|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1824|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1888|
The first girl born in Stephen F. Austin's colony is said to be Lavinia, daughter of Eli Hunter and Sarah Bright Hunter.
Eli Hunter was a member of the Old Three Hundred and early Wharton County settler. Lavinia married Daniel Milner Wheeler in 1842 in Matagorda, Texas. Daniel's father, John Wheeler, Justice of the Peace, presided over the ceremony. It was near there that they parented eleven children. Tragically, the parents outlived their children, except for Emma Thalitha Moore and Frances L. (Fanny) Killingsworth. Daniel and Lavinia were prominent members of the Tres Palacios Baptist Church in Matagorda County. They were also instrumental in its formation and growth as evidenced by the very first meeting of the church being held at their home in 1852. Late in life Lavinia and Daniel moved North to Stockdale in Wilson County, near Daniel's brothers, David Thwing Wheeler, John Edwin Wheeler, and their families. It was there that they lived out the remainder of their lives. The couple is buried alone in a pasture near the location of their last home.
From historical accounts, it appears that nine of their children are buried near the old Wheeler homestead in Matagorda County.
A reference from Deming's Bridge Cemetery 1850, Hawley Cemetery 1898, Tres Palacios Baptist Church 1852, Matagorda County, Texas compiled by Adelaide Hall Pierce, May, 1960:
"The Lacy tract of land on the east bank of the Tres Palacios river later became a part of the Wheeler land, and 21 graves of the Wheelers and a few of their slaves are buried there, not far from where the old Wheeler home stood."
Daniel Milner Wheeler (1821 - 1885)
The Worry is at Rest.
Wheeler Cemetery #2
Created by: James Carroll Wheeler
Record added: May 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19413057