Friday, July 31, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 83: #98 Cornelius Feather (1777-1853)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #83:

Cornelius Feather (1777-1853) is #98 on my Ahnentafel list,
 my 4th great-grandfather, married before 1804 to  #99 FNU LNU (ca 1780-before 1830).

I am descended through:

* their daughter, 
#49 Sarah Feather (1804-1848), who married #48 Henry Carringer (1800-1879) in about 1825.
*  their son, #24 David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902), who married #25 Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901) in 1852.
*  their son, #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), who married #13 Abbie Ardell "Della" Smith (1862-1944) in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.
*  their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                      Cornelius Feather[1–7,9-12]   

*  Alternate Name:      Cornelius Feathers[8]
*  Sex:                          Male   

*  Father:                     Stephen Feather (1736-1804)   
*  Mother:                   FNU LNU (1740-    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      1777, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[3,7]   
*  Residence:             about 1800 (about age 23), early settlement; Warren, Trumbull, Ohio, United States[2]   
*  Census:                 1 June 1800 (about age 23), Fallowfield, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States[8]
*  Residence:            1823 (about age 46), Otter Creek, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[1]   
*  Census:                 1 June 1830 (about age 53), Salem, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[4]   
*  Census:                 1 June 1840 (about age 63), New Lyme, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States[5]
*  Land Warrant:      17 April 1846 (about age 69), 203 acres in Salem township; Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[6]
*  Census:                1 June 1850 (about age 73), Salem, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[7]
*  Pension:               23 April 1851 (about age 74) , affidavit in John Feather's Revolutionary War pension file; Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[3]   
*  Death:                  1 April 1853 (about age 76), Salem, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[10]   
*  Probate:               20 June 1855 (about age 78), John Feather appointed administrator; Mercer, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[9]   
*  Probate:              20 August 1855 (about age 78), Petition for writ of partition; Mercer, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[10]
*  Probate:              20 August 1855 (about age 78), Proof of Contract of Sale of Real Estate; Mercer, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[11]
*  Probate:              23 November 1855 (about age 78), Account of the estate; Mercer, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[12]

3)  SHARED FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:             FNU LNU (before 1785 - before 1830)   
*  Marriage 1:          before 1804 (before about age 27), probably Trumbull, Ohio, United States   

*  Child 1:               Sarah Feather (1804-1848)   
*  Child 2:               John Feather (1806-    )   
*  Child 3:               George Feather (1808-1890)   
*  Child 4:               Mary Ann Feather (1815-1855)   

*  Spouse 2:           Mary  LNU  (about 1792 - before 1855)   
*  Marriage 2:        before 1850 (before about age 73), probably Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[7]   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

 Cornelius Feather was born in about 1777, probably in Middlesex County, New Jersey, to Stephen Feather and his wife.  The 1850 census taken in June 1850 says he is 73 years old[9], and his affidavit in April 1851 in his brother's Revolutionary War Pension File indicates he was 74 years old[3]

Cornelius Feather was probably with his father, Stephen Feather, when he moved his family to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania after the Revolutionary War.

In the 1800 US Census, Cornelius Feathers was a head of household in Fallowfield, Washington County, Pennsylvania[10].  The household included only himself, aged 16 to 26.  Next on the alphabetical list was his father, Stephen Feathers, who had one male under age 10, one male aged 26 to 45, one female under age 10, and one female aged 26-45.

There are no records for the marriage of Cornelius Feather and his first wife. His first wife's name is not known.  The marriage probably occurred before 1804, perhaps in Trumbull County, Ohio.  They settled in Warren township, Trumbull County, Ohio.  He appears in the 1804 through 1810 tax records of Trumbull County, Ohio.  They had four children between 1804 and 1815.

