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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
family, his home is one of the most beautiful in
Dallas, and noted for the hospitality there dispensed.
While not a native of this State, his whole
energy has been directed to building up Texas. He
is a liberal contributor to every worthy enterprise
that tends to the advancement of Dallas.
On December 4, 1878, he was married to Miss
Fannie Grumbach, of Galveston, a sister of Mrs.
Sylvian Blum, of Galveston. They have four
children: Arthur, Leon, Camille and Marcelle.
Arthur, the oldest son, is now a student under Prof.
W. R. Abbott, of Belleville, Va.
Mr. Harris has a large and influential connection
in New York. Soon after Mr. Harris arrived in
this State, his father died in Germany, and his
mother followed the fortunes of her son to America.
The venerable mother, now in her declining
years, is still a member of his household.
ROBERT BOWDRE SAVAGE FOSTER,
The subject of this sketch is a native of Augusta,
Ga., born March 22, 1817. His father was Collier
Foster, who was a native of Columbia County,
Ga., and was a son of John Foster. John Foster
was a planter and prominent State politician in
Georgia, being elected eighteen out of the twentyone
times that he was a candidate for the State
The mother of the subject of this sketch bore
the maiden name of Lucinda Bowdre, and was a
native of Columbia County, Ga., and a daughter
of Robert Bowdre, of French descent, though himself
a native of Georgia.
The subject of this sketch is one of eighteen children
born to his parents, and the only one living.
Subject was chiefly reared in Monroe County, Ga.
Received an academic education at Jackson Institute
and his medical education at Transylvania
University, at Lexington, Ky., from which he
graduated in 1838. He began the practice of his
profession at Brownsville, Ga., but remained there
only a short time, when he moved to Forsyth, the
county seat. He subsequently moved to Alabama,
and thence in 1845 to Texas, settling in Washington
County, near the old town of that name. He
brought with him to this State a considerable number
of slaves and some ready money, and, purchasing
land, was soon engaged in planting and
the practice of medicine, which he followed with
equal success until the war. Dr. Foster was opposed
to slavery on principle, and foresaw that as
an institution it was destined to give way before
the onward march of civilization, and, for his part,
favored surrendering the slaves for a money consideration
such as he believed the Government
would pay and such as was talked of at the time;
and he opposed secession because he thought it un'
wise and unnecessary. But when Texas went out
of the Union he contributed of his means to support
the families of Confederate soldiers at the
front and gave them his professional services without
pay, or the expectation of it, and in other
ways did what he could to promote the success of
the Southern cause.
In 1862 Dr. Foster moved to Grimes County,
locating on Roan Prairie, where he lived for twenty
years, when he settled at his present place of residence,
three miles east of Navasota. He has been
engaged all these years, until a comparatively recent
date, in planting, and the practice of medicine,
but is now retired from both. He has lived a half
century in Texas, and has seen a great deal of service
in the practice of his profession, the circuit of
his calls in former days covering four counties, and
remaining large even up to the date of his retirement.
He has had but little to do with politics, though
always an interested spectator in all political contests.
He is a veteran of the Seminole War of
1836, and draws a pension from the general government
for services rendered in that war.
Dr. Foster married Miss Charlotte Elizabeth Pinekard,
in Monroe County, Ga., in 1838. She was born
in that county July 5, 1819, and was a daughter of
Thomas and Sarah Pinekard, natives of Virginia.
The issue of this union was six children, who lived
to maturity: Thomas C., a physician and farmer;
Sarah Lucinda, who married Robert Blackshear;
William J.; Georgie E., who married William O.
Edwards; Robert Bowdre Savage, and John Franklin,
all, except Mrs. Edwards (who is deceased),
residents of Grimes County, the sons being among
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/831/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .