Reginald Foster brought his wife, Judith and his children from England, and was one of the first inhabitants of Ipswich. The Foster homestead was near where you can find today’s Stone Bridge. He had other land in Ipswich, and by 11 March 1657/8 he bought a lot on “the High Street” from Roger Preston. Judith died in 1664, and Reginald remarried in 1665 to Sarah, the widow of John Martin. She outlived Reginald and became the second wife of William White of Haverhill. The date of Reginald’s death is unknown, and his will was proved on 9 June 1681.
My line daughters out right away with Reginald’s daughter, Sarah, marrying William Story about 1638.
The Preston Foster House still stands in Ipswich at 6 Water Street. Although the house has been dated to about 1690, the deed dates from 1657/8. You can see photos and more information at this link:
For more information:
A Genealogy of the Fo(r)ster Family: Descendants of Reginald Foster who settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts A.D. 1638, by Edward Jacob Forster, M.D, Boston: David Clapp & Son, 1876.
Foster Genealogy: being the record of the posterity of Reginald Foster, an early inhabitant of Ipswich, in New England, whose genealogy is traced back to Anacher, great forrester of Flanders, who died in 837 A.D., by Frederick Clifton Pierce, 1899.
Davis, Walter Goodwin, "Renold Foster," The American Genealogist 18, 1941, 13-15.
Forster, Edward Jacob, "Genealogy of the Fo(r)ster Family: Descendants of Reginald Fo(r)ster of Ipswich, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 30, 1876, 83-102.
Scott, Henry Edwards, "Fanny Foster," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 90, 1936, 307-311.
My Foster genealogy:
Generation 1: Reginald Foster: born about 1595, died before 30 May 1681 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 28 September 1619 in Theydon Gamon, Essex, England to Judith Wignall, daughter of Alexander Wignall. She died in October 1664 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He married second to Sarah Martin.
Generation 2: Sarah Foster, born 15 October 1620 in Exeter, Devonshire, England, died 1681 in Ipswich; married about 1638 in Ipswich to William Story. He was born about 1614 in Old Norwich, Norfolk, England and died 20 January 1702/3 in Ipswich. Eight children.
Generation 3. Seth story m. Elizabeth Cross
Generation 4: Zachariah Story m. Rachel Andrews
Generation 5: Deborah Story m. Westley Burnham
Generation 6: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 7: Asa Burnham m. Polly Bray
Generation 8: Lydia W. Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 9: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen
Generation 10: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)
Generation 7: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland
Generation 8: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 9: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)
Generation 6: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 7: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham (see above)
Generation 4: Elizabeth Story m. John Andrews
Generation 5: Abigail Andrews m. Jeremiah Burnham
Generation 6: Abigail Burnham m. Isaac Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Judith Burnham
Generation 8: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 9: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears (see above)
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