Samuel John Wilson Forster

11 March 1828–
Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States

The Life of Samuel John Wilson

When Samuel John Wilson Forster was born on 11 March 1828, in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States, his father, William Forster, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth E. Wilson, was 28. He married Hannah Ritta Carter on 20 March 1853, in Vigo, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. He lived in Riley Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States in 1860 and Riley, Riley Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States in 1870. He died in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States, and was buried in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States.

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Samuel John Wilson Forster
Hannah Ritta Carter
Marriage: 20 March 1853
Thomas W Foster
Quincy E. Foster
Aaron M. Foster
Albert Foster
Gilbert Joseph Foster

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20 March 1853
Vigo, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 8

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

Age 35

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational and topographic name for someone who lived or worked in a forest ( see Forrest ).2 English: Norman French nickname or occupational name from Old French forcetier ‘cutter’, an agent noun from forcettes ‘scissors’.3 English: occupational name, by metathesis, from Old French fust(r)ier ‘blockmaker’ (a derivative of fustre ‘block of wood’).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Saml Foster, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wilson Foster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • S T W Foster in household of William Foster, "United States Census, 1850"

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