NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Sergeant Ephraim Wheeler, immigrant ancestor, and brother of Thomas Wheeler Sr. of Fairfield, came from England in the company of the Rev. John Jones to Concord, Massachusetts, where he was made a freeman March 13, 1639. In 1644 he came to Fairfield, also with Mr. Jones' company, and with a wife and possibly two children. He became a large landholder and leading citizen. In his will, dated Sept. 22, 1669, he mentioned his wife Ann, and sons Samuel, Timothy, Ephraim and Isaac, daughters Mary, Ruth, Rebecca, Judith and Abigail. To the first three sons he gave all his "lands and housings'" to Isaac, Mary and Ruth, they having already had their shares, ten pounds each, to Hannah, fifteen pounds, to Rebecca, Judith and Abigail, each thirty pounds, and to his wife Ann all his other estate. The inventory was taken Oct. 28, 1670, and amounted to one thousand and twenty-six pounds, eighteen shillings, six pence. In 1681 his widow paid tax on seven hundred and six acres of land.
1. Isaac, born 1638, died young.
2. Isaac, Dec. 13, 1642, mentioned below.
8. Abigail, died Feb. 7, 1712.
9. Samuel, not twenty-one in 1669.
10. Timothy, 1660.
11. Ephraim, not twenty-one in 1669.
(II) Deacon Isaac, son of Ephraim Wheeler, was born Dec. 13, 1642, in Concord. Feb. 12, 1673 he received from the town of Fairfield a building lot and pasture lot, laid out on the west side of what is now Park avenue and the vicinity of State street, where he made his home. He received from his father and mother a large quantity of land, and was a well-to-do farmer. He was one of the first nine members of the Stratfield Congregational church. His will was proved April 11, 1712. The name of his wife is unknown.
2. Samuel, mentioned below.
3. Sarah, married John Odell.
4. Rebekah, married Benjamin Sherman.
5. Mary, married Henry Jackson.
6. Experience, married Samuel Sherwood.
7. Mercy, married Captain David Sherman.
(III) Sergeant Samuel, son of Deacon Isaac Wheeler, married Hannah, daughter of Sergeant John Wheeler, of Black Rock. The inventory of his estate was taken March 8, 1707-08.
1. Samuel, born 1700, mentioned below.
2. Hannah, 1702; married (first) Dr. John Wheeler; married (second) Robert Chauncey.
3. Maria, baptized July 24, 1708; married John Fairchild.
(IV) Samuel (2), son of Sergeant Samuel (1) Wheeler, was born in 1700, and settled in Weston, Conn.
(V) Dimond, grandson of Samuel (2) Wheeler, was born April 20, 1762, in Weston, Fairfield county, Conn. (Family record - the town record is lost). In 1790, according to the first federal census, he was head of a family consisting of himself, a son under sixteen and two females. Other descendants of Samuel Wheeler in that town, heads of amily in 1790, were Ezra, Elnathan, John, Gideon, Eliphalet, Calvin, Jabez and Nathan.
He went from Connecticut to Prescott, Canada, and afterward to Ogdensburg, New York, where he conducted a hotel. His last days spent in Canton, N.Y., with a daughter, at whose home he died.
He married (first) _____; (second) Amy Plumb, born Aug. 22, 1782, died Jan. 4, 1875.
Child of first wife:
Isaac, settled at Monroe, formerly Stratfield, Conn.
Children of second wife:
Silvia, Pauline, Eliza, Martha, Maria, Charles, mentioned below.
(VII) Charles, son of Dimond Wheeler, was born at Ogdensburg, N.Y., March 22, 1812, died at Ticonderoga, N.Y., March 22, 1886. He was a shoemaker by trade, and lived at Canton, N.Y. In addition to making shoes he owned a shoe store there for several years. He was for a number of years keeper in the state's prisons at Dannemore, Sing Sing and Auburn. He was an officer at Auburn for five years. He came to Ticonderoga, N.Y. in 1857, as agent of Edward Ellis, an Englishman, who owned some fifteen thousand acres of land in this section. His appointment to this important position was due to George Parish, of Ogdensburg. In 1863 Mr. Wheeler bought the property of Mr. Ellis. This estate included all the valuable water power privileges of this section and the graphite mines. He was an active enterprising and successful man of affairs and was in business until shortly before his death.
