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Generation No. 1
1. JOHN1 FOSTER was born Abt. 1680 in Massachusetts?, and died
1720 in Prince Georges County, Maryland. He married ELIZABETH
GREEN February 15, 1702/03 in Prince Georges County, Maryland, daughter
of JOHN GREEN and ELIZABETH. She was born June 27, 1683 in
Notes for ELIZABETH GREEN:
After the death of John Foster, Elizabeth remarried to a man named John
Marriage Notes for JOHN FOSTER and ELIZABETH GREEN:
Married February 15, 1703 by Rev. Owen
"Maryland's Rec's., Brumbaugh" 1915
Information from --Genealogy and History, Issue 110,, Vol. 13, No. 4
Dec., 1952; Item 14875-----Foster, Lewis, Browning; Md., O.
Recieved from Mrs. Pat Gregory of Inidanapolis, Indiana.
A John Foster and Elizabeth Green wed Feb. 15, 1703 by Rev. Owen. An
account of the administration of the estate of this John Foster (late
of Prince Georges Co.) by his widow Elizabeth and second husband, John
Swan, dated Feb. 15, 1720, days "divided after widow's third is
deducted"; mentions "ye four children Hepburn, Richard Pile, Lewis
Thomas, and Richard Lancaster.
Children of JOHN FOSTER and ELIZABETH GREEN are:
i. JOHN2 FOSTER.
ii. HUGH FOSTER.
iii. RICHARD FOSTER.
2. iv. THOMAS FOSTER, b. February
04, 1711/12, Prince Georges County, Maryland; d. June 18, 1752, Prince
George's County, Maryland.
Generation No. 2
2. THOMAS2 FOSTER (JOHN1) was born February 04, 1711/12 in Prince
Georges County, Maryland, and died June 18, 1752 in Prince George's
County, Maryland. He married SARA CROSS November 25, 1735 in
Prince Georges County, Maryland. She was born December 16, 1716
in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
Notes for SARA CROSS:
Sara was the daughter of George Cross and her mothers name was
She died June 18, 1752 (date of administration of estate Prince Georges
Court, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.)
Children of THOMAS FOSTER and SARA CROSS are:
i. THOMAS3 FOSTER.
Notes for THOMAS FOSTER:
The following is from the book, History of The Foster Family by David I.
Note- Mrs. Gregory said she found many mistakes in his book so this is
merely a short peiced of the information:
The Foster Family first settled on the bleak hills of MA, near
Myrickville, where the bones of many of our forefathers sleep.
About 1760, Thomas Foster, with a member of
his neighbors went to the
sea-coasts and loaded their few belongings on a sailing vessel of the
of that time and started down the coast to the new settlements of
He entered the Chesapeake Bay and pushing up the Potamac River he
near the present town of Hyattsville, Prince Georges County, Maryland.
During the French and Indian Wars, from
1754-1760, many young men from
Prince Georges County had been north to the mountains and valleys along
different branches of the Juniata River in Pennsylvania, which had fired
the hearts of the youngest settlers, who were already feeling the
of game and the increased price of land. Hence, in the spring of 1776, a
considerable number of men banded together, and started north.
entire outfit as well as women and children going on horseback.
Jeremiah Duvall and wife, Rev. Thomas Johnston and family, Eli Lewis and
wife, Benjamin and Richard Penn, Basil Foster and family, John Foster
family, Lewis and Richard Foster. They pushed out into the beautiful
valleys and hills at the mouth of Shoup's Run, where it empties into the
Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, near where Saxton, PEnnsylvania,
During May and June, 1780, the Indians had
been killing the settlers
farther west, and on Saturday, July 15, two bands of Indians came down
Kittaning War Path, and killed several settlers on the opposite sike of
river. A meeting was held and decided to vacate their homes and the
One Sunday, July 16, 1780, occurred the terrible Woodcock
massacre, which would have been the fate of the three Foster families
they remained in the settlement.
We now take up the return of the three Foster
brothers to Woodcock Valley.
Basil Foster moved from Maryland ato Woodcock Valley in 1778, was driven
back by the Indians in July, 1780, and returned in May 1787.
a few days at Shoup's Fort, Dr. Jeremiah Duvall, Richard Penn, and Basil
Foster proceeded on their way in a southeasterly direction about seven
miles to where they had concluded to settle. The women and
remained at the fort until logs were cut, clapboards split for roofs,
puncheon split an dhewed for floors, and the cabins built, without use
nails and glass.
About June 1, 1787, housekeeping was first
begun on the Broad Top
Mountains, and the first seeds were planted. The nearest store
Baltimore, and in the spring of 1788, Basil and son Richard started with
one pack horse for tools, as Basil Foster was by trade a wagon builder.
