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American Republican; 8/14/1866
Estate of Rebecca Bones, dec'd.
Late of Tredyffrin township.
NOTICE is hereby given that Letters of Administration on the above estate have been granted tot he undersigned to whom all persons indebted to said estate will please make payment and those having claims or demands against the same will present them for settlement.  ELIJAH LAIRD, Tredyffrin township

Daily Local; 3/12/1892
Rebecca S. Bones
Rebecca S. Bones, widow of Davis S. Bones, died in Philadelphia on Thursday, aged 87 years.  She was a daughter of Conrad and Dorothy Shearer.  The family of deceased formerly resided near Pottstown, also at Spring City and other places in Chester county, and were well known people.  The remains of the aged woman will be taken to Spring City on Monday morning next for interment.

FETTERS

American Republican; 10/19/1841
DIED, In Charlestown township, on the 20th ult.  ANN B., daughter of George an Catharine Fetters, aged five years and twenty days.

Village Record; 10/06/1846
On the same day, at the residence of Mr. Culp, by the same, Mr. JOSIAH FETTERS, to Miss MARY ANN CULP, all of West Vincent.

Village Record; 12/14/1847
Estate of John Laubaugh, deceased.
LETTERS Testamentary on the Estate of John Laubaugh, late of the township of Uwchlan, dec'd, having been granted to the subscriber living in Charlestown township all persons indebted will please make payment and those having demands will present them to   GEORGE FETTERS, Executor.

Chester County Times; 2/02/1861
FETTERS-BARKER  On Thursday evening, January 24th, at the house of the bride's father, by the Rev. R. M. Patterson, Mr. John A. Fetters and Miss Maggie, daughter of Matthew Barker, Esq., all of East Whiteland, chester county.

Jeffersonian; 1/05/1867
By the Rev. J. B. Knipe, at the residence of the bride's father, on Christmas day, Mr. Abraham Fetters, Jr., to Miss Rebecca Brownback, of U. Uwchlan.

Jeffersonian; 10/31/1868
FETTERS-- In Charlestown, Oct. 15th, Catharine, wife of George Fetters, aged 60 years, 8 months and 18 days.

At the funeral of Mrs. Fetters, of Charlestown, 160 carriages were in attendance, and over fifty different families of relatives were represented in the procession.

Jeffersonian; 2/19/1870
By the Rev. J. B. Knipe, on the 27t of Jan., Mr. John L. Fettters to Miss Hannah Jane Kugler, both of Charlestown, Chester county.

Jeffersonian;  2/26/1870
John Fetters, one of the oldest residents of Upper Uwchlan, died on Sunday evening, the 20th.  He was in his 82 year.


Daily Local; 3/10/1875
FETTERS.  Died March 8th, Abram Fetters, Sr., in the 82nd year of his age.
Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, on Friday, March 12th, leave the house at 11 o'clock.

DEATH OF AN 1812 SOLDIER.  We regret to announce the sudden death of Abram Fetters, Sr., which occurred at his residence in East Whiteland township, on Monday evening last.  Deceased was 81 years old, and was one of the oldest residents of that neighborhood.  He resided in the above named township all his life and was highly respected by all who knew him.  In hi death the community loses a valuable and highly esteemed member and his family a kind and indulgent father.  He served in the war of 1812 and was for a long time connected with the several military organizations of Chester county.  Of a family of eight children, four brothers and four sisters, there are now but two surviving--one brother and a sister, both being nearly 90 years of age and in a remarably good state of health.

Daily Local; 3/11/1875
West Chester Local News.
FUNERAL.  The funeral of Abram Fetters, Sr., will take place to-morrow at 11 o'clock, from his late residence in East Whiteland township, to proceed to the Great Valley Presbyterian Church Burying Ground.  The remains will be placed in the vault at that place.

