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From: R L Foster <>
Subject: Re: [TNGILES] Henry Foster, Nottoway, VA>Barren, KY>Giles, TN>Searcy,AR.
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 22:26:27 -0500
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Hi Greg,

I have this family a bit differently. I got some of this from John Lee
Fults' book 'The Chafiins' and the rest from court documents and censuses
and other researchers. I may be wrong on some points. I am not wedded to any
of these conclusions. Correct me if I'm wrong.

George Foster m. Mary Clementine Singleton in 1722. Died 1789 Charlotte Co.,

Their son George Foster m. Mary Watts. Exact marriage place unproven. George
died 1762 in Lunenburg Co., VA.


John Richard Foster m. 1. Hannah Page 2. Phoebe Hatchett. Died in Maury Co.,

Josiah Foster m. Judith Wilkes. Their son George Watts Foster m. Elizabeth
Bass Hatchett. Died Franklin Co., TN.

Sarah Foster m. John Tankersley. I have no children for them.

Frances Ann Foster m. James Haney. Moved to Union Co., SC. Many of their
children go to Yell Co., AR.

I have looked hard at this family, but haven't found a connection. Dr. Billy
Foster and Michael Motes have George Foster's wife as Mary/Sarah Lay or Low
and their marriage in Prince William Co., VA. I looked for proof of this
marriage, but couldn't find it. I contacted them for their sources, but have
received no reply. Since I haven't come across any direct confirmation for
this marriage myself, I have to assume there's a Lay or Low will someplace
that I haven't seen that names her as a Foster. I looked in the Prince
William records, but came up empty. I'm assuming they wouldn't make this up
out of thin air. The same is true of Fults. I contacted him and he assured
me he's seen proof in the Lunenburg Co. records. Again, I couldn't find it

I welcome anything you can add.


On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 8:28 PM, Greg and Ginger Keeling <
> wrote:

