Line of Descent from
Thomas Reeves (died 1650),
to Martha (Reeves) Woodruff (1839-1916)
and related lines
Foster and Shaw Lines

FIRST GENERATION

CHRISTOPHER FOSTER was born at England about 1602-3, and died at Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, between 8 August 1684 (will) and 18 October 1687 (probate). He married at Ewell, Surrey, England, on 24 December 1628 FRANCES STEPHENS. She was born at England about 1609-10, a daughter of John Stevens and Alice Holoway.[1]

The parents of Frances Stevens, John Stevens and Alice Holoway, married at Farnham, Surrey, on 21 January 1604/5.[2]

The first three children of Christopher and Frances were baptized at Ewell, fron 1630 to 1634. On 17 June 1635 Christopher Foster, 32, wife Frances Foster, 25, and children Rabecca, 5, Nathaniel, 2, and John, 1, enrolled at London for passage to New England on the Abigail.[3] They first settled at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, where Christopher took the Freeman's Oath on 17 April 1637.[4]

About 1644 this Foster family moved to the new English settlement on Long Island at Hempstead, New Netherlands. In 1647 Christopher Foster's name appears on the first list of proprietors of the town.[5]

About 1650 the Fosters moved to Southampton, a new English settlement on Long Island. Christopher was elected a selectman of the town in October, 1650, 1652, and 1653, and constable in 1659. Christopher Foster was a husbandman. In 1653 he was included in the first squadron of men authorized to salvage whales washed up on shore.[6]

In his will of 8 August 1684, Christopher Foster mentioned his sons, Nathaniel, John, Benjamin and Joseph, his daughters Hanah Sayre and Sarah Johns, and grandchildren Joseph Sayre, Christopher and Jeremiah Foster (both children of Joseph).[7] As there is no mention of Christopher's wife, she probably has died before that time.


SECOND GENERATION

JOHN2 FOSTER ( 1Christopher) was baptized at Ewell on 8 May 1634 a son of Christopher Foster and his wife Frances Stevens. He married before 1662 HESTER SHAW, a daughter of Edmond Shaw, Sr.[8]

At the age of one year, John Foster came to New England on the Abigail with his parents and two older siblings. He grew up at Lynn, but at about the age of ten his family moved to Long Island, where he remained the rest of his life.

John's wife was called Hester in her father's will, but Phebe on the 1698 census of Hempstead, which listed as members of this family, John Foster, Phebe Foster, John Foster Jr, Phebe Foster Jr, Sarah Foster and Mary Foster.[9]


THIRD GENERATION

RACHEL3 FOSTER (John2, Christopher1) was born at Huntington, Suffolk County, on 2 February 1674 a daughter of John Foster and his wife Hester Shaw. She died at Southampton on 24 August 1751. She married at Southampton on 14 May 1696 JOHN REEVES. He was born at Southampton on 15 July 1673, a son of Thomas and Rebecca Reeves. He died on 13 August 1753.[10]


EDMOND SHAW FAMILY

EDMOND1 SHAW died between 3 May 1675 (will) and 5 June 1677 (probate).[11]

One of the early settlers of Southampton, Edmond Shaw wrote his will on 3 May 1675, in which he mentioned sons Thomas and Richard, daughter the wife of Henry Ludlam, and daughter Hester, the wife of John Foster.[12]


NOTES

1Robert Charles Anderson George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 19992009), v. 2, p. 552-53.
2Anderson, The Great Migration, v. 2, p. 553.
3Ibid.
4Anderson, The Great Migration, v. 2, p. 551.
5Anderson, The Great Migration, v. 2, p. 551.. Charles B. Moore, "The Early History of Hempstead, L. I.," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 10 (1879): pp. 10-1.
6Anderson, The Great Migration, v. 2, p. 551.
7Anderson, The Great Migration, v. 2, p. 552.
8Anderson, The Great Migration, v. 2, p. 553. Conklin Mann, "Robert Parsons of East Hampton, Long island," The American Genealogist, 20 (1943): p. 151.
9Edward Doubleday Harris, "The Hempstead Census of 1698," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 45 (1914): 66.
10Emma M. Reeves, Thomas Reeves and His Descendants (Salem, New Jersey: privately mimeographed, 1923), 3; digital images, Library of Congress, Internet Archive (archive.org : accessed 3 October 2014. North End Graveyard, Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, Find a Grave, digital images (findagrave.com : accessed 26 December 2020), Rachel Reeves; Created by: Fred Saar.
11Mann, "Robert Parsons of East Hampton, Long Island," p. 151.
12Ibid.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Anderson, Robert Charles George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 19992009.

Harris, Edward Doubleday. "The Hempstead Census of 1698." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 45 (1914): 54-67

Mann, Conklin. "Robert Parsons of East Hampton, Long island." The American Genealogist 20 (1943): 148-62.

Moore, Charles B. "The Early History of Hempstead, L. I.." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 10 (1879): 5-19.

North End Graveyard, Southampton, Suffolk County, New York. Find a Grave. Digital images. findagrave.com : 2020.

Reeves, Emma M. Thomas Reeves and His Descendants. Salem, New Jersey: privately mimeographed, 1923. Digital images. Library of Congress. Internet Archive. archive.org : 2014.


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