Sarah Jane Foster

Brief Life History of Sarah Jane

When Sarah Jane Foster was born on 15 June 1830, in Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio, United States, her father, John Welcut Foster, was 21 and her mother, Mary "Polly" Davis, was 24. She married James L. Blackburn on 15 June 1853, in Marion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Marion, Illinois, United States in 1850. She died on 22 November 1916, in Rockwell, Lamar, Texas, United States, at the age of 86.

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James L. Blackburn
1826–1860
Sarah Jane Foster
1830–1916
Marriage: 15 June 1853
Mary Harriet Blackburn
1855–1931

Sources (3)

  • Sarah Foster in household of John Foster, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Sarah Jane Foster - Individual or family possessions: Family genealogies: birth: 15 June 1830; Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio, United States
  • Sarah Jane Foster, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

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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