell. 

81. ii. NATHAN, b. May 17, 1700; m. Hannah Standish. 

82. iii. DANIEL, b. April 13, 1705; m. Hannah Black and Elizabeth Davis. 
12. BENJAMIN FOSTER (Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., in 1670; 

m. Ann . After his death she resided in Billerica in 1739. Benjamins was 

born in Ipswich ; removed to Topsfield, then to Bo.xford, finally to Lunenberg, 
where he died. He was a weaver. While of Boxford, he sold to Thomas Potter 
one half of one of the two rights granted to the heirs of Abraham Foster by his 
father, Renold, in Bush Hill and 'Turners 8ths, so that the one half of one I have 
sold depended from my grandfather Renold to my father Abraham and from him 
to me 29 May, 1727. — (Essex Deeds, v. — . p. 50.) The last two children were bom 
in Boxford. Widow Ann Foster, Kezia and Isaac cautioned at Billerica 1739. He 
d. Sept. 12, 1735 in L. Res. Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford and Lunenburg, Mass. 

83. i. BENJAMIN, b. 25 Nov., 1700; bapt. 27 Nov. ; m. Mrs. 

Sarah Low. 

84. ii. AMOS, b. 28 April, 1702; bapt. 10 May; m. Elizabeth Kitteredge. 

85. iii. DEBORAH, b. 7 May, 1704. 

86. iv. KEZIA, b. 4 May, 1707; m. in L. Sept. 5, 1741, Jacob Corey, Jr., 

of Tewksbury. 


87. V. GIDEON, b. 10 Oct. 1709; m. Lydia Goldwait and Deborah 

88. vi. JEMIMA, b. 24-12 Feb. 1711-12; d. young. The above were bom 

in Ipswich. 

89. vii. ISAAC, b. 3 Dec, 1722; bapt. Dec. 1722; m. Mary Rice. 

90. viii. JEMIMA, bapt. Dec. 1725; m. July 28, 1738, Jonathan Fisk, Jr.; 

res. Lunenburg, Mass. He was b. Watertown, Oct. 29, 1753; 
admr of his estate granted to Jemima, his widow ; she m. 2d, in 
1754, • Cragan. Ch: i. Jemima, b. Feb. 8, 1739. 2. Ben- 
jamin, b. Nov. 4, 1744. 

13. EBENEZER FOSTER (Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., July 
15, 1672; m. June 23, 1705, Mary Borman, who d. June 19. 1716. Ebenezer was 
born in Ipswich, here moved to Rowley, where he married. He was a husbandman. 
His will, dated 5 June, 1717, was proved 14 April, 1718. Caleb and Isaac, his 
brothers, were executors. He d. Feb. 25, 1718. Res., Rowley. Mass. 

91. i. JEMIMA, b. and ; bapt. 6, 1706-7; d. 12 March. 1706-7. 

92. ii. RUTH, b, 23 Jan. 1709-10; bapt. 5 Feb., 1709-10; m. before Mays, 

1736, Jacob Wildes, of Arundel, Me., and Kennebunk Port. 
Their ch. were: i. Jacob. 2. John. 3. Ephraim. 4. Mary; m. 
Eben Simmons. 5. Ruth; m. Jacob Rhodes. 6. Dorothy; m. 
Gideon Merrill. 

93. iii. MOSES, b. 5 Oct.,1713; m. Hannah Andrews. 

15. CALEB FOSTER (Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Nov. 9, 1677; 
m. June 2, 1702, Mary Sherwin, of Ipswich. Res., Ipswich. In 1700 he had a seat 
assigned to him "behind ye pupit," m the meeting house then recently built. 
He d. Jan. 25, 1766. Res., Ipswich, Mass. 

94. i. LYDIA, b. 14 May. 1703; bapt. 16 May; pub. April 21, 1724, Nathan 


95. ii. JONATHAN, of Boxford, b. 30 Nov., 1704; ^bapt. 3 Dec; m. 

Jemima Cummings and Dorcas Porter. 

96. iii. SARAH, b. 3 (Sept.), 1706; bapt. 8 Sept.; d. young. 

97. IV. CALEB, b. 5 June, 1708; m. Priscilla Buxton. 

98. v. STEPHEN, b. 24 April, 1710; bapt. 30 April; m. Rebecca Peabody. 

99. vi. MARY, bapt. 30 Dec, 1711; d. unm. Dec. 19, 1780. 

100. vii. SARAH, bapt. 11 Sept., :7i5; admitted to Topsfield Ch. June 27, 

loi. viii. PHILEMON, b. 2 June, 1713; bapt. 6 June; d. 1737. 
102. ix. JOHN, bapt. 10 Nov., 1717; d. previous to 1766. 

In deeding in 1766, his property to his sons, as he does not mention 

Philemon or John, it is to be presumed that they died before that 


23. CORP. ISAAC FOSTER (Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., in 
1656; m. Nov. 25, 1678, Abigail . Shed. Oct. 4, 1749. He was styled "cor- 
poral." Administration on his estate was granted to son Jonathan, 15 Dec, 1741, 
(Essex Probate Records, Vol. xxiii, p. 41. Estate, ^124. 15). Jonathan was ap- 
pointed administrator of the estate of his mother, Abigail, 30 Oct., 1749 (Essex Pro- 
bate Record, Vol. xxix, p. 28. ) The signatures and other evidence show that these two 
Jonathan's are the same person, and consequently son of Isaac and Abigail. As I 
intend to trace the son Jacob, it seems necessary that I should give my authority 
for considering him a son of Isaac, as there appears to be no record of his birth 
e.xtant. Among the early series of Middlesex wills are preserved two letters, both 
addressed to the Hon. Samuel Danforth Esq., — the first dated 7 March, 1757, and 
signed Jonathan Foster, in which he speaks of his brother Jacob of Holliston; the 
second dated 18 April, 1757, is signed by Jacob Foster of Holliston, and mentions 
his brother Jonathan of Ipswich. The latter is indorsed "Capt. Jacob Foster's 
Letter," etc Jonathan's signature agrees with those on the two letters of admin- 
istration mentioned above. 

[I have two old account books, containing the personal and family accounts of 
Isaac Foster, last mentioned, and of his son Jonathan Foster, and of Jonathan's son 
Jacob Foster, who was my great-grandfather. These accounts are consecutive and 
coyer a period from 1705 to 1790, and they contain many entries, showing relation- 
ships between persons therein named, and giving interesting glimpses of conditions 
of life during three generations. In the back part of the older book are the original 


family records of the families of Isaac, ana his son Jonathan, and Jonathan's son 
Jacob, beginning with the record of a marriage November 25, 167S, and giving 
dates of births, marriages and deaths for these three generations. Some of the 
oldest entries are quite faded, but most of the records are very plain and legible. 
These enable us to make important corrections of errors into which Judge Savage 
was easily led by the contemporaneous existence of so many "Abrahams," "Isaacs," 
and "Jacobs" in the different families. I have not time now to consider these mat- 
ters at length, nor to review these old books and records ; but what follows is based 
upon the old records of the three generations mentioned. Some facts relating to 
Jonathan Foster are from Dr. Edward Jacob Forster's compilation above referred 
to. Other authorities have also been consulted. It is my intention, when I can 
tind time to devote to the work, to publish a review of and extracts from these old 
accounts and family records, for the benefit of those who may be interested in them. 

Akron, Ohio, February 6, 1899. George M. Wright.] 

He d. April 11, 1741. Res., Ipswich, Mass. 

103. i. HANNAH, b. 16 Feb., 1681. 

104. ii. JONATHAN, b. May 2, 1705; m Elizabeth Storey. 

105. iii. ISAAC, b. ; m. , and Rachel . 

106. iv. JACOB, b. , 1703; m. Mary Sufheld. 

107. v. ABIGAIL. 

loS. vi. FREEBORN, bapt. 28 Jan., 1727-8; m. Isaac Balch. She d. April 
22, 1749- 

24. SERGT. JOHN FOSTER (Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., July 
15, 1664; m. Mary . He d. Dec. 9, 1736. Res., Chebacco Village, Mass. 

109. i. JEREMIAH, b. i6gi ; m. Dorothy Rust. 

no. ii. SlOSES, b. 1697; m. Mary Rust, Mary Blodgett and Ann Varney. 

111. iii. JOHN. b. ; m. Mehitable Burnham. 

112. iv. JOSHUA, d. unm. ; a mariner. 

113. v. MARTHA, m. Jonathan Burnham. 

114. vi. ELIZABETH, m. Daniel Smith. 

25. NATHANIEL FOSTER (Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Sept 
19, 167S; m. April ig, 1704, Joanna Marshall. His will is dated Dec. 9, 1756, and 
was proved June 21, 1762. He d. Dec, 1756. Res., Chebacco Parish, Mass. 

115. i. DINAH, b. 17 — ; d. 23 July, 17S1. aged about 78 years. 

116. ii. SARAH, b. 18 March, 1706; m. William Holmes. 

117. iii. HANNAH, b, 27 April, 1710; d. 5 Aug., 1794, unm. 
iiS. iv. MARY, b. iS Aug., 1716; d. 24 Sept., 1733, unm. 

119. v. JEMIMA, b. 29 Mav, 1721; d. 22 July, 1797. 

120. VI. NATHANIEL, b. in 17—; m. Low. 

34. JONATHAN FOSTER (William, Reginald), b. Boxford, Mass., Mar. 6. 
1667; m. Dec. 14, 1693. Abigail Kimball (sister of William's wife), dau. of John and 
Sarah, b. April 29, 1667. No will or settlement of estate on record. They were 
admitted to the church Sept. 21, 1703. He d. May 21, 1730. Res., Boxford, Mass. 

121. i. JONATHAN, b. Sept. 15, 1693; m. Hannah Peabody. 

122. ii. ABIGAIL, b. Nov. 22, 1697; m. July 13, 1727, Jacob Tyler, of 


123. iii. ZEB ADI AH, b. Sept. 28, 1702; m. Margaret Tyler. 

35. WILLIAM FOSTER (William, Reginald), b. Rowley Village, Mass., 
afterward Boxford, 1670; m. July 6, 169 — , Sarah Kimball, dau. o'f John and Sarah; 
b. Sept. 19, 1669; d. Nov. 6, 1729; m. 2d, Nov. 13, 1744, Margaret Gould. Re- 
moved to Andover 1697-8, and died therein his 86th year. He was a weaver, pndinhis 
will he gave to his son Asa his "Wt ver'sloom." He was at first a member of the north 
Parish in Andover, but in 1711 he was one of the thirty-five who was dismissed. 
An account of his real estate transactions can be found in "One Line of the De- 
scendants of William Foster," by Pertey Derby, p. 20. Sept. 3, 1697, while of Box- 
ford he bought of William and Eleanor Chandler, of Andover, their homestead of 
sixty acres, consisting of house, barn, orchard, upland and swamp, lying in Ando- 
ver; and it must have been soon after this date that he removed there, for we find 
Nov. 21, 1699, that William Foster, of Andover, weaver, bought of John Russ one 
half of his upper meadow, and afterward, June 5, 1711, he bought of Stephen 
Osgood, Andover and Hooker Osgood, of Lancaster, all their right and proprietor- 
ship in Andover, derived by heirship, from their father, Stephen Osgood, of Ando- 


ver. April 3, 1695, before his removal, he with his father, William, brother Jonathan 
and John Kimball, all of Boxford, bought of Robert and Bethiah Eames, 300 acres 
of land "between Five Mile Pond and Moses Tylers' house, on both sides of Ipswich 
road." The following item appears in the registry of deeds for Essex county, 
book 43, p. 279: "... we Jonathan Foster, Timothy Foster and Samuel Foster of 
Boxford, William Foster of Andover, David Foster of Haverhill, Mary Kilburn and 
Platts" (who married Judith, daughter of William Sen. of Boxford), "Theophilus Rix 
and Hannah Rix, his wife, of Wenham . . . for . . . the sum of thirty pounds 
. . . paid ... by John Perkins of Andover . . . have sold . . . said John Perkins 
his hus., etc., a certain piece ... of meadow lying in Andover and Salem, contain- 
ing by estimation five acres . . . Feb. 11, 1732-4. It will be seen by the family 
record that the foregoing enumerates the children and sons-in-law of said William 
Sen., of Boxford. Feb. i, 1714-15, 'William Foster, Andover, weaver,' bought of 
John Lovejoy 50 acres of upland in Andover, bounded by land of John Frye and 
meadow of Stephen Barnard, and also by Pond meadow. Also one right m com- 
mon land Jan. 20, 1715-16, he buys of Hephsibah Frye "30 acres, a part of the great 
division which said Frye's grandfather John Frie. gave to her father, Benjamin 
Frie, dec'd." In this deed he is styled "weaver," his identity being preserved from 
the fact of a bequest made to his son Asa, of his "weaver's loom" before referred 
to. Jan. 15, 1717-18, he and Christopher and Ebenezer Lovejoy bought of James 
Frye of Andover, eight acres of land on the west side of Shawshine river. Dec. 
23, 1729, he sells to his son John Foster several parcels of land, bounded on John 
Dane, Marbles meadows and Crane meadow dam. Dec. 20, 1731, he sold to Moses 
Foster, carpenter, a ten rods right in Capt. Stephens' dam at Deer meadow; Robert 
Walker and Asa Foster, witnesses. Sept. i, 1744. he gives to his son Asa five tracts 
of land, including the homestead and afterward, June 3, 1746, he gave to him 
thirty-five acres, bounded on Pond meadow dam, and the parsonage land. Mr. 
Foster settled in South Andover, and was at first a member of the church at the 
North Parish, and was one of the thirty-five members who were subsequently dis- 
missed to form and establish the South church in 1711. He left a will, made 9 Feb- 
ruary, 1754, and proved 8 September, 1755, wherein he mentions his wife Margaret, 
daughters Sarah (Abbot), Mary (Abbot), Hannah (Lovejoy), granddaughter Lydia 
(Blunt), son Asa, to whom he gives ^13 6s. Sd., his "weaver's loom," a piece of land 
near Billerica line, and all his right at Wood hill ; son John, to whom he gives all 
the remaining land he bought of Hephsibah Frye, and nine acres in Marble's 
meadow; grandson Daniel, son of son Asa, to whom he gives his "Great Bible."He 
d. Aug. 29, 1755. Res., Andover, Mass. 

124. i. SARAH, b. 20 April, 1693, in Boxford; bapt. 15 July, 1693, in Tops- 

field; m. Nehemiah Abbott, Nov. 2, 1 714. Had ch: Bigsly Abbott. 
Abigail Abbott ; m. 1699. Amos Lawrence, Groton. Had ch : 
Samuel Lawrence, b. in Groton, 1754; m. Susannah Parker. 
Hadch: Abbot Lawrence, b. 1792; m. Katherine Bigelow. 
Amos Lawrence, b. 1786; m. Sarah Richards. Luther Lawrence, 
b. 1778; m. Lucy Bigelow. William Lawrence, b. 17S3; m. Lucy 
Bigelow. Samuel Lawrence, b. 1801; m. Alls Trumbull. He d. 
Aug. 29. 1755. Res., Andover, Mass. 

125. ii. !iIARY, b. 2 Jan., 1698. in Boxford; m. Dec. q, 1717, Timothy 

Abbot. Timothy was son of Timothy, and gr.-son of George, 
the immigrant. Timothy Jr. had a son Asa, who m. Elizabeth 
Abbot; their son was Caleb, who m. Sarah Ames; he was for 
seven years a soldier in the Revolutionary war; was at Lexing- 
ton, Bunker Hill, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga. Their dau. 
Clarissa m. Rev. Ebenezer Poor; their son Edward P. m. Mari- 
etta Allen; res.. Lawrence, Mass ; their son is Abbot A. Clarissa 
IS now living in her 94th year and is a Daughter of the American 

126. iii. JOHN, b. 27 Sept., 1701, in Andover; m. Nancy Osgood. 

127. iv. HANNAH, m. June 25, 1722, John Lovejoy, son of Ebenezer. 

128. V. LYDIA, b. May 6, 1708; m. Feb. 14, 1728, David Blunt, a son of 

William and Sarah Blunt, b. Nov. iS. 1699. Twoch: i. David 
Blunt, b. March 9, 1729. 2. Lydia, b. April 6, 1731. 

129. vi.. ASA, b. 16 June, 1710; m. Elizabeth Abbott and Lucy Rogers. 

36. TIMOTHY FOSTER (William, Reginald), b. Boxford, Mass., in 1672. 
He married ist, Mary, daughter of Ephraim and ,Martha Dorman. He received 


from his father-in-law 4 Sept , 1718, 100 acres of land for the benefit of his children 
by Mary, she being then deceased; said land being formerly in Coxhall, now 
Swanville, Me. He was selectmen and postmaster. He married 2d, before 1722, 
Rutn Andrews. He d. 175 1. Res., Bo.xtord, Mass. His children were: 

130. i. JEREMIAH, b. 4 May, 1701; m. Abigail Wood and Mrs. Bridget 


131. ii. DAVID, b. 17 Aug.; bapt. 20, 1704; m. Mrs. Hannah Senious. 

132. iii. AMOS, bapt. 1 Feb., 1713; m. Mary Dorman. 

133. iv. MARY, b. 21 June, 171S; d. young. » 

134. V. REBECCA, bapt. June, 1710: m. Samuel Gould. 

135. vi. MARY, b. June, 1720. 

37. DAVID FOSTER (William, Reginald), b. May 9, 1679; m. in Haverhill, 
Mary Black. He removed from Haverhill after the birth of his second child, where 
he was living in 1775. He married there Mary Black. There is no will or settle- 
ment of his estate on record. He was a joiner and a yeoman. Res. Haverhill, 
Mass. His children were: 

136. i. ABI.\L, b. 2 May, 1702; m. Ruth Clement and Hannah Russell. 

137. ii. PHINEAS, b. 5 June, 1704. 

138. iii. SIMON, b. 17 June, 1707; m. . 

139. iv. HANNAH, b. 29 Oct., 1709. 

140. V. LYDIA, b. 28 Feb., 1712. 

141. vi. GRACE, b. 20 May, 1714. 

142. vii. DORCAS, b. i April. 1717. 

38. SAMUEL FOSTER (William, Reginald), b. Boxford, Mass., Feb. 20, 
1681; m. Sept. 2, 1703, Mary Macoon, of Cambridge. Shed. Oct. 6, 1740. He d. 
Aug. 30, 1747. Res., Boxford, Mass. 

143. i. SAJILTEL, bapt. 27 Jan., 1705; d. young. 

144. ii. THOMAS, bapt. 23 May, 1708; m. Alice Pearly. 

145. iii. MERCY, b. 23 Oct.; bapt. 30 Oct., 1711; m. 11 Jan., 173S, Elisha 

Towne, of Topsfield. 

146. iv. WILLIAM, b. 22 Julj^; bapt. 2 Aug., 1711; m. and Mary 


147. V. MARY, b. 5 May; bapt. 5 July, 1719. 

148. vi. SAMUEL, bapt. Jan. 1721-2; d. 15 Feb.,i74S. 

42. JACOB FOSTER (Isaac, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Feb. g, 1662; m. 
Sept. 12, 1 6SS, Sarah Wood, dau. of Isaiah, who d. Sept. 27, 1697; m. 2d, May 20 1700. 
Mary Edwards. Jacob was born in Ipswich ; removed to Topsfield as early as 1686, 
where all of his children were baptized. In 171 S he removed to Lebanon, Conn. 
He married, ist, Sarah, daughter Isaiah Wood; 2d, Mary Edwards. Jacob and 
his wife, Mary, were dismissed from the church at Topsfield 29 Jan., 171S, and ad- 
mitted to the church at Lebanon 6 July, 1718. An administrator was appointed for 
his estate in 1745. It is said he had a son, Israel, according to probate records. He 
d. in 1745. Res. Lebanon, Conn. 

BENJAMIN, bapt. 6 Oct., 1689; m. Sarah Woodward. 

MARY, b. 13 May; bapt. 17 May, 1691. 

ISAAC, b. 13 Mar.; bapt. 16 Mar., 1701; d. 27, Dec. 1703. 

JOHN, b. II Sept. ; bapt. 13 Sept., 1702; m. Hannah Thorp. 

EZEKIEL, bapt. 31 Dec, 1704; d. Lebanon, 20 Oct., 1727. 

MARTHA, bapt. 24 , 1709; d. before 1745; not mentioned in 

DAVID, bapt. 29 April, 1711; m. Althea Cogswell. 
JONATHAN, b. 3 June, 1714. The same as Martha. 
ISRAEL, b. ; m. at Lebanon, Conn., Apr. 10, 1733, Ruth 


43. BENJAMIN FOSTER (Isaac, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., June, 1665; 

m. . He died in 1700, and the administration of his estate was granted to 

his brother Daniel Nov. 20, 1700. 

He died in 1700. Res., Ipswich, Mass. 

158. i. BENJAMIN, b. about 1699; m. . 

46. DANIEL" FOSTER (Isaac. Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Nov. 14, 1670; 
m. Mar., 1693, Katherine Freese, of Topsfield, who d. Mar. 3, 1694; m. 2d, Dec. 4, 



I. so. 




IS 2. 











1696, Mary Dresser, b. 1670; d. Lebanon, Conn., Jan. 24. Daniel was born in Ips- 
wich; resided in Topsfield, where his children were born, until 171S, when here- 
moved to Lebanon. Conn., where, in company with his brother, Jacob, and his 
wife, Mary, were admitted to the church there at the same time. His will, dated 
4 May, 1746, wasproved ig Nov., 1753. [Windham Probate Records, Vol. 4, page 396.] 
He married, ist, Katharine Freese, of Topsfield ; 2d, Mary, daughter of Samuel 
and Mary Seaver Dresser, of Rowley. He d. Nov.. 1753. Res., Lebanon, Conn. 

159. i. KATHARINE, b. 21 Aug. ; bapt. 23 Aug., 1696. 

160. ii. MARY, b. 24 Feb., 1097; d. 23 Jan., i6gS-g. 

161. iii. HEPSIBAH, b. 7 May, 1700. 

162. iv. MEHITABLE, b. 16 Oct.; bapt. 19 Oct., 1701; m. Daniel Deunison 

at Lebanon, Conn., Apr. 7, 1722. 

163. V. PHINEAS, b. 19 July; bapt. 25 July, 1703; m. Lydia Hills. 

164. vi. HANNAH, b. 29 Apr.; bapt. 6 May, 1705; d. young. 

165. _ vii. JEREMIAH, b. 16 June, 1707; bapt. 15 Jan., 1707-S; m. Jlary 


166. viii. HANNAH, bapt. 5 Jan., 1709; unm. ; d. 1746. 

167. i.x. ASA, b. (15. II, 1710, 15 Jan., 1710-11); bapt. 21 Jan. 1710-11; m. 

Hannah While. 

168. X. CATHERINE, b. Lebanon, Conn.; m. there Daniel Calkins. 

Res., Lebanon, Conn. 
51. ELEAZER FOSTER (Isaac, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Apr., 1684; m. 
Dec. 6, 1703, Elizabeth Fi^ke; b. Oct. 9, 1679; d. Feb. 19, 175S. He was a weaver. 
Red. Nov. 15, 1771. Res., Ipswich. Mass. 

169. i. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 17, 1705. 

170. ii. HABIJAH, bapt. Jan., 1707; ra. Mary Knowlton. 

171. iii. JOHN, b. Maj' 20, 1714; m, . 

59. ABRAHAM FOSTER (Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Dec. 4. ii'7i ; m. 
July 2, 1699, Abigail Parsons; d. Oct. S, 1732. Administration on his estate was 

granted his widow, 27 Jan., 1720-1. He was a carpenter. From one I have 

date of his will, Dec. 23, 173=;. He d. Dec. 2S, 1720. Res., Ipswich, Mass. 

172. i. JEREMIAH, b. 1700; m. Mrs. Rebecca Metcalf. 

173. ii. ABRAHAM, b. 5 July; d. 20 May, 1702. 

174. ill. NATHANIEL, b. 11 (2) Feb., 1702; d. young. 

175. iv. ABRAHAM, b. 5 (ib) June, 1716; ra. Elizabeth Davis. 

176. V. NATHANIEL, b. 9 Aug., 1719; m.- Sarah Deland. 

177. vi. JUDITH, h. 15 Mar., 1713; d. unm. before 1735. 

17S. vii. ABIGAIL, m. Daniel Safford ; 2 ch: Daniel and Abraham. 

179. viii. MARY, b. 15 May, 1715. 

180. ix. SARAH, m. John Rust, and 2d, Jacob Parsons. Ch. Rust. i. John, 

b. 22 May, 1732. 2. Sarah, h. 25 Sept. 1735. 3. Henry, b. 23 Aug. 
1737. 4. Mary, b. 16 July, 173S. 5. Abigail, b. 6 Nov. 1742. 6. 
Daniel, b. 24 June. 1747. 

60. JACOB FOSTER (Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. Mar. 25, 1670. He 
was a blacksmith. He was thrice married, first to Mary, dau. of John and Sarah 
Caldwell, 5 March, 1697. She was born 26 Feb. 1672; "d. 2 April. 1709; secondly to 
Martha Graves to whom he was published 10 Dec. 1709; thirdlv. to Mary WiUis to 
whom he was published 14 Oct. 1742. He d. Mar. 6, 175S. Res. Ipswich, Mass. 

JACOB, b. 9 May, 1697; d. young. 

1S2. ii. WILLIAM, b. II May, 1699; m. Elizabeth Clarke. 

183. iii. MARY, b. 19 March, 1700; m. Jacob Loudon. 

184. iv. ABIGAIL, b. 27 Sept., 1703; ra. William Holland. 

185. V. ISRAEL, b. 3 March, 1706-7; not mentioned in father's will. 

186. vi. NATHANIEL, b. 14 Dec, 1712; m. Elizabeth Leatherland. 

187. vii. ANNE, b. April 1715; m. Robert Mitchel. Res. Newbury. 

188. viii. MARTHA, m. Richard Harris. In company with Jeremiah Foster of 

Ipswich in 1743, Harris purchased of Benjamin ^lorsea farm of one 
hundred and twenty acres in Harvard. Harris took the west sixty 
acres with the buildings. He was a weaver by trade and went to 
Harvard to keep his sons from being sailors. He died in 1776 and 
his heirs disposed of his estate near the close of the century to Oliver 
Hill. In 1752 he was a member of the board of assessors. Res. Har- 
vard, Mass. Ch: i. John, b. Oct. 13, 1745. 2. Rebecca, Mar. 25. 174S. 


3. Anna, b. Apr. 23, 1750. 4. Nathaniel, b. Apr. 4, 1752. 5. Wil- 
liam, b Oct. S, 1754. 6. Richard Jr., was deacon of the church; 
Corporal in Revolutionarj' warm Capt. Asa Houghton'.s company; 
town clerk 17S0-5; selectman 1778-9-S0-1-3-4-5-94-7. He married 
Lydia Atherton. One of his sons was John, b. Oct. 13, 1769. 
Graduated at Harvard College, A. M. 1791. He studied law with 
Hon. Steven Strong of Amherst, N. H., and Hon. Timothy Bigelow 
of Groton. Admitted to the bar at Hopljinton, N. H., 1794; Judge 
of Probate for Hillsborough Co. 1812-1823; of Merrimack Co. 
1823-1S43; trustee of Dartmouth College; appomted associate 
justice of the Supreme Court of N. H. in 1S46, when he declined 
the ofHce; but accepted it again when appointed, and served 1S23-33 
to Apr. 23, 1S45 in Hopkmton N. H. ; m. Sept. i, 1799, Mary Poor; 
had a son George and three daus. He was a mason and attained 
the highest honors in that body. 

6;. JOSEPH FOSTER (Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. Sept 14, 1680. 
He was a cordwainer. He attended the South Meeting House owning one half of 
a gallery pew. His estate was valued at £215 11 7. He married first Elizabeth 
Goodwin, 23 Jan., 1704; secondly, Aug. 13, 1712, Mary Cressy of Salem to whom he 
was published 20 July, 1712; thirdly, Sarah, dau. of Nicholas and Mary (Lmforth) 
Brown to whom he was published 30 (11) 1714. She was born in Haverhill, 3 March, 
16S5-6; d. May, 1761. He d. Feb. 22, 1755. Res. Ipswich, Mass. 

i8g. i. ELIZA, b. 23 (12), 170&; not mentioned in father's will. 

190. ii. SAMUEL, b. 16 April, 1709; d. 5 Sept., 1730. 

191. ill. JOSEPH, b. 14 Feb., 1714; m. Hannah Trask. 

192. iv. JAMES, b. 4 March, 1716; m. Sarah Hart. 

193. V. NATHAN, b. 19 Feb., 1717-S; m. Mary Hart. 

194. vi. SARAH, bapt. 13 Jan., 1722; d. 24 March, 1722. 

195. vii. ISAAC, b. 21 Aug.'. 1720; m. Sarah Brown. 

196. viii. SARAH, bapt. 23 Feb., 1732; d. 30 April, 1739. 

197. ix. JACOB, b. and bapt. 27 March, 1726; m. Sarah Kimball. 

igS. X. EBENEZER, bapt. 6 Nov., 1720; not mentioned in father's will, 
igg. xi. ABRAHAM, bapt. 27 Oct., 1728; m. Susannah Sumner. 

66. JAMES FOSTER (Jacob. Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Nov. 12, 16S2. 
His will dated 20 April and proved 6 May, 1715, gives the use of his estate at £165: 
17:6, to his wife Anna during her life, afterward to the children of his brothers 
Jacob, Abraham and Joseph and brother-in-law John Caldwell. He married Anna 
Cross 15 May, 1706-7 but left no issue. His widow was published tn Benjamin 
Fowler of Rowley 23 July, 1756. He d. Apr. 1751. Res. s. p. Ipswich, Mats. 

72. EPHRAIM FOSTER (Ephraim. Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, Mass. 
Nov. 12, 16S7; m. Jan. 17, 1716, Abigail Poor of Newbury, dau. of Joseph Poor of 
Newbury. She m. 2d, 1739, Capt Nathaniel Frynd. He was a blacksmith. She d. 
Aug. 28. 1747 in Brookfield, Mass. while on a visit to her son. He d. Apr. 8, 173a. 
Res. Andover, Mass. 

200. i. JEDEDIAH, b. 16 Oct. 1717; d. young. 

201. ii. SALLY, d. young. 

202. iii. HANNAH, b. 2 Aug. 1725; d. 7 March, 1725-6. 

203. iv. JEDEDIAH, b. 10 Oct., 1726; m. Dorothy Dwight. 

204. V. NAOMI, d. young. 

205. vi. HANNAH, b. 23'March, 1729; d. 18 Dec. 1736. 

73. CAPT. JOHN FOSTER (Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover. 
Mass., Mar. 26, 1690; m. Jan. 17, 1715. Rebecca Rowland of Boxford. She d. and 
he m. 2d (pub.) Sept. 17, 1732, Dorcas Hovey of Boston, dau. of Lake. He d. Dec, 
1778. His will was proved Dec. 7, 177S. Res. Andover, Mass. 

206. i. JOHN. b. t7 Feb. 171 6; m. Deborah Barker. 

207. ii. JEMIMA, b. 24 April, 1717; d. 24 Jan., 17^6-7. 

208. iii. STEPHEN, b. 14 Aug., 1720; m. Abigail Smith. 
2og. iv. NATHAN, b. 4 July, bapt. 7 July, 1734; d. vung. 

210. V. REBECCA, b. 20 Nov., 1735; d. 18 Jan., 1736-7. 

211. vL JEMIMA, b. 1741; d. 1757. 


75. DEA DAVID FOSTER (Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover 
Mass. Apr. iS, 1694; m. Nov. 25, 1714, Elizabeth Abbott. She d. Aug. i, 1715; m. 2d, 
Aug. 29, 1716, Lydia Farnum, who d. Mar. 21, 1745; m. 3d , Sept. 17, 174S, Judith 
Norton. She m. Jan. 14, 1760, Nehemiah Carleton of Bradford. She was from Salis- 
bury. He d. June 22, 1759. Res. Andover Mass. He was deacon of the Andover 

The following order for gravestones for the old burying ground is found among 
some ancient manuscripts preserved m the family of the persons who ordered them: 

Mr. Robert Mulican of Bradford: Ser pray make; for me Two Grave Stones; 
one for David Foster jeuner of Andover who died the 22; day of Dec; in the year 
of our Lord; 1736, in the 20th year of his age; the son of David and Lidea Foster of 

And one for Lidea Foster the daughter of David and Lidea Foster of Andover 
who died in the 17th year of her age in the year of our Lord 1736 and, when they 
are made ; send me word ; and I will come and pay you for them. 

David Foster. 

And one for Isaac Foster; the son of Joshua and Mary Foster of Andover who 
died in the third year of her age in the year 173S. Pray send me word when it is 
made ; and I will satisfye you for it. 

Joshua Foster. 

Let them all be made; before you send us word the 3rd day of April, 1739. 

212. i. EBENEZER, b. Nov. 23, 1715; prob. d. young. 

213. ii. DAVID, b. Dec. 20, 1717; d. Dec. 22, 1736, "only son." 

214. iii. LYDIA, b. July 21, 1720; d. Aug. 24, 1736. 

215. iv. MEHITABLE, b. May 21, 1730; m. Apr. 32, 1751, Nathaniel Andrews 

of Boxford. 

216. V. REBECCA, b. July 25; bapt. July 30, 1732; m. Johnson of 


217. \'i. ELIZABETH, m.Jan. 11, 1739, Benjamin Stiles of Boxford. 

218. vii. RUTH, 1722; m. Nov. S, 1744 Benjamin Foster Jr., who d. before 

1779. One ch. was' David Foster Porter. 

219. viii. DAVID, b. after Dec. 22, 1736; d. young. Benjamin Foster was 

appointed his guardian. 

220. ix. GIDEON, b. ; prob. d. young. 

221. X. LYDIA, b. after Aug. 24, 1736; prob. d young. 

76. MOSES FOSTER (Ephraim. Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, Mass.. 
Sept. 27, 1696; m. (prob.) Nov. 27, 1719, Elizabeth Rogers of Bo.xford. She 
d. Oct 2. 1729; m. 2d Nov. 26, 1730, Mary Gray, According to the records of the 
Andover South Church she was dismissed to the church in Boxford. He 
removed to New Hampshire living in SuQcook and Pembroke, Merrimack 
Co. He was in the latter place as early as 1746. His will dated, March 12, was 
proved Dec. 7, 17G6, at Exeter, N. H. The history of Pembroke, N. H., says; "He 
came to Pembroke prior to 1743, having bought of Samuel Gray. July 5, 1742, the 
southerly half of lot No. 62 in the west, with two other pieces of land ; commanded 
the garrison in the fort on the site of Moody K. Wilson's house; June 14, 1748, 
deeded to his son Asa. two pieces of land, and Dec. i, 1750, to his son Moses, three 
pieces; had a brother Ephraim b. 1687, and John born 1690, who settled in Concord; 
.md died 1773. Children born in Andover, Mass. He d. Nov. 1766. Res. Andover, 
Mass., and Pembroke, N. H. 

222. ]. ASA, b. April 15, 1720; m. Mary Barr. 

223. ii. MOSES, b. March 25, 1723; d. young. 

224. in. DANIEL, b. Jan. 7, 1726; m. Ann Ingalls. 

225. iv. MOSES, b. M'arch 26. 172S; m. Rachel Whittemore. 

226. V. EPHRAIM, b. Aug. 30, 1731; m. . 

227. vi. HKNRY, b. July 23, 1733; d. Jan. 16. 1736-7. 
22S. vii. MARY, b. March 21, 1736; Jan. 29, 1736-7. 

229. viii. MARY, b. Dec. 27, 1737; m. Col. Samuel Conner of Pembroke. N. H. 

He was killed in the battle of Bennington in 1777. 

230. ix. ELIZABETH, b. March 3, 1740. 

231. X. HENRY, b. March 8, 1742. 

232. xi. C.\LEB. — 47; m. Hannah •. 

233. xii. SARAH, b. March 25. 1723; m. (pub.) March 26, 1743, Francis Carr. 

234. xiii. ANNE, b. in Pembroke. N. H. (see town history) m. Col. Jonathan 

Elkins. Col. Jonathan was b. in Hampton. N. H., Aug. 3, 1734. 


was son of Jonathan and Rachel (Page) gr.-son of Jonathan and 
Joanna (Roby) gt. gr.-son of Dea Gersham and Mary (Sleeper) 
and gt. gt. gr.-son of Henry, the emigrant who moved to Peaiham, 
Vt. where he was the first settler. He served in the French and 
Indian war. The following is copied from the N. H. records. 
"Jona Elkinscame into ye house of representatives and represented 
that he was a soldier in the Crown Point Expedition in the year 
1755 ; that he was discharged in the muster roll ye 21st of October 
which was 21 days short, he being left to the care of the sick at 
Albany which place he did not leave till ye 2Sth of said month and 
prayed further allowance" — which was granted. 

77. AARON FOSTER (Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, Mass., 
April 21, 1699; m. Mar. 13, 1721, Martha Smith; she d. before Feb. 1775 for Mar., 1775 
hem. Anna Knight of Bolton. According to the Worcester Co. probate records, 
Aaron died in 1777, tor his widow Anna was admr. of her husband's estate, he having 
died intestate. She d. m 1S23, according to Bolton, Mass. town records. Aaron 
was a prominent citiztn in Bolton and for many years he was town clerk. He d. 
in 1777. Res. Andover and Bolton, Mass. 

235. i. PENELOPE, b. Jan. 6, 1723; d. Aug. 21, 1724. 

236. ii. MARTHA, b. March 12, 1724; d. July 7, 1735. 

237. iii. ELIJAH, b. April 11, 1726; m. Elizabeth Knight. 

238. iv. ISRAEL, b. Julv 17, 1729; said to have d. young. 

239. v. ELEANOR. ' 

240. vi. PENELOPE, b. Jan. 30, 1732. 

Robert Parker, ot Andover, b. 1732, son of the Nathan, Joseph. James or Joseph 
I forget which now — . anyway, he the elder takes his portion and disappears 
from view. Before the Revolution a Robert Parker and wife, Penelope, drop down 
on Amherst. N. H. and live and die there and a grandson Carleton Parker re- 
turns to Andover and the descendants still live here. We have thought Robert, 
whose father bought out his neighbor Aaron Foster, when he moved to Bolton 
about 1732, may have followed them out to Bolton and married this infant, Pene- 
lope. He died in Amher.-t at the age wliich placed his birth in 1732. Her death I 
did not obtain. 

78. JOSHUA FOSTER (Ephraim, Abraham. Reginald), b. Andover, Mass., 
Mar. 13, 1702; m , May 7, 1730, Mary Barker; m^ 2d Aug. 17, 1769, Mary Town, of 
Boxford; d. July, 1769 Res. Andover, Mass. 

241. i. Joshua, b. May 19, 1731; m. Mary Farnum. 

242. ii. NATHAN, b. Aug. 11, 1733; d. Oct. 20, 1752. 

243. iii. ISAAC, b. May 25, 1736; d. Sept. 7, 173S. 

244. iv. HANNAH, b. April g, 1739; ™- Feb. 14, 175S, Phinehas Tyler of 

Andover. A son Phinehas was born Feb. 14, 1765. 

245. v. MARY, b. Nov, 23, 1741; d. Dec, 1747. 

246. vi. ISAAC, b. Feb. 11, 1745; d. Jan. 12, 1747-S. 

247. vii. MARY. b. March 22, 1750; m. Bradstreet Tyler of Boxford, April 

13, 1769 in Atkinson, N. H., having been published in An- 
dover March 2g, 1 769 and forbidden bv her father. Thevhadsch: 
24S. viii. SUSANAH, b. Nov. 17, 1747; m. Samuel Barker. They had 
Nathan, Susannah and Elizabeth, who was b. July i, 1776. 

80. ABRAHAM FOSTER (Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
Jan. 12, 1696; m. (pub.) Apr. 5, 171S, Saiah Bunnell, b. 1696; d. Apr. 10, 1732. He 
was a caipenter. Adnunistration on his estate was granted to his son Thomas 
June 29, 1767. He was published at Topsfieldto Sarah Dunnell. She was admitted 
to the church at Topsfield July 2, 1732. He d. Apr. 23, 1767. Res. Topsfield, 

249. i. ABRAHAM, b. May 4, 1719: m. Priscilla Todd. 

250. ii. SARAH, b. May 4, 1721; m. Abraham Adams, who d. Sept. iS, 


251. iii. THOMAS, b. Aug. 11. 1724; m. Mehitable Peabody. 
2';2. iv. HANNAH, b. Sept. 18. 1726; d. 1802, unm. 

253. V. AMOS, bapt. Dec. 22, 1728. He bought land in Rowley in 175S. 

254. vi. RUTH, bapt. March 17. 1734; d. 1S06, unm. 
25^. vii. ABIGAIL, bapt. April 3, 1737. 


8i. NATHAN FOSTER (Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
May 17, 1700; m. Nov. 3, 1724, Hannah Standish, dau. of Dea. Josiah and Sarah 
Standish and gt. gr.-dau. of Capt. Myles Standish, b. 1706. Ac the lime of his 
death he was "something over 50 years of age." He d. May 26. 1753. Res., 
Stafford, Conn. He was born in Ipswich, Mass., and removed about 1720 to Stafford, 
Conn., where he ever after resided and where he died. Standish Genealogy, up to 
marriage of Hannah Standish to Nathan Foster — Myles, b. Duxbury Hall, Lan- 
cashire. England, 15S6. Came in Mayflower, 1620, with wife Rose, who d. Jan. 29, 
1621. They had no children. In 1623 he m. his cousin Barbara, who came in the 
Ann. He d. Oct. 3, 1656. They had: i. Alexander; d. 1702; hem. ist, Sarah 
Alden; 2d, Mrs. Desire Sherman. 2. Charles; alive m 1627. 3. John; alive in 
1627. 4. Myles B., d. April, 1663. 5. Josiah, b. 1634. 6. Lora. 7. Charles. 
Josiah, of Duxbury, Norwich and Preston, b. 1634; m. ist. Dec. 19, 1654, Mary 
Dingly, of Marshfield; 2d, Sarah Allen, of Brainiree. By first and second wives he 
had; i. Myles; m. Mehitable Adams. 2. Josiah; m. Sarah. 3. Samuel; m. 
Deborah. 4. Israel; m. Elizabeth Richards. 5. Mary; m. Cary. 6. Lois; m. 
Hugh Calkins. 7. Mehitable. 8. Martha. 9. Mercy. Josiah. Deacon Josiah. of 

Staft'oid, Conn., d. March 26, 1753; m. Sarah ; no last name on tombstone. 

She d. January or June 16, 1741. They had; i. Eleazer. 2. Jehoden. 3. Mehit- 
able; m. Rood. 4. Sarah; m. Howard. 5. Hannah; m. Nathan Foster. 

6. Mercy; m. Perkins. 

March 19, 1761, Nathan Foster, of Stafford, for ^^140 buught of Jos. Gray, of 
Brimfielit, 140 acres, located in Western, Mass. (Worcester Co. deeds.) Apiil 20, 
1761, Naihan, of Stafford, bought of Samuel Wheeler Jr., of Western, 35 acres, in 
said town. (Ibed.) April 14, 1749, Nathan, of Stafford, administrator of nis father, 
Nathan, soUi land to Josiah Standish Read (or Rood). 

Hanford. Conn., Probate; At a Court of Probate, Holden at Hartford, for the 
District of Hartford, on the 6th Day of December, 1763, we the subscribers, Daniel 
Alden, Jr., Daniel Bloggett and Seth Johnson, being appointed 10 Distribute the 
estate o: Naihan Foster, late of Stafford, Deceased, and being under Oath, accord- 
ing to the Cviurt Order, we sett off to Nathan Foster, eldest son a Double Share; 
to Daniel Foster, a single share; to Standish Foster, a single share; to Mary Rood, 
a single share; to Hannah Alden, a single share; to Louis Palmer, a single share; 
to Eunice Parish, a single share; to Mehitable Lillie, a single share; to Phebe 
Foster, a single share; to Sarah Lillie, a single share. 

Signed Daniel Alden Jr. 

Daniel Bloggett 
Seth Johnson 
Return 9 December 1763 Distributors. 

2s6. i. MARY, b, October 12, 1725; m 8 May, 1749, Josiah Standish Rood. 

Res . Ash field. 
2 = 7. ii. NATHAN, b. May 27. 172S; m. Elizabeth Lansford. 

25S. iii. HANNAH, b. April 15, 1730; m. Alden, of Stafford, Conn. 

iSg. IV. LOIS, b. January 7, 1732-3; m. Nathan Palmer. They had numer- 
ous descendants, and there were several Nathan Palmers among 
them." One was named Strange Nathan Palmer — not a nick- 
name as one would suppose, but his real name. An.)ther of 
their children was named Elihu, he studied Divinity, but fell 
from the faith of his father's, and became Diest; was the author 
of many deistical works, and was a man of talent and irreproach- 
able character. He became blind by a severe attack of yellow 
fever, which nearly cost him his life. A number of Lois' chil- 
dren settled in New Jersey, and some of her grand-children 
resided at Mount Holly, and one grandson published a news- 
paper there. One descendant of their's was Mrs. M. Louise 
Thomas, Tacomy, Philadelphia, Pa, 
260. V. EUNICE, b. February 29, 1733-4; m. Elijah Parish. He was b. 
prob. in Canterbury, Conn. ; \vas a farmer at Lebanon and Wind- 
ham, Conn. Shed. Dec. 13, 1799. Ch; i. Asa, b. 1769; d. Feb. 
20, 1772. 2. Elijah, b. Nov. 7, 1762; m. Nov. 7, 1796, Mary Hale, 
dau. of Dea. Joseph; b. 1767; d. May 30, 183 1. He d. Oct. 15, 
1825. Whs graduated at Dartmouth in 1785, an eminent divine 
nearly all his ministerial life, D. D. 40 years, pastor of the 
Byfield. Mass . church. Had 3 ch., one grandson was Rev. 
Daniel Parish Noyes, pastor at Wilmington, JIass. 3. Ariel, b. 


Nov. 2g, 1764; m. July 7, 1792, Hannah Chute; b. April, 1765. 
He d. May 20, 1794. She d. April 28, 1S42. He was graduated 
at Dartmouth in 17SS, ordained pastor Congregational church at 
Manchester-by-the-Sea, in 1792, a man of remarkable cheerful- 
ness and vivacity, loved by all. Only twoch; 1. Philomela, b. 
1793; d. ae. 2 weeks; ii. Amelia, b. Sept. 18, 1794; m. June 18, 
1S19. Rev. Ebentzer Perkins; res., Royalston, Mass. 4. Phil- 
omela, b. Dec. 4, 176S; m. June 26, 1794, Dea. Stephen Thurston 
(see the excellent Thurston Genealogy). She was b. Jan 2, 
. 1770. Died after marrying three times, in Bedford, N. H., Sept 
13, 1S33. She d. July 24, iSiS. Ch. by Philomela: a. Phil- 
omela, b. 1795; m. Rev. Samuel Newell, b. Delia, b. 1796; d. 
1S23. c. Clarissa, b. iSoi; was celebrated teacher; killed by 
cars in Elmira. N. Y., 1SS4. d. Lucinda, b. 1S05; d. 1806. e. 
Mary C, b. 1S06; d. Eatonton, Ga., 1S25. f. Ariel G., b. June 
II, :Sro; m. Julia Clark Hart, Cornelia G. Hull and Georgianna 
Gibson, g. One ch. by 3d wife. 

261. vi. MEHITABLE, b. 20 February, 1737-8; m. Nov. 10, 1763. Silas Lilly. 

He was descended from George Lilly, of Reading, 165S through 
George, and Reuben who m. Mary Brewster, a des. of Elder 
William Brewster. 

262. vii. PJIEBE, b. March i, 1739-40; m. Crittenden, of Ashfield, Mass. 

263. viii. SARAH, b. January 4, 1742; m. 1761, Jonathan Lilly. They were 

married at Stafford, Conn. He was son of Samuel, of Sutton, 
Woodstock and Stafford ; gr.-son of George Jr. Jonathan had a 
son Foster who had a son Jonathan who had a son Julius W., b. 
1842, who res. 620 W. 66th. Chicago. H. Ivah Thomsen, who in 
1892 res. at 16 Madison St., West, Baltimore, Md., is a direct 
decendant of Sarah. 

264. ix. DANIEL, b. July 22, 1744; m. Kezia Sawyer and Welthea Almira 


265. X. ASA, b. July m. 1746; m. Huldah Wheeler and Eliza Thompson. 

266. xi. STANDISH, b. Feb. 24, 1749; m. Sarah Spaulding. 

■ 82. DANIEL FOSTER (Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
April 13, 1705; m. (pub.) Jan. i, 1724, Hannah Black (or Clark), of Rowley; m. 
2d, (pub.) May 16, 1733, Elizabeth Davis, of Rowley. He d. Harvard, Mass., 
April 30, 1752. Res., Rowley and Ipswich and Harvard. Mass. He lived in Row- 
ley in 1724, and was in Ipswich as late as 1746. He was granted the adm. of his 
father's estate April 5, 1742. 

Will of Daniel Foster, of Harvard: In Name of God Amen This twenty second 
Dav of November in the Twenty second year of his majesties Reign Anno Domini 
1748 I Daniel Foster of Harvard In the County of Worcester and Frovance of the 
massachusetts bay in New England, yeoman Being well in Health and of Perfictt 
mind and memory. (Praise be give'n to Almighty God for the same) and calling 
to mmd the mortallity of my Body and Knowing it is appointed For all men once 
to Die. Do therefore make and ordain this and No other to be my Last will and 
Testament heieby making Null and voide all othere and former wills and Testa- 
ments by me made and signed and Princapley and First of all my soul I Recom- 
end Into the bands of Almighty God that gai've it, my Body I Recomend to the 
Earth to be Decantelj' Buried at the Descerition of my Estatt or hereafter Named 
Nothing Doubting but at ye generall Reseriction I shall Receive the same again 
by the mighty Power of God, "and as to such wordly estate as it hath Pleased God 
to Bless me with all I Give Demiss Disspose of the same in the Following man- 
ner (viz) 

Item, my will is that my Debts and Funerall Charges be First Paid. Item, I 
give and Bequeath to Elizabeth my Beloved wife the whole use and Improvement 
of my Dwelling house while she shall Remain my widow also the use and Improve- 
ment of all my moveable Household Goods (Except what I shall herein give away) 
During the Time she shall be my widow, and the use of a cow summer and winter 
while she is my widow and of a horse to Ride to meetting and elsewhare as she hath 
nted while my widow, also ananuelly while she is my widow she shall halve 
six Bushell of Indian corn, and four bushells of R^-e, and a bushell and 
a halfe of malt, and one hundred and forty Pounds of Beefe yearly and 
■wood sufBcant for one fire. Brought to the Door' and cut fitt for the fire and every 


thing Else that she shall stand m nessity of while she is my widow for her own 
supporte while my widow all to be found and provided for her and Brought to the 
said House by my son Isaac his heirs executors or administrators and if she Dies my 
widow then he stiall give her a Christiam Buriall and my will is that, that parte of 
the moveable Estate that my said wife Brought to me when I married her the Chil- 
'dren of her sistr-r Sarah Platts shall have so much of them as Remains after my wife 
hath Done with them. Item. I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter morey 
whitman or her heirs ten Cous a'tl timr sheep and a silver spoon marked with A. 
M. F. and one half of my Booics (y.xccpsiug Burketts Esrositions) which with what 
I have allready given her is m full of iier Porition of my Estate. Item, I give and 
Bequeath unto my grandson D.m Foster a silver spoon marked D. F. Item all the 
remaining Parte of my Estate that I shall Die sisesed off and the Reversion thereoff 
Both Real and Personall wheresoever. I give and Bequeath unto my son Isaac 
Foster his heirs and Asigns Forever Constituting and appointing my son Isaac 
Foster to be sole executtor of this my last will and testament In wittness whereof I 
halve hereunto athxed my hand and seal the Day and year First and aforewritten 

Daniel Foster 
Signed, sealed, Published Pronounced and Declared bv the said Daniel Foster 
as his Last will and testament In the Presence of us wittnesses 

John Laughton 

Sarah O Laughton 

Jeremiah Laughton 
Joseph Wilder, Judge of Prob. 

267. i. ISAAC, b. Feb. 19, 172s; m. Elizabeth Emerson. 

268. ii MARY, b. Aug. 14, 1727; m. Feb. 6, 1747. Dea. John Whitman. 

He was b. Stow. Mass., Sept. 21, 1717 (John, Zechariah, John). 
She d. Dec 24. 1S12. near Annapolis, Nova Scotia. In I7"55 the 
English governmeni having dispossed of a large number of French 
settlers in Nova Scotia, the governor of the Province issued a 
proclamation inviting settlers; in comnany with forty-five others 
John and wife arrived m Annapolis, N. S., in June, 1761, in the 
sloop "Charming Molly," brmging their families with them, their 
household goods and stock; a full list of their possessions is to be 
found in the diary of Felsh, Evans and Bent, who were appointed 
a committee to wait on the governor and obtain the promised 
land ; a grant was finally issued to about one hundred of a tract 
extending along the south line of the Annapolis river from Saw 
Mdl creek to Wilraont line, and seven and one-half miles in depth. 
John did no- survive to receive his shaie, which was distributed 
among his sons. He died Sept. 12, 1763, leaving consideiable 
property and the foundation for a handsome establishment; his 
widow was left with eleven children, all under fifteen years of 
age. This was to them truly afflicting dispensation, situated as 
they were in a strange land, and remote Irom all their connec- 
tions ; the widow, however, was a woman of superior intellect 
and of no ordinary share of resolution; she kept the familj' 
together, nurtured and educated her chddren and lived to see nine 
of them — two having died young — eligibly and comfortably 
situated in the world. For many years she enjoyed the remunera- 
tion of her toil, perplexity and solicitude in their dutiful grati- 
tude, love and veneration. John, though a young man, had 
been chosen Deacon of the church at Stow, and had he lived 
would have become a prominent character in the Province. Mrs. 
(Foster) Whitman m. 2d. Judge Samuel Bancroft, brother of 
Rev. Aaron Bancroft, of Worcester, Mass. Samuel was b. in 
Reading, Mass,, in 1736; m. Sarah Holt for first wife. He w-as a 
judge in Nova Scotia. Ch: i. Dorcas, b. May 5, 1749; m. 
Capt. Ebenezer Perry and Samuel Mclntire: res.. Upper Canada. 
2. Daniel, b. June 5, 1750; m. Sarah Kendall; :i ch ; res.. Rosette, 
N. S. 3. Hannah, b. Aug. 12, 1751; m. Wm. EUery Tufts; res., 
Albany, N. S. 4. Edward, b. Aug. 6. 1752; m. Do'rothy Gates; 
res., Annapolis, N. S. 5. John, b. Sept. 25, 1753; m. Elizabeth 
Rice, of Stow, Mass; res.. Round Hill, N. S. 6. Salome, b 


March 29. 1755; m. Major Ezekitl Clevtland and Nathaniel 
Parker: res., Nictaux, N. S. 7 Elnlhau. b. April i6, 1756; d. 
March i, 1765 8. Jacob, b. Oct. 14, 1757; m. Annie Spinney; 
res.. Rosette. N. S. 9. Isaac, b. Nov. 3. 175S; <i. July 20, 1777. 
10. Abraham, b. Sejit. 10, 1761; m. Hannah Webber; res., 
Chester, N. S. 11. Nancy, b. March 26, 1763; m. Nelson Free- 
man; res., Milton, N. S. 

269. iii. DANIEL, b. Aug. 2S. 1729; m. . 

270. iv. HANNAH, b. Sept. 20, 1731. 

271. V. ELIZABETH, b. March, 1733. 

83. DR. BENJAMIN FOSTER (Benjamin. Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, 

Mass., Nov. 25, 1700; m. ; m. 2d, June 22, 1761. Mrs. Sarah Low. He 

died of asthma. He was a physician. Felt m his History of Ipswich, says of him: 
"He had been in the practice of his profession over fifty years, was distinguished 
botanist, a skilful and successful physician." He d. Dec. 19, 1775. Res., Ipswich 
and Boxford, Mass. 

84. AMOS FOSTER (Benjamin, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ip.^wieh, Mass., 
April 28. 1702; m. Oct. 8. 1725, Elizabeth Kittredge, of Haverhill. She d. Nov. 29, 
1756. He removed to Boxford with his father, thence to Tewksbury, where he was 
in 1730. His will was proved June 17, 1754. He died April 28, 1754. Res., 
Tewksbury, Mass. 

Amos Foster's will: — In the Name of God Amen: The Twenty fifth Day of 
April A. D. 1754 I Amos Foster of Tewksbury in the County of Middlesex and 
Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England yeom-'n being sick and weak of 
body, but of perfect mmd and memory. Thanks be given to God therefor, therefore 
calling to mind ye Mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all 
men once to die do make and ordain this ray last will and testament: tnat is to say 
Principally and of all I recommend my Immortal Soul in the hand of God that 
and m'y body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in decent Christian Burial at 
the Discretion of my Executor hereafter named. And as touching such worldly 
Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give demise and 
dispose of the same in the followng manner and form vis 

Item. My will is that all my Just Debts and funeral Charges be well and truly 
paid out of my Estate by my Executor— I give unto Elizabeth Foster my well 
beloved wife the use and Improvement of ye East End of my Dwelling house 
being in Tewksbury and all m)- goods or personal Estate in ye house, (excepting 
one bed guns and swords and grain) and fire wood brought for ye house and eight 
bushels of Indian Corn and six bushels of ry e?] and seven schore wait of pork and 
Twenty one Shillings and four pence to be paid and allowed Annually. All the 
above said goods and allowance to be granted and allowed her so long as she shall 
Remain my widow and a Cow to be kept for her use. 

Item. I give and Demise unto my son Jonathan Foster all my Lands and 
Buildings (except ye improvement of part of my house as aforesaid) they lying and 
being in Tewksbury afores'd, and bounded as the same are in Deeds to him the 
Jonathan his heirs and assigns ?] forever To enable him to pay my Debts and 
Legacies and to do for and to take care of my wife according as above ordered 

I give unto my Eldest son James Foster the sum of Thirteen pounds Six 
Shillings and Eight pence it being his full portion out of my estate. — 

I give unto Amos Foster my son ye sum of Thirteen pounds Six Shillings and 
Eight pence it being his full portion of my estate. 

I give unto my daughter Mar)^ Foster the sum of Thirteen Pounds six Shillings 
and Eight pence it being her full portion of my Estate. And to be paid by my son 
Jonathan in two years after ray Decease. And I do hereby constitute and ordain 
ray son Jonathan Foster to be sole Executor of this my last will and testament— and 
hereby I d'l revoke and disanul all other wills and testaments by me made or 
bequeathed ratifying and com firming this and no other to be my last will and testa- 
ment. In witness whereof I have hereunto set ray hand and Seal ye day and year 
above written Araos Foster 

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by said Amos Foster as his 
last will and testament in presence of us the subscribers 

Prob. June 17, I7!;4. Thomas Kittredge 

Betty X Peacock 

Thos. Kidder 


272. i. JAMES, b. Aug. 15. 1716; m. Dolly , Betty and Lydia — . 

273. ii. JONATHAN, b. Aug 23., 1732; m. Lydia , Sarah Allen and 

Mrs. Olive Harwood. 

274. iii. AMOS. b. Nov. 30, 1727; m. Hannah- and Sarah . 

275. iv. MARY, b. Oct. 7, 1734; m. 13 June, 1770, James Kitteridge. 

87. GIDEON FOSTER (Benjamin, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 

10 Oct., 1709; m. Feb. 10, 1732, Lydia Goldwait; b. 7 May, 1710; d. ; m. 2d, 

Deborah . He was a mason. He d. 1772. Res., Dan vers, Mass. 

276. i. LYDIA, b. May 22, 1733; d. 23 May, 1741. 

277. li. GIDEON, b. May 23, 1741; d. 13 June, 1741. 

27S. iii. LYDIA, b. April 12, 1747; m. in Danvers, Jan. 25, 1770, Abel 

279. iv. GIDEON, b. Feb. 13, 174S; m. Mercy Jacobs and Mary Tapley. 
279X. V. ASAHEL, b. July 16, 1749; m. Joanna Symonds. 

5. Jt 

280. vi. BENJAMIN, b. June 12, 1750; m. Elizabeth Green Young and 

S9. ISAAC FOSTER (Benjamin. Abraham, Reginald), b. Boxford, Mass., Dec. 

3, 1722; m. (pub. Sept. 28) Dec. 1745, Mary Rice. Res. Tewksbury and Lunen- 
burg, Mass. 

281. i. MARY, b. Nov. 8, 1746. 

282. ii. BENJAMIN, b. May 26, 1748- 

283. iii. ISAAC, b. Aua;. 15, 1751. 

284. iv. KEZIAH, b. Feb. 10, 17^3- 
2S5. V. RICHARD, b. July 31, 1756- 

93. MOSES FOSTER (Ebenezer, Abraham, Reginald), b. Rowley, Mass., Oct. 
5, 1713; m. Mar. 10, 1737, Hannah Andrews of Boxford. He removed to Arundel 
(now Cape Porpoise) York Co. Me., where he was living in 1735. He was married 
at Ipswich to Hannah Andrews of Boxford. Res. Cape Porpoise, York Co. Me., 
and Arundel and Kennebunk Port, Me. 

286. i. MOSES, b. 

287. ii. HANNAH, b. 

2S8. iii. MOLLY, b. ; m. Benjamm Thompson. 

289. iv. ELIZABETH, b. ; m. 17S1, Asa Burbank, his third wife and 

had by her Ebenezer and Moses. 
95. JONATHAN FOSTER (Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. 
Nov. 30, 1704; m. Jan. i, 1733, Jemima Cummings; m. 2d, Dec. 17, 1751, Dorcas 
Porter at Topsfield. He d. May, 1779. Res. Ipswich, Mass. 
1. AFFE, b. Dec. 4, 1734. 

ii. PHILEMON, b. June 11, 1737; m. Ruth Perley. 
iii. APPHIA, b. Jan. 16, 1739. 
iv. JEMIMA, b. April i, 1742; d. unm. 

v. OLIVE, b. Aug. 20, 1744; m (pub.) Aug. 3, 1776, Amos Chapman, 
vi. JONATHAN, 'b. Sept. 16, 17^3. 
vii. MOSES, b. Dec. iS, 1735; m. Mary Fuller, 

viii. DORCAS, b. Dec. iS, 1756; m. July 3. 1800, Daniel Ellsworth, of 
Rowley, son of Jonathan and Eunice Ellsworth, b. May 12, 1767, 
to whom she was published April 12, iSoo. Ch. i. Hiram, b. 
October 22, 1801. 2. Jeremiah, b. May 16, 1803. 3. Elbridge, b. 
September, 20 1805. 4. Daniel, b. January 13, 180S. 5. Dorcas, 
b. December 13, 1816. 

298. ix. MARY, b. June 10, 1759; d. unm. 

299. X. CALEB, b. Dec. 8, 1760; m. Hepsihah . 

300. xi. MERCY, b. Jan. 20, 1764; m. (pub.) Aug i, 17S5, Isaac Pluramer of 


301. xii. SALOME, b. Nov. 4, 1766; m. first, September 14, t79i. Nathaniel 

Foster, (Stephen, Stephen. Caleb. Abraham. Regmald) as stated 
below; and 2d, Nathaniel Gould, to whom she was published 
April 23, 1806. Res., Topsfield. 

