Jacob Feather Revolutionary War Pension File
NARA Revolutionary War Pension Application Files, Roll 961 (Fay-Fei)
Info on Jacket Cover:
Feather, Jacob (Feathers, Fetter)
Pretty thick file - about 50 pages. My copies are printed from a micro-film reader. I used the micro-film at the LDS Genealogy Library in West Los Angeles.
Below comments are not verbatim transcriptions. Due to the volume of information, I extracted what I thought was important and paraphrased it.
Mary (apparently referring to widow/applicant)
Certificate of Pension to commence 03/04/1848, at $70.55 per annum, issued 09/185(3?5?) - Jacob Feathers in PA Roll: Fetter.
05/09/1837: Letter from Mary Feather, age 67 years, Preston, Virginia, stating she was applying for a pension. Excerpts:
"husband is now deceased... departed life 05/22/1832"
"he.. had .. informed her frequent that that he belonged to a volunteer company during the... Revolution and served five years"
".... his captains were Samuel Morris or Morrison, his Colonels name was Miflen. .... he also served under Luke Morris.."
"Jacob... was living in Philadelphia at the time he entered the army.."
"she understood from ... Jacob.. that he was in the following battles: "towet?" (Trenton?), Torenta, Priacata (Princeton?), and at Yorktown at the surrender of ... Cornwallis."
Mary (her x mark) Feathers
This affidavit was signed by a Charles Byne, representing the Clerk of the Preston County Court.
Marriage Certificate, signed by witnesses
Jacob Fetter to Mary Connoly, 05/04/1791
03/20/1855 - Revolutionary War Claim for Bounty Land
Mary Feather, age 84, appeared personally before John Feather, Justice of Peace within Preston Co, VA... and is receiving pension of $70.55 since 03/04/1848. She was married to said Jacob Feather in Bedford Co, PA (now Somerset), on 05/24/1792 (sic should be 05/24/1791). Maiden name was Conley. She is making this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land under the act of Mar 3 1855
[Note: I find no other info re Bounty Land in the file.nmt]
12/09/1851 - Affidavit of sons John and Adam Feather
John age 57
Adam age 52
"... they are sons of Jacob and Mary Feather..."
that they recall their father telling them about his Revolutionary service and they believe he was in service over 3 years and was a volunteer and was in PA units...
... moved to Monongalia, PA about 1810
LAW PASSED BY PA LEGISLATURE
"Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Pennsylvania... that the State Treasurer .. is required to pay to... Mary Feather of Preston Co, VA, $40 as a gratuity and an annuity for life to be paid half yearly, commencing 01/01/1838.
AFFIDAVIT APPOINTING LAWYERS
Mary Feather appointed Evans and Faut her lawyers.
06/21/1853 - from Washington, DC
LETTER RE JOHN BYRNE OF PRESTON CO COURT FROM WASHINGTON ATTORNEYS EVANS & FAUT
It's kind of hard to read, but it appears the lawyers are asking for help with the pension office. They are quoting from Mr Byrne of Preston Co who says "(need help with) old Mrs Mary Feather for a pension", as she needs two soldiers he served with to testify, but they are all dead.
The affidavit then goes on to say "Mr Byrne is a gentleman of great respectability and having been the clerk of the County for many years, is doubtless well acquainted with all the facts in the case. We hope that a re-examiniation of the papers, will authorize you to place her on the Pension Roll."
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH AND WIDOW
John P Byrne executes an affidavit that Jacob Feather was a soldier of the Revolution, departed this life 05/22/1832 and Mary Feather is his widow, and continues his widow"
11/20/1857 LETTER FROM LAWYERS TO PENSION OFFICE
Discussing which pension act her pension should be under.
06/26/1852 AFFIDAVIT BY JOHN Y MURDOCK, JUSTICE OF PEACE OF PRESTON CO CERTIFIED BY JOHN BYRNE, COUNTY CLERK
A recap: John Y Murdock knew a man named Daniel Martin, a Revolutionary War Veteran of the New Jersey line, already proved for a pension, died at 105 years old about 18 months ago. He recalls Daniel Martin lived in the same neighborhood as Jacob Feather, was "personally acqauinted with said Jacob Feather during the greater part of the Revoulutionary War" and that he saw said Feather at Valley Forge, Philadelphia and other places; that they did not belong to the same regiment, but were acquainted with each other before entering the Army. Further, that Feather had served 5 years during the said war, while Martin had served nearly 7 years.
06/30/1852 AFFIDAVIT OF ISAAC MARTIN, SON OF DANIEL MARTIN
He is testifying that he recalls his father talking about Jacob Feather being in the Revolution.
11/27/1837 AFFIDAVIT OF DANIEL MARTIN THAT HE KNEW JACOB FEATHER DURING THE WAR.
Since this 1837 affidavit is in the file, it is unclear why the Pension Office needed affidavits from the Preston Co JP and Isaac Martin in the 1850s. Maybe they didn't see the 1837 affidavit in the file?