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Martha Foster (Tomkins)

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Daughter of Ralph Tompkins, of Salem & Bridgewater and Hannah Tompkins
Wife of Thomas Henrye Foster and Corporal John Foster
Mother of Hannah Foster; Jonathan Foster; Benjamin Foster; Jonathan Foster; Elizabeth Foster and 3 others
Half sister of John Tompkins, of Salem ; Samuel Tompkins; Elizabeth Taylor and Mary (Marie) Foster

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About Martha Foster

7. MARTHA TOMPKINS (RALPH) was born about 1636. She deposed 1670 ae about 34 but she was probably older.31 Martha Tompkins may have married Richard Adams after the death of her husband John Foster A deed dated 16 Nov. 1688 conveyed land to Martha, relict of John Foster, deceased, my intended wife. Richard’s whole estate to go to Martha provided she has issue with him, if not estate to her children 32

Martha Foster, among others, was presented to the church for the purpose of receiving communion in 1667.33


Martha is probably the daughter of Ralph's second marriage but this is conjectural. Ralph's first wife Katherine Foster was living in 1636 but would have been past the child bearing age to have a daughter born 1636 or later. Ralph's second wife Hannah Aborne may have been a much younger than her husband and within the child bearing years but again this is conjectural.

MARTHA married (1) JOHN FOSTER in 1648 .34 John was born c1618.35 He died in 1687/1688. John's will was dated 16 Nov. 1687 and proved at Ipswich 14 Mar 1687/88. He left land to sons John, Samuel, David, Joseph, Jonathan & Ebenezer; daughters Mary, Elizabeth & Martha received 4 pounds each to be paid to them by their brothers after the decease of John's wife. The three sisters also to receive 20 shillings apiece seven years after their father's decease. John's wife received all the movables and stock of the estate to be divided among the children after her decease. Son David and wife were executors of the estate.36

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Martha Foster's Timeline

1636
1636
1655
1655
Age 19
Salem,Essex,MA
1658
July 3, 1658
Age 22
Salem,Essex,MA
1660
December 20, 1660
Age 24
Salem, Essex, MA
1661
1661
Age 25
Buckingham, England
1662
November 22, 1662
Age 26
Salem, Essex, MA
1665
October 16, 1665
Age 29
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1667
November 22, 1667
Age 31
Salem,Essex,MA
1677
August 5, 1677
Age 41
Salem,Essex,MA
1688
November 16, 1688
Age 52