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Guide to the John Collier Foster Papers MSS.0536

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

2003

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English

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November 2009
Collection Title:

John Collier Foster papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0536

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet

Dates:

Bulk, 1889-1892

Dates:

1841-1892

Abstract:

A sizeable collection of church correspondence, sermons, and other religious materials, and family correspondence and other personal items of this farmer and Southern Baptist minister in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

creator

Foster, John Collier, 1813-1892

Related Archival Materials note

John Collier Foster was the older brother of Joshua Hill Foster, whose papers are also housed in the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library.

Scope and Contents note

The John Collier Foster papers contain material from 1841 to 1892, the bulk ranging from 1889 to 1892. A large portion of the collection contains sermons from his tenure at Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ and New Hope Baptist Church. In addition to sermons, the collection includes other material relating to the Baptist denomination in late nineteenth century Alabama, including Foster's daily journals of pastoral activities, membership letters, and printed material about Baptist doctrine. The collection also includes material relating to John Collier Foster's wife Georgia Ann Maharrey Foster and the Foster family.

Note to researchers: John Collier Foster was the older brother of Joshua Hill Foster, whose papers are also housed in the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Richard Brown and Donnelly Lancaster, 2003

Preferred Citation:

The John Collier Foster Papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Fannie J. Foster, 1949; Juliette Foster, 1952

Biographical/Historical note

John Collier Foster was born 10 April 1813, in Columbia County, Georgia. He attended the University of Alabama from 1834-1837. On November 2, 1838, he was baptized at Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ in Fosters, Alabama. In 1839, he married Emma Toole Prince, who died later that year.

Foster was ordained a Baptist minister at Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ on March 3, 1844. In 1845 he became the pastor of the same church, serving there until his death 47 years later. He also served as pastor to New Hope Baptist Church from 1846 to 1850 and from 1871 to 1890. On September 22, 1866, he was elected Moderator of Union Baptist Association, and he remained in this position until 1883.

On February 1, 1889, his house in Fosters, Alabama, burned to the ground. Many of the church records were lost in his house along with most of his extensive library. He then moved to the Hester House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. On July 23, 1892, he died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama but was buried at Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ in Fosters.

In 1847 he married Georgia Ann Maharrey, the daughter of Joseph Pigott and Mary A. (Barron) Maharrey of Augusta, Georgia. The Fosters had eight children, of whom five married: Mary Ellen (married Dr. A.B.C. Nicholls,) G. Augusta, Mollie A. (married E.R. King), Fannie F., John Manly (married Kathleen Clark), James Henry (married Linda Van de Graff), Josephine (married Walter Patton) and Stella.

Sources: Foster, Henry Bacon. History of Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association 1834-1934. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Weatherford Printing Co., 1934.

Foster, Joshua Hill. A Brief Record of One Branch of the Fosters in Alabama. The Joshua Hill Foster Papers, the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama

Owen, Thomas McAdory. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. V. 3. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1921.

CORRESPONDENCE SERIES:

Series Description

There are two incoming letters to John Collier Foster. Correspondents include James J. Arnold, June 10, 1889 and M.J. Eddins, June 6, 1891.

Components in Detail

Incoming correspondence, 1889, 1891 Box 634 Folder 1

CHURCH MATERIAL SERIES:

Series Description

Sermons range in years from 1858 to 1892. Sermons are arranged according to where Foster preached--Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ, New Hope Baptist Church, and Lodge Hall--and according to occasion, including funerals. Two journals document Foster's daily pastoral activities from 1889-1892 and include information about church services and members' activities. Pamphlets and announcements relate to Baptist doctrine, mission work, and events. Also contained are programs from various events and services. The series also contains membership letters and biographical information about members.

Components in Detail

Pastoral activities journals, Box 634 Folder 2

Responsibility of our conduct towards others, April 19, 1891 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20441

Sermons, Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ, 1866-1892 Box 634 Folder 3

They which have believed in God must be careful to maintain good works, October 04, 1891 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20443

Untitled sermon preached at Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ, October 20, 1889 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20444

Sermons, Grant's Creek Baptist Church of Christ and New Hope Baptist Church, 1889-1891 Box 634 Folder 4

Sermons, Lodge Hall, 1889-1892 Box 634 Folder 5

Sermons, Lodge Hall and New Hall, 1889-1890 Box 634 Folder 6

Sermons, "Farewell to New Hope," December 28, 1890 Box 634 Folder 7

Sermons, various churches, 1858-1891 Box 634 Folder 8

Untitled sermon, which begins with passage from John 6:37, used from 1858-1891 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20442

Sermons, special occasions Box 634 Folder 9

Sermons, funerals, 1889-1891 Box 634 Folder 10

Sermons, undated or unused Box 634 Folder 11

Notes Box 634 Folder 12

Newspaper clippings Box 634 Folder 13

Religious pamphlets and announcements Box 634 Folder 14

Church members Box 634 Folder 15

GEORGIA ANN MAHARREY FOSTER

Series Description

The series includes incoming correspondence, 1841-1861. Most of the correspondents are family members. Invitations to teas, parties, and balls date from 1842 to 1846.

Components in Detail

Incoming correspondence, 1841-1861 Box 634 Folder 16

Invitations, 1842-1846 Box 634 Folder 17

FOSTER FAMILY

Series Description

The series includes a photocopy of genealogical information about the Foster family, 1649-1714, compiled and published by Blair Jones, Pell City, Alabama in Westbrook and Allied Families. This series also contains an ink and pen drawing of the family coat of arms and an undated manuscript by Ellen Foster, "Gen. Jackson's Campaign against the Creeks."

Components in Detail

Foster family genealogical information, 1649-1741 Box 634 Folder 18

Foster family coat of arms Box 634 Folder 19

Manuscript by Ellen Foster Box 634 Folder 20