August 27, 1834, Bloomfield, Connecticut.

October 10, 1894, Hartland, Connecticut.

Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.


Wheeler’s parents were Joseph Brooks and Almira Dimmis Parsons Weaver. Starting at age 19, he taught school for while. He then became a grocery clerk, eventually opening his own store. Later, his Masonic work absorbed so much of his time that he left the grocery business.

Wheeler became a Mason in 1860, received the 32nd degree in 1863, and the 33rd degree by 1865, and served as Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Bodies of Connecticut.

Wheeler also served on the city council of Hartford (1873–74), and was a member of the Windsor Avenue Congregational Church, and the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. His works include:

  1. Abide in Me
  2. Angels’ Song, The
  3. Come, Let Our Anthems Rise
  4. How Bright and Grand, How Glorious
  5. Keep Me Safe in Thee
  6. Not Self, but Love
  7. Teach Us to Pray