James and Griselda (Handley) FOSTER and Children
The Family of James and Griselda (HANDLEY) FOSTER (17??-18??) (17??-18??)
Lived in Greenbrier Co, VA (WV); Butler Co, OH
children: *Archibald Handley FOSTER *Joshua *Esom (Isom) *Griselda Jane
spouse surnames: *Margaret PATTERSON


b. 1698 VA
d. 7 Dec 1767 Amelia Co VA
(m) Hannah Elizabeth

b 1686 VA
d 1790 VA
b 1707? Northumberland VA
d 1752? Gauley River WV
(m) Elizabeth

b. 1710 Stafford VA
d. ca 1783 Kanawha VA


b. 2 Jul 1719 Northumberland Co VA
d. 1814 Nicolas Co WV

(m)   Sarah

b.21 Jun 1738 VA
d. 10 Apr 1822 (83) Nicholas Co WV

James FOSTER      (m 1797 WV)
b. 28 Mar 1770 Prince Wm Co VA
d. 3 Mar 1824 (53) Butler Co OH
Cemetery unknown

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d. ?
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b. 1725/1730
d. 1796 Greenbrier Co WV (ca 70)

b. ca 1733
d. 1801-2 WV

Griselda HANDLEY
b. 1776/7 VA
d. 1857 (80)
Cemetery unknown

The children (and grandchildren/first cousins) of
James and Griselda (HANDLEY) FOSTER

James and Griselda (Handley) FOSTER's Biography
James FOSTER was born 28 March 1770 in Southhampton, Long Island, NY (or in Northumberland Co VA?) to Isaac and Sarah (HUGHES) FOSTER (see top chart).

".. James FOSTER, was a native of Virginia, but emigrated in early life to Butler County, Ohio, and was numbered among the successful early settlers. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 under Gen. Wayne, was a devoted admirer of the noted warrior, and died in Butler County, an honored and respected old citizen." Source: "A Portrait and Biographical Record of Hendricks County"

Griselda Handley Foster was one of the daughters of Archibald and Jean (Henderson) HANDLEY of Monroe/Greenbrier Co WV, born about 1776 when that area was still part of Virginia. Soon after her father's death in 1796 and just before James turned 27, Griselda married James Foster on March 25, 1797 in Monroe Co, VA.

Isom Foster's family photos by Bob D. Miller
Archibald H Foster
1799- ?
Hamilton Co, OH
Joshua Foster
1801?- ?
Hamilton Co, OH
Esom (Isom) Foster
1802-1857 (55)
Rush Co, IN drowned
Griselda Jane Foster
ca 1803? - ?
Butler Co, OH

The James & Griselda (HANDLEY) FOSTER family

1770 (Mar 28) - James FOSTER was born in VA to Isaac & Sarah HUGHES FOSTER
1776 - Griselda HANDLEY born to Archibald & Jean (HENDERSON) HANDLEY

1783-86 - Greenbrier Co WV tax lists: John FOSSTER, James FOSTER, Robert FOSTER, William GEORGE
1797 March 25 - James FOSTER married Griselda HANDLEY, Greenbrier Co WV. source
1799 - Archibald H. FOSTER was born in VA/WV
1801? - Joshua FOSTER was born in VA/WV
1802? - Isom FOSTER was born in VA/WV
1803 - Jane (or Griselda Jane) FOSTER was born in VA/WV per the 1880 census when she was 77, single, and a border with the William BRIDGFORD family in Butler Co, Morgan twp, OH

1810 census: In the Monroe Co VA (now Greenbrier Co WV) census,

Family of James FOSTER aged 40 (b 1770) and wife Griselda Jane FOSTER aged 34 (b 1776)
MALES: under 10, 4 10-under 16, 1 16 and under 21 inc heads, 0 21 & under 45, 1 45 & up 0
FEMALES: under 10, 0 10-under 16, 2 16 and under 21 inc heads, 0 21 & under 45, 1 45 & up 0

1 son 10-16:Archibald "Archey" Handley Foster
2 daughters 10-16:    Griselda "Jane" Foster and 1 other
4 sons under 10:     Joshua Foster, Esom Foster, 2 others