In politics he was a Democrat, in religion an Episcopalian.
He married, in 1841, Mercy, born at Plainfield, New Hampshire, Aug. 18, 1823, now living at Ticonderoga, a daughter of Thomas S. and Elizabeth (Chapman) Stevens.
1. Stephen L., deceased.
2. Charles T., born Sept. 7, 1844, mentioned below.
3. Evelyn, married (first) Dr. W. P. Gannaon; (second) Thomas E. Bailey, deceased.
(VIII) Charles T., son of Charles Wheeler, was born at Canton, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., Sept. 7, 1844. He attended the common schools, but was largely educated through his own study and reading, especially in mathematics in which he had something of a gift. As a boy he was clerk in a dry goods store in Canton. He was fourteen years old when he came to Ticonderoga with his father, and he has lived there ever since. He was engaged for many years inthe lumber business in New Hampshire and with George C. Weed, of Ticonderoga. He is now retired from active business.
In politics he is a Democrat, and he has been highway commissioner of the town.
He married (first) in 1861, Jennie E., born at Ticonderoga in 1845, died Jan. 31, 1906, daughter of George C. and Jane (Smith) Weed, granddaughter of Joseph Weed, who was born in Milton, Saratoga county, in 1792, died at Ticonderoga, March 1, 1860.
He married (second) in 1908, Mrs. Elizabeth Reynolds, a widow.
1. George W., mentioned below.
2. Herbert, vice-president and manager of the W. J. Smith Lumber Company; son, Stephen.
3. Anna J., a trained nurse, New York City.
4. Charles A., lives in Ticonderoga.
5. Frank A., died in infancy.
(IX) George Weed, son of Charles T. Wheeler, was born in Ticonderoga, Sept. 25, 1865. He received a common school education. For twenty-five years he has been in the employ of the International Paper Company and its predecessors in the pulp mill as a paper finisher and takes rank among the most skillful artisans of that concern. He has a farm at Lake George and owns considerable real estate in Ticonderoga, and is now occupied in the care and improvement of this property.
He is an Episcopalian in religion and vestryman of the church at Ticonderoga.
He married, Oct. 22, 1886, Katherine, born at North Argyle, Washington county, N.Y., daughter of George H. Young, who was a soldier in the civil war, and of Katherine (Humphrey) Young.
1. May Katherine, born Nov. 1889, died April 7, 1909.
2. Marion, 1895, died May 1, 1897.
(IX) Herbert Wheeler, son of Charles T. Wheeler, was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y. April 9, 1867. He was educated in the schools of his native town and at the Troy Conference Academy at Poultney, Vermont, also at Troy Business College. For six years he worked for his grandfather, George C. Weed, in the lumber business, and was employed in the hardware store of William Hopper in Ticonderoga from 1885 to 1902. In the latter year the W. J. Smith Lumber Company was incorporated in Ticonderoga and Mr. Wheeler was made vice-president and manager and has since devoted his time to the interests of the company. In addition to this he has farming and real estate interests. He makes a specialty of Holstein cows and is laying the foundation for a pure bred herd.
In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of Ethan Allen Lodge, No. 630, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Ticonderoga, and is also a member of the local grange.
He married in 1893, Kate L., daughter of John and Ellen Roach Haveron, born in Montreal, Canada.
Stephen Herbert, born April 3, 1900, in Ticonderoga.
George Wheeler was an early settler of Concord, Massachusetts. He came probably in 1635, and was there in 1638. His name appears often on early peitions to the general court for various purposes and on the town records down to the time of his death. He was a selectman in 1660 and held many other offices of trust and honor, and served on many committees. He owned land in every part of the town, Brook Meadow, Fairhaven Meadow, the Cranefield, by Walden, Goose and Flint ponds, on White Pine road, on the Sudbury line, etc.
He died between 1685 and 1687; his will being dated Jan., 1685, and offered for probate June 2, 1687.
He married Katherine _____, who died at Concord, Jan. 2, 1684-85. They had eight children, five of whom were not recorded and were probably born in England.
