A exceprt from Marsha Fuller
THE HARPER FAMILY NEWSLETTER
Editor - Marsha L. Fuller
The eldest child of Jacob and Margaret Simmons Harper was Sarah Margaret Harper who married George Teter, Jr. and moved to Indiana. I am told that Sarah and George's three youngest sons, Ebal, Asa and Mahlon, each received 160 acres of land and founded the community of Tetersburg, Indiana. Their eldest son, Eber, kept a journal which is excerpted below, through the courtesy of Daniel Moore, Corning, Arkansas:
Editor's Note: I have copied the following exactly as it was written with no attempt to correct the spelling or punctuation.
Diary of Eber Teter, Senior
(August 30, 1832, Eber Teter's journey written by himself)
"On the 28th day of August 1832, I left Ambrose Phares' and traveled 7 miles to my father's. On the 29th day, I left with a heavy heart leaving all my affectionate friends behind not without tears. And went on my journey to Joseph Walker's on Allegane about 16 miles; and on the 30th I went about 4 miles to Jess Dreegar, on the dry fork, or to a place called the seat of the government. On the 31st I was to meet Joseph Walker at Ruben Teter's, as he had agreed the day before to go with me on my journey, but failed in going or doing as he had promised, seeming to turn against me. Receiving advice to return, then throwing myself into the hands of a faithful Creator, I went on 20 miles to Mr. Pickney, feeling somewhat tired, and being bit by a dog lightly. On the 1st of September, I went on to George Teter's and Abraham Day's, and found them all well. On the 29th I went to Jacob Teter's about three miles and to Solomon Yegers to a meeting. And, to Joseph Teter's and found them all well, and corn crops looked but indifferent here. On the 30th I went to Joseph Teter's in Harrison County, being 26 miles, and found them well. Corn crops looked tolerable well but is very backward. I continued there on the 4th and got my shirt washed, and on the 5th I started from there through Clarksburg and from there to a Mr. Jones', on Middlebourne, through a very hilly country. In the evening I felt quite weary and traveling seemed very lonesome being by myself. On the 6th day I continued through the hills slowly observing the country. The climate seemed to be better than the soil; corn looks tolerable well, some of it is forward enough. The country is well timbered with oak and some of the best pine I most ever saw. "I came to a widow, by the name of Mae Gregory on Borme Creek and stayed all night. On the 7th I went on through a very poor looking country to the Ohio River, and crossed to Marietta, which made a distance of 94 miles from Joseph Teter's. Went on two miles farther up the Wisgun and stayed all night. Corn looks well and the soil appears tolerably good along the bottom; the high land is thin and in a general way sandy. Some places along the Wisgun there is some time stone banks with small spots of good land. After I left the main river, I travelled through a hilly country. The land looks tolerably thin, though it produces well; the soil in some places looks red, and the timber in general is white oak, and black oak; and in some places on the high hills chestnut oak. There is a quantity of hickory, and wood land sells for $1.25 per acre. - The rest of this excerpt is in The Complete Harper Family History Prior to 1900.
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Prisoners of War and State, Etc. "Office Commissary-General of Prisoners, Detroit, July 11, 1862. Hon. E.M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Washington, DC. Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith petitions with letters from the provost-marshal-general at Wheeling, Va., in favor of Sylvanus Harper, Jacob Phares, Solomon Hedrick, Copeland Thompson, James Bennett, Isaac Hinckle, Laban Teter, Joseph Lantz, John W. Dolly and George Bennett, prisoners of war, at Wheeling, Va. I have heretofore referred other petitions in favor of most of these men to the Department. Major Darr after looking carefully into these cases recommends that they be released on taking the oath of allegiance and giving bonds for good behavior, which recommendation is approved by Governor Peirpoint. From what appears in these papers and in statements made to me by Mr. Abram Hinckle, one of the petitioners, I respectfully recommend that these men be released on the terms suggested by Major Darr. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. Hoffman, Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners"
"Office Commissary-General of Prisoners, Detroit, Mich., August 7, 1862. Capt. H.M. Lazelle, Eighth U.S. Infantry, Columbus, Ohio: Your letter of the 4th instant with its inclosures is received. I am pleased to learn that everything is going on satisfactorily at Camp Chase...Sylvanus Harper is reported paroled though he was released by order of the Secretary of War. For the present you need take no further steps in relation to the paroled prisoners in Columbus. After the exchange of prisoners takes place a better system will be established. As no account of disbursement of the prisoners' fund is rendered I suppose it is all on hand. Impress it on the colonel that he is responsible for the proper expenditure of this fund. I believe I have mentioned to you that vegetables, and for those who are destitute of money small articles for repairing clothing and shoes, writing appear, tobacco, pipes, &c., may be purchased in moderate quantities when the fund will admit of it. A liberal supply of vegetables should be allowed. The prisoners' share of the hospital fund for July must be determined by the number of s____ hospitals. Your presence in Columbus will probably be necessary making arrangements for the exchange of prisoners and I wish you remain there for the present. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. Hoffman, Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners" [Sylvanus Harper was the son of Nicholas Harper & Sarah Henkle, grandson of Jacob Harper and Margaret Simmons.]