Lucinda Alice Arnott was born to John and Nancy Ann (Lewin) Arnott on 28 Mar 1855 in Hancock County, Illinois. She was the youngest of their four children--all daughters--and was born just under two months after her father's death.
Shortly after the death of her father, Lucinda and her family relocated to Warren County, Iowa where her mother was remarried to Levi Minyard Snelson in March of 1956. Lucinda remained in the Warren County area for (most of) the rest of her life.
At the age of 16, on 22 Oct 1871, she married Abraham Thomas "Abe" Wheeldon in Warren County, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Nancy C (b. 1870; d. 1871), John Arville (b. 1875; d. 1953), Perry Alphonse "Bud" (b. 1879; d. 1957), Fred A "Freddie" (b. 1881; d. 1902) and Albert Ross (b. 1883; d. 1969).
After almost 32 years of wedded bliss, Abe preceeded Lucinda in death on 27 May 1903 while the couple lived in Richland Township [now defunt], (Warren Co.) Iowa. He was laid to rest in the Hartford Cemetery in Hartford, (Warren Co.) Iowa--the same cemetery where their infant daughter was interred.
Lucinda never remarried after Abe's death. She passed away on 25 Oct 1941 in Hartford after a battle with uterine cancer. She was subsequently laid to rest in the Hartford Cemetery right next to Abe.
Note about the marker/plaque [relayed to me by Virginia (Sill) Wheeldon]:
1. Cement stone was made by Albert Ross Wheeldon. He only put the family surname on the stone--no other names and no dates.
2. Joseph Leroy Wheeldon and his wife Virginia discussed buying a plaque to attach to the cement marker after noticing that other families had done so for their own deceased relatives. After Joseph's death in 2007, Virginia made the decision to go ahead and purchase the memorial plaque.
3. After deciding how the plaque should look, Virginia and Barbara Jane Bowers (a cousin) purchased it. One of Joseph and Virginia's daughters and her husband installed the plaque atop the cement marker.
Abraham Thomas Wheeldon
1848–1903 (m. 1871)
Matilda Jane Arnott Rhine
Catherine Walker Arnott Shonkwiler
1851 – unknown
Sarah Ellen Arnott Moore
Gravesite Details The plaque was placed MANY years after the death of Lucinda. The year of death listed for Abraham is incorrect. Should be 1903 instead of 1904.
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