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Peter Teeple

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  • Name Peter Teeple 
    Born 14 Jul 1762  Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    MilService 1776  [2
    • During the American Revolution, Peter was a Captain in the New
      Jersey Volunteers, a Loyalist Regiment. At the end of the war,
      his company boarded ship for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada,
      where they were disbanded. He then proceeded to Waterborough,
      New Brunswick and captained a trading vessel which plied
      between St. John and New York City. In the fall of 1792, he
      joined his wife's parents in their move to Upper Canada,
      arriving at Turkey Point, Norfolk County in 1793 after
      wintering in Quebec.
    No Name 1792  [3
    • The Mabee party, it is said, started for Upper Canada in the
      fall of 1792, but they wintered in Quebec and did not reach
      Turkey Point until some time in 1793. They drove twelve cows,
      rode horses, and employed an Indian guide to pilot the way
      through the wilderness
      Some members of the family claim that the settlement was made
      as early as 1791, while others say it was not made before 1794;
      but Mrs. Mabee and her family were living there in a
      comfortable log-house at the time of Governor Simcoe's visit in
      1795. The grave of Frederick Mabee was there also, and a piece
      of ground known as the "Indian fields" had been cleared of its
      light growth of timber and cropped; all of which makes it
      appear quite reasonable that the family may have settled there,
      at least as early as 1793.
      The Mabee party consisted of Frederick Mabee and wife; Oliver
      Mabee, their eldest son, aged about nineteen; Simeon, the
      second son, aged about seventeen; Pellum, the youngest son,
      aged about twelve - at least, these were the ages of the sons
      at the time of the Governor's visit; two single daughters -
      Polly and Sally; and two married daughters - Nancy and Lydia,
      with their respective husbands - John Stone and Peter Teeple.
      It is said that Peter Secord, also, came with the Mabee family
    No Name 1793  Turkey Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Peter Teeple immigrated with Frederick Mabee and Lavinia Pelham
      1793 Turkey Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada
    Land 2 Jun 1793  Saint John River, Island Rights, York County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • granted one lot containing 4 Acres & 3 Roods
    Occupation 1 Jan 1800  London District, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    was appointed one of the first five Justices of the Peace for 

    • the London District on 1 Jan. 1800. At the same time he was
      appointed one of the five commissioners for administering oaths
      to public office as prescribed by law for the officers of the
      Crown. He was sworn in himself at the house of Lieutenant
      James Monroe on 2 Apr 1800 and was a sitting Justice at the
      first session of the first court held in Norfolk County at
      Fort Monroe
    Religion 1804  First Baptist Church, , Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Lydia and Peter were founding members of the first Baptist 

