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that state, and operated about twenty-five hundred
spindles and five hundred looms. In 1903 Mr. Fos-
ter drew out his investment and returned to Mil-
ford to enjoy a well-earned leisure. He was one
of the pioneer cotton manufacturers of the South.
He became master of the uusiness early in life, and
has been uniformly successful in his various under-
takings. He spends his summers in Milford, and
his winters in Augusta, Georgia.

Mr. Foster was selectman of Milford in 1889,
and has always shown a warm attachment for his
native town. While in Augusta, Georgia, during
the civil war, he joined the Masons. He belongs
to Benevolent Lodge, No. 7, in Milford; to King
Solomon Chapter, No. 17, of Milford, and to the
St. George Commandery of Nashua, New Hamp-
shire. He is also a member of the Commercial
Club of Augusta, Georgia. He married, September
13, i860, Adelaide Lutheria Doane, daughter of
Zenas Rebecca (Carlton) Doane, of Lawrence,
Massachusetts. They have one child, Fanny Doane
Foster, born April 16, 1862. She married, January
6, 1897, Ralph C. Bartlett, of Milford, New Hamp-
shire. They have one child, Millicent Doane Bart-
lett, born April 11, 1904.

(II) William, third son and sixth child of Regi-
nald and Judith Foster, was born 1633, and was a
yeoman. He resided in Ipswich, and later in Row-
ley, Massachusetts. He was received as an inhabi-
tant of the latter town in 1661, and settled in that
part known as Rowley Village, and which subse-
quently became the town of Boxford. Before re-
moving to Rowley he purchased of Joseph Jewett
a seventy-two portion of the village lands, for
which he paid eleven pounds thirteen shillings and
four pence. Jewett died before the deed was passed.
He was one of the petitioners for the incorpora-
tion of Boxford, and the petition was granted June
5, 1685. Subsequently he was a member of the
committee appointed on the part of the two towns
to settle the boundary. He was married May 15,
1661, in Ipswich, to Mary, daughter of William
and Joanna Jackson, of Rowley. She was born
February 8, 1639. Their children, all born in Row-
ley, were: Mary, Judith, Hannah, Jonathan, Wil-
liam, Timothy, David, Samuel and Joseph.

(III) William (2), second son and fifth child
of William (i) and Mary (Jackson) Foster, was
born in 1670 in Rowley Village, settled in Andover
in 1697-8, and there died August 29, 1755, in his
eighty-sixth year. He was a weaver, and followed
that occupation through life, bequeatliing his loom
to his son Asa in his will. He was first a member

of the North Parish in Andover, and was one of
the thirty-five who were dismissed therefrom in
1 71 1 in order to form the South Church. He was
married (first) July 6. i6g — , to Sarah, daughter of
John and Sarah Kimball, of Boxford. She was
born September 19, 1669, and died November 6,
1729. He was married (second) November 13,
1744, to Margaret Gould, who survived him. His
children were : Sarah, Mary, John, Hannah, Lydia
and Asa, all born of the first wife. (Mention of
Asa and descendants is made in this article.)

(IV) Captain John, eldest son and third child
of William (2) and Sarah (Kimball) Foster, was
born in Andover, September 2.1, 1701, and died there
June 17, 1773. He was a yeoman and a considera-
ble landholder. In the "History of Andover" he is
styled captain. He appears to have been a man of
some influence, and with his brother Asa was ap-
pointed on a committee to instruct the representa-
tive at the general court to enter a protest against
the Stamp Act. Again in 1768 the two brothers
were on a committee to frame resolutions to in-
duce the inhabitants to "ignore extravagance, idle-
ness and vice, and promote manufactures, industry,
economy and good morals in the town, and dis-
countenance importation and the use of foreign
superfluities." He married Mary Osgood, January
13, 1725. She died April 6, 1772. Their children
were: William (died young), John, William, a
son, John, Mary, Isaac, Gideon, Obadiah, Solomon
and Osgood.

