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Looking for burials of Roswell and Phila Wheeler

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Looking for burials of Roswell and Phila Wheeler

Posted: 1486930311000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wheeler, Pierce
Roswell Wheeler, his wife Phila, and children Dempster and Orissa (sometimes mistakenly read as Orippa) moved from Jefferson County NY to Dekalb County IL after the 1850 US census. Orissa was married to Albert Benjamin Pierce in 1853, and had a son William Pierce in 1854 in IL.

Dempster Wheeler and Albert Pierce bought a farm in Afton Twp in 1855. Dempster and Albert sold the farm back to the original owner (Theron Potter) in 1856. They were living at the time of sale in Clinton Twp. Dempster purchased another farm in 1857, but sold it in 1861. Here is the family in Afton in 1860:

Dempster Wheeler 25 NY
Phila Wheeler 60 CT
Albert B Pierce 30 NY
Orissa Pierce 29 NY
William Pierce 4 IL
Jacob Sutz 28 PA

It appears that Roswell had passed away between 1850 and 1860, but I am unable to find the location of his grave. It does not appear to be in NY.

At this point, the Civil War intervened. Albert joined the 13th IL Infantry Co. E in 1861, and Dempster joined the 105th IL Infantry Co. K, in 1862. Both men died in the war. The locations of their graves are unknown. Albert was stationed at Rolla MO, dying in 1862, and Roswell died near Marietta GA in 1864.

I am unable to find Phila Wheeler or Orissa Pierce in the 1865 census of IL. Orissa does survive, because she applies for a widow's pension. She died at the age of 42 in Richland County WI. Phila's fate is unknown, and I can't find a grave location for her in Dekalb County.

Can anyone local do a look up for the location of the graves of Roswell and Phila Wheeler? Roswell was born in 1790 in NH, and Phila was born in 1800 in CT.


Vanessa H.
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