Cornelius Feather wrote a narrative about the settlement of Warren township, which is in the manuscripts of the Ashtabula Historical Society.  The narrative includes[2]:

"The plat of Warren in September, 1800, contained but two log cabins, one of which was occupied by Capt. Ephraim Quimby, who was proprietor of the town and afterwards judge of the court.  He built his cabin in 1799.  The other was occupied by Wm. Fenton, who built his in 1798. On the 27th of this month, Cornelius Feather and Davison Fenton arrived from Washington County, PA.  At this time Quimby's cabin consisted of three apartments, a kitchen, bed-room and jail, although but one prisoner was ever confined in it, viz. Perger Shehigh, for threatening the life of Judge Young, of Youngstown.

"The whole settlements of whites within and about the settlement of Warren, consisted of sixteen settlers, viz: Henry and John Lane, Benj. Davison, Esq., Meshach Case, Capt. John Adgate, Capt. John Leavitt, William Crooks and Phineas Leffingwell, Henry Lane, Jr., Charles Daily, Edward Jones, George Loveless and Wm. Tucker, who had been a spy five years under Capt. Brady.

"At this time, rattlesnakes abounded in some places.  And there was one adventure with them worth recording, which took place in Bracefield township.

"A Mr. Oviatt was informed that a considerable number of huge rattlesnakes were scattered over a certain tract of wilderness.  The old man asked whether there was a ledge of rocks in the vicinity, which way the declivity inclined, and if any spring issued out of the ledge.  Being answered in the affirmative, the old man rejoined, "we will go about the last of May and have some sport."  Accordingly they proceeded through the woods well armed with cudgels.  Arrived at the battleground, they cautiously ascended the hill, step by step, in a solid column.  Suddenly the enemy gave the alarm, and the men found themselves completely surrounded by hosts of rattlesnakes of enormous size, and a huge squadron of black snakes.  No time was lost.  At the signal of the rattling of the snakes, the action commenced, and hot and furious was the fight.  In short, snakes beat a retreat up the hill, our men cudgelling with all their might.  When arrived at the top of the ledge, they found the ground and rocks in places almost covered with snakes retreating into their dens.  Afterwards, the slain were collected into heaps, and found to amount to 486, a good portion of which were larger than a man's leg below the calf, and over five feet in length.

"The news of this den of venomous serpents being spread, it was agreed that the narrator and two more young men in Warren, and three in Braceville, should make war upon it until the snakes should be principally destroyed, which was actually accomplished.

"One circumstance I should relate in regard to snake-hunting.  Having procured an instrument like a very long chisel, with a handle eight or nine feet long, I proceeded to the ledge alone, placed myself on the body of a butternut tree, lying slanting over a broad crevice in the rocks, seven or eight feet deep, this bottom of which was literally covered with the yellow and black serpents.  I held my weapon poised in my right hand, ready to give the deadly blow, my left hold of a small branch to keep my balance, when both my feet slipped, and I came within a hairs' breadth of plunging headlong into the den.  Nothing but the small limb saved me from a most terrible death, as I could not have gotten out, had there been no snakes, the rocks on all sides being nearly perpendicular.  It was a merciful and providential escape."

No census records for 1810 or 1820 could be found for Cornelius Feather (or any sensible spellings of his given name and last name, such as Fether, Fetter, etc).  He was probably in Trumbull county, Ohio during these census years.

The Mercer County, Pennsylvania history book says[1]:

"He moved to Mercer County, Pennsylvania in about 1823, settling in what is now Otter Creek township.  He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, voted the Democratic ticket, and served in the War of 1812.  His family included John, George, Mary (Mrs. Charles Milner), Sarah (Mrs. Henry Carringer), all of whom are dead except George, who was born in Warren, Ohio in 1808."

In the 1830 US census, the Cornelius Feathers household resided in Salem township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania[4].  The household included:

*  one male aged 20-30 (John?), 
*  one male aged 50-60 (Cornelius?), 
*  one female aged 10-15 (Mary Ann?), 
*  one female aged 20-30 (Sarah?) 
*  one female aged 30-40 (his second wife?).

