Biography of Joseph W. Foster
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JOSEPH W. FOSTER, farmer; P. 0. Springfield. He lives on the old homestead, now owned by himself, where he was born Jan. 15, 1845. His father, John Foster, was born in Yorkshire, England, June 20, 1805, where he lived until 25 years of age, when he sailed for America and came direct to Springfield, and went into partnership with his brother in law in the blacksmith and wagon trade; he also had an interest in the stage line; he continued this business until 1844, when he bought the above named farm, removing to the same, where he followed his trade and carried on farming until his death, July 10, 1876. His mother, Sarah (Gedlin) Foster, was also born in England Aug. 5, 1812, and emigrated with her parents to America in 1831, locating in Springfield, this county, where she became acquainted with Mr. Foster; they were married Sept. 5, 1835; they lived happily together to a good old age, she departing this life June 11, 1872. By this union they had four children - Catherine. A., Sarah J., Joseph W. and Mary E. Joseph lived with his parents until their death. He was married, Oct. 10, 1871, to Josie M., daughter of Lewis C. and Anna Smith. William L. and Clarence J., their only children, are still the joy of the household. John, the father, was an upright citizen, enjoying the good will and confidence of his neighbors; he held the office of Trustee for quite a number of years. Joseph, like his father, has tried to live a consistent, honorable life. In politics, he is a stanch Republican.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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