Martha (Bewley) Wheeler

Martha Eleanor (Bewley) Wheeler (1871 - 1940)

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Martha Eleanor Wheeler formerly Bewley
Born in Polk, Missouri, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansasmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Cherryvale, Montgomery, Kansas, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Aug 2017
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Categories: Cherryvale, Kansas.



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The early years

Martha Eleanor Bewley was born he 25th of August 1871 in Polk, Missouri to William Talton Bewley Jr and Elizabeth Eleanor Simpson.[1]

Her full siblings were:

Her Half Siblings from her fathers 1st marriage to Martha Ann Davis were:

Family life

She would marry Henry David Wheeler the 12th of 1888 in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas. [2]

Together they would have 8 children.

Throughout the years

Martha would spend her years as a housewife.

In 1880[1] she was living with her parents in Jefferson, Polk, Missouri. In the home were William, Elizabeth, Nancy, William, Jesse, Florence, Thomas, Martha, Isaac, Joseph, Katie.

By 1900[4] she has married Henry and they have moved to Liberty, Elk, Kansas. She confirms that her father came from Kentucky and her mother in Missouri and that she had 5 children of which all were still living, this however may be incorrect as we have Vina who supposedly was born and died in 1888 and is accounted for in the 1910 census. She could read and write, and in the home were Henry 35, Martha 28, Ora 10, Howard 8, Beth 6, Clarence 3 and Joseph 1. Henry was a farmer, and they owned their own farm, however had a mortgage.

In 1910[3] they were in Fall River, Wilson, Kansas. they confirmed she had 8 children of which 7 were still living, which accounts for Vina. IN the home are Henry 40, Martha 38, Ora 20, Howard 18, Beth 16, Clarence 13, Joseph 10, Bonnie 5 and Pauline 2. Henry was a farmer and they continued to own their own farm, but still had a mortgage. Ora and Howard were Telegraph operators for the railroad and Beth was a music teacher.

In 1920[6] They are living in Fall River, Wilson County, Kansas. In the home are Henry 55, Martha 48, Joseph 20, Bonnie 15 and Pauline 12. Their home is now mortgage free and Henry continues to work the family farm.

In 1925[7] She 53 and Henry 60 are living in Fredonia, Wilson. Only Pauline 17remains at home.

In 1930[8]. They have moved to Pleasant Valley, Labette, Kansas. In the home are only herself 58and Henry 68 now. They owned their own home, but did not have a radio set.

Her last home would be at 801 Clark Street in Cherryvale, Montgomery, Kansas. She would be a member of that community for 5 years before her death.[9]


At the age of 68 years, 11 months and 12 days, Martha died due to Anemia and Juandice on the 7 July1940 in Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas[9].

Leaving behind her husband, and a loving family.

Her daughter, Mrs. Orval L Cox of Independence would sign the death certificate, having her interred on the 10 July 1940 in the Weakley Cemetery, New Albany, Kansas[5].


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Year: 1880; Census Place: Jefferson, Polk, Missouri; Roll: 710; Family History Film: 1254710; Page: 338B; Enumeration District: 118; Image: 0690
  2. Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Year: 1910; Census Place: Fall River, Wilson, Kansas; Roll: T624_459; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0217; FHL microfilm: 1374472
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Year: 1900; Census Place: Liberty, Elk, Kansas; Roll: 479; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1240479
  5. 5.0 5.1 Find A Grave: Memorial #26650090
  6. Year: 1920; Census Place: Fall River, Wilson, Kansas; Roll: T625_554; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 229
  7. Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_165; Line: 4
  8. Year: 1930; Census Place: Pleasant Valley, Labette, Kansas; Roll: 707; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0014; Image: 182.0; FHL microfilm: 2340442
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kansas Standard Certificate of Death - 463-693, registrar No 63-B Dated July 10, 1940
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 10 cM gedmatch from Chr 15Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) 21 SNPs 78,980,690 to 87,151,971 between Ferne Emilia Holley T587714 , Donald Shaw M142144 and Kristina Wheeler T632560

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Martha by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Martha:

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Images: 3
Henry Wheeler Image 1
Henry Wheeler Image 1

Martha Bewley Wheeler and Grandson Harold
Martha Bewley Wheeler and Grandson Harold

Ora Wheeler Image 4
Ora Wheeler Image 4


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