(V) Obadiah, ninth child and eighth son of
John and Mary (Osgood) Foster, was born in
Andover, May 25, 1741, and died July 25, 1780. He
married, May 30, 1769, Hannah Ballard. She was
published May 15, and married June i, 1792, to
Joshua Chandler. The children of Obadiah and
Hannah were: John, Obadiah, Hannah and Fred-

(VI) John (2), son of Obadiah and Hannah
(Ballard) Foster, was born in Andover, ISIassa-
chusetts, March 3, 1770, and died in Warner, New
Hampshire, in 1846. It is written of him: "He
possessed a quick and sound judgment, great en-
ergy of character, and rare virtues; he was mild,
frank and determined in action, his influence was
widely felt in every community in which he lived."
In 1830 he removed with his family to Warner,
New Hampshire, where he passed the remainder
of his life. He married (first) in 1799, Mary,
daughter of Samuel and Mary Danforth, who died
November 27, 1802. Married (second) Lucy,
daughter of Benjamin and Experience Hastings,
1803; she died September 10, 1842. Married (third)
Airs. Sally Morse Couch, January 25, 1843.

(VII) George Foster, fourth son and young-
est child of John (2) and Lucy (Hastings) Fos-
ter, was born in Hudson, New Hampshire, Sep-
tember 23, 1821. In 1830 his parents removed to
Warner with their family, and it was there that he
passed his youth and early manhood. With such
education as a bright boy could acquire from the
district school of seventy yeSrs ago, he started out
on the journey of life. Gifted by nature with
dauntless courage, ambition, and intelligence _ of a
high order, the young man soon made himself
known and felt among his fellowmen. Beginning
in business life, first as a peddler, and then as a
keeper of an all-round country store at Davisville.
he gradually worked into the lines of trade toward
which his tastes inclined, those of farming, deal-
ing in wood and buying, manufacturing and selling
all kinds of lumber. At the age of thirty-eight he
went to Weare, New Hampshire, living there until

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1868, when he removed to Bedford, New Hamp-
shire, having purchased the homestead farm of
Adam Chandler, Esq. There he resided until his
death, March 21, 1881. In Bedford were passed
the brightest and happiest days of his life. Engaged
in a* lucrative business, happy in his family circle,
happy in the cultivation, development and improve-
ment of the broad acres of his grand estate, pos-
sessed of a host of devoted friends, he was justly
proud of the success which had brought all these
blessings around him. Genial, hospitable, and gen-
erous to a fault, George Foster never lost a friend
and seldom made an enemy. His character was
cast in the puritanic mold of his forefathers, pure
and simple in his habits, gentle and sympathetic
in his manners, he was a man whom to know was
to love. His business, social and political conclu-
sions were formed quickly but accurately, and once
found were as fixed as the eternal hills. He was
strong in his likes and dislikes, he loved his fam-
ily and his friends, he loved truth and justice and
humanity, and he hated sham and hypocrisy, and
denounced them in all their forms in unmistaka-
ble language. As there still lingers among those
who were his associates many memories of kind
words and generous deeds, there also remains recol-
lections of his apt and cutting repartee and scath-
ing criticism. As a fitting tribute to his abilitj
and sterling integrity he was twice elected to the
state senate of New Hampshire, first in 1872 and
again in 1873.

]Mr. Foster married, in 1847, Salome F. Little,
of Salisbury, who was born in Boscawen, August
9, 1825, and died in Bedford, December 12, 1897.
Her father was Eliphalet Little, an old time farmer
and shoemaker ; her mother was Meele, daughter
of Moses Fellows, of Salisbury, one of the heroes
of. the Revolution. Her loving and generous heart
and cheerful disposition, added to mental endow-
ments of a high order, made her in every sense a
fitting companion for her worthy husband. Mr. and
Mrs. Foster were buried in Warner, and the epi-
taph carved on the stone above their last resting
place seems a fitting and comprehensive tribute to
the character of both :

"They made the world better by living in it."
Their children were : Lucy A., Sarah M., John,
George S., Charles E., Herman and Lucy Mary.
Lucy A. was born February 6, 1848, and died May
30, 1855. Sarah M., wife of Edmund B. Hull, was
born April 25, 1850, and now lives on the River
road, in Bedford. During her residence in the
town she has been a central figure in all its social
and literary affairs ; for a long time she was a
teacher in the public schools of the town, retir-
ing from her vocation after her marriage, but she
has ever since taken a lively interest in its edu-
cational affairs. Their children are Harry F., born
July 24, 187S. died January 29, 1907. Grace E., Oc-
tober 14, 1880. John is mentioned below. George
S., born July 8, 1857, died August 15,' 1882. He
was a sturdy young jnan of great promise. He
married Etta F. Moulton. Children : Ethel D., wife
of Leslie Ellis ; she was born February 10, 1881,
and is the mother of two children : Lottie Foster,
born June 19, 1900; Leslie A., August 16, 1901 ;
George S., born April 20, 1882. Charles E., born
June 12, i860, married Bertha Cheney, granddaugh-
ter of James Gardner, who lived all his life in
Bedford. They now reside in Manchester. Chil-
dren: Electa Little, born May 20, 1896, died Jan-
uary 19, 1901 ; Charles R., October 17, 1897; Jen-
nie Salome, June 28, 1899, died January 29, 1901 ;
Burton S., January 12, 1901. Herman, born August

3, 1863, married (first) Nancy E. Barr, daughter
of David Barr, of Bedford. Children : George
Reginald, born December 14, 1888; Lucy Salome,
September 25, 1893, died April 26, 1893. Married
(second) Mary A. Woolsey, of Livingston Manor,
New York; they now reside in Boston. Children:
Robert W., August 7, 1899, died same day; Dwight
W., June 22, 1900, died December 16, 1901 ; Amy W.,
January 21, 1902. Herman Foster is a grad-
uate of Emerson School of Oratory, class of 1896,
and is now engaged in the real estate business.
Lucy Mary, married Burton Stewart, and they
now live in Brockton, Massachusetts.

(Vni) John (3), third child and eldest son of
George and Salome F. (Little) Foster, was born
in Warner, New Hampshire, March 5, 1852. He
was graduated from Manchester high school in
1872, entering Dartmouth College the same year,
and was graduated with the degree of A. B. in the
class of 1876. Shortly after the completion of his
college course, he entered the law office of Hon.
James F. Briggs, of Manchester, and upon the com-
pletion of his legal studies was admitted to the
bar in 1878, and opened an office in Manchester,
where he conducted a successful practice until
1890, when on account of ill-health he relinquished
his duties as an active practitioner and has since,
by way of recreation, added some valued produc-
tions to New Hampshire literature. Among his
popular rnetrical efforts are : "The Old Stone
Wall;" "The Old Time Dog and Gun;" "The Old
Time Stage Coach;" "The Tiger Lily;" "The
Abandoned Farm;" "The Old Hoyt School-house;"
"The Old March Meeting Day," and "Hayseed."
The last mentioned was read at the Henniker Old
Home Day celebration in 1906. His last and best
contribution is the one entitled "The Triumph of
the Anglo-Saxon Race." He also prepared and read
as a memorial at the thirtieth anniversary meeting
of his class at Dartmouth College, June 25, 1906,
"Springtime and Autumn," which received glowing
commendation from the press and warm approval
by members of his class. Mr. Foster in all his pro-
ductions evinces the true poetic instinct. A lover of
nature and nature's God, he has woven into the
warp and woof of his songs the sentiments of a
heart which pulsates with love, loyalty and devotion.
Many of his best efforts have been memorials to
departed friends and cheering quaint verses _ to
those who have been his friends and companions
from boyhood. Mr. Foster was elected to the
legislature to represent the town of Bedford 011
the Republican ticket in 1879 and served with credit
to himself and his constituency. He married in
Manchester, February 18. 1881, Mary Lizzie Mc-
Crillis, who was born in Manchester, June 5, 1854,
daughter of John B. and Mary (Kilgore) Mc-
Criltis. She was graduated from the Manchester
high school in 1872, in the same class with Mr.
Foster. She is an artist of high repute, and her
work-in both oil and water color has been received
with much favor by the public.

