Reginald 'Renold' Foster (c.1594 - 1681) MP

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Nicknames: "Forster / Forester / Foster/"
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Reginald 'Renold' Foster

Brief Biography from Find A Grave

Descended from an ancient and respected family in the west of England (back to Sir Richard Forester, brother-in-law of William the Conquerer), he came to America in 1638 on a vessel embargoed by King Charles I. The family of five sons and two daughters settled in Ipswich, MA Colony, where they resided near the east bridge. That same year, he purchased a house and lands of John Tuttell. On April 5, 1641, he was granted eight acres of meadow in the west meadow. He an his son, Abraham are mentioned as subscribers to an allowance for Major Dison in 1648. He was a surveyor of highways and in 1664, he and his sons (Abraham, Reginald, Isaac and Jacob) are listed as inhabitants that have shares in Plum Island and Co. His name is mentioned many, many times in the Ipswich town records.

He probably married (1) Judith Wignall in England around 1619, and (2) Sarah Martin, widow of John Martin. He sold land with wife, Sarah Aug. 2, 1676. His will dated April 30, 1680, probated June 9, 1681, inventory taken May 30, 1681. He bequeathed to wife, Sarah, what she brought to the marriage and other property. Also bequests to sons: Abraham, Renold (shortening of Reginald), Isaac, William, and Jacob; to daughters: Sarah, wife of William Story, and Mary, wife of Francis Peabody; to grandchild Hannah Story; to son, Abraham. (Some of the above information from NEGHR Article.) 

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Reginald Foster is said to have landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638 with his seven children by his first wife, whose name may have been Judith. He was said to be from the Foster family of Bamborough (Bamburgh) and Etherstone Castle, Northumberland. Pierce's "Foster Genealogy" traces the family back to Anacher the Great, Forester of Flanders, who died in 837. There is some debate as to whether his information about these early Fosters is accurate.

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REGINALD (Renold) FOSTER (Forester) B. 1594 England. He was the son of REGINALD FOSTER and ELIZABETH CARR. He died 1681 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Married first (1) Judith ____ ?____ in England, born in England and died September 1664 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He married second (2) Sarah Martin (Sarah Larriford) September 1665 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

               

Children by Judith ____?_____

  1. Mary Foster b. about 1618 in England d. unknown. She married: (1) Daniel Wood (2) Francis Peabody
  2. Sarah Foster b. abt 1620 England married: William Story in Ipswich, Massachusetts
  3. Abraham Foster b. 1622 Married Lydia Burbank
  4. ISAAC FOSTER b. 1630 married 1) Mary Jackson (dau of John Jackson) 2) Hannah Downing 3) Martha Hale
  5. William Foster b. 1633 in England married Mary Jackson (dau of William Jackson)
  6. Jacob Foster b. 1635 married 1) Martha Kinsman 2) Abigail Lord
  7. Reginald Foster Jr. married Elizabeth Dane

This branch of the tree begins in Ipswich, Massachusetts around 1638 with the REGINALD FOSTER (Reynold Foster) family and through his sons their descendants.There is no record of his arrival or which ship he and his family came on. He did serve as a town officer on several occasions and records indicate that he and his family had established themselves in Ipswich by 26 Sept. 1638. 1595 Birth in Exeter, Devon,England 1619 28 Sep Age: 24 Marriage to Judith Wignol Theydon Garnon,,Essex,England 1681 30 May Age: 86 Death Ipswich,Essex,Massachusetts,USA -------------------- He came to America in 1638 and settled in Ipswich Massachussetts. He brought five sons and two daughters from his First and Third wives with him. -------------------- Reginald emigrated from England in 1638, bringing with him his son, Abraham, Ephraim's father, who would have been 16. We believe Reginald was a Puritan and that he came here with his family to pursue religious and economic freedom. Tiring of the tyrannical rule of Charles I of England, Reginald Foster came to America and settled in Ipswitch, Massachusetts in about the year 1638. He was a prominent figure in the early days as the colonial records show. The original ancestor of the Foster family in this country was Reginald Foster, who emigrated from the Nortli of England to America in 1638, and first located on Hog Island, off the coast of Massachusetts. Many of his descendants took part in the struggle for American independence. In England the family belonged to the nobility and possessed a coat-of-arms. Hannah Morrill Fuller, mother of Mr. Foster, was a direct descendant of one of the immigrants who came over in the "Mayflower," in 1620, and landed on Plymouth Rock.This branch of the tree begins in Ipswich, Massachusetts around 1638 with the REGINALD FOSTER (Reynold Foster) family and through his sons their descendants.There is no record of his arrival or which ship he and his family came on. He did serve as a town officer on several occasions and records indicate that he and his family had established themselves in Ipswich by 26 Sept. 1638

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  1. Foster genealogy: being the record of the posterity of Reginald Foster, an early inhabitant of Ipswich, in New England, whose genealogy is traced back to Anacher, great forester of Flanders who dies in 837 A.D. With wills, inventories, biographical sketches, etc. Also, the record of all other American Fosters. By Frederick Clifton Pierce... Published by the author.  Published 1899 by Press o W.B. Conkey company in Chicago.
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Reginald 'Renold' Foster's Timeline

1594
1594
Exeter, Devon, England
1619
September 28, 1619
Age 25
Theydon Garnon, Essex, England
1620
October 15, 1620
Age 26
Exeter, Devonshire, England
1622
April, 1622
Age 28
Exeter, Devonshire, England
1625
1625
Age 31
Harlow, Essex, England
1630
1630
Age 36
Exeter, Devon, England
1633
1633
Age 39
Exeter, Devon, England
1635
1635
Age 41
Exeter, Devon, England
1636
April, 1636
Age 42
Exeter, Devon, England
1638
1638
Age 44
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

with 7 children