James M. Teasley

JAMES M. TEASLEY. It is to the real pioneer element of Cloud County that James M. Teasley belongs. He was himself old enough to appreciate many of the facts and incidents of pioneering half a century ago when the Teasley family came here from the Southern State of Georgia.

When he arrived at manhood he started with nothing but a healthy body, a clear conscience and a firm determination to make the best and wisest use of his opportunities. That he has accomplished this is evidenced from his comfortable and prosperous surroundings. His first purchase of land was forty acres in 1879. His second was in 1883, when he bought eighty acres of the Bert Doyle homestead. In 1898 he bought his father's old estate from the other heirs. In 1901 he acquired eighty acres, and that brought his holdings up to 755 acres, comprising some of the land of wonderful fertility and scenic attractiveness in the beautiful Solomon Valley. Mr. Teasley has always been progressive, either as a farmer or citizen. He built one of the first caves in the county, its dimensions being 10 by 14 feet. He also put up a large frame barn 60 by 38 feet, with a capacity for eighty tons of hay. That was one of the first large barns in his section. He has a granary 36 by 48 feet, with a capacity for 10,000 bushels; his cattle barn is 24 by 80 feet, and holds sixty tons of hay, and these improvements are only a sample of his general enterprise and the successful manner in which he has handled all his affairs.

James M. Teasley was born in Whitfield County, Georgia, in 1858, a son of Allen D. and Rhoda M. Teasley. The Teasley family came to Kansas in 1866, when James was about eight years of age. They came by way of Nashville, Tennessee, to St. Louis thence by boat to Kansas City and reached the Solomon Valley by wagon and team. The Teasleys settled in a portion of Cloud County south of what is now called the Town of Glasco. The first homestead of the family is now the Charles Horn Place. Mr. James M. Teasley is of English origin, his grandfather having come from England to America. The Teasleys forty or fifty years ago shared in all the customs and practices of pioneer life. During the winter season they used buffalo robes in abundance as articles of clothing, and the floors of their houses were often carpeted with similar robes. They were prominent leaders among the parties of buffalo hunters who scoured the plains and killed great numbers of those animals both for meat and the skins.

On February 28, 1894, James M. Teasley married Miss Martha Winget, daughter of Silas and Annie Winget. They are the parents of four children: Earl, Lloyd, Dale C. and Esther M.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.
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