1. Thomas, married Oct. 12, 1657, Hannah Harrod. 2. Elizabeth, married, Oct. 1, 1656, Francis Fletcher.
3. William, married, Oct. 30, 1659, Hannah Buss.
4. Ruth, married, Oct. 26, 1665, Samuel Hartwell.
5. Hannah, named in will as daughter of Hannah Fletcher.
6. Sarah, born March 30, 1640, in Concord.
7. John, March 19, 1642-43, mentioned below.
8. Mary, Sept. 6, 1645.
(II) Sergeant John, son of George Wheeler, was born at Concord, March 19, 1642-43, died there Sept. 27, 1713. He married, March 25, 1663-64, Sarah Lakin or Larkin, who died at Concord, Aug.1 2, 1725. He was constable in 1684 (when Robert Blood was fined ten pounds for assaulting him), and admitted a feeman in 1690. His house lot was south of the mill pond, between the corner of Main street and the almshouse, and adjoined Robert Merriam's, now the site of the Trinitarian Meeting House and Joseph Wheeler's house, now (1910) owned by Nathan B. Stow.
Children, born at Concord:
1. John, Feb. 6, 1663-64, mentioned below.
2. Samuel, July 6, 1664.
3. Sarah, Dec. 12, 1666.
4. Edward, July 17, 1669.
5. Joanna, Dec. 21, 1671.
6. Mary, Sept. 15, 1673.
7. Lydia, Oct. 27, 1675.
8. Esther, Dec. 1, 1678.
9. Joseph, Jan. 27, 1679-80.
10. Ebenezer, June 3, 1682.
11. Thankful, twin of Ebenezer.
12. Sarah, Nov. 11, 1686.
13. Abigail, Dec. 29, 1689.
(III) John (2), son of Sergeant John (1) Wheeler, was born at Concord, Feb. 6, 1663-64. He married there March 8, 1711, Dorothy Hosmer.
Children, born at Concord:
1. John, Sept. 21, 1713, mentioned below.
2. Dorothy, Feb. 19, 1716, died March 27, 1716.
3. Josiah, March 29, 1718.
4. Dorothy, Jan. 11, 1720-21.
(IV) John (3), son of John (2) Wheeler, ws born at Concord, Sept. 21, 1713. He married Deborah ____. He settled at Templeton, and all his children appear to have lived there. He died there in 1772.
Children, born at Concord:
1. Beulah, April 17, 1740, died at Templeton, 1820, aged seventy-nine years; may hve been wife of Jonathan Wheeler.
2. Lois, Aug. 17, 1741; married, 1772, at Templeton, Samuel Taylor.
3. John, Aug. 20, 1743; lived at Templeton.
4. Eunice, Aug 20, 1743; died Aug. 7, 1745.
5. Lucy, June 8, 1746; married at Templeton, Israel Lamb.
6. Thomas, April 25, 1748, mentioned below.
7. Sarah, Oct. 16, 1751.
(V) Thomas, son of John (3) Wheeler, was born at Concord, April 25, 1748. He was a soldier in the revolution in Captain Joel Fletcher's company of minute-men, Colonel Ephraim Doolittle's regiment, from the Lexington alarm till late in the year 1775.
He married (intentions dated Dec. 22, 1771) Mary Childs, of Westminster, Mass. He married (second) May 27, 1783, Lucy Hagar.
Chiildren, born at Templeton:
1. Polly, Sept. 17, 1772.
2. Abel, Dec. 31, 1774.
3. Ruth, baptized April 2, 1778.
4. Edmund, born Aug. 31, 1779.
5. Nathan, died at Phillipston, aged twenty-two years, Nov. 1804.
6. George Washington, born May 20, 1784.
7. Lucetta, baptized July, 1798.
(VI) Abel, son of Thomas Wheeler, was born Dec. 31, 1774, at Templeton, Worcester county, Mass. He married, in 1798, Thankful Osgood. They moved to Waterville, Maine, in 1798. They had one son, Erastus Osgood, mentioned below.
(VII) Erastus Osgood, son of Abel Wheeler, was born in Templeton, Sept. 15, 1798. He was very young when his parents moved to Waterville. He was brought up in Waterville and educated there in the public schools.
He married Ruth Marston, born 1803, died 1879. He died in 1854.