    • Church there in 1804. Peter was a trustee of the meeting house
      in 1807
    Immigration 1814  Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • After the War of 1812-1814, the Teeples moved to Oxford County,
      Ontario where they received a Loyalist Land Grant
    No Name 30 Oct 1821  Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Peter Teeple was mentioned when John Gustin 's will was
      probated 30 Oct 1821 Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County,
      Ontario, Canada. "Will of John Gustin, Farmer, mentions wife,
      Abigail, sons Charles and Eliphalet Gustin, daughters, Sophia,
      Jemima, Rachel, Katy and Frulove Gustin, and daughter, Abigail
      Mabee. Executors were Sophia Gustin, Samuel Smith, and Peter
      Witnesses to Will were William Pitt Gilbert, Sophia Gustin, and
      Charles Gustin. The will was not dated (apparently made out
      around September 1800)
      Petitioners: Elizabeth Gustin, widow of John Gustin; Peter
      Teeple; Samuel Smith - petition not dated
      Affidavit by Sophia Gustin Wood, dated September 26, 1821stated
      that John Gustin did not name all his children in the will.
      Charles Gustin did not remember witnessing the will.
      Inventory of estate completed October 22, 1821 by James Smith
      and Jacob Potts Junior"
    Died 28 Jul 1847  Oxford, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Captain Peter Teeple was born near Trenton, New Jersey, July
      14th, 1762. Bordentown is believed to be the locality. His
      parents were settlers from Holland in New Jersey and he was the
      youngest son of a well-to-do and fairly numerous family. He had
      at least three brothers - John, James and George - all of whom
      were in the Continental Army under George Washington in the War
      of Independence which raged from 1776 to 1783. After the close
      of the war some of John's descendants came to Norfolk and Elgin
      counties, the late Lyman Teeple, barrister of St. Thomas, being
      of that line. About the year 1779 Peter was still lving at the
      old home and then in his 18th year. Being possessed of a very
      handsome horse, he kept it carefully hidden from view of the
      contending armies, rightfully fearing it might be confiscated
      for war purposes. One day, however whilst leading it to water,
      he was surprised by the Patriot cavalry and forced to give it
      up. He afterwards stated that, being at that time unable to
      speak English (his family, as mentioned before, being
      Hollanders,) he was taken at a great disadvantage. The
      occurrence so angered the boy who prided himself on the
      possession of so handsome a horse that he immediately tied up a
      bundle of clothing and started on foot for New York, then
      occupied by the British, which he reached safely, and there
      joined the British cavalry. Having a good education and being
      naturally bright and intelligent, he soon acquired a fluent use
      of the English language, and being of tall and commanding
      presence and a good soldier, he rapidly rose to the rank of
      captain, and placed in command of a troop of cavalry of the
      body known as "The New Jersey Volunteers".

      He took part in several notable engagements, and many times had
      an opportunity to forage for supplies for his troop among the
      supporters of the Patriot army which had deprived him of his
      beloved steed. On one occasion, while scouting in Virginia, a
      bullet from the rifle of an American sharpshooter killed the
      charger upon which he was mounted.

      At the close of the war in 1783, Capt. Teeple's cavalry troop
      was disbanded at Halifax, and, owing to his fine physique,
      being six feet four inches in height, he was offered great
      inducements to proceed with the British army to England and
      accept a commission in His Majesty's Life Guards. He declined
      the offer and later expressed his misgivings as to the wisdom
      of his choice. He then left Halifax; proceeding with a large
      number of other disbanded soldiers, and many refugees, to New
      Brunswick, where Loyalist settlements had been established at
      Saint John and other points.

      From being a captain of horse, he now became captain of a
      trading vessel plying between Saint John and New York. At Saint
      John he met and married, in 1785, Lydia Mabee, one of the five
      daughters of Frederick Mabee, a prominent Loyalist, whose
      father, Simon, a Hollander, and mother, Marie Landrine, a
      French lady, had settled near Sing Sing in the State of New

      Capt. Peter Teeple and his brothers-in-law Capt. David Secord
      and John Stone, were the first young married men that settled
      in the Town of Charlotteville, as Turkey Point afterwards came
      to be officially named; and when the settlement was surveyed,
      Peter Teeple was granted lot 8 in the broken forest near
      Forestville. His wife, Lydia, was also granted 106 1/4 acres by
      the Crown, being part of lot 9, lakefront, Charlotteville.
      Nearby still stands an old tree known as the "Aunt Lydia Apple
      Tree," which yet bears fruit. It was the favorite apple tree of
      Lydia Teeple. There are trees in this orchard 100 years old,
      and near the old house is still standing a walnut tree which
      must be very ancient indeed. It measures nearly twelve feet in
      diameter and is an interesting relic in itself with its immense
      spread of branches.

      Peter Teeple was one of the first five justices appointed,
      having that honor conferred upon him by virtue of the first
      General Commission of the Peace to the newly organized District
      of London, dated at York, now City of Toronto, January 1, 1800.
      He was also one of the original men appointed at the same time
      to act as commissioners for administering oaths, prescribed by
      law to the officers of the Government of Upper Canada. On the
      2nd of April following, he was sworn into office by Samuel
      Ryerse, Esq., at the home of Lieut. Munroe at Turkey Point,
      which house is still standing (1899), and is now known as Fort
      Munroe. On the 8th of April, 1800, when the first session of
      Court was held that day, "District of London" was convened at
      Fort Munroe. Simon Mabee was sworn in open court as High
      Constable for Walsingham, and Squire Teeple was one of the
      sitting Justices. At a later date the famous Col. Talbot sat
      with him as an Associate Justice. His position then was
      equivalent to that of a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas
      now, and he came to be regarded as a thorough jurist. In
      addition to the above mentioned offices he was also appointed
      on 12th April 1800, a Justice of the Court of Requests and
      Commissioner of Highways for that Division of the District of
      London, comprising the townships of Charlotteville, Walsingham,
      Houghton and Middleton.

      He left a very large library, and a complete register of the
      hundreds of civil marriages performed. An amusing incident was
      related by his youngest son, Pellum, in connection with one
      marriage ceremony he presided at about 1825. The laws of
      customs of that place required that where no regular license
      had been procured, the ceremony might be carried out at some
      public crossroads at the hour of midnight, the contracting
      parties appearing in night clothes the justice and one of more
      others acting as witnesses. In company with his son, Pellum,
      the Squire repaired o the spot, a lonely crossroad, on a very
      dark night. Presently two groups approached from opposite
      directions, one with the bride, the other with the groom. Upon
      meeting, and the two principals clad in white robes, stepping
      forward, at the hour of twelve, they were duly married
      according to law. Pellum, then a young man of sixteen, said it
      made a lasting and weird impression on his memory.

      But a few years had elapsed after the Squire, as he was then
      called by virtue of his legal office, settled at Turkey Point,
      when the war of 1812-15 broke out. He had attained a good
      degree of prosperity, and he and his sons donned their swords
      to defend their new-made homes. The settlers formed volunteer
      companies and in recognition of his previous military rank and
      experience, he was chosen a Captain of militia, being then
      about fifty years of age. With his command he met the invading
      American troops at Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane. His
      valuable flour mill was burned during this war by a party of

      Squire Teeple and his wife were two of the constituent members
      of the old pioneer church organized at Vittoria by Elder Titus
      Finch, in 1804, and when the acre of land was purchased for 2
      pounds, "New York Currency", from Deacon Oliver Mabee in 1807
      upon which to erect a meeting house, Mr. Teeple became one of
      the first trustees, the other being Lawrence Johnson. The
      church was a commodious edifice for those times, and superseded
      the old log structure, and it was furnished with a three-sided
      gallery. The young people who used to attend the singing
      schools in that old meeting house have long since passed away,
      but they were full of rugged piety and simple faith.

      In January 1851, a new church was built near the same site, and
      among the records of the members of the construction committee,
      we find the now locally historic names of Mabee, Teeple, Young
      and Ryerse, sons of the original pioneers.

      A few years before his death in 1847, and pen and ink portrait
      of the Squire was obtained under peculiar circumstances. There
      came into that community (Centreville, Oxford County), a
      quadroon who had been a slave in the United States, and who had
      a talent for drawing, which his mistress allowed him to
      cultivate and even procured for him some instruction in the
      art. The squire's son, Pellum, learning this, brought the
      escaped slave home one day, and got him to execute a portrait
      of his father. It was drawn upon the flyleaf of a book, and he
      portrayed sitting with Pellum's son, Charles, an infant, on his
      lap. The original is still in the possession of the grandson,
      Charles, who lives at Marengo, Illinois. The drawing is quaint
      but well executed, and is said by those who remember the old
      squire to be a faithful likeness, the only exception taken
      being that the chin is too pointed. He resided at Centreville,
      Oxford County, during the later years of his life, and was
      finally laid to rest in the old Baptist cemetery near there by
      his son Pellum. He was methodical, dignified in bearing, of a
      commanding aspect, a strong advocate of temperance and was
      erect and soldierly to the last.

