Samuel D. Wetherby1

     Samuel D. Wetherby married Aileen Burns Milliken, daughter of L. Hiram Milliken and Elizabeth Owings Burns, on 23 October 1895 at Jefferson County, Kentucky.1 He and Aileen Burns Milliken were divorced circa 1898.2


  1. [S28] Family Search, online, "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 November 2015), Samuel D Wetherby and Aileen Burns Milliken, 23 Oct 1895; citing Jefferson, Kentucky, reference 0482718, p118; FHL microfilm 482,718.
  2. [S79] Find A Grave, online, Aileen Burns Milliken, Burial: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County,
    Kentucky, USA, Plot: Sec A, Lot 443, Created by: David L Gray, Record added: Mar 30, 2014 , Memorial# 127166205, Accessed: 26 Nov 2015 (

J. Harold Wheeler Jr.1


Child of J. Harold Wheeler Jr.


  1. [S322], online, Publication: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Maryland; Date: 3 Jun 1925; Accessed: 5 Jul 2025.

Kenneth Mason Wheeler1

M, b. 31 May 1928, d. 3 March 2021
     Kenneth Mason Wheeler was a horse trainer.1 He was born on 31 May 1928 at USA.2 He was the son of Roy Lee Wheeler and Emily Smith.1 He married Sallie Marie Busch, daughter of Aldophus Busch III and Catherine Milliken, on 16 August 1965 at Keswick, Albemarle County, Virginia.1 He died on 3 March 2021 at Keswick, Albemarle County, Virginia, at age 92.2

Kenneth Mason Wheeler Sr.

May 31, 1928 - March 3, 2021

Kenneth Mason Wheeler Sr., lifelong equestrian and family man died peacefully in his home at Cismont Manor in Keswick, Virginia, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. He was 92. His life revolved around his family and horses, his two greatest loves.

Kenneth is survived by his life partner, Cindy Chandler; his sister, Emily Rhodes; his five children and their spouses, Michael Wheeler and his wife, Judy, Patti Knight and her husband, Mike, Kenny Wheeler Jr. and his wife, Ceil, Gordon Wheeler, and Douglas Wheeler and his wife, Samantha; twelve grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sallie Busch Wheeler; and his two brothers Gordon and Earl Wheeler.

Born on May 31, 1928, in Charlottesville, Virginia, to parents Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wheeler, Kenneth grew up just a few miles down the road from what would become Cismont Manor. His passion for horses started as a young boy riding ponies at the Reeves family farm, Edgewood, where his father was the farm manager. Kenneth had a handsome dappled grey pony, Owen Glendower, that he not only rode to the local store but also had great success from the local shows all the way to Madison Square Garden. Following his graduation from McIntire High School in Charlottesville at the age of 15, Kenneth launched his career as a professional rider and trainer in the hunter world.

Kenneth served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, and as luck would have it, he was able to do it stateside. His first professional job was for noted owner W. Hagyard Perry. After a few years, he signed up to work for Mary Barben at Keswick Stables.During his time at Keswick Stables he rode for many different owners to much success. Upon Mrs. Barben's retirement, Kenneth went on to train for legendary owner and rider Peggy Augustus. There he trained such great horses as Waiting Home and Little Sailor.

After that, Kenneth went into business with his late wife, Sallie, owning and operating his own public training stable, Cismont Manor. Over the almost 60 years in business, Kenneth set the standard for hunters. His champion horses are countless including Ruxton, Two For One and Weather Permitting, among many others. However, his most famous horse was Isgilde. She was champion five times at the prestigious Devon Horse Show and all the major shows from Madison Square Garden to Delmar, California. Isgilde was the only horse that Kenneth would never sell and is buried in the front yard of his beloved Cismont Manor Farm.

Kenneth served on several industry boards. He was in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, V.H.S.A. Hall of Fame, and received the American Horse Shows Association's Lifetime Achievement award in 1999 with Sallie. Horses he trained have earned more than 115 AHSA/USEF Horse of the Year National Champions and Grand Champions, nine National Horse Show Grand Championships, 16 Championships and four Grand Championships at the Pennsylvania National, 12 Hunter Grand Championships as well as 30-plus Best Young Horse titles at Devon.

When Kenneth wasn't training horses, he could be found playing cards, golfing, or rabbit hunting with his family and friends. A true southern gentleman, he will be remembered for his patience, dignity and kind words.

