Shadrach Hoar (1743 – 1832)

Shadrach Hoar is my 6th Great Grandfather on the Forster side of our family. His Heritage is Puritan.  His grandfather, Hezekiah arrived in the Massachusetts from England in 1643 as a single man of 34.  He married at age 45 and had eight children before his death at 85. Shadrach was born September 18, 1743 in New… Continue reading Shadrach Hoar (1743 – 1832)

Edwin William Forster – A Timeline

Edwin William Forster is my Great Grandfather. I’ve attempted to put together a timeline for him using mostly public information such as census, city directories and newspapers. Edwin William was born while his parents were living “Over 501 West Walnut” in Des Moines Iowa.  This is the building, which seems to have been 501 to… Continue reading Edwin William Forster – A Timeline

William Forster (1794 – 1866) in Winterset, Iowa

William Forster is my 3rd Great Grandfather He was born in New Garden, Guilford County North Carolina.  New Garden was a mostly Quaker community and William came from Quaker roots.  He migrated to Winterset Iowa, where this article finds him. Winterset Iowa was then and still is a very small town.  Laid out in 1849, by 1860… Continue reading William Forster (1794 – 1866) in Winterset, Iowa

The Forster Block – A legal battle

If you’re reading the posts on this site, you’ll know already about “The Clapp Block”, which was built by Edwin Ruthven Clapp (1827-1907) who was my 2nd Great Grandfather.  E.R. Clapp, as he was known, built the impressive office building known as The Clapp Block in 1873. Here’s a picture of The Clapp Block Just… Continue reading The Forster Block – A legal battle