Dr. John Wheeler & Elizabeth Longworth

John/Ephraim/Joseph/Joseph/ Thomas
Sally’s great-great-great-great-Grandparents:

Dr. John Wheeler 1747 – 1814 | her parents
of Essex Co, New Jersey,
1777 New York City,
1786 St. John, New Brunswick,
& 1807 Northampton Co, North Carolina


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


John Wheeler and Elizabeth Longworth were married 20 October 1768 in Newark, New Jersey.
John Wheeler, son of Ephraim Wheeler and his wife Mary Foster, was born 12 April 1747 O.S near Newark, NJ.
In 1776 he was [Surgeon] of a volunteer company in the Revolutionary War and was present at the battle of Quebec.

He received in 1786 a “Memorial” in New Brunswick, Canada for losses (farm, small vessel, horse, cow, etc.) sustained by his family because of their loyalty to the crown.
They raised their family in St John, New Brunswick.
But in 1807 he removed to Murfreesboro, NC where most of his children had settled and bought a “plantation” which he called “Wheelersville” about four miles out “lying in the land of Kirby Creek below Watson’s Mill. .
. . This old home is now over a mile from any public road. But in olden times it was on the colonial road leading through Northampton and across the Ramsay Farm to the old town of Princeton on the Meherrin River.”
clipping from the Roanoke-Chowan Times, Rich Square, December 3, 1906

wheelerp
SACRED to the memory of
John Wheeler who was born
in Essex County, State of New Jersey,
April 12th, 1747 O. S.
and died on this plantation October 4, 1814,
aged 67 years and 6 months.
There remaineth rest for the people of God.
(photo by F. Roy Johnson 1 April 1962)

Elizabeth Longworth, daughter of Thomas Longworth and Elizabeth Rogers, was born 1748 at Newark, New Jersey.
She died 14 May 1827 at her daughter Martha’s Home and is buried in the Worrell cemetery in Maney’s Neck section of Hertford county, NC.

NC Chronicle – May 19, 1827
Died- Departed this life at the residence of Mr. James Worrell at Maney’s Neck on Monday morning the 14th inst, Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler in the 79th year of her age.

Children of Dr John Wheeler and Elizabeth Longworth:
1. Mary Wheeler 16 Aug 1769 Newark NJ – 20 Apr 1842 St John, New Brunswick
married 12 Nov 1788 David Daniel Merritt 28 Nov 1764 – June 1828
2.* John Wheeler 23 June 1771 – 7 Aug 1832 Murfreesboro NC
married Jan 1796 1st Bertie Co NC Maria Elizabeth Jordan 1776 – 1810
married Apr 1811 2nd Murfreesboro NC Sarah Ford Wood 1788 – 1814
married Sept 1816 3rd Murfreesboro NC Sarah I Clifton 1795 – 1833
3. Jabez Wheeler 15 Aug 1773 – 18 Sept 1812 Winton NC
Hornet’s Nest – Thursday, Nov. 26, 1812 A.D. John Wheeler, admr estate of Jabez Wheeler, dec’d. Sale, 10 Dec 1812 Winton.
married Apr 1806 Mary Bell
4. Samuel Wheeler 24 June 1775 Essex Co NJ – 3 Apr 1835 Alexandria VA
married Dec 1803 1st Sarah Parsons 1776 – 1816
dau of James and Elizabeth Parsons
married July 1817 2nd Jane Summers ca 1795 – 1843
dau of Hervey Summers and Isabella Shaw
5. Joseph Wheeler 6 Aug 1777 – 29 June 1783 LI, NY dy
6. Elizabeth Wheeler 14 April 1780 Newark, Essex Co NJ – 3 Apr 1836 Murfreesboro NC
married NYC 12 Mar 1800 James Mullen 1774 – 1811
born in Londonberry, Ireland and died at Havana, Cuba
7. Julia Ann Wheeler 13 Sept 1782 LI, NY – 4 Oct 1822 Alexandria VA
married Mar 1799 Robert Munro ca 1770 – 1852
8. Ephraim Wheeler 22 Jan 1785 New Brunswick – 9 Jan 1825 age 40 Murfreesboro NC
married Oct 1820 Mary Kimberly Waring 1797 – 9 Oct 1822 age 24
daughter of Henry Waring and Susan Peck
9. Martha Wheeler 7 Feb 1788 New Brunswick – 19 Nov 1856 Murfreesboro NC
married May 1806 1st New Brunswick Richard Johnston
married 1817 2nd Alexandria VA William P Morgan
married 1824 3rd Murfreesboro NC James Worrell