In the 1840 US census, the Cornelius Feather family resided in New Lyme township, Ashtabula County, Ohio[5].  The household included:

*   one male aged 60-70 (Cornelius?), 
*  one female aged 0-5, 
*  one female aged 5-10, 
*  one female aged 30-40 (who?) 
*  one female aged 40-50 (his second wife?). 

Cornelius Feather received a Land Warrant patent for a lot in Salem township in Mercer County on 17 April 1846.  The Land Warrant document says[6]:


"WHEREAS, there hath been surveyed and returned into the Surveyor General's Office, agreeable to the acts of ^the 27th day of March 1813 3d April, 1792, and of the Act of March, 1811, and the 3d of April, 1833, a certain tract of Land, containing 203 Acs 23 psand allowance situate in Salem township, Mercer county, on the actual settlement and improvement of Jacob Layman (Being Lot No. 963 in the 5th donation district.).

"And Whereas, it appears from the depositions now presented, that the said settlement and improvement is such as is required by the above mentioned acts.

"And Whereas, The said Jacob Layman, who by deed dated the 25th day of October AD 1823, Conveyed all his right and title unto Cornelius Feather 
and the said Cornelius Feather having paid the purchase money, at the rate of twenty dollars per hundred acres, together with the interest due thereon.  I have, therefore, accepted said survey,and direct a Patent to issue thereon, agreeably to the acts of 17th day of April, 1843, and 29th day of April, 1844.

"In witness whereof, John Laporte Surveyor General, hath hereto set his hand, and caused to be affixed the Seal of said office, at Harrisburg, the Seventeenth day of April A.D. 1846."

Cornelius must have married secondly before 1850, and perhaps as early as the late 1820s, a woman named Mary.  She appears with him in the 1850 U.S. Census, and is the right age to be the older woman in the 1830 and 1940 U.S. census records, but she is not mentioned in the probate records of Cornelius Feather, except as a deceased widow in 1855.

In the 1850 US census, this family resided in Salem township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania[7].  The household included:

*  Cornelius Feather -- age 73, male, a farmer, $1000 in real property, born NY
*  Mary Feather -- age 58, female, born PA

The Mercer County history book[1] ascribes Cornelius' son John Feather as the one who married Phoebe Condit and had eleven children, including Stephen, George and Ira, who are described in the history book. However, research by Feather descendants indicates that the John Feather who married Phoebe Condit was the son of John Feather, brother to Cornelius.  The primary evidence is the graveyard monuments in Oak Hill Cemetery near Sandy Lake, John Feather was the son of John Feather and the father of Ira Condit Feather.

Cornelius Feather dictated an affidavit for the Revolutionary War Pension File of his brother, John Feather[3].  It reads:

"State of Pennsylvania
County of Mercer  S.S.

"Personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said County - Cornelius Feather aged 74 years a resident of East Salem township in said county - who being first duly sworn according to law doth depose and say that he is a Brother to John Feather deceased late a revolutionary Soldier and pensioner of the United States at the rate of $39.89 per annum who died in Mercer county in the month of May 1838 leaving a widow whose maiden name was Mary Wheeler - who died on the 18th day of March eighteen hundred & forty seven (1847) in said County of Mercer - deponent states that his Father Stephen Feather emigrated from Middlesex County State of New Jersey about 2 years after the close of the revolutionary War to Westmoreland County Pennsylvania and that William Wheeler who was the reputed father of said Mary was a neighbor to his said father in Middlesex Co State of New Jersey and emigrated in company with his said father to the vacinity of Carlisle Cumberland county & state of Pennsylvania - the aforesaid John Feather and Mary his wife being in the same company and that said Wheeler settled at that time as he believes in the State of Virginia and in the following winter his said Brother John left Westmoreland Co for the State of Virginia and returned in the following Spring to Westmoreland County & State of Pennsylvania together with his said wife Mary and lived in lawful wedlock with her up to the time of his aforesaid death - deponent also states that seven children are now living who were born to the said John Feather and Mary his wife 5 of which were born prior to the year seventeen hundred and ninety four whose names are Hannah Hunter Jane Neely John Feather Betsey and Nancy Feather and subsequent to 1794 was born Polley Stewart and Stephen Feather - deponent states that about the year 1798 the said John was a boy of eight or 9 years old in company with him to see a large boddy of soldiers who were on march near a Camp on Carnahane hill in the west part of Westmoreland County - who were soldiers engaged in the Whisky insurection so caled of 1794.

