Nettie Matilda Foster

16 August 1868–23 May 1955 (Age 86)
Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Nettie Matilda

When Nettie Matilda Foster was born on 16 August 1868, in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Stephen Foster, was 40 and her mother, Frances Mary Angell, was 38. She married Herbert Vernon Chaffee on 6 October 1892, in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 23 May 1955, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

Herbert Vernon Chaffee
Nettie Matilda Foster
Marriage: 6 October 1892
Myrtle Chaffee
Roger Brown Chaffee
Norman Foster Chaffee
Helen Chaffee
John Bernard Chaffee

Spouse and Children

6 October 1892
Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Charles C. Foster


    Jennie E. Foster



World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 2

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1870 · Giving all the right to vote

Age 2

The Act was an extension of the Fifteenth Amendment, that prohibited discrimination by state offices in voter registration. It also helped empower the President with the authority to enforce the first section of the Fifteenth Amendment throughout the United States. Being the first of three Enforcement Acts passed by the Congress, it helped combat attacks on the suffrage rights of African Americans.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 28

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English: reduced form of Forster .2 English: nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre, a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’).3 Jewish: probably an Americanized form of one or more likesounding Jewish surnames, such as Forster .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Nettie Foster in household of Stephen Foster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Nettie M F Chaffee, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Nettie M Chaffee, "United States Census, 1920"

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