One of my first brick walls was that of my 2nd great-grandfather, Willard Wheeler.
Willard Wheeler was born 18 August 1820 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire. Willard had a twin brother, William. Willard and William were the sons of Barnard Wheeler (b. 06 Dec 1788; d. abt. Jul 1836) and Susanna Pierce (b. 25 Mar 1787; d. unknown). Willard lived with his parents on 12 siblings in Swanzey, New Hampshire.
About January 1849, Willard married Emily Maria Stanford (b. 11 Aug 1829; d. aft 11 Jan 1883). Shortly after their marriage, Emily and Willard relocated to nearby Winchester, New Hampshire. Emily and Willard had six children, all of them born in Winchester, New Hampshire.
Willard was a farmer and passed away shortly after the birth of their sixth child due to an accident from an explosion. Willard is buried at South Winchester cemetery in an unmarked grave.
Howard Robinson Wheeler was born 05 Jun 1894 in Derby, Connecticut. Howard was the son of John Edward Wheeler and Carra Inez Tuttle. While born in Derby, Connecticut, Howard was raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Howard lived in Holyoke until his 23rd birthday when he joined the Army.
Recruited from Holyoke, Massachusetts, Howard served in the Army from 22 Jun 1917 to 13 Mar 1919. During his time in the Army in the Medical Detachment, 70th Acty, C.A.C., Howard attained the rank of sergeant. Upon completion of his two year commitment to the Army, Howard returned to Holyoke.
Howard was only in Holyoke for a short time when he proceeded to Canada in search of work. While working in Canada, Howard met his wife to be, Honore MIllicent Mackenzie. Honore and Howard were married on 13 Mar 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Four months later their first child, William Stamford Wheeler, was born. Their second child, Diane, was born in 1925.
In 1929, the Wheelers left Canada so that Howard could get better employment. Howard obtained a job as a clerk where he stayed employed until his retirement.
Howard passed away on 03 Mar 1978. On 07 Mar 1978, Howard was buried at Ft. Snelling Cemetery located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As I have stated previously, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by photos of my ancestors. One such ancestor that I was introduced to at a relatively young age due to photos in our home was my great grandmother, Carra Inez (nee Tuttle) Wheeler.
Carra Inez Tuttle was born 27 Jul 1856 in Cavendish, Vermont to Augustus Tuttle and Elsie Robinson. While Carra was born in Cavendish, Vermont we find that Carra and her family were in Holyoke, Massachusetts by 1863 where Carra’s father owned a store.
On 20 Jun 1878, Carra married John Edward Wheeler (b. 22 Nov 1849) in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Carra and John had five children (Harry, Stanley, Waldo, Hazel and Howard). While Carra and her family moved around in Connecticut from Holyoke to Naugatuck and then to Derby, Carra and John eventually returned to Holyoke.
Carra passed away on 25 Jan 1924 during a tragic accident when she was struck by a vehicle while she was crossing the street. Carra is buried with her husband in Foredale Cemetery in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
While we are talking about the Beaseckers, lets talk about one of the more interesting men in my family tree based upon what I have found out about him. Sylvester B. Beasecker was born 06 Feb 1859 in Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana. Sylvester is the son of Samuel Beasecker and Martha Ann Bowman. Over the course of his life, Sylvester had four (4) wives, owned several businesses and lived in several different states to include Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Georgia.
I am a descendent of Sylvester through his second wife, Katharine Kinney (b. 11 Oct 1869; d. 23 Dec 1912). Sylvester and Katharine were married about 1896, probably in Pennsylvania. Katharine (“Kitty”) and Sylvester had four (4) children: Frances, George, Mae and Elizabeth. Kittie died at a young age following complications from gallbladder operation. Prior to his marriage to Katharine, Sylvester was married to Winona Glenn (b. abt 1850, d. bef. 1939). Sylvester and Winona also had four (4) children to include Vernon, Clarence, Oneta and Raymond.
Sylvester passed away on 01 May 1933 in Minnesota while he was visiting his daughter, Mae Beasecker Waters.