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Kentucky Foster

Ben Foster a Descendant of Robert Foster

1.          Robert Foster. Born ca. 1651-1660 in Gloucester County, Virginia.  Married Elizabeth                (Garnett?) ca. 1680.  Died 1715/1716 in Essex County, Virginia.

Biographical details: Early Virginia planter and owner of plantation in Essex County.

Sources:  Essex County, Virginia Records, Book of Deeds and Wills, Book 14k, (1715-1718), Will of Robert Foster, dated January 6, 1715/16,  p. 480; Beverly Fleet, comp., Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. IX, Essex County—Wills and Deeds 1714-1717,  (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1961), p. 54; John Bailey Calvert Nicklin, Essex County: An Annotated Copy of the Rent Roll of 1704, The William and Mary Quarterly, 2nd Ser., Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct., 1941), pp. 397-405; Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker, The Planters of Colonial Virginia,(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1922), p. 50.


2.          Anthony Foster I, Gentleman Born ca. 1693 – 1698 in Essex County, Virginia.  Married Martha           (Taliaferro ?) ca. 1720.  Died February 4, 1763 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Biographical Details:  Under-sheriff of Spotsylvania County and successful planter.

Sources:  Essex County Records, p. 480; Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, p. 54; Spotsylvania County, Virginia Records, Will Book D, Will of Anthony Foster I, dated February 4, 1763, p. 44; H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 174.


3.          Deacon Anthony Foster II.  Born March 13, 1740 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.  Married Virginia Rose Coleman January 29, 1760.  Died November 3, 1816 in Logan County, Kentucky. 

Biographical Details:  Provided support to Culpepper Minute Battalion in 1775. Served during the defense of Ft. Watauga during the Rev. War.  Purportedly received direct orders from Gen. Washington to deliver arms and ammunition to Cumberland settlements, which proved instrumental in defeat of the British and their allies. 

Sources: Logan County, Kentucky Records, Book B, (1795-1822), Will of Anthony Foster II probated January 20, 1817, p. 18; Long-Foster Cemetery, (Logan County, Kentucky) tombstone inscription, Anthony Foster, died November 3, 1816;  Zollicoffer-Bond, Octavia, “The Foster Family,”  The Nashville American, November 14, 1909.


4.          John C. Foster.  Born ca. 1766 in Culpepper County, Virginia.  Married Nancy                      (Favre, Favor?), ca. 1790 in Kentucky.  Died ca. 1814 in Logan, County, Kentucky.

Biographical Details:  Early Kentucky pioneer. 

Sources:  1810 U.S. census, population schedule, Nelson County, Kentucky, John Foster household; Will of Anthony Foster II; Foster v. Foster, Logan County, Kentucky Records, Abstract of Wills and Settlements, (1838-1856), Equity Box 60, November 11, 1844, Case Number 1497.


5.         George Foster.  Born ca. 1796 in Nelson County, Kentucky.  Married Emily (Jane) Mahan on March 13, 1820 in Logan County, Kentucky.  Died ca. 1835 in Logan County, Kentucky.

Biographical Details:  Early settler in Logan County, Ky.

Sources:  1820 U.S. Census, population schedule, Logan County, Kentucky, George Foster household; Foster v. Foster; Leroy Carson Tedford, A History of the Current River Baptist Association, (Poplar Bluff, Missouri: General Baptist Publishing House, 1947), 71; Family data, Foster Family Bible, The Inspirational Bible (Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishing, 1944).


6.         Elder Anthony Foster III.  Born ca. 1830 in Logan County, Kentucky.  Married Sarah Ann Sharpe on September 27, 1874.  Died in 1893 in Pitman, Arkansas.

Biographical Details: Leading clergyman and church organizer in northeast Arkansas.  Served as pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (founded in 1822, and one of the oldest churches in Arkansas).

Sources:  1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, District No.2, Logan County, Kentucky, household of Jane Foster; Tedford, A History of the Current River Baptist Association, p. 71; Foster Family Bible.


7.         Elder David Kirby Foster.  Born October 31, 1882 in Pitman, Arkansas.  Married Bessie Gerrish in 1904 in Pitman, Arkansas.  Died January 5, 1969 in Ironton, Missouri

Biographical Details:  Leading clergyman and community leader in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri; friend and counselor to Pres. Harry Truman. 

Sources:  David K. Foster, death certificate, Iron County Deaths, (1969), County Clerk’s Office, Ironton, Missouri; Tedford, A History of the Current River Baptist Association, 96; Foster Family Bible.


8.         Wayman L. Foster,  Born 1906 and died in 1982


9.         Ben Foster

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