The History of Otsego County, New York
D. Hamilton Hurd
Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia
WHEELER, Edson - Morris
Edson WHEELER was born in Butternuts, - now Morris, -
July 5, 1822. He has always lived on the farm where he was born.
July 12, 1849, he was married to Sophrona E. NEWTON, who
was born in Butternuts, Nov. 8, 1827. Her parents were Daniel
Newton and Polly BISHOP, who were born and always lived in
Nicholas H., the father of Edson Wheeler, was born in
Connecticut, Sept. 15, 1783, emigrated to this town in 1808, and
was married to Martha P. BURNS, of Hartwick, on Dec. 30, 1813.
The mother of Martha P. was taken prisoner by the Indians at
Cherry Valley. The grandmother, being unable to travel, was
killed before her daughter's eyes.
Nicholas H. Wheeler, soon after his marriage, seeing the
necessity of defending his country's right, enlisted as first sergeant
in the war of 1812-14, served to its close, and was honorably
discharged; after which he lived on the farm now occupied by
E. Wheeler until Aug. 16, 1848, when he died, in the sixty-fifth
year of his age.
Stephen Wheeler, the father of Nicholas H., and grandfather of
Edson, came, with his family, from Danbury, Conn., to this town
about 1808. He served his country all through the Revolutionary
war, and in 1815 died, aged fifty-nine. His wife was Jerusha
HAWLEY, daughter of one Captain Hawley, of Connecticut.
Thus, Edson Wheeler, being descended from a line of his
country's defenders, feels firm in the faith that union is strength,
and that our rights should be preserved, our union strengthened, our
rulers given due reverence, and our laws enforced, education
encouraged, and our country's best good looked after in every respect.
In 1862 be became connected with the Baptist church in South
New Berlin. The church esteeming him worthy, appointed him one
of its deacons in 1864, which position he has since held, earnestly
desirous of the prosperity of all things pertaining to the interest of
the Kingdom of our Lord and his Christ.
In the family of Edson Wheeler there have been four children.
The oldest, Nicholas H., at the time of this writing, is twenty-eight
years of age, is an architect and builder, and settled at Moberly, Mo.
He was married, in the fall of 1877, to Miss Leona WARD.
The second, Linn E., is twenty-one years old, and a student in
Madison university, with the ministry in view. The third, an only
daughter, was born Jan. 8, 1858. She was married Oct. 5, 1876,
to Rev. I. J. BAILEY, then of Mount Upton, Chenango county,
who died Aug. 22, 1877. A rare and noble Christian woman, loved
by all who knew her, and adorned with all the radiant virtues of
true womanly and Christian character.
The fourth and last child, John F., is ten years of age, and the
only one at home.
Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 217
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