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Samuel Stratton Foster (1818 - 1880)

Samuel Stratton Foster
Born in Millville, New Jersey, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1857 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 62 in Hagåtña, Guammap
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Samuel Stratton Foster was born 27 May 1818 in Millville, New Jersey[1].

He was the son of Ephraim Foster and [mother unknown]. Samuel moved to California by 1849 and made San Francisco his base for trading voyages to the South Pacific.

Samuel was the husband of Jane Sophia (Bambridge) Foster — married 1857[2]. [location unknown].

Samuel and Jane were living in 1860 in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States.

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Samuel S Foster Male 37 New Jersey
Jane Foster Female 19 Tahite Society Isla
Lucia M Foster Female 2 Tahite Society Isla
William W Foster Male 1 Tahite Society Isla
Hannah B Foster Female 9 Tahite Society Isla
Tetieslerov Foster Female 18 Tahite Society Isla
J Joscylen Male 25 New York


He eventually did business in Tahiti and Samoa. He was the first appointed Consul to American Samoa. As an agent for the Capelle Trading Company in the Marshall Islands, he came to Guam in 1880. With him he brought his nineteen-year-old daughter Jennie and her fiance, Charles Henry Hallett Ingalls, a 40-year-old American from Boston. Jennie and Charles were married in Guam on 10 January 1880. Samuel died in November of that year.

His will is recorded in the Spanish records of Guam. He makes special mention of his daughter Jennie, who had followed him in his "exile." He named as executor his friend, the first Chamorro priest, Påle' José Palomo, suggesting in his will that, if necessary, Palomo use the Church as a shield against the Spanish government if the civil authorities attempted to grab the assets of the Capelle Company on Guam.[4]

He was the father of Jane Sophia (Bambridge) Foster, Fanene Pulu Foster and Wesley Ladd Foster.[5]

Samuel Stratton Foster died 20 Nov 1880 in Guam[6].


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  3. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 November 2020), Samuel S Foster, 1860.
  5. "Polynésie française, état civil, 1780-1999," database, FamilySearch ( : 25 January 2018), Samuel Straton Foster in entry for Wesley Ladd Foster, 20 May 1862; citing 10, Birth, Cour d'Appel de Papeete (Court of Appeals), French Polynesia; FHL microfilm 1,083,432.
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