He enlisted under the alias 'John G Feighter' (2). According to (7), the 1870 and 1880 census have his surname as "Feighter", but a census between 1900 and 1910 has "John Feaster".
He was born on 11 October 1843, in St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, to George Feighter and Catherine Zielger ("Katie") (7, 12; 4 (20 in 1864), 5 (20 in 1864), 9 [16 in 1860], 10 [27 in 1870], 11 [37 in 1880], 12 [56 in 1900], 13 [66 in 1910], 15 [6 in 1850]). He was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15).
In 1850, he was living in St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (15). He was living with his parents George and Catharine Fechter, along with various siblings (15). (15).
In 1860, he was living in St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his parents and siblings (9). He was a farm laborer (9). He had attended school in the past year (9).
When he was enlisted, he was a farmer (4, 5).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (4, 5).
He was drafted (1, 4, 5). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1864 (1, 4, 5, 6). He enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (4, 5). His enlistment was credited to the 16th congressional district (4, 5). He was a private in company B (1, 17).
On 29 March 1866, he was married to Mary J Mench, in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7, 12, 13). They had four children (12, 13):
In 1870, he was a farmer, in Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Mary, children Margaret and Elmer [?], and another person (10). He was a farmer, and owned $300 in personal property (7, 10).
In 1879, he was a farmer, in Bedford County (Fishertown post office) (7).
In 1880, he was living in East Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7, 11). He was living with his wife Mary, children Maggie, Elmer, Sherman, and an infant, and a servant (11). He was a farmer (7, 11).
In 1890, he was living in Spring Hope, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (6).
On 2 October 1891, he successfully applied for a pension (2, 8).
In 1900, he was living in East St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with his wife Mary and children Sherman and Tula (12). He was a farmer (12).
He applied again for a pension on 8 [?] March 1907 (2).
In 1910, he was living in East St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (Fishertown Village) (13). He was living with his wife Mary (13). He was a farmer (13).
He died on 21 August 1915 in Fishertown, East Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (2, 7, 16). Reverend Stern, of Morrison's Cove, conducted the funeral service (16). He was buried at St Luke's Reformed (UCC) Church cemetery, in Fishertown, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7, 16). He was a member of the Dunkard Church (16).
On 28 October 1915, his widow, Mary J Feaster, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (6, 8).
In 1920, his widow was living in East St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (14).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)
3 company B, register of men discharged (Jno G Feighter)
4 company B, [second] descriptive roll, entry 72 (John G Feighter)
5 company B, [third] descriptive roll, entry 32 (John G Feighter)
6 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 87, page 1 (John Feaster)
7 "Ancestors & Relatives of Louis Eck MITCHELL (1907-1990) & Allied Families of the Noble Twp., Shelby Co., Indiana vicinity" (gedcom on sites.rootsweb.com), submitted by Don T Mitchell (searched 20 Jul 05) (John G Feaster)
8 pension index, by name (John G Feighter, alias for John Feaster)
9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township, microfilm series M653, film 1072, page 499 = 45 handwritten (John Feighter)
10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township, microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 660 = 4 handwritten (John G Feighter)
11 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 234, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 308 A = 21 handwritten (John Feighter)
12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T623, film 1375, page 144 B = 9 handwritten (John J Feaster)
13 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, Fishertown Village, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 11, microfilm series T624, film 1312, page 76 A = 12 [?] handwritten (John Feaster)
14 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T624, film 1533, page 151 A = 7 handwritten (Mrs Mary Feaster)
15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 182] (John Fechter)
16 John Feaster [death notice]. Bedford Gazette, 27 August 1915, page 1 (John Feaster)
17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John G Feighter)
|Name||George Fechter||Cathar Fechter||May Fechter||Margaret Fechter||John Fechter||Amanda Fechter||Louisa Fechter||Sarah Fechter||Ann Rush|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Farm|
|Real estate owned||2000|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Geo Feighter||Catherine "||Margaret "||John "||Amanda "||Louisa "||Sarah "|
|['Louisa' and 'Sarah' are joined by a curly bracket; next to is written:] twins|
|Value of real estate owned||5000|
|Value of personal estate||500|
|Place of birth||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1||1||1||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Feighter John G||Mary||Margaret||Elmer [?]||[illegible] Eli|
|Occupation||Farmer||Keeping House||Farm Laborer|
|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value||300|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"|
|Father foreign born||1|
|Mother foreign born||1|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|dwelling visit #||215|
|family visit #||220|
|name||Feighter John||- Mary||- Maggie||- Elmer||- Sherman||- Infant||Anderson [?] Ella|
|month born if born in year||May|
|married during year|
|occupation||Farmer||Keeping House||At Home||Works on farm||Domestic Servant|
|school this year||1||1|
|name||Feaster John J||- Mary J||Sherman G||Tula M|
|birth date||Oct 1843||Oct 1839||Dec 1874||May 1880|
|# years married||34||34|
|mother of how many children?||4||0|
|# of children living||4||0|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed||0||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule||120|
|name||Feaster John||- Mary|
|#years present marriage||43||43|
|mother of # children||4|
|mother of # living children||4|
|nature of industry etc.||Own farm|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged||F|
|nr on farm schedule||167|
|civil war vet||[blank sic]|
|deaf & dumb|
|dwelling visit number||186|
|family visit number||196|
|name||Feaster Mrs. Mary|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)||F|
|age at last birthday||80|
|year of immigration|
|year of naturalization|
|attended school since Sept 1919|
|father's native language||German|
|mother's native language||German|
|can speak English||yes|
|number of farm schedule||107|
John Feaster died suddenly at his home at Fishertown last Friday night, aged 71 years. He had been in ill health for some time but his death was quite a shock to his many friends. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons: Elmer, Maggie, Sherman and Lula. Three sisters are also living: Mrs. Mary Claycomb and Mrs. Robert Allison of Windhe [?] and Mrs. Sarah Custer of Springfield, O.
The funeral service was conducted at his late home Monday morning by Rev. Stern of Morrison's Cove. Interment was made in the Fishertown Cemetery.
Mr. Feaster was a consistent member of the Dunkard Church, and was highly respected by all.