Foster, William, 1772-1863

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William Foster, Junior, 1777-1863, was the eldest son of William Foster, 1746-1821, merchant of Boston and his wife Grace Spear Foster, 1751-1816. His father sent him to Cadiz, Spain at the age of fourteen to study languages and learn business methods. In 1794, he went to France, married Marie Hortense Perron, 1779-1838, the daughter of a French merchant and settled in Normandy. In 1809, he returned to Boston with his wife and two daughters, Melite, born 1796 and Virginia, born 1797. Melite, who never married, died of some lingering disease in 1843. Virginia married James E. Coppinger and lived in France until her death in 1884. The Fosters had a third daughter, Fanny, born 1813, who married in 1844 Henry James Tudor (see Mss 29), brother of Frederic Tudor, the "Ice King."

From the description of William Foster papers, 1734-1879. (New England Historic Genealogical Society). WorldCat record id: 70879605

William T. Foster was a Civil War soldier in the 84th Illinois Regiment, Company F, from Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois.

William T. Foster enlisted with Company F of the Illinois 84th Volunteer Infantry in 1862 as a private. During the war he traveled from Louisville, Kentucky through contested territory to Silver Springs and Whiteside Station, Tennessee. Though he spent time in a hospital due to an ankle injury that rendered him unable to walk, he survived the war and was mustered out June 8, 1865 with the rank of Corporal.

From the description of William T. Foster letters, 1862 Oct. 7-1863 Dec. 26. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 46595666

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associatedWith Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. person
associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867. person
associatedWith Apthorp family. family
associatedWith Apthorp, Grace Foster, 1774-1795. person
associatedWith Apthorp, Mary Foster, 1774-1854. person
associatedWith Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. person
associatedWith Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866. person
associatedWith Cooper, Peter, 1791-1883. person
associatedWith Coppinger, James E., ca. 1811-1863. person
correspondedWith Coppinger, Virginia Foster, 1797-1884 person
associatedWith Coppinger, Virginia Foster, 1842-1862. person
associatedWith Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879. person
associatedWith Dobbin, James C. (James Cochran), 1814-1857. person
associatedWith Eliot family. family
associatedWith Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847. person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. person
associatedWith Foster, Charles Chauncy, 1785-1874. person
associatedWith Foster family. family
associatedWith Foster family. family
correspondedWith Foster, Grace Jeanne Melite, 1796-1843 person
correspondedWith Foster, Leonard, 1787-1855 person
associatedWith Foster, William, 1746-1821 person
associatedWith Foster, William Leonard, 1837-1915. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Levi, 1782-1868. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Morton, Marcus, 1784-1864. person
associatedWith Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848. person
associatedWith Otis, Sally Foster, 1770-1836. person
associatedWith Perron, Jean Francois. person
correspondedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869. person
associatedWith Powell family. family
associatedWith Randolph, John, 1773-1833. person
associatedWith Ritchie, Andrew. person
associatedWith Ritchie family. family
associatedWith Rodenbough, Theophilus F. (Theophilus Francis), 1838-1912. person
associatedWith South Cove Corporation (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Spear, Nathan, d. 1800. person
associatedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. person
associatedWith Tudor family. family
correspondedWith Tudor, Henry James, 1791-1864 person
correspondedWith Tudor, Jeanne Francoise Hortense Foster, 1813-1892 person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 84th (1862-1865). Company F. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Rensselaer, Charlotte Foster, 1792-1833. person
associatedWith Van Rensselaer family. family
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
associatedWith Wheeler family. family
associatedWith Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. person
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Boston (Mass.)
Fulton County (Ill.)
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Operational rations (Military supplies)--History--19th century--Sources
Shays' Rebellion, 1786-1787--Correspondence
Soldiers' writings, American
Military hospitals, American--History--19th century--Sources
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Birth 1772

Death 1863



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