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Isabella Hearst Foster
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Birth: May 14, 1797
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 1852
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA

Isabella Hearst was a daughter of James Hearst (1760-1806) of Perry Co., Pennsylvania and Mary (Campbell) Hearst (1767-1834) who was originally from Ireland. Isabella had been born in the family home in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, She was one of six children: four girls including herself and her sisters Mary, Jane, and Elizabeth, and two boys, John and William. When she came of age, she met, was courted by and married Robert Foster who had been born in 1787 in Buffalo Township, Northumberland County, PA. The couple married in 1817 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and settled in Columbia County, Pennsylvania from 1817 until 1829 or 1830. They moved to Ohio in 1830 and resettled after 1843 to Elkhart County, Indiana. They were blessed with nine children: six sons and three daughters. Their six children born unto them in Pennsylvania were as follows:
Andrew, b.March 17, 1819; James Hearst, b.May 22, 1821;
John, b.Feb 10, 1823; Mary Campbell (after her mother), b.May 30, 1826; Margaretta Young, b.May 25, 1828; and Eleanor Graham, b.Jan 9, 1829, all in Columbia Co., Penn.
Their 7th and 8th children, Robert, b.Jan 16, 1831; and Jane Elizabeth, b.June 25, 1833; were both born at the Clear Creek Township, Richland County, Ohio. Their last child, William Thomas, born to them on Sept 2, 1835, was born at Richfield, Huron County, Ohio. There are no further records of them that I can find until the worst of the worst occured on March 6th, 1843 when Isabella's husband, Robert, the father of the nine children, at the age of 65 years, died while the family was living at Clear Creek Township, Richland County, Ohio. He was buried at the Carlton Cemetery in Elkhart County, Indiana which is where the Orange and Clear Creek pioneers were traditionally buried. On April 5th, 1849, Andrew, the first born son, died unexpectedly at the age of 30 years. He was buried by his father at the Carlton Cemetery. His family now lived in Osolo Township in that same county and state. Just 3 years later, on April 22nd, 1852, Isabella Hearst Foster passed from this Earth, about a month before her 55th birthday. The eight remaining children mourned the loss of their mother and laid her to rest with her oldest son and husband, then sat down to have a serious discussion about what to do with their futures. All of the remaining children were now reaching adulthood, with John, the 2nd born, having just turned 29 yrs. a few months previously and William Thomas, the youngest, turning 17 in the Fall, 1852. The four brothers and four sisters all agreed that they wanted to settle down and either raise families or make their fortunes or both. On one thing they all agreed upon and that was that they all wanted to all go West, although each was open as to how far West they wanted to go. They all finished up their affairs and headed Westward in 1852. This is what happened, to my understanding, to each of Isabella's remaining children. Her youngest son, William Thomas (b.1835), settled in Boise, Ada County, Idaho. He is supposed to have died there in 1898, although I wasn't able to locate his grave. The next to settle down was Isabella's 2nd son, John (b.1823), who settled in Mitchell, Wheeler County, Oregon. Again, I haven't been able to locate his grave either in Mitchell, Oregon or at all. Isabella's 3rd son, James Hearst, settled in Albany, Linn County, Oregon. In 1870 he was a grain dealer and also owned land as each settler could own 640 acres as long as they lived on the land and improved it. He also married Martha J Gray and they had 3 sons & 2 daughters. He later operated the Calapooya dam, the mill and warehouse. His children had jobs as the bookkeeper, clerk & accountant associated with the dam, mill and warehouse operation. His wife died in 1881. He met a widow, Louesa Matilda (Burkhart) Thompson and they married in August, 1882. She had a son and a daughter from her 1st marriage. She and James did not have any children from their marriage that lasted until 1888 when James Hearst Foster died and was buried next to his 1st wife, Martha J (Gray) Foster.
Isabella's first daughter and fourth child, Mary Campbell Foster, settled in Albany, Linn County, Oregon. She married Olney Fry (1825-1905), died on July 23rd, 1892 & was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Albany near her brother, in plot 11s where her husband is also buried. Isabella's 2nd daughter, Margaretta Young Foster (b.1828) married Daniel Harvey Bodine in Albany, Oregon. The couple had six children and had a nice farm when Daniel died in 1869 just 12 years after they'd married. He was only 42 yrs. old. Margaretta's oldest sons worked the farm as best they could. Margaretta died in 1900 at the age of 62. Isabella's 3rd daughter, Eleanor Graham Foster (b.1829), died in July, 1856, just a few years after the siblings had arrived in Albany, Oregon. She is also buried at Riverside Cemetery in Albany, Oregon. Her headstone is badly damaged so it was difficult to discern who she was until I found out she was one of Isabella and Robert's children via LDS "pedigree". Robert Foster, the 7th child, married Hannah Froman and they were blessed with 10 children-- 2 daughters and 8 sons. One of their sons married a Burkhart girl, again connecting the Fosters and the Burkharts, although the Burkharts were also connected with the Fromans and the Bodine families as well. And Isabella's 8th child and 5th daughter, Jane Elizabeth (b.1833), died in Albany, Oregon, in June, 1862, and should also be buried at Riverside Cemetery, but I haven't been able to locate her at any of the Oregon cemeteries. If anyone can locate the missing children: John Foster b.1823, Jane Elizabeth Foster b.1833, d.1862; and William Thomas Foster b.1835, d.1898; I would appreciate any information regarding these siblings and will give credit where credit is due. So that is the story, such as it is, of Isabella Hearst Foster, her husband, Robert Foster, and their nine children who have spread the Foster name across this nation from Pennsylvania all the way to Oregon. They had children who have had children of their own and so the Foster, Burkhart, Bodine and Froman names go on thruout the state(s) of Oregon (and maybe Idaho). May God Bless them all and may they all lead happy lives in this beautiful Pacific Northwest. 
 
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 Parents:
  James Hearst (1760 - 1806)
  Mary Campbell Hearst (1767 - 1834)
 
 Spouse:
  Robert Foster (1787 - 1843)*
 
 Children:
  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)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Hearst (1794 - 1867)*
  Isabella Hearst Foster (1797 - 1852)
  William Hearst (1800 - 1880)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Wife of Robert Foster AE51yrs 11 mos
 
Note: She and Robert Foster m.1817 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
 
Burial:
Carleton Cemetery
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: SueCrane
Record added: Jul 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73494209
Isabella <i>Hearst</i> Foster
Added by: SueCrane
 
 
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Those we loved don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, Still Loved, still Missed and Very Dear. I'm sorry you didn't make it all of the way to Oregon. Rest In Peace, dear Isabella.
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: May. 4, 2013
Enjoy the Spring weather, reading a book in the garden in the sunshine. I hope to see you in Heaven and we can talk about how things used to be in America. Rest In Peace, sweet cousin.
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Apr. 14, 2012
Here are flowers for Isabella Hearst Foster, born in May, 1797, in Columbia County, PA. I never thought I'd find you, but here you are near the beginning of all things, when the Foster family started it's journey to Oregon. At Peace in Eternity. God's Ble...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Mar. 29, 2012
 
 
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