Teator-Teter Tree

Issue #34 - Winter 2014

Good day, to all John Teter descendants,

I trust one of our “old-fashioned” winters finds you in good health, even though it (the winter) might be trying our mental health!

The next newsletter will be the invitation to the 2014 Teator/Teter Reunion, but I will note the reunion is scheduled for Sunday, July 20—the afternoon of the third Sunday of July, as we usually do. More details in the next newsletter, probably in a couple months.

Typically, our newsletter catches us up on vital records.

Ruby Brink Palmer (no hyphen): 24 Jan 2013; at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson; 9 lb 7 oz, 20.5 inches long; to Alicia and Shawn Palmer; proud grandparents – Peggy and Ernest Brink.

Alisha Teator, to Nathaniel MacDonald: 11 July 2013, in East Durham; parents: Gary & Margie Teator; proud grandmother: Stella Teator

John Monette: 1 Mar 2013
Charlotte Rogers: 8 Dec 2013
Charles Soderblom: 9 Feb 2014

Congratulations go to the newest parents and to the newlyweds. A welcome goes to the newest member of the Teator/Teter family.
And our condolences and sympathies extend to those who have lost a loved one. The text of the newspaper obituaries are copied later in this issue.
          Twenty years of Teator Reunions allowed me to forge a bond of family and friendship with John and Charlie, and I will miss both.
          And the loss of my Aunt Charlotte stirs a sense of loss, with memories of my father, and we boys in tow, visiting his sister and, of course, my cousins. (Was that fifty years ago?) And with Charlotte’s passing, I realized I am the oldest living descendent of Orlando and Glenna (Fitch) Teator. Wow!

If I have missed any other vitals, please let me know and I will try to catch up in the next newsletter. Because there are a half-dozen people whose addresses I don’t have, I have some spots I have been unable to fill in.

Different note:

I am letting technology catch up, and I am making an email of this newsletter. If anyone wants to receive the email version, or can be encouraged to replace the mailed copy with the electronic version, email me (dteator@gmail.com) and I will send you the next newsletter by email (or this one, just to try it, if you wish).
I will not share your email address with anyone else; this includes our Reunion group, unless you give specific permission.
          (Later in this newsletter, I have made a list of the people I send to; those who are not on the list might enjoy keeping up-to-date by email.)

I will also put these newsletters, starting with this one, on my website (www.dteator.com, click on “Genealogy”), and I may even try to include a few past ones also. Same website.
          Although I do have a Facebook account, I only sporadically check it, and prefer not to put personal Teator Reunion stuff on Facebook, although it would be a good way to disseminate non-personal information (like the Reunion date), and several of you are already on my Friends list. Still, I will refrain.

My latest research effort consists of my scouring the 1940 census. The US Government mandates a waiting period of 70 years before the release of next census and, thus, anyone younger than 74 years of age should not be appearing on this list.
My recent subscription to Ancestry allowed me easy access to the records and I am summarizing what I found. It is a pleasant shock to see familiar names in a list of thousands, which I am sure is a common reaction for many genealogists. It does flesh out some details about those living in 1940, and I also find it interesting to see who the neighbors are.
          The deceased, of course, will not be seen in a census (well, there is an exception, but not part of this story). Those names familiar to us but were deceased before this census: John and Lydia (Richmond) Teter, as well as all of the second generation: Alexander and Elsie (Sweet) Teator, Angeline (Teter) and Charles Radick, David W. and Belle (Steadman) Teter, Rachel (Teter) and John Gillespie, Elnora (Teter) and Youmans Cantine, Orlando S. and Emma (Wheeler) Teter, and Maryetta Teter.

This last paragraph is my sneaky way of reminding all of you who the children of John and Lydia are. Test questions coming up!
Which two second-generation lines still have descendants alive today?
And, which second-generation line is the one that ended most recently? (Answer at end of newsletter)
          Although there is nobody from the third generation still living, almost all are in the 1940 census. The most recently deceased of this generation are recent enough, for some, to feel like it was not that long ago: Norman Teator (1999), Walter Pearson (2000)

          Many names of the fourth generation are found in the 1940 census. So, in no particular order, the records follow.

Town of Durham
Atkinson, Wm: head of household, single, age 36, dairy farm; home value $2000
Teator, Norman: brother-in-law, married, 32, construction labor
Teator, Evelyn: sister: 45, parents from England, Canada; had income
Teator, Shirley: niece, 10
Teator, Howard: nephew, 8
Teator, Janet: niece, 6
Teator, Raymond: nephew, 3
Washburn, Dorothy: niece, 19, single, b. Mass.

Town of Durham
Baldwin, Vernon: head of household, 39, dairy farm
Nora: wife, 29
Kenneth: son, 7

Town of Durham
Teator, Olin: head of household, 37, laborer – day work, house value $1100; income $800
Grace E: wife, 41
Martha E: daughter, 16
Robert: son, 15
Catharine: daughter, 8
Bradley: son, 6
Glenna E: sister, 31, $100 income
Fanning: son, 9

(my note: Glenna, of course, is not Olin’s sister; crossed out is the word “daughter”; I can only guess what was said to the census taker)

Town of Durham, Wright Street
Teator, Orlando: head of household, 34, laborer – day work; $400 income
Donald: son, 11
Ferris: son, 1
Barbara: daughter, 8
Charlotte: daughter, 6

(my note: obvious by her absence is Glenna, found at Olin’s household)

Town of Rensselaerville, Preston Hollow
Teater, Willis: head of household, 28, road work construction, house value $3500, income $500
Freda: wife, 22, lived in Broome Co 5 years before
Norman: son, 3
Alfreda: daughter, 1
Rose: daughter, 8 mos.
(my note: not the surname spelling one would expect)

Town of Rensselaerville, Preston Hollow
Radick, Zina: head of household, 61, deputy sheriff, house value $4000, income $480
Mary: wife, 63

Town of Rensselaerville, Preston Hollow
Radick, Charles A: head of household, 34, renting
Doris: wife 33
Nancy A: daughter, 9

Town of Middleburg
Radick Norman: head of household, 59, salesman - Monumental Comp.
Jessie: wife, 60

I could not find Mary Teter:
     But there is a record of a Mary A. Teeter, 36, five years previous lived in Maple Creek, Greene Co, lived in house hold of Louis Schofield, Village of Sidney, Delaware Co; our Mary?

