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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 654-655.


Civil War Flags.jpg "HON. THOMAS TEALE has been identified with Decatur County and its business interests since the fall of 1865. He was born in Greenwich, Kentshire, England, January 10, 1842, a son of Frederick and Diana C. Teale. In 1843 his parents came to the United States, and made their first home in Orleans County, New York, but shortly moved to the West, and for a time lived in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and from there they moved to Jo Daviess County, Illinois. When Thomas was a boy he was left fatherless, and in a great measure was thrown on his own resources. Thus early in life he learned the practical lessons of self-reliance, and that nothing worthy of having could be obtained without an effort. He grew to manhood in Jo Daviess County, and in 1861, upon President Lincoln's first call for three-years' volunteers, enlisted in the defense of his country, and was assigned to Company E, Fifteenth Illinois Infantry. At the battle of Shiloh he was wounded in the right hip, by a musket ball, and after hospital treatment was granted a furlough. He rejoined his regiment and participated in the engagement at Hatchie, and subsequently his wound giving him trouble, he was detailed Brigade Postmaster, serving in that position until August, 1863, when, on account of disability, he was honorably discharged. Returning to the family home in Jo Daviess County, he remained there until he removed to Iowa, in 1865. His first purchase of land in the county was 160 acres on section 16, Fayette Township. This he improved, but subsequently moved to the farm where he now lives, on section 4, about one mile west of Lamoni, where he has a fine farm of 320 acres, all under cultivation, and his building improvements are among the best in the township, his home showing the thrift and refinement of the owner. Soon after the village of Lamoni was laid out he erected a stone building, and stocked it with hardware and farm implements, and now has good trade. Fayette Township has no more active and energetic citizen than Thomas Teale. Enterprising and public-spirited, he has assisted materially in all projects that tend to the upbuilding of town or county. In politics Mr. Teale is a Republican, and quite prominent in the councils of the party. In 1885 he was elected to represent his district in the Iowa General Assembly. Mr. Teale was married 1867, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, to Lucinda Graham, daughter of Theodore Graham. After ten years of married life the death angel entered the home and took from it the wife and mother, leaving the father with four young children -- Charles, Frederick, Erastus and Orra. In 1878 Mr. Teale married Mrs. Edith (Patterson) Wharton, daughter of Robert Patterson, and widow of Andrew Wharton, by whom she has three children -- Zula, wife of Joseph P. Peters, of Leon; James P. and Arthur D. Mr. Teale has three brothers in Decatur County. Frederick is in Decatur Township; James, in Davis City; and Eugene, in Bloomington Township. One brother, George H., lives in Riley Township, Ringgold County; one, Albert, at Kellerton, and another, Joseph, in Nebraska."

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