CHARLES ANTHONY WHEELER
Charles Anthony Wheeler was born in Andover in 1805. In 1830 he had taken over the Chemist business of E Greaves in the High Street of what would become known as Old Swindon. He married Mary Jane Jefferies, of Draycott Foliatt, in 1835. Mary was a relative of the famous author Richard Jefferies.
In 1851 his occupation was House Proprietor.
On 28th Nov 1855 he pointed a loaded double-barrelled pistol at the Chairman of the Stratton Workhouse.
In 1861 he and his family were living at Rose Cottage on Drove Road and he was a Manufacturer of Pastry Powder. He also had a Brick & Tile business and was briefly an Auctioneer.
Ten years later Charles has retired and was now living with his family next door to William Morris, founder of the Swindon Evening Advertiser, on Victoria Road. Charles died on the 18th September 1888 at No 5 Gloucester Villas where he was living with his daughter following the death of his wife in 1879.
More details of his busy life will be added soon......
His daughter, Ellen Mary Wheeler, remained at this house as a spinster until she died aged 84 in 1921. In her will she names local chemist WILLIAM JOHN SMITH as her executor.