Mary Wheeler 1769 – 1842 | her parents
& 1788 David Daniel Merritt 1764 – 1828 | his parents
of St John, New Brunswick, Canada


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Mary Wheeler 16 Aug 1769 Newark NJ – 20 Apr 1842 St John, New Brunswick
married 12 Nov 1788 David Merritt 28 Nov 1764 St. John, N. B. – June 1828
son of Thomas Merritt and wife Amy.

merritthouse
Home of Mary and David Merritt

that’s me Sally in front of the house with my walker. We walked all the way from the ship – up hill the whole way, but didn’t have time to go inside.
merritth2 photos by Robert Charles Koestler Oct 2015

http://www.loyalisthouse.com/#_=_

http://www.loyalisthouse.com/Tour/Page1/index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyalist_House

Mary Wheeler and David Daniel Merritt of St John, New Brunswick.
1. Amy Merritt 23 Nov 1789 – 25 Dec 1871
married Samuel Miles – no issue
2. Thomas Merritt 27 Apr 1792 – 9 Oct 1869
married Catherine Norris
a. Robert Norris Merritt
b. Mary Julia Merritt
married John Magee
c. Thomas Gray Merritt
married Emma Worth Milliner
d. Lydia Merritt
married Milliner
e. Susan Merritt
married Hare
f. David Prescott Merritt
g. Albert Merritt
h. Anna Clara Merritt
married Nesbett
3. Elizabeth Merritt ca 1796 – 31 Jan 1827
She is buried in the Loyalist Cemetery there. Her gravestone inscription states “Burns, Eliza wife of James and {2nd} daug of David & Mary Merritt, in her 29th year, died 31 Jan 1827” at New Brunswick
married James Burns
a. James Howard Burns 1824 – Oct 1834 age 10
b. John Burns 25 Aug 1825 – 20 March 1871
c. Eliza Merritt Burns Jan 1827 – 1830
4. Mary Merritt 1 Sept 1800 – 17 May 1894
married John Jump Roberts
a. Thomas Merritt Roberts 20 April 1825 – 9 March 1892
married Annie Toten
b. Mary Ann Roberts 17 Feb 1827 –
c. Emma Hare Roberts 2 Dec 1828 –
d. John Jump Roberts 2 Jan 1831 –
e. Julia Wheeler Roberts 4 Jan 1833 –
married John B Coygley
f. Ephraim Roberts 8 Feb 1835 – 1 July 1851
g. Jane Elizabeth Roberts 19 Aug 1837 –
h. Caroline Matilda Roberts 21 Sept 1839 – 27 Dec 1851
i. Robert Somers Roberts 12 April 1842 –
married Mary Ann Murphy
5. David Jabez Merritt 1 Nov 1805 – 23 Oct 1884
married 1st 1828 Fannie Cornwell Smith
a. David Merritt 14 Sept 1829 –
b. Julia Harrison Merritt 10 Nov 1832 –
c. Edward Miles Merritt 19 Nov 1834 – 1896
married Annie Clerke
married 2nd 1841 Anna Magee
a. Thomas Henry Merritt 31 Aug 1842 –
married Mary Istelle Hosford
b. William Hamilton Merritt 4 March 1844 –
c. Frederick Jabez Merritt 9 Jan 1846 –
d. Eliza Merritt 21 Sept 1849 –
married James Frederick Lawton
e. Charles Richard Merritt 23 Nov 1851 –
f. Anna Maude Merritt 7 Feb 1853 –
g. Fannie Merritt 23 Feb 1859 –
h. Louise Merritt 31 March 1861 –
6. Julia Merritt 23 Feb 1807 – 16 Feb 1881
married Rev. William Harrison
a. Eliza Harrison
married Richard Hawes
b. John Swainson Harrison 1833 – 15 July 1872
c. Julia Harrison
married Jeremiah Harrison
d. William Gray Harrison
married Agnes Magee
e. Mary Harrison
f. Ward Chipman Harrison
g. Albert Harrison
h. Manton Harrison
7. Caroline Matilda Merritt
married Rev. Enoch Wood
a. Robert A Wood
b. others

