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perance organization within reach since early
boyhood, and preached many sermons on that
subject. He is also a Mason, joining that
order in 1842 and being an active worker in
it for years.
The Rev. Mr. Peeler was a volunteer in the
late war, Confederate service, being Chaplain
of the Twenty-eighth Georgia Regiment,
Colqnitt's brigade, D. H. Hill's division,
Stonewall Jackson's corps, and served in the
valley of Virginia.
Mrs. Peeler, wife of the subject of this notice,
died December 5, 1892, in the seventythird
year of her age, after a lingering illness
of several months. She was a faithful wife
and devoted mother, and truly devout Christian
woman.
S. BERRY, a farmer of Travis county,
Texas, is a son of Elisha and Sarah
i (Rich) Berry. On the father's side
the family located in Culpeper county, Virginia,
in Colonial times. The grandfather,
Sampson Berry, was a soldier in the Revolutionary
war, as was also the maternal grandfather,
and both were at the surrender of
Cornwallis at Yorktown. Elisha Berry was
,raised and married in Virginia, emigrated to
Elbert county, Georgia, in 1820, and in 1830
to Montgomery county, Alabama, where the
mother died in 1846 and the father in 1850.
Mr. and Mrs. Berry had ten children, all of
whom are now deceased but the subject of
this sketch. One son, William, located in
Arkansas in an early day, where his son,
James, has served as Governor of the State,
and is now United States Senator.
E. S. Berry was born in Elbert county,
Georgia, July 21,.1821, and was reared to
manhood in Montgomery county, Alabama.

In 1849 he came to Texas, and soon afterward
joined the ranger service, and was ,nustered
into the United States service at Corpus
Christi by General Garland of the IUnited
States troops, under Colonel Ford, and served
on the frontier one year. Mr. Berry spent
two years in Austin, and then located in this
neighborhood, having lived on his present
farm since 1866. He has 240 acres of land,
located seven miles southwest of Austin, 140
acres of which are under a fine state of cultivation.
During the late war he served as
Government teamster, although he was not
in favor of the war. In his political relations
lie is a Republican; socially, is a Knight
Templar Mason, has served as a delegate to
the Grand Lodge several times and held many
important offices; and, religiously, has been a
member of the Missionary Baptist Church
for fifty years.
Mr. Berry was first married in Montgomery
county, Alabama, in 1848, to Candace Thomnpson,
who died the same year. Their son,
Marion, died at reaching maturity. In 1855,
in Travis county, Texas, our subject was
united in marriage with Sarah A. Jennings,
a native of Alabama, and a daughter of S. K.
Jennings. She came with her parents to
Texas from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1851.
To this union have been born four children:
Emma, wife of W. G. McClennan, of Travis
county; James C., a resident of McMullen
county, Texas; Cornelia, wife of D. 0. Wright,
of this county; and Gertrude, now Mrs. John
Wright, and a resident of Council Bluffs,
Iowa.
J[AMES. B. KEMP, deceased, was a son
of William B. Kemp, who was born in
Tennessee, in 1814j' The latter moved
to Fayette county, Texas, in 1855; in 18X'0

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