Thank you for this wonderful tip! Now with the middle name "Samuel," I was able to locate documentation of his family also. I had already read about Admiral Foote in my search for John's family, and am pleased to know the connection now.
John Foote is listed on the 1860 census with his family, in New York City. I cannot locate him on the 1870 and 1880 censuses. As an orphan, the census taker may have accidentally given him the last name of whoever he was living with.
There is an account in an online book of CT court cases which mentions an orphan named "John S. Foote" who was 15 yrs old in 1875. His guardian was Edward A. Cornwall.
If you have any information on John and Anna's descendants, please let me know. My interest in this family is because after John's death, Anna remarried my great-grandfather.
I would be interested in knowing what family line you are from. You can contact me at mollynightingale "at" agapemail "dot" net