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Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler Notebooks


Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler (1810-1879) was educated at Hertford Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N. Y.; studied medicine with Dr. Nathan Chapman, first president of the American Medical Association. He married Lucinda Bond, daughter of Lewis Bond, state legislator from Bertie County. A Baptist active in the Chowan Association, he practiced medicine, farmed, and taught at the Chowan Baptist Female Institute. Dr. Wheeler owned and editedThe [Murfreesboro] Citizen, 1858-1859 and served with the mountedpartisan rangers on picket duty, 1862-1864.Includes a medical day book of 145 pages and a diary. The day book contains the accounts of his patients in intermittent years between ... (more below)

Title

Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler Notebooks

Collection Number

PC.1075

Date(s)

1832 - 1879

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
2
Genre/Physical Characteristic

day book and diary

Abstract

Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler (1810-1879) was educated at Hertford Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N. Y.; studied medicine with Dr. Nathan Chapman, first president of the American Medical Association. He married Lucinda Bond, daughter of Lewis Bond, state legislator from Bertie County. A Baptist active in the Chowan Association, he practiced medicine, farmed, and taught at the Chowan Baptist Female Institute. Dr. Wheeler owned and edited  The [Murfreesboro] Citizen, 1858-1859 and served with the mounted  "partisan rangers" on picket duty, 1862-1864.

Includes a medical day book of 145 pages and a diary. The day book contains the accounts of his patients in intermittent years between 1834-1870 and the accounts of boarders, someof whom were young ladies attending the Chowan Baptist Female Institute [Chowan College] in Murfreesboro, 1849-1855. The diary of 1879, written on the back of weekly weather chronicles of the War Department is essentially a day by day account of the slow dying of Dr. Wheeler at  "Willow Hall" in Bertie County.

Physical Location

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Creator

Wheeler, Dr. Samuel Jordan

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


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Processed by Ellen Z. McGrew, October, 1967

Encoded by Lee Todd, November, 2007


Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler, born 1810, son of Elizabeth Jordan and John Wheeler of Murfreesboro, Hertford County, and brother of John Hill Wheeler, the historian. He was educated at Hertford Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N. Y.; studied medicine with Dr. Nathan Chapman, first president of the American Medical Association, in Philadelphia; married Lucinda Bond, daughter of Lewis Bond, state legislator from Bertie County. A Baptist active in the Chowan Association, he practiced medicine, farmed, taught at the Chowan Baptist Female Institute, 1849-1851; and owned and edited  The [Murfreesboro] Citizen, 1858-1859. His son John, a private in Company C, 17th North Carolina Regiment, died in camp at Portsmouth, N. C., July, 1861. Dr. Wheeler served with the mounted  "partisan rangers" on picket duty, 1862-1864, between the Roanoke and Chowan Rivers and was elected major and commanding officer when these three cavalry companies were organized into the 12th Battalion. He died September 8, 1879; his wife died December 19 the same year.


[Identification of item], PC.1075, Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler Notebooks, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


From Biennial Reports, 1932-1934, medical day book, 1834-1872, and diary, 1879, of Dr. S. J. Wheeler, presented by his grandson, Samuel Wheeler Worthington, Wilson, N.C.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.

  1. Samuel Wheeler Worthington, PC.1070, State Archives of North Carolina Raleigh, N.C. John H. Wheeler (1806-1882) Diaries and Papers, MfP.51, State Archives of North Carolina Raleigh, N.C.  Southern Historical Collection: Samuel Jordan Wheeler Diary, 1864-1872, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Themedical day book of 145 pages contains the accounts of his patients in intermittent years between 1834-1870 and the accounts of boarders, some of whom were young ladies attending the Chowan Baptist Female Institute [Chowan College] in Murfreesboro, 1849-1855. There are separate indexes for these two accounts. The patients' accounts list visits, treatment, medicines, charges, etc. Among the fifty-two names of the boarders are those of the school's second and third presidents,Martin Rudolph Fory (1849-1854) andWilliam Hooper (1854-1862).

Miscellaneous entries include poems; accounts with druggists (including a long list of medical supplies purchased in Philadelphia, 1832-1833), general stores, and hired labor; observations on tanning; and recipes for biscuits, cheese, and a cough mixture.

Thediary of 1879, written on the back of weekly weather chronicles of the War Department is essentially a day by day account of the slow dying of Dr. Wheeler at  "Willow Hall" in Bertie County. The entries record the efforts of his wife and servants to maintain the house and vegetable garden, the visits of friends and neighbors, the kindness of his children, his reading (the  Watchman and  Albemarle Times), his activities (mending shoes, a case knife, a plough bridle), his letter writing (to his brother John H. Wheeler and his brother-in-law Godwin C. Moore). With clinical detachment he records the progress of his deterioration and the heavy sedation required. The last entry is August 22, sixteen days before his death.

Wheeler Family genealogical chart, beginning with John Wheeler.


  • Wheeler, John H. (John Hill), 1806-1882
  • Wheeler, Samuel Jordan
  • Wheeler family
  • Chowan Baptist Female Institute (Murfreesboro, N.C.)
  • Chowan College
  • Medical care
  • Medical supplies
  • Physicians--North Carolina--Murfreesboro
  • Poetry
  • Recipes
  • Women's health services--North Carolina--History--19th century.
  • Bertie County (N.C.)
  • Hertford County (N.C.)