Elijah Teague1

M, #1609, b. 1 May 1726, d. circa 1780
Last Edited=28 Oct 2007
     Elijah Teague, son of William Abel Teague and Isabella E. Pennington, was born on 1 May 1726 at North Sassafras Parish, Cecil County, Maryland.1 Elijah Teague was the son of William Abel Teague and Isabella E. Pennington.1

Elijah Teague married Ailsey (Alice) Davis, daughter of William Davis and Anne Walker, circa 1747 at Frederick County, Virginia.2,3

Elijah Teague died circa 1780 at Black Jack, Newberry County, South Carolina.1,2

A mention of Elijah Teague was found in the annals of Newberry, S.C., printed in 1898, wherein, in looking back over the early history of that area, it gives an account of the sad end of Elijah Teague at the hand of the British Tories as witnessed by one of his sons, Samuel Teague:

"Samuel Teague was not originally a Quaker. He was reared near Black Jack, in Newberry District. Being a lad during the Revolution, he had escaped conscription by the Whigs, but was exposed to the cruelties of the Tories. One day they were approaching the house when a puncheon was lifted and he was hidden under the floor. The Tories came in and by their terrible demonstrations so frightened his sick father that he rose from his bed and ran across the adjoining lot. The Tories shot him down, hacked him over with their swords and so stripped the house of everything in the clothing line that Samuel had to take the shirt from his back to bury his father. Truly, these were times that tried men's souls. Samuel Teague, to avenge the murder of his father, to serve his country, or both, afterward enlisted in the service of the patriots, but to what extent I have never learned. He presumably served until the end of the War."2


One story that remains consistent about Elijah Teague is that he was killed by the British in the American Revolution. He is listed on p. 640 of "Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732-1774" by Murtie Jule Clark, as having been commissioned as Captain in Rowan Co., North Carolina, and serving between the years of 1760 and 1764 (during the French & Indian War).2

Another account of Elijah Teague's murder by Tories is found in "Quakers in South Carolina Backcountry, Part II - Bush River" by Williard C. Heiss, 1969.2

And, from the records of Carroll H. Teague (Titusville, FL - April 19, 1966):

Elijah and his brother Joshua became involved in the uprising against the British authorities of North Carolina prior to the Revolutionary War and found it expediant to move farther south. Elijah settled on a grant of land in what is now Newberry, S.C., namely 250 acres on Feb. 22, 1771, "under the hand of the Honorable William Bull, Esqr, Lieutenant Governor & Commander in Chief, in and over the State of South Carolina."2

Citations

  1. [S47] Roy Birch (e-mail address), online Ancestry.com, Roy Birch (Ancestry World Tree), downloaded May 2001.
  2. [S94] Ancestry.com, online Ancestry.com, Unknown Author (Ancestry World Tree #1188001), downloaded May 2001.
  3. [S192] Alan Lerwick, "E-Mail Correspondence with Alan Lerwick," E-Mail message from (author E-Mail address private) at (unknown address) to this researcher, 2005. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Alan Lerwick."