Children, born at Waterville:
1. Abel C. T., married Adelaide Marston, and has four children: Howard, Mabel, Harry and Adelaide; lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
2. Sarah, deceased, married Henry Blaisdell, of Augusta, Maine, one child, Cora, married Edgar S. Turner, one child, Erldon.
3. William H., mentioned below.
(VIII) William H., son of Erastus Osgood Wheeler, was born at Waterville, Maine, Sept. 16, 1842, and is now living at Oakland, Maine. He was educated in the public schools and at Kent's Hill Seminary, Maine. He learned the carpenter's trade and in 1882 engaged in the business of undertaker and furniture dealer at Oakland, and has continued in that line of business to the present (1910) time.
In politics he is a Republican; in religion a Universalist. He is a member of the Blue Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Oakland, of the Royal Arch Chapter, and of St. Omer Commandery, Knights Templar, of Waterville.
He married, in 1865, Eliza, born in 1845, daughter of Alfred and Eliza (Crowell) Winslow.
Children, born at Oakland:
1. Alfred Winslow, mentioned below.
2. Dean E., born 1883; educated in Oakland public schools, graduating from the high school; now associated with his father in the furniture and undertaking business at Oakland under the firm name of W. H. Wheeler & Son.
(IX) Alfred Winslow, son of William H. Wheeler, was born at Oakland, April 8, 1874, and was educated there in the public schools, taking a preparatory course at Westbrook Seminary, and later entered Tufts College. He entered the Medical School of Columbia University and received the degree of M. D. in 1902. He was appointed interne at the State Hospital at Ogdensburg and remained there a year.
In 1903 he located in Norfolk, N.Y., and has devoted himself since then to the practice of his profession in that town.
In politics he is a Republican and he has served the town as a school trustee and as health officer. He is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and of the Modern Woodmen of America.
He married, in April, 1905, Frances, born Oct. 22, 1878, daughter of Edward P. and Mary (Sweeney) Lewis, of Dannemora, N.Y. They had one child, Helen W., born April 13, 1904, died in infancy.
There are several families bearing this name distinct, at least as far as connection in this country is concerned, and all are very good stock and found in the early records. The name has figured creditably in both military and civic annals throuagh many generations, and now has living in New York some very worthy representatives.
Concord, Mass. was the original home of the Wheeler families in this country. Joseph Wheeler, Obadiah Wheeler and Thomas Wheeler, all doubtless related closely, settled there about 1640. John Wheeler, of Salisbury, was related to George Wheeler, of Concord. Isaac Wheeler, of Charlestown; Richard, of Dedham; Thomas of Salem; Thomas, of Boston, and Timothy, of Watertown, all before 1650, were possibly of the same family. Timothy removed to Concord. The family is of ancient English ancestry.
(I) Lieutenant Thomas Wheeler, an early resident of Concord, was past middle life when he located there. He or his son Thomas was admitted a freeman there May 18, 1642, and signed a petition in 1643. In the company of Rev. John Jones, which settled at Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1644, Thomas Wheeler was included. He may have gone at a later date. His children were all adults. His will, made at Fairfield, Jan. 16, proved Aug. 23, 1654, has been partly distroyed, but the names of some of his children are still discernable. He left an estate in Concord to his eldest son, Thomas, and one in Fairfield to his son John.
He seems to have had two wives, as the name appears early as Ruth, while his widow, Anna, was made at Fairfield, Aug. 21, 1659.
James, John, Hannah, Sarah, an unnamed daughter mentioned in his will, Timothy and Joseph.
(II) Sergeant John, second son of Lieut. Thomas Wheeler, settled at Fairfield with his father, and located in the part of the town known as Black Rock. He owned a large proportion of Grove's Hill, and paid taxes in 1681 on 1,004 acres of land, being the third highest in Fairfield. He was representative to the general court in 1671-72-74-77, and died early in 1690. His estate was valued at 1,566 pounds.
He left a widow, Elizabeth, and thirteen children, namely:
Judith, John, Elizabeth, Thomas, mary, Rebecca, Joseph, Anna, Abigail, Obediah, Ann, Jonathan and David.
(III) Joseph, third son of John and Elizabeth Wheeler, was born in 1674, in Fairfield, and died between March 9 and JUly 20, 1759, in that town. His home was at Black Rock, but he may have lived late in life in the northern part of the town where his land seems to have been located.
