In 1989 I published a book The Foster Family of Flanders, England, and America – all copies have long been sold – only a few remain for my grandchildren. However, I have kept and added to the genealogical portion of the Foster family. At the last count I had identified over 31,000 individuals directly kin or kin through marriage to the original Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster family. The name of our Foster immigrant came to me very early in my search – his name, Richard Foster.

This Richard Foster came to American in 1635 on the ship Safety. He was the son of Sir Robert Foster and a wife identified as Miss Isham, daughter of John Isham. This information was given to me originally from Richard Foster of Alexandria, Virginia, a distant cousin whose wife was also a Foster. He had hired a professional genealogist from Atlanta, Georgia to help his wife obtain membership into the Colonial Dames. This genealogist, Mrs. Julian Lane, came up with this Richard Foster as her Foster Immigrant – then, of course, as ours.

For a number of years I did not question nor ask for documentation of the status of Richard Foster as my immigrant. Many years ago I became acquainted with Captain Ed Dittmer, whose wife was a Foster descendant. Ed was in Navel Intelligence stationed at the pentagon and on several occasions had reasons to be in San Antonio. On two of these trips he gave me a call and came over to College Station for a visit. Ed was doing Foster, Garnett, and Golding research in the original colonial county records. It was he who we give credit for identifying the children of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster of Gloucester and Essex Counties in Virginia. It was he who first made me stop and evaluate the records where Richard and his wife, Sussan Garnett, lived. I began to look for information that would substantiate Richard Fosters status as the immigrant of the large and important southern Foster family. The more I examined the records the more confused I became.

After reviewing extensively the records of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia from early 1600 to the 1700s looking for proof of our Foster immigrant , I am still not certain who he is. Please read the article and let me know your thoughts.
Let us exam just what has been documented on Richard Foster, Immigrant. We know that he came to the Virginia Colonies in 1635 aboard the ship, Safety and on the same ship was his stepfather, Bartholomew Hoskins. Bartholomew had married his mother, Mrs. Dorcas Foster on July 3, 1624 in St. Dunstan’s Church, in Tepney, London, England. The records show that she was a “widow with several children.” One of his siblings was a sister, Ann with a brother, Robert as a possibility.

We know that in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia there were at least three Richard Fosters in the same time span. One of these Richard Fosters was an attorney and would marry Dorcas Hoskins, daughter of Bartholomew and Mrs. Dorcas Foster Hoskins. It is this Richard Foster who was a member of the House of Burgess for Lower Norfolk County. It was this Richard Foster that was called Lieutenant, Captain and then Major. It was this Richard Foster who would move with his father-in-law, Bartholomew Hoskins, and brother-in-law, Richard Hoskins, to Albermarle, North Carolina. Consequently one Richard Foster was a son-in-law to Bartholomew Hoskins and another was a stepson. No wonder there was confusion. Both of these Richard Foster were literate. There is at least one other who was illiterate and used the (W) as his signature. One of the three Richard Fosters would marry Ann Jackson on November 16, 1640 and father a child conceived out of wedlock. It is difficult to tell which one of the Richards did the dirty deed. Regardless it has but little bearing on the identification of the true immigrant. These are just a few of the essential documented facts concerning the three Richard Fosters of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia.

There are numerous citings of the marriage of Richard Foster to Sussan Garnett, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Garnett. I have found no documentation of this marriage nor has anyone else that I have been able to contact. This does not mean it did not happen it just means that we cannot prove or disprove it. We do know that her name was not Susanna, Susannah, or Susanna (Ann) as has been reported. Some have tried to make Ann and Sussan the same person by naming her Sussanah and calling her Ann. If you read the original muster roll taken after the great Indian massacre it is spelled, Sussan. Her name was probably Susanna but the roll taker spelled it phonetically, thus Sussan.

The marriage date of Richard and Sussan has been reported to be in 1641 give or take a few years. As in most cases we could expect their first child in 1642 or 1643 and then a child thereafter every two years. However, it has been documented that this Richard Foster went to England in 1649 for a five-year period. He returned in 1654. Did he take his wife and family with him to England? There are no records that have been found to show that he did or did not. Did he have children before he left for England and while he was in England? These are just some of the things that we do not know about Richard Foster.

There have been numerous reports as to the number and names of Richard and Sussan’s male children. They number range from two (Robert and John) to seven (Robert, John, Richard, James, George, Thomas, and William.) However, Robert and John are the only ones for which we have documentation. This does not mean that the others did not exist it only means that we have documentation for only two. Robert Foster the first ancestor for which we have documentation was born between 1651 and 1660 in Kingston Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. We know little to nothing about his younger life. He married Elizabeth in the early 1680s in Gloucester County, Virginia. The preponderance of evidence is for Elizabeth being a Garnett whose father or brother was John Garnett. The Garnetts and Fosters were close neighbors both living in Gloucester County. In 1692 Robert Foster, his brother, John Foster, and Robert’s brother-in-law, John Garnett along with several other families bought adjacent land in Essex County, Virginia near the Rappahannock River. It was here in St. Ann’s Parish on Gilson’s Run (presently called Mount Landing Creek) that Robert and Elizabeth lived and would raise their large family of eleven children.

Robert Foster died testate in Essex County in 1715/16. His widow, Elizabeth married Robert Charlesworth before 1721. It was in that year that she and her underage children would move with her new husband to King William County, now Caroline County. By 1742 we find the family had moved to Amelia County to live beside some of Elizabeth’s grown children. It is in Amelia County along Stock Creek that Elizabeth died and is buried.


Will of Robert Foster (abstracted)

Will of Robert Foster of St. Ann’s Parish, Essex Co., Virginia described as “yea’man” which doubtless is intended for “yeoman”
Date of 6 January 1715/16 Probated 22 February 1715/16
To son Robert plantation where he lived.
To sons James and John “Land where I Dwelt: to be divided between them James to have his choice
To Barby Loving one shilling and to her son Richard Loveing “one heighfer with calve named “Rosemary” To her husband “all he is indebted to me.”
To “my three youngest children, Margaret, Elizabeth and Anthony Each Of them a Gold Ring”
To my son Richard my pistols, holser and Sword and feather bed and bolster and a Cow and a heighfer”

To “my three sons, George, Thomas and William” each a cow and heifer.
Exors: wife Elizabeth        signed Robert x Foster
Wit: John x ffoster
Anto. Samuel, Jr. Thomas x Garnett        Rec. 22 Feb 171 5/16


All of Robert and Elizabeth Fosters children are named in his will probated in February 1715/16. From the document we know that Robert, Jr. was their oldest child as he received the land and plantation house where the family lived, primogeniture was English tradition. The plantation was located on land acquired after 1710. Robert, Sr. however made the provision that his mother (Robert, Jr.’s mother) could live on the land for “five or six years.” (For those that report that Robert’s first wife was Sarah Biggs can see clearly from the will that Robert Sr. was only married once to Elizabeth Garnett for the will states clearly Robert, Jr. inherited the land, however his mother was to have use of it.) James and John were the next oldest sons as they inherited the remainder of the land with James having his choice. The first daughter was Barbara who had married Richard Loving.
(birth dates reported as a range representing numerous listings)
 
The children of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett were:
1.Robert Foster, Jr. born ca 1677 – 1685 in Gloucester Co., VA died ca 1720 Essex Co., VA married Ann Lloyd. No Issue
2. James Foster born ca 1679 – 1687 Gloucester Co., VA died ca 1749 Amelia Co., VA married (1) Elizabeth and (2) Martha
3. John Foster born 1681- 1689 Gloucester Co., VA died after 1760 Unknown married Isabella (Golding?)
4. Richard Foster b ca 1685 - 1693 Essex Co., VA died 1783 married Sarah “Sally (Fox?)
5. Barbara Foster b ca 1691 - 1694 Essex Co., VA died after 1763 Amelia Co., VA married Richard Loving
6. William Foster b ca 1691 - 1698 Essex Co., VA died ca August 27, 1767 Amelia Co., VA married (1) unknown (2) Ann Booker
7.Anthony Foster b ca 1693 – 1698 Essex Co., VA died February 4, 1763 Spotsylvania Co., VA married (1) Martha (Taliaferro?) (2) Mrs. Sarah Sparks
8. George Foster born ca 1695 Essex Co., VA died ca 1789 Charlotte Co., VA married Mary Singleton
9. Thomas Foster born ca 1696 Essex Co., VA died ca 1769 Cravin Co., SC married (1) Elizabeth Meador (2) Carolyn Rogers
10.Margaret Foster born ca 1697 – 1701 Essex Co., VA died ca 1716 Essex Co., VA
11.Elizabeth Foster b ca 1703 Essex Co., VA died before 1777 Ninety-sixth District, SC . Married William Golding

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1. Robert Foster, Jr. was born ca. 1685 in Gloucester County, Virginia and moved with his parents to Essex County, Virginia when he was yet a young boy. There he grew to manhood and married Ann Lloyd, daughter of George and Joanna Lloyd in 1719. She was born ca 1682 and died after 1785 (not sure of this death date.) After the death of his father, Robert, Jr. inherited the plantation and land on which his parents had lived. It seems likely that he lived with his parents and then with his widowed mother until her marriage to Robert Charlesworth. He then took over the plantation, married (ca 1720) and looked forward to a productive life. It was not to be. The cause of Robert, Jr.'s death we do not know, however, like his father he must have been fore-warned as he had time to make his will. He died ca. 1720

He left his entire estate to his wife, Ann. They had no children. Ann later married George Pettit and sold her dower rights to the land to her husband's younger brother, John

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2. James Foster had always been assumed to be the second child with his estimated birth date being 1686 in Gloucester County. In Robert Foster Sr.'s will he left James and his brother John two parcels of land one containing 75 acres and the other 125 acres with James to have his choice. James chose the smaller parcel (it may have contained the original plantation home and out buildings - only a guess.) When Robert, Jr. died one would expect the next oldest, James, to be the heir at law of the inheritance. However, John the younger brother became heir at law indicating that possibly James had died (and explains the scarcity of records for James.) The other explanation could have been that John was the second child and that James was the third.