Daily Local; 1/02/1880
EDGEFIELD INSTITUTE.  Upper Uwchlan, Chester county, Pa.  A day and boarding school for girls or boys.  The twelfth annual session will commence on MONDAY, Oct 27, 1879, and continue five months.  A thorough course in all the English branches, together with Latin, music, drawing and oil painting.  A class will be formed especially for those desiring to teach.  For terms, which are very moderate apply to or address
A. FETTERS, Principal
Uwchlan, P.O., Chester county, PA.

Daily Local; 9/11/1885
Death from Tetanus.--  We gave an account in a previous issue of this paper of an injury received by John Fetters, of Lionville, through which he had been attacked with lock-jaw by the running of a nail in his foot, and but little hope was entertained of his recovery.  Since the attack of the malady on Wednesday he has been growing rapidly worse and suffered fearfully until Thursday afternoon, when death came to his relief.  The young man is a son of Abram Fetters, proprietor of Edgefield Institute and had just been entered for a course in Ursinus College, Montgomery county, having decided to enter the ministry of the Reformed Church.  He was rigidly correct in his deportment and was highly esteemed and beloved by all who knew him. That one so young, only 18 years old, should be called away in this manner is particularly said.


Daily Local; 9/12/1885
FETTERS.  On September 10, John B., son of Abraham and Rebecca Fetters, aged 18 years.
Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his father, Abraham Fetters, in Upper Uwchlan township, on Monday, September 14, to leave house at 11 am  Interment at St. Matthew's Reformed Church Cemetery.  Conveyances will meet the morning train at Byers'.

Daily Local; 9/15/1885
A Large Funeral.  The funeral of John Fetters, son of Abram Fetters, which took place on Thursday, was the largest seen in northern Chester county in a long term of years.  There were over 300 carriages in the solemn procession and 150 awaited them at the church where the interment took place.  There were four ministers in attendance, namely:  Rev. Mr. Rentz, of Lionville; Rev. Mr. Barrows, of Windsor; Rev. Mr. Wettach, of St. Matthew's and Rev. Mr. Mauger.

