Flickr OP: Thomas Jones Foster was born 15 Jun 1826 in North Carolina, the son of Ambrose & Mary Miller Foster. He married his much younger wife, Frances, on 20 Dec 1860 and then served in the Civil War in Company E, 15th Texas Infantry. He was in Louisiana when the war ended so he walked home. He served as the Van Zandt County Judge from 1866 to 1867 and later as the County Clerk from 1879 to 1884. In 1880 he bought several hundred acres of land and built a large house on the corner of Buffalo and Goshen Streets in Canton, Texas. He died on 6 Aug 1906 after burying his son Thomas J. Foster Jr. in 1905. His wife Frances lived until 1926 and they are all together now at Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton, Van Zandt County, TX.