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Nelson H. Wheeler Biography

Excerpts from "A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut," published 1922. Please note: To my knowledge
  this is NOT one of my family members.

  "Arthur Gallup Wheeler, is a son of Nelson H. Wheeler, a 'Forty-Niner,' and long a New London county farmer, son of
  Samuel Wheeler, son of Joseph Wheeler, son of Richard (2) Wheeler, son of Richard (1) Wheeler, son of Isaac
  Wheeler, son of Thomas Wheeler, who came from Lynn Massachusetts, to Stonington, Connecticut, in 1667., and was
  made a freemen in 1669, represented Stonington in the General Court in 1673, and in 1674 was one of the nine
  members forming the organization of the Road Church in Stonington. His wife Mary was one of the first partakers of the
  communion service in that Church. From Thomas and Mary Wheeler, through their only son, Isaac, spring the large
  and honorable New London Wheeler family.

  "Nelson H. Wheeler was born at the homestead in Stonington, March 28, 1827, and there the first eighteen years of his
  life were passed. He attended district school, and was his father's farm assistant until 1845, when he started out for
  himself, working as farmer, carpenter and peddler, for three years, until he caught a bad case of 'gold fever.' He took
  the only way to effect a sure cure, and on January 26, 1849, sailed in the ship 'Trescott' for California, rounding the
  'Horn' and arriving at the Golden Gate in six months and thirteen days. He worked for one year at mining, athen
  engaged in farming and teaming near Sacramento, finally coming home via the Isthmus, in 1853, having been gone
  more than four years. He farmed the homestead until 1901, when he moved to Mystic, town of Groton, New London
  county, Connecticut, where he died January 18, 1904.

  "Nelson H. Wheeler married, April 3, 1853, Melinda Gallup, born in the town of Ledyard, New London county,
  Connecticut, November 2, 1831, and died August 1911, daughter of Luke and Melinda (Williams) Gallup."

  "Nelson H. and Melinda (Gallup) Wheeler were the parents of eight children: 1. Samuel N., born May 20, 1854, a
  graduate of Boston University , and a school teacher until his death in 1896. 2. Lilla M., born January 4, 1857, died
  March 30, 1885. 3. Arthur Gallup, of further mention. 4. Mary S., born April 20, 1860, died January 22, 1895; married
  Rev. O.G.Buddington. 5. Herman E., born April 20, 1862, died april 6, 1885. 6. Agnes M., born May 2, 1864, married
  Frank L. Lathrop, of Norwich, Connecticut. 7. Fernando, born June 16, 1866 (q.v.). 8. George A., born May 15, 1874,
  now the owner of the homestead upon which he was born; he married Lucille Billings Thompson."



This file was contributed for use by the New London County CTGenWeb Project  by:
Patricia Sabin

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