Wheeler, John C.
Age: 28, credited to Fletcher, VTVITALS
Birth: 09/14/1833, Fletcher, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: Wheeler, Jonathan C. (birth name)DESCENDANTS
Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, MA
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1.Was born Jonathan C. Wheeler and changed his name sometime between 1850 and 1855.Information provided by Donald H. Wheeler, Jr., John's great-grandson.
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
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)