While there, arrangements were made for
Richard to return south in the
autumn of 1789 to stay five years to learn the blacksmith trade. He left
for Baltimore in September of 1789. Little thinking that he would
see the dear old father in life again. The winter of 89 and 90
terrible one. The first white persons death occurred May of this
being that of Mrs. Sarah Shreeves. Basil Foster cut a large
split, hewed, and pinned it together with locust pins--the first coffin
made in the settlement. Dr. J. Duvall preached the funeral sermon and
Duvall Cemetery was started, where sleep seven generations of the Foster
Family. In October of 1791, Basil Foster was taken ill and all
methods of the family and kind neighbors were of no avail, and Basil
was called to rest.
The Foster family did own slaves. Mingo was born about 1715, on
western coast of Africa near the Gulf of Guinea, and claimed to be the
of a king. He was kidnapped in the year 1735, and became the
Dr. Jeremiah Duvall, who traded a steer to a man named Jacob T. Ryan for
him. He afterwards became the property of the Foster Family who brought
to Pennsylvania and in 1795, gave him a piece of land for life.
Foster, Duvall, and Fenner families built him a cabin and furnished him
with what he needed. In 1814, after performing many voodoo
ii. BENJAMIN FOSTER.
iii. RUTH FOSTER.
3. iv. RICHARD FOSTER, d. 1791,
v. SARAH FOSTER, b. Abt. 1730; d.
Notes for SARAH FOSTER:
Married John Athey.
4. vi. REV. JOHN REV. FOSTER, b.
June 1731, Prince Georges County, Maryland; d. January 01, 1800,
Oldtown, Alleghany County, Maryland.
vii. BASIL FOSTER, b. 1744.
Generation No. 3
3. RICHARD3 FOSTER (THOMAS2, JOHN1) died 1791 in Baltimore,
Maryland. He married PRISCILLA TYLER April 05, 1784.
Notes for RICHARD FOSTER:
Revolutionary War Veteren.
Child of RICHARD FOSTER and PRISCILLA TYLER is:
i. BASIL4 FOSTER.
4. REV. JOHN REV.3 FOSTER (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born June 1731 in
Prince Georges County, Maryland, and died January 01, 1800 in Oldtown,
Alleghany County, Maryland. He married (1) ELIZABETH LEWIS 1758
in Maryland. She was born 1738 in Ireland, and died 1783 in
Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He married (2) SARAH CRESAP
December 20, 1783, daughter of COL. THOMAS CRESAP. She was born
August 21, 1740.
Notes for REV. JOHN REV. FOSTER:
Sources for the Foster information were: 1.) The
Foster Family in Indiana by Wallace Marshall; 2.) Genealogicall Chart
of Fosters in Indiana compiled by James C. Foster of Higby, Ohio and
Mrs. Jennie H. Foster of Montrose, Colorado in 1921; and 3.) Roster of
Revolutionary Soldiers buried in Ohio, compiled by Jane Dowd Dailey and
published in 1929.
Rev. John Foster as recorded in vol. I page 47, of
Maryland Troops of the Revolution, was a private in the company of
Captain Peter Mantz's Company of Maryland, Frederick County, raised for
the "Flying Corps". He enlisted on July 13, 1776. In 1796,
he came with his family to Ohio from his native state of
Maryland. His residence was ascribed to PeePee Township in Pike
County, Ohio, where he served as a Methodist Minister for 35 years.
In 1800, while on a trip from Ohio to Maryland to
take care of his second wife's property, he became ill and died near
Olktown, Alleghany County, Maryland. His second wife was Sarah
Cresap who was born August 21, 1740 the daughter of Col. Thomas Cresap,
and the widow of Captain Harry Innis. This information is all
stated in the History of the Cresaps, 1937.
The second marriage occurred on December 20, 1783,
and Sarah must have died before 1796 when the family went to Ohio, as
no mention of her is made later, and John lived with his son, Richard,
John grew up in the Quaker faith, but became
Methodist preacher besides farming. He served in the Revolution in
Capt. Peter Mantz Company of Frederick Co. MD. Hist. of Ross
& Highland Cos.: "The first white settlement within the limits of
this township was in 1798, by two brothers, Thomas and the Rev. John
Foster, the latter a local preacher of the Methodist Church, and both
sons of John Foster, Sr., an emigrant from Maryland who settled at the
present site of Piketon, now within the bounds of Pike Co., the same
year. John, one of the sons of the Rev. John Foster, was a
captain in the War of 1812. Another son, Thomas C. Foster, born in
1813, still survives...The first election in the Twp was ordered to be
held at the house of Benjamin Foster." John was fined for taking
part in the Whiskey rebellion of 1794 in Bedford Co., PA. At the time
of his death he owned a 1000 acre tractin Ross Co. along the Scioto
River and another of 300 acres in the Peepee town Bottom.
