Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence

Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence

Dates: 1844-1866

The Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence consists of different letters between different family members from 1844 to 1866. The Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence, 1844-1866 consits of three series: Series I. Mary Jane Alley Foster correspondence, 1844-1866, -- Series II. Edmund Foster correspondence, 184- - 1858, -- Series III. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1854-1860. Notable items include an 1854 letter discussing conversion to Mormonism and construction of a temple, as well as letters chronicling the family's move westward.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Foster, Edmund Kimball, 1815-1867. -- Foster, Mary Jane Alley, 1818-1905
  • Call Number: MSS 3886
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public access.
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Initial citation: MSS 3886; Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3886, LTPSC.
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These material are part of the 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon American Archives.
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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century; Foster, Edmund Kimball, 1815-1867; Foster, Mary Jane Alley, 1818-1905; Chicago (Ill.)--History--19th century; Massachusetts--History--19th century; Nashua (N.H.)--History--19th century
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19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Foster (Mary Jane Alley) family correspondence
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Finding aid prepared by Lucy Brimhall
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:39-0600
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Biographical history

Mary Jane Alley Foster was born June 5, 1818 to Henry Alley in Boxford, Massachusetts. Her family primarily lived in Lynn, Massachusetts. On March 8, 1843, Mary Jane married Edmund Foster, son of Simon Foster and Mary Perkins Foster, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Mary Jane followed him west after more than a year separation, in late 1855. Although they may have had more children, Mary Jane and Edmund had at least two children: George, born in New Hampshire in approximately 1847, and Jennie, born in Illinois in approximately 1858. Edmund Foster died in Massachusetts on August 5, 1867 at the age of 52. While it is not clear how long Mary Foster lived, in 1880 she resided in Evanston, Illinois with George and Jennie.

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