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Re: How to browse for old newspapers?

Not specifically about old newspapers, but curious about the origins of your Wheelers

I grew up in a community where a Wheeler family lived for several generations, as did my family. My home community is Gum Springs in Clark County, Arkansas. I think there are a few Wheelers still living there. I have a community tree with everybody/family that lived there during my growing up years, as well as many who died before my time. They are all buried in the same cemetery which was near my house until I was 8th grade and our community moved. Most of the older graves had no headstones or markers, including some of my family members' graves.

And there is no "record book" of who is buried where, at least where the oldest graves are concerned. I'm not even sure that is recorded now. Where a new grave could be dug was in my father's head, in his father's head before that. Unfortunately it was never written down and many, like my maternal grandparents, for example, never had markers, nothing marking where they were except a tree which I don't think is there any longer.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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