The Hefling Family
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Robert C Hefling

Robert Clark Hefling

Robert was born about 1839 in Coshocton, Ohio to John S Hefling and Mary Elizabeth Robison. He died about 1866 in Astoria, Illinois and is buried in the Salem Cemetery there.

Angeline Neighbor

Angeline was born 21 Jan 1839 in Newcomerstown, Tuscarawas County, Ohio to Lambert Bowman Neighbor and Unknown. She died 21 Feb 1887 in Astoria, Illinois and is buried in the Salem Cemetery there.

After Robert's death, Angeline married a neighbor, Arden Wheeler, on 24 Dec 1868 in Astoria, Illinois. Arden was born 08 May 1839 in Ausable Forks, New York to William A Wheeler and Francinah E Phillips. Arden and Angeline had eight children. He died 30 Apr 1930 in Center Point, Iowa and is buried in the Center Point Cemetery there.
Arden is the eldest brother to Elisha Wheeler and Elijah Wheeler who both married daughters of William G Hefling, brother to Robert C Hefling.


Robert and Angeline married 14 Aug 1862 in Guernsey County, Ohio. They had one child.

Robert and Angeline moved to Illinois with Robert's parents shortly after their marriage.

The US Civil War Draft Registration Records dated 1 Sept 1863 lists Robert and his brothers, Martin and Clarkson, in Astoria Twp, Illinois.

Robert died sometime before 22 Dec 1866; the date of his father's Last Will and Testament. In the Will, John S. indicates, "It is my desire that my beloved son's (Robert C Hefling dec) widow, Angeline Hefling, may have a home and be considered a member of the family as long as she may desire."

  Robert's tombstone in Salem Cemetery.

Birth and death records were not yet recorded at this time by the state of Illinois. We found his tombstone in the Salem Cemetery. It was very deteriated, in person you could make out "Robert C Hefling" however the dates were very faint. It looked like the stone had been broken and someone had re-cemented it back into place losing the lower part of the stone and wording/dates.

Child of Robert Clark Hefling and Angeline Neighbor:

  1. Rosamond Hayden Hefling


In the Salem Cemetery, Angeline's tombstone is on the same row as her first husband. She and a son, William A Wheeler, died on the same day and share the stone.

                                                                                                   page created May 2012



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