17 January 2011

Who is Catherine Wheeler? Part II-Mystery Monday

I posted a Mystery Monday post about Catherine Wheeler in November.  I could not figure out who she was and why she was living with my great grandparents, Frank H. and Hattie (Fenn) Glover in the 1900 and 1910 Census'.  Her relationship to the head of household was listed as mother-in-law.   Later, I discovered this relationship not to be true.

On the same day as I posted my blog on Catherine Wheeler, I received an email from Apple of Apple's Tree blog.  Apple and I have Glover's in our family tree and connected through blogging.  In an act of incredible genealogical kindness, Apple researched Catherine Wheeler.  Apple discovered this about Catherine Wheeler:

  • Her death certificate is mis-indexed as Cathione L Wheeler. It lists her parents as Able Ellis and Dorothy Bishop.
  • 1850 Census: Coldwater, Branch, MI, page 50. Stephen Wheeler age 20 b NY. In home of Horace & Eliza A Rockwood.
  • 1860 Census: Bethel, Branch, MI, page 126. Stephen L Wheeler, age 28 b NY, Painter; Martha L. age 26 b NY; Emma age 4 b MI; Albert Cummings age 26 b Canada
  • 1870 Census:  Mason, Vevay Twp, Ingham, MI, page 43: Josiah Tyler age 53 b NY, Physician. Catherine Tyler, age 38 b NY. Emma age 15 b MI, William age 6 b MI and Frances age 11 b NY - in that order
  • 1870 Census:  Blackman, Jackson, MI, page 8. Stephen Wheeler age 39 b NY, Engineer; Martha age 37 b NY; Emma age 14 b MI; Fred age 6 b MI.
  • Emma A Tyler married John Branchflower, 19 Aug 1875. Jackson, MI (Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995 @FamilySearch) Says she was born 1856, Albion, Orleans Co, New York. I did not find Josiah or Catherine on the 1855 census index for Orleans Co.
  • Catherine L Ellis Tyler married Stephen Wheeler 4 Nov 1875 Jackson, MI. He was born 1830, Niagara, NY. (Michigan Marriages 1822-1995 @FamilySearch)
  • 1880, Rives, Jackson, MI, Stephen Wheeler, age 49 b. NY. Louisa Wheeler age 50 b. NY and Frederic Wheeler age 15 b. MI (FamilySearch 1880 census index) William Tyler not with them.
  • 8 Jan 1883 death of Wm H Tyler, Jackson, Jackson, MI. Son of Josiah and Catherine Tyler. (Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897 @FamilySearch)
  • 8 Jan 1884 death of Willie H Tyler, Jackson, Jackson, MI. Son of J J and Catherine Tyler. (Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897 @FamilySearch)
I really appreciate all the information that Apple found.  We weren't able to place Catherine Wheeler in either of our families.  I believe that Catherine Wheeler was living with Frank H. Glover and Hattie Fenn Glover because of Frank H. Glover's relationship with Catherine Wheeler's step son, Fredrick Wheeler.  Fredrick Wheeler was a witness to Frank and Hattie Glover's marriage. 

Thank you Apple for filling in a few holes concerning Catherine Wheeler.


  1. That was very nice of Apple, she is always willing to help others.

  2. Yes, she is and I really appreciated it.

  3. that is lucky. and yes apple is very sweet.

  4. I really appreciated Apple's help.

  5. I'm glad I was able to find what I did but I'm still curious. I guess there will always be those family friends that puzzle us. I'm still picking at the Orleans County connection and I want to look closer at my Wheelers to see if there is a connection there.

  6. I am curious, too. I guess I have moved it to the back burner for now. Keep me posted and if I find anything else I will let you know. Again, thank you for your help.