Ephraim Wheeler & Mary Foster

Sally’s great-great-great-great-great-Grandparents:

Ephraim Wheeler 1718 – 1753 | his parents
& ca 1745 Mary Foster ca 1724 – 1754 | her parents
of Essex County, New Jersey


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


Ephraim Wheeler and Mary Foster were married 1739/45 in Essex Co, NJ.
Ephraim Wheeler, son of Joseph Wheeler and Sarah Crane, was born 5 Aug 1718 in NJ.
Mary Foster, daughter of Nathan Foster and Mary Lyon, was born ca 1724.
Stephen’s descendant reports that Ephraim died 2 May 1753 and that Mary died 18 April 1751
— I expect that is a “mis-read record” and that Mary died in 1754 as her daughter Sarah was born 11 Sept 1753 about 4 months after her father’s death.

Children of Ephraim Wheeler and Mary Foster:
1. John Wheeler 12 Apr 1747 O S in Essex Co NJ – 4 Oct 1814 “Wheelersville” NH Co NC
married 20 Oct 1768 Elizabeth Longworth 1748 Newark NJ – 14 May 1827 Hertford Co NC
2. Stephen Wheeler 8 Mar 1749 Essex Co NJ – 19 Dec 1806 Elizabethtown NJ
his record under #16,940 in History of the Wheeler Family in America
married 9 July 1772 Rhoda Spinning 20 Nov 1752 NJ – 13 Dec 1837 OH
3. Mary Wheeler 13 Apr 1751 – 7 Dec 1790
married Baker Woodruff 1750 – 12 Dec 1813 Elizabethtown, NJ age 63
a. Whitehead Woodruff May 1775 – 29 Sept 1776 aged 1 yr 4 mo
b. Whitehead Woodruff 1777 – 28 Sept 1806 aged 29 yrs single
c. Jabez Woodruff 1787 – 4 Nov 1799 aged 12 yrs

4. Sarah Wheeler 11 Sept 1753 – 20 Apr 1769 dy aged 15 yrs 7 mo 9 days

Wheeler Family in America & N J Archives
1748 Dec 23 Forster (Foster) Job (over 14 yrs old) of Newark Essex Co Bond of Ephraim Wheeler of same place Yeoman, as guardian.
1748 Dec 31 Foster, Job of Newark Essex Co upwards of 14 yrs make choice of Ephraim Wheeler of Newark to be his guardian.
WFA states “an Ephraim Wheeler was appointed Sept 13 1748 the guardian of Job Foster ‘an infant of upwards of fourteen’ who may have been a brother of his wife.”
(After much searching of the records I believe this is the case and have found nothing to the contrary at this time. smk)
Stephen and Rhoda Wheeler named their second daughter Mary Foster Wheeler.



5-great uncle [brother of “Dr”. John Wheeler]

Stephen Wheeler 1749 – 1806 | his parents
& 1772 Rhoda Spinning 1752 – 1837 | her parents
of Elizabethtown NJ


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


info from the files of Carol Gunther
e-mail from Carol Gunter. . .”Our information comes from a ledger book on a partial genealogy of the Wheeler Family collected from records made by Ebenezer Wheeler and from other reliable sources, written by Samuel Miller Wheeler, which was Carol Gunter’s Great-grandfather.
He states that “This writing met with many unexpected difficulties and acknowledged it to be quite imperfect, but hopes that someone in the future may find it a fruitful source of research and this very humble beginning may be a nucleus to something more extensive and reliable in the future”.

Stephen Wheeler & Rhoda Spinning were married 9 July 1772.