Kenneth was a great horseman, great friend and a loving father and grandfather. His love for people and love for life continued throughout his 92 years. His legacy will live on through the people and horses he touched.

A celebration of life for all of his family and friends is being planned for later in the year.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Virginia Horse Center Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be shared with the family at


  1. [S18], online, Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014 [database on-line]; Sallie Busch Motch; Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014; Roll: 101144439; Original data: Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia; Accessed: 3 Apr 2022.
  2. [S100], online, Kenneth Mason Wheeler Sr., Obituary; Citing: The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA, USA; Published: 7 Mar 2021; Accessed: 3 Apr 2022 (…).

Olivia Dulany Wheeler1

Olivia Wheeler Sturges (provided by
     Olivia Dulany Wheeler is the daughter of J. Harold Wheeler Jr.1 She and Thomas Rush Sturges were engaged circa 3 June 1925 at USA.1 She married Thomas Rush Sturges, son of Walter Knight Sturges and Marie A. Hayes, on 10 October 1925 at USA.1,2 She and Thomas Rush Sturges were divorced circa 1930.3


  1. [S322], online, Publication: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Maryland; Date: 3 Jun 1925; Accessed: 5 Jul 2025.
  2. [S322], online, Publication: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Maryland; Date: 30 Jul 1925; Page: 9; Accessed: 5 Jul 2025.
  3. [S322], online, Publication:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittspurgh, Pennsylvania; Date: 18 Apr 1930; Page 1; Accessed: 5 Jul 2025.

Roy Lee Wheeler1

     Roy Lee Wheeler married Emily Smith before 1930.

Child of Roy Lee Wheeler and Emily Smith


  1. [S18], online, Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014 [database on-line]; Sallie Busch Motch; Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014; Roll: 101144439; Original data: Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia; Accessed: 3 Apr 2022.

Coda Marie Whetherholt1

     Coda Marie Whetherholt married Hiram Slawter before 1929 at USA.

Child of Coda Marie Whetherholt and Hiram Slawter


  1. [S18], online, U.S., Obituary Index, 1800s-current [database on-line]; Debra Jo Hill; Publication: The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Date: 14 Nov 2004, Sunday; Page: 30; Accessed: 28 Nov 2022 (,0.48761487,0.8270106,0.72421783&xid=3355&_gl=1*10owzcn*_ga*Nzk2MDM2MTMzLjE2MTY4NTY2MjY.*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2OTYzNTMxNS45NS4xLjE2Njk2MzY2ODMuNTcuMC4w&_ga=2.240237763.1777412302.1669586415-796036133.1616856626).

Jabe Jackson Whirley

M, b. 27 November 1910, d. 2 November 1983
     Jabe Jackson Whirley married Virginia Ann Dorn, daughter of Melvin Pierce Dorn Sr. and Katherine Witt, at Mitchell County, Texas. He was born on 27 November 1910. He died on 2 November 1983 at Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas, at age 72.

Arthur Lee White1

     Arthur Lee White is the son of Henry Edwin White and Ruby Fae Black.1


  1. [S397] 1950 U.S. Census, 1950 United States Federal Census [database on-line]; Ruby Fay White; United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Freestone, Texas; Roll: 4177; Sheet Number: 15; Enumeration District: 81-32; Original data: Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. 1913-1/1/1972. Population Schedules for the 1950 Census, 1950 - 1950. Washington, DC: National Archives at Washington, DC; Accessed: 28 Dec 2022.

Ballard Jack Decea White1,2,3

M, b. 21 February 1909, d. 31 January 1944
     Ballard Jack Decea White was born on 21 February 1909 at Texas.4,2 He was the son of Guy White and Berta Smith.5 He married Lyndall Irene Allen circa 1928 at Texas.4 He died on 31 January 1944 at Ward County, Texas, at age 34.2,6

Children of Ballard Jack Decea White and Lyndall Irene Allen


  1. [S18], online, Guy Allen White, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997, accessed 20 Jan 2013.
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Beatrice O. White1

     Beatrice O. White married William Howard Bow, son of Clarence Haggard Bow and Glenza Frances Riddle, after 1936.1


  1. [S29] RootsWeb, online, Jerri Stephenson's family tree ("Jerri's Ashes").