Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania, Vol. 2
Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915
The first that is known of the name of FOSTER is about the year 1065, when SIR RICHARD FORRESTER went from Normandy over to England accompanied by his brother-in-law, WILLIAM the CONQUERER, and participated in the battle of Hastings.The name was later changed to FORESTER, then FOSTER.It signifies one who had care of wild lands; one who loved the forest, a characteristic trait which has marked the bearers of the name through centuries.The FOSTERS appear to have located in the northern counties of England, and in the early centuries of English history, participated in many an encounter with their Scottish foes.The name is mentioned in “Marmion” and the “Lay of the Last Minstrel.”In later years some members of the family migrated to Ireland, and founded families there.
(I)ALEXANDER FOSTER SR. was born in county Londonderry, Ireland, June 3, 1773, died in Pennsylvania, March 14, 1849.He emigrated to the U. S. in early manhood, arriving at Philadelphia, July 12, 1793, and for a time lived in Chester and Lancaster counties, Pa., later drifting to Pittsburgh.With some others he took a flatboat loaded with provisions down the Ohio River to General Wayne's headquarters, and upon the return trip they were attacked by Indians near Marietta, but escaped.They made their way to Erie, where they helped erect a blockhouse, and soon afterward he returned to Pittsburgh, where he settled on the Bower Hill farm, and Chartiers Creek, and lived there 13 years.Moving to Somerset Township, Washington County, he lived there 21 years, then moved to a farm in Versailles Township, Allegheny County, where the remainder of his life was spent.He and his wife were members of the United Presbyterian Church, and both are buried in Versailles Cemetery, at McKeesport.He married, in 1800, SARAH DAVIS, born in Ireland in 1777, died in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the home of her daughter, MRS. MARGARET FORSYTHE, Dec. 25, 1858.She had come to this country in the same ship as MR. FOSTER, in company with her parents, SAMUEL and MARTHA (MORRISON) DAVIS, and her brothers, WALTER, WILLIAM and JOHN. (pg. 636)
(II)SAMUEL D. FOSTER, son of ALEXANDER and SARAH (DAVIS) FOSTER, was born on the Bower Hill farm, Dec. 19, 1802, died on a farm near McKeesport, Allegheny Co., Pa.,March 14, 1886.Until he was 11 years old he lived on the old harm, then until the age of 23 years in Washington County.Moving to Pittsburgh, he was in the government employ around the garrison, and his marriage settled at Smith's Mills, Washington county, on a farm.Later he was engaged in the mercantile business for a time at Beallsville, and in 1834 purchased the farm on which he died.On this farm were about 20 acres of coal land, which he worked, and sold in McKeesport.He was a ruling elder of the Associate Reformed Church at Turtle Creek, later at McKeesport.He married, March 12, 1829, on the present site of the Union Station of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Pittsburgh, MARTHA McCULLOUGH, born Jan. 7, 1806, died June 5, 1864.They had children: SARAH, born July 19, 1830, married SAMUEL STEWART, and lives in Versailles Township; JOHN McCULLOUGH, born Jan. 5, 1832, was a lumberman, and died in Kansas City, Missouri; ALEXANDER DAVIS, of further mention; WILLIAM, born March 12, 1836, died in 1840; WALTER, born Nov. 10, 1838, is a farmer in Versailles Township.
