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Sarah J. (Avis) Wheatley (1806 - 1878)

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Sarah J. Wheatley formerly Avis
Born in Maryland, United Statesmap
Wife of — married 23 Jun 1832 in Perry, Indiana, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Perry, Indiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 6 Oct 2019 | Created 2 Sep 2019 | Last significant change: 6 Oct 2019
14:41: Charles Avis edited the Biography for Sarah J. (Avis) Wheatley (1806-1878). (Updated research notes) [Thank Charles for this]
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Sarah was born in Maryland[1] [2][3] in 1806[4] (or 1807[3] [1], or 1808[2]). She migrated to Nelson Co., KY with the rest of her family in the 1820's. By 1832, she had moved on the Perry Co., IN with her mother and two siblings. There, in 1832, she married Walter Wheatley[5]. They resided in Perry Co. for the rest of their lives and are buried in Old St. John's Cemetery [4].


For future use, the sources below indicate that Sarah had these children: Thomas, David, James, Matilda, Zacharias, Mary, Hanna, John, Anna.

Research Notes

(updated 10/6/2019)

Sarah is associated with the following family unit based upon various sources and reasoning. No documentation has yet been found which explicitly associates all the members. Here is the current state of the reasoning:

>Father and mother: John and Mary Avis

Mary’s tombstone says she was wife of John. Mary is explicitly referred to as mother of Matilda in Matilda’s marriage record.

>Children: Nancy Ann (b. 1796), Basil (b. 1799), Sarah J. (b. 1807), James (b. 1810), Matilda (b. 1813), unnamed male (b. <1814)

All children except the unnamed male were born in Maryland between 1790 and 1813. There’s no birthplace data for him.

The parents were both born in Maryland according to the later census records of the children.

These persons are the only Avis’ born in Maryland who, in 1850/1860, were no longer in Maryland (except for Avis-261, see below). The family may have originated in St. Mary’s Co., MD because Nancy was married there and a John was in the militia there in 1794 (two years before Nancy was born).

All the children settled in Nelson Co., KY with Sarah, James and Matilda continuing on to Perry Co., IN where mother Mary is buried. The were all married either in Maryland (Nancy), Nelson Co. (Basil, Matilda) or Perry Co. (James, Sarah). The unnamed male’s widow (Mary) was remarried in Nelson County.

From the reported birthplaces and baptisms of children and a few deeds, they settled in Nelson Co. around 1826 and in Perry Co. in 1832. All the children lived out their lives in those two counties.

Mary’s children are also associated via their sponsorship of each other’s children at baptisms or providing bond for marriages.

>David Avis, another possible son:

David is the only other Avis who was born in Maryland and not there in 1850/1860. Associating him with this family as a child of John and Mary is logical, but currently tenuous. However, the following data applies:

1. His birthplace is Maryland
2. His birth year (1817) fits with the rest of the family
3. The first record of him is his marriage in Monroe Co., IN (84 miles north of Perry Co.) in 1837 (at 20 years old)
4. He is the only other Avis who was born in Maryland but who was not there in 1850/1860

David has not yet been associated with this family in WikiTree (as of 9/1/2019) pending further research.


  1. 1.0 1.1 U. S. Census 1850, Perry County, IN. Dwelling 1010, Leopold Township, 9-23-1850 Transcript
  2. 2.0 2.1 U. S. Census 1870, Perry County, IN. Dwelling 82, Leopold Township, 7-28-1870, p. 12 Transcript
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mosby, James. The Living History of Perry County. Evanston, IN: Unigraphic, 1977. p. 541, 683. Seen at Perry Co. Public Library, Tell City, IN. Transcript
  4. 4.0 4.1 Old St. John's Cemetery, Perry Co., Indiana Grave List
  5. Leistner, Doris. Marriages of Perry Co., IN 1814-1852. Tell City, IN?: Leistner, 1977. p. 50, 53 Transcript
  • Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Leopold, Indiana Baptisms 1850-1854. Found at Excerpt

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