(IV) Captain Asa, youngest child of William
(2) and Sarah (Kimball) Fester, was born June
16, 1710, in Andover, and passed his life in that
town, where he died July 17. 1787. He owned one
hundred and sixty acres of land in Canterburv-,
New Hampshire, besides large tracts of upland and
meadow in Andover. On March 8, 1776, he was
appointed one of the members of a committee of
the town on correspondence, inspection and safety.
His estate was valued at eight hundred and thirty
pounds, sixteen shillings and seven pence. He was
married (first), Octobr 26, 1732, to Elizabeth,

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daughter of John Abbott. She was born in 1712,
and died July 4, 1758. His intention of marriage
to Lucy Rogers was published December 10, 1763.
She died October 17,, 1787, surviving him exactly
three months. His children were: Asa, Abial,
Daniel, David (died young), David, Elizabeth,
Jonathan, Sarah and Lucy. (Mention of David and
descendants appears in this article). ^

(V) Abial, second son and child of Captain Asa
and Elizabeth (Abbott) Foster, was born August
29, 1733, in Andover, Massachusetts, and was an
early resident of Canterbury, New Hampshire. He
was a clergyman. Owing to mutilation of the rec-
ords, the full name of his wife cannot now be
learned. Her christian name was Hannah, and the

first two letters of her family name were Ba .

The records of Canterbury show three children born
to them, namely: Hannah, William and James.
There were undoubtedly others.

(VI) Abial (2), was undoubtedly a son of
Reverend Abial and Hannah Foster, born probably
about 1767. He was married February 25, 1796, in
Canterbury, to Susannah Moor. The records of
Canterbury show Susannah Foster, born February
7, 1775, and another April 9, 1775. No parentage
is given, and this is probably two records of the
birth of the same person, supposed to be the wife
Abial (2). Their children were: Polly, Abial, one
whose christian name is not given (supposed to be
Simeon B. born April 23, 1800), Susannah, Nancy,
Joseph, Elizabeth, Augusta Caroline, Martha Jane,
Sarah, Catherine (died young), Catherine and one
still born, recorded June i, 1817.

(VH) Simeon B. Foster was a native of Can-
terbury, where he lived the life of a plain honest
farmer whose chief concerns were in getting an
honest living and properly bringing up a family. He
died in Canterbury, November 26, 1880. He was
first a Whig and in his later years a Republican and
his party elected him to the office of selectman and
collector. He was married, April 18, 1826, to Polly
S. Hill, who died in 1870, aged sixty-five years.
They had ten children ; Myron C. Harrison,
Alonzo, John, Fidelia, Melissa, Emma, Melinda,
Nancy, Lyman.

(VHI) Myron C, eldest child of Simeon and
Polly S.. (Hill) Foster, was born in Canterbury,
February 7, 1829, and has followed the same voca-
tion as his father. In politics he is a Republican.
For some years he was town tax collector. He is a
member of the Baptist Church, and for many years
had been one of its deacons. While the Civil war
was in progress he served about five months as a
contract nurse. He married, January i, 1854, Lu-
cinda M. Pear, who was born April i, 1833, in Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts, daughter of George and
Nancy (Carter) Pear, of Cambridge. They have had
three children : Lizzie, deceased ; George, a miller
at Contoocook; Lyman B., whose sketch follows.

