Wiley S Foster

Male12 February 1832–10 November 1879

Brief Life History of Wiley S

When Wiley S Foster was born on 12 February 1832, in Mocksville, Davie, North Carolina, United States, his father, Isaac Hilery Foster, was 25 and his mother, Hariet Beviel, was 27. He married Mary Ann Bastain on 17 August 1848, in Montgomery, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. He lived in Coal Creek Township, Montgomery, Indiana, United States in 1870. He died on 10 November 1879, in New Richmond, Coal Creek Township, Montgomery, Indiana, United States, at the age of 47.

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Wiley S Foster
Mary Ann Bastain
Marriage: 17 August 1848
Ira E. Foster
James H Foster
Thomas J Foster
Daniel G Foster
Lawson R Foster

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  • Wiley S Foster in household of Thos M Foster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wiley Foster, "Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935"

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  • Marriage
    17 August 1848Montgomery, Indiana, United States
  • Children (5)

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    World Events (8)

    1836 · Remember the Alamo

    Age 4

    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.

    1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

    Age 4

    The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.


    Age 14

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Forster ‘worker in a forest’.

    English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre, a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’). But other explanations are equally or more likely.

    English: from Old French forcetier ‘maker of scissors’; see Forster 2.

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

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