History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Cushing, Thomas, b. 1821
Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889
DAVID GILMORE and W. (WALTER) ROSS FOSTER, physicians, are sons of DAVID and ELIZABETH FOSTER.Their grandfather, ALEXANDER FOSTER, came from Ireland in 1790, locating in Washington County, Pa., and in 1832 came to this county, settling near McKeesport, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1854.His widow survived him ten years.They had six sons and one daughter.The living are ALEXANDER, WALTER, WILLIAM and DAVID.DAVID FOSTER was born in Washington County, Pa., in 1820, and came with his parents to this county in 1832.He was a carpenter by trade, which he followed until 1850, when he purchased a farm and turned his attention to agriculture.In 1887 he sold his entire real estate, and retired from active business.He married, in 1845, ELIZABETH, daughter of CAPT. PETER ROSS (who was a son of PHILIP ROSS, a captain in Washington's army in the Revolution and first settler of Mansfield, Pa.) and MATILDA (ELLIOTT) ROSS, and their children are ROSS, who died in infancy; MATILDA, wife of JOHN A. BELL; DAVID G.; GEORGE W. M.; SARAH E., wife of REV. CYRUS W. HATCH; MAUDELINE, wife of W. H. BAILEY; CASEY ALEXANDER; WALTER ROSS; and MARY E., wife of JOHN S. ROBB, JR.Their parents are both living in Mansfield, Allegheny County, are members of the U. P. Church and among the most substantial and respected citizens of Mansfield.
DR. DAVID GILMORE FOSTER was born in this county in 1852.He attended the Mansfield and Tuscarora academies, and is a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, Pa.He received his diploma in 1873, settled in Crafton the same year and has since been a successful practitioner.He has been twice married; first in 1874 to PHOEBE, daughter of THADDEUS and PHOEBE PAUL.By this union there was one child, GILMORE DAVID, now 14 years of age.MRS. FOSTER died in 1879 at the age of 26 years.The doctor married, in 1881, HARRIET, daughter of GEORGE R. and MARY ELLIOTT PEARSON, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and by this marriage two children have been born, ANNIE ELLIOTT and ELIZABETH ROSS, who died Jan. 1, 1889.DR. FOSTER has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1875; is a member of Allegheny County Medical Society; has been a (pg. 387) member of the Allegheny County Republican committee for 15 years, and was a delegate to the state convention that nominated Gen. Beaver for governor; has been a member of the Republican state committee for 3 years; a delegate to the national convention, held in New York in 1887, that formed the Republican clubs of the National League; delegate to the national Republican convention at Chicago, 1888; is a member of the R. A., the Golden Chain, the A. O. U. W., Heptasophs, the Jr. O. U. A. M., the Young Men's Tariff club of Pittsburgh, the Americus club of Pittsburgh, the Edwin Stanton club of Mansfield, and is surgeon for the Philadelphia Gas company, and consulting physician and surgeon of the Allegheny County Home; surgeon to 14th regiment N. G. Pa.He is a member of the Episcopal Church.His brother, DR. W. ROSS FOSTER, is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, and is a partner with his brother in the practice of medicine in Crafton.He is a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society, Golden Chain, Heptasophs, Jr. O. U. A. M., Young Men's Tariff club, the Americus Republican club.He is a very promising young physician.
DAVID FOSTER, farmer, post office Mansfield Valley, was born in Washington County, Pa., in 1820.In 1791 his father, ALEXANDER FOSTER, immigrated to America from Ireland, and soon after his arrival came to Pittsburgh, but later moved to Washington County, where he engaged in farming.He married SARAH DAVIS, and by her had ten children, of whom the above is the youngest.ALEXANDER died in 1849, age 76 years; his wife died at the age of 84 years.DAVID, whose name heads this sketch, was educated at the common schools and reared on a farm.At the age of 15 he commenced to learn the carpenter's trade, which he followed for 40 years.He married, in 1845, ELIZABETH ROSS, daughter of PETER and granddaughter of PHILIP ROSS.Born to his union were ten children, one of whom, PETER ROSS, is deceased; the living are MATILDA (MRS. JOHN A. BELL), DR. DAVID GILMORE, GEORGE, BESSIE (MRS. REV. CYRUS B. HATCH), CASEY ALEXANDER, MAUDALINE (now MRS. W. F. BAILEY), EMMALINE and DR. ROSS (twins), former of whom is intermarried with JOHN S. ROBB, JR.., ESQ.Mr. and Mrs. Foster now reside on the farm purchased by Philip Ross.They have both for many years been faithful members of the U. P. Church.MR. FOSTER is a Republican, and was a very warm supporter of Gen. Benjamin Harrison.
