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Re: JETERs in Virginia
In Response To: Re: JETERs in Virginia ()


Have you been to this site?
It's about Henry Norval Jeter. He doesn't connect to my JETERs tho;:

In case you haven't seen Emeline's and John Jeter's obits (my 2nd great grandparents), here they are:

Bradford Reporter;
Towanda, PA;
March 17, 1881
Mrs. John (Emma) Jeter , a colored woman aged 81 years, died in this borough last week and was buried from the colored church, the service being conducted by Rev. Mr. Smith. She was a slave at Charleston, SC, from infancy until the emancipation proclamation, and was mother of thirteen children, ten of whom were sold from her.
She thus experienced the horrors of slavery in its most heart-crushing phases. Her son James Jeter , came to this place soon after the close of the war and by industry earned and saved enough to bring his parents here two or three years later.

Bradford Republic; March 21, 1893
Towanda, Bradford county, PA
-Death of a Venerable Colored man.
Some twenty-five or thirty years ago, soon after the proclamation of emancipation was issued by Abraham Lincoln, there came to Towanda, we think from Virginia, John R. Jeeder, a colored man, formerly a plantation slave. He was a tall, boney man of powerful physique, with the habits, manners and dialect of a regular plantation negro. He was a good humored, inoffensive man, inclined to garrulity in describing his experience of a life of nearly seventy years as a slave before coming to this place.
His principal employment here was doing chores about town, and occasionally he was utilized in standing at the door of auction rooms and crying in a stentorian voice "Auction! Auction! Auction here genmun and ladies, walk right in. Auction! Auction!" John R. Jeeder soon became noted and known to every one, and the good will of every body, children as well as adults, was extended to him. This aged man for the past two or three years, enfeebled by age, has been unable to support himself, has been supported by charity contributed by his colored friends to some extent and also by the Ladies Aid Society and citizens of the borough. On Saturday evening last at about 6 o'clock, the subject of this sketch died at the residence of John Street, on Lombard Street, at the age, as given by himself, of 99 years. Funeral services were observed from the M.E. Zion church, on state street, at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Thus passes from our midst a long time conspicuous character on the streets of Towanda.

Daily Review; March 21, 1893
Towanda, Bradford county, PA
-Old Mr. Jeter Dead. John Jeter, an aged colored man of this place, died on Saturday last about six o'clock, quite suddenly. He was about town as usual on Friday. The old man was a familiar and well known figure upon our streets; for many years he has done the bell ringing and street calling for every auction that has been held. Mr. Jeter was about ninety years of age. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon; interment at Riverside cemetery.

Now, census records for Emma, John and their children say they were all born in Virginia. Emma could have quite easily started life in SC then VA and finally PA.

I've been staring at this Brick Wall for a long time! LOL....

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