PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF LENAWEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN 1888
Located at the Adrian, Lenawee County Library
ERASTUS BROCKWAY, who departed this life April 18, 1881, was one of the pioneers of Ogden Township, to which he came when Michigan was a Territory.He was born in the state of New York, on the 13th of April 1802.His first ancestor in America was Watson Brockway, who settled in Lyme, Conn.There were subsequently three William Brockway’s, the third being the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, and he lived and died in Lyme, Conn.The father of Erastus and one brother immigrated to New York State in 1788, and settled in what is now Lima, Livingston County.
Erastus Brockway was reared in his native State, and when a young man moved to Ohio and located in Erie County, where he resided until 1835, then started for the Territory of Michigan.He made his way into the wilderness, and settled in what is now Ogden Township, this county, where he entered eighty acres of land from the Government, which is the same upon which his widow now lives.It was covered with a dense forest of heavy timber, and the country was inhabited by deer, wolves, wild turkeys and other game.Mr. Brockway erected a log house on this land, and for the construction of a roof used basswood bark.A considerable time before his death he put up a frame residence for the comfort of his family and good barns, and other out-buildings for the domestic animals with which he stocked the farm.
Mr. Brockway was married three times.His first wife was Mary Cowell, who died the 30th of April 1845.The second marriage occurred Dec 1 1, 1845, with Sally Ann Teeple, who was born in the State of New York, and died on the 29th of July, 1851:his third marriage was in 1852, with Miss Elizabeth Teeple, sister of the second wife.The first children are recorded as follows:Clark was born June 23, 1831, and died October 12 fol owing:Oliver W. was born May 5, 1833, served in the 18th Regiment, Michigan Volunteers, and died in Andersonville Prison, March 22, 1864; Martin B., who was born near Petersburg, this State, served in the 4th Regiment, Michigan Volunteers, and was a prisoner of war twenty-one months, the greater part of the time in Andersonville.Bessie married James Gilliland, and lives in Adrian; Matthew M. served in the 15th Ohio Regiment, lost a limb while in the Army, and now lives in Ogden Township.By the second marriage there were three children; William S., of Ogden Township; Norman C., who lives in Montana Territory, and Erastus Jr.By the third marriage there was one child who died in infancy.
Erastus Brockway Jr., who lives in an old homestead with his stepmother, was born on the 1st day of June, 1851, and was reared on the farm.He married in 1873 to Miss Loetta Luke, who was born in Ogden Townshi p, and is the daughter of John C. Luke.By this marriage there have been two children – Lueien and Pearly.Miss Elizabeth Brockway was born in Seneca County, N. Y., on the 26 day of February, 1813.Her father, Peter Teeple, a native of Schoharie County, N. Y., was a soldier in the war of 1812, and his father, Henry Teeple, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.The latter was an early settler in Genesee County, where he spent his last years.Mrs. Brockway’s father was a farmer, and spent the last years of his life in Seneca County, N. Y.Her mother’s maiden name was Mary Murphy, and she was born either in New York or New Jersey, and was the daughter of Issac Murphy, a farmer.She also died in Seneca County.Mrs. Brockway was the oldest of a large family of children.She went to Waukegan in 1849 with a married sister; in 1851 she came to Michigan, and was married to Erastus Brockway, Sr., the following year.She has thus been a resident of this State for a period of thirty-seven years.
Does anyone have any more information on Peter or Henry Teeple mentioned in this biography?