Children of JOHN FOSTER and ELIZABETH LEWIS are:
5. i. LEWIS4 FOSTER, b. December
26, 1760, Maryland, Baltimore County; d. 1852, Fairview, Illinois.
6. ii. CASSANDRA FOSTER, b.
December 30, 1762, Maryland; d. 1850.
iii. THOMAS FOSTER, b. June 15,
1766, Maryland; d. 1849; m. MARY PRATHER, November 13, 1770, Maryland.
Marriage Notes for THOMAS FOSTER and MARY PRATHER:
She was the daughter of James Prather of Alleghany County,
Maryland. She and her husband resided in Ross County, Ohio
there were 8 children
7. iv. RACHEL FOSTER, b. September
27, 1769, Maryland; d. 1825.
8. v. JOHN REV. CAP. FOSTER, b.
March 03, 1771, Frederick County, Maryland; d. 1839, Ross County, Ohio.
vi. BENJAMIN FOSTER, b. June 13,
1775, Maryland; d. October 10, 1844; m. CATHERINE PRATHER.
Notes for CATHERINE PRATHER:
Total of six children
vii. JOSEPH FOSTER, b. April 05,
1777, Maryland; d. June 30, 1859; m. SARAH PRATHER; b. 1781; d. 1835.
9. viii. RICHARD FOSTER, b. July
01, 1779, Hagerstown, Maryland; d. June 06, 1831, Pike County, Ohio.
Generation No. 4
5. LEWIS4 FOSTER (JOHN REV.3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born December
26, 1760 in Maryland, Baltimore County, and died 1852 in Fairview,
Illinois. He married NANCY ANN DAVIS 1780 in Bedford,
Pennsylvania. She was born 1762 in Bedford, Pennsylvania, and
died 1839 in Fairview, Illinois.
Notes for LEWIS FOSTER:
He was born in 1760, Baltimore County, Maryland, moved with the family
to Bedford County, PA, a spot where there was an abundance of water
from springs. He married Ann Davis who was two years younger, and they
had nine children.
The three oldest were married, when in 1806, the Lewis Foster family
moved to Madison County, Ohio where Lewis had acquired a
thousand-acre-tract of land. They settled three miles northeast of the
present village of West Jefferson.
Like his father before him, Lewis was a Mehodist preacher, so
immediately set about building a church. Rev. Lewis Foster
presided at funerals, and the churchyard served as a burial ground.
Today (1968) Foster Chapel Cemetery is a splendid memorial to Rev.
Lewis Foster's thirty some years at West Jefferson, Ohio.
About 1835, Lewis Foster and some of his family moved west to Illinois,
settling in Fulton County. Again Preacher Lewis built a
church. Lewis and Ann, as well as many other members of his
family are buried in this churchyard near Fairview, Illinois. An
arch on the entrance gate reads: Foster Cemetery.
Ann Davis Foster died in 1839. Lewis lived until 1852, spending
his declining years in the home of a grandson, William Foster who
married Hannah Alder.
A source of insight into the personality of Rev. Lewis Foster may be
obtained from the autobiography of Rev. Lewis Foster's grandson, Rev.
John L. Dyer. The title of the book is, "Snowshoe
Itinerant". It can be found in the state library at Denver,
Rev. Lewis Foster lived the last few years of his life with a grandson,
William Foster, near Fairview, Illinois. The grandson, William,
was a son of Thomas who had died in 1812 soon after entering the
War. William had married Hannah Alder, daughter of John Alder.
Rev. Lewis Foster and wife lie sleeping in the Foster Cemetery near
Fairview, Illinois. Inscriptions there read:
Rev. Lewis Foster 1760-1852
Ann Foster, his wife 1762-1839
The will of Rev. Lewis Foster is shown in the "Chattie Cox" Book.
The only letter known to be still in existence written by Rev. Lewis
Foster, is among the family keepsakes of Miss Ada C. Foster of
Chillicothe, Ohio, a descendant of a brother of Rev. Lewis Foster:
this letter was handed down to her by her father, Major James C.
Foster. It was written before or not later than 1832 and was addressed
his four brothers, Thomas, John, Joseph and Richard. Another
brother, Benjamin was living in Indiana at that time.
