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pears in this article.)

(V) Daniel, second son of George (2) and
Abigail (Smith) Wheeler, was born April 23, 1736;
married February 9, 1757, Amy Morse. He died
at "Patch Corner," Hollis, between January i, 1775,
and April 19, 1775. Their children leaving their na-
tive place soon after their father's death, there have
been no descendants of Daniel Wheeler living in
Hollis for more than one hundred years. His widow
married, April 7, 1779, Samuel Leeman, whose
first wife was Love Wheeler, a daughter of Peter
Wheeler and cousin of Daniel Wheeler, her first
husband. She had no children by Leeman. After
the death of her second husband she lived with her
children, alternating between Benjamin, Jacob, Lydia
and Daniel. She came to Benjamin's home in
Concord, New Hampshire, May 26, 1803, and died
at her son Jacob's home in Bow, New Hampshire,
November 30, 1821, and is buried in the Bow ceme-
tery, just south of Turee Pond, beside the grave
of her son Jacob. Children of Daniel and Amy
(Morse) Wheeler: Lydia, born in Monson (now
a part of Hollis) November 24, 1757. Abner, born
in Monson, April 14, 1760. Jacob, born in Monson,
March 5, 1763. Daniel, born in Monson, March 18,
1765. Benjamin, born in Hollis, August 18, 1768;
see forward. Hannah, born in Hollis, about 1772,
died 1862, aged about ninety.

(VI) Benjamin Wheeler, born August 18, 1768,
married Polly Fitch, of Bedford, Massachusetts,
born October 23, 1770, died April 27, 1818, in Con-
cord, New Hampshire. He married (second) Han-
nah Clement, born May 17, 1770, in Salem, New-
Hampshire. He died December 11, 1848. She
died October 20, 1852, in Concord. She had no
children. Polly Fitch was a daughter of David
Fitch, a descendant of Zachary Fitch, the emigrant,
and of kin with John Fitch for whom Fitchburg,
Massachusetts, was named. Her father, David
Fitch, was in Captain James Moore's company of
the Bedford militia and the Concord and Lexington
fight April 19, 1775, with the British force of eight
hundred troops sent from Boston to seize some
military stores. In the battle the English lost two
hundred and seventy-three soldiers and the Ameri-
cans less than one hundred. The British com-
mander, Major Pitcairn, was mortally wounded, and
soon after died in the Province Tavern, which stood
on the west side of Washington street, Boston, nearly
opposite the Old South Church.

In youth Benjamin Wheeler lived with his oldest
sister, Lydia, who married Benjamin Winship, of
Lexington, jNIassachusetts, and was there at the time
and a witness of that battle, during which a British
soldier came into their shay-house, and finding a
halter there committed suicide by hanging himself.
Between one hundred and forty and one hundred and
fifty British soldiers committed suicide during the
Revolution.

During his early manhood he lived in Bedford,
Massachusetts, working on the farm and in the old
grist mill on the Shawsheen river, owned and car-
ried on by his father-in-law, David Fitch, and while
in his employment he learned the business of miller
and farming, also habits of industry, thrift and
good morals. This homestead and mill privilege,
owned and occupied by succeeding generations of



the Fitch families for one hundred and seventy-
five years, was recently sold. After reaching the
age of some twenty-five years he married Polly,
oldest daughter of David Fitch and Mary Fowle,
and moved to Woburn, Massachusetts, in 1794, and
leased the farm of Squire Jonathan Simpson for
the term of three years, where his son Benjamin
Jr., the father of the writer of this sketch, was
born.