Daily Local; 9/16/1885
Obituary.
John B. FETTERS.
It is seldom that a community is so shocked and that there is so much to call forth their sympathy as was the case in the death of John B. Fetters, Upper Uwchlan.  The circumstances were of a very sad and peculiar nature, and as there have been a great many reports in circulation that were not correct it would be proper to state a few facts connected wit his life ad death.
John B. Fetters, son of Abraham and Rebecca B. Fetters, was born October 19, 1867, died September 10, 1885, aged 17 years, 10 months and 21 days.  He was a delicate child, yet he grew a he advanced in years to be healthy and strong.  He was consecrated to God by holy baptism July 5th, 1870.  He showed brightness of mind and an early attachment to devotional exercises and Christian worship.  He attended Sabbath School regularly from almost his infancy, and never losing until his death his interest in the work of a  faithful scholar.  Only a few Sabbaths before his death a young man almost his own age through his influence walked with him for the first time to the Bible class, taking his seat beside him to study God's words.  He was early convinced that it is the duty of every on to give himself or herself to Christ  He made a public profession of his faith and united wit the St. Matthew's Reformed Church on April 9, 1882.  He was a regular attendant and faithful member, missing but one communion service during his membership.  He was afforded a good opportunity in his father's school (Edgefield Institute) of an education, which he took advantage of as a dutiful student and son.
This fall his parents, wishing to give him better advantages of an education, resolved to send him to the Ursinus College at Collegeville, Montgomery county.  It was his intention to be a farmer and to at his mind for that useful employment.  He entered Ursinus College on Monday, August 31st, expecting to return to his home on Friday evenings and go back to school on Monday mornings, hoping to assist his parents and to enjoy the pleasure of home, to which he had  a strong attachment.  He returned home on Friday evening, September 5th.  On Saturday following in the forenoon, he was engaged in plowing.  A rain following at noon changed the work and with his father and younger brother he was engaged in repairing an old building.  He accidentally stepped upon the fatal nail, which penetrated his foot at the base of he great toe of the left foot.  Immediate attention was given the wound which showed no seriousness at the time, and using all precautions to prevent setious consequences.  The wound showed no suppuration and very little soreness.
On Monday Dr. Prizer, of Lionville, was called in to examine the wound and to have his opinion in regard to its results.  The physician pronounced it doing as well as could be expected.  On Tuesday the patient seemed so well that he thought he could return to school on Wednesday morning.  On Wednesday morning he did not see so well and did not start to school; at 10 am he spoke of a slight stiffness of the jaws and a soreness of the back of the neck, but thought it came from a diseased tooth.  At noon the case seemed to be worse and the doctor was again summoned.  At 2:20pm it was a developed case of tetanus, or lock-jaw.  His father being absent from home on returning at 7 pm hastened messengers were sent for Drs. Fussell and Prizer, who responded promptly and treated the case vigorously as was consistent.  The power of swallowing was paralyzed.  Injections and vapor baths were applied in vain.  The paroxysms increased and continued until within one hour of his death, which occurred on Thursday, September 10, at 1:15pm.
The last hour his breathing was easy and his life flashed away on a gentle zephyr.  In a very short time the life of this noble, promising boy took its flight to its Maker.  He bore his sufferings with great heroism and with Christian fortitude.  He said to his mamma, who was so tenderly caring for him, "Don't worry, Manna, it will be all right."  His parents and near relatives could scarcely realize that the life of their dear son and child had so suddenly departed and that he was dead.  Neighbors and friends were shocked at the report of his death.  Yet it was true and the lesson should be brought home to every individual, that the messenger may not come as it did so suddenly in this case but it will meet us all at some future time and it is important that we should prepare for it.  On Monday a very large number of sympathizing relatives and relatives gathered at the house of mourning.  The business of the whole neighborhood for miles around appeared to be suspended.  There was some universal manifestation of sympathy and sorrow.
A short service was observed at the house.  Rev. William Barrows spoke very feelingly of the young man.  His heart was almost overcome with grief and he uttered but the sentiments of many others that were present.  A procession of carriages nearly two miles in length followed the body tot he church. A congregation of many hundred persons gathered at this place.  It was particularly noticeable that the young people were largely represented.  Rev. Mr. Wettach, the pastor, spoke words of comfort and consolation from the text, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then, face to face; now I know in part, but then shall I know even as I also am known. "   . . . 


Daily Local; 9/07/1891
Died.
FETTERS.  In Phoenixville, on September 4th, George Fetters, Sr., in his 91st year.
Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend his funeral from the residence of his son, George Fetters, Jr., on Tuesday, September 8th, at 10:30 o'clock.  To proceed to Pikeland Cemetery.

