Children of Robert and Mary Foster

Myles Birket Foster 01. Myles Birket Foster

1785-01-04 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Sedbergh, Yorkshire; named after his maternal great-grandfather, who was still alive TNA: PRO RG 6/1073, /1074; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson; Joseph Foster (1873) Pedigrees of Lancashire Families. London
  educated at John Hall's, school, Newton in Bolland source misplaced
1799-11-09 rode beside his father on the same horse rode next the coffin, at his grandmother's funeral Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'
1807-08 present at Joseph Taylor's marriage at Penrith Philip Spence (1939) Robert and Mary Spence of North Shields. Newcastle upon Tyne, privately printed, p. 31
mid 1809-05 went on a visit to London, with his father, in quest of a possible position; they stayed principally at Bromley, where his father was confined by illness for a few days Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'
mid 1809-06 moved on to Bristol, staying a few days with George and Hannah Fisher at Hillside; then visited their cousins Samuel and Rachel Lloyd at Birmingham, followed by a night in Liverpool, before reaching home again on the 28th June
1809/1810 in banking department, Procter and Spence, Shields
1811-04-11 timber merchant, of North Shields; m. Ann King (1790–1884, d. of Joseph and Mary King of Newcastle), at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Friends' meeting house PRO RG 6/202, /527; digest of Durham Quaker marriages: index; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Children: Robert (1812–1898), Joseph (1813–1859 [whose son was was Joseph Foster, 1844–1905, genealogist and antiquary—see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography], Dodshon (1816–1876), John Harrison (1818–1905), Mary (1821–1906), Myles Birket (Myles Birket Foster, RA, 1825–1899—see Oxford DNB), James (1830–1832) Annual Monitor; censuses; Joseph Foster (1871) Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters of the North of England. privately printed; Foster (1873); Old York Scholars' Association (1971) Bootham School Register. London: Oyez Press; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; National Probate Calendar
1812/1821 timber merchant, of Newcastle upon Tyne digest of Durham Quaker births: index; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust
  of North Shields, Northumberland Foster (1873)
before 1821 received his share of his father's estate, in the latter's lifetime Durham Probate Records DPRI/1/1827/F9
1827-08-25 co-executor of his father's will
1829 Established the firm of M.B. Foster & Sons Ltd. At the request of Mr Michael Thomas Bass as an experiment he undertook the bottling of a barrel of Bass's India Pale Ale. This was the start of a long association with the brewery. Bottles not only bore the Bass label, but also the Bugle Brand label, derived from the Fo(r)ster coat of arms. A2A; Reynolds (1984)
1829 moved to London, with wife and children; his business first established in premises at 87 Wimpole Street, London Jan Reynolds (1984) Birket Foster. London: Batsford
  founder of the bottling firm M.B. Foster & Sons, of London, which became the largest firm of bottlers in the world Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
1830 of Aberdeen Place, Maida Hill, London Digest of London & Middlesex Quaker Births: Index; Reynolds (1984)
1832 business moved to Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street (later the site of Woolworth's) Reynolds (1984)
1841 porter merchant, of Charlotte St, St Marylebone, Middlesex, living with his family, nephew, and two female servants PRO HO 107/675/1 f13 p18
1841 holidayed in Scotland Reynolds (1984)
1844 of 4 Stranraer Place, Maida Hill, London
1850 gentleman child's marriage certificate
1851 retired porter merchant, of 14 Carlton Hill West, St Marylebone, London, living with his wife, daughter, a housemaid and a cook, with two visitors HO 107/1491 f429 p55
1852 of Carlton-hill, St John's-wood Morning Post, 1852-06-25
1861-01-21 of 12 Carlton Hill, St John's Wood, London; d. there Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'; National Probate Calendar; Morning Post, 1861-01-24; GRO index; Reynolds (1984)
1861-03-28 late of 12 Carlton-hill, St John's Wood; will proved at the Principal Registry by son Dodshon Foster, an executor; effects under £200 National Probate Calendar
1862-10 will resworn at the Stamp Office; under £3000
1929 The History of M.B. Foster and Sons Ltd: The Greatest Bottlers of Bass and Guinness in the World issued by the firm for its centenary; copy in Marylebone Library, London NW1 Reynolds (1984)


02. Dodshon Foster

1786-03-07 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Cantley, Sedbergh, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/1073, /1074; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson
1790-05-30 d. of smallpox, at his grandfather's, Lancaster Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'; PRO RG 6/590, /807, /821, /168B
1790-06-01 bur. Lancaster Friends' burying-ground RG 6/590, /807, /821, /168B