On April i, 1798, he, in company with Na-
thaniel Wyman, leased for one year the grist mill
and farm of one hundred and thirty acres of Dun-
can Ingraham, commonlj' known as the Belknap
farm, where his daughter, Mary Fitch Wheeler,
was born. On April 7, 1800, he leased the farm of
Samuel Carter in Lincoln, Massachusetts. On Oc-
tober 24, 1801, he came to Concord, New Hampshire,
and purchased a farm of thirty-four acres with
buildings, for the sum of five hundred dollars, of
Ebenezer Dustin, known as the Jacob Towle place.
It was occupied at this time by Moses Noyes, a
revolutionary soldier. He moved to this place, now
known as "Wheeler's Corner," South street, early
in the year 1802, bringing with him his efifects on
an ox-wagon built in Lexington, Massachusetts, by
the grandfather of the late Alajor Lewis Downing.
There were additions made to the original purchase
by himself a<id son Benjamin, Jr., so that at the
time of his death iii 1848 there were one hundred
acres in one body, excepting the passage of South
street through it. Besides, they owned some seventy
acres of wood and timber land in the nearby town
of Bow. This old homestead, with two additional
sets of buildings and about thirty acres of adjoining
land, are now owned by his grandson, Giles Wheeler.
The children of Benjamin and Polly (Fitch)
Wheeler were: i. Benjamin Wheeler, Jr., born
November 26, 1795; see forward. 2. Mary Fitch,
born June 6, 1799, Woburn; died January 13, 1852,
Concord, New Hampshire ; baptized October 23,
1842, by Rev. E. E. Cummings ; admitted to First
Baptist Church, Concord.

(VII) Benjamin (2) Wheeler, son of Benjamin
(1) and Polly (Fitch) Wheeler, was born November
26, 1795, in Woburn, Massachusetts ; married, Sep-
tember 18, 1828, Eliza Ordway, born December li,
1808, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He died June
4, 1870. She died September 11, 1881. in Concord,
New Hampshire. He was drafted in the war of ,
1812, but his father could not well spare him from
the farm, and provided a substitute. He served in
the state militia, Sixth Company, Eleventh Regi-
ment, Third Brigade ; appointed ensign October 10,
1826; promoted to first lieutenant, July 21, 1827;
promoted to captain, August 31, 1832; discharged
March 31, 1834. Like all other children of his
day, he had small advantages for schooling. The
school where he attended was just south of and near
the Orphans' Home of St. Paul's School, about two
and a half miles distant from his home. Both were
baptized: his wife October 2, 1842; he died Oc-
tober 16, 1842. Received into the First Baptist
Church, Concord, October 23, 1842, under the minis-
trations of the late Rev. Ebenezer E. Cummings,

D. D. The children of Benjamin (2) Wheeler and
Eliza Ordway were :

(VIII) John Clement Wheeler, born October
II, 1829, died April 21, 1S94, on the old home-
stead at "Wheeler's Corner," Concord, New Hamp-
shire, unmarried. He lived here nearly his entire
life engaged in farming. In early manhood he
was more or less employed as a stone-setter on the
bridge piers on Merrimack river, and was for a
time employed on the United States General Post-



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office,, Washington, D. C. He was named for his
(step) grandfather John Clement, a revolutionary
soldier from Salem, New Hampshire.

(VHI) Giles Wheeler, born August 7, 1S34;
married, January 30, 1858, Sarah W. Abbott, born
October 18, 1835. She died December i, 1902. She
was the daughter of Charles Abbott and his wife
Sarah R. Carter, both being descendants of emi-
grants who settled in Concord in 1727 — Nathaniel
Abbott and Ephraim Carter, prominent in town
affairs in their day and generation. No better
woman ever lived than Sarah W. Abbott Wheeler.

Giles Wheeler lived on the old homestead at
"Wheeler's Corner" until twenty years of age, at-
tending school in winter terms of some ten or twelve
weeks each, in the little red school house eighteen
by twenty feet, generally known as the "Iron Works"
district, but officially in the town district system as
district No. 18; and in addition to that attended two
terms of a private school kept in town, one 'term
kept by Professor Hall Roberts, in the Athenian
Hall, and one term by Rev. George S. Barnes, in
the Natural Historical Hall. On leaving this school,
May 7, 1853, he began learning the carpenter's
trade, serving three years with Colby & Dow. On
completion of this term of service he took the
contract to build the present "Iron Works" school
house for the sum of seven hundred and twenty-
five dollars, and continued work at his trade until
1861, when he went to Plymouth, Massachusetts,
to superintend a manufacturing business, remain-
ing there three years. While there he was drafted
for military service in the civil war, in both Con-
cord, New Hampshire, and Plymouth, Massachu-
setts, under the same call for recruits. Having no
taste for roosting on the fence or sleeping on
plowed ground, he procured a substitute, a Yankee,
William Gilson, a native of Pelham, New Hanip-
shire, who had already been in the army for nine
months, who was ready and willing to rough it
again; took his place, fought, bled and died vicari-
ously for his principal.

