Daniel Foster

5 July 1799–7 March 1881 (Age 81)
Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States

The Life of Daniel

When Daniel Foster was born on 5 July 1799, in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States, his father, Daniel Foster, was 35 and his mother, Philena Pettingill, was 30. He married Rebecca Eaton on 22 December 1821, in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 7 March 1881, in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States.

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Daniel Foster
Rebecca Eaton
Marriage: 22 December 1821
Ira Hatch Foster
Timothy Danforth Foster
Lucinda Babcock Foster
Daniel Winthrop Foster
Lydia Eaton Foster
George Boardman Foster
John Avery Foster
Albert Lawson Foster

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22 December 1821
Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States


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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 1

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 5

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 22

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

Name Meaning

1 English: reduced form of Forster .2 English: nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre, a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’).3 Jewish: probably an Americanized form of one or more likesounding Jewish surnames, such as Forster .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Daniel Foster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Daniel Foster, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Daniel Foster, "United States Census, 1850"

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