Hi. I just dropped into this forum sort of accidentally and saw this query. There was an OLD Benjamin Wheeler in
early Granville County NC tax lists before the county was broken up into Bute, Orange, etc. I'll try to dig it out if you want to write me.
Meanwhile, a Benjamin Wheeler/Wheler handwrote and also witnessed my gggggrandfather's will - John Pendergrass of Wake county (formerly of Warren county, previously Bute co, previously Granville co) In 1800 Wake, John's son Moses Pendergrass married a Nancy Wheeler and they had a good sized family which moved to Wythe Co, Va in about 1926 and later to Lee County, Va by 1840. You will see on the net that Benjamin Wheeler was Nancy's father, but there's no proof of that, and there's no female in Benjamin Wheeler's household who'd be eligible to be a daughter marrying in Jan 1800. It may have been my over enthusiastic late father who first leapt to that conclusion, later posted by others as fact.
I don't know what YOUNG Benjamin Wheeler's occupation was, but he was literate when most people weren't (not a great speller, but literate) and he got that will form from somewhere, so it's likely that he had written others and possible he was a lawyer or clerk?
Hope this helps.
Karen Marcum Pendergrass Brandon
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