George Fetters.
George Fetters, son of George and Margaret Fetters, was born on Christmas Day 1800 and died on Sept. 4, 1891.  He was the youngest and last living of eight children, four sons and four daughters, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, married and have left many descendants, who are amongst our most useful citizens.  George Fetters was born in Charlestown township, and had been a citizen of Chester county all his life.  He learned the carpenter trade, following it for several years.  He married Catharine, daughter of John and Sarah Sanbaugh, of Uwchlan and soon after purchased a farm in Charlestown township, which he greatly improved and successfully managed for many years.  He was a man of decided character, a true friend and a kind neighbor, ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in distress or affliction.  The deserving poor never left his door without some testimony of his liberality.  As a citizen he was respected alike for his honesty, integrity and uprightness.  He was a pronounced Democrat and voted for every Democratic candidate for President since 1824.  He was seldom if ever sick, and was a hard worker until the infirmities of age compelled him to take life more quietly.  He came from Revolutionary parentage. 
His mother, Margaret Fetters, nee Smith, was a daughter of John and Sarah Smith, who were German immigrants and had settled in Montgomery county previous to the Revolutionary war.  Their home was near White Marsh, and after the battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777, three wounded American soldiers were cared for at her father's home.  She was then seventeen years old and assisted her mother and sisters in doing the work and nursing those wounded soldiers.  Her father and three of her older brothers being with the American army, her father as a teamster, the brothers as soldiers.  While being in camp at Valley Fore her father, who was a miller, was appointed a flour inspector.  One of her brothers served with the Northern Division of the American army and was present as a guard and saw Major Andre hung.  She saw General Washington several times on horseback.  She gave the writer of this, when a boy, a personal description of Washington; what a commanding and fine appearance he made as he road on a large gray horse and accompanied by his body guard.  George Fetters' father, George, also served in the American army until the close of the war, and was discharged from the same near New York, marching through New Jersey to his home in Pennsylvania.  He was the ancestor of all the Fetters families in Chester county.  The late Hon. John C. Smith, of Pottstown, was a great-grandson of the first settlers, John and Sarah Smith.  George Fetters leaves four sons, Samuel, David, John and George, two daughters being deceased.  His remains will be interred at Pikeland Cemetery to morrow, where the remains of his grandparents, John and Sarah Smith and his parents, George and Margaret Fetters, are buried. 

Daily Local; 9/09/1891
There was a very large number of people in attendance at the funeral of George Fetters, which took place from his late residence in Charlestown township, yesterday forenoon.  The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. I. Calvin Fisher, pastor of the Reformed church of Pikeland.  The bearers were Joseph G. King, Charles Gill, Clinton Radcliff, George March, Peter Hartman and John Oldwine.  The interment was at Pikeland Reformed Church Burying Ground.

Daily Local; 10/22/1892
FETTERS.  At his residence, in Lionville, Uwchlan, on Friday, October 21st, 1892, John Fetters, aged 68 years.
Funeral on Tuesday, October 25th, 1892.  Leave the house at 11 am Services at St. Paul's Reformed Church, Uwchlan, at 11.30 am  Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.

John Fetters, of Uwchlan
John Fetters died at his residence in Lionville, Uwchlan township, on Friday, October 21st, 1892, aged 68 years.  He was the eldest son of the late Samuel and Mary Fetters and was born in Uwchlan township, where he spent his entire life with the exception of the two years that he resided in East Whiteland.  He was a farmer, and owned the homestead farm in Uwchlan since the settlement of his father's estate in 1862.  His farm was a model for good management, thrift and productiveness.  About ten years ago he retired from active farm work to his present residence.  He was a good neighbor, a true friend and the poor ever found in him a readiness to assist the deserving.  He was a member of St. Paul's Reformed Church, Uwchlan and filled the office of Trustee for the pat fifteen years.  Also that of Treasurer of the Sunday school for the same time.  He was unmarried and his sister Elizabeth has always resided with him.  He was an exemplary citizen, always taking an interest in measures that would tend to improve the conditions of society, by his industry and frugality.  He leaves an estate of considerable amount.