(IX) Lyman Beecher Foster was born in Can-
terbury, October 30, 1867, and is youngest child of
Myron and Lucinda M. (Pear) Foster. He was
educated in the public schools. At eighteen years
of age he went into the employment of J. H. Jack-
man as a clerk in a store at Penacook, where he
continued eighteen months ; he then took a similar
position in a co-operative store in Penacook, wdiere
he served seven years ; subsequently he clerked for
E. J. Young in East (ioncord, five years, and Phil-
brick & Hill, of Tilton, five years. In 1904 he
bought a grocery stock in Farmington, where he
has since been in business. He is a member of
Contoocook Lodge, No. 26, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of Penacook, in which he is a past

grand; a member of Penacook Encampment, No.
3, of Concord, and of Wily Canton, Patriarchs
Militant, of Concord. He married Annibeck P.
Wyman, who was born October 29, 1868, a daugh-
ter of Daniel and Annie (Webster) Wyman, of

(V) David, fifth son of Captain Asa and Eliza-
beth (Abbott) Foster, was born September 25,
1737, in Andover, and settled in Canterbury, New
Hampshire. He was married, November 24, 1760,
to Hannah Kittrcdge, and their children, on record
in Canterbury, were : Daniel, Hannah, Simeon,
Betsey, Jonathan, Dorcas, Abiah, Abigail, Ruth and
Jeremiah. The record states that these children
were born in Andover. (Mention of Joseph and
descendants forms part of this article).

(VI) Daniel, eldest child of David and Hannah
(Kittredge) Foster, was born June 29, 1761, in
Andover, and resided in Canterbury, New Hamp-
shire. Nothing in the public records shows his
marriage of children. The family records give the
birth of the next in order, who was probably a son
of Daniel Foster, but nothing now appears by
which this can be conclusively determined.

(VII) Daniel Kittredge Foster was born in 1793
at Canterbury, New Hampshire, a town which gave
birth to Stephen Foster, the Abolitionist, and to
others of the name who have wrought well for the
public service. He became a teacher and farmer at
Chichester, this state. On November 20, 1823, Daniel
Kittredge Foster married Lydia Lane, second child
of Simeon and Sarah (Morrill) Lane, who was born
in Chichester, May 2, 1799. Her mother died when
she was but an infant, and her father married again
and had a large family ; hence Lydia was adopted by
Joshua and Lydia (Blake) Lane, who might pro-
perly be considered her parents, as they brought her
up and left her their property. Daniel K. and Lydia
(Lane) Foster had five children, all sons: Joshua
Lane, whose sketch follows ; Joseph Addison, born
in 1825 or 6; Daniel Kittredge, born December 10,.
1827; Lucius Augustus, born November 20, 1831, and
Rinaldo Brackett, born March 5, 1836. Daniel K.
(2) Foster was a school teacher of note in his day.
Daniel K. (i) Foster died October 11, 1869, and his
wife died in February, 1875, each at the age of
seventy- six years.

(VIII) Joshua Lane, eldest child of Daniel Kitt-
redge and Lydia (Lane) Foster, was born at Canter-
bury, New Hampshire, October 10, 1824. When
about three months old his parents moved to Chi-
chester, this state, to reside with Joshua Lane, and
there on the Lane homestead he was reared. From
his father he obtained excellent private instructions,
and he also attended the district schools till old
enough to enter Pittsfield Academy in the neighbor-
ing town, where he remained four years. He then
spent two years at Gilmanton Academy, this state,
and then returned to Pittsfield, where he completed
his academic education. He remained on the home
farm for a few years, but being of a mechanical turn
he learned the builder's trade, at which he worked
for two or three years. He then pursued the study
of architecture under Professor Benjamin Stanton,
of New York City, and for about ten years, ending
with the financial panic of 1857, he practiced his
profession in Concord. During that time he designed
many churches, court-houses and school-houses
throughout the state, one of the most notable being
the old red brick court-house at Concord, dedicated
in 1857, whose stately portico and lofty walls were
for more than half a century an imposing feature
of the North End. Meanwhile Mr. Foster had been
a frequent contributor to the press, and when the



