Philena Foster

Female22 October 1807–2 November 1884

Brief Life History of Philena

When Philena Foster was born on 22 October 1807, in Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, William Baker Foster, was 26 and her mother, Eleanor Ward, was 21. She married Warren Millard on 25 April 1826, in Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years and Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States in 1880. She died on 2 November 1884, at the age of 77.

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Warren Millard
Philena Foster
Marriage: 25 April 1826
Stillman W. Millard
Rufus W. Millard
Amanda Harriet Millard
Francis O. Millard
Jane Eleanor Millard
Henry Stillman Millard
Emeline Jeannette Willard

Sources (30)

  • Philenia Millard in household of Warren Millard, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
  • Philena Foster, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Philena Millard, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 April 1826Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (13)

    +8 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.


    Age 5

    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 23

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Forster ‘worker in a forest’.

    English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre, a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’). But other explanations are equally or more likely.

    English: from Old French forcetier ‘maker of scissors’; see Forster 2.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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