Was Samuel "Eli" Foster Born at St. Lawrence, York, Yorkshire, England?

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I just merged two profiles for Samuel Foster, b. 1619.  One showed a middle name of "Eli." It also showed that he was born at St. Lawrence, York, Yorkshire, England.

First, middle names were very rare in the early 17th century. Samuel had a son Eli, but I can find no evidence for Samuel having the middle name "Eli." Is there evidence?  I believe that Samuel's middle name, "Eli," should be deleted.

Second, although a Samuel Foster is mentioned in the Great Migration series, I cannot be certain that it is the same person, as the mentions are in passing in other profiles. There is no profile for Samuel..Other than his marriage, children and death, I can find nothing regarding his birth or parents. If his origins are unknown, how do we know precisely where he was born? Should Samuel's place of birth be deleted or just marked Uncertain, with a note in the Bio?
WikiTree profile: Samuel Foster
asked in Genealogy Help by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (316k points)

3 Answers

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I second that motion that Joe generated because it seems as though you may a wrong spouse. I can't find anything  credible as of now after an hour looking through the looks for that marriage of Samuel Foster and Esther Kepm, or Hester Kemp. So you may have too be more specific on the background of that man because Samuel, Edward and Thomas were the most common names in all of the British Isles and now the whole world.

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answered by Troy Smith G2G6 Mach 5 (52.8k points)
edited by Troy Smith
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You are being too kind.  His middle name was not Eli - delete it.

I also find nothing regarding his origins.  I would change it to just England until it can be supported by a source.
answered by Joe Cochoit G2G6 Pilot (165k points)
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I found a Samuel Foster (idiosyncratic spelling apart) baptized in St Lawrence Church, York in January *1619. It's behind a paywall at FindMyPast but I've copied the data:

First name(s) Samewell
Last name Fauster
Birth year -
Baptism year 1619
Baptism date 31 Jan 1619
Baptism place York, St Lawrence
Denomination Anglican
Father's first name(s) John
Mother's first name(s) -
County  Yorkshire (Ainsty & City of York)
Country England
Archive  Borthwick Institute for Archives
Archive reference PR-Y-L-1
Page 7
Record set Yorkshire Baptisms

*Probably what we would call January 1620.


answered by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Mach 6 (66.6k points)
Finding a matching name is one thing, but do we have any reason to think this is the immigrant?
Thank you Matthew, Joe's question was going to be my question.
No idea! But the record was a little difficult to find due to the spelling and didn't seem to be on familysearch. It merits at least mentioning on Samuel's profile.

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