Returning to Concord, January 2, 1864, he re-
sumed work at his trade, and in 1865 and 1866
built his present residence, where he ever after
lived. He was engaged in the lumbering business
with Mark T. Ladd two years, and in October,
1873, went into the office of Edward Dow, architect;
continued in the business with him until the summer
of 1885, when he received the appointment of superin-
tendent of construction for the erection of the
Concord post office and United States court house.
After its completion he continued as building agent
and superintendent of the high school house on
School street, the Kimball and Franklin school
houses, Margaret Pillsbury hospital, State Library
building. Soldiers' Memorial Arch, and several
business blocks on Main street, and occasionally
making plans for buildings. He has held commis-
sions as justice of the peace for some thirty years,
and has been a member of the police commission
of Concord from the beginning, and serving as clerk
of the board ; has attended every meeting of the
board to date (1907). He has also served as
administrator and executor in the settlement of
many estates. He has been nominated for every po-
litical office in his ward, also for mayor and state
senator, but 'being a "wicked Democrat," has for-
tunately always escaped an election. He is also the
compiler of these genealogies and historical sketches,
and the last living descendant of Daniel Wheeler,
Sr., bearing the name of Wheeler, and has no
descendants.

(VIII) Isaac Fitch Wheeler, born April 18,



1836; married, December 8, 1867, Harriet E. Ordway.
He died March 24, 1902. His wife died June 8,
1907. His middle name was from his grandmother's
people, the Fitches of Bedford, Massachusetts. His
entire life was that of a quiet, unobtrusive, unevent-
ful, industrious farmer, and was spent on the old
homestead at "Wheeler's Corner." He lived at
peace with all the world, owing no man anything,
and died very suddenly of apoplexy in his own
home. Universally lamented, he left behind him

" Far worthier things than tears —

The love of friends , without a single foe,
God's finger touched him and he slept,

Oh friend, say not good night.
But on some brighter shore bid us good morning."

(VIII) Albert Francis Wheeler, born March
IS, 1839; died October 29, 1844.

(V) Thaddeus, youngest child of James and
Mary Wheeler, was born December 16, 1742, in
Bedford, Massachusetts, and was a pioneer settler
of Hollis, New Hampshire, where he was a farmer.
He was married in that town October 17, 1769,
to Elizabeth Farner, and their children were :
Elizabeth, Thaddeus, Minot, Theodore, Amos,
James and Benjamin.

(VI) Minot, second son and third child of
Thaddeus and Elizabeth (Farner) Wheeler, was
born May 16, 1777, in Hollis, and settled about
the beginning of the nineteenth century in Royalton,
Vermont, where he was for many years an inn
keeper. He was married, April 28, 1800, in Brook-
line, New Hampshire, to Sarah Farley, who_ was
born June 3, 1781, in Brookline, being a twin of
Elizabeth. She was a daughter of Benjamin and
Lucy Farley, and granddaughter of Samuel and
Hannah Farley, pioneer settlers of Hollis. Benja-
min Farley was born March 11, 1756, in Hollis.
Minot and Sarah (Farley) Wheeler were the parents
of ten children.

(VII) Howe, son of I\Iinot and Sarah (Farley)
Wheeler, was born and reared in Royalton, Ver-
mont, at a period when the country was new and
the sorrowful experiences of the Revolutionary
days were still fresh in the minds of the people.
This town was burned and several of its citizens
massacred by Indians during the Revolution, and the
wife of Howe Wheeler belonged to one of the
families that suffered most severely during that
inhuman disaster. She was Amy Parkhurst, of
Royalton, and a woman of strongly defined char-
acter who preserved the New England traditions
in their strongest form. Mr. Wheeler spent his de-
clining years in Worcester, Vermont, where he died
in the winter of 1869-70.

