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Wheeler, John C.
MILITARY SERVICE
Age: 28, credited to Fletcher, VT
Unit(s): 22nd MA INF, Corps D'Afrique
Service: enl, Westborough, MA, 9/11/61, 1st Class MSCN, F&S, 22nd MA INF, m/o 8/11/62, per GO 151 HQ AOP, Harrison's Landing, VA; enl 11/23/63, Boston, 1st Class MSCN, Bgd Band No. 2, Corps D'Afrique (81st USCI), m/o 8/12/65, New Orleans

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VITALS
Birth: 09/14/1833, Fletcher, VT
Death: 12/16/1891

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, MA
Marker/Plot:
Gravestone researcher/photographer:

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: Wheeler, Jonathan C. (birth name)
Pension?: Yes, 2/14/1891, NH; widow Julia R., 12/28/1891, NH
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(State digraphs will show that this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldier's home)

Remarks: See below.
DESCENDANTS

Great Grandfather of Donald H. Wheeler, Jr., Warner, NH

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BURIAL:
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Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, MA
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and other veterans who may be buried there.



Biographical Notes

1.Was born Jonathan C. Wheeler and changed his name sometime between 1850 and 1855.

2. Brigade Band No. 2, Corps d'Afrique, USCT was composed of all white men who previously served in Massachusetts regimental bands.

3. His name, John C. Wheeler, is on plaque number E-143 of the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC
Information provided by Donald H. Wheeler, Jr., John's great-grandson.

Obituary

KILLED BY ONE BLOW
An Aged Hotel Keeper Brutally Murdered in Vermont

Peterboro, N. H., Dec. 17. -- John C. Wheeler, keeper of a hotel at Rindge Centre, was murdered about 5 o'clock last night, in front of his hotel, by John Burnell, or Branell, a Frenchman, belonging in Fitzwilliam.

Burnell, accompanied by another man whose name is not at present known, drove up to the hotel and asked Wheeler for some liquor. This was refused, and high words followed and a scuffle ensued.

Burnell became terribly enraged, and seizing a whiffletree, dealt Wheeler a savage blow over the head, killing him instalt.nt (as printed) Two other men who came to Wheeler's assistance received severe treatment and one was very badly injured.

His victim was about 65 years of age, nearly blind, and leaves a widow and three children. He had been in the hotel business in Rindge about three years, his son Frank, having previously conducted the house.

Rindge Centre, N. H., Dec. 18. -- John Brunnell, who murdered John C. Wheeler, the blind innkeeper of this town, and nearly killed Fred A. Crocker, Wednesday evening, was arrested yesterday by Constable Doolan of Ashburnham, Mass., who will get the town's reward of $300.

Bradford (VT) United Opinion, December 25, 1891.

Webmaster's Note: a whiffletree is "the pivoted swinging bar to which the traces of a harness are fastened and by which a vehicle or implement is drawn." (Merriam-Webster dictionary)