Stephen Wheeler & Rhoda Spinning had:
1. Ephraim Wheeler 18 July 1773 – 26 Nov 1794
2. Isaac Wheeler 1 Sep 1775 – 16 Apr 1799
3. Jacob Wheeler 9 Sep 1777 – 10 Jul 1835
married 4 Sept 1800 Joanna Meeker 23 Jan 1778 –
a. David Tichnor Wheeler 6 Sept 1801 – 19 Aug 1802
b. David Tichnor Wheeler 7 Feb 1803 – 6 Nov 1882
married 13 Oct 1836 Ellen Maria Schenk
i. daughter Wheeler
ii. Mary Alletta Wheeler 12 Aug 1838 – 12 May 1876
married 20 May 1858 James C Anderson
iii. stillborn female child
c. Francis Kemper Wheeler 20 Jan 1805 – 19 June 1866
d. Louisa Spinning Wheeler 23 Mar 1807 – 14 Mar 1867
e. Stephen Camp Wheeler 24 Feb 1809 – 15 Feb 1891 Peoria Co IL
his family give his birth date as 24 Feb 1812 — buried Hollis Cem, Hollis twsp Peoria IL
married Peoria Co IL 16 Sept 1846 Sarah Martin 19 Dec 1822 NY – 4 July 1893
dau of William Martin 1792- & wife Margaret Scott 1798 – 1887
i. Johanna J. Wheeler 11 Jan 1848 – 26 Dec 1898
ii. John M Wheeler 10 Feb 1850 –
married Ida L Wright of Limestone Twsp ca 1866 – 18 Jan 1896 age 30
1. Carrie B Wheeler 6 Feb 1882 – 30 April 1896
iii. Frank Wheeler 14 May 1852 – 1934 Keokuk Co Iowa
married 23 Oct 1879 Mary J Wilson
iv. William J Wheeler 4 Dec 1854 – 11 Sept 1855
v. Jacob Wheeler 23 May 1856 – 19 Sept 1856
vi. Steven A Wheeler 5 Dec 1857 – 1935
vii. David W Wheeler 19 Oct 1861 – 10 Jan 1899
viii. Mary L Wheeler 28 May 1863 – 1926
ix. James A Wheeler 8 Jan 1866 – 1934
f. Jacob Wilson Wheeler 9 Sept 1811 – 21 July 1812
g. Jacob Wilson Wheeler 8 Feb 1813 – Sept 1844
married Mary Ann Johnson
i. William W Wheeler
ii. Frances Wheeler
iii. David Wheeler d. 1892
h. Samuel Ramsey Wheeler 29 Oct 1815 – 14 June 1816
i. Richard Allison Wheeler 29 Oct 1815 – 8 June 1816
j. Joanna Meeker Wheeler 9 Sept 1817 – May 1830
k. Wilbur Backus Wheeler 9 Jan 1820 – 3 Oct 1898
married 1st Julia Gotdam
married July 1850 Elizabeth Morgan
l. Ramsey Wheeler 1828 –
4. Phebe Wheeler 17 Feb 1780 – 15 Apr 1803
married 1801 Jesse Reeder 1776 – 3 July 1854
5. Ebenezer Wheeler 15 Sept 1782 Bergen Co NJ – 9 Feb 1862 Clark Co OH
married 20 Sept 1803 Cincinnati OH Joanna Miller 19 Dec 1785 – 23 Aug 1855
6. Mary Foster Wheeler 15 Dec 1785 – 19 Sep 1811
married 1804 Henson Reeder 1786 – 1811
a. Abijah Smith Reeder 23 Jan 1806 Clark OH –
married 1829 Lucinda Smith 1810 –
7. Abigail Wheeler 15 Mar 1789 – 18 Mar 1839
married Samuel Newell 1772 – 1806
a. Samuel Newell
b. Stephen Newell
c. Allison Newell
8. Rhoda Wheeler 15 Mar 1789 – 7 Mar 1846
married 15 Sept 1807 Abraham Ferris 20 Aug 1786 Greenwich CT – 8 Oct 1857
a. John Jonathon Ferris 1815 Essex Co NJ – 1873 Broome NY
9. Stephen Wheeler 8 Sep 1791 – 2 Apr 1870
married M Catherine Piatt 1787 – 1808
a. Mary Wheeler
b. Kate Wheeler
c. Alice Wheeler

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