Prior L. Beeler, a merchant farmer and stock dealer, was born near where he now lives December 29, 1849, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Morton) Beeler, the former born in Grainger County, and deceased in this county July 27, 1883, aged seventy-one, and the latter born in 1827, in this county where she still lives, a member of the Methodist Church. The paternal grandparents came from Germany to Sullivan County and finally to Anderson County.Our subject, the eldest of nine children, attended the common school, and worked on his father’s farm until November 20, 1873, when he married Nancy, J., a daughter of William Irwin. They have four sons and three daughters, and one daughter deceased. Our subject has always farmed, and in 1887 also became a merchant at Turner’s Cross Roads. Two years after marriage our subject purchased part of the land he now owns, and to this he has added. In 1887, in connection with farming, he engaged in merchandising at Turner’s Cross Roads. Our subject is a strong Prohibitionist and is among the county’s best citizens. He and wife are Methodists, and he is a Mason .
Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.