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Annie Wheelus Collectiion (MC 216)

Biographical Note


Annie B. Wheelus was born March 18, 1914 in Salem Alabama and died February 22, 2006 in Phenix City, Alabama at the age of 91. She is buried in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Her parents were Byrd Love Wheelus and Annie Virginia Harris Wheelus. She had retired from Civil Service with 30 years of service. Ms. Wheelus was the State Official for the Alabama DAR, a founding member of the Coweta Town chapter of the DAR, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the East Alabama Historical Society. She was a past member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her sister Alice Virginia Wheelus and brothers J.T. Wheelus and Hugh Dorsey Wheelus. She also had two nieces, Joanna Wheelus and Ashley Wheelus.


Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of 5 boxes of materials divided by DAR material, Wheelus family material and an assorted box of miscellaneous historical items.

The collection could be divided into two main parts; that which pertains to the Coweta Town chapter of the DAR, of which Annie and Alice were regents, registrar, and treasurer; and that which pertains to the Wheelus and Harris families and genealogy of the Russell County, Alabama area families of DAR members

Boxes 1 and 2 pertain to the Coweta Town Chapter of the DAR. Boxes 3 and 5 contain letters, family history, scrapbooks, and notebooks belonging to the Wheelus family. Box 4 contains an assortment of family memorabilia

1732-2002 5 boxes (5 l.f.)


Provenance

The material in this collection was purchased from an Estate Sale at the former home of Annie Wheelus in Phenix City. Dean Callie McGinnis, the Director of the CSU Library, was instrumental in purchasing the contents of two filing cabinets.


Permission to publish

Permission to publish material from the Annie Wheelus Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Annie Wheelus Collection, MC 216
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia

Box and folder list


Box 1 -- General Information on DAR

Folder 1 – Alabama district meeting, 1985-1987

Folder 2 – Alabama society DAR directory, 1989-1990

Folder 3 – Alabama state conferences, 1981-1982

Folder 4 – Alabama state officers, 1970-1971

Folder 5 – Amendments to the bylaws of the NSDAR

Folder 6 – Ancestor charts (blank) and family group sheets, family tree charts

Folder 7 – Census time charts (blank)

Folder 8 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR application forms, 1982

Folder 9 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, death of Miss Mary Claire Fuller, March 7, 1984

Folder 10 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, death of Mrs. Eleanor Duncan Hobbs, February 14, 1982

Folder 11 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, financial statements and information, 1987

Folder 12 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, financial statements and information, 1988

Folder 13 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, financial statements and information, 1989

Folder 14 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, financial statements and information, 1990

Folder 15 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, history folder #1

Folder 16 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, history folder # 2

Folder 17 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, instructions for treasurer

Folder 18 – Coweta Town Chapter, DAR, membership rosters, 1971, 1988-1990

Folder 19 – Coweta Town Chapter, material turned over to Mrs. Faye Kirtland on August 8, 1988 and July 11, 1988

Folder 20 – Coweta Town Chapter, NSDAR meetings, 1988, 1989, 1990,199

Folder 21 – Coweta Town Chapter officers, 1985

Folder 22 – Coweta Town Chapter, photographs of Constitution Week celebration, September 17-23, 1975 and1982

Folder 23 – Coweta Town Chapter, regent's report, questionnaire, 1984-1985

Folder 24 – Coweta Town Chapter, tea, invitations and addresses, July 29, 1984

Folder 25 – Coweta Town Chapter, 251h anniversary party photographs, unlabeled, 1995

Folder 26 – Coweta Town Chapter, yearbook 1972-1973,1981-1982,1982-1983,1988-1989

Folder 27 – Coweta Town Chapter, yearbook 1991-1992,1992-1993,1995-1996,1999-2000

Folder 28 – "DAR in Action", a short history of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Folder 29 – DAR application papers instructions

