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of his public career his course of action has been
governed by fidelity to public interests, and by
a desii'e to reduce expenditures and keep down
taxation. On July 22, 1880, George J. Foster mar-
ried Anna C. Clark, daughter of Seth H. and
Clarissa Clark, of Dover. By this union there have
been two sons and one daughter : Bertha Florence,
born August 3, 1883; graduated from Wellesley Col-
lege, 1906. Arthur, born March 27, 1885; Frederick,
born December 9, 1887.

(IX) Charles Gale, second son and third child
of Joshua Lane and Lucretia (Gale) Foster, was
born at Dover, New Hampshire, July 11, 1859. When
he was a child his parents moved to Manchester, and
after a brief residence there went to Portsmouth,
removing from thence in the year 1872 to Dover,
where Charles Gale resided up to the time of his
death. On account of the frequent removals of
his parents he attended the public schools of various
New England cities, and acquired a practical edu-
cation. In 1876 he began work in the office of the
Democrat, and in the course of his connection with
it worked his way up through all positions to the
editor's chair. This proved an excellent school for
him, as it has done for many other newspaper men,
and the paper continued to speak for itself each day,
carrying a powerful influence for good throughout
Strafford county. Since the death of the father,
several years ago, Charles Gale and his brother,
George J.,- conducted the paper. He served in the
common council in 1896-97, having been elected
on the Republican ticket, and filled the position
of president in the latter year. He was an attendant
of the First Congregational Church of Dover. He
was also prominent in fraternal circles, having been
a past noble grand of Wecohamet Lodge of Odd
Fellows, one of the oldest in the state, a trustee of
the organization at the time of his death, past
chief partriarch of Quochecho Encampment, and
past commander of Canton Parker, Partiarchs
Militant. Mr. Foster married, August 3, 1883,
Mabel Clement, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah
Clement, of Dover, New Hampshire, who bore him
four children : Walter H., born September 14,
1887, a member of the class of 1909, Dartmouth
College. Philip C, born February 19, 1892, a pupil
in the Dover high school. Arthur and Doris J.,
died in infancy. Charles Gale Foster died at his
home, 47 Central avenue, October 27, 1907, and in
his death Dover lost one of its most prominent and
useful citizens.

(VI) Joseph, fourth son and fifth child of David
and Sarah Foster, was born September 22, 1779,
in Canterbury, and settled very early in life in
Alexandria, New Hampshire, where many other
members of the Foster family resided. He was
educated in the district schools and in late life
went to Merrimack, and there lived until his death.
He was by occupation a farmer, in religious belief
a Congregationalist, and in politics a Democrat.
His wife's name was Lydia Petty. Their children



were : Malinda, Phebe, Thomas J., Sylvia, Wilson,
John L., Irine and Lydia.

(VII) Thomas Jefferson, first son of Joseph
and Lydia (Petty) Foster, was born in Alexandria,
December 20, 1819, and died in Amherst, May 3,
1892. He got his education in the district schools.
He was a blacksmith and a farmer, and did some
lumbering. He lived in jNIerrimack after 1845. He
was a member of the Grange, and an ardent temper-
ance man. In politics he was a Democrat. Novem-
ber 26, 1846, he married Hannah C. Junkins, who
was born February 19, 1821, and died January 7,
1904. She was the daughter of Henry and Mary
(Miller) Junkins, of Merrimack. They were the
parents of three children : Joseph H., mentioned
below; George W., born July 25, 1858, married. May

15, 1890, Ida F. Wheeler; Charles W., born Sep-
tember 17, 1S63, married, December 26, 1887, Edith
A. Gilman.

