Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Death Takes Old Resident
Benjamin Teeple Answers last Summons
Death Comes Quickly
Mr. Teeple Drops in Field
Death came to Benjamin Teeple with little warning
Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14, when he dropped dead in
a field near his house, after cutting a small _ag of
hay for his horse.
Mr. Teeple had passed the four-score years mark. He
was born Aug. 29, 1832, in township Westminster,
county Middlesex, near London, Canada, and moved to
Grant Center, St. Clair county, Michigan, in February,
1852, living there 11 years. He came to Gladwin county
in 1863, being one of three sturdy pioneers, the
others being Marvil Secord and Willard Grout Sr. who
were the first to make permanent homes in Gladwin
county, all of whom have departed this live. Mr.
Teeple was first married in St. Clair county, in
October, 1852, to Almira, daughter of Willard Grout.
His first wife died 40 years ago on their homestead in
Grout township, having bravely withstood the hardships
of pioneer life. To them six chidren were born, of
whom a son, Ransom and a daughter, Maud, reside in
Detroit, and Lura, wife of A. B. Foster, is a resident
of Oregon. Frank, a son who is dead, was the first
white child born in the county, his birth being in
1865. Two daughters died in childhood. Mr. Teeple
married again in 1903, his second wife being Mrs.
Fannie Teeple, who survives.
Mr. Teeple was a veteran of the Civil War. He enlisted
in 1861 in St. Clair county, and served in Co. K of
the Second Mich. Cavalry, Gen. Halleck in command.
Archibald Campbell, who went as captain of his
company, returned a brigadier general. Mr. Teeple was
in seven engagements, including battle of Pittsburg
During the last years of his life, Mr. Teeple lived
west of the river, in the city, near the place of his
first home in the county. His first journey to the
county was made on foot from St. Clair county, in
March, 1863. He returned, having homesteaded land in
Grout to which he brought his family in August, 1863,
in a covered wagon drawn by oxen, being two weeks on
the road, the road from Edenville being only a tote
road not previously travelled. Mr. Grout had taken the
first homestead in Grout, but Mr. Teeple was the first
to bring his family to live in the township, and the
wet part of the county. Those were the days of real
pioneer life, without railroads, or even wagon roads,
when provisions were brought from Saginaw in canoes
and scows. It took nerve to make a home in the
wilderness of those days.
Funeral was held yesterday conducted by Rev. C. H.
PVT CO K 2ND MI CAV
Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI