Cyrus Wheeler, b.1872 and Mattie (Mobley) Wheeler
My great grandfather and great grandmother on my mother's side.
On the back of the photo it is written that it was taken in front of the Morrow's house in Murray, Iowa. It was the neighbor's house to my Grandmother who was their daughter, Mabel Zella Wheeler. Mabel's wedding photo is to the side of this posting in the oval frame. I was so surprised to see that as she grew older that my grandmother had her mother's same body build and same facial features. The great grandfather looks like a couple of his grandsons.
Cyrus' parents, my great great grandparents, were George L. Wheeler, b. 1839 and Mary Jane Henry Wheeler.
Mattie Wheeler's parents , my other great great grandparents, were Hezekia and Orilida Mobley, m.1838.
I am going to make the assumption at this time that Wheeler is an English name as when I research it on the net I find it predominately a British name.
The great grandparents are all buried in Moon Cemetery in Mackburg, Iowa. That is another project for me. Since I just recently discovered the past year, this picture and it's information on it, I now want to get a more accurate sets of dates for births and deaths. The great grandparents dates I will get for sure.This is the back of the photo above. There is a pencil writing that was by my grandmother as she called them her parents. The writing in pen must be my mom's writing and I really don't know when that was done. It is interesting that some of the dates of marriage are known and some birth dates too but all is a lot sparse.
This is an older photo of the Cyrus and and his sister Jess. It says it was taken in 1941. (as a footnote I was told that Mattie died of TB in 1941)
From the photograph back this was written out as the children. The woman in the above picture is my grandmother Mabel Zella Wheeler who added two married names of Brown then Brooks. The names of the children are numbered and I am assuming by date of birth order.
5. Gerald (died at birth)
Mabel Zella Wheeler Brown Brooks
I am amazed as to how much more information that I have from my mom's side than I ever knew most of my life. My mom couldn't or wouldn't explain it but now with this photo and other smaller loose photos I can piece things together more than I would have ever imagined.
There is so much more to this posting that I will cover as time goes on with this blog. The farm that Cyrus and Mattie owned has stayed in family ownerships through their son Lee, my great uncle and now has moved down to the next son Lee Junior and is being farmed by the next son Troy Wheeler. Macksburg, Iowa is nearby and the county seat of Winterset, Iowa in Madison county is not too far from there. All my bloggers are familiar with the movie the Bridges of Madison County. That area is North of that farm.
As relatives read this and see any need for corrections, I sure can make them. Ones facts are only as good as the original source. Any help in correcting and adding on to this new journey for me would be more than appreciated.