Daily Local; 8/24/1893
This morning a large number of persons were shocked to learn of the sudden death of one of the most highly respected and influential citizens of the county, Abraham Fetters, of Upper Uwchlan, had committed suicide.  This announcement, followed so closely upon the suicide of James H. Brambery, of West Grove, the explosion in Uwchlan where one life was sacrificed and another nearly so, together with the fact of the drowning of George Oberholtzer, a former Uwchlan resident, out in Iowa, served to create almost a painful sensation in the minds of Chester countians.
Mr. Fetters' death is indeed a sad closing of a useful and well spent life, which was full of conscientious toil and devotion to duty and principle.
He was in the midst of the enjoyment of the fruits of a substantial career, being possessed of ample competency and as a specimen of physical manhood few men could equal him.
Strictly temperate and pure in mind, honest, industrious and useful in the highest degree to both the home and the State, his suicide has struck his host of friends and acquaintances with wonder and amazement, and so far as can be learned his finances are in the best of condition.
FEARED ILLNESS.
For some time past Mr. Fetters had not been feeling well and suffered a good deal from insomnia. 
He feared illness and this preyed so upon his mind that he asked his only son to go to West Chester and consult his lawyer, R. S. Waddell, Esq., as to having him (deceased) relied from serving as guardian of the minor children of David Lewis, Upper Uwchlan, to which position he had but a short time ago been appointed.  The necessary papers were at once drawn up, but death intervened.
While in town his son informed Mr. Waddell that his father was worried and did not sleep much.
HANGED HIMSELF.
Continuing to suffer for the want of sleep it was only after the most earnest solicitation of his family that he could be prevailed upon to have the physician and Dr. Prizer was finally sent for.  He then seemed to feel better until yesterday when he dropped back into his former condition and in an unguarded moment slipped away from his family and while he was not out of their sight fifteen minutes, he was found hanging in the wagon house by his neck--dead.
Temporary insanity is believed to have been the cause.  The sad ending of such an exemplary and useful life, which had been triumphant over so many obstacles, the unhappy closing of such a popular career, the breaking down of such a strong and conscientious will power, has cast a gloom over the entire community in which he resided, and the bereaved family has the heartfelt sympathy of all who know them in this hours of bitter trial.
AN ABANDONED TRIP.
He and his wife intended going to the World's Fair on Monday but postponed the trip because Mr. Fetters did not feel well.
The deceased was a well-known citizen of Upper Uwchlan township, where he spent most of his life.  He was born in Uwchlan township September 17th, 1828.  Uwchland then embraced all of what is now Upper Uwchlan township as well as its present limits.  When only four years of age he went to live with his grandfather, John Acker, in East Whiteland township.  There he remained until he was sixteen years of age.  His early educational was received in the public school of Valley Creek, in East Whiteland township.  He was particularly distinguished in  mathematics, for which he had a fondness all his life.  His first savings from the proceeds of nuts gathered and sold he used in the purchase of books.  History and biography were favorite lines of reading with him.
After he was sixteen he returned to his father's and soon thereafter went one term to Prospect Hill Academy, in East Bradford township, kept by Benjamin Price, Jr.,
A SCHOOL TEACHER.
When about eighteen years of age he taught Hopewell Public School, in Charlestown township.  He taught three sessions at Hopewell, nine at White School, in Uwchlan three at Franklin Hall, West Pikeland, and three at School No. 1, Birmingham.  He was also in charge of the primary department in the West Chester Academy for two years under Prof. Wyers as Principal.  In the course of his career as a teacher no less than twelve hundred pupils were under his charge.
As a teacher he was enthusiastic in his profession and was not disposed to follow old ruts and do simple routine work.  At White School, in 1856, he established the first public school library int he county and it is claimed that he was the first to introduce vocal music into his school 
A large number of well educated and .........Mir. Fetters, and maintained a profound respect and friendship for him throughout his lifetime.  In 1866, he resigned his position in West Chester Academy and retired tot he farm where he spent the remainder of his life.
HIS DOMESTIC RELATIONS.
Abraham Fetter was a son of Samuel and Mary Acker Fetters.  On Chrsitmas Day, 1866, he married Rebecca K., youngest daughter of John and Hannah Brownback, of Upper Uwchlan.  The successful teacher now retired to the beautiful residence and well kept farm in that township, where he delighted in the quiet home life and the cultivation of the soil.
The old passion for school teaching revived after awhile and in the fall of 1868, having the previous winter taught school at Prospect Hill, Upper Uwchlan, he opened "Edgefield Institute" a day and boarding school at his residence, which was kept up afterward for quite awhile, educating both sexes.
HIS WAR RECORD
During the rebellion he was Captain of Company G, 12th Regiment P.V.M., in the fall of 1862, and in 1863 was 1st Sergeant of Company A, 43d Regiment P.V.M.
IN POLITICS.
He was a strong and active Democrat and was one time Jury Commissioner representing his party in the board.  Besides he was nominated for the Legislature from his district and three years ago was a candidate for County Commissioner.  When D. M. Cox was the successful aspirant.  He had intended again being a candidate for that office at the coming election, but the other day he wrote to West Chester stating that if John S. Mulllin was going to be a candidate he would withdraw.
A BANK DIRECTOR.
He was a Director of the National Bank of Phoenixville and was a Director ofthe Old Brandywine Bank of West Chester, which collapsed years since.
HIS FAMILY
Deceased was a brother of Samuel Fetters, of Frazer, and also of John Fetters, deceased, Pikeland.  A wife and family survive him as dos also a sister, Mary Fetters, who makes her home with her niece, Mrs. J. Howard Lumis, South Walnut Street, West Chester. , Mrs. John Krauser, deceased, West Pikeland, was also a sister.