"Sworn to and subscribed  ...............  Cornelius Feather
on this 23rd day of April 1851
before me - I als certify that
deponent Cornelius Feather is a
credable witness M.A. Leeck J.P."

The death date of Cornelius Feather is explicitly written as 1 April 1853 in Salem township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania in the Petition for writ of heirs for partition in the probate records for Cornelius Feather[10].

There is no burial record for Cornelius Feather or his two wives.

The probate records for Cornelius Feather are in the Orphans Court Docket for Mercer County, Pennsylvania[9-12]:

1.  The Administration citation says[9]

"April Term 1855
Citation to John Feather
42    of
Cornelius Feather de^d
Shff Moore               2.00
Clerk Findley            1.25
Re^c of John Feather my Certs of
gave Recepted bill. Mach
24th 1860   (s) D W Findley

"At An Orphans Court held at Mercer in and for the County of Mercer on the 20th day of June A D 1855 the petition of George Feather was presented praying for the reasons therein stated that a citation may be issued to John Feather administrator of Cornelius Feather dec^d Commanding him to file an account of his administration of said estate.
June 20 1855  Citation awarded. Issued
Jun 20 1855  Citation Issued
July 4 1855  Served the within on John Feather by
giving him a certified copy So A????
John Moore Shff by
James Moore Depty"

2)  The Petition for writ of partition says[11]:

""August Term 1855
In re the petition of 
John Feather for a
writ of partition on
the estate
5    of
Cornelius Feather
Shff Moore on Rule  4.35
Shff on 2^d Rule      6.19
Advertising               4.00
Jury                           6.00
Shff Moore               8.87
Clerk Findley            6.50
Clerk Warner on report 3.25
Shff files the receipt of George & John M.
Carringer for their D???? as ?????

"At an Orphans Court held at Mercer on and for the County of Mercer, on the 20th day of August A D 1855, the petition of John Feather son and heir of Cornelius Feather Dec^d late of Salem Township Mercer County, was presented setting forth: that your petitioner's said father Cornelius Feather lately died intestate leaving him surviving a widow since Dec^d and Issue, your petitioner and George Feather, and also the Issue of two Daughters of said Cornelius Feather towit, Cornelius A., and Ester Ann Milner, children of Mary Milner who was formerly Mary Feather, and said Ester Ann Milner being a miner and having no Guardian; and Eliza, David J., George W., Cornelius A., and Mary Carringer and Sarah, Henry, Loisa M., Matilda S. and Harvy M Carringer, all children of Sarah Carringer intermarried with Henry Carringer who was formerly Sarah Feather, of whom Sarah, Henry, Loiza, Matilda and Harvy are miners and have no Guardian chosen.  That said intestate died seized in his demesne as of fee, of and in a certain tract of land situate in Salem Township, Mercer County Penna bounded North by land of John Hurry's heirs, East by Harry Furnace property owned by Gen. Irvin, South by Said Irvine and lot sold to Charles Milner and West by J. Russell and containing six acres more or less.  Your petitioner therefore prays your honors to award an inquest to make partition of the premises aforesaid to and among the children and representatives of said intestate in such manner and such proportion as by the laws of this Commonwealth is directed.  If such partition can be made without prejudice to or spoiling the whole, but if such partition cannot be made thereof as aforesaid then to value and appraise the same and make report of their proceedings herein according to law and he will ever pray &c.

