Next, I decided to research Frank and Hattie's marriage. I ordered the Jackson Michigan Marriage Records (1867-1883), Film Number 0941634 at my local family history center. It is here, on record number 568, that I confirm that Hattie's maiden name is Fenn. (My father told me he thought that was her name.) So, who is Catherine Wheeler, had she remarried? As I look at the marriage record, I read the witnesses names, one is Frederick Wheeler. OK, now I am intrigued. How do these Wheelers fit into my family?
I spent a little time searching census records for Frederick Wheeler and Catherine Wheeler. The census record says Catherine Wheeler was born in February 1833 in New York. I could never find any information about her.
In the mean time I continued my Glover and Fenn research establishing Hattie's parents as Daniel C. Fenn and Elizabeth Poor. Now I really was confused. Who the heck was Catherine Wheeler and why was she listed as mother-in-law in the census?
Further on in Hattie's Bible I find a July 2 1918 newspaper article, "Chapter Loses Notable Member" "Mrs. Catherine Wheeler was Real Granddaughter of the Revolution" The article says she is mourned by the local DAR chapter and had the distinction of being a real granddaughter . She owed this distinction to her grandfather, James Bishop, a hero of the battle of Saratoga. Bishop? Don't have any Bishops, that I know of, in the family. It goes on to say she was born, 18 February 1828, in New York state. Her father was a Methodist minister. She was married twice. First, to a Dr. Tyler who was a physician at one time in lower Michigan. Second, to Stephen Wheeler. The only mention of Frank and Hattie is "since the death of Mr. Wheeler she had made her home with the family of F.H. Glover, for several years residents of Marquette. Catherine Wheeler passed away on June 9, 1918 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Branchflower of Jackson, where she had lived for the past year.
I find Catherine Wheeler a mystery. I have never been able to find anything about the Wheelers. The woman who gave me the bible doesn't know who she is. I don't know what her connection was to my great grandparents, but I would love to know. She sounds like a wonderful women.