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The surname Foster was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Forster; Sir Robert Foster (1589-1663), an English judge and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench; John Foster (1648-1681), the earliest American engraver and the first Boston...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Atlanti c. 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
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Foster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel] Foster, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Thomas 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
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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
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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
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Foster Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Bennet Foster, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Edward Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Patrick Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Foster, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Asa Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
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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
  • Robert Foster, who landed in Quebec in 1831
  • Nathaniel Foster, who landed in Canada in 1831
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Foster Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • H Foster, who landed in Saint 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
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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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  • William Edwin "Bill" Foster (1929-2016), American head men's basketball coach, NABC Co-Coach of the Year (1978)
  • Bill Foster (1930-2016), American head men's basketball coach, Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1978
  • Robert Lloyd "Bob" Foster (1938-2015), American light heavyweight and heavyweight professional boxer, World light-heavyweight Champion (1968-1974)
  • 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
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Foster Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Ernest Foster, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. William  Foster (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. John Foster (1891-1914), English Bucker from Page Bank, Durham, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Norman Douglas Foster (1913-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Roy Ebenezer Foster (1905-1941), Australian Corporal from Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald Foster (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kemsworth, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Ralph Foster (b. 1917), Canadian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kings Point, Newfoundland, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth J Foster (b. 1921), Welsh Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Colin E Foster (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cresswell, Norpeth, Northumberlandshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Algernon T Foster (b. 1916), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hastings, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Samuel M. C. Foster, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. S Foster, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard Nelson Foster, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. George Foster, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Cornwall and was lost in 1942
  • Mr. George Foster (1923-1942), English Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Cornwall and was lost in 1942

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Walter F Foster, British Shipwright 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Albert E D Foster, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Henry Charles Arthur Foster, British Plumber 3rd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Foster, English First Waiter from Totnes, Devon, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert C Foster (d. 1912), aged 37, English Engineering Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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