FELTY, John Solomon, farmer, was born at the old homestead in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., April 9, 1829. He is a son of John Solomon and Mary Ann (Becker) Felty. The elder John Solomon Felty was born February 27, 1799 at the old homestead, Lower Paxton township. He was a farmer and married Miss Mary Ann Becker, born October 6, 1823. They had eight children : Isamiah; Harriet Ellen, deceased; John Solomon Jr.; Philip; Daniel; Savina, wife of Valentine Zimmerman; Annie Eliza, deceased; Ann Caroline, wife of Thomas Crum. Mr. Felty succeeded his father in ownership and occupancy of the homestead farm, having purchased the interests of his brothers and sisters. Here he spent his life in cultivating his ancestral acres. He died November 17, 1850; his wife October 10, 1883.
John Solomon Felty, Jr., began his education in the subscription schools. At the age of eight or ten he attended the public school of his native township. At eighteen he entered the Lititz Academy, Lancaster county, Pa., and studied there for two terms. He was also engaged in teaching ; he taught his first school in Lower Paxton township, when he was nineteen years of age. After leaving the academy he devoted himself to teaching and was employed in this profession for about eleven years. In 1859 he began active farming on the homestead with his two brothers, Philip and Daniel. This joint enterprise was continued until the death of his brother Philip, which took place in August, 1864. He and his brother Daniel then assumed the interest of Philip, and continued their partnership until the spring of 1888, when Daniel withdrew from the business. While cultivating the land, the brothers were also improving the property, making alterations for the better in the buildings and all appurtenances of the farm. The old homestead, which has been in possession of the family for more than a century, is now in first class condition, and is one of the most thoroughly equipped farms in the township. Mr. Felty is still its occupant, and is farming with skill, and continuing the work of improvement with skill and taste. He is endowed with mechanical genius ; his ability in this line is displayed in the arrangement of the buildings and their adaptation to modern methods in agriculture, and the conveniences and improved implements which lighten and facilitate labor.
Mr. Felty was married, October 2, 1862, to Miss Sara A., daughter of George and Sarah (Fisher) Metz. Of their ten children, six are deceased : Jacob, born July 11,1863, died August 4, 1863; Franklin and Albert, twins, born and died May 15, 1864; Samuel, born April 26, 1865, died February 29, 1866, George Washington, born August 28, 1869; died March 17, 1870, and Sarah Ellen, born December 26, 1870, died December 14, 1876. Their surviving children are : Luther Daniel, born September 10, 1866; John S., March 24, 1868; Wilson, April 27, 1873, and David August 30, 1876. Mr. George Metz, father of Mrs. Felty, died in November, 1878; her mother is still living. They had four children : Sara, Mrs.Felty; David; Catherine, wife of Jacob Bishop, and Mary, wife of Abraham Witmer. Mr. Felty has served his township two terms as school director. He is a Republican. He and his family are members of the Church of God.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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