Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s


Charles E. Foye

New York

From a reader: I was delighted to find my great-uncle, Charles E. Foye, listed on your "Captains" page! What a very pleasant surprise.

However, I did want to let you know of a couple of corrections to the hard work that Stephen McLeod of VA did.

Uncle Charles is listed on your page as "Charles E. Foy, 31 Fulton St." In actuality, his name was spelled Charles E. Foye, and the address in the SF Directory for 1889 (and other years, in fact) was 831 Fulton St. I'm not certain where the "e" and the "8" disappeared to, but they do belong with him.

FYI, here are the listings for him in several years of SF and Oakland directories:

San Francisco Directories
1889 Foye, Chas. E.
831 Fulton
1890 Foye, Chas. E.
831 Fulton
1891 Foye missing on film
1892 Foye, Chas. E. mastership
1893 Foye, Chas. E. master-mariner 829 Fulton
1894 Foye, Chas. E. master-mariner 829 Fulton
1895 Foye, Chas. E. master-mariner 829 Fulton
1896 Foye, Chas. E. master-mariner 829 Fulton
Oakland Directories
1897 Foye, Chas. E. master-bktn Echo office: 48 Market, Room 1, R., Oakland
1898 Foye, Chas. E. master-bktn Echo office: 48 Market, Room 1, R., Oakland
1899 Foye, Chas. E. master-bktn Echo office: 48 Market, Room 1, R., Oakland
1900-01 Foye, Chas. E. master-bktn Echo office: 48 Market, Room 1, R., Oakland
1901-02 Foye, Chas. E. master-bktn Echo office: 48 Market, Room 1, R., Oakland
1902-03 Foye, Chas. E. master-bktn Echo office: 48 Market, Room 1, R., Oakland

I don't know if you want to revise the page or not, but I did feel I ought to contact you. I think your web site is just great, and very helpful to historians, genealogists, and maritime fans.

K. Hall

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