Mary Bailey “Polly” <I>Johnson</I> Foster

Mary Bailey “Polly” Johnson Foster

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Jul 1884 (aged 86)
Jackson Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Foster Mausoleum
Memorial ID 14232588 · View Source
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"Mary Bailey Foster, mother of Attorney C. D. Foster of this city, died at her home in Jackson Township Wednesday night, in the 87th year of her age. She had visited here only a short time ago and was apparently in her usual good health, but soon after returning home a liver disorder manifested itself and proved unyielding to the most skillful medical treatment attainable in her own locality or in Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. Foster was born in Wilkes-Barre, Sept 30, 1797. She came from the old Wyoming stock, her father being Jacob Johnson, second, son of Rev. Jacob Johnson, whose name is associated with the establishing of the gospel among the Connecticut settlers of this region.

Her father's sister, Lydia, married Col. Zebulon Butler, who led the Connecticut settlers in the battle and massacre of Wyoming, and her father's only brother was Jehoida Pitt Johnson. Her mother was Mary Bailey, a native of Rhose Island.

Mrs. Foster spent her younger days in Wilkes-Barre, the family home being for a time at the old homestead, now occupied by Dr. Ingham, corner River and Union and at the corner of Union and Main, where Major Roth's gunsmith shop now stands.

She received her education at the old academy, her name of Polly Johnson appearing on the lists of that institution during several years.

Deceased was twice married, first to Capt. Albon Bulford, though she was soon widowed, their union being blessed with three children, John J., Lord Butler and Olive, wife of Ira Mandeville, all of whom survive except Lord.

In 1835 she was married to Phineas Nash Foster in Jackson Township by Rev. Griffin Lewis, a well known divine of half a century ago.

Mr Foster was of Green Mountain ancestry, a native of Montpelier, VT, and their married life was a happy and uninterrupted one until Mr. Foster's demise in 1878 at the age of 81. He was a highly respected farmer of the county, and amassed a competency on the hills of Jackson Township. There was but one child borne to them, our townsman, Charles Dorrance Foster, who still retains the ancestral acres.

The subject of this sketch lived in the communion of the Methodist Episcopal Church and died peacefully in the full fruition of its teachings, passing painlessly and quietly away about 9 o'clock Wednesday evening.

During her visits here she had found it more convenient to attend St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and only a few weeks ago derived great spiritual comfort from being present and partaking of Holy Communion.

She was a woman of gentle manners, kindly disposition, a fond and loving mother, a sincere friend to all who knew her and her falling by life's wayside will bring a pang to all who were united to her by ties of kindred or affection.

She had been blessed with a rugged constitution which showed but slightly the ravages of time, and retained her health and bodily comfort almost up to the last. She had long since passed the milestone in life which but few ever reach, the time of her departure was at hand and she paid the debt of nature without a murmur.

Funeral Saturday at 10 from her late residence in Jackson Township. Interment in the Huntsville burying ground.

Wilkes-Barre Record, W-B, PA
25 Jul 1884

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Gravesite Details Originally buried in Huntsville Cemetery; later moved to the Foster Mausoleum in Hollenback


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 14232588
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Bailey “Polly” Johnson Foster (30 Sep 1797–23 Jul 1884), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14232588, citing Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Nan (contributor 46824729) .