Foster Families of Early Virginia
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     The Foster Families in America got their heritage in England about 1066 AD after the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror knighted a 16 year old young man (his nephew) Richard de Forestarius and gave to him and his posterity the northern part of England known as Northumberland.  The Forster's surname evolved and the first son's inherited the land and titles from their father's.


Mobjack Bay, Gloucester County, Virginia
Click to Enlarge Map of Mobjack Bay, Gloucester County, Virginia

Foster families in lower Norfolk, Virginia
Click to Enlarge Map of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia in Early 1700's
The second and additional sons eventually became known as Foster.  They spread southward and by the early 1600's were going abroad to establish homes and lands of their own in the English Empire.  This story continues with those who immigrated to Early Virginia in the 1607 to 1750 time periods.
Gary Foster
Gary L. Foster

descendant of
Beverly Ransome Foster

son of
Richard & Susannah Foster (1723)

Documented Descendants of
Richard & Susannah Foster
as of 22 January 2009

Personal Family Website
of my Foster & Gale genealogy as of 22 March 2005.

Dr. Billie G. Foster
Dr. Billie G. Foster

descendant of
James Richard Foster
son of
Sir Robert Forster

Personal Website

William L. Foster
descendant of
James Richard Foster

son of
Sir Robert Forster

Personal Website #1
Personal Website #2

Guide to Southern Vocabulary

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Becky Foster Barnhardt
Head of History & Genealogy
Matthews Memorial Library
Matthews, Virginia

descendant of
Richard Foster (1630)

Genealogy Database of
Matthews County Foster
& related families

Very well documented and sourced
showing ties to the Hudgins Family.

Gloucester County, Virginia

Gloucester County / Matthews County
Matthews Memorial Library - Matthews County, Virginia
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Join the Foster DNA Group 7
as they continue to build the paper trail that their own
personal DNA has linked them too early Foster descendants of Virginia.

You can help with the
Current Research Project of Richard Foster & Susannah Rand-Ransome
in tying them into the descendants of the James Richard Foster family

See the Following websites
ontaining information on Fosters

Cities or Places in the U.S.

American Biographical Notes

Foster's that have served in 
State or Federal Government

Henningshaw Encyclopedia of 
American Biography

Historical Register of Officers in
the Continental Army in
the War of the Revolution

The 20th Century of
Biographical Dictionary

The Biographical Cyclopedia

Music by Stephen Collins Foster

History of the Family
Compiled 1998 by E. L. Marshall

Genealogical Trails from immigrant ancestors in the United States of America
Foster's originating
in Virginia

(Tax Lists prior to 1790)
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Time Lines in the
History of Colonial America

The Living and the Dead in Virginia in 1623

Linked History of Virginia,
the "Mother of Presidents"
Timeline, Population History &
Linked County Place information

Foster Families per thousand in the United States

Foster Families in 1850 Census
Population in 1850 Census
Foster Family in the 1880 Census
Population in 1880 Census
Foster Family in 1930 US Telephone Directories
In the United States 1920
Telephone Directories

Origin of the Foster Surname