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Joseph Coggin Foster
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1818
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1899
Richmond County
Georgia, USA

"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," by Frederick Clifton Pierce, W.B. Conkey Company, Chicago, 1899, page 335-336:

1207. REV. JOSEPH COGGIN FOSTER, D. D., A. M. (Moses, Moses, Jonathan, Caleb, Abraham, Reginald), b. Milford, N. H., April 11, 1818, in the second house built by his grandfather, Moses Foster, of Ipswich; m. 1st., April 14, 1843, Abigail Ann Eaton, dau. of Dea. Washington and Hannah (Low) Eaton, of East Weare, N. H., who d. Sept. 11. 1S64, and 2d. May 1, 1866, Julia Ann Gould, dau. of Dea. John Gould, of Dover, N. H , b. 1S19.

Rev. Joseph Coggin Foster, D. D., was born m Milford, N. H., April 11, 1818. On his father's side he was in the sixth generation from the emigrant, Reginald Foster of 1633, through Abraham, Caleb, Jonathan, Moses, Moses. Grandmother, Mary Fuller. Mother, Fanny Coggin. When about sixteen years old, he became an apprentice in the printing-office of the Farmers' Cabinet, Amherst, N. H., where he derived great advantages from the exchange list of periodicals and from a bookstore connected with the office. From there he went to the Literary and Theological Institution, now Colgate University, Hamilton, N. Y. In August, 1841, he graduated at the New Hampton Theological Institution, New Hampshire, having devoted about five years to studies preparatory to the gospel ministry. His first pastorate was in Brattleboro, Vt., where he was ordained pastor of the Baptist church, January 19. 1S43. In this position he remained till July, 1S56 more than thirteen and a half years. From this place he went directly to Beverly, Mass., where he was installed as pastor of the First Baptist church, August 7, 1856. This pastorate continued until January, 1S73 about sixteen and a
half years. From this place he removed to Randolph. Mass., where he was installed pastor of the Baptist church January 23, 1S73. This pastorate continued till January, 18S2 nine years. He then became associate editor of the Watchman, Boston, the Baptist paper of New England. He still remains connected with that paper, March 9, 1898, having been engaged in this service more than sixteen years. During the nearly forty years of his work as pastor of these churches he baptized 331 candidates, and served on town school committees twenty-nine successive years. He received the honorary degree of A. M. from Brown University, Providence, R. I., in 1S57, and the honorary degree of D. D. from the Central University, of Iowa, at Pella, Ia., in 1SS3. He saw much development of the churches to which he ministered, as shown by various kinds of efficiency, including benevolent contributions and extensive improvement of church property. In two instances superior houses of worship were built under his administration. He was actively engaged in educational and denominational work, holding responsible positions on various boards, and performing much official, secretarial and financial services. Some of his publications have had extensive circulation. He has written much for the periodical press aside from his editorial work. He is now, March g, 189S, within about one month of eighty years of age.

The Boston Transcript, in a lengthy obituary notice, says: "From the beginning he was actively engaged in educational and denominational work. He served on town school committees nearly thirty successive years, and for a considerable number of years he was chairman of the school committee in Beverly, up to the time of his removal from the town. When he left the town, he had just been re-elected for three years. In Randolph he was one of the trustees of the public library from its opening in 1S84, as long as he remained in the town, being vice-president most of the many years. He held various responsible positions on boards of benevolent societies, especially in sectarial (sic) and financial service. He was recording secretary of the Northern Baptist Educational Society fourteen years, from 1868 to 1882. and. treasurer of the conference of Baptist ministers in Massachusetts thirty-one years, from 1865 to 1S96, in which time he had charge of about S100,000 for the benefit of indigent, aged and disabled Baptist ministers. He served three years as a member of the board of the American Baptist Missionary Union, from 1S52 to 1S55. For twenty-two successive years he never attended the association of which his church belonged without being either clerk or moderator. Some of his publications have had extensive circulation, one of which, a tract on "Baptism and Communion," has been in great demand, several hundred thousand copies having been printed. An eight-page tract on "Responsibilities for Intemperance," was published by the National Temperance Society in New York and placed among their standard works. From an early period of his life he wrote for newspapers, and he continued to do so through his years as a student and a pastor. For three years he wrote a weekly Boston letter for the Watch Tower, a Baptist paper in New York. In December, 1881, he became assistant editor of the Watchman, and remained upon the editorial staff for more than fourteen years, till December, 1896. The honorary degree of A. M, was conferred upon him by Brown University in 1S57, and of D. D. by Central University at Pella, Ia., in 1SS3."

The will of Rev. Joseph C. Foster, late of Randolph, contains the following public bequests; One thousand dollars each to the American Home Baptist Mission Society of New York and the American Baptist Missionary Union of Boston, said bequests to be paid on the death of the testator's wife, and S300 to the conference of Baptist ministers in Massachusetts. On the death of his wife a trust fund, of which she has the income during life, is to be divided share and share alike, among the following societies: The Baptist Education Society of New York, for the benefit of the Hamilton Theological Seminary; Conference of Baptist Ministers in Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Baptist Convention and the Northern Baptist Education Society. The testator names as executors of his will his wife, Julia G. Foster, his son, William E. Foster, and Francis I. Hazelwood, D. D., the district secretary of the Baptist Home Missionary Society. The will was drawn January , 1893. He died in Augusta, Ga., March 16. 1899. Residence, Randolph. Mass. 
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  Abigail Ann Eaton Foster (1819 - 1864)*
  Julia Gould Foster (1833 - 1900)*
*Calculated relationship
APRIL 11 1818
MARCH 16 1899

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Central Cemetery
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Sub Division 5, Lot 208
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Record added: May 31, 2010
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Joseph Coggin Foster
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- John Glassford
 Added: Jul. 27, 2012
From the family of Mary Jane Foster in line of (Jesse, George, John, Moses, Moses, Jonathan,Caleb, Abraham, Reginald Foster.
 Added: Sep. 27, 2011

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