Mary Louise Foster

6 November 1881–19 February 1955 (Age 73)
Sugar Island, Chippewa, Michigan, United States

The Life of Mary Louise

When Mary Louise Foster was born on 6 November 1881, in Sugar Island, Chippewa, Michigan, United States, her father, William Foster, was 32 and her mother, Elizabeth Fisher, was 25. She married John Gideon Lindonie Gravelle on 27 April 1903, in Sugar Island, Chippewa, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 19 February 1955, in Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa, Michigan, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa, Michigan, United States.

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John Gideon Lindonie Gravelle
Mary Louise Foster
Marriage: 27 April 1903
Myra Irena Mary Gravel
Myrtle Gravelle
Josephine Melvina Gravelle
Nancy Mary Amelia Gravelle
Veronica Isabelle Gravelle
William Joseph Gravelle
Eugene Gravel
Richard Philoteus Gravelle
Eugene Harold Gravelle

Spouse and Children

27 April 1903
Sugar Island, Chippewa, Michigan, United States


    Myra Irena Mary Gravel


    Myrtle Gravelle



    Nancy Mary Amelia Gravelle



+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    William Foster


    Elizabeth Fisher




    Mary Elizabeth Foster


    Jeanette "Jennie" Foster


    Georgina Foster


    Charles H. Foster



+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain

Age 6

"The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit ""water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."" H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, ""TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII""."
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 20

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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)

  • Mary Grand in household of John Grand, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary Gravelle in household of John Gravelle, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary L Gravell in household of John Gravell, "United States Census, 1920"

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