Frank O. Foster of Manchester NH and His Connection to Gen. John Gray Foster

Frank Orrin Foster with his first wife, Alice (Fern) Foster.

Frank Orrin Foster with his first wife, Alice (Fern) Foster.

I started off preparing this story, with just a pair of matching photographs, of Frank O. Foster, and his wife, Alice. As is often the case I acquired these on Ebay, happening to notice they had spent some time in my native city of Manchester, New Hampshire. I felt fortunate that someone had the foresight to label their names on the back of these lovely portraits.

My preliminary research revealed several Foster genealogies, and on inspecting the first one, I felt a bit smug that researching this line would be easy to do.  Well, I was so wrong.  There is nothing easy about researching FOSTER in New England, as all the older published genealogies have some major flaws and errors.

Throwing aside the genealogies, setting aside the many and varied family trees that are “out there” on the internet, and starting fresh, I have attempted to present a clearer, more accurate ancestral line of both Frank O. Foster, and his cousin, the famed General John Gray Foster.  My sources are listed, or I have provided the links to the primary evidence.

A request to any diehard Foster genealogists out there–if you find my research to be completely wrong, off the wall, etc., please comment.  However, if you do please be ready to provide some proofs of how I am wrong, not just “but this book says …..”  Show me the primary evidence and I will bow to your greater wisdom and research.

Regarding Frank O. Foster–he was born in Maine, and several generations previous to him were also Maine natives.  He married in Manchester, but following the death of his wife Alice and remarriage, he removed to Florida, where he probably died. Some of his descendants may still remain in the Manchester area.

=====SOME DESCENDANTS OF REGINALD FOSTER======

Reginald Foster, arrived from England, and by 1638 settled in Ipswich MA with his wife Judith, five sons and two daughter, being one of the earliest inhabitants of that town. He lived near the “East Bridge” (where later a stone bridge stood). On 6 April 1641 Reginald Foster was granted 8 acres of meadow in the west meadow, in consideration of a little hovel that stood at the new bridge, which was taken away for the accommodating of the passage there…” Reginald Foster along with others on 19 Dec 1645 subscribed his portion of 3 shillings toward the sum of L24.7sh. “to pay their leader Major Dennison….” On 8 March 1647-48 he bought land from Ralph Dix of Ipswich. In 1652 he and Thomas Clark are granted L10 for making a path, ford and footbridge. On 3 June 1652 he was a witness to the will of William Averill of Ipswich. In 1657-58 he bought a dwelling house from Roger Preston, and another house lot. In 1663 he was an appraiser of a lot of the estate of Robert Roberts. His first wife Judith died in Oct 1664 in Ipswich MA. He m2d) Sep 1665 Sarah Martin, widow of John Martin of Ipswich. The exact date of his death is not known, but his will was proved 9 June 1681. She surived her husband and on 21 Sep 1682 became the 2nd wife of William White of Haverhill MA. She died 22 Feb 1682-3.  [details]
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Children of Reginald & Judith (?) Foster:
1. Mary Foster, b. 16–; m. Francis Peabody
2. Sarah Foster, b. 1620; m. William Story
3. Abraham Foster, b. 1622, d. 15 Jan 1711 aged about 89 years; yeoman who lived in Ipswich MA. He married Lydia Burbank, daughter of Caleb and Martha Burbank of Rowley MA and had several children.
4. Isaac Foster, b. 1630. He lived in Ipswich near Topsfield. He m1) Mary Jackson; m2) Martha Hale. Had several children.
5. William Foster, b. 1633. He lived in Ipswich and Rowley MA, that was later incorporated as Boxford. He m 1661 Mary Jackson and had several children all born in Rowley MA
6. +Jacob Foster, b. 1635
7. Reginald Foster, b. 1636; was of Chebago, Ipswich. He married Elizabeth Dane. His will was proved 10 Jan 1708. He had several children.

