Recently I went to the National Archives in Kew and looked up various wills on the microfilms owned by the Family History Center in Exhibition Road, which is based in Kew while their building is being renovated.
One of the branches of my family tree are Fosters from Darlaston in Staffordshire. Darlaston seems to have been a bit of a hub for the Foster surname especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries so last year I tried to group the various families together and put a tree on Ancestry.
As part of my efforts I looked up several of the Foster wills and here are some of the details of the ones I found. If you are interested in having a copy of the transcript of any of these, let me know and I will send it to you.
Humphrey Foster, nailer of Darlaston – will made 1737, probate 1739; Mentions wife Eliz., daughter Martha and son Jose. (presumably Joseph)
witnesses George Plant, George Wilks, Thomas Forshaw?
Aaron Foster, chasse forger of Darlaston – will made 1763, probate 1764; mentions wife Anne, son John
sons in law Walter and Thomas Lunn, daughters in law (?) Elizabeth widow of William Ford, Anne wife of John Platt, Mary wife of James Taylor
Other people mentioned – Joseph Dangerfield, Matthias Bayley
witnesses Squire Foster, Richard Spink and Samuel Spink
John Foster, farmer of Darlaston – will made 1811, probate 1822. Mentions nieces Mary and Nancy Foster, daughters of brother Josiah Foster; sister Sarah, nephew Moses Horton, niece Mary Horton (children of sister Sarah). By the time probate was granted, his niece Mary was Mary Adams, wife of Charles Adams, gentleman.
witnesses : John Hughes Glazier Darlaston, John Sansom Shoemaker Darlaston
Nancy Foster, spinster, Darlaston, will made 1819, probate 1823. This is the Nancy Foster mentioned in the above will made by John Foster as she mentions his legacy in a codicil. Mentions friends Edward Crowther and Stephen Falkinor or Halkinor Crowther, both of Wednesbury, Gentlemen, her sister Mary wife of Charles Adams (see above),
witnesses: Jas Hunt Surry Street Strand, E.M. Hunt Clerk to Messrs Crowther Sols Wednesbury, ? Horton of Darlaston Shoemaker
Job Foster, gunlock forger of Darlaston – will made 1820, probate 1822; mentions wife Eleanor, sons Stephen, Job, Moses, daughter Hannah, son in law Thomas Butler
witnesses Stephen Foster, Joseph Woodward, D Slater
If anyone is researching any Foster families from Darlaston do let me know – I would love to swap information!