97. CALEB FOSTER (Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., June 
5, 1708; m. at Rowley, Nov. 4, 1729, Priscilla Buxton. Caleb Foster Jr. and wife 
Priscilla make deed to Thomas Foster, Ipswich Jan. 14, 1763; This is the latest we 



find any account of him. There is no record. of any children at Ipswich. Res. 
Ipswich, Mass. 

302. i. JOHN, b. ; m. Kilmer. 

303. ii. REGINALD, b. ; m. Conaut. 

304. iii. NATHAN, b. ; m. Miriam . 

98. STEPHEN FOSTER (Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Apr. 
24, 1710; m. Apr. 21. 1736, Rebecca Peabody. Rebecca (Jacob, Jacob, Mary (Foster) 
Peabody, Reginald Foster) was daughter of Deacon Jasob and Rebecca (Barker) 
Peabody; b. 3, February, 1715, in Topsfield. Shed. March 23, 1790. He lived in 
Topsfieid, where he d. January 15, 1781. There is no settlement of his estate on 
record. He d. Jan. 15, 1781. Res. Ipswich, Mass. and Topsfield, Mass. 

305. i. STEPHEN, b. July 13, 1741; m. Abigail Boardman and Sarah 


306. ii. NATHANIEL, b. Jan. g, 1743-4; d. Jan. 23, 1743-4. 

307. iii. ABIGAL, b. Feb. 25, 1746; m. Dec. 14, 1769, Philemon Perkins, i 

Jacob, b. . 2. Dudley, b. . 3. Stephen, b. . 4 

Jonathan, b. . 

30S. iv. JACOB, b. July 26, 1749; d. Jan. 28, 1770, a young man. 

104. JONATHAN FOSTER (Isaac, Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. 
May 2, 1705; m. July 5, 1733, Elizabeth Storey. He was born in Ipswich; removed 
to Lincoln and was there Nov. i, 1764, for at that time with wife Elizabeth he sold 
two wood lots to Jeremiah Burnham and son Jeremiah of Ipswich. Again 19 April, 
1765, they sold to Moses Foster of Ipswich one-third of wood lot in Chebacco. He 
d. Mav 8, 1782. Res. Lincoln, Mass. 

309. i. JONATHAN, b. April 23. 1734; d. Oct, 12, . (The edge of leaf 

of the old family record is worn so that part of this date is illegible, 
but it follows the record of a death Oct. 28, 1772). 

310. ii. ]MARTHA, b. July 15, 1735; baptized July 20, 1735; m. Aaron Burn- 

ham, Oct. 26, 1756. 

311. iii. JOSHUA, b. Feb. iS, 1736-7; d. Feb. ,1739-40. 

312. iv. ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 11, 173S; m. Nathan Page, of Newbury, 

April 19, 17^8. 

313. V. ABIGAIL, b. Feb. 17, 1740-1; bapt. Feb. 22, 1740-1 ; d. May i8, 

1770. "in the 30 year of her age." 

314. VI. ISAAC, b. Feb. 10, 1742-3; d. Oct. 28, 1772, "in the thirty year of 

his age." 

315. vii. EUNICE, b. Aug. 22, 1744. 

316. viii. JACOB, b. July 15, 1746; m. Sarah Wheeler, of Lincoln, Mass., April 

iS. 17S0; d. Nov. 8, 1791. 

317. ix. SUSS ANN A, b. March 6, 1749 5o. 

The old family record shows the following entries in the handwriting of Jon- 
athan Foster: — "1741 my father died April the 11." "April the 22 sister Free [Free- 
born] died the same month." "October the 4, 1749, mother dide." ./.^TT^tr^^j!^--":! 

105. ISAAC FOSTER( Isaac, Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. ; m. 

; m. 2d, Rachel . He married twice; first , secondly, Rachel . 

Removed to HoUiston where he was Jan. 16, 1756. Administration on his estate 
was granted Timothy Townsend of HoUiston Jan. 24, 1764. He d. 1763. Res. Hol- 
liston, Mass. 

318. i. STEPHEN, b. . Stephen of HoUiston letter date March 16, 

1779; inventory ex. September 3, 17S3 incomplete. _ _ 

319. ii. HANNAH. ' ' 

320. iii. S.\RAH. 

321. iv. ABIGAIL. 

106. CAPT. JACOB FOSTER (Isaac, Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. 
in 1703; m. Apr. 10, 172S, Mary Suffield. He removed to HoUiston, JIass. On 
various deeds, etc., he is styled "Captain" although of what I failed to discover. 
On other documents his name appears as "Jacob Foster. Gentleman." He was 
married bv the Rev. Daniel Baker, to Marv, daughter of William and Hannah 
(Ballard) Suflield, of H. He d. in Canterbury, Conn., Jan 17, 1779. Res. 
HoUiston, jMass. 

322. i. MARY, b. Nov. 3, 1729; m. Moses Twitchel. 

323. ii. JACOB, b. March 10. 1732; m. Hepsibah Prentice. 




WILLIAM, b. April 29, 1734; m. Hannah Durkee. 



SHEFFIELD, b. Oct. 10. ly^S; d. young. 



HANNAH, b. May 14, 1740. 



ISAAC, b. Sept. 27, 1741 ; d. Dec, 1741. 



ISAAC, b. March iS, 1743-4; m. Patience . 



ABIGAL, b. 1749-50. 



REBECCA, b. Dec. 7, 1753. 













109. CAPT. JEREMIAH FOSTER (John, Reginald, Regin:'!-:). h. 
Mass., in 1691; m. Dorothy Rust, dau. of Nathaniel and Joanna (K.n-ii si ) She 
d. May 14, 1745. He was a mariner and also had a sawmill in Ijhvuh, 173(^-19. 
He d. Mar. 25,1769. Res., Ipswich, Mass. Crffts' Journal, at L-.i..i!:li..iy,"i745: 
He appears to have been in Capt. Jeremiah Foslei's Co. (John, Riginald, Reg- 
inald), who is mentioned. Crafts writes, Oct. 13, 1745: 'T believe that ye Captain 
and Lieut. Gidding will be discharged" and I will send mone^^ by them. Louisbury, 
July 16, 1745: Ensign Goodhoe and ten men, among them Jeremiah Foster, Jr., 
left for home. Aaron Foster too sick to go. 

331. i. JEREMIAH, b. ; was in the French and Indian war, 1745. 

332. ii. MOSES. 
333- iii. JOHN. 
334. iv. JOANNA, bapt. June 12, 1726. 

EPHRAIM, bapt. July 7, 172S. 

JOSEPH, bapt. July 19, 1730; m. Lydia Giddings and Mrs. Hannah 

MARTHA, bapt. July 30. 1732. 
DOROTHY, pub. Jno. Emerson, Oct. 19, 17S4. 
BENJAMIN, b. Jan. 5, 1734-5. 
MARY: m. John Kmerson, Jan. 12, 1756. 

341. XI. ELIZABETH, bapt. Dec. 5, 1736. 

342. xii. JOSHUA, bapt. Sept. 16. 1739, 

343. xiii. MIRIAM, bapt. Oct. n, 1741. 

no. DEA. MOSES FOSTER (John, Reginald. Reginald) b. Ipswich, Mass., 
in"i697; m. Jan. iS, 1732. Mary Rnst; b. 1702. She d. May 2, 1732; m. 2d. Jan. 18, 
1733, Mary Blodgett; b. 1702; d. Nov. 11, 1777, in Ashburnham; m. 3d, Mrs. Ann 
Varney; b. 1700; d. Feb. 21, 17S7. 

The first meeting of the proprietors of Dorchester, Canada (Ashburnham), was 
held Feb. 20, 1749. At this writing and mingling with them was iMoses Foster, 
then about 60 years of age. For some years he had resided a portion of the time 
at least in that place. He brought them tidings of the wilderness, and gave an 
account of what had happened there. He had purchased one first and one second 
division lot, lying adjacent in the northeast part of the town now in Ashb}-. The 
title of one of these lots was in dispute, and the proprietors at this meeting made 
him a grant of fifty acres. Not content with this measure of kindness to their aged 
guest, the proprietors voted him £s "lov being one of the first settlers." There is 
no record of this payment, but a few years later a tract of about fifty acres was 
granted to "Mr. Moses Foster one of the first settlers," on condition he "shall come 
personally and settle and inhabit theie and continue there for several years, pro- 
vided his- life be spared him." This grant was located adjacent to and east of the 
common, and for many years was known as the Deacon Foster grant. Permission 
was also given Mr. Foster to throw up his house lot No. 51 and lay out another, 
which he did, selecting a tract extending north from the land granted to him, but 
not extending so far westward. He probably first resided in Ashburnham about 1750, 
the date, however, is not definalely known, but in 1750 he moved to the common, 
and in 1751 was a licensed inholder, and for a number of years kept a public house. 
He was one of the original church members and the first deacon. His pew in the 
meeting house in 1760 was the one nearest the pulpit, which showed in "seating the 
meeting house" he was the most prominent resident in the place. In his extreme 
old age he returned to Ipswich. 

He was a husbandman. His will was dated March 28, 17S2. He died at 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Sept. 27, 1785. He married, first, Mary, daughter of Nathaniel 
Rust. He d. Sept. 27, 17S5. Res., Ipswich, Ashburnham and Ipswich, Mass. 

344. i. MIRIAM, bapt. Aug. 14, 1726. 

345. ii. ZEBULON, bapt. Sept. 22, 172S; m. Anna Knowlton. 

346. iii. MOSES, b. 1730; m. Mary . 


347. iv. AARON, b. 1723; m. Ruth Lowe. 

348. V. JANE, b. abt. 1731; m. June 3, 1756, in Ashburhara, Zimri Hay- 

wood, of Lunenburg. He was son of Nathan, b. Sept. 5, 1731. 
He resided in Ashburham, and was an early s-ettler there. 
When Ashby was incorporated in 1767 his farm and mill were 
included in that town, and later removed to Winslow, Me., 
where he died. Ch; i. Rebecca Willis, b. Jan. g, 1757. 2. 
Eunice, b. June 16, 1760. 3. Natnan, b. Mar. 15, 1762. 4. Eliz- 
abeth, b. May 20, 1764. 5. Thomas, b. May 5, 1766. 

III. JOHN FOSTER4john, Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. ; m. Dec. 

27, 1732, Mehitable Burnham. Administration was granted on his estate to Widow 
Mehitable Oct. 2S, 1766; it was valued at ;^I96. He d. 1766. Res., Ipswich, Mass. 

349. i. JACOB, bapt. July 14, 1734; d. young. 

350. ii. MARY, bapt. Dec. 3, 173S. 

351. Jii. LUCY, bapt. ^lay 3. 1741; d. young. 

352. iv. JOHN, bapt. May 29. 1743. 

353. V. LUCY. bapt. Oct. 27, 1745. 

354. vi. JOANNA, bapt. June 19. 174S. 

355. vii. ELIZABETH, bapt. Sept. 9, 1750. 

356. viii. SARAH, bapt. April 15, 1753. 

357. ix. JACOB, bapt. Oct. 5. 1775. 

120. NATHANIEL FOSTER (Nathaniel, Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, 

Mass., 17 — ; m. (pub.) Nov. 26, 1726, Low. He removed to Newbury, being 

dismissed from the church at Chebacco to the third church there 20 May, 1744. He 
was a shipwright. Nov. 5, 1762 he deeded 10 rods of land and a house to his son 
Nathaniel Jr., shipwright. He married daughter of Thorndike Low. They were 

both admitted to the church at Chebacco in Jan., 1727-8. He d. . Res., 

Chebacco and Newbury, Mass. 

35s. i. MARY. 

359. ii. DEBORAH, bapt. April 16, 1729. 

360. iii. ISAAC, bapt. July ig, 1730. 

361. iv. NATHANIEL, bapt. March ig, 1731-2. 

121. COL. JONATHAN FOSTER (Jonathan, William, Reginald), b. Boxford, 

Mass., Sept. 15, 169 — : m. Hannah Peabody; b. 1693; d. June i, 1769. He d. . 

Jonathan Foster, of Boxford. sold land in Chester, N. H., in 1762; witnesses, Oliver 
and Richard Foster. E.xeter deeds. Res, , Boxford, Mass. 

362. i. OLIVER, b. Aug. 17, 1719, in Boxford. 

363. ii. HANNAH, b. Dec. 15, 1721, in Boxford; d. in Boxford, Jan., 22 

1760, unm. 

364. iii. JONATHAN, b. Oct. 11. 1727, in Haverhill; m. Rebecca Dorman. 

365. iv. WILLIAM, b. Nov. 9, 1729, in Haverhill. 

366. V. RICHARD, b. Feb. 20, 1732-3. in Boxford; m. Elizabeth Kimball. 

123. ZEBADIAH FOSTER (Jonathan, William, Reginald), b. Boxford, Mass., 
Sept. 28, 1702; m. (pub.) Jan. 12. 1723,' Margaret Tyler. He was born in Bo.\ford, 
with his wife was admitted to the church there Jan. 28, 1728. He was living there 
in 1771. He married Margaret Tyler to whom he was published Jan. 12, 1732-4. 
He d. Feb. 21, 1772. Res., Boxford, Mass. 

367. i. MARGARET, b. July 13. 1724. 

368. ii. LYDIA, b. Feb. 24. 1725-6. 

369. iii. ANNE. b. May 13, 1728; d. 9 April, 1748. 

370. iv. ZEBADIAH, b. Dec. 14, 1730; d. 8 Nov., 1734. 

371. V. ABNER, b. April 23. 1733; m. . 

372. vi. ZEBADIAH, b. Aug. 25, 1735. 

373. vii. DUDLEY, b. Feb. 21, 1737. 

374. viii. ABIGAL, b. June 25. 1740; m. Nathan Kimball Jr., of Boxford. 
375 ix. LUCY, b. March 25. 1747. 

126. CAPT. JOHN FOSTER (William, William, Regirald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Sept. 27. 1701; m. Jan. 13, 1724, Marv Osgood. She d. April 6 1772. He 
was a yeoman and possessed consi'derable land. In the history of Andover he is 
styled "captain." He appears to have been a man of influence, and with his 
brother, Capt. Asa, was appointed on a committee to instruct the representative 


at the General Court to enter a protest against the Stamp Act. Again in 1768 the 
two brothers were on a committee to frame resolutions to induce the inhabitants to 
ignore e.xtravagance, idleness and vice and to promote manufacturers, industry, 
economy and good morals in the town, and discountenance importation and the use 
of foreign superfluities. 

He IS not a descendant from Andrew, as it is suggested he may be in the N. E. 
Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. xx. p. 308. March 13, 1728-9, he bought 
of Caleb Johnson twenty-five acres of land on the west side of Shawshine river, 
boimded by the land of William Foster. Feb. 7, 1731-2, he and his brother Asa 
bought of Saintiel Peters thirty-one acres and thirty-three poles of land on Blanch- 
ard's plain. Sept. 24, 1733, he again purchased of said Peters twenty-five acres 
more on west side ot Shawshine river, which was a part of Allen's farm. In the 
history of Andover he is styled "Capt. John Foster." He and his brother Capt. 
Asa were men of sound moral and intellectual attainments and influence. Oct. 21, 
1765, they with others were appointed a committee to draw up instructions for the 
Representative of the town at General Court, to enter a protest against the support 
of the Stamp Act. The inhabitants of Andover and other towns had already begun 
to experience the harassing effects of that unwelcome measure. March, 176S, the 
two brothers were appointed on another committee to frame resolutions "to induce 
the inhabitants to ignore extravagance, idleness and vice and to promote manufact- 
ures, industry, economy and good morals in the town, and discountenance impor- 
tation and the use of foreign superfluities," and the said committee to make them- 
selves prominent in the moral enforcement of the foregoing suggestions, by their 
consistent example. The report was adopted. 

"Capt. John bought of Sherebia Ballard, the estate where the present heirs still 
reside near the South church, for ^3800. containing the homestead and meadow, the 
finest on the Shawshine, west side of the road from South Meeting House to Boston 
(still taking its way east of Spring Grove Cemetery) and the road from the meeting 
house lay formerly over the top of the high ridge behind the house, that seems 10 
have faced the west, and a bridle path cut across the grounds between the estate 
and the old road. The land included the triangle on the west side of the river, up 
to George Baker's Little Hope Brook, now crossed by the B, & M. R. K. Just 
where the house stood then is not known. The tradition is that Capt John brought 
part of the old home of William from the West Parish and set it up against that of 
the Ballard building. It is the south section of the present house. O.d David 
Baker could recall a huge door on the east side that allowed logs at full length to be 
taken through to.the ample fire-place m what is now the dining-joum of the summer 
residence of Mrs. Green. William evidently h~elped John 10 this bit of luck, tor he 
says, 'I have given him a large part of my estate and allowed him several other 
advantages of no small value ; and inasmuch as he has the nine acre meadow near his 
house, called Marble's meadow, besides what was left of Hephziba Fryc's purchase, 
because it would be inconvenient for him to have this meadow and upland disposed 
of to other persons, 1 could not in justice ask any of the others to paj- legacies, debts 
and expenses.' So Capt. John went over there to live near his sisters, and Asa 
kept a tavern somewhere now undecided either on the Concord Road near the West 
Parish Meeting House, or on some estate he purchased in our Moose Country in the 
trail nearer the North Meeting house." —Miss Abbott. He d. June 17, 1772. Res., 
Andover, JIass. 

376. i. WILLIAM, b. Sept. 24. 1727; d. 8 April, 1729. 

377. ii. JOHN. b. ilarch 22, 1729; d. April 7, 1729, 

37S. iii. WILLIAM, b. March 4. 1730; d. Sept., 1S03; m. Hannah Abbott. 

379. iv. A SON, b. and d. Jan. 13, 1732. 

380. V. JOHN, b. Feb. 14, 1733; m. Hannah Ballard. 

381. vi. MARY, b. Jan. 12, 1735; d. Dec. 7, 1763 

382. vii. ISAAC, b. April 28, 1737; m. Dorcas Jewett. 

383. viii. GIDEON, b. Aug 21, 1739; '" Elizabeth Russell. 

384. ix. OBEDIAH, b. May 25, 1741; m. Hannah Ballard. 

385. X. SOLOMON, b. April 14, 1743; ra. Rebecca Brown. 

386. xi. OSGOOD, b. Nov. 10; d. Nov. 15, 1745. 

129. CAPT. ASA FOSTER (William. William, Reginald), b. Andover, Mass., 
June 16, 1710; ra. Oct. 26, 1732, Elizabeth Abbott, dau. of John ; b. Oct. 21, 1712; d. 
July 4, 175S; m. 2d, (pub.) Dec. 10, 1763, Lucy Rogers Wise, nf Ipswich; b. 1723; 
d. Oct. 17, 1787. She was dau. of Major Ammi Rohammie Rogers, of Ipswich. 
In 1753 he was commissioned bj- Thomas Pownall (Capt, Gen. and Vice Admiral of 


Mass. Province under Geo. Ill as captain in Col. Ebenezer Nichols' regiment, raised 
for the invasion of Canada. This commission was signed by Col. Ebenezer Nichols 
and Gen. Thomas Gage. Oct. 21, 1765, the citizens of Andover voted to select a 
committee to draw up mstructions to the representative of the town at the General 
Court of the Province in relation to opposing the arbitrary measures of the British 
government. Capt. Asa Foster was one of this committee. Again in 1768 he was 
one of a committee to prepare a report to submit to the town to consider some 
measures that may tend to encourage prudence and mafiufactures and to lessen 
the use nf superfluities in the town. In 1776 he was elected one of the committee on 
correspondence, inspection and safety. He left an estate valued at ^^830. i6s. 7d. 
He owned 160 acres of land in Canterbury, N. H., besides large tracts of upland, 
meadow, etc., in Andover. 

"Capt. Asa owned the upland back of George Baker's, which he sold to Thomas 
Abbott in 1764. For David Blunt had lost his wife and married again, and little 
Lydia Blunt had grown up, the heiress of Grandsir Foster and father David, and 
married young Ttiomas Abbott, whose home was in the Baker House. When her 
son moved away in 1794, the old lady kept her dower room, and staid on four years 
longer, dying in 1798, probably the one who passed along the Foster tales to the 
Baker children of Dr. Symonds Baker and his wife Lydia Gray, kin to her and the 
new proprietors of the old homestead. Bailey's History gives the site of the tavern 
of Capt. Asa, I find, near the present residence of Charles Shattuck. Asa com- 
manded an expedition to Canada in 1758, and looked well after his men, and was 
willing to own he could make a mistake in muster rolls. He lived through the 
Revolution, giving his encouragement and influence in various ways. He did not 
get a very complimentary notice from the Frenchman who stopped at his inn (see 
p. 406, Bailey), but perhaps, like his neighbor, Dr. Baker, he had sent all supplies 
to feed the Bostonese. His first wife, Elizabeth Abbott, was a daughter of Dea. 
John and Elizabeth (Harnden). Her young brother Abiel, a man of promise, died 
after he graduated from Harvard, but his mantle fell upon his namesake, Abiel 
Foster, sou of Capt. Asa. Elizabeth died before the Revolution, so the bad man- 
agement of the tavern kitchen must be attributed to Lucy Rogers, the second wife 
from Ipswich, a widow with a daughter Mary, who married the ambitious young 
Abiel. He left Harvard for the ministry at Canterbury, N. H., was drawn into 
politics and served in the provincial and continental Houses of Congress, also 
offices high in Court and state of N. H." — Miss Abbott. He d. July 17, 1787. Res., 
Andover, Mass. 

387. 1. ASA, b. Sept. II, 1733; m. Hannah Symonds and Hannah Peters. 

38S. ii. ABIEL, b. Aug., 8, i73t; m. Hannah Badger and Mary W. Rogers. 

389. iii. DANIEL, b. Sept. 25, 1737; m. Hannah Kittridge. 

390. iv. DAVID, b. May 7, 1740; d. Oct., 1740, at Canterbury, N. H. 

391. V. DAVID, b. Dec. 24, 1741; m. Sarah Foster. 

392. vi. ELIZABETH, b. April 14, 1744; m. Nov. 7, 1768, Gen. Nathaniel 

Lovejoy. She d. April 24, 1775. He was general in Rev. war. 
H. U. gr. 1766. 

393. vii. JONATHAN, b. July 28, 1747; m. Lucy Rogers. 

394. viii. SARAH, b. Feb. :?, 1750: m. Dec. 23, 1772, Timothy Bradle5^ 

Timothy Bradley Jr., b. Oct. 13, 1743, son of Timothv and Abiah 
Bradley, of Concord, N. H. Their ch. were: i. Elizabeth, b. 
Jan. 9, 1775. 2. Asa, b. Dec. 13, 1776. 3. Sarah, b. April 26, 
1779. 4- Abiah, b. Aug. 7, 1781. 5. Hanna. 6. Peters, b. Jan. 
I, 1784. 7. Timothy, b. Jan. 24, 1786. 8. Foster, b. May 3, 17S8. 
■9. Abiel, b. May 6, i79or 7. Timothv and his wife, Annie Rlor- 
rill, had sons: i. Asa F. 2. Cyrus P. 3. David M. 4. Tim- 
othy. 5. Seth E. ; all of whom settled in or near Chicago, 111., 
and left families. 5. Seth E. lives at Willamette, a suburb of 
Chicago. A son of David M,, whose name is David E. Bradley, 
is a merchant, Chicago, 111. His address is 300 Ft. Dearborn 
Bldg. , 134 Monroe St. There aie many descendants of Timothy 
Bradley in Chicago and vicinity. 

Abiel Bradlev, son of Timothy Bradley Jr. and Sarah, daughter 
of Capt. Asa Foster, of Andover, Mass., b. May 6, 1790. He 
served in the war of 1S12. Timothy Bradley Jr. was a son of 
Timothv Bradley, who served in Col. Poore's regiment under 
Capt. Ebenezer Eastman, in the viar of the Revolution. His 
father was one of the first settlers at Concord, N. H. His brother 


Benjamin was with Col. Rogers' rangers in 1759, and he per- 
ished in the service. His two uncles were killed by Indians at 
Concord in 1746. Abiel m. Nancy Curry, of Canterbury, N. H. 
Their children were: i. Thomas Curry, m. Martha Clough 
Chamberlain April 5, 1S20, dau. of Capt. John A. and Mary 
Rogers (Clough) Chamberlain, of Canterbury, N. H. He was a 
master mariner and followed the seas for some years, spent a few 
years in Australia, and settled in Three Oaks, Mich., in 1857. 
He was first lieutenant in Twelfth Michigan Vols. ; was wounded 
at Shiloh ; served the government m various capacities until the 
close of the war in 1S65. He died at Three Oaks. Mich, (his 
widow and daughter Grace live there). Their children were: 
Grace Elizabeth, a successful teacher and matron over dependent 
children. 2. John Chamberlam, merchant, Cleveland, Ohio, m. 
Amelia Burrell, of Buffalo, N. Y., and have five children. 3. 
Martha Ann, m. Merritt Wilson, yardmaster, Kensington, 111. ; 
three children. 4. Charles Henry, traveling salesman; residence. 
Three Oaks, Mich.; b. March 24, 1861; m. Winnifred Sherrill, of 
Three Oaks, Mich. ; four children. 5. Hannah Robertson, m. 
Alfred Eastman, of Concord, N. H. ; master mechanic, Butfalo, 
N. Y. ; three children. 6. William, m. Philusia Barnes; died on 
Whidleys Island, Puget Sound. 1S67; no children. 7. Charles 
Eastman, b. in 1828; m. Abby Bacheldor, of Canterbury, N. H. ; 
was conductor on R. R. for many years; died in 1873; one son, 
Frank, who lives m Columbus, Ohio. 

395. ix. LUCY, b. Feb. i, 1765; m. Wilson; d. Nov. i, 1S45. 

130. LIEUT. JEREMIAH FOSTER (Timothy, William, Reginald), b. Boxford, 
Mass., May 4, 1701 ; ra. (pub.) Oct. 31, 1731, Abigail Wood; d. July 27, 1750; m. 2d, 
Aug. 14, 1755, Mrs. Bridget Pemberton in Andover. He d. Aug. 15, 17S5. Res. 
Boxford, Mass. 

396. i. JEREMIAH, b. Nov. II, 1732. 

397. ii. EZRA. b. Oct. 22, 1734. 

39S. iii. HULDAH, b. Jan. 12, 173(1; m. May 3, 1759, Amos Gould and 1784, 
Capt. Benjamin Kimball of Bridgton, Me. 

399. iv. MOSES, b. March 9, 1738-9. 

400. V. RUTH. b. Sept. 15, 1741. 

401. vi. HANNAH, b. Sept. 14. 1742; d. young. 

402. vii. HANNAH, Sept. 4, 1744; m. Deacon Jloses Peabody.* 

403. viii. PHEBE. bapt. July 12, 1747; d. April 9, 1749. 

404. ix. RACHEL, b. Oct. 25, 1749. 

405. X. DAVID, b. Aug. 23, 1756 
40b. xi. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 27, 1758. 
407. xii. SARAH, b. Sept. 2, 1760. 
40S. xiii. JOSHUA, b. Oct. 20, 1762. 

131. DEA. DAVID FOSTER (Timothy, William. Reginald), b. Boxford, 
Mass., Aug. 17, 1704; m. May 31, 1750, Mrs. Hannah Sessions of Andover. One of the 
settlers and original proprietors of Keene ; clerk of the proprietors for thirty years, 
fought in the Indian wais of 174S-49; mem her of the committee of safety 1776. He 
d. 1779. Res. Pomfret, Conn., and Keene, N. H. 

409. i. DAVID, b. Mar. 9, 1755; m. Mary Dassance. 

410. ii. HANNAH, b. Apr. 3. 1751. 

411. iii. REBECCA, b. June 9, 1735. 

132. AMOS FOSTER (Timothy, William, Reginald), b. Boxford. Mass.. Feb. 
I, 1713; ra. Dec. 22, 1751, Marv Dorman. She d. before 1761 s. p. His will was 
proved Nov. 25, 1761. He d. Feb., 1761. Res. s.p.Ashuelot and Keene, N. H. 

136. ABIAL FOSTER (David, William, Reginald), b. Boxford. Mass., May 2, 
1702; m. July II, 1728, Ruth Clement; d. Feb. 4. 1740; m. 2d, Nov. 26, 1741, Hannah 
Russell, d. Mar. 30, 1S03. Res. Haverhill, Mass. 

*Dea. Moses and Hannah (Foster) Peabodv had Nathan and Hannah (Sticknevl Peabodv; had 
Amasa and Hannah (Peabndyl Wilder; had Charles Peabodv. and Eloise (Walkerl Wilder; had 
W. F. and Fanny R. (Wilder) Winchester. Res. ivii No. Illinois St. Indianapolis, Ind. 


412. i. ELIZAH, b. June 9, 1729; d. July 15, 1736. 

4n. ii. SARAH, b. Sept. 12, 1731; d. July 5, 1736. 

414. ill. RUTH, b. Jan. 26, 1733. 

415. IV. MIRRIAM, b. Feb. 13, 1735-6; d- April 22, 1737. 

416. V. SAMUEL, b. Feb. 16, 1737-S. 

417. vi. MOSES, b. Jan. 27, 1739-40; d. 16 March, 1739-40. 
41S. vii. JOSHUA, b. 27 Jan, 1739-40; d. March 16, 1739-40. 

419. viii. ABIGAIL, b, April 6, 1745. 

138. SIMON FOSTER (David, William, Reginald), b. Haverhill, Mass., June 
17, 1707; m. . He was a soldier in 1725.. Res. Haverhill, Mass. 

420. i. JOHN, bapt. July, 1732. 

144. THOMAS FOSTER, (Samuel, William, Reginald), b. Boxford, Mass, 
May 23, 1708; m. July 14, 1731, AUis Pearly. She m. (pub.) Aug. 25, 1734, Ben- 
jamin Rogers in Boxford. He d. before T734. Res. Boxford, Mass. 

421. i. JOHN, bapt. July, 1732. 

146. WILLIAM FOSTER (Samuel, William, Reginald), b. Boxford, Mass., 

July 22, 1711; m. ; m. 2d (pub.) Feb. 7, 1747, Mary Clarke of York, 

Me. He was a tailor, seaman and inholder. HiJ removed to Newbury between 
March, 1756 and Jan., 1758 and was living there m 1763. There is no settlement of 
his estate to be found. He first married , who was the mother of his son Wil- 
liam as per Essex Deeds, Vol. 105, p. 74. Res. Newbury, Mass. 

422. i. WILLIAM. 

423. ii. HANNAH, b. May 27, 1749. 

424. iii. SAMUEL, b. Nov. 22, 1750. 

149. BENJAMIN FOSTER (Jacob. Isaac, Reginald), bapt. Ipswich, Mass., Oct. 
6, 16S9; m. in Ipswich, Mass., Mar. 15, 1725, Sarah Woodward, dau. of Ezekiel Jr., 
and Abigail, b 1701, d., 1805 ae. 104. Me was born in the old town of Ipswich, Mass., 
married there, went to Lebanon, Conn, and later to Rockingham county, N. H., 
probably soon after 1740. The children were all born in Mass., four of them married 
in N. H. at Hampstead. With two sons and two daughters and their families the 
parents moved to Granville, Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia m 1760. The day follow- 
ing their arrival the father died. The widow lived for 45 years afterward and died 
ttiere at the advanced age of 104 years. She was a very quiet and industrious old 
lady, always spinning flax on her wheel and when she was tired and faint would 
make a I'ttle hasty pudiing m the skillet over some coals on the hearth of the old 
fire place saying she "only wanted a few bites to content nature." 

A. W. Savary, Judge of County Court, Annapolis, N. S., author of the Savary 
Genealogy and editor of Caluek's History of Annapolis, says: "No individual family 
(Foster) has done more than this in the planting of orchards and changing the 
wilderne-s landscapes of a century ago into objects of value and beauty. Jlonu- 
ments of their industry and intelligence are conspicuous in every township and 
hamlet of the county." Their common ancestor was Benjamin Foster, of Hamp- 
stead, N. H., b. Oct. 6, 16S9; supposed to be a great-grandson of Reginald, im. 
from Exeter to Ipswich, Mass., in 163S. He died either in New Hampshire or 
immediately afler his arrival in Nova Scotia. In 1760, his widow Sarah, (dau. of 
Ezekiel Woodward,) with sons Isaac and Ezekiel, settled in Granville, N. S.. where 
she died in 1S05, aged 104. Jeremiah, another son who came later, returned to the 
old colonie-i, and is perhaps the ancestor of the Fosters of Machias, Me. Isaac and 
Ezekiel became permanent residents of Annapolis county, as did also their three 
sisters. He d. 1760. Res. Lebanon, Conn., Hampstead, N. H. and Granville, 
Nova Scotia. 

425. i. JUDITH, b. 1726; m. Nov. 26, 1745, John Chute. He was son of 

Lionel (Jones, Jnnts, Lionel) had 10 ch. They went to Nova 
Scotia in 1759 and resided in Granville. He d. in Nov. 1791 ae, 
72. Shed 180S ae. 83 Ch. i. Samuel b. Feb. 16, 1746; m. Sarah 
Barnes. Res. G. 2. John, b Apr. 7, 174S; d. May 7. 174S. 3. 
Hannah, b. Sept. 16, 1749; d. Nov. i, 1749. 4. John, b. Apr. 9, 
1752; m. Marv Croker; was a captain of militia. Res. Digby, Jog- 
gin-^. N- S. 5. Benjamin, b Sept, 27. 1754; m. Martha Foster dau. 
nfEzfkiel and Marv (Roberts ). 6 Thomas, b. Mar. 13, I7=;7; m. 
Sibil Mais-hall and Sarah McKenzie. Res. G. 7. Sarah, b. Nov. 


3. 1758; m. Thomas Hicks. Res. Falmouth, N. S. 8. James, b. 
J. in. 22, 1762; m. Elizabeth Morse and Elizabeth Wright. 9. 
Hannah b. Dec. 25, 1764; m. Obadiah Morse. Res. Bridgetown, 
N. S. 10. Susan, b. Dec, 10, 1767; m. Rev. Thomas H. Chipman. 
Res, Granville, N. S, 

426. ii. IS.AAC b. Feb. 18, 1728: m. Mehitable Worthing, 

427. iii, EZEKIEL, b. 1730; m, Mary Roberts and Ruth Farnsworth, 

428. iv. ELIZABETH, b, 1733; m. 1761, Francis B. Le Cain, They had 

four ch, and lived in Annapolis Royal, N. S. where LeCain died 
1S06. aged 84. Le Caia's children were: Francis, b. 1762; m. 
Margaret, daughter of Andrew Ritchie, Benjamin, b. 1764; m, 
Mary, daughter of Nath Winchester. Nicholas, b. 1765; m, Cath- 
arine,- , William, b, 1767; m. Sarah Henshaw, d; 1830, Francis 

J., (1. 1843. 

420. V. SARAH, b. 1736; m. Harapstead, N. H., Apr. 26, 1764, Abel 
Wheelock. He was b, in Lancaster, Mass,, June 29, 1739, R^s. 
Granville, N. S. ; ch: 

I. Benjamin, b. Jan. 26, 1765; m, Elizabeth Jacques, Res. G. 2, 
Joseph, b. July 7, 1767; d, young. 3. John, b, Apr., 1769; m, 
Mary Gilliott and Mittie Parker. Res, Tarbrook, N, S. 4. Sarah, 
b. Feb. 24, 1771; m. Thomas Wheeler Banks. 5, Samuel, b, Jan. 
6, 1773; m. Mary Wilkins. Res, Tarbrook. 6, Elizabeth, b. 1775: 
m. Major Ezekiel Cleveland, 7. Abel, b. Apr. 23, 1777; m. 
Parney Parker, Res, Nictaux, N. S. 8. Abigail, b. 1779; m, Sam- 
uel Felch. 9, Oliver, b. 17S2; d. young. 

430. vi, JEREMIAH, b. 1740; m. Jemima Kent. 

152, SERGT. JOHN FOSTER (Jacob, Isaac, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass, 
Sept II. 1702; m, in Lebanon, Conn., Aug. 26, 1724, Hannah Thorp. Removed to 
Topsfield, and afterward with his father to Lebanon, Conn., where he married Han- 
nah, daughter of Peter and Abigail (Higley) Thorp of Widham. Owned covenant 
Dec, 3, 1727, Lebanon, About 1741 he removed to Deerfield, Mass. Was a soldier in 
French and Indian war 1747-8 and g, serving as sergeant in Capt, Samuel Child's 
companv. Also served in later French war 1754-56. Settled at Bernardston. 
Sergeant Foster died in Burke Fort and was buried in the old cemetery of the place. 
This death occurred about 1755-1758. He d. abt. 175S. Res. Lebanon, Conn., Deer- 
field and Bernardston, Mass, 

431. i, ISAAC, b. i725;bapt. Dec. 3, 1727 : m, Irene Allen and Edatha Miller. 

432. ii. EZEKIEL, b. 1727, bapt, July 7, 172S; ra. Margaret Henry, 

433. iii, JOHN, b. abt. 1744; m, Mindwell Atherton and Lydia Foster, 

155. HON, DAVID FOSTER (Jacob, Isaac, Reginald), bapt. Topsfield, 
Mass., Apr. 29. 1711; m, in Lebanon, Conn,, Mar. 23, 1731, .\lthea Cogswell. David 
Foster was in Topsfield, Mass,, and before he attained his majority emigrated to 
Connecticut, locating in Lebanon, which was an incorporated town before 1700. 
There he was married, followed farming, and remained until 1750, when there was 
quite an exodus to the new town of Sharon in the extreme western part of the ^tate 
in which he joined. In Sharon he resided on the place which was afterward occu- 
pied by his daughter, Mrs. Jackson. David Foster was one of the leading men of 
the town and held all the principal offices. He was a member of the Connecticut 
general assembly at the sessions of 1763-64 and was selectman for eight years. He 
d, in Sharon, 1793, Res. Lebanon, Conn, and Sharon, Conn. 

434. i. RUBIN, b. April 3, 1733. 

435. ii. ELIJAH, b. Feb. 26, 1734-5; rn. Deborah Hollev. 

436. iii. ELIAB, b. Apr. 18, 1737. 

437. iv. LUCY, b, Sept. 14, 1740; m. in Sharon, Conn,, John Jackson. He 

d. before 1S42. 

158. BENJAMIN FOSTER (Benjamin, Isaac, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass,, 

about 1699; "^- b. — , She d. E, Machias, Me, He d. in Scarboro, Me., 

about 1763. Res. Ipswich, Mass., in Conn., Greenland and Portsmouth N. H,, and 
Scarboro, Me. 

433. i. BENJAMIN, b. 1726; m. Abigail Milliken and Elizabeth Scott. 

430- "• SARAH, b. ; m. May 17, 1750, Joseph Milliken, bapt. May 29, 

1729. He was a grantee of Trenton on Union river in 1763. His 
second wife was Miss Berry. 


440. iii. ISAIAH, b. ; m. Lydia Fogg. 

441. iv. WOODEN, b. ; m. Francis Scott. 

442. V. EZEKIEL, b. abt. J734; m. — . 

163. PHINEAS FOSTER (Danie], Isaac, Reginald), b. Topsfield, Mass., July 
i6, 1703; m. in Lebanon Conn., May i, 1735, Lydia Hills. Res. Lebanon, Conn., 
and then to Sharon. 

443. i. PHEBE, b. Apr. 5, 1736; ra. Aug. 7, 1754, Elias Bakom of Mansfield. 

444. V. PHINEHAS.'b. Aug. 15, 1754. • 

445. ii. SARAH, b. Nov. 19. 1738; m. Mar. 25. 17^6, Judah Bill. Res. Sharon. 

446. iii. DAVID, b. Feb. 2, 1742. 

447. iv. PHINEAS, b. ; d. Feb. 17, 1746. 

165. JEREAIIAH FOSTER (David, Isaac, Reginald) b. Topsfield, Mass., 
June iQ, 1707; m. in Lebanon, Conn., Mary Skinner. Rts. Lebanon, Conn., and 

Sharon, Conn. 

44S. i. SAMUEL, b. Feb. 13, 1731-2; d. 23 Feb., 1731-2. 

449. ii. MARY, b. July 3, 1733. 

450. iii. JEREMIAH, b. May g, 1735. 

451. iv. NATHANIEL, b. Feb. 27. 173S: d. Sharon, Conn., Sept. 15, 1741. 

452. V. ZERVIAH, b. July 11, 1740; d. Sharon, Jan. S, 1741. 

167. ASA FOSTER (Daniel, Isaac, Reginald), b. Topsfield, Mass., Jan. 15, 1710; 
m. Sharon, Conn., Feb. 4, 1744-5, Hannah White. Res. "Lebanon, Conn. 

453. i. MARY. b. May 20, 1745; d. June 25, 1751. 

454. ii. SAMUEL, b. and d. April =;, 1747. 

455. iii. DANIEL, b. Feb. 26, 1747-S. 

456. iv. ASA, b. April 22, 1750. 

457. v. MARY, b. Sept. 24, 1755. 

458. vi. WILLIAM, b. Oct. 24, I755- 

459. vii. HANNAH, b. May 5, 1757. 

170. ABIJAH FOSTER (Eleazer. Isaac. Reginald), bapt. Ipswich, Mass., Jan., 
1707; m. Dec. 13, 1733. Mary Knovvlton of Ipswich, dau. of Robert. He was bap- 
tized in Ipswich. Removed to New Ipswich, N. H., probably being sent there by 
the grantees about 1734. He was the first that went and he soon returned, for his 
son Ebenezer, was the first child born in New Ipswich. In 175S or 9 with his son 
Ebenezer. enlisted in the army against the French and Indians. While encamped 
near Croivn Point both father and son died of the smallpox. He married Mary 
Knowlton of Ipswich. During the revival of 17S6 she joined the Rev. Mr. Farrar's 

This is what the history of New Ipswich says: Abijah Foster was from Ipswich ; 
he was great grandson of Reginald Foster, who came to New England in 1638, and 
with his five sons settled in Ipswich. He was of a very respectable family of Exeter 
in England, and d. at Ipswich in extreme old age. 

"Abijah Foster was born in 1707. and no doubt was sent here in the employ of 
the Ipswich grantees. His was the first family which came here, and he mtist be 
regarded as the first settler in town, but it is not so easy to fix the time of his advent. 
After a very thorough examination of the records of Ipswich, and almost everything 
that could throw any light on the subject, it would seem that his location here was 
in the spring of 173S. It is certain he was there in the fall of 1736 and was nut there 
in the fall of 173S. He was accompanied by his wife and daughter. He undoubt- 
edly had his choice of a lot for a farm, and fixed on what was known for a long 
time as the Hill's Farm, a considerable part of which is now occupied by Joseph 
Barrett, Esq. His house, which was built of logs, stood near the present Bank 
building; the old cellar hole was visible within a few years. 

"Mr. Foster was a man of an unsettled disposition; he disposed of his farm in 
1750 to Joseph Bates and removed to what was formerly known as the Fletcher 
Farm, now owned by Mr. Joseph Davis; some vestiges of his cellar still remain. 
This farm he disposed of in 1755, to Capt. Thomas Fletcher, and removed his family 
to the land now owned by Caleb Campbell. His house there stood a few rods east 
of Mr. Campbell's barn; the side of it can still be traced. 

"Mr. Foster was in town in June 175S, but either in that or the succeeding 
year he enlisted in the army then employed in a campaign against the French and 
Indians; he was accompanied by his eldest son Ebenezer, the first child born in 
town, who was then about 19 years old. While the army was encamped near 


Crown Point, they both took the smallpox and died. His widow continued to reside 
in the house he last erected for many years. She joined the Rev. Mr. Farrar's 
church in the great revival in 17S6 and was baptized by immersion at her request. 
It is supposed she removed from town with her sou Daniel. 

"The name of the first permanent resident, with his family, has been determined, 
so as to leave no question on that point; but the precise date of his advent is less 
positively settled. From extensive researches mto the history of his family, and 
from other collateral circumstances we have been able to arrive at a conclusion which 
admits of but very little controversy. Abijah Foster with his wife and daughter 
Mary, then one year old, came from old Ipswich some time during the summer of 
1738 and became the pioneer settler in this place. His wife was the first woman in 
town, and his son Ebenezer was the first mail child born in town. He first located 
himself on the lot in the center village." [History New Ipswich, N. H.] He d. 1759. 
Res. New Ipswich, N. H. 

460. i. MARY, b. in Ipswich Aug., 1736. 

461. ii. EBENEZER, b. in New Ipswich about 1739. The first child born 

in New Ipswich; a soldier in the French and Indian war; d. in 
1759 of smallpox while encamped near Crown Point. 

462. iii. ELIZABETH, b. in New Ipswich about 1741 ; m. 1759, John Fletcher 

and 2d, William Hodgkins. They had'6 ch. She d. Feb. 27, iSoo. 
John Fletcher was born in Concord, Mass., where he learned the 
cooper trade. He went to New Ipswich in 1758 and married the 
next year. His wife was the first female child born in that town. 
He settled near what is called the Hodgkin corner about one-half 
mile S. W. of the meeting house and there he erected a residence 
and planted an orchard. He was killed by the falling of a tree 
near his own house Jan. 14, 1763. The family was attracted to 
the spot by the peculiar noise made by the cat which came into the 
house. His only son, Joseph, b. 1763. d. in his 19th year. 

463. iv. SAMUEL, b. ; m. Tabitha Hodgkins. He d. in 1780. He 

erected a house in Mill Village, was a soldier in the Revolutionary 
war and died in the service. 

464. V. DANIEL, b. ; m. . Res. Nelson, N. H., 1802. He was 

a soldier in the Revolutionary war for 3 years ; was a carpenter by 
trade and built a residence. 

465. vi. EPHRAIM, b. . He was in the Revolutionary army for 3 years 

and d. in service in 17S0. 

466. vii. HIPSEY, b. 1759; m. Twichell; m. 2d, Isaac Appleton June 2, 

1791. She d. New Ipswich, N. H., 1S39. 

171. JOHN FOSTER (Eleazer, Isaac, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., May 20, 

1714. ; m. . He was probably a weaver for that was his father's occupation 

and Essex Deeds S3, 105, Dec. i, 1741, Eleazer Foster, Ipswich, weaver, sells to John 
Foster, weaver, one-quarter acre land bounding on that of John Manning. Res. 
Ipswich, Mass. 

"'•T72. JEREMIAH FOSTER (.-\braham, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
about 1700; m. (pub.) June 21, 173;, Mrs. Rebecca Metcalf. She d. Feb. 6, 1776. May 
26, 1743. Jereih Foster and Rich'd Harris of Ipswich bought of Benjamin Morse of 
Harvard, Worcester Co., 112 acres land situated on Stow on west side of the river, 
bounding on Lancaster and Lunenburg lines. Foster resided in the eastern half. 
Each occupied the other farm buildings together. In 1750 he sold his property to 
John Millard. 

Jan. 13, 1750, Jere Foster and wife Rebecca of Dorchester, Canada, Worcester 
Co. to Josiah Haynes of Sudbury, Middlesex Co. (Middlesex Deeds). In 1749 in 
seating the Harvard meeting house he was given the fifth seat below. Immediately 
after the final conquest with Canada, which forever relieved New England from 
fear of French invasion, the landless and the adventurous began swarming from 
the older towns of Massachusetts into thewilderness where land could be had for the 
clearing. There happened a noteworthy exodus from Harvard. Nearly one tenth 
of her citizens sought homes in the newer towns. Most of these emigrants by 
chance found their promised land in Dorchester, Canada, which was incorporated 
as Ashburnham in 1765. Jeremiah Foster was the first of those from Harvard to 
reach that settlement, having with him through the woodland paths, upon an ordi- 
nary farm cart drawn by oxen, his family and worldly possessions. In Ashburn- 



ham he settled on land west of Lake Naukeag still known as Foster Hill. He was 
a man of exemplary character, reserved m manner, industnoiis, hunest, a kind 
neighbor and an excellent citizen. He d. Dec. 12, 17S8. Res. Ipswich, Harvard 
and Ashburnham, Mass. 

467- i- JEREMIAH, bapt. Aug. 8, 1736; d. young. 

468. ii. ABIGAIL, bapt. Feb. 17, 1737-8. 

469. iii. JEREMY, bapt. Jan. 6, 1739-40; m. Sarah Fellows. 

470. iv. SAMUEL, bapt Jan. 8. 1741; m. Susanna Wood. 
SARAH, b. July 28, 1744. 

i. JUDITH, b. Mar. 2, 1747; m. Nov. 14, 1769, Dr. Peter Brooks. 
She d. Mar. 9, 1824. His lineage is not known. He was the first 
residen' physician in Ashburnham, Mass. Between 1790 and 1800 
he left his family and the town. It is not known where he died. 
Ch: I. Calvin, b. Mar. 25, 1770; res. south. 2. Luther, b. Feb. 15, 
1772; m. Lu(;y Gates, rev. to Ohio; 11 ch. 3. John Swift, b. and 

:* d. 1774. 4. Sewell, b. Feb. 4, 1777; m. Sally ■ ; 7 ch. Res. A. 

5. Peter, b. Jan. 11, 17S0. 6. Dorcas, b. Jan. 24, 1782. 7. Lydia, 
b. Sept. 23, i784;d. unm. June 30, 1851. 8. Dickerson, b. Oct. 13, 
1787; m. Hannah Kemp of Groton ; res. A; 6 ch. 
473- vii. REBECCA, b. Oct. 29, 1750; m. Jan. 22, 1772, Caleb Ward, b. 
Waltham, Nov. 22, 174S. He died June 20, 1813. She d. Mar. 
22, 1831. He was a selectman in Ashburnham and his name was 
frequently on the town records. His wife resided in A. for 77 
vears and 60 years in the house in which she died. Ch: i. 
Samuel, b. Dec. 22, 1772 (Deacon); m. Ruth Townsend ; res. A; 
2 ch. 2. Sarah, b. Oct. 27, 1774; m. Thomas Piper; res. Weston, 
Vt. 3. Rebecca, b. 1776; d. Nov. 23, 1780. 4. Caleb, b. Aug. 6, 
177S: m. Mary Rice; res. A.; 6 ch. 5. Nahum, b. Aug. 7, 1780; 
res. Peterboro, N. H. and joined the Mormons. 6. Jacob, b. Nov. 
■ 22, 1782; m. Sally Whittmore. He was in the war of tSi2; res. 

A; 14 ch. 7. Jonas, b. Feb. 15, 17S5; m. Susan F. Thurston; 
res. Oxford, Mass. 8. Rebecca, b. Sept. 14, 17SS; m. Ezra Law- 
rence. Q. Lucy, b. July 28, 1790; m. Samuel Wilson; res. Nelson, 
N. H. 

175. ABRAHAM FOSTER (Abraham, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
July 5, 1716; m. Nov. 5, 1742, Elizabeth Davis of Charlestovvn, b. Nov. 3, 1720, dau. 
of Barnabas; d. Jan. 19, 1795. 5(6), 1716. Mark Haskell was appomted his guardian 
April 3, 1733, he then being seventeen years old. He was a joiner and resided in 
Boston and Charlestown and died before 1750. In 1744 with B. Davis, etal, he pells 
to R. Miller an estate. He d. prior to 1749. Res. Boston and Charlestown. Mass. 

474. i. ELIZABETH, bapt. Nov. 18, 1744; m. May 21, 1762, John Rogers. 

475. ii. ABRAHAM, bapt. Dec. 2, 1744; m. . 

176. NATHANIEL FOSTER (Abraham, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mas-. 
Aug. 9, 1719; m. May 6, 1741, Sarah Deland; bapt. July 12, 1724; d. Aug., 1796. 
He removed to Salem where he pursued the occupation of a tailor and died. He 
married Sarah, daughter of George and Bethia (Peters) Deland of Salem. She was 
bapt. ist church Salem. He d. Oct. 1S08. Res. Salem, Mass. 

476. i. NATHANIEL, bapt. ist church Nov. 7. 1742; m. Elizabeth Yell. 

477. ii. SARAH, bapt. ist church, Jan. 13, 1744-5. 

; 478. iii. ABRAHAM, bapt. ist church, March i, 1746-7. 

479. iv. ABIGAIL, bapt. ist church, March 26, 1749. 

480. v. GEORGE bapt. ist church, J. 13, 1750-1. 

481. vi. JOSEPH, bapt. ist church, Nov 11. 1753. 

482. vii. SAMUEL, bapt. ist church, Nov 6., 1757. 

483. viii. JOHN, bapt. ist church. May 11, 1760; d. young. 

484. ix. JOHN, bapt ist church. May 2, 1762. 

4S5. X. DAUGHTER, bapt. ist church, April, 1764. 

18?. WILLIAM FOSTER, (Jacob, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., May 
ri, 1699; m. (pub.) Sept. 7, 1734, Elizabeth Clark. She d. Feb., 1767. Administra- 
tion was granted on his estate to Isaac Dodge who gave bonds with Nathan Foster 
Jan. I., 1776. April 30, 1760, Wm. Foster, cordwainer and wife Elizabeth sell to 
Isaac Dodge Miller i upland right in Jeffery Neck. He d. 1775. Res. Ipswich, 


486. i. WILLIAM, bapt. Aug 17., i7-,5. 

487. ii. ELIZABETH, b. March 19, 1737: hving 1776, unm. 

488. iii. SARAH, bapt. May 12, 1740; pub. Nathaniel Hodgkins. 

489. iv. MARY, bapt. July 25, 1742; m. Kimball. 

490. V. HANNAH, bapt. Feb. 2. 1745; d. before 1776. 

491. vi. ABIGAIL, bapt. March 20, 1747; d. young. 

492. vii. ABIGAIL, bapt. March 18, 1749. 

493. viii. REBECCA, bapt. 1753. 

186. NATHANIEL FOSTER (Jacob, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. 
Dec. 14, 1712; m. (pub.) Nov. 29, 1735, Elizabeth Leatherland. She m. before 1758, 
Benjamin Brown 3d. He was a blacksmith. He d. Aug. 16, 1747. Res. Ipswich, 

494. i. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 5, 1736; pub. to Richard Sutton. 
. 495. ii. NATHAN, b June 20, 1737- 

496. iii. MARTHA, b. May 6, 1739; d. young. 

497. iv. MARTHA, b. April n, 1740. 

495. V. MARY, b. April 13, 1740.; 

499. vi. SARAH, bapt. Aug. i, 1742. 

500. vii. NATHANIEL, bapt. Dec. 22, 1745; d. Aug. 23, 1747. 

igi. DEA. JOSEPH FOSTER (Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
Feb. 14, 1714; m. there Nov. 12, 1735, Hannah Trask. Shed. Aug. 11, 1778. Dea. 
Joseph Foster died Feb. 27, 1767, aged 53 years and 13 days. At selectmen's meet- 
ing March 16, 1767, ordered ;(,'5.2.o paid to widow Hannah Foster in full for services 
of her late husband Dea. Joseph Foster as town clerk, selectman and overseer. 
March 3, 1761 Joseph Foster received £3 for his disbursements for the French 
neutrals- Hannah, widow late Dea. Joseph Foster died Aug. 11, 1778. He d. Feb. 
27, 1767. Res. Beverlv, Mass. 

501. i. THOMAS, b. Oct. 18, 1736; d. Julv 26 1794. 

502. ii. JOSEPH, b. Dec. 25, 1739; m- Elizabeth Hilton. 

503. iii. MARY, b. Jan. 18, 1741; m. Henry Herrick, Nov. 21, 1765. 

504. IV. HANNAH, b. March 4, 1743-4; m. first, Jonathan EUingwood, May 

5, 1767; 2d, Nehemiah Smith, Apr. 12, 1774. 

506. V. DANIEL, b. Feb. 14, 1745-6; m. Judith Woodbury. 

507. vi. ELIZABETH, b. April 7, 174S. 

508. vii. SARAH, b. Dec. 29, 1750; m. Feb. II, 1772, Ebenezer Tuck. 

509. viii. EZR.A.-TRASK, b. Sept. 29, 1752; m. Sarah Stickney. 

510. ix. MERCY, b. Dec. 9, 1754; d. Dec. i, 1755. 
sii. X. JEREMIAH, b. April 21, 1756. 

512. xi. LYDIA, b. March 8, 1757. 

513. xii. JAMES, b. Aug. 31, 1759. 

192. DEA. JAMES FOSTER (Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass. 
Mar. 4, 1716; m. (pub.^ June 25, 1746, Sarah Hart. Removed to Boston where 
two of his children were born. Returned to Ipswich, being admitted in 1766 to the 
South Church at Chebacco from the Brattle street church, Boston. His wife was 
Sarah Hart to whom he was published in Ipswich. She was living in 1S03. He 
was postmaster in Ipswich, being succeeded by Daniel Noyes, June 23, 1775. He 
gave a deed Oct. 10, 1807, being then 91 years of age. His will dated May 29, 1786 
was disproved Dec. 9, 1807 as one of the witnesses, Mary Foster, had no recollection 
of being present at the signing and the others, Sarah Lowater and Nathan Foster 
were deceased. Administration was afterward granted Nathaniel Lord, 3d, Nov. 2, 
1807. The will mentions wife Sarah, only son James and only daughter Sarah. He 
d. Oct. 10, 1S07. Res. Ipswich, Mass. Dea. Joseph Foster was the first postmaster 
at Ipswich. He was appointed by the Provisional Congress and before this time the 
mail had been brought through that town on horseback. Sarah Hart was born Oct. 
2, 1715, daughter of Ensign Nathaniel and Sarah (Rust) Hart of Ipswich, Mass. 

514. i. SARAH, b. in B., Dec. 25, 1747. 

515. ii. JAMES, b. in B., Aug. 30, 1749. 

516. iii. JOHN, bapt. in I., March 29, 1752: d. young. 

517. iv. JOSEPH, bapt. in I., June 3, 1753; d. young. 

193. NATHAN FOSTER (Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., Feb. 
19, 1717; m. Dec. 27. 1743. Marv Hart, dau. of Nathaniel and Sarah, b. Jan. 20, 1718; 
d. Apr. 10, 1778. He d. Oct., 1795. Res. Ipswich, Mass. 


518. i. MARY, b. — Nov., 1744; d. unm. March, 1828. 

519. ii. SAMUEL, b. Oct. 23, 1746; m. Lucy Farrington of Cambridge, Mass. 

Res. Stratham, N. H. 

520. iii. TAMES, b. Dec iS, 1747; m. Elizabeth Hiller. _-> 

521. iv. "NATHANIEL, b. Nov. 30, 1752; m. Susanna HiUer. _ - _ "■ 

522. V. WM. HART, bapt. July 24, 1757; d. young. ^ _, ;^ _ 

195. ISAAC FOSTER (Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), 1^. Ipswich, Mass., Aug. 21, 
1720; m. Nov. 8, 1744, Sarah Brown, dau. of John. His will is dated Feb, i, 1783 
and proved April 10. He died Mar. 12, 17S3. He gave his son John a cow and clothes 
but I cannot trace him. Isaac of Billerica, 1783-5684, IMiddlesex, Court, appraisers 
Dea. Joshua Abbott: Major Edw. Farmer, Jacob Manning, to act Apr. 10, 1783. 
Joseph and Sam already have a deed of estate they improve and they are to have 
the residue to finish up some business agreed on in the papers named. This 
Isaac had surveying instruments in his inventory. Isaac Foster's will.— 1783. In 
the name of God, Amen, I, Isaac Foster of Billerica in County of Middlesex and 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, being very sick and weak of body, but 
of sound and dispoising ?] mind, do make this my last will, and first I would give 
my Soul unto God who gave it, my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried 
in a decent manner, at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named, as to such 
worldly Estate as I have I give and dispoise ?] of the same in the following manner: 

ist, my will is that all my debts and funeral charges be paid by my E.xecutor out 
of my Estate. 

2nd. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah all my household Suff ?] 
and indoor movable ?]. I also give unto her one cow, two sheep, my stock of bees, 
all to Her own Disposal forever. I give my wife the improvement ?] of sufficient 
rooms in my Dwelling house as long as she shall remain my widow. I also give 
unto my wife one-third part of the income of my Real Estate during her natural 
life. My will is that the movabls ?] within doors given to my wife be apprized mto 
my estate. 

3rd. All my wearing apparril ?] I give unto my sons Isaac, Jacob and John my 
will IS my son Isaac have ray best Sute ?] throughout and if that do not amount to 
one full third of s'd clothing that he have some other things to make up one-third, 
that the remainder be equally divided between the other two, viz. : Jacob and John. 

4th. I give unto my sons Joseph and Samuel all my shop tools to be Equally 

5th. I give unto my son Samuel all my husbandry tools and my surveying 
implements. My will is that the remainder of my Live Stock not given away be to 
enable my Executors to pay Debts and give unto my son John one cow or money 
equivalent to be paid within one year after my Decease. 

6th. The remainder of my Estate, Real, personal or mixed I give unto my sons 
Joseph and Samuel ( and whereas I have sometime since given to them a Deed of 
all my Real Estate, they being obliged by Bond, having given date with said Deed 
to perform certain matters and things therein mentioned, which bond together with 
this Presence ?] must be the Rule of their administration of my Estate, I constitute 
and appoint my said sons Joseph Foster and Samuel Foster my Executors of this 
my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills, or Executors by me 
maid ?] or named, confirming this to be my last will in witness whereof I have here- 
unto set my hand and seal this first day of February, A. D. One Thousand Seven 
Hundred Eighty Three. 

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Isaac Foster to be his last 
will in Presence of 
- William Baldwin. 

Timothy Foster. Isaac Foster. 

Risza [?] Baldwin. (Clarissa). 

Prob. April lo, 1783. Res. Billerica, Mass. 

523. i. ISAAC, b. Mar. 8, 1745; m. Lydia Bacon. 

524. ii. JACOB, b. Dec. 20, 1747; m. Hannah Frost. 

525. iii. SARAH, b. Mar. 4, 17^9; d. Apr. 4. 1750. 

526. iv. JOSEPH, b. Mar. 21. 1750; m. Sarah Baldwin and Lucv Hill. 

527. v. SARAH, b. May 29, 1753; d. bef. 1783. 

528. vi. JOHN BRAINARD, b. June 28, 1755; m. Sarah Taylor and Lydia 


529. vii. SAMUEL, b. Mar. 31, 1758; m. Mary Colcord. 

530. viii. ABIGAIL, b. Feb. 21, 1761; d. before 17S3. 


197. JACOB FOSTER (Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. BiUerica, Mass., March 
27, 172C1; m. (pub.) Aug. 25, 1750, Sarah Kimball. His will was made Aug. 4, 1760; 
proved Oct. ig, 1761. 