"Dear Brethern: Having a fair opportunity I venture to try with
my trembling hand to write a few lives to you all once more. As
it respects my health of body, I feel as well as I ever did in all my
life, except a moderate cough attends me, and great debility from my
hips downward. Taking cold operates very much against my health, it
frequently brings me down as it were to the very gates of death in a
few days time, and those times I experience a total loss of appetite
and am vastly weak. As to my mind I find it too much on earthly
things which mars my happiness to some degree. I am persuaded
that none but the pure of heart see God, that is, perfectly enjoy
Him. I do enjoy unshaken confidence in the Lord, and am strong
for all the mind that was in Christ Jesus, my head, in a word, I am
preparing to meet you my Dear Brethern int he realms of Eternal
Bliss. I sometimes say to myself that I see my Brothers with
their companions, on their knees, praying to God for me, and all the
churches of God. These contemplations with other mercies revive
my spirits higher and I then press on with renewed vigor.
I wish now to give you an account of a little revival that took place
in our society, and some adjacent societies, chiefly among the young
people, at our camp meeting and a two days meeting several days
afterwards. There were upwards of twenty joined our society, almost all
professed Chirst. (Here someone had cut out the list of
names.) It was lowly and humble and lifted up in spirit and
Beseeching you to be patient, striving to make my poor trembling hand
write, I bid you farewell, hoping and praying if we never meet again on
earth we may meet in Heaven, is the desire of your elder brother, Lewis
To Thomas, John, Joseph and Richard Foster"
Notes for NANCY ANN DAVIS:
Buried in Foster Cemetery, Fairview, Illinois.
Children of LEWIS FOSTER and NANCY DAVIS are:
i. THOMAS5 FOSTER, b. 1781.
ii. ELIZABETH FOSTER, b. December
10. iii. REBECCA FOSTER, b. 1786,
Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
iv. CASSANDRA. FOSTER, b. 1792.
v. JOSHUA FOSTER, b. May 17, 1794.
vi. JOHN LEWIS FOSTER, b. 1796.
vii. BENJAMIN FOSTER, b. November
viii. JOSEPH FOSTER, b. 1802.
ix. RACHEL FOSTER, b. 1804.
6. CASSANDRA4 FOSTER (JOHN REV.3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born
December 30, 1762 in Maryland, and died 1850. She married THOMAS
CHENOWETH. He was born November 10, 1753 in Maryland, and died
August 17, 1814 in Franklin County, Ohio.
Notes for THOMAS CHENOWETH:
He was a private in the Maryland Troops under Captain Bell and Major
Coulter in frontier service. In 1782, he was with Colonel
Crawford's Expedition of Sandusky.
After the Revolution, Thomas moved with his family to Kentucky and then
to Pike County, Ohio, in 1796. Then in 1799, he moved with his
brother Elijah and located in Pleasand Township, Franklin County,
Ohio. After his death, his widow and part of his family moved
Children of CASSANDRA FOSTER and THOMAS CHENOWETH are:
i. JOHN5 CHENOWETH, m. BETSY
ii. RUTH CHENOWETH.
iii. ANN CHENOWETH, m. UNKNOWN
iv. BENJAMIN CHENOWETH.
v. JOSEPH CHENOWETH.
7. RACHEL4 FOSTER (JOHN REV.3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born September
27, 1769 in Maryland, and died 1825. She married ELIJAH CHENOWETH
Abt. 1785, son of THOMAS CHENOWETH and MARY PRICKETT. He was born
June 12, 1762, and died December 05, 1828 in Franklon County, Ohio.
Notes for ELIJAH CHENOWETH:
He is listed in DAR Roster by J.D. Dailey as a private in the
Revolution. He was with Colonel Crawford's Expedition on Sandusky
in 1782. With his brother Thomas, he settled in Walnut Prairie
area near or in Ross County, Ohio.
Children of RACHEL FOSTER and ELIJAH CHENOWETH are:
i. JOSEPH5 CHENOWETH, m. MARGARET
ii. THOMAS CHENOWETH, m. RACHEL
iii. ELIZABETH CHENOWETH, m. JOHN
iv. LEWIS CHENOWETH, d. died young.
v. JOHN FOSTER CHENOWETH.
Notes for JOHN FOSTER CHENOWETH:
Married Margaret Ferguson.
vi. SARAH CHENOWETH, m. JOHN
vii. CASSANDRA CHENOWETH, m. JOHN
viii. RACHEL CHENOWETH, m. JESSE
ix. ELIJAH JR. CHENOWETH, m. NANCY
x. RUTH CHENOWETH, m. UNKNOWN
8. JOHN REV. CAP.4 FOSTER (JOHN REV.3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born
March 03, 1771 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died 1839 in Ross
County, Ohio. He married MARTHA PRATHER March 07, 1792, daughter
of JAMES PRATHER. She was born 1772 in Frederick County,
Maryland, and died March 18, 1849 in Ross County, Ohio.
