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Rev John Foster

Rev John Foster was born in 1780, the third son of the Rev. Thomas Foster, formerly of Ryhall, Rector of Tinwell, Rutland, and J.P. He graduated at St. John's College, Cambridge, and became a Fellow of St. John's, accepting from his College in 1809, the living of Marton-cum-Grafton. He had, however, previously been instituted to the Rectory of Wickersley, and appointed domestic chaplain to the Earl of Lonsdale.

John Foster, was Rector of St. Albans Parish Church, from 1804 until his death in 1863. After being admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in May 1797,he gained a BA in 1801, followed by a MA in 1804. He was Fellow of the college from 1802 until 1810 and a member of the Debating Society.

During his time at Wickersley the body of the church was entirely rebuilt in 1834 and the tower raised in 1841. In August, 1854, to commemorale the 50th year of his incumbency, the Rector's portrait was presented to him by his parishioners and friends. In 1856 the National school and school-house were completed.

Rev Foster was married to Charlotte Rooke (1785-1832), daughter of George Rooke (1743-1807), of Langham Hall, Essex and and Mary Marriott

According to IGI John and Charlotte had eight children, all christened at Wickersley.

Their daughter Charlotte Foster (1813-1894), married Kirkby Fenton in August, 1832, who was also born in Wickersley

Both Charlotte and Kirkby are listed under Yorkshire Strays in 1851

Kirkby Fenton was nephew of Wm. Fenton Esq. of Thorp and lord of the manor of Hartshill, Warwickshire in 1850 and 1884. John Foster, was Rector of St. Albans Parish Church, from


According to IGI John and Elizabeth Fenton had a daughter Clara at Wickersley in 1841


George Foster died in January, 1892. He was travelling in an omnibus from Bawtry to Rotherham when he was taken ill. He was aged 73.


Charles William Foster was educated at the Grammar School, Stamford, Lincoln, and at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he gained a scholarship. He took the B.A. degree in 1849, and M.A. in 1852. He was ordained Deacon in 1849, and Priest in 1851, by the Archbishop of York. His first curacy was under the Rev. William Howard at Whiston Rotherham, 1849-53 ; and at a later date he became curate of Sopley, near Christchurch, in Hampshire. In 1856 he was presented by George Savile Foljambe, to the vicarage of Dalton, Rotherham, which he held for thirty years.

He married at Thrybergh 21st June 1864 to Isabella Mary Watkins, born 30th May 1835, at Poona, India. Children:

He died 23rd May 1886, at Dalton, and was buried in the churchyard there on May the 27th.

Rev Charles William Foster, Vicar of Dalton conducted the marriage ceremony of his niece Alice Ethel, daughter of George Foster of Elton House, Bramley, to William Henry Dutton of Fool Field House, Newcastle under Lyme, at Wickersley on 20th January, 1875.

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