Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Foster, Mrs. John Gray (Fannie C. Groendyke) '15

1919 Address: 91 Mercer Avenue, North Plainfield, NJ

1922 Address: 91 Mercer Avenue, Plainfield

1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00 "Mrs John Gray Foster" Mrs. Foster was not listed in the 1928 Treasurer Book.

Note in the 1930 Treasurer's book: Mrs. J. G. Foster – pd – Died January 15 '30

Unknown if related to the following Plainfield Garden Club Members:

Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance Elena Titus) '46

Foster, Mrs. Howard C. (Ethel Emmagene Pratt) '18

March 10, 1895 New York Times article

PLAINFIELD'S PARK CLUB; Its Entertainments Renewed – Notes of Events and People.

PLAINFIELD, N.J., March 9. – The Park Club resumes its pleasant Saturday night entertainments this evening. The entertainers will be the Mandolin and Banjo Clubs of Lehigh University. These entertainments were discontinued on account of the illness of B.A. Hegeman, Jr., Chairman of the Entertainment Committee.

Mrs. John Gray Foster elected treasurer of the McAll Auxiliary. Many other Plainfield Garden Club members are cited in the article.

General John Gray Foster

BORN: 1823 in Whitefield, NH.
DIED: 1876 in Nashua, NH.
CAMPAIGNS: Fort Sumpter, Roanoke Island, New Berne, Knoxville Siege,
Savannah and Charleston.
John Gray Foster was born on May 27, 1823, in Whitefield, New Hampshire. He and his family moved to Nashua, New Hampshire, and he received his early education there. After graduating from West Point in 1846, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the construction engineers. Serving in the Mexican War, he won two brevets and was seriously wounded at Molino del Rey. After the war, he worked on various engineering assignments, and taught at West Point. At the beginning of the Civil War, he was working as an engineer in charge of the fortifications of Charleston Harbor. Foster went to Washington, D.C. after the surrender of Fort Sumter. On October 23, 1861, he became a brigadier general of volunteers. Commanding a New England infantry brigade in North Carolina, including the Battle of Roanoke Island and the Battle of New Berne, he was praised for his service. Foster was made military governor of New Berne and its vicinity; and, in July, was placed in command of a division and the Department of North Carolina (with the Department of Virginia added later). On July 18, 1862, he was appointed a major general. He maintained departmental command until November of 1863, he then held various administrative positions, with occasional opportunities in active operations. These included service in the 1863 Siege of Knoxville and a stint as commander of the Army of the Ohio. Foster had to leave the Army of the Ohio when he was injured by falling from a horse. After his recovery, he was made head of the Department of the South in May of 1864, working with Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman in the Siege of Savannah and the Siege of Charleston. At the end of the war, Foster was leading troops in Florida as a brevet major general of Regulars. After the Civil War, he took part in surveys and construction work in New England, assisted the chief of engineers and published works on different topics in military and engineering affairs. Foster died in Nashua, on September 2, 1874.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Von Boskerck

Email from Elisabeth Loizeaux: February 16, 2011

Who is Mrs. John Gray Foster? I don't believe she is in any way related to Marion Foster Loizeaux or Connie and Kay Foster, nor Ethel Hegeman Foster, the mother of David, Henry, Marion and Ruth (who lived in Wyckoff NJ).

I'm off to Hawaii tomorrow to rest up from all this genealogical research........


November 14, 1895 New York Times

New York Times November 14, 1895


In Aid of Muhlenberg Hospital Good Attendance and Reason for Expecting Financial Success The Booths.

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Nov. 13 There was a grand opening of the kirmess at the Columbia Cycle Academy Monday night, and the building was decorated very elaborately.

Not since the charity ball have the society fold here been interested in a like event for such a worthy cause. The kirmess is given for the benefit of Muhlenberg Hospital, and, judging from the attendance at the opening night, the hospital will be greatly bettered financially.

Booths have been very prettily arranged about the academy, making an exceedingly tasty show. The equipment of the booths is as follows:

French Booth Mrs. Albert Hoffman Atterbury, Mrs. Irving H. Brown, Mrs. Charles B. Corwin, Miss Bessie Ginna, Mrs. George C. Evans, Mrs. Charles J. Fisk, Mrs. Ellis W. Hedges, Miss E. E. Kenyon and Miss Whiton.

