Plymouth County Biographies

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Edward Foster

Edward , son of Timothy Foster , was born in county Kent, England, 1610, and came to this country probably in the ship "Ann" with Timothy Hatherly, who was his mother's brother. He settled in Kent street, Scituate, near Scituate brook, in 1633, and was taxed that year by the colony court. He was a lawyer and practiced in England before coming to America. He was a farmer in this country, where there was virtually no law business. He had sixty acres of land on the North River near Humphrey Turner's lot near King's Landing. He was a man of high reputation and one of the founders of the church, January 8, 1635; was deputy to the general court in 1639-40. He was constantly active in public affairs, and but for his early death would doubtless have taken a place of historical importance in the colony. He was assistant in 1637. His will was dated November 24, 1643; he bequeathed to wife Lettie and son Timothy and to an infant unborn. He married at Mr. Cudworth's house, April 8, 1635, Lettie Hanford, mentioned above. The famous Captain Myles Standish performed the ceremony, which had to be by a magistrate at that time. The inventory of his estate was taken by Timothy Hatherly and his father-in-law, Deacon Sealis. They with Edward Edenden were trustees under the will.

Children, born at Scituate; Timothy, baptized March 7, 1635, buried December 5, 1637; Timothy, baptized April 22, 1638, died young; Timothy, born 1640, mentioned below; Elizabeth, born 1644, married, 1666, Ephraim Hewitt, of Hull

Source: Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Volume IV