When Jeremiah Poston was born on 11 February 1819, in Wapocomo, Hampshire, Virginia, United States, his father, Richard Poston, was 28 and his mother, Elizabeth Thompson, was 26. He married Mary Cartwright on 19 April 1849, in Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Wyoming Township, Chisago, Minnesota, United States in 1860 and Minnesota, United States in 1870. He died on 2 December 1876, in Forest Lake, Washington, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Forest Lake, Washington, Minnesota, United States.
topographic name for someone who lived by a postern gate, from Middle English postern(e) ‘side door or gate, secret door or passage’; in some cases it would have been a metonymic occupational name for a gatekeeper, and in some may be a habitational name from a place such as Postern in Kent or Derbyshire.
habitational name from Poston in Herefordshire or Poston in Shropshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Possa + thorn ‘thorn tree’.