Daniel Wheeler (missionary)

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Daniel Wheeler (1771–1840) was a Quaker.


Daniel Wheeler, British Quaker, minister, teacher and missionary in Russia and the South Pacific.

  • 1771 Born November 27, 1771 to William and Sarah Wheeler in London, England
  • 1777 His father William Wheeler dies.
  • 1783 Midshipman, Royal Navy. Mother Sarah Wheeler passes away.
  • 1781 -1796 Served in army
  • 1790 Joined Quakers
  • 1796 Settled in Handsworth Woodhouse near Sheffield, began in seed trade
  • 1798 Received as a member of the Quakers
  • 1809 Moved to a country farm with sister's family
  • 1816 Accepted as Quaker minister
  • 1817 Met with Russian Czar Alexander I and became manager of imperial farms at Ohkta near St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1818 June 22, 1818 moved 20 members of his family and others to his farm at Shoosharry, Russia (Shushari)
  • 1818 - 1828, Ohkta and Shoosharry farms, 3,000 acres (12 km2) of swamp drained and became model farms.
  • 1828 - 1831 Visited England: made missionary voyage in Polynesia and Australasia
  • 1831 Returned to Shoosharry (Shushari, Russia) where 500 employees worked under supervision of his son William.
  • 1833 - 1838 Missionary tour in North America
  • 1840 Died June 12, 1840 in New York after illness during the sea voyage to America. Buried in Friend's cemetery on Orchard St. New York
  • 1835 - 1839 Letters Journals published
  • 1842 Memoirs published by his son

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  • Extracts from the Letters and Journal of Daniel Wheeler: While Engaged in a Religious Visit to the Inhabitants of Some of the Islands of the Pacific Ocean, Van Diemen's Land, New South Wales, and New Zealand, Accompanied by His Son, Charles Wheeler, published 1840
  • Memoirs of the Life and Gospel Labors of the Late Daniel Wheeler, Harvey & Dutton, January 1, 1842, ASIN: B002BQL15, Yoriginally published 1842.
  • Quaker Pioneers in Russia, Cornell University Library, June 1, 2009, ISBN 1-112-17703-5 Originally published 1902.
  • Memoirs of the life and gospel labours of Daniel Wheeler, a minister of the society of Friends by Daniel Wheeler (Originally published 1843)
  •  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Wheeler, Daniel". Dictionary of National Biography 60. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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