Florentine Booth Mrs. I. N. Van Sickle, Mrs. David E. Titsworth, Mrs. W. M. Stillman, Mrs. John D. Titsworth, Mrs. F. A. Dunham, Miss Louise Clawson, Miss Bessie TItsworth, and Mrs. Lulu Lewis.

Gypsy Booth Mrs. Joseph W. Reinhart, and Mrs. Howard Fleming.

Venetian Booth Mrs. Hugh Hastings, Miss Emelie Schipper, Mrs. George A. Chapman, Miss Havbiland, Mrs. Samuel Huntingont, Mrs. Emil Woltman, Mrs. Samuel St. J. McCutchen, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. C. S. West, Mrs. W. E. Lower, Miss E. R. Cock, Mrs. Frank O. Herring, Miss Huntington, Miss Maud Van Bosckerck, Miss MacCready, Miss Clara D. Finley, Miss Ahrens, Miss Aynne MacCready, Miss Mondanari, Miss Graff, Miss Yerkes, Miss Gertrude Walz, and Miss Pierson.

Japanese Booth Mrs. Charles Seward Foote, Mrs. George Clay, Mrs. S.P. Simpson, Mrs. L. Finch, Mrs. Constantine P. Ralli, Mrs. William Lewis Brown, Mrs. L. Dennis, Mrs. WIlliam Pelletier, Miss Ellis, Miss Anthony, Miss Dryden, Miss Morgan, Miss Bowen, Miss Lawrence, and Miss Rodman.

Spanish Booth Mrs. S. A. Cruikshank, Mrs. A. T. Slauson, Mrs. J. F. Wichers, Mrs. T. H. Curtis, Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman, Mrs. T. A. Hazell, Mrs. H. L. Moore, Mrs. D. T. Van Buren, Mrs. E. H. Mosher, Miss Harriott, Miss Louise Patton, Miss Maud Lord, Miss May Kirkner, Miss Louise Van Zandt, Miss Annie Horton, Miss Titsworth, and Miss Meredith.

German Booth Mrs. Mason W. Tyler, Mrs. Logan Murphy, Mrs. John H. Oarman, Mrs. Charles J. Taggart, Mrs. Benjamin R. Western, Mrs. J. E. Turill, Mrs. Arthur T. Gallup, Mrs. Horsley Barker, Mrs. John Haviland, Mrs. George Wright, Mrs. Amra Hamragan, Mrs. William L. Saunders, Mrs. William Wright, Miss Annie Murphy, Miss Wright, Miss Western, Miss Bartling, Miss Helen Warman, Miss Emma Adams and Miss Ann Thorne.

Stationery Booth Mrs. John Gray Foster, Mrs. Elliott Barrows, Mrs. A. W. Haviland, Mrs. John D. Miller, Mrs. James R. Joy, and Miss Emily R. Tracy.

Parisian Flower Stall Mrs. Harry M. Stockton, Mrs. Evarts Tracy, Mrs. Daniel F. Ginna, Mrs. W. H. Ladd, Mrs. Frederick Yates, Miss Marlon Dumont, Miss Ginna, Miss Baker, Miss Huntington, and Miss Van Bosckerck.

Refreshments were dispensed by Mrs. Orville T. Waring, Mrs. George W. Van Bosckerck, Mrs. John Bushnell, Mrs. Gifford Mayer, Mrs. George H. Goddard, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. H. P. Reynolds, Mrs. C. C. Guion, Mrs. N. P. T. Finch, Mrs. Henry McGee, Mrs. De Revere, Mrs. Ruth C. Leonard, Mrs. George W. Rockfellow, Miss Annie Opdyke, Mrs. Van Alstyne, Mrs. Utzinger, Mrs. Nelson Runyon, Mrs. Henry Tapsley, Miss Martine, Miss Edith Allen, Mrs. J. Parker Mason, Mrs. J. K. Myers, Mrs. Walton, and Mrs. H. C. Adams

General John Gray Foster

Lenoir County-Kinston Survey and National Register Project
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In February 1862, Gen. Ambrose Burnside was sent by the Union command to take and hold eastern North Carolina. Burnside's operation was successful. He captured Roanoke Island and occupied Elizabeth City and Edenton. His forces burned the town of Winton, blocked the Dismal Swamp Canal, and captured New Bern. All that prevented Burnside from capturing Goldsboro was his recall to Virginia, along with 7,000 Union soldiers. Burnside's departure left Gen. John G. Foster in command of the Union Department of North Carolina with a single brigade, not enough men to hold the fortifications at New Bern let alone go on the offensive.

