John Foster (deceased) was born in Pennsylvania, January 7, 1821; he was a son of John and Jane Foster, natives of Pennsylvania, where they remained until their death. Our subject was united in marriage with Eliza Sampey February 26, 1846. She was born in Pennsylvania April 13, 1823. They moved to West Virginia in 1849, and remained there two years, then emigrated to Ohio, in 1851, and settled in Fayette County, where they remained until his death, which occurred October 15, 1863. The family then moved to Madison County, in 1866, and settled in Stokes Township. He acquired a common school education, and was engaged in farming through life. He was the father of eight children – Charlie, McDowell D., Rebecca J., Leander, Arabella, Cecelia, Benjamin and Julia.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]