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Foust Surname

The Foust surname is German in origin and the earliest members of the family come from a part of Germany called Hesse. In Germany and in early years of the family in the United States it seems that their name was originally spelled Faust.


1st Generation:

Hans Faust was born circa 1550 in Germany 9. He died in 1609 9.

He married to a woman named Margaret (Margarethe?). They had at least one child: Johann (see next generation). Hans apparently died in the year 1609 in Germany.
Hans married Margaret. He was born in 1545 9 and died in 15979 .

They had at least one child:

1 Johann Faust

2nd Generation:

Johann Faust was born circa 1580 in Germany. He lived in Hesse, Germany 9. He died on February 3, 1638/9 in Bindachsen, Hesse, Germany 9.

Father: Hans Faust
Mother: Margaret

Johann was married before the year 1611 but the name of his wife is not known. He had one known child: Hans (see next generation). Johann died on February 3, 1638/9 in Bindachsen, Hesse, Germany .
Johann married name unknown.

They had at least one child:

1 Hans Faust

3rd Generation:

Hans Faust was born circa 1611 in Wolferborn, Hesse, Germany 9. He died on January 2, 1679/80 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9.

Father: Johann Faust
Mother: Unknown

He was married to Elisabetha Fischer on March 2, 1639/40 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany. They lived in Langenselbold and had one known child: Johann (see next generation). Hans wife died in the 1650's and he died on January 2, 1679/80.
Hans married Elisabetha Fischer on March 2, 1639/40 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9. She was born circa 1615-1620 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9. She died between 1650-1653 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9.

They had at least one child:

1 Johann Faust

4th Generation:

Johann Faust was born in March 1642/43 in Langenselbold, Germany 9. He died on September 4, 1694 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9.

Father: Hans Faust
Mother: Elisabetha Fischer

Johann lived in Langenselbold his entire where he married Kunigunda Mohn on July 4, 1666. They had a son together named: Johann (see next generation). Johann died on September 4, 1694. His wife Kunigunda died in 1721.
Johann married Kunigunda Mohn on July 4, 1666 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9. She was born on May 7, 1646 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9. She died on October 29, 1721 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9.

They had at least one child:

1 Johann Peter Faust

5th Generation:

Johann Peter Faust was born on December 22, 1689 in Langenselbold, Germany 9,10. He died before November 26, 1745 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.

Father: Johann Faust
Mother: Kunigunda Mohn

On January 5, 1712/3, Johann married Magdalena Adams but she died in 1714. Johann then married Anna Elisabeth Grauel on January 14, 1716/7. Together they had 7 children: Philip, Johann (see next generation), Michael, Peter, Anna Elizabeth, Matelina, and Johan Hendrick. In the 1730's Johann moved with his family to Pennsylvania where they settled in Berks County. Johann died there on before November 26, 1745. His wife died sometime after this.
Johann married first Magdalena Adams on January 5, 1712/3 9. She was born circa 1694 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9. She died on February 22, 1713/4 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 9,10.

They had one child:

1 Philip Lebs Foust was born in February 1712/3 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany. He died on April 19, 1786 in Bern Twp., Berks Co., Pennsylvania. He married Magdalena Albrecht.
Johann married second Anna Elisabeth Grauel on January 14, 1716/7 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 10. She was born on July 7, 1693 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany. She died after 1745 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.

They had the following children:

1 Johan Foust
2 Michael Foust was born in 1720 in Germany 10. He died in 1782 in Pennsylvania 10.
3 Peter Foust was born in 1724 in Germany 10. He died after 1770.
4 Anna Elisabeth Foust was born circa 1728 in Germany 10. She died in 1793 in Orange Co., North Carolina 10. She married Philip Snotherly in Pennsylvania 10.
5 Matelina Foust was born circa 1730 in Germany 10. She died in 1733 at sea 10.
6 Johan Hendrick Foust was born circa 1731 in Germany 10. He died before 1745.

6th Generation:

Johan Foust was born on September 27, 1719 in Langenselbold, Germany 9. He died on December 12, 1789 in Orange (now Alamance) Co., North Carolina 9. He is buried in the Stoner's Church Cemetery, Alamance Co., North Carolina.

Father: Johann Peter Faust
Mother: Anna Elisabeth Grauel

As a youth Johann moved with his family over the Atlantic Ocean and they settled in Pennsylvania. Johann was married in about 1740 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Anna Barbara Albright. Together they had 12 children: John Phillip, John, Jacob, John Christian (see next generation), Anna Barbara, Dirg, Judith, George, Peter, Marie Mabel, Daniel, and Heinrich.

Johann "John" and his family lived in Berks Co., Pennsylvania before moving to North Carolina in the 1700's. They settled in a part of Orange County that became Alamance County after their deaths. Johann died there on December 12, 1789 and Anna Barbara died there on March 1, 1802. Both were buried in the Stoner's Cemetery in the same county.

