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Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3886

Scope and Contents

The Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence consists of different letters between different family members from 1844 to 1866.

The Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence, 1844-1866 consits of three series: Series I. Mary Jane Alley Foster correspondence, 1844-1866, -- Series II. Edmund Foster correspondence, 184- - 1858, -- Series III. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1854-1860. Notable items include an 1854 letter discussing conversion to Mormonism and construction of a temple, as well as letters chronicling the family's move westward.


  • 1844-1866


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public access.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Mary Jane Alley Foster was born June 5, 1818 to Henry Alley in Boxford, Massachusetts. Her family primarily lived in Lynn, Massachusetts. On March 8, 1843, Mary Jane married Edmund Foster, son of Simon Foster and Mary Perkins Foster, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Mary Jane followed him west after more than a year separation, in late 1855. Although they may have had more children, Mary Jane and Edmund had at least two children: George, born in New Hampshire in approximately 1847, and Jennie, born in Illinois in approximately 1858. Edmund Foster died in Massachusetts on August 5, 1867 at the age of 52. While it is not clear how long Mary Foster lived, in 1880 she resided in Evanston, Illinois with George and Jennie.


1 box ((0.5 linear ft.) )



Custodial History

These items were purchased.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Related Materials

These material are part of the 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon American Archives.
Register of Mary Jane Alley Foster family correspondence
Lucy Brimhall
2013 February 28
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States