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James Foster

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Birthplace: Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Died in Poland, Mahoning, Ohio, USA
Place of Burial: Poland Riverside Cemetery, Poland, Mahoning County, Ohio, United States
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Son of Alexander Foster and Mary Polly Foster
Husband of Ann Foster and Phoebe Foster
Father of James Barclay Foster; Ann Boyd Foster; William Barclay Foster; Alexander Foster; Sallie Foster and 3 others
Brother of Violet Scott; William B. Foster, Rev.; Susanna Walker; John Alexander Foster; Elizabeth Kneely and 4 others

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About James Foster

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor # A041613

Served in the Revolutionary War.James enlisted 17 May 1775 and served as a private in the Liberty Company of the Londonderry Volunteers. He also served as a private in the Tenth Pennsylvania Regiment 1777-1781. He also spent time in a Virginia regiment and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

About 1782, James Foster moved his family to Washington County , Pennsylvania and became a pillar in this new community. He was one of the original trustees of the Canonsburg Academy, founded in 1791 with Dr. John McMillan as president, which later developed into Washington and Jefferson College and is now located in Washington, Pennsylvania.


It is James & Ann Foster who are the grandparents of Stephen Collin Foster (1826-1864), the composer of many American standard folk songs. Among others he wrote "Oh Susannah" in 1848 and "Old Folks at Home" in 1851. Stephen Foster died in New York City and is buried in Pennsylvania .

James Foster was one of the original elders of Chartiers Presbyterian Church, which now stands about two miles east of Canonsburg , Pennsylvania .

In 1797 after the death of his first wife, James married Phoebe Baldwin Dodd, the widow of Reverend Thaddeus Dodd of Washington County . She was the daughter of Caleb Baldwin.

On April 7, 1814 at the age of 76, James Foster died and was buried in the new Poland Cemetery , Poland , Ohio . He is buried in the family plot of the Struthers family. The last years of his life were spent with his daughter Mary who had married John Struthers.

http://www.lynnwright.com/AlexanderFoster.htm -------------------- JAMES FOSTER


James, the oldest son of Alexander and Mary Foster was born in Little Britain Township, Lancaster County , Pennsylvania on April 6, 1738 . In 1766 he married Ann Barclay of Lancaster County , a daughter or granddaughter of William Barclay. (According to another story, Ann was the daughter of Hugh Barclay (or Barkley) and Hannah Kirkpatrick.)


Shortly after their marriage James and Ann Foster, in company with members of the Barclay family and other families, moved to Berkeley County, Virginia (now in the state of West Virginia), bordering on the Potomac River, facing Washington County, Maryland and only a few miles from the Pennsylvania line.


According to the records, James Foster served as a private in the Revolutionary War in the Liberty Company of the Londonderry Volunteers. He enlisted on May 17, 1775 under Captain James Cook. He is listed as a private in Captain Samuel Hays' Company, Tenth Pennsylvania Regiment from 1777 to 1781 and received depreciation pay to January 1, 1781 . It has also been stated that he served in a Virginia regiment commanded by Colonel William Davies and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown .


About 1782, James Foster moved his family to Washington County , Pennsylvania and became a pillar in this new community. He was one of the original trustees of the Canonsburg Academy, founded in 1791 with Dr. John McMillan as president, which later developed into Washington and Jefferson College and is now located in Washington, Pennsylvania.


It is James & Ann Foster who are the grandparents of Stephen Collin Foster (1826-1864), the composer of many American standard folk songs. Among others he wrote "Oh Susannah" in 1848 and "Old Folks at Home" in 1851. Stephen Foster died in New York City and is buried in Pennsylvania .


James Foster was one of the original elders of Chartiers Presbyterian Church, which now stands about two miles east of Canonsburg , Pennsylvania .


In 1797 after the death of his first wife, James married Phoebe Baldwin Dodd, the widow of Reverend Thaddeus Dodd of Washington County . She was the daughter of Caleb Baldwin.


On April 7, 1814 at the age of 76, James Foster died and was buried in the new Poland Cemetery , Poland , Ohio . He is buried in the family plot of the Struthers family. The last years of his life were spent with his daughter Mary who had married John Struthers.


The slab that covers his grave has the following inscription.


IN MEMORY OF JAMES FOSTER

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE

7 APRIL 1814 AGED 76 YEARS AND 1 DAY


"This spot contains the ashes of the just, who sought no honour and betrayed no trust. His worth he proved in every path he trod; an honest man in the noblest work of God"

Birth: Apr. 6, 1738 Little Britain Lancaster County Pennsylvania, USA Death: Apr. 7, 1814 Poland Mahoning County Ohio, USA

Son of Alexander & Mary Polly Connors, James Foster served as a private in the Revolutionary War in the Liberty Company of the Londonderry Volunteers. He enlisted on May 17, 1775 under Captain James Cook. He is listed as a private in Captain Samuel Hays' Company, Tenth Pennsylvania Regiment from 1777 to 1781. He was one of the original trustees of the Canonsburg Academy, founded in 1791 which later developed into Washington and Jefferson College and is now located in Washington, Pennsylvania. James & Ann Barclay Foster are the grandparents of Stephen Collin Foster (1826-1864), the composer of many American standard folk songs.


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Children:
 Mary Foster Struthers (1767 - 1819)*
 William Barclay Foster (1779 - 1855)*
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Burial: Poland Riverside Cemetery Poland Mahoning County Ohio, USA

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James Foster's Timeline

1738
April 6, 1738
Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
1764
1764
Age 25
Pennsylvania
1769
1769
Age 30
1774
1774
Age 35
1775
1775
Age 36
1779
September 7, 1779
Age 41
BERKLEY Co., VA, USA
1814
April 7, 1814
Age 76
Poland, Mahoning, Ohio, USA
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