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Deacon Jacob Foster,  b. in England about 1635. He was prominent in the affairs of Ipswich MA, and deacon in the First church. He married 1st) 12 Jan 1659-9 Martha Kinsman, who died 15 Oct 1666. He m2d) 26 Feb 1666-67 to Abigail Lord, daughter of Robert and Mary (Wait) Lord. He died 9 July 1710 leaving a widow, Abigail, one daughter and four sons. She died 4 June 1729. His grave is marked by a stone, rudely carved: “Here lies Dec’n Jacob Foster, who died July ye 9th 1710, in ye 75 yr of His Age.” He lived in the first house built by his father Reginald, that stood on the south side of the Ipswich river, near the stone bridge; a portion of which was the Heard Estate.
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Children of Dea. Jacob & Martha (Kinsman) Foster: [b. Ipswich MA]
1. Judith Foster, b. 20 Oct 1659; d. 27 Jan 1659-60
2. John Foster b. 1660, d. 1660
3. Jacob Foster, b. 15 May 1662; d. June 1662
4. Mary Foster, d. 11 Jan 1666-67
5. Sarah Foster b. 3 Aug 1665; m. John Caldwell
Children of Dea. Jacob & Abigail (Lord) Foster:
6. Abraham Foster, b. 4 Dec 1667 Ipswich MA; d. 25 Dec 1720-21; m. Abigail –. Had several children.
7. Jacob Foster, b. 25 March 1670 Ipswich MA, d. 6 March 1758 Ipswich MA; blacksmith m1) Mary Caldwell; m2) Martha Graves; m3) Mary Willis. Had several children.
8. Amos Foster, b. 15 Aug 1672; d. 12 Oct 1672
9. Abigail Foster, b. 3 July 1674
10. Nathaniel Foster, b. 7 Oct 1676; d. previous to 1710
11. Samuel Foster, b. 10 Sep 1678
12. + Joseph Foster, b. 14 Sep 1680 Ipswich MA
13. James Foster, b. 12 Nov 1682 Ipswich MA; will proved 6 May 1751. He married 1706-7 Anna Cross. No issue.
14. Mary Foster, b. 25 Dec 1684; not mentioned in father’s will.

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Joseph Foster, son of Jacob & Abigail (Lord) Foster, b 14 Sep 1680 in Ipswich MA, and died there 22 Feb 1755. He was a cordwainer. He attended the South Meeting-House, owning one half of a gallery pew. His estate was valued at L215 11 7. He married 1st) 23 Jan 1704 Elizabeth Goodwin. He m2d) 20 July 1712 (published) to Mary Cressy of Salem MA. He married 3d) 30 (11) 1714 (published to Sarah Brown, daughter of Nicholas & Mary (Liforth) Brown. She was b. 3 March 1685-6 in Haverhill MA and d. May 1761.
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Children of Joseph & Elizabeth (Goodwin) Foster:
1. Eliza Foster, b. 23 (12) 1706; not mentioned in father’s will
2. Samuel Foster, b. 16 April 1709, d. 5 Sep 1730
Children of Joseph & Sarah (Brown) Foster:
3. (Joseph Foster, b 14 Feb 1714 Ipswich MA; d. 27 Feb 1767 in Beverly MA; m. 1735 Hannah Trask; had several children.
4. James Foster, b. 4 March 1716 Ipswich MA; removed to Boston then returned to Ipswich MA. He married Sarah Hart. They had 4 children.
5. Nathan Foster b 19 Feb 1717-18 Ipswich MA; d. Oct 1795; m. Mary Hart.
6. Sarah Foster, bap 13 Jan 1722, d. 24 March 1722
7. + Isaac Foster, bap 1 Aug 1720; m. Sarah Brown
8. Sarah Foster, bapt 23 Feb 1723, d. 30 April 1729
9. Jacob Foster, b. and bapt 27 March 1726; died by Oct 19 1761 in Billerica MA. He married Sarah Kimball. Had children Timothy and Sarah.
10. Ebenezer Foster, bapt 6 Nov 1720; not mentioned in father’s will
11. Abraham Foster, bapt 27 Oct 1728 Ipswich MA; removed to Boston MA, cabinetmaker. He married Susannah Sumner and had 6 children.