Regardless, James sold his inheritance to William Taylor in 1718. On March 17, 1718 Elizabeth Foster Charlesworth widow of Robert Foster, Sr. appeared in Essex County court and relinquished her right of dower to the 75 acres tract of land north of Gilson's Run which had been bequeathed to James Foster by his father. The deed was dated December 12, 1718. Even though Elizabeth had witnessed the original deed from her son, James to William Taylor three months earlier, she was still required to relinquish her dower right to the land.

Information has come to me from descendants of a James Foster and they believe he was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster. If this be the case and James did live and marry twice (Elizabeth and Martha) and left descendants we are at a loss as to why John and not James became heir at law for the inheritance unless James was simply younger than John. It appears that additional research is needed into this elusive James. I will give the family of James with the understanding this information has not been documented and may not be accurate.

James Foster born ca 1679 - 89 in Gloucester Co., VA; died ca. 1749 Amelia Co., VA married (1) Elizabeth (2) Martha. Martha was born ca 1690 in Virginia.

Children of James and Martha Foster:
1. Thomas - no other information
2.George Foster was born 1713 Gloucester Co., VA; died 1772 VA; married ca 1747 Gloucester or Amelia Co., VA Mary Forrest, daughter of Abraham and Judith Forrest; She died after 1773
3. James Foster born before 1718 - no other information

Children of George and Mary Forrest Foster
1. James Foster born between 1747 and 1752 Amelia Co., VA; died ca 1837 possibly in Henderson Co., TN
2. Abraham Forrest Foster born ca 1748 Amelia Co., VA; died 1809; married ca 1773 Anna Mcgehee, daughter of Jacob and Elanor Dejarnett Mcgehee. She was born May 7, 1752; died September 13, 1801
3. George Foster, Jr. born ca 1750 Amelia Co., VA; died 1808; married (1) 1775 Gloucester or Amelia Co., VA Judith Price, daughter of Pugh and Jerusha Penick Price. She was born 1759; died about 1790 (2) November 6, 1789 Elizabeth Jones Foster
4. John Foster born ca 1753 Amelia Co., VA; died 1824 Barren Co., KY; married Lucy Smith
5. Judith Foster born ca 1755 Amelia Co., VA; died after 1800 Nottaway Co., VA; married Shadrack Holt
6. Mary Foster born ca 1758 Amelia Co., VA; died after 1800 Nottaway Co., VA; married December 26, 1780 Amelia Co., VA Nathan Dickerson
7. Sarah Foster born ca 1760 Amelia Co., VA; died after 1782 Pittsylvania Co., VA; married ca 1782 Amelia Co., VA James Fawlkes
8. Temperance Foster born ca 1762 Amelia Co., VA; died before 1786
9. Travis Foster born between 1764 and 1786 Amelia Co., VA died 1786
10. Giles Foster born ca 1766 Amelia Co., VA; died 1787
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3. John Foster was the next child of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster; he was the third of eight sons and three daughters. As a near-middle child he was probably more influenced by his older brothers than his parents. He, most likely, grew up quickly and independently. We know that he went to school, as he was literate. His birth has been set between 1681 and 1689 in Gloucester County, Virginia prior to his parent's removal to Essex County.

John married Isabella (Golding?) prior to 1721 in Essex County for it was this year that he and Isabella bought land in Spotsylvania County where they lived until 1741. They moved in that year to a plantation that John had purchased in western Orange County, Virginia on Beaverdam and Marsh Runs. Isabella is thought to be a sister or daughter of John Golding of Essex County, but this has not been proven. John Golding is thought to be the father of William Golding who married John's younger sister, Elizabeth. Remember, John was deeded 125 acres of land by his father (James chose the 75 acre plot). However he sold this land to his mother and her new husband, Robert Charleswood, as she was required by the will to turn over the plantation on which she lived to her son, Robert, Jr. heir at law of Robert Foster Sr.

John then became heir at law of the land deeded to his older brother, Robert Foster, Jr., when he died, leaving the land to his wife. He purchased the land and plantation from Ann Lloyd Foster, his sister-in-law, for 25 pounds sterling. John then sold the land and plantation house to James Ridgeport. Now, needing a place to live, he purchased on December 2, 1721, 84 acres of land from Robert King in Spotsylvania County and from all indications, John, Isabella and their family moved into the plantation house. By this time John and Isabel were the parents of two and possibly three children: Sarah, Thomas, and John, Jr.

John Foster must have been quite active in politics as his name is mentioned a number of times in the activities of Spotsylvania County: witnessing deeds, wills, and serving for several years as deputy sheriff. In 1733 John received a land grant of 599 acres in what is now Culpeper County. More than likely John and Isabella retained their home in Spotsylvania County for they were still living there in 1735 when he sold the 599 acres of land to John Rucker that he had patented in Culpeper County. At the time of the sale of this land his wife, Isabella was "so sickly and impotent" that she could not travel to the seat of Orange County to waive her dower rights to the land. They had to send three commissioners to her home to interview her and make sure she had agreed to the sale, which of course, she had.

By 1735 John and Isabella had two and possibly three other children: Philadelphia, Anthony, and possibly Judith. If there were other children they have not been identified or possibly had died. Even though John and Isabella were living in Spotsylvania County they had begun to purchase land in Orange County. John had started to buy land in Orange County as early as 1734 or 1735. In 1734 Thomas, oldest son of John and Isabella, was apparently not of legal age to own land, which was 21 years, for in that year he and his father co-patented 1000 acres of land in what is now the eastern portion of Orange County. The land was located between Berry's Run and Riga Run. William Wolford had originally patented the land, however his patent had lapsed due to his not making sufficient improvements. It appears that John Foster may have patented this land for his son Thomas to improve and develop as a plantation. One can assume that the land or a portion of it had been put into cultivation, for even though John and Isabella had not moved to Orange County, John was there on several occasions witnessing deeds. It is possible that his son, Thomas Foster, was living on the land and attending to it clearing and cultivation. Thomas was not yet married.

On November 26, 1740 John and Thomas Foster made an application to the Orange County Court for an evaluation of the improvements that had been made on this 1000 acres of land. Andrew Harrison, Henry, Isabel and George Smith returned a report to the Orange County Court on May 28, 1741, giving a value of L164-6s-8p which included "the cost of 16 journey of 16 miles (from their home in Spotsylvania County) for corn and salt and of 4,000 nails brought from Northumbeland County, one dwelling house, one small dwelling, 480 fruit trees, twelve acres of cleared ground, 280 panels of fence with nine logs to each panel."

During 1739 and 1740 John and Isabella started selling off their holdings in Spotsylvania County in the preparation of a move to Orange County in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On May 28, 1741 John Foster bought from Joseph Phillips of Orange County a tract of 490 acres of land between March and Beaverdam Run in the Far West end of the present day Orange County near the boundary of Greene County. Moving with John and Isabella were their son Thomas and his wife, Ann (he had married Ann Garnett in 1741) and their daughter, Philadelphia and her husband, John Snell, (John Foster had witnessed in 1740 a purchase of land by his son-in-law, John Snell.)

In 1745 John and Thomas Foster sold the 1000 acres of land they patented in 1734 and improved upon in Orange County to James Garnett, brother to Ann Garnett Foster. Actually, they had resold the land as in 1738 they had sold the land to George Street, however it reverted back to them when Mr. Street was unable to make payment. Since this deed was acknowledged by both of their wives (Isabel Foster and Ann Foster) by their relinquishment of the dower rights to the land, it proves that Thomas Foster was married to Ann Garnett prior to February 1744. Since Thomas' oldest child, Sarah was born ca. 1743 according to her will, it is certain that Thomas Foster was only married once and was never married ca. 1743 to an Elizabeth Smith in Middlesex County as had been erroneously claimed by some Foster researchers. Ann Foster was the only wife of Thomas Foster and the mother of his eleven children.
Isabella Foster died sometime after June 4, 1747, for it was on this date that she and her husband John Foster along with John Haskew and his wife, Rachel, sold jointly to John Coffee of Spotsylvania County a tract of land in Orange County containing 137 acres. (100 acres was taken from John Foster's tract of 337 acres and 37 acres were taken from Haskew's land.) This land was located on Beaverdam Run and was part of the land that John Foster bought from Zachary Taylor in 1740. This was the last appearance of Isabella in the records of Orange County.

In Orange County, like in Spotsylvania, John Foster continued to be politically active with frequent references in county records witnessing deeds and wills of neighbors, providing security bonds, serving on juries and viewing routs of public roads. The last entry of John Foster in Orange County records was in 1760. As to date no will has ever been found for John Foster. He either died in 1760 as some have recorded or was infirm shortly after or moved away from Orange County to live with one of his children until his death.

