great-great-great Grandparents: ANCESTORS
John Wheeler 1771 - 1832
| his parents
& 1796 Maria Elizabeth Jordan 1776 - 1810 | her
& 1811 Sallie Ford Wood 1788 - 1814 | her parents
& 1816 Sallie I Clifton 1795 - 1833 | her
of Murfreesboro, Hertford County, North Carolina
Home of John Wheeler in Murfreesboro, NC
as restored by
the Murfreesboro Historical Society
Nov 29, 2000 Sally Koestler and sister Julia Lawrence at the house
their great-great grandmother grew up in Murfreesboro, NC. photos by
Spring 2001 Cathy Spruill with Julia Lawrence &
friends from Falkland
visited the restored kitchen of the Wheeler house.
This is my
working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!
1771, John Wheeler, son of Dr John Wheeler, surgeon, and his wife Elizabeth Longworth, was born
near Elizabethtown (or Newark) in Essex county, NJ.
His family, who were Loyalists, were forced to move to Long Island
1777 and later in 1786 moved to St.
John, New Brunswick, Canada.
In 1789 at age 18 John was working with his cousin David Longworth, merchant and printseller in New
Zedekiah Stone [1710 Mass - 1796 NC], merchant of Bertie County, NC persuaded
John Wheeler to come south to assist him
after his son David went into politics.
On 1 January 1796 John Wheeler married 1st Maria Elizabeth Jordan of Bertie county
NC (7 Nov
1776 - 14 Oct
1810) daughter of William Jordan and his wife Mary Hill.
After Mr. Stone died in 1796, John Wheeler moved his
base of operation to Murfreesboro, NC.
Windsor, Nov. 1st 1796 -This notice appeared in a newspaper of
the time - Walter Hubbell and Co. Inform the public that they have
taken into partnership John Wheeler at Murfreesborough, where they propose
carrying on their business under the firm of Hubbell, Wheeler and Co.
14 Oct 1810 - his wife Maria Elizabeth Jordan Wheeler died.
11 April, 1811 John Wheeler and Sarah
(Sallie) Ford Wood were married.
Sarah (Sallie) Ford Wood, daughter of James Wood and his wife Christian Freeman, was born
4 Oct 1788 in Bertie county, NC.
John and Sallie Wheeler made their home in Murfreesboro, Hertford county, NC where John Wheeler was a
merchant--had a general store.
Sallie Wood Wheeler died 19 Oct 1814.
On 9 Sept 1816 he married 3rd Sarah I. Clifton of Northampton county, NC (9 Dec 1795-13
July 1833.) [This Sarah was a first cousin to Sallie Wood.]
He was post-master of Murfreesboro, NC at the time of his death.
His son says he was a
consistent member of the Baptist Church (Meherrin first known as Parker's) for more than
John Wheeler died 7 Aug 1832 in Murfreesboro, NC.
His widow, Sarah Clifton Wheeler died 15th of July 1833.
Children of John Wheeler and Maria Elizabeth Jordan:
1. Elizabeth Maria Wheeler
4 Jan 1797 - 16 June 1813
age 16 yrs
married 1811 Jonas Clifton who died 5 April 1814
2. Mary Wheeler 1 Jun 1798 - 2 Nov 1799 dy
3. Caroline Wheeler 19 May 1800 - 10 July 1800 dy
4. William Wheeler 27 July 1801 - 2 Oct 1801 dy
5. Martha Wheeler 12 Dec 1804 - 17 Dec 1805 dy
6. John Hill Wheeler 2 Aug 1806 -
07 Dec 1882
married 19 April 1830 Mary Elizabeth Brown 1 Sept
1810 - 4 Oct 1836
married 8 Nov 1838 Ellen Oldmixon Sully 22 Jan
1816 - 6 Aug 1896
daughter of Thomas Sully, the painter, of Philidelphia PA
7. Margaret Wheeler 6 May 1809 - 13 July 1810 dy
8. Samuel Jordan Wheeler 5 Oct 1810 - 8 Sept 1879
married 14 Apr 1836 Lucinda Pugh Bond 20 Nov
1814 - 9 Dec 1879
Children of John Wheeler and Sallie Ford Wood:
