91st PA: John Feaster, alias John G Feighter

John Feaster alias John G Feighter

Alias

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".

Before the war

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).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (4, 5).

During the war

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).

He was discharged at Washington, D.C., by general order 94, War Department, on 30 May 1865 (1, 6) or 25 May 1865 (3). He was a private, in company B (17).

After the war

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).

Sources

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)

2 pension index, by regiment (John Feaster alias John G Feighter) [and a second card for John G Feighter]

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)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 182]
line181920212223242526
Dwellings visited319        
Families visited320        
NameGeorge FechterCathar FechterMay FechterMargaret FechterJohn FechterAmanda FechterLouisa FechterSarah FechterAnn Rush
Age3531119638/128/1217
Sexmfffmffff
Color         
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarm        
Real estate owned2000        
BirthplacePa""""""""
Married within year         
Attended school within year         
Over 20 & can't read/write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township, microfilm series M653, film 1072, page 499 = 45 handwritten]
line17181920212223
Dwelling number319      
Family number298      
NameGeo FeighterCatherine "Margaret "John "Amanda "Louisa "Sarah "
['Louisa' and 'Sarah' are joined by a curly bracket; next to is written:] twins
Age43421916121010
Sexmffffff
Color       
OccupationFarmer ServingFarm Lab   
Value of real estate owned5000      
Value of personal estate500      
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year  11111
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township, microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 660 = 4 handwritten]
line34567
Dwelling-house number26    
Family number25    
NameFeighter John GMaryMargaretElmer [?][illegible] Eli
Age27292119
SexMFFMM
ColorWWWWW
OccupationFarmerKeeping House  Farm Laborer
Real estate value     
Personal estate value300    
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     
Can't read     
Can't write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1880 census

[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]
line25262728293031
street name       
house number       
dwelling visit #215      
family visit #220      
nameFeighter John- Mary- Maggie- Elmer- Sherman- InfantAnderson [?] Ella
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFMMFF
age374012 [?]1151/1219
month born if born in year     May 
relationship WifeDaughSonSonDaughServant
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationFarmerKeeping HouseAt HomeWorks on farm  Domestic Servant
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year  11   
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePenna"Penna""""
father's birthplacePaWurtemburgPa""""
mother's birthplacePaWurtemburgPa""""

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 87, page 1]
[line] 10
[house] 47
[family] 47
[name] John Feaster
[rank] Private
[company] B
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 21 Sept 1864
[discharge date] 30 May 1865
[length of service] 0 years, 8 months, 9 days
[post office address] Spring Hope Bedford Co Pa
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[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]
line51525354
street    
house number    
dwelling number178   
family number194   
nameFeaster John J- Mary JSherman GTula M
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughter
colorWWWW
sexMFMF
birth dateOct 1843Oct 1839Dec 1874May 1880
age56602520
married?MMSS
# years married3434  
mother of how many children? 4 0
# of children living 4 0
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationFarmer Coachmaker 
# months not employed0 0 
# months in school    
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO   
free or mortgagedF   
farm/houseF   
# of farm schedule120   

1910 census

[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]
line2526
street  
house nr  
dwelling nr19 
family nr20 
nameFeaster John- Mary
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age6670
marital statusM1M1
#years present marriage4343
mother of # children 4
mother of # living children 4
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationFarmerNone
nature of industry etc.Own farm 
employer etc.Emp 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  
# weeks out of work 1909  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedO 
owned free or mortagagedF 
farm/houseF 
nr on farm schedule167 
civil war vet[blank sic] 
blind  
deaf & dumb  

1920 census

[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]
line1
street 
house numberx
dwelling visit number186
family visit number196
nameFeaster Mrs. Mary
relationshipHead
own/rentO
free/mortgaged (if owned)F
sexF
raceW
age at last birthday80
marital statusWd
year of immigration 
naturalized/alien 
year of naturalization 
attended school since Sept 1919 
can readyes
can writeyes
birth placePennsylvania
native language 
father's birthplaceGermany
father's native languageGerman
mother's birthplaceGermany
mother's native languageGerman
can speak Englishyes
occupationnone
industry, business 
employment status 
number of farm schedule107

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 3 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Feighter John G
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Bedford Gazette, 27 August 1915, page 1]
John Feaster

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.


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