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Robert Foster Sr. (1651 - bef. 1716)

Robert Foster Sr.
Born in Kingston Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia, British North Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1670 in Virginiamap
Husband of — married 1684 in Gloucester, Co., VAmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in St Annes Parish, Essex, Virginia, British North Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Jun 2011 | Last significant change: 17 May 2021
00:53: Janne (Shoults) Gorman added Robert Foster (1686-1733) as child of Robert Foster Sr. (1651-bef.1716). [Thank Janne for this]
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Robert was born between 1651 and 1660 in Kingston Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. He married an Elizabeth in the early 1680s in Gloucester County, Virginia, together they had eleven children, eight boys and three girls. The preponderance of evidence is for Elizabeth being a Garnett whose father or brother was John Garnett. [1]

Robert, his brother John, and father or brother-in-law John Garnett came to Essex County Virginia in 1692 from Kingston Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia and on September 7, 1692 they bought adjoining land from John Baker in Essex County near the Rappahannock River. Robert bought 200 acres in Saint Ann's Parish on Gibson's Run (present day Mount Landing Creek) where he and Elizabeth raised their family of 11 kids. In May 1710 Robert received 50 more acres from John Ridgedale. In 1713/14 her received 100 more acres from John Butler. He was a yeoman.[1]

Will, signed 06 Jan 1715/6, probated 22 Feb 1715/6:[1]
To son Robert Jr., the plantation where he ( Robert Sr.) lives, his mother to have use of it for five to six years
To sons James and John "land where I Dwelt: to be divided between them James to have his choice",
To Barby Loving one shilling and to her son Richard Loving "one heighfer with Calve named Rasberry". To her husband "all he is indebted to me"
To my three youngest children, Margaret, Elizabeth and Anthony. Each of them a Gold Ring
To "my son Richard my pistols and holsters and sword and feather bed and bolser and a Cow and a heighfer".
To my three sons George, Thomas and William each a cow and a heifer.
""Exors: Wife Elizabeth and sons Robert and James

Because the will leaves the plantation to Robert Jr. and the English practice of Primogeniture was practiced, Robert Jr. must be the oldest son.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Foster Family of Flanders, England and America. Dr. Billy Glen Foster. 1990. p39
  • findagrave memorial-itself totally unsourced, so accuracy is questionable
  • The Foster Family of Flanders, England and America by Dr. Billy Glen Foster. 1990. snippet view of book; Quote page 38: Robert Foster, brother of John and son of either Richard or James Foster, was born ca. 1663 in Gloucester County, Virginia. The 200 acres of land patented by Robert in Essex County in 1692 was part of a large parcel of land which was subdivided: Captain William Boseley was sold 200; John Garnett, 600 (possible a brother of Elizabeth, Robert Foster's wife); Robert Foster, 200; John Foster, 200; William Smither, 200; William Bastyn, 200: William Howlett, 200; Anthony Samuel, 300; Motton...; Quote page 39: The land was bounded by land owned by John Ridgedale. His original home had, perhaps, become to small for there is an indication that he built another plantation house on his newly acquired land. It could have been that Robert and his wife simply wanted a grander house; more space, however, is the more likely considering their large family. The Foster children, at least the boys, were educated; their parents saw to it. ... from Robert's will that he was married only once, to Elizabeth Garnett, for the will states clearly that Robert Jr. inherited the plantation, however his mother would have use of it). James and John, next oldest sons, were given the remainder of the estate. The original 200 acres was divided between them. Gibson Run made a natural division of the land with 75 acres lying on the North and 125 acres on the South. ... Portions available online.

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I am in agreement with Lisa Franklin's comment (below mine). I am a descendant of a a Ransome Foster. I just worked on finding his ancestors (with sources) and when I started to add my ancestors, I found many of dates in this line did not match up to my own - I'm not talking a year or two, but decades. I question Dr. Foster's work We have more resources available now. I have DNA matches to several people in this line, but cannot connect my family without compromising my own research or making major edits here.

Thinking over this, I believe some of the problems are simply because families used the same names.

posted by Kathryn Morse
There is an obvious issue with this Foster line, which I also share. There are three men listed as being Y DNA tested for this line on Robert Foster Sr's page. It is impossible for them to all three be descendants of this man as one is a totally different haplogroup. We need to determine which haplogroup correctly represents Robert Foster Sr and where the disconnect occurs. I will be looking into this in the coming week & working with the profile managers of the three test participants listed as well as the Foster Y DNA project to find where we need to make some corrections in the trees to fix this obvious error. One or more of the tested men linked her does not belong to this lineage. Msg me if you can assist with documenting branches please
posted by Lisa Franklin RN, BSN
Foster-13472 and Foster-1774 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents, spouse and children

Difference in dates to be noted in the biography until a primary source can be added.

Foster-1774 and Foster-11200 appear to represent the same person because: When I first started I created Foster-11200. I didn't see Foster-1774 was already here. They are the same person, could you please merge them.

Thank you Jim

posted by [Living Foster]
Foster-5411 and Foster-1774 are not ready to be merged because: Pending merge of the fathers.

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