03. James Foster

1787-08-28 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Sedbergh, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/1073, /1074; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson
1805 apprentice with Bragg & Rooke of Newcastle Philip Spence (1939) Robert and Mary Spence of North Shields. Newcastle upon Tyne, privately printed, p. 29
1809 warehouseman of Bristol, in partnership with Geo: Fisher Jnr Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'
1823-05-14 stockbroker, of Corbet Court, Gracechurch Street, London; m. Rachel Foster (1788–1862), at Barking Friends' meeting house, Essex PRO RG 6/538, /1157; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster''; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust
1825 co-founder of stockbroking firm of Foster and Janson AIM25
1830 after Janson's death, joined by Isaac Braithwaite
1825/1855 stockbroker, Foster & Braithwaite RG 6/1157
1833 firm renamed Foster and Braithwaite AIM25
1834-08-14

8 mo. 14. 1834. Jas. & Rachel Foster—Robert & Mary Spence—Elizabeth Foster Spence & Rachel Spence left for Edinbro. 8.16 by sea from Leith to Aberdeen. 18 General Meeting for Scotland, left for Urie Stonehaven. 19 Perth to Dunkeld. 20th Pass of Killicrankie, Taymouth & Killeen. 21st Trossachs, Loch Katrine, Callender to Stirling. 22 return to Edinbro & 23 home by Berwick a most delightful excursion.

Journal of Robert Spence
1837 gentleman, of Stamford-hill; subscribed £4000 towards the London and Brighton Railway House of Commons Papers
1841 stock broker, living with his wife and two female servants in Stamford Hill, St John Hackney, Middlesex PRO HO 107/700/13 f33 p14
1844-03-23 of Stamford Hill; £2500 shareholder in the Lancaster & Carlisle Railway Carlisle Journal
1851 stock broker, of Stamford Hill, St John Hackney, London, living with his wife, footman, cook, ladies maid, and house maid HO 107/1503 f312 p16
about 1853 had a summer house at Shorncliffe Lodge, Sandgate, Kent. Robert Spence Watson and his sister Lucy spent a fortnight there.

I remember we went once to Archdeacon Croft's grounds to eat strawberries and cream, and we partook heartily of them; and then Lady Betty [Boyle] got me to pull James Foster over on his back and we rolled him about on the grass. The grass was covered with small, white slugs and when he got up they adhered to his back, and Lady Betty declared that he had eaten so many strawberries and cream that the cream had come out at his back.

Robert Spence Watson (1969) Reminiscences of the late Rt Hon. Robert Spence Watson. York, privately printed, p. 9
before 1855 a well-known member of the Stock Exchange Newcastle Journal, 1861-01-24
1855 retired AIM25
1861-01-20 of Stamford Hill and Sandgate; d. Stamford Hill, north London National Probate Calendar; Milligan (2007); GRO index; Newcastle Journal, 1861-01-24
1861-02-21 late of Stamford-hill, Middlesex, and of Shorncliff Lodge, Sandgate, Kent; will proved at the Principal Registry by Robert and William Benson, executors; effects under £120,000 National Probate Calendar


04. John Foster

1788-12-23 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Sedbergh, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/1073, /1074; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson
1804-07 assistant to Joseph Procter, linen and woollen draper of North Shields Journal of Robert Spence
1805 living with Joseph Procter and Robert Spence, in North Shields
  soap boiler; partner with Anthony Clapham in soapmaking business; of Ouse Burn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'
c. 1813 had become a partner with Anthony Clapham in the soap making business; went to reside with his father RSW in John William Steel (1899) A Historical Sketch of the Society of Friends 'in Scorn called Quakers' in Newcastle & Gateshead 1653-1898. London & Newcastle, Headley Bros.; sale poster; Frankland; Myles B. Foster (1860): Ms Memoir of Robert Foster; extracts from deeds, in possession of current owner of Sarthwaite (2003); list of removals, and testimonies & certificates 1812–1820, Tyne & Wear Archives Service MF 168 & 188
1818-12-01 soap boiler, of Newcastle; d. of typhus fever, at Northumberland Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne PRO RG 6/228, /778; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'
 

On the 1st of 12th mo. 1818 died my Brother in law John Foster, the dearest friend I ever had & his loss to me seems irreparable  . . . . . . and in many of the most important movements of my life I was greatly indebted to his judicious counsel in forming my decisions;—in reference to one especially, that took place on the first of the eighth month of this year, a copartnership with Edwd. and Wm. Chapman as Bankers at Shields under the designation of the North and South Shields Bank, had it not been for his decided judgement in favour of the project, I should not have dared to embark in it—and it has proved one of the happiest events of my life and of great importance to my family. The loss to my father in law is one of the severest description living under the same roof and leaning upon him for comfort in his declining years.