"August 20th 1855.  Rule to show cause granted returnable to first day of next term                                                                                                    per Curiam

"August 20th A D 1855.  Rule issued.
Oct 11th 1855.  Served the within Rule on George Feather, Cornelius A. Milner, Eliza, David J., George W., Cornelius A. & Mary Carringer personally by reading, and on Chas. Milner Guardian of Esther Ann Milner, and Henry Carringer Guardian of Sarah, Henry, Louisa M., Matilda S. & Harvy M. Carringer personally by reading.  So A????
                                                             John Moore Shff

"And now to wit Nov 21st 1855 On motion Court appoint D.W. Findley Guardian ad litem for Sarah Henry Loisa M Matilda S. and Harvy M. Carringer and award the writ of partition in the above case returnable to next Term personal notice on those in the County and to those out of the County by three advertisements in two newspapers in Mercer.  The last of which shall be ten days before the day of holding said Inquest.
 Nov 26 1855 Writ of partition issued

"Mercer County SS
An Inquisition indented and taken at Salem Township in the County of Mercer aforesaid this 5th day of January A D 1856 before John More Esqr. High Sheriff of said County by the oaths and affirmations of the jurors whose names and seal are hereunto annexed good and lawful men of my bailiwick who say upon their oath and affirmations, that having been taken by the said John Moore High Sheriff as aforesaid in his proper person to the premises described to the writ to this Inquisition annexed, and the parties in the said writ named having been severally warned and as many as those being present, that they cannot divide the within described premises without prejudice to or spoiling of the whole and they have therefore appriased and valued the same and do appraise and value the same at the rate of Seventeen dollars per acre.

"In testimony whereof the said John Moore Esqr High Sheriff as aforesaid as well as the jurors aforesaid have hereunto affixed their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
                                                               John Moore Shff {seal}
George Carringer  {seal}    John M. Carringer  {seal}   David P. Long {seal}
Wm Hutchison {seal}         Allen Hutchison {seal}       William Sheakley {seal}
Samuel Long {seal}            Andrew Robinson {seal}   T.A. Robinson {seal}
George Beggs {seal}          David Hadley {seal}          John Adams {seal}

"January 23rd 1856 presented and confirmed a Rule on heirs and legal representatives to appear on the first day on next term and accept or refuse the property at the valuation of the Inquisition or in case of refusal show cause why the property should not be sold.
                                                                         per Curiam
"Rule Issued February 18th 1856
Samuel Griffith Esqr accepts Service for Cornelius Feather of the within Rule, D W Findley Guardian ad litem for Sarah Henry, Louiza M., Matilda L & Harvy M. Carringer accepts service of the within Rule.    So A???? John Moore Shff
Apr l 26th 1856.  On Motion the Court order and decree Sale of Said Real Estate described in said writ of partition and appoint John Moore Trustee to make date of the same.  Notice to be given by said Trustee in double the appraised value.  Terms one third in hand and bal in two equal annual payments with interest from consummation of sale.
                                                                                       per Curiam

"July 12th  Bond taken & order made out.
To the Honorable the Judges of the Orphans Court of Mercer County Pa. John Moore Trustee by appointment of said Court respectfully reports that pursuant to the within order of this Court, he did after due public and timely notice, by him given of the time and place of sale according to the directions within mentioned on the 18th day of August A D 1856 Expose the premises within described to sale by public auction or outcry and sold the same to Peter Henry for the of one thousand & sixty dollars, he being the highest and best bidder and that the highest and best price bidden for the same, whereupon the Trustee your petitioner prays that your Honors may confirm the same.

