FEIDT, GEORGE, shoemaker and farmer, was born in Upper Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., June 7, 1832; son of John and Mary Ann (Will) Feidt. He bears the name of his great-grandfather, George Feidt, who came from England and settled in Upper Paxton township; had issue: George, John, Abraham, and Peter Feidt. His eldest son, George Feidt, was born June 6, 1771, married Rachel Snyder, who was born February 2, 1770; their children were: John, George, Daniel, Catherine, Peter, and Thomas. George Feidt (2), died August 30, 1829, and his wife April 25, 1836. Their eldest son, John Feidt, father of George Feidt (3), was born August 18, 1798, and died November 12, 1854, aged about fifty-five; his wife, Mary Ann Will, was born April 1, 1800, and died aged about seventy-three, on January 18, 1874. They had five children: Sarah, wife of Jonas Wise; Catherine, wife of Hiram Bulse; Elizabeth, wife of John Buffington; George, and Mary C.
George Feidt was educated in the public schools of his native township, which he attended during part of each year until he attained the age of eighteen years, when he began to learn shoemaking with Abraham Snyder, at Berrysburg, Pa. Upon the completion of an apprenticeship of two and a half years, he decided that his trade would not be the best occupation for him, and turned his attention to farming, taking a farm in Upper Paxton township which he cultivated for three years. For the ensuing years he resumed his trade and worked as a journeyman shoemaker. Finding the occupation agreeable and profitable, Mr. Feidt embarked in a business of his own, opening a shop in Upper Paxton township, where he carried on the business until he entered the United States army.
He enlisted October 30, 1862, at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, in company I, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers, Capt. Benjamin Evitts, Col. George B. Wiestling. Mr. Feidt served his term of enlistment and was discharged at Harrisburg, August 5, 1863, after which he went home and worked at his trade until the opening of the following year. He then determined to unite his two occupations of shoemaking and farming, and the results of the experiment were so satisfactory that he continued the plan for eleven years. At the end of that time he sold the farm, and gave his attention to the trade alone for the next five years. In 1880 he took up farming again, and continued in agricultural pursuits until 1892, when he exchanged the farm for the homestead he now occupies, and retired from active business.
Mr. Feidt was married, August 10, 1871, to Sarah, daughter of Michael and Rachel (Alleman) Barnhart. Mr. and Mrs. Feidt have no children. On January 14, 1891, the name of Mr. Feidt was enrolled on the honorable list of United State pensioners. Mr. Feidt is a Republican. He and his wife attend the Lutheran church. Mr. Feidt is a quiet, unassuming man, always agreeable in manner, and always punctual in business, and faithful in all the relations of life. He is respected by his neighbors and is esteemed as an excellent citizen and a consistent Christian.
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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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