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 Caroline Amelia <I>Bolles</I> Foster

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Caroline Amelia Bolles Foster

  • Birth 14 Dec 1830 Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 18 Jan 1902 Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 75613812

Mrs. Caroline B. Foster
Caroline Bolles was born in Litchfield, Conn., Dec. 14, 1831; married Rev. John O. Foster, now one of the best known and most kindly regarded veterans of Rock River Conference, Dec. 14, 1863, and died, after a brief and painful illness, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stephen J. Herben, in Roseville, Newark, N. J., Jan. 18, 1902. Both parents were members of Lyman Beecher's church and the mother, a woman of exceptional gifts and force of character, was one of Henry Ward Beecher's earliest instructors. At fifteen Caroline was converted in the Methodist Church at Litchfield, which had just instituted regular services. In 1849 the family moved to Delphi, Ind., where Caroline began a career as school teacher, which she prosecuted with eminent success in a variety of responsible positions. Her work in Delphi and Lafayette, in the northern Indiana College at Valparaiso and at Battle Ground Institute was highly esteemed, and in 1862 she was elected preceptress of a new seminary instituted at South Bend. At this time she became acquainted with Rev. John O. Foster, then a senior in Garrett Biblical Institute, whom the year following she married. From that time she devoted herself, with the utmost ardor and consecration to the infinitely delicate and difficult task of the itinerant pastor's wife… .
--Methodist Episcopal Church. Rock River Conference, annual minutes, 1902

Spouse: Rev. John O. Foster
Parents: George Bolles and Clarissa Kilbourn
Sisters: Julia, (Caroline), Martha, Emma, Susan
Grandparents: James Kilbourn, Diantha Smith


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  • Created by: Debbie B
  • Added: 28 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75613812
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline Amelia Bolles Foster (14 Dec 1830–18 Jan 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75613812, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Debbie B (contributor 47274612) .