Children of JOHN FOSTER and MARTHA PRATHER are:
i. SARAH5 FOSTER.
ii. JOHN FOSTER.
iii. JAMES FOSTER.
iv. RACHEL FOSTER.
v. CASSANDRA FOSTER.
vi. KITTIE FOSTER, b. 1795.
vii. ELIZABETH FOSTER, b. 1799.
viii. MARY FOSTER, b. 1804.
ix. MARTHA FOSTER, b. 1810.
x. REBECCA FOSTER, b. 1813.
xi. THOMAS C. FOSTER, b. 1813; m.
JANE E. DAVIS, 1839; b. 1821.
xii. NANCY FOSTER, b. 1815.
9. RICHARD4 FOSTER (JOHN REV.3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born July 01,
1779 in Hagerstown, Maryland, and died June 06, 1831 in Pike County,
Ohio. He married RACHEL BROWNING 1801 in Hagerstown, Maryland,
daughter of JAMES BROWNING and RACHEL UNKNOWN. She was born June
17, 1780 in Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland, and died March 23, 1853
in Pike County, Ohio.
Notes for RICHARD FOSTER:
Was a Justice of the Peace for 18 years.
He was a Farmer and came to Ohio with his father, Rev. John Foster in
Notes for RACHEL BROWNING:
Was Methodist in religion.
Children of RICHARD FOSTER and RACHEL BROWNING are:
i. JERIMIAH BROWNING5 FOSTER, b.
June 10, 1802, Hagerstown, Maryland; m. ELIZABETH JOHNSTON, August 01,
Notes for ELIZABETH JOHNSTON:
Daughter of George Johnston
Marriage Notes for JERIMIAH FOSTER and ELIZABETH JOHNSTON:
ii. JOHN FOSTER, b. February 11,
1804, Hagerstown, Maryland; m. JANE BROWN.
11. iii. ELIZABETH FOSTER, b. May
17, 1806, Pike County, Ohio; d. April 23, 1900, Marion County, Alma,
iv. ZEBULON FOSTER, b. 1809, Pike
County, Ohio; d. 1891, West Lebanon, Indiana; m. CAROLINE OSTRANDER,
February 14, 1833, Pike County, Ohio; b. 1812; d. 1872.
v. CASSANDRA FOSTER, b. May 31,
1811, Pike County, Ohio.
Notes for CASSANDRA FOSTER:
Married Rufus Libby.
vi. LEMUEL G. FOSTER, b. February
02, 1814, Pike County, Ohio; d. September 25, 1877; m. BARBARA HULSE,
March 19, 1840, Pike County, Ohio.
vii. ASENETH FOSTER, b. June 05,
1816, Pike County, Ohio; d. March 16, 1850, Warren County, Indiana; m.
MARSHA COMPTON; b. March 04, 1811, Ross County, Ohio; d. March 09, 1893.
viii. THOMAS FOSTER, b. August 15,
1818, Pike County, Ohio; d. December 01, 1907, Alma, Illinois; m. NANCY
S. HICKMAN; b. December 21, 1818; d. June 11, 1856.
ix. SETH CLARK FOSTER, b. May 21,
1821, Pike County, Ohio; d. April 28, 1899; m. MARIA DAY, August 15,
1850, Pike County, Ohio; b. November 07, 1830; d. January 30, 1907.
x. RACHEL FOSTER, b. April 10,
1825, Pike County, Ohio; d. 1913; m. WILLIAM AUSTIN JONES, February 27,
1845, Pike County, Ohio; b. December 28, 1818, Londonderry, Ohio; d.
August 29, 1886, Burlington Junction, Missouri.
Notes for WILLIAM AUSTIN JONES:
They lived in Ohio until 1826, and then moved to Missouri, where he was
a State Representative in 1866.
Marriage Notes for RACHEL FOSTER and WILLIAM JONES:
Generation No. 5
10. REBECCA5 FOSTER (LEWIS4, JOHN REV.3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born
1786 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She married JOHN TOMLINSON
January 01, 1804 in Ross Co., Ohio. He was born January 22, 1777
in Frederick Co., Maryland, and died August 30, 1844 in Union Twp,
Mercer Co, Ohio.
