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Anne Foster (Sheppard)

Also Known As: "Anne Sheppard Newsom Hart Foster", "Anne Sheperd", "Hart", "Foster", "Anne Sheppard"
Birthplace: Jamestown, James City County, Virginia Colony
Death: March 20, 1711 (65-66)
Jamestown, James City County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Surry, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Major Robert Sheppard and Elizabeth Warren
Wife of Thomas Hart, Sr.; William Newsom, Jr. and George Foster
Mother of Henry Hart, Sr.; Thomas Hart, II; Robert Hart, Sr.; William Newsom, IV; Elizabeth Pace and 6 others
Sister of John Sheppard; Robert Sheppard and William Sheppard
Half sister of Mary Elizabeth Hunnicutt; Dorothy Sheppard; Mary Sheppard; Priscilla Sheppard and Susannah Sheppard

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About Anne Foster

Anne Sheppard

  • Father: Robert Sheppard
  • Mother: Elizabeth Spencer b: 1623 in Virginia


  1. Thomas Hart
  2. William Newsome
  3. George Foster

Children of Thomas Hart and Anne Sheppard (from "Hart of Surry" in Southside Virginia Families, Volume 2  By John Bennett Boddie. Page 153):

  1. Henry Hart
  2. Thomas Hart, Jr.
  3. Robert Hart

Children of William Newsom and Anne Sheppard Hart (from "Newsom Family")

  1. William Newsom (1672-1751) m. Phyllis (?-bef. 1767)
  2. Elizabeth Newsom (abt. 1673)
  3. Anne Newsom (abt. 1678)
  4. John Newsom (1674-1724) m. Sarah Crawford, d/o Robert Crawford and Elizabeth Carter
  5. Robert Newsom (1681-1757) m. Elizabeth (abt. 1685-1755) (moved to Isle of Wight Co., VA)
  6. Thomas Newsom (1685-1745/6, Isle of Wight Co, VA) m. Elizabeth Crawford (abt.1685) (sister to Sarah)

after Wm's death his widow, Anne, married George Foster


From "Descendants of William Newsom"

Anne Sheppard was the daughter of Elizabeth Spencer and Robert Sheppard. She was first married to Thomas Hart, Sr. Anne and Thomas Hart had three sons, Henry, Thomas, Jr. and Robert Hart. William Newsom III was Anne's second husband, whom she married after Thomas's death. She in turn married a George Foster after the death of William Newsom III in 1691. The proof of Anne's marriage to William Newsom III and of much of her pedigree is given in the following records:

After the death of William Nusom, his wife Anne married George Foster.

The account of William Nusom 's estate dated 04 March 1694 and recorded 28 May, 1695 shows the estate indebted to George Foster and Anne his wife, one of the executors of the said deceased.

The marriage took place between 11 April 1693, and 02 January 1694. On the former date Anne Nusom released her dower in the estate of William Nusom

(Surry Orders 1691-1715, page 63) and on the later date George Foster rendered an account of William Nusom's estate, page 95.

George Foster gave his age as 55 in 1694. His first wife was Elizabeth (deed 01 August 1674, D & W 1671-84, page 61.) She was perhaps related to the Bird family as John Thompson age 33 deposed in 1695 said that John Bird left his property to his cousin William Foster (D & W 1693-1709, page 30.)

George Foster died in 1697. His will dated 06 December 1697 and probated 04 January 1697 mentions his wife Anne, sons William and Thomas Foster, daughters Mary and Elizabeth Hart and appoints his son William executor. (page 148).

The son William Foster seems to have married a daughter of Nicholas Witherington and his wife Katherine ( deed from them to their grandson William Foster in 1712 (D & W 1715-30, page 327.)

Mary Foster married Henry Hart and Elizabeth Foster married Thomas Hart, sons of Anne Newsome Foster by her first marriage. Thomas Foster married Anne Hart.

Anne Foster died in 1711. Her will was dated 27 March 1707 and was probated in Surry County 20 March 1710. She left all her property to her youngest sons Robert and Thomas Newsume-with the exception of her wearing apparel which she left to her daughters Elizabeth and Anne (D & W 1709-15, page 48.)


Title: John C Pace, Jr gave a tree to his son, JCPace III

Anne Sheppard (then Mrs. Anne Foster) died in 1711. Her will, dated March 27, 1707, and probated in Surry County, March 20, 1710/11, leaves all her property to her 'youngest sons, Robert and Thomas Newsom', with the exception of her wearing apparel, which she leaves to her daughters, Elizabeth and Anne (Surry County, Virginia, D & W 1709-15, p. 48

Married three times:

1. Thomas Hart, Sr. children: Henry Hart, b. c1662 Thomas Hart, Jr. b. c1664 Robert Hart, b. c1666

2. William Newsom III, married c1671.

William NEWSOM IV b: 1672 Elizabeth NEWSOM b: 1673 John NEWSOM b: 1674 Robert NEWSOM b: 1681 Thomas NEWSOM b: 1685 Anne NEWSOM b: c1687

3. George Foster, married after the death of William Newsom III in 1691.

Timeline Add Media 6 Sources Birth 1645 Jamestown, Surry County, Vriginia, USA Add Media Marriage to Thomas Hart 1660 Age: 15 Surry, Surry, Virginia, United States Add Media 2 Sources Marriage to William Newsom III 1669 4 Jan Age: 24 Surry County, Virginia, USA Add Media Marriage to George Foster 1695 28 May Age: 50 Surry, Surry, Virginia Add Media 4 Sources Death 1711 20 Mar Age: 66 Jamestown, Surry, Virginia, United States Age: 66


The Newsom, Lowe, Butler Family Connections of South Mississippi by Mrs. George F. Smith, born 1895


Anne Sheppard Hart (1645-1711), wife of William Newsom (1648-1711) was the daughter of Major Robert Sheppard (1604-1654) and his second wife, Elizabeth Spencer. Elizabeth Spencer was the daughter of William Spencer and his wife Alice, who came in the ship “Sarah”, land at James Island in 1607. “Adventures of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1625” by Annie L. Jester and Martha W. Hiden. Published by order of First Families of Virginia. See also “Newsosms of Surry Co., VA”. Vols. 47-48 Virginia Magazine by Professor Holtzclaw. Elizabeth Spencer Sheppard, widow of Maj. Robert Sheppard, and daughter of William Spencer (ancient planter) married her second husband Thomas Warren Hart in 1654 and George Foster in 1693.




Lucas, Charles


Adventurers of Person and Purse 3rd Edition, 1987 Page 583

" Anne Sheppard was born about 1645 and married (1) Thomas Hart, son of Henry and Elizabeth Hart, who patented 03 July 1648, 100 acres at Smith's Fort in the area which later became Surry County, He was deceased by 10 June 1669 when the list of Surry County tithables gives only the "widow Hart."

Anne (Sheppard) Hart married (2) by 04 January 1669/70, William Newsome, who deposed, 07 May 1672, he was aged 24 and who in presenting the account of the estate of Thomas Hart, 04 November 1674, mentioned my wife's third part with the rest due the three orphans of Thomas Hart deceased: viz: Henry, Thomas, and Robert Hart. Newsome's will 10 June 1692-05 September 1691 named his wife Anne, four sons, and two daughters.


Lucas, Charles


Anne Foster died in 1711. Her will was dated 27 March 1707 and was probated in Surry County 20 March 1710. She left all her property to her youngest sons Robert and Thomas Newsume-with the exception of her wearing apparel which she left to her daughters Elizabeth and Anne (D & W 1709-15, page 48.)



William Spencer was born about 1560 in England. On May 13, 1607 he arrived in Jamestowne, Virginia in the Susan Constant, the first of three ships under the command of Captain Christopher Newport. William Spencer settled in Jamestowne as a farmer and in 1618 he was given a land grant on Jamestowne Island by order of the London Company, with all the privileges duly associated with the same. As a result of this first land grant, William Spencer has been designated an ANCIENT PLANTER. ( Boddie, Surry County, page 47.) He subsequently received other large land grants. He served in the Virginia House of Burgess in 1624, and 1632-33 representing Mulberry Island.

Elizabeth Spencer, daughter of William married Major Robert Sheppard, a distinguished citizen of Surry County, Virginia. He served in the Virginia House of Burgess in 1646-48 representing James City. He had large land grants in Surry County.

Ann Sheppard, daughter of Major Sheppard and Elizabeth Spencer first married Thomas Hart and after his death, married William Newsome III, who was born 1648 in Surry County. William Newsome was a wealthy land owner in Surry County and lived on a plantation called Rich Neck on the southern side of the James River near Bacon's Castle.

John Newsome son of William III and Anne was born 1675 in Surry County and married Sarah Crafford, daughter of Robert Crafford and Elizabeth Carter who was from the Carter family of Virginia. John had large land holdings in Surry County.

Joel Newsome son of John and Sarah was born 1706 in Surry County and married Rebecca Dickinson. Joel died in Northhampton County, North Carolina in 1752 and his will was probated there in February Court.


U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Anne Sheppard Name: Anne Sheppard Gender: Female Birth Year: 1645 Spouse Name: William Newsom Spouse Birth Place: VA Spouse Birth Year: 1648 Marriage Year: 1669 Number Pages: 1.



@R-795427492@ Ancestry Family Trees Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.


Ancestry Family Tree

Anne Sheppard Newsom was born 1645 at Jamestown, Surry County, Virginia the daughter of Major Robert and Elizabeth Spencer Sheppard. She married about 1643, Surry County, Virginia, William Newsom, Jr the son of William and Elizabeth Gerturde Wilson Newsom, Jr.

Known Children: William Newsom, III 1667-1751 Died Jamestown, Surry County, Virginia Elizabeth Lowe Newsom 1673-1716 Md John Pace Died Middlesex County, Virgina John Newsom 1674-1724 Md Sarah Crawford Died Surry County, Virgina. Anne Newsom 1678-1750 Thomas Newsom 1685-1745 Md Elizabeth Crawford Died Isle of Wight County, Virginia* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: May 29 2020, 8:42:33 UTC


  • Holtzclaw, B. (1939). The Newsom Family and Related Families of Surry, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Sussex Counties, Va. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 47(3), 265-271. Retrieved April 9, 2021, from
  • "Hart of Surry" in Southside Virginia Families, Volume 2  By John Bennett Boddie. Page 153
  • Reference: WikiTree Genealogy - SmartCopy: Mar 7 2021, 19:53:42 UTC
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Anne Foster's Timeline

Jamestown, James City County, Virginia Colony
Surry, Virginia, British Colonial America
Virginia, United States
Surry County, Virginia Colony
Jamestown, Surry County, Virginia, Colonial America
Jamestown, Surry Co., Va
Lawnes Creek, Surry County, Virginia, Colonial America
Surry County, Virginia, Colonial America