1. James Wood Wheeler 1 Sept 1812 - 16 Mar 1813 dy
2. *Julia Munro Wheeler 28 Apr 1814 - 17 May 1887
married 1832 Godwin Cotten Moore
Children of John Wheeler and Sarah I
1. Susan Waring Wheeler 29 Sept 1817 - 25 Sept 1818
2. Sarah Clifton Wheeler 21 May 1819 - 13 July 1861
married 1837 James Hunter Southall 1806
3. Martha Wheeler 29 June 1820 - 26 Jan 1821 dy
4. Henrietta Wheeler 25 Nov 1821 - 11 July 1852
married 29 Sep 1846 John Benjamin Baldwin 24
Aug 1822 - 15 July 1894
5. Charles Wheeler 26 Aug 1823 - 11 Oct 1834 dy
6. Claiborne Clifton Wheeler 7 Aug 1825 - 22 Oct 1834 dy
7. Amy Miles Wheeler 4 Nov 1827 - dec.
married 12 Oct 1853 John Benjamin Baldwin 24
Aug 1822 - 15 July 1894
8. Junius Brutus Wheeler
21 Feb 1830 - 15 Jul 1886 NC
married 18 Sep 1855 Emily Truxton Beale
7 Sep 1832 - 6 Nov 1880
9. Anna Slaughter Wheeler 11 May 1832 - 7 Sept 1834 dy
Edenton Paper: Walter Hubbell and Co.
Inform the public that they have taken into partnership John Wheeler at Murfreesborough,
where they propose carrying on their business under the firm of Hubbell,
Co... Windsor, Nov 1st, 1796.
From the papers of that day the following is copied:--
"Died, on Tuesday, the 7th of August, 1832, at his residence in the town of
Murfreesboro', John Wheeler Esq., Postmaster of said place, in the 62d year of his age.
"He was one of the earliest inhabitants of the village in which he died. He had seen
it grow up, from one or two scattering houses to the appearance which it now presents. In
all his dealings with mankind he was distinguished for his integrity of character and
honesty of purpose. As a citizen he was faithful to every trust committed to his care; as
a Christian he was a humble and devout member of the Baptist church for above thirty
years; as a father he was kind and indulgent to his numerous family; and as a husband he
was always affectionate. In all his relations to society he sustained an unblemished
reputation; he lived respected by all who knew him and died deeply mourned by a large
circle of friends and acquaintances. During his long, severe, and fatal illness, he
manifested the utmost patience and submission to the decrees of an all-wise Providence. He
retained his faculties to the last moment. When the hand of death pressed upon him, he was
conscious of the touch and did not shrink from it. He embraced his affectionate relations
who were mourning around him and composedly bid them 'farewell.' He said 'he felt that he
was dying; that it was not so hard to die as he had thought; he was not afraid to die,
that he knew he was going to an eternal rest.' . . ..recorded in John Hill Wheeler's,
Historical Sketches of North Carolina.
Will of John Wheeler Hertford Co NC 1832
In the name of God amen I John Wheeler Merchant of the town of Murfreesboro State of North
Carolina being of sound mind & memory (blessed be God for the same) do make &
ordain this to be my Last Will & Testament.
Item 1st I give unto my wife Sarah Wheeler all the Negroes & their increase I received
by my marriage with her except my Man Will viz Dinah, Jinny . ..L Henry . .. Grace &
Laura. I also give her Henry the husband of Jinny & Molly Known by the name of Molly
Morgan & one thousand dollars in cash to purchase her furniture & such . .. as she
may need she may . ... ..from my estate . .. ..may need which must be fairly valued or
appraised by persons to be chosen by her & my executors and she then may take the
articles at three-fourths the valuation asessed which amount is to be deducted from her
legacy of one Thousand dollars if she prefers the articles I also give her the sum of Five
hundred dollars for her years provision which I intend to be instead of the years
provisions which she might be by law be entitled in case I made no provision for her by
Will. I also loan her the house in which she now lives for & during the term of her
natural life also the lot or lot attached commencing at a point opposite the brick House
now belonging I Believe to John A Anderson formerly to Jas Morgan thence down in a north
course following the line between Lewis M Cowper & myself until it reaches the river
at a point opposite the same place thence down the margin of the river until meet the
gully or revine which separates the present lane from the field or land which I now rent
to Patrick Brown Esqr then up the said gully or revine untill you come to my land gate on
the main street of the town from thence Westwardly untill you meet the first point stated
from. Together with the stables, corn crib &c which may be on the lot or Tract of Land
This I give her in lieu of the dower by which by law she is entitled.