He married, Dec. 7, 1705, Deborah, daughter of Ephraim and Esther (Ward) Nichols, born Jan. 1, 1685, and survived her husband.
Joseph, Thomas, Esther, Catherine, Ephraim, Seth.
(IV) Joseph (2), eldest child of Joseph (1) and Deborah (Nichols) Wheeler, was born Nov. 18, 1706, in Fairfield, and resided in the northern part of that town, probably on the Wheeler "long lot." He married, Sept. 10, 1729, Abigail Perry, probably daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Perrry, of Stratford.
Deborah, Joseph (died young), Sarah, Joseph, Lois, Hezekiah, Icahbod and Eliphalet.
(V) Joseph (3), second son of Joseph (2) and Abigial (Perry) Wheeler, was born May 27, 1738, in Fairfield, and settled in Pownal, Vermont, before Nov. 1784, at which time he and his wife deeded their interest in the estate of the wife's father to their son. He was among the first settlers of Fairfield, Franklin county, Vermont, and late in life removed to New York to make his home with a son, Joseph (4).
He married Frances, daughter of William Hill, of Fairfield, Conn., and their children were:
Zalmon, Joseph, Frances, Eleanor, Eunice, beside several daughters whose names are unknown, and one of whom died in infancy.
(VI) Zalmon, eldest child of Joseph (3) and Frances (Hill) Wheeler, was probably born in Fairfield, Conn., and resided in Fairfield, Vermont. He married Hannah Butler, and their children included Polly, Almon, Alfred, Salmon, Thomas and Fanny.
(VII) Almon, eldest son of Zalmon and Hannah (Butler) Wheeler, was born Oct. 1, 1789, probably in Fairfield, Vermont, and resided in Malone, New York.
(VIII) William Almon, son of Almon Wheeler, was born June 30, 1819, in Malone, N.Y., and died there June 4, 1887. He was a youth of much intellectual ability, and early became a student at the University of Vermont, at Burlington. On account of his father's death he was compelled to abandon the college course, after pursuing it two years, and shortly after took up the study of law with Asa Hascall, of Malone. He was admitted to the bar in 1845, and was Mr. Hascall's successor as district attorney of Franklin county, from 1847 to 1849. He served the town as town clerk, school commissioner and school inspector. In 1849 he was elected to the assembly, and in 1851, on account of throat trouble, he was obliged to abandon the practice of law. For the succeeding fifteen years he was cashier of the Malone Bank. For twelve years he was president of the Northern New York Railroad Company, now (1910) a part of the Rutland Railroad system, and was its supervising manager. He was elected to a second term in the assembly in 1850 and in 1859-60 was a member of the state senate, being president pro tem, of that body.
In early life he had been a Whig, and was among the first to join in the organization of the Republican party. In 1860 he was elected to Congress and was president of the constitutional convention to revise the state constitution in 1867. In 1869 he again entered Congres and continued there four terms, until 1877. He was chairman of the committee on Pacific Railroad, and on commerce, and a member of the committees on appropriation and Southern affairs. He was the first to return to the United States treasury the additional salary granted under the infamous salary grab, and was the author of the compromise known as the "Wheeler Compromise," which settled the turbulent condition of affairs in Louisiana, making the senate of that state Republican, while the assembly was Democrat. He was elected vice-president of the United State with Rutherford B. Hayes as president, and took his seat in March, 1877. At the expiration of his term he returned to Malone and did not afterward enter public life.
He was especially esteemed by his townsmen as a man of liberal and upright character.
Concord, Massachusetts, was the original home of the Wheeler family in this country. Joseph, Obadiah and Thomas Wheeler, all doubted related, settled ther about 1640. George Wheeler, of Concord, and John Wheeler, of Salisbury, Mass. were related. Isaac Wheeler, of Charlestown, Richard, of Dedham, Thomas, of Salem, Thomas, of Boston, and Timothy, of Watertown, pioneers before 1650, were probably of the same stock. Timothy removed to Concord. The family is of ancient English ancestry.
(I) Lieutenant Thomas Wheeler, immigrant ancestor, settled early in Concord. He came to Fairfield, Connecticut, with the first settlers, and became prominent there. He died at Fairfield, and his will, dated Jan. 16, 1653-4, proved Aug. 23, 1654, has been partly destroyed, but the names of some of his children are legible. He left an estate at Concord to his son Thomas; property at Fairfield to John; and mentioned three daughters. His widow's will, Aug. 21, 1659, also mentions son Thomas.
