Jacob  Feaster


ďJACOB FEASTER  was born in Huntingdon County, Penn., December 14, 1816.  His parents,  Martin  and  Ann (Agelley) Feaster, both natives of Germany, born near Strasburg in 1776 and 1782, respectively, had ten children, six boys and four girls; three sons and one daughter are still living.  Martin, the eldest son, served as a soldier under Bonaparte, for a short time, on the Rhine.  He was furnished means by his father and came to America in 1799.  While on board ship he met Miss Agelley, and on arriving in America they were married.  They located in Huntingdon County, Penn., and later in Bedford County, Penn., where he died in 1832, leaving eight small children.  Jacob Feaster was brought up on a farm and received a very limited education.  When sixteen years old his father died and he engaged as apprentice in the millwright trade, but three years later started out for himself.  He came to Rush County, Ind., in 1837, where he worked at his trade and was soon foreman of a corps of hands.  He worked at his trade until 1859, when he located upon his present farm.  He now owns a farm of 172 acres of improved land worth $100 an acre.  January 29, 1845, he married  Miss Sarah A. Pence, of Rush County, born in Warren County, Ohio, daughter of  Lewis  and  Rachel (McDonald) Pence, natives of Virginia and Ohio.  By this marriage seven children were born,  Royal P.,  Manford,  Leander,  Lura, died aged two years, Allie J.  and  Rachel A.  Mr. and Mrs. Feaster are respected by all who know them.Ē

Submitted by Don T. Mitchell, great great-grandson of  Jacob & Sarah (Pence) Feaster.
NOTES:  (1) Feaster is the anglicized version of the German surname, Fiechter.  At the time of Martinís emigration, Strasburg was the capital of  Alsace, a German-speaking province of France.  (2) Agelley is one of the anglicized versions of the Swiss surname, Egli, now spelled Eagley by descendants of Annís only brother.  The family story handed down says the Egli family came from the vicinity of Bern, Switzerland.  (3) Martin Fichter and Anna Eglin were married May 14, 1804, at the Lutheran-Reformed Church in Arendtsville, Adams Co., Pennsylvania.  Their first four children were also baptized there 1805-1811.  (4) Probate records in Warren Co., Ohio, give Rachelís maiden name as McDonnal.
From pp. 726-7 of Brant & Fullerís 1887 History of Shelby County, IndianaĖ

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