Folder 30 – DAR magazine instructions, reports

Folder 31 – Documenting recent generations, suggested sources

Folder 32 – Friends of the Library committee

Folder 33 – Good citizenship award and guidelines, 1982-1983

Folder 34 – Guide for Chapter Treasurers and Chapter Registrars, 1997

Folder 35 – Helping aids with genealogy/lineage research

Folder 36 – Instructions for copying source records and their preparation for library use

Folder 37 – Lineage kit, 1993

Folder 38 – Lineage mini kit, 1993

Folder 39 – Lineage research kit, 1986

Folder 40 – Listing of Alabama chapters

Folder 41 – Membership change forms (blank)

Folder 42 – Membership forms (blank)

Folder 43 – National DAR candidates for president general, 1982, 1983, 1986, and 1989

Folder 44 – National Archives and Records Service form NATF 80 (blank)

Folder 45 – National bylaws and handbook, 1981

Folder 46 – National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Fact Book, 1987

Folder 47 – U.S. federal census form for 1900, 1910, 1920 (blank)

Folder 48 – Fact sheet, 1982

Folder 49 – Prospective member forms (blank)

Folder 50 – Request forms for DAR records

Folder 51 – DAR newspaper clippings

Folder 52 – “Come Sing His Praise”, hymns, devotions, DAR, 1978


Box 2 – Applications for DAR Membership and family genealogy

Folder 1 – Ballard, Gwendolyn McConnell, descendant of Abraham and Marshall Martin

Folder 2 – Barfield, Brenda Claire Robinson, descendant of Garrett Gray

Folder 3 – Batchelder, Ozella Olivia Caroline Smith, descendent of William Garret

Folder 4 – Beck, Joann Ware, descendant of Edward Turner

Folder 5 – Blair, Brenda Elaine, Descendant of John Whelchel

Folder 6 – Blair, Dorothy Jennie Hancock, descendant of John Whelchel

Folder 7 – Brownlow, Sandra, descendant of Levi Bush

Folder 8 – Christiansen, Evelyn Grimes, descendant of Daniel Booth

Folder 9 – Cole, Doris Warr, descendant of Drury Cade

Folder 10 – Conway, Myrtle Mae, descendant of Daniel Booth

Folder 11 – Downing, Lemuel Tyler Jr. SAR application, descendant of Daniel Downing

Folder 1 – Freeman, Irene Sturdiviant, descendant of Basil Smith

Folder 13 – Gullatt, Mary Jane, descendant of Nelson Harris

Folder 14 – Higgins, Ruby Bradshaw, descendant of Jonas Bradshaw

Folder 15 – Howard, Doris Bee Wood, descendant of John Whelchel

Folder 16 – Howard, Doris Bee Wood, UDC application, descendant of James Copland

Folder 17 – Johnson, Dorothy Hillyer, descendant of John Whelchel

Folder 18 – Kirkland, Jennie Adina, descendant of George Christian

Folder 19 – Lamb, Frances Elizabeth, descendant of John Stroud

Folder 20 – Lamb, Mary Jo Deason Seymour, descendant of Clement Billingsley

Folder 21 – Lamb, Mary Jo Deason Seymour, descendant of William Davis and Clement Billingsley

Folder 22 – Lenoir, Debra Kay Grizzle, descendant of George Pointer

Folder 23 – Locklar, Barbara Hilyer, descendant of James Hilyer Jr.

Folder 24 – Mackey, Debra Ann Lee, descendant of James Hilyer Jr.

Folder 25 – Maddox, Jessica Forrest, descendant of Jeremiah Lumsden

Folder 26 – Nichols, Helen and Friday, Laurin, descendants of Godfrey Dreher Jr.

