H. W. Foster, farmer of the Sixth District, was born in Halifax County, Va., 1833; he is one of the three living children of a family of ten, born to Joshua and Susan (Adams) Foster. The father was of English extraction, born in 1788, in Nottaway County. Va. While a resident of his native State, he married a lady of Halifax County, who was also of English descent, born in 1801, and departed this life 1867. In 1835 Mr. Foster emigrated from the "Old Dominion" to Henderson County, locating in the Sixth District, where he purchased 300 acres of land and engaged in farming; in 1857 he moved to Yell County, Ark., and in 1868 to Kaufman County, Tex., where he continued his agricultural pursuits. He was an unusually hale and robust man during the greater portion of his life; he died in 1883 at the advanced age of ninety-five years. H. W. Foster was a small child where his parents came to Henderson County, where he received his education, attending school only about five months. He remained at home until about twenty-three years of age; two years previous to that time he began teaching; he taught about twelve sessions in the Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Districts. December 20, 1857, he married a daughter of Benjamin and Easter Smith, Miss Nancy, who was born in the county in 1833, To this union ten children were born: Fannie W., wife of N.C. Patterson; Leora D., wife. of G. W. Priddy; Mollie A., wife of C. W. Johnson; Joshua B.; Nancy S.; Josephine L.; Samuel H.; George; Phillip T. and James H. When hostilities broke out, Mr. Foster's sympathies were with his people, and September, 1861, he enlisted in Company L Twenty-seventh Regiment, Tennessee Infantry. Be participated in the battles at Perryville, Shiloh and Clifton; after the battle of Shiloh he was commissioned as first lieutenant of his company and remained as such until the reorganization of the army in 1863, when he returned home. In 1873 Mr. Foster purchased 160 acres of land and located where he now resides. For the past twenty-five years he has run a cotton-gin; in 1878 built another one, since which time he has been ginning, on an average, 200 bales per year. He is one of the most flourishing farmers in the county, a man of ability and determination and by his good management and economy has accumulated about 1,230 acres of good land. He is a stanch Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Fillmore in 1856. He belongs to the I. O. O. F. Lodge, No. 154, Lexington.
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