Item 2nd I give and bequeath unto my son John H Wheeler the Land for which I give him a
deed for at the period when he arrived at the age of twenty-one situated near Murfreesboro
on the Princeton Road bounded by the land of Jas Banks Isaac Pipkin & others
containing about 250 acres more or less which profits he has had & still retains the
possession also the fee simple in the House & Lot now occupied by Mrs Gordon as a
Tavern in the town of Murfreesboro also the sum of three hundred dollars to him be paid
for such legal services as he may render in managing my Estate to him & his heirs
Item 3rd I do hereby confirm unto my Son Samuel Jordan Wheeler now a medical student in
Philadelphia the deed of Gift made unto him by me giving unto him the sum of Five Thousand
dollars deducting what amount he has already received as will appear by examination of my
book to which I refer my Executor. to him and his heirs forever.
Item 4th I give unto my daughter Sarah Clifton Wheeler the Piano Forte which I now own
deducting the sum of Two Hundred& fifty dollars for the same from the portion which
may come to her from by Estate to her & her heirs forever.
Item 5th The rest of my Estate both real & personal I leave to be divided equally
between my Daughter Julia Monroe Moore & my children by my present wife Sarah share
& share alike to them & their Heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my Grand Daughter Eliza Clifton the sum of one dollar to her & her
Heirs forever. It is however my intention that the portion which she may receive from her
father's estate (that left by Jonas Clifton dec) shall be equal to the portion which any
one of my children by my present wife is to receive from my Estate . . . . . . . Item 7th
It is my will that my Executors execute a deed for the house & lot wherein Ephraim
Wheeler died to Henry Waring of New York which house is situated in the town of
Murfreesboro near James Wills & Lot on Williams street I believe so called. . . . . .
. . . . . .
Item 8th It is my will that my executors execute a deed unto James Banks--for the house
& lot known as the academy . . . . ..
Item 9th It is my will that my Executors manage my Extate of every kind in such manner as
may promote the interest of my Heirs. . . ...
Item 10th I do hereby appoint my friend Jas Worrell of Maney Neck Dr Godwin C Moore and
John H Wheeler as executors of this my last will & Testament . . . . .In witness
whereof I the said John Wheeler have to this my Last Will & Testament .. hand and seal
this the thirteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred & thirty two.
Witness: John W Southall
Will of Sarah Wheeler 1833
In the name of God Amen I Sarah Wheeler of the Town of Murfreesboro County of Hertford
State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory (blessed be God for the same) do
make and ordain this my last Will & Testament.
First I give unto my beloved Daughter Anna Slaughter Wheeler the sum of Two Hundred
dollars in Cash to be paid out of my Estate. Secondly I give to my beloved son Junius
Wheeler Two Hundred dollars in Cash to be in Like Manner.
I also give the above named children one Bureau Bed & Furniture each. I also lend the
Two above named children negro woman Molly called Molly Morgan until the 1st of June
1841, I also wish she the said Molly shall be kept in the family as long as she shall
live. I wish for my man Harry & his wife Jinny to remain together and not to be
Thirdly I Give unto my beloved daughter Sarah C Wheeler one carved Mahogany bed stead with
bed and bedding and her choice of a set of Bed Curtains also my new Black Cloak.
Fourthly I Give unto Mrs. Julia M Moore wife of Doct. G C Moore a curled Maple Bedstead
with Bed & Bedding and a sett of Bed Curtains.
Fifthly I give unto my beloved Brother William Cheatham now in the state of Alabama Thirty
Dollars Cash to be paid out of my Estate.
Sixthly I hereby appoint Doct. G C Moore the Executor of this my last will and Testament--
signed and sealed in the presence of witnesses this the 11th day of July 1833. Sarah
Witnesses: Geo M Mullen, Sam. W Muller, Sam. J Wheeler
State of North Carolina Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions --Hertford County August
Term 1833 This last will & Testament of Sarah Wheeler dec. was exhibited in open Court
of probate & the same Proved by the oath of Samuel J Wheeler one of the subscribing
witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded. At the same time Godwin C Moore, the
executor therein appointed was duly qualified as such & prayed & obtained an order
for letters Testamentary thereon
Test L M Cowper ck.
4th Monday May 1833 Guardians - Sarah, Henrietta, Charles, Claiborne, Amy Miles
Wheeler, Junius & Anna Wheeler orphans of John Wheeler, dec'd. Guardian: Samuel J.
Wheeler Bondsmen: James Worrell, Godwin C. Moore, Silas Parker, John W. Southall
Fan Window over Front
Grandchildren of John Wheeler, merchant:
09 May 2014