Biography of Josiah Wheeler
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Wheeler, Josiah, came from Windsor county to Berkshire in 1806, and settled at the center of the town, where he continued to reside until his death in 1854. He was one of those men peculiar to the early history of Vermont, generous and forbearing to a fault, aiding a friend with the last penny, yet strong in his opposition to what he considered wrong and injustice. Lucius H. was five years old when his father moved from Windsor. Being the youngest son he was the one chosen to stay at home and aid in the clearing of the farm, and ultimately to succeed his father in its ownership, while the other sons went out from the parental home to clear farms for themselves. In 1822 he was married to Mary Rowley, of Enosburgh, with whom he lived for more than fifty years, and who bore him eight children. Although an active, pushing, and successful business man, having occasion to meet his townsmen and others in the most difficult of business relations, he was universally esteemed and respected for his piety and unrightness of character. He was a life long Methodist, and before the building of churches in town his house was always open for gatherings of his neighbors for divine worship. A barn now stands upon the farm in which meetings were held in the early days of the settlement, it being the most commodious building in the neighborhood. He died in 1873. When it again became necessary for the sons and daughters of the family to think about their individual prospects for life Marshall S., the youngest son, was the one to whose lot it fell to remain at home and occupy the farm his grandfather and father had cleared. He has always resided upon the farm, and now occupies the same house in which he was born and which was built by his father fifty seven years ago. Before reaching the age of majority he engaged in mercantile business, and the buying and selling of cattle and sheep with his father, and successfully continued the same until a few years ago, since which time he has attended exclusively to the care of the farm. In 1863 he married Hapalona, daughter of Horace Ewins. He has one son, H. Elmer, now a law student in St. Albans.

From:
History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Vermont
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y.
1891


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