He married Ruth ____.
Thomas (mentioned below), John, Hannah (married James Bennett), William, Sarah (married Thomas Sherwood), Daughter.
(II) Lieut. Thomas (2), son of Thomas (1) Wheeler, was born in England He came first to Concord, Mass., and thence to Milford, Conn., where his wife Joan joined the church in 1640. He had a home lot in Milford in 1646. In 1649 he was at Fairfield, Conn. He sold his house and lot in Fairfield, Jan. 21, 1653, and moved to Stratford, Conn. In 1654 he received forty acres of land at Derby, Conn., from the Indians, at what is called Birmingham Point, and was living there in 1659. He returned to Milford, and was deputy to the general assembly in 1670-1. He died at Milford, Nov. 26, 1672, leaving a will. His widow died January, 1673.
John, baptized Aug. 16, 1640 (mentioned below).
Samuel, baptized with John.
Josiah, June 5, 1653.
Joseph, Nov. 23, 1655, died young.
Joseph, March 13, 1656-7.
(III) John, son of Thomas (2) Wheeler, was born at Concord, baptized Aug. 16, 1640, at Milford, and died May 12, 1704. He signed articles for the settlement of the town of Woodbury, Conn., and removed thither.
He married, Dec. 16, 1662, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and granddaughter of Thomas Seabrook.
Children, recorded at Woodbury:
Sarah, born Feb. 24, 1663-4.
Mary, Aug. 26, 1666.
Elizabeth, Feb. 15, 1668-9.
Mary, baptized Jan. 19, 1670-1.
Thomas, baptized May 25, 1673.
Ruth, born June 30, 1679.
Dinah, baptized 1681.
John, mentioned below.
(IV) John (2), son of John (1) Wheeler, was baptized at Woodbury, May 16, 1684, and died May 19, 1727. He married there, Nov. 4, 1704, Ruth, daughter of Benjamin Stiles.
Children, born at Woodbury:
Caleb, March 21, 1704-5, mentioned below.
Abigail, Feb. 15, 1707.
Obadiah, May 28, 1709.
Samuel, June 23, 1712.
Lois, March 10, 1714.
Lois, May 2, 1716.
Obadiah, baptized April 27, 1718.
John, March 5, 1720.
Jesse, baptized April 22, 1722.
(V) Ensign Caleb, son of John (2) Wheeler, was born at Woodbury, Conn., March 21, 1704-05. He married Ruth ____.
Children, born at Woodbury:
Sarah, September, 1727.
Ruth, July, 1729, died young.
Caleb, baptized October, 1731.
Simeon, born November, 1733.
Preserved, baptized March 28, 1730, died 1769, married Lucy Parks.
Caleb, Nov. 9, 1737.
David, Sept. 13, 1739.
John, Oct. 14, 1741.
Peter, April 16, 1744, mentioned below.
Gideon, baptized March 13, 1745.
Martha, April 27, 1746.
Abigail, June 30, 1748.
Asabell, Nov. 12, 1749.
Ruth, April 5, 1752.
(VI) Peter, son of Caleb Wheeler, was born at Woodbury, Conn., April 6, 1744. He appears to be the Peter Wheeler who went with the Connecticut settlers to the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania.
He married ____ Martin.
He feel a victim to the British and Indians in the massacre July 3, 1778, but his wife and three sons in the fort escaped. The first night was spent in a swamp, the next day in the moutains. The refugees suffered from hunger and other hardships. After traveling sixty miles through the wilderness they reached a Dutch settlement, where the widow worked in the fields with the harvest hands to support her family. When the party reached New Jersey they were fed by the American troops, and finally reached their old home in Connecticut, after walking three hundred miles. A posthumous child was born to the mother after she reached home.
Preserved, mentioned below.
Sheldon; Reuben, Peter (posthumous).
