San Mateo County Genealogical Society's Blog featuring society events, projects, meeting notes and other items of relevance to genealogists.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Andrew Teague

Andrew & Permelia Teague
Courtesy of Joseph Wentworth

Andrew, the son of Nathaniel Teague (1778-1840)  and Jane Moody (1780-1860) was born in Boone County, Missouri on 1 Aug 1822.

"He was reared and educated in Jackson county, in that state, his parents having moved to that section when he was but three years of age. At the age of twenty-three he removed to Springfield, where he lived until he came to this state in 1850, via Fort Scott and Salt Lake, crossing the Humboldt and Carson rivers. He mined in various portions of the state until 1852, when he returned to Missouri. In the spring of 1853 he brought his family to this coast, settling in Woodside, where he resided seven years, engaged in the lumbering business. He then located at Redwood City, and began the practice of the law to which he had been educated. He was elected district attorney in 1869.... " History of San Mateo County p 266

Andrew married Permelia Morgan (1821-1908) on 12 Sep 1841 in Cass, Missouri.

Andrew was active in community affairs. While living in Woodside, he was elected a supervisor from the Third Township.  As such he participated in the vote to separate San Mateo from San Francisco county. He was a Justice of the Peace (5) and had a part in building the first road between Woodside and Redwood City.  He was also a member San Mateo County's first library association, seving at one point as President pro tem.

WOODSIDE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. – This Association held their regular quarterly meeting at Woodside on Monday last, 1st inst. ....  The President pro tem, Andrew Teague, Esq., on calling the Association to order, referred to the melancholy fact that on the 2d of August last, and since the last quarterly meeting, they had suffered the irreparable loss, by death of their much esteemed, President, D. Jagger, Esq.  He alluded to his many virtues as a man, to his excellent qualities as a citizen and a prominent member of society, ....  San Mateo County Gazette 6 Oct 1860 v2:27 - Transcription by Chris Havner

Handbook Almanac of the Pacific States.... 1864
Andrew moved his family to Redwood City in 1862.  He was elected assessor when the city incorporated in 1867, and later served as a town trustee.   He served as president of the Franklin Library when it moved into a building on Main Street in 1866. Redwood City Historical Trail

In 1864 Andrew, as guardian of the minor children of Antonio Buelna (dec), sold Ocean front property. (4)

In 1869, he was elected District Attorney (5)  of San Mateo County.

Proceedings of the Masons 1872
 He was also a charter member the Bayview Lodge #109 of IOOF (5) which was established in 1862 and of the Masonic Lodge #168.

Numerous entries in the Schellen's Collection give further details of Andrew Teague's life, including connections to the Big Basin, Pescadero and Yazor Creek Canal Companies, the Sons of Temperance and the Baptist and Methodist Churches.

Created with Earthpoint
Patent Book 1 p 537
In 1876 the United States government affirmed Andrews patent to forty acres in Section 17 of Township 6 Range 4.  This is not the same land that is now Teague Hill Open Space Preserve, lying on the other side of Skyline Blvd.  Deed books were not checked for other Teague purchases, but those volumes are available on FamilySearch.

Teague died at his Redwood City home on 11 Mar 1884. (2) He was buried next to his only son, William Carlton Teague, in Union Cemetery two days later.

Francis May Teague Wright
Courtesy of
Joseph Wentworth

 Andrew and Permelia had seven known children:
  •   Telitha Jane Teague (1843 - 1928) married James O. Shaw 1 May 1859 Woodside (1)
  •    Sarah Anne Teague (1844 - 1924) married George E Wentworth  
  •   Mary Louisa Teague  (1845 - 1927)  married George H. Rice 17 Apr 1872 Redwood City (1)
  •   Martha Ellen Teague (1847 - 1914) married Ott Durham 25 Dec 1873 Redwood City (1)
  •   Rebecca Elzira Teague (1849 - 1880) married William Albert Clark 18 Sep 1866 Redwood City (1)
  •   William Carlton Teague (1853 - 1874) (3)
  •   Francis May Teague (1854 - 1877) married Charles D Wright 27 Jan 1874 Redwood City (1)

Andrew Teague - FindAGrave - maintained by Joseph Wentworth
Andrew Teague - WikiTree - maintained by Joseph Wentworth
Andrew Teague - Union Cemetery Plot D75
The Teagues of San Mateo County by John Edmonds
Teague Hill Open Space Preserve
Forms and Use of Blanks - Andrew Teague, Attorney at Law used as example in affidavit 18

  1. San Mateo County Marriage Index; San Mateo Times Gazette Index
  2. James Crowe Death Book TEAGUE Andrew 61 7 11 Missouri 3/11/1884 Redwood City Married M White Lawyer Union Cemetery 3‐13‐1884 James Crowe; Death Notice in San Mateo Times Gazette 15 Mar 1884
  3. SMC Early Deaths - Teague William C 10-Nov-1874 21 M S white Nevada consumption 1 191 1
  4.  Index to SMC Court Registers - #4 pgs 141-144 Teague Andrew Guardian 1864 (this is one of 14 entries for Andrew in this index) San Mateo County Land Index Teague Andrew 22 Feb 1864 D4 208 thru 209 Grantor [guardian] Ocean frontage
  5. Index to Official Bonds: 18 Teague, Andrew Justice of the Peace 1856 79 Teague, Andrew Justice of the Peace 1859 209 Teague, Andrew Justice of the Peace 1869 225 Teague, Andrew District Attorney 1870; 1A Teague, Andrew Trustee, IOOF 1870
CATHT 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

SMCGS Spring Seminar

Early Bird deadline is this Friday, April 28!

