Wytheville Community College Library Archivist writes two research papers on local history

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – William A. Veselik, Archivist of the FB Kegley Library at Wytheville Community College (WCC) has written two articles: one titled “19th-Century Toll Record Book Sheds Light on History of the Southwestern Virginia Turnpike ”and a titled“ Michael Kellinger, the N’er-Do-Well Son of George Killinger: His Life, Decendents and Gleanings of His Ancestery. ”

Both articles are available by clicking here.

The first article is based on a handwritten toll receipt booklet kept by Vaselik’s direct ancestor Robert B. Allen, the toll keeper at gate 13 of the middle southwest toll highway. in the late 1800s.

The gate was located east of Marion near a wooden bridge over the Holston River – the scene of fierce fighting during the famous Battle of Marion in 1864.

The second article traces the history and genealogy of the Killinger family across generations and explores the family’s roots in Pennsylvania as well as the parentage of Michael Killinger’s wife, Susan Morris.

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