Biography of William Wheelock
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WILLIAM WHEELOCK. While the late William Wheelock spent only a few years at Milan, where he died November 27, 1897, he is recalled by a great many people here as a pleasant and genial gentleman, a successful business man, and Mrs. Wheelock is still identified with this interesting Erie County town and has increased the quality of respect and esteem which are associated with the name. In many ways Mrs. Wheelock is a remarkable woman, and like her brothers and sisters, possesses a thorough business ability, and is still active in mind and body and is well informed on all current topics.

The late William Wheelock was born in the State of Rhode Island in 1830 and was sixty seven years of age when he passed away. His parents were Manning and Mabora (Southwick) Wheelock. His father was a native of Rhode Island, while his mother was born in Mendon, Massachusetts, and of the fine old Massachusetts stock that became prominent as bread manufacturers. Manning Wheelock some years after his marriage moved to Connecticut, and was overseer of a large farm belonging to a milling company. He died on the farm and he and his wife were both buried there but were subsequently removed to the Enfield Cemetery, where they now lie side by side. They were the parents of six children as follows: Harriet, Daniel, Manning, William, John and Cynthia; all now deceased. All are buried in the cemetery at Enfield, Connecticut, except William, who is interred at the Ames Circle, Saratoga, New York. Daniel Wheelock has one son living and he resides at Thompsonville, Connecticut, where he lives retired.

On the old Connecticut farm William Wheelock grew to manhood. Subsequently going to Rockville, Connecticut, he became associated with William Skinner, and they built up an extensive business as retail meat dealers. He was very skillful as a cutter of meat, but impaired health finally obliged him to retire from the business, and for a time he lived at Saratoga, New York. From there he moved to Minonk, in Woodford County, Illinois, and took the management of a large store owned by his brother in law. Miner T. Ames, one of the extensive coal operators in that section of Illinois. He was very successful in managing this company store, and his personal popularity added not a little to the prestige of Mr. Ames. From Illinois Mr. Wheelock finally removed to Milan, Ohio, and spent the rest of his days there somewhat retired. He was an active republican in politics, his parents were orthodox Quakers, while he was himself a Presbyterian.

Mr. Wheelock married for his first wife Henrietta Bush, daughter of Capt. John Bush, of Enfield, Connecticut. She died when her only son, Frank Howard, was two years of age, and was laid to rest in the Enfield Cemetery. Her son, Frank H., was reared in his father's home, was given a good education, and had a thorough training in merchandising in the store of his uncle, Mr. Ames, in Illinois. Subsequently he took the office management of the firm of Meeker & Hedstrum, coal dealers, at Chicago. While there he died about twenty years ago, after having opened for himself a most promising career. He was laid to rest beside his father in the Ames Circle at the Saratoga Cemetery in New York. At the time of his death Frank H. Wheelock was engaged to be married to Anna E. Meacham.

Mr. Wheelock was married in Chester, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Lucy (Ames) Gibbs. Her former husband was Nelson D. Gibbs, and was born in Blanford, Massachusetts, was enjoying a promising career as a farmer at Chester, Massachusetts, at the time of his death in 1862 when in the prime of life. He was an active member of the Congregational Church and in politics a republican. He left a daughter, Mary Ella Gibbs, who died of measles at the age of thirteen.

Mrs. Wheelock was born at Becket, Massachusetts, October 6, 1834, and during her girlhood she walked a mile to attend the village schools. Her parents were Justin M. and Anna H. (Chaffee) Ames. Her mother was the daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Knowlton) Chaffee, while Abigail Knowlton was the daughter of Colonel Knowlton, one of the heroes in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Justin M. Ames and wife spent all their lives in the farming community around North Becket. His wife died there at the age of fifty six, leaving ten children. Mr. Ames subsequently married Calista Harriet Bracket, and they moved to Saratoga, New York, where she died in middle life without children. Mr. Ames for his third wife married Harriet, the only sister of the late William Wheelock. They lived at Thompsonville, Connecticut, where Mrs Ames died when past seventy five years of age, and was laid to rest at Enfield, Connecticut. Mr Ames had died several years previously at the same place at the age of eighty seven, and was laid beside his first wife at Becket. All his marriages were happy and most congenial.

Mention of the Ames children, of which Mrs. Wheelock was one, is briefly recorded as follows: Samantha married Joshua Barnard, and in territorial times went to the Northwest frontier and improved a farm in the wilderness of Minnesota, where Mrs. Barnard died and where he afterwards married, and subsequently lived at Port Huron, Michigan; there are no children now living by his first marriage. Zeruah became the wife of Joseph Osborn of Becket, Massachusetts, who was a tanner by trade and subsequently established a tannery at Girard, Pennsylvania, and died there, leaving a son, Bert, who is now married and lives in California. Chaffee S. Ames spent his life as a farmer in Saratoga County, New York, and died leaving a daughter, Ellen, who is now married and occupies the old homestead. George Ames also lived in Saratoga County, New York, died there at the age of sixty one, and his widow is still living. The next in order of age is Mrs. Wheelock. Lucinda became the wife of James Meacham, of Middlefield, Massachusetts, where he died, and she subsequently removed to Milan and is now living with her children in that village, the children being Anna E., James Alfred and Wilson A. Minor T Ames has already been mentioned as a coal operator in Woodford County, Illinois, though he made his home in Chicago, where he died. He was twice married, having children by both wives, and Knowlton Chaffee Ames, of the first marriage, is living in Chicago, while Adelaide, of the second marriage, is the wife of Mr. Ross, a prominent attorney of Chicago, and another daughter, Hattie, married Mr. McCormick, who was for a number of years identified with the management of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at New York City. Wilson Ames became a distiller of cologne spirits in Chicago, and later a coal operator at Seymour, Illinois, and at his death was buried in the Ames Circle at Saratoga, New York; his widow and son, Hamilton, now live in Brooklyn, New York, where the son is engaged in manufacturing. Juda was for many years in charge of a department in the great store of Marshall Field & Company, in Chicago, also bought goods for the firm for several years in Europe, and finally retired to Norwalk, Ohio, and died there at the age of fifty six. Franklin Ames was for thirty years buyer and head of the wholesale carpet department of Marshall Field & Company, and subsequently acquired an interest as a stockholder in that business, but retired a few years ago, and has a son and daughter.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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