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Ralph Martin Wheeler (b. 08 Dec 1833, d. 17 May 1909)Ralph Martin Wheeler2536 was born 08 Dec 1833 in NY, and died 17 May 1909.He married Emily Christine Shadduck on 1857, daughter of Evert Shadduck and Amy Porter.
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"Ralph Martin Wheeler, a shingle maker and businessman, was in the service of his country during the Civil War in Company K, 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Light Artillery.He was the first to build a lathe and plastered house in Sullivan County (about 1881) on the original Benjamin Wheeler farm in Shunk, Fox Twnp., Sullivan Co., PA.Lee , his son, occupied this home in later years for a short time.The house was sold after Lee moved to Union Springs, New York where he spent the last of his retiring years.Unfortunately, the house burned down.Another house was built in later years by Richard Duff, the property thus remaining in the Wheeler family.Ralph's father was also a shingle maker, but Ralph also held a dealership in flour, feed and horses.It was a common practice for him to carry 50 pounds of corn on his back over the hills and creeks from Shunk to Williamsport, a distance of about 50 miles, by foot, to have the corn ground into meal and then he'd make the return trip.Music was an important part in Ralph's life.He often played his left-handed violin with his daughter Emily's husband, Richard Duff.His favorite piece was "The Fiddler's Horn Pip", a real test of his skill.The violin belonged to Perry, Ralph's first-born, who died at 24 years of age of an appendicitis.Esmeralda Emily died at the age of 14 of diabetes.She is buried in a very special cotton dress for which she had picked wild strawberries to pay for the material.In those days cotton was a rare fabric.Perry and her are both buried in the West Hill Cemetery in the Wheeler plot.Ralph's wife, Emily Catherine was a frail woman physically but exercised a strong Christian influence in the family.She kept the seventh day Bible Sabbath and believed in the soon return of Jesus.Her ninth stroke cased her death." -- from "The Founders of Wheelerville; notes of Norman R. Beamesderfer
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Burial: 20 May 1909, West Hill Cem., Shunk, PA.
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