Edgar F. Teele - update 8/28/2016

Edgar F. Teele was born in July 1824 or June of 1825 in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, probably the son or grandson of William (b. 1780).

In 1830 there was one William Teal and one Adam Teal living in Troy’s 2nd Ward, Rensselaer County, New York, There was one William Teal living in Troy’s First Ward, Rensselaer County, New York, in 1840.

Edgar was married to New York native Ruby M. (b. 1825), probably in New York, and they had at least five children: William H. (b. 1849), Alice B. (b. 1852), Robert (b. 1857) and Helen (b. 1859) and Elizabeth (b. 1861).

By 1850 Edgar was working as a painter and living with his wife and son William, and all were living with New Jersey native William Teale in Brooklyn’s Tenth Ward, King’s County, New York.

They probably moved from New York to Ohio sometime before 1852, then to Michigan between 1852 and 1857, and by 1860 Edgar was a painter living with his wife and children, and another painter by the name of Edward Fitch, in Grand Rapids’ 4th Ward.

On July 2, 1860, Edgar joined the Grand Rapids Artillery, commanded by Captain Baker Borden. (The GRA would serve as the nucleus for Company B, also commanded by Borden, of the 3rd Michigan Infantry.)

Edgar stood 5’9” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 36 years old and probably living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted as Second Corporal in Company B on May 13, 1861. Edgar was discharged for general debility and chronic rheumatism on November 12, 1862, at Armory Square hospital, Washington, DC.

After he was discharged from the army Edgar returned to Michigan where he reentered the army in Company A, 1st Michigan Engineers & Mechanics. (Borden interestingly enough, resigned from the 3rd Michigan in the summer of 1861, returned to Grand Rapids, and reentered the service as captain of Company B, Michigan E & M.)

After the war Edgar returned to Michigan, probably to Grand Rapids. By 1870 he was working as a painter and living with his wife and children in Grand Rapids’ 3rd Ward; he was living in Grand Rapids 1874 and 1879, and working as a painter and living with his wife in Grand Rapids’ 3rd Ward in 1880 but reportedly moved to Chicago sometime in the 1880s. By 1890 he was living in Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska. By 1900 he was la widower living in Omaha’s 6th Ward, Dodge County, Nebraska.

Edgar was a member of the 3rd Michigan Infantry Association.

He was living in Nebraska when he applied for and received a pension (no. 564468).

Edgar was probably living in Omaha, Nebraska when he died on December 12, 1900, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.