Eleanor Foster – Tombstone Inscription

Foster, Eleanor
Section 28.52
ID # 280280




Republican Banner, October 2, 1917

Partial transcript of article “Finds Grave Of Anthony Foster”

“… Charles A. Marlin has discovered the grave of the great pioneer Anthony Foster at the City Cemetery… The inscription on his tombstone, which is broken in three pieces, by an urn having fallen from the next tombstone on it, reads

“This memorial is erected to the memory of Anthony Foster, one of the oldest inhabitants of Nashville who died on the 8th of April 1825. Aged 60 years. He
lived without reproach and met his death without fear…”

After 2008 Restoration

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“…There is also the grave of his wife. Her tombstone reads

Erected by her husband Anthony Foster, in memory of his wife Eleanor who departed this life on the 11th day of June 1823, in the 48th year of her useful life. She died as she lived a Christian of the most unshaken faith and sunk into eternal rest deeply regretted by a husband and only child and a numerous circle of friends…”

Obituary in The Whig, Monday, June 16, 1823, reported that “Eleanor Foster, wife of Anthony Foster, Esq., of this place, had died on Tuesday last.” That would make the date of her death June 10, 1823. The newspaper account of her tombstone inscription, written in Republican Banner, October 2, 1917, listed her death date as June 11, 1823. The local obituary, written and reported in the newspaper at the time of her death must be considered accurate, as June 10, 1823.

Thanks to James Morgan & Jack Zuccarello