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William Andrews Wheeler R.N..

M, #2, born 18 July 1920, died 22 July 1991
Bill 1971
Father*Lloyd Anthony Wheeler D.V.M. born 22 August 1882, died 4 February 1921
Mother*Ida Mae Lofland born October 1885, died 8 July 1944

Life Events

Birth*William Andrews Wheeler R.N.. was born on 18 July 1920 in East St. Louis, Illinois.1 
NoteBill worked as an attendant at Hudson River State Hospital for many years before and after WW II. In 1958, he resumed his education and became a health care professional, a long-time goal.

At the age of 12, he ran away from the Masonic Orphanage in Utica, NY without completing the 8th grade in school. He worked wherever he could -- as a shandy gaff on the railroad, a cook in small-town taverns, a farm laborer, a New York City parking lot attendant (where he learned to drive!), even as a singer in bars and taverns. At the time war broke out, Bill was looking forward to a bright future as a professional boxer; the war ended that dream.

His true calling was in the medical field, however, and his years as an attendant in a mental institution and later as a nurse for the profoundly retarded were rewarding, despite the frustrations he endured everyday. As a high level manager in these fields, he encountered, and dealt with, numerous cases of neglect and abuse. He would not tolerate inadequate care and inattention to patients and was rewarded by the devotion of good employees and patients alike. At the same time, he had enemies among former employees he had discharged for incompetence or cruelty. Two incidents illustrate the extent of this enmity.

While he worked in his office one day, an undertaker appeared to pick up a body; it was his! This unnerving experience was followed by an incident in which Bill was physically attacked by a former worker. He successfully fought him off, but the fight left him weakened and sore. His lack of control over patient care due to upper management's lack of support caused him to suffer increasing depression which eventually led to a nervous breakdown. This in turn led to my accepting a job transfer to another state, largely in an effort to remove him from an untenable situation.

This move resulted in a new life for all of us. Bill worked as a nurse and a director of nursing, but he was hampered by the inevitable influence of age on his very significant wartime injuries from which he never fully recovered. He had accomplished far more than anyone could have expected when he left the hospital in 1945 after 14 months in a full body cast. He was an extraordinary human being who had suffered enormously, both physically and psychologically, yet was always ready to set aside his own misery to help others. 
Milit-Beg*He began military service immediately after Pearl Harbor (World War II). He became a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne and was severely wounded at Normandy. He single-handedly completed all unit objectives before falling three days after the D-Day invasion. He spent fourteen months in military hospitals before his discharge in August 1945. His military ID was 12-039-065. All records were lost in a fire in the National Personnel Records Cemter in St. Louis, MO on July 12, 1973. His Discharge Papers are in DJW file.2,3 
Note*Address: P.F.C. William A. Wheeler; Army Serial Number 12039065; HQ 1st Battalion, 502nd Parachute Regiment, APO No. 472; c/o Postmaster, Nashville, Tenn in 1943.4 
Education*He was educated at Hudson River State Hospital School of Nursing; Richmond College, SUNY, Staten Island, NY; and Jersey City State College from which he received his R.N., B.S. and M.S. degrees, respectively. 
Death*William Andrews Wheeler R.N.. died on 22 July 1991 in Conyers, Rockdale, Georgia.5 
Burial*He was buried on 25 July 1991 at Arlington Cemetery, Atlanta (Sandy Springs), Fulton, Georgia. 
NoteHis Mayflower ancestors include George Soule, William Bradford and Stephen Hopkins.( Adria's membership in the Mayflower Society is based on William Bradford.) His notable relatives include Philip Shearman, first secretary of Rhode Island, Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence, General William Tecumseh Sherman of Civil War fame, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His Revolutionary War ancestors include Jonathan and Squire Haskell and Jonathan Shepard. 
ChartsAncestors of William A. Wheeler
Descendants of William Bradford of the Mayflower
William Bradford to William Wheeler
Stephen Hopkins to William Wheeler
George Soule to William Wheeler
DNA Chart - Wheeler/ Willour Line
Last Edited31 October 2013

Citations

  1. [S307] Birth Certificate.
  2. [S291] "Personal knowledge," (MS, Military discharge papers in DJW file.. Hereinafter cited as "Personal knowledge."
  3. [S401] Ancestry Web Site,.
  4. [S292] Personal papers, Address card issued by U.S. Army (see Exhibit).
  5. [S288] Death record.

Theodore John Muller

M, #4, born 17 June 1905, died 29 September 1989
Theodore 1930
RelationshipFather of Doris Joan Muller
Father*Theodor Friedrich Muller born 11 January 1869, died 8 September 1952
Mother*Marie Matilde Martha Tigges born 27 December 1875, died 19 September 1957