??David Daniel Merritt & Mary Wheeler were married 11/2/1823 in the Presbyterian Church at St John, NB [found in the NB Provincial Archives on-line]
I suspect the above refers to the marriage of one of their daughters
either Elizabeth who married James Burns [first child 1824]
or Mary who married John Jump Roberts [first child 20 April 1825]



Jabez Wheeler 1773 – 1812 | his parents
& 1806 Mary Bell | her parents
of Winton NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Jabez Wheeler & Mary Bell of Winton, NC had:
1. Emma Merritt Wheeler 30 April 1807 –
married Jacob Hare
2. Mary Wheeler 4 April 1809 New Brunswick – 1840 Nashville, TN
married Rev. Nathaniel Oliver Blake [publisher and preacher]
12 July 1804 SH Co VA – 7 Feb 1880 Jackson, TN
Hornet’s Nest – 1827 N.O. Blake has mail at the Boro.
a. Mary Bennett Blake 20 Jan 1827 Raleigh, NC – 26 May 1883

married Gallatin, TN 1853 Willard C Blue
b. Eliza Ann Blake 24 Oct 1828 [9] –
married Nashville TN 6 Jan 1848 John H Kirk 1 Aug 1826
c. Julia Riddick Blake 1835 Raleigh –
married 1852 W W Myler b. Alleghany PA
married 2nd 1862 James M Woollard
d. Emma Lou Blake 8 Sept 1837 Raleigh – 4 Aug 1864
married 20 Dec 1860 Greenville Henderson Ramsey
e. Virginia Blake ca 1839 –
f. Martha E Blake ca 1841 –
g. Andrewetta Blake ca 1843 –
3. Jabez Wheeler 16 June 1813 –



Samuel Wheeler 1775 – 1835 | his parents
& 1803 Sarah Parsons 1776 – 1816 | her parents
& 1817 Jane Summers ca 1795 – 1843 | her parents
of Alexandria VA


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Samuel Wheeler, son of John Wheeler and Elizabeth Longworth, his wife was born near Newark in Essex Co NJ, 24 June 1775 and died at Alexandria VA 3 April 1835.
Samuel Wheeler married first at Alexandria VA 19 Dec 1803 Sarah Parsons, who was born at Alexandria VA 2 Jan 1776 and died in Alexandria VA 20 June 1816. She was the daughter of James Parsons and his wife Elizabeth.
Samuel married second 24 July 1817 at Alexandria VA Jane Summers, who was born about 1795 and died at Alexandria VA 9 Sept 1843, the daughter of Hervey Summers and wife Isabella Shaw.
[from History of the Wheeler Family in America p 245.]

Samuel Wheeler & Sarah Parsons of Alexandria, VA had:
1. Elizabeth Wheeler 26 Sept 1804 – 28 Sept 1804
2. John Parsons Wheeler 2 Jan 1808 VA – 4 May 1881 at Baltimore Md
“for many years he held a responsible postion in the Treasury Dept at Washington DC”

