| || Notes for Chaney Feaster:|
Chaney Feaster was of fair complexion, blue eyes, light colored, curly hair, features very much like her father. Rather small in size, of a kind, affectionate nature, patient with hindrances, always ready to excuse and regard kindly the faults of others. Her children loved her dearly, finding her a companion in what pleased them, her consideration always being for their pleasure. Her husband was of like nature, tho' jolly, loving fun of all laughter producing and Congeniality of spirit, kind. Loved music and dancing, played the violin. Their home was a favorite place for the numerous nieces and nephews to gather and in their older days. have heard many recall the good times at this home, the best they had.
Her father opposed her marriage, as three of his children had already married Colemans. If he had
aught against the character of Henry A.Coleman, 'tis not known. This was a great grief to her, as she dearly loved her father. Had only a faint recollection of her mother. The father opposing, she was married at the home of her sister, Susan, and several years passed before she was forgiven and visited by him-not til after the death of her third child, when she was very ill. Tho' she never was known to criticize the treatment received, nor did her children, as far as known. Several of the children of Drusilla were of a more stern nature, speaking in an emphatic manner, that made some stand in awe of them. Not so with Chaney. She was ever sweet natured and approachable. When she lay in the last sleep, that knows no waking, one of her nephews, of a very unemotional, undemonstrative nature himself, stood looking at her, with eyes filled with tears (unusual) . He said, "She was always good to me, always made me welcome." When her 4th child was 6 months old, her sister, Susan, died, leaving an infant 2 weeks old. Chaney took this baby and nursed it with her own boy, John, and kept her in her home most of the time until she (Susan) married Dr. S. B. McLurkin ( at her home) .
Chaney had the sorrows that came to all. Two children lost in infancy. Her youngest son lost his life by
drowning in river nearCharleston, in 1862, while stationed there. Next youngest died from effects of wound received at Battle of Manassas in 1863. Her oldest son died of pneumonia, contracted while nursing his brother, John (who was very ill with same) in 1863. For 3 months John was ill. Sallie, the youngest, and said by her father, "to be the best of you all," died July 28, 1858, having been married just a year, only 18. Her oldest daughter (married and mother of 7 children) was an invalid, in bed 4 years. Her recovery, restored health for some years afterward was miraculous. Two daughter married and moved away to Georgia, and the ways of communication and travel were not like that of this time, of course, many anxious hours were spent about them. When Sherman's army started on its famous march, the husband of one daughter was in the Confederate Army, the other an invalid who had been exempted from active service.
The two families, with their slaves, refugeed to the home of their parents in South Carolina, where they remained for several years. On the return to Georgia, where the country had been swept, as Sherman said, life was hard for many years.
The parents, Chaney and Henry, so sorely bereft in many ways, called on their only son left, John, to come to their home and manage the large farm, part of which had a mortgage of $9,500 on it, made during the war, when Henry A. Coleman bought the lands of Solomon Coleman, very near his own home. John, his wife and two children, Sam and Jennie, came to this home in December, 1865. And never did son and daughterin.law, more nobly fulfill all duties toward these parents in their old days.
John Albert Feaster (Coleman) married Juliana Stevenson, October 13, 1853. He died April 30, 1898. She, December 3, 1913. Their children: Samuel Stevenson, Jennie Isabel, Henry David, Mary Feaster, Chaney Savilla.
Sam married Sarah Rebecca Gladden ( descendant of Polly Mobley) .
Their children: Kate, Annie Bene, Jesse Gladden, John A. F.