John Foster born ca 1689 Gloucester Co., VA; died after 1760; married ca 1711 Isabella (Golding?) Essex Co., VA. She was born ca 1695 Virginia, daughter of John and Mrs. Cassandra Woods; died after 1740 Orange Co., VA

Children of John and Isabella (Golding?) Foster
1. Sarah Foster born ca. 1714 Essex Co., VA; died after 1801 Nelson Co., KY; married Richard Loving ca. 1833 Essex Co., VA
2. Thomas Foster born ca 1715 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1790 Orange Co., VA; married Ann Garnett ca 1733
3. John Foster, Jr. born ca 1719 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1764 Albermarle Co., VA; married Averilla Haskew ca 1743 Orange Co., VA
4. Philadelphia Foster born ca 1722 Essex Co., VA; died ca, 1786 Scott Co., KY; married 1739 John Snell.
5. Anthony Foster born ca 1727 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died April 12, 1812 Spartanburg Co., SC; married (1) Miss Tinsley and (2) Sarah Golding, his first cousin and child of his Aunt Elizabeth and her husband, William Golding
6. Judith Foster born ca 1731 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died after 1830?? in South Carolina; married Spencer Bobo
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Sarah Foster was born ca 1714 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1801 Nelson Co., KY; married ca 1733 Essex Co., VA Thomas Crutcher, Jr. He was born ca 1706 Essex Co., VA; died June 1786 Caroline Co., VA

Children of Sarah Foster and Thomas Crutcher, Jr.
1.John Crutcher born before 1735 Caroline Co., VA; died ca 1786 Caroline Co., VA
2. Thomas Crutcher, III born ca 1736 Caroline Co., VA; died 1802 Nelson Co., KY; married ca 1758 Spotsylvania Co., VA Martha Foster, daughter of Anthony and Martha Foster. Martha was born ca 1734 Spotsylvania Co., VA
3. Hugh Crutcher born ca 1737 Caroline Co., VA; died September 20, 1779 Culpeper Co., VA; married Frances Coleman
4. Leonard Crutcher born ca 1738 Caroline Co., VA; died 1795 Culpeper Co., VA
5. Henry Crutcher born ca 1740 Caroline Co., VA; died Wilkes Co., GA
6. Margaret Crutcher born ca 1742 Caroline co., VA; married (1) John Sanders (2) Charles Turman
7. Mary Crutcher born ca 1744 Caroline Co., VA; died after 1787 Caroline Co., VA; married Israel Sneed; died. November 27, 1787 Caroline Co., VA
8.Elizabeth Crutcher born ca 1746 Caroline Co., VA; died Sumner Co., TN; married Lunsford Pitts, Sr. He was born June 26, 1843 Sumner Co., TN
9. Sarah Crutcher born ca 1747 Caroline Co., VA; died before 1782 Nelson Co., KY
10. William Crutcher born ca 1750 Caroline Co., VA; died before 1782 Spotsylvania Co., VA; married Elizabeth Foster
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Thomas Foster was born ca 1715 Essex Co., VA; died 1791 Orange Co., VA; married ca 1741 Essex Co., VA Ann Garnett, daughter of Salvador and Elizabeth Muscoe Garnett. She was born ca 1720 Essex Co., VA; died after 1891 Orange Co., VA

Children of Thomas and Ann Garnett Foster
1. Sarah Foster born ca 1743 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1830 Wilkes Co., NC; married ca 1765 Orange Co., VA William Kendall. He was born ca 1740 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1777 Orange Co., VA
2. Nancy Ann Foster born ca 1745 Orange Co., VA; died June 14, 1833 Wilkes Co., VA; married ca 1764 Orange Co., VA William Robbins. He was born ca 1745 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1774 Orange Co., VA
3. Mary Foster born ca 1748 Orange Co., VA; died after 1833 TN; married December 24, 1775 Orange Co., VA Thomas Robbins. He was born ca 1750 Orange Co., VA; died before 1820 Wilkes Co., NCv
4. Thomas Foster, Jr. born July 4, 1750 Orange Co., VA; died March 21, 1831 Wilkes Co., NC; married (1) October 8, 1774 Orange Co., VA Mary Sawyer. She was born ca 1754; died Orange Co., VA (2) February 25, 1777 Frances Jones, daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Jones. She was born June 3, 1757 Orange co., VA; died December 4, 1804 Wilkes Co., NC
5.Frances Foster born ca 1752 Orange Co., VA; died April 15, 1844 Coffee Co., TN; married November 13, 1766 Orange Co., VA Morton Jones, Sr., son of Hugh and Elizabeth Jones. He was born June 3, 1743 Orange Co., VA; died November 8, 1841 Coffee Co., TN
6. Phoebe Foster born ca 1754 Orange Co., VA; died December 3, 1827 Caldwell Co., NC; married January 10, 1769 Orange Co., VA George Garnett Jones, son of Hugh and Elizabeth Jones. He was born June 13, 1743 Orange Co., VA; died April 26, 1844 Caldwell Co., NC
7. Elizabeth Foster born ca 1756 Orange Co., VA; died September 13, 1848 Coffee Co., TN; married May 21, 1744 Benjamin Jones, Sr., son of Hugh and Elizabeth Jones. He was born ca 1750 Orange Co., VA; died December 27, 1820 Wilkes Co., NC
8. Anthony Foster born December 23, 1758 Orange Co., VA; died August 31, 1854 Carroll Co., VA; married April 4, 1776 Orange Co., VA Elizabeth Price. She was born ca 1758 VA; died before 1830 Wilkes Co., NC
9. Lucy Foster born ca 1760 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1831 Wilkes Co., NC
10. Mildred Foster born ca 1861 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1855 Wilkes Co., NC; married September 9, 1788 Orange Co., VA Thomas Goforth. He was born ca 1762 NJ; died May 4, 1819 Wilkes Co., NC
11. John Foster born ca 1763 Orange Co., VA; died December 15, 1824 Wilkes Co., NC
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Thomas Foster son of John and Isabella (Golding?) Foster was born ca 1715 in Essex County, Virginia and moved with his parents in 1721 to Spotsylvania Co., VA.
Their plantation was on the south side of the Po River. It was on this plantation that he grew into a man. While Thomas was not of legal age (age to witness, etc.) his father and he patented 1000 acres of land in 1743 in eastern Orange County on Riga Run just south of what is today, Unionville, Virginia. It is to be assumed that the land was improved by Thomas and his father, and as before mentioned, was probably to be the home of Thomas when he became of age and married or it could have been bought as an investment. However, Thomas and his father sold the improved land, all one thousand acres, to James Garnett of Essex County, Virginia. Thomas Garnett is thought to be Thomas Foster’s brother-in-law. It has been mentioned before, but should be reiterated again that since the deed was acknowledged by both John and Thomas’ wives (Isabel and Ann) by their relinquishment of their dower rights to the land, it proves that Thomas Foster was married to Ann Garnett prior to February 1744, and since Thomas’ oldest child, Sarah was born ca 1743, according to her will, it is certain that Thomas Foster was married only once and was never married to Elizabeth Smith in Middlesex County, Virginia as has been mistakenly claimed by some Foster researchers. Ann Garnett was the only wife of Thomas Foster and the mother of all eleven of his children.
In 1741 Thomas Foster was granted a patent for 400 acres of land in Spotsylvania County “amongst the branches of the Mattapony River,” but on May 1, 1744, less than three months after he and his father had sold the 1000 acres of land on Riga Run in St. Thomas Parish, Orange County, Virginia, Thomas sold this 400 acres. In the sale he gave his residence as “of St. Mark’s Parish, Orange County,” thus indicating that he was then living in that part of Orange County north of the Rapidan River that is now Culpeper County. This move is proven by a lease dated three weeks later on May 23, 1744, when Thomas and Ann leased a plantation of 150 acres on the north side of the Rapidan River in St. Mark’s Parish Orange County, Virginia (which is now Culpeper County) from the executors of the estate of the former royal governor, Alexander Spotswood. These 150 acres were a part of the 40,000-acre land patent called the “Spotswood Tract.”
Thomas and Ann Foster continued to live on this plantation in Culpeper County. They paid an annual rent of 800 lb. of tobacco until 1757. In was in that year that Thomas and Ann bought a plantation consisting of 975 acres of land on Mill Run. Mill Run is a tributary of Mount Run in St. Thomas Parish, in the eastern portion of Orange County. It was here that Thomas and Ann continued to raise their children and it was here that both died and are buried. After their move back to Orange County close neighbors of Thomas and Ann Foster were the Jones family; Hugh and Elizabeth Jones. Elizabeth’s family name has not been positively identified. Morton is a possibility and there are those that believe that she was a Foster – daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster. Further research is needed to positively identify her. Apparently Elizabeth died and Hugh remarried a Cathy as she was named in his will. Her family name is also unidentified. Apparently Elizabeth was the mother of all of Hugh’s children. Three Jones sons and a daughter, George, Morton, Benjamin and Frances married three daughters and one son of Thomas and Ann Foster – Phoebe, Frances, Elizabeth and Thomas. All eleven children of Thomas and Ann Foster moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina within a few years after the Revolutionary War. Two of the younger children, John and Lucy, remained in Orange County to look after their aging parents. Thomas Foster died in 1791 (testate) and Ann a few years later – apparently in 1798 as in 1799 John sold the land and plantation on Mill Run and he and Lucy also moved to Wilkes County.
The parents of Ann Garnett have been identified as Thomas Garnett and Elizabeth Muscoe. Mrs. G. P. Knight in her Genealogy of the Garnett Family indicated that there are “probably three Elizabeth Muscoe’s that married into the Garnett family around 1700. One (1) is Elizabeth (1700-1736), daughter of Salvador Muscoe, Jr. who married Capt. James Garnett. Another seems to be (2) Elizabeth Muscoe (ca 1680 – 1750) who was a sister of Salvador, Jr. who married Thomas Garnett (ca 1675 – 1748). This is the Thomas Garnett most of us trace our lineage from. The third (3) Elizabeth (ca 1702 - ?) also married a Thomas Garnett. This Elizabeth and Thomas have two children that have been identified – James and Ann W. Garnett.” Mrs. King adds two more daughters – Joyce and Ave Garnett. These last two daughters have been identified supposedly in the will of the second Thomas and Elizabeth (Muscoe) Garnett. No matter where these daughters are put – they open another large question in the Garnett line. NOTE: both daughters married Andrews – Joyce married Thomas Andrews and Ave married a brother, Dr. Mark J. Andrews.

