Person:Robert Foster (2)

m. 1642
  1. Robert Foster1651 - 1716
m. 1684
  1. John Foster1689 - 1760
  2. Thomas Foster1696 - 1769
  • HRobert Foster1651 - 1716
  • WSarah Biggs1652 - 1700
  1. Joseph Foster1677 -
Facts and Events
Name Robert Foster
Gender Male
Birth? 1651 Gloucester, Virginia
Marriage 1684 Gloucester, Virginiato Elizabeth Garnett\Golding
Death? 1716 St. Annes, Essex Co., Virginia
Alt Death? 1716 St Annes Parish,Essex,Virginia,USA

"Foster is an Anglo-Saxon surname of ancient origin and noble lineage. It is derived from the occupational source - in this case from "the forester." In the English Middle Ages, the forests and woods were almost always owned or controlled by the lord of the manor -- but people had no reservations about sneaking in and taking firewood, game, or whatever else they might require. To keep the poaching to a minimum, the lord retained a man to watch the forest -- often called a Forester, and sometimes called a Foster. The name stuck as an English Occupation surname when they became adopted. The name was also taken from the place of residence of the family in a forest, or wild wooded country.

Foster, the spelling of this branch of the family, is a contraction of the original spelling of Forester."