Facts and Events
Henry and Catherine were both born in Virginia and spent their entire lives in the same area. However, during the Civil War that area became West Virginia. They had eight children, three boys and five girls. There is some question about the youngest girl, Eliza. She is listed on the 1850 census as a daughter, but Catherine would have been 48 when she was born. Perhaps she is adopted or, a relative that the family brought in.
Son John wed Mary Sevier. She was probably some distant relation to Catherine. Feaster, Keplinger, Sevier, Veach, and Shell are common names in the area. The families inter-married often.
Henry shared his farm with his son John. John would eventually take over after Henry died in 1866. Catherine stayed on with them until she died. She was listed in John’s household in the 1870 census when she was 85.
- ↑ Larry Veach. Feaster GED Veach. (Larry Veach, March 2000), Secondary quality.
- ↑ 1850 US Federal Population Census: District 23, Hardy County, Virginia (3), 1850, Primary quality.
- ↑ 1860 US Federal Population Census: District 2, Hardy County, Virginia (5), 1860, Primary quality.
- ↑ Feaster Seiver Marriage Bond, 14 Feb 1811, Primary quality.
KNOW all men by these presents, that we Henry Fister and Henry Severt are held and firmly bound unto His Excellency James Monroe Esquire, Governor of Virginia, and his successors, for the use of the Commonwealth, in the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed and dated this 14th day of February 1811 in the 38 year of the Commonwealth.
THE condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be soleminized between the above bound Henry Fister and Caty Severt of Rockingham county, if therefore, there shall be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void; otherwise, to remain in full force and virtue.
Signed, sealed and delivered
in the presence of Henry X Fister (Seal)
Teste Thomas Lewis Henry X Severt (Seal)
- ↑ Both Catharine Siever and Philip Siever were children of John and Mary "Polly" (Swank) Siever. So, Henry Siever must have been a relative, who obligated the marriage bond.