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medicine in this city. In 1889, in company
with P. Von Rosenberg, lie embarked in the
mercantile and drug business, but in January,
1893, purchased his partner's interest, since
which time lie has continued the business
alone. Mr. Ellison also owns three farms,
aggregating about 600 acres, 350 acres of
which are under a good state cf cultivation.
November 28, 1877, in this neighborhood,
the Doctor was united in marriage with
Mary McCuistion, who was born and raised
in Travis county, a daughter of J. J. McCuistion.
To this union have been born four
children: Mattie (deceased in infancy). Sudie,
Lena and Willie. Mr. Ellison votes with the
Democratic party, and is a member of the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
^r EV. JAMES PEELER.-The stock
from which the subject of this sketch
descended came originally from the
British isles, his paternal grandfather,
Anthony Peeler, being a native of England
who emigrated to America in an early day
and settled in Georgia. He died in Jasper
county, of that State, at the age of eightytwo.

James Peeler was born in Greene county,
Georgia, February 13, 1817. His parents
were Jacob and Sarah Martin Peeler, both
natives of the same county. The father was
a planter and miller by occupation and passed
his life in the pursuit of these interests,
principally planting. He moved to Alabama
about 1839 and resided for a number of years
in Randolph county, that State. His death
occurred in 1846, in the fiftieth year of his
age, at the residence of his son, Dr. Anderson
Pt eler, then living at Grooverville, Florida.
He lhad served as *a volunteer in the war of
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1812, was a patriotic, industrious, useful
citizen and devout Christian, being a lifelong
member of the Methodist Chinch, in
which he was for years a Class-leader. His
widow, the mother of the subject of this
sketch, survived him till 1854, dying at the
home of her son-in-law, F. N. Carlisle, in
Leon county, Florida, in the fifty- second year
of her age. Of their ten children nine became
grown, all of whomn married and filled
useful places in society, three - Anderson,
William and James-being ministers of the
Methodist Church.
Thle last named, the subject of the notice,
was reared in Georgia and Alabama, his boyhood
and youth being passed on a farm and
as clerk in a country store to the age of
nineteen. Believing himself called to the
ministry of the church he took the first decisive
step in August, 1836, toward qualifying
himself for the discharge of the responsible
duties connected with the calling, and
in April, 1839, he was licensed to preach by
authority of a quarterly conference presided
over by Rev. S. B. Sawyer, and held in Randolph
county, Alabama. He did local auxiliary
work from that date till 1841, when he
joined the Alabama Conference at Salem and
entered actively into the labors of his church.
From 1841 to 1849 he was with the Alabama
Conference; lie was then transferred to the
Florida Conference, where he labored for
more than ten years at Key West, Brunswick,
Madison, Tallalhassee and other points,
interspersing his ministerial labors with
teaching and investigations of theological
and secular subjects. While at Key West he
turned his attention to time study of navigation,
and in a short time became master of
that science. After moving to Tallahassee he
invented the "Peeler Plow," an implement
- f husbandry which at the time gave promise

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