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Reginald 'Renold' Foster, of Ipswich

Also Known As: "Forster / Forester / Foster/"
Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Thaxted, Essex, England
Death: May 30, 1681 (85)
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Judith Foster and Sarah White
Father of Mary Peabody; Sarah Story; Abraham Foster, Sr.; Isaac Foster, of Ipswich; William Foster, Sr. and 4 others

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About Reginald 'Renold' Foster, of Ipswich

2014 Ipswich historic district (proposed)

Renold (Reynold) Foster made his will in 1622, naming his grown son Reynold

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A Genealogical Table of the Posterity of Reginold Rennold Foster who was born in the reign of Queen Elizabeth at or near Exeter in England the latter End of the Fifteenth Century was married and Settled at or near Exeter where he had born Five Sons and Two Daughters with whom he removed to New England in the Year 1638 and settled at Ipswich in the State of Massachusetts Bay Massachusetts He removed from England a little before the Commencement of the Civil Wars in the Reign of Charles the First and with his Family was on Board one of the Vessels embargoed by a Proclamation of the King and Council issued in April 1638 copied into Rushworth's Memorials.

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Estate of Renold Foster, Sr. of Ipswich Essex Probate Docket # None

The last will and testament of Renold ffoster Senr of Ipswich in the County of Essex in New England, mad the last day of Aprill Anno Dom one thousand six hundred & 80, being this day by Gods good providence of perfect understanding, tho, through Infirmatyes of body, dayly mindfull of my mortality Therefore for the setting my house in order I make and apoynt this my last will and testament as followeth. In the name of God Amen my Soule I committ into the hand of Jesus Christ, my blessed Redeemer, In hope of a joyfull resurrection at the last day my body, to a decent comly buriall, And for my outward estate which the Lord hath Graciously given me, I thus dispose of it, in manner following. Imprs. To my beloved wife Sarah, I give the use of the house I now dwell in, and the orcyards, and gardens, and five pound yearly, dureing her naturall life, and two cowes, which she shall chuse out of my stock, and the keeping of them both summer & winter yearly, also I give her the bedstead with beding in the parler, and the rest of the linnen & woollen yarne, that she hath made and provided into the house, also the use of a bras pot, and chees pres, and kneading trough, with the utensills in the Leantoo, and the great kettle, & two skillets dureing her naturall life, Also I give her three sheepe to be kept winter & summer, also two piggs, and what provisions shall be in the house at my decease, also the table and forme for her naturall life. Further my will is that the household stuff, or things that my wife brought into the house when I marryed her be at her dispose, in life and at death. It. I give and bequeath unto my son Abraham Foster my now dwelling house and orchard and ground about it, three acres more or less & halfe the barne, and halfe that land in the field lyeing betweene the land of John Denison & Philip Fowlers, and ten acres on this syde of the River caled mudy River by major Denisons & John Edwards Land, and six acres of salt marsh, All which I give him after my wives decease. I give him four acres of Marsh att Plumb Iland and six acres at Hogs Island. It. I give to and bequeath unto my son Renol Foster all the land which he possesses of myne at the Falls, that he hath built a house upon, both upland & marsh be it fifty acres more or less, only to pay out of it, within a yeare after my decease to Sarah, my daughter Story, the sum that I have given her, except wt ye sheets and pillobeers amounts to. It. I give and bequeath unto my son Isaak Foster my eight acres of Fresh meadow at the west meadows, joineing to meadows of his, and four acres of salt marsh at Hog Island, Jacob to have the use of the salt til the decease of my wife. It. I give and bequeath unto my son William Foster my six acres of land I had of Thomas Smith, & six acres of marsh at Hog Iland, the marsh to Jacob till my wives decease. It. I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Foster the house he lives in & ground about it and my two lotts beyond muddy River ten acres more or lesse, and the remainder of salt marsh att Hog Island, further my will is that my son Jacob have my land at home and barne dureing my wives natural life, further I give him my pasture on the south syde of the River, by Simon Tomsons, and the pasture by Caleb Kimballs, also I give him a feather bed, only my will is that he pay what I have given my wife & keepe in repaires for her yearly, what I have allowed her, and given her in my will; It. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah, William Storyes wife the sum of ten pounds viz., a payre of sheets and a paire of pillowbeers, and what they amount to, not of the sum, the rest in the hands of my son Renold, which I have willed him to pay as appeares above. It. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary, wife of Francis Peabody the sum of ten pounds, part of it to be payd in a payre of sheets and a paire of pillobeers and a feather bed, the bed after my wives decease. It. I give my Grandchild Hanah Story the sum of six pounds viz. a bed bolster pillow and paire of sheetes and blanketts, which are of my now wives makeing, the rest to be payd by my executors, if she carry it well to my wife while she lives with her as she hath done to us hitherto. It. My will is that my son Jacob have the Implements of Husbandry. It. My will is wch I desire and apoynt my Two sonns Abraham Foster and Jacob Foster, to be my executors of this my last will and Testament, and request and desire my beloved Freinds Simon Stace and Nehemiah Jewett to be my overseers to this my will fullfild by my executors, and if any difference arise amongst my wife and children, or amongst them, about any particular in my will, my will is that my two overseers shall end it, and they rest satticefied as they two shall agree, and if they two difer, then a third man, who they shall choose joyning with either of them. In wittnes whereof I have sett my hand and seale ,Read, Signed, Sealed, and declared to be the last will & testament of me Renold Foster Senr. the day and year above written 1680, as witness my hand and seal.

