WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – William A. Veselik, the Archivist for the F.B. Kegley Library at Wytheville Community College (WCC) has written two articles: one entitled “19th-Century Toll Record Book Sheds Light on History of the Southwestern Virginia Turnpike,” and one entitled, “Michael Kellinger, the N’er-Do-Well Son of George Killinger: His Life, Decendents and Gleanings of His Ancestery.”
Both articles can be found by clicking here.
The first article is based on a hand-written toll receipt book kept by Vaselik’s direct ancestor, Robert B. Allen, the toll-keeper at Gate 13 on the Southwestern Turnpike in the mid-to-late 1800s.
The gate was located east of Marion near a wooden bridge across 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 through several generations and explores the family’s Pennsylvania roots as well as the parentage of Michael Killinger’s wife, Susan Morris.