Johan married Anna Barbara Albright in 1740 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania 9. She was born on October 10, 1719 in Albright Castle, Germany 9,10. She died on March 1, 1802 in Orange (now Alamance) Co., North Carolina 9,10. She is buried in the Stoner's Church Cemetery, Alamance Co., North Carolina.

They had the following children:

1 John Philip Foust was born on March 26, 1742.
2 John Foust was born on May 26, 1744.
3 Jacob Foust was born on January 6, 1748/9.
4 John Christian Foust
5 Anna Barbara Foust was born on January 20, 1751/2.
6 Dirg Foust was born on January 1, 1753.
7 Judith Foust was born on August 1, 1754.
8 George Foust was born on June 29, 1756.
9 Peter Foust was born on September 15, 1759.
10 Marie Mabel Foust was born circa 1761.
11 Daniel Foust was born on May 18, 1762.
12 Heinrich Foust was born circa 1766.

7th Generation:

John Christian Foust was born on October 26, 1750 in Berks County, Pennsylvania 9,10. He died on March 26, 1823 in Guilford Co., North Carolina 9,10. He is buried in the Coble's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Alamance Co., North Carolina.

Father: Johan Foust
Mother: Anna Barbara Albright

As a youth, John, called Christian, moved with his family to North Carolina where they settled in Orange County. Christian was married on September 17, 1776 to Anna Maria Wolf in what is now Guilford County, North Carolina. They apparently lived the rest of their lives in the part of Orange County that became Guilford County, North Carolina.

Christian and Anna had 7 children: John, Elizabeth, Barbara, Jacob (see next generation), Christian, Sophia, and Sarah. Christian died in Guilford County on March 26, 1823. His widow Anna died in 1853. Both were buried in the Coble Lutheran Cemetery in Alamance County, North Carolina.

Christian married Anna Maria Wolf on September 17, 1776 in Orange (now Guilford) Co., North Carolina 9,10. She was born circa 1754. She died in 1853 in Guilford Co., North Carolina. She is buried in the Coble's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Alamance Co., North Carolina.

They had the following children:

1 John Foust was born on October 12, 1777 in Orange Co., North Carolina 10. He died on March 26, 1835 10. He married Margaret Phillippi on October 12, 1801 in Orange Co., North Carolina 10.
2 Elizabeth Foust was born on October 12, 1781 in Orange Co., North Carolina 10. She married John Phillippi circa 1801.
3 Barbara Foust was born circa 1782 in Orange Co., North Carolina. She married George Neece on October 14, 1802 in Orange Co., North Carolina 10.
4 Jacob Foust
5 Christian Foust was born on November 11, 1785 in Orange Co., North Carolina 10. He married Margaret Greeson on January 9, 1816 in Orange Co., North Carolina 10.
6 Sophia Foust was born circa 1790 in Orange Co., North Carolina. She married David Albright.
7 Sarah Foust was born circa 1792 in Orange Co., North Carolina. She married David Albright on March 19, 1812 10.

8th Generation:

(Note: it is not proven, only speculation, that Jacob Foust was the son of Christian and Anna Foust above.)

Jacob Foust was born circa 1785 in North Carolina 3,9. He died in 1863 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 4.

Father: John Christian Foust
Mother: Anna Maria Wolf

Jacob was probably born and raised in Guilford Co., North Carolina. It was in about 1803 in North Carolina that Jacob married but the name of his wife is unknown [her name may have been Patsy Ware Nelson]. Within a few years of marriage, or about 1805, Jacob moved with his family out west and they settled in Montgomery County, Tennessee. By his unknown first wife Jacob had about 11 children: John, William, Sarah, Mary (see next generation), Elijah, George, Elizabeth, Jacob, Jesse, unknown son, and Peter.

Jacob's first wife died in the mid 1820's and he remarried in about 1826 to Elizabeth Brestow by whom he had 10 more children: Thomas, Nancy, Armenta, Narcissa, Robert, General, Katherine, Virginia, Sandy, and Cave. Jacob was a farmer and also a blacksmith but was never very successful or wealthy. Jacob died according to one source in the year 1863 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. His widow Elizabeth died after 1870. No burial or estate record has been found for either.

