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Horace B. , Jr. Foster[1]

Male 1829 - 1915  (86 years)


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  • Name Horace B. , Jr. Foster 
    Born 18 Nov 1829  Bassett, Pope Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Census Harden Co. Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Cooper & Farmer & Minister Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 1368 
    _UID E8529D9A57FF1443915F47271601F8A73262 
    Died 1 Dec 1915  New Haven, Gallatin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Emma, White Co Il. Smith Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I42376  Earnest
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2004 

    Father Horace B. , Sr. Foster, Elder,   b. 8 Jan 1811, Elizabethtown, [Pope} Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1846, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Phoebe Davis,   b. 1 May 1808, Waterford Twp., Washington Co., Oh Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1834, [Pope] Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1827  Pope Co., Il Now Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID 0B63D6BB2BF55E438E0A89380247F464BA6F 
    Notes 
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      Married by Joshua Teague J.P.
    Family ID F13896  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Ann Hobbs,   b. 15 Feb 1835, Cape Giradeau, Cape Giradeau Co., Mo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1923, Carmi, White Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 9 Dec 1849  Hardin Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID A57BBDBB0F138A41ADB0DF0EF932D2D39F35 
    Children 
     1. Edson Asa Foster,   b. 24 Nov 1854, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1855, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Thomas Jefferson Foster,   b. 28 Sep 1856, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1930, West Frankfort, Franklin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +3. John William Harrison Foster,   b. 8 Oct 1859, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1930, New Haven, Gallatin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. Isaac Abram Foster, Dr.,   b. 4 Oct 1862, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1926, Ziegler, Franklin Co., Il. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +5. Susan Ann Foster,   b. 12 Feb 1864, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1902, Green Co., Ar Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    +6. Hannah Etta Foster,   b. 10 Apr 1867, Rock Creek, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1952, Cave in Rock, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +7. Julia Ann Foster,   b. 22 Nov 1868, Hardin County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1950, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     8. Samuel Asa Foster,   b. 28 Mar 1870, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1870, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Mary Alice Foster,   b. 1 Sep 1871, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1935, Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     10. Joseph Alexander Foster,   b. 4 May 1875, Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1912, St. Louis, St Louis Co., Mo Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     11. Elizabeth Isabelle Foster,   b. 13 Mar 1877, Rock Creek, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1878, Rock Creek, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Family ID F13899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      ORDAINED MINISTER SEPT 14 1863
      FUNERAL AT NEW HAVEN BURIED SMITH CEMETERY, WHITE CO. ILLINOIS
      !RESIDENCE: Illinois Federal Census Report, 1850, Hardin County, Dwelling306;
      living with Eason & Anna Bigsby; AGE 21; BORN IL.
      Illinois State Census Report, 1855, Hardin County, Twp 11S, R9E, page 16,line
      30; Males, one 0-10, one 20-30. Females, one 20-30.
      Military Census of Hardin County Illinois, Rock Creek Prec., 1862/63 ofall
      able bodied males between 18 & 45. Age 30.
      Illinois State Census Report, 1865, Hardin County, Rock Creek Twp, page15,
      line 2; Males, two under 10, one 10-20, one 30-40. Females, one under 10
      years one 30-40.
      Illinois Federal Census Report, 1870, Hardin County, Rock Creek Prec.,
      Dwelling 5; shows occupation farmer, owned real estate valued at $600;AGE 40;
      BORN IL.
      Illinois Federal Census Report, 1880, Hardin County, Rock Creek Prec.,
      Dwelling 148; AGE 50; BORN IL. They lived next door to Tom and JaneClanton
      that year.
      Illinois Federal Census Report, 1910, Gallatin County, New Haven Village,
      Dwelling 79.

      !BIOGRAPHY: (1) Christ Church of Rock Creek, Hardin County Illinois Record
      Book, pages 5, 22, 10, 13, 46, 17, 38, and 44 and 45. (2) Obituary ofHorace
      Foster Jr. printed on the front page of the "Hardin County Independent"dated
      16 Dec 1915. (3) Hardin County Illinois Newspaper Abstracts, 1890-1908,Volume
      II, compiled by Marion Lavender Reynolds, printed and bound by Evansville
      Printing Inc., Evansville, Indiana, page 27 dated 2 Sep 1891 under "RockCreek.
      (4) Foster Facts and Fiction, an unpublished manuscript, written 1987-88by
      Frances Campbell Foster based on the research of Dr. Owen Fostersupplemented
      by her own considerable research, pages 20 through 29.

