Saturday, December 3, 2016

November Ancestor: Jane Kirkpatrick Foster

This month I am writing about one of my ancestors from my dad's side, Jane P. Kirkpatrick Foster, my 3rd great-grandmother.
Jane was born May 19, 1824 in Decatur, Brown County, Ohio to John Kirkpatrick and Margaret Campbell. She was the 8th of 11 children. One of the 11 died as an infant and another passed away as a young adult. Still I am sure I should have many cousins from this line.
As far as I can tell, Jane spent her whole life in Brown county and Adams county, Ohio. They are located in southern Ohio, next to the Ohio river and the state of Kentucky.
She was married in 1847 in Ohio (probably Adams or Brown county) to William Foster. I have yet to find a record for this, so it could've been in Kentucky also. They don't appear in the indexes for either state at this point.
They settle in Adams county, Ohio and become the parents of 7 children: Hiram Irving Foster (born 1848), Nathan Miller Foster (1850), Mary Margaret Foster (1853), Elizabeth Louisa Foster (1857), Alexander Douglas Foster (1860), Martha Ann Foster (1862) and Sarah E. Foster (1864). She continues to raise her family in Adams County, Ohio at least until the 1880s. Jane loses her husband to death in 1893, so then presumably goes to live with a daughter. As I find her in the 1900 census living in Adams County with Andrew and Sarah E. Hile. Sarah is (of course) her youngest daughter.
Then on May 31, 1903 Jane passes away at the age of 79 in Adams County, Ohio.
Jane is buried with her husband William Foster in Hopewell Cemetery in Adams County, Ohio.

Thanks to Findagrave contributor Beverly Lovejoy for this photo. 

I have a bit more I need to do on these two. I have found them in all the US Federal censuses from 1850-1880, and I have found her in 1900. Then we have the gravestone photo, and that is all the documentation I have found. There should be a marriage license, but it could take several inquiries to find it. There may be death records, so I should inquire for those too. But there is only so much money for genealogy, and so much time, so sometimes some ancestors get put on the back burner.