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Isaac Abram Foster, Dr.[1]

Male 1862 - 1926  (64 years)


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  • Name Isaac Abram Foster 
    Suffix Dr. 
    Born 4 Oct 1862  Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Elijah /Foster/ 
    Occupation Doctor Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 1409 
    _UID 74B50338D914F64688F919E065ACFDA0B52E 
    Died 1 Dec 1926  Ziegler, Franklin Co., Il. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Zeigler Cem., Franklin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I42388  Earnest
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2004 

    Father Horace B. , Jr. Foster,   b. 18 Nov 1829, Bassett, Pope Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1915, New Haven, Gallatin Co., Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F13899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Josephine H. Foster,   b. 9 Sep 1870, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1946, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Children 
    +1. 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)
    Family ID F15800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha Fritts,   b. Abt 1864, Ky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    _UID DB328559DB067442B809471BE9C0A1241343 
    Family ID F13916  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Julia Ann Hobbs,   b. Mar 1865, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 20 Oct 1881  Rock Creek, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    _UID C98894ADC2EEE94A9A00E4B4EF90576BE8A0 
    Family ID F13917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Alice della Belt,   b. 22 Apr 1873, Shetlerville, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1941, Harrisburg, Saline County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1887  Shetlerville, Hardin County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    _UID 2DA28F4AA433394595EC937E5B02BAFEA452 
    Children 
    +1. Grover Cleveland Foster,   b. 8 Feb 1890, Harden Co, Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1927, Pleasant, Ia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     2. Isaac Owen Foster,   b. 1 Jun 1895,   d. 11 May 1961, St. Louis Mo. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Family ID F13918  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Belle Zona Chastain,   b. 11 Nov 1874, Emma, White County, Il Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1962, Gary, Lake County, In Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 20 Jul 1898  Chicago, Cook Co. Il. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID 407BF1E345610E408FB5A43EDDB7C6E0E39B 
    Children 
     1. John Paul Foster
     2. Ethel May Foster,   b. Private
     3. Elizabeth Foster,   b. Private
     4. Mary Electra Foster,   b. Private
     5. Alice Belle Foster,   b. Private
     6. Edward H. Foster,   b. 1898
    Family ID F13919  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      !RESIDENCE: Illinois Federal Census Report, 1870, Hardin County, RockCreek
      Prec., Dwelling #5; AGE 7; BORN IL.
      Illinois Federal Census Report, 1880, Hardin County, Rock Creek Prec.,
      Dwelling #148. AGE 17; BORN IL.
      llinois Federal Census Report, 1910, Gallatin County, New Haven Village,
      Dwelling #78.

      !BIRTH: 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, page 439.

      !BIRTH-MARRIAGE(1)-DEATH: Foster Family Bible.

      !RELIGION:"Christ Church at Rock Creek, Hardin County Illinois RecordBook",
      page 3,
      minutes of the meeting 5 Jul 1884 show Isaac A. Foster as an elder. Hewas
      also requested and accepted to take charge of the Emblems.
      page 5 lists him as charter member #3 (baptized by Elder E.S. Tinsley) ona
      list of members dated 13 Feb 1880.
      page 10 shows him as member #4 (a deacon) on a list of members dated 30Jun
      1883.
      page 13 shows him as member #4 (a deacon) on a list of members dated 1 Jul
      1884.
      page 17 shows him as member #4 (clerk & deacon) on a list of members dated
      1889.
      page 21 has the notation "all not otherwise noted were transferred to thenew
      church book May 2, 1891. S/ I.A. Foster, clerk.

      !BIOGRAPHY: (1) Excerpt from article titled Memoirs of the Lower OhioValley,
      Author, publication and date unknown. (2) A History of Illinois and Her
      People by George W. Smith, published 1927. (3) An article in the SunNewspaper
      of Paducah Kentucky in March 1981 titled "Golconda Acting Out It'sHistory".
      (4) Notes of Owen Foster and of Alice Foster Kingery. (5) Obituaryprinted in
      Franklin County, Illinois Newspaper on 2 Dec 1926. (6) Hardin CountyIllinois
      Newspaper Abstracts 1871-1889, by MarionLavender Reynolds, printed andbound
      1992 by Evansville Bindery Inc., Evansville Indiana, page 135 dated 8 Jul1881
      under "Rock Creek Items"; page 153 dated 28 Oct 1881 under "Rock Creek";page
      156 dated 18 Nov 1881 under "Harris Creek"; page 166 under "School ReportRock
      Creek-Dec. 1881; (7) Hardin County Illinois Newspaper Abstracts,1890-1908,
      Volume II, compiled by Marion Lavender Reynolds, printed and bound 1993 by
      Evansville Bindery Inc., Evansville, Indiana, page 20 dated 18 Mar 1891under
      "RockCreek". (8) Gallatin County Illinois Newspaper Abstracts, Volume III,
      Compiled and published, 1996, by Shirley Cummins Shewmaker, Harrisburg,
      Illinois, page 70.