married MD 17 Oct 1843 Anna Mary Vinson 1823 – 11 Aug 1852
daughter of Col. Thomas Foggwarmon Vinson and wife Mary Hickman
a. Mary Thomas Wheeler 7 Jan 1845 DC – 22 June 1892 Baltimore MD
married DC 9 Jan 1866 Henry Skipwith Gordon 25 Oct 1844 – 17 May 1888 MD
son of Basil Fitzhugh Gordon and his wife Eliza Boiling Skipworth
i. Basil Fitzhugh Gordon 5 Oct 1866 – 27 Feb 1888
ii. Henry Skipworth Gordon 26 Aug 1868 –
married Margaret Wallace Stewart
1. Henry Skipworth Gordon 5 Jan 1901 –
b. Ella Wheeler 15 Oct 1847 –
c. Sarah Constance Wheeler 5 Oct 1849 – 20 Jan 1853
d. John Harold Wheeler 17 Jan 1852 –
3. James Parsons Wheeler 20 Jan 1812 – 9 Dec 1882 in Hardeman Co TN
married Hardeman Co TN 30 July 1849 Sarah Ray Casey 10 June 1815 TN – 26 Sept 1875 TN
daughter of Hiram Casey and wife Catherine Depriest
a. James Samuel Wheeler 25 Dec 1850 –
married TN 12 Jan 1871 Sarah Louisa Daily 28 June 1848 AL –
daughter of Loving Daily and wife Grace South
b. Mary Rebecca Casey Wheeler 14 April 1853 – 18 Oct 1862
c. William Joseph Wheeler 4 March 1858 TN –
married TN 7 Jan 1883 Tennie Allen Doyle 1 Nov 1866 –
daughter of Samuel Doyle and wife Jerusha Sexton
i. William Ernest Wheeler 21 Nov 1883 –
ii. Samuel Arthur Wheeler 17 Sept 1887 –
iii. Lily Wheeler 6 Aug 1889 – 4 Oct 1891
iv. Cleo Wheeler 8 Jan 1893 –
v. Mary Wille Wheeler 18 Dec 1900 – 5 Dec 1901
4. Samuel Longworth Wheeler 20 Jan 1812 – 4 Jan 1819
5. Jabez Wheeler 3 Sept 1813 – 24 Jan 1887 at Washington DC
married at Alexandria VA 6 March 1836 Louisa Mead 28 Aug 1816 VA – 24 Nov 1891 DC

daughter of Samuel Mead and wife Eleanor McCutchinson
a. John Bankhead Wheeler 19 Aug 1837 –

b. Robert Henry Wheeler 22 Oct 1841 – 21 March 1861
c. Eleanor Louisa Wheeler 8 June 1846 – no children
married DC 7 Oct 1875 Charles Henry White 29 July 1836 Phila. PA – 6 Feb 1896
6. Ephraim Wheeler 20 Dec 1815 – 6 Jan 1892 DC
married Alexandria VA 24 March 1836 Martha E Creighton 16 June 1816 – 23 Dec 1882 DC
daughter of John Creighton and wife Anne McCaulley
a. Creighton Massie Wheeler 26 Dec 1836 –

married Mary Armbruster
b. Anna Sarah Wheeler 23 July 1838 –
Samuel Wheeler & Jane Summers of Alexandria, VA had:
1. William Summers Wheeler 20 June 1818 – 26 Oct 1819
2. Jane Eliza Hervey Wheeler 29 Nov 1819 – 18 Feb 1846
3. Thomas A’Kempis Longworth Wheeler 3 March 1822 – 11 Oct 1847
at Pueblo Mexico in the Mexican War
4. Stephen Hanford Wheeler 19 Nov 1824 –
5. Julia Munro Wheeler 6 Nov 1826 –
6. Joseph Richards Wheeler 12 Nov 1828 –
7. Mary Longworth Wheeler 16 Oct 1830 –
married 22 May 1855 Joseph Humphrey Daniel 10 June 1816 Dover VA – 4 Feb 1897 DC
son of Joseph Daniel and wife Tacie Humphrey
a. Mary Wheeler Daniel 19 June 1856 –
married 6 Mar 1877 Theodore Frelinghuysen Gaver 22 Mar 1845 –
i. Clayton Daniel Gaver 17 Nov 1879 –
ii. Roy Gaver 6 Jan 1882 – 26 June 1882
iii. Elizabeth Gaver 24 Nov 1888 –
8. Isabella Elizabeth Wheeler 14 Aug 1833 – 17 Aug 1859 Salem VA
married Joel C Green died 6 Jan 1900 Witheville VA
son of Amond Green;
Joel was a member of the Virginia State Senate 1891-1897