"Nov 21 1856  Sale confirmed and deed ordered to be made to the purchaser on compliance with the terms of sale.                         By the Court
Nov 22 1856  Court appoint Robert Taylor Esqr Auditor to distribute proceeds in hands of Sheriff arising from sale to and maong the heirs & legal representatives 
Nov 22 1856  Certificate issued
Jany 16 1857  Report presented & confirmed and distribution ordered accordingly                                   By the Court

"Jany 18 1858  On motion court appoint S.R. Mason Esqr an auditor to distribute money in hands of John Moore Esqr trustee for sale of Real Estate
Jany 18 1858  Certificate issued
March 15 1858  Auditor Report presented & filed and confirmed and distribution ordered accordingly.                       By the Court

"and now April 19 1858 It appearing to the Court that the auditor appointed to distribute the funds in the hands of the Sheriff have overlooked six & 50/100 dollars of the Costs on partition the Court therefore order and decree that the report of S.R. Mason Esqr be corrected as follows to wit:

Balance for distribution among the heirs as 
per RS Masons Report                                           $366.33
from which didn't amount of Certs omitted               6.50
Bal for distribution among heirs =                        $359.83

To George Feather 1/4                              ===  89 95 3/4
To John Feather 1/4                                  ===  89 95 3/4
To Cornelius A & Esther Ann Milner  }
    minor children of Mary Milner &c }       ===  89 95 3/4
To Eliza, David J., Geo. W., Cornelius }
    Mary, Sarah, Henry, Louisa M.       }
    Matilda S & Harvy M. minor chil   }
    dren of Sarah Carringer &c           }        === 89 95 3/4    359.83

By the Court   J. S. McCalmont
                       Pres^g Judge"

3)  The Proof of Contract of the Sale of Real Estate is[10]:

"August Term 1855
Proof of Contract of the Sale
of Real Estate of Cornelius
Feather deceased
   22   To
Charles Milner
Clerk Findley                   3.50
Rec. March 24 1860 of John Feather
my Certs & gave Receipted hel
D W Findley

"At an Orphans Court held at Mercer in, and for, the County of Mercer on the 20th day of August A.D. 1855, the petition of John Feather of Perry Township Mercer County Pa. was presented, setting forth, that Cornelius Feather, late of Salem Township in said County died on the first day of April 1853 intestate, and Letters of administration have been issued in due cause of law to your petitioner, John Feather Administrator of all and singular the goods chattels and estate of said Cornelius Feather.  The said Cornelius Feather in his lifetime, to wit, in the month of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty was seized in fee of and in five acres, one rood and eighteen perches of land, commencing at a post, thence, West fifty six perches to a post, thence North eleven perches and four links to a post, thence North 79 deg East forty eight perches to a post, thence East 22 deg South twenty two perches to the place of beginning, containing as above stated fve acres one rood and eighteen perches, and being part of Donation Lot No. 963 in the fifth donation District, and fully described in a draft or plot hereto attached as surveyed on the 12th day of March 1855 by Benjamin Robinson and being so seized the said Cornelius Feather did by a parcl contract or bargain, bind himself to Sell and convey said above described piece or parcel of land to Charles Milner in fee simple, in consideration of one hundred dollars to be paid to said Cornelius by said Charles.  That said Charles Milner paid said Cornelius in his lifetime towit, in the Spring of 1850, the sum of fifty five dollars on said purchase money as part thereof and that the balance thereof, towit, the sum of forty five Dollars with interest thereon since said April 1850 remains still due and unpaid on said land.  That said land Cornelius Feather intended to make, execute and deliver to said Charles Milner a deed for said land, but he was prevented from doing so by death;  that said Charles is ready and willing to pay the balance of the consideration money on said land, but that no sufficient provision for the performance of said bargain or contract appears to have been made by said Cornelius Feather in his lifetime, though he was well satisfied and intended that the same should be consumated.  Your petitioner therefore prays that the Honorable Court will be pleased to designate some day certain at which notice may be given to said Charles Milner, purchaser of said Real Estate to appear in your said Honorable Court and answer this petition, and furthermore that this Honorable Court will be pleased to decree the specific performance of said Contract, inorder to the completing of title of said land 
to said purchaser, according to the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided and he will as in duty bound ever pray &c.

