Simon Feidt, farmer, was born in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, near the Mifflin Township line, 25 January 1829, and is a son of George Feidt and Susanna [Lenker] Feidt.
George Feidt, his grandfather, married a Miss Snyder, and had six children:
Katie Feidt, who married William Lenker.
George Feidt Jr., father of Simon Feidt, was born 26 November 1800, and died 7 July 1862. He married Susanna Lenker, born 4 May 1800, died 27 March 1885. Four of their twelve children are deceased, two, who were twin daughters, lived only twelve hours, and died unnamed:
Amanda Feidt, born 8 April 1841, died 12 March 1843;
Emanuel Feidt, born 30 January, 1825, died 9 February 1896, married Amanda Smith in Illinois – he died in Texas, having removed, about 1892, from Nebraska, where he owned a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of land, on which his only child, John Henry Feidt, resides;
William Feidt, born 13 October 1826, resides at Salem, Oregon, marred a widow, Mrs. Krauch;
Sallie Feidt, born 11 November 1830, wife of David Negley, has five children;
Hannah Feidt, born 3 October 1832, widow of Isaac Lenker;
Mary Feidt, twin, born 20 November 1834;
Leah Feidt, twin, born, 20 November 1834;
Mary Feidt, married J. W. Orndorff, has nine children;
Susanna Feidt, born 18 April 1837, wife of Jonas Deibler, has one child living;
Lydia Feidt, born 22 May 1839, wife of Henry Walborn.
Simon Feidt had little experience in his youth to put him in contrast with other farm boys. Winter school and summer work were his lot until he became of age. At that time he arranged with his father to remain at home to assist in or take charge of the farm work, as his father might require, for which services he was to be paid $100 a year. Both parties were satisfied, and the agreement stood until Simon was thirty-two years old when the contract was changed and he took the farm on shares for six years. During this time in 1867, Mr. Simon Feidt bought a farm of Benjamin Miller in Upper Paxton Township, to which he removed his family in 1868 and began a career of successful farming. In 1874 he sold this farm to John Mattis, and in 1875 rented an removed to the Emanuel Hoy farm. In the autumn of the same year he purchased this farm at administrator’s sale. At the cost of much labor and money he has greatly improved the place, erecting suitable buildings and adding to the extent of the farm. In 1889 he bought fifty-two acres additional from Christian Hoy‘s administrator, which, with the original tract, makes one hundred and fourteen acres. This tract, by Mr. Simon Feidt‘s industry, skillful tillage and good management, has been brought into the best condition. On it he has made his residence up to the present time.
Simon Feidt was married, 14 November 1864, to Sallie Hoy, daughter of Christian Hoy and Leah [Novinger] Hoy. They have three children:
James Peter Feidt, born 8 September 1866, married Sara W. Schreffler, 18 January 1896;
George Harvey Feidt, born 13 November 1868, married Lillie A. Lebo in November 1889, has two children, William Elmer Feidt and Mary Esther Feidt;
Christian Walter Feidt, born 26 September 1874.
Mr. Simon Feidt is a democrat. He and his family attend the Reformed church.
Christian Hoy, father of Mrs. Sallie [Hoy] Feidt, died 31 December 1888, aged seventy years, five months and thirteen days. His wife died 29 June 1881, aged sixty-three years and two days. Seven of their thirteen children are deceased:
Samuel Hoy, died in infancy;
Vesti Jane Hoy, twin;
Mary Jane Hoy, twin;
Ann Hoy, wife of John Deibler , Mifflin Township;
Emanuel Hoy, married Emma Catherine Deibler, had three children – the father, mother and one child died within a period of five weeks;
Susanna Hoy, wife of Daniel S. Feidt, had four children;
Sallie Hoy, Mrs. Feidt;
James Peter Hoy, married Amanda Wert, has four children;
Christian Alfred Hoy, married Katie Freimoyer, has four children;
Charles Edwin Hoy, married Mary Weaver, has six children;
Leah Catherine Hoy, wife of George G. Snyder, has four children;
Ida Rebecca Hoy, wife of Charles Dreibelbiss, has two children;
Peter Hoy, grandfather of Mrs. Sally [Hoy] Feidt, married Susanna Lebo. They had thirteen children:
The above information was modified/edited from Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, published in 1896 by J. M. Runk and Company of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A free download is available from the Internet Archive.
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Findagrave Memorial #71058429. Simon Feidt died on 27 December 1906 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is buried at St. David’s Reformed Church Cemetery, Killinger, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.