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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CALVIN BRUNER TEATER, one of the substantial and influential inhabitants of Johnson County, makes his home on a fine tract of land on section 20, township 44, range 27. It comprises two hundred well developed acres, upon which have been placed modern improvements. Mr. Teater was born northwest of Richmond, Madison County, Ky., September 22, 1862, and is the son of Robert and Paulina (Davis) Teater, natives of Boyle County, that state. In the latter county they were reared to mature years and married, later going to Madison County, where Robert Teater was the owner of considerable real estate. He there passed his remaining years, dying in 1873.

There were three sons and five daughters born to the parents of our subject, of whom Calvin B. was the sixth in order of birth. Malcolm makes his home in Chilhowee Township; Laura, who married George Hughes, is residing in Rose Hill Township, this county; Lucy A. is now Mrs. Andrew Chambers, and also resides in Chilhowee Township; Carrie became the wife of Ephraim Hughes, a resident of Rose Hill Township; Milton makes his home in Seattle, Wash.; Emma and Annie are still at home with their mother. Mrs. Teater disposed of her home in Kentucky in 1883 and with the family came to this state. The old place was a very valuable one, and had she been able to collect the money she would have been able to live comfortably the remaining years of her life, besides giving her sons and daughters a good start. The little which she obtained was invested in eighty acres in Chilhowee Township, and the sons were compelled as soon as old enough to make their own way in the world. Our subject remained at home until attaining his twenty-fifth year, devoting a great portion of his income up to that time to the support of his mother.

In the fall of 1887 Mr. Teater went to the state of Washington, and fourteen months later was engaged in the livery business with a brother. At the end of that time they sold out and our subject returned to Missouri and began operating the home place. He was married, April 10, 1890, to Miss Ada Stark, the daughter of William H. and Virginia Josephine (Benton) Stark, then residents of Chilhowee Township. Mrs. Teater was born in Logan County, Ky., January 5, 1868, and is a well educated and intelligent lady, greatly aiding her husband in his business projects. Their three children are Claude Stark, born February 19, 1891; George Benton, March 7, 1893; and an infant born April 30, 1895.

Our subject, together with his brother Malcolm, purchased a quarter-section of land, going in debt for the greater part of it. The first year they put in a large crop of wheat, for which they received a good price. In a short time he sold his interest to his brother and invested his money in two hundred acres, on which he is now living. He was unable to pay for it at that time, but by his unflagging perseverance and indomitable will he has liquidated the debt and placed the farm under the best improvement. Fifteen acres are devoted to an apple orchard, and on this estate may be found many other fruits, both large and small.

Mr. Teater is a stanch Democrat in politics, but in no sense of the term can he be considered an office-seeker, as his time is entirely taken up in operating his farm. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with which congregation his wife is also connected. He has been Deacon in his congregation for several years, and in many other ways is actively engaged in church work.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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