|Birth: ||May 22, 1824|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 1888|
OREGON PIONEER OF 1850
James Hearst Foster was the 3rd of nine children born to Robert Foster, (1787-1843), and Isabella (Hearst) Foster, (1797-2852). Both Robert & Isabella were from Pennsylvania and married in 1817 in Harrisburg, PA. Their 1st home was in Columbia County, Pennsylvania which is where they were blessed with their first six children, who were:
Andrew Foster, b.Mar 17, 1819, Columbia Co., PA.
d. Apr 5, 1849, Carlton Cemetery, Elkheart Co., Indiana,
John Foster, b.Feb 10, 1823, Columbia Co., PA., d.Mitchell, Wheeler County, Oregon.
James Hearst Foster, b.May 22, 1824, Columbia Co., PA.
d.June 12, 1888,Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn Co., OR.,
Mary Campbell Foster, b.May 25, 1825, Columbia Co., PA.
d.July 23, 1892, Albany, Linn Co., OR.
Margaretta Young (Foster) Bodine, b.May 25, 1828, Columbia Co.,PA. d.Nov 18, 1900, Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Oregon.
Eleanor Graham Foster, b.Jan 9, 1829, Columbia Co., PA.
d. July, 1856, Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn Co., Oregon.
Their three remaining children were born after the family had moved to Clear Creek Township in Richland County, Ohio, in 1830 or 1831. Those children were:
Robert Foster, b.Jan 16, 1831, b. Clear Creek Twp., Richland County, Ohio, d July 12, 1892, Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon.
Jane Elizabeth Foster, b.Jun 25, 1833, Clear Creek Township, Richland Co., Ohio, d.June, 1862, Location Unk.
and William Thomas Foster, b.Sept 2, 1835, Richfield, Huron Co., Ohio, d.1898, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, location unk.
James Hearst Foster arrived in Oregon after he and Martha J Gray (b.Jan 15, 1825, Preble Co., Ohio) had married and headed West with other members of his family. They settled in Albany, Linn County, Oregon in 1850 as they were listed in the incredibly valuable research entitled "Emigrants to Oregon" by Stephenie Flora for the year 1850 and were also included in the 1850 Oregon Territory Census. He filed for and obtained a Donation Land Claim which he farmed, in addition to his being a Merchant in Albany, operating the dam on the Calapooya River, operating a grain mill and warehouse and being a grain dealer. He and his wife were blessed with five children:
Robert A., b.@1855, James W., b.@1857, Margaret, b.@1859, Martha Ellen, b.@1861, and George T., b.@1863. All of their children were born in Oregon.
In later years, the children helped their father in that in the 1880 Census it showed that James W. was a clerk at the warehouse, Robert A. was an accountant and Margaret was a bookkeeper for the mill.
Martha, his wife of many years, died Feb 20, 1881 and was buried at Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon. James remarried on Aug 10, 1882 to a widow, Louesa Matilda (Burkhart) Thompson. She would outlive James, as she did not die until 1907; James died June 12th, 1888 and was buried next to his 1st wife, Martha, at Riverside Cemetery in Albany. [When Louesa Matilda (Burkhart) Thompson, Foster died in 1907, she was buried next to her 1st husband, David Thompson, under the name of Foster.] May they all Rest in Peace in Paradise.
Robert Foster (1787 - 1843)
Isabella Hearst Foster (1797 - 1852)
Martha Jane Gray Foster (1825 - 1881)*
Loueasa Matilda Burkhart Thompson (1836 - 1907)*
James Hearst Foster (1824 - 1888)
Mary Campbell Foster Fry (1826 - 1882)*
Margaretta Young Foster Bodine (1828 - 1900)*
Eleanor Graham Foster (1829 - 1856)*
Robert Foster (1831 - 1892)*
Note: He operated a dam on the Calapooya River. He is included in the 1850 Oregon Census.
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: David J Bollman
Record added: Jun 09, 2008
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