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Russel Ralph Pealer 

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George Pealer
8/14/1818 - 12/9/1897

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2/8/1820 - 3/7/1876
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Russel Ralph Pealer
1842 - 3/7/1918
(Shown at age 58)
Russel Ralph Pealer was born about 1842 in Greenwood Township, Columbia Co., Pennsylvania and died on March 7, 1918 in Three Rivers, Michigan. Actual date of birth is unknown. He lived to be about 76 years old.

His Great-Great-Grandfather, Caleb Hopkins, on his Mother's side was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. He was born and raised on a farm. In 1859 he attended the New Columbus Norman School. He would return home and teach school for the winter terms. In 1862 he was made Principal of the high school. On 9/9/1862 he enlisted in the 16 PA US Cavalry as a boy private. He was repeatedly promoted and made Sergt. Major of his regiment, later commissioned 2nd Lieut. and then 1st. Lieut. He fought in the battles of Chancellorville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and at Petersburg. At Hatcher's Run, while in command of a squadron and leading a charge, he was wound at in the left thigh by a rifle shot. He was recommended for captain, but the end of the war stopped that promotion. He was muster out on 8/11/1865. He returned home and studied law. He was admitted to the bar on 9/3/1867. He then moved to Three Rivers, MI. A few years later he was elected and reelected Circuit Court Commissioner. He was also Prosecuting Attorney of the County. On 1/1/1882 he assumed the position of Circuit Judge and served six years. In 1888 he became a member of the Legislature and worked to pass the Soldiers' Relief Bill and others in the interest of his comrades. In 1898 at the beginning of the War with Spain. He tendered his services to the governor to group a cavalry regiment. He Said "You may command me for whatever service you may think I can best render. Whenever and wherever my country has use for me I will serve."

He married Susan F. Santee.
Anna Geraldine (1869 -1962)
Mary Ann (1871-1954)
Census9/6/1850 Fishing Creek PA (Columbia County) 8 yrs old 
Starting on line 37, listed are George Pealer (31 year old, male), Rebecca (age 30, female), Russel (age 8, male), Matilda (age 6, female), Clannda S. (age 4, female) and Mary A (age 1, female). George lists his occupation as a farmer and estimates the value of his real estate owned at $2, 000. Place of birth for all is listed as PA and the three oldest children attended school during the last year. 
Census7/19/1860 Fishing Creek PA (Columbia County) 18 yrs old 
family# 789: Geo Pealer (age 41), Rebecca (age 39, female), Russel (age 18, male), Matilda (age 16, female), Clainda (age 14, female) Mary A.(9)William(3) C. A. Hampton(41-female) - C.S. Teacher. George is a farmer, Rebecca is keeping house, Russel is a student, and Matilda is keeping house. George estimates the value of his real estate to be $4,000 & the value of his personal estate to be $1,019. All were born in PA. 
Census7/8/1870 Three Rivers MI (St Joseph County) 28 yrs old 
194-R. R. Peeler (28)PA, Sally Peeler (29)PA, Anna Peeler (2)MI, George J. Peeler (3mos)MI, border-Thomas Schoefield (20)Canada, border-Annetta Schoefield (21)MI, border-William Hulchnison (68)Canada. Russel is a lawyer, Thomas is a mechanic, Annetta is a house keeper and William a retired farmer.  
Census6/1/1880 Three Rivers MI (St Joseph County) 38 yrs old 
#22 - Russel R. Pealer (38), Susan F. Pealer(38), Anna G. Pealer (12), Mary A. Pealer (8), brother -Wm. O. Pealer (24) Russel,Susan and William were born in PA, children in MI. Russel is a lawyer, Susan keeps house, William is attending law school and children attend school.  
Military12/24/1898 MI  57 yrs old 
Russell Pealer is a candidate for department commander in the Army, post #72, G.A.R. Dept. of Michigan. Held on Dec. 24, 1898 
Census6/25/1900 Lockport MI (St.Joseph County) 58 yrs old 
218, #44-Russell R Pealer (58 -Jan.1842), Sue F. Pealer (58-April 1842), nephew -Geo W. Auten (25-Feb. 1875). Russel and Sue born in PA, George in OH. Russel is a lawyer and George attends school.  
Census4/16/1910 Three Rivers, Ward 3 MN (St Joseph County) 68 yrs old 
218, #66- Russel R. Pealer (68), Susan F. Pealer (69), border -Ellen G. Van Horn (65), border -Earl Niveson (16). They have been married 35 years. Address is 218 North Lincoln St.  
Military3/7/1918 Three Rivers MI  76 yrs old 
Name: Russell R. Pealer
Enlistment Date: Oct. 2, 1862
Rank at enlistment: Corporal
State Served: Pennsylvania
Was Wounded?: Yes
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company E, Pennsylvania 16th Cavalry Regiment on 02 Oct 1862.Promoted to Full Sergeant Major on 29 Sep 1864. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 12 Dec 1864.Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 08 May 1865.Mustered out on 11 Aug 1865 at Richmond, VA.
Death Date: March 7, 1918
Death Place: Three Rivers, Michigan 

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2 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
11 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
14 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
17 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
23 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
27 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
35 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
37 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
47 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
53 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
55 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
58 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
58 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
59 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
60 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
61 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
62 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
64 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
64 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
64 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
70 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
71 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
72 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
19 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
20 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
40 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
43 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
66 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
70 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
71 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
75 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
4 1846 Marji-Gesick, an Ojibwa Indian, pointed out a large deposit of iron ore to prospector Philo Everett near the present-day city of Negaunee.
5 1847 Under the leadership of Dr. Albertus van Raalte, Dutch Calvinist separatists founded Holland, Michigan in southwest Michigan. A law was passed by the State Legislature to re-locate the state capital from Detroit to a site "in the township of Lansing, in the county of Ingham."
12 1854 The first official meeting of the group that called itself the "Republican Party" was held in Jackson.
13 1855 Michigan State University is founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, becoming the first land grant university in the United States.
19 1861 Between 1861-1865 Michigan sends 90,000 men, nearly a quarter of the state's male population to fight in state regiments for American Civil War
29 1871 Fires burn Manistee and Holland
37 1879 New State Capitol dedicated in Lansing. The structure cost $1,510,130.
48 1890 Between 1890 and 1900, Ford, Chrysler and General Motors were among many automotive companies founded in southeastern Michigan.
13 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
18 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
20 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
21 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
23 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
26 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
33 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
34 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
67 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
68 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
67 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
72 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
75 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
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