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Christopher Foster, of the "Abigail"

Also Known As: "Poster", "Lynn", "Christopher Foster"
Birthplace: Ewell, Surrey, England
Death: December 24, 1687 (84)
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York
Place of Burial: Southampton, Suffolk, Colony of New York, British Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Husband of Frances Stevens and Frances Foster
Father of Hannah Sayre; Sarah Foster; John Foster, Sr; Lydia Foster; Nathaniel Foster and 13 others

Occupation: farmer, Immigrant on the Abigail
Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:

About Christopher Foster, of the "Abigail"

Passenger on the "Abigail" of London, Richard Hackwell, Master. Sailed from Plymouth August 1635; arrived in Boston about October 1635. Listed as passengers are Christopher age 32, Mrs. Frances Foster, 25; Rebecca 5; Nathaniel 2; Joseph 1. Also with them were Alice Stevens 22 (may have been Mrs. Foster's sister) and Thomas Stevens 12. Christopher is listed as 'husbandman of Ewell, county Surrey.

From "Colonial Families, Volume V, Foster Family, Page 240"

CHRISTOPHER FOSTER, b 1603; d 1687; styled on the shipping list as a farmer, the founder of this branch of the American family with wife Frances and three children, came from Surrey, England, embarked in London 17th June 1635, in the ship "Abigail", Captain Robert Hackwell; was probably first in Boston, where he was made Freeman 17th April 1637. In the sam year we find him in Lynn, where in 1638 sixty acres of land were allotted him. In 1651 he removed to Southampton, Long Island; m. in England, Frances Stevens, dau. of Alice Stevens, of Ewell in Surry, England."

Christopher Lynn Foster

WikiTree FREE Birth: Aug 17 1603 - Ewell, Surrey Death: Dec 24 1687 - Southampton, Suffolk, New York Wife: Frances Glover Stevens, Mary Jordan Children: Joseph Foster, Rebecca Foster, Sarah Foster, Hannah Sayre, Joseph Foster, Benjamin Foster, John Christopher Foster, Nathaniel Foster, Hannah Kite, Sarah Foster Johnes, Lydia Foster, George Foster, John Foster

1635 Boston, Mass Christopher Foster

Year: 1635

Age: 32

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1603

Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Source Publication Code: 263

Primary Immigrant: Foster, Christopher

Annotation: Part 1, pp. 1-43, is a study of emigration to New England in colonial times; part 2, pp. 45-207, lists passengers and the ships they arrived on (3,600 passengers on 213 ships). From the Custom House records of English ports. Much of the information is con

Source Bibliography: BANKS, CHARLES EDWARD. The Planters of the Commonwealth; a Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: To Which Are Added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the Ships which Brought Them; Their English Homes, and the Places of Their Settlement in Massachusetts, 1620-1640. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930. 231p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1961. Repr. 1984.

(also in another reference of his name being listed with early English trading;(

Collections of the New York Historical Society for the Year 1892

By New-York Historical Society

Published by , 1893

contains abstracts of wills 1665-1707 on file in the surrogates office city of ny vol 1

Page 325

Inventory of estate of BENJAMIN FOSTER, of Southampton, Long Island. Taken February 3, 170£, by Nathaniel Howell and Christopher Foster ; 1 horse, ...

Page 428

I, Benjamin Foster, of Southampton, in Suffolk County, being at the present sick and weak. I leave to my son, Benjamin Foster, a certain parcel of land ...

Christopher FOSTER (AFN: 93GZ-14) Pedigree

Sex:  M  Family  



Birth:   17 Aug 1603   
 Ewell, Surry, England   
Death:   24 Dec 1687   
 Southampton, Suffolk, England   
Burial:   1687   
 Southampton, Suffolk, Ny   



Father:  Thomas FOSTER (AFN: 9G7V-P6)  Family  
Mother:  Susan FORSTER (AFN: 9G7V-QC)  

Christopher Foster was born in July 1603 [Ewell, Surrey, England]. He married there 24 Dec 1628 Frances Stevens, born 1 July 1610 daughter of Alice Stevens [will 1645] of Ewell in Surrey, England. "Frances Stevens was the daughter of Jerome (Church Warden) and Alice Stevens." The Southhampton Historical Society 

"If Christopher Foster was born in the parish of Ewell, Surrey in 1603, I regret that there is no way of confirming this as the parish records (which we hold here), only start at 1604.