"Charles Milner the respondent to the foregoing petition (as per paper filed and dated August 17, 1855) appears in Court, and admits the facts set forth in the above petition, and joins in the prayer of the petitioner.

"And now towit August 20th A.D. 1855 prayer of the petitioner granted and the Court decree a specific performance of the Contract, and order the administrator John Feather to convey the premises aforesaid to the purchaser, Charles Milner, by deed in fee on his Compliance with the terms of the contract.
                                                                    Per Curiam"

4)  The Account of the Estate is[12]:

"November Term 1855

"Account of the Estate
     31      of
Cornelius Feather dec^d

"At an Orphans court held at Mercer in and for the County of Mercer on the 23d day of November A.D. 1855.  The Account of John Feather Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits which were of Cornelius Feather late of Salem Township Mercer County, dec^d, was presented for confirmation and allowance (after having first passed the Register) in which said administrator charges himself with the
Sum of                                            $172.01
and claims credit for                      $ 173.32 
Ballance due Administrator            $    1.31

"Nov. 23 1855 presented and the Court order that the same be confirmed Nisi if no exceptions be filed on or before the first day of next term.
Jany 21 1856  Confirmed" 


1. The History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Ill. : Brown, Runk & Co., 1888).

2. Henry Howe, Historical Collections of Ohio in Two Volumes; An Encycllopedia of the State, (Cincinnati, Ohio : Published by the State of Ohio, 1907, ©1888), Volume I, Page 343, Cornelius Feather narrative.

3. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Appkication Files,"  online database with digital images, ( : 2011), original records in National Archives Publication M804, New Jersey, F surnames, File number W3236, images 14 and 15, Cornelius Feather affidavit, dated 23 April 1851.

4. 1830 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Salem township; Page 206, online database, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M19, Roll 149.

5. 1840 United States Federal Census, Ashtabula County, Ohio, population schedule, New Lyne township, Page 220, Cornielis Feather household, online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, Roll 376.

6. "Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952," online database and digital images, (, Mercer County, Cornelius Feather entry.

7. 1850 United States Federal Census, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, New Salem township, Page 349, Dwelling #1319, Family #1419, Cornelius Feather household, online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 796.

8. 1800 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Washington County, Pennsylvania, Fallowfield township, Page 778, Cornelius Feathers household; digital image, (); citing National Archives Microfilm Series M32, Roll 44.

9. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, Mercer County, "Mercer County Orphans Court Docket, 1850-1858," Volumes D-E, "Administration" entry for Cornelius Feather, 20 June 1855, Volume E, Page 110 (image 388 of 684); citing original records on FHL microfilm US/CAN 878,977.

10. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, Mercer County, "Mercer County Orphans Court Docket, 1850-1858," Volumes D-E, "Petition for writ of partition" entry for Cornelius Feather, 20 August 1855, Volume E, Pages 148-150 (images 408/409 of 684); citing original records on FHL microfilm US/CAN 878,977.

11. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, citing Mercer County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court Docket, 1850-1858, Volumes D-E, "Proof of contract for sale of real estate" entry for Cornelius Feather, 20 August 1855, Volume E, Pages 171-172 (image 421 of 684); citing original records on FHL microfilm US/CAN 878,977.

12 "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, Mercer County, "Mercer County Orphans Court Docket, 1850-1858," Volumes D-E, "Account of the estate" entry for Cornelius Feather, 23 November 1855, Volume E, .Page 221 (image 448 of 684); citing original records on FHL microfilm US/CAN 878,977.


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Unknown said...

I have Cornelious Feathers' headstone in my barn !!!! I am serious, it was the front step to an out building when my Dad was a child, Dad is 80 this year !