Foster, Thomas Frederick (1854 or 1861-1912)

Thomas Frederick Foster was a clerk in a clothing store. He lived at 1893 Beach Avenue in 1908.

 

Early Life

Thomas Frederick Foster was born in Ireland, perhaps in 1854 or 1861.

He married Georgina Nicholson, who was born in England in February 6, 1861 or 1862. Her parents were George Nicholson and Matilda Aynsley.

 

To Canada

The Fosters arrived in Canada about 1905.

Thomas first appeared in the Vancouver directory in 1907. He was living at 1749 West Fourth Avenue, and he was working as a clerk with Robert Robertson’s clothing store at 20 West Cordova Street.

Thomas lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1908 1893 Beach Avenue
1909 and 1910 1749 West Fourth Avenue
1912 3242 West First Avenue

 

Thomas died in Vancouver on February 12, 1912, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Georgina’s Later Life

Georgina was living in Long Beach, California in 1920.

Georgina died on August 17, 1952, in Burnaby, British Columbia. She was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Burnaby.

 

Thomas and Georgina had the following children.

 

Thomas Humphrey Foster

Thomas Humphrey Foster was born in Consett, Durham, England on November 3, 1884 (or 1885).

In 1911, he was living with his parents in Vancouver.

On October 14, 1914, in Vancouver, Thomas married Eleanor Emerson Clark. She was born on May 15, 1893 in Nooksack, Washington. Her parents were Edgar Finlay Clark and Elizabeth Jane Emerson.

In 1920, Thomas and Eleanor were living in Long Beach, California.

Thomas died on October 25, 1941 in Orange County, California.

In 1943, Thomas’s and Eleanor’s daughter, Kathleen, was married to Gerald Mason. (Gerald was a grandson of Robert Mason, who lived at 1846 Nelson Street from 1905 to 1907.)

 

Vancouver Province, October 16, 1943, page 25, column 2.

 

Vancouver Province, October 23, 1943, page 29, column 2.

 

Eleanor died in Victoria, British Columbia on August 30, 1984.

 

Norah (Nora) Foster

Norah (Nora) Foster was born in Durham, England on February 1, 1888. She was christened on May 16, 1888, at Shotley-Bridge, Durham, England.

It appears that she married Peter George Cosmos, who was born in Greece about 1895.

Norah and Peter were living in San Francisco, California, in 1930. It appears that Peter died in Tacoma, Washington in 1932.

Nora was living in Vancouver in 1935 and 1936. She was an agent for Canada Life Assurance Company. She was living at 1366 Harwood Street, with Annie Ellen Sibson, the widow of George Thomas Sibson.

By 1940, Nora was in San Francisco. The 1940 United States census said that she was a widow. She was working as a bookkeeper for Pacific Carbon and Ribbon Manufacturing Company.

Pacific Carbon and Ribbon Manufacturing Company; San Francisco Business, June 10, 1929, page 27, https://archive.org/stream/sanfranciscobusi1829sanf#page/n388/mode/1up

Pacific Carbon and Ribbon Manufacturing Company; San Francisco Business, June 10, 1929, page 27, https://archive.org/stream/sanfranciscobusi1829sanf#page/n388/mode/1up

In 1945, Nora was a milliner in San Francisco.

In 1951, she went to England. She returned from Southampton on the Queen Mary, and arrived in New York City on July 12, 1951.

In 1953, she was living at 1438 21st Avenue in San Francisco. She had a business at 1914 Irving Street, called Cosmos Apparel Hats and Yarns.

About 1956, she moved to Victoria, British Columbia. She died in Victoria on December 3, 1971.

 

Sources

Thomas Frederick Foster

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SV9L : accessed 20 July 2015), Thos Fred K Foster, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63414&highlight=29&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Thos+Fred%27k+Foster; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001942612.pdf.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKM-VHL : accessed 19 July 2015), Thomas Frederick Foster, 12 Feb 1912; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13099, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,127.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3484 : accessed 19 July 2015), Thomas Frederick Foster, 1912; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26292845, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26292845.

