Original Highland Township Landowner
Jacob Teeples, Jr.
Jacob Teeples, Jr. was born April 7, 1799, at Dansville, Livingston County, New York, the son of Jacob and Herodias a/k/a Rhoda (Bentley) Teeples. One account says he came to Michigan in 1825, settling in Pontiac, Oakland County. There he married April 22, 1832, Sarah Jane Stephens, born circa 1802 in Dansville, Livingston County, New York. On May 28, 1836, he purchased land in both Section 36 of Highland Township and Section 31 of White Lake Township. His brother, Henry Luke Teeples, had likewise purchased land in Section 36 of Highland just a few days prior.
Jacob Teeples, Jr. settled on his parcel in White Lake and subsequently appears as a resident of White Lake Township on the 1840 Federal Census, 1845 Michigan State Census, 1850 Federal Census, etc. He died at White Lake on July 21, 1881. It is assumed that Teeple (no final "s") Hill, Teeple Lake and Teeple Lake Road in White Lake Township are named in honor of his family.
Note that First Land Owners of Oakland County errs in claiming Jacob Teeples' purchase in Highland was in Section 35. As an examination of the actual patent shows, it was located in Section 36 and all the parcels in Section 35 are otherwise accounted for.