Simeon R., son of Benjamin D. and Deborah (Reed) Wheeler, was born in East Bloomfield, Ontario county, New York, December 28, 1817, he died in April, 1898. He acquired his education in the Genessee Wesleyan Seminary, and has always been one of the leading agriculturists of the town, being the possessor of two hundred and fifty-three acres of land, which is under a high state of cultivation, yielding good returns for labor expended. He was a Whig in politics until the formation of the Republican party, when he transferred his allegiance to that organization, with which he has since been connected. He served as commissioner of highways for six years, assessor seventeen years, justice of the peace three years, superintendent of county poor twentyone years, and in 1882, when the office of postmaster at South Bloomfield, was organized, was appointed thereto and has since retained the same, his service being noted for efficiency and prompt attention to all details. He has been for sixty years an active worker in the Universalist church of Baptist Hill, and for many years served in the capacity of trustee. He is a member of the Monumental Lodge, Good Templars, of Bristol. The Simeon R. Wheeler farm is now (1910) (1911) owned by Thomas Welch, of East Bloomfield.
Mr. Wheeler married (first) April 2, 1839, Betsey Bently, born in Richmond, 1819, daughter of Isaac and Hannah (Dubois) Bently, of Saratoga county, New York, the former of whom died January 10, 1863, and his wife, April 12, 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler had one daughter, Gertrude, who married in 1858, Theron P. Buell, born August 10, 1834, died May 28, 1889; Mrs. Buell died May 30, 1859. Mrs. Betsey (Bently) Wheeler died May 9, 1878. Mr. Wheeler married (second) November 5, 1879. Clara (Daily) Hinman.