(,VIII) Joseph Henry, eldest child of Thomas
J. and Hannah C. (Junkins) Foster, was born
in Merrimack, November 2, 185 1, and has always
resided in the house in which he was born. He
was educated in the common schools and at Mont
Vernon, completing his studies at the latter place
at the age of twenty-two. Returning to his home
he worked for his father until 1881, when he pur-
chased the farm of one hundred and thirty-six
acres which he has since successfully cultivated. He
is engaged in general farming and the milk busi-
ness. He is a Democrat. He has been a member of
the school board six years, tax collector two terms,
and selectman two terms. In matters pertaining to
farming he is a leader, and for eight years has
been a member of Thornton Grange, No. 31, Patrons
of Husbandry. He is also a member of Souhegan
Lodge, No. 98, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows. He married, at Milford, November 13, 1878,
Charlotte E. Converse, born in Amherst, Decem-
ber 21, 1856, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth
(Fuller) Converse of Amherst. She was educated
at Mont Vernon. Mr. and Mrs. Foster are mem-
bers of the Christian Science Church. They have
one daughter, Mary Lizzie, who was born February

16, 1880. She married, April 24, 1901, Bertie L.
Peasley, of Bedford, New Hampshire, and has four
children : Edith May, born April 22, 1902 ; Fred
William, born April 18, 1903; Alice Mabel, No-
vember 4, 1904; and Hellen R., June 2, 1906.

Nathan Foster was born February 26, 1783, in
Amesbury, Massachusetts, and was married, October
5, 1805, to Hannah, daughter of Francis Davis (see
Davis, VI). She was born August 6, 1781, and
died June 6, 1857. They were the parents of nine
children : Francis Davis, died in Warner, in 1891 ;
William S., died in 1889; John S., died 1894;
Richard S., subject of the following paragraph;
Mary Ann, who became the wife of Henry H.
Hariman, and died 1899; Elizabeth, the wife of
Josiah Trask, died 1893; Jonathan, died in his
twenty-third year; Henry, died 1894; Judith, died

(II) Richard Straw, son of Nathan and Han-
nah (Davis) Foster, was born December 27, 1813,
in Warner. He was educated in the common schools
of that town, and early in life learned the trade
of stone cutting. For several years he was em-
ployed in this capacity in Quincy, Massachusetts,
and having been industrious and prudent in the
care of his earnings was in a position to secure for
himself a permanent home. About 1843 he re-
turned to his native town and lived with his parents,
while still continuing to devote a portion of his
time to stone cutting. He was an active and in-

fluential citizen and held numerous offices. He was
a Republican in politics, and was a leading member
of the Baptist Church, in which he served as deacon
and treasurer, and was also superintendent of its
Sunday school. He married Elizabeth K. Pickett,
daughter of Thomas and Sophia Pickett. She died
January 7, 1902. She was the mother of three
children: Sarah, Clarence, and Annette P". The
last named became the wife of William A. Sawyer.

(Ill) Clarence, only son of Richard S. and
Elizabeth K. (Pickett) Foster, was born June 5,
1848, in Warner, where he grew up and attended
the public schools. Early in life he went to Beverly,
.Massachusetts, and was employed in a shoe factory.
In 1S76 he returned to Warner, and since that time
he has been engaged in operating a large farm,
which is devoted to the general purposes of agri-
culture. He is the owner of much valuable timber.
Mr. Foster is a member of Warner Grange, No.
90, in which he has held several offices and is
now master. He is an attendant of the Baptist
Church, and is the present librarian of the local
society. In politics he is a Republican. He is a
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
in which he has passed through the principal chairs,
and has been for the past twenty years secretary
of his lodge. These facts sufficiently indicate that
he is an intelligent and progressive man and en-
joys the confidence and esteem of his fellow citi-

He was married. May 11, 1880, to Clara A.
Tyler, who was born in Hopkinton, August 3, 1855,
daughter of Lucius H. and Sarah A. (Hall) Tyler,
of Hopkinton, New Hampshire. She died Febru-
ary 2, 1899, leaving twb children. She was an
active church worker, and was a highly esteemed
and respected woman. The children are : Mabel
L., born April 26, 1881 ; and Howard T., born April
22, 1890.

(Second Family.)
This branch of the Foster family
FOSTER traces its descent from Andrew, who
apparently has no connection with
Reginald, usually considered the first American an-
cestor. The Andrew Foster line, though not as
numerous as that of Reginald, is quite as ancient,
and in some respects it has a more thrilling history.

