Wesley Chauncey Foster

5 July 1820–11 October 1875 (Age 55)
Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Wesley Chauncey

When Wesley Chauncey Foster was born on 5 July 1820, in Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, William B Foster, was 38 and his mother, Eleanor Ward, was 34. He married Mary Zillah Breckenridge on 14 December 1843. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States for about 5 years and Lenox, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States in 1875. He died on 11 October 1875, in Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 55.

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Wesley Chauncey Foster
Mary Zillah Breckenridge
Marriage: 14 December 1843
Martha Fanny Foster
Mary Frances Foster
Charles Wesley Foster
George Hinman Foster
Laura M Foster

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14 December 1843


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World Events (6)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 5

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 16

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

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)

  • Wesley C Lester, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wesley C Foster, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"
  • Wesley C Foster, "United States Census, 1860"

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