THOMAS J. PEELER, farmer, P. O. Wetaug, is a native of Pulaski County, Ill., born June 1, 1861, a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Lackey-Meyers) Peeler, he from North Carolina and she from Tennessee. The father was a farmer, a son of Anthony Peeler, and was first married to Nancy Sowers, who died September 13, 1852. By her he had a large family, only one of whom is living — Louvina. The father died February 26, 1876. The mother is still living. She was the widow of John Meyers, and daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Barker) Lackey. The early education of our subject was received in the common schools of Pulaski County. He started in life as a farmer, assisting his father on the home farm up to the time of the latter's death. He now has 157 acres, which are given to general farming. He was married, May 9, 1881, to Laura Richey, born January 5, 1862, a daughter of Eli and Eliza (Hileman) Richey. In politics, Mr. Peeler is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 323.