(I) Andrew Foster was born in England about
1579. His name appears among the first settlers
of Andover, Massachusetts, who came about 1640.
He was made a freeman in 1669. He had twelve
grants of land, most of them in the extreme southerly
corner of the town, near Wilmington and around
Foster's Pond, which was doubtless named for
him. "Andrew Forrester, or Forster, of Andover,
with his neighbors, Andrew Allen and Joseph Rus-
sell, were all members of the Scotch Charitable
Association, once the St. Andrew's Society, formed
in Boston as early as 1656, to aid the war prisoners
of Cromwell's fights and other unfortunates from
Virginia and along the shore who used to walk
to Boston to get passage home." It is probable that
Andrew Foster was twice married, both times in
England. The name of his second wife was Ann,
who survived him. The names of five children are
recorded. He was seventy-three years of age when
his youngest child was born. Andrew Foster died
in Andover, May 7, 1685, and the town records
read "aged one hundred and six years." His will
was proved June 30th of that year. He left prop-
erty inventoried at five hundred and four pounds.
His widow died December 2, 1692. Mrs. Ann Foster
was executrix of her husband's will, which proves
that she had acknowledged integrity and business

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ability. Nevertheless, seven years later, she fell a
victim to the witchcraft craze which cursed that
time and neighborhood. She was examined four
times, and through pious frenzy and overwrought
nerves, was led to confess herself a witch. She
said that she rode on a stick with jMartha Currier
to Salem village, where they met three hundred
other witches. The testimony of herself and her
fellow victims has been fully preserved. Mrs.
Foster was imprisoned for twenty-one weeks, and
would have been hanged had not death granted her
a merciful release. Her son was forced to pay
the keeper of the jail the sum of sixteen pounds
and ten shillings before he could have the dead body
of his mother. This sum, twenty years later, after
the frenzy had abated, was restored to him and his
sister by the Salem authorities. The children of
Andrew Foster, so far as recorded were : An-
drew, born about 1640, married Mary Russa ; Abra-
ham, born about 1648, married Ester Foster, daugh-
ter of Deacon Samuel of Chelmsford; Sarah, born
about 1645, married, October 15, 1667, Samuel Kemp,
of Chelmsford or Billerica ; Hannah, married
October 15, 1667, Hugh Stone; Mary, born
July 9, 1652, married August 5, 1673, Lawrence
Lacey. The history of the two younger children
is tragic. Hannah (Foster) Stone was murdered
by her husband, April 20, 1689. The details are
fully given in Cotton Mather's Magnalia. It is inti-
mated that the man was under the influence of
strong drink at the time. The murder was the
first that ever occurred at Andover, and it made
a profound impression throughout the region. The
youngest child, Mary (Foslter) Lacey, like her
mother, was accused and condemned as a witch.
She died June 18, 1707.

(H) Andrew (2), the eldest recorded child of
Andrew (i) Foster, was born at Andover, [Massa-
chusetts, about 1640. He was made a freeman in
1690. He married, June 7, 1662, jNIary Russa,
daughter of John and Margaret Russa, of Andover.
They had six children : Abraham, whose sketch
follows ; Hannah, born July 16, 1668, married
Thomas Astie ; Mary, born November 28, 1670,
died young; Mary, born June 10, 1673, married
Ebenezer (Lovejoy) ; Sarah (twin), born May 25.
1677, married Benjamin Johnson, of Andover;
Esther, born January 14, 1680, married her first
cousin, Simon Stone, of Andover, son of Hugh and
the murdered Hannah (Foster) Stone. Andrew
Foster died in 1697, only five years after the death
of his mother. His son, Abraham, was appointed
administrator of his estate June 14, 1697. The in-
ventory amounted to one hundred and twenty
pounds, less than a quarter of his father's. His
widow died April 19, 1721.