Folder 27 – Smith, Phyllis Sandefur, descendant of John and Matthew French

Folder 28 – Stewart, Jennie Henninger, descendant of Samuel Knox

Folder 29 – Sulzmann, Dona Kirkland, descendant of George Christian

Folder 30 – Sulzmann, Jaime Leigh, descendant of George Christian

Folder 31 – Wheelus, Annie Byrd, descendant of David Sills

Folder 32 – Wheelus, Annie Byrd, descendant of Moses Stephens

Folder 33 – Wheelus, Annie Byrd, descendant of Isaac Rowell


Family History of DAR Members

Folder 1 – Allen family history, especially James A. Allen and Ann Martin Bedell Allen, Russell County, Alabama

Folder 2 – Baker family history, Richard Preston Baker 1827-1890

Folder 3 – Bush-Brownlow family history, Frederick Bush, Russell County, Alabama, 1780-1880

Folder 4 – Driskill family history, Greenberry Driskill (born c. 1828), lived in Lee County, Alabama. Includes “A Sketch of the Early Driskills of DeKalb County, Alabama

Folder 5 – Eiland family, Absalom Bunk Eiland (1827-1896), and Eland E. Eiland (1865-1939); lived in Lee County, Alabama. Includes photo

Folder 6 – Fitzpatrick family history, Benjamin Fitzpatrick (1802-1869), Alabama governor 1841-1845

Folder 7 – Harris genealogy James M. Harris, Elizabeth Dorsey Wiggins and family

Folder 8 – Harris family history and reunions

Folder 9 – Harris family history, Charles H. Harris born 1835, son of Peter Coffee Harris and Narcissa Ann Hooks

Folder 10 – Harris family history, James Thomas Harris (1847-1936), Russell County, Alabama

Folder 11 – Harris family history, James M. Harris (1810-1890), Lee County, Alabama

Folder 12 – Harris family history, poll tax receipts for T. E. and J. S. Harris, 1917-1918, Lee County, Alabama

Folder 13 – Holloway family history

Folder 14 – Jeter family history, Russell and Chambers County, Alabama

Folder 15 – Kindred family history, Russell County, Alabama

Folder 16 – Rhames family history, Ransom Hope Rhames, Butler County, Alabama

Folder 17 – Rowell family history

Folder 18 – Stroud, Eli cemetery in Lee County, Alabama

Folder 19 – Stephens and Wiggins family history, Moses Stephens, born 1750 in England and died ca. 1810 Greene County, Georgia

Folder 20 – Strode family history, England-Pennsylvania-North Carolina-Georgia-Alabama

Folder 21 – Terry family history, Russell County, Alabama

Folder 22 – Vann family history, James Vann (1780-1865), Russell County, Alabama

Folder 23 – Whitlow, Patricia Gail, pedigree charts

Folder 24 – Wiggins family history

Folder 25 – Copland family history, Russell County, Alabama


Box 3 Letters to Annie Wheelus, Harris Family and Wheelus family history

Folder 1 – Letters from Byron Driskill Jr, Ft. Payne, Alabama, to Mama and Papa, Mr. & Mrs. Harris, asking permission to marry daughter Willie, with Willie's note to parents enclosed, April 1919

Folder 2 – Letters from Byron Driskill Jr, Cocoa Beach, Florida, to Hortense Harris, Phenix City, Alabama, 1968-1973

Folder 3 -- Letters from Byron Driskill Jr,, Cocoa Beach, Florida, to Hortense Harris, Phenix City, Alabama, 1974

Folder 4 – Letters from Byron Driskill Jr., Cocoa Beach, Florida, to Hortense Harris, Phenix City, Alabama, 1975

Folder 5 – Letters from Mrs. Albert Fisher, Ann, Decatur, Georgia to Hortense Harris, 1970

Folder 6 – Letters from James T. Harris to Annie and Alice Wheelus, 1960's and 1970's; ”Hi Cousin” letters about Harris family and reunion at Flat Rock Park, Columbus, Ga.

