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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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ROBERT LINSEY TEATER made his advent into Johnson County in 1871, coming here from his native state, Kentucky. He was born in Garrard County, November 21, 1822, and was the son of Paris and Rebecca Teater, the former of whom was a well educated man and a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The subject of this sketch was the youngest member of a large family of children. He lived on the home farm and took care of his aged parents until his marriage, which occurred May 15, 1851, to Miss Paulina Davis. She was a native of Madison County, Ky., having been born July 4, 1823, and her parents were William and Lucy (Johnson) Davis. Mrs. Teater was well educated, and had long been acquainted with her husband’s family, living as they did in the same locality.

After his marriage our subject lived with his wife’s parents for a period of twelve years, they both dying on the same day, in the spring of 1863, and both were buried in the same grave on the home farm. When a young man, our subject received an injury on the head by being kicked by a mule, but his death, which occurred June 30, 1865, was the result of a stroke of lightning.

He left at that time eight children, of whom Laura, the eldest, was born January 2, 1853; she married George B. Hughes in December, 1871, and is living in Rose Hill Township, this county. Malcolm J. was born July 29, 1854. Carrie Frances, Mrs. Hughes, was born April 5, 1856, and now resides in Rose Hill Township. Milton M. was born September 17, 1857, and lives in Seattle, Wash. Calvin B. was born September 22, 1859. Lucy Ann, born April 22, 1861, is now the wife of Andrew Chambers. Emma Alice was born March 19, 1863; Robert, March 22, 1865.

Mr. Teater disposed of his good farm in the Blue Grass State in 1871, and that year came to Johnson County, where for the first two years he farmed rented property. He then purchased the present home of his widow, which is eighty acres in extent. He was a Democrat in politics, and was always actively interested in the success of his party. Religiously he was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife, although reared in the faith of the Baptist Church, now worships with the Cumberland Presbyterian congregation near her home, with which most of her children are connected by membership. She is a most estimable lady, and is well and favorably known throughout this county.

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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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