HENRY H. WHELLER.
Among the enterprising agriculturists who have assisted in the clearing and improvement of this section, this
well known resident of Adams township, Defiance county, has won a worthy place. Like many of our successful men
he is of English birth, but as he came to Ohio when only five years old his life has been mainly spent here.
Born May 8, 1843, in Dorsetshire, England, Mr. Wheller is the youngest in a family of three sons and four daughters
born to Joseph and Jane (Hammond) Wheller. In 1848 his parents emigrated to this State, and after spending one
year in Cleveland located in Columbia township, Lorain county, where the father was killed February to, 1857, at
the age of fifty six, by a limb from a falling tree. The mother continued to reside in Lorain county until the
spring of 1863, when she moved with the subject of this sketch to Defiance county, Ohio, living there with him
until the spring of 1868, at which time she returned to her eldest son's, in Lorain county, and there died in the
fall of 1868, at the age of sixty nine years.
Mr. Wheeler's boyhood was passed in the wholesome activities of farm life, and in 1863 he left the old home in
Lorain county to secure a farm of his own in this newer section. His present homestead was then covered with forest,
but he has cleared the greater portion of it and erected substantial farm buildings. The place contains one hundred
and thirty five acres, and under his judicious management ranks among the best farms of the locality. His attention
has been devoted almost exclusively to agricultural work, but for four years, during the sixties, he carried the
mail between Wauseon and Defiance. As a citizen he is public spirited, taking much interest in local affairs, and
he is especially active in religious work as a member of the M. E. Church. On October 11, 1881, he was married
at Neapolis, Henry county, Ohio, to Miss Harriet Hobbs, and they have had four children: Delia Edith, Laura Alice,
Bertha Mabel, and Dora Celia. Mrs. Wheller was born August 25, 1849, in Madison county, Ohio, and was the eldest
in a family of three sons and three daughters. Her father, Winthrop S. Hobbs, who died in Henry county, Ohio, April
2, 1872, was a native of New Hampshire, and her mother, whose maiden name was Mary Jane Mann, was born in Ohio.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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