building business was brought to a standstill, he was
urged to enter the editorial field. In 1858 in con-
nection with Dr. Joseph H. Smith, he bought the
Dover Gazette, and with Edwin A. Hills, Dr. Smith's
son-in-law, he formed a partnership under the firm
name of Foster & Hills. j\Ir. Foster conducted the
paper for three years, when he sold out to his
partner, and returned to his architectural profession
for a short time, during which he resided in Man-
chester, this state. But the ruling passion proved
too strong, and in January, 1863, at the solicitation of
leading Democrats of the state, he went to Ports-
mouth, where no Democratic paper was then pub-
lished, and started the Weekly States and Union,
and in 1868 began the issue of the Daily 'Times of
that city. In June, 1870. he sold these papers to
Thayer & Guppy, two of his employees, and removed
to New Haven, Connecticut, where he published the
Nezv Haven Lever for a time, but not long after-
ward he returned to Dover, where he began the
publication, January 20, 1872, of Foster's Weekly
Democrat, with which his name is indelibly as-
sociated. This paper made a sensation by the
vigor and pungency of the editorials and locals, and
Foster's Daily Democrat was issued on June 18,
1873. Mr. Foster soon gained a reputation that
was not confined to New Hampshire, and his writ-
ings, which were always couched in pure Anglo-
Saxon, were quoted by newspapers in all parts of
the land. Mr. Foster did not hesitate to differ with
his party when matters of principle were involved,
but the honesty of his motives and the brilliance of
his writings were so convincing that the paper be-
came an ever increasing success. In 1885, soon
after the inauguration of President Cleveland, the
paper came out squarely against his administration
and boldly espoused the Republican cause, which
it has ever since maintained with all its old-time
ability. Mr. Foster's habit of thinking for himself,
his wide reading, ample vocabulary and dogged
grip were sure to attract attention to anything he
uttered, while his fidelity to conviction commanded
respect even from those whose ideas diverged rnost
widely from the opinions of the radical editor.
Mr. Foster never cared to hold political office,
though he represented his party repeatedly in state
and other conventions. He was, however, elected
for three successive terms of seven years each as
a member of the board of trustees of the Dover
Public Library, and was holding this office when
he died.

On July 30, 1848, Joshua Lane Foster married
Lucretia A. Gale, daughter of Bartholomew and
Abby (Morrison) Gale, of Upper Gilmanton, now
Belmont, New Hampshire. Four children were
born of this union : Lucia Ella, who married Mercer
Goodrich, formerly of Portsmouth, but afterwards
of Lynn, Massachusetts; George J., whose sketch
follows; Ena Veille, who married Frederick J.
Whitehead, of Dover; and Charles G., whose sketch
follows. Mrs. Goodrich died February 25, 1905,
leaving a husband and three brilliant sons. Mr. and
Mrs. Foster were permitted to celebrate their golden
wedding, which was a notable event, largely at-
tended by prominent people. Mr. Foster lived a
year and a half after this event, dying January
29, 1900, at his home in Dover. Mrs. Foster lived
till May 6, 1905, dying at the age of seventy-nine

(IX) George J., elder son and second child of
Joshua Lane and Lucretia (Gale) Foster, was
born at Concord, New Hampshire, February 13,
1854. He was educated in the public schools of
Portsmouth, completing his course of study by four

years in the high school. He early manifested finan-
cial tact and ability, and when his father settled in
Dover and started the weekly and then the daily
Democrat, he placed his son in charge of the busi-
ness management. That no mistake was made is
shown by the complete pecuniary success of the
enterprise. Mr. Foster is an attendant of the
Methodist Church, and a Republican in politics.
He has been a member of the school committee
since 1883, and was made chairman of the board
in 1903, a position which he still holds. He repre-
sented his ward in the New Hampshire legislature
of 1893, and was mayor of Dover in 1906. In all

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