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Re: Susan J Foster
Posted by: Debra LaMel (ID *****4944) Date: June 21, 2012 at 20:55:11
In Reply to: Re: Susan J Foster by Frances Rifanburg of 14211

Finally found them in 1850 I believe

1850 Smith Co MS 16 Sept 1850 Family 254-254
John Foster age 25 Male Farmer Value of Real Estate 800 NC
Jane age 24 Female Miss
John age 4 male Miss
Christopher age 7/12 Male Miss
Jeff Craig age 24 Male no occup Penn

So from this we learn that Thomas C is Thomas Christopher Foster and that John and Jane probably married in Smith Co MS

Unfortunately this is not good below with loss of all records in Smith Co MS we might never know the exact marriage date of John and Jane unless we get lucky and find a bible record of perhaps Jane filed for a pension

From USGENWEB (for Smith co MS)
History of Smith County (MS)

Established December 23, 1833, Smith County is located in the south central part of Mississippi from the last of the land of the Choctaw Indian Cessions. Under the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek,(September 27,1830), this land was divided into the following counties: Noxubee, Kemper, Lauderdale, Clarke, Oktibbeha, Winston, Choctaw, Tallahatchie, Yalobusha, Carroll, Jasper, Neshoba, SMITH, Leake, Holmes, and Attala. Later the counties of Bolivar and Coahoma were created.

Smith County's outline is almost a quadrangle being 30 miles north and south, and 22 miles east and west. The area is approximately 660 square miles. It has the following counties for boundaries: Scott to the north, Jasper to the east, Jones and Covington to the south, and Simpson and Rankin to the west.

Major David Smith, for whom the county is named, was born in 1753 in Anson County, NC. Smith served as a private in the battles of King's Mountain, Cowpens, and Euthaw Springs, becoming a hero of the Revolutionary War. He first married in 1776 to Sarah Terry, and later, in 1791 married Obedience Fort. He moved with his family to Mississippi, settling in Hinds County not long after that region was yielded by the Choctaws. His son, Benjamin F. Smith, served as the first representative for Hinds County in the Mississippi Legislature. Major Smith died at Jackson, Mississippi in 1834. Aurelia Smith, his daughter, married Governor Runnels.

The first county seat located in Fairfield, just four miles to the south of Raleigh, was soon moved to Raleigh, MS. Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, an author and English Military and Naval Commander. There has been four courthouses in Raleigh due to fires. After the first courthouse burned, the Old Floyd Hotel was put to use as a courthouse, only to see the same thing happen to it in 1892. This resulted in the loss of all of the records for Smith County. A new building was erected and again was destroyed by fire in 1912, destroying practically all of the records. The present courthouse was built in 1912.

Most of my Foster's where from Wilkinson and Adams Co MS
my oldest ancestor was one John Foster b 25 May 1757 SC married 1) Sarah Gibson 2) Rachel Gibson (sisters and dau of Gideon Gibson)3)Mary Elizabeth Smith (b Anson Co NC to Zachariah Smith and Frances Prestwood they also moved to MS)

John and Mary had a son John Clayborn/Claiborne Foster who married Jane Amanda Nugent 22 Apr 1823 in Wilkinson co MS they moved to Fort Bend Co TX then to Jasper Co TX then she moved on to Limestone Co TX where she is buried (he died in Jasper Co TX we believe)she filed some papers for his military service in Jasper (widows pension)and gave his date of death
their son Wiley Wood Foster is my 3rd Grand Uncle and my 3rd step grandfather

This John and his wife Mary are my 5th grandparents
John C Foster and Jane are my 4th grandparents
Eliza Ann Foster and husband William Strother/Strawther are my 3rd grandparents
daughter Sina Jane Strawther and husband Leonard Louis Crockett are my 2nd grandparents

I am currently working on my Foster Family from Mississippi

Old John b 1757 had brothers James b 2 Aug 1752 d 15 Nov 1835, Thomas b 10 Sept 1762 d 1 Sept 1829 of a stroke and William b 1759 d 1834 and one twin to James we believe a unnamed male and one sister Nancy born before 1757 husband of William Gilbert.

there father is unknown but may be one William James Foster
there mother was named Mary Hill Foster buried in Foster's Mound Cemetery in Adams Co MS died at age 92 in 1819
(She was also listed in her granddaughter Nancy Foster Mays (dau of John and Rachel) family bible she was born near Salem NJ on 11 Jul 1727.

More tomorrow it is 11 pm and I am tired.


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