I also descend from Rev. John Wheeler and Mary "Polly" Franklin through their daughter Almira Mary b. 21 Mar 1822 in Greenfield, Huron Co., Ohio and d. 28 May 1899 in Flora, Clay Co., Illinois. She married Hiram J. VanTine 4 Nov 1840 in Greenfield, Ohio. She married Dr. Ephraim W. Tucker 26 June 1866 in Erie County, Ohio after the death of Hiram.
My great-aunt left a lineage chart of the Wheeler family and on it she indicated that Mary Franklin was the daughter of Barney Franklin. And that Mary and John Wheeler were married 24 Oct 1809 in Utica, New York.
Mary was born 6 June 1787 in Swansea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts and died 18 June 1848 in Steuben, Huron Co., Ohio. She is buried at the Steuben Cemetery. You can find a picture of her grave at www.findagrave.com
, along with Rev. John Wheeler.
I have not had much luck in locating any information on Barney Franklin. Possibly we can be of some help to each other. If nothing else, we can commiserate on trying to fathom through the Franklin genealogy.