However, I have checked the transcripts to these records for the period immediately after 1604 and again from 1624 to 1635 and have found the following entries:

-1628 'Chrystopher ffoster and ffrancis Steven were maryed one the foure and twentye daye of December 1628.'

-1630 'Rebecka ffoster the daughter of Christopher ffoster was baptized the vth daye of Marche.'

-1632 'Nathaniel ffoster the sonne of Christopher ffoster was baptized the fourthe daye of Maye.'

-1634 'Johanes filius Christopherij ffoster Baptizatus erat Ocatauo die Maij.'

        e-mail 30 Jan 2004 from Ruth Drysdale for County Archivist - Surrey History Centre

Immigrant Ships

Transcribers Guild



Plymouth, England to Boston

October 8, 1635

The Abigail of London sailed from foreign ports, the last being Plymouth, England on June 4, 1635. She sailed with about 220 passengers aboard along with livestock. She arrived in Boston about October 8, 1635 with smallpox aboard.

Richard Hackwell, master of Abigail

Columns represent: given name, surname, age, occupation, country to which they belong, country which they intend to inhabit,

 1* Robert Meares            43     husbandman                             Boston  
 2  Mrs. Elizabeth Meares    30  
 3  Samuel Meares             6  
 4  John Meares               3 mo
 5  Thomas Buttolph          32     glover                                 Boston  
 6  Mrs. Anne Buttolph       24  
 7  Ralph Mason              35     carpenter   Saint Olave's Southwark    Boston  
 8  Mrs. Anne Mason          35  
 9  Richard Mason             5  
10  Samuel Mason              3  
11  Susan Mason               1  
12  John Winthrop            27  
13  Mrs. Elizabeth Winthrop  19  
14  Deane Winthrop II  
15  Matthew Abdy II                 fisherman                              Boston  
16  Edward Belcher            8                                            Boston  
17  Elizabeth Epps           13  
18  Mary Lyne                 6  
19  George Burden            24     tanner                                 Boston  
20  Edward Rainsforde        26     merchant                               Boston  
21  Nathaniel Tilley         32                 Little Minories, London    Boston  
22  William Tilley           28                 Little Minories, London    Boston  
23* Ralph Root               50                                            Boston  
24  Mary Root                15  
25* Robert Sharpe            20                                            Braintree  
26  Ralph Shepherd           29     tailor      Dedham  
27  Mrs. Thanks  Shepherd    23  
28  Sarah Shepherd            3  
29  John Houghton                               Eaton Bray, Co. Dedham     Bedford  
30  Edward White             42                 Cranbrook,Co. Dorch.,Kent  
31  Mrs. Martha White        39  
32  Martha White             10  
33  Mary White                8  
34  Joseph Fludd             45     baker       Dorchester  
35  Mrs. Jane Fludd          35  
36  Elizabeth Fludd           9  
37  Obadiah Fludd             4  
38  Joseph Fludd              6 mo  
39* Edmond Munnings          40                 Denge,Co. Essex Dorchester  
40  Mrs. Mary Munnings       30  
41  Mary Munnings             9  
42  Anna Munnings             6  
43  Mahalaleel Munnings       3  
44  Thomas Jones             40                 Dorchester  
45* Mrs. Ellen  Jones        36  
46* Isaac  Jones              8  
47* Hester  Jones             6  
48  Thomas Jones              3  
49  Sarah Jones               3 mo  
50  Henry Bullock            40                 Saint Lawrence,            Charlestown 
51  Mrs. Susan Bullock       42  
52  Henry Bullock             8  
53  Mary Bullock              6  
54  Thomas Bullock            2  
55* Thomas Knower            33    clothier     London                     Charlestown  
56  Sarah Knower              7  
57* Noel Knower              29                 London                     Charlestown  
58  Philip Drinker           39    potter                                  Charlestown  
59  Mrs. Elizabeth Drinker   32  
60  Edward Drinker           12  
61  John Drinker              8  
62  George Hepborne          43    glover       Southwark                  Charlestown
63  Mrs. Anne Hepborne       46  
64  Rebecca Hepborne         10  
65  Anna Hepborne             4  
66  Joseph Borebank          24    servant  
67  Joan Jordan              16    servant  
68  William Fuller           25                                            Ipswich  
69  Joseph Fuller            15  
70  Robert Whitman           20                 Little Minories, London    Ipswich  
71  John West                11                                            Ipswich  
72  John Emerson             20                                            Scituate  
73  Richard Carr             29                 Salibury  
74  Hugh Burt                35                 Dorking,Co. Surrey Lynn  
75  Mrs. Anne Burt           32  
76* Hugh Burt                15  
77  Edward Burt               8  
78  William Bassett           9     son of Mrs. Burt by a previous marriage  
79  Edward Iresone           32                 ??Buckenham,Lynn Co. Norfolk  
80* Mrs. Elizabeth Ireson    27  
81  Henry Collins            29     starchmaker Stepney  Lynn  
82  Mrs. Anne Collins        30  
83  Henry Collins             5  
84  John Collins              3  
85  Margery Collins           1  
86  Dennis Geere             30                 Lynn Islesworth, Co.Mid-dlesex 
87  Mrs. Elizabeth Geere     22  
88  Elizabeth Geere           3  
89  Sarah Geere               2  
90  Elizabeth Tusolie        55  
91  Anne Pankhurst           16     relative of Geere (cousin?)  
92  Constance Woods          12  
93  Thomas Brane             40     servant  
94  Thomas Launder           22     servant  
95* Edmund Freeman           34*    gentleman   Pulborough, Lynn Co.Sussex  
96  Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman  
97  Alice Freeman  
98* Edward Freeman           15  
99  Elizabeth Freeman        12  

