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Chamberlin Cemetery ~ James H. Wheeler ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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James H. Wheeler
BORN: 9 Sept 1820 DIED: 10 Nov 1902 BURIED: 11 Nov 1902 (Chamberlin Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Tennessee
DEATH PLACE: Corvallis, Benton Co, Oregon

DONATION LAND CLAIM #3230 - James Wheeler, Polk Co.; b. 1820, Tenn; Settled Claim 1 Apr 1849; md Mary Ann [or Mary J. Hawkins] 17/27 June 1850, Benton Co, Ore. Aff: Wm. Fulton (MA), Wm. B. Prather, David Stump, Smith Collins
1st MARRIAGE - Mary Ann Hawkiins
1860 OR CENSUS - James Wheeler, age 9, occupation farmer, b. Tennessee, is enumerated with M. A., age  24, b. Illinois, along with Serilla, age 8, b. Oregon, Nancy, age 6, b. Oregon, Weber, age 4, b. Oregon , Aurelia, age 2, b. Oregon, and Adaline, age 4 mos, b. Oregon.
2nd MARRIAGE - ELiza Miller [James Wheeler of Polk Co., & Eliza J. Miller of Linn Co., m 26 Dec 1869 at house of Dr. Hiat; John Ostrander, M.G. Wit: James Logan and Perry Pointer].
1870 OR CENSUS - James Wheeler, age 49, occupation farmer, b. Tennessee, is enumerated with Jane, age 33, b. Indiana, along with Mansel, age 16, b. Oregon, Wilber, age 14, b. Oregon, Angella, age 12, b. Oregon, Adalia, age 10, b. Oregon, Alonzo, age 8, b. Oregon, Joan, age 6, b. Oregon, Ellis, age 4, b. Oregon, Flora, age 2, b. Oregon, and Ella Miller, age 6,. b. Iowa.
3rd MARRIAGE - Rosie [unknown, circa 1870-80]
1880 OR CENSUS - James Wheeler, age 59, occupation farmer, b. Tennessee, is enumerated with wife Rosie, age 55, b. Württemberg, along with Ella, age 14, b. Oregon, Flora, age 12, b. Oregon, and E.J., female, age 9, b. Oregon.
4th MARRIAGE - James Wheeler & L. J. [Josephine] McDaniel md 28 Jan 1886 at res of James Wheeler by R.F. Wells, JP. Wit: L.B. Nealy & Miss R. Nealley Vol C, page 171
1900 OR CENSUS - James Wheeler, age 79, occupation farmer, b. Oct 1820 in Tennessee, is enumerated with his wife of 13 years, Josephine, age 51, mother of 6 children, b. Mar 1849 i8n Iowa, alolng with Harland Wheeler, age 12, b. Dec 1887 in Oregon, Maud McDaniel (identified as step-daughter of James), age 25, single, b. Jan 1875 in  Oregon, and Leah McDaniel (identified as step-daughter of James), age 18, b. Mar 1882 in Oregon.

James Wheeler, aged 82, walked out of the second story of the Farmer's Hotel, at Corvallis, Wednesday, and received serious injuries.
The Daily Journal, 23 Oct 1902, 4:6

Death of James Wheeler. 
He was born in Tennessee 82 years ago and died in Corvallis last Monday as the result of a fall. He was buried Tuesday out on the Luckiamute in the Chamberlain cemetery where a brother was laid to rest some 40 years ago, and where so many of the Collins, Neally and Chamberlain pioneer families repose. He came to California in 1849 [sic - this date doesn't fit with the information in Donation Land Claims, showing he was clearly in Oregon by April 1, 1849] and the next year to Oregon. He settled on a farm between Suver and Airlie and lived there full 50 years. The surviving children are Mrs. Sarelia Cunningham, Elgin, Washington; Mrs. Ida Baird, Spokane, Washington; Mrs. Flora Hazey, Burns, Oregon; Mrs. C.L. Hubbard, Dallas, Oregon; Mrs. E.J. Staats, North Yakima, Washington; Miss Joanna Bowman, Corvallis, Oregon; Mansell Wheeler, Grizzly, Oregon; Wilbur Wheeler, Kalespel, Oregon [sic]; Ellis Wheeler, Dillon, Montana; and Harley, the youngest child.
Polk County Itemizer, Friday 14 Nov 1902, 2:2

James Wheeler, Who Fell From Hotel Window in Corvallis, Died Monday.
The death of James Wheeler, who fell from the second story of the Farmers’ Hotel three weeks ago Tuesday evening occurred in Corvallis Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The remains will be interred in the Chamberlain cemetery, near Suver at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. 
James Wheeler was born in Tennessee September 9, 1820, and was 82 years old last September. He came to this coast in 1849 and located in California [sic - this date doesn't fit with the information in Donation Land Claims, showing he was clearly in Oregon by April 1, 1849]. The following year he came to Oregon and located on a farm near Soap Creek, where he remained for 50 years. 
The sons and daughters who survive him are: Mrs. Sarelia Cunningham, Elgin, Wash; Mansell Wheeler, Grizzly, Ore; Mrs. C.L. Hubbard, Dallas, Ore; Wilbur Wilson [sic], Kalispell, Mont; Ellis Wheeler, Dillon, Mont; Mrs. Ida Baird, Spokane, Wash; Mrs. Flora Hagey, Burns, Ore; Mrs. E.J. Staats, North Yakima, Wash; Mrs. Joanna Bowman, of Corvallis, and Harley Wheeler, his youngest child. The old gentleman leaves many friends behind him who sincerely mourn his death. He was one of the early pioneers who toiled to make Oregon what she is today. – Corvallis Gazette
Polk County Observer
, Friday 14 Nov 1902, 3:4
No marker
Genealogical Material in Oregon Donation Land Claims, Vol 2, entry 3230
1860 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Lane, FA# 666)
1870 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Lucki[a]mute, FA# 708)
1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Luckiamute, ED 107, pg 508C)
Polk Co, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1879-1888, pg 27
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Suver, ED 176, sheet 9B)
DJ 23 Oct 1902, 4:6
PCI 14 Nov 1902, 2:2 
PCI 14 Nov 1902, 3:4

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