I have been researching Felta or Valentine Moulder/Mohler and a family history about him says:
“He was drowned in the Clinch River, January 7, 1833, was in the water, lodged on a grape vine for twelve days before he was found. He was buried at the high water mark in obedience of the EISTENAGE LAW.” Does anyone have any idea what Eistenage Law means? I have checked online as well as in several paper dictionaries, including unabridged dictionaries, and in Black's Law Dictionary. It is possible that the word is mispelled. The author of the family history was a lawyer so it might refer to some ancient law - just don't know.
Is Felta a German version of the name Valentine? They seemed to be used interchangeably.
Born: 25 Nov 1776 – NC
Married: 28 May 1798 – Jefferson Co. TN
Died: 7 Jan 1833 – Grainger Co. TN