Tim [and other listers]
My studies convince me that its reasonable to presume there is some record
of Watson Foster, Rev. War Veteran; and Caleb Foster [sp. Abigail Watson m.
1752], somewhere in Columbia County.
Several Fosters moved to Columbia Co. as new lands opened up about the time
of the landlord-tenant disputes in Dutchess Co. Caleb Foster was living on
the Gore, "a tract of vacant land and
unpatented or not granted to any by the Kings letters patent, though claimed
by several" so described in a petition to King George the Third pleading for
his intervention when their landlord demanded they buy their leased farm or
else remove immediately. Caleb Foster and 38 others signed this petition
Dated in Dutchess County February the 27 1764. This information is from
"The Settlers of Beekman Patent v. F" by Frank Doherty and I suspect this
Caleb Foster is the one who lived in Kinderhook sometime between 1754 and
1783, supposedly next to land adjoining Martin Van Buren. [The other Caleb
Foster mentioned on this CD was my 3rd great-grandfather born 1762].
Also mentioned was Eli Foster of Town of Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY died
intestate on or about 7 March 1830 leaving widow Polly and four children.
His father, Parla Foster of Hillsdale requested Letters to administer the
estate 2 April 1830. Relatives, anyone? Questions, anyone?