Name: John Wheeler
From: The Times-Leader, McLeansboro, Illinois
After a short illness of lagrippe Uncle John Wheeler departed this life, at the
family residence in Crook township, Monday morning at 2:30 o'clock, aged 73 yrs,
2 months and 22 days.
Date: Thursday, February 16, 1905
Uncle John, as he was familiarly known, spent his entire life in Crook township.
His father, Henry Wheeler, was one of the pioneer settlers of Hamilton county,
coming here from North Carolina, in the early days, settling on the farm where
Jake Allen now resides, where he raised a family of 13 children of whom four are
still living - Henry, of Barton, Missouri; Solomon, of Norris City; Mrs. Robert
Hill, of Eldorado; and Mrs. Jacob Allen, who resides on the old homestead.
He was converted at the age of 33 years and joined the M.E. church at Bethel,
which church he helped to found, holding his membership there the balance of his
life. His remains were laid to rest at Hopewell cemetery, funeral services were
conducted by Rev. J.E. Brown.
He leaves a sorrowing companion, four children, several grandchildren and a
host of friends to mourn his demise. He was a veteran of the civil war being a
member of troop H, 6th Illinois cavalry.