Thomas Moore Teuton was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England in early 1877. He was the son of Irish-immigrant parents William and Mary Teuton. Whilst he and his younger brother Alexander were born in Blackburn, his elder brothers William, John and Robert were Irish-born.
By the time of the 1881 census the family were residing at 48 Church Street, Barrow-in-Furness. William Teuton was described as a general labourer. By 1891 the family were back in Blackburn and were still in that town by the time of the 1901 census, albeit at different a address. Thomas is absent from the 1901 census, indicating he may have already commenced his career at sea.
Thomas Teuton was married in Southampton in late 1910 to Ada Mary Swain (born 1884 in Southampton). Their son William John was born on 8 October 1911.
Thomas Teuton signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 19 Middle Road, Sholing, Hampshire. His last ship had been the Oceanic . As a second class saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Teuton died in the sinking. His body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#226) and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 10, 1912.
NO. 226. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 35. - HAIR LIGHT AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Steward's coat with singlet; flannel shirt.
NO MARKS ON CLOTHING.
TATTOO - On left arm, Japanese woman; on right arm, snake.
EFFECTS - Army discharge book and papers; corkscrew; razor; keys; knife; brush; soap.
PROBABLY OLD SOLDIER.
NAME - T. TENTON, 98 N. E. Rd., Scholing, Southampton.
© Bill Fowler, Canada
In the September quarter of 1913 a baby girl by the name of Elizabeth Teuton had her birth registered in South Stoneham, Southampton. Her mother's maiden name was Swain. It's possible that Ada was pregnant at the time of the Titanic disaster and left the registration of her child's birth for several months. The child died in early 1914.
Ada Teuton was remarried in 1918 to George C. Bryant. It is uncertain what became of her thereafter. Thomas' son William died in 1983 in Plymouth, Devon.
References and Sources
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK