Solon Foster Sr.

8 January 1811–17 March 1896 (Age 85)
Danby, Tompkins, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Solon

When Solon Foster Sr. was born on 8 January 1811, in Danby, Tompkins, New York, United States, his father, Luther Foster Sr., was 40 and his mother, Ruth Hedges, was 43. He married Sarah Downing on 23 December 1841, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1850 and lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and St. George, Washington, Utah, United States in 1880. He registered for military service in 1852. He died on 17 March 1896, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Solon Foster Sr.
Sarah Downing
Marriage: 23 December 1841
William Riter Foster
Sarah Foster
Elizabeth Foster
Charles Franklin Foster
Orson Hyde Foster
Solon Foster Jr.
Celinda Foster
Sarah Ellen Foster

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 December 1841Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 16
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 25
    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.

    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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    Sources (30)

    • Solon Foster, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Solon Foster, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
    • Salon Foster in entry for Charles Franklin Foster, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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