Renold Foster (Seal) Witnesses. John Starkweather Nehemiah Jewett

Memorandum. The things given my wife for her naturall life, be soe exsept she marry againe and what debts shee shall have due for labor & worke shall be for her proper use & sole benefitt, and that the repaires of the house be out of her estate and dureing her abode in it, and that my wife shall have liberty to cutt & procure what wood she needeth from my land at Muddy River.

This declared the 5 of March 1680/81 to be his last will. RENOL FFOSTER In presence of wittnesses John Starkweather Nehemiah Jewett Proved June 9, 1681, by the witnesses

Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts; 1635 - 1681," In three volumes,The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916

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Brief Biography from Find A Grave

Descended from an ancient and respected family in the west of England (back to Sir Richard Forester, brother-in-law of William the Conquerer), he came to America in 1638 on a vessel embargoed by King Charles I. The family of five sons and two daughters settled in Ipswich, MA Colony, where they resided near the east bridge. That same year, he purchased a house and lands of John Tuttell. On April 5, 1641, he was granted eight acres of meadow in the west meadow. He an his son, Abraham are mentioned as subscribers to an allowance for Major Dison in 1648. He was a surveyor of highways and in 1664, he and his sons (Abraham, Reginald, Isaac and Jacob) are listed as inhabitants that have shares in Plum Island and Co. His name is mentioned many, many times in the Ipswich town records.

He probably married (1) Judith Wignall in England around 1619, and (2) Sarah Martin, widow of John Martin. He sold land with wife, Sarah Aug. 2, 1676. His will dated April 30, 1680, probated June 9, 1681, inventory taken May 30, 1681. He bequeathed to wife, Sarah, what she brought to the marriage and other property. Also bequests to sons: Abraham, Renold (shortening of Reginald), Isaac, William, and Jacob; to daughters: Sarah, wife of William Story, and Mary, wife of Francis Peabody; to grandchild Hannah Story; to son, Abraham. (Some of the above information from NEGHR Article.) 


Reginald Foster is said to have landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638 with his seven children by his first wife, whose name may have been Judith. He was said to be from the Foster family of Bamborough (Bamburgh) and Etherstone Castle, Northumberland. Pierce's "Foster Genealogy" traces the family back to Anacher the Great, Forester of Flanders, who died in 837. There is some debate as to whether his information about these early Fosters is accurate.


