Received from Peter Laskaris, Middletown, New York Town Historian on three 8 ½” x 11” sheets of paper copied from the Middletown Daily Press, Saturday, April 1, 1876 [page numbers not given]
Middletown Daily Press, Saturday, April 1, 1876
were peaceful. He died without a struggle or a moan. His beloved and faithful wife [Phebe Sears Wheeler] and eldest daughter, Mrs. Mosher [Emeline Wheeler Mosher], were with him in the room at the last moment. His demise was so unlooked for that there was no time from the first warning to call any one [anyone] else to the scene. Mr. Wheeler had only been confined to the house thirty hours previous to his death. He had been suffering for some weeks with a severe cold, but was about every day, and attended to his duties in connection with the Orange County Foundry as usual, until Thursday [March 30, 1876] afternoon. He complained that morning of feeling unwell, but spent the forenoon at the foundry office. Although persuaded by his family to remain at home, he went to the office again after dinner to attend to some business, and returned to the house after an hour, leaving word on his way home for a physician to call. He was quite lame and walked with considerable difficulty. He remarked on coming in that he did not feel as well as he had been, and went to bed. He complained of soreness and pains for which his family applied the usual external remedies until the physician, Dr. Darwin Everett arrived, late in the afternoon. He prescribed for him but the medicines were of little avail as the patient could not retain them, which condition continued until he died. The first part of Thursday night he spent very comfortably, but at about two o’clock [A.M.] he became restless and complained of pains in his left side. Hyperdermic [Hypodermic] injections of morphine were made to lessen the pain. Friday he was confined to his bed, and was not able to leave or return to it except with increased pain and without help. Late in the afternoon he appeared to be better, and apprehensions of immediate danger were entertained. In the evening he gave his daughter instructions in regard to the marketing, and talked in his usual cheerful manner. He evidently had no premonition of his approaching dissolution; at least if he did he said nothing of it. At about eight o’clock [P.M.] he was assisted out of bed by his wife, but returned without help, saying he felt better. Those were his last words. Turning over upon his side in the bed, he apparently went to sleep, and from that sleep he never awakened. His wife was called from the next room a few moments after by a noise of hard breathing, and going to his side she found him with his head thrown back and evidently dying. She called her daughter, Mrs. Mosher, who reached the room just in time to see him breath [breathe] his last breath, which was a slight gasp, and he was dead.
At the age of twenty-three he went into the employ of Charles Sanford, who married his sister, and was in the stove and tin business at Rhinebeck. He remained in the employ of his brother-in-law in the same business at Rhinebeck and Catskill until 1830, when they came to Orange County as partners in the same business at Montgomery. The firm was Sanford & Wheeler. For awhile, Mr. W. [Wheeler] managed a branch store at Walden, which was afterwards removed to Newburgh. They remained in business together—Mr. Wheeler at Montgomery and Mr. Sanford at Newburgh—until the latter [Mr. Sanford] died in 1832 2..
which promised to be beneficial to Middletown, and not unprofitable to those who should engage.
He was also subjected to several trials in the loss of his property, which was the result of his connection with the Midland railroad and the Nes Silicon Steel Co. These he bore manfully, and the transfer of his property was made with an honesty that in these times is as uncommon as it is remarkable.
April 1, 1876
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_cetera &c. is a dated meaning of etc. and et cetera or etcetera means “and other things” according to Wickipedia
4. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transept A transept (with 2 semitransepts) is a transverse section, of any building, which lies across the main body of the building. In Christian churches, a transept is an area set crosswise to the nave in a cruciform ("cross-shaped") building in Romanesque and Gothic Christian church architecture.
mach·i·na·tion noun \ˌma-kə-ˈnā-shən, ˌma-shə-\
Definition of machination 2: a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end.
Meaning of pursuant: after or following.
James and Sarah Wheeler had two children, one son and one daughter who survived their grandfather.
Son Bradford (1863-1930) was born in New York, New York and died in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. Bradford married Ruth E. Byrkett (1894-1980), born in Boone, Indiana and died in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. Bradford was a civil engineer and worked for railroad companies. Ruth was a teacher in Arizona.
Daughter Pauline (1864-1940) was born in New York, New York and died in Napa, Napa County, California where she was buried. She married William Walter Robbins (1859-1918), born in Huntington, Suffolk County, New York, and died in Babylon, Suffolk County, New York. He is buried at the Babylon Rural Cemetery. In 1887 they married in San Francisco, California and had one son, William Augustus Robbins (1888-1948), my husband’s father. Pauline also had a daughter Ida Pauline Lockwood (1898-1981), born in San Francisco, California and died in San Mateo, California.
Lemuel Wheeler (1841-1873), son passed away before his father passed away in 1876. He married Louise O. Rush (1840-) and they had two sons, Elisha Pearl Wheeler (1862-1865), born in Middletown, New York and William B. Wheeler (1866-), born in Middletown, New York.