Please be sure to register for the SMCGS Spring Seminar by this Friday, April 28 in order to take advantage of advance pricing. Walk in Rates apply after April 28.

Not Your Usual Records with Amy Johnson Crow
Spring Seminar on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 am - 3 pm
Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave, Menlo Park
$45 Members, $50 Non-members, $55 Walk-Ins

Step off the beaten path with Amy and discover unexpected resources in these four one-hour sessions:
- Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
- After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Vets
- Finding Ancestors before 1850
- Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

Amy has a master's degree in Library Science, blogs regularly, and helps clients with research.

Book Sale
Thank you to all who have recently donated books from their collections. Some sample titles you will see at the Book Sale:
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy edited by Szucs & Luebking
My Ancestor was an Apprentice by Raymond
Tracing Your Tank Ancestors by Tait & Fletcher
Army Records for Family Historians by Fowler

Silent Auction 
Here is a chance to try new software, or add to your current subscription while helping SMCGS raise funds to cover our expenses. We have for the auction:
Mini-consultations with Inge Harding-Barlow
Walk over to the Family History Library right next to the Seminar building.
Hours: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Note: The Family History Library will be open on May 6 until 4:00 pm.
Home-baked Cookies 
SMCGS bakers will be mixing up their usual hard-to-resist homemade cookies and bars.

Hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Christine Green
Seminar Chair

Sharing Stories

Last call for stories!
Submissions close this Sunday, April 30
Please finish up and send us your stories!

Sharing Stories: 
A SMCGS event to encourage writing our stories 
for future generations

Join the fun and write a family history or local San Mateo County story.
Submit your story to SMCGS to be entered into a drawing for prizes, publication,
and/or reading aloud at a monthly meeting. Each entry receives a small gift.
For information on guidelines & formatting, and to submit a story, click here.
We look forward to receiving your stories!

At our monthly meeting on May 20, we will have drawings for prizes for all stories submitted, an extra drawing for those stories taking place in San Mateo County, and a small gift for all entries. We will round out the meeting with story readings and sharing a pot luck meal together.
We hope you get a story down on paper to share with your fellow genealogists, not to mention your own family!

Questions? Contact
Sharing Stories Readings and Lunch - May 20
More information on Sharing Stories can be found on our website at

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Barry's Bits

culled from the San Francisco Examiner by Barry Goyette 

Ah...The Problems of Wealth ....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Japanese Cemetery

Lying directly across from Olivet Memorial Park is the small but very picturesque Japanese Cemetery. Established in 1900 by the Japanese Benevolent Society,  the burial grounds are open to Japanese people of all faiths.  The Japanese Benevolent Society of California was established in 1890 and over the years has met its mandate to assist those in need.  It has served as a unifying force for the Buddist, Shinto and Christian Japanese communities.
SF Chronicle Friday, July 10, 1936  pg 17

The cemetery was opened in June of 1901.   In 1906 the Meiji Emperor of Japan  gave a grant to the Benevolent Society "for the relief of sick, disabled or destitute persons of the Japanese race” in California and to provide “a suitable burial ground for deceased Japanese.” Bodies were moved from Laurel Hill Cemetery and Masonic Cemetery as the San Francisco movement to close cemeteries took effect.

More than 5000 burials have taken place since 1901.  Among the graceful and often majestic stones you will find a tower honoring the three crewmen from the Kanrin-Maru who on landing in 1860 brought the first Japanese embassy to the US, a monument to Ministers and Members of the Buddhist Churches of America, a War Memorial to unknown soldiers, and a monument to bodies moved from Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Japanese Cemetery
1301 Hillside Ave, Colma

Japanese Cemetery - FindAGrave - lists 155 burials
Japanese Benevolent Society-Jikeikai
Japanese Cemetery Annual Clean-up 
Praying for deceased souls in Colma Japanese Cemetery


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SMCGS Databases: San Mateo Times Gazette Index 1859-1899

One of the early indexes published by SMCGS is the San Mateo Times Gazette Index 1859-1899 compiled by Mary Lou Grunigen.

There are two parts to this index, which was originally published in 1996 in book form.  The first part is an index to vital records (births, marriages, deaths, probates, etc.) for the first forty years of this early publication.

The second part is an every name index to the paper from 1859-1867.  Here you might find entries for tax lists, memberships to social institutions, crime reports and much more.

The printed publication, like all SMCGS publications has been digitized and is available for public search on the SMCGS website.

San Mateo County Times Gazette Index