According to Wheeler Cousins bk (1984) Benjamin was born ca 1794, "according to his 1812 file, National Archives, presumably in Virginia. In Sept, he enlisted in the War of 1812 from Blount Co., TN as an East Tennessee Volunteer. He served in Major John Chiles, Capt. Reuben Tipton's Mounted Gunmen, and fought under General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. He was mustered out in May 1815 and in Dec 1815 he assigned a Power of Attorney to Humes Campbell of Knox Co, Trading his discharge. According to the National Archives papers, Benjamin was six feet, with black hair and black eyes.
In 1819, in White Co., TN, he married Mary (Polly) Chandler. Subsequently, they lived in Bledsoe Co., TN and by 1850 they were in Benton (now Calhoun) Co., AL. They had 9 children: Sarah, Floyd, Martin Warwick, Nancy, Jefferson, Eli Buford, Ruth E., Joel Preston, and Mary Jane.
Benjamin Wheeler received 80 acres bounty land for service in the War of 1812, following the Act of 1855; he also received another 80 acres in a subsequent bounty land grant.
In 1860, Benjamin and Mary were in Angelina Co., TX. In 1862, he applied as guardian for the children of Martin W. Wheeler in Angelina Co., because Martin's second wife Margaret was "mean" to Martin's children and he was not at home, having gone off to war. Both Mary and Benjamin lived with Martin Warwick Wheeler and Sarah Elizabeth (Burroughts) Wheeler (3rd wife) in Shelby Co., sometime after 1869. Mary died in 1879 in Shelby Co and following her death, Benjamin went to visit Ruthie in Angelina Co TX where in died in March of 1880.
Of Benjamin's 5 sons, two were lawyers (Martin W. and Eli B.) and one a school teacher, Jefferson Leftreg. Floyd died early in Alabama. Joel P. became the sheriff of Shelby County, Center, Tx served 5 terms.
Martin was a secret scout for the Union during the Civil War, and he and his brothers Eli and Joel are shown on the Union payroll.
Benjamin's birth year of 1794 is determined by his personal declaration for bounty land of 1850, 1855, and his petition for replacement of pension certificate filed in Shelby Co., TX. This information from War of 1812 Benjamin Wheeler file.