Postmortem photo of Kyle Foster; about 1915.

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    Kyle William Foster was born in Tennessee on November 1, 1914 and died on November 14, 1914.

    Uncle Kyle Foster was the son of Lonnie Foster and Myrtle Foust-Foster. Myrtle Foster had several miscarriages before her first baby, Kyle, was born. He was delivered by his midwife great grandmother Liza Jane Williams. He accidentally smothered to death in bed and is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Anderson County, Tennessee. His funeral was held on the front porch of their little house across the road from Bethel cemetery where he was laid to rest. He looks like his mother in the face.

    allegr0, kate_warren, hola-lola, and 12 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. trykemom 115 months ago | reply

      How sad. One forgets how important funeral photos were.

    2. Quiet Reverie [deleted] 115 months ago | reply

      Heartbreaking; he was a beautiful little boy.

    3. sanniblues 112 months ago | reply

      Thank you for telling the story behind picture!

    4. richardcclark 111 months ago | reply

      Were they able to have more children after this?

    5. shipwreck04 107 months ago | reply

      Could you please explain? I feel bad for asking how do you smother to death in bed on accident? Anyways he is a very handsome boy, had to be a great loss. Boys Usually look more like their mothers. Mine does.

    6. David C. Foster 107 months ago | reply

      No problem asking...I'm only relaying what I was told by my great uncle Fletcher Foster and he passed away many years ago.

    7. delahendricksson 106 months ago | reply

      A contrast between the cuddly white satin and the rough boards of the cabin.......a truely beautiful child........a shame.

    8. BCBaily 103 months ago | reply

      These photos are really touching this era they took alot of post mortem photos for memories just amazing , You have some wonderful photos thank u for sharing them :) I really Love history of all kinds and I love vintage photos just something about them they can tell us so much of the past :)

    9. David C. Foster 103 months ago | reply

      Thank you. My father always indentified Uncle Kyle as his oldest brother, even though he never knew him.

    10. starshine moondance 100 months ago | reply

      One theory of some SIDS deaths (and that is all it is- one theory) is that babies take very shallow breaths and can be suffocated by laying them face down in bed. For the longest time people laid their babies face down in bed so that if they threw up, they would not "drown" in their vomit... so perhaps (and this is a guess) he was laid in a full soft bed face down....

    11. Candyn29** 82 months ago | reply

      My grandma took a photo of her Daughter Angela when she passed after only a couple months old, it was about 1953, she said it was common to take photos like this.

    12. David C. Foster 82 months ago | reply

      Yes, it was common. My father passed away when I was 15 and his elderly mother, my grandmother, asked his brother to photogrpah him in his casket.

    13. E in TN 80 months ago | reply

      My family took pics of my 5 year old brother who died in 1960, apparently common in southern Indiana at that time. I had several relatives die shortly after, but don't recall photos. Wonder if it related more to children? Thanks for sharing the history.

    14. David C. Foster 75 months ago | reply

      It seems more commonly releated to children today, but limited to children. But common in past generations.

    15. fudbag 56 months ago | reply

      I did some genealogy searching and found that Kyle William Foster was born in Tennessee on November 1, 1914 and died on November 14, 1914. Cause of death was listed as "unknown, child found dead in bed." Tennessee death records are viewable online through

    16. fudbag 56 months ago | reply

      Seems that Tennessee records from that period are very complete. In 1938 your grandparents had another baby boy that only lived for 12 hours due to prematurity.

    17. David C. Foster 56 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the information. My grandmother lost two as infants and four or five with miscarriages. Uncle Kyle died from suffocation while in bed during the night. I’d like to get that information to put in Would you be able to provide a link?

    18. fudbag 56 months ago | reply

      Of course. Whats ur email? By the way i envy your rich family history!

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