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Yes, I regret the cultural patterns that have constrained our record-keeping forebears to neglect the women in our heritage. Especially when I’ve been anxious to complete the book on my Grandma Hannah Ashby Wheeler. Her life in widowhood remained almost a complete blank, for me, until a breakthrough in the Year of Our Lord 2020 revealed the story, and her final resting place in Ohio.

After their youthful nuptials and Harriet’s arrival on the scene, Hannah was always in Oliver’s customary paterfamilial shadow. Except, of course, in 1840, when the census taker missed her altogether, and one has to wonder why and how. We get our nearest approximation to a clear glimpse into Hannah’s mind only after Oliver is dead, and she’s his relict, executrix, and sole legatee. I retrieved this wonderful little document from Oliver’s probate file at the end of May, 2009:
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