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.
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.