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Martha Foster (Tomkins)

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: November 16, 1688 (48-56)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ralph Tompkins, of Salem & Bridgewater and Katherine Tompkins
Wife of John Foster, Sr., of Salem
Mother of Joseph Foster; Deacon David Foster; Elizabeth Foster; Jonathan Foster; Benjamin Foster and 3 others
Sister of John Tompkins, of Salem ; Samuel Tompkins; Elizabeth Taylor; Mary (Marie) Foster and Sarah Tomkins

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About Martha Foster

7. MARTHA TOMPKINS (RALPH) was born about 1636. She deposed 1670 ae about 34 but she was probably older.31 Martha Tompkins may have married Richard Adams after the death of her husband John Foster A deed dated 16 Nov. 1688 conveyed land to Martha, relict of John Foster, deceased, my intended wife. Richard’s whole estate to go to Martha provided she has issue with him, if not estate to her children 32

Martha Foster, among others, was presented to the church for the purpose of receiving communion in 1667.33

Martha is probably the daughter of Ralph's second marriage but this is conjectural. Ralph's first wife Katherine Foster was living in 1636 but would have been past the child bearing age to have a daughter born 1636 or later. Ralph's second wife Hannah Aborne may have been a much younger than her husband and within the child bearing years but again this is conjectural.

MARTHA married (1) JOHN FOSTER in 1648 .34 John was born c1618.35 He died in 1687/1688. John's will was dated 16 Nov. 1687 and proved at Ipswich 14 Mar 1687/88. He left land to sons John, Samuel, David, Joseph, Jonathan & Ebenezer; daughters Mary, Elizabeth & Martha received 4 pounds each to be paid to them by their brothers after the decease of John's wife. The three sisters also to receive 20 shillings apiece seven years after their father's decease. John's wife received all the movables and stock of the estate to be divided among the children after her decease. Son David and wife were executors of the estate.36


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Martha Foster's Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
July 3, 1658
Age 22
December 20, 1660
Age 24
Salem, Essex, MA
November 22, 1662
Age 26
Salem, Essex, MA
Age 28
Dorchester, Massachusetts
October 16, 1665
Age 29
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 22, 1667
Age 31
July 21, 1672
Age 36
Salem, Massachusetts
August 5, 1677
Age 41
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
November 16, 1688
Age 52
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States