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Re: James B. Wall/Fatima E. Teater family - KY & Kansas
Posted by: Ace Maupin (ID *****4165) Date: September 20, 2010 at 02:40:14
In Reply to: James B. Wall/Fatima E. Teater family - KY & Kansas by H, G. Teater of 65

Cowley County Heritage Book

Liam Wall from Ireland.
James B. & Fatima E. Wall
James B. Wall resided on a farm, which is the not quarter of section 32, Rock Township. He arrived it December, 1869, from Garrard County, Kentucky, nf town of Harrodsburg.
He was born in Garrard County, 3-5-1836, the son liam Wall, born in Cork, Ireland, and Fatima Burnside in Garrard County, Kentucky. James B. lived at home until the(continued on page 316)

Written and Submitted by Leota Candace Wall Elder
Scanned out of the Cowley County Heritage book, Page 315.
(continued from page 315) age of twenty-four, when on 8-24-1861, he enlisted in Company G., 1st Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry. During three years and four months of service, he was in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. After the war was over, he returned home where he remained until he journeyed to Cowley County, Kansas.
Fatima Elizabeth Teter, born 2-15-1845 in Garrard County, Kentucky, was the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Teter. Stephen Teter was a soldier in the Mexican War. While returning home, he died in Texas of smallpox.

My grandfather and grandmother Wall were parents of the following children: Robert Rice, who married Alice Bennefield by whom he had sons, Hilbert and Earl; George Ward, James Ira, and Leota, all single and lived at home; William Stephen who married Amanda Esther Ann Johnson, 4-12-1903. They had three daughters, Leota Candace, Opal Jaunita, and Eldred May.

James B. paid one dollar to a squatter for a log cabin he had started to build on the land. He also paid ten dollars for the land on which he cut and cleared timber, and immediately started to continue building the log cabin. He added improvements each year until his farm was one of the best in the vicinity. The house, designed after homes in the Southern states, was built in 1884, costing seven hundred dollars.

In the winter of 1869 and 1870, I.B. cleared timber from the land, and planted five acres of corn in the spring of 1870. Through the years he raised corn, oats, wheat, cattle, hogs, and Kentucky bred horses. The horse lot was fenced like they did in Kentucky, with buffalo grass growing instead of Kentucky bluegrass. The yard was planted to bluegrass and shaded from the heat of the Kansas sun by beautiful trees left in correct places, as timber was cut to make the building site.

J.B. was independent in politics and served on the school board and other committees in the community. Religiously, his family favored the Christian Church, but they attended the Walnut Valley Presbyterian Church near Akron, Kansas.

During the year of 1876, a professional furniture maker, traveling in a covered wagon with a covered trailer carrying tools, stopped by my Grandfather's farm. He was interested in the waterfall on the creek just above where it emptied into the Walnut River near the family log cabin.He set up camp and made furniture in that location for several months.My grandfather had cut cured walnut wood from a special a special tree he discovered in the winter of 1870,while cutting timber to clear land for planting the five acres of corn. Many pieces of furniture were made from that walnut wood. A beautiful walnut drop leaf table, with hardware patent dating 1774,wash stands,shelves, comb cases, foot stools and many small pieces .

Grandfather died 12-21-1909 and Grandmother died 7-15-1913.

Written and Submitted by Leota Candace Wall Elder
Scanned out of the Cowley County Heritage book, Page 316.

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William S & Amanda E. Ann Wall
The William Wall family of Cowley County, Rock, Kansas, are descendents of James B. and Fatima E. (Teter) Wall, and William E. and Mary Johnson.
William Stephen Wall, born 7-23-1884, and Amanda Esther Ann Johnson, born 1-10-1884, were married 4-121903 in the Methodist parsonage by the Reverend R.A. Sawyer. They had three daughters: Leota Candace, Opal Jaunita, and Eldred May.

William was a farmer and an engineer for stationary thrashing machines in his early years. For many years he worked for Trees Oil Company in the Winfield area. William died 9-25-1975 at age ninety- four.

Amanda was a special lady. She loved her family and friends dearly. Both she and William encouraged their daughters to do their best in life's work. All three attained college educations and became teachers. Amanda was an excellent cook. Her pies were delicious. She kept her ability and enthusiasm until her death on October 27, 1980, at age ninety-six.

Eldred was born 7-29-1912. She received a degree in Elementary Education from Kansas University in 1935, and taught in Butler County and in Winfield City schools. On 6-221940 she married Dr. Vernon P. Brickey. Dr. Brickey received a degree from Pittsburg Teachers College, taught several years, then graduated with a Medical Degree from Kansas University in 1940. He was a doctor in Long Beach, California from 1946-1982. Vernon and Eldred's children were: Sharyn Eldred, and Vernon P. Brickey. Eldred died 3-2-1983. Vernon died August 1988.

Opal was born 1-24-1908. She received a degree in Public School music from Kansas University in 1930, and a Masters degree from North Western University, Evanston, Illinois in 1956. She was Music Supervisor of Baxter Springs, Kansas, public schools and taught in Chicago public schools until her retirement.

Opal married John B. Opperman 9-5-1937. John received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas University in 1924. He was Superintendent of Utilities in Hoisington, Kansas, and inspector of electrical equipment for Factory Mutual Insurance out of Chicago, Illinois. Opal and John have a daughter, Jeannette Beatrice. She received degrees in Art, History, and English Literature from Kansas University and a Masters Degree in English Literature from Duke University. Jeannette married Samuel Richard Mellinger 12-28-1969. Richard received a degree in Law from Kansas University after serving two years in Vietnam. Richard and Jeannette have tow children: Amanda Bronwyn and Samuel John Mellinger.

I (Leota) was born 2-7-1906. I received a Norman Training Certificate from Winfield High School after graduating in 1925. Teaching every winter and attending summer school at Pittsburg Teachers College, I received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education i 1939. I taught six years in Cowley County schools and forty years in Winfield public schools.

On 6-1-1941, I married Neal J. Elder. Neal was born 11-24-1905 at Mount Hope, Kansas. In 1914 he and his family moved to a farm nine miles northwest of Winfield. Neal graduated from Winfield High School in 1925, attedned Pittsburg Teachers College, then returned home to become a farmer. He enjoyed farming and raising and feeding livestock. He was interested i preserving the land. He was a member of the first Soil Conservation Board in Cowley County. He was active and interested in many community events. Heal died on 6-14-1980.

Written and Submitted by Leota Candace Wall Elder
Scanned out of the Cowley County Heritage book, Page 316.

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