Journal of Robert Spence
1818-12-03 bur. Newcastle-upon-Tyne fbg RG 6/228, /778


Elizabeth (Foster) Clapham 05. Elizabeth Foster

1788-12-23 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Sedbergh, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/1073, /1074; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson; Annual Monitor
1799-11-09 rode in a post chaise behind the coffin, at her grandmother's funeral Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'
1802 of Hebblethwaite Hall; at Trinity Lane school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784-1816, 1831-1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1808-08 visited her brothers at Shields & Newcastle Philip Spence (1939) Robert and Mary Spence of North Shields. Newcastle upon Tyne, privately printed, p. 31
1809-09-27 m. Anthony Clapham (1778–1852, druggist and soap manufacturer), at Brigflatts fmh, Yorkshire PRO RG 6/710, /851; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster'; York Herald, 1809-10-07; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust
Children: Anthony (1812–1814), Mary (1813–1896), Anthony (1815–1881), Elizabeth (1818–1847), John Foster (1819–1875), Robert Calvert (1823–1881), James (1825–1871), Henry (1827–1883), Anna Maria (1831–1913) Annual Monitor; GRO index; censuses; Joseph Foster (1871) Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters of the North of England. privately printed; Sandys B. Foster (1890) Pedigrees of Wilson of High Wray & Kendal and the families connected with them. London
1841 of Friars Grove, Gateshead, living with his family, his clerk, and two female servants PRO HO 107/296/13 f9 p12
1851 of 10 Summer Hill Terrace, Westgate, Newcastle, Northumberland, living with family and two house servants HO 107/2404 f467 p53
1857-02-16 of Newcastle-on-Tyne; d. there Annual Monitor; Foster (1890); GRO index


Mary (Foster) Spence 06. Mary Foster


07. stillborn child Foster

  delivered Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson


08. Jane Foster

1794-05-09 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Sedbergh, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/1073, /1074
1797-10-26 d. of hydrocephalus PRO RG 6/731; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson
1797-10-29 bur. Brigflatts Friends' burying-ground RG 6/731


09. Isabel Foster

1796-05-11 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Sedbergh, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/730, /1142
1799-03-03 of Hebblethwaite Hall; d. of hydrocephalus PRO RG 6/731, /1143; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson
1799-03-06 bur. Brigflatts Friends' burying-ground RG 6/731, /1143


10. Sarah Foster

1797-05-09 b. Hebblethwaite Hall, Sedbergh, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/730, /1142; Myles Birket Foster sr, 'Memoir of Robert Foster', Ms, family papers in possession of Michael Richardson
1810 of Hebblethwaite Hall; at Trinity Lane school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784-1816, 1831-1906 (1906) York: Sessions
early in 1812-11 with her father, removed to a house in Northumberland Street, Newcastle RSW in John William Steel (1899) A Historical Sketch of the Society of Friends 'in Scorn called Quakers' in Newcastle & Gateshead 1653-1898. London & Newcastle, Headley Bros.; sale poster; Frankland; Myles B. Foster (1860): Ms Memoir of Robert Foster; extracts from deeds, in possession of current owner of Sarthwaite (2003); list of removals, and testimonies & certificates 1812–1820, Tyne & Wear Archives Service MF 168 & 188
1841 of Low Swinburn Place, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, living with one female servant; as Sarah Forster PRO HO 107/824/10 f19 p30
1858-11-04 on the committee of the Newcastle Ragged School for Girls Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury
1851 annuitant, of 49 Cumberland Row, Westgate, Newcastle on Tyne; lodger with Hannah Ross, monthly nurse, and family HO 107/2404 f230 p16
1857-04 of Cumberland-row; had subscribed 2s. 6d. to the Aged Female Society Newcastle Courant, 1857-05-01
1860-01-27 at the annual meeting of the Female Penitentiary, the chairman said

he did not know any individual in the whole range of his experience of greater energy and greater philanthropy. He regretted that her health was such that she could not devote herself to the various institutions she was connected with as in times past.

Newcastle Courant, 1860-01-26
1861 lady, of 19 Rye Hill, Elswick, Newcastle on Tyne; lodger with Joseph Thompson, coach trimmer, and family PRO RG 9/3815
1863-03-16 one of the ladies providing the tea at the annual tea and public meeting of the Newcastle-on-Tyne Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Sailors' Society Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, 1863-03-21
1864-04-21 of 19 Rye Hill Mosscroft visitors' book
1869-12-03 d. 13 Cambridge-street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne National Probate Calendar; Joseph Foster (1871) Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters of the North of England. privately printed; GRO index
1869-12-30 late of 13 Cambridge-street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; will and two codicils proved at Newcastle by nephew Robert Foster and great-nephew Robert Spence Watson, executors; effects under £4000 National Probate Calendar


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