John WHEELER & Mary "Polly" CAMERER

Husband: John WHEELER (1)
   Born: 16 SEP 1806 in Mason Co., KY (2 3)
Married: 28 AUG 1828 in Clermont Co., OH (22)
Died: 03 JUL 1895 in Bird Twp., Macoupin Co., IL (4)
Father: Benjamin W. WHEELER
Mother: Mary MCCARTER
Spouses:
   Wife: Mary "Polly" CAMERER
   Born: 22 OCT 1803 in Fleming Co., KY (5 6)
Died: 25 MAY 1898 in Bird Twp., Macoupin Co., IL (7)
Father:
Mother:
Spouses:
Children
01  (F): Lucinda WHEELER (8)
Born: 18 MAY 1829 in Clermont Co., OH
Died: 01 SEP 1830 in Washington Twp., Clermont Co., OH
Spouses:
02  (F): Amanda WHEELER (9)
Born: 13 APR 1831 in Rush Co., IN
Died: 17 OCT 1833 in Rush Co., IN
Spouses:
03  (M): William WHEELER (10)
Born: 15 APR 1833 in Rush Co., IN (11)
Died: 06 FEB 1917 in Bird Twp., Macoupin Co., IL (12)
Spouses: Mary Jane LEE
04  (F): Barbara Ellen WHEELER (13)
Born: 20 OCT 1835 in Greene Co., IL
Died: 29 JAN 1913 in nr Hettick, Macoupin Co., IL
Spouses: Jonas RIBBLE
05  (M): Francis Marion WHEELER (14)
Born: 18 JUN 1839 in Macoupin Co., IL
Died: 1919
Spouses: Matilda J. SHULL; Lucy HAYNES
06  (F): Huldah WHEELER (15 16)
Born: 13 DEC 1841 in Bird Twp., Macoupin, IL (17 18)
Died: 04 DEC 1897 in Western Mound Twp., Macoupin, IL (19)
Spouses: John Reuben STEWART
07  (M): Calvin WHEELER (20)
Born: 25 MAR 1845 in Bird Twp., Macoupin Co., IL (21)
Died: 27 NOV 1929 in Sullivan, Moultrie Co., IL
Spouses: Elizabeth Ellen CAIN

Additional Information

John WHEELER:

Notes:
1840 Macoupin County IL Census:
WHEELER, John 1 male un5, 1 male 5/10; 1 male 15/20; 1 male 30/40
1 female u/5; 1 female 20/30
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1850 Macoupin Co. IL Census:
194b/42 WHEELER, John 43 farmer $2000 KY
Mary 45 KY
William 17 farmer IN
Barbara E. 15 IL
Francis M. 10 IL
Huldah 8 IL
Calvin 5 IL
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1870 Macoupin Co. IL Census:
WHEELER John 62 farmer $10,000/1000 KY
Mary 61 KY
Calvin 24 IL Running farm
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1880 Macoupin County IL Census, Bird Twp:
#150/151 WHEELER John 73 KY VA VA
Mary 76 wife KY PA PA
Moorhead, Elias 14 servant farm labor SC SC SC
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From the IL State Archives Death Index Database:
WHEELER, JOHN 07/03/1895 BIRD TWP 59 YR M 1 262 3403 MACOUPIN
(Age should be 89)
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Letter written by Ollie Wheeler Parker states that BENJAMIN & son JOHN WHEELER came to Indiana and in 1832 JOHN went to Pike Co., IL on an inspection tour on horseback. In 1833 he, his wife and six men and the new baby William came to Greene Co., IL and in another year went to Macoupin Co., IL where he improved a farm and lived on it over 61 years. There were no railroads in those days, so he took his grain and stock to Alton to sell....dated 30 Mar 1859.
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1892 Portrait and Biographical History of Macoupin Co. IL, page 429:

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 their son was seven years old to Clermont Co. Ohio where he grew to manhood. Early in the '30's 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 Co. 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 interested 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 ever 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 he 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.
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OBITUARY: (Paper not known, possibly Carlinville?)