John Gray Foster was a native of New Hampshire. He graduated fourth in his class at West Point in 1846 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. Foster was chief engineer of the fortifications of Charleston when hostilities began. He was part of the garrison at Fort Sumter, where he survived the Confederate bombardment. In the fall of 1861 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. Foster was part of Burnside's force during the spring 1862 North Carolina campaign.2


Fannie C. Groendyke (F)
(9. Aug. 1858 - 15. Jun. 1930), #322080
Pop-up Pedigree
Relationship=7th cousin 2 times removed of David Kipp Conover Jr..
Relationship=7th great-granddaughter of Wolphert Gerretse Van Kouwenhoven.

Fannie C. Groendyke was born on 9. Aug. 1858. She was the daughter of David Nevius Groendyke and Jennie Hegeman. Fannie married John Gray Foster. Fannie C. Groendyke died on 15. Jun. 1930 at age 71.

Last Edited=19 Jul 2010

Fannie's father: David Nevius Groendyke

David Nevius Groendyke (M)
(7. Aug. 1834 - 4. Aug. 1913), #216850
Pop-up Pedigree
Relationship=6th cousin 3 times removed of David Kipp Conover Jr..
Relationship=6th great-grandson of Wolphert Gerretse Van Kouwenhoven.

David Nevius Groendyke was born on 7. Aug. 1834 at New Jersey. He was the son of Daniel Groendyke and Adrianna Nevius. David married Jennie Hegeman, daughter of John Simon Hegeman and Fanny Kline Crater. David Nevius Groendyke and Jennie Hegeman resided at at North Plainfield, Somerset County, New Jersey. David Nevius Groendyke died on 4. Aug. 1913 at New Jersey at age 78. David was buried at Hillside Cemetery, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey.

Last Edited=19 Jul 2010

Children of David Nevius Groendyke and Jennie Hegeman
Fannie C. Groendyke (9. Aug. 1858 - 15. Jun. 1930)
Charlotte Mooney Groendyke+ (25. Dec. 1861 - 16. Jan. 1925)

Fannie's Mother: Jennie Hegeman or Emeline Hageman Groendyke

Jennie Hegeman (F)
(11. Aug. 1840 - 31. Aug. 1921), #216851
Pop-up Pedigree

Jennie Hegeman was also known as Emeline Hageman. Jennie Hegeman was born on 11. Aug. 1840 at New Jersey. She was the daughter of John Simon Hegeman and Fanny Kline Crater. Jennie married David Nevius Groendyke, son of Daniel Groendyke and Adrianna Nevius. Jennie Hegeman and David Nevius Groendyke resided at at North Plainfield, Somerset County, New Jersey. Jennie Hegeman died on 31. Aug. 1921 at New Jersey at age 81. Jennie was buried at Hillside Cemetery, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey.

Last Edited=19 Jul 2010

Children of Jennie Hegeman and David Nevius Groendyke
Fannie C. Groendyke (9. Aug. 1858 - 15. Jun. 1930)
Charlotte Mooney Groendyke+ (25. Dec. 1861 - 16. Jan. 1925)

Foster Geneologay

JOHN GRAY FOSTER (son of DR.JOHN LYMAN FOSTER and HARRIET SCOTT) was born July 20, 1839, and died January 22, 1878. He married (1) HELEN GREGORY on March 04, 1861. He married (2) FANNIE H. GROENDYKE on May 04, 1876.

Marriage: March 04, 1861

Marriage: May 04, 1876

From the pages of David Scott Foster, Jr.

Washington Park Historic District North Plainfield


Saturday, December 10, 4:00 - 9:00 PM. Tour starts at Church of the Holy Cross, corner of Washington and Mercer Avenues.

Founded in 1988, North Plainfield's only historic district will be featured in a Holiday house tour titled 'Architectural Treasures of North Plainfield'. Nine of the District's homes – mostly Victorians – will be featured, all dressed up for the Christmas holidays.

Tickets are $25 the day of the tour and may be purchased the Holy Cross Church, the tour's starting point, where maps will also be available.

Dear Washington Park Association:

Please link our website to your website. We
will do the same.

Plainfield Garden Club was established in 1915 and many of our early
members were residents of North Plainfield. You can read about the 250+
ladies on the website under "History"

Probably most notable was founding member Mrs. Charles Walter (Mary
Isabella Simpson)McCutchen '15

Other North Plainfield-Plainfield Garden Club Residents include:

Campbell Mabel C. Raper Mrs. William Hall 1928
Eaton Mary Winifred Parlin Mrs. Charles Aubrey 1915
Fleming Helen Hyde Mrs. Austin Lloyd 1919
Foster Fannie C. Groendyke Mrs. John Gray 1915
Hackman Elizabeth or "Betty" Reppert Mrs. Robert K. 1970
Howell Romaine Ray Mrs. Josephus H. 1922
Hyde Helen Miss 1917
Hyde Elilzabeth Kepler Mrs. Charles L. 1917
Hyde Carolyn Knowland Mrs. Frank de Lacey 1919
McGee Emma Louise Whiting Mrs. Henry Augustus 1922
McGee Sarah M. Howell Mrs. Henry Livingston "Harry" 1918
McGee Mary Alice Yerkes Mrs. Walter Miller 1922
Middledith Sarah Augusta Flanders Mrs. James F. 1920
Morison Fanny C. Lemmon Mrs. Nathaniel H. 1916
Murray Mrs. J. Everett 1920
Tingley Miss Dorothea 1932
Trewin Annette Mrs. C. Sidney 1945
Wells Mrs. Henry C. 1920
Wells Nancy G. Mrs. John R., Jr. 1957

We have just begun to post our archival information on line. If
interested, we could send you the addresses of these members. We are
always interested in learning more about them and welcome photographs of
their homes and gardens.

Enjoy the season -

The Ladies of the Plainfield Garden Club

January 12, 1896 New York Times

A WEEK'S EVENTS IN PLAINFIELD.; Numerous Receptions – Doings of Clubs and Societies.

PLAINFIELD, Jan. 11. – A reception was given by Mrs. I C. Pierson of Watchung Avenue, Tuesday evening. She was assisted in receiving by her daughters, Mrs. Malcolm MacKenzie of New-York and Miss Mabel Pierson; Miss Corbitt of New-York, Miss Cochran of Wilmington, Del., and Miss Hunter of North Adams, Mass.

The members of the North Plainfield Dramatic Club were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bailey, Jackson Avenue, Tuesday evening. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew E. Keneey, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Neeley, Mr. and Mrs. James Harper, Miss Mary Hughes, Miss Ellen Mullon, and Frank Off.

A Past Master's jewel was presented to Calvin H. Rugg of Jerusalem Lodge, F. and A.M., Tuesday evening. The same evening John J. Lynch, for several years President of the Plainfield Catholic Club, was presented with a gold-headed cane by the members of the club.

A. D. Shepard and family of the Gables have gone to Buckingham, New York, for the Winter.

The class of '96 of the North Plainfield school was entertained by Miss Emma and Miss Bertha Stevens Wednesday evening.

Mrs. John Valiant of Craig Place gave a reception and tea Wednesday. She was assisted in receiving by Mrs. H.K. Carroll, Mrs. A. A. Tafty, Mrs. F. H. Randolph, Miss Grace Carroll, Miss Bessie Valiant, Miss Florence Valiant, and Miss Mary Steiner.

The Park Club gave an entertainment Wednesday night at the clubhouse on Washington Avenue. The patronesses were Mrs. C. A. Reed, Mrs. Samuel St. John McCutcheon, and Mrs. J. H. Howell.

Miss Imogene See of Sing Sing, N.Y., is a guest of Mrs. Elmer E. Runyon of Madison Avenue.

Miss Eda Mills of Summit Avenue gave a party to her friends Wednesday night.

Miss Mollie Lawrence of New York and Miss Mather of Bound Brook are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman of Crescent Avenue.

Miss Emily Coriell of Church Street is visiting in Brooklyn.

Miss Edith Allen of Webster Place is spending the Winter in Flushing.

Mrs. J. H. Ackerman and daughter, Lydia, have returned from a two month's trip to the Pacific coast.

Miss Randolph, daughter of Thompson F. Randolph of New-York, is visiting her sister Mrs. Judson Bonnell of East Front Street.

Mrs. Lewis of Binghampton, N.Y., is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Ginna of Watchung Avenue.

Miss Rachel Fay Buckley of Newburg, N.Y., and Harry Ellis Green of Plainfield were married Wednesday night at the bride's home.

Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Moore of Ithaca, N.Y., are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Squires of North Plainfield.

Miss Laura J. Runyon of East Fifth Street is visiting friends in Philadelphia.

Miss Harriet Loomis of New York City is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Morse of Franklin Place.