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Isaac Foster, son of Joseph & Sarah (Brown) Foster, bap 1 Aug 1720 Ipswich MA; d.12 March 1783; m. 18 Nov 1744 by Mr. Samuel Ruggles to Sarah Brown, daughter of John & Susanna (Dutton) Brown of Billerica MA. Widow Susanna Crosby was “brother, Isaac Foster” executive of her estate. Susanna’s maiden name was Brown, and sister to Isaac Foster’s wife, Sarah. Isaac’s will dated Feb 1 1783 and proved 10 April 1783. [Some info from Henderson/Wright ancestry, by James Rodgers Henderson, page c40] He removed to Billerica and made his will out in 1783.  [Genealogy of the Fo(r)ster Family, p. 20]
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Children of Isaac & Sarah (Brown) Foster:
1. Isaac Foster, b. 8 March 1745-6 MA; of Acworth NH. He married, as her 2nd husband Susanna (Farrington) Breed, widow of Eliphalet Breed. He was of Acworth NH.
2. Jacob Foster, b. 20 Dec 1747 MA
3. Sarah Foster, b. 4 March 1749, d. 4 April 1750 MA
4. Joseph Foster, b. 29 May 1753, d. before 1783
5. Sarah Foster, b. 29 May 1753, d. before 1783
6. +John Foster, b. 28 June 1755 Tewksbury MA; m. Anna Beard
7. Samuel Foster, b. 31 March 1758
8. Abigail Foster, b. 21 Feb 1761; died before 1783

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Ensign John Foster, son of Isaac & Sarah (Brown) Foster, b. in Tewksbury MA 28 June 1755, d. 6 Nov/Dec 1816 at Greenfield, Hillsborough Co. NH [per his pension]; m. 16 April 1781 in Tewksbury MA to Anna/Ann Beard. She was b. 22 Feb 1751, and d 3 Sep 1843 at Madison, Jefferson Co. Indiana. He was in the Revolutionary War and according to his pension record at the surrender of Cornwalis. He resided in Tewksbury MA. [wife’s name found in Arizona Sisters Project, Vol F., by Isabel Buse and others from FamilySearch, John Foster (7) from Vital Records of Tewksbury MA].
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Marriage Records of Tewksbury MA: “John [of Billerica. int.], and Ann Beard, Apr. 16, 1781. CR1*”

Page 14 of pension papers for Anna Foster mentioning her children including Perley Foster.

Page 14 of pension papers for Anna Foster mentioning her children including Perley Foster.