> Bob,
> Are you familiar with the George Foster, Sr., who married Mary
> Singleton? I have in their line that they had a son, Josiah Foster, who
> married Mary Watts. They named a son George Watts Foster. He died 10
> Jul., 1866, and is buried in Hatchett Cemetery, in Franklin Co., TN. If
> any of this is of interest to you, I'll be glad to see what else I have.
> Greg
> On 2/19/2011 2:12 PM, R L Foster wrote:
> > This a rather long message, so please bear with me. Trust me, there's a
> > Giles Co. connection in here.
> >
> > I am a great-great-grandson of the Joseph Foster from Searcy Co., AR who
> > married Martha Ann Baugh in Denton Co., Texas and moved to McIntosh Co.
> in
> > the 1890s. My grandfather was Jackson Foster who married Atha Pearl
> Fielden
> > in McIntosh Co. in 1927. They both died in California.
> >
> > I have spent much time and effort over the last decade in an attempt to
> nail
> > down Joseph Foster's ancestry. There have been many false starts, bad
> leads
> > and dead ends.
> >
> > This is what I now have.
> >
> > Joseph Foster first shows up on the 1850 Searcy Co., Arkansas in the
> > household of Henry Forrester (this should be Foster), as a two year old
> > child. Henry is from Giles Co., TN. He is 59 in 1850 and his 'wife' is a
> > much younger woman named Nancy who was about 29 years old. I have
> identified
> > her as Nancy Holman from Tennessee (Lincoln Co.?) Henry Foster was born
> > about 1790 in Nottoway Co., Virginia and eventually came to Giles Co.,
> > Tennessee by way of Barren and Allen Co., Kentucky. He apparently
> traveled
> > to TN with numerous relatives, including brothers, uncles and cousins. He
> > married his first wife Susannah Vaughan in old Barren Co. It's been
> almost
> > impossible to sort out all of his children by that marriage. I can't
> > differentiate his children from those of an older William Foster (wife
> > Doshea, Dotia, Dosha?), his brother David or cousins Abner and Drury, or
> the
> > sons of John Foster and Lucy Smith, or those of Joel Foster and Edy Amos
> > etc.. There are doubtless others in the mix.
> >
> > Now, fast forward to Arkansas. I have been in contact with distant Foster
> > relatives still living in Arkansas who say that Nancy Holman was first
> > married to a man named John Foster. He is thought to have died in the
> 1840s.
> > Then Nancy apparently remarried Henry Foster. He was murdered about 1857
> > while working his fields and had his mule stolen. Nancy, a poor widow
> with
> > many young children, moved to Madison Co., Arkansas, possibly to be near
> > relatives. A man I take to be her aged father William Holman and her
> sister
> > Lurana Hall (wife of Thomas Hall from NC) were living there at the time.
> > Nancy can be found on the 1860, 1870, 1880 AR censuses. My ancestor
> Joseph
> > Foster, then about 11, was bound out in Madison Co. to David Garrett as
> an
> > apprentice to learn the carpentry trade. He's on the 1860 census. By 1870
> > he's gone to Texas. Living a couple of houses away from him on the 1870
> > Denton Co. census is an Enoch Pearson Holman, b. 1821, who I think may be
> > Nancy's brother. Interestingly, the family of Richard Booker Foster from
> > Mecklenburg Co., VA and then Giles Co., also shows up in Denton Co. a bit
> > later.
> >
> > Despite searching high and low, I have not been able to determine exactly
> > who this first John Foster in Arkansas may have been. Was he Henry's son?
> Or
> > was he a nephew? And, did Nancy actually remarry Henry, or did he just
> take
> > her into his household after John's death? Were John Foster and Nancy
> Holman
> > actually living in Tennessee? Later census records are confusing. Joseph
> > Foster lists his birthplace variously as Mississippi, Tennessee and
> > Arkansas. Since the Searcy Co. records were lost in a fire it's
> impossible
> > to know. I cannot locate a John Foster of the right age in Arkansas,
> > Tennessee or Mississippi prior to 1850. And if Henry is Nancy's second
> > husband, which children are his and which are John's?
> >
> > Frustrated by this seemingly insoluble mystery, I finally decided to take
> a
> > 37 marker yDNA test to see if this would answer any questions. To my
> > surprise, the results showed that I was not related to any known Foster
> > family at all. I am a near perfect genetic match to a Watts family that
> was
> > in Searcy Co. by 1850 and has long roots stretching back to colonial VA,
> MD
> > and back to Cumberland Co., England.
> >
> > So, I replaced one mystery with another. How did this Watts DNA get into
> the
> > my Foster bloodline? Did someone (the young widow Nancy?) have an affair
> > along the way? Or, is there more to the story than that? An interesting
> note
> > about my genetic results is that I have a small mutation on one of the
> > markers that differentiates me from the Watts family in Searcy Co. (this
> > family has branches that can be found in Hickman Co., TN, Tishomingo CO.,
> > MS, and Pittsylvania Co., VA). This difference could mean a number of
> > things. My Watts DNA could have come in at an earlier point than 1800. Or
> my
> > Watts ancestor is a cousin of the Searcy Co., Watts, but removed by one
> or
> > two steps.
> >
> > Here are some points where my Fosters and this Watts family may have
> > intersected.
> >
> > 1. Giles Co., TN. There is a Lewis Watts living very near Henry Foster on
> > the 1840 census. He's still there in 1850, 1860, 1870. Who was he? He was
> > born in VA about 1796. I've read that he was in Mississippi in the 1820s
> > where he married his first wife, Mary Ringrose. He was childless by this
> > marriage. When his first wife dies, he remarried Rhoda Jones and starts
> > having kids like gangbusters even though he's well into is 60s. But,
> there's
> > no John Foster nearby him there that I can find.
> >
> > 2.. Pittsylvania Co., VA. Some Amelia/Nottoway Co. Fosters (Abner, et
> al.)
> > and a Richard Watts, possibly from Maryland or northern VA, were there at
> > the same time.
> >
> > 3. Tishomingo Co., MS. Josiah Watts from Hickman Co. and some relatives
> of
> > Henry Foster were there between 1840-1850.
> >
> > So, there you have it. If at all possible, I'd love to have another
> Foster
> > male from the Henry Foster line take a DNA test. (Sorry gals, it would
> have
> > to a male, father or brother.) It's only a cheek swab and just takes a
> > minute. If cost is an issue, contact me privately and perhaps we can work
> > something out.
> >
> > Bob Foster
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