THEODORE J. TEANEY, a brother of E. A. C. Teaney, who is elsewhere sketched in this volume, is a representative of a well known and honorable family, whose life in Barr township, has given them a just claim to the respect and esteem of their neighbors. The father Francis C. and the mother Mary (Huff) Teaney are spoken of more at length in the biography of the other son. In a family of twelve children, Theodore is the fifth, the date of his nativity being June 20, 1825. He was born in Augusta County, Va., and came to Greene County, Ill., with his parents and there grew to manhood.
After coming to this county this young man took to himself a wife in the person of Caroline M. Colby, who became the mother of six children, namely: Silas F., died in boyhood; Alpheus L. died at the age of fourteen; Mary the third child was taken away at the age of sixteen; Sylvia L. is the wife of Thomas Tabscott; Eri E. married Miss Jennie Maxwell; Theodore J. married Miss Nora Havens. Mrs. Caroline Teaney died in Barr Township many years ago leaving her family to deeply mourn her loss.
The second wife of our subject bore the maiden name of Martha J. Vaughn and she brought her husband five children, John A., George A., Ephraim E., Cora O. and Martha J. Their mother was taken from them in 1884. The present Mrs. Teaney was before her marriage with our subject, Mrs. Elizabeth (Drake) Shelton. She is a woman of ability and influence and takes an active part in religious affairs, filling a useful sphere of influence. The political views of Mr. Teaney have led him to affiliate with the Democratic party. He has always followed agricultural pursuits and has not given his time to office seeking. His farm of one hundred and thirty-eight acres, shows the mark of patient, persevering endeavor and a thorough understanding of the needs of agriculture. Mr. Teaney is wide-awake upon educational themes and has served as School Director. Their pleasant home is the scene of a cordial hospitality and frequent reunions of friends of genial nature and true culture.