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of great improvement in farming operations,
lhit which, on account of the unsettled condition
of things brought on by the breaking
out of the late war, never fulfilled these
promises. Its inventor did enough with it,
however, to demonstrate its merits, and, having
patented it, disposed of some territory to
good advantage. The principal deal which
he made of this kind was the exchange of the
unsold territory in Texas for a tract of 9,000
acres of land in Milam county, on account of
which trade he finally became a citizen of this
State. This tract lay adjacent to a quarter
of a league which he had previously bought,
and thus gave him a valuable body of land or
one that was destined to' become valuable,
the trade being made early in ths '60s, before
Texas soil had attracted the attention of
the outside world, as it has done in recent
years. Rev. Mr. Peeler came to Texas in
1866 and settled in Milain county, where, on
account of the impaired condition of his
health, he followed outdoor pursuits for a few
years, taking up surveying as his chief employment.
In 1868 he connected himself
with the Northwest Texas Conference and
again entered upon ministerial work. ' He
was so engaged until 1882, when, on account
of his age and failing health, he was placed
on the superannuated list, and has not since
had any regular charge in the church, although
he still preaches occasionally and
takes a general interest in church work.
Oil January 18, 1836, Rev. Peeler married,
in Muscogee county, Georgia, the lady whom
lie wedded being Mary Lawless, a daughter
of Jones Lawless and a native of Putnam
county, that State. This union has been
blessed with the birth of eleven children,
seven of whom became grown and five of
whom are living. Those who reared maturity
were Mrs. M. A. Bates, the widow of
Dr. J. C. Bates, residing in Cameron; Anderson
J., an attorney, who died at Austin, November
3, 1886, having been for a number
of years a prominent lawyer of the State and
served as Assistant Attorney General of the
State; Mrs. Sarah M. Joyce, the widow of A.
J. Joyce, residing at Anson, Jones county;
James M., who died in the Confederate army
during the late war; Mallard L., living in
New Orleans; Mrs. Ida J. Wulfjen of Greeley,
Colorado; and John L., a lawyer of Austin.
Mr. Peeler's wise investments have enabled
him to make ample provision for all of his
children and still have plenty to keep himself
in comfort during the remainder of his
days. He divided up the bulk of his property
as his children became of age and apportioned
it among them, selling what he reserved for
himself and placing the proceeds in a safe'
investment. He has also been liberal with
his means toward the church, having given
in land and money to the support of the
churches and educational institutions conducted
under the auspicesof the church. His
life has been an active, varied and exceptionally
successful one, and in it there are many
things worthy of careful study and imitation.
One can speak within the bounds of reason
and moderation, and say that he has lived
m.nch nearer than most men, even of his calling,
to the teachings of that gospel which it
was his privilege for so many years to proclaim;
for not only has his voice been found
always earnestly pleading for truth and
righteousness, justice, benevolence, charity
and all the kindred virtues and graces, but
his hands have been swift and untiring in
ministering to the pressing needs of those
around him and to showing the beauty in
practice in common life of these same virtues
and graces. He is an ardent temperance advocate,
having been a member of every ten
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/346/ocr/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .