Harriet Selina Chant
- Born: 14 Feb 1833, Stoke Underham, Somersetshire, England 1
- Christened: 4 Apr 1833, South Petherton Wesleyan Chapel
- Marriage: John Forster Jr. in 1854
- Died: 8 Oct 1914, Huntsville, Ontario at age 81 1
- Buried: Unionville, Ont.
Newspaper obituary reads: FORSTER - Harriet Selina Chant was born
at Stoke-under-Ham, Somerset, England, on February 14th, 1833 and
departed this life in Huntsville, Ont., October 8th, 1914. Her
parents, with their family of nine children, came to Canada in
1841, and resided for several years in what is now known as the
village of Virgel, near Niagara, Ont. Harriet, when about 13, gave
her heart to God, and united with the Methodist Church, of which
she remained a faithful member for 68 years. She was married in
1854 to John Forster, Jr., Markham who predeceased her in 1906. Of
her eight children, four remain to mourn the death of one of the
best of mothers: Sidney, Hamilton Ont.; Jos. Edward, Watsonville,
Cal.; George and Ellen, Huntsville, Ont., also a sister, Mrs. Issac
Parks, Pendleton, Ore., and two brothers, Mr. C.H. Chant,
Unionville, Ont., and Rev. J.H. Chant, Webbwood, Ont. She has been
a great sufferer the larger portion of her life, but has always
retained her sweetness of spirit, and unfaltering trust in God. One
more loved one in heaven. (Obituary written by J.H. Chant).
Notice in the October 15, 1914 issue of the Huntsville Forester reads: Mrs. Forster, mother of George Forster of The Gateau (?) Tailoring Co. and of Miss Ellen died early last Thursday morning aged 82 years. Deceased has been a resident of Huntsville for the past four years, moving from Markham. She was very highly esteemed as a Christian lady and leaves many friends. The funeral took place at Markham on Saturday at eleven o'clock am. Mr. & Miss Forster accompanied the remains.
South Petherton Wesleyan Chapel records shows birth date as April 4th.
Harriet married John Forster Jr. in 1854. (John Forster Jr. died in 1906.)