Jacob Foster's will. 1760. — In the name of God Amen. I Jacob Fo-^ter of 
BiUerica in the county of Middlesex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New 
England Coidwainer being indisposed in body but of perfect mind and memory 
thanks be given to God therefor. Do made and ordain this my Last will and testa- 
ment principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul unto the hands of 
God that gave it hoping through the mercy of God and merit of our glorious 
Reedeemer to obtain the full Pardon of all my sins and to inherit Eternal Life and 
my Body when Dead to the Earth to be Buried in Christian-life and Decent Burial 
at the Discretion of my E.xecutrix hereafter named and that small Portion of this 
worlds goods with which it has Pleased God to Bless me with I give [demiss ?] and 
Dispose of the same in the following manner and form — 

Item my will is that all my just debts and funeral Charges be paid by my 
Executrix hereafter named out of my Estate — 

Item I give to Sarah my Beloved wife the whole of my Estate that I have in 
[possestion ?] Both Real and personaU (except somethings (particularly ?) mentioned 
hereafter) to enable her to pay my just Debts and to bring up my Children and for 
her own maintainance. 

Item I give to my only Son Timothj^ that part and [potion ?] of my Hon'd 
father (Joseph Foster [lait?] of Ipswich deceased) his Estate which he gave me in 
his last will and testament after my Hon'd mother's decease. I also give to my 
said Son three of my Books viz. Baileys Dictionary, Salmons geographical and 
Historical Grammar and modern gazeteer. I also give to my s'd son my millitary 

Ilem I give to my only Daughter Sarah twenty pounds in money or good house 
hold stuf Shuch?] as is necessary to keep house with to be paid by my Executri.x out 
of my Estate when she shall come to the full age of twenty one years or if she shall 
be married sooner upon her marriage Day — 

Item ray will is that if ray sou or daughter should deceas?] before they arrive 
to the age of twenty one years the survivor inherit the whole of what I have given 
to Both— 

Item my will is that my said wife take the whol?] care of the portion I have 
given to my said son and that she joyn?) with my Brother in deviding or selling my 
fathers Estate after my Mothers deceas?] and that she receive my s'd. sons part and 
put it out to the best advantage for him til he be capable to take care of it for him 
self, and I do hereby constitute and appoint Sarah my Beloved wife only and sole 
Executrix of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly revoke make 
void and disanull?] any other or former will or Executr by me in any way made or 
named. Rattifiing?] and confirming this and no other to be m)^ last will and testa- 
ment in witness where of I, the said Jacob Foster have set my hand and seal this 
fourth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and 
sixty. Jacob Foster 

Signed sealed and published pronounced and declared by the said Jacob Foster 
as his last will and testament in presents?] of us the subscribers 

Prob.Oct ig-1761 Isaac Foster 

Solomon Pollard 
Hannah Stickney. 

He d. Oct., 1761. Res., BiUerica, Mass. 

531. i. SARAH, b. April 27, 1752; d. June 7, 1752. 

532. li. SARAH, b. June 5, 1753; m. Dec. 12, 1774, John Bell, of Charles- 


533. iii. TIMOTHY, b. July 19, 1755; d. Nov. 23, 1756. 

534. iv. ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 27, 1757; d. Jan. 12, 175S. 

535. V. TIMOTHY, b. Nov. 4, 1759; m. Sally Crosby. 

igg. ABRAHAM FOSTER (Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), bapt. Ipswich, Mass., 
Oct. 27, 1728; m. Boston, Nov. i, 1753,* Susannah Sumner. Removed to Boston 
where he settled. He was a cabinetmaker. His wife was Susannah Sumner. He 
had six children. Oct., 1761, he bought of Jno. Downe for ;^23o. 14.4. parcel of land, 
house and buildings on First street, in the north end of Boston. Aug. 16, 1773, 

•Boston records sav Ephraim Foster m. Susannah Sumner Nov. 1. 1753. 


Abraham Foster and wife, Susannah, mortgaged this estate to John White 
for ^133. 

Joseph Foster, of Boston, goldsmith, admitted adm. on estate of Abraham 
Foster, late of Boston, cabinetmaker, dec'd. James Foster Jr. and Nathaniel 
Foster, gentlemen, both of Boston, bound with said Joseph Foster. Aug. g, 1796. 
Lib 94. Fol. 454-4S7-8-491. He d. in 1796. Res., Boston, Mass. 

536. i. ELIZABETH, b. . 

537. ii. SUSANNAH, b. , 

538. iii. JOSEPH, b. ; m. . 

539. iv. MARY, b. . 

540. V. SARAH, b. . 

541. vi. RACHEL, b. . 

James Foster, of Boston, married one of the above girls, as will be seen by the 
following from Suffolk Pub. ; Joseph Foster, of Boston, goldsmith, adm. on estate 
of James Foster, late of Boston, scrivener, his brother-in-law, dec'd. Nov. 9, 1818. 
Lib. 191, Fol. 151. Lib. 170, Fol 15. Lib. 312, Fol. 13. 

Bond — Joseph Foster, goldsmith ; Moses Brown Foster, copper plate printer and 
Joseph Foster 2d, scrivener of Boston, bound with him. Lib. 205, Fol. 160. Inven- 
tory mentions Samuel Foster, Nathaniel Foster, appraisers. Dec. 23, 1818. Joseph 
Foster, adm. Lib. 116, Fol. 727. 

203. HON. JEDEDIAH FOSTER (Ephraim, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. Andover, Mass., Oct. 10, 1726; m. May iS, 1749, Dorothy Dwight, dau. of Brig.- 
Gen. Joseph Dwight; b. Nov. 13, 1729; d. Jan. 12, 1818. 

Gen. Dwight was son of Henry, of Dedham and Hatfield. Was b. Oct. 16, 
1703; was graduated at Harvard in 1722. His father purchased large tracts of land 
in Brookfield, about 1,400 acres, and Joseph settled thereon Foster Hill in 1728; 
was representative in 1731, and in all eleven years; was speaker of the House in 
1748-9; was admitted to ttie bar in 1733; judge court of Common Pleas of Worcester 
county in 1739; was colonel of the Ninth Mass. Regt. in the expedition against 
Cape Breton, 1744; commissioned brigadier-general 1745; appointed judge of the 
Court of Admirality 1745; commanded the ^lass. Regt. of artillery at the reduction 
of Louisburg and was distinguished and commended by Gen. Pepperell. He com- 
manded a brigade in the Crown Point expedition of 1756. At the close of the 
French and Indian war he removed to Great Barrington and was appointed judge 
of Berkshire county Court and Probate. His wife was Mary Pynchon. 

Mr. Foster was graduated at Harvard college in 1744, and soon after went to 
Brookfield and engaged in business with Brig. -Gen. Joseph Dwight. He was a man 
very much trusted and respected. He retained various offices; was deacon of the 
church in the First Parish; was judge of the Probate Court; judge of the Supreme 
Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Rev. Nathan Fisher, D. D., preached his funeral 
sermon, in which he gave him a very high character. In 1753 he headed a petition 
to tne selectmen to lay out the First parish into two parishes. In 1774 he was 
elected delegate to the Provincial Congress at Cambridge. He was often moderator 
of the town meetings, and often served on important committees. During the 
Revolutionary war he was a colonel. In 1775 there was a prevalent prejudice 
against inoculation as a guard against violent disease, especially smallpox. Col. 
Foster went to Esopus, N. Y., and was there inoculated, had the disease and re- 
turned in health. He was representative in the legislature i76i-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-'7o- 
1-2-3-4-5-9. He was a deacon in the church. He held various military offices, 
from captain of a company to major of a regiment, under Major-General Win- 
slow, by commission from Gov. Shirley. In 1754 he was commissioned justice of 
the peace and of the quorum for Worcester county. He was also judge of probate, 
and afterward one of the judges of the Superior court of Massachusetts. He was 
a representative of the town in the General Council for 15 years (1761-76), and a 
member of all the Provincial Congresses of Massachusetts. In 1779 he was a 
member of the convention for forming a State constitution and of the committee 
itself appointed to draft it ; during the session of which committee he died. He 
was a man of thorough integrity and honor and of large benevolence, an active 
Christian and a zealous patriot. "Blessed with a happy steadiness and presence of 
mind" he always studied to be useful, "being of the fixed opinion that no one 
should desire to outlive his usefulness." He was especially hopeful, determined and 
active .in .that part of the Revolutionary war in which he had an opportunity to 
take any share of duty or service. 

Mrs. F. 's personal appearance was thus described by her grandson, Alfred Dwight 


Foster Esq., in a letter addressed by him to Fredric A. Foster Esq., of Lancaster, 
O. : "She had always, withm my memory, a head of perfectly white hair and very 
black eyes, although the Dwights almost without e.xception have light complexion 
and blue eyes, as my father and uncles Theodore and Theophilus had." He d. Oct. 
I7i 1779- Res., Brookfield, Mass. 

542. i. PAMELA, b Aug. 12, 1750; d. Jan. 19, 1751. 

543. ii. THKODORE, b. April 2y, 1752; m. Lydia Fenner and Esther 

Bowen Millard. 

544. iii. THEOPHILUS, b. Mar. 16, 1754; m. Susanna Packard and Hannah 


545. iv. ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 10, 1756; d. July 25, 1779; unm. She is de- 

scribed as havmg been "a lady of superior talents and accom- 
plishments, of a sweet attractive disposition, and full of faith 
m God, and of the spirit of duty, and of patient endurance 
under severe trials." 

546. V. DWIQHT. b. Dec. 7, 1757; m. Rebecca Faulkner. 

547. vi. PERGRINE, b. Dec. 28, 1759; m. Mrs. Polly (Parkman) Bradshaw. 

548. vii. RUTH. b. Sept. 11, 1766; m. Mar. 2, 1786. General Thomas Ives, of 

Great Barrington, Mass. She d. Feb. 15, 1852; ae. 85. Gen. 
Thomas Ives, b. in New Haven, Conn., Feb. 2, 1753, (son of 
Thomas Ives Jr., b. in 1712. and d. Nov. 17, 1752. Anna Hea- 
ton, b. in 1711, whod. ae. 81, June22, 1795). Hewasgrad. at Yale 
1777, and studied law at Litchiield, Conn., with Tappan Reeve 
Esq., and became a lawyer as well as large farmer at Gt. Bar- 
rington, Mass. He was distinguished in his profession and was 
greatly esteemed as an upright and honorable man. He held at 
different times various military offices, from that of a captain to 
that of a major-general of miluia. He was also a man of much 
public spirit. He was successively a member of both houses of 
the State legislature — of the senate in 1797. He d. March 8, 1814, 
ae. 61, at Gr. Barrington, where she also d. Feb. 15, 1852, ae. 85, 
having been a widow for 38 years. "Possessing a benevolent 
disposition, a well-cultured mind and sprightly manners, together 
with an unusual degree of intelligence, she endeared herself to 
young and old. Ch: i. Harriet Ives, b. Feb. 12, 1787; d. unm. 
Sept. 24, 1815, ae 28. 2. George Heaton Ives, b. April 15, 1789; 
d. unm. April 29, 1825, ae. 36. He was a lawyer at Gt. Barring- 
ton. 3. Alma Cornelia Ives (twin), b. March 17, 1791; d. Oct. i, 
1792. 4. Anna Maria Ives (twin), b. March 17, 1791 ; m. May 29, 
1816, Philo Parks, of Salisbury, Conn. ; d. Feb. 25, 1863. i. Alma 
Cornelia Parks, b. April 27, 1817; m. March 28, 1S44, Thomas 
Warner, of Kalamazoo, Mich. They have several children, ii. 
Elizabeth Parks, b. Dec. 21, 1818; d. Feb. 26, 1835. iii. James 
William Parks, b. Oct. 14, 1822; m, Dec. 2, 1846, Caroline Jewell, 
whod. Feb. 2, 1850; and he m. afterward Maria Jewell, her sister. 
No children, iv. Ruth Foster Parks, b. Feb. 7, 1827; m. a Jud- 
son. She d. , leaving one child, v. Amanda Maria Parks, b. 
Sept. 12, 1829; is unm. vi. Foster Ives Parks, b. May 20, 2831 ire- 
sides in Mich. ; has a family. 5. Alma Cornelia Ives, 2d, b. April 
14, 1793; m. April 17, 1821, Benoni C. Wells; d. Sept. 3, 1856. 
Wells, b. Jan. 8, 1789 (son of Ashbel Wells, of W. Hartford, Conn, 
and Brilty Chancer, an English lady), a farmer in Stockbridge, 
. Mass., where he d. Sept. 10. 1845, and she d. Sept. 8, 1856, ae. 63. 
Ch: i. Thomas Wells, b. Feb. 12, 1822; m. Oct. 20, 1847, Ger- 
trude Perrine (dau. of Humphrey Mount Perrine, b. May 20, 1785, 
and Fanny Dodd, b. April, 1791, whom he m. Feb. 15, 1813). 
They reside in Stockbridge, he is a farmer; four children. 6. 
Nancy Ives, b. June 13, 1795; m. Solomon Pitkin; m. Oct. 8, 
1820, Pitkin, b. Sept. 15, 1797 (son of Timothy Pitkin, of 

East Hartford, Conn., and Jerusha ), a merchant at Ellington, 

Ct,-, and afterward at Amherst, Mass., where he was also pres. of 
a bank. He d. at Memphis, Tenn., of consumption about 1851. 
She d. at Gr. Barrington, Aug. 4, 1872. ae. 77. Ch: i. Rev. 
Solomon D wight Pitkin, b. June 20, 1822; grad. at Amherst in 
1843, and at New Haven Theol. Sem. in 1846: a Presb. clergy- 


man at Benton, Wis. (1847-50), and Battle Cretk, Mich., 1850-8. 
He d. Sept. 30, 1858. He was a man of industry and polish, and 
of graceful, effective elocution He hi. (whom not ascertamed) 
and had two ch. that d young. ii. Charles Frednc Pitkin, b. 
Aug. 22. 1824; was drowned at Gr. Barrington, Mass.. July 10, 
1846, ae. 22; a very interesting man and remarkable for his tal- 
ents and piety, iii. George Edward Pitkin, b. July 2, 1826; 
resides in Kansas City, Mo., and is, engaged in the auditor's 
department of the Missouri River, Fort Scott K-. Gulf railroad. 
He is married and has a family of children, iv. James Francis 
Pitkin, b. jNIarch 11, 1832; d. April 11, 1836. v. Louisa R. Pitkm, 
b. D.,'c. 20, 1835; resides, unm., in Chicago. vi. Thomas Ives 
Pitkin, b. July 18, 1837; d. May 26, 1838. vii. William Pitkin, 
b. Oct. 8, 1840; d. in Chicago about i860. 7. Elizabeth Ives, b. 
June 7, 1797; m. John Chalfield, June, 1817. Chatfield, b. May 
30, 1793 (son of Isaac Chatfield, of Oxford, Conn., and Sarah Whitt- 
more), a carpenter and builder at Gr. Barrington, who removed 
m 1856 to Owego, N. Y., where he lived on a farm, and where 
he d. Aug. 9, 1865, ae. 72. i. Hon. Thomas Ives Chatfield, b. 
Sept. 16, 181S; m Gr. Barrington, removed May, 1839, to Owego, 
N. Y., where he was at first a baker (1S39-45), but has been since 
1845 engaged in the grocery business, and now in a large whole- 
sale way. He was in 1S52 a (republican) member of the State 
legislature, and later (since 1871) a member of the State Senate. 
He has been also at different times Pres. of the village of 
Owego, civil justice and town supervisor, and was a delegate to 
the National republican convention at Chicago, which nominated 
Grant for the presidency (in 186S). He m. Nov. 9, 1841, Mary 
Purdy Bundv, b. in Owego. March 24, 1822 (dau. of David Bundv 
and Sarah Whipple). She d. Sept. i8, 1857. He m. for 2d wife', 
June 22, 1853. Lucy Goodrich, b. July 15, 1S30, in Tioga, N. Y. 
(dau. of Erastus Goodrich, of Owego — b. in Glastonbury, Conn., 
June 10, 17S7 — and Hope Talcott, b. there May. 17S5, who were 
m. in Owego, Feb. 27, 1S12). His ch : i. John James Chat- 
field, b. April, 7, 1S45; d. of croup, Jan. 25, 1852. By second 
wife; 2. A son unnamed, b. Jan. i and d Jan. 2, 1S69. 3. 
Tliomas Ives Chatfield, b. Oct. 4, 1S71. 2. Charles James Chat- 
field, b. Aug. 23, 1820; m. Aug. 15, 1S43, Sarah Delia Foster, b. 
Feb. 2, 1820 (dau. of Robert Wallis Foster and Tammason Smith). 
He was a merchant at Painted Post, N. Y., where he d. March 23, 
1S64, ae. 43, and where his widow resided. He had four children: 
I. Charles James Chatfield, b. Aug. 4, 1S44; m. Dec. 27, 1S69, 
Mary Ada Blake, and lives in Rye, N. Y. He had tvro children; 
viz. : Mary Ada, b. Sept. 7, who d. Sept. 23, 1S71, and a son un- 
named, b. June 21, 1873. 2. Frank Albert Chatfield, b. Aug. 24, 
1S4S. 3. Ida Elizabeth Chatfield, b. Oct. S, t8w. 4. Lillian 
Foster Chatfield, b. Jan. iS, 1S59. 3. John R. Chatfield, b. at 
Gr. Barrington, Jan. 2*8, 1S23; m. there Oct. 8, 1S45, Abby Eunice 
Smith, of Gr. Barrington, b. Feb. ir, 1827, in Bridgewater, Conn, 
(dau. of Orange Smith, now of Owego, and Martha Morris'l. He 
is a hardware and stove merchant at Owego — (Storrs & Chatfield). 
He has had five children, i. George Smith Chatfield, b. at Great 
Barrington, Aug. i, 1847; m. Sept. 14, 1869, Ella Gertrude 
Fritcher, b. in Athens, Pa., Sept. 14, 1848 (dau. of George 
Fritcher, of Owego, and Lucy Loomis). He is a clerk in his 
father's store. One child: i. Clara Chatfield, b. Jan. 16 and d. 
Jan. 18, 1873. 2. Frank Edward Chatfield, b. at Owego, Jan. i, 
1859; d. March 24, 1S60. 3. Harry Ives Chatfield, b. there July 
I, 1862. 4. George Albert Chatfield, b. Oct. 19, 1S27; d. July 9, 
1S29. 5. Mary Elizabeth Chatfield, b. Oct. 29, 1829; m. Jan. 2, 
1S54, Thomas Pest, b. in Spencer, N. Y., March 10, 1829 (son of 
Thomas Pest and Amanda Dakin), a clerk in Owego. Two chil- 
dren: I. Fred Chatfield Pest, b. Dec. 28, 1858. 2. Willis Ives 
Pest, b. May 27, 1S66. 8. Dwight Foster Ives, b. June 6, 1799; 
'' " D, 1S20. g. Amanda Ives, b. July 24, 1800; 

was drowned Sept. 30, 


m. Ralph Taylor. lo. Thomas Earle Ives, b. Sept. 30, 1802; 
d. Nov. 30, 1S43, ae. 41. 11. David Ives, b. Sept. 21. 1S05; d. 
Jan. I. 1S50. 12. Charles J. Ives, b. Feb. 8, 1S07; 0. Feb. 
23, 1816. 

206. JOHN FOSTER (John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Feb. 11, 1716; m. there June 25, 1740, Deborah Barker, of Andover. b. 1716. 
He was a blacksmith and was killed by lightningf. He d. in 1773. Res.. Andover, 

549. i. JEMIMA, b Nov. 22, 1741; m. bef. 1773. William Foster, of Box- 

ford. She d bef. 1773; only one mo. after her marriage, s. p. 

550. ii. WILLIAM, b. Oct. 3, 1743; m. Mehitable Fuller. 

551. iii. EPHRAIM, b, Nov. 13, 1745; m. June 28, 1770, Sarah Town, dau. 

of Joseph and Sarah; d. s. p. Sept. i, 1S07. 

552. iv. DORCAS, b. Aug. 26, 1747; m. (pub) Feb., 177=, Mark Avery. 

Ch. one: John. 

553. v. JOHN. b. Jan. 8, 1750; d. Sept. 11, I755 

554. vi. DEBORAH, b. Feb. 2. 1752; m. Mar. 10, 1772, Paul Avery. One 

ch . d. young and 2 Deborah. 

555. vii. JUDITH, b. July 29. 1755; unm. ; d. Aug. S, 182S. 

556. viii. JOHN, b. Oct, 24. 1760; m. Dorcas Town. 

208. STEPHEN FOSTER (John, Ephraim. Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Aug. 14, 1720; m. (pub.) May 12, 1744, Abigail Smith of Danvers. Hi.s will 
was proved Oct. 2, 17S7, and heirs Sept. 9, 1807. He d. 17S7. Res. Andover, Mass. 

557. i. DAVID, b. Mar. 5, 1745; m. Ruth Peabody. 

558. ii. REBECCA, b. Mar. 11, 1746; m. May 3, 1768, William Reynolds. 

A son Stephen was bapt. 1771. Res. New Salem, N. H. 

559. iii. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 23, 1749; m. June 23, 1774, Phinehas Barker. 

Res. A. 

560. iv. STEPHEN, b. July 3, 1751; m. Rebecca Wood. 

561. V. EUNICE, b. Apr. 15. 17=53; m. (pub.) May 2, 1778, Jeremiah Pearley 

of Boxford; she m. 2d, before Sept. 9, 1807, Rev. Dr. Daniel 
Gould. She joined the Boxford ch. Sept. 21, 1777. Rev. Daniel 
Gould was b. in Topsfield, Mass.. Dec. S, 1753- He was the son of 
Daniel and Lucy (Tarbox) Gould, and the fifth in descent from 
Zaccheus Gould, who was born m England about 1589. came to 
this country in 163S, and settled in Topsfield. He graduated at 
Harvard College," and before entering College and while a 
student at Durnmer Academy he served a term in the continental 
aimv. Returning he studied Theology with Rev. Mr. Moody 
of B'vfield. He was admitted to the church in Topsfield Dec. 7, 
1783.' He came to Bethel and preached as a candidate in 179S-9, 
and was installed as the first settled minister in Bethel in (Jet., 
1799. He remained here until 18x5, when having received a call, 
he became the pastor of the church in Rumford and moved there. 
He was installed as such May 31, 1S15. He brought the first 
chaise into Bethel and was himself a conspicuous figure in his 
cocked hat, black silk gown and breeches which was the min- 
isterial dress of that day. He was very social in his habits and 
popular with all classes.' His fund of anecdotes was inexhaustible. 
He wrote his sermons and when reading them held the manu- 
script near his eyes. In his will he left a small sum to Bethel 
Academy on the condition that the institution should take his 
name, which was agreed to by the trustees. An oil portrait, said 
to be a correct likeness has also been presented to the Academy 
by Miss Marv Hurd of Topsfield, a niece of Mr. Gould. Mr. Gould 
married for his first wife, Dec. 24, 1782, Mary, eldest daughter of 
Geo. Booth of Hillsboro, N. H. Shed. Oct. i, 17S5. They had 
one daughter, Molly, b. Sept. 28. 1785, and died the Dec. follow- 
ing. Dec. 25, 178S, he married Mrs. Eunice Perley, daughter of 
Stephen Foster of Andover, Mass., and relict of Jeremiah Perley 
of Topsfield. She came with him to Me. and died in this town. 

562 vi. SIMEON, b. Aug. 14, 175S; m. Harriman. 

563. vii. ELIZABETH, b, Aug. 9. 17^7; d. unm, Andover, June 27. 1843. 


564. viii. JOHN, b. Dec. 10, 1759; m. Sarah Ingalls. 

565. ix. NATHAN, b. Nov. 23. 1761; m. Susanna Barker. 

566. X. DANIEL, b. Apr. 26, 1765; m. Hannah Swan 

222. ASA FOSTER (Moses. Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Apr, 15, 1721; m. (pub ) Dec. i, 1744. Mary Barr. He may have married a 
second time which I think quits likely. The records of Pembroke, to which he 
moved with his familv, state his wife's name was Lydia.. Res. Pembroke, N. H. 

567. i. BETTY, b. 1750, Sept. 29; d. Sept 16, 1766. 
56S. ii. ASA, b. 1752, June 15. 

569. iii. SARAH, b. it^^, Jan. 26. 

570. iv. SUSANNAH, b. 17S7. Feb. 2. 

571. V. ACHSAH, b. 1758, Oct. 21. 

572. vi. FREDERICK, b. 1760, Aug. 2r. ra. Mary Eastman. 

573. vii. HANNAHvb. 1762, July 11; m. Dec. 13, 1782, John Hall of Warner. 

574. viii. MOSES, b. 1764, Oct. 2; d. Jan. 2<^ 1765. 

575. ix. LYDIA, b. 1766. Oct. 3. 

576. X. HITTY, b. 1770, Jan. 11. 

224. DANIEL FOSTER (Moses, Ephraim, Abraham. Reginald), b. Jan. 7, 
1726, in Andover, Mass. ; m. there Feb. 14, 1754, Ann Ingalls. At the time of this 
marriage he was from Suncook, N. H. He went to Hiram, Me., in 1774, with his 
brother-in-law Ingalls and was the second settler in that town. He located on the 
Saco river, not far from the bend on Foster's Hill. He died in 1780 without leaving 
issue. It was the first death after the settlement of the town. His grave is in the 
Pines by the roadside and a monument has been erected there. His wife was the 
daughter of Moses and Maria of Andover, Mass. He died in 1780. Res. Suncook, 
N. H. and Hiram, Me. 

225. MOSES FOSTER (Moses, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Mar. 26, 1728; m. Rachel Wnittemore; b. Aug. 1734; d. Feb. 16, 1817. He 
d. Jan. 21, 1S23. Res. Pembroke, N. H. 

577. i. RUTH, b. 1757; m. Amos Gile; Res. Pembroke. He was b. June 

10, I74g; d. Sept. 25, 1833. She d. Nov. 26, 1836. Ch: i. 
Timothy, b. Sept. 27, 1788; m. Lydia Carling. 2. Rhoda, b. 1790; 
d. Apr. 13, 1S71. 3. Moses F. b. 1792; n. f. k. 4. Ruth, b. June 
iS, 1793; m. Ephraim Osgood of Chester. She d. Apr. 5, 1S65. 
5. Daniel, b. Mar. 7, 1796; m. Mary J. Sherwell. Res. Sandown. 
b. Mary, b, Nov, 26, 1799; d. Apr. 6, 1815. 

226. CAPT. EPHRAIM FOSTER (Moses, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 

Andover, Mass., Aug. 30, 1731; m. .Captain Ephraim Foster, came from 

Connecticut, so his descendants say, at the close of the Revolutionary war, and, it 
is said obtained a grant from the Continental Congress of a tract of land in the 
central part of Vermont, which is now the town of Peacham. He d. in Peacham, 
Vt., 1803. Res. at the Bow, N. H. 

578. i. ENOCH, b. Apr. 27, 1770; m. Polly Guy and Mrs. Susannah (Mud- 

gett) Gould. 

579. ii. EPHRAIM, b. 1767; m. Jerusha Miner and Sarah Herrick. 

580. iii. b. ; m. Clark. 

58r. iv. , b. ; m. Moody Morse. 

582. v. DANIEL, b. . 

583. vi. MOSES, b. . 

232. CALEB FOSTER (Moses, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, 

Mass., in 1747; m. Hannah ; b. 1737; d. Apr. 28, iSii. He d. May 3, 1821. 

Res. Pembroke, N. H. 

584. i. CALEB, b. Feb 3, 1777; m. Mar. 6, 179S, Betsey Foster. They res. 

in Pembroke, N. H. 

585. ii. HANNAH, b. Aug. 16, 1768. 

586. iii. ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 10, 1770. 

237. ELIJAH FOSTER (Aaron, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Bolton. 
Mass., Nov. II, 1727; m, Dec. 4, 1749, Elizabeth Knight. He was in the Revolution- 
ary war. He d. — . Res. Bolton, Mass. 

587. iii. ABNER, b. Sept. 10, 1770; m. Judith Wetherby. 


5S8. i. ISRAEL, b. Dec. 26, 17^2; ra. Susanna . 

589. ii. ELIJAH, b. June 23, 1758. 

5qo. iv. A.-VRON, b, July 19, 1773, 

5gi. V. JEDEDIAH. b. Apr. 30, 1772; m, Linda Demary. 

249. ABRAHAiM FOSTER (Abraham, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Topsfield. Mass., May 4, 1719; m. May 10, 1744. PrisciUa Todd ot Rowley. He d. 
Oct. 27, 1796. Re.s. Topsfield and Rowley, Mass. 

592. i. MEHITABLE, b. Apr. 2, 1745; m. Samuel Burbank of Rowley who 

d. Feb. 4, 1771. 

593. ii. MARTHA, b. Sept. 15, 1746. 

594. iii. AMOS, b. Aug. 28, 174S; d. Dec. 21, 1821. 

595. IV. MOLLY, b. Aug. 31, 1751; m. Dec. 15, 1774 Joseph Plunimer of 

Newbury. She was "a beautiful and very agreeable woman." 
Cb: Hannah, b. Mar. 20, 1777. 

596. V. ABRAHAM, b. Feb. 24, T755 ; m. Mav, 17S3, Abigail Ames of Brad- 

lord. Res. Bradford, Mass. 

597. vi. PRISCILLA, b. Aug. 4, 1753; m. June 11, 1777, William Dickin- 

son of Rowley. 

59S. vii. RACHEL, b. Sept. 23, 1756; m. Nov. 23, 1777. Jonathan Hobbs. 

■;99. viii. CHILD, b. Oct. 4, 17^8; d. Oct. 21, 1758. 

boo. ix. ABNER, b. Oct. S, 1760. 

601. -K, ABIJAH. b. Sept. 12, 1762; m. Artemiria Blake. 

602. xi, ASA. b. Aug. 20, 1766. 

603. xii. CHILD, b. Nov. 20, 1764; d. Nov. 20, 1764. 

251. CAPT. THOMAS FOSTER (Abraham, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. Aug. II, 1724. Topsfield, Mass; ni. Apr. 5, 1748, Mehitable Peabody. daughter 
of Matthew and Mchitable Peabody, b. Dec. 24, 1728, to whom he was published Nov. 
21,1747. She wa'i admitted to the church April 29, 1750. He was captain m the 
militia. Res. Ipsivich. Administration was granted on his estate, Dec. S, 1789. 

604. i. ELIJAH, b. Feb. ig, 1749. 

605. vii. THOMAS, b. March 27, 1766; m. April 14, 17S7, Lydia Batchelder. 

606. ii ALLEN, b. April 24, 1751; m. Lucv Putter. 

607. iii. ABIGAIL, b. April ig, 1753; published 13 March, 1773, to Moses or 

Thomas Palmer. 

608. iv. EBENEZER. b. March 24, 1755. 
6og. V. MEHITABLE, b. March 24. 1760. 

610. vi. DANIEL, b. March 12, 1762; m. Dorothy Pingree. 

257. NATHAN FOSTER (Nathan, Abraham. Abraham, Reginald), b. Stafford, 
Conn., May 27, 172S; m. Nov. ig, 1-750, Elizabeth Lansford. He moved to Warren, 
Mass. from Si;^ffoid, Conn., in 1761. Aug. 19, 1791, Nathan Foster of Western, 
now Warren, Worcester, Co., sold land to George Gleason of Rowe. witnessed by 
Lydia and Joel Foster. The town of Western was incorporated June 16, 1741 and 
name changed to Warren. Mar. 13, 1834. 

"Dec. 13, 1763. Nathan of Western. Mass., deeds to his brothers Daniel, Asa 
and Standi' h Foster, land, formerly of father Nathan's in Stafford. Between Apr. 
1761 and above dale he removed to Western. 

I find no I'efinite date of his death, but on the Worcester Co. records of Probate 
is found his inventory, presented Nov. 6, i8og, §1176.76. 

Oct. 18, 181 1, his widow Betsey's dower was set off, and Asa Patrick named 
as guardian of minor children. He d. Oct.. i8og. Res. Warren, Mass. 

611. i. ASA, b. May 17, 1764; m. Elizabeth Thomas. 

612. ii. JOEL, b. Apr. 8, 1755; m. Priscilla Foster and Mrs. Mary Winship. 

613. iii. JOHN b. Apr. 19, 1763; m. Hannah Von Webster. 

614. iv. NATHAN, b., July 5, {753; m. .Abigail Serfey. 

615. V. JUDE. b. Wairen, Mass.; m. Sarah Goodnough of Princeton and 

Lvdia M. . 

616. vi. TIRZA. b. ; m. Rogers. 

617. vii. ELIZ.\BETH, b. ; m. Woodther. 

618. viii. LYDIA. b. ; m. Bellows; res. Western, Mass; m. 2d. 

Fairbanks; res. Warren, Mass., on old homestead. 

619. ix. AZUBAH, b. Apr. 4, 1751. 


264. CAPT. DANIEL FOSTER (Nathan, Abraham. Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Stafford, Conn.. July 22. 1744; m. Coventry, Conn., Apr. i, 1765, Kezia Sawyer. She 
d. and he m. 2d. Feb. 12. 1S03, Welthea Almira Ladd, h. Feb. ig, 1763; d. Feb. 11, 
1S51. She was connected by lineatre with some of the principal colonial families in 
eastern Connecticut and was a woman of threat energy and shrewdness of more than 
common intellectual ability and highly gifted in conversational powers. He was an 
Officer in the Revolution and was descended on his mother's side from Capt. Myles 
Standish. He served with distinction at the battles of White Plains, Stillwater and 
Saratoga. He removed after his father's death, about 1753, to Windham, Conn., 
where a married sister lived. He afterward resided in Franklin, Conn. He was 
a blacksmith, and a captain in the Revolution, being: in the army at the taking of 
Burgoyne, in 1777. He d. . Res. Canterbury, and Franklin, Conn. 

620. i. LAFAYETTE SABINE, b. Nov. 22, 1806; m. Joanna Boylslon and 

Martha Prince Lvman. 

621. ii. FIDELIA WELTHEA, b. Aug. 23, 1S04; m. Augustus Hyde of 

Norvvich, Conn. Eugene, b. ; m. . He d. . Res. 

Barnegat, N. J. Fred'k. b. . Lieut, in navy; died. Juliet, 

b. ; m. Rev. Wm. L. Gavlord of Chicopee, Mass. Both dead; 

had 3 ch. 

622. iii. FANNY, b. Oct. 26, 1765. 

623. IV. FAITH, b. Nov. 17, 1773; m. Nathaniel Patten. Res. Troy, N. Y. 

624. V. NANCY, b. Oct. 30, 1776. 

625. vi. FLINT ROYAL, b. Feb. 4, 1772; m. Sallv Hawlett. 

626. vii. GEORGE FESTUS, b. Nov. 7, 1767; d. Mar. 2. 1772. 

627. viii. FORMELLA, b. Dec. 23, 1769; d. Mar. 18, 1772. "J 

265. ASA FOSTER (Nathan, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. Stafford, 
Conn.. July 15, 1746; m. Sept. 29, 1768, Huldah, Wheeler, who d. Aug. 5, 1774; m. 
2d, May 30, 1776, Eliza Thompson. Res. Norwich, N. Y. ^T^^— ^ -! 

266. STANDISH FOSTER (Nathan, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. Feb. 
24, 1749, Conn; m. at Canterbury, Conn., Mar. 23, 1774, Sarah Spaulding; d, Aug. 
23, 1S25. He removed from Canterbury, Conn., to Rowe. His will was made August 
21, i82t, and proved Nov. i, 1S31, his son Festus Foster of Brimfield being executor. 

Standish Foster Rowe, Festus Foster, son, e.Kecutor of will, lived a"t that time 
in Brimfield, Mass. He gives legacies to his grandchildren, Mary W. Foster, Fisher 
Ames Foster, John Wells Foster, children of said Festus Foster; Sally Foster, a 
"daughter" and John Spaulding Foster grandson, son of Sally. [Greenfield Probate.] 
He d. Oct. I, 1831. Res. Canterbury, Conn., and Rowe, Mass. 

623. i. FESTUS, b. Canterbury, Conn., Sept. 30, 1776; m. Patience Wells 

and Mrs. Elizabeth . 

629. ii. SALLY, b. Canterbury, Conn. ; m. Foster and had a son John 

Spaulding Foster. [See probate records at Greenfield, filass.] 

267. REV. ISAAC FOSTER A. M. (Daniel, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. Rowley, Mass., Feb. 19, 1725; m. 1747, Elizabeth Emerson of TopsficM. He 
received the degree of A. M. from Yale college in 1770. He preached iu West 
Stafford, Conn., and while pastor, there was a division among the church members, 
he expounded a too liberal doctrine to please a few of the more conservative. He 
.was far in advance of his time, especially in Calvinistic churches. The preaching 
of those days was that almost "every one ought to go to hell and thank God they 
were no worse used." He was a very learned man and his character was above 
reproach. His sermons in those days were about 50 j'eai's ahead of his colleagues. 
From a historic address delivered at Stafford, Conn., by Rev. C. C. Painter, July 
9, 1876 it is gleaned that the church was organized in 1764 and its first pastor was 
Rev. Isaac Foster. It says a sketch of a remarkable family of which the present 
generation seems to be wholly ignorant — reference is to the Foster family. History 
says that Rev. Isaac departed from the doctrines he professed and became a L'ni- 
versalist. The seeds ot LTniversalism sown by Mr. Foster produced abundant har- 
vest. Charges were brought against him and he was deposed in 1779. He was 
pastor from 1764 to 1779. He was 40 when ordained. His two sons, Emerson and 
Daniel were graduated at Dartmouth. Emerson settled in Killingly and latter in 
New London, Conn., and later in Brooklyn, where he died. Daniel settled in New 
Braintree, Mass., and died there. Another son was Dan, a clergyman, but not a 
college graduate, settled in Windsor in 1771, removed to Yt., and died iu Charles- 
town, N. H. in 1809. 


Rev. Mr. Isaac Foster bought land in Stafford, Nov. 7, 1768, of Rev. Stephen 
Williams. That is the only mention I have found of that branch of the Foster family 
in Stafford records. He was born in Rowley. He was executor of his father's will 
and was given nearly all the parents' estate except a small bequest to the widow. 
No other child was given anything Isaac's son Dan was also given property by 

his grandfather Daniel at his death in 1752. He d. . Res. Harvard, Mass. and 

Stafford, Conn. 

630. i. DAN, b. 1748; m. Rebecca Bogge. 

631. ii. EMERSON, b. -; m. . 

632. iii. HANNAH, b. . 

633. iv. DANIEL, b. 1751; m. Elizabeth Reed. 

634. V. ELIZABETH, o. ; m. Hezekiah Cady. Res. West Stafford, 

Conn.; ch: i. Henry. 2. Isaac. 3. Jonas. 

635. vi. ISAAC, b. ; m. Rebecca Newcomb. 

636. vii. NATHANIEL, b. . He was captured in the Revolutionary war. 

637. vui. PRISCILLA, b. ; m. Rev. Joel Foster. 

638. ix. Martha, b. 

639. X. JOHN, b. Dec. 4, 1760; m. Eunice . 

269. DANIEL FOSTER (Daniel, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. Rowley, 
Mass., Aug. 28, 1729; m. abt. 1750, . Res. Rowley, Mass. 

640. i. ABRAHAM, b. ; d. young. 

641. ii. ISAAC, b. . 

642. iii. DANIEL, b. . 

272. JAMES FOSTER (Amos, Benjamin, Abraham, Reginald), b. Tewks- 
bury. Mass Aug. 15, 1736: m. Dolly ; m. 2d, Betty ; m. 3d, Lydia . 

James, Tewksbury. letter date April 28,1808, ex. April 27, i8og, wife Lydia, ch., 
Joseph. He d. iSlq. Res TewksDury, JIass. 

643. i. JAMES, b. Mar. 11, 1756. 

644. ii. JOSEPH, b. Mar. 5, 1760; m. Sarah Frost. 
64s. iii. BENJAMIN, b. June 5, 1763; d. Feb. 22, 1822. 

646. IV. BETTY, b. Mar. 5. 1766. 

647. V. KEZIAH, b. Feb. 6, 1777; m. June 6, 1799, Samuel Slone. 

648. VI. DOLLY, b. July 13. 1779. 

649. vii. ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 18, 1781. 

650. viii. JUDITH, b. Jan. 2, 1784. 

651. ix. "POLLY, b. Oct. 12, 1787. 

273. JONATHAN FOSTER (Amos, Benjamin, Abraham, Reginald), b. 

Tewksbury, Mass. Aug. 23, 1732; m. there Lydia ; she d. May 7, 1770; m. 2d, 

Oct. 18, 1770, Sarah Allen; she d. Sept. 16, 1775; m. 3d. in Chelmsford, Feb. 22, 
1777, Mrs. Olive Harwood. Jonathan, Cnelmsford letter date Nov. 13, 1782, ex. 
Jan. 25, 1784 incomplete. He d. in 1781. Res. Tewksbury and Chelmsford, 

652. i. JONATHAN, b. Oct. 30, 175S; m. Rachel . 

653. ii. MOSES, b. Oct iS, 1761; d. Jan. i, 1783. 

654. iii. LYDIA, b. July 10. 1764. 

655. iv. AARON, b. Oct. 31, 1768; d. Nov. 14, 1768. 

656. v. SAMUEL, b. Aug. 16, 1771. Samuel child of Jonathan, 1781, 

Tewksbury, mmor under 14 years. Guardian paper July 31, 1781. 

657. vi, SALLY, b. 

274. CAPT. AMOS FOSTER (Amos, Benjamin, Abraham, Reginald), b. 

Tewksbury, Mass., Nov. 30, 1727; m. Hannah ; m. 2d, Sarah . Amps of 

Tewksbury letter date April 11, 1798, ex. Nov. 3, 1799 wife Sarah. He d. Feb. 19, 
1798. Res. Tewksbury, Mass. 

65S. i. AMOS, b. May 23, 1753; m. Beulah and Elizabeth Kitteridge. 

659. ii. WILLIAil, b. Apr. 10, 1756; m. Olive Howard. 

660. iii. HANNAH, b. Apr. 10, 1764. 
NATHAN, b. May 14, 1762; m. Miriam Hobbs and Sally Hobbs. 
JESSE, b. Feb. 8, 1764. Middlesex probate says: Jesse, 1799, 

Tewksbury, non-compos mentis, guardian papers May 14, 1799; 
inventorv recorded Sept. 21, 1802, incomplete. 

663. vi. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 19. 1766. 

664. vii. SUSANNAH, b. Oct. i, 1771- 


665. viii. ALICE, b. Sept. 29. 1778; m. July 31, 1798. Amos Blanchard. 

666. i.x. ORPHA, b. 1785. Orpha, child of Amos of Tcwksbury, minor over 

14 years; guardian papers date April 11, 1799. 

667. X. STEPHEN, b. abt. 1780. Stephen of Tewksbury non-compos, 

guardian paper date May 14, 1799. 

279. GENERAL GIDEON FOSTER (Gideon. Benjamin, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. Danvers, Mass., Feb. 13, 1748: m. June 18, 1771, Mercv Jacobs, dau. of Danie! 
and Sarah (Dudley) of Boston; b. Nov. 6, 1750; d. Sept 7.'iS35; m. 2d, Nov. 23, 1828, 
Mary Tapley. 

"Gideon Foster was born in the house which formerly stood on the corner of 
Lowell and Foster streets. His father, Gideon Foster, was a native of Boxford; his 
mother Lydia Goldthwait, of this town. (Danvers.) His early opportunities of 
acquiring an education were few, but he diligently improved them. He wrote a 
handsome 'hftnd, and was a correct draughtsman and an accurate and skillful sur- 
veyor. For several short periods he was employed in school keeping, but the more 
pressing necessities of those days and the moderate means of the people afforded 
but little time for literary improvements. He was a man of more than common 
ingenuity as well as intelligence. As a mechanic he had much skill. The machin- 
ery of his mills was of his own planning and construction, and many practical 
mechanics and manufacturers have derived important advantages from his sugges- 
tions. "General Foster was honored and beloved and trusted by his fellow citizens, 
and in turn discharged all the important municipal offices of the town. 

"For four years he was town clerk. He was long an active magistrate of the 
county, and for nine years a member of the state legislature. 

"In the militia of the commonwealth he rendered good service, and he considered 
the volunteer military the safest and best means of our national defense. 

"In 1792, Capt. Foster was promoted to the rank of colonel; in 1796, he was 
chosen-brigadier general; in 1801, he was elected major-general by the legislature 
in the house, receiving every vote, and in the senate there being but one dissenting 

"When our country was threatened with invasion during the last war, he was 
chosen commander of a company of exempts. The worthy veteran never lost his 
military ardor, but to the last the sound of the drum and tiumpet was music to his 
ear. Indeed for almost a whole century there has been no day when the sword of 
the old soldier would not have been drawn and a vigorous blow struck for the 
defense of his country's rights. Nurtured in that school of patriotism which taught 
that opposition to tyrants is obedience to God, and which inculcated love of country 
next to love of heaven, his strong indignation was aroused by any wrong done her 
or danger threatened. 

"Liberty and love of country were his early and abiding passions. His country's 
free institutions, good order, good laws and good rulers were the objects of his 
strongest affections. He not only loved them but he did what he was able, accord- 
ing to his judgment and understanding, to maintain and perpetuate them. No 
distance of place, no severity of the weather, no bodily infirmity, from the adoption 
of the constitution till the day of his death, more than sixty years, detained him 
from depositing his ballot for state officers. 

"General Foster through his long life was a man of great energy, enterprise 
and industry. Two disastrous fires had robbed him of wealth, but on his little 
farm, with a Roman independence and more than Roman virtue, his own hands to 
the last ministered to his necessities. The threatenings of the enemy to destroy the 
military stores of the colony caused the Provincial Congress to order a draft of 
minute men — men ready at a minute's warning to take the field and face the enemy, 
of the companies drafted here, Gideon Foster was chosen commander. He was then 
twenty-six years of age. 

"On the 19 of April, the day ever memorable for the Battle of Lexington, Capt. 
Foster marched with his company sixteen miles in four hours to West Cambridge, 
where they met the retreating Britons. His prowess, coolness and intrepidity on 
that day won for him high honors and imperishable fame. 

"For more than eight months he commanded a company in Col. Mansfield's 
regiment in the army encamped about Boston. 

"He was actively engaged on the 17th of June, the day of the battle of Bunker 
Hill, and ever while in the service, deserved and bore the character of a brave officer 
and a good soldier. 

"General Foster's mind, always vigorous, retained much of its strength till 


within a few days of his decease. His confinement was short, and it was not until 
the fatal hour that immediate danger was apprehended. He died on Saturday, Nov. 
I, iS45- 

On all occasions his townsmen and neighbors manifested deep respect for his 
character and services. When it was learned that he was no more, the bells were 
tolled, business was suspended and a gloom pervaded the community ; there was 
a voluntary and general mourning. The flag of our country was floating at half 
mast ; a mournful token that one loved and honored had passed away. On one flag 
staff, wrapped among the stripes and the stars, was the pennon of the Foster Fire 
Company with the name of General Foster blazoned upon it. So are mingled with 
the fame of our country's revolutionary glory the name and exploits of the old soldier. 

"The last commissioned officer of the Revolution, certainly of the early part of 
the Revolution, is dead. The veteran soldier, the last connecting link is broken, 
the comrade of Warren, Prescott and Stark, the man who held official intercourse 
with Ward, Putnam and Washington, has now gone to join the mighty host of the 
worthy dead. 

The bugles wild ar.d warlike blast 

Shall muster them no more; 
An army now might thunder past 

And they not heed its roar. 
The starry flas 'neath which the}- fought. 

In many a bloody day. 
From their old graves shall rouse them not. 

For they have passed away." 

The funeral procession was after the following order : 

Escort consisting o£ the Salem Artillerv, the Danvers Light Infantry, the Salem Light 
Infantry, and the Lynn Rifle Corps (the latter bearing a banner presented by the hands of Gen- 
eral Foster to the company in 183li. This banner was shrouded in crape. The escort was a de- 
tachment from Gen. Sutton's brigade, and was under the immediate command of Col. Andrews). 
Hearse, flanked by a military guard, family of the deceased in carriages. Brig.-Gen. Sutton and 
staff and military oSicers in uniform, in carriages. Committee of arrangements officiating and 
other Clergy, civil oflicers of the town, Uanvers Mechanic Institute, 

"Gen. Foster" Engine Company. No. 7 in dark dress with badges. ''Volunteer" Engine Com- 
pany, No. S, with badges and in hremen's uniform, citizens of the neighboring towns, citizens of 

The muster rolls of the state give but four companies from Danvers, omitting 
the company of minute men commanded by Foster. Foster is set down as a lieu- 
tenant in Epps' company, but he himself informs us, that he was placed in com- 
mand of a company a short time previous to the battle. Thus Danvers contributed 
five companies, commanded by Jeremiah Page, Samuel Flint, Samuel Eppes. Gideon 
Foster and Israel Hutchison, numbering in all above two hundred men from Danvers, 
besides those from Salem and Beverly. Thus they started for the scene of action. 
When the news of the intrusion of the British reached Danvers, Foster sent one of 
his lieutenants to Col. Pickering and obtained permission to start with his minute 
men, without waiting for the movements of the regiment. They arrived at West 
Cambridge, a distance of sixteen miles in four hours. There they met the retreating 
British, and poured in a most destructive fire. (G) Col. Pickering (H) with his regi- 
ment came on more slowly. Hon. D. P. King has thus described the scene: 

"Our townsmen heard the roar of the artillery and the rattle of musketry and 
they panted to join in the deadly combat. A little west of meeting house is a hill 
around which the road wound in such manner as to conceal the British. I\Iany of 
the men of Danvers went into a walled enclosure and piled bundles of shingles 
which were lying there to strengthen their breastwork; rumor had deceived them as 
to the force of the enemy. It was certainly their expectation here to have intercept- 
ed their retreat. Others selected trees on the side of hills from which they might 
assail the enemy. But they had little space for preparation. They soon saw the 
British in solid columns descending the hill on their right, and at the same moment 
discovered a large flank guard advancing on their left. The men in the enclosure 
made a gallant resistance but were overpowered by numbers. It was here that 
several of those whom we are proud to claim for our townsmen were slain. Some 
sought shelter in a neighboring house, and three or four, after they had surrendered 
themselves prisoners of war, were butchered with savage barbarity. 

"Capt. Foster, with some of his men oq the side of the hill, finding themselves 
nearly surrounded, made an effort to gain the pond. They passed along its margin 
and crossed the road directly in front of the British column. On the north side of 
the road they took position behind a ditch wall. From this casual redoubt they 


fired upon the enemy as long as any of them were within reach of their muskets. 
Some of them fired eleven times, with two bullets at each discharge, and it cannot 
be doubted that these winged messengers of death performed their destined work. 
The bodies of the slain were scattered along the road— the British were followed till 
they reached Charlestown Neck. Mortifying and severe to them were the defeats 
and losses of that day. Theix killed, wounded and missing amounted to about 
300 — according to an account published at the time in the form of a hand bill, 42 
Americans were killed and 22 wounded." Afterward ascgrtamed to be 50 killed. 

"Capt. Gideon Foster's company was stationed at Brighton, then called Little 
Cambridge. He was ordered by Gen. Ward to escort a load of ammunition to Charles- 
ton. Capt. Foster obeyed and met the Americans when on their retreat. Their 
powder was consumed and he supplied them with ammunition loose in casks, for one 
more grapple with death. Capt. Foster in his old age revived the reminiscences 
thus; "We took the ammunition in casks and conveyed it in wagons and delivered 
it freely with our hands and our dippers to their horns, their pockets, their hats and 
■whatever else they had that would hold it. 1 well remember the blackened appear- 
ance of those busy in this work, not unlike those engaged in the delivery of coal on 
a hot summer day. At the same time we were thus occupied, the enemy's shot were 
constantly whistling by, but we had no time to examine their character or dimen- 

"I have often thought what might have been our condition had one of these hot 
shot unceremoniously come in contact with our wagons." 

Capt. Foster's company belonged to Colonel ^lansfield's regiment which was 
stationed on Prospect Hill. Gen. Putnam commanded there. An order was issued 
calling all the captains together. They were told that a captain was wanted to 
engage in a very arduous enterprise, and a volunteer was called for. When Foster 
found no one willing to offer services, he presented himself and was accepted. 
Several soldiers were drawn from each company and properly armed. They re- 
paired to Gen. Putnam's quarters to receive instructions. After reviewing them, 
"Old Put" deprived them of their equipments and furnished them with axes, sent 
them into a swamp where they were engaged in cutting fascines (faggots) and in 
bringing them in on their backs. 

The muster rolls present no proof that Gen. Foster was captain at Lexington. 
They showed but four companies, but he was present and acted in that capacity. 
The explanation of the matter lies in this: March 3, 1775, according to the Esses 
Gazette, it was voted in Danvers, that, agreeable to a vote of the Pro\-incial Con- 
gress, a quarter of the soldiers in the town should be minute men. The minute men 
were given in part to Israel Hutchinson and in part to Gideon Foster. Foster's 
men are included in other companies; why they are not down in a separate list, 
under their commander cannot be told. 

Had Col. Pickering been actuated by the same ardor that distinguished Gideon 
Foster, it is not probable that many would have remained of the British to have 
related the day's disaster. The retreat which was m a measure safely conducted 
would have been effectually intercepted, and death would have exulted over the 
number of bis trophies. 

Many years after his sanguinary day, Gen. Foster recalled the event thus: 
"I was then twenty-six j'ears of age. About ten days before I had been chosen 
to command a conipany of minute men who were at all times to be in readiness at 
a minutes warning. They were so ready — they all assembled on the very spot 
where we are this day assembled — they all went and in about four hours from the 
time of meeting, they traveled on foot (full half the way upon the run) sixteen miles, 
and saluted the enemy. This they did most effectually, as the records of that day 
most clearly prove. I discharged my musket at the enemy a number of times (I 
think eleven) with two balls each time, and with well-directed aim. My comrade 
(Mr. Cleaves of Beverly) who was then standing by my side had his finger and ram- 
rod cut away by a shot from the enemy. Whether my shot took effect, *I cannot 
say, but this I can saj', if they did not it was not for the want of determined purpose 
in him who sent them." 

In the second company of soldiers at Lexington, Gideon Foster is placed a second 
lieutenant in the muster rolls. He was appointed captain of a company of minute 
men but a few days before the battle, and John Endicott was elected lieutenant in 
his place. Before the battle Jeremiah Page's company elected Enoch Putnam, ist 
lieutenant; William Towne, 2d lieutenant, and Joseph Porter, ensign. Flint's co. after 

♦These remarks were made at the laying of the corner stone of the Danver's monument. 


the engagement, received Asa Prince as ensign m place of Israel Putnam. The 
town generously supported Geo. Southwich's family after his death. It is said that 
the Danvers' companies all followed the worthy e.xample of Foster and went to Lex- 
ington without waiting for Pickering's regiment. The company to which Sylvester 
Osborne belonged (he was the youngest member) captured a wagon near Medford, 
■which was carrying supplies to the British. He with others was detached to escort 
the prize to a place of safety, and they heard the report of the lirearms immediately 
after leaving the main body. 

When Foster's men threw themselves bthind the enclosure from which^they 
fired, Hutchinson, whose experience in the French wars gave him knowledge, warned 
them to beware of the flank guard. In their unacquamtance with military aflairs 
they knew nothing of a flank guard, and firing on the main body as it passed, they 
rushed out to harass its rear, when, of course, they found themselves between two 
fires, where several fell. Job Wilson, on examining his pocket after the engage- 
ment, found his coat and a square foot of gingerbread perforated by a bullet.^ He 
d. Nov. I, 1S45. Res. Danvers, Mass. 

668. i. GIDEON, b. Jan. 18, 1774; d. Nov. iS, 1775- 

669. ii. LYDIA, b. Jan. 13, 17S0. 

670. iii. GIDEON, b. Apr. 22, 1782. A painter. 

671. iv. JOHN, b. June 2, 1785. 

672. V. MARCIA or MERCY, b. July 26, 17SS. 

279X. ASAHEL FOSTER (Gideon, Benjamin, Abraham, Reginald), b. Dan- 
vers, Mass., July 16, 1749; m. Joanna Symonds, b. Mar. 21, 1748. The Fosters are 
of English derivation and came to Massachusetts about 1640. They were intermar- 
ried with the Peabodys and Perleys previous to the coming of those families to 
America and while residents in Massachusetts; as well as since their settlement in 
Maine. Asael Foster came from Danvers in the year 1772, and first settled at a 
place in Bridgton, since known as "Hensborough," lot No. 4, range 19. He built 
the first frame house in Bridgton, and his wife was the first married woman that 
settled in that town. Mr. Foster died in Feb., 1S20 "from the kick of a horse," 
aged 71 years, having had issue; eleven children. — [Hist. Harrison, :Me.] He d.. 
Feb., 1820. Res., Bridgton and Harrison, Me. 

673-2. i. JOSEPH, b. Nov. 12, 1771. 

674-2. ii. ASAEL. b. Oct. 4, 1773; m. Lucy Brackett and Lucy Crosby. 

675-2. iii. BENJAMIN, b. Sept. i, 1775; m. Nancy Veasey. 

676-2. iv. FRANCIS, b. July 18, 1784; m. and res. So. Bndgton, Me. 

677-2. V. MOODY, b. Mar. 4, 17S7; m. and res. Vassalboro, Me. 

678-2. vi. LUCY, b. Sept. I, 1775- 

679-2. vii. MARY, b. June 29, 1778. 

680 2. viii. SARAH, b. July 28, 1782. 

681-2. ix. JOANNA, b. June 2, 1780. 

6S2-2. X. REBECCA, b. Jan. 31, 17S9. 

683-2. xi. MEHITABLE, b. July 29, 1791. 

2S0. REV. BENJAMIN FOSTER, D. D., A. M. (Gideon, Benjamin, Abra- 
ham, Reginald), b. Danvers, Mass., June 12, 1750; m. Elizabeth Green Young, 
dau. of Dr. Thomas and Martha (Lynde) Greer, of Leicester, and gr.-dau. of Brig.- 
Gen. Timothy Ruggles; d. ; m. 2d, in New York, . 

Benjamin Foster, D. D., a brother of Gideon, was born at the same place June 
12, 1750. He graduated at Yale college in 1775, and after completing his theological 
studies under the supervision of Dr. Stillman he commenced the work of the minis- 
try, and was ordained in Leicester, Oct. 23, 1776. In January, 17S4, he was settled 
as pastor of the First Baptist society. He remained but two years, however, when 
he removed to Newburyport, and soon after to New York, where, in the year 1798 
he died a victim of the yellow fever, which then prevailed. He was devoted to his 
flock to the last, and fell a martyr to his faithfulness. He was a learned man, and 
a good minister. He published "The Divine Right of Immersion," in answer to a 
Mr. Fish, and defended "Primitive Baptism" in a letter to John Cleveland, and also 
published a treatise on the "Seventy Weeks of Daniel.' -^ . . ^ ^. . 

At length a meeting house was completed at New Mills, in the year 17S3, and 
in January of the year following. Rev. Benjamin Foster was invited to preach for 
the society six months, which invitation he'accepted. In February the pews were 
sold at public vendue by Aaron Cheever. They brought about $2,000. In Decem- 
ber of the same year Mr. Foster was engaged to supply the pulpit until May, 1785. 


He remained but two years, and the society did not have constant preaching for 
nine years. In March, 17S9, the committee was instructed to procure preaching 
once each month. In the following year the society listened to preaching one-third 
of the time, and in the year 1791 the sen.-ices of Rev. Mr. Grossman were secured 
for one-fourth of the time. The next year a preacher was employed one-half of the 
time.— [Hist, of Danvers.] 

Rev. Benjamin Foster, D. D., was settled over this Leicester society in 1772. He 
was born in Danvers in 1750, and was graduated at Vale college in 1771. He 
studied theology with the distinguished Dr. Stillman, of Boston; having become a 
convert, it is said, to the opinions which he afterward maintained. b\' having, while 
in the college, been appointed to defend infant baptism by sprinkling. 

After remaining at Leicester about eight years the' society being unable to 
provide him a suitable maintenance he was dismissed, and preached about two years 
in Danvers. He was a learned scholar and an eminent divine. He was honored with 
the degree of Doctor of Divinity fro.-n Brown university in 1792. While in Leicester 
he published a work on "Polemical Divinity," and subsequently a dissertation upon 
the "Seventy Weeks of Daniel." He was well acquainted with the Greek, Hebrew 
and Chaldaic languages, and had achieved a high reputation for learning and abilit)', 
when cut down in the midst of his usefulness and growing reputation. He married, 
for his first wife, Elizabeth Green, daughter of "Dr. Thomas Green; and for his 
second, a lady of New York. Dr. Foster was succeeded by the Rev. Isaac Beals. 
From thence he removed to Newport, where he was settled over a society, and 
remained until 1788, when he removed to New York, where he became the minister 
of the First Baptist society in that city. Here he remained till his death, in 179S, 
in the forty-ninth year of his age. His death was as heroic as his life had been 
eminent for piety and usefulness. He was residing in the city when the yellow- 
fever broke out in 1798. While others fled in consternation from the power of the 
destroyer he stood at his post undismayed ; he shrank from no call of duty, and fell 
a martyr to devotion in his ministrations to the dying and the dead. He died Aug. 
26, 179S. — History of ^ Leicester. Res.. Danvers and Leicester, Mass., and New 
York City. 

291. DEA. PHILEMON FOSTER (Jonathan, Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), 
b.'Ipswich, Mass., June n, 1737; m. (pub.) Aug. 22, 1767, Ruth Parley, of Rowley, 
dau. of David and Elizabeth (jewett) Perley, b. Sept. 2. 1747. He was in Cap't. 
How's company in the Rev. war April 19, 1775. He d. May 10, iSiS. Res., 
Ipswich, Mass. 

673. i. DUDLEY, b. May 13, 1768. 

674. ii. SARAH, bapt. July 30, 1770. 

f.75. iii. PHILEMON, b. luly 24, 1773; d. before 17S0.' 

676. IV. PHILEMON, b. Feb. s. 1779; m. Nabby Hobbs. 

677. V. RUTH, b. Aug. 30, 1781. 

«78. vi. ELIZABETH, b. Mar. 26, 1785.': 

•296. MOSES FOSTER (Jonathan, Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), 'b. Ipswich, 
ivlass., Dec. 18, 1735; in the Line Brook Parish; m. April 30, 17S9, in Topsfield, 
Marj' Fuller, dau. of Timothy Fuller, of Middleton, Mass., whose second cousin, 
bearing the same name, was the grandfather of Margaret Fuller, Countess d'Ossoli. 
Moses Foster was scarcely of age at the opening of the war of Independence, but 
he entered the army and saw hard service. He was one of the Ipswich men who 
marched for Lexington, April 19, 1775; also in service in Rhode Island during the 
last five months of 1778. He was in the memorable expedition against Quebec in 
1775 (Mass. Revolutionary Rolls, 12: 146, 14: 22. 41: 92. Coat Rolls 90). In 17S7 he 
purchased 76 acres of land on the high ground, south of the Sougehan river, then 
in Amherst, N. H., but now included in the southern part of Millord, N. H., on 
most of which then stood an unbroken forest ( Hillsborough Deeds, 21: 179) His 
first house was built on a site within a half a mile of the present residences of his 
grandsons, John Everett Foster, and Moses Freeman Foster. He d. Sept. 3, 1800, 
in Milford, N. H. His widow m. about iSoi, Philip Butterfield. 

679. i. MOSES, b. Dec. 2=;. 1790; m. Fannv Coggin and Dina 'Wallingford. 