(VII) Captain Preserved, son of Peter Wheeler, was born in Lanesborough, Berkshire county, Mass., June 9, 1769. He learned the trade of tanner and shoemaker. He married, July, 1790, Esther, daughter of Jacob Bacon, of Lanesborough. They settled in Charlotte, Vermont, where he built a tannery and taught his trade to his brother Sheldon. In 1799 he sold his brother Sheldon and removed to New Haven, Addison county, Vermont, where he bought a farm, built a house, barns and tannery. He suffered much by the loss of his shop by fire, his cattle from disease, and he was disabled by a broken leg.
Then his wife died, Sept. 24, 1809. But he presevered and became prosperous again.
He married (second) in 1811, Polly McNiel, who died in November, 1855, aged seventy-seven. He died March 15, 1856.
He had thirteen children. His farm at New Haven is known as the Alexis T. Smith place. (in 1910). The federal census of 1790 shows that he had three males over sixteen and one female in his family. The males must have been his brothers.
His son Orson was father of Dr. Tolman Wheeler.
(VIII) John (3), son or nephew of Preserved Wheeler, was born in Vermont and settled in St. Lawrence county, New York, where he was a farmer in the town of Oswegatchie.
He married Lenda Griffin.
Orson Ozias, mentioned below.
Sarah, Harmon A., Harlow, Abigail.
(IX) Orson Ozias, son of John (3) Wheeler, was born at Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., in 1819, and died at Canton, April 5, 1889. He was educated in the public schools of Skanateles, New York. For a number of years he conducted a livery stable in Potsdam, N.Y., and he was deputy sheriff and constable for thirty-two years. He was elected sheriff of St. Lawrence county in 1876, and served until 1880. Afterward he was proprietor of the Commercial House, now (1910) the Irwin Hotel, until his death.
In politics he was a Republican.
He married (first) Clara A. Fisher, who died soon after marriage; (second) Cornelia Montgomery; (third) February, 1857, Margaret Coursey, born Feb. 2, 1833, on shipboard, while her parents were on the way to this country. She is the daughter of Michael Coursey and granddaughter of John Coursey. She died May 11, 1910.
Child of first wife:
1. Henry W., married Margaret Larkin; lives in Gouverneur, N.Y.
Children of third wife:
2. John Orson, mentioned below.
3. Nettie M., married (first) in 1884, Eugene Hoard, who died in 1886, (second) in 1891, Frank Cornish, who died in 1893; (third) in 1908, Bernard T. Quigley, and lives at Peoria, Illinois.
4. Frances Ellen, mararied J. Henry Woods, a farmer of Canton; children: William B., Dennis and Mildred L. Woods.
5. Edward, died in childhood.
6. Fred James (q.v.), mentioned below.
7. Clara, died aged nineteen years.
8. Edward C., a tailor and cutter by trade, and held position as cutter in Gouverneur and Lyons, N.Y., and Newport, New Hampshire, and with Remington, at Canton, and is now (1910) one of the proprietors of the Canton Clothing Company; married Ida Nolen; son Nathan Edgar.
(X) John Orson, son of Orson Ozias Wheeler, was born at Potsdam, Nov. 8, 1857. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at the state normal school at Potsdam. He taught school one year at North Lawrence. When he father was elected sheriff he was appointed deputy sheriff and jailer, and afterward was associated with his father in the hotel business. He and his brother Fred J. were in partnership for four years in the hotel business after their father died. He was appointed recorder in the county clerk's office in 1900 and has fillet that office to the present (1910) time.
He is interested in musical affairs, and has been organist of St. Mary's Church at Canton since 1878. He is commander of the local lodge of Knights of Maccabees. He is unmarried.
(X) Fred James, brother of John Orson Wheeler, was born in Potsdam, July 29, 1863, and was educated there in the public schools and the state normal school. He was clerk in the clothing store of R. B. Ellsworth, of Canton, five years, then for two years clerk in a wholesale fruit and commission house in Syracuse. He returned to Canton and was chosen town clerk in 1895, and has held that position by successive re-elections to the present (1910) time.
He also conducts a fire insurance business, and manages the opera house in partnership with R. B. Dazell.
In politics he is a Republican. He was treasurer of the incorporated village of Canton seven years. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen; of the Knights of Maccabees, and of the Knights of Columbus.
In religion he is a Roman Catholic.
He married, May 17, 1899, Mary, daughter of Thomas J. Powers, of Clinton county, N.Y. They have no children.
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