(VIII) Elisha, son of Howe and Amy (Park-
hurst) Wheeler, was born in Calais, Vermont. _ He
was a farmer and at one time resided in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Cheney,
daughter of Joseph Cheney, of Bradford, New
Hampshire, and had a family of nine children,
five of whom are now living, namely : INIary L.,
widow of George G. Fox, of New Boston. Eliza-
beth, wife of E. I. Barker, of Nashua. Susannah,
wife of D. D. Dickey, of Hancock. Nathaniel N.,
who resides in Nashua. William W., also a resi-
nent of that city.

(IX) William Wallace, son of Elisha and Eliza-
beth (Cheney) Wheeler, was born in Cambridge-
port, Massachusetts, August 4, 1846. His pre-
liminary studies were pursued in the public schools,
and he' completed his education at the Francistown
(New Hampshire) Academy. When eighteen years
old he entered the employ of D. A. Gregg, of Wilton,
this state, and subsequently going to Nashua he



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obtained the position of shipping clerk with Messrs.
Spaulding and Stearns, flour and grain merchants.
In 1884 he joined the Nashua police force, and hav-
ing proved himself a man of unusual ability and
worth as' well as a most efficient officer, he was
promoted to the rank of captain during the ad-
ministration of Mayor John Spalding. He was
later made deputy marshal and on January i, 1905,
was advanced to the position of marshal, in which
capacity he is now serving. As the official head of
the police force he has not only realized the ex-
pectations of his personal friends and supporters,
but is regarded by the citizens in general as an able
public officer, possVssing a requisite amount of.
executive ability for any emergency which may
arise, and his efforts in preserving the customary
peace and good order of the city are heartily ap-
proved and appreciated. In politics Marshal
Wheeler acts with the Republicans, but is absolutely
free from partisan prejudice. He is an Odd Fellow,
affiliating with Granite Lodge, No. i, and in his
religious belief is a Baptist, being a member of the
Crown Hill Church. For his first wife he married
Anna E. Lane, daughter of David C. and Sarah
(French) Lane, of Meredith, New Hampshire. His
present wife was before marriage Minnie E. East-
man, daughter of John and Margaret (Quinlin)
Iilastman, of Milford. His children, all by his first
union, are : Lillian, wife of George G. Sadd, of
Nashua. David S., corresponding clerk for the
Boston & Maine Railway Company. Harry A., an
operator in the employ of the Consolidated Wire-
less Telegraph Company at Atlantic City, New^
Jersey.

(II) John, who may have been a son of George
Wheeler, was a native of Concord, Massachusetts,
and passed his life in that town, where he was
prominent in town afifairs and a deacon of the
church. He died September 2."], 1713. He was
married, December 27, 1678, to Sarah Stearns, who
was born January 14, 1662, daughter of Isaac and
Sarah (Beers) Stearns, of Lexington. Their chil-
dren were : Joseph, Ebenezer, Thankful, John,
Sarah, Abigail, Thomas, Jonathan and Nathan.

(III) John (2), third son and fourth child of
John (i) and Sarah (Stearns) Wheeler, was born
February 6, 1684, in Concord, and continued to re-
side in that town as late as 1721 ; probably passed
his entire life there. He was married March 8,
171 1, to Dorothy Hosmer, of Concord. Their chil-
dren, born in Concord, were: John, Dorothy (died
young), Josiah and Dorothy.

(IV) Josiah, second son and third child of
John (2) and Dorothy (Hosmer) Wheeler, was
born .March 29, 1718, in Concord, and lived in
that town. He was married, February i, 1741, to
Mary Lee, who was born November 9, 1724, in
Concord, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Ruth Lee.
She died INIarch ir, 1799, having survived her hus-
band, who died about 1790. Their children were :
Josiah, Nathan, Mary, Anna, Abigail, Hepzibah,
Dorothy and Thomas.

