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Edward Foster

Male Abt 1610 - Abt 1643  (~ 33 years)

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  • Name Edward Foster  [1
    Born Abt 1610  , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt Feb 1643  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 

      ORIGIN: Unknown
      MIGRATION: 1632
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Scituate

      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Joined Scituate church as member #10, 8 January 1634/5 [NEHGR 9:279]; invested as deacon of Scituate church, 22 February 1637/8 [NEHGR 10:37].

      FREEMAN: Admitted 3 January 1636/7 [PCR 1:48]. In list of 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:53]. In Scituate section of 1639 list of Plymouth Colony freemen [PCR 8:175].

      EDUCATION: Signed deed of 2 June 1643 [PCR 12:183-84]. Inventory included "3 Bibles with other books" valued at 6.

      OFFICES: Plymouth grand jury, 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:54]. Plymouth jury, 3 January 1636/7, 4 September 1638, 3 March 1639/40 [PCR 1:96, 7:4, 9, 16]. Committee to assess charges for sending soldiers against the Pequots, 7 June 1637 [PCR 1:62]. Scituate member of colony committee to survey highways, 5 March 1638/9 [PCR 1:117]. Deputy for Scituate to Plymouth General Court, 4 June 1639, 2 June 1640, 1 June 1641 [PCR 1:126, 155, 2:16]. Committee to lay out lands at Scituate, 30 November 1640 [PCR 1:168].

      In Scituate section of 1643 Plymouth list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:191].

      ESTATE: Assessed 9s. in Plymouth tax of 25 March 1633 and the same amount on the tax list of 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:11, 28].

      Edward Foster one of nine who had built houses at Scituate prior to September 1634 [NEHGR 10:42].

      As one of the freeman of Scituate who petitioned Plymouth court for a grant of land, he was included among those who were given "all that upland & neck of land lying between the North & South Rivers," along with some meadow, 1 January 1637/8 [PCR 1:72]. One of a committee of eight Scituate men granted "a plantation called Seppekann, and the lands thereabouts, for the seating of a township for a congregation there," 22 January 1638/9 [PCR 1:108]. (These two grants were reflections of the schism in the Scituate church which led to the departure of Rev. John Lathrop and his party for Barnstable later in 1639.)

      On 2 June 1643 Edward Foster of Scituate sold to George Russell of Hingham "my lot of land both marsh land & upland lying in Scituate at the first herring brook ... both upland be it sixteen, eighteen or twenty acres more or less and marsh land be it ten acres more or less" [PCR 12:183-84].

      In his will, dated 24 November 1643, Edward Foster made his wife Lettice Foster executrix and bequeathed to her all cattle and all moveables ("except my books which I dispose of to my son Timothy Foster"), and also "the use of my house or housing and all my lands ... which lyeth at three several places, one at the North River, one at the Stony Brook, one at the Second Cliff" until "my son Timothy Foster" is twenty-one, and then he to get one-third, and another third to go to "the infant yet unborn whether it be male or female, and the remaining third to go to son Timothy at the death of wife Lettice; if both children die without issue then "I shall leave the ordering of it to the discretion of those faithful overseers ... Mr. Tymothy Hatherley father Richard Sillis Edmond Eddenden & brother Isack Robinson [MD 6:248-49, citing PCPR 1:1:60].

      The inventory of the estate of Edward Foster, taken 22 February 1643/4 by the overseers, totalled 42 3s., including no real estate [MD 6:249-50, citing PCPR 1:1:60].

      On 5 June 1644 "Mr. Tymothy Hatherley is authorized by the Court to take the oaths of the witnesses for Edward Foster's will, and the executrix her oath to the inventory, and to return them to the Court, that they may be recorded" [PCR 2:73]. On 20 August 1644 "Mr. Tymothy Hahterley, Richard Sillis, Edmond Eddenden deposed by order of Court to the last will & testament of Edward Foster, and a true inventory exhibited upon their oaths this Court" [PCR 2:75].

      BIRTH: By about 1610 based on date of marriage.

      DEATH: Between 24 November 1643 (date of will) and February 1643/4 (date of inventory).

      MARRIAGE: At Mr. Cudworth's [Scituate] by Captain Standish 8 April 1635 Lettice Hanford [NEHGR 9:286], baptized at Alverdiscott, Ddevonshire, 8 June 1617, daughter of Jeffrey and Eglin (Hatherley) (Downe) Hanford [TAG 17:49-50]; she was admitted to Scituate church (as "Goody Foster") 25 December 1636 [NEHGR 9:280]; she married (2) by about 1650 Edward Jenkins [Stevens-Miller Anc 485-86].

      i TIMOTHY, bp. Scituate 7 March 1635/6 [NEHGR 9:281]; buried Scituate 5 December 1637 [NEHGR 9:285].
      ii TIMOTHY, bp. Scituate 22 April 1638 [NEHGR 9:281]; m. (1) Dorchester 13 October 1663 Ruth (Tileston) Denton, daughter of Thomas Tileston and widow of Richard Denton [DVR 21]; m. (2) Dorchester 9 March 1681[/2?] Relief (Holladn) Dowse, daughter of John Holland and widow of Joan Dowse [DVR 24].
      iii ELIZABETH, b. Scituate 1644, posthumously; m. (1) Scituate 9 November 1665 Ephraim Hewett; m. (2) Hingham 17 January 1681/2 James Ray [Hingham Hist 2:359, 3:123].

      ASSOCIATIONS: The wife of EDWARD FOSTER was daughter of Eglin (Hatherley) (Downe) (Hanford) Sillis, wife finally of Richard Sillis of Scituate, and sister of TIMOTHY HATHERLEY [Stevens-Miller Anc 485-89]. The three sisters of Lettice (Hanford) Foster were Susanna (Hanford) Whiston, whose first husband was JOHN WHISTON of Scituate, Margaret (Hanford) Robinson, wife of ISAAC ROBINSON of Barnstable, and Elizabeth (Hanford) Wade, wife of Nicholas Wade of Scituate, and the brother of these sisters was Thomas Hanford of Norwalk, Connecticut.

      On 7 June 1637 "Edward Foster, of Scituate, for selling less than a Winchester quart for 2d., in regard it was ignorantly done, the fine was assessed but at 12d." [PCR 1:61].

      Pope says he moved to Barnstable in 1638/9, with Lothrop and others, but all further records for Foster are in Scituate. Since he was connected by marriage to the family of Timothy Hatherley, his loyalties in that direction were apparently stronger than his loyalties to the church.

      Savage states that the Timothy baptized in 1638 died soon and another was born in 1640, but no evidence for this appears.

      The marriage in Plymouth on 11 October 1639 of Samuel Tompkins and Lettis Foster is suggestive, but no relation with Edward Foster or his wife is evident [PCR 1:134]. [1]
    Person ID I729523  7_families
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2005 

    Family 1 Lettice Hanford,   c. 8 Jun 1617, Alverdiscott, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1691, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F263960  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Lettice Hanford,   c. 8 Jun 1617, Alverdiscott, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1691, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2004 
    Family ID F767623  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S7702] The Great Migration Begins 1620 - 1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1995).