Smithfield Township
Jefferson County, Ohio

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Category: Ohio physical, cultural and historic features; Feature Name: Wheeler Cemetery, Type: Cultural, Class: Cemetery, County: Jefferson, FID: 1047845, Coordinates: Latitude 40.2453475 and Longitude -80.7995294.


  • Wheeler Cemetery - Bill Cermak, (Smithfield Township Trustee) along with his wife and a few boy scouts have been actively cleaning up Wheeler Cemetery since 2003. They completed the removal of large bush and dead trees in the fall of 2004. Bill contacted me in Oct. and stated that the cemetery is completely cleared of brush, weeds and debris piles. We will begin probing and reading tombstone inscriptions in the early spring.The first time we probed we found a large ornate tombstones dating back to the early 1820's. We are looking forward to probing, reading tombstones, and restoring this very old pioneer cemetery. Mr. "Applejack" Welday (a direct descendants of the Wheeler and Welday families) who is over 90 years old, walked down the hill to the cemetery when we were probing back in the spring of 2006. We metAnn Grayzar, and a few of Ann's relatives, along withJohn Borkowski. Plans to continue work at this location are slated. (Report given by Flora L. VerStraten)


  • Deed E pg. 410: James Wheeler to Methodist Episcopal Church (Smithfield Twp. 1st M.E. Church)

  • James Wheeler was born March 31, 1785 near Baltimore, Maryland. In about 1796 he came to Wellsburg, VA (now WV), with his parents. They soon moved on to Lexington, KY, then back to Maryland in about 1805. At this time, James married Elizabeth Cramblet, daughter of Joseph Cramblett and in 1810 came to Smithfield Township. Here he reared six children: Reason, Susan (Penell), Eliza (Scott), Ann (Parr), John, and Marrah (Logan). James married his second wife, Mary Stiers of Harrison County, Ohio and had six more children: Mary (McCance), Rebecca (Judkins), and Asseneth (Gasaway) and three children died. The father of James Wheeler was Benjamin Wheeler and the parents of Mary Stiers were Jacob and Mary Stiers. Their son, John was born February 3, 1817 and married Hannah Moore, who was born in 1822, daughter of Nathaniel and Susan Moore. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.