John sometime called “Uncle Long” was the sixth child and fifth son of Robert and Mary Singleton Foster. He was born ca 1737 in Essex County, Virginia and died 1787 in Greenville County, South Carolina.He married ca 1764 Craven County, South Carolina Eleanor Collins.She was born ca 1749 in Essex County, Virginia and died ca 1835 in Greenville County, South Carolina. John and his wife Eleanor had a large family.  They all went west, except Anna, who married Benjamin Perry and Robert Singleton who studied law and remained unmarried.

Benjamin F.Perry, Unionist by Lillian A. Kible published by University Press in 1936 gives a short sketch of John and Eleanor Collins Foster.Following are some isolated and interesting facts taken from the story.

Anna Foster, daughter of John and Eleanor, married Benjamin Perry and they were the parents of Benjamin F. Perry, who was Governor of South Carolina that is, he was appointed Provisional Governor at the end of the Civil War. The follow is a quote from the above story.

“Perry’s retirement called forth from various quarters echoes of the ‘well done’ pronounced on his administration by the Columbia Phoenix…called upon to govern his native State, by her enemies, in a most trying period of history, he has served his State, his country, and his friends, with wisdom, zeal and ability.He has brought order out of confusion, and kept faith with all parties.His uprightness of character has made him a host of friends, at home and abroad.Long may he deserve them.Verily he was the right man in the right place…..” “Sympathetic, shrewd, and energetic, he settled the complicated problems that were before him with wisdom and dispatch.His administration was one of the most productive in the history of the state.”

I, John Foster of Greenville County and District 96, Carpenter being weak in body yet of sound and perfect memory.

I will that all my just debts be paid. I give to my loving wife three negros, Sam, Cole and Lill with stock and household goods, at her deceased be equally divided among the chen.

I give to my dtr. May Haneley one negro girl named Silvia which she has now in her possession. I give to my son John Crow Foster one negro named Cain, with two tracts of land I bought of John Hambelton and Robert Ramey containing 246 acres to be equally divided between said John and his brother George Singleton Foster. I give to my son George Singleton Foster one negro named Sheriff. I give to my dtr. Frances fifty acres of land at the lower end of the plantation whereon I now live. I give to my sons James Hackett and Robert Singleton and my dtr. Nancy the plantation whereon I now live containing 30 acres with forty acres being part of a tract I sold unto Josiah Smith. My debts to be collected and then to be laid out in young negrors for the use of the chn. I appoint my sons John Crowe Foster and George Singleton Foster executors. Dated 9 October 1787

Wit. Rich Thompson

Dave Hidden

John Rabun

The will of John Foster was dated October 9, 1787 in Greenville, SC.


Children of John and Eleanor Collins Foster
1.John Crowe born ca 1765 Ninety Six District, SC; died ca 1808 Anderson Co., SC; married (1) ca 1788 Mary Brown.  She was born ca 1773 Virginia; died ca 1795 South Carolina (2) 1797 Sarah Kirksey born October 7, 1777 North Carolina; died May 16 1852 Tuscaloosa Co., AL; buried Grants Creek Cemetery, Tuscaloosa Co., AL
2.George Singleton born ca 1767/1779 Ninety Six District, SC; married ca 1790 Hanna Carr;
3.Robert Singleton born ca 1769/79 Ninety Six District, SC; died February 11, 1859 Greenville, Greenville Co., SC; married ca 1819 Susan (Suzanna) Elizabeth P. Young, daughter of Richard Young. She was born 1801 Greenville, Greenville Co., SC; died 1881 Greenville, Greenville Co., SC
4.Mary born ca 1771 Ninety Six District, SC; married William (Peter?) Hendley
5.Josiah born ca 1773 Ninety Six District, SC; died 1821 Pendleton Co., SC; married Polly
6.James Hackett (Hoggatt?) was born ca 1775 Ninety Six District, SC; died January 25, 1841; married April 19, 1795 Nancy Brown
7.Frances born ca 1774 Ninety Six District, SC; died married (1) William Grant (2) Mr. McWhorter
8.Nancy Ann “Anna” born May 8, 1782 Ninety Six District, SC; died September 18, 1857; married Benjamin Perry

 

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