Brick Wall family: John George Teater of Va. & Ky.

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Good morning, cousins (for those of you where it's still morning),

I've got a George Teater, wife's line, who seems to be fairly well documented. B. abt 1739 supposedly in Orange County, Virginia (but see below), and d. abt 25 July 1815 in Garrard County, Ky. His Findagrave memorial shows a picture of his gravestone with the letters "G. T." cut into it and barely readable elsewhere. There is a plaque at the stone stating that he was a Revolutionary War vet giving dates 1739-1815, and a Findagrave note attached to the picture states that his stone remained uncared for until about 1965, and about 1985 was moved by the DAR off of the Teater Farm to Frankfort for some reason. (I wonder if his true grave has some kind of marker.)  I have an 1810 census record for him, a will transcription, and a Kentucky tax list also.

In a pension application (of Samuel Teeter R10446 at []) Samuel Teeter states "In my first tour I was a substitute for my father George Teeter", but mentiones that he (Samuel) was born in Botetourt County and lived in the Danville, Ky., area, where the Teaters records begin to show up pretty well. Samuel mentions that his father was wounded in an action Samuel was involved in and that he had his father's Bible. He was living in Howard County, Missouri, at the time of his declaration of service.

Bottom line: Who was George's father and mother? An Ancestry tree has a Paul Teater of Maryland as the father but with no documentation, and I cant find anything on this Paul either.

I do not have a profile up for George yet. I'm working on that line's sources before I create one.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
in Genealogy Help by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)

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He is my husband's 4th great-grandfather and I share your frustration with lack of sources. A cousin sent me this link: Analysis:Is George Teater John George Dieter?

There are a lot of profiles on Ancestry that have him connected to Dieter and there is a tendency to copy errors from other profiles into a tree - I found out the hard way not to do this. I also have Paul Teater as his father, but have no idea where I found that info.

Paris Teater (1780 - 1864), my husband's 3rd great-grandfather is the earliest Teater I am really sure about. ( His grandmother, Fern Teater used to brag about being descended from the "Thirteenth white child born in the State of Kentucky" I notice that Paris's profile needs to be adopted and updated with sources. I will try to get to that later today.


by Kris Shearer G2G4 (4.3k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
Kris, good stuff here, especially the article discussing the conflating of two different people, John George and George. I liked the approach to the evidence. When I finally connect up with the Teeters/Teaters, we’ll have to put our heads together. Sound good.

Many thanks for your reply. I’ve got work to do!
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My mother was a Teater from Garrard County from the line of Paris Teater and then to George Teater.   Her aunt, Lucille Teater Manuel, took me to the original gravesite.  It would be impossible for me to find it again, although it was in the Buckeye area.  It was in the fence line of a pasture next to the road and the land had probably been plowed.  I suspect (but do not know) that the tombstones had been disturbed and a family member had then taken them to the second location.  Are you connected to the Jessamine County line.  I know someone there had contacted me at one time from there was researching this line.   Also -- my family also had the story about the 13th white child born in Kentucky story.
by J. Giles G2G Crew (410 points)
edited by J. Giles

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