Biography of Mrs. E. L. Foster
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Foster, Mrs. E. L. - Eddy L. Foster was born in the town of Barrington, Yates county, in 1848. William Foster, his grandfather, a native of England, came to America in 1770, and was a soldter in the Revolution. During his younger days he was a blacksmith by trade, but devoted the latter part of his life to farming in Yates county and Wheeler, to which place he removed in 1805. Lindley, the father, was a carpenter and farmer, and spent his life in Yates county. When eighteen years of age he purchased a farm, which he owned at the time of his death, which occurred in 1888. He married Betsey Mapes, of Dutchess county, and their children were Jeremiah, Marilla, William, and John. For his second wife he married Abigail Campbell, by whom two children were born: Mary J. and Lindley. The third time he married Margaret Eddy, and to this union were born five children: Hulda, Eddy L., Frank, Charles M., and Minor. His wife survives him and resides on the homestead in Yates county. Eddy L. remained with his father until twenty five years of age when he engaged in the vineyard and farming business, and in 1876 came to the town of Campbell, where he purchased a farm, and thirteen years later removed to the town of Wheeler. In 1891 he purchased his present farm of 260 acres, it being the original Grattan Wheeler homestead. For a number of years he followed the lumbering business in connection with farming, and for the past twelve years was successfully engaged in buying and shipping cattle and sheep. Mr. Foster was a Republican, and held the office of assessor, and for some time was a member of the Grange. In 1873 he married Lola Straight, who was born in Bradford, Steuben county, a daughter of Samuel and Sally Straight. Mr. and Mrs. Foster had these children: Minor, Burr, Belle, Edna, Charles. Flossie, and Eddy W. On May 30, 1895, Mr. Foster was accidentally drowned while in bathing in a creek that flowed through his farm.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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