"For their wedding trip, they rode horseback to Portland, Indiana, to his grandfather's home, the Rev. Thomas Wheat, after which he and his wife traveled on to Manchester, Ohio, to visit his sister, Laura E. Cooley, and his brother, George G. Wheat, and his mother, who was there also at this time; then on to Missouri and back to Illinois. Randle, p70. During the Civil War, he served in the 4th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, Co. G. Bugler, 3 years service. Foster, p93.