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By 1820, it’s clear that Oliver and Hannah Wheeler had left Salem, “removing” to Farmington, Ontario County, New York, joining a sizable migration to that area, where the construction of the Erie Canal was spawning many employment opportunities and boosting the economy generally.1


1The family of Vermont-born Joseph Smith found itself in a similar situation, by the way. Joseph, the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was aged 11 in 1816, when the Smiths responded to successive crop failures by moving from Vermont to neighboring Palmyra. Where, over the next few years, the saga of the “Mormons” had its historic beginning, with our kin in the very center of the action.

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