David Peeler b 8 May 1794 Rutherford County, NC d 30 April 1882 Howard County, MO married 4 Oct 1821 Sarah Wilcoxen b 25 June 1801 Clark County, KY, d 26 Jan 1857 Howard County, MO. David married secondly Lillian Brown 1864.David's parents were Peter & Elizabeth March Peeler
THE PEELER HOMESTEAD
A photograph shows the home built by David Peeler in 1826 for his wife, Sarah Willcockson. It is in good condition 132 years later and is the home of Eva Peeler, who manages the farm. Life on a plantation in the early 1800's required that the owners be self-sufficient. The following account of the home and its owner was contributed by Eva Peeler:
"David Peeler and wife, Sarah Willcockson Peeler, supplied most of their needs at home. The brick for the house that was built in 1826 was burnt on the place a short distance from where the house stands. A negro man hand sawed the lumber that was used for the house. All the lumber was from the farm and the inside woodwork is of walnut. The house is still in good condition in 1958.
"They raised food on the place and produced wool, hemp and flax, from which they manufactured clothing. This old home had all the tools essential to the making of cloth. The old loom, the reel and two spinning wheels are here.
"When Sarah Willcockson died, she left for each of her ten children a white bedspread, a wool coverlet, a woolen blanket, sheets, pillowcases, table cloth and towels. All were made by her.
David Peeler made shoes for his family and others. His shoebench and tools are still here. He also had a cooper shop where he made barrels, buckets, etc. While his mill supplied flour and meal for people for miles around. Sometimes they came so far that they would have to stay all night before they could get their grain ground. People in those days didn't go to a store on a moment's notice to get what they needed."
The "History of Howard and Cooper counties, Mo.," 1883, contains a long account of the life of David Peeler.
When the author requested "Miss Eva" Peeler to send information about herself, she was very modest and merely stated that she taught school for a while but decided she found more happiness in managing the home for her brothers. But the author has learned much about Eva through two years' correspondence. She is really remarkable. Just as this book comes from the publisher, Eva Peeler will celebrate her 80th birthday but she is alert, energetic, ingenuous and a skilled family genealogist. In the past 12 months she has visited old graveyards, friends, distant relatives and Court Houses in various communities to accumulate the data which she has provided for the book not only relating to direct descendants of Sarah (Willcockson) Peeler, but also on lineages of her brothers, sisters, and especially on her uncles and their families. Eva Peeler has a fine insight into Genealogy and can take the slenderest clues and follow through to find supporting data for the proof needed. She is a remarkably YOUNG octogenarian, managing a large farm with the garnering of the wheat and the care of large pastures.
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