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Richard Featherston

Male 1791 - 1859  (67 years)


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  • Name Richard Featherston  [1
    Born 07 Nov 1791  Nottaway Parish, Amelia County, Virginia, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Court 01 Feb 1810  [1

    • Nottoway County, Virginia, Order 7 1809-1812 p. 29, 32. At as court heldfor Nottoway County at the Courthouse on Thursday the first day ofFebruary one thousand eight hundred and ten... Richard Featherstun,orphan of Burwell Featherstun decd., came into Court and made choice ofWilliam S. Ford for his Guardian and thereupon the said William S. Fordwith security entered into and acknowledged bond according to law.

      School teacher and Methodist Preacher. No issue. Lived near Vicksburg,Mississippi.

      Yazoo, Its Legends and Legacies, by Harriet Decell and Jo AnnePrichard Chapter Black Life, p. 113 from The Vicksburg(Mississippi) Advocate, 16 December 1831.

      Slaves for Hire I shall commence hiring and renting the Slavesand Farm of Foster Cook, deceased, on the 2nd day of January next; at myresidence on Clear Creek. All persons who have hired the slaves, willreturn them on the 1st January. It will be expected of those who wishto hire again, to give satisfactory arrangements for the payment of thepresent hire, by which they will be entitled to preference to rehire.(Signed) Richard Featherston, Receiver in Chancery of the estate ofFoster Cook, Deceased, December 13, 1831. Note: Foster Cook was abrother-in-law of Newt Vick, the man from whom the city of Vicksburgtakes its name. Both were Local Methodist Preachers.

      A note: Then, in the Open Woods, there was the indomitable little,decrepit layman, Richard Featherstun, who in times of altar work hoppedabout on his rheumatic limbs as nimble as a sparrow. Another fact wasone of the chief causes of this great revival; a large number of thosewho brought into the kingdom of grace were the children of prayer. ****

      No.19, 8 Jun 1859, Page 2, Col. 3- Deaths Richard Featherstone was bornin Nottoway County, Va., 7 Nov 1791 and resided in Warren County, Miss.,for the past 30 years, where he died 18 Apr 1859. He was married 12 Dec1813 to Frances H. Sills, who survives him. Nashville and Richmond Adv.p. 228

      No.3, 18 Jan 1860, Page 2, Col. 3- Deaths Richd Featherstone: Resolutionadopted at 4th quarterly conference, North Warren Circuit, MississippiConference: That in the death of Bro. Featherstone the church has lost apious member; sympathy extended to widow and family. Walter Billinslea,Sec.; Levi Pearce, Chairman.

      Richard and wife Frances, died without direct heirs. Her sister, listedin Estate Papers as Martha H. Blair, sister and also listed as Mrs.Blaise. H.F. Cook, son of Mrs. Blaise assumes bond for disposal ofestate.

      The name Featherstun (sometimes spelled Featherston or Featherstone) wasconnected very early in Warren County to the Methodist Church. A houseof worship in the Oak Ridge community, eventually, bore the name.Richard Featherstun was the first of the family to come, arrivingbefore the 1830 census was taken. Born in Amelia County, Virginia,Featherstun and his wife Ann had no children, but educated several ofhis nephews, Featherstun, a schoolteacher, lived in Vicksburg for awhile and built a house near the jail. By 1831 he had moved to thecounty and owned a farm on Clear Creek, east of Vicksburg. John GJones, who wrote a history of the Methodist Church in Mississippi,recalled the great revival that swept Warren County around 1830. Hewrote “…in the Open Woods, there was that indomitable little, decrepitlayman, Richard Featherstun, who in times of altar work hopped about onhis rheumatic limbs as nimble as a sparrow.”

      By 1840, Belfield Featherstun, maybe one of Richard’s nephews, was alsoliving here with his wife, Nancy and several children. In 1850,Belfield and Nancy Featherstun gave an acre of land, 150 by 300 feet,for the construction of a Methodist Church. The deed indicates that astructure already existed on the site, the land was deeded to thetrustees who were not named, who were to “meet and built or cause to bebuilt and erected thereon a place of worship for the use of the membersof the Methodist Church, South…” They were instructed to “at all timesto permit ministers and preachers to preach and expound God’s Holy Woodtherein..” The deed specified that if a trustee died or ceased to be amember of the church, he was to be replaced by one who was at least 21years of age, who had been a member of the church for at least a year.The number of trustees should, always, be an odd number - nine, seven,or five - to keep from having a tie when voting. Provision was also madefor the church to borrow money by mortgaging the property. If it had tobe sold to pay the debt, any excess funds should be placed in the careof the stewards and then given to the Methodist Conference. The landwas bordered on one side by property owned by Tarleton Hancock, and thechurch was known as Featherstun Chapel. The deed was recorded onFebruary 20, 1850. No records have been found of Featherstun Chapel, andthere is no mention of it in most church records. It is doubtful that itever had many members or lasted many years.

      There were several ministers in the Featherstun family, includingRichard’s brother, Joshua, who preached in Lunenburg County, Virginia.In 1860, the Reverend Francis M Featherstun was pastor of Fletcher’sChapel in Yazoo County; he later moved to Warren C0unty and may havepastored the church that bore his family name.

      In the fall of 1878, eight members of the family of Reverend Francis M.Featherstun died of yellow fever and were buried at the Chapel; thenumber included the minister’s wife Mary, several of his children andother relatives. Two had died a few years earlier - a child in 1872 andBurwell Featherstun, who was 93 years old, in 1874. ReverendFeatherstun erected one large monument which bears the names and datesof death for ten people. Inscribed on the monument is “In Memory of myEntire Family.” About a year later the preacher remarried; his secondwife was Mary Virginia Markham, and the bondsman for the wedding was theReverend Charles B Galloway. Today, the marble monument, in the woodson old Beechland Plantation in the Oak Ridge community, is the onlyreminder of Featherstun Chapel.
    Reference Number 52679 
    Died 18 Apr 1859  Warren County, Mississippi, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I52679  Featherstone Main
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2015 

    Father Burwell Featherston,   b. 1755, Amelia County, Virginia, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Oct 1808, Nottaway Parish, Amelia County, Virginia, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Ann Hightower,   b. 1758, Amelia County, Virginia, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1831, Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1780  Amelia County, Virginia, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID F8113  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances Matilda Sills,   b. Abt 1791,   d. Oct 1865, Warren County, Mississippi, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1813  Virginia, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F15749  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1765] Featherstone Society Member Elaine Boston, E. Elaine Boston, (2014).

    2. [S627] Contact Stephen Katsurinis, Stephen Katsurinis, (2011).