Mr Thomas Moore Teuton 1 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-Protestant immigrant parents William Teuton (1847-1921), a weaver and later a driller and general labourer, and Mary Jane Moore (1844-1916), natives of Belfast who had married in their home city in St Anne's Church on 3 October 1869. The couple moved to Markethill, Co Armagh where they welcomed their first child; they shortly returned to Belfast where their second child was born just over a year later. Their third child, William, was born at 31 Belgrave Street, Belfast and within the next few months they relocated and settled in Blackburn, England.
Thomas had four siblings, all brothers: Robert (b. 5 May 1871), John (b. 29 October 1872), William (b. 22 March 1875) and Alexander (b. 13 August 1879).
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), daughter of John Henry Swain and Elizabeth Jane Futcher. 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 later welcomed 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.
Thomas 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 10 May 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 Ada. For a child to be born out of wedlock to a Titanic widow drew the indignation of the Mansion House Committee and Ada's allowance was suspended for three months. Her child lived less than a year and died in early 1914. Ada then went on to have another child, Albert Henry, who was born in August 1915. The father of these two children is not certain but is believed to have been George Charles Bryant (b. 26 April 1881), a brass moulder originally from London.
Ada Teuton and George Bryant were eventually wed in 1918 and following that had another two children, Norman Charles and Ruby Elizabeth. The family appeared on the 1939 Register as residents of Blackthorn Road, Southampton.
Widowed in 1946, Ada remained in Southampton for the rest of her life and went on to outlive her daughter Ruby who died in 1969. Ada died on 1 June 1972 aged 90.
Thomas' son William later worked as a general labourer. He was married to Clarice Irene Salt and raised a family before he died as a widower in Plymouth, Devon on 22 December 1983.