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Ephraim Goeffrey Peyton, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart, Silver Star citation. Mason (Shriner). Elk.


Peyton, Ephraim Goeffrey was born on January 19, 1876 in Gallatin, Mississippi, United States. Son of Judge Ephraim Geoffrey and Annie (Coleman) Peyton.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1899.


2 step-daus., Helen Van Rensselaer Stillman (wife of General George Honnen, United States Army), Charlotte Aleta Crawford Stillman (wife of Colonel Norman A. Matthias, United States Army). Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Army, 1899, advanced through grades to brigadier general, 1938. Assigned to 6th United States Infantry and participated in The Philippines Insurrection, Spanish-American War, 1899-1901, with 18th United States Infantry, 1901-1910, with Philippine Scouts, 1910-1912.

Served under General Pershing in his Moro disarmament campaigns, 1910, 11, 12. With 18th Infantry, Mexican Border, 1913-1915. Tactical officer, United States Master of Arts, 1915-1917.

Trained emergency officers, Fort Meyer, Virginia, 1917. With 320th infantry, 80th div., Camp Lee, Virginia and in France, 1917-1919, served on British front, July-September 1918. Commanded 320th Infantry, 80th Division in St. Mihiel offensive, and in Meuse Argonne offensive, 1918.

Assigned to command of Military Personnel assisting American Commission to negotiate peace in Paris, 1919. Retired for disability in line of duty, 1940. Organized Atlanta Georgia Civilian Defense Corps, 1941, and served as commander, 1941-1942.


Mason (Shriner). Elk.


Married Bertha Augusta Moore, October 15, 1919.

Judge Ephraim Geoffrey Peyton

Annie (Coleman) Peyton

Bertha Augusta Moore