(HI) Abraham, fourth child and only son
of Andrew (2) and Mary (Russa) Foster, w^as
born at Andover, Massachusetts, May 25, 1677. He
spent his life in that town. June 29, 1703, he
married Mary Johnson Lovejoy, daughter of Wil-
liam and Sarah Lovejoy, who was born in 1678,
and died February 21, 1749, Abraham Foster sur-
vived his wife nearly five years, dying December
15) 1753- They had seven children: Hannah, born
]\larch 12, 1704, died young; Abraham, born in
November, 1705, mentioned in the next paragraph;
Sarah, born September 3, 1708, married, September
21, 1730, Jacob Preston, of Andover, and moved
to Windham, Connecticut ; a daughter born October
2, 1710, died young; Isaac, born June 26, 1712, died
young; Hannah, born June 13, 1716, married Febru-
ary 16, 1738, John Russell ; Jacob, born June 17,
1717, married Abigail Frost.

(IV) Abraham (2), eldest son and second child
of Abraham (i) and Mary (Lovejoy) Foster, was
born at Andover, Massachusetts, in November, 1705.
He lived at Andover and Lynn, Massachusetts. He
was published (married) to Sarah Frost, February
2, 1729. They had seven children. Abraham Foster
died September 15, 1743, at the early age of thirty-
seven. His widow afterwards married November
29) 1758, her husband's cousin, Andrew Foster.
Her eldest son, Abraham, had died in February
of that year, leaving to his mother six tracts of land
in the heart of the town, which had been bequeathed
him by his grandfather, Abraham Foster. Mrs.
Sarah (Frost) Foster was admitted to the church
in Andover from that in Eoxford, September 26,
1760. The date of her death is not recorded. Abra-
ham and Sarah (Frost) Foster had seven children :
Abraham, born December i, 1730, died February i,
1758; Joshua, whose sketch follows; Jonathan, 'bora
April 24, 1734, became ward of Deacon Joseph
Abbott, November 21, 1748, married Lydia Haggett,.
February 2, 1758; David, born July 31, 1737, married
Molly Foster; Sarah, born September 28, 1739, died
unmarried ; Daniel, born October 13, 1741, died
December 26, 1754; James, a posthumous child, born
September 29, 1743, married Hannah.

(V) Joshua, second son and child of Abraham
(2) and Sarah (Frost) Foster, was born at Lynn,
Massachusetts, July 17, 1732. His father died
young, and May 14, 1747, when Joshua was fifteen
years of age, his uncle Jacob was appointed his
guardian. Joshua married. May 26, 1756, Lydia
Peabody, born in 1738. About 1764 Mr. Foster
moved from Andover to Temple, New Hampshire,
being the first of his family to move from Massa-
chusetts. Of the five children, three were born in
Andover, and the two youngest in Temple. Joshua
Foster was a Revolutionary soldier, and is recorded
as serving in Captain Drury's company, which was
enrolled at Temple, April 19, 1775. In a deed of
that period Joshua Foster is recorded as a joiner;
in another deed he is called a yeoman. Joshua and
Lydia (Peabody) Foster had five children: Joshua,
whose sketch follows ; Daniel, born March 10, 1759,
married and died without children, was a Revolu-
tionary soldier, and was drowned in the Kennebec
river in JNlaine, aged seventy-five years ; Lydia, born
December 30, 1761, married Ensign John Foster of
Hancock, New Hampshire ; Betsey, born December
22, 1768, married Samuel Kilham, of Lyndeboro,
New Hampshire ; Sarah, born February i, 1765.
Joshua Foster, the father, died in August, 1776, aged
forty-four. His widow died in 1806.