REGINALD (Renold) FOSTER (Forester) B. 1594 England. He was the son of REGINALD FOSTER and ELIZABETH CARR. He died 1681 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Married first (1) Judith Wignol in England, born in England and died October 16, 1664 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He married second (2) Sarah Martin (Sarah Larriford) September 19, 1665 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.


Children by Judith Wignol

  1. Mary Foster b. about 1619 in England d. 1705. She married: (1) Daniel Wood (2) Francis Peabody
  2. Sarah Foster b. abt 1620 England married: William Story in Ipswich, Massachusetts
  3. Abraham Foster b. 1622 Married Lydia Burbank
  4. ISAAC FOSTER b. 1630 married 1) Mary Jackson (dau of John Jackson) 2) Hannah Downing 3) Martha Hale
  5. William Foster b. 1633 in England married Mary Jackson (dau of William Jackson)
  6. Jacob Foster b. 1635 married 1) Martha Kinsman 2) Abigail Lord
  7. Reginald Foster Jr. married Elizabeth Dane

This branch of the tree begins in Ipswich, Massachusetts around 1638 with the REGINALD FOSTER (Reynold Foster) family and through his sons their descendants.There is no record of his arrival or which ship he and his family came on. He did serve as a town officer on several occasions and records indicate that he and his family had established themselves in Ipswich by 26 Sept. 1638. 1595 Birth in Exeter, Devon,England 1619 28 Sep Age: 24 Marriage to Judith Wignol Theydon Garnon,,Essex,England 1681 30 May Age: 86 Death Ipswich,Essex,Massachusetts,USA -------------------- He came to America in 1638 and settled in Ipswich Massachussetts. He brought five sons and two daughters from his First and Third wives with him. -------------------- Reginald emigrated from England in 1638, bringing with him his son, Abraham, Ephraim's father, who would have been 16. We believe Reginald was a Puritan and that he came here with his family to pursue religious and economic freedom. Tiring of the tyrannical rule of Charles I of England, Reginald Foster came to America and settled in Ipswitch, Massachusetts in about the year 1638. He was a prominent figure in the early days as the colonial records show. The original ancestor of the Foster family in this country was Reginald Foster, who emigrated from the Nortli of England to America in 1638, and first located on Hog Island, off the coast of Massachusetts. Many of his descendants took part in the struggle for American independence. In England the family belonged to the nobility and possessed a coat-of-arms. Hannah Morrill Fuller, mother of Mr. Foster, was a direct descendant of one of the immigrants who came over in the "Mayflower," in 1620, and landed on Plymouth Rock.This branch of the tree begins in Ipswich, Massachusetts around 1638 with the REGINALD FOSTER (Reynold Foster) family and through his sons their descendants.There is no record of his arrival or which ship he and his family came on. He did serve as a town officer on several occasions and records indicate that he and his family had established themselves in Ipswich by 26 Sept. 1638

  1. Foster genealogy: being the record of the posterity of Reginald Foster, an early inhabitant of Ipswich, in New England, whose genealogy is traced back to Anacher, great forester of Flanders who dies in 837 A.D. With wills, inventories, biographical sketches, etc. Also, the record of all other American Fosters. By Frederick Clifton Pierce... Published by the author.  Published 1899 by Press o W.B. Conkey company in Chicago.

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Reginald 'Renold' Foster, of Ipswich's Timeline

September 20, 1595
Thaxted, Essex, England
Age 22
Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
October 15, 1620
Age 25
Exeter, Devonshire, England
April 1622
Age 26
Exeter, Devonshire, England
Age 27
Calverley, Yorkshire, England
Age 28
Exeter, Devon, England
Age 34
Exeter, Devon, England
Age 37
Exeter, Devon, England
Age 39
Exeter, Devon, England