I am researching the Wheeling family history for a friend of mine and her husband. This particular branch of the Wheeling family tells the story that an early ancestor ran away from home and changed his name from one which he got off a garbage can, Wheeling.
I am trying to find out if this is true. I have traced the family back to Christopher Stephen Wheeling 1771-1861 and his wife Catherine Barbara Hart 1780 - 1861.
They are commonly refered to as Stephen and Barbara. I doubt her death date is correct as she is not listed on the 1860 census with her husband and two daughters.
Most of the family is found in Crawford County in the Troy and Deckard areas.
Any help finding Stephen's parents will be greatly appreciated.