Sophia Teal

15 August 1827–March 1916 (Age 88)
Luray, Henry, Indiana, United States

The Life of Sophia

When Sophia Teal was born on 15 August 1827, in Luray, Henry, Indiana, United States, her father, Mankin Chester Teel Sr., was 25 and her mother, Amelia Emely Ferguson, was 30. She married Pyrrhus M. McGinnis on 10 September 1866, in Beckley, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. 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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Pyrrhus M. McGinnis
Sophia Teal
Marriage: 10 September 1866
John Wells Gravely Jr.

Spouse and Children

10 September 1866
Beckley, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States


    John Wells Gravely Jr.


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 17

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.
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

1 English (mainly Yorkshire): from Middle English tele ‘teal’ (of uncertain origin), hence a nickname for a person considered to resemble this duck.2 Americanized spelling of German Diehl or Thiel .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sophia Gravely in household of Jas Gravely, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sophia Teel in household of Mankin Teel, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sophia Gravely in entry for Jno. W. Gravely, "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917"

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