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Re: Susan J Foster
Posted by: Debra LaMel (ID *****4944) Date: June 22, 2012 at 09:02:01
In Reply to: Re: Susan J Foster by Frances Rifanburg of 14211

I have a subscription to Ancestry.com (an ongoing Christmas gift from my hubby every year)

I also have access to heritage quest through my local library at home

and the LDS website is a big help as well you have to join but it is free and has many millions of records and they are adding more every day (www.familysearch.org)
just click sign in and it will give you an option to get a free account
It has access for free to all the TX death certificates for free printing or downloading from 1890-1976
as well as TX marriages and many other records accross the globe

if you need help navigating the site you can just email me and I will send you my phone number just click on my name at the top of the messages and it will give you my email address

another site is www.usgenweb.com

and of course genforum many a volunteer has helped me on this site with tombstone photo, obits and other stuff I just send them the money for copies and postage. I also volunteer quite a bit myself

Right now I am in the middle of typing a story from a book called Southern Honor about my Foster family
You see John Foster b 1757 had a brother named James who's son also James murdered his wife Susan and this is the story of that murder. Gives quite a bit of family info with names
it is some 30 pages in a chapter called The Anatomy of a wife killing
(it is partial online that is how I found it at Google Books)

I have been doing genealogy on my own about 25 years and before that I helped my dad the old way visiting courthouses and graveyards and other stuff for about 5 years before his death.

TX Historical Marker
Outside Foster High School
Richmond TX
John Foster - John Foster
John Foster was born on May 25, 1757, in South Carolina to William James and Mary (Hill) Foster. Family history indicates he may have served with his brothers in Charleston against a British attack in June 1776. He married Rachel (Gibson), and they had at least six children, four of whom eventually lived in Texas. About 1781, the Fosters crossed the Appalachians and traveled almost 2,000 miles by flatboat to the Spanish-occupied Natchez District of present-day Mississippi. There, Foster became a substantial landowner and cattleman. After Rachel died, he married Mary (Smith) Kelsey, and of their seven children, three would come to Texas. After Mississippi Territory was created in 1798, Foster opposed the decrees of the appointed governor and petitioned Congress for an elected legislature. He established the town of Washington, and after it became the territorial capital in 1802, helped found Jefferson College. In 1822, Foster joined his son Randolph in Texas and became one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists. In 1824, he received an 11,600-acre grant in what is now Fort Bend County. He is believed to have established a school on his property that eventually became the Foster Community School. On December 25, 1835, John Foster signed the Columbia Resolutions urging Texas' declaration of independence from Mexico. Leaving behind four sons to support the struggle for Texas independence, Foster went to Wilkinson County, Mississippi, in early 1836 to live in retirement at the home of one of his daughters (sic Nancy Foster Mays). He died there on January 26, 1837. (2002)

I was at that Dedication of the New High School for John Foster and son Randolph and gave a speech on my gggrandmother Sina Jane Strawther Crockett (Her mother was a Foster)

(The partial story I am typing (I found the book at my local library) starts at chapter 17 page 462 (it is missing some pages on the online version)
http://books.google.com/books?id=H8J0X1G_MOUC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Debra


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