Ms S 230: Obadiah Foster Papers
Fifteen deeds, sixty-five bills and receipts, 1729-1829,
of Obadiah Foster, 1741-1780, and his family, with his estate
settlements by his redoubtable widow, Hannah Ballard Foster
Chandler, 1748-1838 (80 items)
These papers, fifteen
deeds and sixty-five bills or receipts, were generated in the family
of Obadiah Foster, 1741-1780, son of Captain John Foster and Mary
Osgood Foster. These Fosters were in the line of Reginald, the
original settler. His son William (2) moved to Rowley, where his son
William (3) was born in 1670. By 1714, William (3) was “of Andover”.
He died in 1757,leaving six children: Sarah, b. 1693, who married
Nehemiah Abbott of Westown; John “Captain”, 1701-1772; Hannah, b.
1704, who married John Lovejoy of Woburn; Mary, b. c. 1696, who
married Timothy Abbott; Lydia, b. 1708, who married William Blunt
and Asa “Captain”, 1701-1787, who married successively, Elizabeth
Abbott and Widow Lucy Rogers Wise of Ipswich. Lydia and William
Blunt had a daughter Lydia who married, in 1728, Thomas Abbott,
Junior. “Captain John (4), his eldest son, married in 1727, Mary
Osgood. They had eleven children. Six reached adulthood. William
(5), b. 1730, married Hanna Abbott, daughter of George: John (5),
called “Ensign” John, married Hanna Ballard, daughter of William;
Gideon, b. 1731, married Elizabeth Russell; Solomon, b. 1743,
married Rebecca Brown of Lincoln and lived in Littleton and Lincoln;
Obadiah, 1741-1780, who was responsible for most of these papers,
married successively Dorcas Jewett and Anna Gray of Andover. He
lived in Tewksbury.
himself financially. Basically a farmer, he invested in a privateer
during the Revolution (the Brig Waxford, John Fletcher
Commander) and owed money in Beverly and Marblehead. He died
suddenly in 1780, insolvent, leaving Hannah with seven children and
many debts. She was obviously a tough woman, who ran an auction of
the family farm and with the proceeds was able to pay a portion of
her husband’s debts. Many of the receipts are from Obadiah’s
creditors to her settling this matter. In 1792, after having raised
her children, she married Joshua (6) Chandler, son of Joshua, as his
second wife and lived to be ninety. His son Joshua (7) by his first
wife, married her daughter Dorcas Foster. He and Hanna Ballard
Foster had one child, a daughter Hannah (7), b. 1793.
unrelated ot these, signed one document in the collection. Thomas
Chandler Foster was a descendant of Edward Foster of Scituate. His
descendants lived in Boston and Cambridge until in the fifth
generation Timothy Foster married Elizabeth, daughter of John Dane
of Andover. Timothy had four children of whom the most prominent was
Thomas C. Foster (6), 1789-1875; selectman, assessor, overseer of
the poor, state representative, town meeting moderator, auctioneer,
commander of the Andover Light Infantry in the War of 1812.
The papers are divided
in nine parts, by member of the Foster family in genealogical order.
Deeds have been divided by Foster as grantor and grantee, bills by
Foster as debtor and creditor. Estate settlements have been filed
under the name of the deceased.
There is no record when
this material was given to the society.
Used in writing these
notes were the typed notes by Charlotte Helen Abbott, for the
Foster, Chandler and Abbott families; the Genealogical Register
of the Abbotts by Abiel and Ephram Abbott and the printed Vital
Records of Andover.
Processed by Mary F. Morgan,
The Andover Historical Society...
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