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Alexander Foster

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Londonderry, Derry, Ireland
Death: April 1767 (57)
Little Britain, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA (buried Upper Octorara Church Cemetery, Lancaster Co, PA)
Place of Burial: Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Forster and Martha Forster
Husband of Mary Polly Foster
Father of Violet Scott; James Foster; Rev. William B. Foster; John Alexander Foster; Elizabeth Kneely and 5 others
Brother of John Horace Foster; Thomas Isaac? Foster and William Foster

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About Alexander Foster

Immigrated to America in 1725 with his mother and two brothers.


At the age of 15, in the company of his mother and his two brothers, thought to be named Thomas and John, Alexander Foster arrived in the Colonies. He had been born in about 1710 in County Derry , Ireland .

It is believed the family landed in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania or New Castle , Delaware in 1725, having sailed from Londonderry, Ireland .

They first settled in Freehold, Monmouth County , New Jersey with other Scotchmen from the north of Ireland .

In about 1728, when Alexander was 18 years old, he left New Jersey and moved to Little Britain Township, Chester County , Pennsylvania . This township became part of Lancaster County on May 10, 1729 .

In about 1730 Alexander Foster married Mary Polly Connors and on April 17, 1744 he took out a warrant on 187 acres of farmland in the northern part of Chester County , Pennsylvania .

Children of ALEXANDER FOSTER and MARY CONNORS are: 1. JAMES FOSTER, b. 06 Apr 1738, Lancaster Co., PA; d. 07 Apr 1814, Poland, OH. 2. WILLIAM FOSTER, b. Abt. 1740, Lancaster Co., PA; d. 30 Sep 1780, Chester Co., PA; m.

    HANNAH BLAIR, Abt. 1768, Lancaster Co., PA.
    More About WILLIAM FOSTER:
    Burial: Upper Octorara Church, Chester Co., PA
    Event: Minister in PA, also a Rev War Vet
    Occupation: Presbyterian Minister

3. JOHN ALEXANDER FOSTER, b. Abt. 1748, Lancaster Co., PA; d. 03 Oct 1832, Wilson Co., TN 4. ELIZABETH FOSTER, b. Abt. 1750; m. CHARLES KNEELY.

   Event: Moved to KY

5. SUSANNA FOSTER, b. Abt. 1750; m. MR. WALKER.

   Event: Lived and died in Eastern PA

6. MARY FOSTER, b. Abt. 1754; m. MR. LUCKY.

   More About MARY FOSTER:
   Event: Moved to SC

7. JANET FOSTER, b. Abt. 1756, Prob Lancaster Co., PA; d. Prob Lancaster Co., PA; m. MR. FULTON

   More About JANET FOSTER:
   Event: Moved to OHIO

8. VIOLET FOSTER, b. Abt. 1758, Prob Washington Co., PA; m. JOSIAH SCOTT. 9. MARGARET FOSTER, b. Abt. 1760; d. Prob Lancaster Co., PA; m. MR. RUSSELL.

In April of 1767, at the age of 57, Alexander died in Lancaster County and is buried in the Upper Octorara Church Graveyard where his son, Reverend William Foster is also buried.

In his will he left half his estate to his son John, and a life interest in the other half to his widow. He also left instructions that after his wife’s death, this portion was also to go to John, who is our direct ancestor. All the other children received only five shillings each, but it is probable they were provided for during their lifetimes.

Alexander Foster's will can be found in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Clerk's Office in Will Book B, Volume 1, page 568.

The will reads as follows:

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, Alexander Foster of the Province of Pennsylvania, County of Lancaster, Township of Little Britain, being frail and weak in body, but of sound memory (Blessed be God), do this sixth day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty Six, make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say),

First it is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral charges be fully paid and discharged.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved son-in-law, Charles Kneely the sum of five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Susanna the sum of five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to by beloved daughter Mary the sum of five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Margaret the sum of five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Janet the sum five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Violet the sum of five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved son James the sum of five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved son William the sum of five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved son John the one-half of all my estate real and personal.

And the other half to my dearly beloved wife Mary during her natural life or widowhood. And at my beloved wives death; or her marriage, I then will my whole estate to my son John to him and his heirs forever. And I make and ordain her my wife and John, my said son, sole executors of this my will in trust for the intents and purposes in this my will contains in witness where of other said Alexander Foster the testator within named sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the within writing as and for his last will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief. Sign'd, seal'd, delivered and declared by the said Alexander Foster as and of his last will and testament, in the presence of us,

Wm Porter And'w Porter John Porter


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Alexander Foster's Timeline

Londonderry, Derry, Ireland
Age 26
Peach Bottom, York County, PA, USA
April 6, 1738
Age 28
Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
August 17, 1740
Age 30
Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 35
Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 38
Little Britain, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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Little, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA