Jonathan Foust, for forty-seven years a resident of Salamonie Township, was born to Jacob and Mary L. Foust, in Westmoreland County, Penn., October 15, 1802. In 1817 he bade his friends adieu and started on foot to Highland County, Ohio. There he obtained employment and was married to Anna Shearer. This union was blessed with nine children, namely: John, Mary, Andrew, Jacob, Sarah, Elizabeth, Samuel, and Adam, of whom Andrew and Elizabeth are deceased. In 1838 he came to Salamonie Township, and entered 160 acres of land in Section 35. He returned to Ohio, and in the fall of 1839 moved his family to this “new western country.” Aided by a loving wife and family they soon had a comfortable home cleared out of the forest. Mr. Foust is now eighty-four years of age and his venerable wife is eighty-three. It is seldom the biographer meets such an aged couple. They are nearing the end of a long and useful life, and their children can point with pride to their honorable record. They have been united with the Methodist Episcopal Church forty-five years. Up to the war Mr. Foust advocated the principles of the Democratic party, but since then has been a staunch Republican. What he has today he has made by hard and diligent toil. He has been very liberal with his family.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Salamonie Township, page 811.