Elizabeth Clark

10 October 1803–27 July 1879 (Age 75)
Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Clark was born on 10 October 1803, in Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, her father, John Clark, was 44 and her mother, Mary Jane McDowell, was 33. She married Absolom Foster on 20 December 1828, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in District 1049, Whitfield, Georgia, United States in 1860 and Whitfield, Georgia, United States in 1870. She died on 27 July 1879, at the age of 75.

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Family Time Line

Absolom Foster
Elizabeth Clark
Marriage: 20 December 1828
Frances Foster
William Hamilton Foster
Martha Ann Foster
Mary Joshephine Foster
John Clark Foster
James Rufus Foster

Spouse and Children

20 December 1828
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States


    Frances Foster




    Mary Joshephine Foster


    John Clark Foster


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings


    Mary Jane McDowell




    Oliver Clark


    David M. Clark


    James William Clark



    Benjamin Clark


+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.
1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 8

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 22

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klērikos, a derivative of klēros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites ( see Levy ) ‘whose inheritance was the Lord’. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write, so that the term clerk came to denote any literate man.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Foster, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Elizabeth Foster in household of Abraham Foster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • E Foster in household of A Foster, "United States Census, 1860"

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