John H(enry) Teague, 38 (born, then, c1853), Blacksmith, Employer, born in Grampound Cornwall,
Elizabeth Teague, Wife, 37 (born c1854), born in St Stephen in Brannel Cornwall,
Thomas Teague, Son, 17, Blacksmith, Employed, born in Grampound Cornwall,
E(vangeline / Eva) Teague, Daughter, 16, born in
Fred Teague, Son, 5, Scholar, born in Grampound Cornwall, in 1886, my grandfather
S(tephens) Teague, Son, 3, born in Grampound Cornwall,
[three children were born who did not
To these must be added (from the 1901 Census, where the full name of the father, John Henry Teague is given) Harold John Perdeux Teague (7, his birth registered in June 1893), the traditional name being apparently spelled Perdeaux in the 1911 Census, by which time only he and Ethel were living with their parents, and John Henry was listed as “Dairy Man.”
How far back
can we go in tracing the Teagues from whom I am
descended (among the many other
Teagues living in Grampound and Probus)?
Ralph Teague of
Probus married Dinah Harris at Probus on 12 May, 1706.
(baptised at Probus)
Teague & Joan Harris
Teague and Elizabeth Lorey
[The linked Teague Resources page is incorrect in many respects, what follows is mostly based on the Creed parish records etc]
grandfather John Teague (born 1762) married Ann Pardew (born
1773, died 18 March 1848) at Creed church on
November 27 1792. The use of "Pardew" as a given
name in generations after this confirms that this is
the line of descent of my family. Ann Pardew was
baptised in Creed church on 7 April 1773, the
daughter of James and Ann Pardew.
The children of John Teague
& Ann Pardew/Pardoe:
was born June 28 and baptised at Creed July 24
1803. John Teague
aged 64 (= born 1803) was buried at Creed March 10
Teague & Jane/Jenny Green
This is the
point at which the 1841
Census records start to give more detailed, reliable information.
(list with added imports):
John Teague, (47, born in 1803), Land Drainer, born in Grampound Cornwall,
Jane Teague, Wife, (48, so born in c1803), born in Probus Cornwall,
Henry Purdue Teague, (21), Land Drainer, born in Grampound Cornwall, baptised 1829
Mary Ann Teague, (20), born in Grampound Cornwall, baptised 1834
Ambrose Teague, (18), Farm Labourer, born in Grampound Cornwall, baptised 1832
Edmund Teague, (13), Miller's Boy, born in Grampound Cornwall, baptised 1837
James Teague, (11), Miller's Boy, Grampound Cornwall, baptised 1839
Josiah Teague, (9), Scholar, born in Grampound Cornwall, baptised 1842
Heywood Teague, (4), born in Grampound Cornwall,
Henry Purdue Teague & Ann
At the same 1861 Census, we find my great-grandfather John Henry Teague as a child living with his parents:
Henry (Purdue) Teague (31, born in 1829), Ag Lab, born in Grampound Cornwall,
Ann Teague, (33, so born in c1828), born in Grampound Cornwall,
John Henry Teague, Son, (8, born in c1852), Scholar, born in Grampound Cornwall,
Charles H Teague, (7), Scholar, born in Grampound Cornwall,
Amelia A Teague, (5), Scholar, born in Grampound Cornwall,
William B Teague, (3), born in Grampound Cornwall,
Just to confirm the identity of Ann Teague's parents, at
the 1871 Census we find:
John Teague, 69, Butcher & Dairyman,born in Grampound Cornwall,
Emma Teague, Wife, 68, born in Tregony Cornwall,
John (Henry) Teague, Grandson, 18, Blacksmith, born in Grampound Cornwall. John Henry my great-grandfather was probably looking after the elderly parents of his mother.
By the 1881 Census, Emma has died and John Teague (78, "formerly butcher") is living next to the house of that same grandson, now the father of a growing family:
John Henry Teague & Elizabeth Stephens
Born in 1852,
my great-grandfather John Henry Teague married young, at
20, in mid-1872, when the
marriage of John Teague to Elizabeth Stephens was registered at St.
Austell, and in the 1891
Census his first son Thomas was already 18 or
so years old, his birth having been registered in
In the 1881 Census, John Henry has begun his family but my grandfather is not yet born:
John H. Teague, Head, 28, Blacksmith Master Employing 1 Apprentice, born in Grampound Cornwall,
Elizabeth Teague,Wife, 27, born in St Stephens Cornwall,
Thomas Teague,Son, 8, Scholar, born in Grampound Cornwall,,
Ethel A. Teague,Daughter, 1 month, born in Grampound Cornwall,
See the top of the page . . .
Of my grandfather's generation, only he and his younger brother Harold left Grampound and became part of modern urban society. Harold became a school master, and was headmaster of St. Paul’s Junior School at the top of Agar Road, Truro, when I attended it from 1950 – 1953. He was socially active, a freemason, a Truro city councillor, alderman, and Mayor of Truro 1955 – 56, when the Queen made her first visit there (links to a Pathe movie of her visit, including shots with Uncle Harold) in pouring rain. We all went down to Boscawen Street to wave. Harold served in the trenches during the First World War and as a result suffered from terrible arthritis in the hips which left him severely crippled; he walked with the aid of crutches. He only had one eye, having tripped while running with scissors in his hand as a child. He had two daughters, Margaret and Jean.
Thomas, known to me as “Uncle Tom,” lived a few miles away in the village called Grampound Road and for some strange reason I was never once taken to see him, neither by my father nor by Ruby Dunn with whom I stayed at Grampound several times. He married in 1898. Steve, Eva and Ethel never left Grampound. Eva remained unmarried in the family home, a rather intimidating old lady with a bristly chin, somewhat Methodist, stern though kind. Ethel married Tom Kemp in March 1931, they had no children and lived in one of the last houses at the top of the village. Joseph Stephens Teague, usually called Steve, became the postmaster of Grampound, the post office in my childhood being in the projecting porch of the house next above the Dolphin Inn. Steve married were Nora Annie Hutchens (born c1900 in Penzance) in 1923, and their first child, Nora E., was born in 1924. To avoid confusion with her mother she was usually called "Rona." Their son Richard H. S. Teague was considerably younger than Fred's sons Dudley and Leslie (my father), having being born in 1926. He worked in the Post Office, lived in Bristol, but contact was lost.
Fred Teague was my grandfather and the record of registered births (St. Austell, March 1886) seems to support the family claim that he was officially named Fred (as opposed to Frederick). Why he was simply baptized “Fred” while his younger brother was “Harold John Perdeux” is a mystery. Another Teague family in Grampound used the name Purdue, there might be a relationship.
By 1911 he had left Grampound and risen in social standing by becoming a “Sorting Clerk And Telpt (telephonist?)” in the GPO in Cirencester. He was lodging as a border at 2 Victoria Villas Victoria Road Cirencester on the 1911 Census day. He must already have been engaged, and his marriage with Frances Ellen Dunn, the school-mistress from up the road in Grampound, was celebrated in September that year in Grampound (almost surely at Creed Church a little outside the village).
Their first son, Frederick Dudley, was born at Cirencester on June 20, 1912. Their second son, Thomas Leslie, was born on February 2, 1914, also in Cirencester. He was my father. Both were always known by their second name, a common thing in their mother’s family.
Not long after this they moved to Plymouth,
living in the area of Devonport known as Peverell.