100 John Freeman 8

101* William Almy 34 South Kilworth,Co.Lynn Leicester

102* Mrs. Audrey Almy 32

103* Agnes Almy 8

104* Christopher Almy 3

105 Christopher Foster 32 husbandman Ewell,Co. Lynn Surrey

106 Mrs. Frances Foster 25

107 Rebecca Foster 5

108 Nathaniel Foster 2

109 Joseph Foster 1

110 Alice Stevens 22 sister of Mrs. Foster?

111 Thomas Stevens 12

112 John Deacon 28 blacksmith Lynn

113 Mrs. Alice Deacon 30

114 Hugh Alley 27 Stepney Lynn

115 Joshua Griffith 25 Stepney Lynn

116 Richard Woodman 9 Lynn

117 Ralph Wallis 40 husbandman Malden

118 George Wallis 15

119 John Allen 30 Haverhill, Suffolk Plymouth

120 Mrs. Anne Allen 30

121* Ezra Covell 15

122 Richard Adams 29 shoemaker Northampton, Salem Co. Northants

123 Mrs. Susan Adams 26

124 Henry Sumner Northampton Woburn

125 Elizabeth Sumner 18

126 John Harbert 23 shoemaker Northampton Salem county Northants

127 Richard Graves 23 Salem

128 John Cooke 17 Salem

129 Robert Driver 43* tailor Salem

130 John Freeman 35 Sudbury

131 Mrs. Mary Freeman 30*

132 John Freeman 9

133 Cicely Freeman 4

134 Jasper Arnold 40 Shoreditch, London

135 Mrs. Anne Arnold 39

136 William Potter 27 husbandman Watertown

137 Mrs. Frances Potter 26

138 Joseph Potter 6 mo

139* John Rookman 45

140 Mrs. Elizabeth Rookman 31

141* John Rookman 9

142 John Coke 27

143 Edward Fountaine 28

144 John Fox 35

145 Richard Fox 15

146 Thomas Freeman 24

147 Walter Gutsall 23*

148* John Holliock 28

149 Charles Jones 21 Little Minories, London

150 John Jones

151 William King 28

152 William Marshall 40

153 George Rum 25

154 Joseph Stanley 34

155 Joseph Terry 32

156* George Drewry 19 East Grinstead, Sussex

157 James Dodd 16

158 Thomas Goad 15

159 Peter Kettell 10

160 Edward Martin 19

161* William Paine 15

162* John Paine 14

163* John Stroud 15

164 Thomas Thompson 18

165 William Yates 14

166 Agnes Alcock 18

167 Lydia Browne Little Minories, London

168 Ruth Bushell 23

169 Margaret Devotion 9

170 Elizabeth Ellis 16

171 Elizabeth Harding 12 Little Minories, London

172 Susan Hathaway 34

173 Elinor Hillman 33

174 Mary Jones 30

175 Rebecca Price 14

176 Margaret Tucker 23

177 Joan Wall 19

178 Anne Williams 10


 1 Hotten's lists as Mere
20 Hotten's lists as Rainsford 
23 Hotten's lists as Roote   
25 Hotten's lists as Sharp   
39 Hotten's lists as Maning and family as Monings
45 Hotten's lists as Ellin
46 Hotten's lists as Isack
47 Hotten's does not list        
55 Hotten's lists as Knore
57 Hotten's lists as Noll Knore
76 Hotten's does not list   
79&80 Hotten's lists as Ireson
95 Hotten's lists as age 45   

101 Hotten's lists as Wm. Almond

102 Hotten's lists as Awdry Almond

103 Hotten's lists as Annis Almy

104 Hotten's lists as Christopher Almie

121 Hotten's lists as Cesara Covell

129 Hotten's lists as age 8

131 Hotten's lists as age 50

133 could be Sycillie

139 Hotten's lists as Rookeman

141 Hotten's does not list

147 Hotten's lists as age 34

148 Hotten's lists as Halijack age 38

156 Hotten's lists as Drewrie

161 Hotten's lists as Payne

162 Hotten's lists as Payne

163 Hotten's lists as Strowde

Transcriber's Ancestors

  • 8th and 9th gr. grandfathers of transcriber.

Freeman Edmond II - baptized 25 Jul 1596, died at age 86, body was

interred at Old Town Cemetery, in Sandwich Plymouth colony. Will on

21 Jun 1682 in Sandwich, Inventory of estate in Sandwich taken on

4 Oct 1682, amount unknown, probated 2 Nov 1682. He married first

Bennett Hodsoll in 1617, who died in England in 1630 and then he

married Elizabeth Perry in 1632. She is on this voyage. Edmond III

and Alice on this voyage are both children of Edmond II and Bennett.

Freeman, Edmond III(aka Edmund/Edward)- died between 4 Mar 1696 and

5 Jan 1704 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co., MA Christened 26 Nov 1620 in

Billingshurst, Sussex, Eng. Resided in Shawme (now Sandwich) after

3 Apr 1637.

Plymouth records, 3 Apr 1637, is thus granted permission to settle

Sandwich, the fourth town in the Plymouth Colony: "It is also agreed

by the Court that these ten men of Saugus, Edmund Freeman, Henry Feake,

Thomas Dexter, Edward Dillingham, William Wood, John Carman, Richard

Chadwell, William Almy, Thomas Tupper and George Knott shall have

liberty to view a place and sit down and have sufficient lands for

three score families upon the conditions propounded to them by the

Governor and Mr. Winslow." Edmund was the deputy to the General Court

from Sandwich. Edmond married 1648 1st to Rebecca Prence,

daughter of Gov. Thomas Prence of Plymouth Colony and granddaughter of

William Brewster, patriarch of Mayflower 1620 voyage and 2nd in 1651 to

Margaret Perry.

Administration of estate in Sandwich 5 Jan 1703/4 at court unknown.

Correspondence: 2/00 Passengers #105-109 Foster

Thank you for your work in transcribing ships' list from the Abigail.

Christopher Foster, his wife Frances and son John (he is on your list as

"Joseph" who would have been one year old at the time were passengers on the

Abigail. John died in Southampton, New York.

You may contact James J. Foster about the Foster family.

