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Abraham FOSTER
Amelia STROPE
Husband:  Abraham FOSTER
Birth:  1767/8, PA
Migration:  MA to Towanda and Canton, PA, to La Salle Co., IL
Father:  Isaac FOSTER
Mother:  Elizabeth __?__
Marriage:
Wife:  Amelia "Millie" STROPE
Birth:  1774-84
Father:  Johannes "Big John" STROPE
Mother:  Margaret VAN VALKENBURG
Children born Towanda, Bradford Co., PA:
1.  Perlen "Perley" FOSTER, b. ca. 1790; d. 15 Feb 1866, Towanda (æ 75y)
2.  Elisha FOSTER, b. 1 Apr 1791; d. nr. Chatfield, MN
3.  Hannah FOSTER, b. 1 Apr 1791; to IL
4.  Nancy FOSTER, b. ca. 1798; d. Jul 1826
5.  William FOSTER, b. ca. 1810; "went west"
6.  Alfred FOSTER, b. ca. 1812; to IL
7.  Amelia FOSTER, b. 1813/4 {36, PA}; m. Frederick SMITH
8.  Mary "Polly" FOSTER, b. ca. 1817; to Dayton, IL


Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790

3.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 7 mis-indexed and mis-linked as being in "Beantrim" (sic it's Braintrim); extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1800 PA Luzerne Co. Wysox Twp. p. 403 Ln. 3 Abraham Foster 10010-10100-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1790-1800
1 male 26-44 1755-1774 = Abraham (b. 1767/8) 
1 female 9 or under 1790-1800
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = Amelia
These should be our subjects, but where are the children?  There should be more of them.  Is this enumerator error or do I have the wrong couple?  He's the only Abraham FOSTER in Pennsylvania.

4a.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 3; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 PA Luzerne [now Bradford] Co. "Towandy" [Towanda] Twp. pp. 141B-142A/718-719 Ln. 30 Foster Abraham 22010-22?10
I can't tell whether the third number for females is a "1" or just a mistake.  It's about 1/3 the lenght of the rest of his "1's" looking more like an apostropre than a number (he didn't do this with any other entries the rest of his 1's were long and definite).

Abraham appears to be enumerated twice, once in the main "Towandy" list (see above) and once after the tally for the township (see below).  That is, at the end of the Towandy Twp. listing is the usual tally of the columns, then two more names are added to the list, then the totals are re-tallied.  The entire enumeration is generally very messy and sloppy, so it wouldn't be surprising that this enumerator botched it and enumerated someone twice.

Canton Twp. begins on the same page that Towandy ends, but at Ancestry.com, the page is missing from the end of the Towandy group and present only at the beginning of the Canton group.

4b.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of of 13 grouped with the Canton images; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 PA Luzerne [now Bradford] Co. "Towandy" [Towanda] Twp. pp. 143B-144A/722-723 Ln. 17 Foster Abraham 22010-22100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1800-1810
2 males 10-15 1794-1800 =
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = Abraham (b. 1767/8)
2 females 9 or under 1800-1810
2 females 10-15 1794-1800 =
1? female 16-25 1784-1794
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Amelia (b. ca. 1770)

5.  1820

6.  1830

7.  1840

8.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #7 of 24):  Northville, La Salle Co., IL, p. 351A, 42/47, enumerated 25 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Frederick Smith 20 M   Farmer 1200 Germany
Amelia Smith 36 F       Penna
Elizabeth Smith 12 F       Ills
Lewis Smith 10 M       Ills
???? Smith  4 F       Ills
Loring Smith 6/12 M       Ills
Abraham Foster 82 M   Labour   Penna

9.  E.R. Glueck.  24 Apr 1990.  Family Group Sheet No. 36486.  Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, Logan, UT 84323-0368 (Broderbund CD-14).

10.  Archives of the STRAUB-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com).

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