Daily Local; 8/25/1893
ABRAHAM FETTERS' SUICIDE.
Some Additional Particulars of the Upper Uwchlan Tragedy.
Coroner J. Jone McFadgen left this morning for Upper Uwchlan township for he purpose of holding an inquest on the body of Abraham Fetters, the announcement of whose suicide was published in yesterday's NEWS.  It has been learned that Mr. Fetters had been missing from the house about twenty minutes when his body was found hanging in the wagon house.
At an early hour in the evening Mrs. Fetters went into the shed above mentioned, when she was startled to find her husband swinging in midair.  Thinking he was not yet dead, she seized him by the limbs and held him up so that there would be no strain on hid neck, in the meantime screaming for assistance.
The body was shortly afterward gotten down and every effort made to resuscitate it, but without avail; life was entirely extinct.
As has been stated the act was committed in a remarkably short space of time.  Deceased had gone out into the wagon house, procured a chain, fastened one end about a beam in the building and other end about his neck; then jumped from a cultivator on which he was standing and death followed in the course of a few minutes.  The sad affair has completely prostrated his wife and is a great blow to his many relatives and friends.
HIS NECK BROKEN.
Investigation revealed the fact that Mr. Fetters did not die of strangulation, but tha his neck was broken.
HIS FUNERAL.
His funeral will take place to-morrow.  Interment at St. Matthew's Reformed Cemetery.
Deceased has intimated that in case of his death he desired a private funeral.
CLOSELY WATCHED.
It is evident that he had recently contemplated suicide, as he was closely watched by his family.  Intimating that he desired to go out into the yard he was permitted to go alone, when he took advantage of the absence of his family and committed the rash act.
To his son Horace he had said that in case of his death he would find papers in his desk referring to some of his last wishes.

Coatesville Weekly Times; 8/26/1893
Captain Abraham Fetters, an influential and widely known citizen of Upper Uwchlan, committed suicide by hanging himself with a chain in his wagon house on Wednesday evening.  He had been in ill health for some time, and it is supposed that was the cause of his rash act.
Captain Fetters served with distinction throughout he civil war, and is best known throughout the country for his educational work.  He began his career as a public educator when but eighteen years old, and of those who learn of his sad end of life, none will feel it more keenly than the hundreds of his old pupils, who are now scattered throughout the Union.  To him is due the credit of introducing the public school library into Chester county, and it is believed that he was one of the first to use vocal music as a school exercise.  He was born in Uwchlan township, September 17, 1828, and almost his whole life has been passed in that and East Whiteland townships.  He as a member of Upper Uwchlan Grange, No. 53, Patrons of Husbandry, a director of the National Bank of Phoenixville and of the Dime Savings Bank of West Chester.



Daily Local; 11/01/1894
FETTERS.  on the 30th instant, George Fetters, Jr., aged 48 years and 3 months.  The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from his late residence, Phoenixville, near Nutt's Avenue Station, Frazer Branch, P. R. R., on Friday morning, November 2d, 1894.  To leave the house at 11 o'clock.  Interment at Pikeland Cemetery.

