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Descendants of West Virginia town’s founders plan reunion

July 10, 2021 GMT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Descendants of the original founders of Wheeling will return to the city for a family reunion this month, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reported.

About 50 members of the McCluskey family will be attending. The family settled in Wheeling in 1840 and has members who trace their lineage to the Zane family, the founders of Wheeling.

James McCluskey, a Scots-Irish man, originally emigrated to the United States and came to Wheeling to find work as a drayman on the Ohio River. He married Latisha Reid, and one of their two sons, William O. McCluskey Sr., gained notoriety among Wheeling merchants with the McCluskey Oyster and Fruit Co.

The McCluskey family also has ties to several other prominent Wheeling families, including the Liebolds and Nelsons.

Wheeling native Mark McCluskey, now a resident of St. Louis, said he has been planning the reunion for the past few years.