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Christian and Jacob Feather - Oath & Allegiance - Philadelphia, 10/09/1775

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Christian and Jacob Feather - Oath & Allegiance - Philadelphia, 10/09/1775

Posted: 1346329535000
Classification: Immigration
Edited: 1346377141000
Surnames: Vatter, Vetter, Fetter, Fether, Feather
Christian and Jacob Feather - Oath & Allegiance - Philadelphia, 10/09/1775

This book appears under copyright, so I am abstaining from attaching a scan. You should be able to find this reference in a library.

Pennyslvania German Pioneers
(Compiled) by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, LL.D.
Edited by William John Hinke, Ph.D., D.D.
Vol 1 1727-1775
Geneaelogical Publishing Co, Inc, Baltimore, 1980
Pp 762-3

"List 324C At the Court House, Philadelphia, the 9th of Oct 1775. Present: Samuel Powel, Mayor.

The foreigners whose names are underwritten, imported in the ship King of Prussia, William Potts, Master, from Rotterdam but last from Falmouth [England], did this Day take and suscribe the foregoing Oaths & Declarations in the Usual Form. (Consigned to Jacob Viney) (paid by Jacob Viney L5.8.0, the 17th October 1775) (In the list 72).

In the list of 72 names:

Xtian Vatter
Jacob Vatter"

(Note the info in the book is a printed transcription - a copy of the original document appears to be at pp 887-8, where the above names are clearly visible.)

Note the name is German for Father. It seems to have transmuted to: Vatter > Vetter > Fetter > Fether > Feather. Some descendants of Jacob use Feathers.


These names and ship name and date match the Christian and Jacob Feather described in the Jacob Feather Genealogy by Edna (Davis) Rogers (1980). Jacob's birth date per his headstone (09/10/1759, ie over 16 in 1775) is plausible to have Jacob listed as an adult here and in the colonies in time to be the Jacob Feather whose Pension Records document his Revolutionary War Record.

Note Christian's wife Maria and their daughter, Clarissa or Anna Clara, would not be listed because this is men only.

DeWalt Schneider (Clarissa's husband) is shown in the Sanner church records as having children baptized during the same period as Jacob Feather was having his three oldest baptized there - in 1790s. This corroborates the assertion that Jacob and Clarissa (Feather) Schneider were siblings and children of Christian and Maria.

Joseph and Maria Feather are alleged to be buried in the same small family cemetery as DeWalt and Clarissa (Feather) Schneider, on the Schneider homestead. See Find-A-Grave for photos of DeWalt and Clarissa Schneider's headstones and FAG Memorials for Joseph and Maria:

See Jacob Feather's headstone:;


Additional info requested:

Can anyone describe the King of Prussia?
Dimensions? No of Sails? no of crew? etc.
Normal number of passengers - how crowded was it?
How long did the trip take?
Did the passengers ever get to walk the deck?
Is there any clue of the price of a ticket or the time of indenture if indentured?

Is there any clue to be found in Rotterdam, Germany, of the origins of the passengers??

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