650. ii. ISAAC PLUMMER, b. Nov. 5, 1792; m. Harriet Brooks. 

651. iii. TIMOTHY FULLER, b. Jan. 11, 1796; m. ; d. Jan. 31, 1S35. 

652. iv. JOHN, b. Nov. 13, 1798; m. ; d. Sept., 1833. 

304. NATHAN FOSTER (Caleb, Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), b. Ipswich, 
M iss., ; m. , Miriam . Res. "Pigeon Hill." Ipswich and Rockport, Mass. 


6S3. i. ELINOR, bapt. Mar. 30, 1760, in Rockport, Mass. 

684. ii. JEMIMA, bapt. Mar. 30, 1760. 

6S5. lii. WILLIAM, bapt. Mar. 30, 1760; tn. . 

686. iv. NATHAN, bapt. Mar. 30, 1760. 

687. V. EBENEZER, bapt. Mar. 30, 1760. 

688. vi. JOHN, bapt. Mar. 30, 1760; m. Susannah Robinson. 

689. vii. MIRIANN, bapt. Mar. 30, 1760. 

690. viii. ZABL'D, bapt. Mar. 21, 1762; m. Hannah Stone. 

305 • STEPHEN FOSTER (Stephen. Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), b. July 13, 
1741, Ipswich, Mass.; m. Jan. 4, 1763, Abigail Boardman ; m. 2d (pub.), Nov. 30, 
17S8, Sarah Dorman. He d. July 13, 1791. Res., Topsfield, Mass. 

691. i. NATHANIEL, b. Oct. 31, 1763; m. Sept. 14, 1791, Salome Foster 

(Jonathan, Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), as stated elsewhere. 
Res., Topsfield. 

692. ii. MATILDA (or "Martha" ), b. Aug. 22, 1765; m. April, 17S5, Samuel 

Bradstreet (Samuel, Samuel, John, Simon), to whom she was 
pub. Mar. 12, 17S5. 

693. iii. NABBY, b. : pub. Dec. 9, 1797, to Thomas Cummings. 

694. iv. SARAH, b. ; m. Lot Conant. __'. T" 

316. JACOB FOSTER (Jonathan, Isaac, Reginald, Reginald), b. Ipswich, 

Mass., July 15, 1746; m. , Sarah Wheeler. He was son of Jonathan Foster 

and Elizabeth Story, his wife. He was but eighteen years of age when his father 
moved from. Ipswich, Mass., to Lincoln, Mass. ; and Jacob moved to Lincoln, prob- 
ably, at the same time. He subsequently resided at Lincoln until he moved to 
Hanover, N. H. He was residing at Lincoln when the war of the Revolution 
began.and iu that war he served as a private in Capt. William Smith's company 
(from Lincoln), Col. Abijah Pierce's (Massachusetts) regiment, and took part in the 
fight at Concord Bridge, and in the running fight between Concord and Charles- 
town, April 19, 1775. In this fight his hat was pierced by a British bullet. He 
subsequently served in Capt. Farrar's company (from Lincoln), Col. Brooks' 
(Massachusetts) regiment; and also in Capt. John Hartwell's company (from 
Lincoln), Col. Eleazer Brooks' (Massachusetts) regiment; was at the fortifying of 
Dorchester Heights and bombardment of Boston. He was married at Lincoln, 
Mass., by Eleazer Brooks Esq., to Sarah Wheeler, of Lincoln. He moved from 
Lincoln, Mass., to Hanover, N. H., sometime between Feb. 7, 17SS, and May 2, 
1789; and died at Hanover, N. H.. Nov. 8, 1791 His wife, Sarah Wheeler, died 
at Hanover, N. H., in 1799. Res., Hanover, N. H. 
695X-i- SALLY, b. April 16, 1781. 

695'i.ii. JACOB, b. Aug. 20. 17S2; "was killed with thunder July 11, 1790." 
69534:. iii. JONATHAN, b. Oct. 25, 17S3; m. Betsey Eggleston (who ^d. at 

Mantua, O., Sept. 21, iS6()); d. at Mantua, O., Sept. 2S, 1S66" 
695-1. iv. ANNA, / K T „ .0 
695-2. V. BETSY, S ^- >°' -5' '7S5. 
695-3. vi. WILLIAM, b. Oct. 25, 17S6. 
695-4. vii. PATTEY, b. Aug. 8, 17SS. 

695-5. viii. LUCY. b. June 15, 1790; m. Alpha Wright, of Tallmadge, O., Dec. 
12, iSii;'d. Sept. 30, 1875. After the death of her parents she 
was, at the age of nine years, received into the family of Mr. 
Martin Kent, of Hanover, N. H. (formerly of Sutfield, Conn.), 
and was thereafter treated the same as if she had been his. 
daughter. In the spring of 1807 Mr. JIartin Kent left Hanover 
with his family, including Lucy Foster, and traveled with horses 
and wagons to the Connecticut Western Reserve in Ohio, where, 
in June or July, 1S07, the family settled on six hundred acres of 
land, purchased by Mr. Kent, in what is now Suffield township. 
Portage county, O. Lucy Foster, in iSio, was called upon to 
teach the first school in Tallmadge township (now in Summit 
county, O. ). and Dec. 12. iSir, she was married to Alpha 
Wright, of Tallmadge, by Rev. Joshua Beer, at the residence of 
Mr. Martin Kent, in Suffield, O.* She then moved to Tall- 

*It appears that she was verv thoroughly married, since the zealous divine kept the young 
couple standing before him while he delivered to them a homily more than an hour in length 
on the duties and responsibilities of the married state. 


niadge. O., the home of her husband, who. with his father, Capt. 
John Wright la veteran of the war of the Revolution), had come 
irom Winchester (Winsted), Litchfield county, Conn., to Ohio 
ia 1S02, and with his parents and three brothers had settled in 
Tallmadge, C, in iSoi> In the war of 1S12, Alpha Wright 
served as a sergeant in a company of riflemen, composed of his 
neighbors and friends. Before the war closed he was commis- 
sioned as ensign, but not while in the field. 

It IS well to consider the conditions under which Lucy Foster 
Wright passed these early years of her married life, especially 
since she and her husband were important factors in helping to 
mould this early frontier community; and so closely was her life 
inter-woven with that of the community that the character of that 
community in its early days shows us in strong light the kind of 
woman she vpas. The western line of Tallmadge township is only 
about two and a half miles east from what is known as the "Port- 
age Path," — the old Indian portage trail between the Cuyahoga 
and Tuscarawas rivers. This "Portage Path" formed a neutral 
highway of the Indians in their passage from Lake Erie, via the 
Cuyahoga, Tuscarawas and Muskingum rivers, to the Ohio river 
and the interior of the country. It was an old treaty boundary 
line, which, until after the War of 1S12, was the extreme western 
limit of the white settlements on the Connecticut Western Re- 
serve, e-Kcept a mere line of scattered settlements along Lake 
Erie and a very few "clearings" of isolated settlers here and 
there in the interior. With these few exceptions the territory in 
Ohio west of this old boundary line was then a vast unbroken 
wilderness, inhabited only by Indians. The early settlers of 
Tallmadge township were animated with a very high degree of 
public spirit and patriotism. The township itself was named 
after its principal early proprietor, Col. Benjamin Tallmadge, of 
Litchfield, Conn., a brave and efficient officer of the Continental 
Army and a trusted friend of General Wasnington. The first 
white settler came to the township in 1S07, and in iSioalog 
school house was built and a school established, Lucy Foster 
being the first teacher. A township library was established Sept. 
26, 1813. containing at first about seventy volumes of standard 
works; and soon after this a lyceum or debating society was 
formed. A building for an academic school was begun in 1S14, 
and this school was opened in 1S14 or 1S15. 

The company of riflemen with which Alpha Wright served in 
the war of i8r2 was organized at a very early date, most of the 
men being residents of Tallmadge township. Alpha Wright, 
when twenty-one years of age, held a warrant as corporal in this 
rifle company, dated April 7, iSio. On the surrender of Gen. 
Hull, at Detroit, m August, 1812, the Indians generally being then 
allies of the British, the situation of the white settlers along this 
extreme frontier became most dangerous and critical. Their 
lives night and day were full of anxiety and dread. The men 
of the community, giving highest consideration to their coun- 
try's need and the good of all, continued to maintain the com- 
pany of riflemen; and this company was ordered into the service 
of the United States, August 22, 1S12, and left their homes, tak- 
ing the field for the defense of the northwestern frontier — an act 
of much greater self-denial and devotion to country than if the 
families of these men had been left in the greater security of 
homes remote from the frontier and its dangers. Among the 
women then left in this frontier settlement was Lucy Foster 
Wright, who had married Alpha Wright in the preceding 
December. Attack from the Indians was anticipated and 
dreaded, and the fear of this hung over the little settlement at 
all times. At night it was the custom for the women and chil- 
dren to be gathered together within the defensive walls of some 
log house, guarded by the very few men — principally old men — 
left in the settlement; or when an impending attack seemed 


more imminent, some (and Lucy Foster Wright was among 
these) were hidden over night in hollow trees or in the surround- 
ing forest for greater safety. The log house of Alpha and Lucy 
Foster Wright was one of these temporary "forts," and it was 
under such circumstances as these that she lived during his 
absence with the army, and under these circumstances their first 
child was born, Oct. 2, 1812, during such absence of the father. 
After these eventful years of her early life Lucy Foster Wright 
lived to be the mother of a large family of sons and daughters, 
who have all occupied positions of honor and influence, and have 
continued the good work of their mother, in the communities in 
which they have lived. Strong and vigorous in mind and body 
until the last : through a long life always an earnest and active 
supporter of education, the church and all good works ; honored, 
revered and beloved by all who ever knew her, this one of the 
early pioneers of a great State passed away at the age of eighty- 
five, having exercised no small influence upon the lives of many 
who have helped to make the State and nation what it is. She 
died at Tallraadge, O., Sept. 30, 1S75. Alpha Wright, her hus- 
band, died at Tallmadge, O., March i, 1856. Children, all bom 
at Tallmadge, O. : 

1. Philo, b. Oct. 2, 1812; m. at Hudson, O., June 29, 1837, 
Electa E. Coe, dau. of Rev. Harvey Coe, of Hudson, O., tutor in 
Western Reserve college; res., Hudson, O., and Detroit, Mich.; 
d. Dec. 3, 1844, at Detroit, Mich. Children all born at Hudson, 

O. I. Edward Bingham, b. , 183S: Presbyterian minister; 

res., Austin, Tex.; was educated at Western 'Reserve college; 
served on V. S. Lake Survey under corps of engineers, U. S. 
Army; served as captain of artillery (Michigan volunteers) in 
civil war and was very severely wounded ; received degree of 
D. D. from Western Reserve university; m. Evelyn Hunter Bell, 

of Austin, Tex. Ch: i. Evelyn Bell, b. , 1S79. 2. Charles 

Coe, b. , 1S40; was educated at Western Reserve college; d. 

at New York City, N. Y., , 1S63; unm. 3. Henry Martyn, b. 

-, 1843; importer and jeweler; res., Detroit, Mich; was edu- 
cated at Western Reserve college; served in Ohio volunteers in 
civil war; subsequently on U. S. Lake Survey under corps of 
engineers, V. S. army; m. Flora May Haight. Ch: i. Edith 
Buell, b. . 1877- 

2. William Wheeler, b. May 12, 1814; Congregational minister; 
res., Oberlin, O. ; educated at Western Reserve college and 
Oberiin College; m. at Oberlin, O.. Susan D. Allen, of Mans- 
field. Mass.; d. at Oberiin, O., Dec. i, 18S3. Children, all born 

at Oberlin, O. : i. Ellen Elizabeth, b. , 1S44; d. , 1S59. 

2. Albert Allen, b. , 1S46; was educated at Oberlin college 

and Columbia college school of mines; served as lieutenant in 
Civil war ; professor of geology Oberlin college ; acting president 
of Oberlin college 1897 and 1898; res., Oberlin, O. ; m. ist, Mary 

Lyon Bedortha. of Saratoga, N. Y., who d. , 1877; m. 2d, 

Mary P. B. Hill. Ch. (by first wife); i. Helen Bedortha, b. 

, 1S76; (by second viife); 2. Norman Hill, b. , 1896. 3. 

Herljert Hornell, b. , 1848; professor of mathematics Fisk 

university; res., Nashville, Tenn. ; educated at Oberlin college; 

m. Francis E. Bosworth. Ch: i. Flora Fredrika, b. , 1875. 

2. Ellen Elizabeth, b. , 1879. 4. Mary Martha, b. , 1857; 

educated at Oberlin college; m. Rev. Walter E. C. Wright; d. 
, 1888. 5. Stella Susan, b. , 1859; educated at Ober- 
lin college; teacher, Peoria, 111. 6. Fanny Foster, b. , 1862; 

educated at Oberlin college. Res., Cleveland, O. 

3. Lucy Ann, b. Jan. 9, 1816; res., Tallmadge, O. ; ra. at Tall- 
madge, O., June 12, i8i5. Rev. Luther Shaw, who d. Aug. 20, 
i838, at Tallmadge, O., aged 88 vears. She d. at Tallmadge, O., 
Feb. 2. 1899. 

4. Clement, b. Jan. 2, i8i8; d. Dec. 29, 1821. 

5. Abigail, b. April i, 1S20; res.. Holly, Mich.; m. at Tall- 


madge, O., Rev. Loomis Chandler, who d. . Ch: i. Edward 

Loomis, b. , 1S47; architect; res., Los Angeles, Cal. ; m. 

Rebecca Jergenson; d. , 1S93. 2. Clement Long, b. , 

1549; physician; res., Richmond, Mich.; m. Eugenia Davis; d. 

■ , 1892. 3. Hermann Francke, b. , 1S52; publisher of 

music; res., Chicago, 111.; m. Mrs. Lucy (Wetmore; Hinde. 4. 

Alice Amelia, b. , 1S55; res., HoUv, Mich.; m. Rev. Willis 

G. Clark. Ch : i. Mary. 2. Malcom Willis. 3. . 5. 

Walter Henry, b. , 1S59; salesman; res., Cmcinnati, O. 6. 

Mary Edgerton, b. , 1S63; res., Holly, Mich. 

Clement, b. March 15, 1S22; res., Tallmadge, C, where he has 
been a merchant for the last forty-eight years (1851-1899); town- 
ship treasurer for more than forty years, and U. S. postmaster 
for more than twenty-five years; m. at Wadsworth, O., June 18, 
1845, Lucy Ayer Whitney, dau. of Shubael Whitney and Sarah 
Mitchell, his wife, late of New York City and New Rochelle, 
N. Y. Lucy Ayer Whitney was b. in New London county. 
Conn., Nov. i5, 1S22, and was a lineal descendant of the seventh 
generation from John and Elinor Whitney, who came from 
England and settled at Watertowu, Mass., in June, 1635. [See 
Whitney Genealogy, by Fred C. Pierce.] She d. at Tallmadge, 
0., June 22, 1SS8. Children all born at Tallmadge, O. : i. George 
Mitchell, b. Aug. 8, 1S47; lawyer; res., Tallmadge and Akron, 
O. ; was educated at public schools, Tallmadge academy 
and Western Reserve college, but left college early in the 
course; studied law and was admitted to the bar in Ohio, 
June 16, 1873; practiced law at Akron, 0., for many years; 
devoted much time to study of sciences, and was appointed 
assistant geologist, LT. S. Geological Survey; engaged in geo- 
logical field work for the government for several years 
in Nevada, California, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, 
Wyoming and Montana; stationed during winters at Salt 
Lake City, LTtah ; New York City, N. Y., and Washington, 
D. C. ; in the Spanish - American war was commissioned 
second lieutenant and battalion adjutant Eighth Ohio Vol. 
Inf., and was detailed as acting ordnance officer; was sub- 
sequently appointed aide-de-camp and brigade ordnance officer 
on the staft" of Brig.-Gen. George A. Garretson; served in Maj.- 
Gen. Nelson A. Miles' expedition to Cuba (Santiago campaign), 
and in expedition to Porto Rico, tne first invasion and the fol- 
lowing campaign ; took part in lighting in Porto Rico, and was 
commended m official report; was also officially recommended 
for brevets for services in this campaign; is a member of the 
Philosophical Society of Washington, D. C. ; an associate member 
of the ililitary Service Institution of the Ignited States; a mem- 
ber of the society of the Sons of the American Revolution, of 
the society of the War of 1S12, and of the military order of 
Foreign Wars of the United States; also a member of the Alpha 
Delta Phi college fraternity; ra. at Akron, O., Oct. iS, 1S76, Lucy 
Josephine Hale ib. at Akron, O.. March 14, 1854), dau. of James 
Madison Hale and Sarah Allen, his wife, of Akron, O. Chil- 
dren, all born at Tallmadge, O. : i. Clement Hale, b. July 4, 
18S2. 2. Allen Whitney, b. July 17, 1889. 3. George Maltby, b. 
June 24, 1S92. 2. Charlotte Adella, b. Dec. 3, 1S49; d. Sept. 20, 
1S51, at Tallmadge, O. 3. Clara Whitney, b. March 21, 1853; 
d. Aug. 31, 1S54, at Tallmadge, O. 

7. Amelia, b. ]an. 4, 1825; d. March 3, 1S48, at Tallmadge, 
O. ; unra. 

S. Martha (twini, b. Jan. 21, 1S27; res., Tallmadge, O. ; m. at 
Tallmadge, O., Sept. 2, 1S46, Homer Sackett Carter, for many 
vears a merchant at Tallmadge ; now retired from that business. 
Children, all born at Tallmadge, O. : i. Homer Wright, b. Nov. 


5, 1S47; Congregalional minister; res.. Ripon, Wis.; state secre- 
tary of Home Missionary Society for Wisconsin; was educated 
at Oberlin college and Andover Theological seminary ; received 
degree of D. D. from Oberlin college: m. at Brandon, Wis., 
June 3, iSS;, Jennie McClelland, dau. of James and Barbara 
McClelland, of Brandon, Wis. Ch; i. Homer McClelland, b. 
Feb. 21, 1SS7. 2. Martha May, b. Jan. 17, 18S9. 3. James 
Treat, ;b. |Aug. 4, 1891. 2. Mary Amelia, b. June 3, 1S49; res., 
Tallraadge, O. 3. Ella Electa, b. Oct. 28, 1S52; d. Aug. 17. 1854, 
at Tallmadge, O. 4. Howard Handel, b. June g, 1855; professor 
of piano forte, Oberlin college; res., Oberlin, O. ; educated at 
Oberlin and in Germany; m. at Tours, France, March 29, i8gi, 
Harriet Newell Wright, dau. of Rev. James Lockwood Wright 
and Lucy Ann North, his wife, of Calumet, Mich. 5. Alpha 
Wright, b. May 26, 1858; d. Oct. 27, 18S0; unm. 6. Starr Van 
Yleck, b. June i8, 1865; m. Ella Elizabeth Swift, dau. of Lieut. 
James A. Swift, Ninth cavalry, U. S. army; d. Dec. 30, 1S92. 
Ch. I. Margie Starr, b. Aug. 14, 1892. 7. Charles Edgerton, 
b. Nov. 24, 1S69; medical student; res.. New York City, N. Y. ; 
educated at Oberlin college and Harvard university. 

9. Mary (twin), b. Jan. 21, 1S27; m. at Tallmadge, O., , 

1849, Hon. Sidney Edgerton. lawyer, of Akron, 6., who has 
served as prosecuting attorney of 'Summit countv, O. ; member 
of Congress from Ohio for two terms; Chief Justice of Idaho 
Territory, and the first governor of Montana Territory. His res. 
is Akron, O., where he is now (1S99) practicing law. Mary 
Wright Edgerton d. at Akron, O.. Aug. 3, 1SS4. Ch: i. Martha 
Amelia, b. at Tallmadge, O., May 14, 1850; m. ist, at Akron, 
O., Aug. S, 1S76, Herbert P. Rolfe, lawyer, of Great Falls, 

Mont., who d. ; m. 2d., Norman Plassmann, of Great Falls, 

Mont., who d. about one year thereafter. Children, all by 

the iirst husband: i. Mary Pauline, b. , 1877. 2. Harriet 

Louise, b. , 1879. 3. Helen Marsden, b. , 1S82. 4. Lucia 

lone. b. , 1SS4. 5. Martha Edith (twin), b. , 1SS6. 6. 

Herbert Edgerton (twin), b. , iS36. 7. Hester, b. , 1SS8. 

2. Wright Prescott, b. at Tallmadge, O., Nov. 14, 1S52; cadet 
U. S. military academy. West Point, July i, 1S70; commissioned 
second lieutenant, second artillery, U. S. army, June 17, 1S74; 
first lieutenant, second artillery, U. S. A., March 23, 1S81; 
associate professor of mathematics U. S. military academy, with 
rank of captain, July i, 1S93; served with army in the field dur- 
ing Spanish-America war of iSgS; professor of mathematics 
U. S. military academy, with rank of lieutenant-colonel, Oct. 7, 
1S9S; m. at New York City, N. Y., Fannie Ida Helmuth, dau. of 
Dr. William Tod Helmuth and Fannie Ida Prilchard, his wife, 

of New York City, N. Y. Ch : i. Gladys, b. . 3. An 

infant; d. 4. Sidney Carter, b. June 6, 1856; d. 1S95; unm. 5. 
Mary Paulina, b. July 11, 1S58; librarian. Akron public library ; 

res,, Akron, O. 6. Francis L., b. , 1S60; d. Oct. 2. i86i, 

"ae. 14 months." 7. Lucia Idaho, b. May 23, 1S64; m. George 
E. Buckingham, of Akron, O. ; res., Akron, O. Ch; i. Dorothy 

Edgerton. b. , 1S87. 2. Lucia Aurora, b. , 1891. 3. 

George Edward, b. , 1893. 4. Hesper Miriam, b. , 1895. 

8. Lucy lone, b. Sept. 10, 1867; res., Akron, O. 9. Nina, b. Oct. 

4, 1869; m. at Akron, O., , Lieut. Walter M. Whitman, First 

cavalry U. S. army. Ch: i. Sidney Edgerton, b. Feb. , 1898. 

10. Benjamin Deming, b. June 30, 1829; res. Tallmadge, O. ; 
m. at Tallmadge, O., Nov. 16, 1854, Nancy A. Treat, dau. of 
Calvin Treat and Jane Caruthers, his wife, of Tallmadge, O., b. 
Oct. 18, 1820; d. at Tallraadge, O , Jan. 31, 1S04. Children, bom 
at Tallmadge, O. : r. Charles Handel, b. Aug. 17, 1S55; educated 
at Westerif Reserve college and Amherst college; newspaper 
editor; general agent Mutual Life Insurance company of New- 


ark, N. J.; res., Cleveland, O. ; m. at Birmingham, Conn., 
Margaret Isabel Shelton, of Birmingham, Conn. Ch: i. Mar- 

jorie Shelton, b. , 1886; d. — -, 18S7. 2. Dorthea, b. , 

1 887. 3. Charles Shelton, b. , 1895. 2. Fanny Virginia, b. 

Oct. 26, 1S5S; d. atTallmadge, O., Sept. 10, 1878; unm. 

11. Handel Hayden, b. Feb. 13, 1832: d. July 18, 1854, at 
Akron, O. ; unm. 

12. Charles Storrs, b. Jan. i, 1834; d.,at Tallmadge, C, Oct. 6, 
1S54; killed by the accidental discharge of his gun; unm. 

695-6. ix. JACOB, b. Feb. 29, 1792. 

323. REV. JACOB FOSTER (Jacob, Isaac. Reginald, Reginald), b. Holliston, 
Mass., March 10, 1732; m. Oct. 13, 1756, Hepzibah Prentiss, dau. of Henry Prentiss, 
who was a cousin of Hon. John Prentiss, of Cambridge. She was bapt. Jan. 23, 

1732; d. Nov. , iSii. He was graduated at Harvard college in 1754 in the class 

with Gov. John Hancock. He was ordained pastor of the church in Berwick, Me., 
in 1 756. At his own request he was dismissed from his charge and entered the 
Continental army as chaplain of Col. James Scamnion's regiment in 1777. Subse- 
quently he was installed pastor of a chuich in Packersfield, N. H. mow Nelson), in 
1781, where he ministered for ten years; when he took a dismission and died there 
in 179S. His wife was a relative of Hon. John Prentiss, of Keene, N. H., many 
years editor of the New Hampshire Sentinel. He d. Dec. 3, 179S. Res., Berwick 
Me., and Nelson, N. H. 

696. i. HEPZIBAH, b. July 18, 1757; m. David Rainsford; res., Can- 


697. ii. JACOB, b. :May 25, 1759; d. young. 

698. iii. SOPHIA, b. May 19, 1760; m. Aug. 13, 17S3, Samuel Griffin. Res. 

Nelson, N. H. He was b. 1756; d. Nelson, N. H., Feb. 2, iSii. 
She d. there March 6, 1S46. Ch: r. Samuel; no descendants. 
He was a strong, robust man, both in mind and body, and thor- 
oughly enjoyed life; never had need to call a physician until his 
last illness, 'which was of short duration. Had a full set of 
double teeth all around, and never lost one, or suffered pain from 
them, although attaining the age of S6 years. He was fond of 
military life and made that a study. 2. Sophia; m. Josiah Par- 
ker. 3. Sallv ; m. Simeon Goodnow. Thev d. in Webster, 
N. Y. 4. Hepzibah; m. Nathaniel Abbott; res., Webster, N. Y. 
5. Hannah; m. Simeon Wilson and Rufus Atwood. 6. Betsy; 
m. John Atwood; res., Webster, N. Y. 7. Priscilla; m. Otis 
Grow; no descendants. S. Rebecca; m. Dexter Whitcomb; 
res., Boston. 9. Lois; m. Samuel Osgood, a son of Capt. Geo. 
W. Osgood, of Nelson, N. H. 10. Nathan, b. Nov. 25, 17S5; m.. 
Nelson, N. H., Sept. 11, iSoS, Sally Wright, b. Dec. 24, 17S6; 
d. Jan. 27, iSSi. He d. April 15, 1S72. Was a farmer, a success- 
ful teacher, and for many years was town clerk of Nelson. His 
health failed in early manhood ; was a very promising young 
man. Was a man of sterling worth, and was much sought for 
as counselor and advisor. He loved his books, was a great Bible 
student, and the best commentary I was able to find, and one of 
the best teachers of those days.' For 19 consecutive years he 
taught the school of his own town, and five of his seven children 
were his pupils. But he was not a strong man physically, and 
early broke down in health, so that his later years were' spent 
quietly in his home, respected and beloved by all who knew him. 
Res., Nelson, N. H. Ch: i. Samuel, b. Fe'b. 23, 1812; m. Nov. 
30, 1S36; d. Oct. 24, 18S2; m. Pauline McCormick, of Ohio; a son 
is Alvaro N. Griffin; res., Kilburn, Wis. 2. Silence, b. Feb. 15, 
1814; m. Dec. 7, 1837; d. March 14, 1866; m. Samuel L. Taggard; 
a son is Frank E. ; res., 333 Union St., Lynn. 3. Mary, b. Feb. 
16, 1816; m. June 6, 1S50, Luther Smith; a son is Ev'ander E. ; 
res., Marlboro, N. H. 4. Oilman, b. Dec. 30. iSiS; m. March 3, 
1S43; d. Oct. 6, 1S62; m. Harriet Atwood; a dau. is Mrs. Geo. F. 
Winch; res., Marlboro, N. H. 5. Sophia, b. Aug. 15, 1821; m. 
Sept. iS, 1S49: res.,N. ; m. Alfred Spaulding; res., Saxton's 
River, Vt. 6. Simon Goodell, b. Aug. 9, 1S24; m., ist, Sept. 10, 


1S50; 2d, Jan. I, 1S63, m. Sept. lo, 1S50, Ursula Jane Harris; 
m. 2d, Jan. i, 1S63, Margaret Russell Lamson, b. Feb. 5, 1S31; 
res., Keene. N. H. Gen. Simon G. Griffin was b. Aug. 9, 1824, 
in Nelson, N. H. For 
man}- years he was 
engaged in education- 
al work ; and for two 
years represented his 
town in the N. H. 
state'legislature. In 
i860 he was practic- 
ing law in Concord, 
N. H., and at the first 
call of President Lin- 
coln for troops he vol- 
unteered as a private 
and was chosen cap- 
tain of Company B, 
Second N. H. volun- 
teer infantry. He 
commanded his com- 
pany at the first bat- 
tle of Bull Run; was 
promoted to lieuten- 
ant - colonel of the 
Sixth, X. H. Vols., 
and joined Burnside's 
expedition to North 
Carolina. He was rap- 
idly promoted to col- 
onel, brigadier-gener- 
al and brevet major- 
general ; seeing con- mes. sar.ih a. shekwin. 
stant service at the 

front and bemg present in twenty-two great battles, besides 
numberless smaller fights. He commanded the second division 
Ninth army corps in the final assault on the lines in front of 
Petersburg, April 2. iS6j, in which the heaviest fighting of the 
whole line fell to his lot ; his division alone losing 725 men in killed 
and wounded — his charge being made by direction of General 
Grant, on the enemy's main line at the Jerusalem plank road, 
near the city. He also commanded his division at the surrender 
of Lee and in the grand review at Washington, May 23, 1S65. 
After the war Gen. Griffin settled in Keene, N. H., and repre- 
sented that towm for three terms in the state legislature; two of 
which he served as speaker of the house. In 1SS7 and 1888 he 
was commander of the Massachusetts commandery of the mil- 
itary order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He is 
now engaged in historical literary work. Ch ; i. Charles Lam- 
son Griffin, b. Aug. 15, 1S64; m. April 4, 1894- res., 220 Broad- 
way. N. Y. ii. William Lamson Griffin, b. Nov. 30, 1S67; res., 
220 Broadway, N. Y. 7. Sarah Augusta, b. Aug. 15, 1828; m. 
ist, Feb. II, 1857, Silas A. French, b. June 27, 1828; d. Nov. 21, 
1857 ;m. 2d, June 2.1874, Zenas H. Sherwin. b. Jan. 5, 1824 ;d. Mar. 
4. 1S97. Sheres.,"The Albion," St. Paul, Mmn. Ch: i. Silas 
Ervine French, b. July 6, 1S52, in Nelson, N. H. ; d. Sept. 8, 1S54, 
in Nelson, li. Leonard Webster French, b. Dec. 7, 1853; m. 
April 23, 187S. iii. Charles Milton French, b. Aug. 7, 1857; ni. 
April 12, iSoo. Nellie Rachel Troy, b. March 14. 1861, s. p. iv. 
Francis Adelbert French, adopted son, b. May 7, 1864; m. Sept. 
22, 1886: P. O. address, St. Paul, Minn., for Leonard Webster 
French and for Francis Adelbert French. Charles Milton 
French, P. O. address, is Chicago. 111., G148 Kimbark Ave. He 
is Asst. Gen. Mgr. for Thiel's detective agency. 


'. NATHAN, b. Sept. g, 

1762 ; prob. lost at sea 

about 1790. 
JACOB, b. June 23, 1 764; 

m. Rebecca Vose. 
i. HENRY, b. Sept. :-, 

1766; m. Susannah 

ii. ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 

4. 176S; m. Beal. 

iii. DAVID, b. Aug. 10, 

1770; m. Mary White. 
:. CALEB, b. May 13,1773; 

d. March 4, 1777. 
REBECCA, b. Aug. 12, 

1775 ; m. Salmon 

Hooper, and has left 

a large number of de- 
scendants. Among 

them is John Kilburn, 

Lowell, Mass., and 

Emiline Slade, of Fall 

River, Mass., the last, 

if alive, of that gen- 
eration. I believe she 

has a son who is a 

lawyer in Fall River, 


324. CAPT. \VILLL-\.M FOSTER (Jacob, Isaac, Reginald, Reginald), b, Hollis- 
ton, Mass., April 29, 1734; m. 1755, Hannah Durkee, dau of Capt. William of Ipswich, 
b. 1735. She d. Feb. 2t, 1S23. 3. Captain William Durkee, b. Feb. 28, 1710; d. Jan. 
15, 1795; m. Abigail Hovey, F"eb. S, 1732-3. She d. May 30, 1791. 2. William 
Durkee, b. abt. 1672 in New Hampshire; m. Rebeckah Gould of Ipswich (dau. 
Henry), Jan. 13, 1704. He d. March 2, 1732. i. William Durkee, b. abt. 1630; m. 
Martha Cross of Ipswich. She d. Windham, Jan. 11, 1726-7. He was born in Hol- 
listou, Mass., and went to Hampton, Conn, m 1754; was a farmer and began 
farming in 1753 on a farm which was adjoining the town line of Hampton, Conn. 
He commanded the first company to take up arms against England Irom the town 
of Canterbury. When the news of the battle of Lexmgton reached Canterbury he 
marched at once with his company to Boston. During all the Revolutionary war he 
was recruiting officer for the state of Connecticut. In 17S7 he moved with his family 
to Whitehall (then Skeensborough) New York, at the head of Lake Champlain. 
There he purchased 200 acres of land in the woods and began farming. During the 
latter part of his life he resided with his sons and died at his sou Thomas' house. 
He d. May 16, 182,. Res. HolHston, Mass., Canterbury, Conn., and Whitehall, N. Y. 
706. i. MARY, b. Nov. 17, 1758; m. July g, 1778 in C, Capt. George Wil- 

liamson Jr. He was b. 1754. He resided in Canterbury, Conn., 
and later in Amherst, Mass., and still later in Bangor, :Me. He 
d. July 9, 177S. She d. Jan. 16, 1S32. They had four sons and 
four daughters, i. William D. 2. Asenath. 3. Robert. 4. 
George. 5. :Mary. 6. Hannah. 7. Sarah; all dead. Only chil- 
dren of William D. living; viz.: Mrs. Caroline J. Chapman, Bos- 
ton, Mass. Only children of George living: ^Irs. E. W. Forsyth, 
Cambridge, Mass., Miss Helen Williamson, and Miss Mary AVil- 
liamson, Southport, Me. No children of other brothers and sisters 
living. I, George, a farmer in Pittston, Me. ; Joseph, a lawyer in 
Belfast, .Me., who was graduated at the Vermont university and 
was president of the senate in the Maine legislature. William 
D., the eldest son, attended Williams college in iSoo and finished 
his studies at Brown university where he was graduated in 1S04. 
As his father was in modest circumstances and being the eldest of 
the family he was under the necessity of teaching school to defray 
his college expenses. He read law in ."Vmherst until 1S07 when 
he removed to Bangor, Me., and after further legal studies was 


admitted to the bar in November of that year. Governor Sullivan 
com missioned hnn attorney for the county of Hancock, which office 
he held for eight years. In iSi6 he was elected to the senate of 
Massachusetts, Maine being then a part of the old commonwealth, 
and was continuously elected until the separation in 1S20. He 
was appointed president of the first senate of the state of Maine. 
Gov. King having been appointed Spanish commissioner, Mr. 
Williamson discharged the duties of tiie governor for about six 
months in the year. He was soon elected a member of Congress. 
Later he was judge of probate, justice of peace and president of 
the Bangor Bank. His first wife was a niece of Gen. Jlontague 
of Amherst and is second a daughter of Judge Phinehas White of 
Putney, Vt. ; his third was the only surviving daughter of E. 
Emerson, Esq. of York, j\Ie. He was particularly fond of literary 
pursuits, especially of an historical character. His great work was 
his History of Maine. He d. May 27. 1S46. 

The father, George, who m. a Foster, was a soldier in the 
Revolutionary army and a captain of artillery for some years 
after peace was declared. In 1793 he removed from Canterbury 
to Amherst, Mass., but d. in Bangor, Me., in 1S22. Joseph, son 
of George, was b. in Canterbury, Conn., Aug. 5, 17S9; m. New- 
buryport, Mass., June 14, 1S24, Caroline Cross, b. March 5, 179S: 
d. June 22, 1S52. He d. Sept. 30, 1S54. Ch. i. William Cross, b. 
Jan. 31. 1S31 ; m. April 29, 1S63; res., in Boston. 2. George Ralph, 
b. April 13, 1S36; m. Oct. 16, 1S34; res. in New York. 3. Caro- 
line Cross, b. Dec. iS. 1S41 ; m. Sept. 16, iS63; res. in Cambridge, 
Mass. Present name Caroline C. Willard. 4. Joseph, b. Oct. 

5, 182S; m. Oct. 22, 1S57, Ada Hortense Pierce, b. Aug. 20, 1S34; 
d. March 19, 1872; res., I?elfast, Me. ; is a lawyer. Ch: i. Ada 
Caroline, b. Sept. 14, 1858; res. in Boston, ii. Frances, b. Oct. 

6, i860; m. Sept. 10, 1891. Present name, Frances A. Peirce; res., 
Frankfort, Me. iii. Joseph Jr., b. Feb. 14, 1S69; m. Nov. 19. 1S91; 
res. in Augusta, Me. 

707.^11. HANNAH, b. Dec. i, 1762; m. Ebenezer Williamson, of Middle- 
,-, - - boro, Mass., afterward of Canterbury and Brooklyn, Conn., and 

'" " ' died at the latter place, Oct. 2S, 1S36, leaving no children. 

-oS. "^111. WM. DL'RKEE, b. Aug. 10, 1760; m. Hannah and Betsey 

_"*■ Dorrence. 

709. iv. BEULAH, b. Oct. 23, 1764: m. May 22, 1783. John Elderkin Waldo 
of Canterbury, Conn., and res. there. John Elderkin Waldo 
(Zachariah, Edward Jr., Lieutenant Edward, John, Deacon 
Cornelius) was son of Zichariah Waldo la private in Captain John 
Douglas' Co. from July iS. 1775, to Dec. 16, 1775) and Elizabeth 
Wight (Joshua, Joshua, Thomas, Thomas), b. in Canterbury. 
Conn., Oct. 5, 1761; m. Beulah Foster May 22, 1783 who was b. 
in Canterbury Oct. 23, 1764. Ch: i. Anna was b. JIarch 16, 
17S4, in town of Hampton, Conn. ; m. to David Hawley, July 31, 
1806. (Rev. Sylvanius, Sylvanius, Joseph) b. Sharon, Conn., Jan. 
27, 1736; d. Warsaw, N. Y., April S, 1364. She d. Aug. 11, 1S52. 
Ch: i. Huldah Lake, b. Whitehall, N. Y.. July 9, 1S12; living; 
m. Ensign Hiram Jordan, i'i- .Amelia Ann. b. ; ra. George En- 
sign, ii. David Waldo, b. Warsaw, N. Y.. Dec. 3, 1S17; m. Jlarch 
31, 1846, Julia Samantha Brown (dau. of John and Michael Sykes 
Brown), b. Gainesville, N. Y.. Feb. 10. i32S. He d. Gainesville, 
Feb. i3, 1337. iii. Sarah Diantha, b. Warsaw, N. Y., I^Iay 24, 
1S20; d. Gainesville, May 24, 1S35; m. at Warsaw, 1S45, Samuel 
Benjamin Farr (son of Samuel Farr, b. Belfast, Mass., 1794: d. 
Greenville, Mich, ae. 61 years, and his wife Elizabeth Crawford), 
b. at West Sparta, N.Y.; d. Gainesville. May 26, 1SS5. iv. Wil- 
liam Joseph, b. Warsaw, N Y., Oct. 3, 1S22; d. Gainesville March 
3. iSSS; m. at Wethersfield, N. Y.. Jan. i, 1S56. Almira Catharine 
Hewett(dau. of Rodolphus W. and Adelia M. Tainter Hewett), b. 
Wethersfield. Oct. 23, 1333 ; d. Gainesville. Aug. 23, 1892. v. 
Betsey Beulah, b. March 22. 1S27, at Warsaw; unm. ; living, vi. 
John Sylvanius, b. Warsaw, Oct. 5, 1 830 ; d. Warsaw, Jan. 12, 1893 ; 


710. V. 

711. vi. 

712. vii. 

713. viii. 

m. Gainesville, Oct. 3.1855, Sophia Melinda Luther (dau. Ellis Law- 
ton Luther and Melinda Adams Lamb), b. Gainesville, Oct, 20, 
I S3 5; living. 

Huldah Lake Hawley Jordan, daughter of Anna Waldo 
and David Hawley, b. July 9, 1812; m. Ensign Hiram Jordan, 
teacher and farmer. May 2, 1833. He was b. at Moriah, N. Y., 
Feb. 22, 1S09; d. at Gainesville, July 12, iSS9(Rufus, John). Chil- 
dren born Gainesville, N. Y. i. Lucia, b. Aug. 19, 1S35; d. Sept. 
12, 1888; m. James Beadier, ii. Ruftis. b. March 22, 1838; d. 
Aug. 26, 1S62. iii. David Hawley, b. May iS, 1849: d. Nov. 2, 
1849. iv- David Starr, b. Jan. 19, 1S51. v. Mary, b. April 13, 
1854. David Starr Jordan, president of Leland Stanford Jr. Uni- 
versity, Gal., b. at 
Gainesville, N. Y., 
Jan. ig, 1851. Gradu- 
ate Cornell university, 
1S72, M. D. iS75;Ph. 
D. 1S78; LL. D. Cor- 
nell 1886. President 
University of Indiana 
1SS5-91; assistant to 
the U. S. Fish Com- 
mission 1877-91 ; U. S. 
Commissioner in 
charge of Fur Seal In- 
vestigations, 1896-97; 
president Leland Stan- 
ford Jr. University 
since 1891. Author of 
various books and 
papers on zoology. 
Married March 10, 
1S75, Susan Bowen; 
d. Nov. 15, 1SS5, dau. 
of Sylvester S. and 
Monica (Frissell) Bow- 
en of Peru, Mass. 
Married 2d, Aug. 10, 
1887, Jessie L. H., b. 
Nov. 5, 1866, dau. of 
Charles S. and Corde- 
lia (Cutter) Knight of 
Worcester, Mass., formerly of Ware, Mass. Ch: i. Edith Monica, 
b. atlrvington, Ind., Feb. 17, 1877. ii. Harold Bowen, b. Blooming- 
ton, Ind., July 23, 1SS2. iii. Knight Starr, b. Bloomington,"Ind., 
Oct. 26, 1S8S. iv. Barbara, b. Palo Alto. California, Nov. 10, iSgi. 
V. Mary Jordan Edwards, dau. of Hiram and Huldah Lake Hawley 
Jordan, b. April 13, 1S54; m. Edward Junius Edwards (founder 
and first commander-general of society of American Wars), son 
of John and Nancy Stockton Edwards, Jan. i, 1S77. Res., Minne- 
apolis, Minn. Ch: i. Arthur Jordan, b. at Galesburg, 111., Nov. 
30, 1S77. ii. Flora Alice, b. at Galesburg, III., Oct 11, iSSo. iii. 
John Paul, b. at Minneapolis, Minn. June 5, 1SS3. iv. Majorie, 
b. at Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 10, 1885. v. Junius David, b. at 
Minneapolis, Jlinn., March 17, 1800. vi. Mary Stockton, b. at 
Chicago, 111,, Nov 12, 1893. 2. Mary; m. Warren Wheeler. 3. 
Zachariah, m. Laura Phelps. 4. William. 5. John Elderkin Jr. 
6. Amelia; m. Cornelius Hawley, brother of David. 7. Rufus. 
8. Hannah; d. young. 9. Seth Harden. 10. Enoch Wight, ii. 
Sarah Foster. John Elderkin Waldo was a farmer. He died Feb. 
20, 1S49. His wife's death following April 3, 1S52. 

SAMUEL SHEFFIELD, b, Nov. 20. 1766; m. Anna . 

DAN, b. Sept. 4, 1770; m. Mirriam Willson. 

ABEL, b. Nov. 12, 1772; m. Phebe and . 

SARAH, b. Jan. 7, 1775; m. Silas Mills. 


D., LL. D. 


THOS. DURKEE, b. Sept. 29, 1777; m. Cynthia Wheadon; b. July 
24, 17S3; d. s. p. April 5, 1856. He d. May 29, 1S55. Res., Aui-el- 
ius and Mentz, N. Y. 

JACOB, b. Mar. 24, 1872: m. Louisa Brooks. 

ABIGAIL, b. ; m. Stephen Cooper Brooks. 

as "Aunt Nabbie." 

SARAH, b. July 26, 176S; d. young. 

ABIGAIL, b. Oct. 26, 1756; d. Nov. g, 1756. 

NANCY, b. ; m. Hall. 

She was known 

328. ISAAC FOSTER (Jacob, Isaac, Reginald, Reginald), b. March 18, 1743, 

HoUiston, Mass; m. Patience . He went from Mass. to Me. in 1765-70 andwas 

accidently killed by a tree falling upon him. 

Between 1760 and 1770 Isaac Foster settled in (New Boston) now Gray. He was 
the first Foster and ancestor of all of that name in that town at the present time. 
It is said of him that he was well educated, and came of good family. Some of the 
old people have told that he had two brothers come to see him and they were very 
licely dressed and stopped at the hotel, claimed that he married beneath him. He 

d. ae. 45 


Res. in Mass. and. Gray, Me. 
JOHN, b. Oct. I. 176S: r 
ISAAC, b. Jan 24, 1770. 
JACOB, b. Sept. ^, 1771; m. Mary Young. 
JOSEPH, b. March 23, 177" 

Gray, Me. 
SAMUEL, b. July 6, 1774; 
RACHEL, b. April 2S. 1776- 
WILLIAM, b. April 2S, 1776; d. young. 
HEPSIBETH, b. July 21, 1777: d. s. p. 
MOSES TWICHELL, b. Dec. 23, 1778 

Edwards. Res., Gray, Me. 
WILLIAM, b. Oct. 7. 17S3; m- Lucy Spei 

REBECCA, b. Feb. 24, 1784; m. Whitney; a des. is Enos 

Whitney. The following are names of Fosters and descendants 

[796. Eunice Fogg. Res 
JIartha Humphrey. 

April 27, 1S02, Betsey 
and Sarah Jane 

of Fosters who reside i 
be related to Isaac 
and Patience; Silas 
W. Foster, Gray, 'Me. ; 
Samuel Foster, Gray, 
Me. ; Samuel How- 
ard Foster, Bruns- 
wick, Maine ; George 
Foster, Mechanic 
Falls, :Me. ; Daniel 
Foster, Raymond ; 
Marshal Morse, Gray, 
Me. ; Jacob Foster, 
Gray, Me. ; Leonard 
Foster, Poland, j\le. ; 
Samuel F. Dolley, 
Gorham, Me. 

(Jeremiah, John, Reginald, Reginald), 
b. Ipswich, Mass., July 19, 1730; m. 
Oct, iS, 1756, Lydia Giddings, dau. of 
Daniel and Mary (Butler) b. 1732; d. 
July 27, 1784; m. 2d, 1790, Mrs. Hannah 
Somes; d. before iSio. Joseph Foster 
was born in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, 
now the town of Essex, Essex County, 
Mass. ; his father was Capt. Jeremiah 
Foster, of that place, born in 1691, in 
Ipswich, died March 25, 1769; his 
mother was Dorothy, daughter of Na- 


ity of Gray and are supposed to 


thaniel and Joanna (Kinsman) Rust, of Ipswich; she was born July 14, 1700, and 
died May 14, 1745. 

Joseph Foster was the seventh of a family of twelve children and a great-great- 
grandson of Reginald Foster. He was also a great-great-grandson of John Dane, 
of Ipswich, Mass., author of "A Declaration of Remarkable Providences in the 
Course of My Life. By John Dane, of Ipswich. 16S2." Boston, 1S54. Elizabeth, 
daughter of John Dane and wife of Reginald Foster, was his great-grandmother. 
Elizabeth Dane was a niece of Rev. Francis Dane, forty-eight years minister at 
Andover, Mass., who, boldly denouncing the witchcraf t»de'lusion of 1692, was promi- 
nently connected with the trials at Salem when almost every member of his family 
was under arrest or suspicion, and a daughter and granddaughter were tried and 
condemned to death. 

Joseph Foster married Lydia Giddings. daughter of Lieut. Daniel Giddings, of 
Chebacco: she was the mother of all the children. He again married Hannah 
Somes, widow of Isaac Somes, with six children ; they had no children. Isaac Somes 
was captain of the privateer shio Tempest, lost at sea in 17S2. Hannah Somes was 
living in iSoS, but died prior to May 9, iSio, when the administrator's account of her 
estate is dated. 

In early life Colonel Foster made many voyages at sea, being in 1760. master of 
the schooner Wolfe, at Gibraltar, and in 1761 of the schooner Joseph, in the West 
Indies. In 1762, he returned and settled permanently in Gloucester, Mass. He was 
engaged in commerce, and from 1766 to 1771, and p'-obably before and afterward, 
had vessels trading to Cadiz, Malaga, Gibraltar, St. Kitt's, Slonte Cristo, St. John's, 
Guadaloupe. West Indies, also coasting and iishing. He was prominent at Glou- 
cester during the Revolution, and was colonel of the forces there. In 17S2, he was 
captured in command of the Rebel letter-of-marque ship The Polly, and was a pris- 
oner of war on parole at Windsor, Nova Scotia, in July of that year. This parole 
paper is still preserved. He is said to have been drummed through Halifax, Nova 
Scotia, at that time, in retaliation for similar treatment inflicted by him on British 
prisoners at Gloucester. The following notices of Col. Joseph Foster are taken 
from the History of Gloucester, by John J. Babson, Gloucester, 1S60, to which the 
family are indebted for much information. At a town meeting held in Gloucester, 
December 28, 1772, to protest against the "despotic measures adopted by the British 
Ministry" in opposition to the "rights and liberties of the people of the American 
colonies, "Joseph Foster was chosen one of the seven members of the "Gloucester 
Committee of Correspondence," then elected ip. 3691, who. March 6, 1775. "were con- 
tinued in olfice" (p. 374). In 1774 he was one of "the five Selectmen of Gloucester (p. 
5S5). and in 1775 he was the representative of the town in the General Court of Mass- 
achusetts (p. 594). In 1779 he was one of the five delegates to the convention to 
form the State Constitution (p. 595), and after the Revolutionary War he was again 
the representative to General Court, in the years 17S4, 178; and'i7S6, and one of the 
four representatives m 178S (p. 594). 

At a town meeting March, 1774, Joseph Foster was chosen one of the two "special 
constables" appointed/ in case the small-pox should come into town, they having 
had it" (p. 371). 

In March, 1775, he gave /;2-Ss., being one of the largest contributors, towards 
/'117 7s. id., raised in Gloucester, for the relief of the distress caused in Boston 
by the act of Parliament shutting up that port (p. 3721. 

"Tradition asserts that the merchants of the town" of Gloucester smuggled 
extensively during "the last years of our colonial existence." and "till their com- 
merce was destroyed by the war. A story is told concerning one of those smuggling 
adventures, which is deserving of remembrance for a clever device of its chief actor. 
A'schooner, belonging to Col. Joseph Foster, came in from a foreign port in the night; 
and, according to custom, the hatches were immediately opened, and the landing of 
the cargo was commenced, the owner himself assisting. A considerable part was 
landed and stored before daybreak; but more than half was still on board, and. early 
in the morning, a tidewaiter was expected from Salem. The fertile mind of Colonel 
Foster hit at once upon an expedient. On the Cut was a watch-house, where John 
M'Kean.a stout Irishman, had been employed, in a time of alarm about the small- 
pox, to stop all strangers entering the town, and subject them to a fumigating process. 
It is sufficient to say, that his majesty's officer of the customs was on that morning 
ushered into the watch-house by John M'Kean; that he was kept there all day. and 
released after dark, purified from all infectious disease, so far as a thorough smok- 
ing could do it" (p. 3S7). 



In 1776, "five small armed vessels, commissioned by the State" of Massachusetts, 
"made Gloucester Harbor their rendezvous. " "They cruised during the day in Bos- 
ton and Ipswich Bays, generally returning to port at night," One of them, com- 
manded by Captain Manly, captured a brig with a cargo of oats, bacon, porter and 
other articles. She was chased ashore by the frigate 'Milford,' on to the rocks at 
Brace's Cove, where the prize crew landed. Capt. Joseph Foster, with a company 

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of minute men, marched over from town to protect the vessel, in case the frigate 
should send a force to take possession of her. He got out some of the cargo ; but, 
during the night, a boat's crew from the frigate boarded the brig, and set her on 
fire, by which she was destroyed" (p. 411). _ 

It was in 1779, a "period of great poverty" in Gloucester, when paper money had 
depreciated to about one-seventieth of its nominal value," and "about one-si.xth; of 
thejwhole population were" "living chiefly upon charity," "that a large troop of wom- 
en, in want of the necessaries of life, marched to Colonel Foster's store, and made 



known their determination to supply themselves with provisions and groceries from 
his stock, in spite of all resistance. Some of the number were prepared to take an 
exact account of the articles delivered to each person, with reference to payment, 
if they should ever be able to pay ; but, pay or no pay. they would have them, and 
proceeded to help themselves accordingly. This merchant was one of the most ardent 
patriots of the town ; and it is related of him that his conduct on this occasion 
proved him to be one of the most benevolent: for the tale of suffering and destitution 
that the women had to tell so touched his feelings, th^t he liberally supplied their 
wants, and dismissed them with words of the utmost kindness and sympathy"(p. 441). 
1^ In September, 1779, a convention of delegates to form a State Constitution as- 
sembled at Cambridge. Joseph Foster was one of the five delegates from Glouces- 
ter. "The convention completed their work in March, 17S0; and submitted the 
Constitution they had agreed upon to the people of the State." At a town meeting 
held in Gloucester on the 22d of May, "the Constitution was accepted by a vote of 
forty-eight in its favor. No negative votes are recorded; nor is anything more 
known of the debate !on the subject than that Captain Sargent and Colonel Foster 
said that they objected to it." The Constitution was adopted by the State (p. 442). 
"In the year 1804, a prominent citizen of the town departed this life— Col. 
Joseph Foster; who died (December 10), aged seventy-four. Colonel Foster was a 
native of Ipswich. He was brought up in humble circumstances, and was indebted 
solely to his own energy and shrewdness for his advancement in life. He is supposed 
to have come to this town about 1760, and to have entered immediately upon those 
mercantile employments, in which, as a ship-master or merchant, he was afterward 
engaged to the end of his days. In the Revolutionary crisis, he was a patriot of 
the most ardent stamp ; and was always ready to lend his personal exertions and 
his pecuniary means to help the town through the struggle. He was a man of rough 
manners; but he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his townsmen, and was 
chosen frequently to various important public offices. He was several times elected 
representative (1775, 1784, 1785, 17S6 and 1788), and was one of the delegates to the 
convention for forming the State Constitution (1779). ^^ built and occupied a house 
near the easterly end of Front street (near the foot of Pleasant street), at the head 
of a lane leading to his wharf; but he had previously resided in a house, still stand- 
ing (in i860), at the head of Hancock street. His business had been pursued with 
such success, that he died possessed of a large estate." 

On the space between Hancock street and Pleasant street, Gloucester, we still 
see three houses of the olden time, the first of which was the residence of one of the 
most distinguished patriots of that town. Col. Joseph Foster. 

He left a son Joseph, who became a sea-captain, and was lost at sea about 1S16; 
having never been heard from after leaving home on a voyage to the West Indies. 
He d. Dec. 10 1S04. Res. Gloucester, Mass. 

730. i. MARY, b. in 1757; m. July 17, 1777. Col. Nathaniel Wade ; d. Oct. 

26, 1S26. Res. Ipswich, Mass. She d. Dec. 25, 17S5 and he m. 
again. Ch. : Nathaniel, William Foster, Mary and Timothy. He 
sustained various trusts in the town; was long county treasurer, 
and representative from 1795, to 1817. He distinguished himself 
as a brave, patriotic and faithful officer in the Revolutionary War. 
He was at Bunker Hill — as captain of the Ipswich Minute Men — 
at Harlem and White Plains. Was colonel during the whole cam- 
paign in Rhode Island. While on duty there he sat president of 
the court martial in Providence, Dec. 23, 1777. In 1786 he com- 
manded a regiment against the insurgents under Shay. For 
many years he was colonel of the Middle Essex regiment. When 
introduced to General LaFayette at Ipswich in 1824 the General 
immediately recognized him, and, grasping his hand, said, "My 
dear sir, I am rejoiced to see you; it is just such a starry night as 
we had when I met you in Rhode Island." Colonel Wade's 
benevolent manners and actions secured to him high and ex- 
tensive esteem. 

Colonel Nathaniel was son of Timothy and Ruth (Woodbury), b. 
Feb. 27, 1750. Ch. : i. Nathaniel, b. May 3, 1778; m. Dec. 2S, 1S03, 
Hannah Hodgkins, b. 1780; d. Feb. 10, 1S20. He d. Dec. 17, 1843. 
Res. Ipswich, Mass. 9 ch. 2. Wm. Foster, b. Jan. 3, 1780,; m. 
May II, 1804, Mercy Lakeman, b. 1780; d. Dec. i, 1843. He d. 
Sept. 23, 1851. Res. Ipswich. 10 ch. 3. Mary, b. Feb. 2, 1782; 


d. unrn. Jan. S, iS6i. 4. Timothy, b. Sept. 3, 1785; d. Nov. 26, 

JOSEPH, b. May 23, 1764; m. Rebecca Ingersoll. 

LYDIA, b. prob. 1760; m. March 5, 17S0, John Osborne Sargent, of 
Gloucester. Both d. 17S6. He was son of Epes. junior and gt. gr., 
son of William 2d. who was son of William and Marv, of Bristol, 
England. William, senior, went from Exeter, England, to Barba- 
does. when young and was educated there. He returned to his 
native country, and there ra. Mary 'Epes, who stole from her 
home in the habit of a milkmaid, to become his wife. Such is 
the family tradition. The son, who came to Gloucester, first 
appears there in 167S. when he had a grant of two acres of land, 
at Eastern Point, where he built a house. He was a mariner and 
owned a sloop, which he probably employed in coasting. The 
date of his death is not known ; but it is certain that he d. before, 
June, 1707; perhaps at sea, as in the settlement of his estate no 
charges are made for sickness or funeral expenses. The inventory 
of his property amounted to ^273. He m. June 21, 1678, Mary, 
daughter of Peter Duncan, who d. Feb. 28, 1725. They had 
fourteen children, but it is only by one son, Epes, b. in 1690, that 
the name has been perpetuated. Epes Sargent was a prominent 
citizen, and several of his descendants have been distinguished 
men. He m. April i, 1720, Esther Maccarty, and again, Aug. 
10, 1744, Mrs. Catharine Brown, of Salem ; soon after this last date 
he removed to Salem, where he d. Dec. 6, 1762. His children by 
his first wife were: Epes, b. in 1721 ; Esther, 1722; Ignatius, 1724; 
James, 1726, d. in 1727; Winthrop, 172S; Sarah, 1729; Daniel, 
1731 ; William, 1734; and Benjamin, 1736. By his second wife, he 
had Paul Dudley and John. His remains were brought to Glou- 
cester, and placed in the family tomb. He acquired considerable 
property there as a merchant ; was the principal acting magistrate 
in town for several years, and its representative in 1740. In 
Salem he took an active part in public affairs ; was colonel in the 
militia, and long a justice of the General Sessions Court. An 
obituary notice in a newspaper of the day, gives him a high char- 
acter as a merchant, magistrate and Christian. His son Epes, m. 
in 1745, Catharine, daughter of Hon. John Osborne, of Boston. 
She d. Feb. 7, 178S. An obituary notice contained in a Salem 
paper of the 19th of that month, describes her as a lady of emi- 
nent virtue. Early in life Mr. Sargent engaged in mercantile 
pursuits, in which he acquired a large property. A few years 
prior to the Revolutionary War, he owned 10 vessels, which were 
employed in the fishery and foreign commerce ; and was carrying 
on at that time a very extensive trade; but the total suspension 
of his business, which the war occasioned, together with the 
embarrassing situation into which he was thrown by joining the 
unpopular side in the contest with the mother country, caused 
heavy pecuniary losses, by which his property became greatly 
reduced. He d. 1779, and left Epes and John. Ch. of Lydia: i. 
Amelia Bernard, b. 17B0; m. iBoi, Daniel Rogers. She d., s. p., 
1802. 2. Frances, b. 17S2; m. April 8, 1805, John Baker. She 
d. Aug. 24, 1806, and left one ch. 3. Epes, b. March 7, 1784; m. 
Jan., 1S06, Mary Pearson, d. 1807; m. second, Oct. iS, 180S, Hannah 
D. Coffin and Mary Otis Lincoln. His son John Osborne, b. Sept. 
20, iSii, graduated at Harvard in 1830, studied law and after several 
years' practice in Boston and New York, finally settled in Wash- 
ington. John Osborne Sargent was born in Gloucester, Mass., 
and passed his childhood there, and in the town of Hingham. He 
was sent to the Latin school in Boston, the prize annals of which, 
and the record of a Latin ode, and a translation from the Elegy 
of TyrtKus of his composition, show his early proficiency in 
classical education. He passed to Harvard, and was graduated in 
1830. While there he established the clever periodical of which 
we have already spoken in the notice of one of its contributors, 
Dr. O. W. Holmes, The Collegian. He was further assisted in it 


by the late William H. Simmons, the accomplished elocutionist 
and essayist; Robert Habersham, Jr., of Boston, Frederick W. 
Brune, of Baltimore, and by his brother, Epes Sargent. On leav- 
ing college Mr. Sargent studied law in the office of the Hon. Wil- 
liam Sullivan, of Boston, and commenced its practice in that city. 
This was at the period of political agitation attending the financial 
measures of President Jackson. Mr. Sargent became a political 
writer and speaker in the Whig cause, and was elected to the lower 
house of the Legislature of Massachusetts. For some three years 
he was almost a daily writer for the editorial columns of the 
Boston Atlas, and added largely by his articles to the reputation 
which the paper at that time enjoyed as an efficient, \'igorous party 
journal. In 1S3S Mr. Sargent removed to the city of New York, 
and was well known by his pen and oratory during the active 
political career which resulted in the election of General Harrison 
to the presidency. The Courier and Enquirer, for three or four 
years at this time, was enriched by leadmg political articles from 
his hand. At the close of the contest he reengaged in the active 
pursuit of his profession. To this he devoted himself, with rigid 
seclusion from politics, for eight years, with success. He was 
drawn, however, again into politics in the canvass which resulted 
in the election of General Taylor, upon whose elevation to the 
presidency, he became associated with Mr. Alexander C. Bullitt, 
of Kentucky, in the establishment of the Republic newspaper at 
Washington. Its success was immediate and unprecedented. In 
about si.-c months it numbered more than thirty thousand staunch 
Whigs on its subscription list. Its course, however, was not ac- 
ceptable to the members of the Cabinet. A rupture was finally 
brought about, and he withdrew from the editorship of the paper. 
After Millard Fillmore was elected President, Mr. Sargent returned 
to the paper and edited it with great vigor, and was tendered the 
mission to China. His brother Epes, b. Sept. 27, 1S13, was poet, 
journalist and author. During his childhood he lived in St. Peters- 
burg; was educated at the Boston Latin School, and spent two 
or three years at Harvard. After leaving the college he passed 
an industrious literary life in New York and Boston. Beginning 
with school-boy effusions in The Literary Journal (conducted by 
himself and other students at the Boston Latin School) and The 
Collegian (a Harvard paper established by his brother, John Os- 
borne Sargent), he was afterwards connected with the editorial 
staffs of the Token, Parley's Magazine, The New England Mag- 
azine, The Advertiser, of Boston (1S37), The Mirror, ot New York 
(1S39-40), The New Monthly Magazine (New York, 1S431, The 
Transcript, of Boston (1S44-53). The School Monthly (Boston, 
1S5S), and The New World, of New York. He was also a fre- 
quent contributor to The Knickerbocker Magazine, The Atlantic 
Monthly in its earlier days, and other periodicals. He also assisted 
Samuel G. Goodrich in preparing his "Geography" and several 
of the "Peter Parley" books. In 1836 Mr. Sargent wrote a play 
in five acts, "The Bride of Genoa," for Miss Josephine Clifton. 
This play was produed at the Tremont Theatre with great suc- 
cess, and was published in the New World under the title of "The 
Genoese." In the following year he wrote for Ellen Tree a 
tragedy, "Velasco," which was produced with success m Boston 
and frequently in England, where it was commended by Serjeant 
Talfourd and the elder Vandenhoff. Two other plays — "Change 
Makes Change," a comedy, and "The Priestess," a tragedy — 
complete his dramatic works. The first of these was produced at 
Niblo's Garden, in New York city, about 1839 or 1S40. and after- 
ward by Burton at Philadelphia. "The Priestess" was acted at 
the New Boston Theatre for thirteen nights in 1855, and twenty 
copies of the te.xt was printed privately. Among the other works 
published by ^Ir. Sargent are the following: "Wealth and Worth" 
(1S40), "What's to be Done?" (1S41). "The Life and Services of 
Henry Clay" (1842), "Fleetwood," a novel ( 1845), "Songs of the 


Sea" (1S47), "The Mariner's Library," "American Adventures by 
Land and Sea" (1847), "Seleciions'in Poetry" (1852), "The Critic 
Criticised, "a reply to a review of Webster'.'. Orthographical System 
in The Democratic Review for March. 1856, "Arctic Adventure by 
Sea and Land" (1857), "Poems," "Original Dialogues" (1861), 
"Six Charts for Use in Teaching Reading, Spelling, etc.," "Pecu- 
liar." a tale (1863), "Pianchette," an account of modern spiritualism 
(i86g), "The "Woman who Dared," a poem (iS6g), School Manual 
of Etymology" (1S73). 