Coatesville Record;  5/25/1899
In his 68yth year, Captain Levi Fetters, who for a long time has been an honored citizen of this county, died yesterday at his home at Barneston.  In 1869 he married Mary, daughter of Isaac King, of East Whiteland, and to them were born two sons, Arthur H. and Lawrence K.  He later resided at Barneston, in West Nantmeal township, where he was ticket and freight agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad at that station.  He was Postmaster there for many years and was also engaged in the mercantile and warehouse business.

Morning Republican; 5/27/1899
Captain Levi Fetters.
After a useful and eventful life Captain Levi Fetters of West Nantmeal township, passed away at his home at Barneston station on Wednesday, after a brief illness with a complication of diseases incident to old age.  The deceased was in his sixty-eight year.
Levi Fetters, the son and second child of Abraham and Elizabeth (Acker) Fetters, was born November 3d, 1831.  He had a fair chance for a common school education, having attended two years the school of Miss Elizabeth Jones, daughter of the late Judge Thomas Jones, a most estimable lady and an accomplished teacher.  He also spent two winters at the Howard Academy, Rockville, under charge of Professor James McClune.  He taught school from 1854 to the breaking out of the war, in the winters.  In 1859 he visited Europe on a tour of six months and contributed a series of letters to the Chester County Times, then owned by Samuel Downing and published in West Chester.  They were read with great favor and largely copied by other papers.  During the war he was First Lieutenant in the Twenty-first Pennsylvania Militia, and Captain of Company C, 175th P. V.  he served in Virginia and North Carolina until his regiment was mustered out.  His reputation as an officer was such that on one occasion his company was elected from the whole brigade for a special service.  He taught infantry tactics in the Free Military School, 1210 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, for six months during the war.  This school was established and paid for by the Union League of Philadelphia, for instructing officers and colored troops.  It was a most successful institution, and sent over four hundred well qualified young officers tot he front and field.
In 1869, he married Mary, daughter of Isaac King, of East Whiteland, and to them were born two sons, Arthur H. and Lawrence K.  He latterly resided at Barneston, West Nantmeal township, where he was ticket and freight agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad at that station.  He was also agent of Adams Express Company and a director in the Phoenixville Fire Insurance Company.  He was a postmaster there for many years, and was also engaged in the mercantile and warehouse business.  He was at one time a candidate in the county Republican convention for the nomination for the Legislature and received forty-four votes, being next to the one nominated.  All his ancestors were of German or Swiss extraction and all honest and successful farmers.  His grandfather, George Fetters and others of his ancestors were soldiers in the patriot army in the Revolution.  His father, Abraham, when a young man, walked, in 1817 to Cincinnati, Ohio and back to his home in this county and was for many years a commissioned officer in a military company commanded by the late John G. Wersler, of Charlestown.  Levi Fetters had acted as school director.  He had been for many years a member of the I.O.O.F.   In 1866 he was in Florida in the cotton culture and in 1872 embarked at Barneston in the mercantile business, where he was most successful.

Daily Local; 4/05/1909
FETTERS.  In Philadelphia, on April 3, 1909, John L. Fetters, in the 66th year of his age.
Relatives and friends of the family, also Mt. Pickering Lodge, No. 446, F. & A., M., are respectfully invited to attend the funeral without further notice at Lower Pikeland Church on Thursday, April 8th, 1909, at 10 o'clock am  Interment in adjoining cemetery.  Carriages will meet train at Pikeland Station, P.V.R.R. 

