Henry Felty – American Revolutionary War Veteran (1758-1836)

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Photo courtesy of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Just this week it was brought to my attention that the State Museum of Pennsylvania featured this blue-and-red wool uniform coat, which was attributed to Henry Felty, one of several American Revolutionary War Veterans buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  You can read the full post by clicking here.

According to the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s description, “This blue-and-red wool uniform coat, one of the earliest examples of military dress in the State Museum’s collection, is attributed to Henry Felty of York County, Pa. Felty appears in the muster rolls of the 8th Battalion, 1st Company of the York County Militia in 1778, and is listed in the 7th Battalion, 2nd Company 1779.”

The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s post continued that the 1778 tax records listed Henry’s occupation as a saddler, and that he purchased a “saddler’s bench” and tools at an estate sale.

Also in 1778, his name appears in the muster rolls of the 8th Battalion, 1st Company of the York County Militia.  Later, in 1779 his name was found listed in the 7th Battalion, 2nd Company. The Museum notes that this coat does not conform to Revolutionary War patterns of the period.

According to the State Museum of Pennsylvania, “The cut and style of the coat, a coatee with shortened tails, as well as the flat white-metal button design, appears to point to an infantryman who served in the army after 1795. Felty’s service continued to at least until 1799, when he was listed as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Hanover Troop of Horse, which is the most likely time in which he wore this uniform.”

Felty’s widow, Anna Maria, was awarded his veterans pension upon his death in 1836. This is an awesome find and connection to our cemetery.  Felty’s grave stone can be located at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Old Section C, lot 84. (photo courtesy of Find-A-Grave.com)

Plan a visit to Mount OIivet Cemetery at 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover to find more war veterans of many eras.

 

 

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My journey with the Daughters of the American Revolution started with this tombstone of Ida May Sherman. My research has gone beyond my ancestors to the discovery of the historic mysteries that lie within cemeteies.

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