Joseph Hyrum Foster

Male12 September 1844–10 March 1898

Brief Life History of Joseph Hyrum

When Joseph Hyrum Foster was born on 12 September 1844, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, George FOSTER, was 34 and his mother, Jane McCullough, was 25. He married Clarissa Emily Beirdneau on 4 October 1867, in Graham, Arizona, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Smithville, Pima, Arizona, United States in 1880. He died on 10 March 1898, in Glenbar, Graham, Arizona, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Pima Cemetery, Pima, Graham, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Hyrum Foster
Rhoda Elizabeth Harvey
Marriage: 25 September 1879
John Harvey Foster
Alfred Karl Foster
Jane Ann Foster
Hugh Foster
Rhoda Thresa Foster
Ralph Foster
Ida Foster
Ulyla Foster

Sources (22)

  • Joseph Foster in entry for Hugh Foster, "Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930"
  • Joseph Foster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joseph Foster in entry for Nels S Johnson and Ida Foster, "Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 September 1879Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1845 · Oh My Father

    Age 1

    "In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."


    Age 2

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

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

    Age 17

    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

    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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    Story Highlight


    Mary Jane Cluff was born on 25 June 1855 in Provo, Utah, Utah Territory to Benjamin and Mary Ellen Foster Cluff. She was the oldest of seven children, three girls and four boys. Her mother, M …

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