Suddenly it’s 2016

This site was begun in 2009 as I prepared for my first trip to South Carolina in search of my family’s story.  A few days ago, Dale and I returned from my fifth trip and his third. The site has always looked great (thanks Julie Anne) and a lot of thought was put into how […]

James Moseley’s pension application

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Cloyd Foster comes courting, Lunnford Alberta circa 1912.

Cloyd Foster comes courting, Lunnford Alberta circa 1912.

Young Cloyd Fosterdidn’t have far to come courting as the Tarplees from Erdington England were neighbors. Foster brothers – Oscar, Ewell and Cloyd homesteaded near Lunnford Alberta.  Mother Hannah Catherine Morgan Foster came too and lived out the rest of her life with son Oscar. Dorothy Margaret Tarplee and her family arrived to homestead in […]

Andrew J. Foster gravesite

Andrew J. Foster gravesite

Having lived out the end of his life at the State Soldiers Home in Orting WA, Andrew J. Foster passed away in 1928. By this time three sons and his estranged wife Hannah Catherine Morgan Foster had established themselves in Alberta Canada.

Andrew J. Foster , Seattle Washington circa 1920

Andrew J. Foster , Seattle Washington circa 1920

Late of the 2nd Kansas Battery of Light Artillery.  Immigrant to the west via the Oregon Trail.  Andrew J. Foster appears in this Seattle WA portrait circ. 1920s

Bleeding Kansas.  Jasper and Lawrence Co,. Missouri.

Bleeding Kansas. Jasper and Lawrence Co,. Missouri.

Jarrett Foster was granted land in Jasper Co. Missouri for his service with the Tennessee Volunteers in Florida.  Brother Frederick arrived in nearby Lawrence Co. and lived out the end of his life there.  It was not in peace as border troubles erupted in prelude to the national crisis that became the Civil War.  Frederick’s […]

Candies Creek Ridge Road, Bradley Co. Tennessee

Candies Creek Ridge Road, Bradley Co. Tennessee

Somewhere along this idealic stretch of Bradley County TN Frederick Foster had a farm.  Just across the Hiwassee river to the north in McMinn Co. brother Jared (Jarrett) stayed and farmed with  his son John when not on expedition with Maj. Lauderdale’s Tennessee Volunteers against the Seminoles in Florida .

Sandy Run – near Grindal Shoals, Union Co. SC

Sandy Run – near Grindal Shoals, Union Co. SC

Sandy Run approaches the Pacolet River from the south just east of Grindal Shoals.  The bottom lands among these ridges attracted pioneer families like Portman, Jasper, Moseley, Gault, McWhirter, Hames and Foster who arrived here in 1795.

Grindal’s Ford – ancient crossroad

Grindal’s Ford – ancient crossroad

Grindal Shoals existed because here a slab of granite,impervious to the tireless work of the Pacolet River, allowed horse and foot traffic.  Cherokee and Catabwa used it for centuries.  Settlers built roads to align with places like this creating centers of trade and communities.  The Continental Army and supporting militia crossed here.  So did the […]

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