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INFO From his Pension Records on Fold3
During the American Revolution, he enlisted at Billerica, Middlesex Co MA, at the time of the battle of Concord served as a minute man under Colonel Bridges in the Massachusetts troops and participated in the battle of Concord. The day following said battle he enlisted for eight months, served in Captain Walker’s Massachusetts Company and was at the battle of Bunker Hill. At the expiration of this term of services, John Foster enlisted in New York City, for one year, names of officers not given, after serving one year, he again enlisted this time for 3 years, and served as corporal under Colonel Nixon/Hixon in the Massachusetts troops. It was stated he was at the Battle of Saratoga when General Burgoyne was captured and that at one time early in the wear he served under Colonel Putnam. [also possible service in Rhode Island et al]
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Anna Beard and John Foster of Billerica, MA were married 6 April 1781 in Tewksbury, MA by Rev. Sampson Spaulding. John d. 6 Dec. 1816, according to Anna’s Rev. War pension application made in 1837, when she was 87 and residing in Madison, Jefferson Co., IN. She died 3 September 1843,survived by John Foster of ME, Bethuel Foster of MO and Amariah Foster b. abt. 1785.I hope this information helps someone. I’m trying to locate one Amariah Foster who in 1816 helped organize the Masonic Lodge in Coxsackie, Greene Co., NY, and then ‘disappeared’ from NYS. Got a clue? Thank you, Shirley Lowe
FOUND POSTED ON GENEALOGY.COM
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FOSTER, John, Pension # W10034, MASSACHUSETTS LINE.
John enlisted at Billerica in Middlesex Co., MA. He married Anna Beard 16 April 1781 at Tewksbury, MA. She was born 22 February 1751. John died 6 Nov. or 6 Dec. ( both shown) 1816 at Greenfield, Hillsborough Co., NH. Widow applied 30 Nov. 1837 at Jefferson Co., IN, a resident of Madison, IN, where she had moved in 1820. She died there 3 Sept. 1843 leaving three children, John, a resident of Maine (in 1844), Pethuel, a resident of MO (Johnson Co.)(in 1844), Perley, deceased in 1844 but previously a resident of Nashua, NH and Amariah, age 52 in 1837 and a resident of Madison, IN.
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Children of Ensign John & Ann (Beard) Foster: [may be more children]
1. +Rev. John Foster b 28 Oct 1781Tewksbury MA,  m Sarah Blodget and Rhoda Willard
2. Anna Foster, b. 12 Jan 1784
3. Amariati/Amaziah/Amariah Foster, b. 31 Oct 1785 Tewksbury MA; resident of Madison Indiana in 1844.
4. Nabba “Nabby” Foster b 4 June 1788 Billerica MA; In 1791 residing Topsfield MA, guardianship papers filed in probate court. In 1850 living in Boston, Summit Co. Ohio.
5. Pethuel/Bethuel Foster b 6 Sep 1790 Tewksbury MA [later of Missouri]. He married and had issue [Pethuel’s descendants]
6. +Perley Foster b 20 Sep 1792 Tewksbury MA; resided Nashua NH, referred to as Capt. He married Mary Gray.
7. Aninnil/Aminiel Foster b. 5 July 1796 Billerica MA

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Rev. John Foster, son of John & Anna (Beard) Foster, b. 28 Oct 1781 in Tewksbury MA, [2nd birth record] d. 29 Nov 1870 in Minneapolis MN. He m. 13 Feb 1804 in Dunstable MA to Sarah “Sally” Blodgett. She was b. 28 July 1783 in Hillsboro, Hillsborough Co. NH and d. 30 Nov 1836 in Jay Maine. He m2d) Rhoda Willard. She was b. 15 Dec 1799 in New Sharon Maine, and d. 12 March 1864. He settled in Milton Maine, occupation merchant. Later he removed to Jay Maine and engaged in farming and was a Free-Will Baptist preacher. At an advanced age he moved to Minneapolis MN to live with his yougest son where he died. He and both his wive are buried in Beans Corner Cemetery, Franklin Co. Maine. [partial source: Foster Genealogy, by Frederick Clifton Pierce, page 646]
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Children of John & Sarah (Blodgett) Foster:
1. John B. Foster b. 3 Dec 1804; d. 24 April 1807
2. +Ezra Blodgett Foster, b. 17 June 1806 in Wilton, Franklin Co. ME
3. John B. Foster b. 21 Apr 1808, d 1870; married. Had at least one child, Sylvanus.
4. Cyrus Foster, b 23 Sep 1810 Jay Maine; d.Aug 1863 in Jay, Maine. He m. Mary Ann Fuller. Children: Sarah Ann, Susanna W., Rhoda, Mary Ann, John P., Benjamin B. and Cyrus.
5. Josiah W. Foster b 20 June, d. 1877; m.1) Louise Farrington; m2) Deborah Towle
6. Sarah Foster b. 5 Feb 1815; d. 27 Jan 1848 in Milton Maine; m. — Pease. Son Gus Pease was living in Manchester NH.
7. Samuel Hutchings Foster b. 2 July 1817, d. 1896. He married Dersey Bean.
8. William B. Foster b. 6 May 1820; d. 29 Feb 1892 Freedom Maine
9. Sophia Foster b. 1 Dec 1823; d. 25 July 1842 unmarried
10. Orrin Foster b. 5 June 1839; m. Abbie A. Lathrop
11. Evelyn Foster b. 4 Jan 1841; m. Bradbury Hibbard; had at least one child who resided in San Francisco CA.

