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Date: Sun Mar 26 19:31:34 2006
Submitted by: Stephine Miller
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Husband: WHEELER, Thomas J.
Birth Date: 07 May 1768
Birth Place: New Jersey
Death Date: 02 Sep 1854
Death Place: Ross Co., Oh.
Father: Unknown
Mother: Unknown

Date of Marriage: 15 Jul 1794
Place of Marriage: Bourbon Co., Ky.

Wife: HINES, Elizabeth
Birth Date: 01 Jan 1776
Birth Place: Bethel Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.
Death Date: 08 Sep 1854
Death Place: Green Twp., Ross Co., Oh
Father: HINES, Jacob, Jr.
Mother: (Last name Unknown), Anna Elizabetha

1. Child: WHEELER, Mary
Sex: F
Birth Date: 1794
Birth Place:
Death Date:
Place of Death:
Buried at:
Spouse: DYSART, John Ivan
Date of Marriage: 30 Jun 1825
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

2. Child: WHEELER, Nancy
Sex: F
Birth Date: Aby. 1797
Birth Place:
Death Date: 
Place of Death:
Buried at:
Spouse: CALWALLADER, Isaac or Thomas
Date of Marriage: 24 Nov 1818
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

3. Child: WHEELER, Elizabeth
Sex: F
Birth Date: Bet. 1800-1810
Birth Place:
Death Date:
Place of Death:
Buried at:
Spouse: HUDSON,  George M.
Date of Marriage: 28 Jun 1825
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

4. Child: WHEELER, Jane
Sex: F
Birth Date: 27 Jul 1802
Birth Place: Ross Co., Oh.
Death Date: 11 Jan 1886
Place of Death: Green Twp., Ross Co., Oh.
Buried at:
Spouse: COMPTON, John
Date of Marriage: 18 Aug 1822
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

5. Child: WHEELER,  Margaret
Sex: F
Birth Date: Abt. 1806
Birth Place: Ross Co., Oh.
Death Date: 01 Dec 1840
Place of Death: Ross Co., Oh.
Buried at:
Spouse: SHAPLER, Richard
Date of Marriage: 24 May 1830
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

6. Child: WHEELER, John
Sex: M
Birth Date: 15 Dec 1810
Birth Place: Ohio
Death Date: 06 Oct 1875
Place of Death: Liberty Twp.,  Ross Co., Oh.
Buried at:
Spouse: LEONARD, Priscilla
Date of Marriage: 18 Aug 1831
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

7. Child: WHEELER, Thomas Jr.
Sex: M
Birth Date: 08 Apr 1813
Birth Place: Ross Co., Oh.
Death Date: 15 Mar 1879
Place of Death: Ross Co., Oh.
Buried at:
Spouse: KELLER, Anna
Date of Marriage: 04 Dec 1833
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

8. Child: WHEELER, Jacob
Sex: M
Birth Date: 10 Jul 1814
Birth Place: Ross Co., Oh.
Death Date: 21 Mar 1887
Place of Death: Ross Co., Oh.
Buried at:
Spouse: HOUGH, Elizabeth Catherine
Date of Marriage: 16 Feb 1837
Place of Marriage: Ross Co., Oh.