(VI) Joshua (2), eldest son and child of
Joshua (i) and Lydia (Peabody) Foster, was born
at Andover, Massachusetts, July 5, 1757. He was a
Revolutionary soldier. He served in Captain Jo-
seph Parker's company, Colonel Enoch Hale's regi-
ment, July 1776; and was a member of Captain
Robert Fletcher's company, same regiment, in Au-
gust, 1778. He married, is 1806, Lucy Tenney,
daughter of Benjamin and Ruth (Blanchard) Ten-
ney; she was born in Temple, New Hampshire,
October 26, 1779. They had six children : Sarah,
born July 4, 1807, died unmarried, June 29, 1834;
Daniel, born July 10, 1809, married Hannah Jones;
Joshua, whose sketch follows; Benjamin Tenney,
born July 8, 1818, married Abigail Howard; David
Peabody, born September 4, 1815, married Mrs.
Mary (]\Iassa) Bartlett ; Emily Blanchard, born
February 14, 1818, died November 12, 1823. Joshua
Foster, Jr., lived at Temple, New Hampshire, where
he died October 22, 1823.

(VII) Joshua (3), second son and third child



of Joshua (2) and Lucy (Tenney) Foster, was
born at Temple, New Hampshire, August 6, 181 1.
He was a successful farmer and stock dealer. He
attended the Congregational Church, and sang hi
the choir for many years. He was a Republican in
politics, and served as selectman for several terms,
part of the time as chairman. In 1857 he was one
of the committee who had charge of the hundredth
anniversary celebration of Temple, New Hampshire.
He had a local reputation as a vocalist, and took
a lively interest in everything that pertained to the
welfare of the town. Joshua Foster, in 1835, mar-
ried Mary Heald, daughter of Daniel Heald of
Temple, New Hampshire. He died September 4,
1890. They had six children : Emily, born June
30, 1837; Hannah A., born October 13, 1840; Oliver
Heald, mentioned below ; Eugene E., born August
15, 1843, married Francilla Upham ; twin children,
born February 7, 1845, died in infancy.

(VIII) Oliver Heald, second son and third child
of Joshua and Mary (Heald)' Foster, was born in
Temple, New Hampshire, January 16, 1842. His
boyhood was spent in his native town. He was edu-
cated in the common schools and at Appleton Acad-
emy, New Ipswich, New Hampshire. He was
graduated from Bryant & Stratton's Commercial
College, at Manchester, New Hampshire, in April,
1866. For a short time he was engaged in teaching,
then in Carpentering. In 1867 he and his brother,
Eugene Edward, established themselves in the pro-
vision business at Temple under the firm name of
Foster Brothers. In 1S72 they removed to Mil-
ford, where for twenty-five years they carried on a
wholesale and retail business in meats and pro-
visions. The brother died May 24, 1897, and Mr.
Foster subsequently conducted the business alone,
retaining the firm name. He retired in 1903. Like
most of his ancestors JNIr. Foster has seen military
service in defense of his country. He was but
nineteen years of age when the Civil war broke
out, but towards its close he enlisted for three
months in the Lafayette Artillery of Lyndeboro,
New Hampshire. He was assigned as a private to
garrison duty at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He
is a Republican by birth and education, and served
as one of the selectmAi in Temple, New Hampshire,
for two years, and in Milford, New Hampshire, for
four years. In 1892 he was elected representative
to the state legisature. Mr. Foster is prominent
in fraternal organizations. He is a member and
past commander of Oliver W. Lull Post, No. 11,
Grand Army of the Republic, of Milford. In the
order of United American Mechanics he is past
counsellor ; and he is past sachem in the Improved
Order of Red Men. He is a member of Benevolent
Lodge, No. 7, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
also of King Solomon Royal Arch Chapter, No.
17, of Milford. He is a Mason of the thirty-second
degree, and belongs to the Saint George Command-
ery, Knights Templar, of Nashua, New Hampshire,
and to Edward A. Raymond Consistory. He be-
longs to Puritan Chapter, No. 29, Order of the
Eastern Star of Milford. He is a member of the
Sons of the American Revolution. For seventeen
years he was a member of the Milford Cornet Band.
He is a trustee of the Milford Savings Bank. He
belongs to the Congregational Church, and sang in
the choir for many years. He was also a teacher in
the Sunday school, and at one time served as super-

