|George Foster (-1838)
Thomas Foster (1789-1837) a carpenter who has many children in the parish baptism records
Andrew Foster (1803- ?) born at Somerby
Robert Foster (1796-1861) (Seth's great-great-great-great grandfather, born, raised and died in village)
Elizabeth Johnson (1797-1835)
Your site also contains reference to the school log books and a child Sarah Foster and her mother. They are the wife and daughter of the George Foster of Old Street.
Your site also contains an extract on people leaving the village in the 1890s , for work in Gainsborough. This is very likely to be a reference to the Fosters. George of Old Street left with his children for Gainsborough. Because they were amongst the last of a large family of agricultural workers of the village in the 19th century, their movement from the village would indeed have been noted as a sign of the times.
On the 1861 census, there is a John Foster at Sturgate Lane – perhaps at the place where Robert (and his father) had lived. I think that four of the Fosters in your “Bricks in Wall” book may be the children of John: Elizabeth (marked as marrying Henry Gray), William, George?? and John (dying infancy?).
On other Fosters referred to in your book, I think that the children marked as Betsey, James, Robert??, George?? Selina, Sarah are all the children of Robert’s son George – on Old Street in 1861 – who married to Elizabeth Cook (and whose marriage was announced in Gainsborough Union Workhouse records).
I think the family, or at least some, will have been Primitive Methodists
– the families of Robert’s sons George and William were definitely Primitive
Methodist in leaning with children in turn married at the Gainsborough
Chapel (later). I do not know that the religious connection goes back to
the village, but it may. The son John lived adjacent to the Primitive Methodist
preacher on one census entry. I was interested to read in your book that
when the national school was set up those who attended the chapel could
be excluded. Primitive Methodism was intimately bound up with the class
struggles of the time. Religion not merely for but “by” the poor. It is
not hard to suspect that non-attending children/families were effectively
being pushed to go to the school of the landowner rather than continue
with their own more modest - but still their own - sunday school
PHOTO: The man of left – taken in 1918 at wedding of his son
in Gainsborough – is George Robert Foster born Springthorpe 1871. He is
a son of George Foster of Old Street, brother of the Fosters mentioned
in your book including Sarah. The photo belongs to a descendant of George
whose grandfather is being married.
Remarkably, there are photographs of Elizabeth Foster (nee Johnson) born in 1834. She will be one of the oldest photographed Springthorpe figures.