Looking for information on Henry Foster after he left the service.
From U. S. Army Enlistments No. 850, Foster, Henry, Private, 20th U. S. Inf., Co. Commander Capt. J. Stanard Reg. Commander Col. F. M. Randolph. Physical Description: 6', 1 1/12", eyes hazel, hair dark, complexion dark, age 25, occupation Carpenter, born Fauquier or Nottoway Co., Virginia. Enlistment June 2, 1812, Nottoway Co., Virginia. By Lt. Duvall. Term 5 years.
Remarks: Co. Book 1812/14, Present Apr 30 & Aug 15/13. M. R. Capt. Macrae's Co. Aug. 31/13, Present, sick- Present Sept. 11 & 22/13. S.A.M.R. Dec 30/13. Absent. Capt. L. B. Willis' Co. Bk. 12 Infy 1814/15 Present June 8, July 20, Sept 29, & Dec 10/14. D. R. Feby 16, I. R. Feby 28, Apr 30, I. R. Capt. L. Austin's Co. July 8, D. R. Sept 30 & I. R. Oct. 31, & Dec 31/15 Present I. R. Feby 29/16 On com'd with Lt. Hopkins since Febt 27/16 I.R. Apr 30, I. R. Capt. Uriah Blue's Co. June 30, Aug 31, Oct 31, Dec 31/16. Feb 28 & Apr 30/17, Present I. R. & S.A.M.R. Capt. David Riddle's Co. June 30/17 Discharged at Ft. Selden, La June 2/17, term expired. See pension case 12th U. S. Infy made 8* after May 17/15.
Key to abbreviations used: S.A.M.R. Semi-Annual Muster Roll I.R. = Inspection return
21 April 1821. For his services as private in Capt. David Riddle's Co., 8th Inf. Reg., Henry Foster was awarded land warrant #24067 for 160 acres of land in what is now Arkansas Co., Arkansas. The land description is Twp 5-S, Range 5-W, NW 1/4, Section 11. This land is south of present day Stuttgart, Arkansas. There is no evidence that he ever lived there. (It is worth noting that the NE quarter of the same section was given to Sergeant William W. Watts on April 16, 1821 for his service in Capt. Walter Overton's Co. of the 7th Infantry Regiment. The two men were close neighbors and may have served together at some point. They were both discharged in Natchitoches Parish, La.)
I am not sure that this Henry Forrester is the same person. 9 April 1821. For his service as private in Capt. George Birch's Co., 7th Inf. Reg., U. S. Army, Henry Forrister was awarded land warrant #23896 for 160 acres in Jackson Co., Arkansas. The land description is SW 1/4 of Sec. 25, Twp 10N, R4W. Today this parcel lies in the western panhandle of Jackson Co. between White and Independence counties.
1830 Giles Co., Tennessee census Henry Foster 2 males under 5 1 male 30-40 1 female under 5 2 females 5-10 1 female 30-40
1840 Giles Co., Tennessee census Henry Foster (Note. There is some disagreement about whether this is the same Henry. The age range given is for a younger man. This could be an error on the part of the census taker or it could mean this is a different family.) 1 male 5-10 1 male 30-40 1 female under 5 1 female 5-10 1 female 30-40
A descendant of Henry's told me that the story in his family was that he was gunned down while plowing his fields in Searcy Co. The killers ran off with his mule and left him for dead. His last name was spelled Forrester on the 1850 Searcy Co. census. He does not appear on any Arkansas census records prior to 1850.