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George Feltner (1851-1940) circa 1890

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George Feltner (1851-1940) and family circa 1893

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George Feltner (1851-1940) circa 1890

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George Feltner (1851-1940) and Rosamund Feltner (1880-1952) circa 1925-1930

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George Feltner (1851-1940) in 1935

George Feltner (1851-1940) aka John George Teifel; Tailor (b. June 25, 1851; Hamburg, Germany - d. November 13, 1940; Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA)

NameEdit

He was born as "John George Teifel" and used that name when he emigrated and when he married. By 1880 he was using the name "George Feltner". He changed his name from Teifel to Feltner because the name sounded too much like the German word for devil, teufel. He chose "Feltner" because he either was working with someone with the same name, or because it was a good name for someone working as a tailor.

ParentsEdit

BirthEdit

He was born on June 25, 1851, in Hamburg, Germany.

BaptismEdit

He was baptized on June 27, 1851 at Entenberg Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamburg, Germany.

CavalryEdit

He was in the Uhlan Cavalry, stationed in Bamberg, Germany, where he met his future wife, Dorothea Schmaus. He deserted the army and swam to a ship where a friend had a ticket for his departure to the United States.

EmigrationEdit

He emigrated to the United States in 1876. He appears on a passenger list arriving in New York City as "Jon Georg Teifel" on April 01, 1876. Dorothea had emigrated before George.

MarriageEdit

He married Dorothea Schmaus (1848-1936) of Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany on June 25, 1876, in Manhattan, New York City. Their marriage certificate was number "3246". George was listed as "John George Geifel" and "John G. Teifel". He had met her while he was in Bamberg, Germany with the cavalry, and she was the first to go to the United States.

ChildrenEdit

Name changeEdit

Johan George Teifel had his name legally changed to "George Feltner" by the court of New York in 1883. At that time, he had three children, and he also had their names changed, along with that of his wife. His children are listed as Anna, Augusta, Rosa, and his wife is listed as Dora.

New York CityEdit

In 1880 he was listed as a "merchant tailor" in the census and was living in Manhattan. He was naturalized on July 22, 1882 in New York City. On June 30, 1886 he applied for his passport. He is listed in the 1890 directory as "Feltner Geo. tailor, 724 Eighth av. h 365 W. 44th". In 1900 they were living in the Bronx. By 1930 he was living in Hudson, New York.

DeathEdit

He died on November 13, 1940, Hudson, Columbia County, New York. He was buried in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery in Stuyvesant, Columbia County, New York.

Memories about George FeltnerEdit

  • Rosemary Donovan Coraggio said that, according to family lore, on January 27, 2008: "He was in the Uhlan Cavalry, stationed in Bamberg, Germany, where he met his future wife, Dorothea Schmaus. He deserted the army and swam to a ship where a friend had a ticket for his departure to the United States."
  • Jonathan Feltner said on January 27, 2008: "I heard that he changed his name from Teifel to Feltner because the name sounded too much like the German word for devil, teufel. He chose "Feltner" because he either was working with someone with the same name, or because it was a good name for someone working as a tailor."

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