1835–1919

June 21, 1835 (her tombstone says 1843), near Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Spring Forest Ce­me­te­ry, Binghamton, New York.

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Mary was the wife of Hen­ry Wheel­er (mar­ried 1858), who as of 1893 was the Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, Con­fer­ence of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church.

When Mary was six years old, her fa­mi­ly em­i­grat­ed to Am­er­i­ca, set­tling in Bing­ham­ton, New York. She ex­celled in com­po­si­tion, and be­gan to write for pub­li­ca­tion at an ear­ly age. At first she wrote more po­et­ry than prose.

Before mar­riage, she was prin­ci­pal of the larg­est high school in Bing­ham­ton.

Mary served as pre­si­dent of the Wo­man’s For­eign Mis­sion­a­ry So­ci­e­ty of Phil­a­del­phia; as a na­tion­al ev­an­gel­ist for the Wo­man’s Chris­tian Tem­per­ance Un­ion (WCTU); was a mem­ber of the Na­tional Lec­ture Bu­reau of Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; and in 1891 was ap­point­ed su­per­in­ten­dent of the World’s WCTU Mis­sion.

Her works in­clude:

  1. Sing and Pray!
  2. Brother, Look Out o’er the Fields
  3. Calling for You
  4. He Is Able to De­li­ver
  5. Marching to Zi­on
  6. Peacefully Rest
  7. Scatter Love’s Beau­ti­ful Gar­lands
  8. Time’s Swift Char­i­ot
  9. To the Ut­ter­most