Perley Foster, son of John & Anna (Beard) Foster, b. 20 Sep 1792 Greenfield NH, died 22 Dec 1843 in Nashua NH; m. Mary Gray. He resided Whitefield and Hancock, NH and moved to Nashua in 1833. Military enthusiast in the old militia days, “Captain,” and “Major,” and a member of the independent order of “whitefield Highlanders.” As Capt Perley Foster of the Nashua Light Artillery, was present at the dedication of the monument at Bunker Hill in 1843. The Foster Genealogy by Frederick Pierce states that he was ship’s carpenter on Commodore Perry’s flag ship on Lake Erie. [**PLEASE NOTE: The Foster Genealogy by Frederick C. Pierce on page 215, attributes Perley’s father as John Brainard Foster, giving him the birth date of the son of John & Anna Foster of Tewksbury. I believe that I have correctly re-connected him with his proper family. See my notes above, where Perley Foster of Nashua NH is mentioned as among the children of John & Anna (Beard) Foster in Anna’s pension papers.]
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Children of Perley & Mary (Gray) Foster:
1. Newman S. Foster, b. 20 Nov 1816; m. 2 June 1842 Mary E. Jones; cotton manufacturing
2. Mary Jane Foster, b. 5 Aug 1818, d. March 14, 1848
3. +John Gray Foster, b. 27 May 1823 Whitefield NH, d. 2 Sep 1874 Nashua NH (General); m. Mary Moale and Anna Johnson
4. Edwin Foster, b 1819+ Greenfield NH, d. 25 June 1859; stage owner resided in Greenfield NH and Bennington VT; m. Sarah Fox Bullard. She b. 5 June 1820 in Hancock NH and d. 6 Sep 1845. Children: Francis Foster (d. in infancy) and Charles Edwin Foster, b 16 March 1844, m. Emma M. Meldrum and lived in Manchester NH. No children; and Orrin F. Foster, b 1845, d. 28 Sep 1845. (?Colonel)
5. Moses Gray, b. 30 March 1830, d. 14 July 1853; town clerk of Nashua and Superintendant of the School Commission
6. Perley Foster, b. 1 Sep 1833; d. 19 Aug 1856 Dubuque Iowa
7. George Foster, b. 12 Oct 1835; d. 31 May 1859