Descendant of Anthony Garnett by Douglas J. Garnett.
“Sussan Garnett (1620 – ca 1663) identified in the Muster as being the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Garnett supposedly married Richard Foster (1619 - ?.) I have no information to support or disprove this marriage but in three out of the four generations it seems that Fosters married Garnetts.
Sussan’s son Robert Foster (1651 – 1815) supposedly married an Elizabeth Garnett (1660-1716 WRONG) – no parents have been identified.
Robert and Elizabeth (Garnett) Foster’s grandson Thomas Foster (1720-1791) – her parents identified as Thomas and Elizabeth (Muscoe) Foster. This Thomas (1675 – 1748) and Elizabeth Muscoe (1680 – 1750) is the second Elizabeth Muscoe mentioned above.”



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Will of Thomas Foster of Orange County, Virginia

In the name of God Amen. I, Thomas Foster in the Parish of St. Thomas in the County of Orange County, being well in health and perfect in mind and memory but knowing that uncertainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour and time do therefore make my last will and testament and after recommending my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executor herefore named, and my soul to God to enrich me with, I dispose of it in a manner following” 1st I desire that all my just debts be punctually paid.
2nd I lend to my loving wife Ann one negro man named Sampson during her natural life, also the third part of my stock. I also desire that my wife, Ann shall have the use of three hundred seventy five acres that I now live on, also the mansion house during her life. 3rd it is my desire that my daughter Ann Robbins shall have the use of seventy-five acres of land out of the above mentioned tract of land on the east side of the Mill Run at the Jones end of the tract of land during her widowhood.
4th I give and bequeath to my son, John Foster and his heirs all the real and personal estate with the exception of one feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf, which I give to my daughter, Lucy Foster, and also one feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf which I give to my daughter Milley Foster, as for the rest of my children they have already received their part of my estate.

It is my last will and desire that only John Foster should die without heirs the whole of his part of my estate to be equally divided among all my children then living. And lastly, I nominate and appoint John Terrell and my son, John Foster, the whole and sole executors of my last will and testament. And I also do hereby revoke and disallow all former wills and testaments.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of November in the year of our Lord 1779. Signed and published. I declare by the here named Testator, Thomas Foster to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us subscribed our names in the presence of the Testator.
John Terrell
Robert Terrell
Ann Terrell
Elizabeth Terrell
Recorded Monday February 28, 17??



John Foster, Jr. was born ca 1719 Essex Co., VA; died 1764 Albermarle Co., VA; married (1) Ann (2) ca 1742 Orange Co., VA Averilla Haskew, daughter of John and Rachel Warren Haskew. She was born ca 1725 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died after 1799

August 1, 1794 Orange Co., VA Catherine Snell, daughter of Philadelphia Foster and John Snell. She was born ca 1758 Orange Co., VA; died after 1796 Rutherford Co., NC
Children of John Foster, Jr. and Averilla Haskew
1. Henry Foster born ca 1744 Orange Co., VA; died 1795; married Elizabeth (Carr?)
2. Haskew Foster born ca 1746 Orange Co., VA; married ca (1)? ; died before 1794 (2)
3. John Foster born ca 1747 Orange Co., VA; married October 15, 1793 Susanna (Deering?)
4. Sarah Garnett Foster born ca 1749 Orange Co., VA; married William Taylor
5. Simpson Westberry Foster born ca 1751 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1780 (.kKilled in Revolutionary War)
6. Rachel Foster born ca 1753 Orange Co., VA; married January 7, 1782 Albermarle Co., VA George Taylor (2) September 23, 1793 Orange Co., VA Joseph William Watts
7. Joel Foster born ca 1755 Orange Co., VA; married Daughter Golding, daughter of William Golding, Jr. and Sarah Bell. She was born ca 1758 Orange Co., VA
8. Edmund Foster born ca 1756 Orange Co., VA; died August 5, 1837 Rutherford Co., NC; married April 17, 1784 Albermarle Co., VA Martha “Betsy” Powers. She died April 18, 1849 Rutherford Co., NC
9. Philadelphia Foster born 1759 Orange Co., VA; died after 1798
10. Anthony Foster born ca 1761 Albermarle Co., VA; died 1788; died December 11, 1788
11. Mary Foster born ca 1763 Albermarle Co., VA; died after 1788
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John Foster, Jr. was the third child of John and Isabel (Golding?) Foster. He was born ca 1719 in Essex County, Virginia and according to his will died in Albermarle County, Virginia sometime between February 11, 1764 and April 27, 1764. Apparently John, Jr. was married twice, first to Ann whose family name has not been identified, and second to Averilla Haskew, daughter of John and Rachel Warren Haskew.
John, Jr. and his family lived along the Orange and Louisa County line and is recorded as buying and selling several tracts of land and possibly living on both sides of the county line. He was living in Orange County on August 22, 1745 in the vicinity of his father, John Foster, Sr. and his brother-in-law, John Snell, as indicated in the Orange County road construction and repair records. On March 18, 1749, John, Jr. bought 150 acres of land in Louisa County which is in present day Albermarle County, from Benjamin Henson which bordered George Homes, on the Orange County line and on both sides of the main road, known as Durrett’s Ordinary. He later sold this land to Hugh Boyle.
During the early 1760s John Foster, Jr. was a prominent member of Fredericksville Parish in Louisa County. This was the part of Louisa County, along the Orange County borderline, which was later to be a part of Albermarle County. In October of 1760 he was appointed as a reader at the Upper Church in the parish and was paid for previous service. He was elected vestryman of the newly created Frederickville Parish that was divided in 1762. He continued to serve as a vestryman, clerk, and reader until his death (testate) in 1764.

Will of John Foster, Jr.
In the name of God, Amen. I John Foster of Albermarle County being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to the almighty God for the same here calling to mind the mortality of my body and the knowing it is once appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this is my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give my soul unto the hands of the almighty God that gave it to me. First my body I recommend to the earth is to be buried in a Christian Decent manner at the Discretion of my executors not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall have the same again by the Mighty Power of God and therefore touching such worldly estate as it has pleased the Almighty God to bless me with I do give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Item, I do hereby give and Bequeath unto my Dear and well Beloved wife Averilla Foster one negro boy named Gregory and one negro boy named Billy and one negro boy named Pompey and one negro girl named Siller her and her increase during her life or widowhood though not to be sold for any debt or debts and upon her Death or marriage to be equally divided with all my other goods and ___?__ be sold at Public auction to the highest bidder to defray of my debts and other estate whatsoever be equally divided among my eleven children to them and their heirs forever Henry Foster, Haskew Foster, John Foster, Sarah Garnett Foster, Simpson Westberry Foster, Rachel Foster, Joel Foster, Edmund Foster, Philadelphia Foster, Anthony Foster, Mary Foster, and if any of my children should die without lawful heir then their part to be equally divided amongst the rest and furthermore I desire as fast as my boys arrive to the age of twelve years of age they might request to school two years and then bound to trade and likewise my daughter to have one year schooling. I likewise do appoint David Watts, John Herndon, Thomas Perry and Joseph Blaybrook for to manage and settle my affairs. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and put my seal this seventh day of February in the year of our savior one thousand seven hundred and sixty four. John Foster



Philadelphia was the second daughter of John and Isabel (Golding?) Foster. She was born ca 1722 in Essex County, Virginia. Little is know of her early life. It is more than likely that she did not go to school as she married quite young. It is estimate that her marriage to John Snell was ca 1739 in Orange County, Virginia on the plantation of her parents. John was considerably older than Philadelphia. His birth date is estimated at ca 1714 and he was born in King and Queen County, Virginia.
John and Philadelphia made their home in Orange County not far from her parents. It was there that she became the mother of eight children. After the death of her husband (June 5, 1786) she went to live with some of her children in Scott County, Kentucky

Philadelphia Foster was born ca 1722 Essex Co., VA; died after 1786 Scott Co., KY; married 1739 Orange Co., VA John Snell. He was born ca 1714 King & Queen County, Virginia; died June 5, 1785 Orange Co., VA