734. iv. SARAh, b. 1762; m. William DoUiver 3rd, of Gloucester, son of 

William and gr.-son of Peter and Abigail (Saunders). William 
was cousin of William, who m. her sister Elizabeth. Res. Glou- 
cester, where she d. Nov. i, 1836, s. p. 

735. v. ELIZABETH, b. Jan. 22, 1766; m. Nov. 25, 1789, William Dolliver, 

of Gloucester, son of Peter and gr.-son of Peter and Abigail 
(Saunders). Res. Gloucester, Mass. He d. Oct. 10, 1841. Shed. 
Jan. 22. 1854. in Boston. 7 ch. 

736. vi. JUDITH, b. 1772; m. April 16, 1793, Thomas Bradbury Saunders; 

res. Gloucester and Dorchester. Being left a widow, she kept a 
fashionable young ladies' boarding school at Dorchester, with Miss 
Clemintina Beach, an Enghsh lady, from 1800 to 1820. She d. 
Oct. 22. 1841 in Dorchester, s. p. 

737. vii. BENJAMIN, b. 1769; m. Mary IngersoU. 

738. viii. WILLIAM, b. Aug. i, 1775; bapt. Oct. i, 1775; n. f. k. ; prob. d. 


345. ZEBULON FOSTER (Moses, John, Reginald, Reginald), bap. Ipswich, 
Mass., Sept. 22, 1728; m. April, 7, 1750, Anna Knowlton, b. Sept. 22, 1728, dau. of 
Robert, of Manchester, Mass. Res. Ipswich, Mass. 

346. MOSES FOSTER (, John, Reginald, Reginald), b. abt. 1730, in 

Ipswich, Mass; m., Ashburnham Mary . He resided in ihe northeast part of 

the town, and, in company wiih Zimri Heywood, owned a mill. The site of the early, 
mill is now in Ashby. In 1770 he removed to Shelburne. He d. res. Ashby and 
Shelburne. Mass. 

739. i. MILICENT, b. May i, 1758; d. Oct. 3, 1760. 

740. ii. SARAH, b. April 14. 1760. 

741. ill. KEZIAH, b. March 10, 1762. 

742. iv. PHEBE, b. April 29, 1764; m. Nov. 21, 1782, Capt. David Mer- 

riam. He was in the Revolutionary War; resided in Ashburnham, 
Mass. . and soon after his marriage moved to Brandon, Vt. She 
d. April 7, 1794; he m. 2d, and d. Feb. 15, 1849. Ch. : i. Phebe, 
b. Dec. 26, 1783. 2. David, b. June 9, 1786. 3. Geo. W., b. Oct. 
4, 1787. 4. Isaac Foster, b. July 27, 1790. 5. Cyrus, b. July 14, 
1793. 6. Befsy, b. Sept. 13, 1796. 7. Alvin, b. March 26, 1802. 
8. Angeline. b. July 18, 180S. 9. David; d. . 

743. v. ESTHER, b. Jan. 19, 1767. 

744. vi. BROOKS, b. March 14, 1769. 

-45. vii. MOSES, bap. Dec. 29, 1771. i;^ '"" 

347. CAPT. AARON FOSTER (Moses, John, Reginald, Reginald), b. 

Ipswich, Mass., , 1723; m. • , Ruth Lowe, b. June, 1728; d. March 24, i8ii. 

His will was proDated Jan. 6, 1812. He was a soldier in the Colonial Wars, was at the 
taking of Louisburg. and later served in the Revolutionary War with his two sons, 
Moses and Thomas. In 1744-5 news of the war with France and Spain being 
received, preparations were made for the invasion of Nova Scotia. These were not 
completed until the following March, when troops sailed from Boston. The grand 
design was the capture of Louisburg, styled the "Dunkirk of America." Among 
the 3,000 troops called, Ipswich furnished her full quota. Tradition mentions 
"Aaron Foster," a young man of 23 years. Herein follows the young soldier's 
report; a bright, capable and vigorous "talk," showing the "stuff" of which such 
men are made. This expedition was one of the most remarkable events in the 
history of North America. When the news reached Boston the bells of the town 
rang merrily, and all the people were in transports of joy. The news spread 
rapidly through town, carrying gladness, and affecting Christian hearts with a sense 
of the interposition of God in behalf of the colonies! And well they might rejoice 


and give thanks. It was a signal victory, Ne.xt year the French made great effort 
to retrieve their loss, but failed in each attempt. 

The biography of Aaron Foster begins thus: "After the sermon by Dr. John 
Wise an infant is brought forward for baptism; its name is Aaron Foster. We 
look with deep interest upon this little face, for 'we' (as spirit of the later age) 
can tell, without the gift of prophecy, what manner of child this shall be. We follow 
him through childhood and youth, and see him rise to manhood. We see him a 
young soldier, age 23, in the combined army at the taking of Louisburg, and we 
behold him also traversing the ocean as captain of a vessel. We follow him into 
the Revolutionary army, fightiagthe battles of his country for liberty. We see 
him after the war at the head of a numerous familv, and iind him still living in the 
19th century. After his departure from life we s'ee, at his funeral, not only chil- 
dren, but a retinue of grandchildren, growing to respectability and usefulness. 
Among these we recognize 'Moses Foster,' of Wenham, 'Thomas Foster." (father) 
and 'David Choate' and 'Rufus Choate,' of Boston. He d. Dec. 25, iSii. Res., 
Ipswich, Mass. 

-46. i. MOSES, b. Nov. 4, 1760; m. . 

747. ii. THOMAS, b. April g, 1762; m. Sarah Storey. 
74S. m. ZEBULON, b. Aug. 2. 1766; m. Polly Storey. 

749. IV. MIRIAM, b. Nov. 2S, 1771; m. Oct". 15, 1791, David Choate, b. 
Nov. 29, 1757. He d. March 2S, iSoS. She d. Jan. 14, 1S53; res., 
Ipswich, Mass. She was his second wife, the first having d. s. p. 
in 17S4. After his second marriage he established his home on 
Hog Island, where he continued to live until iSoo, when he 
removed to the main land and died at the age of fifty. He was 
a man of uncommon intellectual endowments. He had a quick, 
accurate perception, full recollection and a judgment ever ready 
to decide, and never made more than one decision on the same 
subject. He lived the friend and supporter of virtue, order and 
steady habits. Ch. by Merriam: i. Marv, b. Oct. 4, 1792; m. 
Nov. 2S, 1S13, Dr. Thomas Sewall. She d. March 29, 1S55. 
They had one son and both d. in Rockville, Md. 2. Hannah, b. 
Aug. 12, 1794; m. Sept. 2, 1S22, Rev. Robert Crowell. Shed. 
Feb. 9, 1837. They had 6 ch. ; res., Essex, Mass.; one is Prof. 
E. P. Crowell, Amherst, Mass. 3. David, b. Nov. 29, 179(1; m. 
Jan. 14, 1S2S, Elizabeth Wade; res., Ipswich, Mass. Prominent 
citizen, teacher, magistrate, state senator. Ch. : a. David Choate, 
Jr., b. Nov 27, 1S2S; m. Jan i, 1856, Susan E. Kimball; P. O. 
address, Salem, Mass. b. Helen Maria Choate, b. Sept. 16, 
1S31; d. Nov. 24, 1851. c. Rufus, b. March 24, 1S34; m. Sept. 7, 
18S0, Sarah E. Burnham ; P. O. address, Essex, Mass ; two ch. 

d. Hannah E. Choate, b. July 20, 1S40: P. O. address, Salem, Mass. 

e. William C. Choate, b. Jan. 6, 1843; m., ist, Lydia M. Gage, 
May 18, 1S69; m., 2d, Elizabeth M. Norton, May 13, 1S93. f. 
Washington, b. Jan. 17, 1S46; m. Sept. 21, 1S75, Grace R. Whit- 
ton; P. O. address, Greenwich, Conn. 4. Rufus, b. Oct. i, 1799; 
m. March 29, 1825, Helen Olcott; 7 ch. Res., Boston. He d. in 
Halifax, N. S. It was every way desirable that one who had 
personal recollections of Rufus Choate should prepare a s-ketch of 
his life and character. All the more was this the case, inasmuch 
as the genius and the efforts of this man contributed so largely 
to the history of the family. There must yet be living many 
who can recall the charm of 'his personality and of his eloquence. 
Less than twenty years ago a writer remarked: "Boston swarms 
to-day with admirers of Choate." The present writer was never 
privileged to meet the great advocate. His eyes never watched 
those rapid and forceful gestures by which the soul sought to 
give expression to its passionate thoughts and feelings ; his ears 
never drank in the music of that voice, which charmed as the 
fabled lyre of old. It can only be imagined, the reluctance with 
which he undertakes to wri*'e. There is but one reflection to 
lead him to take heart of grace in this attempt. If those who 
knew the man, who saw him daily in court and at his home, who 
listened to his impassioned pleadings and to his familiar table 
talk ; if they despaired of being able to give us any adequate idea 



of their conception of his learning, his power, his genius, his 
worth, it certainly will not be expected of one who never stepped 
upon the vantage ground of personal intercourse that he should 
be free from mifgivings in regard to his ability to bring into 
near and distinct view'the shining qualities of a mind so highly 
gifted, of a character 
so nobly grand. I 
cannot but regret 
for myself the un- 
fulfilled desire of my 
youth, but ^no doubt 
those for ' whom I 
now write can draw 
from the ample 
sources to which I 
am compelled to re- 
sort, a better, a 
truer, a nobler idea 
of the man than I 
could have conveyed 
had I written under 
the most favorable 
circumstances. 1 re- 
call that in the year 
of his death, one of 
his biographers, ;Mr. 
Edward G. Parker, 
said: "After all 
that those who knew 
and loved Mr. Choate 
can do, he will be 
forever unknown to 
those who never saw 
and heard him." 
Still, later on, Mr. 
Edwin P. Whipple 
wrote: "It is diffi- 
cult for those who 
knew him to convey 
to a younger gener- 
ation, which never 
passed "under the 
wand of the magi- 
cian, "the effect 
which he produced 
on their own minds 
and hearts. How, 
then, can a writer 
who comes to this 
work as I" must 
come, when he reads 
these admissions on 
the part of those 
iiox. RUFirs ciioATE. who w r o t e from 

within the circle of 
personal friendship — how can he have confidence in anything ex- 
cept in the benevolent indulgence of his readers? It must be a 
matter of profound satisfaction to us all that those who have 
written worthily of this member of our family, have done so 
with manifest affection and esteem. They have shown us, as 
Mr. Whipple has shown us, the effect which he produced on their 
own hearts and minds." I remember that Mr. Samuel Gilman 
Brown told me, when his "Life of Rufus Choate" was completed, 
in 1S62, that the work had been one of interest and love. Mr. 
Joseph Neilson said of the many contributors to his volume of 


■'Memories" "that a loving spirit moved them, and presided over 
their work." The part which Mr. Neilsoa himself took in the 
preparation of that work abundantly proves his own affectionate 
devotion to the memory of a brother in professional life. 

Rufus Choate was born on Choate Island, Chebacco Parish, 
the second precinct of Ipswich, "Tuesday, Oct. i, 1790, at 3 
o'clock p. m.," as the event was carefully recorded by his father 
in the family Bible. This place of his birth remained one of bis 
homes as long as he lived. One of iTis homes, we say, because 
when he was only about six months old his father purchased a 
house in the village of Chebacco, still retaining possession of the 
farm on the island. The summers of the lad were likely to be 
spent at the island home; the winters on the mainland. The 
situation of the farmhouse is well shown in a view of the island 
presented on an early print. According to the writer's recollec- 
tion, the house stands facing about south by east, to speak in 
nautical language, which ought to be almost our mother tongue. 
The slope in front, somewhat steep, a thick-matted sward, always 
green, runs down fifteen or twenty rods, perhaps, to the broken 
bank of the creek. Theie is a fringe of bass-wood and other 
native trees along the shore. The near view is of marshes at low 
water, with a tidal stream winding and broadening down to the bay. 
At high water all that field is as a quiet lake. Its shelter from 
the sea is afforded by two bare arms of sand, the Loaf, or in the 
phrase of earlier times, Two-Penny Loaf, stretching up from the 
south toward Castle Neck, which is extended from the north. 
The whiteness of the sand, of which these barriers to the sea are 
formed, and the rounded heaps into which it is drifted by the 
winds, deceive unaccustomed eyes with the appearance of snow. 
Between the two points there is left an open space through which 
one looks out upon the limitless sea. The character of the scene 
is sculpturesque. Its beauty consists in clearness and grace of 
outline, in boldness of relief, and in its setting of untarnished 
blue. We dwell thus particularly upon the outlook from the 
home of the subject of this sketch, because a nature so sensitive as 
his must have received impressions from the surroundings in his 
earlier years that went with him through life. His ancestor, 
John Choate, settled in Massachusetts in 1667, and his grand- 
father of the same name was a member of the State Legislature 
from 1 741 until 1761, and for five years a member of the Council. 
At an early age he was remarkable for his memory, and when 
he entered Dartmouth, in 1S15, he was a good Greek and Latin 
scholar. He was graduated in i8iq; studied law with Wm. Wirt, 
in Washington, at Ipswich and Salem ; was admitted to the bar 
in 1S23, and practiced in Danvers until 1S28. In 1S28 he removed 
to Salem, and in 1830 he was elected to Congress, where he dis- 
tinguished himself in a speech on the tariff. He was re-elected 
the following term, but resigned in 1S34, and removed to Boston, 
where he soon acquired fame as a lawyer, and occasionally- 
delivered lectures on literary and historical subjects. In 1841 he 
was chosen to succeed Daniel Webster in the LTnited States Sen- 
ate, and delivered speeches on the McLeod case, the Bank bill, 
the confirmation of Mr. Everett as Minister to England, the 
Bankrupt law, on Mr. Clay's resolution for retrenchment and 
reform, the Naval Appropriation Dill, the tariff, the bill to provide 
further remedial justice in the courts of the United States, on the 
ratification of the Webster- Ashburton treaty, the Oregon bound- 
ary, the Smithsonian Institution, and the annexation of Te.xas, 
which he opposed. He left the Senate in 1845, and resumed the 
practice of his profession, and from that time until his death 
there was no case involving great legal difficulties or pecuniary 
responsibility to which he was not summoned. In 1S50 he trav- 
eled through Europe. He was a delegate to the national Whig 
convention, held m Baltimore in 1S52, and he urged the nomina- 
tion of Daniel Webster for the presidency. In 1S53 he was a 


member of the convention for revising the Constitution of Massa- 
chusetts, and in the two years succeeding he took much interest 
in national politics, and supported Mr. Buchanan for President. 
He delivered an address at a Union meeting, in Fanpuil hall, 
Boston, and one in Washington in February, 1851, and in July, 
1853, read at Dartmouth college, a eulogy on Daniel Webster, 
which remains unsurpassed in that style of eloquence. His last 
public oration was given on July 4, 1853, on "Americtin Nation- 
ality." Owing to impaired health, he planned a visit to Europe 
in 1859. but became so ill that be left his steamer at Halifax, 
where he died a few days after landing. Mr. Choate was an 
eloquent orator, who rareh- mdulged in invective, but excelled in 
quaint humor. He possessed great personal magnetism, a 
musical voice, wealth of learning and a sweet and gentle nature. 
He was frequently compared to Lord Erskine. His writings 
have been edited by S. G. Brown (2 Vols., Boston. 1862 : see Recol- 
lections of Eminent Men, by Edwin P. Whipple, Boston, 1S86). 
Mr. Choate married Miss Helen Olcott, of Hanover, N. H., in 
1825, and their son Rufus, born in Salem, Mass., in 1834, died 
Jan. 15, 1S66; was graduated at Amherst in 1S55: was admitted 
to the bar in Boston in 185S, and served in the Civil War. He was 
promoted to the rank of captain, and resigned in 1S62. 5. Wash- 
ington, b. Jan. 17, 1803; d. Feb. 27, 1S22, while in junior class 
at Dartmouth. 6. Job, b. Dec. 25, 1S06; d. March 10, 1S08. 

750. v. RUTH, b. Oct. 19, 1754; d. Oct. 5, 1774. 

751. vi. MARY, b. Aug. 16, 1756; m. 1812, Capt. Oliver Lakeman. She d. 

March 24, 1837, — a dau. is Mrs. E. A. Burnham, 49S Giddings 
ave., Cleveland, O. 

752. vii. AARON, b. Oct. 7, 175S; d. June 7, 1762. 

753. viii. AARON, b. Sept 10, 1764: d. April 13, 179S. 

754. ix. JOANNA, b. Nov. 27, 1768. She d. Aug. 10, 1S22. 

364. CAPT. JONATHAN FOSTER (Jonathan, Jonathan, William, Reginald), 
b. Haverhill, Mass., Oct. 11, 1727; m. June 28, 1764, Rebecca Dorman, dau. of John 
and Rebecca (Smith), b. 1732; d. Oct. 16. 1794. He served in the French and Indian 
War. and was a lieutenant, and the family have his diary, which he kept in 175S. He 
was captain in the Revolutionary army. He d. July 28, 1S13. Res., Boxford, Mass. 

755. i. ISRAEL, b. March 16, 1765; ra. Mehitabel Carleton. 

756. ii. CHARLES, b. April 26, 1767; m. Lucy Austin and Mehitabel 


757. lii. BETSY, b. .March 12, 1769; m. Spafford. Their son. Capt. 

Aaron, m. Betsy Foster (his cousin), a desc. is Israel Spafford, of 
Bradford, Mass. 

758. iv. AMASA. b. May 8, 1771; m. Oct. i. 1792, Betsey Poor. 

759. V. JONATHAN, b. Feb. 3, 1774; m. Mary Kimball. 

760. vi. PHINEAS, b. July 27, 1776; m. Frances Harrod. 

3C6." RICHARD FOSTER (Jonathan, Jonathan, William, Reginald), b. Bo.x- 
ford, Mass., Feb. 20, 1732; m. Nov. 19, 1761, Elizabeth Kimball, of Andover. He d. 
- — . Res. Boxford, Mass. 

761. i. JEDEDIAH, b. Nov. 25, 1762. 

762. li. PHINEAS, b. Aug. i, 1764. 

763. iii. ASA, b. April 29, 1776; m. Dolly Morrill. 

371.^ ABNER FOSTER (Zebadiah, Jonathan, William, Reginald), b. Boxford, 
Mass., April 23, 1733; m. . Res., Newrey, Me. 

764. i. ASA, b. ; m. Anna Bartlelt. 

765. ii. ABNER, b. . 

766. iii. DANIEL, b. . 

378. WILLIAM FOSTER (John. William, William, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., March 4, 1730; m. Jan. 9, 175;, Hannah Abbott, dau. oi Capt. George and 
Mary (Phillips), sister of Rev. Samuel, b. Dec. 14, 1733, d. May 26, 1820. He was a 
yeoman. He d. Sept. i, 1S03. Rts., Andover, Mass. 

Wm. Foster and Anna Abbott, a granddaughter of old Samuel Phillips, the 
Sakm goldsmith, started m with a fine old clock (still doing its time) m 1775. He 


lived over to 1S03, having seen his only son in a unique business of boarding 
boys on a sort of school farm, perhaps better adapted for tender youth than the 
larger school on the hill. Miss Bailey has told us almost all that is known about 
this old home school. William expected to be married early, and built on the north 
wing of this delightful old haunt of the ancestral genii. But he put it oft", perhaps, 
because his mother lived to 1S20. There were the Rogers, nephews of Hannah, and 
the Browns of Sarah, over in Tewksbury, who of course, with the Kimball kin, 
would be pardoned for feeling a little hopeful pride in this childless Uncle William, 
who owned the center of the town and all the old paterflal estate unbroken.— Miss 

767. I. HANNAH, b. June 20, 1756; m. Feb. 27, 1777, Lieut. Timothy 
Rogers, of Tewksbury; she d. Oct. 24. 1794. 

76S. ii. WILLIAM, b. June i, 1758; m. Sarah Welch Kimball. 

769. iii. MARY, b. July 21. 1763; m. Oct. 30, 17S3, Timothy, son of Tim- 

othy and Sarah Ballard, b. July 2S, 1757. 

770. iv. SARAH, b. Sept. 9, 1765; m. June S, 1794, Joseph Brown, of 


380. ENSIGN JOHN FOSTER (John, William, William. Reginald), b. 

Andover, Mass., Feb. 14, 1733; m. there, 1772, Hannah Ballard, b. , 1750; d. , 

1811. She joined the church in 17S6. Res., Andover, Mass. 

771. i. JOHN, b. Feb. 10, 1773; m. Sarah Burt. 

772. ii. WILLIAM P., b. Jan. 22, 1779. 

382. ISAAC FOSTER (John, William. William. Reginald), b. Andover, 

Mass., April 2S, 1737; m., prob. Jan. , 1761, Dorcas Jewett, of Tewksbury, b. 

, 1741; d. May 26. 1762; m., 2d, Ann ; d. May 9, 179S. The following 

petitions present aVivid picture of the wanderings and adventures of an Andover 
soldier, who was taken captive by the Indians. These were the tales which our 
greatgrandfathers used to tell to their children, gathered around the fire, of winter 
evenings, when the back-log blazed and the "mug of cider simmered slow," and, 
sipping it ever and anon, the hero of many fights waxed warm, and shouldering 
crutch, or seizing musket from over the chimney piece, showed how battles were 
fought in the "Old French War," kindling in young breasts the martial ardor that 
flamed up in Revolutionary fires. "The Petitions of Isaac Foster of Andover Humbly 
Sheweth: That, whereas he was an enlisted soldier, in the service of this Province, 
in Company 2 of Lieut. -Col. James Frye, in the year 1756 & in sd company proceeded 
to Fort William Henry, & on the iSth of Sept. following was by Detachment sent on 
a Scouting Party under the command of Capt. Hodges to the Westerly side of Lake 
George, and, on the 19th. the Part)- being surprised by a Large Body of the enemy 
& mostly killed or taken, he had the unhappy Fate to fall into the Hands of a Num- 
ber of those barbarous Indians called O'tawas, inhabiting beyond Lake Superior, 
who, after having rifled his Pockets of $4, obliged him to proceed with them to a 
Lake called Almipagon, Ijnng Northerly of Lake Superior 150 miles, and (as the 
French say) iioo miles from Montreal. With the savages he was detained two 
years, during which time he suft'ered inconceivable hardships, and at the expira- 
tion of it, being permitted by his Indian owner to accompany him down the Lake to 
a French Place called Detroit, he there interceded with a Frenchman to ransom him, 
which he accordingly effected for three hundred Livres; which sum your Petitioner 
Discharged by Labour. And after being detained by the French at sd Detroit & 
Montreal near 14 months Longer he was brought to Crown Point at the time of the late 
exchange of Prisoners, and is since returned Home, having been absent (from the 
day he was taken) three years & two months. And whereas, he has received pay 
no longer than till the Day of his Captivity, he humbly begs 5-our Excellency & 
Honors would take His case under your wise Consideration & and make him such 
further allowance for his time, &c., as in your great goodness & wisdom shall seem 
mete, which your humble petitioner, as in Duty bound, shall ever Pray. 

"Andover, Jan. 7th, 1700. Isaac 'Foster. " 

This petition, drawn up so carefully, and written in every respect so correctlj', 
bears evidence of being the composition of a man more accustomed to the use of the 
pen than the captive was, who had been three years campaigning. Who wrote it 
may be surmised from the fact that it was ordered to pay to Samuel Phillips, Esq., 
for the use of the petitioner in full remuneration for his services and suft'erings within 
mentioned the sum of eight pounds. Three years before, the father of the peti- 
tioner, John Foster, had presented a petition for his son's pay, to be given to him. 


He then supposed his son to be dead, not having heard from him for so long. Thus 
did the youth of Andover early mature in life's experience, and such were the sus- 
pense and anxiety of kindred "in regard to soldiers in the king's service:" — 

"The Petition, of John Foster, of Andover, April 2, 1757. Humbly sheweth that 
Isaac Foster, a minor, the son of your petitioner, was a soldier in his Majesty's 
service in the expedition against Crown Point, in the year 1756. in the Company of 
Col. James Frye, and in the month of Sept. the said Isaac (as he was scouting on his 
duty) was either killed by the enemy or taken captive, by reason whereof his Gun 
was not Returned. Vet there is kept back, out of his wages, from your petitioner, 
for said Gun the sum of £4, so that, without the interposition of your Hon'r and 
Hon'rs your Petitioner might be a sufferer for omitting that which it was not his 
power to perform ; your petitioner therefore humbly supplicates the consideration 
and favor of this Great and Wise Court, praying (with submission) that your Hon'r 
and Hon'rs would be pleased to allow him the said sum of £4, retained as aforesaid, 
or otherwise, as in your wisdom &• Goodness you shall think fit and judge mete, 
and your Petitioner, as m duty bound, shall ever pray. John Foster." 

"Ordered to be paid the full wages due to his son without any deduction." 

What a day of happy surprise that must have been when the long-lost son 
returned to relate his manifold escapes and adventures! 

^'ol. 123, page 3, Reg. Deeds at Salem, Essex Co. Isaac of Tewksburj-, in 1767, 
has an arrangment with David Trull and Charles Furbush for seven years — Nov 19, 
1766: They pay him £4 a year all the part of the seven years he lives (which seems to 
indicate he is about through with farming) and rent a farm, "all I possess in Tewks- 
bury in right of late wife Dorcas, dec. , which lands are descended to me, in death of 
wife by courtesy of England ; 100 acres in 3 parts ; a homestead which he lives in and 
pays taxes on, with i cow, which they feed; reserving this dwelling house to Isaac 
& heirs & a piece of land, etc. ; he to improve other lots named & parts about the 
barn & yard cV- pile wood — tuey to cut no timber save for fences — He to clear up the 
uncleaned land for his own use only, etc" — some arrangement, which is not clear 
to me ; should like to know the relation of Charles Furbush and David Trull to this 
apparently old man with heirs. He may have lield the property for baby Beth, 
but in seven years from 1766, Seth. born 1762, would be only 11 years of age, if 
alive. Johnson Brook and Sam Hazelline (formerly of Bradford) are on his bonds. 
Ann may have been a Hazeltine and wife of his son Isaac. Res., Tewksbury, Mass. 

773. i- SETH JEWETT, b. May 18, 1762. 

774- ii. ABIAH, b. May 25, 1763; m. Sarah Whiting. 

775. iii. MARY, b. Dec. 19, 1764. 

776. iv. EZRA, b. March 20, 1767; m. Abigail . Hon. J. L. Davenport, 

of the Department of the Interior, writes as follows. "Ezra 
Foster made an application for pension on April 4, iSiS, at which 
time he was 52 years of age, and residing at Lyman, N. H., and 
his pension was allowed for three years' actual service as a pri- 
vate in the Massachusetts troops. Revolutionary War. He 
enlisted at Tewksbury, Mass., and served under Captain Hudien 
and Colonel Tupper. His widow, Abigail, made application and 
received a pension for the service of her husband, as above set 
forth. He died Feb. 22. 1S56. Their children's names were; 
Mary, Nancy, George, Isaac, Ezra, John, Lois and Joseph." 

777. V. SOLOMON, b. May 6. 1769. 
77S. vi. ISAAC GRAY, b. June 22, 1771. 

779. vii. JOHN, b. May 15, 1773; m. Betty Baldwin Stickney. John's age 

, who moved away with his Betty, from Andover, and died 

in Albany, Me., June 20, 1S06. His widow took her letter from 
South church, and married, for her second, down there, Benjamin 
Clark, and I have written to a son, Daniel Clark, to hunt up the 
old gravestone. 

"Isaac, of Tewksbury, sent his son John over here to marry 
Betty Baldwin Stickney, of the line of Blacksmith John, a resident 
of North Parish. They moved to Albany, Me., which John, 
shortly before his death, helped to survey. This family take a 
strong interest in old Andover."— Miss Abbott. 

780. viii. JOEL, b. March 16, 1776. 

7S1. ix. ANNA, b. Nov. 2, 17S1; d. June 14, 1800. 


383. GIDEON FOSTER (John. William, William. Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Aug. 21, 1739; m. March 13, 176S, Elizabeth Russell, b. 1745; d. Sept. 15, 
1820. "Gideon Foster and his wife, Elizabeth Russell, lived in the house that Dea. 
Ballard Lovejoy demolished to build his present residence. He had daughters 
only, was a veteran of the Revolution and the special care of his nephew, 'Master 
Billy,' to whose interest the father of the schoolmaster commends him when only 
a small boy, for had he not fought for his country when William, with the care of 
a large estate could not be spared in person? The 0I4 tannery, on his and the 
adjoining estate of his brother, John Ballard, was worked by him and the tenants of 
what must be now the Matthews place, then taxed as the estate of William, of 
Boston, and his brother John, at first a resident o£ Reading." — Miss Abbott. He d. 
Aug. 9, 1817. Res., Andover, Mass. 

782. i. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 23, 1769; d., of a fever, June 27, 1S43: unm. 

783. ii. ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 13, 1771; m. William Shattuck, of HiUsboro, 

N. H., Nov. 17, 1790. 

784. iii. TAMISON, b. May i, 1773; d. March 23, 1776. 

785. iv. SARAH, b. June 14, 1775; m. May 19, 1803, Jonathan Gleason, of 


786. v. PRISCILLA, b. April ?. 177S. 

384. OBADIAH FOSTER (John. William William, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., May 25, 1741 ; m. May 30, 1769, Hannah Ballard, dau. of Hezekiah and Lydia, 
b. Dec. 6, 1748; she m. (pub. 1, 2d, June 7, 1792, John Chandler; d. Dec. 22, 1S38. 
"Obadiah Foster married Hanna Ballard, of Hezekiah's family, and they added 
lands and lent money and baptized the children regularly at the South Church ; and 
Obadiah generously lends right and left his ready cash, in times when good silver 
was the currency, and died suddenly in 17S0, with the new order of things to bother 
his widow. She thought there was a wide margin, but when the neighbors came 
to her help and balanced the books, her dower and the home lot was all that could 
be saved, and Obadiali's fair estate was severed far and wide. Joshua Chandler was 
ready to give her his first wife's charge, and, with her daughter Dorcas, she went 
over to the old Capt. John Chandler farm, still in the hands of Dorcas Foster's 
descendants. Space will not allow of the honorable mention of the descendants of 
Obadiah, who from Hudson and New Salem went wtst and south to build new com- 
monwealths."— Miss Abbott. Administration on his estate was granted his widow 
Hannah, who gave bonds, with Hezekiah Ballard and Gideon Foster, Oct. 2, 17S0. 
His real estate was valued at /■[. 253 9s. 8d. ; pergonal estate ^2,748. i6s. id. Yeoman. 
Hannah ( Ballard ) ( Foster ) Chandler gives a cow in her will to Lucy Foster, the negro 
girl, and names Sally Duncklee as her dau. He d. July 25, 17S0. Res. Andover, 

7S7. i. JOHN, b. March 3, 1770; m. Mary Danforth, Lucy Hastings and 

Mrs. Sally Morse Couch. 
768. ii. OBADIAH, b. Nov. 28, 177T; m Dec. 2=;, iSoo, Phcebe Doty, in 
New Salem, N. H. He d. in N. S., Julv 25, 1S19. Was a black- 
7S9. iii. HANNAH, b. Sept. 15, 1773: ro. June 16, iSiS, Abijah Cross, who 
d. Feb. 21, 1S48. She d. June 15. 1812. 

790. iv. FREDERICK, b. July 20, 1775; m. Nancy Finch of Newbury Dist, 

S. C. He d. in Eutaw, Ala.. Aug. 5, 1836. 

791. V. DORCAS, b. June 9, 1777; m. Oct. iS, 1798, Joshua Chandler, Jr. 

— son of Dorcas' step-father. She d. Dec, 21, 1S30. 

792. vi. GIDEON, b. Mav 23, 1779; m. Tabitha Robbins, Pamelia Winn and 

Mrs. Ruth Rose. 

385. SOLOMON FOSTER (John, William, William, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., April 14, 1743: m. Rebecca Brown, of Lincoln, b. 1751; d. June 26, 1S15. 
Solomon, of Lincoln, letter date September 16, 1790, ex. October 8, 1790, wife 

[Middlesex Probate.] He d. June S, 1790. Res., Littleton and Lincoln, Mass. 

793. i. SOLOMON, b. Oct. 26. 1774; m. Hannah Hodgman. 

794. ii. MARY, b. 

795. iii. NATHAN BROWN, b. ; a grandson is Nathan Huston, of 

Belfast, Me. 
387. DEA. ASA FOSTER (Asa, William. William. Reginald), b. Sept. 11. 1733. 
Andover. Mass. ; m. Boxford. Nov. iS, 17(12, Hannah Symons, of Boxford, b. Nov. 5„ 


1733; she d. June 28, 1775; m., 2d., in 1776, Hannah Peters; d. Jan 11, 1S15. He 
moved to Canterbury, N. H., from Andover. Was i>ne of five brothers and two 
sisters who went to Canterbury, N. H., probably before 1772, as his father, Asa 
Foster, Gent. , deeded to Asa Foster, Jr., of Canterbury, N. H., 240 acres of land 
in Canterbury that year. He was appointed deacon in 1773. and honorably sus- 
tained that office for more than forty years, until his death, Sept. 30, 1S14. He 
was appointed civil magistrate May 16, 1791. He married, ist, Hannah Symons, 
daughter of Joseph Symonds and Mary Peabody, and granddaughter of Wm. Pea- 
body and Hannah Hale, and great-granddaughter of Mary (Reginald) Foster and 
Lieut. Francis Peabody. He d. Sept. 30, 1S14. Res., Canterbury, N. H. 

796. i. A.SA, b. June 3, 1765; m. Sarah Morrill. 

797. ii. MEHITABEL, b. Nov. ig, 1771 ;m. March 14, 179S, Benjamin Kim- 

ball, of Concord, N. H. He was born in Concord June 4, 1771, 
(John, Benjamin, Richard, Benjamin, Richard), d. "Dec. 4. 1S18. 
She d. Sept. 23, 1S03, and he m., 2d, May 10, 1S04, Rhoda Beaman. 
He had 3 ch. by each wife. By Mehitabel he had i. Harriet, b. 
March 16. 1799; d. Oct. 21, iSSi; m. William Green, March 19, 
182S. She d. Dec. 21, iSSi. He was b. Dec. 19, 1788, and d. Aug. 
S, iS6q. Their ch. : i. Harriet E. Green, b. Aug. 28, 1S30, at 
Bristol, N. H. ii. Benjamin Kimball Green, b. Aug. 14, 1S32; 
d. June 16, 1S35. iii. Clarissa Harris Green, b. July 21, 1834; d. 
June 19, 1S35. iv. Mary Green, b. May 3, 1S36; m. Hon. J. C. A. 
Wingate, Oct. 19, i860. Shed. Nov. 3, 1S7D. v. Martha Green, b. 
June 7, 183S. vi. Annie Douglass Green, b. Jan. 12, 1S42; m. 
Frank W. Robinson April 11, 1S77. (She has written several books 
of poetry, Bristol, N. H.). vii. Clarissa Harris Green, b. Feb. 21, 
1S45; d. May 16,1846. 2. Asa Foster, b. July 1, iSoi ; drowned 
Nov. 27, 1S20. 3. Frederick P., b. Oct. 25, 1S02; d. Sept. 28, 1S03. 
A gr.-dau. is Harriet Green, residing in Bristol, N. H. 
79S. iii. SUSANNAH, b. Feb. 7, 1775; m. Nov. 24, 1793, Rev. Frederick 
Parker, b. in Shrewsbury, Mass., May 4, 1762; d. Apr. 20, 1802. 
Gr. Harvard in 17S4; ordamed in Canterbury in 1791. Re?. .Canter- 
bury, N. H. Ch. : 1. Harriet, b. Aug. 21, 1794; 6. Lowell, Mass., 
March, 1S42. 2. HoUis, b. Aug. 15, 1796; d. Jan. 2, 1S27. 3. 
Susanna, b. Jan. 23, 1799; d. Dec. 6, 1799. 4. Cyrus, b. Dec. 4, 
1800; gr. Dartmouth, 1S24; d. Edenton, Ga., Sept. 11. 1S25. She 
d. Feb. 24, 184S, and left no descendants. Mrs. Parker survived 
her husband and children several years, and, becoming blind, spent 
her last days with her brother Asa at Canterbury, where she was 
tenderly cared for. (She was one of the sweetest, dearest women 
I ever knew.) 

3S8. HON. ABIEL FOSTER (Asa, William, William, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Aug. 8, 1735; m. May 15, 1761, Hannah Badger, dau. of Gen. Joseph Badger, 
of Gilmanton, N. H. She d. Jan. 10, 176S, aet. 26; m, 2d, Oct. 11, 1769, Mary 
Rogers, b. Nov. 1, 1745. She d. in C. March 12, 1S13. She was a daughter of Dr. 
Samuel and Hannah Wise Rogers, of Ipswich, Mass. Her father was a descendant 
of John Rogers, of Dedham, England, and Rev. Nathaniel, Rev. John and Rev. 
John, of Ipswich, Mass. Her mother was a daughter of Major Ammie Ruhamah Wise, 
who was a son of Rev. John Wise, of Ipswich, who was a son of Rev. Joseph Wise, 
of Roxbury, Mass. She died March 12, 1S13. Among the household effects she 
brought to her new home was a fine Venetian mirror, which a great-great-grand- 
father. Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, brought with him to Ipswich, Mass., in 1636. This 
mirror is now in the possession of Mrs. Edward K. Warren, of Three Oaks, Mich., a 
daughter of Hon. Henry Chamberlain. He was born in Ma'^sachusetts. tilted for 
college and graduated at Harvard in 1756. Was ordained minister at Canterbury, 
N. H. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, after his removal to New Hamp- 
shire, where in 17S4, he was one of the judges (chief justice) of the Court of Common 
Pleas for Rockingham county. Was representative in Congress from 1789 to 1791 and 
from 1795 to 1S03. He was much employed in public business. Was one time president 
of the New Hampshire State Senate. His integrity, virtue and usefulness secured 
the esteem, confidence and favor of the people of New Hampshire and the respect of 
numerous friends. He was an intimate friend of Gen. Washington, whose miniature 
likeness on ivory, a gift from him, is in possession of one of Mr. Foster's descend- 
ants. A fair estimate of Mr. Foster's character and an interesting incident con- 



nected with some of his neighbors and constituency mav be found in a letter written 
to a friend in New \ork in 1S46 by Hon. Daniel Webster. "On a hot day (savs Mr. 
Webster)— it must have been m one of the last years of Washington's administration— 
I was making hay with my father, iust where I now see a remaining elm tree, about 
the middle of the afternoon. The Hon. Abiel Foster, M. C, who lived m Canter- 
bury, six miles off, called at the house and came into the field to see my father. He 
was a worthy man, college learned, and had been a minister, but did not have any 
considerable natural powers. My father was his friend and supporter. He talked 
awhile in the field and went on his way. When he was gone, my father called to 
me, and we sat down beneath an elm on a haycock. He said, 'My son, that is a 
worthy man ; he is a member of Congress ; he goes to Philadelphia and gets six dol- 
lars a day, while I toil here. It is because he had an education, which I never had. 
If I had had an early education I should have been in Philadelphia in his place. I 
came near it as it was. but I missed it, and now I must work here.' "My dear 
father,' said I, 'you shall not work; brother and I will work for you and wear our 
hands out and you shall rest.' And I remember to have cried, and I cry now at 
the recollection. 'My child,' said he. 'It is of no importance to me; I now live 
but for my children. I could not give your older brother the advantages of knowl- 
edge, but can do something for you. Exert youself ; improve your opportunities. 
Learn— learn, and when I am gone, you will not need to go through the hardships 
which I have undergone, and which have made me an old man before my time.' 
The next May he took me to Exeter to the Phillips Academy, and placed me under 
the tuition of its excellent preceptor, Dr. Benjamin Abbott." Foster was present as a 
member of Congress in 17S3, when General Washington resigned his commission as 
commander-in chief. The painting of this scene by Trumbull hangs in the rotunda 
of the Capitol at Washington. He sits in the foreground on the left of the picture 
as you look at it. General Washington presented him with his portrait m enamel. 
It is now in the possession of his great-grandson. Alfred Foster of Unionville 
Courthouse, South Carolina.. He d. Feb. 6, 1S06. Res., Canterbury, N. H. 

799. i. HANNAH, b. April 25, 1762; m. Jan. 13, 17S1, Cogswell; m. 

June 14, i-S^, Zebodah Sargent. 

Soo. ii. WILLIAM, b. Dec. 24. 1763; m. Betsey Morrill. 

801. iii. JAMES, b. Dec. 2S, nO^;; m. Mrs. Betsey Sanborn. 

502. iv. SARAH, b. Dec. 30, 1767; m. Tilton. . 

503. v. MARTHA, b. Aug. ig, 1770; m. March 25, 179:;, Col. Jeremiah 

Clough, Jr. Col. Jeremiah Clough, of Canterbury. N. H., was 
born Aug. 21, 1768. His father was Capt. Jeremiah Clough, of 
the Revolutionary army. Jeremiah Jr. was a soldier in the War 
of isi2,and died at Sackett's Harbor in 1S14. Their children were: 

I. Jeremiah Foster, b. Nov. 27, 1774, who m. Elenor Ham. Their 
children were (a) Mary, not m. ; teacher in Mass. (b) JIartha 
who m. Frederick Gerrey , of Sudbury, Mass. , where he now lives- 
Noel C, Fred., Charles and Elenor. 2. Apphia, b. March 3, i793. 
who m. Daniel Sawver, of Canterbury, N. H. He died from an 
accident in 1S26. She died at Lowell, Mass, 1S36. Their children 
were (a) Mary, who m. Joseph W. Gale, of Pembroke. ><. H. 
N. C. He died. She lives at 1014 Spring St., New Albany, Ind. 
(b). Sarah, who m. Hascall Combs, of Lowell, Mass. Had ch. 
He died. She lives with her sister, Mrs. Gale as above, (c) 
Nancy, m. Jonathan Kimball; i ch. She lives at 77 Tudor St., 
Chelsea, Mass. (d) Hannah, m. George Fox ; i son, George, m the 
navv; 2 daughters; one m. Dr. C. S. Hazeltine of 3 John's Place. 
Graid Rapids, Mich ; have ch. Dr. H. held a diplomatic station 
under President Cleveland. Caroline m. J. J. Brown, banker, 
etc.. New Albany, Ind., where they now live; have ch. Henry 
Sawyer m. Mary Soule. Ch. : (i.) Arthur, Chicago, 111. (2.) Helen 
M. Lombard, Boston, Mass.; has ch ; (3.) Henry Sawyer, inventor 
of Sawyer's Bluing, lives at Chelsea, Mass. 3. Hannah, b. Aug. 

II, 1796; m. Benjamin Sanborn, of Canterbury, N. H. Had ch: 
a Phebe, m. Frank Brown who lives at Concord, N. H. 
4. Mary Rogers, b. June 16, I798;d. Sept. 1,1856; m-. at Can- 
terbury, N. H., Capt. John A. Chamberlain; b. 1794; d- i°53- 
Their ch. were: a. Martha Clough, whom. Thomas C. Bradley; 
he d. She now resides at Three Oaks, Mich. b. John, who m. 
; d. His son Judson now lives at Northfield, N. H. ; c 


Mary, d. ; d. Rebeca, d. ; e. Elizabeth, who m. Cyrus C. Ryther 
and now lives at Dowagiac, Mich. ; has ch. f. Jeremiah C. Cham- 
berlain, who m. Grace Busby, has ch. and now lives at Chelsea, 
Mass. g. Caroline, who m. Hon. \Vm. Chamberlain, now of Jack- 
son, Mich, s- Joseph, b. Sept 20, iSoo; d. Sept. 25, 1S25. 

S04. vi. ABIEL, b. Feb. 19, 1773; m. Susannah Moore. 

805. vii. MARY, b. Oct. i, 1774; m. June 7, 1795, Henry Gerrish, Jr., of 
Boscowen, N. H. , 

S06. viii. ELIZABETH, b. March 9, 1777; m. March 25, iSoo, Enoch Gerrish, 
of Boscowen, N. H. 

807. ix. NANCY, b. May 25, 17S2; m. Sept. 30, 1S03, John Greenough. 

Res. C. Ch. Mary, b. July i, 1804. 2. Frederic, b. April i, 1S06. 

3S9. DANIEL FOSTER (Asa, William, William, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Sept 25, 1737; ni. there Dec. 16, 1760, Hannah Kittredge. He d. Jan. 25, 
1S33. Res. Andover, Mass., and Canterbury, N. H. 

808. i. DANIEL, b. at Andover. June 29, 1761. 

809. ii. HANNAH, b. at Andover, Feb. 3, 1763. 

810. iii. SIMEON, b. Tan. 22, 176';; m. Susanna Worthen. 

811. iv. BETSEY, b. April 9, 1767. 

812. V. JONATHAN, b. Aug. is, 1769; d. Sept. 12, 177S. 

813. vi. DORCAS, b. Nov. 24, 1770. 

S14. vii. ABIAH, b. Jan. 15, 1772; m. March 21, 1795, Elijah Sargent. 

815. viii. ABIGAIL, b. April 3, 1776. 

816. ix. RUTH, b. Sept. 14, 1779. 

817. X. JEREMIAH C, b. April 6, 17S4; m. Susanna Bradley. 

391. DAVID FOSTER (Asa, William, William, Reginald), b. Dec. 24. 1741, 
Andover, Mass.; m., Nov. 24, 176S, Sarah Foster, b. 1750; d. abt. 1830. He d. abt. 
1S21. Res., Canterbury, N. H. 

818. i. NATHANIEL, b. Nov. 19, 1769; d. April 11, 1773. 

819. ii. SARAH, b. Aug. 21, 1771; m. S. Hall. 

820. iii. NATHANIEL, b. Sept. 4, 1773. 

821. iv. DAVID, b. April i, 1776; m. Sarah Dearborn. 

822. v. JOSEPH, b. Sept. 22, 1779. 

523. vi. TIMOTHY, b. Aug. 21, 1782; m. Hannah Carter. 

524. vii. ASA, b. Aug. 6, 1784; d. Jan. 10, 17S5. 

393. CAPT. JONATHAN FOSTER (Asa, William, William, Reginald), b. 

Andover, Mass., July 28, 1747; m. Ipswich, Nov., 1770, Lucy Rogers, dau. of Hon. 

Samuel, M. D., who was son of Rev. John, of Ipswich, and gr.-son of Rev. John, 

president of Harvard College. She was b. Oct. 19, 1748; d. abt. 1S30. He d. 1S15. 

Res. Canterbury, N. H. 

825. i. SAMLTEL H., b. Nov. 6, 1771 ; m. Elizabeth Symonds and Mercy 

S26. ii. JOHN, b. July 22, 1773; m. Sarah Kimball. 

827. iii. LUCY, b. Sept. i, 1777; m. Dec. 25, 1S04., Thomas Ames. Shed, in - 
Canterbury, N. H., July 22, 1S43. He d. there Nov. 19, 1S40. 
They lived on the farm at the top of the hill west of the Free-will 
Baptist church. Wash, there Oct. 6, 1777. Ch. : i. Maria, b. 
Sept. 25, 1805; m. Sept. 25, 1824, Jacob Gerrish, son of Henry, of 
Boscowen; moved to New Buffalo, Mich., in 1835. He d. Oct. 
28, 1858; she m. 2d, April 16, 1S64, Charles Moody, of Concord, N. 
H. He d. there April 6, 1869; she d. in Manchester, N. H., Oct 
I, 1S79. s. p. 2. Frances Winkley, b. Aprils, 1807; m. May 8, 
183S, Rebecca Pearson Gerrish, dau. of Enoch, of Boscowen, 
Frances d. in New Buffalo, Mich., Aug. 30, 1838. Rebecca d. in 
Chester, N. H., 29, June, 1845, s. p. 3. Joseph Gerrish, b. April 
30, 1S08; m. Sept. 4, 1S39, Elizabeth Gerrish, dau. of Henry; m. 
2d, April, iS, 1S44, Rebecca Van Dervanter. Joseph died m 
Three Oaks, Mich, Aug. 12, 1S55. Elizabeth d. in Bertrand, 
Mich., Nov. 7, 1842. Rebecca m. 2d, Hon. Henry Chamberlain 
(see). He was supervisor of Wesaw and Bertrand townships, 
county commissioner in 1S38, and represented Berrien county in 
the legislature in 1S44. The ch. of Joseph G. and Rebecca Ames 


were: i. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 21, 1845; d. July 29, 1849. 2. Isaac, 
b. Feb. II, 1S47; d. Aug. 15, 1849. 3, Alice, June 8, 1850 d- 

^.?, mI- '^IT ./■,l°""P'' IJ^^'-y- ^- J"ly 18. ^853; m. Sept.' 26. 

1S77. Mary M. Markham. He graduated at the school of Phar- 
macy in the t' mversity of Michigan, 1S76. Was for some years a 
druggist at Niles, Mich., and afterwards was secretary of the 
Warren Featherbone Co., of Three Oaks, now in manufacturine 
Mich°?'Th w?A- Mich. (Residence, 543 Lincoln Ave., Detroit. 
Mich.) The children of Joseph Henry and Mary M. (Markham) 
Ames are. Alice, b Sept. 21, 1S79; Laurence Joseph, July 7, 1S81; 

«»? Ar^'''™''°.' ^- J""'' '^' '^^"y- Warren Cheever, b. Tan 3 
^f ,i*^ aP'"-^' c ~r",t ^''™"^' ^>*^^'"'' b- Tune I, iSio; m. Dec.' 
26, 1 5,36 Maria Batchelder, of Canterbury, dau. of Eben. He d 
Aug 28, 1852; Maria d. in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 30. 1S73. Ch. ": 

;•) ? h- ^A- \ ^?''^Z^' '^3S. ii. Francis W., b. April 22, 1S42 
of'hlrf ^^■ b- March 25, 1S45. They lived on the homestead 
li^ / P " "" ■' '^f • 7^^° ^^""y ""^•^'i to what is now the vil- 
lage ot Penacook and afterwards to Concord. He was killed bv 
being thrown trom a carriage in Canterbury. ,. Phebe, b Dec 
Miol «?■ ?°'L- '°' '.^^''- ^°"- Matthew Rowen," of White Pigeon 
Y'f- ^^^ f.- there June 13, 1S40. Ch. : i. Francis F., b. Feb. 24 
W ;»J?h ^t l^ ^- ^?^';^rv. °^ J'^'^esville, Iowa. 2 ch. She res. 228 
W. i3SthSt., New\orkCity. 6. Fisher, b. Oct. iS, 1814; m. Mary 
Pluramer.dau. of Nathan., Feb. 15, 1844; d. Aug. 14, 1S93. Mary 
d. 1S95. He succeeded to the homestead of his father in Canter- 
bury, and afterwards moved to Boscowen and later to Concord 
Their ch. were: 1. Sarah Plummer, b. in Boscowen, N. H Tan 
f;,-i^'''d J'- ^T'^y '^^'■"sh, b. in Boscowen, Sept. 16, 1S4S; m.' 
Th^}j ^°M^' J"'^ 3' ■'^^-'- '^'^^y '^^'^^ '° Penacook, N. H. 
Their child was Gracie Berson, b. Dec. 9, 1S75; d. July 27 1876 

Vil'^^^^M"^- ^■^''^- '^' '^'^' ™- ^°°- Matthew Rowen, of White 
Pigeon, Micn Sept. 14 1S42, where six of their children were 
born; moved to Janesville, Iowa, where Matthew d. May ^ 1881 
She now lives at Cedar Falls, Iowa. Ch. : i. Charles Augustus! 
^ ^M '^A S'^V ^- ^^^- '°- ^^^7. ii. Lucien G., b. Dec. 9, 1S44' 
m Mary A. Luke. 111. Florence M., b. Aug. 11, 1846. iv Wm' 
Fremont, b. Dec 19, 1S48; m. Harriet W. Triplet, v. Margaretta 
b Sept. 23, 1S50. VI. Matthew A., b. Dec. 31, 1S52; m. Mary T 

Codd.ngton, of Janesville, Iowa, Sept. 14, 1S80. Ch.f Howard 
Coddmgton, b. at Boulder City. Col., June 14, 18S1. S. Lucy 
Jane, h June 22, 1S60. 8. Caroline, b. Sept. 10 1820- m Abiel 
^inpft^r'"^^'v°'VT^'°"' '^^^'=^-- ^S«- Abiel°b."No;.Ts,t8i7 
F.h , l«°'"'^'^'-I?^yi'' ,'^79. Caroline d. in Manchester, N. h! 
^i^fbj- 'i^i- 9 Martha Wheeler, b. Dec. 24, 1S23; m. Williani 
Whittier Brown, M. D., of Manchester, May 12, 1S46 William d 
m Manchester, Jan. 6, 1S74. She d. in Manchester, N. H., Nov 27! 
io ^;« T ^"" r • m"^'"^- '• George Ames, b. in Manchester, Apr 
29, 1848; d. April 13, 1849. ii. Frederick Whittier, b. ii Bos- 
cowen April 29, 1S53; d. Feb. 20, 1855. iii. Grace Foste" b Tn 

HAA^MAu^^^u "^"2- 7. 1857: d, Oct. 15, 1862. 

HANNAH, b. April 26, .784; m. Nov. 22, 1S15. Joseph Moody. 
wL^^%^- ^^^cl"' y^'^' ^- P<^°acook, N. H.,-'March 2, 1879 
7. rl ^T^'- ^T^^ ^- ^^^^ 3. 1S73. Ch.: i. Mary Jane, b. 
in Canterbury, Jan. 21, 1817; m. Capt. Nath'l Rolfe of 

iTfi"' Tr^'r",' ''■ ^•••i.J"'^- '• '839; d. there Aug 
8, 1876. Thev had six children. A son is Mr Arthui 
Foster Rolfe, Penacook, N. H 

rosier KO.te t^enacook,_ N. H. ii. Nathaniel, b. in Canterbury, 
tf^ F^'/^'^'c"- fe^ V°'' ^P"' '7. 1S42. He d. at North cZ- 
cord, Feb. i;, ,855. They had tour children ; one is Mrs. Enoch Jack- 
?orH' m^h""".^.' ^- "■ '"• Lucy Ann, b. Oct. 19. 1823; m. Con- 
cord, N. H., May 11, 1S50, Samuel Thomas Lancaster, b. July 12 
mIU r^^^'-w'??- ^^T^-?^^ ^- Merrimack St.. Lowell, 
Nov% Tc?;, <, % ¥°'^'^-y (Lancaster), b. in Lowell, Mass.. 

Nov. 6, 1857; m. Sarah Jenkins, dau. of J. Henry Hill Esq of 


Worcester, Mass., June4, i8g2. They reside in Worcester. Their 
children were (born in Worcester): i. Southworth, b. Aug. 8, 
1893. 2. Bruce, b. Aug. 22, i8g6. iii. Mary Maude (Lancaster), 
b. Nov. 26, 1S61, in Lowell. Addresses; Walter M. Lancaster, 
"Spy" office, Worcester, Mass. Miss M. Maude Lancaster, 36S 
East Merrimack St., Lowell. Mass. 

829. V. ELIZABETH, b. May_i5, 1775; m. Pickard. 

409. DAVID FOSTER (David, Timothy, WiUicftn, Reginald), b. Keene, 
N. H., May 9, 1755; m. 17S6, Mary Dassance, dau. of ^iartin, a Fr:;nch refugee. 
In Revolutionary War. He. d. 1798. Res., Keene, N. H. 

830. i. DAVID, b. Feb. 21, 17S6; m. Mary Field. 

S31. ii. SAMUEL, b. Nov. 8, 17S1; d. unm. Dec. 3, 1848. 

832. iii. BETSEY, b. Oct. 28. 1783; d. unm. Nov. 7, iSio. 

833. iv. POLLY, b. March 16, 1791; d. unm. April 26, 184S. 

834. V. NANCY, b. Jan. 30. 1794; d. unm. Nov. 11, 1S24. 
S35. vi. ; SALLY, b. 1796; d. 1798. 

4267~ISAAC FOSTER (Benjamin, Jacob, Isaac. Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
Feb. 18, 172S; m. Hampstead, N. H., Oct. 31, 1754, Mehitabel Worthing (or Worth- 
en), dau. of Samuel, b. 1733; d. 1S26. They were married by Rev. Henry True in 
Hampstead, N. H., and moved to Granville, N. S., in 1760, and resided there for 
nearly si-xty years. His widow was unusually active for a woman of her years, and, 
to demonstrate to relatives and friends that this was so, participated in a dance 
when 92 years of age. Samuel Worthing's wife was Mehitabel Heath resided in 
1732 in Timberlane; organized into a town in 1749, as Hampstead, N. H.. He d. 
Jan. 29, 1819. Res., Granville, N. S. 

836. i. BENJAMIN, b. May 24, 1755 m. Elizabeth Richardson and Mary 


837. ii.: JACOB, b. 1757; d- 1759- 

S38. iii. SARAH, b. Oct. 15, 1760; m. 1779, John Adams; had a son James, 
b. Aug. 4, 17S0; m. Eleanor Chute, dau. of John, Jr. 

839. iv. ISAAC, b. Aug. 4, 1763; m. Betsey Gilliott. 

840. v. MEHITABEL, b. March 23, 1766; m. Thomas Phinney, son of 

Isaac and Anna (Thomas); res., Granville, N. S. He was b. 1765; 
d. Dec. 16, 1S45. She d. April i, 1S58. Phinney had nine children: 
Isaac, b. 17S7; m. Sarah Borden, 1819, and had seven children. She 
d. March 5, 1S47, let. 57. He d. April 14, 1S67. 2. William, b. 1789; 
m. Rebecca (Goucher) Starratt. 3. Ann, b. 1791 ; d. 1794. 4. Cynthia, 
b. 1793; m. Thomas Horsefield, I S25; had three children ; d. June 
12,1863. He (Horsefield) d. March 9, I S36. 5. Betsey, b. 1795 ; d. 
1796. 6. Ann, b. 1797; m. William, son of Andrew Walker, 1816; 
had si-K children; d. Dec. 17, 1S7S. 7. Walter W., b. 1799; d. 1826. 
8. Caroline, b. iSoi; m. David Dill, and d. Dec. 13, 1863. He 
(Dill) d. 1849, Jet. 59. 9. Elizabeth, b. 1803; m. David Felch Jr., 
March 12, 1S33; had 6 children. He (Felch) d. 1S68, set. 67. 10. 
Phineas, b. 1805; m. Jerusha Foster (Isaac Jr.); had four children; 
d. July 14, 1873. 

841. vi.; ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 17, 1768; m. Dec. 24, 17S9, Jordan Ricket- 

son, son of Abednego Ricketson. They res. in Granville, N. S. 
She d. July 31, 1795; he then m. 2d, 1796, Hannah Parker. He 
wash. 1765 ; d. in 1832. Elizabeth had three or more ch. : i. Henry, 
b. 1790; m. 1814, Charlotte Thomas. 2. Phebe, b. 1792; m. Theo- 
dore Hill. 3- Sarah, b. 1794: d. young. 

842. vii. SAMUEL, b. Oct. i, 1770; m. Betsey Wilson 

843. viii. OLIVER, b. May i, 1773 ; m. Cynthia Fellows and Betsey Saunders. 

844. ix. ASA, b. Nov. 24, 1776; m. Roby Hicks. 

845. X. JAMES, b. Jan. 24, 17S0; m. Mrs. , in Mass. 

427. EZEKIEL FOSTER (Benjamin^'Jacob, Isaac, Reginald), b. , Mass., 

, 1730; m. at Hampstead, N. H., July 17, 1755, Mary Roberts, dau. of Daniel, 

b. , 1736; d. July 31, 1765; m. 2d, Sept. 30, 1770, Ruth Farnsworth, b. July 24, 

1748. He was married by David Little, Esq., July 17, 1755. to Mary Roberts, at 
Hampstead, N. H. ; went to Granville, N. S., with parents, his brotner Isaac and 
three sisters in 1760. He d. . Res., Granville, N. S. 


546. i. SARAH, b. , i756;d. , 1760, in Hampstead, N. H. 

547. ii. MARTHA, b. Aug. 13, 1757; m. 1777, Benjamin Chute, b. Sept. 27, 

1754, d. Oct. 27, 1S31. She d. Feb. 11, 1816. Res., Granville. 
Ch. : I. James, b. April 29, 177S; m. Phebe Chute; res., Gran- 
ville. 2. Mary, b. May 21, 1780; m. Aquilla Langley. 3. Seth, 
b. Sept. 15, 17S2; m. Ann Fowler; res., Hampton, N. S. 4. 
Hannah, b. Dec. iq, 1784; m. Hanly Chute. 5. Benjamin, b. 
April 14, 1787; m. Hepzibah Fellows and Elizabeth 'Randall; 
res., Clarence. N. S. 6. Ezekiel, b. Jan. 6, 1790; m. Lydia A. 
Morse; res., Bridgetown, N. S. 7. Joseph, b. Dec. 9, 1792; m. 
Theresa Randall, and she m. 2d. Paoli Randall. 8. Eaton, b. 
Aug. 25, 1795; d. Sept. 22, 1796. 9. Martha, b. Aug. 17, 1799; 
m. Isaac Woodbury. 
S4S. iii. JOHN, b. March 29, 1760; m. Elizabeth Ricketson. ' ' 
849. iv. EZEKIEL, b. March 30, 1763; m. Elizabeth Dring. '" 
S50. v. JOSEPH, b. Oct. IS, 1771; m. Jane Ray. J 

851. vi. EZRA, F., b. Aug. i, 1773; m. Luranna Troop. 

