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William Truitt Foster

Male 1825 - 1909  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name William Truitt Foster 
    • Most records give just William T. Foster. 1900 census calls him Thomas. Biographical memoranda located at the Arkansas History Commission [now the Arkansas State Archives] gives his name as William Luett [I believe this is in error because Truett is a family name]. Bobbie J. McLane and Capitola Glazner. Arkansas 1911 Census of Confederate Veterans, Volume 2, Surnames E thru Mc (Hot Springs, AR: Arkansas Ancestors, 1977), 25.
    Born Mar 1825  Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Henry Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    42nd Dist, p 272A, dwelling/family 1225/1225; farmer age 27; real property value $500; b. Georgia; enumerated 30 Oct 1850 by William Mosely. 
    • The United States of America. Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1850. (NARA microfilm M432 roll 73)
    1850 Census for Henry County, Georgia, 42nd District, Sheet 272A
    1850 Census for Henry County, Georgia, 42nd District, Sheet 272A
    Foster, W. T...head...27
    ______, M. A...wife...29
    ______, I......son.... 4
    ______, H......son.... 3
    ______, W.M....son.... 1
    Census 1860  Union Par, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Spearsville/Springhill PO, p 140 [handwritten 644], dwelling/family 903/903, overseer, b. Georgia, enumerated 31 July 1860 by A. C. Wade. 
    1860 Census for Union Parish, Louisiana, Springhill Post Office, Sheet 140 [handwritten 426]
    1860 Census for Union Parish, Louisiana, Springhill Post Office, Sheet 140 [handwritten 426]
    Foster, W. F......35...head...overseer
    ______, Mary......33...wife...at home
    Tax Records 1860  Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Poll Tax: 1; Horses-mares over 2 years, value: 1, $80; Cattle over 2 years, value: 4, $120; Total Value of taxable property: $200. County tax: $0.33 1/3. State tax: $0.33 1/3. 
    • Arkansas. Ashley County. Personal Property Tax Records for 1860. Accessed on 18 May 2017 at Arkansas State Archives.
    Military 1862-1865  Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Was a soldier on Co I, 31st Louisiana Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A. Enlisted in 1862 and discharged 15 Mar 1865. Company I was called Sparrow Cadets and created in Union Parish. The 31st Louisiana Regiment was organized 11 Jun 1862, at Monroe from Morrison's Battalion, which had been formed on May 14, 1862. The men remained at Monroe drilling until June, when they moved to a camp in Madison Parish about eight miles from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Then they moved to Tallulah and New Carthage. In August, the regiment went to Milliken's Bend to unload a shipment of arms intended for General Albert Pike's Indian Brigade. On August 18, an enemy gunboat steamed up and captured the transport Fair Play with all of the weapons still on it. The regiment retreated to Tallaluh, pursued by a small force that landed from the gunboat. During the next few months, the men camped at Tallulah, Delhi, and Trenton. In November, the regiment received orders to go to Jackson, Mississippi. There the Catahoula Battalion was added to the regiment to give it ten companies. The men fought in the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, December 26-29, and helped repulse several enemy attacks. During the winter and early spring of 1863, the regiment remained at Vicksburg, drilling and doing picket duty. The men participated in the closing stages of the Battle of Port Gibson, May 1, and covered the retreat of the Confederate forces. They picketed the crossings of the Big Black River until the Confederate army retreated past the river into the Vicksburg defenses. The regiment fought in the trenches during the Siege of Vicksburg, May 19-July 4, and went home on parole after the surrender. Many of the men decided they had seen enough fighting and remained at their homes until the war ended. In January 1864, some of the men went into a parole camp at Vienna but returned home on furlough after a few weeks. After the men were declared officially exchanged, they went into camp at Miden in June. They spent two weeks there, moved to Shreveport, and soon went to Pineville, The regiment formed part of general Allen Thomas' brigade and acted as a support for Fort Buhlow and Fort Randolph near Pineville until February 1865. At that time, the regiment moved to Bayou Cotile, remaining there until May. The men marched to Mansfield and were disbanded just prior to the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department. 
    • Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865 (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1989), 142-143.
    Census 1870  Union Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lapile twp, Hillsboro PO, p 12 [stamped 576B], dwelling/family 83/83; farmer, real estate value $400, personal property value $400; b. Georgia; enumerated 18 Jun 1870 by W. D Pendleton.  