Folder 7 – Letters and cards from Ashley V. Wheelus to Aunt Annie Wheelus, 2001-2002

Folder 8 – Letters and cards from Ellen Rodgers, Columbus, Miss. to Annie Wheelus, 1992-2001

Folder 9 – Letters to Hortense Harris from various people, 1960's to 1970's

Folder 10 – Letters to Annie and Alice Wheelus, 1962-1974

Folder 11 – Letters to Annie and Alice Wheelus, 1982-1983

Folder 12 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1984-1985

Folder 13 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1986-1988

Folder 14 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1990-1993

Folder 15 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1996-1999

Folder 17 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1987

Folder 18 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1988

Folder19 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1990

Folder 20 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1992-1993

Folder 21 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1996

Folder 22 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1997

Folder 23 – Letters to Annie Wheelus, 1999

Folder 24 – Wheelus family history, letters from Pamela Gore, 1991

Folder 25 – Wheelus family history, Abner Wheelus (1766-1846) Meriwether County, Georgia

Folder 26 – Wheelus-Pearson family history, James Gray Wheelus (1845-1907) and Mary

Catherine Pearson (1851-1932)

Folder 27 – Wheelus family history, Hugh Dorsey Wheelus (1916-1999)

Folder 28 – Wheelus family history, letters to Annie Wheelus, 1970's-1980's


Box 4 – Miscellaneous

Folder 1 – "Aida", text of an opera in four acts

Folder 2 – Berry College, 50th school anniversary booklet of 1936 class, June 13-15, 1986

Folder 3 – Blind Tom newspaper clippings 1939, 1942, 1941, 1959

Folder 4 – “British Blab” newsletter about tea with the DAR, November 1982

Folder 5 – Calendar from F. S. Royster Guano Co. Norfolk, Va, 1917-1918.

Folder 6 – Carter, Kit III, text of speech made at Columbus, Mississippi, “The Confederate Army, a Justifiable Legend”, April 25, 1974

Folder 7 – Certificate of church membership in the Universalist Church, 1902 for Miss Annie Virginia Harris

Folder 8 – Driskill, Willie Harris poems; “A Quilt Top”, “The Bluebirds' Nest”, “The Ragged Goat”

Folder 9 – "Family Roots", genealogy column from the Phenix Citizen newspaper, January-April 1983

Folder 10 – "Family Roots”, genealogy column from the Phenix Citizen newspaper, written by Alice and Annie Wheelus, May-August, 1983

Folder 11 – "Family Roots” genealogy column from the Phenix Citizen newspaper, September-December, 1983

Folder 12 – Florida Motor Lines Exhaust newsletter; WWII Service news, , August and October 1945

Folder 13 – Genealogy books, information about ordering, 1980-1989

Folder 14 – Harris, Hortense, 2 short stories; “The Yellow Kitten”, “The Third Generation”

Folder 15 – Harris, J. S. and Hortense, certificates and insurance, 1908,1912,1922,1937

Folder 16 – Harris, J.T. financial papers, oil-gas lease, 1921, 1913, 1922, 1924

Folder 17 – Harris, T. E., membership cards from AF & AM grand lodge, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1962, 1965

Folder 18 – Letter from the American Insurance Company, Newark, N.J., to Mrs. Manerva C. Harris, Salem, Alabama

Folder 19 – Historic preservation in Phenix City, Alabama

Folder 20 – Honorable discharge from the U.S. Army for Paul Case, May 21, 1919

Folder 21 – Jordan High School 1965, 35th reunion program, November 10-11, 2000

Folder 22 – Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, vol. 27, 1989, index vol. 28, Feb 1990

Folder 23 – Miscellaneous folder # 1

Folder 24 – Miscellaneous folder # 2

Folder 25 – Money order form #6001 (blank), 1911 edition

Folder 26 – Muscogee Genealogy Society for Annie B. Wheelus

Folder 27 – Newspaper articles, various subjects

Folder 28 – Democratic primary information, Lee County, Alabama, 1916

Folder 29 – Order book, 1909-1914, ledger of credit extended from a grocery store (unknown location). Names mentioned; Will Lamb, J.T. Harris, Frank Flakes

Folder 30 – Phenix City street and traffic guide and map, 1957-1958

Folder 31 – Phillips, Joanna Phi Theta Kappa 1967, University of Georgia 1969

Folder 32 – Photographs with names on back

Folder 33 – Photographs (no names on back)

Folder 34 – Postcard from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington D.C., to box holder, cotton farmer (no date)

Folder 35 – Postcard from War Manpower Commission to U.S. Employment Service, Americus, Georgia

Folder 36 – Richland Church, (historic) Twiggs County, Georgia, anniversary programs, 1983, 1984, 1986

Folder 37 – ROTC Award Day program with DAR presentation

Folder 38 – School laws, enacted by the Legislature of Alabama, 1915

Folder 39 – “Selected Songs” used in Reconstruction classes at Blue Ridge, N.C., Training School, January-May 1919

Folder 40 – Silver C Society, Columbus State University, inaugural induction, April 12, 1997

Folder 41 – The Rebellion, newspaper of Bowsher High School, Toledo, Ohio, December 2001

Folder 42 – The Trinity Methodist Messenger, from Trinity Methodist Church, Phenix City, Alabama, August 1959-September 1960

Folder 43 – Trails in History, newspaper of the Lee County Alabama Historical Society. Of especial interest are Creek War 1813-1814, Creek Treaties, 1790-1832, and The Indians in South-East History, March 1988-April 2004 (some issues missing).

Folder 44 – Twiggs County New Era, October 15, 1986

Folder 45 – UDC certificate for Alice V. Wheelus and Annie B. Wheelus, March 15, 1966

Folder 46 – UDC identification certificate for Mrs. J. T. Harris, twenty-ninth annual reunion, October 7-10, 1919

Folder 47 – Universalist literature, 1896-1907

Folder 48 – University of Georgia commencement program, June 7, 1965

Folder 49 – U.S. Post Office request for location information on Villula, Russell County, Alabama, Yongesboro, Russell County, Alabama, Uhland, Russell County, Alabama, Wenica, Russell County, Alabama

Folder 50 – Wheelus, Annie, certificate commissioning her as a member of the Troy State University Sound of the South "Pipe and Drum Corps", March 16, 1988

Folder 51 – Wheelus, Alice, diploma from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, April 13, 1934

Folder 52 – Wheelus, Ashley

Folder 53 – Wheelus, Joanna P., Mrs. Hugh Wheelus, mother of Ashley

Folder 54 – Index to deeds of Brunswick Co, Virginia and Greenville Co 1732-1881


Box 5 Books, Scrapbooks, Notebooks

Item 1 – Abbott's Webster's Vest Pocket Dictionary (no date)

Item 2 – Book, Domestic Animals; History and Description, 1849

Item 3 – Book, Some Birds, Game, and Fish of Alabama, 1925

Item 4 – Book, (Re-located in the Archives Local History collection), A Genealogical Synopsis of Russell County, Alabama, 1850

Item 5 – A Wheeless Genealogy

Item 6 – Fertilizer note Book

Item 7 – Washington "Dee-Cee" brand Work Shirts; JD Harris, TE Harris, notebook

Item 8 – “Insure with the New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company”, empty notebook

Item 9 – Folder on Harris genealogy, by Hortense Harris.

Item 10 – Plaque from Chattahoochee Valley Community College to Annie B. Wheelus in recognition of her devotion to the community, 1993

Item 11 – Plaque from Russell County Historical Commission to Annie Wheelus for historical preservation of old cemeteries, May 8, 1999

Item 12 – Plaque from Phenix City Adult Education to Annie Wheelus for volunteer service, 1989-1990

Item 13 – DAR account book, 1979-1989

Item 14 – DAR scrapbook, Coweta Town Chapter, 1978-1984

Item 15 – Girard Cemetery records by Delores Hill Autry