Judge Jedediah Foster

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Honerable Jedediah Foster

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: October 17, 1779 (53)
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Ephraim Foster, Jr. and Abigail Frye
Husband of Dorothy Foster
Father of Theodore Foster, U.S. Senator; Theophilus Foster; Abigail Foster; Dwight Foster, Judge & U.S. Senator and Peregrine Foster
Brother of Hannah [1st] Foster; Hannah [2nd] Foster; Sally Foster and Naomi Foster

Occupation: member of the Worcester County Convention and delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774, a member of the convention that framed the constitution of Massachusetts, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Judge
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About Judge Jedediah Foster

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS. DAR Ancestor # A041621

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Downloaded 2010 from "Ancestors of Lille Foster" Generation 7, at http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/k/o/s/Lille-Koski-CA/GENE1-0016.html

"HON. JEDEDIAH FOSTER (Ephraim, Abraham, Reginald), b. Andover, Mass., Oct. 10, 1726; m. May 18, 1749, Dorothy Dwight, dau. of Brig. Gen. Joseph Dwight; b. Nov. 13, 1729; d. Jan. 12, 1818.

Mr. Foster was graduated at Harvard college in 1744, and soon after went to Brookfield and engaged in business with Brig.-Gen. Joseph Dwight. He was a man very much trusted and respected. He retained various offices; was deacon of the church in the First Parish; was judge of the Probate Court; judge of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Rev. Nathan Fisher, D.D., preached his funeral sermon, in which he gave him a very high character. In 1753 he headed a petition to the selectmen to lay out the First parish into two parishes. In 1774 he was elected delegate to the Provincial Congress at Cambridge. He was often moderator of the town meetings, and often served on important committees. During the Revolutionary war he was a colonel. In 1775 there was a prevalent prejudice against inoculation as a guard against violent disease, especially smallpox. Col. Foster went to Esopus, N.Y., and was there inoculated, had the disease and returned to health. He was representative in the legislature 1761-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-'70-1-2-3-4-5-9. He was a deacon in the church. He held various military offices, from captain of a company to major of a regiment, under Major-General Winslow, by commission from Gov. Shirley. In 1754 he was commissioned justice of the peace and of the quorum for Worcester county. He was also judge of probate, and afterward one of the judges of the Superior court of Massachusetts. He was a representative of the town in the General Council for 15 years (1761-76), and a member of all the Provincial Congresses of Massachusetts. In 1779 he was a member of the convention for forming a State constitution and of the committee itself appointed to draft it; during the session of which committee he died. He was a man of thorough integrity and honor and of large benevolence, an active Christian and a zealous patriot. "Blessed with a happy steadiness and presence of mind" he always studied to be useful, "being of the fixed opinion that no one should desire to outlive his usefulness." He was especially hopeful, determined and active in that part of the Revolutionary war in which he had an opportunity to take any share of duty or service. He d. Oct. 17, 1779. Res., Brookfield, Mass."--Pierce, Foster Genealogy, p. 160-161.

Notes for Dorothy Dwight:

"Mrs. F.'s personal appearance was thus described by her grandson, Alfred Dwight Foster Esq., in a letter addressed by him to Fredic A. Foster Esq., of Lancaster, O. : "She had always, within my memory, a head of perfectly white hair and very black eyes, although the Dwights almost without exception have light complexion and blue eyes, as my father and uncles Theodore and Theodphilus had."--Pierce, Foster Genealogy, p. 160-161.


Children of Jedediah Foster and Dorothy Dwight are:

 		i. 	  	Pamela Foster, born 12 Aug 1750.
 	32 	ii. 	  	Theodore Foster, born 29 Apr 1752 in Brookfield MA; died 13 Jan 1828 in Providence RI; married (1) Lydia Fenner 27 Oct 1771; married (2) Esther Bowen Millard 30 Jul 1803.
 		iii. 	  	Theophilus Foster, born 16 Mar 1754.
 		iv. 	  	Abigail Foster, born 10 Jan 1756.
 		v. 	  	Dwight Foster, born 07 Dec 1757.
	Notes for Dwight Foster:

FOSTER, Dwight (brother of Theodore Foster), a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Brookfield, Worcester County, Mass., December 7, 1757; completed preparatory studies, and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R. I., in 1774; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1778 and commenced practice in Providence, R. I., justice of the peace for Worcester County 1781-1823; special justice of the court of common pleas in 1792; sheriff of Worcester County in 1792; member of the State house of representatives in 1791 and 1792; elected as a Federalist to the Third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1793, to June 6, 1800, when he resigned; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1799; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Dexter and served from June 6, 1800, to March 2, 1803, when he resigned; served as chief justice of the court of common pleas in 1808 ad 1809; member of the Governor's council and held other State and local offices; died in Brookfield, Mass., April 29, 1823; interment in Brookfield Cemetery. --Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1949. U.S. GPO, 1950. p. 1175.

 		vi. 	  	Pergrine Foster, born 28 Dec 1757.
 		vii. 	  	Ruth Foster, born 11 Sep 1766.

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[following was downloaded 2009 from http://www.masshist.org/findingaids/doc.cfm?fa=fa0213]

Judge Jedediah Foster (1726-1779) was a member of the Worcester County Convention and delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774, a member of the convention that framed the constitution of Massachusetts, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. His children were: Theodore Foster (1752-1828), Theophilus Foster, (1754-1838), Abigail Foster (1756-1779), Dwight Foster (1757-1823), and Peregrine Foster (1759-1804).

Graduated from Harvard College 1744 and lived in Brookfield. He was a judge of the Supreme Court of Mass., and a Representative tot he General Court for 16 years. During the Revolution he was a Major under the command of General Winslow.

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Judge Jedediah Foster's Timeline

October 10, 1726
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
April 29, 1752
Age 25
Brookfield, MA
March 16, 1754
Age 27
Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States
Age 29
Age 30
Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts
December 27, 1759
Age 33
Brookfield, Worcester, MA, USA
October 17, 1779
Age 53
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts