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Teegarden and Teagarden are the principal American forms of the Tegarden name that came to America in 1736 with Abraham Tegarden of Solingen in North Rhine-Westphalia.  The name appeared in Solingen as Thegarden as early as 1374 and was recorded as Tegarden in 1488.  Theegarten is a district in Solingen today.  The root is the Low German te garden meaning ďat the garden."

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Christian Tegarden, born in 1650, was the first recorded of the line of Tegardens at Solingen.  Family history has suggested that these Tegardens were members of a cutlery guild there.  Solingen was in fact called the city of blades for the swords that were produced there.  At the time that his son Abraham departed for America in 1736, Solingen had a population of about 2,000. 

America.  Abraham Tegarden was the family pioneer in America, arriving in 1736 with his family and settling on the western frontier in Maryland. 

Abraham and his wife Anna brought four sons to America, the eldest of whom was Abraham.  He moved with his family to what became Greene county in western Pennsylvania, also at that time a pioneer area for settlement.  Tradition tells of the many thrilling adventures he and his family had with the Indians.  The old Teagarden homestead was at Richhill township in Greene county. 

One line from William Teagarden, a Revolutionary War veteran from Greene county, Pennsylvania led to Oswin Teagarden, a Confederate smuggler during the Civil War, and to Jack Teagarden, the great jazz trombonist of the 1930ís and 1940ís.  

The family lineage has been covered in three books:  
  • Joseph Oswin Teagardenís 1949 book A Genealogy of the Teagarden Family  
  • Helen E. Vogtís 1967 book Genealogy and Biographical Sketches of Descendants of Abraham Tegarden 
  • and Jeanette Teegarden Jonesí 1972 book Ten Generations of Teegardens. 
Teagarden may be the most known spelling of the name in America, but it is not the most common.  There are more than twice as many Teegardens as Teagardens around today.  The largest number of Teegardens was and is in Kentucky.  They were also be be found in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. 

Tegarden generally became Teegarden in Kentucky.  Jeremiah and Katherine Teegarden arrived in Bracken county from Greene county, Pennsylvania sometime in the early 1800ís. 

ďJeremiah was always spoken of as a very strong man who never feared man or beast, but was always a gentleman.  One time before he left Pennsylvania he whipped nine men at a logrolling contest for disputing his word in a fist fight when he was about 18 years old.  In family references to Jeremiah ever afterward, his name was followed with Ďhe knocked down nine men.í" 

Jeremiah was the father of a very large family and was a very extensive landowner on the waters of Big Bracken Creek.  They remained Teegardens (even though the 1850 census registered them as Teagardens).  Meanwhile Jeremiahís cousin the Rev. William Teegarden, a backwoods preacher, came to Columbiana county in SW Ohio around the year 1808.  His son Abraham, a doctor, migrated to La Porte, Indiana and built the Hotel Teegarden there in 1852. 

A Tegarden who also made the westward march from Pennsylvania to Kentucky and Indiana was Basil Tegarden.  He married Anna Tegarden nee Ford, the aunt of Abraham Lincolnís wife, in Kentucky in 1797 and moved to Indiana in 1814.  Some of his descendants ended up in Missouri

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Abraham Tegarden who arrived in Philadelphia in 1736 was the forebear of the Teegardens and Teagardens in America. 
Jack Teagarden
was at his peak as a jazz trombonist in the 1930ís and 1940ís.  He is regarded as the father of the jazz trombone.

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  • 1,000 in America (most numerous in Kentucky) 

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