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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. p. 602.


Civil War Flags.jpg "JAMES E. TEALE is the senior member of the mercantile firm of Teale & Krames, at Davis City. He has been a resident of this place since 1874, and of Decatur County since 1865. Mr. Teale has also an interest in a mercantile firm at Kellerton, Ringgold County. He is one of seven brothers, six of whom are residents of Decatur and Ringgold counties. Mr. Teale was born on the island of Jersey, on the coast of France, July 23, 1838. His father, Frederick Teale, was a native of London, England. In 1843 the family immigrated to America, the father having come the previous year. For a time they resided in the State of New York, and then removed to the Territory of Wisconsin, going via Erie Canal, and the lakes to Milwaukee, and settling near Waukesha, where they lived in until 1847. They then removed to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1855, the father returned to England to look after his interest in an estate, but died soon after he reached his native land. In the fall of that same year, the family removed to Illinois. In 1859, Frederick Teale came to this county, the other brothers coming at different times. The mother died in Illinois, in 1876, being instantly killed by the running away of a team. James E. enlisted in May, 1861, on the first call made by President Lincoln, served the full term of his enlistment, and October 30, of the same year, enlisted in Company F, Thirteenth Illinois Cavalry, serving until September 26, 1865. His whole time of service was four years and two months, being in active service all the time. He served as private, Sergeant, and Regimental Commissary-Sergeant, until July, 1864; then was promoted to Second Lieutenant, Company G, afterward to First Lieutenant, and discharged as such with his regiment at the close of the war. His regiment was commanded by Colonel Joseph W. Bell. In June, 1862, it joined General Curtis, at Batesville, Arkansas, and went with him to Helena. In the fall of that year they returned to Missouri, where they spent some time scouting. In July, 1863, they went to General Davidson into Arkansas, and were present at the fight which resulted in the capture of Little Rock. Thereafter much time was spent in Arkansas. January 24, 1864, the cavalry division of the Seventh Army Corps in which this regiment was serving, was discontinued, and the Thirteenth Illinois Cavalry was stationed at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, raiding the surrounding country until the close of the war. The regiment was discharged at Springfield, Illinois. Mr. Teale, like all his brothers, is a Republican."

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