Thomas Hill Foster, 1859-1897/1900, son of a Confederate in Terry’s Texas Rangers

Thomas Hill FOSTER was born ca. December 1859 in Montgomery County Texas.   In the 1860 Montgomery County Texas census, his father was JA FOSTER (born Texas ca. 1834), and his mother was FC FOSTER (born in Texas ca 1842).  I believe his father’s name was John FOSTER, as a 17-year-old John FOSTER (and his brother James, 14) can be found in the 1850 Montgomery County Texas census working for a local farmer.  Research has revealed that John FOSTER, Terry’s Texas Rangers, Company K (CSA), was killed in Montgomery County Texas in 1868.  Terry’s Texas Rangers (8th Texas Cavalry), is one of THE MOST famous cavalry units to have served in the War Between the States.  Universally recognized for their skill and willingness to fight, these volunteers became one of the most effective cavalry units in history.

Thomas’s mother was Frances CLEPPER.  She must have also died by 1870.  In 1870, he and two siblings were living with their grandparents, Rebecca and (Captain) Lem G CLEPPER in Montgomery County Texas.  Thomas H. was 9, James J. was 8, and J. Cornelius was 2.  In 1880, Thomas was the adopted son of LG CLEPPER.  Lemuel Gilliam CLEPPER was a Captain in Company K, 20th Texas Infantry (CSA).

Per the death certificate of Thomas’s brother John Cornelius FOSTER, Cornelius was born in Magnolia Texas to J.I. FOSTER of Alabama and Francis CLEPPER of Tennessee on 11 October 1866, and died 9 May 1955 in Montgomery County Texas.  He is buried in Matchler Cemetery, Florence Texas.  David FOSTER informant.

Thomas married Martha Ann “Mattie” JACKSON, probably around 1890, possibly in Montgomery County Texas.  Per the 1880 Travis County Texas census, Martha was born ca 1873 in Texas to Javan William and Mary Jane (SMITH) JACKSON.  Per the 1870 San Saba County Texas census, Martha’s older sister was Lydia Mildred JACKSON, born 29 March 1869, died 2 Feb 1925.  Lydia married Robert Eller (Lydia and Robert are buried at Pond Springs).  Therefore, TH Foster was Lydia Eller’s brother-in-law.

It appears that TH had died between 1897 and 1900, as Mattie, Johnnie, Stella, and Willis can be found in the 1900 census living with Robert and Lydia Eller.  Mattie, a widow, was born in October of 1873.  She remarried to C. Asbury McCLENDON and appears to have moved to the Houston area.  The children remained with Lydia and Robert ELLER for decades.  Martha (24 October 1874 – 14 April 1954) and CA (19 November 1869 – 30 June 1949) are buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Houston.

Known children of Thomas Hill and Martha (JACKSON) FOSTER:

i.  John Thomas FOSTER, born in Hamilton County Texas 7 August 1891.  He can be found in the 1910 Williamson County Texas census, living with his aunt and uncle John T and Nora E JACKSON.  On his WWI Draft Registration Card (5 June 1917), he was a farm laborer for JD Dillingham in Travis County Texas.  He had a wife, a child, a mother, and a half brother as dependents.  He was tall and slender with brown hair and eyes.  He signed the registration.  John died 1 September 1925 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County Texas.

ii.  Stella FOSTER, born in Texas 28 February 1894/1896.  Stella can be found in the 1910 Williamson County Texas census still living with her aunt and uncle, Lydia and Robert ELLER.  Stella married Jake CARTER 12 October 1913, likely in Williamson County Texas.  She died 9 April 1981.

iii.  Javan Willis FOSTER, born in Texas 31 January 1897.  “Willis” can be found in the 1910 Williamson County Texas census still living with his aunt and uncle, Lydia and Robert ELLER.  On his WWI Draft Registration Card (5 June 1918), his birthdate was 31 January 1886.  However his age was stated as 21, this could have been a clerical error.  He stated that his father was born in Montgomery Texas, and his mother’s name was Mattie McCLENDON.  He had blue eyes and light hair.  He signed the registration.  In 1920, he was living in the Anderson’s Mill section of Travis County Texas, still with his aunt and uncle Lydia and Robert ELLER.  Javan married Essie Alberta KING in Austin Texas on 24 May 1920.  He died 17 June 1960, and is buried in Cedar Park Cemetery.

– Suzanne

Does this say TJHF?

TH Foster, top of stone, appears to say Foster

John Thomas Foster WWI Registration

Javan Willis Foster WWI Registration

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