NameJohn Milton Foster Jr., 1C4R
Birth13 Jun 1876, Putnam Co., Indiana
Marriage3 Dec 1897, Rowan Co., Kentucky
SpouseAmanda Elizabeth “Lizzie” Staggs
Birth5 Jan 1880, Greenup Co., Kentucky
Death12 Aug 1914, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birthabt 1898, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birthabt 1900, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birthabt 1901, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birthabt 1903, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birthabt 1907, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth27 Mar 1911, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth30 May 1914, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death7 Oct 1916, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Notes for John Milton Foster Jr.
His WW I draft registration card, filed 12 Sep 1918, records John Millen Foster, age 43, born 13 June 1876, residence Freestone, Rowan Co., Ky, occupation farming, self-employed, nearest relative Martha Jane Foster, wife, same address.
I am not really sure that this John Foster is the son of Milt Foster and Ellen Jones. He listed his own birthplace as Kentucky on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses, but as Indiana on the 1930 census, as well as on the death certificates of his children Ruby (1916), Beulah (1924) and Henry Milton (1926). He listed his parent’s birthplace as Kentucky in 1900, Indiana in 1910, unknown in 1920, and Indiana for his father and Kentucky for his mother in 1930.
No other records for the Milton Foster family show them as having been born in Indiana, or having any children born there. The 1880 census does list a son John age 4, born in Kentucky.
So either Milt and Ellen’s son John somehow got the impression that they had been born in Indiana, or else Milt and Ellen’s son John died or moved away between 1880 and 1897, and a different John Milton Foster moved into the county from Indiana. The former certainly seems more likely.
Milt’s brother Alonzo did move from Morgan Co., Ky to Putnam Co., Indiana some time between 1876 and 1879, which would cover the year of this John’s birth. He and his wife were enumerated there in 1880, and then returned to Kentucky by 1882. But the 1880 census listed no son John for Alonzo, nor any other John Foster in Putnam Co. Indiana. One possibility is that the Milt Foster family was also in Putnam Co., Indiana in the late 1870’s, along with Alonzo, but returned to Rowan Co. in time to be enumerated there in 1880, and just failed to report that their son John had been born in Indiana.
I cannot find a death certificate for John to see if it gives his parents’ names.
1920 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Farmer’s precinct, enumerated 13 January, lists on p. 5B as family #90:
Foster, John, 43, farmer, b. Ky unknown unknown; Martha Jane, wife, 25; Russell, son, 16; Albert, son, 14; Herbit, son, 11; Earnie, son, 8; Lillian, dau, 4/12. All except John listed as born Ky Ky Ky.
1930 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Pine Grove precinct, enumerated 18 April, lists on p. 9A as family #144/162:
Foster, John, 51, farmer, age at first marriage 19, b. Indiana Indiana Ky; Martha, wife, 38, age at first marriage 20, b. Ky Ky Ky; Ernie, son, 19; Lillian, dau, 10, Erella M., dau, 7. All children born Ky Indiana Ky.
Notes for Amanda Elizabeth “Lizzie” Staggs
Her death certificate states Lizzie Staggs, age 34 years 7 months 7 days, born 9 Jan 1880 in Ky, died 12 Aug 1914 in Rowan Co., Ky, married, father William Staggs, mother’s maiden name Maggie Hammons, both born in Ky, cause of death tuberculosis, informant John Foster, Freestone, Ky, burial in Siloam Cemetery.
(There are no Foster marked stones in Siloam Cemetery, but there are over 100 uninscribed stones.)
Notes for John Milton & Amanda Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Family)
Rowan Co. marriage license book 2, p. 388, and register book A, p. 113, record the marriage on 3 Dec 1897 of Johnie Foster and Lizzie Staggs, bond surety by William Staggs.
1900 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Morehead precinct, enumerated 15 June, lists on p. 13A as family #245/248:
Foster, Johnie, 23, b. Apr 1877; Lizzie, wife, 18, b. Oct 1881, married 3 years, mother of 2 children, 2 living; Annie M., dau, 2, b. Oct 1897; Taylor, son, 3/12, b. Feb 1900. All born Ky Ky Ky.
1910 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Farmer’s precinct, enumerated April (date and page number too faint to read), lists as family #117/122:
Foster, John, 32; Lizzie, wife, 28, married 13 years, mother of 5 children, 5 living; Nannie, dau, 12; William, son, 10; Russell, son, 9; Albert, son, 7; Roy, son, 2. John born Ky Indiana Indiana, all others born Ky Ky Ky.