Christopher Foster (chart 18) was born 17
Aug 1603 in Ewell,
He was styled as a farmer and embarked for America
17 Jun 1635 in the Abagail with wife Frances, age 25, and children,
Rebecca 5, Nathaniel 2, and John 1.
He was 32 years of age.
He was bonded and became a freeman at
17 Apr 1637.
In the same year he was a resident of
where in 1638 sixty acres of land was allotted to him.
1651 he moved to Southampton,
where it is believed he farmed with his brother.
He is the first of the Long Island Fosters
According to the book “Foster Genealogy” by
John Fisher, the following are the descendants of Christopher who are
the direct line to Albert Orson Foster.
Joseph Foster born 1638, followed by Joseph Foster born 1665, followed
by Josiah Foster born 1698 all continued to live in the family homestead
Jonah Foster born 7 Feb 1721 in Long Island
by his marriage date of 15 Oct 1745 had moved to
During the Revolutionary war he was in
Captain Hart’s Company in 1776.
In July 1779 he was in Colonel Beardsley’s
Regiment to repel Tryson’s invasion.
From that time on he was one of the recruiting officers for the State of
6 Jun 1743, Timothy Cooler of
for 300 lbs old tenor sold to Jonah and Timothy Foster, his son, land in
New Patent, 77 acres.
21 Apr 1746 they purchased seven acres more
in the New Patent of D. Olmstead and others.
This land and other purchased they
From the Colonial records of Connecticut is
gleaned the following important item: “May 1761: Upon the memorial of
Timothy Benedict, Samuel Gates, Jonah Foster and others, living in that
part of the Town of Ridgefield, commonly called the New Patent, shewing
to this Assembly that the memorialists live in the North part of said
town, and very remote from the place of public worship to which they
belong; therefore pr;aying to be made a distinct ecclesiastical Society,
with the following limits &c: To begin at the S. W. corner at a place
called the Two mile monument upon the Colony line, a little South of the
horse pond; from thence a straight line to the mill bridge, near Isaac
Keler’s dwelling house; and from thence a straight line to a
chestnut-oak tree the outlet of Bennet’s pond, on of the perambulation
between Danbury and Ridgefield; from thence a straight as the
perambulation line runneth to a heap of stone upon a ledge of rocks near
or upon Jacob Wilaman’s lot; South from his dwelling house, and thence a
straight line to a large heap of stone in the perambulation line West of
Samuel Benedick’s house; thence in the perambulation line North to the
N. W. Corner of Danbury township; thence W. as New Fairfield line runs
to the Colony line to first station.” It was granted October 1761.
Timothy Foster born 1749 was the son of
His son was Nathaniel Foster born 1778 in
He died 1813
so he must have moved there during his lifetime.
Orson Foster born 1809 lived in several
places during his life and died in
Oscar Smith Foster was born 1842 in
Chenango, New York, married in Macedon, New York and died in Macedon,
He resided at 86 Lancing St.
Oscar along with his brother, William S.
Foster founded Foster Bros. Mfg.
The company until it was sold in the 1950’s
made beds, springs, mattresses and studio couches.
It was noted in the industry for metal
Albert Orson Foster, born 1875 in
was known as Brownie because of his graduation from
in 1897, Orrie by close friends, A.O. by many, and DuPa by his
He died Jan. 30, 1945 at the age of 69.
His cousin, W.B. Foster was president and
A. O. was treasurer ran Foster Bros. Mfg. Co from 1900 until his death
and W. B.’s retirement in 1945.
He was active in the community
and the furniture industry.
His activities included: 1919 & 1920
President of the Utica Chamber of Commerce; President of Utica Memorial
Hospital Board for 30 years; Trustee and past treasurer of Hospital Plan
Insurance; past trustee of the National Association of Furniture
Manufacturers , and in 1933 named chairman of a committee to perfect a
code in accordance with the National Industrial Recovery Act; and junior
warden of Grace Episcopal Church.
Townsend Foster born 1905 was known as Tee.
He graduated in engineering from
His first employment was in
He then moved to St
Louis with his wife, Marjorie
Ellis, and began working in the St Louis
branch of Foster Bros Mfg Co.
In 1932 he returned to Utica
and joined the family business.
He worked in various capacities with the
Company until his father died and W.B. retired.
He then became Chief Operating Officer
which continued until the company was sold in the early 1950’s.
During World War II he volunteered as a
dollar a year man.
He spent the year in
and was in charge of
flying materials over the Hump in Burma.
He and Marjorie were divorced in 1956 and he subsequently married
Elizabeth Smiley of
In the latter part of the 1950’s they moved to
where he founded and operated the
He was in poor health in the latter part of
his life due to a childhood disease which weakened his heart.
Townsend Foster Jr. also known as Tim, born 1931 attended Deerfield for
one year and graduated from
He graduated from
class of 1953, and then received his law degree from
After law school he entered the army and served in army intelligence
spending 18 months in Japan.
Upon discharge, he moved to
and practiced law there for 43 years.
His main areas of law were real estate,
wills and probate estates, personal taxation and bankruptcy which
included being appointed as a bankruptcy trustee.
His wife, Marilyn Friedly, died of cancer
He later married Dorothy Finley, and upon
retirement they moved to