How to Research your Northern and Southern Foster Family

1790, 1820 & 1850 United States Census Records

Foster Head of Households

 

1790 US Fed Census*        1820 US Fed Census**        1850 US Fed Census***

State                    # HH              State                    #HH                State                    #HH

                                                                                                   Alabama                522

                                                                                                   Arkansas                287

                                                                                                   California               129

Connecticut            26                Connecticut           61                     Connecticut            417

 Delaware              15                     Delaware                59

                                               Dist of Colombia    3                       Dist of Columbia      16

                                                                                                   Florida                   28

                                               Georgia               35                       Georgia                  670

                                               Illinois                7                         Illinois                   1,404

                                               Indiana               27                       Indiana                  1,183

Iowa                     248

                                               Kentucky             102                     Kentucky                 938

                                               Louisiana            8                         Louisiana                159

Maine                    43                Maine                 121                   Maine                        1,457

Maryland                41                Maryland            27                     Maryland                    305

Massachusetts     238                 Massachusetts    271                   Massachusetts             2,285

                                                Michigan            1                       Michigan                    653

                                                                                                Minnesota Territory      17

                                                Mississippi         19                     Mississippi                 472

                                                                                                Missouri                     789

New Hampshire    50                   New Hampshire   80                    New Hampshire           716

                                                                                                New Jersey                578

                                                                                                New Mexico Territory   0

New York            81                    New York           315                   New York                   3,931

North Carolina     36                    North Carolina    65                     North Carolina            582

                                                Ohio                 109                    Ohio                         2,244

                                                                                                Oregon Territory         64

Pennsylvania      48                     Pennsylvania      128                   Pennsylvania              1,957

Rhode Island      14                     Rhode Island      9                      Rhode Island              210

South Carolina    34                     South Carolina    77                    South Carolina            381

                                                Tennessee          40                    Tennessee                 1,289

                                                                                                Texas                        221

                                                                                                Utah Territory             23

                                                Vermont             90                    Vermont                     709

Virginia      *Lost                        Virginia              169                   Virginia                     1,296

                                                                                                Wisconsin                  398

 

*1790 Census, 641 total Foster Households in America plus however many were in Virginia and part of North Carolina where the records were lost.  *See Early Tax Lists for reconstructed households.

**1820 Census, 1779 total Foster Households in America.

***1850 Census, 26,637 total Foster Households in America.

Miscellaneous Information:

See the tremendous growth of Foster Households between the 1820 and the 1850 Census.  During this time all the large families of children in the 1820 Census Records that are not shown (only the Heads of Households) have grown up by the 1850 Census (thirty years) and have themselves produced large families.

During this 30 year time period and continuing until 1900 Foster's immigrated to the United States in large numbers coming from the following countries; England 1367, Ireland 562, Great Britain 243, Scotland 145, Germany 102 and Canada 22.

Ports of departure were 37% from Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland; 27% more from Liverpool, England, 20% from other country ports, 7% from Aspinwall, Panama; 5% from Glasgow, Scotland and Moville, Ireland & 4% from London, England.

The 1850 Census does show the wives & children in each Foster Household so it is a bonanza to trace families from this time period to the present.  Remember the tremendous number of soldiers killed during the Civil War 1861 to 1865 from both the North and the South.

Life Expectancy follows the general public of approximately 73 years in 2000 coming up from approximately 40 to 50 years  during the 1940's to 1960's.

Farming was the most common occupation followed by laborer, keeping house & carpenter.

Civil War service found 2,549 Confederate Foster veterans and 4,306 Union Foster veterans serving out of the 3,263,363 total veterans that fought during 1861-1865.

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