|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1839|
7 Aug 1861 Married Jennie G. Felt at Brockway, Jefferson, PA.
Enlisted, August 29, 1864 in Company B. 211th P.V.I., under Capt. Charles McLain. In front of Petersburg, April 2, 1865, he was three times wounded, twice in the left shoulder and once in the neck. For eight hours, he lay on the battlefield, and was then taken to City Point hospital, three days later to a hospital in Washington D.C., where he also remained three days, and from there was transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, where he was finally discharged.
1874 Joined the Erie Conference, Methodist
1881-1884 pastoring at Rockland/Van
Source: United Methodist Church Records
1886-1888 pastoring Belleview Charge: Mount Pleasant/Belleview/Salem/Langville
Source: United Methodist Church Records
Member of the Sligo G.A.R.
Rev. Russell Madison Felt, who is now living retired in Sligo, Penn., was for many years one of the leading Methodist Episcopal ministers in this Conference.
He was born in Potter county, Penn., November 6, 1839, and is the son of Comfort D. and Marcia (Robinson) Felt, natives of Allegany, N.Y., where they continued to make their home until coming to Brockwayville, Jefferson county, Penn., in 1846. Both had previously been married, the father's first wife being a Miss Clark, by whom he had children as follows: Orange, who died, and a son, Adelbert; Charles, a farmer of Chautauqua county, N.Y., and Mrs. Lucina Benson, a widow living in Chautauqua county. The mother first married Russell Madison and to them were born three sons: Harley, who was killed at the battle of Petersburg during the Civil War; Alonzo, a resident of Brockwayville, Penn., and Signey G., who is engaged in lumbering in the State of Washington. Our subject is the second in order of birth of the children of the second union, the others being Betsy E., who first married Jacob Linzenbigler, and after his death wedded Mahaman Heathe, a farmer of Clearfield county, Penn.; Rachel M., twin sister of our subject and the wife of William Rice, a retired farmer and lumberman living in Brockwayville; Jacob D., who died in 1854 at the age of thirteen years; Polly E., wife of David Rimer, a farmer of Clearfield county; and Ira, who died in infancy. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, died in Brockwayville May 10, 1871, at the age of seventy-one years, and his wife passed away in June 1885, at the age of seventy-eight, both being laid to rest in the Brockwayville cemetery. When married they were members of the Baptist Church, but later united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the father became an exhorter and class leader in the same. He always took quite an active and prominent part in Church work, and was a liberal contributor to all enterprises for the betterment of his fellowmen.
Mr. Felt, whose name introduces this sketch, was seven years old when he left the farm on which he was born and removed with his parents to Jefferson county, locating near Brockwayville. Until he had attained his majority he remained at home, engaging in both lumbering and farming, and at the age of twenty-two purchased a farm in Snyder township, Jefferson county, which he successfully operated for eight years. In the meantime he had enlisted, August 29, 1864 in Company B. 211th P.V.I., under Capt. Charles McLain. In front of Petersburg, April 2, 1865, he was three times wounded, twice in the left shoulder and once in the neck. For eight hours, he lay on the battlefield, and was then taken to City Point hospital, three days later to a hospital in Washington D.C., where he also remained three days, and from there was transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, where he was finally discharged.
On his return home Mr. Felt resumed farming, but in 1874 he joined the Erie Conference for the purpose of devoting his time to the work of the ministry. For one year he was located at Putneyville, later spent two years in charge of the congregations at Emerickville and Reynoldsville; was then stationed at President, Venango county, on year; three years in Washington township, Clarion county; three years in Rockland; two years in New Bethlehem; two years in Bellevue, Jefferson county; and for five years was pastor of the Church at Sligo. Owing to ill health, he retired in 1893 and has since made his home in the last named place.
In Brockwayville, Penn., August 7, 1861, Mr. Felt was married to Miss Anna S. Rimer, Squire Samuel B. Behman performing the ceremony. Two children blessed their union: Emerson D., who is engaged in clerking in Venango county, Penn, married to Luella Boarland, and has two children - Rush W. and Charles; Jennie G. is the wife of Harry C. Hodil, a merchant of Sligo. Mrs. Felt was born in Porter township, Clarion county, December 16, 1840, and is a daughter of Christian and Anna (Shick) Rimer, natives of Northampton and Clarion counties respectively. They were married in the latter county, where they continued to reside until 1855 when they moved to Dayton, Armstrong Co., Penn., where during the last years the father lived retired. The mother died in 1845 at the age of twenty-nine years, and was buried at Churchville, Clarion county. She left the following children - Elizabeth, now the wife of Christ Space, a stone mason and farmer living near New Bethlehem, Penn; David who married Polly Felt, a sister of our subject; and is engaged in farming in Clearfield county; Nancy J., deceased wife of Z. Space, who conducts a meat market at New Bethlehem; Anna S., wife of our subject; Catherine, deceased wife of James A. Gorley, a farmer of Warren county, Penn.; Robert A., a farmer of Armstrong county; and William, an agriculturalist of Big Run, Pennsylvania.
After the death of his first wife, Christian Rimer married Margaret Beers, by whom he had seven children, namely: Mary A., wife of James Schrecengost, of Armstrong county; Jacob, who is engaged in the bee business in that county; Priscilla, wife of Charles Frye, a merchant of Illinois; Maria, wife of James Terp, a machinist now engaged in the foundry business in Du Bois, Penn; Lydia, wife of a Mr. Smith, a wagon maker of Armstrong county; Ala, wife of John Gray, a farmer of that county; and John, a merchant of Illinois. The father was an extensive land owner, and was a very successful agriculturalist. He was a prominent and active member of the Presbyterian Church, and had the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He departed this life June 8, 1889, at the age of seventy-eight years, and was laid to rest in the cemetery at Dayton, Armstrong county.
The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Felt were Jacob and Elizabeth (Hilliard) Rimer, who were born, reared and married in Northampton county, Penn. On coming to Clarion county they located on the present site of the town of Rimersburg, which was named in honor of the grandfather. Here he took up 300 acres of land, which he divided into town lots and subsequently sold at one dollar per-lot. He then removed to a farm in Toby township, a mile and a half from Rimersburg, on the Callensburg road, where he made his home until his death. His remains were interred by the side of those of his wife in the Churchville cemetery in Clarion county. Christian and Betsy Shick, the maternal grandparents of Mrs. Felt, were natives of Northampton county, and came with the Rimer family on their removal to Clarion county, where they died, being buried in the Oak Ridge cemetery. They were consistent members of the German Reformed Church.
Fraternally, Mr. Felt is a prominent member of Sligo Post, G.A.R., while, politically, he is identified with the Republican party. His estimable wife is also an earnest and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has proved a true helpmeet to him, always having aided and encouraged him in his work. They have labored untiringly in the Master's cause, and long after they have entered into their final rest their influence will continue in everlasting circles.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Central PA including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson & Clarion; Chicago, J.H. Beers and Co., 1898, Transcribed by Pamela Myers-Grewell
Comfort Day Felt (1800 - 1871)
Anna S. Rimer Felt (1839 - 1913)*
Jennie G. Felt Hodil (1876 - 1961)*
Created by: Pamela Myers-Grewell
Record added: Jan 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17263263
Added: Mar. 1, 2010