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Ezra Blodgett Foster, son of John & Sarah (Blodgett) Foster, b 17 June 1805 in Wilton, Franklin Co., Maine, d. 1 Nov 1873 in Monticello, Maine; he married 18 March 1827 to Mary Bean #170, daughter of Jeremy & Miriam (Currer) Bean. She b 11 May 1810 in Jay, Franklin Co., Maine and died 19 Nov 1894. They resided in Jay, Franklin Co. Maine. Some information taken from Joshua Bean: of Exeter, Brentwood and Gilmanton NH, by Josiah H. Drummond, p. 52.
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1850 US Census > Maine > Franklin > Jay
Ezra B. Foster M 43 Maine
Mary Foster F 40 Maine
Silas C. Foster M 19 Maine
John N. Foster M 16 Maine
Mary E. Foster F 13 Maine
Ezra P. Foster M 7 Maine
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Children of Ezra B. & Mary (Bean) Foster:
1. Elizabeth Currier Foster, b. 7 June 1828 Maine
2. +Silas Curtis Foster, b abt 1831 Jay, Maine
3. John Nelson Foster, b 11 Nov 1833 in Wilton, Franklin Co., Maine; d. 7 Jun 1907 Scarborough, Auburn, Androscoggin Maine; he m. Lucy Ann Linscott, and had 2 children: Frederick Lincoln Foster (b 31 Oct 1861) and Herman Howard Foster.
3. Mary Elizabeth Foster, b 11 Sep 1836 in Jay, Franklin Co. Maine. She m. 20 March 1857 to John Mason Bean, son of Asa. He was b. 10 June 1835 in Chesterville Maine, died 2 July 1902. They had 3 children [BEAN]: Victoria, Everett Plummer, and Hattie Frances.
4. Ezra Plummer Foster, b 5 Dec 1842 Jay, Maine; Enlisted Aug 25, 1862 in Co A, 8th Maine Infantry; His records state he was Missing in action at Drury’s Bluff VA May 16, 1864. His widow received his pension starting 6 Jan 1865, and his mother later. He married Julia C. Hardy.

General John Gray Foster

General John Gray Foster

General John Gray Foster, son of Perley & Mary (Gray) Foster, b.27 May 1823 in Whitefield NH, d. 2 Sep 1874 in Nashua NH. He attended Nashua schools and the Hancock Academy, followed by the US military school at West Point. He was appointed to the US Military Academy in 1842 through the influence of Charles G. Atherton of Nashua, then a member of Congress from NH. He graduated in 1846 ranking 4th in a class with McClellan, Reno, Sturgis, Stoneman, Oakes, Gibbs and George H. Gordon (who were commanders in the US army during the Civil War). Upon graduation he was commissions 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and assigned to duty in the bureau at Washington DC. He participated in the War with Mexico. In 1847 he was wounded in the hip. From 1855 to 1857 he was principal assistant professor of engineering in the US Military Academy at West Point. In 1858 he was engaged in building Fort Sumter and it was under his command from 1860 until its surrender in 1861. He had a long career during the Civil War [see bio link below]. He m1) 21 Jan 1851 in Baltimore MD to Mary L. Moale/Mole, daughter of Samuel & Ann Moale. She was b. 1829 in Baltimore MD and d. 6 June 1871 in NY NY. He m2d) 9 Jan 1872 in Washington DC to Anna Johnson Davis, daughter of George Madison & Georgianna (Reinagle) Davis. She was b. June 1850 in Washington DC and d. 19 Feb 1916 in Sherborn MA. She is buried in Park Creek Cemetery, Washington DC. [Extended biography of Major General John G. Foster]
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Child of John G. & Mary (Moale) Foster:
1. Annie Moale Foster, b. 3 Nov 1851 Baltimore MD; d. 9 Dec 1928 MD; She m. 26 Apr 1870 in Boston MA to William H. Seton. In 1880 Ft. Laramie, Wyoming. In 1900 Manhattan NY. She is buried in New Cathedral Cemetery in Maryland.
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1906 postcard showing the village of Jay, Maine