Jacob married first to name unknown circa 1803 in North Carolina. She was born circa 1785 in North Carolina and died circa 1823 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

They had the following children:

1 John T. Foust was born circa 1804 in North Carolina. He died between 1840-1850 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He married Mary Thompson circa 1825 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
2 William T. Foust was born on May 31, 1805 in North Carolina 4. He died on August 15, 1876 in Henry Co., Tennessee 4. He married Melinda circa 1824 in Tennessee.
3 Sarah Foust was born circa 1805 in North Carolina 3. She died after 1870 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She married Frederick Thompson circa 1823 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
4 Mary Foust
5 Elijah Foust was born circa 1811 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He died after 1870 in Henry Co., Tennessee. He married first Zeldy before 1836 in Tennessee. He married second Ann M. Davison on November 17, 1857 in Henry Co., Tennessee 8.
6 George Foust was born circa 1812 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He died in Scott Co., Tennessee.
7 Elizabeth Foust was born circa 1813 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She died in Weakley Co., Tennessee. She married a Mr. Turner.
8 Jacob Foust was born circa 1815 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He died in 1885 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He married Elizabeth S. Morrow circa 1836 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
9 Jesse Foust was born on March 21, 1817 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 5. He died on April 27, 1888 in Weakley Co., Tennessee 5. He married Martha Rial in June 1838 in Henry Co., Tennessee 6.
10 unknown male Foust was born circa 1819 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He died before 1840.
11 Peter Foust was born circa 1821 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He died after 1880 in Weakley Co., Tennessee. He married Sarah C. Rials on October 20, 1840 in Henry Co., Tennessee 6.
Jacob married second to Elizabeth Bristow/Brestow circa 1826 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She was born circa 1805 in Tennessee 3 and died after 1870 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

They had the following children:

12 Thomas Foust was born circa 1827 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He died circa 1859 in Weakley Co., Tennessee. He married Elizabeth B. Hutchinson on September 21, 1850 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 7.
13 Nancy Ann Foust was born on August 16, 1829 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 4. She died on March 17, 1896 in Graves Co., Kentucky 4. She married David Heflin on September 25, 1845 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 4.
14 Armenta F. Foust was born circa 1832 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She died in Ballard Co., Kentucky. She married William F. Holt in 1849 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 7.
15 Narcissa Frances Foust was born on May 18, 1832 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 4. She died on January 30, 1910 in Ballard Co., Kentucky 4. She married William L. Hutchinson on May 30, 1848 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 7.
16 Robert Nelson Foust was born on April 5, 1838 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 1. He died on March 28, 1917 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 1. He married first Elizabeth S. Smith in 1866 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 7. He married second Isabel after 1886 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
17 General M. Foust was born circa 1841 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He died in Marshall Co., Kentucky.
18 Katherine "Kitty" Ellen Foust was born in February 1843 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. She died sometime between 1900 and 1910 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
She married Thomas Smith on February 16, 1865 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 8. He was born circa 1824 in Tennessee and died sometime between 1880 and 1900 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
They had the following children:
Luke W. Smith (c. 1864-1928)
Sarah J. Smith (1866-1917)
John Smith (c. 1868-aft. 1880)
Mary O. Smith (c. 1875-aft. 1880)
Emma E. Smith (1878-1923)
md. Leander Martin
Mary A. Smith (1879-aft. 1880)
19 Virginia Artanet Foust was born on January 21, 1848 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 4. She died on September 7, 1909 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 4. She married Thomas Heflin in 1868 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 7.
20 Sandy Johnson Foust was born on October 15, 1848 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 4. He died on March 29, 1921 in Marshall Co., Kentucky 4. He married first Elizabeth Holt in 1867 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 7. He married second Susan Elizabeth Pugh on February 11, 1873 in Marshall Co., Kentucky 11.
21 Cave J. Foust was born circa April 1850 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He died between 1850-1860 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

9th Generation:

Mary Foust was born on February 26, 1809 in Montgomery County, Tennessee 1. She died on January 23, 1883 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 1,2. She is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: Jacob Foust
Mother: Unknown

Mary was one of the oldest children in her family. She spent all of her life in Montgomery County, Tennessee. She was married to Nelson Brown in about 1828. They settled on land southeast of Clarksville, Tennessee, in an area referred to as both Excell and the Rudolph neighborhood. Sometime in late 1882, Mary suffered from a fall and never recovered. She died at her home on January 23, 1883, at the age of 73. She was buried in the Sango Cemetery, Sango, Tennessee. Her obituary stated that she was "greatly respected by her acquaintances."

Mary married Nelson Brown circa 1828 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
For information on their children, see his page.

Sources:

1. Tombstone inscriptions, Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
2. Death notice of Mary Brown, Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, January 26, 1883
3. Assorted US Federal census records
4. Online gedcom family files
5. Online cemetery index, Patterson Cemetery, Wheatley Co., Tennessee
6. International Genealogical Index
7. Marriage records, Montgomery Co., Tennessee
8. Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1900. (Ancestry.com)
9. Noah, Larry. Descendants of Hans Foust. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~lrnoah/faubk.htm
10. Foust, Mozette. The Family of John Foust and Anna Barbara Albright and Allied Families. Mozette Faust-Foust, Thornton, TX.
11. Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900. (Ancestry.com)