Daily Local; 7/11/1913
Lawrence King Fetters.
Lawrence King Fetters, formerly of this county, died of Bright's disease at his home in Harrisburg, on July 5, aged 39 years.  He was the youngest son of the late Levi and Mary King Fetters and a grand-nephew of the late John Acker.  he is survived by his widow, a brother, Arthur Haldeman Fetters, of Omaha, Nebraska, and a sister, Mrs. Howard Millard, of Loag, this county.  The funeral was held on July 7, in Harrisburg, with interment at Paxtang.

Daily Local; 1/23/1923|
John A. Fetters
Full of years and honors, John A. Fetters died yesterday at his home in the Chester Valley.  He would have been ninety years old on the 5th day of the coming March.
Mr. Fetters was all his life a farmer and a member of Great Valley Presbyterian Church, in which he had been a Sabbath School teacher, Superintendent of the School, Elder and Clerk of the Session.
His wife died eight years ago, leaving him three daughters, Jennie B., Elizabeth A., and Katherine H., all single and at home.
Mr. Fetters was a cousin of Samuel Fetters, who conducted a mill that section for many years.

Daily Republican; 6/29/1953
George Lewis Fetters, 72, well known contractor, of Third and Lincoln Aves., died at his home this morning after a long illness.
Born in Charlestown Twp., he was a son of the late George and Sarah Emery Fetters and was a builder by trade. At one time he built all the bridges for Chester Co and repaired them.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and belonged to the Grand Lodge of Phoenix chapter 212, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Phoenix Encampment 79.
In addition to his widow, Helen Miller Fetters, a teacher in the Charlestown Twp. Consolidated School, he is survived by a daughter, Evelyn, wife of Harold M. Jarrett, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.  Also three grandchildren and two brothers, Orlando B., Llanerch, and Roger T., Birchrunville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in the Kepp Funeral Home, 416 South Main St., with burial in Grove M. E. Cemetery, near West Chester.  Friends may call Wednesday night from 7 to 9.

FIMPLE-

Village Record; 1/08/1861
On the 27th ult, at the house of the bride's father by Rev. Jos. W. Porte, Mr. ISAAC L. FIMPLE to MISS LIZZIE HUGHES, all of Charlestown, Chester Co.

Jeffersonian; 2/15/1868
FIMPLE--HUGHES.  On the 6th inst., at the parsonage of the Willistown Baptist Church, by Rev. Jas. L. Sagebeer, Mr. Isaac Fimple, of Willistown, to Miss Anna Maria Hughes, of Charlestown, all of Chester county.

Daily Local News; 1/23/1925
FIMPLE.-- In Tredyffrin, on Friday, Jan. 23, Isaac L. Fimple, in his 91st year.  
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral without further notice from the home of his nephew, Harry J. Jacobs on Tuesday, Jan. 27.  Services at the house at 11 o'clock.  Interment at Lower St. Matthew's Cemetery.  Autos will meet trains at Paoli going west at 10:04 and going east at 10:12.  

Daily Local News; 1/8/1925
Isaac Fimple, a long-time resident of Chester county, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jacobs, in Tredyffrin township, near Malvern, on Friday evening, at an advanced age of 91 years.  Mr. Fimple was born in Marple, Delaware county, August 20, 1834.  He was a son of Isaac and Jane Fimple, whose parents emigrated to this country long before the Revolutionary War, father and son living together in three centuries.  In 1856 he moved with his parents and three sisters to Charlestown township, where he met and happily wedded Miss Elizabeth Hughes.  This promising marriage was soon broken by the hand of death.  He afterwards married Miss Maria Hughes, a sister of his first wife, with whom he lived for more than forty years in the complete joy of a common interest.  She, too, preceded him some years ago to the great beyond.
Many years ago, desiring to be relieved from the burden of a large farm, he disposed of his property in Charlestown and moved to East Nantmeal township, near Bethel Church.  He was well and favorably known, steadfast in his convictions and as honest as the sun.  He had the confidence and trust of all who knew him.  He was a Republican in politics and in faith a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The few closing years of his life were spent in quietness and peace in the home of his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jacobs, as he desired.


 

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