Hi all! I am not related, but Florist Samuel Feast hybridized a beautiful rose, Baltimore Belle, in 1843. The rosebush is a big, vigorous bush. Rose folks think Samuel Feast was born in the UK, emigrated to the US, began operations as a florist and nursery, and that his birth and death dates are 1796 to 1868. , but we are not certain of this. Rose folks also think Samuel had a brother John, but I do not know dates for him.
To shed some light, I went to DAR library in Washington DC and checked census records. I ended up more confused! The census records do not show much detail through 1840 - just male head of household and then a count as to males and females in certain age groups, but no names. Therefore, I started with 1860 and found three John Feasts in Baltimore City in 1860! First, for 1860, Baltimore City, 19th Ward, page 83, there are John Feast 50 born England, and Sarah 34, with Linnaeous 23, John 15, Edward or Elizabeth?? 7, Dillwyn 2 and John 6/12. Also, Balt Sun newspaper said John Feast married Sarah Uppercue Aug 18, 1857 (08/22/1857, pg 2). For 1870 Census, Baltimore City, 13th Ward, there is John Feast 66 Florist, with Sarah 40 keeping House, and Leander(sp?) 29 Florist, plus Dillron 12 and John 10. These are the folks Kirkley is researching.
However, interestingly, the 1860 Census in Baltimore also shows, second, Baltimore City 19th Ward, page 239 - John Feast 32, Florist, born Maryland, and Mary Feast 25.
The 1860 Census shows, third, Baltimore City, 19th ward, page 107, Samuel Feast 35, Florist, born Maryland; Mary Feast, 24; and John Feast, 30, born Maryland. The 1870 Census shows Baltimore City, 19th Ward, page 336, Samuel Feast, 45, Florist, born Maryland; Caroline Feast 39, keeping house, born NY, and Adde 6, Clara 4, and Samuel Jr 2. Living next door are John E. Feast 40, Florist, born Maryland, MJ 35, keeping house, born Maryland, and Maria 8, and William 5. The Balt Sun newpaper said Samuel Feast married Sarah Neely 04/22/1858 (04/26 paper) and John E. Feast married Mary J. Neely 04/12/1860 (04/13 paper). Is Caroline a middle name for Sarah?? Or possibly there is a mix-up? But perhaps this is the family Anne Feast Clark is discussing. If Samuel Feast is 45 in 1870, then he was born about 1825. So perhaps his father was born about 1795 and married in 1823?
In checking on roses, I also found a Balt Sun short obit for an older Samuel Feast of Cockeysville [town just north of Baltimore], a retired florist, who died Feb 28, 1868, at age 72, from a fall. (Balt Sun 02/28 and 02/29/1868). Mourners were invited to his son's residence, but the paper did not give the name of his son, just a street corner address! So not sure if the son were Sam or John or someone else!
I personally think the older Samuel Feast who died in 1868 is the man who hybridized Baltimore Belle rose. Sorry I do not have more information, but the fact that there are two of three John Feasts in Baltimore who are all florists may be of help to you. There are various branches to a family tree, I guess. We are researching various branches in my family and they are confusing also. Kathy