Copied from: Lone Star State;
Lewis Publishing Co., 1893
PETER E. FARMER, a well-known and respected citizen of Blooming Grove, Texas is
the subject of this sketch. He was born in Franklin Co, TN on Nov 22,
1822, and was reared on a farm receiving only a common-school education.
He is the only [living] son of Peter and Susan
(Ayers) Farmer. The original family came from Germany, the mother being of
English descent. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Farmer, Sr., consisted of
seven children, three of whom came to Texas, and now all of the family have
passes away except our subject, the youngest.
The marriage of out subject took place in
1857, with Miss Margaret E. Morrell, a daughter of R. V. Morrell, of Kentucky,
who came to Texas in 1842, became a prominent settler of Navarro County, and
died April 1869. he was born April 31, 1795. His wife, Rachel, was
born April 23, 1801, and died after coming to Texas, abt 1848. Mr. and
Mrs. Morrel reared a family of twelve children, all of whom are now dead but
two, one the wife of our subject, and the other, a son, now in California.
Three of the sons served in the Mexican war.
Mr. Farmer came to Texas before marriage,
first stopping in Navarro County, where he rented land and began farming.
In 1857 he married and in 1858 he bought a tract of land in Navarro county, but
later went into Hill county, where he bought land, improved and then sold it,
when he returned to his old home in Navarro county and there purchased a tract
of 300 acres of land and now has 150 of it under cultivation by renters, who
raise cotton and corn.
In 1890, our subject left the farm and moved
into Blooming Grove, where he owns a residence and four other houses, which he
rents. In1843 he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, but in
1863 he joined the Missionary Baptist Church and soon after began preaching.
Since that time he has continued in the work, having charge of many churches,
and had the organization of three. At present he has given them all up,
but preaches whenever he is needed, or when he feels so inclined.
At the outbreak of the War, he joined
Company E, Thirteenth Texas Infantry, and was detained for service to the
mouth of the Brazos river, serving only four months, being discharged on account
of age. After the close of the war, he returned home, and has since been
engaged in preaching and farming. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer have had a family of
Twelve children, one of whom died young. Mary A.
[Mary Abrigale] married . O. H. Fagala [Owen Holmes
Kenyon Fagala] and lives in Georgia; Rachel died June 5, 1863, aged four
years; Mattie married James Sloan and died at Kansas City June 19, 1888; James
H. died January 19, 1888; Resses, Lollie, Attie, Emma, Katie, Ella, Bell, and
John are at home. The mother was born April 11, 1840, hence now is in her
fifty-second year. Nearly all of this large and most interesting family
are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Farmer is a man most highly
respected in the neighborhood by all who knew him. He is a member of the
Masonic order, and has always been a Democrat.
Rev. Peter Elberry Farmer
Nov 2, 1822 - Jan 24, 1917
Farmer - Corsicana, Texas, Jan 29. - Pate Farmer, who was 94 years old in November last, died at his home near Blooming Grove last Wednesday and the body was interred in the
White Church Cemetery on Thursday.
On January 24th Rev. P. E. Farmer passed to the Great Beyond. His death
came quietly. He simply fell asleep from which his aged wife and devoted
children and his friends feel assure he will awake into that glorious
land of promise and receive the reward that is promised to the children
of men who stand steadfast by the faith and follow the precepts and
teachings of the Savior. Brother Farmer was past 94 years of age. The
remains were interred in White Church cemetery, Jan. 25th.
White Church Cemetery -
Photo by Jeanna Chowning
White Church Cemetery,
Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX
b. 11/2/1822 d. 1/24/1917
Enlisted August, 1961, Reserve Company, Navarro County, Captain B. F. Carroll commanding
19th Brigade, Texas Militia.
Company E, 13th Texas Infantry
- One of Peter's brothers, John Jefferson Farmer (1820-1892) is buried at
the Raleigh Cemetery in Navarro
Co., TX. ...elw
for Margaret Evelyn (Morrel) Farmer
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