Notes for JOHN TOMLINSON:
Both Rebecca and her husband are buried in Tomlinson Cemetery, Mercer
TOMLINSON, John of Union twp. - dated 10-7-1839; recorded
(notgiven-1845 or 1846). Wife, Rebecca, land in Mercer and Van Wer
tCounties. Sons: Joseph Foster, James, John F., Lewis F., and
Jesse.Daughters: Mary Ross; Nancy Thomas, dec'd, her heirs; Rachel
Smith,dec'd, her heirs. Son, John F. to serve as guardian of testator
'ssons, James and Joseph F. Executors: son, John F. Tomlinson
andWilliam Hamilton. Signed: John Tomlinson. Witnesses: William
Hamiltonand John Heath.
Deposition given 11-25-1879 by John F.
Tomlinson stating that allpersonal property in estate was exhausted in
settlement of estatebefore death of widow. (129) Mercer Co. OH
Children of REBECCA FOSTER and JOHN TOMLINSON are:
i. JESSE6 TOMLINSON.
ii. LEWIS FOSTER TOMLINSON.
iii. MARY POLLY TOMLINSON.
iv. NANCY TOMLINSON.
v. JAMES TOMLINSON, m. ELIZABETH
R. GREEN, November 18, 1841, Pike County, Ohio.
11. ELIZABETH5 FOSTER (RICHARD4, JOHN REV.3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was
born May 17, 1806 in Pike County, Ohio, and died April 23, 1900 in
Marion County, Alma, Illinois. She married SAMUEL E. WILSON July
03, 1827 in Pike County, Ohio, son of JOHN WILSON and AMANDA
TOMLINSON. He was born April 15, 1804 in Pike County, Ohio, and
died December 20, 1847 in Marion County, Alma, Illinois.
Notes for SAMUEL E. WILSON:
Samuel and his wife were one of the first settlers in the Alma area.
They drove covered wagons across the state of Indiana and settled in
the Alma area in 1842. Here Samuel continued his occupation as a
tanner and farmer. Evidently, the Wilson family were tanners
while living in Ohio, and Samuel brought some of his equipment with him
on the move. As one can see from the birth dates of their
children, all but the twins and Margaret made the trip from Ohio.
Samuel and Elizabeth were both very strong to the Methodist religion,
and they were noted for their generosity to the circuit riding
He died from pneumonia, which contacted when he fell from his horse
while herding his swine to market across the Mississippi River.
Marriage Notes for ELIZABETH FOSTER and SAMUEL WILSON:
Married July 3, 1827 in Pike County, Ohio by Rev. Francus Wilson.
Children of ELIZABETH FOSTER and SAMUEL WILSON are:
i. JOHN6 WILSON, b. August 10,
1828; d. April 1862, Battle of Shiloh.
Notes for JOHN WILSON:
Civil War Letter of John Wilson
The following letter was written by John Wilson, son of Samuel Wilson
and Eliza Foster
Wilson, to his sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and
Isaiah Dillon, a
few days before the Battle of Shiloh in early April 1862.
John Wilson was
mortally wounded in that battle. I have edited the text
ease of reading.
Camp McClarnand, Tenn.
March 31 
Dear Brother and sister,
I sit myself down tonight to answer your letter of the 24 that came to
hand today and let you know that I am well and
doing as well as the
nature of the case will admit and I hope when
this comes to hand you
will all be well and out of the mud like we
are. We have had very
pleasant weather for some time past. The roads
are dusty; it rained a
little this morning but not enough to lay the
dust. There is plenty of
troops here to whip the south if they would
only give us the word
forward march. They are scattered all over the
woods for 4 or 5 miles
around. They are from Ohio and all the rest of
the western states.
There is about 150 reg here now and more
comeing in every day. The
40th is here in 1/2 mile of us. I was up to
see them yesterday. They
was in pretty good health all they want is
some exercise to make them
healthy such as we had at Fort Donalson. Will
[Dillon] was on guard
when we went. He lets us in. They had
preaching twice yesterday and
that is more than we ever had for I have not
heard but one sermon
since I have been in the army that was
preached to the soldiers. We
have no chaplain for our reg and I heard that
the Col said he would be
d----d if he would have one either. I dont
know whether it is so or not
but it is about like him. He has not been with
us since we left the Fort.
He was wounded in the fight and went home and
has not returned.
You wanted to know how the country looked. It is as nigh like the
Potaka flat down by the saw mill as two eggs
only there is more
soldiers in this flat than in that. One of my
mess mates is very sick
and I am sitting up with him all alone. This
is the fourth night that I
have had to sit up part of each night and John
C. Wilson of Hancock
Co., Ills sits up the rest of the time. The
sick mans name is John W D
F Causey [?] of Fayette Co., Ills. I have a
very good mess. There is
ten of us and five of them is name John.
