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From: "Nena Smothers" <>
Subject: [TEXAS] Fosters - Georgetown
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 21:10:17 -0800

HI, I am trying to locate anyone researching Georgetown Foster's or might be
related or a living descendant of them.

In particular: here is the line of descent I am searching

William Smeathers b 1765-67 NC/Tn d Aug 13 1837 Columbia TX
+ Mary Winters abt 1988 TN b 1769 Tn d by 1810 prob KY/IN
Archibald Jacob Smeathers b 1795 Tennessee d Mar 16 1864 Burleson Co Tx
+ Margaret Goodman Jul 22 1824 Daviess Co Ky b ? In d by 1826 In
ONLY child:
Mary Jane Smeathers b Sep 1825 Ind d 1913 Swisher Co Tulia Tx
probably at home of her oldest son, Joseph H Foster
+ Alexander Hamilton Foster Nov 13 1842 Dubois Co Ind b 1816 KY d abt
1895 census Tx

Vol. 1, Swisher County Death Records Clerk's No: 192 Date of Record: July
10, 1913
Mary Jane Foster White Female Widowed 87 years 10 months 26 days Born Dubois
County, Indiana
Date of death: Sept. 11, 1825 Citizen Date of death: July 7, 1913 Place of
death: Tulia, Swisher Co. TX Residence: Tulia Father: Archibold Smeathis
Mother: Mary Goodman, born Indiana Cause of death: Senility
C. W. McFarling, M. D., Tulia, TX J. J. Sigler, Undertaker, Tulia, TX

Joe Foster was their first son
son Joseph Foster boys had grey eyes and black hair according to their WWI
Draft cards.

[this part here is what I am trying to see if I can find desc of this gal.
She md a CLARK. I wish I had more info
but its all I have and I've looked a long time]
**Believe the 2nd dau to be a daughter md a Clarke of Williamson Co
Georgetown, Tx.**

Mary Jane came to Texas at the age of 26 in 1853 to be with her father,
In a letter she wrote 2-27-1910 to her Uncle John Bate Smeathers Sr, her
father's brother, she says she found
her dad in Burleson County, Caldwell, Tx at her Uncle John Berry's and he
had come up from Colorado Co Columbus, Tx where he had been living on land
he owned.
She states he had a League of Land in Austin Co. She says she is 84 old when
writing this letter and she even
says she is old. She speaks of her grandfather William Smeathers coming to
the Austin Colony 15 years before
she was born. She mentions her father came but when she was 5 years old
which would be abt 1831.
She says her mother Goodman died when she was 13 months old and Goodmans of
Indiana raised her.
All she knows is from her father and Uncle John Berry who married a daughter
of her grandfather, assuming
she refers to Betsy Smeathers.
She mentions that her grandfather had land near Colorado Co Columbus, Tx.
and it was left to Jack and Batie Berry, which most likely is John Berry's
son Andrew Jackson Berry and bro John Bate Berry.
In Mary Jane's grandfather, William Smeathers will, he does leave this land
to Andrew Jackson and John Bate
Berry & their father, John Berry.
But why is she living so far from her family we cant figure out, except her
husband Alexander Foster had died
and left her a widow. She speaks she does not walk well and this might have
instigated her son Joe to have her
live with him in Lockney where he was working at a publishing company, then
they must have moved to
Swisher as she died 1913 in Swisher Co, as I found her death certificate but
not where she got buried.
Her father Archibald Smeathers died March 1864 Burleson Co Caldwell, Tx.
Prob Alexander died by 1895 or she would not have said in her 1910 letter
she had lived with her
son Joe Foster for 15yrs.

1850 Illinois, Minard co., Pg 280 Family #197
A H Foster 34 Ky
M J 25 Ia IN
W L 6 Ill William
S H 4 Ill Stephen
I E Ill (Male) prob died young Joseph not born yet b 1854
I've come to the conclusion this enumerator must have used IA for Indiana.
This is all I've found.

1860 Texas, Burleson Co., Pg 138-A Family # 410.....
A H Foster 42 Ky
M J Foster 34 Ind.
William 15 Ind.
Stephen 14 Ill
Joseph 4 Tex.
Bennette 2 Tex.

1870 Burleson Co Tx census
Foster, Alexander H 54 Preacher Ky
Mary J 45 Khouse Ind
Joseph H 15 at sch Tx
Brunett A 'Nettie' J 12 " "
Mary E 8 " "
Naomi 'Nannie' 6 " "
Alexander 4 " "
Robert J 2 " "
>Wm age 25y & Stephen 24y missing
Joseph H Foster sr would been b 1855, couple yrs after they got to Tx. He is
the son Mary Jane lived with in
Tulia Tx aft her husband Alexander died.
I know Mary Jane & Alexander had 8 kids.....Alexander was a Preacher.