      BIOGRAPHY: Isaac was born and raised on a farm in the Rock Creekcommunity. He
      spent his boyhood following the normal pursuits of a farm boy of that era
      which included attending public school regularly. He knew the value of agood
      education and sent his girls to college after they finished the 8th gradein
      spite of his mother's objection that "girls didn't need an educationbecause
      they married and reared families". He was a loving son who made a loomfor his
      mother to use in her weaving.
      He attended the Christian Church with his parents and at the age of 17,he was
      baptized by the Elder E.S. Tinsley. When the Rock Creek Church of Christwas
      organized in 1880, he was among the charter members. By 1883, he hadbecome a
      deacon of the Church of Christ. In 1884 he was a deacon and the clerk ofthe
      church and was responsible for the emblem. He remained a devout Christianall
      of his life being very heavily involved in founding a Church of Christ inNew
      Haven. He did so well at school that about 1881, at the age of seventeen,he
      became a schoolmaster in the rural schools. Isaac continued to teach forabout
      six years. During his time as a teacher, he continued to read and study at
      home and also attended a select school in 1883. He made himselfproficient in
      civil engineering and in 1888 was elected as surveyor of Hardin County
      Illinois. On 10 Nov 1889, Isaac performed a marriage between AndrewGinger and
      Annie Shafer as Justice of the Peace. During the three years he wassurveyor
      of Hardin County, he completed his study of medicine and graduated with a
      medical degree in 1891 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at St.
      Louis Missouri.
      He began his medical practice in Rock Creek where he practiced about 2years.
      In April 1893, he moved to the village of New Haven where he built up a
      lucrative practice. He also spent some time with the Illinois PublicHealth.
      Isaac's last marriage was to Belle Chastain. Belle was a native of White
      County and for five years before her marriage, a teacher in the public
      schools. In the first 6 years of her marriage, she had 5 children. In
      September 1904, her baby girl Ethel died of "flux", and in February 1905,she
      had her 5th child, Lizzie.
      Shortly after Lizzie's birth she suffered a nervous breakdown and had tobe
      hospitalized. While she was in the hospital, Isaac bought property in the
      center of New Haven Village. His office was downstairs and the familylived
      upstairs.
      The time Belle was in the hospital was very difficult for the children.The
      baby, Lizzie was cared for by a friend while Edward, Paul and Alice werecared
      for by a "hired girl" and their father.
      Alice Belle remembers that one day a black woman came into the room and
      frightened her and her two brothers. They crawled under the bed and theblack
      woman tried to pull them out but failed. They found out later that it wasthe
      hired girl who had covered her face and hands with soot from the kitchenstove.
      Alice thinks she was put up to it by a relative who wanted to scare them.
      Another time, Alice was going through the hall between the living room and
      parlor, a tall man grabbed her an started to take her away but she foughtso
      hard he finally put her down.
      Another day, the children went into the parlor to play and the hired girl
      suddenly called their attention to a strange man sitting in a chair. They
      screamed and ran downstairs to their father. He took them upstairs to see
      what had frightened them. It was a big rag doll dressed like a man-withshoes
      on the floor under his pants. They all laughed when they realized what it
      really was. When it was vacated, the family moved into another house tothe
      east. Belle came home and things were better for them.
      When a new baby was coming, the children were taken to a neighbor's houseand
      when they got home, Isaac would tell them he had found a baby variously"on a
      lump of coal when he went to get some for the cook stove", "on a post",and
      "on the ground where the stork dropped it".
      When it was vacated, the family moved into another house to the east.Belle
      came home and things were better for them. When a new baby was coming, the
      children were taken to a neighbor's house and when they got home, Isaacwould
      tell them he had found a baby variously "on a lump of coal when he wentto get
      some coal for the cook stove", "on a post", and "on the ground where thestork
      dropped it".
      While they lived in New Haven one day, a salesman came into his office and
      they got into an argument over religion. When Isaac couldn't win, heordered
      the man out of his office.
      At the family dinner table, butter was usually placed in the center of the
      table and everyone reached to help himself as needed. Isaac loved to tellthe
      story of a very long nosed preacher who was invited to a relative's homefor a
      Sunday dinner. The wife warned her husband and children not to make any
      remarks about his nose. Shortly after beginning to eat, the husbandturned to
      the preacher and said, "Brother, make a long nose and help yourself to the
      butter."
      Isaac was a big duck in a small pond.
      Many people came to Isaac for advice. He had a big book on law and helped
      settle many disputes in the neighborhood. He loved to argue aboutpolitics and
      religion and held the second highest office in Masonry in the state at the
      time of his death. He remained in New Haven for nearly a quarter of acentury.
      In 1918, he moved his family and his practice to Zeigler Illinois and
      remained there until his death. He was a leading light in the Democraticparty
      there; holding the office of precinct committeeman for several years. Hewas
      postmaster there from 1920 to 1922 and was township treasurer for oneterm.
      Doctor Foster was a member of the American Medical association, theIllinois
      State and the Gallatin County Medical societies. He was prominent inMasonic
      circles, being Worshipful Master of New Haven Lodge, no 230; a member of
      Fairfield Chapter, no 179, Royal Arch Masons, and deputy grand lecturerfor
      the Grand Lodge of Illinois. He also belonged to New Haven Lodge, NO.7591,
      Modern Woodmen of America; Shawnee Tribe, No. 193, Improved Order of RedMen
      and to Herald District, Court of Honor, No. 873. He and his wife belongedto
      the order of the Eastern Star, in which he held the office of WorthyPatron
      and she was secretary. They were likewise members of Gallatin Camp, Royal
      Neighbors of America.

      !PARENTS-BIRTH-MARRIAGE: Hardin County Illinois Marriage Register 1, May
      1884-Dec 1891, Volume 1 with annotations, compiled and indexed by JudyForeman
      Lee and Carolyn Cromeenes Foss, 1996, page 35.

      !MARRIAGE: Hardin County Illinois Marriage Register 1, May 1884-Dec 1891,
      Volume 1 with annotations, compiled and indexed by Judy Foreman Lee and
      Carolyn Cromeenes Foss, 1996, page 80.

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      Date of Import: Sep 5, 2000