      BIOGRAPHY: Betsy S father was killed by a falling tree before she wasborn
      and her mother died at Betsy's birth. The place where Kit was killed,
      Elizabeth died and Betsy was born was a logging camp in Cape GirardeauCounty,
      Missouri. When Betsy was two or three weeks old, her aunt by marriage,Anna
      Pierce Hobbs rode a mule from Hardin County Illinois to Cape Girardeau,
      Missouri to pick her up and take her to raise. Roxie Tyer, agranddaughter,
      remembered that Betsy told her the trip back to Hardin County took threeweeks
      because the baby (Betsy) became sick on the journey. Anna Hobbs was a
      midwife and herbal doctor who became famous in later years as thediscoverer
      of the cause for milk sickness from which many, many women (includingAbraham
      Lincoln's mother) died in the late 19th century. She had an old Indianwoman
      named Aunt Shawnee living in her home and when Anna had to be awaydoctoring
      or gathering herbs, Aunt Shawnee cared for Betsy and the other children.Isaac
      and Anna Hobbs raised Betsy as if she were their own and she remained with
      Anna even after Isaac Hobbs death in1845. Myrtle Tyer Karber, another
      granddaughter of Betsy, remembered that Betsy smoked a corn cob pipe andwhen
      Myrtle asked her about it, she said she learned to smoke because it washer
      job when she was young, to get down at the hearth and start Mr. Pierce'spipe.
      Mr. Pierce was the elderly father of Anna Pierce Hobbs Bigsby. Betsy wasa
      very pretty girl with brown hair and brown eyes.
      The 1850 census for Hardin County shows both Horace and Betsy, who married
      in1849, living with Anna and her second husband Asen Bigsby.. During their
      marriage, Betsy not only kept house and raised her children, she also wove
      carpets, blankets and cloth which she sold in the community. HoraceFoster, a
      great grandson, remembers that she named every new child born into thefamily
      Horace if the parents would let her. She was responsible for naming Horace
      Foster, Horace Belt and Horace Patton among others. Horace was raised onhis
      father's farm north of Elizabethtown. His mother died when he was 5 andhe was
      raised by his Aunt Polly who was his father's second wife. When he was18, his
      father died. At the age of 20, he married Betsy Hobbs. On 7 Oct 1856,just 9
      days after the birth of his second son, Tom, he purchased 160 acres fromthe
      Government comprising the southwest quarter of section 28, in Rock Creek
      Precinct, Hardin County, Illinois. Later, they moved to the MountainPlace and
      developed a large farm. He built a double log house and there he and Betsy
      raised their eight children who lived to maturity. In 1935, the old loghouse
      stood between the Tower and Hobbs Cemetery. At that time, the place wasowned
      by Bennie Taylor, son of R. F. Taylor. Horace Jr.
      was a farmer and tanner. He also made boxes, barrels and baskets andshipped
      them to New Orleans on flat barges.
      Shortly after their marriage, Betsy and Horace were baptized by ElderThompson
      of the Christian Church at Big Spring in Hardin County Illinois andremained
      members of Christ Church all of their lives. Horace was chosen as anelder of
      the Christian Church on September 14, 1863. He was fully ordained as suchand
      allowed to administer all ordinances of the Gospel. He continued topreach and
      have charge of several churches during the eighteen sixties and seventiesand
      then, feeling that the church needed an educated ministry, he ceased totake
      care of churches as a regular pastor but gave much of his time to thechurch
      and frequently filled appointments for others when requested. In February
      1880, they were prominent among the founders of Christ Church at RockCreek.
      That church built for large assemblies, meetings called by ModeratorOxford,
      to reform the lawless wilderness, Stood on shores of Laughing Rock Creek,
      hence was named the Rock Creek Church.
      In his early Christian life it was the custom for each denomination totry to
      gain new members, even if it had to be done in debate and he loved todebate
      the scriptures. His main contention was that the Christian scripturescontain
      the whole plan of salvation and anything added in name, word or deed wasnot
      only wrong, but sinful and anything left out was an error of omission.Among
      many others, in Sep 1891, he laid to rest in Irby Cemetery, the infantbabe of
      Ellis and Lydia Jenkins of Big Creek and in 1893, he conducted grave side
      services for Toby Hess at Irby Cemetery.
      Horace and Betsy raised their grandson, Enoch Foster who was born in 1885and
      after the death of his father in 1892, often had their grandson, Charlie
      Laxton living with them. After their son Isaac and 3rd wife Della Beltwere
      divorced in 1898, Owen Foster lived with them for two or three yearsbefore
      going to live with his father about 1901.
      Horace was a kind man and over the years he often consigned notes for his
      friends and family who were in difficulty and needed funds. This practice
      eventually caused him to lose his farm. After he lost his farm about1898,
      they moved to a small farm southeast of Rock Creek school and Horacefarmed in
      the bottom land near New Haven in White County.
      Their son, Isaac Foster urged them to move to town and offered to buy ahouse
      for them to live in near his own home in New Haven. About 1905, Horace and
      Betsy left their home and went to live in New Haven Village in GallatinCounty
      Illinois.
      Horace Jr. was a quiet inoffensive man, truthful, honest and upright inall
      his dealings with his fellow man and lived a wholly blameless life. Horace
      died 1 Dec 1915 in New Haven, Gallatin County, Illinois, and was buried in
      Smith Cemetery near Orange Grove school, Emma Township, White County,Illinois.

      After the death of her husband, Betsy visited various of her children but
      primarily lived with her daughter, Julie Blagg, in Carmi Illinois. Betsydied
      21 Jan 1923 in Carmi, White County, Illinois, and was buried 23 Jan1923 in
      Smith/Orange Grove Cemetery, Emma Township, White County, Illinois.

      !LAND-RECORDS: On 7 Oct 1856, he filed on 160 acres described as theSouthwest
      quarter of Section 28, Twp 11S, Range 9E (Rock Creek Precinct) in Hardin
      County, Illinois.
      !PARENTS-BIRTH-MARRIAGE-CHILDREN: Genealogy of Samuel Davis of Oxford,Mass.,
      and Joseph Davis, of Dudley, Mass., and Their Descendants, Compiler and
      publisher, George L. Davis, North Andover Mass., published 1884, page300.

      !SPOUSE-CHILD: Hardin County Illinois Marriage Register 1, May 1884-Dec1891,
      Volume 1 with annotations, compiled and indexed by Judy Foreman Lee and
      Carolyn Cromeenes Foss, 1996, page 27 & 35 & 54.

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      Date of Import: Sep 5, 2000