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Surname Saturday – Forster

The first ancestor in my tree with this surname was Margaret Forster.
The ancestral line is:

1 My ex-husband

2 Murray Irwin Willis (1931-1964)
3 Shirley Patricia Casey (1935-2013)

4 Thomas Arthur Willis (1900-1957)
5 Dorothea Isabella Sinclair Smith (1904-1979)

10 Thomas Smith (1873-1935)
11 Louisa May Clyne (1881-1949)

22 David Clyne (1825-1896)
23 Isabella Kerr (1837-1896)

46 Ralph Kerr (1787-1875)
47 Margaret Haswell (1794-1884)

92 William Kerr (b. c. 1750)
93 Margaret Forster (b. c. 1760)

Margaret married William Kerr on 6 September 1778 at Ayton, Berwickshire, Scotland.

I have found baptisms for two children:

  • Ralph Kerr (1787 -1875)
  • Adam Kerr (1791-?)

Margaret appears to have been still alive in 1841, as there was a Margaret Kerr, age 80, in the household with Ralph Kerr and his family at Foulden Newton, Berwickshire. Based on her age on the 1841 census, she was born between 1756 and 1761.

The most likely baptism I have been able to find was for a Margaret Foster who was christened 7 January 1760 at Eccles, Berwick, Scotland.  Her parents were Thomas Foster and Margaret Taylor.

By 1851, Ralph Kerr and his family had moved across the border into Northumberland, England, and were living at Lowick.  There was no death record found for a Margaret Kerr in Northumberland between 1841 and 1851, which indicates she died in Scotland.  There were only two entries on the Old Parish Registers for Berwickshire between 1841 and 1851 – Margaret Kerr who died 12 September 1849, age 2, and Margaret Kerr, died 5 May 1845, age 60. Neither of these seem to fit our Margaret, so I don’t yet know when, or where, Margaret died.

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