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Unknown Foster (abt. 1600 - bef. 1624)

Unknown (Robert) [uncertain] "Robert, Richard" Foster
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before 1618 (to after 1619) in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before at about age 24 in Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Sep 2010
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UNKNOWN Foster (b. c. 1600? - d. bef. 1624 or btw 1619/27).[1][2]



Dorcas (b. c. 1600) was married to a Mr. Foster, prior to her marriage with Bartholomew Hoskins (also of unknown origins but speculation attempts to attach him with the Hoskyns of Harewood in Herefordshire ... not to be confused with Hertfordshire).[3] She had two children with this UNKNOWN Foster: Robert and Richard.[1]

Warner (1971), states that the husband of Dorcas was a Richard Foster, but he doesn't cite this claim.[4] Based on onamastics, some other researchers thought that Foster's given name is "Robert."[1] But both given names have been refuted:

"information has conclusively shown that ... Richard Foster was transported by his step-father, Bartholomew Hoskins, ancient planter. Bartholomew had married Richard's mother, Mrs. Dorcus Foster, widow of two children, in England. We do not know the first husband of Dorcus Foster Hoskins, but it was not Sir Robert Foster."[5]

His wife's identity is also in question. Some seem to believe she may have been from the Isham family, and have variously called her:

  • Dorcas Ann Isham; or
  • Mira Isham

but for the most part it's speculation since to date, there really is no documentation to prove this.[1]

What is PROVEN is that Foster's son Richard (b. abt. 1619), sailed on the ship "Safety," from London to the New World in August of 1635 at the age of 16.[6][7]


[citation needed]

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m. Dorcas. Issue:

  • 1. Robert
  • 2. Richard (b. abt. 1619; age 16 in Aug 1635).[6]


  • Achievements of Canterbury (n.d.). "The Foster Family." PDF.[2]
  • Hotten, J.C. (1874). The Original List of Persons of Quality: Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700, (pp.121- 122). NY: Empire State Book Co. Google Books.[3]
  • Warner, C.W.H. (1971). Hoskins of Virginia and related families of Hundley, Ware, Roy, Garnett, Waring, Bird, Buckner, Dunbar, Trible, Booker, Aylett, Carter, Upshaw Tappahannock, Virginia, pp. 12 ff. FamilySearch. eBook.[4][8]

Citations and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Achievements of Canterbuy, n.d.
  2. Note that the date of birth for Mira Isham (b. 1587) is not valid for this UNKNOWN Foster (see Dorcas' profile for sources on Isham's birth). The only dating that we have for his wife Dorcas, puts her date of birth around 1600. Her second husband Bartholomew Hoskins was b. abt. 1600/1.
  3. According to Achievements of Canterbury (n.d.), Dorcas Foster of London and Bartholomew Hoskins, gent. of St. Mary, Bothaw, London, were married by licence in Dustan, Stepney on 03 Jul 1628, (p. 3).
  4. Warner, 1971
  5. "Our Foster/Morgan Ancestors," (2011, 26 July). Rootsweb.[1]
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hotten, 1874, p. 122
  7. Achievements of Canterbury, n.d., p. 1
  8. CAUTION: There are some internal inconsistencies in the book, and there are many assumptions without evidence.

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Forster-1484 and Foster-355 are not ready to be merged because: Not enough information to be certain
posted by Krystal Davison
Compromise... first name UNKNOWN (marked certain) and preferred name as Robert (marked uncertain).
posted by [Living Ogle]
Forster-1484 and Foster-355 are the same UNKNOWN Foster. ... Merge into FOSTER. There's no proof for Forster of Durham or Surrey. Unproven speculation (based on onamastics) has tried to name him both Richard (in the first place)... and Robert came up some time later...
posted by [Living Ogle]
Do not confuse this person with Foster-2254.
posted by William Foster Jr
Forster-454 and Foster-355 do not represent the same person because: Two different people born in two different eras, to two different fathers
posted by Robin Lee
By 1624 his wife was a widow and remarried, so I have "fixed" the death date. Also, her first husband never left England
posted by Robin Lee
Forster-197 and Foster-1786 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, but don't know correct last name at birth. Family eventually became Foster.
posted by Carole Partridge

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