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 Page: 395
March 12, 1879, and died January 9, 1880;
David Franklin, born October 15, 1880;
William Stadler, October 10, 1882; Tomn
Lee, December 12, 1884; Daniel Edward.
October 23, 1886; Lillian Kate, November
26, 1888: Minnie Bell, January 1, 1891; and
Mabel Pauline, June, 1893.
The religious connection of the family is
with the Methodist Church, in which Mr.
Peel is Trustee and Steward and Superintendent
of the Sunday-school. In politics he is a
Democratic, and in society he is a member
of the Knights of Honor, holding a membership
in Oxenford Lodge, No. 1,799, at Ilearne,
[1(. C. EDERINGTON, a farmer of
jT^j Williamson county, was born in Mis-
sissippi, April 18, 1839, a son of
Robert and Martha (Hedgefast) Ederington,
natives of Kentucky. The father
served in the war of 1812 from his native
State, was married in Alabama, and in a very
early day moved to Mississippi. He was a
political leader in his district, served in the
Legislature several terms, also as Judge in
Mississippi, and was a farmer and trader by
occupation. His death occurred in Arkansas,
in 1857. His father, James Ederington,
was a native of Virginia, served as a private
through the Revolutionary war, was a tobaccoraiser
by occupation, and died in Kentucky,
at the age of 104 years. He rode from Kentucky
to Mississippi and returned when ninetysix
years of age, riding the same horse both
times. The mother of our subject was a
daughter of Charles Hedgefast, a native of
Virginia., who died in Arkansas, in 1853.
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Ederington
brought her children to Bell county,
Jane C. Bell, widow of William Bell and
daughter of Rev. Brown. The issue of this
union was five children: James A., whose
name heads this sketch; Lenora, born August
1, 1854, married R. M. Cameron of Clark
county, Mississippi; Robert A., born June
17, 1857, and died young; Franklyn A., born
June 13, 1860, married Tansy Whatley;
Jane Adeline, born May 30, 1864, and married
Henry Brewer of De Soto, Mississippi.
James A. Peel, the eldest born of thle last
marriage referred to and the subject proper of
this sketch, was born in Macon county, Alabama,
on the 24th day of December, 1851.
He was reared in his native State and in
Mi3sissippi, whither his father moved about
1867. His educational advantages were restricted,
his youth falling on that unhappy
period covered by the late Civil war. He
came to Texas at the age of twenty-three, in
January, 1875. He was without means and
came to this State to secure his start. He
secured his first employment in Robertson
county, on a farm, and resided in that county
for about two years. Marrying in the meantime,
he moved across the Brazos and rented
a place in Milam county, on which he settled
and began farming for himself. About 1887
he purchased the place on which he now lives,
consisting of 600 acres, which he has greatly
improved, reducing something like 300 acres
of it to cultivation. His farm lies in the
Brazos bottoms, just twenty miles east of
Cameron, and is one of the most desirable
places in the eastern part of the county.
September 9, 1877, Mr. Peel married Miss
Rosella Hobbs, a daughter of James and
Eliza Hobbs, who were natives of Kentucky.
Mrs. Peel was born in Milam county,
Texas, and is one of seven children. Mr. and
Mrs. Peel have had nine children: James
Archie, born June 24, 1878; Eva May, born
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