Mary Ellen Foster

24 December 1837–2 November 1907 (Age 69)
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Ellen

When Mary Ellen Foster was born on 24 December 1837, in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States, her father, George Foster, was 27 and her mother, Jane McCullough, was 18. She married Benjamin Cluff on 28 February 1854, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Timpanogus, Wasatch, Utah, United States in 1880 and Provo Bench, Utah, Utah, United States in 1900. In 1880, at the age of 43, her occupation is listed as keeping house in Utah, United States. She died on 2 November 1907, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Cluff
Mary Ellen Foster
Marriage: 28 February 1854
Mary Jane Cluff
Benjamin Cluff Jr.
George Cluff
Mildred Cluff
Ellen Marie Cluff
David Foster Cluff
Walter Elmo Cluff

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 February 1854Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 2
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    Age 9
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1859 · Logan is Founded
    Age 22
    "\""During the end of April, David Reese and his company settled the land north of the Logan River. That area was the second permanent settlement in Cache Valley and the future location of Logan. The city's boundary was drawn by Logan's first bishop, Jesse W. Fox, a government engineer. The name \""\""Logan\""\"" comes from a trapper that used to frequent the area before the pioneers came to the valley.\"""

    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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    Faith of Our Ancestors - Mary Ellen Foster

    Mary Ellen Foster was born December 24, 1837 in Cincinnati, Ohio; she was the daughter of George and Mary Jane McCullough Foster and their second child. Her father lost one eye in a frightful acciden …

    Sources (38)

    • Maria in entry for Ellen M Cluff, "Hawaii, Births and Baptisms, 1843-1909"
    • Mary E Plaff, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Mary E Foster in entry for David Foster Cluff and Eunice Fern Cluff, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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