Others looking for parents of Christopher Foster;;;;;

Correspondence 06/13/01 passengers #139-141 RUCKMAN

My ancestor John Ruckman his wife Elizabeth and their 9 month old son

also named John came to Boston, MA aboard the Abigail 8 October 1635.

He was a follower of Lady Deborah Moody the anabaptist and was given a

town lot and a plantation lot in her settlement at Gravesend, Long

Island, New Netherlands (New York). He soon sold the plantation lot.

John later settled in Sandwich, Barnstable Co.,MA. Lady Moody was a

witness to John's will dated 13 March 1650. Brenda DeMarce

Correspondence 07/04/01 passengers #26-28 SHEPHERD

My 8-GGrandfather (Ralph Shepherd age: 29), and his wife (Thanks or I've

been given "Thanks Lord", Puritans?) age: 23, and their daughter: Sarah

age: 3 were aboard the "Abigail". Ralph lived until 1693, outliving

one of his sons who was killed in King Phillips war in the late 1600's.

I would like to hear from anyone else who is decended from Ralph!

Tom Vincent

Correspondence 02/21/02 passengers #156 & 130 Drewry & John Freeman

I am a descendant of George Drewrie, who was in fact Hugh Drury of Sudbury,

MA and later Boston.

I am interested in John Freeman (not related to Edmond) as he traveled with

George and is found in Sudbury records with Hugh. Court records show that

Hugh's birth date and George's overlap. It was the genealogist C.E. Banks

(a Hugh Drury descendant) that stated George Drewrie is from East Grinstead,

but now that birth records are available for the parish, it is clear he is


My own research on the lives of the immigrants of the Abigail suggest that

John Freeman, age 30, was from Bocking, ENG. Marie, aged 50 in Hotten, is

found in the Bocking birth records as Maria Freman, daughter of Roberti.

Also Edmond Manning (Hotten's spelling) is found in the Bocking register as

Edmundi Maninge. Again it was Banks who placed him in Denge, which is where

he returned to ENG and died.

My ancestor Hugh Drurys first appearance in Sudbury Records is when he took

possession of a home after William Swift, originally of Bocking, defaulted

on a mortgage of 3 pounds. John Freeman was the witness to the taking of

possession. Swift had gone to Sandwich (interesting Freeman overlap),

where he died within the year. Michael Drury

Correspondence 11/13/02 passengers #136-138 Potter

I am a descendant of William Potter and his wife Frances who came to America

on the ship Abigail October 8,1635. William Potter died June 1662 New Haven.

I've yet to discover when Frances died. They had 5 children, all born in

America ... Joseph who married Phoebe Ives, Mary who married Joseph Mansfield,

Sarah who married Robert Foote, Hope who married Danile Robinson and Rebecca

who married Thomas Adams.


I descend from their daughter Sarah and Robert Foote, whose daughter

Sarah married Isaac Curtis. I would enjoy communicating with anyone

researching this family and am always glad to help whenever I can.

Thank you. Pati Blowers May

Correspondence 12/10/02 passengers Freeman

I am descendend through Edmund FREEMAN through son John FREEMAN and Mercy PRENCE.

This is my line:

1. Edmund FREEMAN m. Bennett HODSOLL
2. John FREEMAN m. Mercy PRENCE
3. William FREEMAN m. Lydia SPARROW
4. William FREEMAN m. Mercy PEPPER
5. William FREEMAN m. Hannah ATWOOD
6. William FREEMAN m. Mary Elizabeth COBB (this William went to Liverpool, 
   Queens County, Nova Scotia and married 21 Dec. 1763 in Liverpool)
7. Robert FREEMAN m. Catharine FRASER (d/o Hugh and Mary of Scotland)
8. Mary FREEMAN m. James McCLEARN (s/o James McCLEARN and Mary PLACEWAY)
9. Robert Freeman McCLEARN m. Adeline WHITE (d/o Charles WHITE and Bethiah 
   ELLIS of Androscoggin Co., ME....Robert + Adeline went to Iowa Falls, IA in 1857)

