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Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 140

JOHN WHEELER was born in Mason county, Kentucky, four miles from Mayslick, September 16th, 1806. Benjamin Wheeler, his father, was born in Virginia, June 4th, 1782. John Wheeler, his father, and grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was also a native of Virginia, and was a personal friend of George Washington. He was a soldier of the revolution, and fought four years to free his country from British rule. His brother Joseph was also a soldier of the revolution, and was a noted man in that memorable struggle, and one upon whom Gen. Washington personally called when he wanted a brave and cautious man to undertake some perilous enterprise. It is related that on one occasion, Gen. Washington called upon him to pick off a British soldier, who was viewing and spying the camp. Notwithstanding the distance was great, Joseph Wheeler leveled his trusy rifle, fired, and laid the Briton low in the dust. Three days after this incident, brave Joe Wheeler was shot by the enemy. Gen. Washington personally superintended his burial. The Wheeler family come from a patriotic and fighting stock. The family contains the heroes of three wars.

The family emigrated from Virginia to Kentucky, about 1790, where the old revolutionary hero died. Benjamin Wheeler, the father, remained in Kentucky until 1825, when he removed to Claremont county, Ohio, where he stayed until 1832. Then he came to Rush county, Indiana, and in 1834, came to Illinois and settled in Pike county, where he remained until his death, which occurred July 26th, 1840. He married Mary McCarter. She was a native of Virginia, she died October 14th, 1840. There were four sons and three daughters, of whom John Wheeler, the subject of this sketch, is the eldest. he married Mary Camerer on the 28th of August, 1828. She is a native of Kentucky, and was born October 22d, 1803. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler have passed the time allotted to man to live, yet they are hale and heartly, and bid fair to live many years.

In 1833 John Wheeler came to Illinois, and stopped in Greene county, where he remained until the following spring, when he entered land in what is now known as Bird Township, Macoupin county. Here he made a home, and has resided up to the present time. The names of his children are William; Barbara A., Francis Marion, Huldah and Calvin Wheeler. All are married and have families growing up about them. Mr. Wheeler is an old Jacksonian democrat. He cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson, and since that time has been a firm believer in the teachings of the democratic party. He is now enjoying the fruits of former years of toil, and self-denial in being able, in his declining years, to lead a life of leisure and comfort. And thus we close the record of one of the old and industrious citizens of Macoupin county.
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