1906 postcard showing the village of Jay, Maine

Silas Curtis Foster, son of Ezra & Mary (Bean) Foster, b 21 January 1831 Jay, Maine, d. 31 May 1893, buried Beans Corner Cemetery, Franklin Co. Maine; He m.3 Feb 1861 in Chesterville, Franklin Co. Maine to Julia Emma West, daughter of William & Susan West. She b. 13 October 1840 in Jay, Franklin Co. Maine, and died 9 April 1912. In 1860 she was a domestic in Silas’ parent’s household. They married by 1863. In 1863 they were living in Wilton Maine, He received a pension for Civil War service, a Private in Co. K 28th Regiment Maine Infantry, filed pension 7 March 1879 and then his widow received after his death. In 1880 they resided in Jay, Franklin Co. Maine. In 1888 he was appointed postmaster of Bean’s Corner, Franklin Co. Maine. She married 2d) Gustavus Pease, and is buried beside him.
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Foster, Silas Curtis: Pvt., Co. K, 28th Maine Infantry, October 1862-August 1863; b. Jay, Maine, January 21, 1831; d. May 31, 1893, Jay, Maine; buried Jay, Maine (Bean’s Corner)
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1880 US Census > Maine > Franklin > Jay
Foster, Curtis S. W M 49 Farmer ME ME ME Farmer
Foster, J. Emma W F 38 wife keeping House ME ME ME
Foster, Rosa E. W F 17 daughter ME
Foster, Frank O. W M 12 son Farm Laborer Maine
Foster, Walter P. W M 9 son Maine
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Children of Silas C. & J. Emma (West) Foster:
1. Rose Emma “Rosa E.” Foster, b abt 1863 in Jay, Franklin Co. Maine; She m. before 1888 to Fred Herman Ranger.
2. +Frank O. Foster, b abt 1868 Maine
3. Walter P. Foster b abt 1879 Maine; he m. 19 March 1893 in Maine to Ina B. Connor, daughter of Benjamin & Mary (Collins) Conor. She was b. in New Sharon Maine. He was a Teamster. Children: Harry Curtis Foster b 7 Sep 1893 Jay ME; Geneve Foster b 20 Jan 1896 Jay Maine. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery Wilton Maine

 

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Frank Orrin Foster [SEE PHOTOGRAPHS AT TOP OF PAGE] ,son of Silas/Cylas C. & Emma (West) Foster, b abt 1868 Dryden, Maine and d. 1954 in Pinellas FL. He m1) 27 Nov 1895 in Manchester NH to Alice T. Fern/Firn, dau of Edward & Bridget (Powers) Fern/Firn. She was b 25 Oct 1875 in Pittsfield/Adams MA, and died 25 Dec 1916 in Manchester NH. He married 2) 2 Oct 1918 to Lillian D. Byrne, daughter of Claudius & Lillian (Wells) Byrne. His first marriage cert states he is a merchant tailor. A later census shows he graduated from high school. In 1945 living in St. Petersburg FL with his 2nd wife Lillian B. at 37 Highland Street his occupation real estate. In 1952 living at same address, salesman Smith Bros Realty. [per St. Petersburg FL City Directory of 1952] [His death year per Pinellas Co FL Death index]
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1900 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester > 80 Sagamore Street
Foster Frank O. Head W M Feb 1868 34 married 5 yrs, Maine Maine Maine, Clerk, Gas Co.
Foster, Alice T. wife W F Oct 1875 24 married 5 yrs 1 ch 1 living MA Scotland Scotland
Foster, Pearl E. Dau W F Nov 1896 3 single NH Maine Mass
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1910 US Census > NH > Hillsborough County > Manchester
Frank O. Foster Head M 42 Maine Maine Maine Real Estate Dealer Office
Alice T. Foster Wife F 34 Massachusetts Ire Ire
Pearl E. Foster daughter F 13 NH Maine MA
Theodore C. Foster son M 7 NH NH Maine MA
A. Byron Whittier Lodger M 38 NH Real Estate Dealer
Eldridge Gulliver Lodger M 46 Maine widow
Edward H. Newell Lodger M 41 NH m1x 15 yrs
Joseph Houle Lodger M 45 Canada-Fr
Charles Frazer Lodger M 32 NH
Lillian Frazer Lodger F 27 NH
Mary Newell Lodger F 38 NH
James Ryan Lodger M 56 MA
Blanche Ryane Lodger F 55 MA
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1930 US Census > Florida > Pinellas > St. Petersburg
Frank O. Foster Head M 62 Maine
Lillian B. Foster Wife F 49 NH
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Children of Frank O. & Alice (Fern) Foster:
1. Pearl Emma Foster, b. Nov 1896 in NH; d. 29 Dec 1949 in Rye NH. She m. 17 April 1918 in Manchester NH to Walter Daniel McLaughlin, son of William Joseph & Anna (Connor) McLaughlin Sr. They had four children including Walter D. McLaughlin Jr., b. 4 Jan 1920 in Manchester NH and d. 13 Sep 1999. He m. Rita Eleanor Doucette, dau of J. Narcisse & Delia (Hassett) Doucette.
2. Theodore Curtis Foster, b. 27 Aug 1902; d. 4 May 1955 in Manchester NH. He was the manager of an automobile garage. He married 13 Sep 1942 in Portsmouth NH to Velma E. Kirk, dau of John & Lilian (Partridge) Kirk. He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester NH.