430. JEREMIAH FOSTER (Benjamin, Jacob, Isaac, Reginald), b. , 

Mass., 1740; ra. Jan. 5, 1768, Jemima Kent. He went to Nova Scotia about the 
time of the Revolution, but remained only a short time, and returned soon after, 
settling in Maine. Res., Nova Scotia and Maine. 

852. i. JEREMIAH, b. Feb, 7, 1773; m. Sally Killam. 

S53. ii. [There were four sisters, one has descendants residing in Mass.., 
another m. a Blaisdell, and resided in Chicago.] 

431. ISAAC FOSTER (John, Jacob, Isaac, Reginald), b. Lebanon, Conn.,. 

in 1725; m. Deerfield, Mass., July 11, 1754, Irena Allen, b. , 1735; d. Dec. 13, 

1762; m. 2d, , 1794, Edatha Miller; d. after 1796. Removed with father to 

Deerfield about 1741. Served in Old French and Indian War of 1746, also Freneh 
War 1757, and in the Revolutionary War 1776 and 1777 at Ticonderoga and Benning- 
ton. Leading citizen of the town of Greenfield; member of the Committee of 
Safety; was selectman, assessor, sealer of leather, etc., for many years; married 
Irena, dau. of Edward and Mercy (Childs) Allen, of Deerfield. She died, and he 
married, 2d, Edatha Miller. He was a man much respected :n Greenfield, and a 
man of considerable property; owned considerable land; had a large mansion 
house, which overlooked the whole town of Greenfield. From his porch he could 
see the smoke from every chimney in the town. He held the office of sealer of 
leather for forty consecutive years, and it is supposed he was a tanner by trade, on 
this account. As stated above, he was in the Revolutionary War, was a private in 
Capt. John Wells' Company, in Col. Timothy Robison's regiment of Hampshire 
County men. Saw service at Ticonderoga in 1777; also was in Capt. Timothy 
Childs' Company, Col. David Field's regiment; had active service at Bennington. 
He was buried in Greenfield. He d. March ig, 1796. Res., Deerfield and Green- 
field, Mass. Children born at Greenfield; 

854. i. DOROTHY, b. June 23, 1755; d. Sept. 8, 176S. ^ _, 

855. ii. WARHAM, b. May 12, 1757; d. Sept. 30, I7=;8. 

856. iii. WARHAM. b. May 18, 1759; d. Sept. 18, 1777. " '"11' 

857. iv. ISAAC, b. Aprils, 1761; m- Rebecca Hunt. 

432. LIEUT. EZEKIEL FOSTER (John, Jacob, Isaac, Reginald; b. Leba- 
non, Conn., , 1727; m. May 23, 1751, Margaret Henry. Removed with his 

father to Deerfield 1741. Served in French and Indian Wars, 1747-48, under Lieut.. 
Child; also as a lieutenant in Capt. Agrippa Wells' Company, Hampshire County 
troops in the Revolutionary War, 1775-77. Lieut. Ezekiel Foster m. 1751, Margaret 
Henry, at which date he was a resident of Deerfield. Served in Revolution, going 
out May i, 1775, as second lieutenant in Capt. Agrippa Wells' Company, Col. Asa. 
Whitcomb's Regiment. Travelled 112 miles; out 3 mos., Sdays; dis. Sept. 23, 1775:: 
and in the discharge papers is spoken of as ensign. A Dr. Ezekiel Foster is given as '. 
being resident in District No. 4. Bernardston, in 1760. The date of his death coin- 
cides with that of Lieut. Ezekiel Foster, April 17, 1805, and I presume them to have: 
been identical. An Ezekiel Foster was out on the western frontier for 20 days"in- 
1756; had the title of corporal. He was in Capt. Israel Williams' Comi.any, 
stationed at Colerain, Oct. 19, 1756, to Jan. 23, 1757, for which service he received 
4 pounds, I2S. 5d. 


"A legal meeting, held in 1773, of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of 
Bernardston, held at the House of Elijah Sheldon in said town," when it was "voted 
that Messrs. Hezekiah Newcomb, Caleb Champion, Elijah Kingsley, Daniel Slate 
and'Ezekiel Foster be a committee to plan ye pews in ye Meeting house according 
to Greenfield Meeting house ; also to seet said house & order where people may erect 
pews, and the people that build pews shall hold them one year next ensuing, and no 
longer, unless the Town see cause, and the Committee are directed to observe this 

rule in seeting ye house, viz. : Age, Estate and Qualification." He d. . Res., 

Bernardston, Mass. 

858. i. EPHRAIM, b. . 

859. ii. EZEKIEL, JR., b. in 1752; m. Chloe Burnham. 

85914:. iii. RUFUS, b. in 1761. At age of 19 was out in the Fourth and Fifth 
Cos., Fifth Regt., Hampshire Co., under Lieut. -Col. David 
Wells; mustered July 24, i-So. He m. and settled in Mich. 

SsgK.iv. LURANY, m. Babcock; resided Caledonia, N. Y. 

859,3^. V. CHLOE, m. Gately; res., N. Y. State. 

433- ENSIGN JOHN FOSTER (John, Jacob, Isaac, Reginald), b. Deerfield, 

Mass., , 1744; m. Deerfield, April 24, 1779, Mindwell Athertou, b. Nov. 4, 1766; 

■d. abt. 1790; m. 2d, Hancock, N. H., Aug. 6, 1794, Lydia Foster, of Temple, 
N. H., b. Dec. 30, 1761; d. July 19, 1842. She was dau. of Joshua and Lydia 
(Peabody) Foster. (See Andover branch.) Reserved in the French and Indian 
Wars, from Greenfield, Mass., or Deerfield, and was also in the Revolutionary War. 
Was a farmer; moved to Bernardston, and in 1779 moved to Hancock, N. H. His 
first wife, Mindwell Atherton, was dau. of Oliver (5) and Mary (Severence. and gr.- 
dau. of Adonijah (4) and Anna (Barnard), who was son of Joseph (3) and Mary 
(Taylor), dau. of Capt. John Taylor, and gr.-son of Hope (2), who was son of Capt- 
ain Humphrey, of Dorchester. 

Sergt. John Foster's name appears on Maj. John Burke's enlistment roll, end- 
ing Nov. 30, 1758. Same name appears on another roll, enlisted as private. He was 
in Capt. Israel Williams' Company, stationed in Colerain, Oct. 19, 1756, to Jan. 23, 
1757. In 1760 he is known to have resided on the Kingsley place, east of Bernards- 
ton village. Among town offices which he held were those of hog-reave, 1762-4-9; 
fence viewer, 1763-4; sealer of the market, 1764; surveyor of highways, 1764-66; 
tithing-man, 1765-68; sealer of leather, 1773-77-78-79-80. John Foster was of Deer- 
field, 1741; m. April 24, 1779-81, Mindwell Atherton, of Greenfield. He was a 
■soldier in French and Indian Wars, 1746-57. Removed to Bernardston (Sheldon's 
Deerfield Hist.). In the Marriage-Intention Record at Bernardston he is given as 
John, Jr. (He may be the one whose death occurred at Burke Fort. ) John Jr.-s 
name appears on Burke's roll, ending Nov. 30, 175S, beside that of John Foster. 
He d. July 10, i8ro. Res., Hancock, N. H. 

&60. i. JOHN, b. Jan. 29, 17S0; m. . 

861. ii. SARAH, b. ; d. June 8, 1781. 

862. iii. MERCY, b. March 30, 17S6. 

863. iv. ISAIAH, b. ; m. Patty Hartwell. 

S64. V. JOSHUA, b. Feb. 12, 1796; m. Sally Hopkins, Mary Ann Fletcher 

and Mrs. Dorothy Little. 
865. vi. REBECCA, b. Jan. 3, iSoo. 
S66. vii. SILAS, b. ; m. • . A son is Marcus A., of Colorado 

Springs, Col. 
867. viii. BETSEY, b. ; d. Aug, 30, iSoo. 

435. CAPT. ELIJAH FOSTER (David, 'Jacob, Isaac, Reginald), b. Leba- 
non, Conn., Feb. 26, 1734; m. Sharon, Conn., Oct. 9, 1757, Deborah Holley. Capt. 
Elijah was born in Lebanon, Conn. ; moved to Sharon with his parents, and was a 
highly-respected citizen there. He resided where Dr. Sears resided in 1842, and 
was an early favorite of the town. He was for many years the constable. He 
entered the Continental army as lieutenant in 1776, and was active in it until its 
close. He commanded one of the Connecticut companies during the war, and died 
of small-pox soon after one of his terms of service. His body is buried in the old 
graveyard at Sharon, and this is the epitaph on the gravestone; 

Here lies the body ot Lt. Elijah Poster, 
Who died of small-po.x, June 14, 1777, 
III the forty-second year of his age, 


He d. June 14, 1777. Res., Sharon, Conn. 

868. i. OLIVE, b. Jan. ii, 1769. 

869. ii. JOEL, b. Feb. 23, 1759. 

43S. COL. BENJAMIN FOSTER, JR. (Benjamin, Benjamin, Isaac, Reg- 
inald), b. Massachusetts, 1726; m. Scarboro, Me., March 26, 1747, Abigail Milliken, 

b. May 29, 1731, dau. of Edward. Esq. ; d. ; m. 2d, in Greenland, N. H., in 1765, 

Elizabeth Scott. He was colonel of the Si.xth Lincoln County Regiment of Machias in 
Revolutionary War. He was born in the year 1726, and, while yet p. child, went with 
his father to Scarboro, in Maine. There, when but eleven years of age he was left 
alone by his father to take care of a large stock of cattle during the winter, till the 
arrival of his father with the remainder of the family in the spring. He afterward 
joined the Provincial army, in the first French and Indian War, with Gen. Aber- 
crombie, in his unsuccessful attack upon Fort Ticonderoga, the failure of which 
expedition he always attributed to lack of bravery and address in the English com- 

mander. In such scenes as this of trial and danger he acquired a character for cour- 
age and fortitude well suited to the stern times in which he lived. No danger could 
daunt, no obstacles discouraged him, and, as he himself often said, "He never knew 
what fear was." He was one of the first settlers in East Machias, to which place he 
w-ent m 1765, having then married his second wife, Elizabeth Scott, of a worthy fam- 
ily of two brothers and three sisters, who were also among the first settlers there. 
Being a man of the character above referred to and also of strict integrity and piety 
and deacon of the church, he was naturally a leading man, and was justly regarded 
as the father of the town. At the commencement of the Revolutionary War and 
after Boston had been taken by the British forces, the lumber trade, which was the 
only means of support of the little colony, was cut off, and the early settlers suffered 
for the necessities of life. Whole families subsisted for weeks on nothing but clams, 
and these most scantily dealt out. Day after day, for several weeks, Colonel Foster 
traveled a long distance to dig from the flats the only food which could be procured 
to save his large family from immediate starvation. Such was their suffering that 
assistance and provisions were at length sent to them from the Provincial govern- 
ment. It is related of the Colonel that, on the occasion of one of his visits to the 
clam flats, having filled his pockets with the savory bivalves, he became so 



exhausted that he sat down upon a rock and was making in his mind the choice of 
sitting there to be drowned by the flowmg tide or taking up his bucket and trudg- 
ing his weary way to his half-famished family, when he'happened to raise his eyes, 
and discovered a long-expected vessel, laden with provisions for the starving 
pioneers. Immediately his feet and ankle-bones regained strength, and he has- 
tened up to the town with the joyful news. In the year 1775, soon after the battle 
of Bunker Hill, Capt. Ichabod Jones, of Boston, a Tory in politics, obtained permis- 
sion of the British admiral commanding at Boston ft) freight a small vessel with 
provisions to Machias, where some of his connections resided, on condition that he 
should bring back a cargo of wood and lumber for the use of the King's troops. In 
pursuance ot this plan, a well-armed schooner. The Margaretta, Captain Moor, acted 
as convoy to Jones's vessel. The ships arrived at Machias, and the provisions were 
unloaded, and the loading of the vessel with lumber began. Foster, as well as a 
majority of the citizens, were zealously attached to the cause of liberty and looked 
with suspicion upon the arrival of the British vessel, and though as a matter of 
necessity they had consented to receive the provisions, yet they were highly exas- 
perated at the idea of becoming agents to further the design of the enemy. On a 
pleasant Sunday morning the officer of the armed schooner went up to Machias to 
attend religion? services; but the intrepid deacon and most of the leading men 
were not that dav at their usual places for worship. At a spot in the woods, west- 
!:rly from the village, and near a brook (see Foster's Rubicon), these daring heroes, 
isolated from all the rest of the world, were discussing the expediencj' of seizing 
and making prisoners of the British officers, and of taking the first naval prize ever 
taken from the mother country by her grown-up and restless daughter. To cut 
short the discussion and insure celerity of execution. Colonel Foster jumped across 
the brook and invited every man who was in favor of the plan to follow him. Every- 
man soon followed him across the brook— the first instance, I presume, of ever "poll- 
ing the house" in Machias parliamentary proceedings. 

The British officers, for some cause, became suspicious, and, seeing the members 
of the council of war approaching, immediately took to their boats, and escaped 
just in time to prevent their seizure. Colonel Foster immediately consulted with 
Captain O'Brien, and it wasspeedily determined to give chase and capture the enemy. 
O'Brien took command of Jones's vessel, while Colonel Foster, with part of the com- 
pany, took charge of another vessel, and with such weapons of defense and offense 
as they could hastily muster, these two vessels started in pursuit. I cannot learn 
that Foster's vessel had any part in the brave hand-to-hand contest which resulted 
in the capture of the "Margaretta," and the death of her brave commander. Captain 
]\Ioor. The most reliable information which I can obtain is, that Foster's vessel 
accidentally got aground. The British vessel and Jones's vessel were afterward 
regularly adjudicated upon and condemned as lawful prizes, and the prize money 



distributed among the captors. About the same time an English tender arrived in 
the bay, and the captain came on shore to inquire for the "Margaretta." Capt. 
Stephen Smith, with a small party, near Buck's harbor, waylaid and took him pris- 
oner, and O'Brien and Foster, with their two vessels, took both the tender and her 
crew. The crew were afterward sent as prisoners to Falmouth. The two brave 
commanders proceeded to the headquarters of the American army, then at Cam- 
bridge, to carry intelligence of the victory, and were there received with shouts of 
applause. Congress afterward voted them public thanks for their bravery and good 
conduct. In consideration of their gallant conduct, government proceeded to take 
some measures for the defence of this place, then so remote and exposed to the 
assaults of the enemy on account of their daring exploits. A fort was built at the 
Rim, near the "Avery House," and a garrison established under Colonel Allen. 



In 1777, Sir George Collier, with a fleet of four vessels, arrived in the bay for 
the purpose of avenging upon the people of Machias the capture of the "Marga- 
retta." Leaving the fleet below, he came up the river to reconnoitre or attack the 
town in boats. The inhabitants had prepared for defense. A breastwork had 
been thrown up at the Rim, just below the fort; an iron chain, suspended by a log 
boom, was stretched across the river and fastened to a rock on each side. Colonel 
Foster commanded at the breastwork on the Rim. After an engagement with the 
boats, with various accounts (some of them without doubt much exaggerated) of 
the loss of the British, but with none killed, and but one wounded of Colonel Foster's 
men, the boats retired. The next day the British advanced with an armed brig, 
and, under a heavy fire of cannon, landed a large body of men, who passed through 
the fort, broke the booms, and after burning and destroying two dwelling houses, 
and a building used as a guard-house, re-embarked on board, apparently satisfied 
with the glory of their exploit. An exaggerated account of this expedition was 
afterward published, stating that they had taken and destroyed two magazines full 
of leather, rice and other stores, which in fact was a shoemaker's shop, in which 
there might have been some hides. The brig sailed up the river under a continu- 
ous fire from each bank, Colonel Allen with the Indian allies on the right bank above 
Colonel Foster, and Captain Smith on the left bank. The crew of the brig were 
unable to land. Once they attempted it in a long boat, but Neptune, a noble Indian, 
under Colonel Allen, after having repeatedly requested the privilege of firing at the 
boat's crew, and being denied until they should come nearer, at last breaking over 
the authority of his commander, with a hasty expression of Indian eloquence, mingled 


with Yankee profanity, rushed into the river to his waist, and, raising his long gun 
with a deadly aim, fired; one officer fell in the boat. The boat returned to the brig 
and the brig returned down the river. The yells of the Indians and the shouts of 
the people nearly drowned the sound of the musketry, which followed their retreat 
with increased rapidity and effect. 


On arriving near the fort the brig grounded on a point and swung off stem to 
the shore, when a deadly contest ensued, with considerable loss to the enemy. One 
incident coanected with this engagement is worth relating. When the enemy 
surprised and took the fort and the inmates were hurrying out, Benjamin Gooch and 
Edgar Hathaway, two of the noted inhabitants of our town, stopped long enough 
to take up a plank in the floor, and drop through the swivel which they had to 
defend the fort; and they had just time to escape. When the brig was aground she 
was in fine position to be operated upon from Colonel Foster's entrenched position at 
the Rim. Gooch and Hathaway revealed the hiding place of the swivel ; it was 
taken up and placed upon a rude stretcher, a blanket thrown over it, and, while 
those on board the brig were saying, "We have fixed one of them, they are bearing 
him off," the swivel was solemnly convej-ed to the entrenched position, and there 
securely lashed to a pine stump, and its first discharge sent a messenger through a 
cabin window, which killed the steward and a dog on board the brig. The brig and 
the fleet afterwards retired, and the inhabitants were not again molested during 
the war. The loss on the part of the inhabitants was one killed and one wounded. 
Such was the issue of the Revolutionary battles fought in the town, and, while the 
spot where it happened is but a short distance from it, and the ruins of the fortifi- 
cations may still be seen, yet few look upon them as the scene of as glorious a 
defence as the history of our country affords — and the man who conducted it is gen- 
erally forgotten, and sleeps without any tombstone to mark the place of his last 

At the time of these stirring events. Colonel Foster was more than fifty years of 
age, and the father of a family of ten sons and two daughters. Most of them sur- 
vived him and were respected and honored citizens of the town. Colonel Foster was a 
bold, energetic man, of strong feelings and generous impulses, of strict integrity 
and piety — a benefactor to the town, and one whose character has left its impress 
upon his succeeding generations, and whose virtues and suffering and noble deeds 
of daring should be kept in remembrance and fill a large space in the early history 
of that town. He d. July 4, iSiS. Res., Scarboro and Machias, Me. 

S70. i. JACOB, b. ; m. Anna Jones. 

871. ii. DANIEL, b. ; d. young. 

S72. iii. JOHN, b. ; m. Phebe Burr. 

873- iv. BENJAMIN, b. ; m. Ruth Scott. 

874. v. ABIJAH, b. ; m. Apphia Talbott. 

875. vi. ELIZABETH, b. ; d. young. 

576. vii. LEVI, b. : m. Sally Beal. 

577. viii. BETSY, b. ; m. Joshua Burr; removed to Trenton. 

878. ix. ASA. b. . 

879. X. SAMUEL, b. ; m. Comfort Scott. 

880. xi. DANIEL, b. , 1761 ; m. Hannah Gardner. 

8S1. xii. GEORGE, b. ; m. Cynthia Chase. 


440. ISAIAH FOSTER (Benjamin, Benjamin, Isaac, Reginald), b. in New 

Hampshire, ; m. ,Lydia Fogg. In 1761 and 1762 western Maine wassuffer- 

ing from drought and forest fires. Isaiah Foster, of Scarboro, took a few companions 
and set out in a whale-boat eastward in search of marsh hay. Arrived at Machias, 
Foster was cheered with the sight of unscathed acres of g^ass, and also with what 
his trained eye saw was even more valuable — forests upon forests of timber close to 
an e.xtraordinary water-power standing at the head of tide navigation. His report to 
stricken Scarboro led, in May, 1763, to the first permanent settlement at Machias. 
How Isaiah Foster stayed behind in Scarboro with his aged father, but let his 
younger brothers go to the new land, and how, at the elder Foster's death, so com- 
plete was this migration that there was no man left to help Isaiah in digging his 
father's grave, and how the former twice visited this colony of his planting, and the 
last time died on his way back at Cherryfield, are town traditions. 

The severe drought had left the people there with not provisions enough for 
three weeks more. The little town consisted at this time of eighty families and a 
hundred single men. They kept only a few cows and some oxen for the log-haul- 
ing. Potatoes were almost the only vegetable, and of these there were not enough 
for their own consumption. I\Ioose were abundant, but the art of hunting them 
was unknown to most of the earlier settlers. Long expeditions were exhausling to 
hungry men, who had sometimes found even the search for clams no easy task. 
They remembered well the "clam year" of 1767, when the vessel that was to bring 
them supplies had become ice-bound on her way, and for two months the people 
gleaned a scanty subsistence from potato sprouts and remnants of starching-fiour 
and from the clam beds. 

In justice to these men, who, it would seem, might have improved their lands 
more, it should be noted that Machias had at first supposed herself to be in the 
jurisdiction of Nova Scotia, and had applied to Nova Scotia for a township grant. 
When in 1770 the grant from JIassachusetts was received, it was not to be valid 
until it had the King's signature. This uncertainty about ownership made the 
people the more mtent on making the most out of what was theirs in hand — the 
unlimited lumber resources. There were no highways to connect them with the 
distant settlements, even feebler than themselves, and communication by water 
could easily be controlled by an invading foe. A little later they petitioned "The 
Honorable Congress of the Massachusetts Bav" "not for charity," but for supplies 
to be delivered to Smith and Stillman, who should "obligate themselves to pay the 
whole amount on demand in lumber." "We have no country behind us to lean 
upon," they said, "nor can we make an escape by flight; the wilderness is imper- 
vious, and vessels we have none." He d in Cherryfield, Me. Res., Scarboro and 
Machias. ^le. 

SSi^.i. BENEN, b. Nov. 14, 1760; m. Deborah Kinney. 

882. ii. KEZIA, b. , 1769; m. Jan. 10, 1792, Bordman Johnson, b. 

Canterbury, N. H., Sept. 23, 1769; d. , 1S5S, at Jackson, Me. 

She d. Jan. 20, 1S31. He was son of Benjamin, and gr.-son of 
Asa. Ch. : i. Hannah, a child is Mrs. Bartlett Smith, 13 Buck- 
ingham St., Cambridge, Mass. 2. Fortius, a child is Miss 
Harriet Johnson, Barre, Mass. 3. Charles, a child is Melville 
Johnson, Esq., Macwahoc, Me. 4. Cyrus, a child is Samuel A. 
Johnson, Joyland, Penn. 5. Benjamin, a child is Miss Laura 
Maria Johnson, Glencoe, 111, Box 66. 6. Mary Ann ; no children. 
7. Laura Jane: no children. S. Augusta, the widow of her one 
child, Perez Graves, lives in Orono, Me. 9. Samuel*, b. Sept. 
23, 1S15; m. Dec. 12, 1S44, Ann Mary Upton, b. Aug. 31, 1S22; d. 
Oct. 31. 1846. He was a teactier, and died Feb. 13, 1884, in Ban- 
gor, Cal. Ch. : i. Nancy Hattie, b. Oct. 29, 1845; m. March 4, 
1875, John E. Hastings; res., 31 William St., Worcester, Mass. 
Ch.: a. Roland Johnson, b. Jan. 16, iSSt. 

S83. iii. HANNAH, b. ;' m. Thomas Parsons. Res., Machias, Me. Ch.: 

I. Ezekiel. 2. Wilmot; m. John Coxford. 3. Daniel. 4. 
Mary; m. John Hodsdon. 5. Dorothy; m. James Gould. 6. 

•Samuel Johnson married three times. His first wife left but one child. His second wife 
was Abby Gates, of Thordike, Me.; married Dec. 25, 1H51. She had one child, Arabella, who died 
Nov. 20, IK>4, the mother dying soon after. He aftewards married Marilla .Manson, Unity, 
Me., Nov. 20, 1862. Three children, Samuel Bordman, born Aug. 14, 1803. Jackson, Me.; Ezra 
Abbott. Dec. 6, 1865, Jackson, Me.; Abby Marilla, March -, 18ro. The widow of Samuel John- 
son and her three children live in Bangor, Butte County, Cal. 


Sarah. 7. Keziah ; m. — — ■. 8. ^_ Lydia. 9. Isaiah, i^ 10. 

884. iv. ROBERT, b. ; m. Jane Patten. 

441. WOODEN FOSTER (Benjamin, Benjamin, Isaac, Reginald), b. Maine, 

; m. , Frances Scott. He was a blacksmith by trade, and was residing in 

Scarboro, in 1763, where he was engaged by the Machias association to go with 
them there and assist in erecting a sawmill. He, howeyer, ever after resided there. 
Res., Machias, Me. 

885. i. JOHN WOODEN, b. ; m. Lucy Chase and Mehitabel Meserve. 

886. ii. SARAH, b. ; m. Stephen Munson, son of Joseph and Sarah 

(Morse). Res., Machias. Ch: i. Stephen. 2. Robert. 3. 

Moses. 4. Paul. 5. Foster. 6. Fanny; m. Elkanah Hanscom. 

7. John. S. Mark. 9. Eliza. 10. Sally. 

"i. MOSES, b. ■; m. Drusilla West. 

7. JENNIE, b. . 

PAUL, b. ; m. Betsey Webber. 

890. vi. JOEL, b. : m. Mary West. 

891. vii. RUTH, b. ; m. Nathan Hanscom, son of Aaron and Sally 

(Sevey). Res., Machias, Me. Ch. : i. Susannah. 2. Fanny. 
3. John. 4. Joel. 5. Rebecca, m. Joel Sevey. 6. Sarah, m. 
Hiram Nason. 7. William. 8. Ruth, m. Aaron Averill. 9. 
Phebe, m. Charles Cottell. 10. Nathan. 11. Hannah. 12. 
Josiah. 13. Samuel W. 

892. viii. ELI AS, b. ; m. Mary Gooch and Lucy Dorman. 

893. ix. JAMES, b. , 1773; m. Lucy Gooch and Hannah Simpson. 

442. EZEKIEL FOSTER (Benjamin, Benjamin, Isaac, Reginald), b. abL 

1734; in Mass., in that part later Maine; m. . He resided in Scarborough, 

but moved to Machias, Me., soon after his brother went there. He was one of the 
persons on board of the sloop, soon after the Revolutionary War broke out, who 
assisted in the capture of the "JIargaretta," a sloop bound for Boston with lumber 
for the British. In the battle a number of persons were killed, and the crew of the 
Margaretta were taken to Machias as prisoners of war. Res. , Scarborough. 

894. i. EZEKIEL, b. . 

895. ii. DANIEL, b. . 

896. iii. BENJAMIN, b. May i, 1777; m. Hannah Bartlett. 

469. JEREMIAH FOSTER (Jeremiah, Abraham, Jacob, Reginald), b. at Ips- 
wich, I\Iass., Jan. 6. 1740; m. Oct. 29, 1765, Sarah Fellows, dau. of Dea. Samuel. 
They resided in Ashburnham until 1773, wtien they moved to Shelburne. Res., Ash- 
burnham and Shelburne, Mass. 

S97. i. SARAH, b. Aug. 10, 1766. 

898. ii. AMOS, b. Oct 13, 1768. 

899. iii. NATHAN, b. Nov. 27, 1771; m. Fanny Kirk and Hannah Baker. 

470. DEA. SAMUEL FOSTER (Jeremiah, Abraham, Jacob, Reginald), b. 
at Ipswich, Mass., Jan. S, 1741; m. July 6, 1769, Susanna Wood, dau. of^Bennet, b. 
April 14, 1750; d. Oct. 31, 1S39. He was a worthy and influential citizen. His name 
was found on the Ashburnham town records quite frequently. "Susanna Foster, 
guardian for Joel Foster, aged 13; Amos Foster, aged 11; Obed Foster, aged 6, 
and Susanna Foster, aged 3 years, minor children of Samuel Foster, late of Ash- 
burnham, May 23, 1793. One of the witnesses is Nathaniel Foster, one of the 
bondsmen is Abraham Foster." — Worcester Probate. 

Copy of the will of Samuel Foster, Sr., of Ashburnham, Mass., who was born in 
Ipswich, Mass., about I74i,and moved with his parents to Ashburnham, 
in 1757, where he died April 15, 1793. 
In the name of God, Amen: 

I, Samuel Foster.of Ashburnham, in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, yoenian, being sound in memory but weak in body, make and 
ordain this to be my last will and testament, revoking all former wills, and, first of all, I 
commend my souU to Almighty God, hoping for mercy and eternal salvation through 
Jesus Christ, the redeemer; and my body I assign to the earth from whence it was 
taken, believing I shall receive it again in the gracious morning of the resurrection. 
My personal charges I will to be paid, with all other debts, by my executor. As to 


the estate, real and personal, that I am possessed of, I give and bequeath in the fol- 
lowing manner: 

1_ Imprimis: To Susanna, my dearly beloved wife, I give and bequeath all my 
household furniture, the west room in my house and the chamber over it and a free 
passage up the front stairs into it, a third part of the kitching chamber — viz. : the 
south-west end of the kitching — to use when she needs, and the use of the room back 
of the kitching, when she has occasion, without molestation, and the use of the cellar 
under the north-east front room, with the stairs that lead down to it. And further, 
for her comfortable subsistence, I will that my son Nathaniel, to be hereafter men- 
tioned, or which son soever shall take my home place, shall annually, and from 
year to year, keep for her two good cows, summer and winter, and four sheep, and 
iDring into the house and deliver to my beloved wife, eight bushels of Indian corn, 
six bushels of rye. and four bushels of wheat, two barrels of cider, one bushel of 
malt, fifteen pounds of flax, twelve pounds of sugar, one gallon of rum, one pound 
and half of tea. Further I will and ordain that she have the privilege of taking 
fruit out of the orchard m the season as she needs, and to have six bushels of win- 
ter apples; that she have fifteen cords of wood yearly, cut and fit for the fire, and 
the free use of the woodhouse. Likewise that she have a horse whenever she 
desires to ride to meeting or elsewhere, and also that the said son pay all the ex- 
penses accruing on account of her sickness, to physicians, nurses, etc., and provide 
annually one hundred pounds of merchantable beef, and 'tis my will and intentions 
that all of the above articles be merchantable. 

Item. To Abraham, my first born, I give and bequeath the house in which he 
lives, together with the blacksmith shop, the land east of the house lying in a three 
square form and two acres round his barn, beginning at the road four rods west of 
the bam and running north far enough to take in two acres. Likewise, I give him 
what land I have lying south of the road, be the same more or less acres, with all 
the privileges therewith belonging on condition that he pay to his brother Jeremiah 
Bennet, when he comes of age, thirty pounds lawful money, and if he does not pay 
at the time to allow him interest until payment is made. Likewise, I give him my 
son Samuel, who is apprenticed to him, and not bound, till he is of lawful age. to do 
with him as if he was his own child ; and further I give to my son Abraham my 
son Joel till he is of lawful age, to learn them both the blacksmith trade, and to 
furnish them with the tools proper to set up the trade with as they come of age. 
Such tools as he can make himself, he to find the iron and steel necessary to make 

Item. To Nathaniel, my second son, I give and bequeath all my home place 
with the buildings, privileges, commodities, etc., keeping the part of tne house re- 
served for the use of his mother, together with two other lots joining together — 
one of which I bought of Conn and Ames, and was laid to them to make up the 
Fourth Division Lot No. 22 equal to the other rights; The other I bought of John 
Gushing — together with my stock of cattle and husbandry tools, he to make pro- 
vision bequeathed for his mother. I also give him my son Hosea till he comes of 
lawful age. to do with as his own and to give him then a pair of steers two years old 
the spring before. I also give him all my notes of hand and book debts, he at the same 
time to pay what debts I owe, I will further that he pay my sons Amos and Obe- 
diah twenty pounds lawful money each as thej- come of lawful age; to my daugh- 
ter Susanna twenty pounds lawful money when she arrives at the age of eighteen, 
unless she should marry before that age, in that case to pay her the legacy upon her 
marriage. I also give him the use of the improvement on the lot I bought of Mr. 
Pope till my son Hosea comes of age, and likewise of the lot I have lying between 
Mr. Jones and Mr. Wetherbee, being on the road to Ringe, until my son Samuel 
comes of age, and that part of my house reserved for the use of his mother shall 
revert to him at her decease. In consideration of the privileges he has, I will and 
order him to pay all taxes on the lands I have willed to his brothers while they are 

Item. To Jeremiah Bennet, my third son, I bequeath thirty pounds lawful 
money, which I have ordered Abram to pay him when he is of age, and my share 
in the Ashburnham Library ; and I have given him to John Gushing till he is of 
lawful age to deal with as his own. 

Item. To my son Samuel I bequeath one half of my lot lying between Mr. 
Jones and Mr. Wetherbee as above mentioned or described. 

Item. To my son Hosea I give and bequeath the lot I bought of ^Slr. Pope, No. 
2 in the Fourth Division. 


Item. To my son Joel one half of the lot in common with his brother Samuel, 
above mentioned. 

Item. To my son Amos my lot which I bought of Mr. Haywood, which is Xo. 
15, in the Fourth Division, and twenty pounds lawtul money, to be paid by Xathaniel, 
when of lawful age. 

Lastly. To my only daughter Susanna I give and bequeath the sum of twenty 
pounds lawful money, to be paid by Nathaniel as above mentioned. The lot I bought 
lately of my brother Jeremiah I would have him take badi and give up my note, but 
if not I order my executor to sell it to discharge the debt. My wearing apparel I will 
to be divided equally between my sons Amos and Obediah. 

My three pews in the meeting house I dispose of in the following manner: 
The pew behind the body seats adjoining to Mr. Jones I give and bequeath to my 
wife, the other two to my children to have equal rights in this property. Finally, I 
order my son Nathaniel to provide decent gravestones for me and his mother. 

Thus have I disposed of my earthly possessions and do hereby constitute and 
appoint Susanna, my wife, and my son Nathaniel executors of this my last will and 

In witness whereof I have signed, sealed and declared this as my last will this 
twenty-eighth day of March, A. D., 1793. 

(Signed) Samuel Foster. 

In presence of 

John Cushmg Attest, Theoph. Wheeler, Reg. of Probate. 

Francis Lane 
Elizabeth Dickenson. 

A true copy: Examined. 

He a. April 15, 1793. Res., Ashburnham, Mass. 

goo. i. ABRAHAil, b. April S, 1770; m. Sarah Willard and Mary T. Davis. 

901. ii. NATHANIEL, b. Dec. 26, 1771; m. Hepsibeth Cutting. 

902. iii. JEREMIAH BENNET, b. Oct. 14, 1773; d. unm. May 3, 1S46. 

903. iv. SAMUEL, b. Feb. 9, 1776; m. Lydia Stearns. 

904. v. HOSEA, b. Aug. i, 177S; m. Polly Joslin. 

905. vi. JOEL, b. Aug. 21, 17S0; m. Dolly Wetherbee and Mrs. Ruth Fuller. 

906. vii. AMOS, b. Nov. i6, 1782; d. unm. Sept. 1S12. 

907. viii. OBEDIAH, b. Oct. 25, 1786; m. (pub.) July 15, 1S09, Deborah Wil- 

lard, but d. unm. July 23, i8og. 

908. ix. SUSANNAH, b. Sept. 25, 17S9; m. Nov. 11, iSii, Capt. Francis 

Lane. Shed. Mar. 15, 1S67. He was a man of good judgment, 
and was successful in the conduct of the mill at Lane Village. 
He d. Oct. II, 1856. Res., Ashburnham, Mass. Ch. : i. Allen F., 
b. JIarch 24, 1S12; m. Laura P. Tyler; res., A. ; 9 ch. 2. Hepsibeth 
C, b. June 14, 1813; m. Israel A. Packard; res.. A-; 3- Amos F. 
b. Jan. 30, 1S15; m. Martha Ward; res., A. ; 10 ch. 4. Samuel, b. 
May 21, 1817; m. Nancy H. Eaton; res,, A. ; 5 ch. 5. Jlilton. b. 
Feb. 27, 1819; m. ]\Iary Parkhurst and Mrs. Jane Pierce Flagg. 
6 ch. ; res., A. 6. Leonard, b. April 21, 1S21; m. Lucy Pollard; 
res.. A.; i ch. 7. Hosea, b. April 20, 1823; d. Aug. 7, 1S2S. 8. 
Susan W., b. Jan. 23, 1827; unm.; res., A. 9. Rebecca C, b. 
Jan. 2g, 1827; m. Merrick Eaton; res., A. 10. Eleanor J., b. Jan. 27, 
1829; m. Daniel W. Lane; res., A. 11. Hosea F., b. Feb. 7, 1831; 
m. Elizabeth E. Fairbanks, res. , Tempelton. 12. Charles W.,b. 
Aug. 15, 1833; m. Philena H. Packard; res., A.; i ch. 

909. X. DOROTHY, b. Nov. 25, 1793; m. Feb. 16, 1815, Ezekiel Metcalf. 

She d. April 14, 1S67. He was a farmer; resided on Foster Hill. 
Res., Ashburnham, Mass. He d. Feb. 26, 1852. Ch. : i. Otis, 
b. Jan. 10, 1816; m. Sarah C. Davis; res., A; 3 ch. 2. Joel F., 
b. Jan, 6, i8ig; m. Martha D. Davis; res., Leominster. 3. Mary 
Ann, b. April, 17, 1S21; m. Orin Morton; res., A. 4. Sultina, b. 
Dec. 2, 1824; d. Sept. 2g, 1840. 5. Lavina, b. Sept. 26, 1835; d. 
Sept. 14, 1848. 

475. ABRAHAM FOSTER (Abraham, Abraham, Jacob, Reginald), bapt. 

Charlestown, Mass., Dec. 2, 1744; m. . He was a cabinet maker. Res., in 

Ward 3 in 1780, Boston. Mass. 

gio. i. MARY, b. . Willof Mary Foster of Boston, single woman ; brother 

Joseph Foster, two sisters, Sarah Foster and Rachel Foster; late 


father Abraham Foster, deceased ; nephews, Moses B. Foster and 
Joseph Foster and John Foster; niece, Sally Foster, and her 
Brother, my nephew, John Foster, before named. 

Dated Sept. ii, 1S27, signed in presence of H. G. Foster, 
Nancy W. Foster and Susan H. Foster. Lib. 126, fol. 65-6. 
I Petition. Joseph Foster and John Foster, of Boston, show that 
they are appointed exec's of will of Mary Foster, late of Boston, 
smgle woman, dec'd, who was 01 full age at time of making wilL 
Jan, 21, 1828. Sutf. Prob. Lib. 240, fol. 28. 

911. ii. JOSEPH, b. ; m. 

912. iii. SARAH, b. . 

913. iv. RACHEL, b. . 

476. NATHANIEL FOSTER (Nathaniel, Abraham, Jacob, Reginald), bap. 
Nov. 7. 1742, First Church, Salem, Mass. ; m. Nov. 22, 1764, Elizabeth Yell, dau. of 
Nathaniel and Elizabeth Yell, who was baptized Sept. 9, 1745. He d. April 29, 
1771. Res., Salem, Mass. 

"914. i. ELIZABETH, b. in 1766; bapt. in First Church of Salem, Mass., 
May I, 176S; d. in North Yarmouth. M-\, April i, 1826; m. Sept. 
28, 1785, Nathan Safford, who was born in 1760, and d. in North 
Yarmouth, Me., Dec. 27, 1823. They had one child, and probably 
others. Nathaniel S.ifford, b. in Yarmouth, Me., June 13, 17S6; 
removed to Salem, Mass., in 1806 and there d. Nov. 20, 1847, a 
merchant. He married, first, at Salem, JIass., Aug. S, (Dec. 8, 
Town Records,) 1S08, Sally Smith, adopted daughter of George K. 
(perhaps Kight) and Sally (Driver) Smith; she b. in Salem, Mass., 
July II, 1791 and died there March 16, 1810. He married, 2d., 
Oct. 14, 1813, Hannah Woodbury (see Driver Family No. 50; also 
Appendi.x Ives Familv, No. 62.) 

915. li. NATHANIEL, bap. July 31, 1768. 

916. iii. SARAH, bapt. July 22, 1770. 

917. iv. ABIGAIL, bapt. May 10, 1772. 

502. JOSEPH FOSTER (Joseph, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, Mass., 
Dec. 25, 1739; m. April 26, 1765, Elizabeth Hilton, of Manchester; b. 174S; d. July 
19, 1834. Joseph Billerica, will date October 9, 1S02, Prob. Jan. iS, 1803; wife, 
Elizabeth; ch. ; Elizabeth Sumner, Dorcas, Hannah, Joseph, Samuel. John, Levi, 
and Benjamin Hilton ?]— iliddlese.x Probale. He d. Dec. 15, 1S02. Res., Beverly 
and Billerica, Mass. 

91S. i. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 5, 1766; m. James Sumner. 

919. ii. JOSEPH, b. April, 1770,; m. Lucy Larkum. 

920. iii. HANNAH, b. JIar., 1772; m. in Billerica, Benjamin Daland. He 

was born 1763; d. April 18, 1826. She d. June i, 1S34. Res., 
Billerica, Mass. Ch. ; i. Oliver Foster, bapt. Oct. iS, 1801. 2. 
Dau, b. Dec. 11,1803. 3- Sally, bapt. Jan. 26, 1806. 4. Hannah, 
bapt. Dec. 20, 1S06. 5. Eliza, bapt. Feb. 26, i8og. 6. Samuel, 
bapt. Aug. II, iSii. 7. Fred'k Freeman, bapt. Sept. 25, 1S14. 

921. iv. SAMUEL, b. April 26, 1777; m. Anne Whitney. 

922. v. DORCAS, b. Aug. 5, 1779; d. July 7, iSso. 

923. vi. BENJAMIN, b. Sept. 17S3; m. Martha Shed; b. March 23, 1790. 

Res. , Lancaster, Mass. 

924. vii. JOHN, b. Dec, 1785; d. Aug. 9, 1S41. 

925. viii. LEVI, b. July i, 17SS; m. Cile Davis. 

506. DANIEL foster; (Joseph, Joseph. Jacob, Reginald), b. Feb. 14, 1745, 
Beverly, Mass. ; m. there Aug. '2, 1774-S, Judith Woodbury; b. I7=;4; d. April S, 1817. 
He d. Feb. 2, 1835. Res., Beverly, Mass. 

926. i. DANIEL, b. Dec. 28, 1775; m. April 7, 1799, Lydia Whittridge ; d. 

June 15, 1799, in Havana. 

927. ii. EZRA TRASK, b. Oct. 4, 1777; d. Jan. 7, 1779. 

92S. iii. FANNY, b. March 25, 1779; m. Dec. 13, 1798, Bartholomew Wallis. 

929. iv. ISRAEL, b. Nov. 2, 17S0; d. April 16, iSoi ; accidentally killed 

by gun, 

930. v. JAMES, b. Aug. 20, 1782; m. Mary Vickerv and Sarah Greeley. 

931. vi. SETH. b. April lo, 1784; m. Nancy Goodridge. 


932. vii. BETSEY, b. May 3, 1786; m. Dec. 4, 1806, John Buffington; d. 

March 5, 1S58, in Boston. 

933. viii. JOSEPH, b. May 17, 1789; m. Rebecca Batchelder. 
934- ix. AUGUSTUS, b. Nov. i. 1795; d. Aug. 4, 1796. 

509. EZRA TRASK FOSTER (Joseph, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Sept. 
29, 1752, Beverly, Mass.; m. Oct. 3, 17S4, Sarah Stickney, dau. of William and 
Hannah Stickney, of Billerica; b. Nov., 1755; d. Jan. 23, 1S49. Res., Beverly, Mass. 

WILLIAM, b. July 31, 1786; m. Abigail D. Lovett. 

, b. ; d. young. 

, b. ; d. young. 

ABIGAIL, b. ; m. Captain Ebenezer Meacora. 

LYDIA, b. March 25, 17SS; m. Nov. 13, 1S17, James Stone. 
EZRA, b. Nov. 6, 17S9. 

JAMES FOSTER (Nathan, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Dec. iS, 1747, 
Ipswich, Mass.; m. — .Elizabeth Hiller. "To his integrity and benevolence there 
are many witnesses as he had acquaintance, and no person can be more sincerely 
lamented." She d. in 1S06 or 1S07. They had nine children, eight o£ whom survived 
their father. Elizabeth Foster, of Boston, widow, admitted administratrix on 
estate of James Foster, late of Boston, bookkeeper, deed. Nathaniel Foster, gent., 
of Boston, bound with her, Jan. 14, 1794. — Lib. 92, Fol. 621. 

Abraham Foster, one of committee of appraisement. — Lib. 93, Fol. 60-1-2. 

In adm. account, money paid to Susanna Foster, Rachel Foster, James H. 
Foster.— Lib. 93, Fol. 568-9. 

Adm. acct. mentions Samuel Foster's note, James Joster, Jr. 's note, Nathaniel 
Foster, March 21, 1797. — Lib. 95, Fol. 113. 

Decree on Settlement.— Eldest son James H. Foster; other heirs, William. John, 
Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret, Lydia, Abigail Foster, April 11, 1797. — Suff. Prob. Lib. 
95, Fol. 140-1; Lib. 95, Fol. 137. He d. 1793. Res., Boston, Mass. 

941. i. JAMES H., b. ; unm. in 1863. 

Will.— James H. Foster, of Boston. Widow Elizabeth G. 
Kellogg, estate she occupies in Gorham, Me. ; Mary Ann Foster 
and Margaret H., her sister, wife of General Edward T. Smith, 
estate in Gorham adjoining estate which my brother, William H., 
lived in. Temperance H., wife of Thomas H. Shaw— sister Abi- 
gail Foster — Sarah Foster, Mary A. Foster and Joseph H. Foster; 
children of brother, John W. Foster, Caroline M. Barnard and 
her sister Adelaide Foster, daughter Elizabeth Anne Foster. 
Dated Oct. 29, 1S60, Lib. 161, Fol. 34-5.: codicil May 16, 1862, 36; 
Prob. Jan. 19, 1863, Lib. 268, Fol. 440-1; Lib. 370, Fol. igi ; Lib. 
551, Fol. 371. Archibald Foster, one of appraisers of estate. — 
Suffolk Probate, Boston, Lib. 301, Fol. 213." 

942. ii. MARY ANN, b. . 

943. iii. ■ , b. . 

944. iv. ABIGAIL, b. . 

945. v. ELIZABETH, b. ; m. Amos Green; she d. in . He d. in 

1812. They had one child, James Foster; b. in 1804; d. Sept. 19, 
1821. She m. 2d. a Kellogg. Res., Gorham, Me. 

946. vi. WILLIAM H., b. ; resided in Gorham, Me. ; d. in 183S. 

947. vii. MARGARET H., b. — ; m. General Edward T. Smith; d. in 1846, 

in Portsmouth, N. H. 

948. viii. LYDIA, b. ; d. in 1844, in Portsmouth, N. H. 

949. ix. JOHN WELSH, b. June 16, 1789; m. Mary Appleton. 

521. NATHANIEL FOSTER (Nathan, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Ipswich, 
Mass., Nov. 30, 1752; m. Susanna Hiller. He d. . Res., Boston, Mass. 

950. i. HENRY GARDNER, b. Dec. 9, 178=;; m. Anna A. Haven 

951. ii. NANCY, b. . 

952. iii. SUSAN, b. 

523. ISAAC FOSTER (Isaac, Joseph, Jacob. Reginald), b. Billerica, Mass., 
March 8, 1745; ra. Nov. 9, 1767, Lydia Bacon, dau. of Josiah ; b. Aug. 23, 1747. 
Res., Billerica, Beverly, Newbury port and Marblehead, Mass. 

953. i. ISAAC, b. March 9, 1768; m. Charlotte Whitman. 

954. ii. JOSIAH. b. . 


955. iii. 

WILLIAM, b. . 

956. :v. 

IRA, b. . 

SAMUEL, b. . 

958. vi. 

DANIEL, b. about 1771 

m. Philena Pettingill. 

524. JACOB FOSTER (Isaac, Joseph, Jacob. Reginald), b. Billerica, Mass., 
Dec. 20, 1747; m. June 3. 1771, Hannah Frost, dau. of James; b. July 20, 1740. 
Res., Billerica, Mass., and . 

959. i. JACOB, b. Feb. 20, 1772. 

960. ii. JAMES, b. July 6, 1774. 

526. DR. JOSEPH FOSTER (Isaac, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Billerica, 
Mass., March 21, 1750; m. Aug. 21, 1775, Sarah Baldwin, dau. of Benjamin; b. Aug. 
I, 1751; m., 2d, Feb. 6, iSio, Mrs. Lucy (Fitch) Hill, dau. of Zachariah and wid. of 
Joseph; b. Billerica, b. March 2, 17S3; d. Oct. 30, 1S69. Joseph Billerica letter 
dated Aug 31, iSio, ex. Sept. 21, iSio; wife Lucy; [no children given.]— Middlesex 
Prob. He d. July 21, 1810. Res,, Billerica, Mass. 

961. i. SARAH, b. Nov. iS, 1776. 

962. ii. SUSANNA, b. Dec. 3, 177S. 

963. iii. JAMES, b. April 11, 17S0. 

964. iv. ANNA. b. Aug. 15, 17S1. 

965. V. ISAAC, b. May 27, 1785. 

525. JOHN BRAINARD FOSTER (Isaac, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald) ,b. June 

28, 1755; m. , Sarah Taylor who d. May 17, 1792- .-n., 2d, , Lydia Foster, 

■who d. July 19, 1842. Res., Hancock, N. H. 

966-1. i. JOHN, b. Jan. 29, 17S0; m. Styles. He d. in Langdon, 

N. H. Ch. : I. Rebecca, b. Jan. 3, iSoo. 2. Betsey, d. Aug. 
30, iSoo. 
966-2. ii. GARAH, b. June 2S, 17S2; m. Elisha Goodell, who d. in H. June 

S, 1S71. 
966-3. iii. MERCY, b. March 30, 1786; m. Thatcher Bradford. 
966-4. iv. ISAIAH, b. Oct. 28,1789; m. Patty Phips Hartwell, who d. in 

1S79, in Hillsboro, N. H. 
966-5. V. PERLEY, b. Sept. 20, 1792; m. Mary Gray. 
966-6. vi. 'JOSHUA, b. Feb. 12, 1796; m. Sally Hopkins, Mary Ann Fletcher 

and Dorothy Little. 
966-7. vii. SILAS, b. . He m. twice and d. in Colorado Springs, Col., 

Dec. 4, 1S81. He had seven children in all; one was Marcus A., 

who m. Lizzie Harris.' 

529. DR. SAMUEL FOSTER (Isaac, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Billerica, 
Mass., Mar. 31, 175S; m. in Stratham, N. H., Feb. 19, 1789, Mary Colcord, of Brent- 
■wood;b. Dec. 14, 1765; d. Nashua, N. H., Dec. 3, i860. History of Candia, N. H., 
has this concerning Dr. Samuel Foster; "Samuel Foster was born of English 
parents, in Billerica, Mass. He came to Candia in 17S9, in which year he married 
Mary Colcord, of Brentwood. They had ten children. Dr. Foster served three 
years in the army during the war of Independence, and was in the battle of 
Monmouth. In 1812 he removed to Canterbury, N. H., and returned in 181 5. He 
died in Brentwood in 1826." Dr. Foster must have been an interesting man, and 
a man of no small literary ability. He practiced medicine in his own and sur- 
rounding towns ; got his pay when he could — fifty cents a visit, usually in barter, 
and was unable to collect much of it even at that — and reared a family of ten 
children. He used his influence with young people to induce them to get an educa- 
tion, and always helped them in any way he could. He d. in Brentwood, Jan. 15, 
1826. Res., Candia, N. H. 

967. i. MOSES, b. Nov. 3, 1793; m. Abigail F. Hunting. 

968. ii. SAMUEL, b. Feb. iq, 1790; m. Dec. 12, 1S17, Huldah Lund. He 

d., s. p. in Nashua, N. H. .where he was a merchant, May 14, 1819. 

969. iii. EBEN COLCORD, b. Dec. 5, 1791; m. Betsey Adams. 

970. iv. POLLY, b. Nov. 27, 1795; d. Brentwood, Feb. i, 1826. 

971. V. FRANKLIN, b. Feb. 19, 1798; m. Marcy Hunting. 

972. vi. HANNAH COLCORD, b. March 22, 1800; m. at Brentwood in Dec, 

1S27, Nathaniel Chase, of Brentwood. He was b. 1798 ; was a far- 
mer and carriage manufacturer. Shed. Nov., i86g. Had nine 


children — six living, three dead. i. Mary Foster, b. Feb. i6, 
1S2S; m. in Kingston, N. H., in 1S45, George Stevens Frost; b. 
June I, 1825. He is a manufacturer of leather .belting. Res., 
Spring Valley, Minn. Ch. : i. Addie M., b. 1S45 ;'m. 1S63, James 
M. Poore. ii. Geo. J. S., b. 1S49; d. in infancy. 2. Mrs. Nellie 
J. Emerson, "The Willard," San Diego, Gal. 

973. vii. LYDIA BACOX, b. May 22, 1803; res., Nashua, N. H. ; d., unm., 

Aug. 22, IS 84. , 

974. viii. LUCINDA SILSBEE, b. Sept. g, 1805; m. Jan. 23, 1S38, Samuel 

McOuesten; b. Litchfield, N. H., June 11, 1789; d. Aug. 5, 1S61, 
in Slanchester, N. H. She d. June 16, 1S91. Ch. : i. Samuel 
Foster McOuesten, b. in Manchester, N. H., May 4, 1839; d, June 
13, 1S63, in New Orleans, La. He was a soldier in the Sixteenth 
N. H. Vols. 2. David McOuesten, b. Jan. 2, 1846; d. Dec. 10, 
iS3o. Samuel Foster and David were unm. 3. John Knox. b. 
May 27, 1S42; m. in Bridgeport, Conn., Nov. 5, 1868, Lucia Cutler; 
b. May 4, 1839. He is a farmer; res., s. p.. Manchester, N. H. , 

975. ix. SALLY STEVENS, b. June 7, 1809; m., June 6, 1S32, Stephen 

French, of Bedford. He was b. in Bedford, Aug. 26, 1S06; d. 
there July 16, 1866. She d. April 25, 1883. Res., Bedford, N. H. 
Ch. : I. Benjamin Franklin, b. March 12, 1S33; m. Sarah Park; 
and m., 2nd, in Portland, Ore., his present P. O. address. 2. Ellen 
Bacon, b. Jan. 13, 1S35; m. Barney Hinckley, Jan. 4, 1886. P. O. 
address, Beach Bluff, Mass. 3. Celia Nott, b. Nov. 2S, 1836; m; 
Rev. Alfred B. Dascomb, March 4, 1SS6. P. O. address, West- 
minster, Vt. 4. Sarah Emeline, b. Sept, 6, 1840; m. George O. 
Christian. P. O. address, 195 West Brookline St., Boston, Mass. 
5. Mary Colcord, b. Oct. 30, 1838; d. March, 1841. 6. Robert 
Hall, b. Dec 2, 1842; d. Memphis, Tenn. ; a member of Sixteenth 
Regt. N. H. Vols., Aug. 22, 1S63. 7. James Edwards, b. Dec. 
15, 1S44; m., Oct. 22, 1885, Mrs. Ella L. (Nye) Huntoon, b. Jan. 

19, 1849. Res., Bedford. Ch. : Harry Nye, b. May 4, 1SS9. S. 
Harriett A., b. April 19, 1849; m. Charles E. Bursiel, Nov. 25, 
1869; d. Nov. S, iSSS. 9. Alice Bird, b. Aug. 25, 1851; m. Prof. 
Henrv Mdls, April 13, 1880. Res., Binghamton, N. Y'. 

976. X. BETSEY, b. July—. iSii;m. Feb. 16, iS3f), Phinehas French, of 

Bedford. Ch. : i. Horace, b. Feb. 16, 1837; m., April 4, 1S65, 
Mar>- E. Gillette, b. Aug. 20, 1S41. Captain. Res., W. Leba- 
non, N. H. Is postmaster. Ch. : i. Bessie Foster French, b. 
Jan. S. 1S66. ii. Nathan Gillette French, b. Sept. 8, 1867. iii. 
Martin Gillette French, b. Sept. 8, 1S67. iv. Samuel Pingree 
French, b. Mav 6, 1871. v. Robert Horace French, b. June 20, 
1S73. vi. Frederick Reginald French, b. Sept. 25, 1873. vii. 
Ernest Eugene French, b. May 3, 187S. viii. John McOuesten 

French, b. April 21, 1879. 2. Charles, b. . He d. 1865. She 

d. May 14, 1839; and he m., 2d, Lydia G. Hardy and 3d, Anna 

535. TIMOTHY FOSTER (Jacob, Joseph, Jacob, Reginald), b. Billerica, 
Mass., Nov. 4, 1759; m.. May 16. 1784, Sally Crosby, daa. of Seth; b. March 31, 1761. 
She d. Dec. i, 1849. Timothy Billerica, letter date, Feb. 28, 1815, ex. May 23, 1S15, 
wife Sarah, heir Clarissa. — Middlesex Prob. He d. Jan. 21, 1815. Res., Billerica, 

977. i. CLARISSA, b. April 11, 1785; m., Oct. 13, 1816, Jeremiah Farmer, 

son of Oliver; b. April 10, 1771; d. March 2, 1S36. She d. Feb. 

20, 1873. Res., Billerica. Ch. : i. Sarah Clarissa, b. Feb. 27, 
1818; m. Dr. Henry Blancbard; b. Sept. 25, 1811; gr. Harvard 
coll., 1834. Physician in Neponset, Mass. 2. Timothy Foster, b. 
Aug. 10, 1824; m., 1862, Jane Leavitt. He d. May 27, 1871. 
Res., B. 

538. JOSEPH FOSTER (Abraham, Joseoli, Jacob, Reginald), b. Boston, 

Mass., ; m., , Joseph Foster, of Boston, clerk, app. adm. of estate 

of Joseph Foster, silversmith, of Boston (who died May 16, 1S39). May 25, 1840. 
Lib. 216, Fol. 220. Lib. 277, Fol. 187. Lib. 321, Fol. 105. Adm. of estate of Joseph 



Foster granted to Spencer Beatley, of Chelsea, ship carver, guardian of Joseph 
Foster, the younger of that name, who before cornpletiug adm. of said estate became 
insane. Feb. 26, 1S55. Suff. Prob. Lib. 225, Fol. 6. Lib. 185, Fol. 64. Lib. 326, 
Fol. 100. Lib. 2g2, Fol. 165. He d. May 16, 1839. Res., Boston, Mass. 

978. i. JOSEPH, b. . He d. unm., July, 1855. Spencer Beatley of 

Chelsea, app. guardian of Joseph Foster of Boston, trader (an 
insane person), at request of his only brother, John Foster of 
Chelsea, Gent., Dec. iS, 1854. Lib. 407. Fol. 145. Lib. 409, 
Fol. 92. Lib. 410, Fol. 161. Lib. 292, Fol. 121. Lib. 153, Fol. 
141. Spencer Beatley app. adminisirator on estate of Joseph 
Foster of Boston, Gent., dec'd., at request of the only heir at law, 
Aug. 13, 1855. Petition dated July 21, 1855. Bond, John Foster 
one' of sureties. Lib, 225. Fol. 65. Lib. 1S5, Fol. 104. Lib. 
292, Fol. 301. Lib. 326, Fol. 160. Administrators account, 
John Foster sole heir a: law, March 17, 1S56. Suff. Prob. Lib. 
i';4, Fol. 156. 

979. ii. JOHN, b. . Will, John Foster of Chelsea, Gent., Alice S. Beat- 

ley, wife of Spencer Beatley of Chelsea, trader dated Jan. 9, 1862. 
Lib. 164, Fol. 4S-9. Probate Jan. 8, 1S66. Lib. 269, Fol. 538. 
Lib. 371, Fol. 135. Lib. 303, Fol. 155. Exec, account, only 
person interested, Alice S. Beatley, April 20, 1S68. Lib. 166, 
Fol. 259. 

980. iii. SALLY b. — — ; d. unm. Feb., 1S55. Spencer Beatley of Chelsea, 

ship charver, app. adm. on estate of Sally Foster of Boston, Spin- 
ister, at request of her brother John Foster, Feb. 21J, iS^^s. Lib. 
225. Fol. 7. Lib. 185, Fol. 63. Lib. 326, Fol. 100. Lib."292, Fol. 
166. Lib. 153, Fol. 137-S. 

543. HON. THEODORE FOSTER (Jedediah, Ephraim, Ephraim, Abraham, 
Reginald), b, Brookfield, Mass., April 29, 1752; m., Oct. 27, 1771, Lydia Fenner, dau. 
oiGov. Arthur Fenner of Rhode Island who gr. at Brown; b. March i, 174S; d. June 
I, 1801 ; m., 2d. June iS, 1S03, Esther Bowen Millard of Foster, R. I. ; b. June 15,1785; 
d. Dec. 29, 1S15. He entered Rhode Island college (now Brown university), in 
1767. being graduated in the class of 1770, and in 1773, on receiving the degree of 
A. M. . delivering an oration on "The Future Greatness of the American Colonies." 
He received the same degree from Dartmouth college in 17S6. In 1794 he was chosen 
one of the trustees of Brown university, which position he held until 1S22. After 
his graduation, he began the practice of the law in Providence. In 1772 he was ap- 
pointed assistant clerk of the Superior Court. In 1773 he was made justice of the 
peace, and from 1775 to 17S7 he held the position of town clerk. In 1777 he was 
made sheriff of Providence county. He served as deputy from Providence in the 
general assembly, in si.K sessions, the first being that of October, 1776. From 1776 
to 1781 he served as secretary of the Rhode Island council of war. In 1781 occasion 
arose for dividing the town of Scituate, in the western part of the state. The newly 
created town was named Foster, in compliment to him. As early probably as 1789 
he was acting as naval officer of Providence, resigning in 1790. On the adoption by 
Rhode Island in May, 1790, of the Constitution of the United States, he was one of 
the two senators chosen to represent the State in Congress. His term of service as 
senator was one of the longest on record, namely, thirteen years, 1790 to 1S03, and 
has been surpassed by only three others from that State. During this Dublic service 
his wife died at Providence, in June, i8or. The next twelve years of his life were 
passed chiefly on his estate at Foster. After the death of his second wife. Dec. 29, 
1815, he returned to Providence making his home with his oldest daughter, Mrs. 
Stephen Tillinghast, whose husband was a grand-son of Governor Stephen Hopkins. 
At her house he died Jan. 13, 1828. 