a. Ida Green ca 1849 – 1861
b. Samuel Green ca 1856 – ca 1861



Elizabeth Wheeler 1780 – 1836 | her parents
& NYC 1800 James Mullen 1774 – 1811 | his parents
of Havanna Cuba and Murfreesboro NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Elizabeth was born near Newark in Essex Co NJ 14 April 1780 and she died at Murfreesboro NC 3 April 1836.
Elizabeth married at New York City 12 March 1800 James Mullen, who was born in Londonderry, Ireland in 1774 and died at Havana, Cuba in 1811.

Elizabeth Wheeler & James Mullen of Havanna, Cuba and Murfreesboro, NC had:
1. Samuel Mullen 15 Dec 1800 – 16 Dec 1800 dy
2. John Mullen 7 Jan 1802 – 12 Oct 1812 dy
3. Eloner Mullen 8 May 1804 -7 May 1809 dy
4. George Munro Mullen 9 Aug 1806 NY – 24 Feb 1879
married 17 Aug 1834 Mary Goodman Cross 9 Oct 1818 – 23 April 1856
a. Elizabeth Penina Mullen 7 July 1836 – 11 Aug 1836 1 mo 4 days
b. Martha Wheeler Mullen 17 June 1838 –
married Charles Franklin Harper
c. Samuel Johnson Mullen 11 Feb 1841 – 15 Nov 1863 22 yrs 9 mo 4 days
d. George Shaeffer Mullen 2 July 1843 – 12 Nov 1850 7 yrs 4 mo 10 days
e. Cyprian Cross Mullen 1 Aug 1846 – 15 July 1864 17 yrs 11 mo 17 days
f. Mary Rebecca Mullen 28 Nov 1848 –
married James Hughes McEachin
g. [Frank] Francilla Goodman Mullen 12 June 1851 –
married Sophia Mariah Hillsman
i. Mary Goodman Mullen 1875 – 1900
married 1893 J B Edwards
1. Helen Edwards 1894 –
2. John Ben Edwards 1896 –
3. Evelyn Edwards 1898 –
ii. Maggie Cross Mullen 1877 –
married 1899 Will Pruitt
1. Joseph Francis Pruitt 1901 –
married Mary Gambrell
2. Donald Hillsman Pruitt 1904 –
married Alyce Miller
3. William Lewis Pruitt 1915 –
married Natalie ?
iii. Robert Lewis Mullen 1879 –
married 1905 Emmie Davis
iv. Richard Hillsman Mullen 1884 – 1913
v. Patti Louise Mullen 1886 – 1962
married James Paul Crawford 1908 –
vi. George Francilla [Frank] Mullen 1890 –
married Leta Chestnut
1. Frank George Mullen 24 Sept 1929 –
married Bonnie Miller
a. Frank George Mullen III 1961 –
married Carrie Surfus
i. Kyle Alexander Mullen 1992 –
vii. Sophia Katherine Mullen 1892 –
married Sloan Vandiver
1. Frances Vandiver
married 2nd Leon A Ybanez
viii. William Edward Mullen 1898 – 1948
married Mary Fulford
1. Mary Fulford Mullen
married James W Love
h. James Hutchinson Mullen 20 June 1854 – 30 May 1856 dy
i. Anna Harper Mullen 12 March 1856 –
married 12 March 1860 Mrs. Ann Simmons Cooper 18 April 1834 – 8 Dec 1868
j. George Jefferson Mullen 18 Dec 1860 – 22 Nov 1879
k. John Munro Mullen 16 Jan 1862 –
l. Hester Simmons Mullen 11 Dec 1864 – 26 Dec 1864 dy
m. Cooper Mullen 23 March 1866 – 2 Nov 1892
married 3rd Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Crawford Gregory
5. Samuel Wheeler Mullen 12 Aug 1808 NY – 27 June 1882 [1850 wd teacher MS ]
married 1st 22 Feb 1835 Emily Rebecca Murphy 14 May 1814 – 22 Jan 1850
a. Edward Munro Mullen 25 April 1838 MS – 24 March 1887
married Etta McShane
b. Henrietta Mullen 16 Feb 1843 MS –
married John Samuel Wright
c. Emeline Susanna Mullen 31 Aug 1846 MS – 5 May 1889
married Daniel Davis Lewis Quinn
married 2nd 11 April 1869 Mrs. Eunetta C Franklin 1815 – 13 Mar 1888



