boigraphical record Clayburn Teator , true or not?
Posted by: jan lala (ID *****7442) Date: May 17, 2007 at 11:57:33
CLAYBURN C. TEATOR, one of the pioneers of Independence Township, dates his settlement at his present residence in 1853. Mr. Teator is a native of Kentucky, born in Girard County, June 7, 1804. His father, Paris Teator, was the thirteenth white child born in the State of Kentucky, and first saw the light of day March 26, 1780, in the fort which stood on the present site of Danville, Boyle County. He was a son of George Teator, a soldier in the war of the Revolution, who was a native of Maryland, his father, Paul Teator, a native of Germany, locating in Bladensburg in the colonial days. It is supposed that all of the name Teator, now living in America, are descendents of Paul. The mother of our subject was Rebecca Totten, a native of Long Island, New York. Her father was murdered near Lynchburg, Virginia, when she was a child. Of eleven children born to the parents of our subject, he is the eldest. Three of the brothers, Nelson H., Russell H., Absalom D. and a sister, Mrs. Minerva Davis, live in Kentucky; one sister, Mrs. Thurza Saddler, lives in Kansas, and the others are deceased. The parents both died March 16, 1865, aged respectively eighty-four and eighty-two years. The father had been ill and the mother waited upon him until an hour before his death.
Clayburn C. Teator was reared to a farm life, but in his early manhood learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed at intervals as long as he engaged in active business. His educational advantages in his youth were very limited, sixteen days being the extent of his attendance at school. His lessons have been those of experience, well learned and well remembered, and have fitted him for contact with and success in the duties of life. Mr. Teator was married November 27, 1823, to Miss Elenor Davis, a native of Girard County, Kentucky, born September 24, 1807, a daughter of John and Rachel Davis. In 1845, with a wife and eleven children, Mr. Teator came to Iowa, and was one of the pioneers of Jefferson County. He bought an improved farm near Fairfield, for $2,000, paying $305 in cash. With characteristic energy and good management he soon cleared his indebtedness, and in 1853 sold his farm for $4,800, and moved to Appanoose County, where he bought 640 acres of land. Mr. Teator has been a good financier and in his native State became well-to-do, but being always ready to lend a helping hand to his friends he became involved and came to Iowa a poor man. Of his 640 acres he has given 400 to his children, and now has a fine farm of 160 acres and eighty acres of timber land. His wife, who was his companion and helpmeet for fifty-seven years, was taken from him September 8, 1880. Their children were fifteen in number. The eldest died in infancy, Christmas week, 1824. Cyrus N. is a prosperous farmer of Independence Township; James N. died in Kentucky in his seventeenth year; George C. is a resident of Independence Township; Rebecca is the wife of Moses Reynolds; John R. lives in Wayne County; William died in Lucas County, leaving a widow and four children; Mary E. is the wife of Josephus Haines, of Kansas; Paris R. enlisted in the war of the Rebellion, in the Sixth Kansas Infantry, and died while serving his country; Robert died in his twenty-ninth year; Rachel, deceased, was the wife of Morrison McCormick; Lysander M. lives in Lucas County; Sophrina died in Jefferson County, aged eighteen months, and an infant died in the same county; Nancy E. is the wife of Alexander Empey, of Corydon. Three sons, Cyrus N., John and Paris, served as gallant soldiers in the war of the Rebellion. In 1832 Mr. and Mrs. Teator united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and for nearly half a century they lived together a practical Christian life. Mr. Teator has eighty-six grandchildren, and eighty-three great-grandchildren. November 25, 1880, he married Mrs. Emorine VanKirk, a most estimable and worthy lady. Mr. Teator can look back with pleasure upon a well-ordered, useful life, and now in his old age is blessed with many friends who honor him for the part he has taken in furthering the material and social interests of his neighborhood. He was a neighbor and friend of Henry Clay, by whom his political opinions were influenced. He has always been a strong anti-slavery man, and since its organization has affiliated with the Republican party. At his father's death he inherited eight slaves, but immediately gave them their freedom. Seventeen grandsons of his father served their country in the war of the Rebellion. His grandfather accompanied Daniel Boone on his first visit to Kentucky, and was therefore one of its early settlers
no disrepect for great uncle clayburn but this scetch seems to be issued by someone other than himself.
1st there are no records of any person in the 1720s 30s named paul teator from germany in bladensburg maryland or maryland period. the known paul teter belonged to the teter henkle clan of pedlelton co. virgina and was younger than the george teater of kentucky. george teater had no sons named paul and there were no paul teaters in the last 4 generations of the teaters of kentucky.
george teater named his elder sons in keeping with the tetertons of tyrrell and beaufort , george, william, samuel.
he named the younger sons after the pearis family, his wifes family, perhaps twins [richard and parris] then robert. the last son was named after the preacher lewis craig.
the 13 th child born in kentucky where the fort at where danville stands. parris teater in 1860 told the garrard census takers he was 80 yrs old and born in virginia. george teater was noted as selling his land[ bakers creek] to john potterfield in 1783. bakers creek was in washington county virginia. the deed mentions george teaters occupation in 1777 and selling in 1783, cconclusion is parris teater was born at bakers creek washington co virginia 1780. rebecca teater told the garrard census takers in 1860,that she was born in tennesse. that would be correct since her father was listed there on the nolichucky 1785 as a narth carolina militiamen. therefore rebecca totton 1st wife of benjamin totton and 2nd wife of george teater never set eyes on anywhere near new york.
all evidence in regards to george teaters origins points to north carolina. that he went with troops of militia to maryland to fight in the french indian war, he later mostly lived at crab creek botetourt fincastle then settled for a time at bakers creek and made final settlement madison ky carved into garrard co. ky.
as far as henry clay infuence on anti slavery. forgot but off hand henry had 61 negro slaves.lastly its highly unlikey that george teater was of german extraction. keeping in mind, most of his early life was dedicated to war, and that he commanded men of scotch irish and english backgrounds. which would of required a brittish family military background. he was a large slave owner. not a german practise of the times . he belonged to the engish scotch church of scotlands presbytery, teater researchers using this artilce as a point of reference will be dissapointed there many actual true documents that contravert everything in regards to the births of rebecca and parris the person paul teator and other points of the article.
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