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The Foster Family of Long Island

Two Corrections to Foster Family Errors found on the Internet

1.  Daniel Foster married Temperance Haines  NOT Temperance Halsey.  Apparently this error originated from the publication "Thomas Halsey of Hertfordshire, England, and Southampton, Long Island, 1591-1679," page 54 where it states that Temperance Halsey married Daniel Foster but offers no further documentation.  Please see her father's Will below to help correct this.
Page 19.--In the name of God, Amen, September 21, 1754. I, DAVID HAINES, of the town of Southampton, wheelwright, being sick. I leave to my wife Abigail the best room in my house and the great chamber, and the use of 1/3 of lands and meadows so long as she remains my widow, and 1/3 of my movable estate during her life, also 1/3 of my barn. I leave to my daughter Lydia my west room and the chamber over it and the bedroom "during her single life," also a cow so long as she remains single. I leave to my grand son, David Haines Foster, all my real estate, houses, lands, and meadows, and rights of Commonage, "all that is called mine or can be found to be mine," subject as above. But if my daughter, Abigail Dayton, or my daughter, Lydia Haines, or my daughter, Puah Clark, should have a male heir "born of their own bodies," the said male heirs are to have an equal share with my grand son, David Haines Foster. I leave to my daughter Lydia all my wearing clothes and ?40. I leave to my nephew, Anthony Haines, a cow and calf. I leave to Rev. Mr. Silvanus White ?5. All the rest of my personal estate I leave to my three daughters, "and all my personal estate is to be sold at vendue in plain and open manner." I make David Rose, Jr., and Anthony Haines, executors.  Witnesses, James Rogers, William Trapp, Joseph Goldsmith, blacksmith. Proved, May 11, 1756.
 [NOTE.--David Haines married Abigail, daughter of Christopher Foster, who was for many years Town Clerk of Southampton. His daughter Temperance married Daniel Foster (nephew of Christopher), who lived at West Hampton, and died there in 1791. Their son, David Haines Foster, was the first man in Southampton who had a middle name. His homestead was at North Sea, on the west side of the road that runs north from the Cedar Swamp, and was lately owned by Emma Rose. He was afterward one of the Colony from Southampton who settled the town of Palmyra, in Wayne County, N. Y.--W. S. P.]

2.  Daniel Sayre's first wife, Sarah, was NOT Sarah Foster daughter of Benjamin Foster and Lydia.

Benjamin's daughter must have been born after 1682 which cetainly would not align with the Sarah (who married Daniel's) tombstone at Mecox Cemetery (1666-1733)!  In Benjamin's Will he makes provision for his underage daughter.
Page 339.--BENJAMIN FOSTER. In the name of God, Amen. 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 lying on the south side of the way of my new dwelling house, to begin at the east end of the place where my old dwelling house is, and to run upon a due south line to the bay. Bounded north by the highway, east by the land of Nathaniel Halsey. I leave to my son, Jonathan Foster, that other certain parcel of land lying on the south side of the highway by my now dwelling house, bounded east by the line afore mentioned. I set for Benjamin's line, north by the highway, west by the swamp, as it is now fenced; Also one half of my meadow at Cooper's neck. I leave to my son, Isaac Foster, 7 acres of land to be laid out to him adjoining to the highway by the Beech tree. I leave to my son, David Foster, at Cutchogue, 20 shillings. I leave to my daughter, Mary Chatfield, 10 shillings. To my daughter Deborah 10 shillings when eighteen, and to my daughter Sarah ?8 when eighteen. Leaves to wife Lydia all rest of estate for life, and makes her executor. 
Dated January 25, 1704/5. Witnesses, John Sayre, Peter White, Samuel Cooper. Proved before Giles Sylvester, June 28, 1706.


Descendants and Ancestors of Thomas Foster
    George Washington, fourth son of David Earl and Susenett (Dieter) Foster, was born in a log house on his father's farm, on which he settled when coming into the county in the early days.  This farm was located near the place now called Lewis Run, PA.  He was reared on this farm and at an early age took an active part in clearing some to render it fit for producing the crops which supplied almost the entire food supply for the family.  He was given the benefit of a common school education, the schools at that time being of a very primitive nature, but he being a studious mind and having a strong determination to succeed in whatever he undertook, acquired more than an ordinary education under these conditions, not having an opportunity for school exceeding three months in any one year, and this during the winter season.  At the age of twenty he was planning to go to the western country to seek his fortune, but on account of the oil excitement breaking out in Bradford at this time, which offered good opportunities to young men both for labor and investment he gave up his plans for the west and went to work in the oil fields.  In a short time, he became interested as a producer and was quite successful in this line of business.  In 1893, George W. and Charles E. Foster engaged in business together and as their first venture organized the Tuna Valley Pressed Brick Company, capitalized at $80,000.00.  This company was brought to perfection and put on a paying basis in the year 1894, Charles E. being the vice-president and G.W. Foster, treasurer of the company.  Since that time these two brothers have operated together in the brick business, in which they have been very successful, having successfully organized and established the following companies:  Olean Pressed Brick Company, Olean, NY; Allegany Valley Brick Company, Olean, NY; Kittanning Clay Products Company, Kittanning, PA; Upper Kittanning Brick Company, East Brady, PA; Youngsville Brick and Tile Company, Youngsville, PA; Pearl Clay Products Company, Kushequa, PA; Binghamton Paving Block Company, Binghamton, NY; and the Foster Paving Block Company, Bradford, PA.  In all of these companies George W. and Charles E. Foster have held positions of president, general manager, treasurer and secretary, which offices they still hold in several of these companies, and in which compnanies they are directors.  Besides these brick interests Messrs ???.  Fosters also own quite valuable oil and gas interests, as well as being interested in other manufacturing industries.  They have their general office in the Auerhaim Bldg., Bradford, PA.  It is through these offices that they conduct most of their business.

    George W. for a number of years has been quite active in religious work, and is an active member of the United Brethern Church of Lewis Run, PA, and also an active worker in the Hill Memorial United Brethern Church of Bradford, PA, being a teacher of the men's class.  He has built up for himself a strong reputation as a religious worker, and is a man of sterling quality and integrity along business lines.


For information on the Foster family try contacting Debra Whitney or  Gary Foster, researchers that have graciously contributed to this file.Additional thanks to Barbara Van Vlack for the information provide on the Van Vlack section.  You can view her homepage at http://www.vanvlack.net