Family

Isabel Amanda Coons born 3 February 1910, died 12 June 1979
Child

Life Events

Occupation*Theodore John Muller worked as His first two jobs were in New York City, and both were terminated because of the Great Depression. "Theodore J. Muller, Jr. recently promoted to Credit Manager, Burgess & Co., New York. A fine young man in a fine position." He went from there to Butler Brothers as a traffic manager before moving to Dutchess County, NY to work at the Krug Baking Company in Poughkeepsie, NYwhere he sold and delivered bakery goods to homes. Later still, he was a postal worker. In retirement, he was a courier for Card Travel Agency.1
Birth*He was born on 17 June 1905 in 278 Third St., Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey.2,3 
BaptismHe was baptized on 20 August 1905 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey.4 
Education* He graduated from Jersey City Schools in 1919 and from Merchants and Bankers Business College (see images). at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey.5
Marriage*He married Isabel Amanda Coons, daughter of Jonas Gilbert Coons and Anna Edna Tipple, on 29 June 1930 in Christ Evang. Lutheran Church, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, Witnesses to the marriage were Louise M. Muller (T. J. Muller's cousin, daughter of William L. Muller), 249 Holladay St., Jersey City and John H. Mangels (friend), 309 Ninth St., Jersey City. Pastor was Rev. L. G. Hause, 11 Brinkerhoff St., Jersey City.6
Census*Theodore John Muller appeared on the census of 1 April 1940 at Queens, New York.7 
Death*Theodore John Muller died on 29 September 1989 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York.8,9 
ChartsAncestors of Doris
Ancestors of Theodore J. Muller
Descendants of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower
Descendants of Johann Jacob Kuhn
Descendants of Albertse Roosa
Descendants of Thomas Southard
Descendants of Peter Worden
Hugo Freer to Doris Muller
Antoine Crispell to Doris Muller
William Brewster to Doris Muller
Peter Worden I to Doris Muller
Thomas Southard to Doris Muller
Johann Jacob Kuhn to Doris Muller
Last Edited20 April 2013

Citations

  1. [S308] Family records, Periodical published by the school.
  2. [S288] Death record , Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., NY.
  3. [S307] Birth Certificate: State of NJ, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate and Record of Birth 603.
  4. [S295] Baptismal record: Certificate in DJW files.
  5. [S291] "Personal knowledge," (MS. Hereinafter cited as "Personal knowledge."
  6. [S300] Marriage record, State of NJ, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate # 488.
  7. [S401] Ancestry Web Site,, 1940 Census.
  8. [S288] Death record.
  9. [S287] Obituary, in DJW files.

Isabel Amanda Coons

F, #5, born 3 February 1910, died 12 June 1979
Isabel c 1930
RelationshipMother of Doris Joan Muller
Father*Jonas Gilbert Coons born 23 July 1887, died 24 March 1963
Mother*Anna Edna Tipple born 21 February 1889, died 2 November 1918

Family

Theodore John Muller born 17 June 1905, died 29 September 1989
Child

Life Events

Name-OthIsabel Amanda Coons was also known as Coon. 
Birth*She was born on 3 February 1910 in Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York.1,2 
CensusShe appeared on the census of June 1910 at Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, living with her mother and father, great grandfather Renselaer Worden and his third wife, Isabel.3 
BaptismShe was baptized on 30 March 1918 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Tivoli, New York, Minister: The Rev. Henry Macbeth; sponsors: Elbert Cole and Fannie Gruntler.4 
Adoption*She was adopted after November 1918 at Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey, by grandmother's sister, Noella Worden and her husband William Tallmadge.5 
Census*She appeared on the census of 1920 at 97 W. 54th, Bayonne, New Jersey, Vol 51 E.D. 31 Sheet 12 Line 58: Wiliam, age 50, b. NY: Noella W Age 46 b. NY; Charles R. S Age 27 b. NJ; Isabel D Age 9 b. NY.6 
Marriage*She married Theodore John Muller, son of Theodor Friedrich Muller and Marie Matilde Martha Tigges, on 29 June 1930 in Christ Evang. Lutheran Church, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, Witnesses to the marriage were Louise M. Muller (T. J. Muller's cousin, daughter of William L. Muller), 249 Holladay St., Jersey City and John H. Mangels (friend), 309 Ninth St., Jersey City. Pastor was Rev. L. G. Hause, 11 Brinkerhoff St., Jersey City.7
Death*Isabel Amanda Coons died on 12 June 1979 in Beacon, Dutchess, New York.8,9 
Burial*She was buried on 15 June 1979 at Lutheran Church, Red Hook, Dutchess, New York. 
ChartsAncestors of Doris
Ancestors of Isabel Coons
Descendants of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower
Descendants of Johann Jacob Kuhn
Descendants of Albertse Roosa
Descendants of Thomas Southard
Descendants of Peter Worden
Hugo Freer to Doris Muller
Antoine Crispell to Doris Muller
William Brewster to Doris Muller
Peter Worden I to Doris Muller
Thomas Southard to Doris Muller
Johann Jacob Kuhn to Doris Muller
DNA Chart - Kuhn/Coon(s) Line
Last Edited3 January 2013

Citations

  1. [S307] Birth Certificate: In DJW files.
  2. [S308] Family records, Social Security application.
  3. [S312] Census, 1910.
  4. [S313] Church records,Letter from church confirming baptism is in DJW files.
  5. [S291] "Personal knowledge," (MS. Hereinafter cited as "Personal knowledge."
  6. [S312] Census, 1920.
  7. [S300] Marriage record, State of NJ, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate # 488.
  8. [S288] Death record , Certification of Death No. 271326, District Number 1301, Reg. No. 69, Beacon, NY.
  9. [S287] Obituary, copy in DJW files.