Children of John and Philadelphia Foster Snell
1. John Foster Snell born ca 1740 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1827 Orange Co., VA; married Nancy Elizabeth Wyatt
2. Phiolemen Snell born ca 1743 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1797 Albermarle Co., VA; married Susanna Spicer
3. Robert Snell born ca 1746 Orange Co., VA; died 1827
4. Easthem (Esom) Snell born ca 1747; Susanna
5. Sarah Garnett born ca 1759 Orange Co., VA; married William Taylor
6. Martha Snell born 1752 Orange Co., VA; married September 16, 1776 Orange Co., VA William Collins. He was born ca 1749 Virginia
7. Philadelphia Snell born ca 1755 Orange Co., VA; married Orange Co., VA Mr. Phillips
8. Catherine Snell born ca 1758 Orange Co., VA; after 1796 Rutherford Co., VA; married August 1, 1794 Orange Co., VA Haskew Foster, son of John Foster and Averilla Haskew. He was born ca 1746 Orange Co., VA
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Anthony Foster was the youngest son that has been identified of John and Isabel (Golding?) Foster. He was born ca 1727 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia where he grew to manhood obtaining what education that was available. He apparently first married in the early 1750s in Orange County, Virginia to a Miss Tinsley (given name not know) who is believed to be the daughter of Isaac and Margaret Rucker Tinsley. This is supported by family tradition and by the fact that one of Anthony’s oldest sons was named Fielding Tinsley and that Margaret Rucker’s mother was Elizabeth Fielding.
After the death of this first wife Anthony married Sarah Golding (prior to 1766) who is his first cousin, daughter of William Golding and Elizabeth Foster - his aunt and uncle.) Sarah was just a young girl of around 20 years of age, having been born about 1740 in Orange County, Virginia. Anthony began his married life in Orange County (remember it was constituted in 1734 from Spotsylvania County) for it was there that his first several children were born. Except from a brief period from 1765 until 1779 they apparently lived in Orange County in the general area near the current borders of Albermarle, Greene, and Madison Counties. There, Anthony had evidently inherited land previously owned by his father, John Foster. The land was in the vicinity of Beaverdam, near John Haskew and William Lucas. Also living in the vicinity was Spencer Bobo. Anthony went on a bond for Spencer Bobo when he was sued by James Duncanson. Spencer’s wife, Judith, is the likely youngest child of John and Isabel (Golding?) Foster.
In 1765 Anthony and his family moved to land in Orange County (now Greene county) in the Blue Ridge Mountains that he and his brother-in-law, Isaac Tinsley, Jr. had jointly bought from Francis Dirkley’s family in May of that year. In 1766 Anthony and his family apparently returned to the land which he had inherited from his father. On June 3, 1766, Henry Foster, (of Albermarle County, Virginia,) the eldest son and heir of Anthony Foster, brother to John Foster, Jr. sold to his uncle a tract 210 acres in Orange County, Virginia bordering the land of Anthony Foster and John Haskew. This deed was witnessed by John Foster (Henry’s younger brother) and Spencer Bobo and his wife Judith.
By 1779 Anthony and his family had moved to Culpeper (now Madison) County to the area of Elk Run, a tributary of the Rapidan River, where he bought 162 acres of land from James Eastman and his wife, Sarah, on June 19, 1780. Earlier on September 23, 1779, Anthony Foster and his wife, Sarah “of Culpeper County” had sold to John Marshfield of Albermarle county, a 170 acre tract in Orange County on Beaverdam, which was “formally the property of Anthony Foster’s father and now occupied by Bartlett Bennett.
By 1785 Anthony and his family had moved back to Orange (now Greene) County as he is found on the tax list taken in the Fredericksville Parish area were his late brother, John Foster’s grandchildren were living. Anthony Foster was taxed for himself, sixteen slaves, seven horses or mules, and nine head of cattle. Joel Foster, most certainly the son of Anthony Foster and his first wife, was enumerated just after his father on the 1787 Albermarle County, Virginia tax list. This was just prior to Joel’s leaving Virginia for Newberry District, South Carolina where he is found on the 1790 Federal Census.
On October 16, 1787, Anthony Foster “of Albermarle County” bought from Lewis Garr and his wife, Catherine, of Orange County a 200 acre tract of land in Orange County (now Green). Anthony and Sarah now “of Rockingham County” were living immediately across the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1792. This sale disposed of their remaining land in Virginia. Anthony and Sarah and their children sold most of their belongings, loaded up their wagons and started for their long treck to South Carolina and a new life. Anthony appeared on the Spartanburg District records beginning in 1793 apparently arriving sometime between 1792 and 1793. Anthony was over sixty years of age. What prompted a man of his age to make such a long trip to start a new life. At his age it seems unlikely that he had the youthful urge to start a new life. His older children were grown and his younger children were still in their teens. Could it be that he made the move to give his children a better opportunity for a good and productive life; productive meant land and land was cheap and plentiful in South Carolina. Orange, Culpeper, Rockingham Counties in Virginia obviously did not meet the needs of either himself or his children. Maybe he wanted for his children a new beginning where the soil was fertile and there was plenty for patenting. He most likely had corresponded with his son, Joel, and several cousins who were now living in South Carolina. Joel, the eldest of the surviving sons of Anthony Foster by his first wife, (possibly Isaac Tinsley’s sister) had proceed his father to South Carolina by a few years, having located in Newberry District prior to the 1790 census. Joel apparently lived by his deceased mother’s relative on Little River. Joel later moved to the Cross Keys area of Union County, South Carolina near his younger half-brothers after his father’s death. Anthony Foster’s first cousin, Thomas Meador Foster had been in South Carolina for years making surveys of land patent and sales; his uncle, Thomas Foster had died there. For whatever reason, Anthony Foster and his entire family made the long trip, across North Carolina and into South Carolina. It was in Spartanburg District that Anthony bought land and settled his family.
Anthony survived his resettlement for only ten years. On April 5, 1805, he passed away; he probably was nearing eighty years of age. Sarah died seven years later on June 30, 1812. Both rest in marked graves along side of their good friend, Spencer Bobo near their home in Cross Anchor, South Carolina

Will of Anthony Foster--

I, Anthony Foster of Spartanburg District, South Carolina do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following (towit). I give to my beloved wife, Sarah Foster, the home and plantation where I now live, four of my negros such as she may make choice of, all of my household furniture and all of my plantation tools all of the above I give to my wife as long as she continues to by my widow and no longer whenever she marries or dies. I give the said plantation and house to my son Archilles Foster. All the balance of my real estate I request that my executors may sell at twelve months credit and the money arising from said sale be equally divided among my following children: Fielding Foster, Anthony Foster, William Foster, John Foster, Franklin Foster, and Mary Tinsley. I also bequest that my executors sell the balance of my personal estate at twelve months credit and after paying my just debts out of the money raised from the sell the remainder to be equally divided into eight equal parts two of which I give equally two of which I give to my son, Archilles the remain six parts of I give equally to my six following children, Felding, Anthony, William, John, Franklin and Mary – or whenever my wife marries or dies that part of my personal estate give to her request my executive to dispose of the other part of my personal estate – but in the case that any of my children should die without leaving a lawful heir, their part of my estate to be taken and disposed of in the same manner that I have disposed of my personal estate. I appoint Thomas Todd, Archilles Foster (my son) and the Reverend Spencer Bobo my Executors. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty six day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.

(Signed) Anthony Foster

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Anthony Foster was born ca 1727 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died April 5, 1805 Cross Anchor, Union Co., SC; married (1) ca 1750 Orange Co., VA (Sarah?) Tinsley. Sarah was thought to be the daughter of Isaac and Sarah Tucker Tinsley. She was born ca 1730 VA; died ca 1762 VA (2) ca 1765 Orange Co., VA Sarah Golding, daughter of William and Elizabeth Foster Golding (Anthony’s Aunt and Uncle). She was born ca 1740 Orange Co., VA; died June 30, 1812 Cross Anchor, Union Co., SC

Children of Anthony Foster and (Sarah?) Tinsley Foster.
1. Archilles Foster born ca 1751 Orange Co., VA; died 1775 Bunker Hill, Suffolk Co., VA
2. Joel Foster born ca before 1760 Orange Co., VA; died before 1820 Neshoba Co., MS; married ca 183 Cinah Casey. She was born ca 1750; died ca 1835
3. Fielding Foster born ca 1762 Orange Co., VA ; died after 1840 Fulton Co., VA; married Nancy (Note: these dates seem a little strange; nine years between Archillis and Joel???)


Children of Anthony and Sarah Golding Foster
1. Anthony Foster born ca 1766 Orange Co., VA; died June 16, 1842 Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., SC; married June 16, 1796 Spartanburg Co., SC Elizabeth Bobo, daughter of Sampson and Sarah Mary Simpson Bobo. She was born February 4, 1899 Spartanburg Co., SC; died April 10, 1846 Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., SC
2. William Foster born ca 1767 Orange Co., VA; died after 1820 Spartanburg Co., SC; married ca 1794 Orange Co., SC Judith. She was born ca 1775; died ca 1815 Spartanburg Co., SC
3. John Foster born ca 1671 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1832 Smith Co., TN; married 1807 Asheville, Buncombe Co., SC Sinah Lach. She was born ca 1787 VA; died ca 1881 Smithville, DeKalb Co., TN
4. James Franklin Foster born ca 1775 Orange Co., VA; ca 1845 Funton or Wilson Co., TN; married Nancy. She was born ca 1789
5. Mary Foster born ca 1777 Orange Co., VA; died 1821 Spartanburg Co., SC; married Golding Tinsley, son of Isaac Tinsley and Elizabeth Golding. He was born ca 1765 Culpeper Co., VA; died May 8, 1851 Spartanburg Co., VA
6.Archillis K. Foster born ca 1780 Rockingham Co., VA; died ca 1845 Cass Co., GA; married ca 1811 Spartanburg Co., SC Jane Blackstock, daughter of William and Mary Bobo Blackstock. She was born June 11, 1794 SC; died after 1870 Fayette Co., AL
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It is thought that Judith Foster was the youngest child identified for John and Isabel (Golding?) Foster. She is declared a possible child based on rather weak evidence. Consider: Spencer Bobo was living near Anthony Foster in Orange County, Virginia. Anthony Foster went on the bond for Spencer when he was sued by James Duncanson. Anthony Foster bought land in Orange County and the deed was witnessed by Anthony Foster and his wife Judith. When Anthony Foster and his family moved to South Carolina Spencer and Judith Bobo also move near then. Determine for yourself if Judith is a child of John and Isabel (Golding?)