10. Carrie Adalaide McCLEARN m. James A. CASPER (s/o Charles Henry COSPER and

   Margaret LaFRAMBOISE

11. Grandmother (living)

Much information regarding the McClearn and Freeman families can be found in the

Simon Perkins Diary (Liverpool, Queens, NS) between 1771-1812... it can be viewed


The McClearn's (Ulster-Scots) came from Ulster, Ireland in 1761 beginning with

James and Isabell....information sent via the Thomas Randall Research Centre in

Queens County, Nova Scotia refers to McClearn descendants that the name was

originally NS records it has been spelled McLARN, McLARREN,

McLANNAN and finally McCLEARN. Vera, ND USA

Compiled from information including The Original Lists of Persons of Quality 1600-1700 by John C. Hotten

Contributed and Transcribed by Sheila Tate

for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

14 August 1999

Christopher came from London, England in the "Abigail," June 17, 1635 ae, thrirty-two, with his wife, Frances, ae. twenty-five, and children, Rebecca, five, Nathaniel, two, and John, one. They were part of the Puritan migration and Hugh Peters, later Cromwell's chaplain, was on the same ship and helped form the church congregation to which Christopher belonged. He first came to Boston, where he was a Freemen on 17 April 1637. In 1638 he moved to Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1647, he went to Hempstead and then to Southampton in 1650, both in New York. In October of 1650, we find him as a townsman or selectmen to manage the affairs of the town, being one of the 41 proprietors.

History: Christopher Foster is the son of Sir Knight Thomas Foster (Forster). He changed his name because he married a close cousin named Susanna Forster. They had the same Great Great Great Grandfather. This family tree goes back to Sir Knight John Forster and Sir Knight Richard Forster. Sir John rode with King Richard I the Lion Heart to Palestine in the late 1100's. This family was given the Bamburg Castle by Queen Elizabeth I. The family went bankrupt in the 1700 or 1800's and sold the castle to the Armstrong family of England which is where the castle is located. The Forster family came to England in the 1000 AD time to escape the Saxon invasion into Flanders. The Forster family changed from Forester (The Family were the Counts of Flanders) and evolved from the de Forrester of Belgium. The de Forrester family wasby record of the Prince of Dijon, Beljium in 740 AD. The Counts of Flanders, Anacher The Great Forester, Balwin I through the V, Arnulf Forester had marriages to Princess of France, Princess of Luxemboroug, etc. One of the Baldwin's daughters married William the Conquer. Her name was Matilda.

per "A Comins Genealogy" by my great-grandfather Danforth William Comins

"Landed in Lynn, Mass. 1635"

Christopher died OCT 1687, Hempstead, Suffolk, NY. came from London, England on the ship "Abigail" ( June 17, 1635) with his wife and three children (Rebecca, Nathaniel, John). By 1638 family was in Lynn MA (admitted freeman in 1637 and lived on Nahant Street), but moved about 1642 to Southampton, Long Island, and finally to Hempstead. There were also a Thomas, William, and John Foster in Hempstead, LI, when Christopher moved there. They possibly were brothers of Christopher, although no evidence exists. Age 32 on arrival, per Winthrop Society.

Christopher Foster was born in England and sailed in the ship "Abigail" on July 1635 at the age of 32 years. He settled in Lynn, MA


He came to America in 1635, on the ship "Abigail". As Frances Stevens married Christopher Foster in 1628 and her first children were born 1630, 1632 and 1634 in Ewell, Surrey, George could not have been her son, but might have been the son of Christopher’s first wife. G N Mackenzie also says George born in England and came to America in 1634, being entrusted to Dr Samuel Fuller. "I Samuel Fuller the Elder being sick and weake...Item, whereas Eliz Cowles was submitted to my educacon by her father and mother still living at Charlestowne, mywill is that she conveniently appelled and returne to her ffather or mother. And as for George ffoster being placed with me by his parents still living at Sagos, mywill is that he be restored to his mother...30 July 1633."

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Christopher Foster, of the "Abigail"'s Timeline

August 17, 1603
Ewell, Surrey, England
Ewell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Ewell, Surray, England
March 5, 1630
Ewell, Surrey, England
Ewell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
May 4, 1632
Ewell, Surrey, England
Ewell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom