Plymouth County Biographies

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Sergeant Timothy Foster

Sergeant Timothy Foster, son of Edward Foster, was born at Scituate in 1640. He sold part of his house in Scituate in 1662 to Edward Jenkins and went to live in Dorchester, Massachusetts, but he soon returned to his farm at North River. He sold the west part of his house lot and the house at the harbor to John Allen in 1679. In 1671 he purchased one-half of the Edward Breck mill with land adjoining of Mrs. Isabel Fisher, widow of Edward Breck, and afterward wife of Anthony Fisher, of Roxbury, and before her marriage to Breck, widow of John Rigby, Sergeant Foster married (first) October 13, 1663, Mrs. Ruth (Tileston) Denton, of Dorchester, daughter of Thomas Tileston and widow of Richard Denton. Her father was a freeman in 1636 and an enterprising and useful citizen. Ruth died December 5, 1677. He married (second), March 9, 1680, Mrs. Relief (Holland) Dowse, who married (first), October 31, 1672, John Dowse and had four children. Her third husband was Henry Leadbetter, born October 16, 1664. She died July 7, 1743. He died December 16, 1688.

Children of Sergeant Timothy Foster; by first wife: Ruth, born at Scituate, September 4, 1664; Elizabeth, October 8, 1667; Naomi, February 11, 1668, married John Davenport; Hatherly, September 22, 1671; Rebecca, September 12, 1675, married R. Mountefort.

Children of second wife: Timothy, mentioned below; Edward, January 22, 1682; Thomas, November 3, 1686; Elizabeth, October 13, 1688; Prudence, December 3, 1694.

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