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William Henry Peeler was my grandfather. He died very young - 13 years before I was born. My father (Carl Joseph Peeler) told me that his and Ettie's child that died at childbirth was a boy - named Hoyle and not a girl. My grandmother's full name was Ettie Elizabeth Chancelorsville Haster Williams Peeler. Her father named her after a Confederate Officer he served with (Haster) at Chancelorsville, VA. She died from kidney toxemia after the child was born - I am told.
After my grandmother's death - my grandfather (Henry) divided the children up among relatives.
My father (Carl Joseph - 8 yrs) was sent to the Henry and Emma Williams family, Roy Eugene Peeler - ~12 yrs, Harold Henry Peeler - ~16yrs, and Carter Daniel Peeler - ~2 yrs - went to Lonnie Williams. Margurite Peeler - ~6 yrs went to live with another aunt. Kathlene - the eldest - ~18, was already married and raised none of the children herself.
Roy Peeler and Harold later moved to Spartanburg SC, and Roy eventually brought ALL his brothers and little sister Margurite to SC where they all lived until they died. Most all their survivors are still in Spartanburg vacinity.
William Henry re-married a woman named Maggie in Hendersonville NC, where he eventually died about 1936. And it is true that he was a gambler. I also was told (by my father) that he had won a hotel in a poker game. This was not confirmed - as my father did not see him much. But easy come - easy go. Anyway none of my family inherited any hotels. The only posession that I know of that we inherited was a letter written to my daddy - promising to "send for him", but he never did.
I don't really know how to justify what would have made my grandfather leave his children after the death of his wife, or the apparent lack of duty by the older sister to consider taking at least the young (Carter) as an obligation to raise, but I will never forget the fact that my Uncle Roy's love for his brothers and sisters propelled him to take and keep the family together. Thank God for all of them. Their grief and sorrow of a family split by the death of a young mother was an underlying story not much discussed.
Added by Carl on Mar 18, 2008 3:13 PM
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