Alexander H. FOSTER Self M M W 63 KY Occ: Farmer Fa: NC Mo: NC dob 1817
Mary J. FOSTER Wife F M W 54 IN d 1913 Swisher Co Tx Occ: KHouse Fa:OH Mo:KY
dob 1826
Joseph H. FOSTER Son M W 24 TX dob 1856 d 1936 Deaf Smith Co Tx Occ: School
Teacher Fa: KY Mo: IN [newspaper publisher in Swisher Co]
Nettie J. FOSTER Dau F S W 22 TX -dob 1854 Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: IN
Mary E. FOSTER Dau F S W 19 TX -dob 1861 Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: IN 19y
Naomi FOSTER Dau F S W 16 TX -dob 1864 Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: IN 16y
Alexander FOSTER Son M W 14 TX -dob 1866 Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: IN 14y
Robert J. FOSTER Son M S W 11 TX -dob 1869 Occ: At Sch Fa: KY Mo: IN 12y
Source: FHL Film 1255319 National Archives Film T9-1319 Pg 259B

I loose track of Mary in 1900 -cant find where she was
wonder what happened to 4 kids ages 19-12y and where were they w/mother in

Joe H Foster Justice Precinct 1, Llano, Texas abt 1856 Texas White Head
widow Aug 1855 Newspaper Printer
Lowrey Foster Justice Precinct 1, Llano, Texas abt 1886 Texas White Son Feb
Leonard Foster Justice Precinct 1, Llano, Texas abt 1888 Texas White Son Apr
Archie Foster Justice Precinct 1, Llano, Texas abt 1890 Texas White Son May
Leona Foster Justice Precinct 1, Llano, Texas abt 1892 Texas White Daughter
Apr 1892

1910 Floyd County Texas Census
FOSTER, JOSEPH H. Head M W 54 Wd Tx TN IN - Son to Mary Jane
Leonard Son M W 22 S Tx Tx Tx
Archie A. Son M W 19 S Tx Tx Tx
Leona L. Dau F W 17 S Tx Tx Tx
Mary J. Moth F W 84 Wd IN VA VA listed 8 children 4
living ** she reappears
4 living kids 1910 are> Joseph H, Brunetta ?,

by 1920 Mary Jane is dead as well as Joseph's wife was dead by 1910 and
Joseph H is living with a son now

Archie A Foster Hereford, Deaf Smith, Texas abt 1891 Texas White Head
Maida D Foster Hereford, Deaf Smith, Texas abt 1892 Texas White Wife
Earle M Foster Hereford, Deaf Smith, Texas abt 1913 Texas White Daughter
Ardelle Foster Hereford, Deaf Smith, Texas abt 1915 Texas White Daughter
Leonard H Foster Hereford, Deaf Smith, Texas abt 1889 Texas White Brother
Joseph H Foster Hereford, Deaf Smith, Texas abt 1856 Texas White Father
geologist **

William L Foster Georgetown, Williamson, TX abt 1886 Texas Head Printer
Grace P Foster Georgetown, Williamson, TX abt 1890 Texas Wife
Grace H Foster Georgetown, Williamson, TX abt 1913 Texas Daughter
Joseph H Foster Georgetown, Williamson, TX abt 1856 Texas Father Inventor

Children of Alexander Foster and Mary Smeathers are:
1William2 Foster, born 1844 in Indiana; died Bef. 1870.
2Stephen Foster, born 1846 in Illinois; died Bef. 1870.
3Joseph H. Foster, born Aug 1855 in Texas; died 10 Jan 1936 Williamson
Co/Deaf Smith Co Texas.
+ Caroline Alford lived Georgetown TX
4Brunetta J. Foster, born 1858 in Texas. maybe md GW Foster ??
Williamson Co. Foster marriages
FOSTER, G. W. married FOSTER, Burnetty J 22 Nov 1882, Bk 5, #579

5Mary E. Foster, born 1862 in Texas. md a Clarke of Williamson ??
6Naomi Foster, born 1864 in Texas. can not locate
7Alexander Foster, born 1866 in Texas. """"
8Robert J. Foster, born 1868 in Texas. """""

3rd child Alexander Foster & Mary Smeathers
iii. Joseph H Foster b 1854 TX d Jan 10 1936 Deaf Smith Co TX
+Caroline Callie Ruth Alford Holley Oct 9 1884 Williamson Co TX b ABT
1862 Burleson Co TX decd by 1900
Joseph H Foster son of Mary married 09 Oct 1884 to Caroline Ruth Alford
information I found about them was in a Williamson Co., TX, History book
which told where he worked in the newspaper business. From that I assumed
Callie had died while they lived at Tulia, Swisher Co., TX, but from this
1900 census, she died before 1900.

Joseph's lst child
1st child Joseph Foster & Caroline Alford
i. William Lowrey3 Foster b 9 Feb 1886 Tx d Jan 1978 Williamson Co Tx
+ Grace Pearl Harris Apr 8 1908 Williamson Co Texas b 2 Jul 1889 Tx d
May 1978 Williamson Co Tx. Dau/o Charles M Harris & Cordelia returned to
work on Williamson County Sun under Capt. F. T. Roche while attending
Southwestern University Prep School
Religion: served as elder in Church of Christ BET 1920 AND 1977 Georgetown,
Williamson Co., TX
Note: owned Williamson County Sun with partners George Keahey, Howard
Harrison Sr., and Dr. John R. Allen Joseph Foster son Lowrey Foster was in
Williamson and stayed there as far as I can track them until 1930.

Now-I've tried to find esp living desc because we have some unID's old
photos we believe to be of the Foster's and our Smothers. I'd love to find
some folks to help ID them and share, thanks, Nena

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