William Foster

Male1802–27 July 1855

Brief Life History of William

When William Foster was born in 1802, in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Craddock Foster, was 22 and his mother, Ann Henfrey, was 29. He married Eliza Tomlinson on 23 September 1821, in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Radford, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom in 1841 and Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1851. He died on 27 July 1855, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 53.

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William Foster
Eliza Tomlinson
Marriage: 23 September 1821
Ellen Foster
Ann Foster
Thomas Foster
John Foster
Anna Foster
Thomas Foster
George Henry Foster
Sarah Foster
Elizabeth Foster
William Foster
Francis Foster
Isaac Foster

Sources (19)

  • Wm Foster, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • William Foster, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Forster, "England, Nottinghamshire, Church Records, 1578-1937"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 September 1821Basford, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (12)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

    Age 6

    The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 17

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    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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