Jesse H. Teter

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 279
Lewis County

JESSE H. TETER is one of the well known citizens of
Lewis County, now a retired farmer, but gave up his active
vocation and responsibilities as a farmer only after forty
years of successful effort.

He was born in Harrison County, January 17, 1856, son
of David and Asenath (Lang) Teter. His parents were
also natives of Harrison County, where his father was
born in November, 1830, and his mother in December, 1820.
After their marriage they lived in Harrison County for a
number of years, owning and selling two farms there,
and in 1872 removed to Lewis County, where David Teter
bought a place, of 530 acres on Murphy’s Creek. He was
very successful in all agricultural matters and also a man
of prominence in public affairs. He at one time was super-
intendent of the County Farm for Lewis County. He was
a republican and a member of the Masonic Lodge. His
three children were Jesse H., Margaret, wife of E. C.
Fisher, of Lewis County, and Philander K., of Weston.

Jesse H. Teter was sixteen years of age when the family
came to Lewis County, and his education was acquired
in the common schools of Harrison County. For a number
of years he was practically manager of his father’s farm
while David Teter was county superintendent of the County
Farm, and at his father’s death he succeeded to that public
post of responsibility. He received as his share 216 acres
of the old homestead, and he accumulated a fine property
and a competence which enabled him to retire from the
farm to Weston in September, 1914.

On February 27, 1878, Mr. Teter married Florence Turner.
Two children were born to their marriage. One died at
the age of two, and Miss Mamie, born in May, 1902, is
still at home.

Mr. Teter is a member of Weston Lodge, No. 43, Knights
of Pythias, and is a republican in politics.