Thomas Frederick Foster, obituary, Vancouver Province, February 13, 1912, page 20: “Foster – The death occurred yesterday of Thomas Frederick Foster; age 55 years, of 3242 first avenue west. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home to Mountain View cemetery.”

Thomas Frederick Foster, obituary, Vancouver Province, February 14, 1912, page 25: “Foster – The death occurred on Monday of Thomas Frederick Foster, aged 55, of 3242 First avenue west. The funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family residence.”

 

Georgina Nicholson (wife of Thomas Frederick Foster)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N8M-Q1F : accessed 19 July 2015), Georgina Harriett Nicholson, 1861; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England;

Free BMD births, December quarter 1861, Georgina Harriett Nicholson, Oxford district, volume 3a, page 520; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=32815952:4329&d=bmd_1436215231.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQZ-GHS : accessed 25 June 2019), Georgena Foster in household of Thomas H Foster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing ED 86, sheet 17A, line 9, family 473, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 104; FHL microfilm 1,820,104.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPX-QRL : accessed 19 July 2015), Georgina Foster, 17 Aug 1952; citing Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13213, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,862.

Georgina Foster, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 20, 1952, page 29, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xiNlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-4kNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2258%2C3043845: “Foster – In hospital August 17, 1952, Georgina Foster, aged 91 years. Survived by her daughter, Mrs. Nor Cosmos, San Francisco, Calif. Funeral service Friday, August 22, at 3 p.m., from the Burnaby Funeral Directors Chapel, 4276 East Hastings St., Rev. L.A. Pritchard officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.”

 

Thomas Humphrey Foster (son of Thomas Frederick Foster)

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J75G-SQJ : 11 February 2018, Thomas Humphrey Foster, ); citing 788, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 2,107,176.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQHB-92G : 11 February 2018, Thomas Humphrey Foster, ); citing 495, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 2,107,176.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XG8-N7B : 1 October 2014), Thomas Humphrey Foster, 1885; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Lanchester, Durham, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SV9P : accessed 20 July 2015), Thos H Foster in entry for Thos Fred K Foster, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63414&highlight=31&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Thos+H.+Fosterhttp://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001942612.pdf.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZN-RQ2 : 11 March 2018), Thomas Humphrey Foster and Elinor Emerson Clark, 14 Oct 1914; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11378, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,706.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQZ-GHM : accessed 25 June 2019), Thomas H Foster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing ED 86, sheet 17A, line 7, family 473, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 104; FHL microfilm 1,820,104.

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPVT-6HY : 26 November 2014), Humphrey in entry for Thomas Humphrey Foster, 25 Oct 1941; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

 

Eleanor Emerson Clark (wife of Thomas Humphrey Foster)

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQZ-GH9 : accessed 25 June 2019), Eleanor Foster in household of Thomas H Foster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing ED 86, sheet 17A, line 8, family 473, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 104; FHL microfilm 1,820,104.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGMM-NBG : 8 November 2017), Eleanor Emerson Foster, 1984; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/16357a3a-233d-4671-a5ee-2aa6ebe78572.

 

Kathleen Foster (daughter of Thomas Humphrey Foster)

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1943-09-560579; Gerald Mason and Kathleen Foster; date of marriage: October 18, 1943; place of marriage: Prince George; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/d1af4d00-3aed-47e0-9691-a8ebe4c3edfd.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1X-J7K : 8 November 2017), Kathleen Mason, 1982; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/61b4c8da-3b8e-4bfb-9200-0e922355b72f. [Note:  the death certificate says that her father’s name was “Goster”; his actual name was “Foster.” He was the son of Thomas Frederick Foster, who lived at 1893 Beach Avenue in 1908.]

