JAMES M. TEASLEY.
J.M. Teasley, the subject of this sketch, is a son of the late A.D. Teasley (see sketch of W.W. Teasley), and like all the Teasleys he is a good citizen. When eight years of age he left his southern home and emigrated with his parents to the western wilds of Kansas, and settled in Cloud county, where he has been reared and educated in district No. 58, and in the Glasco schools. He was born on a plantation near Dalton, Georgia, in 1858.
J.M. Teasley is a chip off the old block, and like his honest father and brothers, if he owes a dollar can not rest until he pays it. Mr. Teasley started in life from the foundation and has accumulated his lands and comfortable home, by his own efforts and good management. He had no legacy left as a beginning, but rented land and when he reached his majority had saved enough of his income to buy forty acres of ground, which is a part of his present fine farm. In 1883 he purchased eighty acres of the Bert Doyle homestead. In 1897 he bought out the heirs of his father's estate; the old homestead, where linger the memories of many pioneer incidents; the old cabins that still stand as monuments to those exciting Indian raids, were converted into temporary hospitals and the bed clothes stained with blood from the wounds of his victims. A.D. Teasley bought ammunition by the keg, and in these same rude huts the whole settlement congregated for protection, for Mr. Teasley and his sons with their unerring rifles were good shots and this was the recognized stronghold of the community. In 1901 Mr. Teasley bought the north Doyle eighty and now owns a total of three hundred and sixty acres of land second to none in the Solomon valley for its fertility of soil and producing qualities. Their residence is a handsome six room frame erected In 1885, situated on a prominence of ground, from which one of the rarest panoramic views of the valley is presented. Mr. Teasley has recently completed one of the finest caves in the country; 10x14 feet in the clear, with walls and floor of cement. He is one of the progressive farmers who is continually making improvements. He has now under course of construction a rock shed for his cattle 20x80 feet, 18 feet in height with a mow for hay. Fisher creek runs through his land, and furnishes an abundance of wood and water. There is also a spring that affords water at all seasons of the year.
Mr. Teasley was married February 28, 1894, to Miss Martha Mirget, a daughter of Silas and Anise (Brammer) Mirget, who came to Kansas from southern Illinois in 1884. They now live in Delphos, Ottawa county, Kansas. Mr. Mirget is a retired farmer Mrs. Teasley is one of four children, viz: Mary, wife of Samuel Siders, a blacksmith of Delphos; Sarah, wife of Wells King, a farmer of Ottawa county; and Amanda, wife of Harvey Knight, a farmer of Cloud county. Mr. and Mrs. Teasley are the parents of three interesting little sons: Earl and Loyd, aged six and four years, and an infant of six months.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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