Wheeler  Cemetery # 1

Wilson Co. Cemeteries of TX

Submitted by James Carroll Wheeler

Wheeler Cemetery History

The Wheeler Cemetery is located approximately five miles southwest of Stockdale in Wilson County.  It is in a pasture about 1000 feet south of County Road 312.

The land containing the Wheeler Cemetery was originally owned by John Edwin Wheeler, then sold to his brother, David Thwing (D. T.) Wheeler in the 1860s.  It was here that D. T. lived and worked the land with his large family for several decades.  D. T. and John also operated the Wheeler Mill on the Cibolo River, located close to the family home about one-half mile east of the cemetery.

Having no public cemetery available at the time, D. T. set aside the plot on his farm for family burials.  His second wife, Maniza and daughter, Lela, were among the first to be buried here in 1863.  D. T.’s father, John, having brought the family to Texas in 1840, was buried here in 1867.  D. T. and his third wife, Mary Watson, were buried here in February, 1892.  His first wife, Mary E. Allen died of Cholera, with her infant, in San Antonio.  They are believed to be buried in that city.

The Wheeler and Butler families were close neighbors owning adjacent tracts of land, and developed a kinship when D. T. Wheeler’s daughter, Lenora Angelina (Angie) Wheeler married John Crittenden (J. C.) Butler in December of 1874.  J. C. Butler died in June of 1892 and was the first member of the Butler family to be buried here.  Thereafter the cemetery was sometimes known as “Wheeler-Butler Cemetery.”

Other families with relatives buried in the cemetery are that of Allison, Carmichael, Harrell, and Lambert.

In early 2008, the Wheeler, Butler, and Allison descendents formed the “Wheeler-Butler Cemetery Association” for the purpose of renovating and maintaining the cemetery.  Courtesy of Mitchell Hugh Butler   2nd Great Grandson of   David Thwing Wheeler  July 2008


Wheeler Cemetery Interments:

Allison, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
b. May 12, 1837 d. May 8, 1872

Butler, David Thomas Crittenden http://www.findagrave.com/icons2/trans.gif 
b. Jun. 11, 1877 d. Aug. 12, 1938

Butler, John Crittenden

b. Oct. 29, 1839 d. Jun. 20, 1892

Butler, Lenora Angeline Wheeler
b. Dec. 10, 1854 d. Jan. 24, 1939

Butler, May Angeline
b. Dec. 24, 1886 d. Jul. 15, 1939

Carmichael, French
b. Sep. 19, 1879 d. May 17, 1880

Carmichael, William L.
b. Oct. 3, 1865 d. Nov. 25, 1887

Harrell, M. S. E.
b. Apr. 11, 1866 d. May 22, 1885

Lambert, Coatney
b. Sep. 24, 1899 d. Dec. 13, 1900

 Wheeler, David Thwing
b. Sep. 15, 1812 d. Feb. 10, 1892

 Wheeler, John
b. Nov. 11, 1786 d. Nov. 23, 1867

 Wheeler, Lela
b. Aug. 4, 1863 d. Aug. 8, 1863

 Wheeler, Maniza Angeline Brown
b. Jul. 16, 1832 d. Aug. 9, 1863


 Wheeler, Mary A. Watson
b. Jul. 27, 1819 d. Feb. 24, 1892