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  • Hannah? Foster (deceased)
    Not the same as Mary Foster . Family Moses Foster wrote his will on 08 Mar 1782 at Ipswich.[7] Son Aaron was the executor of the estate of Moses Foster. The Will was entered into probate on 03 Oct 1...
  • Ann Foster (c.1700 - 1787)
    Moses Foster (1697 - 1785) married 3rd to Ann Varney, a widow, who died 21 Feb. 1787, in her 87th year. She was a widow Low before she became the 3rd wife of Thomas Varney (1683 - 1762). Thomas Var...
  • Mary Foster (b. - bef.1767)
    Not the wife of Moses Foster, of Chelmsford & Ashburnham . Not the same as Mary Foster Dea Moses Foster (son of John Foster and Mary) married 3 times: Mary (Rust) Foster — married 30 Sep 1721 in...
  • Mary Foster (1702 - 1732)
    Mary Rust BIRTH 7 Apr 1702 Essex County, Massachusetts DEATH 2 May 1732 (aged 30) Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts BURIAL Old Graveyard Essex, Essex County, Massachusetts Daughter of Nath...
  • Moses Foster, of Chelmsford & Ashburnham (1692 - 1785)
    Not the same as Moses Foster, of Ipswich Moses (“Mosis”) Foster was born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts to Samuel (“Sameuel”) Foster and Sarah Keyes on 4 Oct. 1692 . He appears to have been the fourth...

The profile for Moses Foster appears to confuse two men with the same name who lived in Massachusetts at about the same time.

(1) Moses (Mosis) (Moses Foster, of Chelmsford & Ashburnham) the son of Samuel and Sarah was born on October 4, 1692 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He married a woman named Mary about 1715. Probably she was Mary Davis, the daughter of Samuel Davis Jr. and Hannah (or Anna). Samuel and Hannah lived in the Littleton area (near Chelmsford). No families named Rust lived in the Chelmsford or Littleton area. The children of Moses and Mary are listed in the town records of Littleton, Massachusetts (formed from part of Chelmsford in 1714) (p. 47): Phoebe, Samuel, Esther, Sarah, Martha, Elizabeth, Mary, Moses, Jane (Jann), Joseph, Eunice, Anna. This Moses Foster moved to Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where he was known as Deacon Moses Foster. According to the vital records of Ashburnham, his wife Mary died there on November 11, 1777, between 70 and 80 years of age. Deacon Foster died on October 17, 1785, aged 94.

(2) Moses Foster (Moses Foster, of Ipswich) of Ipswich, Massachusetts, was born about 1697, according to his gravestone: []. He died on September 27, 1785 and was buried in the Old Graveyard in Essex. His wife was named Mary and apparently was Mary Rust. The vital records of Ipswich list many people with the surname Rust. According to these records, Moses and Mary had children named Miriam and Zebulon. According to her gravestone [], Mary died on May 2, 1732, at 30 years of age.

I have contacted the profile managers about the problem with this profile, but so far have not received a response. Any help resolving this would be appreciated.

Children of Moses & Mary Foster, recorded at Littleton

Family of Moses Foster, husbandman


  1. “An American Family History,”. “Mary Davis Foster” < link >
  2. Brown-Snel Family Roots. “Deacon Moses Foster (1692-1785)” (May 4, 2018) < link >
  3. Brown-Snel Family Roots. “Which Moses Foster?” (May 5, 2018) < link >
  4. Genealogy of the Fo(r)ster family; descendants of Reginald Foster, who settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Mass. A.D. 1638 by Forster, Edward Jacob, 1846-1896 (Publication date 1876). Page 22. < Archive.Org >
  5. “Foster”, Ipswich Births, page 147 < link Miriam
  6. “Foster”, Ipswich Births, page 149 < link > Zebulon
  7. from Foster Genealogy, Part 1 by Frederick Clifton Pierce. < link > “Dea. Moses Foster (John, Reginald, Reginald) b. Ipswich, Mass., in 1697; m. Jan. 18, 1732. Mary Rust; b. 17o2. She d. May 2, 1732; m. 2d, Jan. 18, 1733, Mary Blodgett; b. 17o2; d. Nov. 11, 1777, in Ashburnham; [NO] m. 3d, Mrs. Ann Varney; b. 170o; d. Feb. 21, 1787.” Moses Foster (husbandman) was not the Ashburnham proprietor.