December 31, 1874, Oliver Heald Foster married
Hannah Elizabeth Wallace, daughter of Charles R.
and Elizabeth R. (Lovejoy) Wallace of Milford.
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She was born February 4, 1853, and was educated
in the Milford schools and at Maplewood Academy,
Pitlsfield, Massachusetts. Her father was a store
keeper, and for eight years was town clerk up to
his death in 1857. Mrs. Foster is a descendant of
Captain Augustus Blanchard and of Captain Heze-
kiah Lovejoy, of New Hampshire, and of Sergeant
Benjamin French of IMassachusetts, all of them active
in the Revolution. Her relatives were in the civil
war, and she was active in societies at home dur-
ing that time. Mr. and Mrs. Foster are the parents
of four sons: Oliver W., born January 28, 1878;
Arthur J., born July 23, 1879; Elmer J., born July
8, 1883; George R., born May 21, 1887. Oliver W.
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1900, and from
the Tuck School of Administration and Finance in
1901. He is now (1907) in charge of the Argentine
Department for the American Trading Company, of
New York. He married, in June, 1907, Mabel
R. Lang, of Brooklyn, New York. Arthur J. mar-
ried Emma L. Woodwell, August 3, 1903, and lives
at Nevvburyport, Massachusetts. Elmer J. married
Pearl O. Bugbee, August 5, 1903, and lives at Mil-
ford, New Hampshire. George R. is a member of
the Alilford high school.

The name is that of a family, small
MELLEN in point of numbers, descended from

a Scotch ancestor, and well known
for the steady habits and good character of its
members. It has been well known in mercantile
pursuits, and is at present conspicuous in railroad

(I) Simon Mellen, who is supposed to have
been a son of Richard Mellen, of Cliarlestown, was
born about 1635, was of Charlestown, 1660, Maiden,
1668, Watertown, 1686, and settled, 1687, in Fram-
ingham, and built a house at what was afterward
called Mellen's Neck. His wife, Mary, died in
Framingham, June i, 1709, aged seventy. Their six
children were baptized at one time in Watertown,
December 5, 1686.

(II) Thomas, son of Simon and Mary Mellen,
was born in Maiden, August, 1668. He and Simon,
his father, were foundation members of the church
of Framingham. His wife's name was Elizabeth.
They lived in Framingham, where their seven chil-
dren were born.

(III) Richard, son of Thomas and Elizabeth
Mellen, was born in Framingham, November 10,
1701, and lived on the homestead of his father. In
1771 he sold two hundred acres of land, two
houses and two barns. His wife was Abigail, and
their children were : Josiah, William, Richard,
Samuel and Mary.

(IV) Samuel, fourth son and child of Richard
and Abigail Mellen, was born in Framingham, Oc-
tober 15, 1732. He lived in Framingham until after
1764, and removed to Warwick before 1770. He
married Submit Stone, born in Framingham, June
30, 1738, daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Parkhurst)
Stone. They had seven children : IMartha, Ezra,
Gilbert, Samuel, Joseph, Amorj' and Luther.

(V) Ezra, second child and eldest son of
Samuel and Submit (Stone) Mellen, was born in
Framingham, May 7, 1752. In his childhood the
family removed to Warwick. In the revolution
he served in Captain Elihu Lyman's company, of
Colonel Elisha Porter's regiment, which was raised
in 1779 for the defense of Connecticut. The regi-
ment was stationed at New London. He married
and had a family of six children : Samuel, Amory,
Gilbert, Ezra, Luther and Polly.

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(VI) Amory Mellen, second son and child of
Ezra Mellen, born in Warwick, Massachusetts, in
1776, died in Alstead, New Hampshire, April 28,
1858. He was a hatter by trade and spent the most
of his life in Alstead and Claremont, where he
carried on his business with the assistance of two
or three journeymen. He married (first) Lois
Woods, and after her death he married (second)
Candace Kingsbury, born in Alstead, 1790, died in
Claremont, July 2, 1840, daughter of Samuel Kings-
bury, of Sanbornton. They had four children :
John Franklin; George Kingsbury, Charles Harvey
and Louisa Emmeline.

(VH) George Kingsbury, second son of Amory
and Candace (Kingsbury) Mellen, born in Alstead,

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