John G. Feeser, Photographer

See Girl With Bow post and Young Woman In Hanover, Pennsylvania post.

Feeser’s Studio, 24 E. Middle Street, Hanover, PA was the forerunner to the present-day Poist Studio and Frame Shoppe, 20 E. Middle Street.

Hanover city directories would need further (local library) exploration to fill in the gaps for missing years:  John Feeser’s occupation in directory listings is shoemaker in 1881 – 1888, and the next directory found online is not until year 1898, when he is then listed as a photographer. But, according to a genealogical society publication on York area photographers, Feeser started in 1883 and son-in-law Joseph Poist took over in 1919 when John Feeser died. However, the 1910 Federal Census for Hanover gives John G. Feeser’s occupation as retail merchant at a [variety?] store with son-in-law Joseph, living next door, occupation photographer. So, unless John was working as both photographer and shoemaker at the same time, it would seem he started in the photography business sometime between 1888 and 1898, and then with his son-in-law taking over from him possibly as early as 1910. Here’s a brief timeline compiled from online records:

20 September 1849 – John G. Feeser born in Maryland to Daniel Feeser and Carolina Yengling[?] both also native to Maryland.

21 December 1879 – marriage to Sarah “Savannah” C. Yeiser at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Hanover, PA.

1881 -’82 – John Feeser, shoemaker, Fountain Square, corner of Frederick, Hanover.

1883 – ’84 – John G. “Fesser”, shoemaker, Fountain Square, corner of Frederick, Hanover.

1886 – John G. Feeser, shoemaker, Fountain Square, Hanover.

1887 – ’88 – John G. “Fesser”, shoemaker, Fountain Square, corner of Frederick, Hanover.

1898 – John G. Feeser, photographer. 24 Middle St., residence the same.

1900 – Federal Census, 26 E. Middle Street, Hanover, PA. John G. Feeser, photographer; wife Savannah C. Feeser, milliner; daughter Goldie M. Feeser, milliner; brother Frank Feeser, day laborer.

1910 – Federal Census, 26 Middle Street, Hanover, PA. John G. Feeser, retail merchant at a [variety?] store; wife Savannah C. Feeser, milliner; brother Frank [Y. or L.] Feeser, laborer[?] at a printing[?] office; Maria Weiser, mother-in-law to John. This census shows that John’s marriage to Savannah is his second marriage and her first. Living with them is the Poist family:  Joseph E. Poist, photographer; Joseph’s wife, Goldie M. Poist, retail merchant at a millinery store; their children, Francis M., Elbert J.[?] and Evelyn L. Poist.

September 15, 1919 – Death, John G. Feeser, Hanover, PA; occupation on death record is retired[?] shoemaker. Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hanover.

Note:  The website Find A Grave shows the gravestone photo for John G. Feeser with the date of death as September 16th, rather than the 15th. John’s entry has a link for his wife, Savannah C. (March 4, 1855 – April 24, 1927.)

Sources:  “Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 October 2015), John G. Feeser and Sarah C. Yeiser, 21 Dec 1879; citing Saint Matthews Lutheran Church,Hanover,York,Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 823,598.

Boyd’s York Directory, 1881 -1882. p. 242. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

York Area Photographers, 1840 – 1997. South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 1998. Google Books (snippet view).

Boyd’s York Directory, 1883 – 1884. p. 228. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

Boyd’s York Directory, 1887 – 1888. p. 313. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

Young’s York City & County Directory, 1886. p. 289. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

R. L. Polk & Co’s Directory for Hanover, 1898. p. 511. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

Year: 1900; Census Place: Hanover Ward 1, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1501; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0150; FHL microfilm: 1241501. (

Year: 1910; Census Place: Hanover Ward 1, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1433; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0058; FHL microfilm: 1375446. ( Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963.

John G. Feeser, Memorial #136531756. (Find A Grave.)

Savannah C. Feeser, Memorial #136531665. (Find A Grave.) 

2 thoughts on “John G. Feeser, Photographer

  1. I have a photograph stamped on the back with the name ‘John G Feeser, Photographer, Hanover, PA. Would enjoy sharing or discussing if this is of interest.

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