Col. John Forster or Foster

28th Jul 1681 - 30th Aug 1731


Biography

Son of Thomas Forster/Foster of Jamaica. Owner of Elim, Dawkins and Lancaster estates which he bequeathed to his sons Thomas, William and John.

  1. John Foster of St Elizabeth, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1731. Slave-ownership at probate: 766 of whom 413 were listed as male and 353 as female. 159 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £46,750.9 Jamaican currency of which £26,724 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £185 currency cash, £12,793.27 currency debts and £263 currency plate.

  2. The will of John Foster was proved in Jamaica in 1731.

Sources

Edward Hyde East, Reports of Cases argued in the Court of King's Bench Vol. XI (London, 1810) pp. 594-611. Will of Thomas Foster of Egham, Surrey, PROB 11/1850. Unsourced but very detailed family tree, http://www.airgale.com.au/forster/d6.htm#c48159 [accessed 12/12/2014].

  1. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

  2. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) vol. 2 p. 119.


Further Information

Absentee?
Name in compensation records
Col. John Foster
Spouse
Elizabeth Smith
Children
Mary (1714-), Margaret (1715-), Thomas (1720-1765), William (1722-1768), John (1723-1743), Samuel (1725-), Elizabeth (1726-), Sarah (1727-), Joseph Foster-Barham (1729-1789)
Occupation
Planter

Associated Estates (6)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1741 [EA] - 1741 [LA] → Previous owner
- 1731 [EY] → Owner
- 30/10/1731 [ED] → Owner
1741 [EA] - 1744 [LA] → Previous owner
1741 [EA] - 1744 [LA] → Previous owner
- 1731 [EY] → Owner

Relationships (4)

Father → Son
Father → Son
Father → Son
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Egham, Surrey, South-east England, England