    1870 Census for Union County, Arkansas, Lapile Township, Sheet 12 [stamped 576B]
    1870 Census for Union County, Arkansas, Lapile Township, Sheet 12 [stamped 576B]
    Foster, William T........47...head
    ______, Mary A...........47...wife
    ______, William T........22...son
    ______, Laura............16...daughter in law
    ______, James R..........13...son
    Tax Records 1877  Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Poll Tax: 1; Cattle: 8, value $50; Mules: 2, value $150; Hogs: 3, value $6; Other property value: $50; Total property value: $256; School Dist: 4. 
    • Arkansas. Ashley County, Personal Property Tax Books, 1876 - 1881, 18. Filmed by Family History Library, roll #978037. Accessed at Arkansas State Archives, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. NOTE: ASA roll #41 states that this is Personal Property Tax Books but in front of the personal property taxes for 1876 is the real estate property tax records of which this sheet is the result. Accessed 12 Jun 2017 by Rita Foster Wallace.
    Census 1880  Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Carter twp, ED 7, p 27 [stamped 106C], dwelling/family 196/202; farmer, b. Georgia, f.b. Georgia, m.b. Georgia; enumerated 14-15 Jun 1880 by James C. Normacy [?]. 
    1880 Census for Ashley County, Arkansas, Carter Township, Sheet 27 [stamped 106C]
    1880 Census for Ashley County, Arkansas, Carter Township, Sheet 27 [stamped 106C]
    Foster, Wm. T.....58...head
    ______, Mary A....59...wife
    ______, Wm. T.....25...son
    ______, Jas. R....23...son
    ______, Larkin.... 5...written as daughter but really granddaughter of head of house. Daughter of William Thomas Foster and his wife Lucinda (Smith) Foster.
    Tax Records 1890  Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Personal Property $90, school district 13. 
    • Faith Nowlin, abst. Personal Property Tax Index, Ashley County, Arkansas, 1890 (Crossett, AR: Ashley County Genealogical Society, 1986), 14
    Property, Real 27 Sep 1892  Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    80 acres, Section 10 Township 17S Range 5W, S 1/2 SW 1/4. 
    • Desmond Walls Allen and Bobbie Jones McLane. Arkansas Land Patents: Ashley County (granted through 30 Jun 1908) (Conway, AR: Arkansas Research,1991), 37.
    Homestead Certificate No. 6685 to William T. Foster
    Homestead Certificate No. 6685 to William T. Foster
    80 acres, Section 10 Township 17S Range 5W; SW 1/2 SW 1/4, 5th Meridian, registered in Litlle Rock, AR. Document No. 6685. Accession No. AR0420_.270. Misc. Doc. No. 15577, BLM Serial No. AR NO S/N. Doc. Type: State Volume Patent, Arkansas. Issue Date: 27 Sep 1892. Authority 20 May 1862 Homestead EntryOriginal (12 Stat 392).
    Census 1900  Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Portland twp, ED 15, p 19A [stamped 327A], dwelling/family 365/374, brick mason; widower; reads, writes and speaks English; living with son, William Thomas Foster; b. Mar 1825, Georgia, f.b. unknown, m.b. unknown; enumerated Jun 1900 by Frances Cowpeer. 
    1900 Census for Ashley County, Arkansas, Portland Township, Sheet 19A [stamped 327A]
    1900 Census for Ashley County, Arkansas, Portland Township, Sheet 19A [stamped 327A]
    Foster, William...52...head
    ______, Lucinda...54...wife
    ______, Thomas....75...father
    Pension 1903, 1908  Little Rock, Pulaski Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Arkansas Confederate Pension Record, Roll #36. Located at the Arkansas History Commission [now the Arkansas State Archives], One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas. This copy made on 1 Mar 1991.
    Pension for William T. Foster for Military Service.
    Pension for William T. Foster for Military Service.
    William T. Foster applied to the State of Arkansas for a pension from his service in the Civil War. He served as a Private in Company I, 31st Louisiana Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A. and honorably discharged on 15 Mar 1865. In the file was the application signed by William T. Foster and dated 12 Jun 1903; Proof of service attested to by W. H. Smith and R. F. Farrar and sworn before R. R. Radford, Ashley County County Clerk; Evidence of Physician by W. S. Norman, MD, saying that he is unable to perform manual labor because of "rheumatism & old age" dated 12 Jun 1903; Pension board approval of $50.00 pension on 6 Aug 1903; Application for an increase of pension on 13 Jul 1908; Evidence of Physician by E. M. Scott MD, saying that he is unable to perform manual labor because of "his age, 85 yrs" dated 13 Jul 1908; and Pension board approval for an increase to $100.00 dated 6 Aug 1908.
