Elliott James Foster

26 February 1850–5 August 1916 (Age 66)
Alexandria, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Elliott James

When Elliott James Foster was born on 26 February 1850, in Alexandria, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, James Foster, was 45 and his mother, Catherine Courter, was 48. He married Sarah Gray on 2 June 1871, in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Scott, Iowa, United States in 1905 and Davenport, Scott, Iowa, United States in 1910. He died on 5 August 1916, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Elliott James Foster
Sarah Gray
Marriage: 2 June 1871
Clinton Elliot Foster
Viola May Foster
David C. Foster
Paul Wesley Foster
Harris Benton Foster
Charles James Foster

Spouse and Children

2 June 1871
Davenport, Scott, Iowa, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    James Foster





    Mary J Foster


    John Corter Foster


    Harris L Foster


    George W Foster


    Thomas Benton Foster


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World Events (8)

1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 7

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.
1867 · Gas Street Lamps Installed

Age 17

The Los Angeles Gas Company installed 43 gas street lamps on Main Street. A lamplighter rode on horseback at dusk to light the streetlights. By 1873, 136 gas lamps had been installed in Los Angeles. 
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 18

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

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)

  • Elliott Y ?Aster, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Elliott J Foster, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Elliot J Foster, "Iowa State Census, 1885"

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