(V) Nathan, second son and child of Josiah
and Mary (Lee) Wheeler, was born January 9,
1745, in Concord, Massachusetts, and was an early
settler of Temple. New Hampshire, where he was
a farmer and died May 7, 1834. He was an active
member of the church, and served as tything man
in 1785. Fie married Lydia Adams, who was born
August 15, 1757, i" New Ipswich, New Flampshire,
daughter of Ephraim and Lydia (Kinsman) Adams.
She died in October, 1800. Their children were :
Nathan, Lydia and Josiah. (Mention of Josiah and
descendants forms a part of this article.)



(VI) Nathan (2), eldest child of Nathan (i)
and Lydia (Adams) Wheeler, was born in Temple,
October 20, 1781, and died October i, 1881. aged
one hundred years, lacking twenty days. He was
a merchant in Lyndeborough and Temple, and a
leading man in both communities. For many years
he was a deacon in the Congregational Church ; in
1815 he was Captain Wheeler; in 1836 Nathan
Wheeler, Nathaniel Kingsbury and men of that class
gave character to the "Temple Lyceum and For-
ensic Society ;" he kept a record of events that was
of much assistance to a historian of the town of
Temple in compiling its history ; and was a public
man whose services were required in town affairs
of Temple for many years. He served as tything
man for years, and was moderator fourteen years,
between 1824 and 1849, inclusive; and was select-
man in 1844. He married Rachel Cummings, who
was born in Temple, in 17S4, and died in Temple,
September i, 1841, aged fifty-seven years. The chil-
dren of this union were : Nathan C, Ephraim A.,
Luther, George T., Lydia, John, a son died in
infancy, and Isaiah, whose sketch follows.

(VII) Isaiah, sixth son and eighth child of
Nathan (2) and Rachel (Cummings) Wheeler, was
born in Temple, February 7, 1824. After acquiring
a practical education in the common schools and
at the Academy of New Ipswich, he took charge of
his father's farm 'which he later inherited, and
taught school winters and engaged in agriculture
the remainder of the year. There he resided until
1885, when he removed to Greenville, where he
now resides. In both Temple and Greenville Mr.
Wheeler has been a man of influence and has taken
a part in public affairs and served in the legislature
as a representative of each town. He is a memiber
of the Congregational Church, and has served as
deacon. He has a long and honorable record as
a citizen, a christian gentleman and a business man.
He married, in Temple, February 17, 1848, Eliza-
beth Fisk Gutterson, who was born in Milford,
April 18, 1823, and died in Greenville, May 21,
1873. She was the daughter of Josiah and Phebe
(Buss) Gutterson, of Milford. Four children were
born of this marriage : Lydia J., died in youth
Lizzie A. Walter M., who is a fruit grower, and
resides at Grand. Junction, Colorado. Charles T.,
who resides in Greenville. He married, October 16,
1894, Lena Kimball, and they have two children :
Doris and Elsie.

(VI) Josiah, third and youngest child of Na-
than and Lydia (Adams) Wheeler, was born in
Temple, May 11, 1786, and died in Lyndeborough,
October 4, 1874. He was a cabinet maker by trade,
and settled in Lyndeborough. Fle was a man who
took an interest in public afifairs, and was town
treasurer. He married (first), December 31, 181 1,
Dolly Shattuck, who was born September i, 1788,
and died August 14, 1845; (second), April 29,
1846, Dorothy (Whiting) Killan, who was born
March 14, 1795, and died December 4, 1870. His
children, all by the first wife, were : Dolly, who
married Henry I. Kimball. Lydia, who married T.
D. Rand. Josiah K., the subject of the next para-
graph.

