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Foster, Andrew J.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 40, credited to Brighton, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: (Mexican War); enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, dsrtd 8/28/63

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VITALS

Birth: 1834, Newark, VT
Death: 08/23/1921

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 119405078

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT

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Obituary

Death of Old Resident

Andrew J. Foster passed away at his late home Tuesday evening after about a week's illness. A week ago Mr. Foster had a fall, but at first, the doctor did not think it serious. Last Saturday he showed a marked decline. Having an unusual constitution for a man his age, his strength did not fail until Tuesday evening about 10 o'clock.

Mr. Foster was a thoroughly Christian man, always having Christ as his guide. For several years he was not able to attend church but he was always interested in religious work. During his illness, he spoke often of God's love and what it had meant to him.

Andrew Jackson Foster was born in Washington, Vt., Dec. 31, 1834. In 1859 he married Hannah M. Root of South Royalton. They lived on a farm in Tunbridge for several years and then bought one in Chelsea, where they resided for over twenty years. It was there that seven children were born to them and there that all but one of these were taken by death.

At Chelsea, as everywhere else, Mr. Foster was a great religious leader. He had an exhorter's license and conducted services in the nearby towns. He was president of the Y. M. C. A. And a Sunday school teacher. He was also for many years class leader of the M. E. class services held weekly.

Twenty-eight years ago he moved to Randolph to the Rhoades farm on the Braintree Branch road. Mr. Foster was a carpenter by trade and built the house where he has been living for more than twenty-five years.

His home life was always one of happiness and perfect harmony. He was an ideal husband and father. He was not only deeply interested in missions but has been very philanthropic among the schools and colleges. His pity for a homeless child has always led him to give to the orphanages.

Although most of his old friends had passed to the other world, he had many friends among the second and third generations. There are many people in Randolph today who will not forget some helpful talk or deed of Mr. Foster's.

Mrs. Foster, who was 88 years of age, died last May. After 62 years of happy companionship, Mrs. Foster's death left the husband very lonely.

Mr. Foster's cheery smile and cordial handclasp will be greatly missed in the community. But as some great writer said, "A beautiful life and gone to its maker."

Mr. Foster is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James M. Thompson, and one granddaughter, Beatrice Foster Thompson, both of Montpelier.

The funeral will be held at the Methodist church tomorrow, Friday, at 10 o'clock. Prayers will be said at the house at 9:30. It is requested that flowers be omitted.

Source: Bethel Courier, August 25, 1921.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.