Member of GAR post 219
T. B. Wheeler
Wellington Enterprise 1 March 1899 pg 8
Turney Burritt Wheeler
Turney Burritt Wheeler was born in Briton, O., May 17, 1843, and died in LaGrange, February 20, 1899. Mr. Wheeler was united in marriage to Miss Emily Bissel of Granger, Medina Co., in 1865. His wife was called home July 26, 1880. January 25, 1882, he was married to Miss Hattie A. Wilcox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Wilcox, of LaGrange, who, together with his daughter and son, by his first wife, brought light again to his home.
Mr. Wheeler was mustered into the United States service at Elyria, O., September 8 , 1862, and became a member of company H, 103, O.V.I., remaining in the service until the close of the war, and his patriotic, faithful and invaluable services to his country will ever be remembered. He fought at the battles of East Tennessee, Knoxville, Armstrong Hill, Resaca, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, Wilmington, Goldsborough and Raleigh. It was hoped by his friends that the heroe (sic) of so many well-fought battles would not have to surrender yet to death. But the strongest man is finally week; the bravest soul must sometime be vanquished; his foe this time was more formidable than ranks bristling with steel. The veteran of hot compaigns (sic) had met an enemy too strong to be defeated.
The beginning of the end was about 6 o’clock the morning before. The tide of life, which had risen and fallen so many times, and which during the day had passed the flood mark of hope, began its final ebbing, which, to the eyes of the watchers, would never be stayed again. It was a question now of hours only, how long could the weakened frame withstand the gnawing of his disease. Time only could give answer. Not the least of the battles fought by Mr. Wheeler was the one with disease and death. It was a battle to be proud of. It was an exhibition of American pluck and grit and unconquerable determination in which his comrades must feel a reflected pride.
He had a great desire to live to see his absent daughter, but he could not hold out till the coming of his first born. The forces against him were too mighty. All of his family, except his eldest daughter were present at his beside, and at twenty minutes of 1, Monday morning the end came, and was so quiet as to be almost imperceptible.
The disceased (sic) joined Hamlin Post of Wellington, May 11, 1882, being a charter member. May 20, he was transferred to Hasting’s Post of this place, of which he remained an active member to the close of his life. He leaves a wife, three daughter, two sons, one brother and three sisters. Never was there a more devoted husband or a kinder father.
The funeral was held from the M.E. church, Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock and was conducted by Rev. M.W. Reece. Many and beautiful were the floral designs. One piece brought by the members of the 103 O.V.I., of Elyria, was especially beautiful. Mrs. Hattie Wheeler and family desire to extend their sincere thanks to the many kind friends and neighbors, for their sympathy and kindness shown them during their late bereavement; and to all who in any way rendered assistance and condolence and also for the many beautiful floral tributes tendered the memory of their beloved husband and father.