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Foster Family Genealogy in Early Amelia County Virginia

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Research in colonial Amelia County records reveals an abundance of records for men with the Foster surname. I have attempted to identify the early Foster settlers in Amelia Co. using primarily land records and tax lists, but I also searched will books, court order books and marriage records. Amelia County records are complete except for the parish registers and vestry books. Fortunately, Amelia County has an almost continuous run of colonial tithable lists from 1736 to 1764. The genealogy presented here is the result of this research and while I believe it to be accurate, it may have errors. I will be glad to discuss my reasoning with those who are interested in the details. My email address is at the bottom of the page. I look forward to hearing from you.

The first Foster settlers were Thomas Foster on Stocks Creek and George Foster on Sandy Creek who appeared on the tax list in 1736. The last man included in this study was James Foster who first appeared in the 1746 tax list. By the time of the Revolutionary War the county was quite full of Foster men as these early settlers produced sons while additional men carrying the Foster surname moved into the county. I hope to eventually identify the descendants of these first settlers by again using land records and tax lists.

Below are the eight men identified by the waterway where they lived and listed in the order in which they appear in county records. Each page gives information on who they married and who their children were.

18 Jan 2010
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