At two periods of his life, namely, from 177O to 17S5, and from 1S03 to 1828, his 
time was largely devoted to the collection of historical materials. The papers left 
by him (many of which were placed in his hands by Governor Hopkins), amount to 
about one thousand and are preserved in sixteen bound volumes now in the posses- 
sion of the Rhode Island Historical Society. He was one of the earliest members 
and- first officers of that society, organized in 1822. In iSoo he was chosen a cor- 
responding member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. A sketch of his "Life 
and Services" by William E. Foster, is printed , pages 11-134 of vol. vii. of the Col- 
lections of the Rhode Island Historical Society (1SS5), his "Materials for a History 
of Rhode Island" being printed pages 67-94 of the same volume. He was educated 


at the public school and by private instructors, fitted for college and was graduated at 
Brown university (then called R. I. college); m. Lydia Fenner of Providence, 
R. I., dau. of Arthur Fenner and sister of Governor James Fenner of R. I. He 
married for his 2d wife, Esther Brown Millard (dau. of Rev. Noah Millard of R. I., 
and Hannah Bowen). He was a lawyer at Providence. He waselecteda justice of 
the peace for the town and county of Providence at the general State election in 
1773, and was town clerk for twelve years (1775-S7), and was in 1776 a member 
of the State Legislature. In 17S7 he was elected a m^ember of the Governor's 
council and was for thirteen years U. S. Senator (1709-18031. "He was a thoroughly 
unselfish man, and had literary tastes, personal friendships, and a love of nature 
■which were far dearer to him than pecuniary gain." In personal appearance he 
was dignified and prepossessing and in stature above the average height. His 
face which was full and round, beamed with benignity and intelligence. He had a 
light complexion and blue eyes. His wife Esther Millard d. Dec. 29, 1S15, at. 30. 
Rev. Noah Millard, b. at Rehoboth, Mass., Oct. 10, 1758, was the son of Noah Willard 
and Jane Maxwell. He was a "Si.x Principle Baptist." He preached without 
ordination at Foster R. I. (a town incorporated in 1781 and named m honor of the 
Hon. Theodore Foster), for some 10 years (1795-1S05). In April, 1805, he removed 
to Burrillville, R. I., where he was ordained, Oct. 15, 1806, and preached until his 
death, Oct. 25, 1834. He had 5 children: Hannah, Samuel, Esther Bowen, Theo- 
dore Foster and Arthur Lemuel. 

Mr. Foster was a lover of the study of antiquities, particularly American and 
made considerable collections toward a history of Rhode Island, which he planned, 
but from habits of procrastination never e.xecuted. In the preface of his life of 
Roger Williams, Knowles used what he found advantageous to his purpose among 
Mr. Foster's papers. He died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Stephen Til- 
linghast. He d. Jan. 13, 1828. Res., Providence, R. I. 

9S1. i. THEODOSIA, b. Dec. 24, 1772; m., May 23, 1794, Stephen Tilling- 

hast: b. Sept. 17, 1768; d. Sept. 24, 1839. He was son of Daniel 
Tillinghast* and Lydia Hopkins, dau. of Governor Hopkins, gradu- 
ated at Brown university in 1778, a merchant at Providence, and 
president of an insurance company. He was highly respected for 
his upright and honorable character. He was established for 
several years in business in New York. She d. Sept. 24, 1839; he 
d. Feb. 6, 1841. Ch. ; i. George Hopkins Tillinghast, M. D., b. 
March 19, 1795, graduated at Brown university in 1814; was a 
physician and apothecary in Providence. When about entering 
upon medical practice, he was crippled for life by the falling of a 
piece of timber upon him in a tornado. He m., Oct. 16, 1825, 
Louise Lyman; b. at Newport, R. I., April 16, 1797, dau. of Chief 
Justice Daniel Lymanl of Providence and Mary Wanton. He d. 
Aug. 28, 1S5S, a3t. 63. Ch. : a. Francis Theodosia Tillinghast, b. 
Oct. 13, 1826; d. Feb. 17,1842. b. Charles Tillinghast, b. June 16, 
1828; m. May 16, 1848, Lucy S. Leonard of Providence. He was a 
merchant in New York. He went into the late war for God and 
his native land and fell leading bravely on his company before 
the intrenchraents at Newberne, N. C, when his fellow soldiers 
were just seizing upon victory, March 14, 1862, ajt. 35. He had 
one child, Frances, who d. ae. 3. c. Julia Lyman Tillinghast, b. 
Nov. 2, 1830; m. John W. Alom of Providence, d. Henry Lyman 
Tillinghast. b. Jan. 13, i833;d. Feb.25, 1862, from injuries received 
at the Battle of Bull Run. He was one of the first to enlist in the 
late rebellion in the First R. I. regiment of union volunteers, e. 
Stephen Hopkins Tillinghast, b. May 9, 1835, is a resident of 

♦Daniel Tillinghast was descended from Pardon Tillinghast, the settler, who was born in 
1633, at Seven Cliffs, near Beachy Head, Eng. He went first to Providence and thence in 1663 to 
Newport, R. I., but before 1677 returned to Providence again. He was in 1681 an elder of the old 
Baptist church. He built in 1700 at his own expense the first Baptist meeting house in that city, 
and gave a deed of it to the church, April 14, 1711. He m. for a 3d. wife Lydia Taber of Tiverton, 
R. 1. The name is said to be a corruption of the motto "Till in haste" which is found on the 
coat of arms, consisting of a crow, harrow and spade, indicating the life of a husbandman. 

tjudge Daniel Lyman, b. in Durham, Conn., Jan. 37, 1756, left with his class, then junior at 
Yale, for Cambridge, Mass., after the news of the Battle of Lexington and was at once appointed 
Captain under Arnold, and the next year brigade-major under Gen.Fellows, and in 1778 adjutant 
general under_Gen._ Heath. He practiced law^t Newport, R. L for several years after the ' 

le was also Chief Justice of the State. He d. Oct. 16, 


Providence, f. Julia Lyman Tillinghast, b. Nov. 2, 1830; m. Jan. 
18, 1S55, John W. Alom of P;ovidence (son of John W. Alom and 
Celinda Barton), b. April 3. 1S30. Ch. : 1. Louise Lyman Alom, 
b. 12, 1S56. ii. Annie Barton Alom. b. March 21, 1858. iii. 
Sophia Tillinghast Alom, b. March 19, 1S60. 2. Ophelia Dwight 
Tilhnghas-t, b. March, ig, i-bc,; d., a?t. 14, Sept. 21. iSio. 3. Hon. 
Charles Foster Tillinghast (son ot Stephen Tillinghast and Theo- 
dosia Foster) b. June 18, i-97;m.. May 15, 1S22, Susan Richmond: 
b. May 27, iSoo(dau. of William Richmond, of Providence, and 
Clarissa Andrews). He was graduated at Brown university in 
1S14, and was a lawyer at Providence for nearly 50 years (1S17-64). 
He was largely conversant with the details of the law of real 
estate and of conveyances and probate and especially with the 
whole system of private trvists, real and personal. He was a mem- 
ber in 1848 of the Constitutional Convention of R. I., and was at 
one time a member of the State Legislature. He d. Aug. 3. 1S64. 
She d. Sept. 29, 1862. i. William Richmond Tillinghast, b. March 
2; 1823, d. Dec. I, 1S47. He m. in, 1S44, Frances Eliza Peck- 
ham, of Providence; b. Nov. 20, 1821. He resided m Providence 
when he d. Dec. 1, 1847. He had one child: g;. Charles Foster 
Tillinghast, b. May 27, 1845, who resides in Pittsburg, Pa. h. 
Stephen Hopkins Tillinghast, b. June 15, 1S26: d. Aug. 13, 1827. 
i. Sophia Foster Tillinghast, b. May 9, 1833, resides unm. in 
Providence. j. James Tillinghast, b. July 22, 1828; grad. at 
Brown university in 1849; a lawyer in Providence since 1S51. 
He ra., May 26, 1857, Sarah Benson Anthony (dau. of Henry 
Anthony, of Providence, and Charlotte Benson). Ch. : i. William 
Richmond Tillinghast, b. April 11;, iS=;8. ii. Henry Anthony 
Tillinghast, b. Sept. 15, 1S59. i"- Theodore Foster Tillinghast, 
b. Sept. 25. iS6t. iv. Stephen Hopkins Tillinghast, b. April 
17, 1863; d. March 7, 1865. v. Charles, b. Sept. 18, 1871. vi. 
Charlotte Lusanne, b. Nov. 16, 1872. 4. iv. Frances Theodosia 
Tillinghast, b. Oct. 15, 1798; d. March 9, 1S18. _ ,. 

982. ii. AUGUSTA SOPHIA, b. April 7, 1773; d. Nov. 6, 1776. ■■■^- "' 

983. iii. THEODORE DWIGHT, b. Sept. 10, 17S0; grad. at Brown univers- 

ity in 1798, studied law and went to New Orleans. La., to prac- 
tice his profession, but died soon after his arrival there, in the 
summer of 1802, of yellow fever, unm. By second wife: 

984. iv. MAXWELL STEWART, b. Dec. 6, 1S04; m. Mary Howard, Lydia 

and Maria Thompson. 

985. v. SAMUEL WILLIS, b. in Foster, R. I., Nov. 30, 1S06; m. Ruth 

Belden Seymour. 

986. vi. DWIGHT CRANSTON, b. in Foster, R. I., Dec. 28, iSoS; m. 

Alma Jeanette Seymour, and Cornelia Seymour. 

987. vii. THEODORE, b. in Foster, April 3, 1812; m. Frances Delia Sey- 

mour and Betsey Morehouse. 

988. viii. LUZELIA SARAH, b. in Foster, Oct. 4, 181 5; m. Joseph Willard 

Seymour. ; m. Jan. 3, 1834; b. March i, 1811 (son of Ira Seymour, 
of Webster, Mich., and Betsey Morehouse), a miller in Scio, Mich., 
iS33-7and afterward a merchant in Lima, Mich. (1S37-9) and in 
Commerce, Mich. (1839-4), where he d. May 7, 1840. She m. for a 
2d. husband Oct. 15, 1S41, John Comstock ; b. Dec. 19, 1S13 (son of 
Rev. Elkanah Comstock, bapt., of Pontiac, Mich., and Sarah 
Green), a banker at Hudson, Wis., where they have resided since 
1856. No children by this marriage. By her first husband she 
had one child. : i. Theodosia Tillinghast Seymour, b. July 23^ 
1839; d. Aug. 15, 1839. 

544. THEOPHILUS FOSTER (Jedediah, Ephraim, Ephraim, Abraham, 
Reginald), b. Brookfield, Mass., March 16, 1754; m., 1774, Susanna Packard; b. 
1757; d. April 2, iSoi ; m., 2d., Hannah Crosby. He was a soldier in Revolutionary 
War in Captain Wright's Company, that marched to the alarm April, 1775. Han- 
nah Crosby died without issue. He was a farmer at Brookfield, Mass. , and after- 
ward (1795-1S33), at Wilmington, Vt., where he died; aet. 79. He had a light com- 
plexion and blue eyes. He d. Oct. 8, 1S33. Res., Wilmington, Vt. 


gSg. i. DOROTHY, b. March 22, 1776; m., Dec. i, 1796, Edmund Liver- 

more; d. June 2, 1842; aet. 66. He was born Aug. 16, 1769 
(son of Daniel Livermore and Elizabeth Allen), a farmer at Wil- 
mington, Vt., where he also kept public house for a time. 
He d. there June 30, 1834; aet. 65. She d. June 2, 1842; aet. 66. 
Ch. : I. Semantha Livermore, b. May 28, 179S; d. Sept. g, 1798. 
2. Daniel Livermore, b. June 30, 179CJ; m., Jan. 21, 1S2S, Mary 
Ann Robinson. Res., Port Penn, Del. Ch,: a. William Dar- 
rach Livermore, b. Dec. 20, 1S28, an apothecary in Philadelphia, 
was drowned in the Delaware river, July 19, 1S54. b. Origin 
Livermore, b. in Blairsville, Va., Sept. 16, 1S30, an apothecary 
in Philadelphia; d. April 8, 1S64. c. Jilary E. T. Livermore, 
b. about 1832; d. soon. d. James Stuart Livermore, b. about 
1S34; d. soon. 3. Susan Livermore, b. March 27, 1801 ; m. Joel Nye, 
b. Apr. iS, 1S24; of Toledo, Ohio, a farmer; b. in Brookfield, N. Y., 
Feb. II, 1799, son of Jonathan Nye, of Hume, N. Y., and Betsey 
Alton, of Thompson, Conn. Ch. : i. Alonzo Randolph Nye, M. 
D., b. Feb. 20, 1825. a physician at New Orleans, La., where he d. 
July 31, 1853. ii. Daniel Henry Nye, b. May 31, 1S28; was for- 
merly a book seller at Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted in the late 
rebellion April 25, 1861, in the Fourteenth Ohio regt.. Company 
A, for three month's service, and entered the Union army anew 
Aug. 13, 1S61, for three years, as first lieutenant and quarter- 
master of the regt. In Dec, 1861, the P'ourteenlh Ohio, in which 
he was a soldier, the Fourth and Tenth Kentucky and Tenth In- 
diana regts. were formed into a brigade at Lebanon, Ky., and he 
was made A. C S. , holding the office until his term of service was 
ended, Sept. 12, 1S64. He took part in the battles of Wild Cat, 
Ky., Mill Spring. Ky., Corinth, Miss., Perryville, Ky., Chicka- 
mauga, Chattanooga and Mission Ridge, and was with General 
Sherman in his Atlanta campaign. He is a farmer now at Toledo, 
O. He m., Aug. 7, 1854, Emma Parker Swift, b. in Tiverton, R. 
I., June ig, 1S35 (dau. of Albert Swift, of Toledo, and Catherine 
Estes). Shed. Jan. i, 1867. Ch. : a. Emma Swift Nye, b. Oct. 
25, 1S56; d. Oct. 2, 1858. b. Henry Case Nye, b. Feb. i, 1S58; 
d. Jan. I, 1863. c. Emma Parker Nye, b. Dec. 31, 1S66. iii. 
Edmund Dwight Nye, b. July 29, 1830; m., Aug. 3, 1853, Francis 

Lucinda Collins, b. 28, 1836, (dau. of Morgan Lewis Collins, 

of Toledo, and Lucinda Lewis); a lawyer engaged in commercial 
agency in New York but residing with his family in Brooklyn. 
Mrs. Lucinda Nye, d. Aug. 24. 1854, and he m., Nov. 7. 1855, 
Emma Caroline Jennison, b. Jan. 30, 1S36. Ch. by first wife: 
d. Julia Francis Nye, b. March 7. 1854: d. Aug. 18, 1854. By 
second wife: e. Charles Edmund Nye, b. May 28, 1S61; d soon. 
f. Robert Hatfield Nye, b. June 30, 1S63. g. William Nye, b. 
April 6, 1867. 4. Alonzo Livermore, b. Feb. 25, 1S03; m.. April 
30, 1S26, Elizabeth Brunner, b. Nov. 10, 1806 (dau. of Henry 
Brunner and Barbara Kern, of Jonestown, Pa.) He is a civil 
engineer and has been busy all his life on canals and railroads in 
New York, Pennsylvania and Kentuckv. He was engaged in 
United States service in improving the Des Moines rapids in the 
Mississippi at Keokuk, Iowa, and also the Rock Island rapids. 
He resides at Mendota, 111. His wife died March 10, 1861. Ch. : 
h. Paraelia Livermore, b. Feb. 15, 1827: d., ae. 22, May, iS4g, in 
Kentucky, i. Fidelia Livermore, b. Jan. 17, 1S29; m. Roberts. 
Howard, j. Maria Livermore, b. April 10, 1S32; d. June 5, 1832. 
k. Horace Brunner Livermore, JI. D., b. Aug. 23, 1S33, a physi- 
cian at Macomb, 111. He m., April, 1856, a dau. of Rev. Mr. 
Hoffman, a Lutheran clergyman at Reading, Pa. He has one 
child: ix. John .Alonzo Livermore, b July, 1S59. 1. Alonzo 
Skiles Livermore, b. in Rumsey, Ky., Aug. ig, 1S40; m., Jan. 9, 
1S6S, Lelia Robinson, b. in New Iberia, La. He was at Union 
college, N. Y., in 185S. He resides in Memphis, Tenn., and was 
general superintendent of the Mississippi & Tennessee railroad. 
He has one child: i.x. Lelia Livermore, b. Oct. 31, 1S68. iix. 




Fidelia Livermore, b. Jan. 17, 1S29; ni., June 2, 1851, Robert 
Smith Howard (son of Nathaniel Howard, of Kentucky), a corn 
merchant in New Orleans, La. Has had four children; ix. 
Eliza Maud Howard, b. in 1S53. iix. Clara Amelia Howard, b. 
in 1855. iiix. Estelle Howard, b. m 1S60. ivx. Robert Howard, 
b. Feb. 28, 1866. 5. Betsey Livermore, b. Aug. 20, 1805; m. Ira 
Adams; d. Oct. 25, i852;m.,Dec. 7, 1826, Adams was b. Feb. 3,1803 
(son of Nathaniel Adams, of Wilmington, Vt., and Abigail Miller), 
a farmer at Wilmington and in his later life a tinner. He d. Sept. 
19, 1852, aet. 4g. Ch. : i. Susan Miranda Adams, b. Dec. 15, 
1S27; d. Aug. 7, 1831. 2. Susan Miranda Adams, b. Aug. 16, 
1S33; d. Dec. I, 1S52. 3. Harriet Pamelia Adams, b. Jan. 28, 1851; 
d. Oct. 18, 1851. 4. Cynthia Jeanette Adams, b. Nov. 3, 1835; m., 
Nov. 3, 1S53, Daniel Cushman, a farmer in Wilmington, Vt., b. 
Jan. 3, 1832 (son of Silas Cushman and Cordelia Maria Haskins). 
She d. Sept. 22, i860. Twochildren: i. Gilbert Leslie Cushman, 
b. Oct., 1S5&. ii. Florence Maria Cushman, b. Jan. i, 1859. 6. 
Semantha Livermore, 2d., b. Jurfe 2, 1S07; m. , March 5, 1854, 
without issue, James Smith, of Wilmington, Vt., a farmer, b. Oct. 
19, 1796 (son of Medad Smith, of Wilmington, and Elizabeth 
Hale). 7. Edmund Randolph Livermore, b. May 28, 1S08; d. 
Nov. ir, 1831, while a member of Dartmouth college. 8. Pamelia 
Foster Livermore, b. March 21, 1811; m., May r4, 1850, Ruben 
Spencer, a farmer, near Mendota, 111., b. Dec. 26, 1821 (son of 
Joseph and Huldah Spencer, of Wilmington), g. Cynthia Liver- 
more, b. March 23, 1813; d. Oct., 1S30. 10. Jarius Livermore, b. 
Feb. 7, 1815; d. "Dec. 9, 1S62; m., Oct. 5, 1846, Abby Babb, b. 
Sept. 25, 1826, in Luzerne county. Pa., (dau. of John Babb and 
Susan Miller). He was a civil engineer in Kentucky, afterward 
a teacher in DesMoines county. Iowa, (1848-54), and at last a far- 
mer m Onawa, Louisa county, Iowa, (1855-62), when he d. 1862. 
Ch. : a. Susan A. Livermore, b. June 15, 1848; m., March 7, 1864, 
Clark Moore, b. in West Virginia in 1844, a farmer in Inland, 
Cedar county, Iowa. They have a son, Oliver E. Moore, ii. 
Millard Fillmore Livermore, b. Aug. 27, 1850. iii. Cornelia Liver- 
more, b. June g, 1852; m., Oct. 17, 1868, William H. Brown, b. 
Aug. 2, 1846; a farmer in Ringgold county, Iowa. -iv. Arthur 
Livermore, b. Aug 8, 1854. v. Mary L. Livermore, b. in Onawa 
Iowa, Aug. 4, 1S56. vi. Pamelia B. Livermore, b. Aug. 15, 1858. 
vii. Stella A. Livermore, b. Jan. 4, 1862. 11. Harriett Newell 
Livermore, b. May 10, 1817; d. Aug. 31, 1S3S. 12. Henry Dwight 
Livermore, b. March 7, 1S20; ro., Feb, 8, 1S55, Lydia Walker Cor- 
bett, b. July 25, 1821 (dau. of Philip Corbett, of Wilmington, and 
Eunice Hix), a farmer at Wilmington, Vt. He d. in 1827. His 
widow resides at Wilmington. They had one child: Cora Jane 
Livermore, b. Oct. 13, 1857. 

THEODORE ADELPHIDUS, b. March 22, 1778: m. 

JEDEDIAH, b. Aug. 5, 1780; m. Tamerson Gilbert. 

ABIGAIL, b. April 3, 1782; d. unm. May 25, 1803. 

SARAH, b. June 27, 1784; m., in 1802, Daniel Bidde 
mington, Vt. He lived in Avon, N. Y. , where he d. 
ing live daughters and one son. 

CLARRISA, b. June 26, 1786; d. April 20, 1848 aet 62. 

LYDIA, b. Nov. 2, 17S9; d. June, 1790. 

ELIJAH DWIGHT, b. April 12, I79i;m. Martha G. Lavalley, 
Mrs. Ruth C. Cody and Mrs. Fanny P. Eames. 

PEREGRINE PYNCHON, b. May 10, 1793; m. Rebecca Brown 
and Mrs. Catherine (Clark) Smith. ■ ' 

SUSAN, b. Sept. 22, 1795; m., Oct. 14, 1816, Jonathan Haskins, Jr., 
who d. Jan. 22, 1825, at Wilmington, and she m., Feb. 17, 1839, 
2d. Dea. Freeman Haskins, of Wilmington. Children " by 
the first marriage: i. Achsah Ophelia Haskins, b. Dec. 5, 1817; 
m., in 1S44, Chipman Swift Parmelee. 2. Marilla Elvira Haskins, 
b. March 16, 1620; m., June 16, 1S42. Franklin Walker, of Perkins 
Grove, 111. 3. William Freeman Haskins, b. May 6, 1822; m., 

Julia Gr 

im, of Wi; 
1813, lea\ 


Aug. 3, 1S43. Lorene Miranda Cushman. 
kins. b. March 11, 1S24; m., March i5, 
Perkins Grove. 111. 

546. HON. DWIGHT FOSTER (Jedediah, Ephraim, Ephraim, Abraham, 
Reginald), b. Brookfield, Mass., Dec. 7, 1757; m., May 7, 1783, Rebecca Faulkner. 
She was the eldest daughter of Col. Francis Faulkner, of Acton, a leading citizen 
there and a good solider in the Revolution. He was descended from Francis, the 
soa of Edmund, one of the first settlers in Andover, founder of the church in 1645. 
His wife was Dorothj^ Robinson. Rebecca's two brothers, Luther and William 
Emerson, graduated at'Harvard college. Dwight was born on the old place, was grad- 
uated at college of Rhode Island (Brown university), in 1774 (M. A. ad eundem 
Harvard), taught school in several places, studied law partly with his brother, 
Theodore, in Providence, R. I., and partly with the celebrated Major Joseph Haw- 
ley, at Northampton; began the practice of his profession in Providence, but 
immediately on the death of his father, Oct. 17, 1779. he removed to Brookfield and 
was chosen to supply the vacancy from Brookfield in the convention for forming 
the Constitution of Massachusetts, created by his father's death. He was a lawyer 
of extensive practice and sustained many offices of trust and honor, having been 
high sheriff of the county, representative in Congress, senator in Congress from 
2SIassacuusetts. elector of President, Chief Justice of Court of Common Pleas for 
the county of Worcester and member of the executive council of Massachusetts. 
He was a man of very considerable acquaintance, of great dignity and levity of 
manners and of unbending integrity. Before his death, for several years, he was 
laid aside from active usefulness by disease. In 1781 he was commissioned justice 
ot the peace for the county of Worcester, Mass,, and in 17SS also again, and at the 
same time one of the quorum. In 1792 he was made special justice of the court of 
comraoQ pleas, and in June, 1792, was appointed sheriff of the county. In November 
of the same year he was chosen one of the electors of ihe President and vice-pres- 
ident of the United States. He was afterward a member of Congress for three 
successive terms 1793-9, and United States Senator, 1800-3, when he resigned. In 
1801 he was commissioned chief justice of the court of common pleas for Worcester 
county, and held the office for ten years. In iSiS he was made a member of the 
council of Massachusetts. He d. April 23, 1823, aet, 65. "He was a man of large 
intellectual acquirements, of unbending integrity and suavity of manners, and an 
influential member of the Congregational Church, in Brookfield, The last six or 
seven years of his life he spent chiefly in retirement. He had a light complexion 
and blue eyes." He d. April 23. 1823. Res., Brookfield, Mass. 

999' i. P.\MEL.\, b, March 4, 17S4; d. unm. Sept. 16, 1807. 

1000. ii. ALGERNON SIDNEY, b. Nov. 22, 17S5; d. unm. July 25, 1S23. 
looi. iii. SOPHIA DWIGHT, b. July 30, 1787; m., Nov. 8, 1816, Samuel M. 
Burnside, of Worcester. Samuel M. Burnside was graduated at 
Dartmouth in 1805, the son of Thomas, who born at Northum- 
berland, Coos county, N. H. His early education was in the 
common schools of a new planted country, except nine months 
at an academy preparatory to admission to college. After being 
graduated he passed two years in superintending a female acad- 
emy at Andover, Mass. In Oct., 1S07, he began the study of law 
in the office of Hon. Artemas Ward, later Chief Justice of the Court 
of Common Pleas. No one was more able or willmg to afford aid 
to his students. Familiar acquaintance with the principles of the 
common pleader, with uniform kindne>^s and liberality, justified 
their affectionate reverence for the character of that "able jurist 
and excellent man. His business was uiiraense. He was, conse- 
quently, much from home at this pei iod and his pupils were left to 
follow principally the dictates of their own judgment in regard to 
their course of reading. Mr. Burnside was admitted to practice in 
March, 18 10, and was first sworn at the bar of the Supreme 
Judicial Court upon examination, being one of few persons who 
have been suffered to pass to that court without having previously 
been admitted at the lower tribunal. He began business in West- 
borough in the spring of iSio. In the autumn of that year he re- 
moved to Worcester and ever after resided there. Ch. : I. Sophia 
Rebecca Burnside, b. about iS 23 ; d. June 1836. 2. Harriet Pamela 
Burnside, b. in 1S27; resides unm. at Worcester. 3. Elizabeth 


Dwight Burnside, b. in iS2g; resided num. at Worcester, and d. in 
Feb., 1899. A Worcester, Mass., paper, in referring to her death, 
said ; '• She had been ill of the grip for a week, but her friends had 
not realized the serious nature of her illness, and her death is a great 
shock to them. Miss Burnside, who was 70 years of age this month, 
was the younger of the two daughters of Samuel M. Burnside, who, 
in his day, was one of the foremost lawyers of this city. He mar- 
ried Sophia Dwight Foster, whose father was Dwight Foster, at 
one time Senator from Massachusetts, and whose mother was a 
sister of Alfred D. Foster. They had three children, one of whom 
died in infancy, while Elizabeth and Harriet have lived together 
until now the death of the younger breaks the companionship. 
The Misses Burnside have been throughout their lives among the 
most notable figures in the life of Worcester. Members of an old 
and distinguished family, possessing wealth and taste, they have 
had great advantages, o'f which they have made good use. ' They 
have been most unassuming in all that they have done, but those 
who have been privileged to come in intimate relationship with 
them know how bountiful has been their life in benefit and pleas- 
ure to others. Both have been devoted to books and music and 
flowers. Their library is one of the best in the city -and Miss 
Elizabeth Burnside read and spoke several languages. They 
patronized all worthy musical entertainments and enjoyed at their 
home the performances of many musicians whose personal 
friends they became. Their gardens have always been among the 
finest in the city and their house has always been beautified with 
fragrant blossoms. Their hospitality has been proverbial and their 
home has always been open to friends. In their girlhood days 
there were no more brilliant belles in the city, and the elder men 
remember well what a privilege it once was to dance with Miss 
Lizzie or Miss Hattie Burnside. All these charming qualities the 
two sisters possessed in equal degree, but they are recalled with 
special clearness with relation to the one who has just passed 
away. Miss Burnside belonged to few organizations and took no 
prominent part in their management. Her charities were many, 
but they were bestowed privately, and only those who benefitted 
can fully realize the largeness of her heart and the e.xtent of her 
generosity. She attended the First Unitarian church from ear- 
liest childhood and attended services whenever she was able. The 
only near relatives who survive Miss Burnside are her sister, Miss 
Harriet P. F. Burnside. two cousins living in this city, Mrs. 
Henry Clark and Mrs. R. P. Dunn, and the children of another 
cousin, Dwight Foster, of Boston. The property interests of the 
Misses Burnside were extensive, and these are now all vested in 
Miss Harriet Burnside. Beside the homestead, there is the Burn- 
side block on Main street, the property at the corner of Main 
and Exchange streets, some property on Burnside court and more 
on Central street." 

Thomas Burnside, the father, was a descendant of that colony of 
Scots, settling in the north of Ireland about 1650, many of whom 
emigrated to New England in 1719. Among them was Rev. 
James McGregorie, his maternal grandfather, ordained first min- 
ister of Londonderry, 1719, who d. March 5, 1720, leaving three 
sons, one of whom, Alexander, settled in Warwick, R. I. Susan- 
nah, only daughter of Alexander on the death of his father, was 
adopted 'and educated by her uncle James, himself childless; in- 
herited with her brother his considerable estate and married 
Thomas Burnside. He was brought up in Londonderry, took an 
active part in the French wars and was in many bloody battles 
on the front'er and fought by the side of Wolfe on the plains of 
Abraham. He d. Nov. 3, 179S. 
ALFRED DWIGHT, b. July 26, 1800; m. Lydia Stiles. 


547. HON. PEREGRINE FOSTER (Jedediah, Ephraim, Ephraim, Abraham, 
Reginald), b. Brookfield, JIass., Dec. 2S, 1759; m. there, July 10, 1770, Mrs. Polly 
(Parkman) Bradshaw. He was sergt. in Captain Asa Danforth's co. that marched 
from Brookfield Sept., 1777, and was in the battle of Saratoga, Oct. 7. He was a 
man of great energy. She was widow of Rev. Benjamin Bradshaw, a Pres. clergy- 
man; b. at Westboro, Mass., May iS, 1756 (dau. of Ebenezer Parkman, afterward 
of Brookfield, Mass., and Elizabeth Harrington). He \yas a Revolutionary soldier 
and was present at the execution of Major Andre. His reverence for Washington 
was throughout life tender and strong. He removed May 7, 17S2, to Providence, 
R. I., where he read and practiced law for a few years with his brother, Theodore. 
In 1786 he joined "The Ohio Company." formed in Massachusetts, under Gen. 
Rufus Putnam as its leader. The mechanics among them assembled at Danvers, 
Mass., Jan., 178S, and the surveyors at Hartford, Conn., and numbering 4S in all, 
set out as an advance party on their long and perilous journey. He was one of the 
26 surveyors of the company. A great amount of snow had fallen all over the 
country during that winter, making their passage over the Alleghanies all the more 
tedious. But when once, with their teams, accoutrements and supplies, beyond 
these formidable barriers, they leaped with lion-like energy to their new work. 
The boat-builders and mechanics were ready with the aid of many other willing 
workers among the surveyors, by April 2d, to launch the craft which was to carry 
them all down the Ohio, with their teams and effects. This they called at first 
Adventure Galley, and afterward The Mayflower. The river was high, and they 
moved on rapidly to their new home in the wilderness, and about mid-daj- on April 
7, 17S8, they disembarked at the mouth of the Muskingum river. Having completed 
their surveys, and fixed the site of their proposed town, they called it Marietta, in 
honor of Marie Antoinette, who had recently shown distinguished regard to our 
new American minister at the Court of Versailles, then young Benjamin Franklin. 
He returned to his family at Providence, June 10, and finding a little daughter added 
to it in his absence, named it Betsey Marietta. He was not able to make arrange- 
ments to remove with his family at once, and while delaying for that purpose the 
Indian War broke out, and,hedid not go to his new western home until 1792. Hear- 
ing of many massacres by the Indians in the neighborhood of Marietta he went to 
Morgantown, W. Va,, where he remained for four years, teaching school and 
engaging in whatever other business he could find. In 1796, when all was quiet 
on the border, he went with his family to Belpre, O. (beautiful meadow), where 
his part of the new purchase had been located, just opposite the mouth of the 
Kanawha river, and a little above the head of Blennerhasset Island. He writes 
thus about himself in his diary, June 9, 1794: "No acquisition of property knowl- 
edge or happiness. Knowledge, indeed I have gained of human nature, but find it 
worse and worse. Lord! when and where shall we find man virtuous!" Under 
date of July 10, following, he writes; "Fourteen years this day since I was mar- 
ried. We have probably been as happy, or more so, as couples in general. Take 
away the evils of life, or those that we call so, and little is left. Sum the hours of 
real happiness ; they are few in number. There is little for which we should wish to 
live ; and yet we are averse to death ; more I think from the uncertainty of the 
future state than from an attachment to this life. At my setting out in life I 
labored under almost all the inconveniences which could attend a young man. 
Education I had not, at least a poor one ; was too young to take upon me with 
apparent propriety the management of a family; my partner was, and ever since 
has remained, feeble, and unable to endure hardships; most of her time has been 
spent in confinement by sickness; shp has brought me five children, who, by the 
goodness of God, have been as healthy as an equal number in families m general. 
At the commencement of matrimonial life, at twenty and a half years, all the prop- 
erty we had of any kind would not decently furnish a house. Nothing was appar- 
ently before us but extreme poverty: to work I was unable. But by the blessing of 
Divine Providence I was, and yet am, able with industiy to maintain my family 
decently — enjoying all the blessings of life and many of its'superfluities. For some 
years I 'lived at an expense of near $1,000 per annum. This, however, was previous 
to the paper money' system in Rhode Island, to which I may attribute all of my 
misfortunes in a pecuniary point of view, and which ultimately drove me into the 
•western wilderness; where the Lord only knows how it will fare with myself and 
family. I am in no business; important objections arise against my making 
application for admission to the practice of the law; to work I am unable (being at 
times a great sufferer from calculi in the bladder 1; property in this country I have 
but little of — nothing to enable me to join to any kind of business to advantage." 



Under date of July 14, 1749, he writes: "In consequence of a commission from 
the governor of Virginia, appointing me a magistrate for the county of Monongalia. 
I have now three appointments from the governor and General Assembly, not one 
of which is worth a penny, and as little honor as pay. At the close of the day, at 
the houte of W. M. Healey, the court and gentleman of the bar drank several bowls 
of toddy." 

He resided at Belpre (1796-1804) until his death, Aug. 17, 1804; aet. 44. While 
in Virginia he was besides being chief magistrate in his county, associate judge 
also in the Court of Common Pleas, and a representative several times to the State 
Legislature. He was, when living in Ohio, a judge there also. He was distin- 
guished for the uprightness and honorableness of his conduct at all times, for his 
great energy and perseverance, and for his fine personal appearance and affable 
manners. She m. in 180S, for a 3d husband. Major William Browning, a large 
farmer at Belpre, O., and at one time postmaster there. She was his 2d wife. By 
bis first marriage he had three sons. He d. Sept., 1823, a few days before his wife, 
whod. Sept. 5, 1823, Res., Brookfield, Mass., and Marietta, O. 

1003. i. POLLY PARKMAN, b. at Brookfield, Mass., March 19, 1781; m., 

May 2, iSi 2, Dea. William Dana; d. April 28, 1815, aet. 34. He 
was of Belpre, O., and afterward of Newport, O., where he 
was a merchant and farmer and large land owner, and in every 
way a very substantial man. He was b. Aug. 16, 1775, and was 
son of Capt. William Dana, of Amherst, Mass., and Mary Ban- 
croft. She d. April 28, 1S15, aet. 34. He d. June 24, 1851, aet. 
75 Ch.: I. Samuel Dana, b. July 3, 1803; m., Sept. 16, 1828, 
Louisa Thornly. 2. Elizabeth Harrington Dana, b. Nov. 19, 
1804; m. Charles Haskell, and for a 2d husband. Dr. John 
McCracken. Haskell was a merchant at Newport, O. ; b. iSoi, 
son of Major Jonathan Haskell, of Belpre, O., and Phebe Green. 
He d. July 23, 1831, aet. 30; and she m., Nov. 4, 1834, John 
McCracken, M. D., b. Feb. 4, 1795 ; a physician of large practice 
in Pittsburg, Pa. (originally from county Down, Ireland); grad. 
at the University of Edinburg, Scotland. He d. March 21, 1S59. 
Ch. : (a) Mary Ann Haskell, b. March 10, 1827; m. Rev. 
Thomas Johnson, (b) Pamelia Frances Haskell, b. Feb. 2, 1830; 
m. Dr. Robert T. Johnson, (c) Martha Jane McCracken, b. 
Aug. 13, 1835; a teacher in Pittsburgh, Pa. (d) William Dane 
McCracken, b. Sept. 5, 1842; an oil merchant in Cincinnati, O. 
He enlisted as a Union soldier in the civil war, in the Thirty- 
sixth Ohio Regt., in Sept., 1862, and was in the battles of 
Antietam, Md., and South Mountain, and was with General 
Rosecrans in his campaign in Tennessee. (e) Charles 
Haskell McCracken, b. Jan. i, 1S49; a clerk in Pittsburgh, 
Pa. (f) Mary Ann Haskell, b. March 10, 1827; m., July 
6, 1848, Rev. Thomas Powell Johnston (Presb.), b. March 
15, iSig, son of Thomas Johnston, of Wooster, O., and 
Abigal Powell; graduated at Jefferson college (Washington, 
Pa.) in 1845, and at the Western Theol. Sem. in Allegheny 
City, Pa., in 184S. He was pastor at Clarksville, Pa. 
(1848-5S), at Lima, O. (1858-72), and was settled at Columbia, 
O., in 1S72; but in May, 1873, returned to Lima, where he 
now resides and preaches a portion of the time at Ottawa, near 
by. Ch. : i. Mary Emma Johnston, b. Nov. 28, 1849. ii. Charles 
Haskell Johnston, b. Jan. 21, 1S55. iii. Elizabeth Abby John- 
ston, b. Nov. 24, 1856. iv. Grace Dana Johnston, b. Feb. 27, 
1868. (b) Pamelia Frances Haskell, b. Feb. 2, 1830; m., Oct. 24, 
1850, Robert Thompson Johnston, M. D., b. Oct. 30, 1822 (son of 
Thomas Johnston, of Wooster, O., and Abigal Powell). He 
studied medicine at Willoughby Med. College, O. (1844-5), and 
since 1845 has been a physician at Bucyrus, O. Ch. : i. Belle 
Johnston, b. Nov. 10, 1S53. ii. Frank Thompson Johnston, b. 
March 23, 1S57. iii. Pamelia Dana Johnston, b. May 3, 1865. 
3. Charles Dana, b. March 10, 1807; m.. Sept. i, 1831, Eunice 
Churchill, b. March 7, 1S12 (dau. of Jacob Churchill, of Halifax, 
Mass., and Abigal Bosworth); a merchant at Newport, O. He 
d. Nov. 6. 1S65. His widow resides still at Newport. Ch. : i. 


Charles Dana. b. June 22. 1S32; d. June 23, 1834. 2. Charlotte 
Dana, b. April 3, 1835; d. Jan. 17, 1853. 3' Rev. Watson Dana, 
b. Nov. 12, 1837. He went from behind the counter into the 
pulpit, and took his theological course on horseback. He m., 
June 15, 1859. Sarah Mary Riley, b. Aug. 4, 1836, dau. of John 
Dye Riley and Elizabeth Leachman. He was settled at Meta- 
mora, O. Ch. : (a) Eva Dana (twin), b. May 2, i860; d. Mays, 
i860, (b) Charlotte Elizabeth Dan^ (twin), b. May 2, i860; d. 
July 15, 1S60. (c) John Charles Dana, b. Oct. 8, 1S61. (d) 
Watson Dana, b. April 28, 1S64. (e) Joseph McElhinney Dana, 
b. May 31, 1866. (f) Samuel Foster Dana, b. Aug. 19. 1868. 
(g) Caroline Bertha Dana, b. Nov. 30, 1870. 4. Amanda Newell 
Dana, b. Jan. 12, 1841; d. Oct. 29, 1845. 5. Lydia Abigal Dana, 
b. Jan. 4, 1844; d. Oct. 24, 1845. 6. Fanny Pamelia Dana, b. 
O t. 25, 1848. 7. Maria Dana, b. March 8, 1S51; m., Oct. 12, 
1S71, Calvin Thomas Riley, of Metamora, O. 8. William 
Dana, b. Sept. 14. 1S55. 4. Francis Foster Dana, b. Dec. 6, 
1S09; m. Rev. Israel Archbold. He was b. Harrison county, 
Va., Nov. 24, 1807 (son of James Archbold, who came from 
Ireland in Nov., 1787, and m. Ann Kennedy, of Prince George 
county, Md.); grad. at Marietta college, O., in 1834 a Methodist 
clergyman, who preached successively in several places within 
the bounds of ' The Pittsburgh Conference," 1834-59, and was 
an active and efficient minister in them all, at Barnesville, 
McConnellsville. Summerheld and Newport, O., and Pittsburgh. 
He d. at H.inover, O., May 18. 1859, a-^t. S2. His widow 
resided in S.nlem, O. Ch. : i. William Dana Archbold, b. in 
McConnellsville, O., Aug. 30, 1835; m., June 28, 1857, Martha 
Hubbard Humason, b. in Twin, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1832 (dau. of 
Rev. Leonard H. Humarson and Mary Sykes) ; grad. at Alle- 
gheny Coll., Meadville, Pa., in 1856. He was for some time 
principal of We-itern Reserve Seminary. Later was a dry goods 
merchant at Fredonia, N. Y. (since 1866). Ch. ; (a) William 
Edward Archbold, b. June 28, 1858, in Farmingtou, O. ; d. there 
diphtheria July iS. 1862. (b) Mary Frances Archbold, b. Sept. 
14, i860, in Sharon, Pa.; d. of diphtheria, Aug. 16, 1862, in 
Farmingtun. (r) Charles Dana Archbold, b. in Titusville, Aug. 
23, 1864 (d) James Humason Archbold, b. Fredonia, Sept. 10, 
1866 (e) Julia Archbold, b. in Feb. in Fredonia, Sept. 5, 1S68. 

2. James Edward Archbold, b. Feb. 6, 1838; d. Feb. 9. 1843. 

3. Phebe Maria Archbold, b. Aug. 5, 1S40; m. Hon. Lorenzo 
B. Lockard.Oct. 25. 1859; b. Jan. 2. iS38(son of William Lockard, 
of Hanover, O., and Sarah McBride); a merchant in Salem, O., 
and at one time (1868) mayor of the city. Ch. : (a) Vesta Lock- 
ard, b. Sept. 30, i860. (b) William Lockard, b. Oct. 11. 1862; 
d. June 28, 1863. (c) Charles Archbold Lockard, b. July 5, 1864. 
(d) Francis Lockard, b. Aug. i, 186S. 4. Charles Wesley Arch- 
Ijold, b. Jan. 18, 1843; m., June 20, 1865, Emma OwenKibbe, b. 
Nov. 7, i8a3 (dau. of Austin Durkee Kibbe, of W. Farmington, 
O., and Emily Parenthia Owen). He was a machinist at Corry, 
Pa. Cn. : (,i) William Kibbe Archbold, b. at Farmington, June 
5, 1S66. (b) Emma Frances Archbold. b. at Corry, May 17, 1868. 
5. Mary Elizabeth Archbold, b. April 11. 1843; a teacher in 
Salem, O. 6. John Dustin Archbold, b. July 26, 1848, has been 
engaged until of late in Titusville, Pa., in the oil business, but 
was later a petroleum merchant in New York, residing in 
Brooklyn. Hem., Feb. 12, 1S70, Anna Eliza Mills, b. Dec. 15, 
1847 (dau. of Samuel Myers Mills, of Titusville, and Lavine 
Jenkins). One daughter: i. Mary Lovina Archbold, b. Sept. 
7. 1877. 

SERAPH DWIGHT, b at Providence, R. I., Nov. 2, 17S2; m., 

June , 1S05, John Breck, of Caswell, O. ; d. July 31, 1S06, 

aet. 23. He was of Boston, Mass.; b. March, 1779 (son of 
William Breck, b. in 1745; and d. Nov., 1S19; a merchant in 
Boston, and Margaret Thomas, of Plymouth, b. in 1753 and d. 


in 1S20), a merchant at Caswell, O., in partnership with Frederic 
A. Foster, his uncle, and afterward, 1S08-16. with Peregrine D. 
Foster, his cousin, son of Frederic A. Foster. Shed. July 31, i8o6; 
he d. March, 1S16. They had one child: i. William Foster 
Breck. b. May 14, 1806; m., Jan. i, 1S40, Elizabeth Cambell 
Smith, b. Oct. 31, 1S20 (dau. of Dea. John Smith, of Worthing- 
ton, O., and Olive Wilson, of Cooperstown, N. Y.); a merchant 
at Grove City, O., where he was suddenly killed by slipping oflf 
from a load of grain — the wheel running over his neck and 
breaking it instantly, Aug. 8, 1864, aet. 59. [Dea. John Smith 
was in early life a farmer, but in his, later years, after giving a 
large share of his property to the Am. Bible Society and to the 
A. B. C. F. M., went to Minnesota as a self-sustaining mission- 
ary to the Indians. After spending several years in such a way 
he' returned to Worthington, O., to die, 1864, aet. 76. His con- 
sort died soon afterward, Aug. 26, 1864. Their son. Rev. 
Samuel Davis Smith, settled at Deleware, O., was Moderator 
of the O. S. General Assem.bly at St. Louis, Mo., in 1S66.] Mrs. 
Breck resides at New Brighton, Pa. Ch. : i. A child b. in 
1840-1, that d. in a few hours. 2. John Breck (twin), b. Aug., 
1842; d. in a few weeks. 3. Wm. Breck (twin), b. Aug., 1842; d. 
in a few weeks. 4. Serapn Wilson Breck, b. Dec. 24, 1S44; m. 
Rev. Samuel A. Hughes. 5. George Foster Breck, b. Aug. 25, 
1851. 6. Flora Estella Breck, b. Aug. 26, 1857. 7. Frank F. 
Breck, b. March 21, 1S60. [Grove City, O., near Columbus, C, 
is a small village, built and improved by Mr. William F. Breck, 
and principally upon his wife's estate of 600 acres bequeathed 
to her by her father, upon which he erected a saw-mill in order 
to convert the large amount of black walnut timber growing 
upon it to a marketable use.] 4. Seraph Wilson Breck, b. Dec. 
24, 1844; m. in 1864, Rev. Samuel Adams Hughes, b. at Free- 
port, Pa., March 4, 1S35; grad. in 1801, at the Theol. Sem. in 
Allegheny Citv, Pa.; a Presb. minister in Grove City (1861-3); 
a chaplain in the United States army of volunteers (1863), and 
afterward settled at London, Pa. , and then at Lawrenceburgh, 
Pa., 1874. Two children; (a) Ida Sloan Hughes, b. in 1S65. 
(bi Elizabeth Louisa Hughes, b. in 1867. 
PEREGRINE PITT, b. at Providence, Oct. 24, 1786; m. Elizabeth 

BETSEY MARIETTA, b. at Providence, June 7, 17S8; m., April 
12, 1807, Stephen Dana; d. April g, 1870, aet. Si. Dana b. at 
Amherst, jMass., Nov. 24, 1779 (son of Capt. William Dana and 
Mary Bancroft); a man like his brother, Dea. William 
Dana, of large means and solid worth, at Newport, O., having 
had 600 acres under high culture. He d. June 6, 1834. She d. 
April 9, 1870, aet. 81; for 36 years a widow and a faithful, 
happy and beloved member of the church of Christ. Ch. : i. 
Seraph Dwight Dana, b. July 29, 180S; m., Nov. i. 1832, Colbert 
O'Neal, of Belpre. O., b. Jan. 15, 1S05, in Culpepper county, Va. 
(son of John O'Neal and Judith Suttle; she d. Sept. 13, i86g, 
aet. 100. Her mental powers were bright to the end. She had been 
eminent for her piety from early life). He is a prosperous 
farmer at Belpre, O. Ch. : (a) Foster O'Neal, b. Aug. 5, 1833; 
m., April 29, 1S67, Emily Barrick ; large farmer in Belpre, O. 
(D) Amanda Ann Hazeltine O'Neal, b. in Belpre. Oct. 2. 1835; 
m., April 24, i860, Thomas Rowland; farmer; res., Newport, 
O. (C) Edwin Russell O'Neal, b. Oct. 14, 1839; m., Sept. 17, 
1863, Nancy Jane Scott; farmer; res., Belpre, O. 2. Mary Park- 
man Dana, b. Mav 23, iSio; m., Jan. 21, 1830, George Compton, 
b. in Winchester, Ya., Aug. 29, iSoi (son of James Compton and 
Catharine Cunningham); a farmer at Bull Creek, Hood county, 
Va. Ch. ; (a) Thomas Fredric Compton, b. Feb. 15, 1S31; d. m 
Forest City, Col , April 2, 1855. (b) Stephen Dana Compton, b. 
Feb. 27, 1833; resides in California, (c) James Parkman Comp- 
ton, b. July 17, 1835; d. Sept. 14, 1838. (d) Luther Barker 


Compton, b. Oct. 4, 1837; d. Dec. 21, 1854. (e) William Henry 
Compton, b. Feb. 2g, 1840. (1) Marietta Adela Compton, b. 
April 27, 1842; d. July 23, 1845. (g) Melissa Jane Compton, b. 
Aug. 7, 1844; d. Aug. 20, 1845. (h) Helen Mary Compton, b. 
Nov. 18, 1847; d. of consumption April 14, 186S. (i) Theodore 
Foster Compion, b. April 27, 1S50; d. of consumption Aug. 26, 
1872. 3. Amanda Frances Dana, b. Nov. 8, 1812; m., July 23, 
1839, Seth B. Newell, and for second husband, Rev. Harvey S. 
Dale. Newell Jr., b. May 6, isTi (son of Seth B. Newell, of 
Bethel, Me., and Betsey Kimball). He began to study for the 
ministry after having engaged in mercantile life for a short 
time in Boston, Mass., but was obliged, on account of weak eyes, 
to intermit his theological studies. In 183S he established a 
school at McConnellsville, O., and afterward at Newport, O. 
He was a man of genial qualities, and of very agreeable address, 
and an earnest Christian and very useful. He d. at Newport, 
Jan. 29, 1841. She m., Sept. 12, 1842, Rev. Henry Smith Dale, 
b. Aug. 13, 1812 (son of Rev. Jeremiah Dale, of Danvers, Mass., 
b. in 1787, and Mehitabel Smith, of S. Hadley Mass.); grad. at 
Brown university in 1S34, and at the Union Theol. Sera., New 
York, in 1841 ; tutor at Granville. Col., O. (1S41-2); pastor of the 
Baptist church at Newport, O. (1842-51); at Lebanon O. (1852-6); 
and Prof, of Theology at the Farmount Theol. Sem., Cincinnati, 
O. (1856-7). He d. May 27, 1857, at Cincinnati. He was of a 
gentle and modest spirit, and earnestly devoted to the ministerial 
work. [Rev. Jeremiah Dale was the son of Ebenezer Dale Jr., 
of Davers, Mass., and Abigal Cutler. The parents of Ebenezer 
Dale Jr., b. Dec. 25, 1755, were Ebenezer Dale and Rebecca 
Preston, whom he m. Nov. 30, 1754. Ebenezer Dale Sr., b. 
March 7, 1739, was the son of John and Abigal Dale. Ch. ; (a) 
Edward Richardson Dale, b. in Newport, O., May 31, 1844; m., 
Sept. 14, 1S71, Sarah Yandever Ralston, b. Feb. ig, 1850 (dau. of 
William Lewis Ralston, of Marietta, O., b. Dec. 10, 1S20, and 
Sarah Catharine Ward, b. March 18, 1819, whom he m. Aug. 31, 
1847). He was cashier of the First National Bank at Marietta, O. 
He was quartennaster-sergeanl in the civil war in the Seventy- 
seventh Ohio Regt. They have one child: i. Catharine Ral- 
ston Dale. b. June 27, 1S72. (b) Theodore Dana Dale, b. in 
Newport. O., June 23, 1S46. He was secretary and treasurer of 
the Marietta Iron Works Co. .at Marietta. He was grad. at 
Marietta college in 186S. He m.. May 15, 1S73, Sophia Byington 
Dana, b. Jan. 2S. 1S53 (dau. of George Dana, of Belpre, O., and 
Lucy Minerva Byington, dau. of Rev. Cyrus Byington, mis- 
sionary to the Choctaws. George Dana, son of Capt. William 
Dana and Mary Bancroft). He served in the civil war, in the 
army of the Potomac, in the One Hundred and Forty-eighth 
Ohio National Guards, (c) Harvey Ewart Dale, b. Oct. 9, 1848; 
d. Oct. 29, 1849. (d) Julia Theodosia Dale, b.. May 6, 1851 ; m., 
Sept. 1812, David Dye Johnson, b. Aug. iS, 1S43 (son of William 
Henry Johnson and Elizabeth Dyei; grad. at Marietta Coll. in 
1866; a lawyer at Parkersburgh,' W. Va. (e) Frances Amanda 
Dale, b. Aug. 28, 1S53. 4. Peregrine Foster Dana, b. June 27, 
1815; a farmer since 1858 in Oltumwa, Iowa, and previously in 
Kirkville, Iowa, and Newport, O. He m., Feb. 9. 1S37, Sarah 
Elizabeth Greene, b. July 24, iSiS (dau. of John Greene of 
Newport, O.. and Mary Hill). She d. March 21, 1857 and he 
m., Sept. 15, 1S57, for nis 2d wife Catharine Plummer Tinkraan 
b. April 28, 1824 (dau. of Cornelius Tinkman, of Plymouth, 
Mass., and Harriet Plummer, of Marietta, O.). Ch. : i. Mary 
Elizabeth Dana, b. March 21, 1S3S; d. June lo, 1852. 2. Sarah 
Melissa Dana, b. Feb. 6. 1840; d. April 7. 1S57. 3. Capt. Newelle 
Bannister Dana, b. Feb. 10. 1S42; d. April 16, 1870; enlisted in 
the civil wa in comp ny F, Fou th Iowa cavalry, Oct. 17, 1861. 
He was made corporal Jan. i, 1S62. and first sergeant March I, 
1863. He re-enlisted as a veteran soldier Dec. 12, 1863, at Vicks- 


burg, Miss., and was made capta.n of h s company April 29, 
1S64. a .d was mustered out of the service with his regiment at 
Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 8, 1S65. He was in the Fourteen Mile 
C ee'i. Miss.; Jackson, Miss., in both May and July, 1863; the 
siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in Juaeand July, 1S63; Canton, Miss., 
July 17, 1863; ofGuntown, Miss., June 10, 1864; of Tupelo, Miss., 
July 15, 1864; of Independe ice. Mo., Oct. 22, 1864; of the Bif 
Blue, Mo., Oct. 23, 1864; of Osage, Kans., Oct. 25, 1864; of 
Ebenezer Ch., Ala., Aprd i, 1S65; of Selma, Ala., April 2 ,1865, 
and Columbus, Ga., April 16, 1S65. He was at Macon, Ga., 
when the news of General Lee's defeat was received, and he 
participated in the pursuit of JeiT Davis. He traveled in the 
service over 14,000 luiles. Hem., Dec. 27. 1867, Mary Rudd, b. 
March 27, 1846 (dau. of Major Wilcox Rudd, of Wapello county, 

Iowa, an 1 Rebecca ). While a member of the Junior class 

of Iowa university, at Iowa City, he d. at Denver, C j1., of con- 
sumption, April 16, 1870, aet. 28, being at the time on a tour for 
health and recrea.ion. He was preparing himself for the minis- 
try, and especially for missionary service in it. He excelled as 
a s.uden;. in the languages and in metaphysics, and was aUo an 
a6tive and dev ited Christian. He had one child: 1. Albert 
Currier Dana, b. May 3, 1869: d. July 23, 1869. 4. Julia Bat- 
telle Dana, b. Feb. 23, 1S44; m., Aug. i, 1S66, William Wallace 
Cole, of Nakaska county, Iowa; a farmer; b. Sept. 17, 1S39 (son 
of William and Elizabeth Cole). One child: i. Charles Cole, 
b. April 14, 1868. 5. Daniel Greene Dana, b. Dec. 7, 1845; m., 
Aug. 3, 1867, Mary Ann Hardesty, ot Iowa (dau. of Thomas and 
Marie Hardesty). He enliste 1 in the civil war Feb. 13, 1864, in 
company F, Fourth Iowa cavalry. He has one child: i. 
Thomas Peregrine Dana, b. Aug. 20, 1S70. 6. John Greene 
Dana, b. June 2, 1848. 7. Nancy Ann Dana, b. Jan. 8, 1852; d. 
June 30, 1852. 8. Rufus Peregrine Dana. b. Oct. 18, 1S53. 9- 
Augustus George Dana, b. Jan. 29, 1856; d. April 22, 1S57. By 
second wife; 10. Cornelius William Dana. b. Aug. 31, 1858. 
II. Lily Irene Dana, b. Oct. 25, 1859. 12. Corrie Dana, b. 
Aoril 3, 1861. 13. Hetty Amanda Dana, b. Dec. 8, 1862. 5. 
William Pi't Dana, b. Aug. i, 1817; m., April 28, 1841, Susan 
Edgerton Shipman, b. Dec. 14, 1821 (dau. of William Henry 
Shipman, b. at Marietta, O., April 14, 1793, and Mary Ann 
Edgerton, b. at Norwich, Conn., De;. 15, 1798); a merchant at 
Marietta, O. She d. Dec 24, 1849, and he m. for his second 
wife, April 24. 1851, Ann Elizabeth Shipman, b. Sept. 8, 1826, 
sister to his previous wife. He d. of consumption July 18, 1853, 
aet. 36. He was a devoted Christian (Baptist). Children by 
first wife: i. Mary Elizabeth Dana, b. at Carroll, O., Nov. 21, 
1S43; m., Nov. 6, 1865, Charles H. Newton; res., Marietta, O. 
2 Charles Luther Dana, b. May 26, 1845, at Lancaster, O; m., 
Nov. 5, 1S68, Mary Racer; res.. Marietta, O. 3. Anna Maria 
Dana, b. at Marietta, O., April 19, 1847; m , May 4, 1870, Samuel 
Dorman Smith (son of Stephen Smith and Susan Racer). One 
child: I. Maria Shipman Smith, b. Sept. 19, 1871. 4. Frances 
Gage Dana, b. May 27, 1848; d. July 3, 184S. 5. William Ship- 
man Dana, b. Dec. 24. 1849; d. Feb. 18, 1S50. By second wife: 
6. Susan Shipman Dana. b. in Marietta, O., March 23, 1852. 6. 
Stephen Augustus Dana b. Aug. 27, 1819; m.. Oct. 5, 1841, Jane 
N. Little; res., Newport, O. ; b. in Newport, O., April 5, 1822 
(dau. of Charles Little and Mary Allison Frazer); a large 
farmer, at Newport, O. Ch. : i. Frederic Foster Dana, b. Nov. 
30, 1843; a farmer and large land owner at Newport, O. ; m., 
Nov. 19, 1872, Mary Ellen West, b. April 10, 1848, at Mounds- 
ville, W. Va. (dau. of Rev. John B West, of Newport, O., and 
Mary Alexander). He enlisted Aug. 31, 1862, in the Seventh 
Ohio cavalry, in the first brigade of the second division of the 
Mississippi, and served until the close of the war. He marched 
with Sherman to the sea, and was one of the cavalry companies 


sent to search for Jeff Davis, and was one of the guards ap- 
pointed to conduct him to Atlanta. He saw much hard service, 
and was not once "off duty," or in the hospital during his three 
years' service in the rank and file. Of the 107 in his company 
that went to war but 31 returned to their homes, ii. Prescott 
Dana, b. Sept. 26, 1845; d. June 30, 1S46. iii. Pamelia Little 
Dana, b. July 25, 1842; m., Nov. 14, 1S65, Albert Wilbur Delan- 
cey Kraft, b. Sept. 27, 183S, at Wheeling, Va. (son of John 
Kraft and Caroline Klevies, b. bo!h of them in Lanfeare, Han- 
over, Germany, who emigrated to America in 1S34); an oil 
refiner and dealer, at Parkersburg, W. Va., and previously at 
Pittsburgh, Pa. He enlisted in the First Virginia Regt. of 
Union Vols. (Col. B. F. Kelly), under the first call for troops 
April, 1S61, for three months, serving after two weeks' time as 
hospital steward. In Sept. , 1 86 r, he reenlisted for the war in the 
same regiment (Col. Thomas Thornbum), and Nov. 18, 1S62, 
was commissioned assistant surgeon, and served in that capacity 
to the end of the war, having been educated as a chemist and 
druggist. Ch. : (a) Frederic Dana Kraft, b. at Newport, Sept.. 
13, 1S66. (b) Homer Livingston Kraft, b. July 2y, 1868. (c) 
Jane Estella Kraft, b. Dec. 14, 1869. 7. Theodore Sedgwick 
Dana, M. D., b. Oct. 27, 1821; grad. at Marietta coll. in 1843, 
and studied medicine in Cincinnati. He m. Jane Bartlelt, 
without issue. He d. of consumption Jan. 22, 1S50. He was a 
superior scholar, especially in mathematics and medicine and an 
earnest, thoughtful, devoted Christian. 8. Luther Dale Dana, 
b. April 17, 1826; m., Aug. 14, 184S, Nancy Ismond Baldwin, b. 
Jan. 6, 1826 (dau.of Jesse and Catharine Baldwin, of Gremsby, 
Upper Canada. Shed. Dec. iS, 1S51, and he m. for second wife, 
Jan. 13, 1853, Susan Rebecca Green, b. Oct. 28, 1825 (dau. of 
Richard Green, b. in Warwick, R. I., April 2g, 17S1 — son of John 
and Mary Green — and Rebecca Lawton, b. in Portsmouth, R. L, 
1791). He is a dealer in hats, caps, furs and furnishing goods, 
wholesale and retail, at Marietta, (a) Theodore Parkman Dana, 
b. June 5, 1849; d. Jan. 4, i85o.(b) Laura Marietta Dana, b. Jan. 
21, 1851. (c) Ella Maria Dana, b. April 2, 1S54; d. Aug. 24, 
1S54. (d) Harvey Dale Dana, b. July 6, 1S57. (e) Luther Green 
Dana, b. Nov. 15, 1S58. (f) Bessie Rebecca Dana, b. Aug. 9, 
i860, (g) Arthur Dwight Dana, b. Ja^y 23, 1861. (h) Caroline 
Melissa Dana, b. Jan. 16, 1S63. (i) Mabel Foster Dana, b. 
Aug. 23, 1865; d. Oct. 22, 1865. 9. Melissa Barker' Dana, b. 
Oct. 23, 1829; d. Sept. 13, 1832. 

1007. V. FREDERIC AUGUSTUS, b. at Providence, May 7, 1791 ; m. Sarah 

Arnold and Elizabeth Wilson. 