From the Wheeler Family History-Noblesville, Indiana-dated 1913, pages
The Wheelers were an old Colonial family but at what exact point along
the coast they settled is not definitely known.
The earliest records are of two brothers, William and Thomas, who were
taken to Virginia in childhood and there grew to manhood. The ancestor of
the Indiana branch of the Wheeler family was William who was born April
27, 1768. When in their early days both brothers pushed on to Kentucky,
where William settled in Nicholas County, while Thomas remained only a
short time and then went on to Ohio He located Chillicothe, married and
reared a family and many of his family are scattered throughout that
section. William farmed in Kentucky for years but in 1826 moved to
Hamilton County, Indiana, where a son had gone two years before and he
settled near him In the township of Noblesville, three miles from that
village. The journey was made with horses and wagons and required
considerable time. The rest of his life was passed on this farm and he
died in February 1833. William Wheeler was a typical pioneer, of strong
physique, six feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds. During the war of
1812 He enlisted with two comrades from Kentucky, John Stoops and George
Burk and saw considerable service in Canada. In politics he was an old
Whig. William Wheeler was married three times. His first wife whose name
is not known, had two daughters, Margaret and Mary, of whom Mary died in
Kentucky. He next married Miss Rose Ann Ishmaul, a native of Wales, who
had come to Nicholas County and she too died in Kentucky. Her children
were as follows:
1. John Wheeler born Sept. 29, 1807
2. Nancy Wheeler born Oct. 3, 1809
3. Roseann Wheeler, born Jan. 2, 1812
4. Thomas Wheeler, born Feb. 3,1814
The third wife was widow, Mrs. Sarah (Ferguson) Burns, and she bore him
two children, namely: William Wheeler, born Oct. 5, 1813, and Moses
Wheeler born March 11, 1819.
John Wheeler, oldest son of William Wheeler, born Sept. 29,1807, grew up
on the Kentucky frontier and had no chance for even the rudiments of an
education during his boyhood, but after his marriage his wife taught him
to read and write. His main book was the Bible and he became a close
student of its teachings. His father's farm on Licking River was close to
that of Phillip Stoops, another pioneer, who had a daughter, Mary, and
the two young: people fell in love with each other and were betrothed.
Early in September 1826, Phillip Stoops and his family started for
Indiana, traveling with an ox team and a team of horses and John Wheeler
accompanied them. He drove the oxen and led a two-year old colt. The
party camped out along the way in true pioneer style and were five weeks
in making the journey, arriving at their destination Oct. 1, 1826. On
March 5, following, the young couple were married and began their long
life together.
John Wheeler had taken an eight-year lease from Aaron Finch for twenty
acres of heavily timbered land about three miles from Noblesville. He
built a log cabin and gradually cleared the land and meanwhile to support
his family, did much clearing for others in the vicinity. There was no
money in the community so his work was paid for in small produce or
barter and all together the family lived in a most primitive way. The log
cabin, while warm and comfortable was rough in the extreme, with puncheon
floor, door of clapboards with wooden hinges, a single glass window and a
stick and clay chimney. The clothing for the family was made from the
wool and flax which Mrs. Wheeler spun and wove. In 1834 Mr. Wheeler
determined to follow the Indian Trail to Fort Wayne, one hundred miles
distant, in order to get work there on the Wabash and Erie Canal.
Provided with only simple provisions and a blanket to cover him at night,
he set out on his journey. He secured the work, receiving $16.00 a month
and worked for three months, after which he walked home through the
woods. He had earned enough money to buy forty acres of forestland, two
and one-half miles east of Noblesville and there he built a new cabin and
settled down with his. family. (The county records show that John Wheeler
purchased from the. government 40 acres of land described as the SW , SE
, Sec. 33, tp.19 N. R. 5 E. on May 7, 1834 and also 62 acres in NE , of
Sec. 4, tp. 18 N. R. 5 E. on August 1, 1834; which land now belongs to
John G. Heylmann, et aI, and lies along the Clarksville road east of
Industrious and thrifty, he prospered and was able to add to his property
until he owned a fine farm of 224 acres. In time be built a frame house
and during the later part of their lives he and hls wife enjoyed all the
comforts of life. He lived to be 72 years old, passing away at the home
August 17, 1880. His wife died April 7, 1881, while visiting her
grandchildren, George and Eva Fisher, of Noblesville. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Wheeler were converts to the teachings of Alexander Campbell who often
journeyed through Indiana in those early days. He founded a church at
Noblesville and the Wheelers were among the most interested and sincere
members. John Wheeler was a deacon in it for many years. In politics he
was a Whig at first but later was a strong Abolitionist. In hls locality
he was noted for his sound judgment.
Mrs. Mary (Stoops) Wheeler was in many respects most remarkable
character. While she had only an ordinary education, She had an excellent
mind and retentive memory and was very well informed for her times. She
was especially familiar with the Bible and could quote almost any passage
from it. She was really the educator of her children and by her strong
character exerted an influence over them to which was largely due their
success in the world. Her word was law to them and they all felt the
greatest reliance on her judgement. A single incident will illustrate her
force of character and ability to dominate a situation instantly. During
her husband's absence in Fort Wayne a deer that had been grazed across
the back by a bullet sought shelter in Stony Creek near her cabin and was
chased into the water by their hound "Tusmer." Mrs. Wheeler seized an ax,
rushed out on a log and as the deer came upon her, struck it between the
eyes and killed it instantly. Mrs. Wheeler's influence was not confined
to her own family, for she had a wonderful knowledge of human nature and
became an authority among her neighbors.



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