On this date in our family history . . . the 21st day of September . . . in the year 1746 . . . Ephraim Foster dies in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . this Ephraim is an 8th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . the epitaph from his tombstone, as recorded in Volume IV of The Essex Antiquarian, reads as follows . . .
HERE LIES BURIED
THE BODY OF Mr
WHO DIED SEPt
21 1746 IN
Ye 89 YEAR
OF HIS AGE
In his Foster Genealogy, Frederick Clifton Pierce recorded the following regarding our Ephraim Foster . . .
"One of the prominent names in the early town history [of Andover, Mass.,] was Ephraim Foster. . . . He seems, judging from the numerous documents in his handwriting, to have excelled as a scribe, and to have been versed in the art of punctuation, then little known to the majority of our town officials. His favorite point was the colon, with which his papers are plentifully besprinkled, without regard to the grammatical or rhetorical construction. This characteristic appears in the 'Proprietor's Records,' where his handwriting occurs.
Some of the family estates were in the east part of North Andover, one of the ancient homesteads (that afterward occupied by J.M. Hubbard, Esq., and noted for the large and beautiful elm tree, still vigorous) was Ephraim's residence. He d. September 21, 1746. Res., Andover, Mass., in that part now North Andover. . . .