Lydia Maria Child papers 1835-1894
Peter F. Wheeler was born in Massachusetts on March 3, 1811, and lived in Grafton in the 1830s. He moved to Petersham, Massachusetts, before 1850, and worked as a palm leaf splitter, general laborer, and farmer. Palm leaf hat production was a local industry in Petersham. Wheeler and his wife Harriet had at least 4 children: Katie, Annie, Joel, and Stella.