    Died 31 Jul 1909  Parkdale, Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried unknown 
    Person ID I607  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 May 2021 

    Family Mary Ann Owens,   b. ca 1811, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1880, Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 19 May 1844  Upson Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Georgia. Upson County. Marriage Book A-172, #9, 19 May 1844. William T. Foster and Mary Owens; married by Davis Dawson, JP. (2) Carolyn Walker Nottingham and Evelyn Hannah. The Early History of Upson County, Georgia (Vidalia, GA: Georgia Genealogical Reprints, 1930) 229. (3) Marilee Beatty Hageness. Marriages, 1825-1859, Upson County, Georgia (Anniston, AL: MLH Research, 2000), 33. (4) Joseph T. Maddox. 37,000 Early Georgia Marriages (Albany, GA: Joseph T. Maddox, 1976), 279.
    Marriage of William T. Foster and Mary Owens
    Marriage of William T. Foster and Mary Owens
    Georgia-Upson County. I certify that William T. Foster and Mary Owens were duly joined in Matrimony by me this 19th day of May 1844. #9. Davis Dawson, JP.
    Children 
     1. J. Foster,   b. ca 1846, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860  (Age ~ 13 years)
     2. H. Foster,   b. ca 1847, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860  (Age ~ 12 years)
     3. William Thomas Foster,   b. 11 Mar 1848, Milan, Dodge Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1921, Portland, Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +4. Idora Armenta Foster,   b. 3 Jun 1854, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1931, Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. James Robert Foster,   b. 9 May 1857, Union Par, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1928, Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F276  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Mar 1825 - Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Records - Poll Tax: 1; Horses-mares over 2 years, value: 1, $80; Cattle over 2 years, value: 4, $120; Total Value of taxable property: $200. County tax: $0.33 1/3. State tax: $0.33 1/3. - 1860 - Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Was a soldier on Co I, 31st Louisiana Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A. Enlisted in 1862 and discharged 15 Mar 1865. Company I was called Sparrow Cadets and created in Union Parish. The 31st Louisiana Regiment was organized 11 Jun 1862, at Monroe from Morrison's Battalion, which had been formed on May 14, 1862. The men remained at Monroe drilling until June, when they moved to a camp in Madison Parish about eight miles from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Then they moved to Tallulah and New Carthage. In August, the regiment went to Milliken's Bend to unload a shipment of arms intended for General Albert Pike's Indian Brigade. On August 18, an enemy gunboat steamed up and captured the transport Fair Play with all of the weapons still on it. The regiment retreated to Tallaluh, pursued by a small force that landed from the gunboat. During the next few months, the men camped at Tallulah, Delhi, and Trenton. In November, the regiment received orders to go to Jackson, Mississippi. There the Catahoula Battalion was added to the regiment to give it ten companies. The men fought in the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, December 26-29, and helped repulse several enemy attacks. During the winter and early spring of 1863, the regiment remained at Vicksburg, drilling and doing picket duty. The men participated in the closing stages of the Battle of Port Gibson, May 1, and covered the retreat of the Confederate forces. They picketed the crossings of the Big Black River until the Confederate army retreated past the river into the Vicksburg defenses. The regiment fought in the trenches during the Siege of Vicksburg, May 19-July 4, and went home on parole after the surrender. Many of the men decided they had seen enough fighting and remained at their homes until the war ended. In January 1864, some of the men went into a parole camp at Vienna but returned home on furlough after a few weeks. After the men were declared officially exchanged, they went into camp at Miden in June. They spent two weeks there, moved to Shreveport, and soon went to Pineville, The regiment formed part of general Allen Thomas' brigade and acted as a support for Fort Buhlow and Fort Randolph near Pineville until February 1865. At that time, the regiment moved to Bayou Cotile, remaining there until May. The men marched to Mansfield and were disbanded just prior to the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department. - 1862-1865 - Civil War Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Records - Poll Tax: 1; Cattle: 8, value $50; Mules: 2, value $150; Hogs: 3, value $6; Other property value: $50; Total property value: $256; School Dist: 4. - 1877 - Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Carter twp, ED 7, p 27 [stamped 106C], dwelling/family 196/202; farmer, b. Georgia, f.b. Georgia, m.b. Georgia; enumerated 14-15 Jun 1880 by James C. Normacy [?]. - 1880 - Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Records - Personal Property $90, school district 13. - 1890 - Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty, Real - 80 acres, Section 10 Township 17S Range 5W, S 1/2 SW 1/4. - 27 Sep 1892 - Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Portland twp, ED 15, p 19A [stamped 327A], dwelling/family 365/374, brick mason; widower; reads, writes and speaks English; living with son, William Thomas Foster; b. Mar 1825, Georgia, f.b. unknown, m.b. unknown; enumerated Jun 1900 by Frances Cowpeer. - 1900 - Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
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