      His wife Lydia was a very worthy woman, and they both lived
      long, she dying in 1845 at the age of 75, and he in 1847, aged
      85. It is related of her that whenever she lost her temper and
      spoke sharply to anyone, she would soon after be found alone,
      pacing to and fro with clasped hands murmuring to herself for a
      time, "Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy."

      Squire Teeple had thirteen children, of whom nine were sons,
      namely William Bullard, Luke, Edward Manning, Frederick
      Stephen, Henry, Oliver Mabee, Lemuel Covel, Simon Peter, and
      Pellum Cartwright; and four daughters, namely, Louvina,
      Susannah, Mary and Phebe. One of Frederick's daughters, Ellen,
      married the late David Sutherland, for so many years the
      leading merchant at Orwell.

      Some of Capt. Peter Teeple's other children met with very
      stirring adventures during the war of 1812-15, and the Canadian
      Rebellion of 1837. A few details of these will be given here as

      Of the other children of Peter Teeple, little or nothing is
      known of special note to the writer, except the dates of their
      birth, and death, and also that Oliver Mabee Teeple was also a
      captain at Lundy's Lane, but it is hoped that if any survivors,
      should read these lines, will as speedily as possible
      contribute their quota to the history of their ancestors before
      it is too late, and above all, that they will prove worthy
      successors of those sturdy "Pilgrim Fathers of Canada", who for
      the sake of what they believed, rightly or wrongly, to be their
      duty, were willing to undertake, not only the perils of war,
      but also the hardships and privations of hewing out for
      themselves, and for their children, in the wild forests of
      Norfolk, Oxford and Elgin, new homes and habitations, destined
      after one hundred years to become an important part of a great
      and mighty state.

      Note - Three of the direct descendants of this pioneer Teeple
      family reside in Aylmer, grandsons and granddaughter of George
      Teeple, who was a brother of Captain Peter Teeple, the subject
      of this article. They are D.J. Teeple, John M.Hale, and Mrs.
      (Dr.) Cline, George Teeple's son, John, married Eliza Johnson
      and they cleared land and settled north of Kingsmill. John's
      son, Stephen, the father of D.J. Teeple married Eliza Corporon,
      and they went to Iowa in the early days, along with the family
      of William Teeple, also a son of George Teeple, Stephen fought
      in the American war of 1860-65, and was killed in battle. He is
      buried in Savannah, Georgia. John Teeple, D.J. Teeple's
      grandfather was one of the first to be buried in the cemetery
      at Rogers' Corners, one of the historic landmarks of this
      district. William Teeple, another son of George Teeple, built
      the house, a half-mile east of Orwell, now owned by Stanley
      Snelgrove, deputy-reeve of Malahide township.

      Phoebe Teeple, a daughter of George Teeple, married Charles
      Tozer, John M.Hale, and Mrs. (Dr.) Cline are son and daughter
      of Mary Tozer, daughter of Phoebe Teeple, and are therefore
      great grandchildren of George Teeple, brother of Captain Peter

      John Teeple, grandfather of D.J. Teeple, of Aylmer, is buried
      at Rogers' Corners Cemetery. He died in 1851, aged 47 years.
      Deacon W.L. Teeple, grandfather of the late Jennie Teeple, of
      Aylmer, is buried at Orwell. He died in 1859, aged 72 years.

