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SPOUSE: Martha
Marriage: unknown
Place: <Connecticut>

Birth Date: between 1760 and 1770
Birth Place: <Connecticut>
Death Date: unknown
<Ovid, Seneca, New York>

Simon D. Wheeler
possible siblings
John C. Wheeler age 20-30 in 1830

OCCUPATION(S): elected as fence-viewer in 1800.

Father: unknown
Mother: unknown

possible-James C. Wheeler
age 60-70 in 1830

Research Ideas



Ovid, New York, 1789-1889, an early history, compiled by Wayne E. Morrison [Ovid, New York: W. E. Morrison & Co, 1980]
p. 144,147
From 1795 to 1806 the population increased rapidly.....Simon and James Wheeler, with their father; and Benjamin Whaldron also on the same lot near Sheldrake.

p. 162 Map- The Town of Ovid, Seneca Co. NY 1858
This map shows lot No.23 near Sheldrake, H[oratio] Palmer lives on this lot at the shore of Cayuga Lake.
Levi Palmer and children of Horatio Palmer are buried in the New Sheldrake Cemetery.

p. 160-191
    The first town meeting was held on April 1, 1794, at the house Abraham Covert....the following officers were chosen to wit:......Supervisor, Town Clerk, Assessors, Overseers of the Poor, Commissioners of Highways, Constable, Fence-viewers. .....The Town Minute Book, embracing the years 1794 ubtil 1860 has been preserved, and contains besides the names of elected town officers, a list of slaveholders, ear markings for animals, descriptions of newly laid out highways, locations of pounds etc.  The list of the town officers, with spellings retained as found upon the pages of the original minute book, follows verbatim, viz.....
.......John VanTuyl, John Simpson, Aaron Miller, Jacob Smith, Grover Smith, Phineas Clark, Joseph Thomas, Nathaniel Osgood, Nicholas Huff, and Simon Wheeler Fence Viewers;
Joseph Wilson, Leonard Wilkin, Grover Smith and Simon Wheeler, Pound Masters;
.....Simeon Wheeler [among 56 other men] Overseers of Highways
.....Simon Wheeler [among 31 other men] Commissioners of Highways

Our Vanishing Landscape by Eric Sloane
[New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1955]
p. 32
     Not long ago an important job in every American town was that of the fence-viewer. There is nothing for fence-viewers to do today, yet many towns still elect them and pay them for their office. Whether it is done with a Yankee sense of humor or not, the election of fence-viewers in Vermont is still a celebrated custom.
     Fence-viewers decided the necessity and the sufficiency of all the fences in their neighborhood. They settled disputes between landowners, and they were liable (by fine) for the neglect of fences within their jurisdiction. Nowadays this strange office is ususally bestowed on deserving citizens as a prctical joke, but not so long ago, that plug hat and frock coat ot the New England fence-viewer was a very official uniform.
     The fence viewer also had his deputies and assistants, two of which carried a Gunter's chain for measuring acreage and fence mileage. A Gunter's chain is a linked measuring-device sixty-six feet long, including handles on both ends. It was invented in 1620 by Edmund Gunter, and English mathmetician: all road and land measurements since his day were shown on maps in chains or divisions of the chain.