Sunday, 29 April 2012

I've been contacted by Mr Bob Russell who writes
I came across your blog when looking for information about Samuel Foster (1818-1905) of Tonduff near Abbeyleix. I was very grateful to find the details of his marriage to Elizabeth FitzHenry in Waterford in 1867 on your FitzHenry Project website.
More especially, I was really pleased to discover that Richard Boate was a witness. You may be interested to know that Richard Foster Boate (1832-1916) was a first cousin of Samuel Foster.
Richard was the son of John Boate (1791-1840) and Mary Foster (1795-1875) of Noremount Farm, near Abbeyleix.
I am nearly certain that Mary Foster was the sister of William Foster, Samuel Foster's father.
My great-grandfather, Joseph Gibson of Durrow, Queen's County, Ireland, married Margaret Boate. She was a sister of Richard Foster Boate and, therefore, a first cousin of Samuel Foster of Tonduff. The Gibsons were Methodists. Richard Foster Boate's descendants were Methodists. It would seem that Samuel Foster's family were also Methodists. This will help me discover more about the Fosters of Tonduff.
From the 1901 Census in Ireland, Samuel and Elizabeth were still residing at Tonduff. Samuel was aged 80 years and Elizabeth was aged 62 years. Elizabeth Foster (née FitzHenry) was, therefore, born circa 1839 in County Wexford. Samuel Foster was a farmer and landowner in 1901.
If you have any further information about this family, or want to contact Mr Russell, please send an email to the blog and we will forward it to him.  

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