Julia Ann Wheeler 1782 – 1822 | her parents
& 1799 Robert Munro ca 1770 – 1852 | his parents
of Alexandria VA


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Julia Ann Wheeler and Robert Munro had no issue:



Ephraim Wheeler 1785 – 1825 | his parents
& 1820 Mary Kimberly Waring 1797 – 1822 | her parents
of Murfreesboro NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Ephraim Wheeler & Mary Kimberly Waring of Murfreesboro, NC had:
1. Henry Waring Wheeler 24 July 1821 – died unmarried
The 1850 Census: Shows Martha Worrell aged 60 with J.W. Worrell aged 21 and
Henry Wheeler aged 28. Henry is labelled “insane”.



Martha Wheeler 1788 – 1856 | her parents
& 1806 Richard Johnston | his parents
& 1817 William P Morgan | his parents
& 1824 James Worrell d. 1846 | his parents


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Martha-Worrell
Martha Wheeler Johnston Morgan Worrell 1788 – 1856
(Photo by Cathy L Spruill)

Martha married 7 May 1806 at St John, New Brunswick, Richard Johnston.
Richard Johnston was the son of Robert and Ann Johnston of New York.
Martha Wheeler was born at St John, New Brunswick, 7 Feb 1788, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Wheeler.

Martha married second about 1817 at Alexandria VA William P Morgan.

Martha married third 13 Aug 1824 at Murfreesboro NC James Worrell of Maney’s Neck, Hertford Co. NC.
She died at Murfreesboro NC 19 Nov 1856.

Martha Wheeler & Richard Johnston of St. John, New Brunswick had:
1. Richard Wheeler Johnston 11 Feb 1807 – ca 1870
Guardianships- James Worrell appointed guardian to Richard W. Johnston “Lunatic” Secs: John W. Southall and Wm. B. Wynns. Dr. Godwin C. Moore testified in court against John W. Southall and James Worrell that Johnston was sane and the court agreed

Richard-Johnston
Richard Wheeler Johnston 1807 – ca 1870
of Hertford County, North Carolina
(Photo by Cathy L Spruill)

2. Julia Munro Johnston 31 Oct 1808 – 11 Sept 1835
married 1 Nov. 1825 John Wesley Southall 28 July 1797 – July 1873
Tues, 1 Nov 1825 in Buckhorn Chapel, Hertford Co NC

JWSouthall
John Wesley Southall
engraved photo included in
Winborne’s History of Hertford County

a. Laura Rebecca Southall 11 Feb 1827 2:00 am Sabbath – 7 May 1827 4 am
b. Julia Riddick Southall 20 Dec 1828 4:00 am Sat – 20 Nov 1857 FL
married Sun 19 Dec 1847 Dr. Thomas A/Newsom Myrick died July 1867
by Rev. B Divany in Methodist Church
i. John S. Myrick TX
ii. Charles E. Myrick NY
iii. Fannie S. Myrick
c. John Richard Southall 15 July 1831 2:00 am Thurs – 7 Aug 1832 2:00 pm Tues
d. Martha Frances [Fannie] Southall 14 Sept 1833 pm – 20 Sept 1852
bapt by Rev Thos Crowder 8 Feb 1834

FannieSouthall
1848 photo engraving
Winborne’s History of Hertford County

J W Southall married second 4 March 1842
by the Rev J M Arnold
Mary [Martha] A Pipkin ca 1811 – 22 March 1900
the widow of Wm. B Wynns
a. Mary Williams Southall 1 Feb 1843 – 31 Aug 1854 7 am – 11 yrs, 7 mos
bapt Feb 1844 by Rev G W Langhorne
“5’2” tall & one of the most intelligent children known of her age

b. Susan Emily Southall 12 Oct 1845 –
bapt by Rev Thos Crowder Feb 1846
married Capt. Lewis C Lawrence
3. Elizabeth Johnston 10 June 1810 –

