I first became interested in my family history in 7th grade but it wasn't until I became an adult that it truly became a passion. I work full-time at a local police department. I also work two part-time jobs as an EMT Instructor. I do what I can when I can. I used to help out on Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, when the site went down I turned to this site as another means of helping people. Geographically, my family goes from NJ through NY, PA, MO, TN, MA & ME in the USA. Outside of the USA we have found my tree traces heavily in Ireland with some in Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, France & Germany. The last names my research focuses on (going back to my 2nd great grandparents) are: Foster & Martin Reiners & Poole Schneider & Weeks Jones & Jones Kirk & Reegan/Reagan/Regan Dodd & Coleman Whynot (numerous spellings) & Kinnear McGonigle & Kane/O'Kane
I have learned some interesting things about my family while doing this research. For example, one of my 8th great grandfathers on my paternal grandfather's side was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials (Roger Toothaker). The nephew of the husband of my 10th great grandmother on my paternal grandmother's side was Cotton Mather. My great-grandfather on my maternal grandmother's side (Christopher James Kirk, Sr) and his family were from Fall River, MA. My paternal grandfather's brother (my great Uncle Al) married a wonderful & sweet woman (Beverly Arlette Campbell Foster) who I recently discovered is the 7th cousin 3 times removed of Lizzie Borden. My Kirk family was living about a mile away from the Bordens at the time of the double murder and NO ONE ever talked about this. I happened to stumble across it accidentally. My 6th great grandfather was Chief Pathkiller of the Cherokee Nation. Name sounds big & tough! His father… Aganstata Oconostata Groundhog Sausage Stand. GROUNDHOG SAUSAGE!!! Not so big & tough. I have had many interesting discoveries about the military history/service in my family. I have long been fascinated by the Civil War, especially Gettysburg. A couple of years ago I found out my 2nd cousin 5 times removed was taken prisoner of war at Gettysburg.
I strongly encourage everyone to learn about their family history. It is through the love of thousands of people that you are who you are today. While doing this research, you may learn a little something about yourself. I have always loved the ocean. I love deep sea fishing and being out on the water. I don't care if I catch anything or not, just being out there is relaxing to me. Then I found out that a large number of my ancestors were either fishermen, captains, ship carpenters, etc. Maybe there is something genetic, maybe it is a coincidence. I don't know…
I did some looking tonite and I think you can rule out Jane being Anne's daughter (and Robert's sister). I found Anne in the 1855 and the 1860 census. In order for your Jane to be Anne's daughter and Robert's sister, she would be the older sister according to their birth dates. In both the 1855/60, Jane is the youngest child, born about 1840. I posted the census info on their respective memorials, Ann (149791141) and Robert (149759577).
Wellwood Hi Kate, lol that's okay. I've done the same thing. I actually do have your question on my "pile" of things to watch for in my searches. Hopefully, one day soon one of us will be have the answer and you can find something else to drive you nuts! lol
Here is a list of FOSTERS with burial dates buried in lot 3660. John and Martha were buried on ths same day in 1850, strongly suggesting that they were both moved, and that they were both children.
FOSTER: Andrew, 12/27/1913; Arthur, 1/8/1931; Catharine, 9/4/1870; Clarence, 9/5/1882; Della T, 4/19/1956; Eliza J, 4/20/1918; Florence G, 4/23/1880; Horace, 1/6/1928; John, 11/17/1849; John and Martha, both on 3/20/1850; John, 7/9/1912; Male child of Horace K, 7/21/1880; Sarah, 2/19/1890; William, 5/29/1895; and William H, 1/31/1911.
The cemetery staff have confirmed that the John W. Foster buried in the unmarked grave in public lot 3243 (grave #59) was a 2-year-old child. The burial list for that grave is as follows:
FOSTER: Armand A, 9/8/1867; John W, 9/3/1850; and Walter M, 11/7/1867.
RE: John Foster (d 1850) in Green-Wood I did some quick searching, only to find that you have already found Jane and Joseph, created pages, and have photos of the graves. I suspect that John is with them. The absence of a visible stone could be explained by its having fallen and sunk. It may be right there on the lot, covered, just to the right of Jane's stone. I'm sure that you could make arrangements with Evergreens staff to attempt to find and reset John's stone, if it is there. I would guess that John, having died so early, may have been buried almost anywhere in 1850, but subsequently moved into the Evergreens lot, most likely when Jane was buried there in 1883. You may be able to get copies of lot ownership documents and a complete list of burials there: Mizpah Section, Lot 283.
John Foster (d 1850) in Green-Wood The John Foster in lot 3243 is in an unmarked grave, so there is no stone to provide any information. The grave in 3660 is probably marked. But I wanted to ask, before I hunt these graves down, if you know anything else about John Foster you seek, like a birth year or the names of a wife or child.
I wish I could answer your question. I am not related to the Welwood/Wellwoods but in my extracting the obituaries and researching the family, I suspect that many of them born in the early 1800s are related. I just couldn't link them together due to lack of having parents' names. If down the line you find that they are related, please let me know. I would be more than happy to transfer them to you. I would prefer a family member take management of their memorials.
I sent you three obituaries attached to each of the memorials. I don't know if you have them, but as a cousin once said, "It's better to receive twice, than not at all."
John Willis & Dorcas A Willis Hi Kate, Sorry this reply took so long but I have been traveling. I really appreciate you taking the time and making the effort to photograph John and Dorcas's headstones. Robin