1008. vi, THEODORE SEDGWICK, b. at Morgantown, Va., Feb. 19, 1795; 

d. Oct. 17, 1825, aet. 30. He m., in 1822, Jane Barkley, b. in 1791 
(dau. of Thomas Barkley and Betsey Kilpatrick), without issue. 
He was a merchant at Belpre, O. She d. Feb. 10. 1831, aet. 40. 

550. WILLIAM FOSTER (John, John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Andover, Mass., Oct. 3, 1743; m., Oct. 4, 1771, Mehitabel Fuller, of Middletown, b. 
:830. He d. 1827. Res., Andover, Mass. 
i. WILLIAM, b. 1772; m., 1805, Phebe Holt, b. i77i;d. 1844. He 

d. in Andover in 1833. Res., Londonderry, N. H. 
ii. JACOB, b. April 27, 1775; m. Ruth Kimball. 

iii. ISRAKL, b. ; m., Oct. 10, 1802, Hannah Lee. Res., Man- 

1743; d- 


JOHN, b. Sept. 8, 1872; m. Lucy Hastings.* 

s/ ■ 

5ALLY, b. 

556. JOHN FOSTER (John, John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, 
Mass., Oct. 24, 1760; m., March 21, 1782, Dorcas Town, b. March 3, 1758; dau. of 
Joseph and Sarah; d. Feb. 27, 1838. He d. April 27, 1835. Res., Boxford, Mass. 

*Or did John ro., Jan., 1814, Mary Harris, and have 3 ch. 


1014. i. JOSEPH, b. Aug. 5, 17S3: d. at Boxford, unm., 1S64. 

1015. ii. JEMIMA, b. Dec. 27, 17S5; m., Sept. 17, 1S07, Emerson Hale, of 

Rindge, N. H., son of Moses, Jr. He d. June iS, 1852, aet. 68. 
She d. May 7. 1879. Res., Rindge, N. h. Ch. : i. John Foster, 
b. Sept. 26, 1808; m.. i8+4, Rebecca Barley. He d. July 22, iSSi, 
leaving one child. Martha Foster Hale, his wife, d. March, 1882. 
Martha F. ra., Oct., 1873, George G. Rice. They reside in Rindge. 
One son, Harris. 2. Harris Hale, b. Aug. 10, 1813; m., July 6, 
1869, Eliza Kimball. Resides in Rindge. No children. 3. Ruba, 
b. Dec. 7, 1815; m., May 9, 1S39, Arad Adams, b. in Rindge, 
April 26, 1812, and d. at East Jaffrey, N. H., July 25, 1S77. Their 
children are: Maria R. Adams, b. June 25. 1840, unm. ; Mary E. 
Adams, b. May 8, 1843; d. Jan. 14, 1856. 4. Moody, b. April 17, 
1820; m., June 6, 1844, Charlotte Keyes. She d. Feb. 2, 1847; m. 
2d, Sarah E. Wright, of Enosburgh, Vt., who d. June 11, 1859. 
He d. April 28, i860. No children. 5. Jemima, b. July 26, 1822; 
m., Nov., 1865, James Bancroft, who d. March, 18S4. No children. 
She resides in Rindge. 

1016. iii. DORCAS, b. July 21. 1791; m.. May 29, 1817, Alfred Kimball, son 

of Daniel Kimball, of Andover, b. in 1791. He d. Sept. 23, 182S. 
She d. in Salera in 1S78. Ch. : r. Dorcas Foster, b. May 29, 
181S. 2. Mary Elizabeth, b. July 30, 1S23. 3. Sarah Fuller, b. 
March 17, 1826. 4. Alfred M., b.' March 29, 1828. 

1017. iv. JONAS, b. Nov. 15, 1793; m. Mary Apthorp and Lydia B. 


1018. V. MOODY, b. April 29, 1797; m. Mary Symonds. 

557. DAVID FOSTER (Stephen, John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Andover. Mass., March 5, 1745; m., Dec. 31, 1767, Ruth Peabody, of Boxford, dau. 
of John, Daniel, John, Mary (Foster) PeaboJy, Reginald Foster, b. 1745; d. 1818, 
He d. 1 8 12. Res., Andover, Mass. 

1019. i. DAVID, b. . 

1020. ii. SAMUEL, b. . 

1021. iii. HITTY, b. Aug. 28, 1776; m., 1802, Thomas Stickney, of Bradford. 

A gr.-son is George Tandy, city clerk, of Freeport, 111., b. Grove- 
land, Mass., June 23, 1843; unm. 

1022. iv. MOSES, b. Aug. 6, 17S0; m. Sarah Baldwin. 

560. STEPHEN FOSTER (Stephen, John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Andover, Mass., July 3, 1751; m., Aug. 3, 1775, Rebecca Wood, in Bradford. Res., 
Boxford and Bradford. Mass. 

1023. i. 

STEPHEN, b. . 

1024. ii. 

JOHN, b. . 

SAMUEL, b. . 

1025. iii. 

1026. iv. 

JOSEPH, b. . 

EBENEZER, b. ; r 

1027. V. 

n. Sarah Dane. 

1028. vi. 

PHINEHAS, b. in 17S1 

; m. Sarah Johnson. 

564. JOHN FOSTER (Stephen, John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Andover, Mass., Dec. 10, 1759; m., Nov. 25, 1788, Sarah Ingalls, dau. of James and 
Mary (Frye) Ingalls, of Methuen, b. Oct. 5, 1761. He was in early life a founder, 
making silver shoe and knee buckles and sleigh bells; in after life a farmer. He d. 
Nov. 30, 1837. She d. July 23, 1849. Res., Andover. 

1029. i. SALLY, b. Aug. 14, 1789; unm. ; d. Dec. 4, 1870. 

1030. ii. RUBY', b. Oct. 19, 1791; unm.; d. Aug. 5, 1812. The diary of 

Ruby Foster, published by her pastor. Rev. Dr. Eaton, of Box- 
ford, gives the first record of the life of any v^oman teacher of the 
district schools. She writes (1810): "Ihave left our dear habitation 
and begun keeping school. Many were the tender emotions 
excited in my breast, and an undertaking so important and so 
new to me could not fail of engaging my solicitude and anxiety. 
God bless me in my school. Give my scholars hearts to obey and 
improve and myself redoubled activity, strength and wisdom." — 
Hist. Andover. 

1031. iii. LUCY, b. Nov. 21, 1793; m., Oct. 30, 1827, Amos Kimball. 


1032. iv. HANNAH, b. Dec. 22. 1795; unm. ; d. March 4, 1863. 

1033. V. STEPHEN, b. Feb. 15, 179S: m. Ann A. D. Davis. 

1034. vi. ISAAC, b. July 7, iSo6; m. Francis B. Lee. 

565. NATHAN FOSTER (Stephen, John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
No. Andover, Mass., Nov. 23, 1761; m., March 16, 1790, Susanna Barker, b. 1771; 
d. Feb. 10, 1S42. He d. July 12, 1S44. Res., Andover, Mass. 

1035. i. SUSANNA, b. April 4, 1791; m., 1S2S, Amos Kimball, of Boxford; 

d. July 4, 1838. ». 

1036. ii. SAMUEL, b. May 10, 1794; d. Jan. 14, 1812. 

1037. iii. ABIGAIL, b. July 28, 1796; m., Nov. 11, 1819, Reuben Reed, of 


1038. iv. NATHAN, b. Sept 4. 1798; m. Harriet Berry. 

1039. V. SALLY, b. Oct. 14, 1800; m., May 11, 1818, Silas Burnham, of 

Norwich, Conn. 

1040. vi. REBECCA, b. Aug. 9, 1804; m., April 27, 1826, Jacob Farnham. 

1041. vii. MARY BRIDGES, b. Aug 19. 1807; m., Dec. 30. 1830, Enoch 

Frye, Jr., b. No. Andover, Mass., March 21, 1798; d. Sept. 26, 
1883. Shed. Sept. 13, TS67, He was a farmer. Res., No. An- 
dover, Mass. Ch. : i. Enoch Holten, b. Sept. 24. 1S31; d. Oct. 
12, 1S34. 2. John Frye, b. May 4. 1833; d. July 18. 1S53. 3. 
Susan Foster, b March 16, 1835; m., Sept. 14, 1858. Rev. James 
M. Bell, Leominster, Mass. He was b. Feb. 25, 1833. Ch.; (a) 
John Frye, b. Oct. 4, 1859; d. Aug. 4, 1874. (b) Harry James, b. 
Aug. ig. i86i; m, Oct. it. 1882. Res., Leominster. Mass. (c) 
Grace Lilliai, b. Dec. 14. 1863; ra., Sept. 22. 1886; d. Feb. 14. 1894. 
(d) Miry Gertrude, b. Nov. 30, 1869; m., Sept. 18, 1889; d. Aug. 
6. 1890. (e) Hattie Florence, b. April i, 1872; d. Dec. ti, 1876. 
(f) Enoch Frye, b. May 26. 1874 Res., Leominster. Mass. (g) 
Sidnej' Eugene, b. Feb. 13 1879; Res.. Leominster. Mass. Rev. 
James M. Bell graduated from Ne.v York university 1854; was in 
Andover theological seminary 1854-57; ordained and installed 
July 21, 1S5S. Pastorates: Ashby, Mass., '58-'64; Watertown, 
Mass., ■65-'7i ; North Hadlry, Mass., '72-'76; WestMedway Mass., 
•76-'86; Wayland, Mass., '■S6-'88; Lisbon, N. H., '8S-'93; North 
Leominster, Mass., '93 — . Was chosen principal of South gram- 
mar school, Watertovvn, Mass., 1872; invited to membership in 
faculty of Thayer college, Kidder county. Mo., 1876; trustee of 
WatPTtown free library, 1S6S 1S69; author of public memorials 
of Captain Henry Bangs, 1861; Mrs. Caroline S. Wright, 1864; 
Mrs. M. P. Grant, 1S67; John Frye Bell, 1S74; Psi Upsilon class 
poet, 185 ^; former correspondent of Newbury Gazette, N. Y. ; 
candidate for Massachusetts legislature, 1871 ; delegate to Na- 
tional Tri-ennial Council, St. Louis, 1880. Chairman of three 
different school boards. 4. Mary Elizabeth, b. Dec. 18, 1838; d. 
Oct. II. 1S40. 5. Harriet Abbie, b. Feb. 19, 1844; m. . Ad- 
dress, M-s. Ed>vard C. Fisher, Andover, Mass. 
1042. viii. ELIZABETH BARKEK, b. Dec. to, 1792; m., Oct. 31. 1S15, Fran- 
cis W. Ingalls. Res , North Andover and she d. Dec. 10, 1S72. 
He was b. Aug. iS, 1793: d. Nov. 9. 1S50. Was a farmer. Ch. : 
I. George Francis, b. March 4. i8tS; d. Feb. 24, 1879. 2. Charles 
Nathan, b July g. 1S20; d. Aug. g. 1886. 3 Hiram Augustus, 
b Aug. 10, 1822; d Feb. 17. 1824 4. S-irah Foster, b March 28, 
1824; d. Aug. I, 1887. 5 John Edward, b. April 29, i82fi; d. 

. b. Henry Franklin, b. April ig, 1830; d. Sept. 29. 1834. 7. 

Stephen William, b. Jan. i, 1833; d. . (2) Charles N. was m. 

in Dec, 1845- Address of ctuld: Mrs. G W. Fielding, No. 15 
Putnam street, Samerville. Mass. (4) Sarah F. , m. Oct., 1845. 
There were no children; her husband still live.s. Address: 
Charles F. Johnston. North Andover, Mass. (5) John E., m. 
July, 1850, Mrs. O. N. Foster, North Andover. (7) Stephen W., 
m.,'Nov. 28, i860, Sarah G. Gordhus, b. June 16, 1833. Res., 
North Andover, Mass. Ch : (a) Charles Johnson Ingalls, b. Oct. 
ig, 1862; d. Aue. 26, 1S65. (b) Lizzie Frances Ingalls, b. Sept. 
4, 1865; m. to William H. Lewis, June 27, 1S96. Res., North 


Andover. (c) Ida Bertha Ingalls. b. Aug. ii. 1S67; m. to Oliver 
S. Hutchinson, June 27, 183S. Res., Burtiii avenue, Beverly, 
Mass. (d) Sarah Johnson Ingalls, b. May 23, 1S71.3 ^Res., North 

566. DANIEL FOSTER (Stephen, John, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Andover, Mass., April 26, 1765; m. there Get. 20, 1797, Hannah Swan; d. May i, 
1824. He d. Jan. 3, 1S21. Res., Andover, Mass. 

1043. i. DANIEL, b. June 26, iSoo. 

1044. ii. JOHN, b. Sept. 8, 1813. 

1045. iii- HANNAH, b. Oct. 28, 1S05. 

1046. iv. ABIGAIL, b. , 179S. 

572. FREDERICK FOSTER (Asa, Moses, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. Pembroke, N. H., Aug. 23, 1760; m., Sept. 6, 17S5, Mary Eastman, h. London- 
derry, N. H., March 6, 1765; d. Dec. 31, 1S36, at Grand Menan, N. B. He d. Jan. 
12, 1S34. He resided in Pembroke, N. H. ; was a soldier in the Revolutionary War; 
was a tavern keeper and mill owner and owned considerable real estate, but sold 
out and went to Grand Menan, New Brunswick, shortly after iSoo. There he bought 
again, but subsequentlv lost all. Res., Pembroke, N. H., and Grand Menan, N. B. 

1047. i. BETSEY GAINES, b. April 22, 17S7; d. unm. at Rockport, Me. 

1048. li. SUSAN FREDERICK, b. Dec. 3, 1S04; m., Aug.'2t, 1S34, Benja- 

min Varney Sumner. He was b. Dec. 17, 1S04; d. Rockport, 
Me., Aug. 10, 1S69. She d., Boston, May 16, 1893. Ch. : i. 
Charlotte M., b. April 22, 1S45; m., Oct, 30, 1870, Alfonso Crosby, 
b. Albion. Me., May 26, 1845. Ch. : (a) Charles Dane, b. April 

3, 1873. (b) May Louise, b. Oct. 30, 1S71. (c) Belle Martin, b. 
Nov. 12, 1S76. '(d) Henry Edwin, b. Jan. 29, 1880; all of 472 
Quincy street, Dorchester. 

1049. iii. ASA, b. Oct. 11. 17S9; m. Marj- Kent. 

1050. iv. MARY EASTMAN, b. Sept. m, 1791; d. unm. in Rockport, Me. 

1051. V. RICHARD EASTMAN, b. Feb. 15, I795; m. Nancy M. Luce. 

1052. vi. LYDIA MERRILL, b. at Grand Manan, Tan. 27, 1802; m. Hugh 

McKay, o£ St. Stephens, N. B., d. at Calais, Me. Ch. ; i. Mary 
Elizabeth, m., Oct. 25, 1S55, Melville Sumner. 2. John, m. Ann 

; lives at Camden, Me. Has dau., Marv. 

1053- vii. SUSAN FREDERICKA, b. at St. Stephens, N. B., Dec. 3, 1804; 
d. at Boston, May 16, 1893; m. Benjamin Varney Sumner, at 
Calais, Me., Aug. 21, 1S34. Children b. at Camden, Me. : i. Mel- 
ville, b. Nov. 9, 1835; m., at Rockport, Me., Oct. 25, 1855, Mary 
Elizabeth, dau. of Hugh McKay. 2. Aubine, b. Feb. 8, 1838. 3. 
Castlebrook, b. March 31, 1840; m. Harriet Gilkey, Oct. 12, 1862. 

4. John Frederick, b. Aug. 3, 1842; m. at Damariscotta, Me., 
May 4, 1S70, Marj' Louise, dau. of Henry Wright. 5. Charlotte 
Marie, b. April 22. 1S45; m. at Rockport, Me., Oct. 31, 1870, Al- 
phonsa C. Pray, of Boston. Res., Dorchester, Mass. Benjamin 
Varney Sumner was b. at Boston Dec. 17, 1S04, and was son of 
John Gabriel and Elizabeth (Moore) Sumner. Lived at Golds- 
boro, Me., and at Rockport, Me., where he died, Aug. 10, 1869. 

578. CAPT. ENOCH FOSTER (Ephraim, Moses, Ephraim, Abraham, Regin- 
ald) b. April 27, 1770, Bow, N. H. ; ra. in Peacham, Oct., 1793, Polly Guy, b. May 
10, 1776, of Peacham; d. Walden, Jan. 7, 1S09; m., 2d March 10, iSio, Mrs. Susannah 
(Mudgett) Gould, wid. of Edward, b. Nov. 7, 1771; d. Dec. 15, 1S32. He d. March 
30, 1854. "Captain Enoch Foster, born at Bow, N. H., where he lived until thirteen 
years of age, at which time he removed with his parents to Peacham, Vt, where 
he lived until the year 1800, when he removed to Walden, Vt. Much of his early 
manhood was spent in the forest. He was often employed as a guide by the early 
settlers to conduct them to different parts of the country. Previous to 1S54 Captain 
Foster and Indian Joe accompanied an official surveying party into northern 
Maine, acting as guides. Captain Foster was a man of stern integrity and possessed 
great energy, which, together, made him a friend of all. Many are the strangers 
who remember his generous hospitality. He was a member of the Congrega- 
tional church for forty years, and died as he had lived, a zealous Christian." — Old 
Vermont Gazeteer. Res., Peacham and Walden, Vt. 


1054. i. MERRILL, b. Feb. 10, 1795; m. Sally Gould. 

1055. ii. PARLEY, b. Oct. 28, 1800; m. Nancy Bean. 

1056. lii. MARTHA, b. Aug. 29, 1802; m., June 17, 1S39, John Currier. 

Shed. May 4, 1S52. Ch. : i. Ellen, b. ; m. P. H. Hincb 

ley, of Monlpelier, Vt. 

1057. IV. EPHRAIM, b. April 25, 1805; m. Emily Perkins and Maria S, 


1058. V. POLLY, b. April 27, 1808; she d. NRv. i, 1843, s. p. 

1059. vi. HANNAH, b. Oct. 13, 1811; m. S. Montgomery, b. Walden, 

Vt., Oct. 8, 1809; d. there Dec, 188S. Shed. Oct. 17, 1839; m 
2d, Caroline Foster. He was a farmer. Ch. : i. Giles F., b. 

; m., Sept., 1863, Emily R. Redmgton. They were mission 

aries m India. He d. in Adana, Turkey, Dec, iS:63. She d 

Beyrout, Syria, Feb. 19, 1S98. Ch. : i. Marshall F.. b. 

Res., Huron, So. Dak. 2. Marshall, b. March 26, 1S39; m., Aug. 
25, 1S73, Flora Sibley, b. Nov. 28, 1S39. He is a lawyer and was 
in the civil war for five years. Res., St. Johnsbury, Vt. Ch. 
I. Grace E., b. Dec. 19, 1879. 

579- EPHRAIM FOSTER (Ephraim, Moses, Ephiaim, Abraham, Reginald), 

b. in ,1767. m. Peacham, 1792, Jerusha Miner, b. April 16, 1771; d, 

March 23, 1S13; m. 2d, Sarah Herrick. He d. Sept. 12, 1S43. Res., Peacham, Vt- 

1060. i. PRUDENCE, b. July 20, 1793; m. . 

1061. ii. SYLVIA, b. Aug. 20, 1795 ; m., March iS, 1S13, Henry Blake, of Pa, 

He was b. April 14, 1791, in Hopkinton, N. H. ; d. June 4, 1S71 
Shed. June 4, 1871. Was a farmer. Ch. ; i. Franklin, b. Feb, 
6, 1S15; m., X897. 2. Sylvia A.; m. Edmund H. Dewey. Res. 
Canon City, Colo. He was b. Jan. 14, 1S40; d. s. p, Aug. 5, 
1885. Graduate Union College in 1858. Was a lawyer. 
3. Henrv, b. Feb. 3, 1817; m., Nov. 27, 1839, Ros- 
anna P. 'Phillips, b. April 10, 1817. Res., East Hardwick, Vt. 
Ch. : (a) S. Florence Field, b. March i, 1842, East Hardwick, Vt. ; 
m. March 28, 1S64. (b) Mary Joyse Blake, b. Aug. 24, 1S4S; unm. 
Res.. East Hardwick, Vt. 

1062. iii. FLORILLA, b. Feb. 6, 1798; m.. May 15, 1823, Russell Clark, of 

P. He wasb. Haverhill, N. H., April 10, 1795; d. in Peacham, 
Vt. in Aug., 1S67. Was a farmer. She d. Jan. 7, 1S32. Ch. : 
I. Sarah Jerusha Clark, b. April 6, 1824, in Peacham; d. June 23, 
1S53; unm. 2. Elizabeth (Clark) Strobridge, Peacham, Vt. , b. 
Feb. I, 1826; m.. May 4, 1S4S, LaFayetteStrobridge. 3. Ephraim 
Wisson Clark, b. Feb. 9, 1S28; m. Claripa Johnson, Jan. 22, 1S57. 
She was b. Nov. 7, 1833. He is a farmer. Res.. East Peacham, 
Vt. Ch. : (a) Dr. Edward Russell Clark, b. Dec 3, 1S51, Hastle- 
ton, Vt. (b) Jesse Merrill Clark, b. May 8, 1S59, East Peacham, 
Vt. (c) Florella Foster Clark, b. Nov. 9, i860, Plainfield, N. J. 

(d) Martha J. (Clark) Pedley, b. Sept. 11, 1862, Nugatu, japan. 

(e) Mary C. (Clark) Gibson, b. Oct. 12, 1S64, East Ryegate, Vt. 

(f) Charles Allen Clark, b. Oct. 6, 1S66, Lynn, Mass. (g) Ephraim 
Wesson Clark, b. July 18, 1S69, East B'oston, Mass. (h) Eliza- 
beth Clark, b. Feb. 27, 1S72, East Peacham, Vt. (i) Joseph 
Leonard Clark, b. Oct. 9, 1S73, Colorado Springs, Colo. 

1063. iv. JOHN, b. Sept. 14, 1S02; m. Luda Stuart. 

1064. v. HIRAM, b. Dec. 9, 1S05; m. Louisa A. Hale. 

1065. vi. DANIEL, b. Jlay 24, 1820; m. Mary Carpenter. 

1066. vii. EPHRAIM, b. . He d. in St. Louis, Mo. 

1067. viii. FRANKLIN, b. 1S09; m. Eliza Blanchard and Jane Walker. 

5S7. ABNER FOSTER (Elijah, Aaron, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Bolton, Mass., Sept. 18, 1770; m. Judith Wetherby, b. 1771. Sht d. Dec. 23. iSiS. 
He d. 1852. Res.. Templeion and Phillipston, JIass. 

ic6S. i. MARY, b. . 

1069. ii. ELIZA, b. ; m. Joshua French. 

1070. iii. JOHN W., 1>. April !■;, 179S; m. Durinda Goddard. 

1071. iv SARAH. ■). . 

1072. V. LEVIN A. b. . 


1073. vi. ELIJAH CHESTER, b. 

1074. vii. HEPZIBAH, b. . 

1075. viii. ABNER N., b. . 

58S. ISRAEL FOSTER, (Elijah, Aaron, Ephraira, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
BoUon, Mass., Dec. 26, 1752; m. Susanna. Res., Bolton, Mass., and . 

1076. i. TIMOTHY, b. Jan. 30, 1776. 

1077. ii. LUCRETIA, b. March 9, 1777. 

591. JEDEDIAH FOSTER (Elijah, Aaron, Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald). 
b. Bolton, Mass., April 30, 1772; m., June S, 1S07, Lydia Brigham, dau. of Alpheus 
and Lydia (Green),* b. Jaffrey, N. H.. April 12, 17—. M. 2d, Linda Demary, b. 
Feb. 7, 1797; d. Aug. 24, 1S69. Hed. Troy, N. H., Mav 17, 1S63; aet. 82. (?) Res., 
Jaffrey, N. H. 

1078. vi. MARY JANE, b. May 29, 1830; m.. Sept. 27, 1853, Charles Persons. 

He was b. Smithfield, R. I., March 5, 1S25. Is a carpenter and 
builder. Res., Wakefield, Mass. Ch. ; i. Charles Frederick, b. 
Feb. 27, 1856, Boston, Mass.; d. May 23, 1862, Ohio, Herkimer 
county, N. Y. 2, Edward E. A., b. March 2^, i860; unm. 
Res., Wakefield, Mass. 3- Willard Ellsworth and (4) Willie 
Elmer (twins), b. June 17, 1862, town of Ohio. Herkimer county, 
N. Y. Willie Elmer d. Aug. 24, 18S9; Willaid Ellsworth d. Jan. 
23, 1892. No marriages. 

1079. viii, JONAS R., b. May 26, 1S42. Res., 14 Victoria street. West Somer- 

ville, Mass. 

loSo. i. ALPHEUS, b. Dec. 13, 1809; d. Jan. 13, 181S. 

1081. ii. ROXANNA, b. Aug. 8, 1810. 

10S2. iii. SOPHRONIA, b. Julv n, 1816. 

1083. iv LINDA SOPHIA, b. Feb. 18, 1826; d. 1S97. 

10S4. v. HARRIET ELIZABETH, b. Apr. 27, 1S2S; d. Dec. 5. iSq5. 

1085. vii. EDWARD G., b. Oct. 22, 1833; m. Louisa A. Alexander. 

601. ABIJAH FOSTER (Abraham, Abraham, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. Topsfield, Mass., Sept. 12, 1762; m. in Keene, N. H., Feb. 16, 1797, Artemiria 
Blake, b. 1766; d. in 1837. He came from Salem, Mass., it is said and married a 
Miss Blake in Keene. He was b. Sept. 12, 1762, and was a merchant in Keene. 
He d. April 2, 1822. Res., Keene, N. H. 

10S6. i. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 14, 1799: m. m Keene, Otis Bardwell, b. 

Deerfield, Mass.. 1792; d. Walpole, N. H. She d. March 27, 
1S71 Ch. : I. JIary Ann Foster Bardwell, m., 1847, E. Foster 
Cook; d, April 21, 1S91, Rutland, Vt. 2. Sarah Bellows Bard- 
well, m. H. H. Eaton; d. Feb. 21, 1S96, Decorah, Iowa. Ch. : 
(a) Mary Foster Cook. 3. Harriet O., b. Walpole, N. H., 1829; 
unm. Res., 26 Washington street, Rutland, Vt. 
1087. ii. GEORGE A., b. Jan. 14, 1796. 
108S. iii. MARY, b. Sept. 2, 1800. 

1089. iv. ARTEMISIA, b. June 30, iS02;m., in Keene, N. H.. John Leonard. 

Res., Orwell, Vt. She d. March 9, 1 366. He d. in Orwell. He 
was a merchant, mill owner and farmer. Ch. : i. John Wright 
Leonard, b. Nov. 2, 1S26. 2. Charles Rich Leonard, b. Sept. 3, 

. 3. Lucius Artemisia Leonard, b. March 17, 1834. 4. 

Ernum Cullender Leonard, b. Dec. 3, 1S41 ; m., March 7, 1S67, 
Henry Rich, b. Sept. 23,1838. He is a wooltn manufacturer. 
Res., Baraboo, Wis. Ch. : (a) Robert Balfour Rich, Baraboo, 
Wis. ; b. April 3, 1S7S. (b) Helen Teresa Rich, b. March 3, 1880; 
d. Dec. 2, iSSo. Res., E. F. Hasty, 46 Sycamoie street, Detroit, 

1090. v. HARRIET, b. June 12, 1S06; m., Milliken. . Res., Clarendon, 

N. Y. A dau. is Mary Cook, of Canandaigua, N. Y. 

♦Alplieus Brigham. of Shrewsbury, and Lvdia Green (b. Dec. io. 17401, of Westboro, were m. 
in Ian., 17(i4. He was b. Shrewsbury April 30,'lT4(;, and was son of Captain A.-^a, of Shrewsbury 
and gr. son of David, of Westboro, who was b. in Marlboro, April 12,](i78, son of Thomas, Jr., and 
Mary (Ricel. Thomas, Sr., came from London to America in the "Susan and EUyn" in 1035.— 
(See Hists. Marlboro, Westboro and Shrewsbury.] 


606. ALLEN FOSTER (Thomas, Abraham, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. Ipswich, Mass., April 24, 1751; m. there Lucy Potter. He d. 1S35. Res., Ips- 
wich, Mass. 

1091-2. 1. SIMON, b. March It, 1791; m. Mary Perkins and Eunice Perkins. 

1092-2. ii. JOHN, b. . 

1093-2. iii. MEHITABEL, b. ; m. Noyes. 

610. DANIEL FOSTER (Thomas, Abraham, Alyaham, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. March 12, 1762, Ipswich, Mass.; m., Dec. 18, 17S3, Dorothy Pingree, b. June 4, 
1762; d. May 15, 1834, m Newburyport, Mass. Daniel fought in the Revolution ; 
was in Lafayette's select batallion. and was presented by Lafaytite with a sword 
as a mark of esteem. He held many offices m Newburyport; naval offices, etc. , 
and seems to have been a cultured and respected gentleman. He d. Aug. 29, 1S33. 
Res., Rowley and Newburyport, Mass. 

1091. i. NATHANIEL, b. Feb. 28, 1797; m. Fanny B. Brockway. 

1092. ii. DANIEL, b. ; m. Charry Fuller. 

1093. iii. SOLOMON, b. . Res., Pottsville, Pa 

1094. iv. JESSE, b. ; m. Ann E. Toppan. 

1095. V. THOMAS, b. . 

1096. vi. LOUISA, b. ; d. unm. 

1097. vii. MELICENT, b. ; d. unm. 

611. ASA FOSTER (Nathan, Nathan, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), b. 
Warren, Mass., May 17, 1764: m. March 12, 17.S7, Elizabeth Thomas, b. Apr.l 15, 
1769; d. Jan. 28, 1803. This part of Mr. Asa Foster's second will may be of interest. 
After providing for his (our children. "1 also give and bequeath unto my friends 
and neighbors, the inhabitants of the town of Rowe, from whom I have'received 
many civilities, the sum of two hundred dollars, to be under the care of the select- 
men of said town and to be kept upon interest forever for the particular benefit of 
schooling in said town. Said sum of two hundred dollars to be paid out of my 
personal property on obligations by my executors within one year after ray 
decease. This gratuity is not a sudden emotion but has for a long time been con- 
templated, and all the returns and respect I wish for is the good advice which 
many may find leisure to give to my orphan children with a particular regard for 
their interests and happiness in this and a future world." He d. Aug. 19, 1S03. 
Res., Rowe, Mass. 

109S. i. ASA LANSFORD, b. Aug. ig, 179S; m,. T. Chapman. 

1099. ii. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. S, 1796; m., Sept. 17, iSiS. Major Samuel 
Horton Reed. She d. at R. Feb. 25, 1823. He was b. Peters- 
ham, Mass., Oct. 27 1794; d. Greenfield, Mass., July 14, 1S74. 
Was High Sheriff of Franklin county for twenty years, i. 
William, b. June 20, 1S19; d. Nov. 16, 1SS4. 2. Elizabeth Fos- 
ter, b. Aug. 2. 1S21; d. Aug. 13, 1S39. She was 
m. to Dr. Edward Marshall Wheeler." (a) Edward Reed 
Wheeler, b. at Paxton, Mass., Aug. i, 1839. Received the 
degree of M. D. from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College 
in 1S64; served three years as surgeon m the late Rebellion. 
Married, ist, Anna E. M. Field (dau. of Walter and Mary Holton 
Field, June 24, 1S65); she was born Aug. 2, 1S3S; d. Sept. 6, 
1S73. He m., 2d, Amelia R. Roeder (dau. of John Roeder, 
Nov. 24, 1874); she was b. Julv 16, 1S40. Ch. : [h] Helen R., 
b. July 25, 1S79; d. April 4, iSSi. Children of Dr. Edward R. 
Wheeler and Anna Field Wheeler; (a) Walter Frisbie 
Wheeler, b. June 23, 1867; a graduate of the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania; D. D. S.' 18SS. (b) Elizabeth 
Anna Wheeler, b. Jan. 20, 1873; ™-. June 30, 1896, 
Dr. Frank A. Hubbard, ot Taunton, Mass. Ch. : (c) Eloi-^e 
Barrett Hubbard, b. Dec. 29, 1897. Children of Dr. E. R. 
Wheeler and Amelia Roeder Wheeler: (d) Henry Hamilton 
Wheeler, b. Jan. 6, 18S1. (e) Foster Reed Wheeler, b. May 5, 
18S2. William Reed, m. Elizabeth Kent Savre, of Mauch 
Chunk, Pa., Sept. 17. 1846. She wash. Sept. 17, 1S26; d. Jan. 
15, 1853. Ch.; (a) William Reed, b. July. 1S47; d. 1S48. (b) 
Elizabeth Kent Reed, b. Jan. 7, 1849; (c) Samuel A. Reed. 
b. Aug. I, 1850, unm. (d) Henry Lyman Reed, b. Sept. 5, 


1851. Elizabeth Kent Reed, ra. at Bethlehem, Pa., Harvey 
Sheldon Kitchel, Nov. 17, 1870. He was b. at Thoraaston, 
Conn., Aug. 12, 1839. Resides at South Bethlehem, Pa. Ch. : 
(a) Robert Reed Kitchel, b. Sept. g, 1871. (b) Anna Sheldon 
Kitchel, b. Aug. 23, 1873. (c) Harvey Dennison Kitchel, b. 
Oct. 10, 1S77; d. April 2, 1S7S. (d) William Sayre Kitchell, b. 
March 4, 1879; d. May 26, iSg6. (e) Harriet Tyrrell Kitchel, 
b. April 16, 1S83. (f) Margaret Sheaffe Kitchel, b. Oct. 28. 18S5. 
(g) Gladys Kitchel, b. Nov. 9, 18SS: d. Jan. 28, i8go; resides 
South Bethlehem, Pa. Henry Lyman Reed, m. Lizzie S. 
McLean, Oct. 14, 1875; resides Montclair, N. J. One daughter: 
(a) Jennie Reed, b. Sept. 5, 1S76; m. Louis Claude Evans, Oct. 
23. 1895. 

iioo. iii. HANNAH, b. Jan. 15, iSoi; m., May 3, 1825, Major Samuel Hor- 
ton Reed. She d. Jan. 27, 1872. Ch. : i. Samuel Reed, 
M. D., b. at Rowe, Mass., Jan. 31, 1S26; d. Dec. 13, 1849, on 
his return from California. 2. Susan Willard Reed, b. at 
Rowe, Mass., May 28, 1828; d. Oct. 4, 1853, at Greenfield, Mass. 
3 Henry Augustus Reed, b. at Rowe, Mass., June 9, 1832; d. 
Aug. 23, 1869, at Greenfield. 4. Hannah Flint Reed, b. at 
Rowe, Mass.. June 7, 1838; d. Dec. 9, 1894. 5. Catharine 
Foster Reed, b. Jan. 22, 1S41 ; resides at Greenfield, Mass. 

iioi. iv. JUSTUS, b. Feb. 10, 1794; d. March 16, 1795. 

1102. V. THOMAS CONKEY, b. April 23, 17SS; m., Nov., 1824, Charlotte 

Murdock, of Roxbury, Mass. ; d. Aug. 12, 1830, s. p. 

1103. vi. ASA, b. Aug. 4, 1791; d. Feb. 10, 1795. 

612. REV. JOEL FOSTER (Nathan, Nathan, Abraham, Abraham, Reginald), 
b. April 8, 1755, Warren, Mass.; m.,Ju!y i, 1779, Priscilla Foster, dau. of Rev. 
Isaac, and sister of Rev. Emerson Foster, of Greenport, L. L, b. Aug. 23, 1756; d. 
Feb. 5, 1803; m., 2d, Sept. 26, 1S03, Mrs. Mary Winship. She d. Nov. i, 1833. He 
was b. in Western, now Warren. Mass. ; fitted for college; entered Dartmouth, and 
was graduated in 1777. He was settled at New Salem, Mass., in 1779, and 
remained until iSo2,'when he was dismissed on account of the charges against his 
orthodoxy. In 1S03 he was settled m East Sudbury (Way land), and d. there. I have 
the following from "History of Churches and Ministers of Franklin County, Mass.," 
1854 (at Antiquarian Library, Worcester, Mass.): "Rev. Joel Foster, second 
pastor of First Cong. Church. New Salem, Mass., settled June 9, 1779." I find 
among the Greenfield, Mass., deeds a Joel Foster, of New Salem, a clergyman 
bought land there of Daniel Giles, Oct. 27, 1794. Joel, of East Sudbury, will, date 
Sept. iS, iSi2. Prob. Dec. 8, 1812 ; wife, Mary ; ch. ; son-in-law. Rev. Ezekiel L. 
Bascom. Sophia Huntington, Joel, Nathan L. [brother. Rev. John Foster, of 
Brighton]. _ He d. Sept. 24, 1812. Res., New Salem and East Sudbury, Mass. 

1104. i. NATHAN LANSFORD, b. Dec. 8, 1787; m. Azubah L. Cone. 
H05. ii. JOEL THEODORE, b. Dec. 9, 17S5; m. ; d. Dec. 13, 1813, in 

Burlington, Vt., and buried with military honors in Presbyterian 
church- vard. 

1106. iii. SOPHIA AMANDA, b. Dec. 5, 1780; m., Oct. 21, 1798, John 

Huntington; res., Rowe, Mass. Had two daughters. She d. 
June 13, 1822. Ch.: i. Fanny Caroline, b. Oct. 22, 1799; d. 

Oct. I, iSoi. 2. Alonzo Bascom, b. Nov. 3, 1801 ; m. ; d. 

in Hartford. 3. John Edwin, b. April 4, 1805; d. May 12, 1805. 
4. John Edwin, 2d, b. June 10, 1806; d. Dec. 16, 1813. 5. Joel 
Foster, b. Aug. 16, 1809; d. Aug. 16, 1809. 6. Sophia Caroline, 
b. Nov. 13, 1S13; d. March 4, 1S15. 7. Mary Foster, b. Feb. 13, 
1816; d. Jan. 29, 1831. 8. Lucy Metcalt, b. July 27, 1S19; d. 
Aug. 4, 1S19. g. Fanny Almeda, b. Sept. 4, 1820; d. July 31, 
1837. John Huntington d. Mav 20, 1857, in Sunderland, Mass. 

1107. iv. PRISCILLA ELVIRA, b. March 23. 1782; m., Sept. 24, iSoo, 

Rev. Ezekiel L. Bascom. She d. April 6, 1801, at Northamp- 
ton ; buried at New Salem, Mass. The following are the 
notes I made in the New Salem cemetery: 

"For other nymphs let vernal ' roses bloom. 
Mine be the peaceful mansions of the tomb." 
Priscilla Elvira Bascom, consort of Rev. Ezekiel L. Bascom, 


of Gerr)-,* and daughter of Rev. Joel Foster, of New Salem, 
died at Northampton, April 6, iSoi (?), aet. 19. 
"Peace to thy dust, dear friend, farewell. 

Till sounds for me the bell. 

Oft as I tread this hallowed ground 

My tears shall on thy grave be found." 
1108. V. FANNY ALMEDA, b. 
Dec. 2, 1783; m.. 
May 26, 1805. Sam- 
uel Elliott, Esq., of 
Brattleboro, Vt. She 
d. July 26, 1806, leav- 
ing Edwin Day, b. 
March 11, 1806; m. 

Jeanette ; res.. 

Providence, R.I. The 
father m. 2d, a dau. 
of Rutherford 
Hayes. He was b. 
Gloucester, Mass.. 
Aug. 16, 1777; d. W, 
Brattleboro, Dec. 10, 
1845. He was the 
first lawyer in B. : 
was postmaster for 
many years ; was \ 
fudge o f Probate, ^ 
Representative in 
the Legislature. Sev- 
eral of his sons, by 
his second marriage, 
graduated at college. \ 

" 613. REV. JOHN FOSTER, D.D., "^ 

(Nathan, Nathan, Abraham. Abraham, mrs. f.^nny .\. ei.i.iott. 

Reginald), b. Warren, Mass.. April ig, 

1763; m. in Boston, April , 1785, Hannah Von Webster, b. , 1759; d. June, 

. , 1840. She was aunt of Professor Webster. 

He d. Sept. 15, 1829. Res., Brighton, Mass. 

Rev. John Foster, of Brighton, delivered the Artillery election sermon of 
1S09. He was born in Western, now Warren, Mass., April 19, 1763, and graduated 
at Dartmouth college in 1783. He married in April, 1785. Hannah Webster, of 
Boston. Allibone, in his "Dictionary of Authors," mentions Mrs. Foster as having 
written "The Coquette ; or. The Historj' of Eliza Wharton," one of the earliest 
American novels. A church was organized Feb. 27, 17S3, by the people living 
•within the district now called Brighton. About thirty persons withdrew from the 
churches in Cambridge and Newton to form the First Church in Brighton. Rev. 
Mr. Foster was the first pastor of this newh^-organized church, and was 
ordained to the christian ministry and installed as pastor November 
I, 17S4. He was one of the Board of Overseers of Harvard univer- 
sity ; a member of various literarj-, benevolent and religious societies, and pub- 
lished between twenty and thirty of his sermons. Dr. Holmes, in the "Atlantic 
Monthly," when he portrays a few of the early ministers of the association with 
which his father was connected, and whom he met in his youth, says: "Following 
in the train, mild-eyed John Foster, D. D., of Brighton, with the lambent aurora of 
a smile about his pleasant mouth, which not even the Sabbath could subdue to the 
true Levitical aspect." Rev. Mr. Foster resigned Oct. 31, 1S27, having completed 
the forty-third year of his ministry. He died at Brighton, Sept. 15, 1829, aged 66 

Hannah Foster, author, d. in Montreal, Canada. She was a r'aughter of Grant 
Webster, of Boston, and married John Foster, a minister, in Brighton, Mass., from 
17&4 till 1S27. Mrs. Foster publis'hed "The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza 
Wharton," founded on fact (new ed., with a preface by Mrs. Jane E., 1S55); 
"The Boarding-school" (1796), and "Lessons of a Preceptress" (1798). 

*Now;Phillipston, . ; 


1109. i. WAINWRIGHT, b. Feb. 4. 17S6: d. . 

iiio. ii. JOHN. b. April 22. 1789. Res., Boston. 

nil. lii. HANNAH WHITE, b. Dec. 22. 1790; m. Barrett; res.. Men 

treal. Canada. 
IH2. iv. HENRY, b. May 31, 1793. 

1113. V. ELIZABETH LANESFORD, b. Oct. 19, 1794; m. ; res. 

Montreal, Canada. 

1114. vi. HARRIET VAUGHN, b. Sept. 9, 1796; m. -Cheney; res. 

Montreal, Canada. 

614. DEA. NATHAN FOSTER (Nathan, Nathan, Abraham, Abraham. Reg 
inald), b. Stafford, Conn., July 5, 1753; m., Oct. 21, 1773, Abigail Seeley, b. Oct. 1, 

1756. He d. . Res., Preston and Warren. Mass. ; moved to Rowe and to 

New York. 

iiii^. 1. TRYPHENA, b. ; m. Ray , res., Norwich, N. Y. 

ni6. ii. REBECCA, b. , m AbnerChapin; res., Norwich. 

1117. iii. ABIGAIL, b. ; m. Dr. John Page; res., New Salem, Mass. 

John Page and Abigail "Foster Page's children, as far as I 
found, were: i. Joel F. Page, New Salem. 2. Priscilla Elvira 
Page Horton, New Salem. She bad two boys, Wesley and 
Holly. Her husband died March, 1S47. 3. Asabel Page. 4. 
Phebe Page Hastings (wife of Considu Hastings). Phebe had 
a daughter, Ophelia (wife of Colonel Andrews); New Salem. 5. 
Sophia Clarissa Page Hill, New Salem. Mass. 

iiiS. iv. SOPHIA b. ; m. Loveland Paddock; res.. Norwich N. Y. 

Some of the sons reside in Watertown. N. Y. 
HI9. v. ELIZA, b. ; m. . Res., Norwich. 

1 120. vi. CLARISSA, b. ; d. . 

1121. vii. ANNA, b. ; m. . Res., Norwich. 

1122. viii. NATHAN, b. . Res., Watertown, N. Y 

1123. is. JUDE, b. . 

615. CORP. JUDE FOSTER (Nathan, Nathan, Abraliam, Abraham, Reg- 
inald), b. Warren, Mass., m. , Sarah Goodnough, of Princeton; and 2d after 

her death, Lydia M. . He served in the Revolutionary army; just when, the 

pension rolls don't say; was a corporal ; granted a pension' March 4, and died 1024 
days. See Rev. Soldiers. 

The Worcester County Probate records have this: "Joel Foster, of New Salem, 
was appointed administrator of Jude Foster, late of Paxton, in 17S9. The children 
were: ^ally, Polly, Betsey, Lydia and Judith. The widow was Lydia M. Joseph 
Dow was Judge." He d. March 28,1789. Res., Rutland, Mass. 

1124. i. POLLY, b. ; ra. . She d. New York State. 

1125. ii. BETSEY, b ; m. Whitmore; res., Hartford, N. Y. 

1126. iii. JUDITH, b. . Res., N. Y. 

1127. iv, SALLY, b. . 

112S. V. LYDIA. b. . 

620. HON. LAFAYETTE SABINE FOSTER (Daniel, Nathan, Abraham, 
Abraham, Reginald), b. Franklin, Conn.. Nov. 22, 1806; m., Oct. 2. 1837, Joanaa 
Boylston Lanman, dau. of Hon. James L., b. March 29. iSoS ; d. April 11, 1859. M. 2d, 
Oct. 4, 1S60, Martha Prince Lyman. Lafayette Sabine Foster, born in Franklin, 
New London county. Conn., Nov. 22, 1806; married, Oct. 2, 1S37, to Joanna Boylston 
Lanman, daughter of Hon. James Lanman, of Norwich, a judge of the Supreme 
Court of Connecticut and a senator of th • United .States; married October 4, 1S60, 
for his second wife, Martha Prince Lyman, daughter of Hon. Jonathan Huntington 
Lyman, of Northampton, Mass. (see "Lvman Family," by Lyman Colman); died 
at Norwich. Conn., September ig, 18S0. Children by first marriage, two daughters 
and a son, all of whom died in early childhood; by second marriage, no issue. 

In a sketch of the life of one who has worthily attained high public distinction, 
particularly where that distinction is due to an unusual development of the noblest 
moral and intellectual faculties, it is but fitting that a few words should be said 
about his parents. 

Capt. Daniel Foster, his father, was the son of Hannah Standish, a great-grand- 
daughter of Capt. Myles Standish. He served under Gen. Gates in the War of the 
Revolution, and fought in ths battles of White Plains, Saratoga and Stillwater. In 



1S02, at the age of forty-seven, he married, for his second wife, Welthea Ladd, of 
Franklin, where he made his home and where the subject of this sketch was born. 
He died January 2S, 1S24. His stirring patriotism and the stories of the war, 
which formed the earliest recollections of his son, probably had much to do in estab- 
lishing indelibly that love of and pride in his native land which was so manifest in 
Mr. Foster's after-life. 

Welthea Ladd, his mother, was connected by lineage with some of the prin- 
cipal colonial families of Eastern Connecticut. She was a woman of unusual 
energy, shrewdness, mtellectual ability and conversational power; and it has been 
said by those who knew both mother and son, that there was a strong resemblance 
between them in intellectual traits. It is certain that he cherished the most tender, 
practical affection for her, and that, from his earliest years, when his earnings 
were but meager, to the day of her death, in 1S51, his care for her and for his only 
sister was unceasing. 

Mr. Foster's only inheritance from his parents was an honored name and an 
unstained character. He had to depend upon his own resources to gain an educa- 
tion, which in his childhood was begun in the common schools. At the age of 
si.xteen he studied for nine months under Rev. Abel Flint, D. D., of Hartford, and 
during the two following winters taught school in his native town. In 1824 he com- 
pleted his preparatory studies with Rev, Cornelius B. Everest, of Windham, and 
in February, 1S25, entered Brown university, where he was graduated in Septem- 
ber, 1S2S, with the highest honors of his class. 

The following winter Mr. Foster taught as an assistant in the school of Mr. 
Roswell C. Smith, in Providence, and the next spring began the study of law at 
Norwich, Conn., in the office of Calvin Goddard, one of the leading lawyers of the 
State. In the autumn of 1829 he took charge of an academy at Centreville, Md; 
and during the year spent at that place was admitted to the Maryland bar. Then, 
returning to Norwich, he resumed his law studies under Judge Goddard. In 1S31 
he was admitted to the bar of New London county and immediately opened an 
office for practice in Norwich town — the old town some three miles north of Norwich 
proper. In 1833, at the solicitation of friends, he moved to Hampton, in Windham 
count}', where he practiced for about a year, when he returned to the city of Nor- 
wich, which became his home for life and where he was active in his profession up 
to the time of his death. 

Mr. Foster's deep interest in political questions led him to undertake, m 1S35, 
the editorship of the "Norwich Republican," a Whig journal, but he vpas compelled 
to abandon that work after about a year by the rapid increase of his professional 
responsibilities. From the outset of his career he was very successful as a lawyer, 
rising with rapidity to a foremost position at the bar of his State, his rnind being 
peculiarly analytical, his arguments clear, earnest and persuasive and his zeal 

Despite his lucrative practice Mr. Foster was persuaded to enter politics, and, 
in the spring of 1S39, was chosen a representative in the general assembly of Con- 
necticut. This honor was repeated in 1S40, 1S46, 1847 1S48, 1S54, and again in 1S70; 
after he had retired from the Senate of the United States and during the last four 
terms of his membership of the assembly he was Speaker of that body. 

In 1S50 and 1S51 Mr. Foster was the candidate of the Whig party for governor 
of Connecticut. In both these years there was no choice by popular vote, a major- 
ity, not a plurality, being required by the State law, and the general assembly 
elected a democratic governor, although, in the latter year there was a small Whig 
majority in the assembly, and, there being a split in the party ranks, Mr. Foster's 
opponent, Hon. Thomas H. Seymour, was elected by the close vote of 122 to 121. 
Later in the same session an attempt was made to elect a United States senator, 
but again the Whigs could not unite on a candidate, and, although Mr. Foster, whose 
name was mentioned for that office as early as 1S4S, received within six ballots of 
the requisite number, no election was possible, and, the assembly adjourning with- 
out action, the next House, being Democratic, sent the Hon. Isaac Toucey to the 

The year 1S51, however, was not without its successes. Mr. Foster was given 
the honorary degree of LL. D by Brown university, and chosen mayor of Norwich, 
to which office he was re-elected in 1S52 by the absolutely unanimous vote of his 
fellow citizens — no ballot being cast against him, a well-merited and unusual com- 
pliment and especially gratifying, coming as it did from those who knew him best. 

On the 19th of May. 1S54, Mr. Foster was elected to the United States Senate, 
where he took his seat 'on the 4th of March, 1S55, and served his State and country 


with honor and distinction for twelve years. His election for a third term was 
generally expected by the people of his State, but he did not receive the nomina- 
tion of his party caucus. This was due to two causes, the first and real reason was 
a prejudice on the part of many people in the State against electing a United States 
senator to a third term ; no one had ever been so elected and only six had been elected 
to a second term. The other cause was an erroneous impression industriously circu- 
lated that Mr. Foster was too friendly to Andrew Johnson, then President. That this 
impression was erroneous is very largely shown by the fact that although Mr. Fos- 
ter's name was prominently mentioned in connection' with the Austrian mission, 
then vacant, President Johnson did not nominate him for that post. The President 
may have thought that such a nomination would have been only too gratifying to 
the Senate, with which he was not on cordial or even friendly terms. 

Mr. Foster's views regarding President Johnson were briefly stated to the 
writer of this article when he said that while he did not agree with him he did not 
think that he had been guilty of any act worthy of impeachment — or words to that 
effect. It is quite possible that Mr. Foster might have been elected to a third term 
in the United States Senate had he consented to run independently, as he was urged 
to do, but he refused absolutely to do so. 

To enter into the details of Mr. Foster's senatorial career — 1S55 to 1S67 — would 
be almost like giving the political history of the causes that led up to the war of 
the Rebellion, and of the Rebellion itself, so closely was he identified with the 
legislation of those times. As early as 1S54, in his inaugural address as speaker of 
the Connecticut legislature, he said "Our domestic policy on such a question as now 
agitates our country, is liberty— liberty and right, not slavery and might." In that 
he struck the key-note of his own being, for with him always, in all matters that 
came before him, the instant question for instant decision, was as to what was 
right, and his action, in following the right, was inflexible. 

During the earlier portion of his senatorial career Mr. Foster was not a frequent 
participator in debate; but, on the 25th of June, 1S56, he established for himself a 
high position as a debater, and a man of deep, calm, sound, dispassionate, judicial 
reasoning power. Matters pertinent to the Kansas and Nebraska bill were under 
discussion, and then, as also two years later, in connection with the Lecompton 
Constitution Bill, Mr. Foster most manfully opposed every measure tending to ad- 
mit slavery north of 36" 30' of latitude, as limited by the ."^lissouri Compromise." 

As in this matter, so in all the acrimonious debates of ante-bellum days Mr. 
Foster maintained a firm and consistent position, ever opposing the aggressions of 
the pro-slavery element in the Senate, and upholding what he believed to be right 
in morals, politics and law. 

The election of Mr. Lincoln having brought matters to a crisis. President 
Buchanan, in his message to Congress in December, 1S60, referred to "the dis- 
tracted condition of the country and the grievances between the slaveholding and the 
non-slaveholding States," and Mr. Powell, of Kentucky, introduced a resolution for 
the appointment of a committee of thirteen to consider this matter. Mr. Foster sup- 
ported this resolution in the interest of harmony, although, as he said in one of his 
letters, "Disruption of the Union is, I believe, inevitable. ... it will lead to war 
and bloodshed and I depricate it. Still, I am opposed to having slavery established 
or recognized by the constitution of the country beyond the limits assigned to it, be 
the consequences what they may," etc. 

Probably no man in the Senate enjoyed more intimately the confidence of Pres- 
ident Lincoln than did Mr. Foster. Often he was the spokesman of Mr. Lincoln's 

On March 11, 1S61, when Senator Wigfall, of Texas, declared in debate that 
he was "a foreigner and owed no allegiance to the government," Mr. Foster rose 
in his seat and moved :Mr. Wigfall's expulsion, and his name was dropped from 
the rolls of the Senate. 

In 1S63 he advocated the compensated emancipation of slaves in Missouri. 

In 1S64 he advocated the repeal of the Fugitive Slave Act, but favored an 
amendment preserving the old act of 1793, by which the reclamation of the fugitive 
was hedged about with every publicity and form of law. This could only be 
applicable to fugitives from States not in rebellion, since all others had been 
emancipated on January i, 1863 by Mr. Lincoln's proclamation, and was advocated 
as being but strict justice to the slaveholding States that remained in the Union, 
however at variance with the popular feeling at the North at that time. 

In 1866 he opposed granting the right of franchise to negroes in the Dis- 


trict of Columbia, simply because there was no educational qualification connected 
with it. 

Mr. Foster aided in every manner possible the vigorous prosecution of the war. 

He advocated the increasing of the medical department of the volunteer serv- 
ice. He opposed the abandonment of the military- academy at West Point. He was 
always most discriminating in his opinions, and some of his actions were therefore 
misconstrued in the excitement of the times though they had been upheld by the 
calmer judgment of later years. 

He served on numerous committees, notably Indian Affair, Land Claims, and 
as chairman of those on Foreign Relations and Pensions. 

On the 3d of March, 1865, he was made one of a special committee "to inquire 
into the present condition of the Indian tribes." etc., etc. He had frequently been 
called to the chair of the Senate, and on the 6th of March was chosen president pro 
tem. of the Senate. Upon the assassination of Mr. Lincoln, on the 14th of the fol- 
lowing month, he became ex-officio vice-president of the United States, which 
position he held until he resigned it, on March 2, 1S67, on account of the approach- 
ing expiration of his term as senator. There probably never was a better presiding 
officer in the Senate of the United States or in any other legislative body, as is 
shown by the very eulogistic resolution of thanks adopted upon his retirement. That 
he did not very seriously feel his defeat for a third term, is evidenced by his letter 
to a friend, in which he says: "The loss of my election did not seriously affect my 
digestion, or my sleep, and will not, I fancy, affect the crops." 

The Special Indian Committee, of which he was a member, made an extended 
journey under a suitable military escort through Kansas, New Mexico and Colo- 
rado. Everywhere it was received with the greatest enthusiasm, and upon Mr. 
Foster, as acting vice-president of the United States, was bestowed the utmost re- 
spect and veneration by the thousands who flocked to see him and shake hands 
with him — the greatest "Father" they had ever beheld. He enjoyed the trip im- 
mensely and was unbounded in his enthusiasm at the beauty and magnificence of 
the country. 

LTpon Mr. Foster's retirement from the LTnited States Senate in 1S67 he at once 
returned to Norwich and resumed the practice of his profession, of which he was 
very fond, as is seen by his own words: "The position (United States senator) is a 
pleasant one, certainly quite the most so of any in our Government. Yet, for myself, 
I confess I prize professional honors— those of my own profession— more than any 
political distinction. Professional honors are not won without deserving them. 
Political preferment may be gained without merit and lost without crime." 

While speaker of the assembly in 1S70, Mr. Foster was chosen by that body 
associate justice of the Supreme court of the State, receiving every senatorial vote 
and 197 out of 202 votes in the House. He held this office u'lth distinction until 
1S76, when, having reached the age of seventy, he was compelled to retire by statu- 
tory limitation. 

In 1S69 he had been urged to accept the Kent professorship of law at Yale, but 
had declined doing so. After his retirement from the bench, however, he con- 
sented to become a special lecturer there on "Parliamentary Law and Methods of 
Legislation," and in the anniversary exercises of 1S79 delivered an exnaustive 
address on the duties of an advocate where he knows of the guilt of his client. He 
said: "It is the province and duty of an advocate to interpose all legal defenses for 
the benefit and protection of his client, and to see to it that no grounds are taken 
against him, but such as are warranted by law. This being done, whether the 
accused be acquitted or convicted, the duty of the advocate is done." 

Mr. Foster's political experiences after his retirement from the United States 
Senate serve to show how entirely he was animated by the sense of duty. He did 
not believe in the wisdom of the "carpet-bag" form of government at the South, 
or in the financial policy of the administration, and, in 1672, supported Horace 
Greeley for President although he did not wholly represent his opinions. In 1875 
he reluctantly accepted a democratic and liberal-republican nomination for Congress, 
although there was no hope for his election in his strong republican district. 

Although Mr. Foster's life was so largely occupied wUh political and professional 
duties, he found time to serve on numerous boards and commissions. At one time 
he was a cominissioner from Connecticut to .'-ettle the disputed boundary question 
with New York; at another to negotiate the purchase of Fisher's Island: at another 
to consider the feasibility of simplifying the system of legal procedure in the courts 
of the State. He was a member of' the International Code Conference of America; 
of the'Social Science Association; president of the New London County Historical 


Society; honorary member of the Cobden Club of London, although a protection- 
ist; Vice-President of the Congregational Union, and of the American Bible So- 
ciety ; a delegate of the Evangelical Alliance of the United States to Basle, Switz- 
erland ; president of the Conn. Congregational Club, etc. 

Although Mr. Foster's public life was full of interest it was perhaps in his pri- 
vate life that he was seen at the best by his intimate associates. He was a man of 
the keenest, most sparkling wit of brilliant conversational power, of serious and yet 
playful mood, most courteous, polished and gentlemanly manner, always consider- 
ate' of others, refined and never boisterous, abounding at times with supressed 
mirth and beaming over with light nppling laughter that was scarcely audible. He 
was always most differential to women, charitable to the poor, suitably familiar 
with all of whatever station in life, and interested in everything tending to the 
improvement of those about him. 

]\Ir. Foster was married twice, and probably the greatest grief of his life 
was in the loss of his loved ones. The first Mrs. Foster was the daughter of a 
prominent Norwich family, and became the mother of three children all of whom 
died at an early age. The second Mrs. Foster, to whom he was married in iS6o, 
shared with him the excitements and interests of the greater part of his public career, 
and has given to the world in a most interesting volume, a memorial of her husband, 
which, however, necessarily incomplete, has been largely used in compiling this 
sketch, and of which Phillips Brooks said: "It ought to be in every Young Men's 
Library in the land." With her he enjoyed such leisure as he was able to snatch 
from a life filled with political and professional obligations. Their chief pleasures 
were in the summers spent at their beautiful home in Norwich, where to this day, 
iSgq, Mrs. Foster still resides, and in later years, in trips to the south in the winter. 
Despite his fondness for travel his visits to Europe were necessarily few and very 
short. He first crossed the ocean in 1846, before the days of steam, in the packet 
ship "Henry Clay," although he was able to stay away from home only a few weeks. 
His later trips were almost equally brief and did not occur until after he had retired 
from the United States Senate. From a financial point of view his public life was 
a detriment to him, as is usually the case with men of the highest integrity and 
closest application to duty. Whatever money he possessed was made in the prac- 
tice of his profession, and very much the larger part of his fortune was acquired 
after he had retired from the Supreme bench at the age of seventy. 

Besides the likeness published with this article. which is from a photograph taken 
from life, there is a fine marble bust of Mr. Foster, made by C. Calverley, in the 
Capitol at Washington, and an equally fine oil painting of him, by Mr. Lazarus of 
New York, in the Corcoran gallery at Washington. 

Mr. Foster died on Sunday, September 19th, iSSo, at his home in Norwich. On 
the Monday previous he was taken ill with a light malarial fever which gave those 
about him little anxiety until Friday afternoon when he was seized with a conjestive 
chill which was instantly followed by delirium and unconsciousness from which he 
never rallied. He lies' buried at Norwich, in beautiful Yantic Cemetery, on the 
banks of the river of the same name. 

The love which Mr. Foster bore for education and whatever tended to the better- 
ment of mankind, found expression, not only during his life time but after his death, 
in munificent bequests to Yale college for the endowment of a professorship of com- 
mon law, and to the Norwich Free" Academy of which he had long been a trustee. 
Rather than to enter further into a description of those traits which made Mr. 
Foster's life remarkable, it is well to quote briefly from what has been said of him 
by eminent men who knew him well: 

"He obeyed the dictates of his conscience rather than the dictates of party or 
policy .... Because he did this, all men whose admiration is worth gaining shall 
bend in respectful, grateful homage to his memory." — -"Norwich Star," Sept. 
20, iSSo. 

"Mr. Foster had great breadth of mental vision. He was of a judicial cast of 
mind naturally. He never took partial or narrow views of things. This was true 
not only of his admirable service on the bench, but of his career as a senator and as 
an indi'vidual; and without doubt this trait had much to do with the reliance which 
Abraham Lincoln — noble, temperate, humane Lincoln — placed on him as a counsel- 
lor amid the perplexities and awful responsibilities of the war. Mr. Foster could not 
be partisan; neither could Mr. Lincoln." — "Norwich Bulletin," Sept. 24, iSSo. 

"Judge Foster is most remarkable for his verbal memory. It exceeds that of 
any one else I have t ver known. He is always ready with the happiest of quotations