1925 Biography - Peeler

The Peeler family came to this county a little later than the Wests, Axleys, Martins and Mercers, but settled in the same neighborhood. There were three brothers who came from North Carolina, John was born 1810, and his wife, born 1809, in that state. They came here 1860, and their children were William D. (2), Sarah (2) and Mary (2). W. D. (2) was born in North Carolina, 1839. He was a successful farmer of Lincoln Green for many years, served in the Civil War, and was an influential man of his time. He married Catherine E. Bishop, who still resides on the home place. They had Samuel D. (3), Olin (3), Francis (3). Samuel D. (3) was one of the progressive men of this county. His farm was known as the Cypress Live Stock farm, in acreage, production and equipment was equaled, if at all, by few. Mr. Peeler served the county as commissioner and was for years an efficient member of the Cache Drainage Commission. Owing to ill health he retired from the farm and business. He married Mary D. Rees and has Ralph (4). Olin (3) is also one of the foremost farmers of that neighborhood. He married Flora Sowers, and they had Roscoe (4), Lola (4), Luther (4), Lena (4). Roscoe is a graduate of the Chicago College of Veterinary Surgery. Lola (4) married Ella Penrod; Luther (4) married Violet Capron; Lena (4) married Olin Hunter. Francis (3) married Thomas Wilhelm and they have Floyd (4) who married a Miss Cook, Ora (4) is a teacher of this county. Mr. Wilhelm is another good farmer of the above neighborhood. These farms and residences show progress and a desire for the best in country home life. Sarah (2) married Benjamin Bishop and their children were Frank (3) who married Miss Adams, Mary (3) married William Newton, children Thomas (4), Joseph (4), John (4), Lena (4), Phoebe (4), Ethel (4). Mary (2) married Carrol Axley and had Sarah Olive (3), who married Finley Bean and their children are Eva (4), Oma (4), married Dow Drake and has Cecil (5) and Olive (5); Thomas (4) married Vida Coke; Eva (4) with Ruth (4) and Paul (4) are at home. Abraham Peeler was another of the brothers, but the date of his coming is not known. He had children Eva Levisa (2), Calvin (2), Louisa (2), Adam (2), Sarah (2), Jane (2), Julia (2) Frank (2). Eva Levisa (2) married Whitson File; Calvin (2) married Nancy Evers. Louisa (2) married Emmerson Mercer. Sarah (2) married Terry Axley. Julia (2) married John Shadrick and their daughter Delia married Calvin Dewitt, and resides in Anna, Ill. Jane (2) married James Axley and had John (3), who married Nancy, daughter of Emmerson Mercer, Ellen (3), married William Lizenbeck. Clark (3) married Lydia Hardy. Jane (2) married second W. D. Deans (see Gore). Adam (2) married Martha Whitnel, and they had Frank (3) who lives in Anna, Ill. Frank (2) married Mary Jones. Jacob a third brother came here in 1848, but later removed to Union County. His wife was Margaret Richey, and they had Richey D. (2), Pleasant (2), Joyce (2). Richey D. (2) was a substantial farmer of this county for many years and married Amanda Burns, they had Otto (3), Lenna I. (3), Cora M. (3), Alta (3), Flora (3), Floyd (3), Inez (3). Joyce (2) married Miss Niblock.

Extracted 08 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, pages 418-419.

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