Bureau County Biographies 1885
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S. H. FOSTER, Macon, was born in Washington County, R. I., in February, 1820. He is the son of  Othniel and Eunice (Browning) Foster. Th Foster family is of English descent, and came to America some time in the seventeenth century. Othniel Foster was born in Washington County, R. I., where he was a large land-owner, but his wife was born i Connecticut, and both died in Rhode Island. They were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are yet living. Our subject was reared on a farm, and has made farming his occupation during life. In 1856 he removed from his native State to Illinois, and the year following settled in Bureau County in Macon Township. Mr. Foster's life has been an active one, and he has met with success. His farm in Macon Township now contains 400 acres of well-improved land. In politics he is Republican, and his father was a Whig before him. He is a member of the Union Church of Buda. October 1, 1846, he was married in his native county  to Miss Sarah Browning, who was born August 5, 1827, and is the daughter of Abial F. and Hannah (James) Browning. The Browning family for generations had resided in Rhode Island, and the farm adjoined that of the  Foster farm on the sea shore. Mrs. Foster is the only daughter in a family of six children. Mr. and Mrs. Foster have five children, viz.: Charles, Eunice, William, George and S. H., Jr. Charles and William are farmers in Ida County, Iowa; Eunice is the wife of N. J. Knipple, of Buda; George is a druggist in Buda; and S. H. is at home.

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