Wednesday, February 3, 2016


WILLIAM FOSTER was born March 13, 1823, in County Down, Ireland. His parents, Richard and Nancy (Beaty) Foster, came to America in 1828, and located in Pittsburgh, Penn., where the father carried on his trade of boot and shoe-making. The mother died October 30, 1833, which scattered the family, and sometime after the father married again, and moved to Ohio, where he died. At the death of his mother, when he was ten years old, subject was thrown upon bis own resources, and worked by day's labor at various kinds of employment until 1849, when, with his savings of $100, he came to Ohio County, Ky., and worked in a saw-mill. In August, 1850, he married Miss Susan Bennett, and engaged in farming. By indefatigable labor and economy he has gained a position among the first farmers of the county. He owns a large farm, well improved, with pleasant cottage residence, and has his farm stocked with the best breeds of stock, making a specialty of raising shorthorn cattle. His first wife died September 18, 1861, leaving six children, five living. His present wife was a Miss Sarah J. Carson, and to them have been born five sons. Many of Mr. Foster'e children are doing for themselves, and are very prosperous. He is a liberal temperance Democrat.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  William B. Foster died 28 June 1904 in Ohio County. He is buried in the Carson Cemetery, Ohio County.

ISAAC FOSTER was born in County Down, Ireland, March 8, 1825, and is the third child in a family of six children. He came to America with his parents, and at the death of his mother, when about eight years old, went to live with John and Susanna (Castleman) Ross, and two years later came with them to Ohio County, Ky., and located on 800 acres of land on Caney Creek. His foster parents were kind and indulgent, and took a deep interest in his training and welfare until 1841, when he left them, and learned the carpenter's trade with Asa Bennett. He engaged in farming three years on an unimproved tract of land, which he cleared and improved. This place he sold and bought an improved farm, which he conducted until 1859, when he traveled over Texas prospecting for a location till 1860, when he returned to Ohio County and read medicine up to September, 1861. He enlisted as a private in Company D, Twenty-sixth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Federal service, and, six months later, was promoted to hospital steward, and in this capacity, and that of assistant surgeon, served until July, 1865. He was in the engagements at Shiloh, Nashville, Ft. Anderson, at the surrender of Joseph Johnson, etc. At the close of the war he entered into mercantile business at Beda, this county, and continued fourteen years, during which he practiced medicine eight years. He then entrusted his son John B. with the management of the store, and moved on the farm, where he now resides, consisting of 600 acres with brick residence and otherwise well improved. He is a large dealer in tobacco. Mr. Foster has been married three times. His first wife was Miss Altha A. Bennett; by this union there is one child living, Joseph N., now an attorney at Marshfield, Mo. His second marriage was to Miss Eliza Tinsley, who left one son, John B.  His third marriage was to Miss Nancy C. Carson, they have one child, Minnie, at home. He is a Methodist, and in politics a Prohibitionist. 

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Isaac Foster died 11 June 1902 in Ohio County.  He is buried in the Mount Hermon Methodist Church Cemetery in No Creek, Ohio County.

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