Will of Teasdale Foster/Foster, probated 16 May 1792, London, England
Written in margin:
Teasdale otherwise Tisdale Forster
"In the Name of God Amen I, Teasdale Forster, being in Bodily health and of sound and Disposing Mind and Memory and considering the Perils and Dangers of the Seas and other uncertainties of this Transitory Life do for avoiding Controversies after my Death make, publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament in main the following, viz. (that is to say) first I recommend my Soul to God who Gave it and my Body I commit it the Earth or Seas as it shall please God to order and as for and ?-------? all my worldly Estate I Give, Bequeath and Dispose thereof as following, that is to say, to my Dear and Beloved Wife Susannah Forster now living in the Parish of Saint Botolph Aldgate London in the County of Middlesex all Wages Sum and Sums of Money Lands ?-------? Chattels and Estate whatsoever as shall be any ways or owing or belonging unto me at the time of Decease I Give devise and Bequeath the same unto my Dear and well beloved Wife Susannah Forster and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said lawful wife Susannah Forster my Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills Testaments and Deeds of Gifts by me at any time heretofore made and I do ordain and ratify these presents to stand and be as my only Last Will and Testament & witness whereof to this my said Will I have set my hand and Seal this twenty fourth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy two and in the thirteenth Year of the Reign of his Majesty King George the Third over Great Britain V. C. /------Teasdale Forster (Seal) // Signed Sealed Published and Delivered in the presence of /-/ Jno Stott /-/ Wm Morris /-/ Jas Harwick //
This Will was proved at London the sixteenth Day of May in the Year of Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two before the Worshipful ?------?--------? Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Honorable Sir William Wynn Knight(?) and Doctor of Laws & Master Keeper of Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Susannah Forster Widow and Relict of the Deceased and the sole executrix named in the said will for whom administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and ?------? of the said Deceased was Granted and having been first sworn ?------?//"
Teasdale Forster was born about 1740 in Ryton, near Newcastle UT, to John Forster and Elizabeth Teasdale. He was a mariner in the Royal Navy. In the late 1760s he was apparently billeted in the Stepney area of London, where he married Susannah Ancell. Around 1772 he was transferred to the garrison town of Portsea, near Portsmouth in Hampshire. One of his ships, the Elizabeth74, was engaged against the French at the Battle of the Saints. How he died is unknown, but it may have been at sea.
His first-born son was George Foster who emigrated to the United States around 1790, possibly after his father's death. George Foster was a merchant and later a Primitive Baptist minister who married Jane May and Agnes Mitchell in Prince Edward Co., Virginia. George migrated to south-central Kentucky and then to old Franklin Co., Tennessee where he then married Sarah/Sally Womack around 1805-1810. Five of his sons (George A., Joseph A., Albert Gallatin, Charles James, and Henry A.) went south to Woodville, Mississippi. The first four died relatively young and seemed not have left issue that reached maturity. Henry A. Foster married Martha Ann Davis and migrated to Milam Co., Texas around 1855. His descendants still live in that area. Another son, William Wilson Foster, stayed in Dekalb Co., Tennessee. Yet another son John A. migrated to Clay Co., Missouri as did a daughter Lucinda who married a Gotcher. Eldest daughter Sarah Foster stayed in Dekalb Co., TN and married David Nichols. Her daughter Ellender E. Foster married Richard H. Parsley. Another daughter of George's was Jane Foster married John Burton and moved to Missouri. Nancy Jane Foster married a Griffith and also went to Missouri. The youngest daughter, America Jane, married Hiram J. Frazier and lived for a while in Decatur Co., TN. George's widow Sarah is living in their household on the 1850 census. The whereabouts and fates of his other children are unknown.
Teasdale Forsters other children can all be found in Portsea in 1790, as can his wife Susannah. This researcher suspects that some of them emigrated to Australia. Whether any of them came to the States is unknown.