Name:   Lucretia (McMahan) Wheeler

From:  The Times-Leader, McLeansboro, Illinois
Date:  February, 1921

Lucretia Wheeler, youngest daughter of Stephen and Nancy McMahan, was born in Galia County, Ohio, June 08, 1847; departed this life Feb. 13, 1921, aged 73 years, 8 months, 5 days.

When she was six years of age, she came with her parents to Hamilton Co. and lived there until her death. The voyage the family made to Illinois from Ohio was by boat down the Ohio River to Shawnee town and from there by wagon to their homestead in this county. She married in 1866 to John W. Wheeler, a Civil War veteran, and to them were born four daughters and two sons.

One daughter and one son preceded her in death, Benson & Lucinda. Those surviving her are Mrs. Mary E. Sloan, McLeansboro, Mrs. Julia Counsil, and Mrs. Harriet Wooldridge, West Frankfort, and John Wheeler.

She was converted at an early age and united with the Methodist Episcopal church as a charter member at Bethel, about six miles southeast of McLeansboro. About fourteen years ago she moved to McLeansboro and transferred her membership to McLeansboro M.E. church where she was a member until her death.

Mrs. Wheeler was faithful to her church and to her convictions. During her long illness she always had a testimony for those who visited her. Her faith never wavered; she prayed to be taken from this life that she might be relieved of her suffering. She was always ready to help in sickness or in time of trouble . Her husband preceded her just sixteen years ago the same date, only a few hours difference in their death. She leaves to mourn her departure, four children, twenty five grand children and sixteen great grandchildren. Servant of God, well done, Thy glorious wayfarer's past; The battles fought, the victory won And thou art crowned at last.

Out of town resident who attended the funeral of Mrs. J. W. Wheeler here Monday were Rev. Brown and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Chamberlain, Mrs. Jake Hill, Mrs. Alice Moore and Mrs. May Polovious of Eldorado, and the following from West Frankfort: Mr. & Mrs. E. B. Pharis, Mr. & Mrs. N. P. Woolridge, Mr. & Mrs. N. R. Counsil, Mr. & Mrs. Orvil Slayton, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Wheeler, Mr. & Mrs. John Counsil, T. Orville Sloan, Mr. & Mrs. George Nipper, Mrs. Lucretia Stokes and Mr. Bruce McCord.