Mayo Emmett Jeter
and Mary C. Summerville
Mayo Emmett Jeter
1853 - 1932
Mary Catherine Summerville
1855 - 1936
Mayo Emmett Jeter, the 4th son and the 9th and last of the
children of William Griffin Jeter and Elizabeth McCutchen Berry, was born 6/5/1853
on the family farm located between Petersburg and Atterbury in
Menard County, Illinois. He married Mary Catherine Summerville
on 12/25/1873 in Livingston County, Missouri, the Rev. J. H. Tharp
officiating. Their issue: William Thomas (1874-1877); Edward
Elton (1876-1937), Harry Albert (1878-1963), Maude Myrtle
(1883-1974), and Nell May (1885-1974).
Mary Catherine ("Molly") was born on 3/29/1855 in
Kittaning, Armstrong Co., Pennsylvania to Azel Freeman Summerville
and Jane Ann Sample. The family removed to Caldwell Co.,
MO in 1868 and a year later to Livingston Co. in the same state.
The Jeter and Summerville farms were then within a mile of each
other and located to the east of Chillicothe.
Molly died at the home of her daughter, Maude Gill, in Memphis,
TN at 7:45AM on 1/8/1936.
| The family removed from Illinois to Missouri
in 1857 and Mayo grew up on his father's farm east of Chillicothe,
in Livingston County, Missouri. In 1887 he took advantage
of an opportunity with the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway
(the "Frisco") and with his wife began operating a
hotel for them in St. Paul, Madison County, Arkansas, a hotel
he would later own. He also entered the hardwood lumber
manufacturing business in which he was active for several years,
owning and operating several mills in the region.
Mary Catherine (Summerville) Jeter,
daughter Nell Gilstrap, and grandson, Walter Gilstrap, Jr.,
1906, in front of the Glendale Hotel, St. Paul, Madison County,
He began to suffer a loss of vision in his late fifties, probably
as result of cataracts, and was only able to distinguish
night from day at the end. He retired from the hardwood
business but as a grandson, William T. Jeter wrote, "His
oncoming handicap was a reality that both accepted, and sympathy
was unwelcome. He managed to keep physically active and
grandmother read to him hours on end. He built a barn, a
chicken house, and a stone smokehouse at their last home in Combs,
Arkansas. He raised hogs and cured pork the Ozark mountain
way. In building construction he did the manual labor, lifting
the materials, mixing the mortar and laying the masonry.
Grandma was there to see, help with the measurements and control
the plumbs and verticals for near perfect alignment. In
the vegetable garden he was almost a perfectionist. Rows
of vegetables were as straight as stretched strings because he
set and planted his crop to a stringline. He used sticks
of different lengths for spacing rows and different plants at
the proper intervals. His educated touch separated the weeds
from the vegetables."
Mayo was a lifelong Republican and Presbyterian and a big man,
6' 4" tall and well over 200 lbs in his prime. He died
on a Monday at 1:00AM, 3/14/1932, at his home in Combs,
Madison County, Arkansas and is interred with his wife in the
Brashears Cemetery there.
Submitted by C.
Victor Jeter, August 9, 1999
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