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Foster, Albert, was born in the town of Brownville, March 17, 1842. He obtained his education in the common schools and was employed by the Ontario Woolen Company before and after the war, and has been engaged in farming since 1869. He first enlisted in Co. K, 35th N. Y. Vols., May 9, 1861, was wounded in the second battle of Bull Run. August 30, 1862, and was honorably discharged June 5, 1863. December 5, 1863, he re-enlisted in Co. G, 16th Artillery, N. Y. Vols., as first sergeant; August 11, 1864, was promoted to second lieutenant; November 1,1864, was detached from the regiment as A. A. D. C. on the staff of Brig.-Gen. J. R. Hawley, where he remained until the close of the war; June 23, 1865, was promoted to first lieutenant, was again wounded in the assault on Fort Fisher, in January, 1865, and was honorably discharged August 5, 1865. as first lieutenant and R. Q. M. 16th N. Y. H. A. November 21, 1866, he married Emily F. Broadbent, formerly of Massachusetts, but came to this State at the age of three years. They had six children: A. Thomas, Julius Broadbent, Albert Edson, J. Hawley, Alice Marrian and Hattie Carroll. He is a member of Julius Broadbent Post, No. 188, of Dexter, G. A. R., Department of New York, and has held the office of commander several terms; and has held the office of justice of the peace two years. In his political choice he is a thorough Republican. Mr. Foster's father, Gilbert C. Foster, was born in Connecticut in 1813, and came to this State with his people when a boy. He married Sarah J. Worden of Brownville, and they had six children. He died in 1891 and his wife in 1851. Mrs. Foster's father, Thomas Broadbent, was born in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, October 10, 1810, and came to the United States at the age of seven years, locating first in Massachusetts, where he was an operative in the woolen mills and later a farmer. He came to Dexter in 1889, remaining there three years and then returned to Massachusetts, and in 1847 became a permanent resident here. October 7, 1832, he married Esther P. Carroll of Walpole, Mass., and they had five children: Julius (died in infancy), Sanford, John C.. Julius 2d and Emily F. Julius 2d was a brave soldier of Co. K, 35th Infantry, N. Y. Vols., and was killed in the battle of Antietam. Capt. Jay D. McWayne did a brave act in recovering his body while under fire. Sanford was a soldier in the 34th Mass. Vols., was wounded in the retreat from the battle of New Market, and was a prisoner in Andersonville Prison. Mrs. Broadbent died August 9, 1884, and Mr. Broadbent is a retired gentleman, residing with his daughter, Mrs. Foster.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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