JOHN WHEELER: Died at 11:45 P.M. July 3rd, 1895 at his home in Bird Township. John Wheeler was 88 yrs, 9 months, 27 days old. Grandfather Wheeler as he was familiarly called, first saw the light of day Sept 6, 1806 in Mason County, Kentucky.
He was raised on a farm and when he grew to manhood, he chose that profession for a livelihood and continued in that pursuit during his life. He lived in Ohio a short time, afterwards in Indiana. In the year 1832 he started on a tour of inspection through Illinois on horseback and went as far as Pike county.
On August 28, 1828, he and Miss MARY CAMERER, a native of Kentucky were joined in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony and they journeyed down the stream of life for nearly 67 years. His wife still survives him, though is quite feeble being about 3 years his senior. In the year 1833, he and his wife moved to Greene Co. Illinois and in the spring he entered land in what is now Bird Township, Macoupin County, built a residence thereon, moved thither and lived on that farm until he passed 61 years.
In those days, there were no railroads, and the majority of settlers located near streams of water where they could boat their products and stock to market.
He, having passed through Macoupin County on his way to Greene County, near the Illinois river, noticed that Macoupin soil seemed to suit his fancy better than any. He had then consequently concluded to come back and cast his lot here. He at once began to thrive. He hauled his surplus grain to Alton to sell, also drove his stock to market and did most of his trading there, while on those trips. It took about 3 days, on an average to make the round trip in a wagon, and it took about one week on a average, to drive stock to that point, dispose of them (of course they had to wait until the stock had been slaughtered to sell them) and to return home. We have heard him say often his brothers would joke with him about having to haul his grain and drive his cattle so far to market. While they and his father who lived in Pike Co. near the IL River could make several loads each day to the boat landing on the IL River and besides get all the fish they desired with but little trouble. He replied that it was very inconvenient to get his surplus stock and grain to market, but as for fish he would want to go see his brothers and father occasionally and would bring back a barrell full of fish with him. For a number of years after he settled in he county game was in great abundance, was here more especially deer and turkeys of which he was fond. He always had venison and turkey when they were to be found.
He was the eldest of his fathers family of 7 children and he outlived all of them except his youngest sister, Mrs. Betty JACKSON of Glascow, Illinois. He has 3 sons and 2 daughters living, 2 daughters having died while living in Indiana. He has about 75 grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and all of them had a kind word for "Grandad" as he was always kind and affectionate to them.
He never had any political aspirations, and was a Democrat of the Andrew Jackson type and cast his first vote for him in the fall of 1828 and ever since made it a special point to attend every election. He was an industrious, progressive, prosperous farmer caring very little for what is termed style, but always wanted something good and substantial. he owned a good farm and had given the most of his children each a good farm. He had but little book learning though possessed good common sense, sound judgement and indomitable progression, disposition, treating everyone as he wished to be treated, had but few enemies if any, and it seemed as if everyone honored and respected him.
He was a healthy robust man until recent years when his sight became dim and his strength began to fail, which prevented him from doing any work, and this seemed to worry him more than all else.
Mon. a. m. July 1, 1895, he became quite sick, went to bed and gradually grew worse until a few minutes before midnight on Wednesday night at which time he breathed his last. The remains were taken to Shiloh Grave Yard on Friday, amongst one of the largest congregations we have witnessed at a Funeral and a great number of them were old people.
The Surviving children are:
William WHEELER, Carlinville, Illinois
Marion WHEELER, Hettick, Illinois
Calvin WHEELER, Greenfield, Illinois
Hulda WHEELER STEWART, Hettick, Illinois
Barbara RIBBLE, Hettick, Illinois
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Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
MACOUPIN County

