Matilda Ruth Foster

Brief Life History of Matilda Ruth

When Matilda Ruth Foster was born on 13 October 1849, in Council Point, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, George Foster, was 39 and her mother, Jane McCullough, was 30. She married Lemuel Caldwell Steele on 4 October 1867, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Teton, Bingham, Idaho, United States in 1900 and Lane, Oregon, United States in 1930. She died on 13 August 1931, in Benson, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Logan Cemetery, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lemuel Caldwell Steele
Matilda Ruth Foster
Marriage: 4 October 1867
Margaret Jane Steele
Matilda Elizabeth Steele
Lemuel William Steele
George Lee Steele
David Foster Steele
Lionel James Steele
Foster Joseph Steele
William Steele
Louise Steele

Sources (20)

  • Matilda Steel in household of Lemuel Steel, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Matilda Foster, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Death Records, 1864-1967"
  • Matilda Ruth Foster in entry for Lemuel Steel Steele Sr, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

World Events (8)

1859 · Oregon Becomes a State

Oregon became the 33rd state admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. 


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1872 · The First National Park

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

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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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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