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Looking for Emigration to New England of FOSTER abt, 1630

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I have two (assumed to be unrelated) FOSTER immigrants to New England in the first half of the 17th century. No information has been found about what ship, or where they originated other than from England. Most of my information comes from the Foster Genealogy book by Pierce.

One is named John FOSTER. He is believed to have been in the company led by Roger Conant who founded what is now Salem, Massachusetts (1628). I question his year of birth which some records suggest was 1626. If he was with Conant, he would be an adult and not born in 1626. He first appears in the records of Salem in 1657. He married in Salem, MA Miss Martha TOMPKINS about 1649.

There are no records, to my knowledge, of the members of the Roger Conant Company, or what ship they came over on. The Conant Company might only refer to the group that moved from the South Shore to the North Shore of Massachusetts Bay and not the trip from England.

The other is Reginald FOSTER. He is believed to be a passenger on one of eight ships help up in England (prevented from sailing) but eventually released by a decree from King Charles I in about 1638. Assumed to be born in Brunton, England, he came to America with his wife Judith Wignol) and seven children. He settled in Ipswich.

There appear to be no records of passengers, or even what ships, were in that fleet. I have researched King Charles I looking for records of this fleet, but find only side notes with no details. It appears Charles had bigger worries.

I would like to connect both of these FOSTER lines to the Northumberland FORSTER families. There seems to be a little more information on the Reginald line. The ancestors and real birth date for John FOSTER would be a real find. Any suggestions? I will help others where I can.

Surnames: CONANT FOSTER TOMPKINS WIGNOL
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on 2006-11-25 13:14:08

Preble , from Colorado, USA, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Nov 2006. is researching the following names: IRVING, FOSTER, PREBLE and 2 other(s).

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by Dawn_VanStrate on 2008-10-01 12:27:20

I found a Reginald FOSTER...(Reynold)ina book
'Pioneers of Massachusetts" by Henry Charles Pope

page 173

by mfoster on 2010-04-30 14:17:01

John Foster came over in the fall of 1635 on the ship Hopewell, he was about 14 or 16 yrs old at the time. It appears he came over by himself. If you want to know more about John check out my personal foster family website under the section Fosters in America. wwwfosterfamilyhistory.com I am also interested in talking to you about what line of John Foster children you came from. My family came of Ebeneezer Foster who was John and Marthas youngest child. I hope this info helps, feel free to contact me directly at mfoster@bcsd.neric.org Hope to hear from you at some point in the future.
Sincerely
Mark Foster

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