JOHN WHEELER, a respected resident of Bird Township, was born in Mason County, Ky., September 6, 1806. His father, Benjamin, a native of Kentucky removed when this son was seven years old to Clermont County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. Early in the ‘30s Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Wheeler with one child left Ohio for Illinois, but on the way spent almost a year and a half in Indiana. In 1833 our subject came to Greene County, Ill. And after a year's residence there arrived in Macoupin County in the fall of 1834 and made his permanent home in Bird Township.
John Wheeler first bought one hundred and sixty acres but finally increased it to two hundred and fifty-eight acres, which he now owns, although at one time he possessed some twelve hundred acres which he has parted with. He improved his farm and erected comfortable buildings, and was successful in his enterprises. He has always from the first been provided with the necessities and many of the comforts of life.
The marriage of our subject took place in Clermont County, Ohio, his bride being Miss Mary Cameron. She was born in Fleming County, Ky., October 22, 1803. They became the parents of the following children: Lucinda, and Amanda who died in infancy; William, who married Mary J. Lee; Barbara, who is Mrs. Jonas Ribble; Francis M., who married Miss Shull and later Miss Lucy Haynes, Huldah, who is the wife of John R. Steward; Calvin, who married Lizzie Kane.
Mr. Wheeler has been a member of the School Board and is always deeply interest in educational affairs, promoting in every way possible the interests of the young people of the community. He is justly proud of his ancestry as his grandfather John Wheeler, was a soldier under Gen. Washington for four years in the Revolutionary days. His political views are of the strong-Jacksonian Democratic kind and he is every ready with his ballot to help carry out the principles which he indorses. Farming and stock-raising have occupied his efforts and interests. Like all old settlers, he has seen great changes in his township, and rejoices in the prosperity of the region which he made his home so many years ago. To all such great credit is due for the prosperity and enlightenment which now blesses the younger members of society and which has made of Illinois a State of which all Americans feel proud. Not one of the family has died since our subject came to Illinois.