Elizabeth Foster: Birth: 15 JAN 1799. Death: 24 JAN 1884
Edmund Sams Foster: Birth: 14 JAN 1804. Death: 26 AUG 1843
Mary Ann Foster: Birth: 6 OCT 1806. Death: 1853
William C. Foster: Birth: 22 JUN 1807.
Thomas H. Foster: Birth: 27 OCT 1809.
Sarah S. Foster: Birth: 4 JAN 1812. Death: 1890
Mary Caroline "Polly" Foster: Birth: 12 JUL 1814. Death: 5 AUG 1844
Rachel R. Foster: Birth: 2 JUN 1820.
Note: [2014320.FTW] Thomas Foster married Ora Sams in 1796 in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Ora was The daughter of Edmund and Anne Nancy Young Sams. Ora was born in Wytheville, Virginia. Thomas was a farmer and large property owner. He was a Revolutionary War Soldier with The Virginia Continental Line. Thomas lived at The place which is now Biltmore. He built The first bridge across The Swannannoa River about 100 yards north of The present bridge. He was chairman of The committee that chose The site for and built The first Buncombe County courthouse. He was a member of The House of Commons of The North Carolina Legislature from Buncombe County from 1809 to 1814, and of The State Senate from1817 to 1819. Ora died on Aug 27 1857 in Asheville, North Carolina. "Capt Thomas Forster, age 85, former member of The North Carolina General Assembly and resident of Buncombe County for 70 years, died Dec 24, 1858, at his residence on Swannanoa, two miles east of Asheville". Thomas and Ora are buried in Newton Academy Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. Location of Cemetery. The Newton Academy Cemetery is located just off of Biltmore Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina. From Greenville take Highway 25 all The way into Asheville. Highway 25 turns into Biltmore Avenue. Just before you get to St. Joseph's Hospital turn right at The Imaging Center. The Cemetery is behind The Imaging Center. Security at St. Joseph's Hospital has The key to The Cemetery. Source: "Marriage & Death Notices from Extant Asheville, North Carolina Newspapers - 1840 - 1870", an index compiled by Robert M. Topkins
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