Johann George 'Old George' Dieter, of South Branch, Potomac River
Facts and Events
George Dieter (Teater) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land in Virginia:
- Page 123 - George Teter, 120 acres, South Branch of the Potomac, October 26, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 45].
- (bef. 1781) - Geo. Teter, 400 acres on Tygarts Valley River, adjoining said river, to include his settlement made in 1772. [Source: "History of Randolph County, West Virginia", Bosworth].
- Page 46 - George Teeter, 194 acres, two tracts, North Fork of South Branch of Potomac. May 9, 1785. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 113].
Homesteads in Monongalia County:
- George Teeter is entitled to 400 acres of land on Tygart's Valley river, adjoining said river, to include his settlement made in 1772. [Source: "History of Monongalia County", pg. 195].
Will of George Dieter (Teter)
LAST WILL OF GEORGE TETER
- In the Name of God, Amen.
- I, George Teter of the County of Pendleton and State of Virginia, weak in body but perfectly sound in mind and memory - Calling to mind the mortality of all flesh, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. Principally and firstly, I recommend my Soul to the hands of God who gave it, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection of the last day I shall receive it again and my body I recommend to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buried in a decent, Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors and friends.
- And as touching my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner. I will and bequeath to my well beloved wife Anna Margaret Teter, a full and lawful third part of all my moveable estate and possession of my dwelling house and premises and a full third part of the plantation whereon I now live, and during her life, if she remain a widow, till her death.
- I will to my eldest son Paul Teter the tract of land whereon he now lives, lying in the Timber Hills.
- I will to my son Jacob Teter the tract of land I gave him in Randolph County lying in Barkers Settlement.
- I will to my son Joseph the tract of land that I hold in Harrison County, lying on a branch of the Brushy Fork of Elk, and my big sorrel horse.
- I will to my son Isaac the upper part of my plantation, called the White Oak bottom to be divided along the ridge that joins down to the river through the old and new lands from one outside line to the other.
- I will to my youngest son George the plantation that I now live upon with all the new lands joining the same both sides of the river.
- I will to my daughter Susannah a cow and calf and spinning wheel and a bed.
- I will to my daughters Mary and Barbara likewise, to each, a cow and a calf and spinning wheel and a bed.
- I will also that my son Isaac pay to all his sisters the sum of twenty-five pounds to be equally divided between them to be paid in the space of six years from the first day of last September.
- I also will that my son George pay to all his sisters, equal shares the sum Forty pounds to be paid in the space of six years after he comes of age.
- I further will that the remainder of my moveables be divided amongst all my children in the following manner, namely, all my daughters to have two equal shares and my sons to have each half as much as one of my daughters. To be divided by men of good judgment, to be chosen by my Executors and Guardian, to divide the same according as aforesaid and to give my widow her due third part as aforesaid. I also will that my son Jacob pay to my daughters ten pounds, the amount of the note that he gave to his brother Paul to be paid Sep. 1, 1801.
- And lastly I nominate and appoint my eldest son Paul Teter, to be sole executor of this my last will and testament. I also appoint and ordain Moses Henkle Guardian of all my children under age and by these presents do confirm, declare and pronounce this my Last Will and Testament disannulling and making void all other and former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made and _______
- In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of November 1795.
- P. S.
- I also will that if my two sons, Isaac and George, agree to pay the of sum of 25 pounds to my daughters equal shares, then they shall have my lands in the Timber Hills and if not it shall be sold to the highest bidder and the amt. from to be equally divided amongst all my daughters.
- Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
- Moses Henkle.
- his George Teter (seal)
- Thomas x Holder
- Isaac Henkle.
- At a County Court held for Pendleton County on Tuesday the 4th day of September 1798 this last Will and Testament of George Teter, Deceased, was proven by the oaths of Moses Henkle, Thomas Holder and Isaac Henkle, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
- Teste: A. Smith, C.P.C.
(Pendleton County Will book #1, p. 202.
Records of George Dieter (Teter) in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - DISTRICT COURT EXECUTIONS. - SEPTEMBER, 1794 (A to J). - Gregg vs. Hinkle.--Sir:--I understand that you are much dissatisfied about the land that I surveyed for Abraham Teter, on the north side of Seneca, joining his own land, saying I promised to send you word before I surveyed it. I remember of promising not to survey it before Andrew Johnson would return from Rockingham, who was to bring your entry, and Andrew returned and brought no entry; and, moreover, old George Teter searched Lewis's records and found no such entry as you spoke of, and the widow Deter demanded the surveying of the same, and as Abraham had the oldest entry by warrant, I thought myself in duty bound to survey it, neither saw I any occasion to send for you, when I knew you had no entry for the land, and yet had time to procure it, and, furthermore, it is uncertain whether old entrys are prolonged on the Eastern waters or not, for Mr. Lewis wrote to me that he knew that they were prolonged on the Western waters, but not on our waters. But if your right is good, my surveying of it will not hinder you from obtaining it, for I don't mean to make the plot till you are satisfied about it. I am ready, at your demand, to survey 100 acres for you on Seneca, above Abraham Teter's land, for your entry is now made by warrant, for I lately obtained a warrant for you from Colonel Hamilton. I desire that you be moderate in your censures, and, whether or not, I am your hearty well-wisher and obsequious, M. Henkle. To Mr. Wm. Gragg. (Addressed) Mr. William Gragg, Sr., On Seneca.'
Information on George Dieter (Teter)
George Teter married Maryanna Margaret Henkel. She was born April 30, 1741, and was the daughter of Justus Henkel Sr. and his wife Magdalena Eschmann. The date of the marriage was probably about the time of the removal of the Teter and Henkel families from North Carolina to Virginia. (One descendant gives the date as December 24, 1763, but with no authority). After the death of George Teter, his widow Margaret appears in the Personal tax lists for 1799 as the "Widow Teeter" with 1 male over 16 years of age (her son George, as the other sons Paul, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph appear separately. She also appears, (by name Margaret) in the lists for 1800, but is not present in the lists after that date. Either she died about that time or ceased to have a separate establishment and lived with some one of her children. Quite possibly she is the "Margaret Ditter" whose death is given on the records of the old Lutheran church on North Mill Creek in (now) Grant county. In the list of those who died is: Margt. Ditter - born December 9, 1738, died February 8, 1801. (This date of birth does not agree with that given by the Justus Henkel family records, but may well be a mistake in one place of the other. There appears to be no other Margaret Teter in that section of the right age. This church is where the Henkels and their relations worshipped).
On the list of communicants in this church on June 24, 1798 given by Rev. Hofman are: