Sophia Teal

Female15 August 1827–March 1916

Brief Life History of Sophia

When Sophia Teal was born on 15 August 1827, in Luray, Prairie Township, Henry, Indiana, United States, her father, Mankin Chester Teel Sr., was 25 and her mother, Amelia Emely Ferguson, was 31. She married Pyrrhus McGinnis on 10 September 1866, in Raleigh, West Virginia, United States. She lived in Henry, Virginia, United States for about 10 years. She died in March 1916, in Mercer, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Brammer Cemetery, Odd, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States.

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James Gravely
Sophia Teal
James O. Gravely
John Gravely
Mankin Anderson Gravely
Mary E Gravely
Susan Elizabeth Gravely

Sources (13)

  • Sophia Gravely in household of Jas Gravely, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sophia Gravely in entry for James O Gravely, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Sophia Teel in household of Mankin Teel, "United States Census, 1850"

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World Events (8)

1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 9

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.


Age 9

Historical Boundaries: 1836: Henry, Indiana, United States

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 24

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Name Meaning

English (West Yorkshire): from Middle English tele ‘teal’, a nickname for someone who resembled the waterbird in some way.

English (West Yorkshire): topographic name from residence by a plank bridge, Middle English thele (Old English thelu ‘planks’), or a habitational name from Theale in Berkshire or Somerset, named from the same word.

Americanized form of German Diehl or Thiel .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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