Elvira Emily Foster

November 1835–8 March 1902 (Age 66)
Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Elvira Emily

Elvira Emily Foster was born in November 1835, in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States. She married Almon Henry Smith on 1 June 1853, in New Buffalo, Berrien, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in La Porte, Center Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States in 1860 and Indiana, United States in 1870. She died on 8 March 1902, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in River View Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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Almon Henry Smith
Elvira Emily Foster
Marriage: 1 June 1853
Ellen Miranda Smith
Arthur Smith
Wiletta S. Smith
Bert Lewis Smith
Myrtle Irene Smith

Spouse and Children

1 June 1853
New Buffalo, Berrien, Michigan, United States


World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 1

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.

Age 10

Historical Boundaries - 1845: Tuality, Oregon Country, United States; 1846: Tuality, Oregon Unorganized Federal Territory, United States; 1848: Tuality, Oregon Territory, United States; 1849: Washington, Oregon Territory, United States; 1854: Multnomah, Oregon Territory, United States; 1859: Multnomah, Oregon, United States
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 21

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

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)

  • Alvira Smith in household of Ira Honeyman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Elvira Smith in household of All Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Elvira Smith in household of Almond Smith, "United States Census, 1860"

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