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Joseph William Foster


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Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Foster family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Foster, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the
family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter,
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New records

From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.

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Origins of surname

There are four suggested origins for this family name. The first is an occupational name for a saddle tree maker, a very important occupation in the Middle Ages. The derivation is from the Old French fustier, derived from fustre, meaning a block of wood.

The name may also be linked to an entirely different occupation, that of 'forcetier', a maker of steel shears used in both agriculture and textile production.

It is also suggested that Foster could be a variant of Forester, or linked to child fostering.

Early records

There have been several immigrant Fosters who established families in Jersey, and we suspect that the 12 households shown in the 2017 telephone directory are descended from a number of different lineages. The first Foster on record in Jersey was Francis, who was buried in Grouville in 1737, but we have no other information about him, or his family.

Thomas Foster married Marie Bree in St Helier in 1746, but they do not appear to have had any children in the island. Nor did Jean Foster, from Dorset, and Marie Chaffye from Plymouth, who married in St Martin in 1774.

There are only six Foster baptisms on record, involving five different couples between 1809 and 1895.

Variations

  • Foster

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Great War service


Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

Sons of Thomas and Elizabeth Foster, of First Tower. Thomas was an Army Scripture Reader



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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Foster family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Robert Foster, 2 Bellegrève Villas, Dicq Road, St Saviours - 5 January 1940, D/Y/A/106
  • James Foster, 39 Parade - 8 April 1904, D/Y/A/63
  • Frank Foster, Gorselands, Rozel, St Martin - 14 June 1946, D/Y/A/116


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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Since August 2020 we have added several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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