Stephen Foster

Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

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Stephen Collins Foster
Born in White Cottage, Greene, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Pittsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvaniamap
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Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Feb 2013
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Stephen Collins Foster, beloved American songwriter, was born in Pennsylvania in 1826. See the following timeline for key dates in his life and Wikipedia for a detailed biography. He died in 1864 and is buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Stephen Foster's Timeline

1826 Birth, July 4,[1] in the family home, White Cottage, Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
1827 Baptism, April 22, at Trinity Episcopal Church[2]
1829 Jane Denny McDowell (Stephen's future wife) born December 10 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
1846 Stephen went to Cincinnati, where he was a bookkeeper for his brother's business. While in Cincinnati he wrote Oh,Susanna[3]
1848, the California Gold Rush begins on January 24 when James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. "Oh! Susanna" became an anthem of the Gold Rush[4]
1850 February 19 "Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races" entered and deposited for copyright by F.D. Benteen, Baltimore [5]
1850 Marriage, July 22, to Jane "Jinny" McDowell in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, by Rev. Theodore B. Lyman of Trinity Episcopal Church[6]
1851 Daughter Marion born April 18 in Pennsylvania
1851 Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)[7]
1861 April, Civil War begins
1864 Beautiful Dreamer[8]
1864 Dies January 13 in Bellevue Hospital, New York, New York
1903 Wife Jinny dies January 9 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Steven was born 4 Jul 1826 in Lawrenceville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died 13 Jan 1864 in Bellevue Hospital, New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA.


  1. timeline published by the University of Pittsburgh's Stephen Foster Memorial Museum
  2. Pitt timeline
  3. Pitt timeline
  4. Wikipedia (Stephen Foster) and (Gold Rush)
  5. Pitt timeline
  6. timeline
  7. Wikipedia (Swanee River)
  8. Wikipedia (Beautiful Dreamer)

Stephen Collins Foster: a biography of America's folk-song composer [1]

Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture [2]

Stephen Foster: Youth's Golden Gleam [3]

Chronicles of Stephen Foster's family (1944)[4]

My brother Stephen, by Morrison Foster [5]

Stephen Foster's chronology [6]

The Melodies of Stephen C. Foster (1909) [7]

Wikipedia [8]

Find a Grave [9]


Thanks to Steven Marsden for starting this profile.

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On 19 Feb 2018 at 19:28 GMT Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz wrote:

the fathers have to be merged first. I have proposed it already.

On 6 Dec 2017 at 14:51 GMT Robert Harrison wrote:

Foster-16068 and Foster-4450 appear to represent the same person because: I added Steven before seeing Stephen. They represent the same person. We need to check birthdate with findagrave tombstone.

On 27 Nov 2017 at 23:24 GMT Betty Tindle wrote:

I saw a "Stephen Foster" mentioned on something online and it made me think of this Stephen Foster. I had to check to see if he is on Wikitree. So glad he is.

I can remember as a child, about 9 years old, sitting in the library and reading books about him. (My mother was a classical pianist so I love music, although I do not play.)

In the 60's, when I was little, his songs were still very popular.

I think his profile should be protected in some way, an American Icon!!!

On 14 Sep 2014 at 13:22 GMT Dan Thompson wrote:

Stephen is 21 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 24 degrees from Katy Jurado and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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