Judith Foster was born ca 1731 Spotsylvania Co., SC; died after 1830 SC; married Francis Spencer Bobo, Jr., son of Francis Spencer Bobo, Sr. and Jane Wofford. He was born 1731Culpeper Co., VA; died October 20, 1817 Laurens Co., SC

Children of Judith Foster and Rev. Spencer Bobo
1.Spencer Bobo, Jr. born ca 1756 (reported to be in Laurens Co., SC, however this makes no sense – probably Albermarle Co., VA: died between 1824 and 1830 Gwinnett Co., GA; married Nancy Berry. She was born ca 1770; died after 1830
2. Absalom Bobo born March 13, 1765 Albermarle Co., VA; died December 1, 1846 Spartanburg Co., SC; married (1) August 1, 1790 Ann Muscoe. She died 1799 - 1802 (2) ca 1803 Mary “Polly” Bobo. She was born November 25, 1773; died March 10, 1857 SC
3. Tillman Bobo born March 13, 1766 VA; died February 23, 1844 Spartanburg Co., SC; married before 1802 Beulah Yarbrough. She was born February 1781 Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., SC; died November 10, 1840 Cross Keys, Union Co., SC
4. Judith Bobo born ca 1771 Orange Co., VA; married William Golding Foster. He was born ca 1769 Orange Co., CA
5. Levingston Bobo born; died October 1827; married Elizabeth
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4. Barbara Foster the fourth child and first daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster was born ca. 1691 either in Gloucester County before the family's removal to Essex County or after their settlement there. Regardless, she was the first daughter after three sons and was without doubt welcomed with glee by parents and older brothers. If she received any formal education it must have been meager. She married Richard Loving at a time estimated to be 1710 at the home of her parents in Essex County. Richard bought a piece of land there in Essex County close to the Fosters and settled in. Some time after 1727 they sold their plantation and removed to Amelia County near to Barbara's younger brother, Thomas and his family and her mother and husband, Robert Charlesworth.

Barbara Foster was born ca 1691 in Gloucester or Essex Co., VA; died after 1763 Amelia Co., VA; married ca 1710 Essex Co., VA Richard Loving. He was born ca 1790

Children of Barbara Foster and Richard Loving
1. Richard Loving born ca 1712 in Essex Co., VA; died ca 1767 Amelia Co., VA; married (wife unknown) in Amelia Co., VA
2. Adam Loving born ca 1714 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1767 Henry Co., VA; married Dorothy (surname unknown)
3. Daughter Loving born ca 1715 Essex Co., VA
4. Thomas Loving born ca 1718 Essex Co., VA
5. Daughter Loving born ca 1720 Essex Co., VA
6. John Loving born ca 1722 Essex Co., VA
7. James Loving born ca 1725 Essex Co., VA
8. Gabriel Loving born ca 1727 Essex Co., VA; died June 25, 1790 Wilkes Co., NC
9. William Loving born ca 1729 Caroline Co., VA; died ca 1798 Amelia Co., VA; married ca 1753 Unity Chapman (place unknown)
10. Moses Loving born 1731 Caroline Co., VA; died (unknown); married Mary (surname) (place unknown)

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5. Richard Foster was the fifth son and sixth child of Robert and Elizabeth Foster. He married Sarah (Fox?) ca 1733 (place unknown.) Little is known of the life of Richard other than he met and married Sarah and they made their home in Hanover County for a number of years before removing to the neighboring County of Louisa, settling in St. Martins Parish, near his cousins, Robert and James Foster. John and James Foster were sons of John Foster who was a brother to their grandfather, Robert Foster.

Richard Foster born ca 1693 Essex Co., VA; died 1783 Louisa Co., VA; married ca 1733 Sarah (Fox?). Sarah was born ca 1715; died before 1783 Louisa Co., VA

Children of Richard and Sarah Foster
1. William Foster born ca 1734 Hanover Co., VA
2. Edmond Foster born ca 1736 Hanover Co., VA
3. Thomas Foster born ca 1738 Hanover Co., VA
4. Samuel Foster born ca 1753 Hanover Co., VA
5. Elizabeth "Betsy" Foster born ca 1755 Hanover Co.,VA; died Jefferson Co.IL; marrie Joh Johsnon ca 1777, Louisa C0., VA
6. Richard Foster, Jr. born ca 1758 Hanover Co., VA; died (unknown); married ca 1779 Elizabeth Spencer
7. Benjamin Foster born ca 1760 Hanover Co.., VA
8. Nancy Foster b ca 1760 Hanover Co., VA
9. Rachel Foster born ca 1762 Hanover Co., VA
10. James Foster born ca 1764 Hanover Co., VA; died ca 1785 Jefferson ; married (1) ca 1769 a Mr. Taylor (2) ca 1775 John Co., IL; married Elizabeth ca 1799
11. Robert Foster born ca 1766 Hanover Co., VA; died 1851 Jefferson Co., IL

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6. William Foster was born ca 1698 in Essex County, Virginia. He is commonly referred to as “The Elder.” He married twice. The first wife is yet to be identified but is the mother of his first five children. His second wife was Ann Booker, daughter of Richard and Rachel Webb Booker (there are several reports that Ann’s mother was Rebecca Cobbes.) To William and Ann were born four children. All of the children were born in Amelia County, Virginia.

Like his brothers and sisters, William began his married life in Essex County. Later, William along with his sister, Barbara Loving and his brother, Thomas and their families, moved to Amelia County as early as 1736, when they began to be enumerated in the Amelia County tax list among the tithable inhabitants between Flat Creek and Deep Creek. In 1742 William patented 400 acres of land in Amelia County on the headwaters of Beaver Pond and branch of Flat Creek and then purchased an adjoining 353 acres of land from Irby Hudson. In 1746 he patented 13 acres in Lunenburg (Charlotte) County on the water of Spring Creek and Ash Camp Creek on Meherrin River in the same vacinity where his brother, George had settled in 1750.

William drew his will in 1763, which was probated in 1767; the year we assumed he died. In his will he listed his wife, Ann. He gave his sons William, James, and John the land on which they were living in Lunenburg County. This land was the 1340 acres that William patented in 1760. He more than likely purchased the land, in what would become Charlotte County, when his son, William came of age. As his other brothers, Thomas and James also came of age; they like William occupied a portion of the original patent. In his will, William also left to his sons, John, Richard, and Booker his plantation and land in Amelia County. When William’s will was drawn his two daughters were not married. Later, in 1764 Mary married John Mitchell. His daughter, Elizabeth, married Benjamin Hubbard in 1782, however she had borne a child, Achilles Foster, out of wedlock in 1759.

Ann Booker died in 1790 and willed a bequest to a daughter, Johannah Powell, who may have been a daughter of a first marriage.

William Foster born ca 1698 Essex Co., VA; died ca August 27, 1767 Amelia Co., VA; married (1) Unknown ca 1730 Virginia; dead before 1731 (2) Ann Booker ca 1748 Virginia. Ann was born ca 1726 in Virginia; died 1790 Amelia Co., VA

Children of William “The Elder” Foster and an Unknown wife
1.Thomas Foster born ca 1732 Amelia Co., VA; died ca 1799 Charlotte Co., VA; married ca 1754 Prudence Wortham; died before 1795
2.William Foster, Jr. born ca 1734 Amelia Co., VA; died ca 1830 Campbell Co., VA; married (1) ca 1777 Elizabeth League Campbell Co., VA (2) Phoebe. Elizabeth League was born ca 1757 Amelia Co., VA
3. Mary Foster born ca 1736 Amelia Co., VA; died after 1782 Charlotte Co., VA; married July 22, 1766 Amelia Co., VA John Mitchell. John was born 1734 Virginia son of James Mitchell; died after 1788 Charlotte Co., VA
4. James Foster born 1738 Amelia Co., VA; died 1821 Amelia Co., VA; married ca 1758 Edith
5. Elizabeth Foster born ca 1739 Amelia Co., VA died 1783 Amelia Co., VA; married May 2, 1764 Amelia Co., VA Benjamin Hubbard


Children of William “The Elder Foster and Ann Booker
6. John T. Foster born ca 1750 Amelia Co., VA; died ca 1821 Amelia Co., VA; married ca 1775 Frances (Barham?) Worsham Amelia Co., VA. She died after 1741 Amelia Co., VA
7. Richard Foster born ca 1752 Amelia Co., VA; died Prince Edward Co., VA; married (1) Judith Walker June 10, 1775 Amelia Co., VA (1) Obedience Green, March 13, 1793 Prince Edward Co., VA
8. Booker Foster born ca 1754 Amelia Co., VA; died 1827 Maury Co., TN; married Tabitha (Suzannah?); died after 1826


Will of Wm. Foster

Amelia Co., VA; Will Book 2, p. 215
Will dated 8 November 1764
Will Probated 27 August 1767

In the name of God, Amen. I, William Foster of the County of Amelia, being of sound and perfect mind and memory, Blessed by God, do this 8th day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1763, make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner following.

FIRST: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary, the use of my negro woman, Judy, and her increase, which she hereafter have from the time of my death until she, my daughter, shall have an heir lawfully begotten of her body, and when that happens, my will is that my said daughter, Mary, then have as absolute property in the said negro slave Judy, and her future increase, but if my said daughter should depart this life without having such heir, then my will and desire is that the said slave and her increase be delivered to my son, William, and that he have an absolute property in them.