      During the progress of the war of 1812, McArthur's army made a
      raid through this county, and halted at the home of Deacon
      William Davis, where they secured his red coat and a large
      quantity of maple sugar which he had in barrels. He was
      conducted to the farm of Deacon William Teeple adjoining, a
      half-mile east of Orwell. This farm is now owned by Stanley
      Snelgrove and it is said that the house was put up by barter,
      only $2 in actual cash having changed hands in the whole

      Deacon Teeple was divested of his red coat and while this was
      being done he retained a belt which he wore around him, in
      which he carried a sheath knife, etc. An Indian noticing this
      became possessed of envy and desired to see it and try it on.
      He refused to return in and the Deacon who was slight, but
      wiry, dashed the Indian to the ground and gave him a severe
      choking. An officer standing by ordered the Deacon to stop, but
      made the Indian return the belt. Deacon Teeple and Deacon Davis
      were taken prisoners, later being allowed to go on parole.MABEE

      Other settlers on Talbot street about that time were Samuel
      Harper, Onesimus G. Bradley, John VanPatter, who owned the land
      in Aylmer now known as Walkertown; Summers, Cascadden, and

      Deacon William Teeple, before Deacon became coupled with his
      name, had a cousin named William Teeple living near where
      Kingsmill now stands. The Deacon was a lithe, active little
      man, and his cousin, a big, stout man, so to distinguish them,
      one was called little Teeple, and other big Teeple.

      As before intimated, the Baptist Church at Aylmer dates back to
      1810, when the few settlers congregated at Deacon William
      Teeple's or Deacon William Davis'. The settlement grew as new
      settlers arrived and it became imperative that more suitable
      accommodation must be provided. Isaac Ostrander provided the
      land at Rogers' Corners and Deacon Teeple and Deacon Davis
      provided the lumber. The church was also used as a school and
      continued there for 28 years. In 1844 a large frame church was
      erected in Aylmer on the site of the present fine brick
      edifice, which was constructed in 1871."

      From the Maybee Society files. Not all data is verified. Say dates are estimates and are probably within 20 years. The Maybee Society keeps its data on The Master Genealogist�, and has been modified by Gary Hester?s WIT2NOTE� to form the GedCom file. This information is also available in a TMG file. [4]
    Person ID I37679  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2012 

    Family Lydia Mabee,   b. 6 Jun 1770, Dutchess County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1845, Oxford, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 8 Jan 1785  Saint John, , New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Land 1797  Turkey Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • They were the first settlers at Turkey Point. After the survey
      of 1797, he was granted lot 8, Broken Front, Charlotte Twp. on
      the northern shoreline of Lake Erie. He quickly rose to
      prominence in the district
     1. Louvinia Teeple,   b. 10 May 1786,   d. 14 Mar 1843, Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     2. William Bullard Teeple,   b. 18 Jan 1788,   d. 8 Apr 1857  (Age 69 years)
     3. Susannah Teeple,   b. 26 Jan 1790,   d. 5 Jun 1824  (Age 34 years)
     4. Luke Teeple,   b. 12 Sep 1791, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Edward Manning Teeple,   b. 20 Mar 1793,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Frederick Teeple,   b. 24 Apr 1795,   d. 26 Apr 1877  (Age 82 years)
     7. Mary Teeple,   b. 12 Nov 1797,   d. 11 Jan 1874, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Stephen Henry Teeple,   b. 16 Jul 1799,   d. 12 Jan 1874  (Age 74 years)
     9. Phebe Teeple,   b. 18 Apr 1801,   d. 21 Oct 1870  (Age 69 years)
     10. Captain Oliver Mabie Teeple,   b. 16 May 1803, Charlotteville, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Lemuel Covel Teeple,   b. 15 May 1805,   d. 25 Dec 1876  (Age 71 years)
     12. Simon Peter Teeple,   b. 28 Jun 1807,   d. Mar 1841  (Age 33 years)
     13. Pellum Cartwright Teeple,   b. 28 Nov 1809,   d. 12 Dec 1878  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F551604419  Group Sheet

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    7. [S1248] Royal A Mabee's notebook, Royal A. Mabee Royal's information was principally based on interviews with descendants. There is a significant chance for error in his dates for early generations The original of Royal's notebook is at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Soc.