I started a letter home today. If you could see it you could give some
idea what we have went through for it is a
short account of our tramp
from Camp Butler to this camp. If I can get it
I will send you a union
song that our boys sings. It is hard to beat
when it is well sung and
they can do that. I have not told you where we
are yet. We are in
Hardin Co., Tenn. 8 miles above Savannah 3
miles west of Pittsburg
Landing and 20 miles from Corinth which is at
the junction of the rail
road where the enemy is fortified **** They
will not stay till we come. If
we thought they would we would go over and see
them and take tea
some evening. They told us at Fort Donaldson
that they never
bargained to fight the Ills boys no how. I
expect they will be the same
Give my respects to all the neighbors that is in for the union. The
have no love for. Tell Robert Gibsons wife
that her brother Thomas is
well. I have not saw him since we came here
but one of the boys saw
him yesterday. George White was left at
Savannah in the Hospital but
he was getting better when we left. Wm. Winks
is dead. He died the
13th of March. Tell John Gibson that I have
not forgot him yet and I
want him to write to me anyhow. I would give a
1/4 [i.e., "a quarter"] to
hear him sing Stand the Storm once more. I
have been in one storm
when it rained lead and thundered when it was
clear and then lay down
at night and went to sleep where we could see
the enemys cannon.
So no more, but remain your affectionate brother until Death,
ii. RICHARD TILTON WILSON, b.
January 18, 1831.
12. iii. HARRIET WILSON, b.
February 12, 1833, Pike Co., Ohio; d. June 21, 1907, Centralia
Township, Marion County, Illinois.
iv. RACHEL SEE WILSON, b. May 05,
v. SARAH WILSON, b. July 18, 1838,
Sharonville, (now Omega), Pike Co., OH; d. August 03, 1925, Kinmundy,
Illinois; m. ISAIAH DILLON, September 13, 1855, Kinmundy, IL; b. 1832,
Fleming Co., KY.
vi. GEORGE CORWIN WILSON, b.
November 09, 1840.
vii. TILTON WILSON, b. May 27,
viii. THORTON WILSON, b. May 27,
ix. MARY WILSON, b. September 20,
1846; m. JASPER KERR.
Generation No. 6
12. HARRIET6 WILSON (ELIZABETH5 FOSTER, RICHARD4, JOHN REV.3,
THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born February 12, 1833 in Pike Co., Ohio, and died
June 21, 1907 in Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois. She
married (1) JABEZ D. DEPUE February 04, 1851 in Marion County,
Illinois. She married (2) JAMES JOHNSON March 15,
1859 in Marion County, Illinois, son of SEVEARN JOHNSON and JANE
ORR. He was born July 24, 1823 in Licking Co., Ohio, and died
March 17, 1894 in Marion County, Illinois.
Notes for HARRIET WILSON:
Harriet Wilson was married once before to a man by the name of Jabez
He left her after two years of marriage so she filed and was granted a
divorce. However there were two daughters born, but both died as
Notes for JAMES JOHNSON:
James Johnson came to Illinois from Ohio in the year 1846 when he was
23 years of age. He married three times leaving a total of twelve
children that grew to adulthood.
After the death of his first wife, James married on February 3, 1857,
to Mary F. Richardson.
Married March 15, 1859, to his third wife Harriet Wilson, of whom I am
James was the Justice of the Peace certified according to the abstract
owned by Herbert Phillips. File No. 76969 No. 1374 N.
In 1841James Johnson came to Illinois with his uncle William Johnson
and his wife,Rachel McClelland. Other members of the traveling party
that came to Illinois were Rachels' mother Catherine Courson
McClelland, James sister Juliana Johnson, who was married to
Matthias Leckrone. Juliana and Matthias children William, age two and a
half and Mary Jane Leckrone, who was a baby in arms. Rachel, Uncle
Williams wife, had two brothers that had already came to Illinois and
sent word back that the land was good and available. Life in Ohio
wasn't easy for the Johnsons and the land wasn't overy
productive, the weather was severe. James and Juliana left their
father, Sevearn and their mother Jane in Licking County, Ohio.
Tradition has it that they traveled in covered wagons, camping by
streams at night. After their meals, when clean up was done the
skillets were cleaned with sand. The Johnsons settled in the Central
City,Illinois area, (known then as Gainsville) and the McClellands
settled in the Sandoval-Odin area.
Another story passed down to me was that where the barn and house
were built was eventually separated by the railroad tracks, meaning to
go to the barn you had to cross the tracks.
James is buried in the Zion Hill Cemetery, Marion County, Illinois.
James married three times having been widowed twice and living out his
life with his third wife. There are twelve children from these three
marriages who lived to adulthood.
The 1850 census shows that there was a little girl, Ann 10 months old
when the census was taken but I have no other mention of her.
Children of HARRIET WILSON and JABEZ DEPUE are:
i. ANN MARIE7 DEPUE, b. 1852.
Notes for ANN MARIE DEPUE:
Died September 19, 1853, age 1 yr. 9 mos. and 15 days.
Buried - Wilson Cemetery.
ii. ASENATH E. DEPUE, b. 1853.
Notes for ASENATH E. DEPUE:
Died December 20, 1855, age 1 year, 10 mos. and 3 days - buried in
Wilson Cemetery, Alma, IL.
Children of HARRIET WILSON and JAMES JOHNSON are:
iii. ELISHA TILTON7 JOHNSON, b.
January 09, 1860, Marion County, Illinois; d. March 20, 1950, Centralia
St. Mary's Hospital.
Notes for ELISHA TILTON JOHNSON:
Married Nancy Elizabeth Ray March 3, 1881.
iv. SARAH ELIZABETH JOHNSON, b.
February 01, 1863, Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois; d. July
05, 1923, Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois; m. ISAAC
MCCLELLAND BUNDY, March 02, 1890, Centralia Township, Marion County,
Illinois; b. August 31, 1862, Raccoon Township, Marion County,
Illinois; d. December 28, 1923, Raccoon Township, Marion County,
Notes for ISAAC MCCLELLAND BUNDY:
Isaac M. Bundy, son W.K. and Elizabeth Bundy, was born in Marion
County, Illinois, August 31, 1862 and departed this life December 28,
1923, age 61 years 3 months and 28 days. He was married to Sarah E.
Johnson, March 2, 1890 and to this union was born four children who
survive him. Della Pearl Burge of Decatur, Illinois, Minnie Bell,
Orville J. and Gladys Harriet Bundy all of Centralia. His wife
preceding him to the life beyond some six months ago. Beside his
children he leaves three grandchildren, Francis Leo and Nelson Floyd
Burge, and Bettie Marie Bundy, four sisters, Sarah Robinson of the
state of Washington, Josephine West of Odin, Illinois, Lizzie Lamont of
Arkansas and Rachel Jones of California and a host of other relatives
and friends. He united with the Baptist Church of Zion Hill, and was
baptized by Rev. Keel on April 28, 1889 and lived a member of this
church up to the time of his death.
He was very patient in his last afflicition, and never complained of
his lot, but said he was ready to go, and made all arrangements for his
funeral. He was a loving father, was devoted to his family and home,
and while laboring for his loved ones on earth, was laying up treasures
v. GEORGE SHERMAN JOHNSON, b. July
19, 1865, Centralia Township, Marion Co., Illinois; d. August 24, 1948,
Centralia Township, Marion Co., Illinois; m. (1) BERTHA MCCOY FRANCIS;
b. 1880; d. January 09, 1976; m. (2) MARTHA HARRIET YOUNG, August 01,
1886, Salem, IL; b. June 14, 1865; d. December 17, 1911.
Notes for BERTHA MCCOY FRANCIS:
Bertha had daughter, Hallie (Young) McCoy
Marriage Notes for GEORGE JOHNSON and MARTHA YOUNG:
Married by Rev. Isaac M. Bundy
vi. IDA BELL JOHNSON, b. January
08, 1869, Centralia Township, Marion Co., Illinois; d. June 16, 1951,
Centralia Township, Marion Co., Illinois; m. JOHN PRIESTLY PHILLIPS,
August 13, 1892, Marion County, Illinois; b. June 25, 1843, Centralia
Township, Marion Co., Illinois; d. June 14, 1917, Marion County,
Notes for IDA BELL JOHNSON:
Church affiliation-Antioch Methodist Church
vii. MAGGIE RACHEL JOHNSON, b.
March 21, 1874, Centralia Township, Marion Co., Illinois; d. 1964; m.
MERRIT IVY RAY, February 10, 1901; b. December 02, 1873; d. May 06,
Notes for MERRIT IVY RAY:
He was the son of William Ivy Ray and Mary Fyke Ray.
viii. LILLIE THEODOSHA JOHNSON, b.
March 28, 1878, Centralia Township, Marion Co., Illinois; d. July 11,
1948, Illinois; m. THEODORE ALLEN; b. 1873; d. 1941.
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