 

Nora (Norah) Foster (daughter of Thomas Frederick Foster)

Re: Cosmos family 1971; http://boards.ancestry.ca/localities.northam.canada.britishcolumbia.general/8000/mb.ashx

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NTTS-T62 : accessed 19 July 2015), Norah Foster, 16 May 1888; citing Durham, England, reference 509; FHL microfilm 2,107,176.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NTTS-T62 : accessed 19 July 2015), Norah Foster, 16 May 1888; citing Durham, England, reference 509; FHL microfilm 2,107,176.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZK9-T9N : accessed 20 July 2015), Peter George Cosmos, 1917-1918; citing San Francisco City no 10, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,544,257.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH4H-75R : accessed 20 July 2015), Pete Cosmo in household of Anna Ruga, San Francisco Assembly District 27, San Francisco, California, United States; citing sheet 4A, family 74, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,142.

Crocker-Langley San Francisco city directory by R.L. Polk & Co, Published 1927, page 609, https://archive.org/stream/crockerlangleysa1927rlporich#page/609/mode/1up: “[Cosmos], Peter G., gro, 1862 Fillmore, r. 1570 Howard.”

Polk’s Crocker-Langley San Francisco city directory, by R.L. Polk & Co, Published 1930, page 325, https://archive.org/stream/polkscrockerlang1930dire#page/325/mode/1up: “[Cosmos], Peter G. (Nora) br mgr Public Food Stores, r. 1 Temple.”

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC6Y-N1P : accessed 20 July 2015), Pete G Cosmos, San Francisco (Districts 1-250), San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0153, sheet 17A, family 426, line 14, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 200; FHL microfilm 2,339,935.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC6Y-N15 : accessed 20 July 2015), Nora Cosmos in household of Pete G Cosmos, San Francisco (Districts 1-250), San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0153, sheet 17A, family 426, line 15, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 200; FHL microfilm 2,339,935.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVP9-L1HP : accessed 20 July 2015), Pete George Cosmos, 1932; Burial, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States of America, Tacoma Cemetery; citing record ID 132862284, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=132862284.

BC and Yukon Directory, 1935, page 952, “[Cosmos], Mrs. Nora, agt, Canada Life, r. 1366 Harwood.”

BC and Yukon Directory, 1936, page 648: “[Cosmos], Mrs. Nora, agt, Canada Life, r. 1366 Harwood.”

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K982-PDS : accessed 19 July 2015), Nora Cosmos, Assembly District 22, San Francisco, San Francisco City, San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 38-185, sheet 87B, family , NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 305.

Polk’s Crocker-Langley San Francisco city directory, 1940, by R.L. Polk & Co, page 302, https://archive.org/stream/polkscrockerlang1940dire#page/302/mode/1up: “[Cosmos], Nora bkpr, Pac Carbon & Ribbon Mfg Co., r 252 Turk.”

Polk’s Crocker-Langley San Francisco city directory, by R.L. Polk & Co, 1945-1946, page 401, https://archive.org/stream/polkscrockerlang194546dire#page/401/mode/1up: “[Cosmos], Nora, Mrs., mlnr 69 West Portal ave, h 780 Pine.”

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24BZ-XKB : accessed 19 July 2015), Irving Nora Cosmos, 1951; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 2,297,525. [Note: full name should be: “Cosmos, Nora.” Reference to “Irving” should be “1914 Irving St.”]

Polk’s San Francisco directory, 1953, page 1723: Irving Street, https://archive.org/stream/polkssanfrancisc1953rlpo#page/1723/mode/1up: 1914: Cosmos Apparel Hats & Yarns. OV16010.

Polk’s San Francisco directory, 1953, page 279, https://archive.org/stream/polkssanfrancisc1953rlpo#page/279/mode/1up: “[Cosmos] Apparel Hats & Yarns (Mrs. Nora Cosmos) womens clo, 1914 Irving.”; “[Cosmos], Nora, Mrs. (Cosmos Apparel Hats & Yarns) r. 1438 21st av.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTW-MPY : accessed 19 July 2015), Nora Cosmos, 03 Dec 1971; citing Victoria British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13314, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,034,297.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JGQP-TZ5 : accessed 19 July 2015), Nora  Cosmos, Dec 1973; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing). [Birth Date: 01 Feb 1888; State:  California; Last Place of Residence: San Francisco, San Francisco, California.]

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