The records are alphabetical on the film.. just progress through the film to Jacob. His file has 80 documents!! (But, quite a few are innocuous notes and memos and envelopes) At a quarter apiece, that was 20 bucks... ugh. (And, I plan to make a second set of copies from another machine later, then replace pages with the "best" of the two.) (We have four machines with printing capability and their quality varies from day to day).
I can tell from this file that this is where Edna Davis Rogers got the marriage certificate and his war record.
A little background. There appears to be two separate times that Mary Feather applied for a pension.. in the middle/late 1830's and again in the 1840's.
His pension was primarily based on indirect evidence: Mary and his sons John and Adam vouching that he had said he was a Vet and affidavits from the sons of a Mr. Martin, who was an avowed Vet, that they had heard their dad say that he had known Jacob Feather during the Revolution and had seen him at various venues, particularly mentioning Valley Forge, even though he had not served in any unit with Jacob. The reviewing pension officer did find some confirming info: 1) Found a Jacob Fetter paid in a PA unit and 2) found an officer that matched one of the officers that Mary recalled Jacob recalled he served under.
The officers mentioned by Edna Davis Rogers that he served under, as well as battles he was in were from Mary Connely's recollection of Jacob's recollection. Later, a Pension "examiner" seems to have found the name of one of those fellows in the 6th Regiment of a Pennsylvania unit. (But, this didn't confirm exactly where that unit was at various times... maybe another research project <sigh>)
There is included in the file a certified copy of: "The Act for the Relief of Andrew Keen and Others, Soldiers and Widows of Soldiers of the Revolutionary and Indian Wars" a gratuity of $40 immediately, and $40 a year for life, beginning Jan 1, 1838, to various NAMED Revolutionary War Veterans or widows, including Mary Feather of Preston County, VA. This bill was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives of Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 1838.
Also, it is interesting that Mary Feather could not read or write, as her documents were signed by "x Her Mark". That may have been because she was too old. There is a signature on the Jacob Feather marriage certificate for her... maybe someone else signed that.
For those of you that are descendants of Sarah (Feather) Beaty, it is interesting that James Beaty witnessed one of Sarah's affidavits. This is important, because I don't believe a marriage certificate for James Beaty and Sarah Feather has never been found, so this is a valuable "scrap" of info that connects James Beaty to the Feathers.
Her pension was $70.55 per year. There seems to some kind of workpaper that figured that out. Has a calculation and $70.55 is the answer. I'd sure be interested to know how that was figured. I guess that's theCPA in me. <G>
Others who had inquired about this pension before the file was microfilmed were:
Mrs. G. J. Hubbs (Tubbs?), August 22, 1900
Ms. Nelle Schaffer, 06/27/1918
Certificates of pension commencing
3/4/1836 at $70.55
3/4/1843 at $70.55
These comments from an informal note in the file, apparently illustrating the thoughts of the person who was to approve the pension.
He recounts how the man named Martin remembered Jacob in the Revolution, that they had Mary's marriage certificate, and that:
"Pennsylvania Rolls show payments to "Jacob Fetter" - up to Jan 1780-81-82 (uncertain). 6th Regiment up to Jan 1781. Sam'l Morrison was Lieut in 6th Regiment (**Apparently confirming Mary Connoly's recollection of Jacob's recollection of one of officers he served under**). The name is Fetter in the certificate & on the rolls - a German name changed, it seems, to Feathers."
"There is some confirmatory proof not "essential?". If he served "off and on" 5 yrs, it is reasonable that much of his service should have been in the line."
There is then a series of numbers that adds up to $141.11 and the fellow divided this number by two to get the annual pension of $70.55:
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