A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and her People, Vol. 3
Boucher, John Newton, 1854-1933; Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
New York: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1908
WALTER ROSS FOSTER, M.D., of Crafton, near Pittsburgh, Pa., has been in practice many years in Allegheny County, and at Crafton since 1886.He was born at Carnegie, Pa., May 21, 1864, a son of DAVID and ELIZABETH (ROSS) FOSTER.The paternal grandfather, ALEXANDER FOSTER (I), came from Ireland in 1790, locating in Washington County, Pa., and in 1832 came to Allegheny County settling near McKeesport, where he resided until his death in 1854, his wife surviving him ten years.They had six sons and one daughter.
(II)DAVID FOSTER, the Doctor's father, was born in Washington County, Pa., in 1820, a son of ALEXANDER (I), and accompanied his parents to this county in 1832.By trade he was a carpenter, which he followed until 1850, when he bought a farm and turned his attention to agriculture.In 1887 he sold his entire estate and retired from active business.In 1845 he married ELIZABETH, daughter of CAPTAIN PETER ROSS (a son of PHILIP ROSS, a captain in Washington's army and the first settler of Mansfield, Pa.) and MATILDA (ELLIOTT) ROSS. By this union were born the following children: ROSS, who died in infancy; MATILDA, wife of JOHN A. BELL, DAVID GILMORE, GEORGE W. M.; SARAH E., wife ofREV. CYRUS W. HATCH; MAUDALINE, who married W. H. BAILEY; CASEY ALEXANDER; WALTER ROSS; and MARY E., wife of JOHN S. ROBB, JR.The parents were members of the United Presbyterian church.
(III)DR. DAVID GILMORE FOSTER, son of DAVID FOSTER (II), was a native of Allegheny County, Pa., born in 1852.He attended the Mansfield and Tuscarora Academies and later graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, receiving his diploma in 1873. In the same year he settled in Crafton, Pa., where he became a distinguished doctor, following his death Aug. 19, 1894.He was twice married; first in 1874 to PHOEBE, daughter of THADDEUS and PHOEBE PAUL.One child was born of this union, GILMORE DAVID.MRS. FOSTER died in 1879 at the age of 26 years.In 1881 DR. FOSTER married HARRIET, daughter of GEORGE R. and MARY (pg.190) ELLIOTT PEARSON, of Pittsburgh, by whom two children were born, ANNIE ELLIOTT and ELIZABETH ROSS, who died Jan. 1, 1889.DR. FOSTER was a Mason, a member of Allegheny County Medical Society; the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the American Mechanics, etc.In politics he was a Republican, and in religion was a member of the Episcopal church.
(III)DR. WALTER ROSS FOSTER (subject), son of DAVID FOSTER (II), spent his youthful days on the farm and attended the primary schools and later the academy of Carnegie.He graduated from the State College in 1884, then entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, from which he graduated in 1886.He immediately settled at Crafton, where he still practices with much success.He has been one of the surgeons of the Pennsylvania Railway Company for more than twenty years, and physician for the Pittsburgh Railway Company for eight years, for the St. Paul's Orphans' Asylum six years, and physician for the Crafton district of the Allegheny poor for twenty years.He belongs to the Allegheny County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.The Doctor is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 249.He was one of the prime movers in establishing the Chartiers Valley General Hospital to be located at Crafton, taking in the West Pittsburgh-McDonald district, and which is to be non-sectarian.He possesses one of the best private libraries in Western Pa.He enjoys the sport of hunting.Within his office may be seen a fine collection of rare pieces of taxidermist's handiwork, consisting of many varieties of birds and beasts, including a large elk which was killed by President Roosevelt prior to his nomination as vice-president.He also has a panther mounted 59 years ago by the government taxidermist, Mr. James Harding.In the collection is a valuable redbird, found only in South America, called cock of the rock.
DR. FOSTER is a Republican and takes an active part in national campaigns.He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guards in 1886-87, being a member of General Hartranft's staff.He is a member and active in all the work of the First Presbyterian church at Crafton, and has served twelve years on the board of trustees for that body.When the present church was erected he was active in the management of its building.
He was united in marriage, Sept. 25, 1890, to MISS RACHEL GRAY, eldest daughter of COLONEL JOSEPH and MARY (KUHN) GRAY.Dr. and Mrs. Foster are the parents of two children: 1. MARY ELIZABETH, born Feb. 2, 1892.2. DAVID GRAY, born Oct. 25, 1894.