Submitted by F Anthony “Tony” Whitehorn, 5 Jun 2012.


Some years ago a Juanita Wallace queried information on Clayton Wheeler, son of James Wheeler and Elizabeth Welch of Gibson Co., Indiana. 


Clayton Wheeler married Martha (Patsy) Taylor in Gibson Co., Indiana, 10 Sep 1818


Martha Taylor was born in Georgia to Bailey Taylor, a North Carolina Militia soldier in the American Revolution who was present in Gibson Co. no later than 1815. 


According to oral history in my family, Bailey Taylor was married to Martha (Patsy) Head, but I have not been able to prove it.  They had at least two children, a Bailey Taylor Jr., the aforementioned Martha Taylor and, possibly, the Nancy Taylor who married Henry Peck at Gibson Co., Indiana on 19 Feb 1829


The younger Bailey Taylor Jr. married, it seems first, Winney Bass at Gibson Co. 18 Jul 1815 and then Mrs. Sarah Black Edwards, daughter of Thomas B. Black and Edith A. Pyle, originally of Christian Co., Kentucky. 


The older Bailey Taylor probably died in Gibson Co., Indiana or nearby, but the younger Bailey Taylor ended up in Sangamon and Macoupin Cos., Illinois where it seems he died ca 1850. 


Their daughter, Amanda Taylor, married a son of Clayton Wheeler and Patsy Taylor Wheeler, named after Clayton’s older brother, Payton Wheeler.  Clayton Wheeler’s family cannot be found on the 1850 census, but they were residing at Henderson Co., Illinois


Around 1855, Clayton Wheeler’s family, along with members of Bailey Taylor’s family, resettled in Iowa.  Clayton Wheeler died around 1860, possibly in Lucas Co., Iowa


His widow, Patsy Taylor Wheeler died around 1880 in Clarke Co., Iowa


My great great-grandmother, Ann Eliza Wwheeler, was a daughter of Clayton Wheeler and Patsy Taylor Wheeler.  She married John Warren Whitehorn at Henderson Co., Illinois.  She died at Clarke Co., Iowa in 1873. 


Among their several children was my great grandfather’s brother, John Payton Whitehorn, whose middle name also hails back to Payton Wheeler of Gibson Co., Indiana. 


Hope that is helpful to Wheeler researchers.  Tony Whitehorn