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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Frederick Girvan Teall

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 169-170 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Frederick Girvan Teall, a worthy scion of a respected old family of Herkimer county, has for the past twenty-one years occupied the important position of cashier of the Little Falls National Bank, with which institution he has been continuously identified for more than a third of a century. He was born in Fairfield, Herkimer county, New York, on the 2d of October, 1863, his parents being Charles E. and Agnes (Girvan) Teall, the former born in Fairfield, New York, in 1834 and the latter in Little Falls in 1836. Dr. Oliver Teall, the American progenitor of the family, emigrated to this country from England. His son, Joseph Teall, the great-grandfather of Frederick G. Teall of this review, was a native of Middletown, Connecticut, and was one of six brothers who fought in the Revolutionary war. Both he and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Anna Griswold and who was a native of Connecticut, passed away in Fairfield, New York. Sidenius Teall, son of Joseph and Anna (Griswold) Teall, spent his life on the old homestead farm in the vicinity of Fairfield, this state, and devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits throughout his active career. In early manhood he wedded Caroline Paine, whose demise occurred in Fairfield, New York. Charles E. Teall, son of Sidenius and Caroline (Paine) Teall and father of Frederick G. Teall, was also a farmer by occupation and departed this life in Little Falls in the year 1902. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Agnes Girvan, was a daughter of William and Mary (Fergus) Girvan, both of whom were natives of Scotland but were married on this side of the Atlantic and remained residents of Little Falls, until called to their final rest. William Girvan was a successful merchant of Little Falls, where his daughter, Mrs. Agnes (Girvan) Teall, passed away in 1905.

Frederick G. Teall, whose name introduces this review, attended Fairfield Seminary of his native town to the age of eighteen years, when in 1881 he secured the position of salesman in the book store of the firm of Howe & Ackley at Little Falls. He was thus employed for a period of eight years and then on the 1st of June, 1889, entered the service of the Little Falls National Bank in a clerical capacity. Demonstrating his ability and trustworthiness in the faithful discharge of the duties assigned him, he was promoted to the position of first assistant cashier and in 1903 was made cashier of the bank, which he has thus represented to the present time. He is a courteous and popular official whose efforts have contributed materially to the continued growth and success of the institution, of which he is one of the directors.

On the 1st of December, 1883, in Little Falls, Mr. Teall was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Isabel Hall, who was born in Newark, New Jersey, on January 12, 1862. Her parents, Henry Clay and Sophia (Brown) Hall, were natives of New Jersey who died in Little Falls, New York, where the former was long engaged in law practice. Mrs. Sarah Isabel (Hall) Teall is a devoted member of the Episcopal church and also belongs to the American Legion auxiliary of Little Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Teall have three sons: The eldest, Colonel Edward Hall Teall, was born on the 22d of June, 1885, and graduated from the Little Falls high school as a member of the class of 1903. Four years later he was graduated from West Point Military Academy. As a soldier of the World war he won the rank of colonel. He is an active factor in industrial circles of Little Falls as vice president and general manager of the H. P. Snyder Manufacturing Company. In September, 1907, he married Miss Estelle Breese Snyder, daughter of Congressman H. P. Snyder of Little Falls. Their children are three in number, namely: Homer Snyder, Sarah Hall and Jessie Breese. Frederick L. Teall, the second son of Frederick G. and Sarah Isabel (Hall) Teall, was born in Little Falls on the 1st of September, 1887, and completed a high school course in his native town by graduation with the class of 1905. He was civil engineer on the construction of the barge canal at Little Falls and now occupies the position of assistant cashier in the Little Falls National Bank. He married Miss Mary Barry, daughter of Mrs. Cora Barry of Herkimer, and they have one son, Frederick Girvan Teall (II), whose natal day was October 1, 1917; Girvan Teall, the youngest son of Mrs and Mrs. Frederick Girvan Teall, was born in Little Falls on the 31st of March, 1898, and is a graduate of the Little Falls high school and of St. John's Military Academy at Manlius, New York. He is now vice consul for the United States at Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Teall, who gives his political support to the republican party, served as treasurer of Herkimer county from 1903 until 1906 and has also done valuable work as a member of the board of education and of the police and fire board in the city of Little Falls. During the period of the World war he was chairman of the draft board for District No. 1 in Herkimer county. He is a vestryman of Emanuel Episcopal church and fraternally is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, belonging to Little Falls Lodge No. 42. He is likewise a member of the Elks Club, the Little Falls Country Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Teall has a wide acquaintance in the county in which his life has been passed, and by those who have known him longest he is held in highest esteem, for he has never deviated from an honorable, straightforward course.

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