- Montgomery McTeer was a man of varied interests. During the 1840s and 1850s he
owned a hotel in Maryville, which was under the management of his
brother-in-law, Frank Marion Hood. Ealier he had owned a printing press and a
supply of cabinet makers tools. In the 1850 census of Blount County, 1st Civil
District, he was listed as a millwright.
During the Civil War the State of Tennessee was officially part of the
Confederacy, yet most of the people living in East Tennesse were strong
adherents to the Union cause. Under the circumstances Blount County
communities were subject to frequent invasions and counterinvasions; Maryville
sometimes had scouting parties of both sides in town on the same day.
Destruction of local property was inevitable, and it was equally inevitable that
there would be political efforts to obtain compensation. Following the close
of hostilities the Blount County Court appointed Montgomery McTeer to make out
the county's claim against the United States Government for damage done to the
court house by Federal soldiers, "on the understanding that the said McTeer is
to receive ten percent of whatever he recovers but in case of no recovery, no
In May 1877 Mrs. Martha McTeer, widow of Montgomery McTeer, was allowed one
year's support from her husband's estate.
The will of Martha W. McTeer, written 22 April 1893, probated 28 January 1898,
bequeathed to the youngest child of son S. B. McTeer "which shall be living at
my decease" land in the Sixth District, Blount County, 201 acres "where S. B.
McTeer now lives", with the proviso that "S. B. McTeer and his present wife
Betty shall live there their lifetime and have full control of the property."
All personal property to be divided equally between two children, S. B. McTeer
and Harriet C. Henry. Executor: Will A. McTeer.
On 8 September 1901 Will A. McTeer was appointed Executor of the estate of
Martha W. McTeer deceased; bond was for $250 with F. H. Lannon as surety.
Inventory mentions a 201 acre farm in the 6th Civil District "where S. B.
McTeer her son now lives."
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 30, 89.