Jane McDowell Foster Wiley

1829 – 1903

Jane and Stephen were married for 14 years until he died on January 13, 1864 in New York City. Jane had left Stephen in New York and went to work as a telegraph operator for the Pennsylvania railroad which had just began hiring women. Morrison Foster, brother of Stephen, aided Jane and their daughter, Marion, after the composer’s death in the arrangement of royalty payments to her from various music publishers. Jane took her granddaughter, Jesse Rose Welch, into her care and raised her to adulthood. Family letters and Jane‘s diary are housed in the University of Pittsburgh archives and can be viewed here.