1810 census: Other FOSTER families in Monroe Co VA/Greenbrier Co WV included
George FOSTER (b 1765-85)
MALES: under 10, 2 10-under 16, 1 16 and under 25 inc heads, 2 25 & under 45, 1 - George (father) 45 & up 0
FEMALES: under 10, 1 10-under 16, 0 16 and under 25 inc heads, 1 25 & under 45, 1 (wife?) 45 & up 0

Grigsby FOSTER (b 1865-85) - married Martha HANDLEY (m 3-3-1791 Greenbrier Co WV)
Martha was a first cousin of Grizelda (HANDLEY) FOSTER
MALES: under 10, 2 10-under 16, 1 16 and under 25 inc heads, 2 25 & under 45, 1 - Grigsby (father) 45 & up 0
FEMALES: under 10, 0 10-under 16, 2 16 and under 25 inc heads, 2 25 & under 45, 0 45 & up 0



1810 - The FOSTER family left Monroe County VA/WV soon after the 1810 census, first going to Montgomery County, KY, then on to Hamilton and Butler Counties, OH.
Later (after 1836?) they moved west again to Jefferson and Jackson Counties, IN. Thanks to Bob MILLER who supplied this information.

- The James FOSTER family
    left Greenbrier Co WV (Monroe Co VA then)
    and took a flat boat down the Ohio River
    to Montgomery County, KY, then to Butler County, OH (north of Cincinnati) with Griselda's sibling's families:
    * Reuben & Ann (HANDLEY) GEORGE,
    * James and Isabella (unknown) HANDLEY,
    * Esom & Jean "Jane" (HANDLEY) LEACH
    * and possibly other FOSTER families
1812 - James fought in the War of 1812 under Gen Anthony Wayne
1820 census - James FOSTER [Data collected: 0-0-0-2-0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0] white males 16-26 (2), 45-up (1);
white females 16-26 (1), 45-up (1)
1 engaged in agriculture
listed with neighbors, Jacob JOHNSTON and John DeARMOND, plus Thomas DeARMOND & James JENKINS & John SKILES
1824 Mar 3 - James FOSTER died, 25 days short of 54, in Butler Co OH
1825 Jan 27 - Joshua FOSTER married Alletha source
1825 ca - Aunt Ann (HANDLEY) GEORGE died
1830 census -
1836 - Cousin Joshua GEORGE died
1840 census -
1845 - Joshua FOSTER died in IN
1850 census -
1857 - Griselda (HANDLEY) FOSTER died, aged ca 80
1860 census -

James & Griselda FOSTER's Children
1. Archibald Handley FOSTER
    Lived in Hamilton & Butler Co OH
b 1799 WV
d (xx) OH
married Margaret PATTERSON on
b. ca 1810 KY

Census searches: 1850 Archy H. FOSTER
Archibald Handley and Margaret (PATTERSON) FOSTER, had 5 children per the 1850 census:
* Franklin J. (or A.) "Frank" FOSTER, born 18 Jan 1830 Butler Co OH, married 6 Sep 1855 Mary Ann KELLEY (3 Aug 1834 Butler Co OH - 22 Feb 1902 Carmi, White Co IL). He died 17 Oct 1892 in Carmi (Old Graveyard). Check here and scroll down for his biography, census, and Civil War service information.

* Captain Samuel J. FOSTER (8 Mar 1833 OH-14 Jan 1896 IL; Enfield Cemetery, White Co IL). Married Julia A BOYER in 1865, per Sandy Harvey, harv1@btc.skynet.net 1999. [bottom of query002 page]

* Archibald "Archy" George FOSTER was born 12 Jun 1839, Butler Co OH, married Louisa TALKINGTON (29 Dec 1843 IN-27 Mar 1901 Enfield Cemetery, White Co IL) in 1860, and died 19 Jun 1902 in Enfield, White Co, IL.

* Margaret FOSTER was born about 1842 (OH)

* Pvt Joshua Newton FOSTER (or Newton Joshua FOSTER?) born ca 1844 OH (calculated from census info) and died 30 Oct 1863 in the Civil War. Buried in Memphis (TN) National Cemetery plot 543.