=====Brief Genealogy of Alice (Fern) Foster=====

Edward Fern, son of Edward & Mary Fern, b. abt 1837 Ireland, d after 1889 prob Pittsfield MA; m. by 1852 to Bridget Powers. She b. abt 1839 Ireland, d. after 1880 prob Pittsifeld MA. Resided Pittsfield MA. Mill workers.
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1856 State Census > MA > Pittsfield
Boarding House of Clarissa Bagg
Bridget Fern 26 F Ireland married Servant
Edward Fern 28 M Ireland married US Army
Jane Fern 4 F Mass
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1870 US Census > MA > Berkshire > Pittsfield
Edward Fern M 42 Ireland
Bridget Fern F 30 Ire
Mary Ann Fern F 12 MA
Jane Fern F 9 MA
Agnes Fern F 2 MA
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1880 US census > MA > Berkshire > Pittsfield
Edw Fern self M 50 Ireland
Bridget Fern wife F 35 Ireland
Agnes Fern dau F 12 MA
Alice Fern dau F 4 MA
Mary Fern Mother F 75 Ireland [b abt 1805/1809, d. 31 Jan 1890Adams MA]
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1889 City directory of Pittsfield MA
Fern, Edward, h 85 Francis av
Fern, Mary, widow Edward bds 85 Francis Av
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Children of Edward & Bridget (Powers) Fern:
1. Mary Ann Fern, b abt 1849 MA; m. 19 Sep 1883 to J. Wilber Fife, son of James & Nancy Fife
2. Jane Fern, b abt 1861 Pittsfield MA
3. Agnes Fern, b. 4 Dec 1867 Pittsfield, Berkshire MA, m. 9 Jan 1889 in Pittsfield MA to James Gallagher, son of Alex and Theresa Gallagher
4. +Alice T. Fern, b. 25 Oct 1875 Adams MA; first wife of FRANK ORRIN FOSTER (see above and her photograph at the top of this page).

 

*****ADDITIONAL READING*****

Genealogy of the Fo(r)ster family; descendants of Reginald Forster, who settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Mass. A.D. 1638, by Edward Jacob Foster, M.D., 1876

Foster Genealogy: being a record of the posterity of Reginald Foster, by Frederick Clifton Pierce

 

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2 Responses to Frank O. Foster of Manchester NH and His Connection to Gen. John Gray Foster

  1. I am a FOSTER descendent of Reginald Foster through Abraham and Ephraim. The line goes to Andover MA, to Pembroke NH, to Sarah Foster who married Charles Barnard of Warner NH, whose daughter Mehitable, married my 3x Great Grandfather Reuben Crowell (1789-1871)

  2. Heather Sugg says:

    lost..,how to proceed? Abraham(bb 10/27/1728) & Susanna Sumner had 6. Know Jos. was a silversmith. Know 2 went to Ca. & 1 was editor/owner(?) of a newspaper in SF & lived on Nob Hill. Know son John, loyalist, moved to Prince Edward Island in 1778 & then to Nova Scotia (my ancestor). Can’t find the Boston births to name other 4. Suggestions????? Heather M Sugg (mother a Sproull, her grandmother Jessie Foster, dau of Paul, son of John.

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