Sarah Foster


Brief Life History of Sarah

When Sarah Foster was born in 1750, in Virginia, United States, her father, Thomas Foster, was 25 and her mother, Dorothy Gatewood, was 36. She married William Gatewood II in 1765, in Amherst, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She died in 1827, in Bedford, Trimble, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Bedford, Trimble, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Gatewood II
Sarah Foster
Marriage: 1765
Nancy Gatewood
Reuben Gatewood
Edmund Gatewood
Judith Gatewood
Dolly Gatewood
William Gatewood III
William Gatewood
Foster Gatewood

Sources (6)

  • Sarah Foster Gatewood, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Sarah Gatewood in entry for William Layne, "Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901"
  • Sarah Gatewood in entry for William Layne, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1765Amherst, Virginia, United States
  • Children (8)

    +3 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (7)

    1758 · Mount Vernon

    Age 8

    Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of George Washington. It started off as 2,000 acres and was later expanded to 8,000 acres. The house itself started off as a six room building then got extended to twenty-one rooms.


    Age 26

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

    Age 30

    On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

    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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