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Charles Moore Wheatley was born in Ongar, England in 1822, and moved to New York City as a very young child. His highly educated mother made sure he read only the finest books. At the age of 13, then living in Staton Island, Charles's family fell on hard times and he began working for a merchant, where he learned a great deal about business. He later went into the hardware business, where he worked for 10 years. He also studied science and became a member of the board of directors of the New York Merchantile Library.
A friend sent him to upstate New York, then wilderness country, to explore and report on mineral resources there. He became interested in mining, and his report was very well done, and he was asked to become manager of the Bristol Mine in Bristol, Connecticut.
The owners of the Bristol Mine were interested in the Perkiomen Mines in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and Wheatley accepted their invitation to move to our area. Wheatley soon heard of excellent ore near the town of Phoenixville.
Charles Wheatley subsequently explored and eventually opened the Wheatley Silver Lead Mine in 1850. While working the Wheatley Mine, Wheatley also opened and worked four other mines in the neighborhood. The mines were closed in 1857 due to internal strife among the officers of the mine, and reopened in 1864 under new owners, but with Charles Wheatley as superintendent. After disagreements lead to closing the mines in 1870, Wheatley left the area. He returned briefly in 1872.
As a hobby, Wheatley collected minerals and rare and beautiful shells, which eventually found a home at Union College. Charles Wheatley died in 1882.
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