Mary Jane Ham Wheeler

Brief Life History of Mary Jane

When Mary Jane Ham Wheeler was born on 3 July 1859, in Polk, Oregon, United States, her father, Charles Ham, was 34 and her mother, Louisa Jane Waymire, was 22. She married Mansel Wheeler on 16 January 1876, in Polk, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Dallas, Polk, Oregon, United States in 1860. She died on 30 September 1939, in Redmond, Deschutes, Oregon, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Madras, Jefferson, Oregon, United States.

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Mansel Wheeler
Mary Jane Ham Wheeler
Marriage: 16 January 1876
Hazel Louise Wheeler

Sources (14)

  • Mary Harn, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary J Ham - Government record: Census record: birth-name: Mary J Ham
  • May Mary Ham, "Oregon Marriage Records, 1849-1952"

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World Events (8)

1862 · The Homestead Act

The Homestead Act of 1862 gave each citizen 160 acres of land. The qualified applicants were required to build a home and cultivate the land for five years.  


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1880 · The Great Gale of 1880

The Great Gale of 1880 was a severe snow and wind storm that devastated parts of Oregon and Washington on January 9, 1880. The extratropical cyclone caused tides to rise seven feet, gale force winds, and snow accumulations of up to 18 inches.  

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Korean Young, Ok, Nam, Chul, Eun Hee, Eun Young, Hae Jung, Il Hwa.

English (mainly southwestern) and German: variant of Hamm .

Dutch: topographic name from ham ‘land in a river bend’, ‘enclosed meadow’, or a habitational name from any of several country houses and places called De(n) Ham. Compare Van Ham and Vanderham .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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