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Capt Wesley Wheeler

Capt Wesley Wheeler

Birth
Death 20 Dec 1884
Mathews County, Virginia, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 93018867 · View Source
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Baltimore Sun, Jan 3, 1885
The bodies of Elmer E Booze and Capt Wesley Wheeler, who were drowned in
Milford Haven, Mathews county, Virginia, December 20, were found last Monday
between Lilly's Neck and Rigby's Beach in about five feet depth of water. The
remains were brought to Baltimore and buried yesterday. The bodies were lying
at the bottom about 50 feet apart . The remains were intact. They preserved a
remarkably life like appearance. The men were engaged in the business of
oystering and fishing and lived on Gwynn's Island, though they were formally
from Baltimore where they have family connections. When the report of there
drowning was received in Baltimore, Wm Booze and Marcellus Booze, brothers of
Elmer Booze went down to Milford Haven searching with neighbors for some days
without success. When drowned, they were making an attempt in their canoes
from Fitchett's Wharf on the mainland to their homes on Gwynn's Island in the
teeth of a violent storm of the night of the 20th. It is conjectured that to better
secure their safety Booze left his canoe and got into Wheeler's and the immediate
cause of their drowning was slipping or breaking of the sheet line, throwing them
backwards in the water. When under the circumstances of the extreme cold water
and raging tempest they were unable to reach the canoes or to make it to shore.
Both canoes were found the next day, Boozes' anchored out in the water with
the sails furled, and Wheeler's at the shore with sails all set. Neither canoe was
damaged.
The bodies were taken to their former homes on Gwynn's Island and prepared for
burial. Funeral services were conducted by a local minister. The remains were
then sent to Norfolk on a sail vessel and then placed on the Steamer Virginia
to Baltimore where their friends wished them buried. On account of the
stormy weather, the families of the deceased did not accompany them. Upon
arrival of the Virginia yesterday morning, the brothers Marcellus and William
Booze with their families followed their bodies to Baltimore Cemetery where
they were buried.


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  • Created by: Dave Crouse
  • Added: 3 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93018867
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Wesley Wheeler (unknown–20 Dec 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93018867, citing Baltimore Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Dave Crouse (contributor 47355833) .