Eli Foote’s Children

Of the ten children of Eli and Roxanna Foote, only four of them had children. Six of their children either died before maturity, or were childless. These six were:

Harriet Foote, 1773-1842
Andrew Ward Foote, 1776-1794
William Henry Foote, 1778-1794
[note that these two children, Andrew Ward and William Henry were the teenagers who   died soon after carrying a coffin to Guilford Green, which so angered their grandfather, General Andrew Ward, that he established his own cemetery nearer his home]
Martha Foote, 1781-1793
Mary Ward Foote, 1785-1813, married John James Hubbard, no children
Catharine Foote, 1792-1811

The four children who married and had children were:

Roxanna Foote, 1775-1816
John Parsons Foote, 1783-1865
Samuel Edmund Foote, 1787-1858
George Augustus Foote, 1789-1878

Roxanna Foote, 1775-1816, married Lyman Beecher, 1775-1863.  Among their nine children were Catherine, an educator and founder of many schools; Henry Ward, the “most famous minister” in America; and Harriet (Beecher Stowe), author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Although Roxanna is commemorated on one of the obelisks in the General Andrew Ward Cemetery, she is buried in Litchfield, Connecticut.

John Parsons Foote, 1783-1865, married Jane Warner. John Parsons Foote, his wife Jane, and their four children are buried in Cincinnati, but they are commemorated on one of the obelisks in the General Andrew Ward Cemetery. His bust resides in the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati, and a short biography of him appears in the blog for that entity (www.cincinnatimercantile.wordpress.com). Here is an excerpt: Printer and writer J.P. Foote was a relentless Cincinnati booster. We here at the Library believe John and his brother Sam had as much to do with the Lyman Beecher family coming to Cincinnati than the Board of Directors of the Lane Seminary did. The Footes’ (Feete’s?) sister Roxana was Lyman Beecher’s wife and the mother of his many children, including Harriet. Roxana had died by the time the Beechers moved to Cincinnati, and Lyman was on his second wife, but you have to figure that he at least wrote to his brothers-in-law to see what he would be getting into if he uprooted everybody from Connecticut to go live on the frontier. John Foote wrote the first history of education in Cincinnati. He also wrote a biography of his brother entitled Memoirs of the Life of Samuel E. Foote which can be read online as a Google book.

Elizabeth Betts Elliott

Samuel Edmund Foote, 1787-1858 married Elizabeth Betts Elliott, 1807-1878. [portrait by Joseph Oriel Eaton, 1855]  In the volume Andrew Warde and his Descendants, the entry for Samuel reads as follows: Mr. Samuel Edmund Foote was a sea captain at eighteen years of age, having fitted himself by study and practice, and he continued to be until 1826. He was a man of wide interests and culture; “one of the best educated men of his time”; he spoke and wrote French, Spanish and Italian fluently, he had a wide knowledge of literature, made improvements in ship rigging and building. In Cincinnati he did much for the improvement and growth of the city. Director and secretary (without pay) to the water company until it was sold to the city; director of Louisville (Ohio River) Canal, etc., etc. In the financial crisis of 1837 lost much of his fortune and became secretary of Whitewater Canal Company and later of the Ohio Life Ins. & Trust Co., until he had gathered another fortune, and retired from business in New Haven in 1850. During the years Samuel lived in Cincinnati, he allowed his home to be the center of a small literary salon known as The Semi-Colon Club (his niece Harriet Beecher often attended this gathering). According to Wikipedia, “the Semi-Colon Club…was a literary club, made up of some of the best minds in Cincinnati, including future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Salmon P. Chase; Judge James Hall, who was editor of Western Monthly Magazine; and the couple Calvin Ellis Stowe and Eliza Tyler Stowe.”Samuel’s wife Elizabeth was from a prominent Guilford family. She was a descendant of John Eliot, Apostle to the Indians and one of the editors of the Bay Psalm Book, and her father Andrew Elliott’s house still stands on the Guilford Green. Samuel and Elizabeth are buried in the General Andrew Ward Cemetery. They had four children.

Eliza Spencer, painting by her granddaughter Mary Foote

George Augustus Foote, 1789-1878 married Elizabeth Spencer, 1812-1908 [portrait in charcoal by Mary Hallock Foote]  According to Foote Family: comprising the genealogy and history of Nathaniel Foote, George Augustus Foote was “Colonel of Militia, held many town and county offices, and was First Representative (Whig) in the State Legislature five terms. He was Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church from 1861 to 1874, when he resigned from old age. He did all within his means toward building the church edifice.” In Old Paths and Legends of the New England Border there is a photo of the Foote homestead build by George Augustus Foote on the land where the General Andrew Ward farmhouse formerly stood. It is remarked there that George Augustus “afterward removed to Mulberry Farm giving the Nutplains farm to his sons,” and that he was quoted as saying, “Farming is the only business a man ought to follow.” George Augustus and Elizabeth are buried in the General Andrew Ward Cemetery. They had ten children.

 

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