Whelan Gaunt, one of our most highly respected citizens, died Wednesday evening at 9 o’clock, after lingering for quite awhile with Bright’s disease. Loving relatives and friends stood at his bedside as his soul took its flight to realms above, where parting shall be no more. The funeral services will be conducted at the High Street A.M.E. church on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock by the Revs. Watson and Smith.
From the Xenia Daily Gazette, May 11, 1894:
Yellow Springs, May 10-Wheeling Gaunt, aged eighty-two years, died here last night. He was born in Carrell County, Kentucky, and after buying himself and family out of slavery, accumulated by industry and frugality a large fortune in money and real estate. After making a bequest of some land here for the benefit of the widows of this place and a sum of money to a local colored Methodist church and $7,000 cash to his wife, he bequeathed the remainder of his estate to Wilberforce University, near Xenia. He was thought to be the richest colored man in Ohio.
From the Xenia Gazette, May 15, 1894:
Mr. Wheeling Gaunt was buried Sabbath afternoon in Glen Forrest cemetery. He was one of the best citizens of our village and will leave a record and example of his fair dealing and benevolence which would be well to imitate by those who are left behind.