Wheeler, Daniel (1847-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine A.W.

The Oaksey Church and the Cirencester Circuit have sustained a real loss in the death of Bro. Daniel Wheeler in his sixty-eighth year. He experienced the vital change of passing from “darkness to light” in 1878, when he quickly showed the reality of his conversion by his works. He became a Sunday school teacher. Very soon came the call to preach. He very heartily enjoyed prayer meetings, class meetings and camp meetings. At these open-air services his presence was most welcome on account of his ability to sing.

During recent years his physical strength failed. His sufferings were great, but patiently borne, and as the sands of life ran out his faith became very strong. On the 5th of May his body was laid to rest in the Kemble Cemetery in the presence of many who gathered to show their respect for a man of God.


Daniel was born in early 1847 at Poole Keynes, Wiltshire, to parents John Wheeler, who worked the land (1861), and Ann Strange.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Daniel.

  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 agricultural labourer
  • 1891 carter at mill
  • 1901 cattleman on farm
  • 1911 farm labourer

He married Ruth Hunt (1852-1919) on 15 October 1870 at Withington, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify seven of twelve children.

  • William Charles (1871-1947) – a railway shunter (1911)
  • John (b1875) – a general labourer (1911)
  • Henry (1877-1902)
  • Anne Elizabeth (1880-1881)
  • Frederick James (1883-1914) – a railway shunter (1911); died in WW1
  • Ernest Edwin (1891-1931) – a general labourer (1911)
  • Emily Louisa (b1893)

Daniel died in May 1914 at Oaksey, Wiltshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/834

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