And, to recognize the inclusion of Wayne and Susan, I’ll add a few more records:
Town of Rensselaerville, Preston Hollow

Teter, Ralph: head of household, 25, machinist - novelty shop, income $900, rents
Gladys: wife, 19
Smith Wayne: son, 1

Town of Rensselaerville, Preston Hollow
Teter, Marion: head of household, 45, farmer
Anita H: wife, 48

Town of Durham
Teator, George J: head of household, 81, home value $800
Walter S: son, 55
Cornelia K Sherman: mother in law, 65

(my notes: the surname spelling deviates from our expectation; and the mother in law designation drew my attention; is this accurate?)


A note about census records:

Genealogists should never depend on one census to serve as a primary source to prove a connection. However, it is such a valuable resource that they are often used as a starting point and, sometimes, through consistency, may be used to prove a connection.

Others I could not locate were:
=> Ruth (Teter) Hallock, and
=> George and May (Radick) White (perhaps, deceased by 1940)

If I left anyone out, let me know

I found disconcerting that four of the seven lines (ok, three of six, since Maryetta died in infancy) had ended by 1940.

By the time this letter arrives, I hope Spring is finally making an appearance.

If you have a question about Teator/Teter genealogy, ask me, or email, and I will see what I can find.

I will try to have a Teator/Teter genealogy computer file that can be shared with anyone wanting it by Reunion time.

Till next time, take care,


(Answers to the test questions)
=> The two continuing lines from the second generation are: Alexander Teter, Charles Radick
=> Most recent line ended: Elnora’s line (the Elnora who married Youmans Cantine), which ended with the passing of Walter Pearson in 2000.


John Monette
John Monette, 87, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at St. Peter's Hospital.
     Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Hubert Sr. and Charlotte Myers Monette.
     John worked at Borden's Milk Co. for 32 years, and at ARC/ New Visions for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Albany Elks BPOE 49, and former member of the Watervliet Fish and Game Club. John was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. He enjoyed camping at Sacandaga Lake, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
     He was the husband of June Nora Teator Monette; father of Gayle Coufal (Geoff), Linda Bowles (Charles), Kitty Androkavitz (Richard), Patti Cavalieri (Michael), Maureen Taylor (Robert), Jill Carkner (Scott), JoAnn Markopoulos (Dimitryos), John Monette (Tanya), James Monette and companion Sharon, and Jay Monette (Megan); brother of Charlotte Monette Minogue, and the late Hubert Monette Jr.; husband of the late Catherine Jordan Monette; 18 grandchilden, 24 great-grandchildren and several nieces, and nephews survive.
     Funeral services, Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. from the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany thence to Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany at 10:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.

Charlotte E. Rogers

MEDUSA – Charlotte E. Teator Rogers, 79, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness. Born in Catskill on July 8, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Orlando and Glenna Fitch Teator. Charlotte was raised in Durham and graduated from Greenville Central School. She was employed as a legal secretary at the law firm of Curtis, Warren & Fori, and as a bookkeeper at State Telephone Company, both in Coxsackie, retiring in 1996. Charlotte enjoyed reading, and observing nature.
         Charlotte is survived by three children, Kevin J. Rogers, Jeffrey W. Rogers, Ph.D., and Cindy L. (Wesley) Moore; her granddaughter, Kristy A. Castillo Moore; greatgrandson, Ivan Alexander Castillo; cousin and lifelong friend, Roberta Soderblom; and several nieces and nephews. Charlotte was predeceased by her siblings, Donald and Ferris Teator and Barbara Hallock.
          Cremation has been performed privately. Burial of her ashes will take place at a later date in Potter Hollow Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Durham Center Museum will be appreciated. Arrangements by A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes, Inc., Greenville.



Charles G. Soderblom

– Charles G. Soderblom, age 81, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Born in Queens on June 14, 1932, he was son of the late George and Sigrid Isaacson Soderblom. Charlie was raised in Bellrose, Queens Village, and moved to Durham in 1950. Charlie served as Durham Town Clerk for 20 years. He also served for 20 years in the Army National Guard. Charlie was an active member of Durham Valley Post 1416 of the American Legion, serving twice as Post Commander. He also was a member and Deacon at Cornerstone Baptist Church in East Durham.
          Charlie is survived by his wife of 42 years, Roberta Starr Soderblom; one daughter, Joann Acker; three grandchildren, George and Michael Acker and Diana (Matt) Losey; one great-granddaughter, Isabella Acker; and one brother, Robert Soderblom. In addition to his parents, Charlie was predeceased by his sons, James and Alan Soderblom.
          Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 127 Stone Bridge Road Ext., East Durham, followed by burial with military honors in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Durham Ambulance, PO Box 106, Oak Hill, NY 12460 will be appreciated.

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From a school flyer: exact year unknown
Building was standing a couple years ago