Item, I give unto my son, John, and his heirs, a negro man named Charles
Item, I give unto my son, Booker, and his heirs, one negro boy named Peter
Item, It is my last will and desire that at the death of my wife, my two
Negroes, Nan and Sarah, and their increase, be delivered up to my son Richard, to whom I give the property of the slaves and increase, as aforesaid, to hold in him, my said son, Richard, and his heirs. Item, I give to my youngest sons, Booker and Richard, the two best feather
beds and furniture that shall belong to me at my death. Item, I give to my son, Richard, my copper kettle.
Item, It is my will that at the death or marriage of my wife, my household furniture and stock be divided in manner following: to wit. Two thirds part thereof to be delivered up and give to my son, William, and the other third to my son, Thomas.
Item, I give and devise and bequeath to my son, William, and his heirs forever, 400 acres of land lying in the County of Lunenburg, and is the same tract whereon he now settle.
Item, I give and devise and bequeath unto my son, Thomas and his heirs, forever, 400 acres of land lying in the County of Lunenburg, on the Southside of a tract of land I have give to my son, Thomas, by deed, and is adjoining the lands given to my son, William, above
Item, I give, devise and bequeath unto my three sons, John, Booker, and Richard and to their heirs forever, the tract of land on which I now live equally to be divided between them: Richard’s part to include the plantation and houses wherein I live, and John to have his choice of the other two parts, but I do not by this last desire that my wife shall be hindered from working the slaves I have given her upon any part of my tract of land I live on – on the contrary, I give to her and it is my desire that she have her choice of any part of the said tract, for the purpose aforesaid, during her widowhood.
Item, All the rest and residue of my estate, be it of what nature or kind soever, I give, devise and bequeath unto my sons, William and Thomas, in manner following: William to have two thirds and Thomas one third thereof.
Item, I constitute my three sons, William, Thomas, and James, Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year written above.

WILLIAM FOSTER (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the said William Foster to be his
last Will and Testament in the presence of us. Thomas G. Peachy, Elizabeth
Peachy, Rolf Eldridge.
Note: The land willed to his sons in Lunenburg County was cut off into
Charlotte County 1764-65.

William Foster deeds in Amelia Co., VA
John Hurt to Wm. Foster Bk 1 pp 456 – 1742
Irby Hudson to Wm. Foster Bk 2 pp 486 – 1743
Wm. Foster to Hector Gruly (Truly?) Bk 3 pp 177 – 1749
Wm. Foster to Thomas Foster Bk 5 pp 262 – 1755
George Foster to Wm. Foster Bk 6 pp 64 - 1756
Wm. Foster to Elizabeth Allen Bk 7 pp 248 – 1760
Lewis Vaughn to Wm. Foster Bk 7 pp 671 – 1762

Will of Wm. Foster Bk 2 pp 215 - 1763-67


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7. Anthony Foster was the youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster. He was born ca 1698 or before as he was witnessing a deed on December 1, 1719 when his brother, John Foster bought 100 acres of land in St. Anne’s Parish, Essex County from Wm. Stapp and Joshus Stapp for L 20 sterling. (Legal age was 21 years for witnessing.) Anthony was the youngest of seven brothers and two sisters and spent his entire youth on the farmlands of Essex County. He married Martha ca 1720 in Essex County. Martha is thought by many Foster researchers to be a Taliaferro. However, those Taliaferro family researchers with whom I have corresponded failed to find a Martha Taliaferro who married an Anthony Foster. However, they admit that there are Marthas of about the same age and location for which they have no husband. I will continue to use (Taliaferro?) until some documentation has been found.

> Anthony and Martha started their married life in Essex County and this is where the first two of their children were born. They moved from St. Anne’s Parish, Essex County after 1725 for on May 3rd of that year they recorded a purchase from Robert King of 100 acres of land in St. George Parish, Spotsylvania County on the south side of the Po River. It bordered land that his brother, John Foster had purchased from Robert King on December 12, 1721.

During the next several years Anthony accumulated considerable land having purchased 1657 acres of land in one transaction (he turned around and sold it back to the man from who he had originally purchased it) and 105 acres in another transaction in 1740, 331 acres in 1744, 135 acres in 1746 and on March 16, 1754 he purchased 550 acres all in St. George Parish. There is no indication that he lived on any of this acreage but remained on the original 100 acres he purchased in 1721.

Martha Foster died after 1740 and before 1761 as 1740 was the date of the birth of their last child and 1761 was the date of a deed transaction which list a Sarah as Anthony’s wife. In deed transactions in 1755 and 1759 there was no mention of a wife. So, it appears that Anthony remarried sometime between 1759 and 1761 and Martha died between 1740 and 1755. The Sarah was a Mrs. Sarah Sparks, widow of Zachary Sparks. Martha was the mother of all seven of Anthony’s children.

Anthony Foster born ca 1698 Essex Co., VA; died February 4, 1763 Spotsylvania Co., VA; married (1) Martha (Taliaferro?) ca 1720 Essex Co., VA (2) Mrs. Sarah Sparks ca 1760 Spotsylvania Co., VA.

Children of Anthony and Martha (Taliaferro?) Foster
1.Edmund Foster born ca 1721 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1748 Spotsylvania Co., VA; married Tabitha Collins ca 1740 Essex Co., VA. Tabitha was born ca 1720 the daughter of Joseph Collins and Susannah Lewis. She died 1806 in Elbert Co., GA
2. Thomas Foster born ca 1725 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1764 Spotsylvania Co., VA; married Dorothy Gatewood ca 1746 Spotsylvania Co., VA. Dorothy was born ca 1726 daughter of Henry Gatewood and Dorothy Dudley in Spotsylvania Co., VA. She died after 1784 Spotsylvania Co., VA
3. Elizabeth Foster born ca 1729 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died 1791 Spotsylvania Co., VA; married ca 1752 James Frazier Spotsylvania Co., VA. He was born ca 1730 the son of William and Frances Frazier. He died ca 1775 Spotsylvania Co., VA
4. Mary Foster born ca 1831 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died 1790 Jefferson Co., KY; married Thomas Bartlett ca 1755 Spotsylvania Co., VA. He was born March 31, 1733 Spotsylvania Co., VA the son of William Bartlett and Susannah Davis Bartlett. Thomas died about April 1817 Henry Co., KY
5.Martha Foster born ca 1734 Spotsylvania Co., VA; married ca 1758 Thomas Crutcher, III Spotsylvania Co., VA. He was born ca 1736 Caroline Co., VA to Thomas Crutcher, Jr. and Sarah Foster. Thomas died 1802 Nelson Co., KY. Sarah Foster was Martha’s aunt.
6. John Foster born ca 1739 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died 1776 Spotsylvania Co., VA; married Elizabeth Elley ca 1760 Spotsylvania Co., VA. She was born ca 1746 daughter of Henry and Ester Elley. She died after 1768.
7.Anthony Foster, Jr. born March 13, 1739 or 1740 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died November 3, 1816 Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY; married Virginia Rose Coleman January 29, 1760 Fairfax, Culpeper Co., VA. She was born December 20, 1742 Essex Co., VA daughter of Robert Coleman, III and Sarah Ann Saunders. She died August 5, 1816 Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY


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8. George Foster was born ca 1695 in Essex County where he grew to manhood obtaining what little education that was available. He was literate. He met and married Mary Singleton, daughter of Robert and Sarah Elizabeth Crow Singleton on November 29, 1722 in Lunenburg County. Mary inherited land in Essex County from her father and there George and Mary made their first home. They were living in Caroline County in 1734 in that part of Essex County that was cut off when Caroline County was established in 1727-28. George can be found associated with a variety of political activities in Caroline County until 1750. We know that George Foster bought land in Lunenburg County for on June 1, 1750 he received a grant of nine hundred and eighty-five acres "on both sides of Spring Creek Fork of Little Roanoke" adjoining land of Joseph Morton, Clement Reed, and a Mr. Womack. George and his family can also be found in Stafford/Prince William/Fairfax County before finally settling down in Charlotte County. On August 10, 1756 he received a grant of an additional four hundred acres in Lunenburg County, later Charlotte County on Cock's and Laton's Creek. It was there on February 17, 1789 that George made his will and it was in that year that he died as his will was probated on June 1, 1789. Mary Singleton Foster died prior to George's death estimated to be about 1780 in Charlotte County.

George Foster was born ca 1695 in Essex Co., VA; died 1789 Charlotte Co., VA; married November 29, 1722 Lunenburg Co., VA Mary Singleton. Mary was born ca 1796 Gloucester Co., VA the daughter of Robert Singleton and Sarah (Elizabeth) Crow

Children of George and Mary Singleton Foster
1. Robert Foster born ca 1725 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1755; married Charity
2. George Foster, Jr. born ca 1727 Essex Co., VA; died September 1762 Lunenburg Co., VA; married Mary Low
3. Elizabeth Foster born ca 1730 Caroline Co., VA; died (unknown); married Richard Dabbs
4. William Foster born ca 1733 Caroline Co.., VA died ca 1821 Charlotte Co., VA; married Elizabeth Whitlock
5. Josiah Foster, Sr. born ca 1735 Caroline Co., VA; died 1817 Charlotte Co., VA; married Elizabeth Johnson November 29, 1762 Lunenburg Co., VA
6. John "Uncle Long" Foster born ca 1737 Caroline Co., VA d 1787 Greenville Co., SC; married ca 1764 Eleanor Collins Craven Co., SC
7. Hannah Foster born ca 1737 Amelia Co., VA; died after 1770; married Frederick Nance
8. James Foster born ca 1741 Amelia Co., VA; died ca 1771 Charlotte Co., VA; married Susanna Wells July 14, 1763



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9. Thomas was the seventh child of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster. He was born ca 1696 in Essex County not too long after the family made their move from Gloucester County. There he grew to manhood. He married Elizabeth. She was probably a Meador as there were families of Meadors in Essex County that he would have known and this, coupled with the fact the had a son Alexius Meador, makes the assumption tempting. The marriage date is unknown.