2. Griselda Jane FOSTER
    Lived in Butler Co OH
b ca 1800 WV or 1813 OH?
d (xx) OH
married x on

Per the 1880 census Jane FOSTER was 77 (born ca 1803 in VA as were both parents), single, and a border with the William BRIDGFORD family in Butler Co, Morgan twp, OH
3. Joshua FOSTER
    Lived in Butler Co OH; Decatur Co IN; Hendricks Co IN
b 1802 WV?
d 1845 (43?) IN
married Aletha (Altha) JOHNSON Butler Co OH on 27 Jan 1825
b. 21 Jan 1804
d. 17 Mar 1858 (54)
Asbury Cem, Waynesburg, Decatur Co, IN
Tombstone source

1830 census: in Morgan twp, Butler Co OH
Decatur Co IN with counties map of Indiana (Decatur Co IN is west of Franklin Co IN, which is west of Butler County OH) Hendricks Co is NW of Decatur.


Joshua and Aletha's grandson R. J.'s biography described Joshua FOSTER:
"Joshua Foster, son of above and father of Reuben J. Foster, the subject of this sketch, was born in Virginia. From his youth up he was engaged in farming, and was captain of the old muster company. He married Aletha Johnson, of Butler County, Ohio, but they immediately moved to Decatur County, Ind., and settled on new land, improving it and finally making a choice farm of 200 acres, residing there till their deaths. He was a local Democrat of note and took a leading part in politics. The father was inclined toward the Baptist faith, while the mother was a member of the Methodist Church. He died in 1845 and she died in April, 1858."
From Reuben J FOSTER's obit about Joshua and Altha:
"(Reuben J.) was the son of Joshua and Altha Foster, was born in Butler County, Ohio, March 22, 1837. His parents were natives of Virginia. They came to Indiana in 1837 and were among the early settlers of Decatur County. Of a family of nine children born to them, only two now survive. The name of those now living are Nancy C. and Joshua."

Joshua FOSTER was a Baptist. Alletha FOSTER was a Methodist. The Biography of Reuben J. FOSTER lists Joshua and Aletha (JOHNSON) FOSTER the parents of 3 children:

1 * Joshua George FOSTER was born in Jan 1834 and died 21 Dec 1911. He married Clarissa E. ROGERS (1832-1877). They had two children:
Delilah Jane FOSTER O'RILEY (1858-1939)
Richard B. FOSTER (1863-1947)
2 * Reuben J. FOSTER b 22 Mar 1836 Butler Co OH (or 1837 Decatur Co IN), who married Margaret GENTRY, daughter of Martin & Elizabeth GENTRY (b 16 Jan 1842, d 1933) of Hendricks Co IN. R. J. moved to Hendricks Co IN in 1858. R. J. died 26 Aug 1901, buried at North Salem Cemetery.
They had 6 children listed in FindAGrave.com:
Sarah J. (1859-1891)
Isaac W. (1861-1936)
Pleasant "David" (1863-1941)
Edgar T. (1866-1951)
Iva M. (FOSTER) THARP (1882-1969)
Harry Johnson (1885-1967)
But R. J.'s biography says there were 9 children with 2 surviving by 1901 (Nancy C. and Joshua).
3 * Aletia Ann FOSTER GENTRY, b 11 Jul 1841 d 31 Jul 1872 (31) married William H. H. GENTRY. They had 3 children:
Martin Orland
Harry L. GENTRY.

Ancestry lists 5 children of Joshua and Aletha (JOHNSON) FOSTER:
Sarah Jane FOSTER 1828-? (Mrs. Adam FISHER)
Fannie FOSTER 1830-1863 (Mrs. William M. GOULD)
* Aletha Ann FOSTER 1841-1871 (Mrs. William H. GENTRY)
* Reuben Johnson FOSTER 1841-1933 (married Margaret Elizabeth GENTRY)
Nancy Catherine FOSTER 1832-?
* Ancestry and Reuben J.'s Biography agree on Aletha Ann and Reuben Johnson FOSTER as Joshua and Aletha's children. Also note that Ancestry has descrepancies about a problematic spouse of James FOSTER being the long lived Elizabeth HUMPHRIES (1770-1886)

Check: Altha FOSTER, b 1812 VA and residing in Shelby twp, Jefferson Co IN for the 1860 census with James Foster, William Foster, Joseph Foster
4. Esom (Isom) FOSTER
    Lived in Rush Co IN
b 20 Feb 1802 IN
d 28 Jan 1857 (54) IN
    Rush Co, IN drowned
married Elizabeth on ?
b. 1802
d. 1854-5
Geni.com says Esom was born in Scott Co IN to James and Grissla FOSTER, and that he died there at age 54. He married Elizabeth BURRIS (per geni) and/OR Penelope Elizabeth "Betty" WEBB (per findagrave). Betty was born in North Carolina in 1802 (per findagrave.com.
Per FindAGrave, their children were:
* Griselda (Grissilla) Jane FOSTER TAULMAN (1826-1868)
* Mary Ann FOSTER STEELE (1829 OH-1919 KS)
* John Handley FOSTER (1832 OH-1905 IA)
* Elizabeth Penelope FOSTER CORYELL (1834-?)
* Joshua Lee FOSTER (1837 IN -1893 IN) He, his wife, & 2 daughters were murdered together (1893).
* Isom FOSTER Jr. (per I.N.Foster's bio per Robert D. Miller)
* Issac Newton FOSTER (1845 IN-1927)
Elizabeth died 12 August 1855 (geni.com) or 1854 in Shelby Co IN (findagrave.com) which says she was buried in the Old Union Cemetery in Taylorsville of Bartholomew Co IN.

Isom died (by drowning in Rush Co IN?) 28 January 1857 in Edinburgh (Johnson Co) IN, and was buried in the Old Union Cemetery with his wife.

Pictures from Bob Miller

1810 Census

geni.com - Griselda (HANDLEY) FOSTER 1777-1857
James FOSTER 1770-1824

FindAGrave.com - Isom FOSTER 1803-1857 Johnson Co IN
    (Bartholomew Co IN Old Union Cemetery)

FindAGrave.com - Isaac FOSTER 1719-1814
Sarah HUGHES FOSTER 1738-1822

Roger Greenough - compiled Archibald Handley notes
Robert "Bob" Duane Miller - Paris Crossing,IN; info on the James Foster family - rmiller@hsonline.net | genealogy.com

Berrien Co directory 1871 - 4 DeARMONDs
History of Berrien & Van Buren Counties, Michigan, 1880. Galien Twp, section 13: John DeARMOND. alt. Borders north Indiana.
Atlas of Berrien Co., MI, 1873. 2 DeARMONDs
Berrien County, MI. John DeARMOND settled in Bertrand, MI 1854.

Relatives who moved from Butler Co OH to Berrien Co MI:
John & Eleanor (FOSTER) DeARMOND family, m 1817. Settled in Bertrand, MI, Section 13, in 1854
Buried in Mt Zion Cemetery (Dayton Lake Cem), Bertrand Twp (some Fosters there, too)
Joshua George FOSTER

James and Griselda (Handley) FOSTER's Biography
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1820 census: In the Morgan Twp, Butler Co OH census, James FOSTER aged 50, is listed with

1 white male 46 up:James FOSTER
2 males 16-26:Archibald "Archey" Handley FOSTER & ?
1 white female 46 up:    Griselda "Jane" FOSTER wife, mother
1 female 16-26 Griselda Jane FOSTER daughter
Other FOSTERS in 1820 census

1830 census:

1834: Joshua George Foster born 1834, was a son of Joshua Foster

1836: Archibald H. and Joshua FOSTER were listed together in Butler County, Ohio on the McBrides' 1836 property owner township map for northwestern Morgan Township, see section #17. West of there, Archibald FOSTER owned land in section #18 south of the DeARMONDS. (Archibald H. FOSTER and Archibald FOSTER seem to be two different people, or the same.) Joshua GEORGE had lived due east of Archibald H. and Joshua FOSTER, and the old George Burying Ground and Archy HANDLEY's land was east of Joshua GEORGE, section 17.

Obituary for Isaac FOSTER, born 1802, Monroe Co WV
contributed by John Hutchins, john.hutchins@yahoo.com
from The Crawfordsville (Indiana) Weekly Journal of 21 Apr 1888,
even though Isaac died in Indianapolis IN (Marion Co).
The obituary original was in the microfilm files of the Crawfordsville District Public Library,
Crawfordsville, IN (Montgomery Co IN). CDPL cemetery search

Death of Isaac Foster
Isaac Foster, the oldest member of the G. A. R. of Indiana, died at his home in Indianapolis Wednesday, April 11 (1888). Grandfather Foster, as he was familiarly called, was born in Monroe county, West Virginia, in 1802. He was married to Sarah Ann Jones, of Butler county, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1831. Twelve children were born to them, seven of whom with their mother survive him.

Early in 1861, at the age of 57 years, he enlisted in the 71st Ohio Vol, Inf. and with the army of the Tennessee participaged in several noted battles among which was the fight at Pittsburg Landing. But the long weary march and fearful exposure proved to [sic] much for a man of his age, and despite his dauntless courage and grand aptriotism, long before the term of his enlistmet had expired he was compelled to confide to younger and sturdier hands the defense of his country.

For months after his discharge life trembled in the balance, but finally he rallied and lived to enjoy the blessings of a free and united country nearly a quarter of a century.

In disposition he was gentle as a woman and his sunset of life was beautiful as the close of a perfect day. He was a member of Joseph R. Gordon Post and his burial was conducted by that body. His funeral was attended by all the Posts of the city. The remains were interred at Crown Hill cemetery Sunday, April 15 [1888]. Mr. Foster had a larger circle of friends and relative living in this county. (Isaac Foster's obituary)

DAR Information including Isaac Foster, 1802-1888
NSDAR Lineage Books, Volume 109, page 210
Mrs. Margaret J. Foster Breyer, DAR ID Number: 108692
Born in Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Wife of John F. Breyer.
Descendant of Moses De Camp, as follows:
1. Isaac Foster (1802-88) m. 1831 Sarah Ann Jones (1812-1900).
2. Abraham Jones (1785-1849) m. 1811 Rebecca Pierson (1792-1883).
3. Squire Pierson m. 1790 Nancy De Camp (1772-1840).
4. Moses De Camp m. 1763 Sarah Ross.
Moses De Camp (1735-1827) was a volunteer in the Essex County, New Jersey militia.
He was born in Westfield, N. J.; died in Butler County, Ohio.
Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~sparks/documents/decampsource.txt

NSDAR Lineage Books, Volume 123, page 159
Mrs. Jessie F. Richardson, DAR ID Number: 122523
Born in Indianapolis, Ind.
Wife of James B. Richardson.
Descendant of Moses De Camp, as follows:
1. Elijah Colton (1840-1914) m. 1864 Elizabeth Foster (b. 1842).
2. Isaac Foster (1802-88) m. 1831 Sarah Ann Jones (1812-1900).
3. Abraham Jones (1785-1849) m. 1811 Rebecca Pierson (1792-1889).
4. Squire Pierson m. 1790 Nancy De Camp (1772-1840).
5. Moses De Camp m. Sarah Ross (1747-1835).
Moses De Camp (1735-1827) was a volunteer in the Essex County, New Jersey militia.
He was born in Westfield, N. J.; died in Butler County, Ohio.
Also No. 108692. Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~sparks/documents/decampsource.txt

* Thanks to Bob Miller, papawbo62@yahoo.com, for information on the Foster family
* Handley Genealogy Page or on to Fayette Co, IN
* 1880 census search * Miami Valley Genealogy Index search
* Butler County OHGenWeb
* Memoirs of the Miami Valley - Butler Co
* A History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County Ohio

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Other FOSTERs to check on:
* Alexander FOSTER (23 y/o 1827 OH) was living with Isaac (50 PA 1800) and Jane (45 VA 1805) Shiles's family in the 1850 census for Morgan twp, Butler Co OH. The indexed name actually should be SKILES, not SHILES.

* Who is the Andrew FOSTER who wrote E. J. George the 1855 letter about a trip from Hamilton OH to relatives in Indiana then Berrien Co MI. There was no Andrew FOSTER living in Hamilton (Butler Co) Ohio, WAS THERE? so I * wonder * if he mentioned Hamilton as a place to catch a stage west into Indiana, to visit relatives, and on to settle in Berrien Co MI across the northwest border of IN.

* Sarah J. (FOSTER) GEORGE (Mrs. John A. GEORGE).
    Married 5 July 1817 in Butler Co OH.
* Eleanor "Ellen" (FOSTER) DeARMOND (Mrs. John DeARMOND 1798-1877).
    To Butler Co OH in 1817. Married there in 1817. Later to Berrien Co MI.