(III)ALEXANDER DAVID FOSTER, son of SAMUEL D. and MARTHA (McCULLOUGH) FOSTER, was born at Beallsville, Pa., Nov. 23, 1833, died in McKeesport, Jan. 14, 1909He was a glassblower by trade, following this calling many years in Pittsburgh in the McCullough factory in which he held the rank of foreman a long time.Upon the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Company I, Sixty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, for three years or during the war, and participated in the following engagements: Yorktown, Williamsport, Fair Oaks, Frazier's Farm, Malvern Hill, second battle of Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, North Ann River, Petersburg.MR. FOSTER was wounded at Petersburg, June 18, 1864, his head being struck by a minie ball, and he was carried off the field and transported to Washington, and discharged, Sept. 9, 1864.After the war he went west and entered the employ of Thomas Frazier, of Ohio, being engaged in freighting with ox teams between the Missouri River and Denver, Colorado.Upon his last trip he sold the oxen, and then spent some time mining in the gold region of Montana.Upon his return to the east he married, followed his trade of glass blowing for a time, and then engaged in the mercantile business until his death.He married, July 13, 1871, AMANDA L., born in Pittsburgh, April 22, 1849, a daughter of DAVID and RHODA (JENNINGS) AULD.They had children: MARTHA MATILDA, born Nov. 30, 1872, married E. P. JUNKER, and resides in McKeesport; DAVID AULD, of further mention; SAMUEL DAVIS, born Sept. 11, 1880, a state highway engineer, and member of Governor Tener's staff; EDWIN ALEXANDER, born July 16, 1882, an employee of the state highway department, married STELLA HAMPTONS and lives on Lincoln Road, Allegheny County, Pa. (pg. 637)
(IV)DAVID AULD FOSTER, son of ALEXANDER DAVIS and AMANDA L. (AULD) FOSTER, was born in Versailles Township, Allegheny Co., Pa., June 22, 1874.He was educated in the public schools and at Iron City Business College, from which he was graduated about 1891.Having accepted a position with the R. E. Stone Furniture Company, in McKeesport, he remained with this concern 11 years, then, in 1902, formed a partnership with Victor A. Auld under the firm name of Foster & Auld, and has since that time been located at Nos. 523-525 Walnut Street.They carry a stock valued at $40,000, consisting of furniture, and house furnishings of every description.MR. FOSTER is a director of the Versailles and McKeesport Cemetery Association, being the fourth of his family, and the third in generational number to fill this office.The first to hold it was his grandfather, SAMUEL D. FOSTER, who was a member of the first board of directors; at his death his son-in-law, DAVID AULD, was elected to succeed him; the next to fill the office was his son, ALEXANDER D. FOSTER, who was succeeded by his son, DAVID AULD FOSTER.He is Republican, and he and his wife are members of the First Baptist Church.His fraternal associations are as follows: McKeesport Lodge, No. 582, Free and Accepted Masons; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Knights of Malta; Workmen of the World; Youghiogheny Country Club and the McKeesport Cyclers.
MR. FOSTER married, June 16, 1904, ELVA WOODALL, born in McKeesport, a daughter of CAPTAIN OLIVER C. and ALICE (HOLT) COON.They have no children.
History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Cushing, Thomas, b. 1821
Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889
JENNINGS P. AULD, farmer, post office McKeesport, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 25, 1843, a son of DAVID and RHODA (JENNINGS) AULD.His paternal grandfather, JAMES AULD, was a native of Long Island, N.Y., a cabinet-maker by trade, and among the pioneers of Fayette County, Pa.His maternal grandfather, DAVID JENNINGS, was of English parentage, an early settler in Fayette County, Pa.DAVID AULD, father of JENNINGS P., was born in Fayette County, and in early manhood located in Pittsburgh, where he worked as a glass-packer for 14 years; in 1849 he located in Versailles Township and engaged in farming.He was twenty years president of Versailles Cemetery, which, under his supervision, has been made one of the finest in the state.He was the father of four children: JENNINGS P., VINCENT (deceased), AMANDA (MRS. A. D. FOSTER) and HANNAH (deceased).DAVID AULD died April 1, 1887, age 66 years.
JENNINGS P. AULD was reared in Versailles Township, and from six years of age was educated at the common schools, and with the exception of seven years, during which he resided in Illinois, has lived on the old homestead, to which he succeeded on the death of his father.Sept. 1, 1864, he enlisted in Co. F., 5th P. A., and served until the close of the war.In February, 1868, he married ELIZA, daughter of VICTOR and ELIZA (McNULTY) ARTHUR, of Versailles Township, by whom he has three sons: DAVID W., VICTOR A. and VINCENT.MR. AULD is a Republican, and has held many offices of trust.