Thomas and Elizabeth, we assume started their life together in Essex County, that part which would become Caroline County, as it was there that their first four children were born. They moved from Caroline County to Amelia County in 1737 for in that year (June 10, 1737) Thomas Foster received a royal land grant of 350 acres of land on Stock Creek in what is now the northwest corner of Amelia County south of the Appomattox River.

After their move from Amelia County, they built their plantation house, their outbuildings, cleared their land and planted their orchards. They must have considered this their permanent home; all was well except the absence of family around them. It seems likely that Thomas and Elizabeth were anxious to share this new country with their families. One can only assume that Thomas wrote to his sister, Barbara Loving and urge her and her young family to leave Essex County and join them; this they did. In 1739 Thomas Foster sold to Richard and Barbara Loving 150 acres of the 350 he patented in 1737. The land was part of a tract on the upper side of Stock Creek. Again, we must assume that Thomas wrote his mother, who as we know had remarried after his father died. She and her husband Robert Charlesworth also moved from Essex to Amelia County where they built their home adjacent to Thomas Foster. In 1741 "for reason of the dutiful regard he hath for his mother, the said Elizabeth Charlesworth …." He deeded "one part of land (50 acres)….." "it being the land on which the said Robert Charlesworth now liveth." The fifty acres was part of the 350 acres patented by Thomas Foster. Here is additional proof that Robert Foster, Sr. was only married once - to Elizabeth Garnett. Thomas calls Elizabeth Garnett Foster Charlesworth, his mother.

Robert Charlesworth died in Amelia County prior to June 22, 1745 when the administration of his estate was awarded to Edward Booker. Elizabeth Foster Charlesworth probably predeceased her husband sometime between 1742 and 1745 and was buried there in Amelia County.

After the death of his mother and stepfather Thomas Foster started preparations for a move to Spotsylvania County. From deed records we know that Thomas and his underage children were in Spotsylvania County as early as 1745 for in that year he bought land there. From the time he moved to Spotsylvania he became known as Thomas Foster, surgeon. Sometime prior to his move to Spotsylvania County it is likely he received training as a physician; where we do not know. We do know that it did not require extensive education to become a physician and his training was probably through apprenticeship. It is possible that all of his life he wanted to become a physician. As his children were becoming of age Thomas might have deeded them most of his land and took up his life's ambition.

Regardless, Thomas Foster practiced medicine in Spotsylvania County for a decade before returning to the Appomattox River area, this time to Cumberland County just north of Amelia County where he continued his practice of medicine.

He later moved to the coastal area of South Carolina where he practiced medicine until his died in 1769. He died in St. James Sanstee Parish, Cravin County, South Carolina. His son, Alexis Meador Foster was executor of his estate.

Prior to his removal to South Carolina, Thomas Foster's son Alexis Meador received training as a surveyor and subsequently moved to South Carolina. Alexius Meador Foster patented much of the land in the proximity of Spartanburg and Union Districts where he was heavily involved in surveying land grants.

Dr. Foster's first wife, Elizabeth probably died prior to his removal to South Carolina and is apparently the Thomas Foster who married on August 25, 1761 to Caroline Rogers of Prince Edward County, Virginia, where we presume he was practicing medicine. Thomas Foster born ca 1696 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1689 Craven Co., SC; married (1) Elizabeth (Meador?) ca 1718 Essex Co., VA (2) Caroline Rogers August 26, 1861.

Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Meador Foster
1.Thomas Foster, Jr. born ca 1718 Essex (Caroline) Co., VA; died March 11, 1786 Rawley Parish, Amelia Co., VA; married ca 1838 Lucy Clements
2.George Foster born ca 1720 Essex (Caroline) Co., VA; died ca 1788 Amelia Co., VA; married Susannah Pollard ca 1738 Amelia Co., VA
3. William Foster born ca 1722 Essex (Caroline) Co., VA; died (unknown date/place); married (Martha?) Fowlkes
4. John Foster born ca 1724 in Essex (Caroline) Co., VA
5. James Foster born ca 1726 in Caroline Co., VA
6. Jane Foster born ca 1730 Caroline Co., VA
7. Richard Foster born ca 1731 Caroline Co., VA
8. Alexius Meador born ca 1742 Amelia Co., VA Co., VA; married Ann Glen

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10. Margaret Foster was the eighth child and second daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster. She was born between 1697 and 1702 in Essex County, Virginia. Little is known of the life of this daughter. It has been reported that she died young, about 1716 while there are other reports that she may have married a Samuel Hamm of Spotsylvania County. More research is needed on Margaret’s life.

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11. Elizabeth Foster was the third daughter and eleventh child of Robert and Elizabeth Garnett Foster. She was born in Essex County and was but a young girl when her father died. It was by her mother and stepfather that she was raised to young womanhood. It is estimated that she married William Golding in 1728. William Golding was the son of John Golding and Mrs. Cassandra Wood and resided in Caroline County. In was in that part of Essex County that became Caroline County that William and Elizabeth spent their early years. By 1741 William Golding and his family had moved up the Mattaponi River to the northwest, toward the frontier land which had been opened in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Orange County. Their land was near that of John Foster, Elizabeth’s older brother. They apparently lived in Orange County from around 1741 to ca 1746 near the Orange County courthouse and from ca 1746 to 1771 near the Blue Ridge Mountains in what is now Greene County prior to their departure to the Ninety Six District in the frontier land of the upland of South Carolina, later that year.
On April 25, 1771 William and Elizabeth Foster Golding sold their 150 acres of land in Orange County (now Greene County) to Francis Kirtley, loaded up their belongings and started their long journey south. On September 3, 1771 William applied in Charleston, South Carolina for a 250- acre land grant in Berkeley, now Newberry, on the branch of Little River called Sandy Run. On September 29, 1771 William applied for an additional land grant of 300 acres, which is described as being in Craven (now Newberry) County on the water of Long Lick Creek.
William Golding signed his last will and testament on September 4, 1777. Since there is no mention of Elizabeth, one assumes that she died in South Carolina sometime between the sale of their home in Virginia in 1771 and the writing of her husband’s will in September 1777.

Elizabeth Foster born ca 1703 Essex Co., VA; died before 1777
Ninety Six District, SC; married William Golding about 1728 Caroline (Essex) Co., SC. William was born ca 1704 Essex Co., VA, son of John and Mrs. Cassandra Woods Golding; died after September 23, 1777 Ninety Six District, SC

Children of Elizabeth Foster and William Golding
1. William Golding, Jr. born ca 1730 Caroline Co., VA; died ca 1812 Orange Co., VA; married Sarah Bell ca 1754 Orange Co., VA. Sarah was born ca 1735 Orange Co., VA; died 1809
2.Elizabeth Golding born ca 1732 Caroline Co., VA; died March 26, 1802 Newberry District, SC; married Isaac Tinsley ca 1755 Orange Co., VA. He was born ca 1736 son of Isaac Tinsley and Margaret Rucker. He died ca 1782 Laurens Co., SC
3.Mildred Golding born ca 1734 Caroline Co., VA; died after 1797; married (1) ca 1760 William Crosthwaite Orange Co., VA (2) (John Griffin?) ca 1772 Ninety Six District, SC. John Crosthwaite was born ca 1830 Spotsylvania Co., VA; died ca 1771 Newberry District, SC (2) John (Griffin?) ca 1772; died ca 1797 Newberry District, SC
4. John Golding born ca 1736 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1815 Laurens Co., SC; married Margaret (surname unknown) ca 1769 in Orange Co., VA. She died ca. 1820 Laurens Co., SC
5. Sarah Golding b ca 1740 Orange Co., VA; died 1812 Spartanburg, SC; married ca 1765 Anthony Foster Orange Co., SC. He was born ca 1727 Spartanburg Co., VA the son of John and Isabella Golding Foster; died April 9, 1912 Spartanburg Co., VA.
6. Reuben Golding born ca 1742 Orange Co., VA; died April 4, 1835 Laurens Co., SC; married ca 1779 Ninety Six District, SC Margaret “Peggy” Griffin, daughter of Richard and Nancy Ann Clark Griffin. She was born April 25, 1761 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1737 Laurens Co., SC
7. Richard Golding born ca 1744 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1788 Pendleton District, SC; married Sussana Wilmouth; died ca 1837 Anderson Co., VA
8. Anthony Foster born ca 1746 Orange Co., VA; died 1801 Laurens Co., SC; married (1) Mary Mcgill ca 1773 Laurens Co., SC; died ca 1779 Ninety Six District, SC (2) Isabella Reid ca 1781 Ninety Six District, SC, daughter of John and Elizabeth Reid. She was born ca 1759 Antrim, Ireland; died 1822 Laurens Co., SC
9.Mary Golding born ca 1748 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1837 Laurens Co., SC; married Laughtin Leonard ca 1768 Orange Co., VA. He was born ca 1745 Orange Co., VA; died ca 1781 Ninety Six District, SC
10.Robert Golding born ca 1750 Essex Co., VA; died ca 1828 Newberry District, SC; married Sarah Estes ca 1767 Orange Co., VA. She died before 1800 Newberry District, SC

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