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Where did the English Foster family come from? What is the English Foster family crest and coat of arms? When did the Foster family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Foster family history?

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Although the name, Foster, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foster research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1589, 1663, 1648, 1681, 1617, 1692, 1635, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Foster History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 129 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Foster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Foster family name Foster, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Foster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Foster, who arrived in New England in 1619
  • John Foster, to Virginia in 1623
  • John Foster, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Thomas Foster, who arrived in America in 1634
  • Sylas Foster, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635


Foster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel] Foster, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Thos Foster, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Phillis Foster, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Julian Foster, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Sam Foster, who landed in South Carolina in 1728


Foster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Martha Foster, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Charles Foster, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Alex Foster, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Arthur Foster, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • George S Foster, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812


Foster Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Chamberlain Burke Foster, aged 25, landed in Mississippi in 1907
  • Louis Samuel Foster, who arrived in Alabama in 1912
  • Lee Peter Foster, who landed in Alabama in 1921
  • Alfred Scott Foster, who landed in Alabama in 1921
  • Edward Augustus Foster, who landed in Alabama in 1926


Foster Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Bennet Foster, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Patrick Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robt Foster, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Asa Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Eleanor Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774


Foster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Asher M Foster, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Jude Foster, who landed in Canada in 1829
  • James Foster, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Nathaniel Foster, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Hamilton Foster, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833


Foster Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • H Foster, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Foster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Foster, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Rebecca Foster, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Foster, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mary Foster, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mary Ann Foster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839


Foster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Foster landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Ramsay Foster landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Coromandel
  • James Ramsay Foster arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
  • James Foster arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • W Foster landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845


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  • Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887), American abolitionist and radical social reformer
  • Major-General Ivan Leon Foster (1896-1965), American Deputy Chief of Staff Allied Forces North Africa (1944-1945)
  • Brigadier-General George Burgess Jr. Foster (1884-1949), American Commanding Officer Tripler General Hospital (1939-1941)
  • Sergeant Gary Evans Foster (1894-1951), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster (b. 1962), American actress, film director and producer with two Academy Awards,three Bafta Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People's Choice Award
  • Susanna Foster (1924-2009), American film actress best known for her leading role as Christine in the 1943 film version of The Phantom of the Opera
  • Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864), American songwriter and composer who wrote "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Folks at Home" and "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", but died almost destitute in the Bellevue Hospital in New York
  • Lawrence Foster (b. 1941), American conductor
  • John Watson Foster (1836-1917), American military man, journalist and diplomat
  • Mr. John Foster (d. 1915), English First Waiter from Totnes, Devon, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Foster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foster Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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