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Peter P. Feeler

History pulled from the CHS archive.

Peter P. Feeler

The paper is dated September 12, 1874 but the account reads as follows:

"This old colored citizen died at his home on the Reed Tract, in this town, on the 3rd instant, aged 77 years 2 months and 23 days.

"Peter was one of the pioneers of this part of the town of Constantia.  He was born June 10, 1797, in Dutchess County, a slave to Jacob Schermerhorn (who gave him his freedom before his majority) and married a beautiful negress named Jane Knapp, a slave to Andrew Whilbeck (who also settled in this town at a later date), to whom her father gave $100 for her freedom.  In the year 1834 Peter bought a lot of wild land, 68 acres on the Reed Track, of Roswell Reed, of Coxsackie, and moved immediately with his small family into the woods, where he has remained up to the time of his death.  He had for many years made it a point of his special business to go down very early every spring on the Hudson River to catch shad, where he owned all the necessary fishing apparatis but for the last eight or ten years, his advanced age and family requirements kept him at home.  He was a good neighbor, always ready to assist and advise all new-comers.  He had many friends, among whom he counted the Hon. Garret Smith, who never failed to respond financially if called on.  He was also a man of good mind and strong agrumentive powerquick in retort and comprehension, though of not much education.

"One one occasion (1845) he appeared as counsel for his son-in-law Ed Wilson, before Abner H. Allen, Esq.  Isaac Drought sued Ed fer garden and had been driven out in a very hot day and was found dead just outside the fence, with many black and bruised places.  The opposite counsel had said that the pig had been whipped to death.  Peter in summing up, explained that the black places on the pig were produced by the dampness of the ground; but, says the opposite attorney it was on the other side.  O, wal then, the sun had greater power.  He gained his case amidst great applause.  Jane Ann, his accomplished daughter, remains on the homestead and has the care of her aged mother who has been an invalid for many years, but unfortunately got kidnapped some where in the southern waters and was sold into slavery some twenty years ago, and has not been heard from since the war."

* I also have a notation that Peter died February 3, 1874.

* Feeler, Robert H. enlisted 1863.  29th Regiment.


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