WHEELER JOHN FD SWNE 07 10N 08W 3 40.00 1.25 50.00 MALE 11/09/1836 MACOUPIN 339 120

WHEELER JOHN FD NWNE 07 10N 07W 3 40.00 1.25 50.00 MALE 03/12/1834 GREENE 343 136

WHEELER JOHN FD NWNE 12 10N 09W 3 40.00 1.25 50.00 MALE 03/12/1834 GREENE 343 136

WHEELER JOHN FD W2SE 07 10N 08W 3 80.00 1.25 100.00 MALE 03/12/1834 GREENE 343 136

WHEELER JOHN FD SWSW 05 10N 08W 3 40.00 1.25 50.00 MALE 10/06/1853 MACOUPIN 340 110
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1879 Partial List of Patrons Macoupin County IL:
Wheeler, John Carlinville Sec. 7 Farmer & Stock Raiser Mason Co., Ky. 1834
Wheeler, Mary, Mrs. Carlinville Sec. 8 w/o W. Wheeler Greene Co., IL 1835
Wheeler, Mary, Mrs. Carlinville Sec. 7 w/o J. Wheeler Fleming Co., Ky. 1834
Wheeler, William Carlinville Sec. 8 Farmer & Stock Raiser Rush Co., Ind. 1834


Mary "Polly" CAMERER:

Notes:
1879 Partial List of Patrons, History of Macoupin County, IL:

Wheeler, John Carlinville Sec. 7 Farmer & Stock Raiser Mason Co., Ky. 1834
Wheeler, Mary, Mrs. Carlinville Sec. 8 w/o W. Wheeler Greene Co., IL 1835
Wheeler, Mary, Mrs. Carlinville Sec. 7 w/o J. Wheeler Fleming Co., Ky. 1834
Wheeler, William Carlinville Sec. 8 Farmer & Stock Raiser Rush Co., Ind. 1834

Footnotes

  1. 1879 History of Macoupin Co., Illinois (Brink , McDonough & Co., Philadelphia - Reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc), p. 140.
  2. Ibid., p. 140.
    John Wheeler was born in Mason County, Kentucky, four mile from Maylick, September 16, 1806.
  3. 1840 Census of Macoupin Co., IL.
  4. Death Certificate, Macoupin Co., IL.
  5. 1860 Census Macoupin Co., IL, p.31.
  6. 1891 Portrait and Biographical Album of Macoupin County, Illinois, reproduction sponsored by Macoupin Co. Historical Society, Carlinville, IL., p. 429.
    " Miss Mary Cameron. She was born in Fleming Co., Ky., October 22, 1803.
  7. Compiled by Macoupin County Historical Society Committee, Tombstone Revelations in Macoupin County, Illinois, Book II, Compiled by Macoupin Co. Historical Society Committee, p. 30.
    WHEELER Mary (94 years 2 months 3 days) Oct. 22, 1803- May 26, 1898.
  8. 1891 Portrait and Biographical Album of Macoupin County, Illinois, reproduction sponsored by Macoupin Co. Historical Society, Carlinville, IL., p. 429.
    Died in infancy.
  9. Ibid., p. 429.
    Died in infancy.
  10. Ibid., p. 429.
  11. Walker, History of Macoupin County, IL. (1911), p. 90.
  12. IL State Archives Death Index Online.
  13. 1891 Portrait and Biographical Album of Macoupin County, Illinois, reproduction sponsored by Macoupin Co. Historical Society, Carlinville, IL., p. 429.
  14. Ibid., p. 429.
  15. Eva England, Nilwood, IL.
  16. 1891 Portrait and Biographical Album of Macoupin County, Illinois, reproduction sponsored by Macoupin Co. Historical Society, Carlinville, IL., p. 429.
    "Huldah, who is the wife of John R. Stewart."
  17. 1880 Census Macoupin Co., IL.
    Hulda Stewart, age 39, keeps house, place of b. ILL, place of b. of father- KY
    place of b. of mother- KY.
  18. 1860 Census Macoupin Co., IL.
    Huldah Stewart, 18, f, b. ILL, married within this year.
  19. Compiled by Macoupin County Historical Society Committee, Tombstone Revelations in Macoupin County, Illinois, Book II, Compiled by Macoupin Co. Historical Society Committee, p. 25.
    STEWART, Hulda 55 yr 11 months 21 days Dec. 04, 1897.
  20. 1860 Census Macoupin Co., IL, p.31.
  21. Ibid., p. 31.
    Calvin Wheeler , age 15 ,M, b. ILL.
  22. Family Tree Maker CD002, Ohio Marriages, Clermont Co, OH.
    Camerer, Polly m. Wheeler, John 28- AUG- 1828.

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