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Catalog Number 2002.73.2
Old ID number 2002.73.2-99
Object Name Manuscript
Scope & Content Foster Family Papers - Fonds/Collection

Benjamin Foster (1714-1792), lived in Reading and appears to have owned land in that town and been successful in business. His receipts and agreements reveal he had dealings with local officials as well as notable citizens, including Dr. Edward Augustus Holyoke of Salem from whom he borrowed money for his work. Further agreements have him able to partake in subscribing for a joint venture with the intent to borrow $500, along with an agreement to pay it back. Papers settling his estate after his death in 1792 are also included here.

Benjamin Foster's son, Captain James Foster of Danvers (1742-1823), appears to have been a lawyer or other court official. He served in the Revolutionary War. His accounts include payments to Mehitable and Jesse Upton for their services in issuing summons, for obtaining depositions and for attendance at court in Salem, Ipswich and Newburyport. Foster was the executor of his father's estate. Also included in his papers are a letter to his children, receipts and other notes regarding the estate after Benjamin Foster's death. There are tax and business receipts, indicating he was well off enough to own a chaise and to pay tax for it, as well as to afford to have water for his family of five pumped to his home by the Salem and Danvers Aqueduct. He purchased cattle at auction, rented land on Essex Street in Salem, shipped his wares to Baltimore and was a juror in Salem Court. His final papers name the executors of his will.

Aaron Foster (1775-1844) of Danvers appears to have been involved in the leather as well as the carriage and wagon business. His account book reveals he traveled to New York and Boston for his business and had close dealings with his brother, James Foster (1773- ). He also had close dealings with the Danvers Cotton Factory and rented out his wagons and carriages for their work and was prosperous enough to hire workers to obtain the supplies he provided to the Factory. He was a member of the Massachusetts Militia and was responsible for the notification of all non-commissioned officers in Danvers. He owned land and was involved in a fence division with his neighbor George Brown. His receipts include those for taxes, doctor's bills, for school supplies for his children, for his daughter Elizabeth's boarding at a school in Bradford, for his son Nathan's boarding at Phillips Academy and receipts regarding the settling of his father James's estate.

Nathan Foster's Papers are receipts from Phillips Academy for extra charges beyond the tuition his father paid.

The rest of the Foster Papers include receipts, deeds, mortgages and agreements and estate papers for various relatives of the Fosters: Skelton Sheldon of Danvers, the Browns of Danvers, Elizabeth Foster of Danvers and Jonathan Flint of Reading. An 1850 copy of an 1819 deed for Gideon Foster is included here. Also included in this folder is an 1828 petition to the Salem Supreme Judicial court from Daniel, Joseph and George Brown regarding the estate of John Brown. It is signed by Rufus Choate.

The remainder of the Foster Papers include the papers and memorabilia of Mary Herrick McIntire of Peabody. Her correspondence reveals her efforts to locate a safe repository for her family's papers and the eventual decision to donate them to the Peabody Institute Library. Her photograph, personal postcards and map of Peabody have been removed from the collection to be filed with photograph and map collections.

Container List.

Folder 1

Benjamin Foster (1714-1792)
Receipts and agreements, 1762-1793.

Folder 2
Captain James Foster (1742-1823
Receipts, 1777-1823.

Folder 3
Aaron Foster (1775-1844)
Accounts and agreements, 1806-1823, 1840.

Folder 4
Aaron Foster (1775-1844)
Receipts, 1799-1842.

Folder 5
Aaron Foster (1775-1844)
Receipts, no date.

Folder 6
Nathan Foster (1809-1834)
Receipts, 1825-1827

Folder 7

Foster Family Papers, 1774-1840, n.d.

Folder 8

Mary Herrick McIntire
Correspondence, 1956-1965.

Folder 9

Mary Herrick McIntire
Miscellaneous Papers, 1956-1959, n.d.

Access Conditions Restricted to use in Sutton Room or Research area.
Physical characteristics Paper.
Creator Mary Herrick McIntire
Other Creators McIntire, Mary Herrick
McIntire, Mrs. Frank
Foster, Benjamin, 1714-1792.
Foster, Aaron, 1775-1844.
Foster, Elizabeth Flint, 1745-1813.
Foster, Nathan, 1809-1834
Foster, James, 1742-1823.
Title Foster Family Papers
Level of description Fonds
Copyrights All copyrights belong to the Peabody Institute Library
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Foster family
McIntire, Mary Herrick
McIntire, Mrs. Frank
Foster, Benjamin, 1714-1792.
Foster, Aaron, 1775-1844.
Foster, Elizabeth Flint, 1745-1813.
Foster, Nathan, 1809-1834
Foster, James, 1742-1823.
Child Records 2013.88.1