Biography - R. S. Foster

R. S. Foster, one of the oldest citizens of Tuscola, was born in Clermont county, Ohio, March 4, 1818, and is a son of Israel and Mary (Kain) Foster, who were natives respectively of Berkley county, Virginia, and Clermont county, Ohio. His mother was a daughter of Daniel Kain, who was born in Williamsburg, Ohio, and was a member of one of the early pioneer families of that section. His father, Israel Foster, was born in 1793, and in 1827, with his family, moved to Bracken county, Kentucky, where he engaged in farming on the Ohio river, twelve miles below Augusta, the county seat of Bracken county. He died in 1878, in the eighty-fifth year of his age, while on a visit to his daughter in Keokuk, Iowa. He was a soldier in the war of 1812.
R. S. Foster received a common-school education and after leaving school he was engaged in farming in Bracken county, residing at Foster, when, in 1878, he removed to Douglas county, where he has since resided. Mr. Foster has been twice married, first, in 1838, to Miss Elizabeth Tuttle, of Maine, whose death occurred in the same year of her removal to this county. His second wife was Mrs. Eliza E. Roberts, whose maiden name was Maxwell. She was a native of Bracken county, Kentucky, and at the time of her marriage was a resident of Foster. Mr. Foster owns two hundred and seventy-two acres of land in Arcola township, which is one of the finest farms in the county. He is devoted to the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a stanch Republican. For the past few years Mr. Foster has been confined to his home with rheumatism, getting out only occasionally. He has lived a long and useful life — a man of strictest integrity and fearless in voicing his convictions upon any subject.

Extracted 12 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 132-133.

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