Miss Josie Burlingham of Albany Normal College is a guest of ex-Councilman Seymore G. Smith of Crescent Avenue.

Miss Jennie Foster of New York and Howard Foster of Princeton Colelge are guests of D. N. Groendyke of Mercer Avenue.

Miss Helen L. Moore of New York is the guest of her sister Mrs. S. A. Cruikshank, of Belvidere Avenue.

Miss Freeman of Rahway is visiting her aunt, Mrs. W. C. Ayres, of West Second Street.

Miss Baldwin of Baltimore has gone home, after a visit with her uncle Councilman J. H. Valiant of Craig Place.

Howell Division, no. 97, Sons of Temperance, celebrated its twenty-seventh anniversary Wednesday evening. AMong those present form the out of tow were A. P. Sutphen of Somerville, Grand Worthy Patriarch Ross Slack of Excelsior Division of Trenton, Past Grand Worthy Patriarch Fred Day of Newark and Worthy Patriarch Evenson of Newark, and Worthy Patriarch Evenson of Philadelphia. James J. Perine of Brooklyn is the only living charter member of the division.

Mrs. Yerkes, wife of the Rev. Dr. D. J. Yerkes of the First Baptist Church, has gone to Greenville, S.C., to visit a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest R. Ackerman, who are making a tour around the world, are now at Hongkong.

A History of the Moravian seminary for young ladies: at Bethlehem, Pa

Groendyke, Fannie H. . . .

d. of D. N. Groendyke, Trenton, N.J.

. . . m. John G. Foster, Trenton, N.J.; w. r. in Plainfield, N. J.


1901 Directory of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

1. Continental Chapter - Plainfield
Organized January 23, 1896; Members, 36 (New York, 2; Kentucky, 1)

Regent, Mrs. C. W. McCutchen
1st Vice-Regt., Mrs. Rowland Cox
2nd Vice-Regt., Miss Eliza E. Kenyon
Secretary, Mrs. J. Kirtland Myers
Treasurer, Mrs. J. G. Foster
Registrar, Mrs. D. H. Rowland

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. John Gray Foster
91 Mercer Avenue, N.P.

Mrs. D. N. Groendyke
91 Mercer Avenue, N. P.

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

July 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1925 Meeting Minutes

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1918 Meeting Minutes

1920 Meeting Minutes

Woman's National Farm and Garden Association - 1918 - ‎World War, 1914-1918

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Jennie Hegeman Groendyke

Birth: Aug. 4, 1840
Death: Aug. 31, 1921

Family links:
David Nevius Groendyke (1834 - 1913)

Fanny Groendyke Foster (1858 - 1930)*
Charlotte Groendyke Van Vliet (1861 - 1925)*

*Calculated relationship

Hillside Cemetery
Scotch Plains
Union County
New Jersey, USA

Groendyke stone at Hillside

Fannie Groendyke Foster

Birth: Aug. 9, 1858
Death: Jun. 15, 1930

Family links:
David Nevius Groendyke (1834 - 1913)
Jennie Hegeman Groendyke (1840 - 1921)

Fanny Groendyke Foster (1858 - 1930)
Charlotte Groendyke Van Vliet (1861 - 1925)*

*Calculated relationship

Hillside Cemetery
Scotch Plains
Union County
New Jersey, USA

Charlotte Groendyke Van Vliet

Birth: Dec. 25, 1861
Death: Jan. 16, 1925

Family links:
David Nevius Groendyke (1834 - 1913)
Jennie Hegeman Groendyke (1840 - 1921)

Deuse Mairs Van Vliet (1862 - 1939)

Fanny Groendyke Foster (1858 - 1930)*
Charlotte Groendyke Van Vliet (1861 - 1925)

*Calculated relationship

David Nevius Groendyke

Birth: Aug. 7, 1834
Death: Aug. 4, 1913

Family links:
Jennie Hegeman Groendyke (1840 - 1921)*

Fanny Groendyke Foster (1858 - 1930)*
Charlotte Groendyke Van Vliet (1861 - 1925)*

*Calculated relationship

Hillside Cemetery
Scotch Plains
Union County
New Jersey, USA

Deuse Mairs Van Vliet

Birth: Dec. 25, 1862
Death: 1939

Family links:
Charlotte Groendyke Van Vliet (1861 - 1925)*

*Calculated relationship

Hillside Cemetery
Scotch Plains
Union County
New Jersey, USA

Daughters of the American Revolution

Deuse Mairs Van Vliet

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