(VII) Josiah Kimball, son of Josiah and Dolly
(Shattuck) Wheeler, was born in Lyndeborough,
July 15, 1822, and educated in the common schools
of Lyndeborough aad at Francestown Academy. At
the age of twenty-one years he went to Lowell,
Massachusetts, where he followed the trade of pat-
tern maker, principally in the employ of the Hamil-
ton Corporation, cotton goods manufacturers, and
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enough from his earnings to buy a farm, he settled
in Hudson, where he purchased a farm of one hun-
dred and thirty acres on which he now resides.
Although eighty-five years old, Mr. Wheeler is still
able to look after his farm. He is a Republican,
and represented Lyndeborough in the New Hamp-
shire legislature in the early seventies. He married
(first), November, 1849, Abby Anna Marsh, who
died June 12, 1S65 ; and (second) Abbie Ann Wil-
son, December 28, 1865, who was born in New
Ipswich, July 28, 1836, daughter of Mathias S. and
Laura (Morgan) Wilson, of New Ipswich. They
have an adopted daughter, Inez Moffatt, born in
Monson, Alassachusctts, February 2, 1876, who is
a music teacher.

(Second Family.)

Among the numerous settlers of
WHEELER this name who located in Concord,

Massachusetts, in its primitive
period were several bearing" the name of Thomas
and also a large number of Johns. All of them
appeared to be good citizens, so that the descend-
ants of any may feel proud of their progenitors.
Captain Thomas Wheeler, of Concord, rendered
valuable military service to the colony, but appears
to have left no sons who survived the period of
youth. The point in England whence these people
migrated cannot be obtained, and neither can the
identity of the original ancestor be established.

(I) Sergeant Thomas Wheeler, sometimes re-
ferred to as Thomas Wheeler, Senior, probably
passed his adult life in Concord, Massachusetts.
His wife's name was Sarah and their children, born
between 1649 and 1673, were : Sarah, Joseph, Mary
(died young), Thomas, Ann, ElizalDeth, Timothy,
Mary, Rebecca and Ruth.

(II) John, second son and third child of Thomas
and Sarah Wheeler, was born February 18, 1655,
in Concord, and there resided and died September
27, 1713- He was married, December 27, 1678, to
Sarah Stearns, who was born January 14, 1662,
daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Beers) Stearns, of
Lexington. Their children were : Joseph, Eben-
ezer. Thankful, John, Sarah, Abigail, Thomas, Jona-
than and Nathan.

(III) Jonathan, fifth son and eighth child of
John and Sarah (Stearns) Wheeler, was born April
19, 1696, in Concord, and lived there until after his
children were born. About 1745 he removed to
Sutton, Massachusetts, where "After long weakness
he died July lo, 1779, aged about 84." His wife's
name was Sarah and their children were residents
of Sutton, namely: Rebecca, Sarah, Nathaniel, Han-
nah, Olive, Jane, Milicent, Jonathan and Abel.

(IV) Nathaniel, eldest ^on and third child of
Jonathan and Sarah Wheeler, was born February
5, 1724, in Concord, and removed in youth to Sutton.
He lived in that town ten or more years after his
marriage, and probably died there in 1756. He
was married in Sutton, December 29, 1748, to Han-
nah Marsh, who was born October 9, 1729, in
•Sutton, daughter of John and Abigail Marsh, of
Bellingham, Massachusetts. Their children were :
Sarah, John, Nathaniel and Seth. The widow of
Nathaniel (i) Wheeler married, June 26, 1759)
Simeon Chamberlain, of Sutton, by whom she had
three children : Simeon, John and Abigail. She died
January 8, 1791.

(V) Nathaniel (2), second son and third child
of Nathaniel (i) and Hannah (Marsh) Wheeler,
was born April 10, 1754, in Sutton, Massachusetts,
and was twenty-two years of age when with his
younger brother he left the family home in Sutton



and made his way into the wilderness regions of
Sullivan countj-. Thy settled in Croydon a little
more than ten years after the town was chartered
and less than ten years after the first settlement
under the charter had been made. By reason of
his long connection with the church in Croydon
Nathaniel was known as Deacon Wheeler. He
married, in 1774, Mehitabel Haven, daughter of
James Haven, Jr., of Framingham, Massachusetts.



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