Mr Thomas Moore Teuton was born on Larkhill Street in Blackburn, Lancashire, England on 20 February 1877 and was baptised on 22 April that same year.
He was the son of Irish immigrant parents William Teuton (1847-1921), a driller and general labourer, and Mary Jane Moore (1844-1916), natives of Belfast who had married in their home city around 1870 before settling in England around 1876.
He had four known siblings, all brothers: Robert (b. 1872), John (b. 1873), William (b. 1875) and Alexander (b. 1880).
Thomas first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family were residing at 48 Church Street, Barrow-in-Furness. By 1891 the family were back in Blackburn as residents of Baywood (?) Street and a 14-year-old Thomas has already left school and was working as a cotton weaver. By 1901 the family home was 124 London Road, Blackburn but Thomas absent by this point.
Thomas served for eight years in the British Army with the First Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He saw service during the Boer War, being present at the Relief of Ladysmith in 1900 and was present in China during the Boxer Rising. He left the army as a colour-sergeant and returned to England and was decorated with the Royal South African medal.
Thomas was married in Southampton in October 1910 to Ada Mary Swain (b. 15 December 1881 in Sholing) and they appear on the 1911 census as residents of 98 North East Road, Sholing, with Thomas described as a dock labourer. Their son William John was born on 8 October 1911.
Teuton signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 and gave his address as 19 Middle Road, Sholing, Hampshire. His last ship had been the Oceanic and 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
His widow, child and his parents benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund. However, over a year after the loss of her husband Ada Teuton gave birth to a baby girl, naming her Elizabeth. This drew the ire of the Mansion House Committee and her allowance was suspended for three months. The child lived less than a year and died in early 1914.
Ada Teuton was remarried in 1918 to George C. Bryant (1882-1946) and with him had two children, Norman and Ruby. She remained in Southampton for the rest of her life and died in 1972 aged 90.
Thomas' son William later married and raised a family. He died in 1983 in Plymouth, Devon.