Ausable River, Battle of Chateaugay, British, Chateaugay River, Dean "Lecturer" Smith, Doc Stanton, Epinetus Wheelwright, Ezekiel Pratt, French, Jay Johnson, Lietenant Preserved-Fish MacAdam, Micah Ferris, Native Americans, Saint Regis River, Salmon River, Sergeant Zacharias Asher, war, War of 1812
Then there was Epinetus Wheelwright who was originally from Britain. His father, his father’s father, and the father before that were all manufacturers of wagon and carraige wheels. Epinetus often told the story of how his family had manufactured all the carriage wheels for the Royal Family. No one ever questioned him but then no one had ever asked Epinetus to make or repair a wheel.
They would have been pleasantly surprised if they had done so.
Epinetus had large and strong hands. It could have been something that developed over several generations of wheel-wrighting. From another point of view maybe the family was in that business because of their naturally large and strong hands.
We should leave that question for Charles Darwin.