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Foster Cemetery #2 of 19W

Spivey Mountain, Unicoi County, Tennessee

Surveyed and documented by Beth Bradford-Pytel

Updated 08/14/15

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Foster Cemetery #2 is located off 19W Spivey Mountain Road at the foot of Spivey Mountain in Unicoi Co., Tennessee.  Take 19W towards Burnsville, NC; make a right onto Willis Cove Road.  This paved road leads steeply downward towards a meadow and farm on the right.  Proceed on road for about .25 miles passing two modern homes.  The pave road ends at the second home and turns into a gravel road heading upwards on a steep hill and over a bridge.  The small cemetery is located on the right, centered in a meadow marked with tree and large boxwoods.


 

1.  FOSTER, Dolphus Brownlow Sr.

b. March 8, 1890 - d. June 22, 1980

[s/o David Franklin Foster and Leanner Elvira Hensley buried Foster Cem #3; married Minta Jane Hensley on August 23, 1920 in Unicoi Co., TN.

NOTE:  Also known as Adolphus, he lived with his parents up to being inducted into the World War serving as Pvt., Co. E., 16th Infantry, 1st Division, Regiment, American Expeditionary Force (AEF), Army in Europe.  After training for several weeks at Camp Gordon beginning July 24, 1918, he went to Fort Dix, New Jersey to process and thereafter took a ship out of the port of New York to France.  When the War was over on November 11, 1918, he was stationed in Coblenz, Germany and wrote a letter to his brother-in-law Howell Hensley.   When he returned from the War, he went back to Spivey and married Minta Jane Hensley in 1920 and they had 3 children.  Minta died at age  34 from Typhoid Fever in a hospital in Johnson City, TN.  Dolphus was left to raise his 3 his small children with the help of his 72 year old aunt Matilda Foster-Hensley (sister of David Franklin Foster; widow of Joseph C. Hensley) as noted in the 1930 census.  During the early 1950's Dolphus went out to Oregon to visit with a relative and received his social security number.

 

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PHOTOS: Above Dolphus with his suitcase leaving for Camp Gordon, Chamblee GA in July 1918.  Left photo, Private Dolphus Foster in uniform ready for deployment to France, 1918.  Right - Dolphus sitting with fellow soldier probably taken in Germany 1919 --- courtesy of Katie Johnson.

        WW1 REGISTRATION   

         INDUCTED INTO SERVICE   

        LETTER TO HOWELL HENSLEY 

 

2.  FOSTER, Minta Jane HENSLEY

b.  March 13, 1895 - d. July 30, 1929

Mother of three children, She welcomed death as the fruition

of her eternal hopes

[w/o Dolphus #1; d/o William Garrison & Lucinda Hensley  

buried Hensley Cem #3; children: Dolphus B. #3, Ted #6, and Audrey]

NOTE:  Per Tennessee State Death record #23597, she died 8:30 p.m. of Typhoid Fever contributed by peritonitis in Johnson City, TN.  Most likely she was treated at the hospital there and died.  Her body was brought back to Spivey and the certificate notes she was buried at "Clear Branch".

 

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3.  FOSTER, Dolphus Brownlow. Jr.

b. June 20, 1921 - d. June 1977

Pvt. US Army WW II

[s/o Dolphus B. Sr. and Minta Jane Hensley #1/2]

NOTE: 

 

Photo- Minta Jane pregnant w/ Audrey and with children [l-r] Dolphus Jr. and Ted (light hair).; circa 1928

 

4.  FOSTER, Rickie

b/d. January 20, 1959

[s/o Ted and Vaughtie]

 

5.  FOSTER, Johnnie Lawrence

b. ? - d. August 10, 1947 [infant]

[s/o Audrey]

 

 

6a. FOSTER, Ted

b. March 1, 1925 - d. December 14, 1998

[s/o Dolphus B. #1 and Minta Jane Hensley #2]

 

6b. FOSTER, Vaughtie Alice

b. Oct. 9, 1918 - d. February 20, 1990

[w/o Ted Foster] Married - November 2, 1946

 

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