Martha Wheeler & James Worrell of Maneys’ Neck, Hert. Co, NC had:
1. Elisha Cyrus Worrell 10 March 1826 – 6 Jan 1875
married 9 July 1872 Lydia E Beal
a. Julian B Worrell 1 July 1873 – single in 1930 Maney’s Neck
b. Cyrus E Worrell 23 July 1875 – living with brother 1900
2. John Wesley Worrell 26 Oct 1828 – 26 June 1900
married 6 Jan 1867 Johnnie Deloathe [Harrell] Oct 1841 –
a. Martha [Mattie] Wheeler Worrell 22 Feb 1869 [Feb 1872] [68] – aft 1920 single
b. Elizabeth Longworth Worrell 20 Dec 1873 [Jan 1874] [70]-
c. Hattie E. Worrell Dec 1875 [72] [18 Dec 1881dc]- 29 June 1939 Kirby NH Co
married Jim Lassiter died before 1939
d. John W Worrell Mar 1877 [74]- died 7 Jan 1961 NH Co age 86 single
e. Eugene H Worrell Sept 1878 [76] –
f. Milton N Worrell Nov 1881 [78] [82] – 26 Nov 1929 NH Co
married by 1920 Laura Whitley ca 1900 –
i. Edward Worrell ca 1921 –
ii. Nellie M Worrell ca 1923 –
iii. Ruth Lee Worrell ca 1925 –
iv. Alice Worrell ca 1928 –

E-mail from James

If you look on the frames of (the portraits of) Esther Cotton and her daughters you will
find written in pencil “Southall & Johnston”. This is the key of how the portraits of Martha Worrell and Richard Johnston ended up with the family at Maple Lawn. Martha Wheeler was a sister of John Wheeler, who built the Wheeler house in Murfreesboro, and therefore an aunt of Julia. She was married first to Mr. Johnston and had son Richard (portrait) and daughter Julia. She secondly married Mr. Morgan and thirdly Mr. Worell, who lived in Maney’s Neck, north of Murfreesboro. By this third marriage she had two sons: Dr. Cyrus Worrell and John W. Worrell. Martha’s daughter Julia married John Wesley Southall, a prominent Murfreesboro merchant, who went into partnership with his brother-in-law Richard Wheeler Johnston and they operated “Southall & Johnston” in Murfreesboro in the 1840s. Julia Johnston (Southall) died fairly young leaving two daughters. John W. Southall later remarried and fathered additional descendants. Incidentally, he was the brother of James Hunter Southall, who married Julia Wheeler’s younger half sister Sarah Clifton Wheeler.

Somehow the portraits of Aunt Martha and Cousin Richard ended up at Mulberry Grove and then transferred to Maple Lawn. Granddaddy recalled that when he was boy that Major Moore received a letter from one of the Worrell relations asking if they could have these pictures. The Major replied that he would like to keep them as long as he lived. Once he died, they were welcomed to them. When he did die nobody ever came forward to claim them.

This mystery was finally solved by a discovery made some years ago by a genealogist Mrs. Taney Brazeal, who lives in Fairhope,AL. She used to publish a newsletter “Northampton County Cousins”. She found some scraps of Herford County court records that had survived the destruction of the courthouse in 1862. It seems that John W. Southall and one of the Worrells went to court stating that Richard W. Johnston was insane and trying to get themselves appointed guardian with control of his property. Then Dr. Moore and Julia Wheeler Moore came into court. They testified that he was sane, and the case was thrown out. Cousin Richard never married but continued to live on his farm in Maney’s Neck up until his death around 1870. Kate Wheeler’s diary at ECU recounts visits out to his place during the Civil War. This court action apparently provoked a permanent rupture in family relations. So this would explain why Richard left his portrait and that of his mother to his cousin Julia at Mulberry Grove and ignored his Southall nieces and his Worrell half-brothers. James

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