Plymouth County Biographies

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Timothy Foster

Timothy Foster was very likely born in Devonshire, England . He married (first) -, who died in England. He married (second), in England, Mrs. Eglin (Hatherly) Hanford. She married (third), in America , Deacon Richard Sealis, who died in Scituate in 1656. Eglin Hatherly was sister of the venerable Timothy Hatherly who arrived in Plymouth in the "Ann" in 1623; his home was destroyed by fire, and he returned to England in 1625, and returned here again in 1632 in the "Charles" from Barnstable, went to Plymouth and to Scituate in 1633; was a large property owner, and was considered the guardian and patron of Scituate; was assistant in the government for thirteen years, treasurer of the colonies and commissioner of the United Colonies for three years; died in 1666, issueless. After the death of Timothy Foster, his widow came to America in the ship "Planter" in 1635 with her three children, Eglin Hanford, Lettie Hanford and Rev. Thomas Hanford. Deacon Sealis, her third husband, was a member of Mr. Lathrop's church; he went to Scituate in 1634, and had a house in 1636 north of Thomas Ensign's, which he turned over to Eglin Hanford, his wife's daughter; in 1646 he had a house north of Scituate brook, and he was one of the Comhassett parties in 1646; his will was dated 1656, and he bequeaths to wife Eglin, daughter Hannah, wife of John Winchester, and Hester, wife of Samuel Jackson, Winchester, who was of Hingham and succeeded to Sealis residence in Scituate, and had one son Jonathan, born 1647, who was in King Philip's war and was granted land for his services.

Children: Edward, born in England, 1610, mentioned below; Eglin, married Isaac Robinson Jr., grandson of the venerable John Robinson, the "Mayflower" pastor; Isaac Jr. was drowned at Barnstable.

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