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George WHEELER[1]

Male 1599 - 1685

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  • Born  Between 1600 and 1610 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Between 28 Jan 1684/85 and 2 Jun 1687 
    Person ID  I549  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2011 

    Family  (Catherine PIN),   d. UNKNOWN 
     1. Thomas WHEELER,   b. Abt 1632,   d. Abt 16 Dec 1686
    Family ID  F095  Group Sheet

  • Notes 


      George Wheeler was an early settler of Concord: The first record I find of his name is in 1640. He appears to have been a person of some influence, and his name appears often on town records. He was selectman in 1660. His house lot of 11 acres was at the (present) corner of Main and Walden Streets, and in conjunction with Capt. Timothy Wheeler, who I think was very probably his nephew, he owned a large amount of land in the center of the town. He had also land near the “frog-ponds” and at Walden Pond, and at Nut Meadow Brook. His death is not recorded but his will was dated January 28, 1684/5 and presented for probate June 2, 1687. (Suffolk Prob. Reg. Vol. X fol. 1) His sons Thomas and John were named executors, but the former had died between the above dates and John was named sole executor. The will names “the children of my son William deceased, sons Thomas and John, daughters Elizabeth Fletcher, Sarah Dudley, Ruth Hartwell and Hannah Fletcher, and the children of my daughter ‘Fox' “. His age is not known, but as he had a son married in 1657, and as the birth of the youngest of his eight children occurred in 1645, it is probable that he was born between 1600 and 1610. I think it probable that he was a brother of Obadiah. [Katherine, wife of George, was sister to Obadiah Wheeler. She died 11 Feb. 1684 -- RRW]

      [George married Katherine 9 Dec.1631 -- RRW] Katherine d. 2 Jan. 1684/5. According to a letter from Lexington genealogist Winifred Lovering Holman dated 21 June 1945, George Wheeler married first, 12 May 1645, Mary Studd.] His children by Katherine, as shown by his will and by the Town records were:

      2. I Thomas 2 m. Hannah Harwood

      3. II William 2 [b. 1633 – AY] m. Hannah Buss

      4. III Ruth m. Samuel Hartwell

      5. IV Elizabeth 2 m. Francis 2 Fletcher [b. 1636 in Concord. They married 1 Aug. 1656. On April 15 1682, their son Samuel 3 Fletcher, who was born 6 Aug. 1657 and died 23 Oct. 1741, married another Elizabeth 2 Wheeler -- #3008. She was born 23 Feb. 1664. Samuel 3 Fletcher was a Corporal under Capt. Timothy Wheeler (#2901) and fought in King Philip's War. He was a Selectman 1705-7. – JCW]

      6. V Hannah m. [Samuel] Fletcher [son of William, son of Robert - RRW] [Note: Births, Marriages and Deaths has “Hanna Wheler” marrying Samewell (Samuel) Smedly 11 July 1667 and “ffrancies ffletcher” marrying Elizabeth Wheeler 11 Oct. 1656. See also note under # 5 – JCW]

      7. VI Sarah b. 6 March 1640 m. Francis Dudley [They married 26 Oct. 1665. Their son Joseph Dudley married Abigail Goble in Concord 25 Feb. 1689/90. She was the daughter of Thomas Goble (Gobill). Joseph and Abigail's son Benjamin Dudley was born in Concord 20 March 1698/9 and married Elizabeth Rice of Sudbury. Then their son Joseph Dudley married Mary Warren of Westborough in 1732 -- JCW]

      8. VII John 2 b. 19 March 1643 m. Sarah Larkin

      9. VIII Mary b. 6 Sept. 1645 m. Eliphalet 2 Fox [They married 26 Oct. 1665. He was the son of Thomas and Rebecca Fox. Eliphlet and Mary Wheeler Fox' daughter Mary married Peter Harwood – JCW]

      2. The Obadiah Wheeler Line


      Susanna was a sister to George #1 from Cranefield, Bedfordshire. [See last section of this genealogy on Probable English Ancestry. This indicates that George #1 and Susanna Wheeler were among the eight children of John Wheeler of Cranefield, Bedfordshire, England. Obadiah #1001 was the son of another John Wheeler of nearby Doswell. The relationship between these two John Wheelers is unclear. -- RRW]

      The will of Obadiah Wheeler "aged about three score and three years" was dated 6 Oct. 1671.

      So he was born about 1608.

      [According to this section of Tolman, Obadiah was” probably brother of the first George (George#1). However, this is contradicted by the information in the first paragraph above taken from the section on Probable English Ancestry -- JCW] He seems to have lived at first very near the center of the village, for in 1653 we find in the Town Records that [the residents of] "the East Quarter are to make and maintain all the highways from Obadiah Wheeler's house along to the baywards." etc. We afterward find his son Obadiah, in 1675, living on the Lancaster road beyond the South River, on land which may perhaps have been first set off to the senior.

      The will of Obadiah Wheeler was imperfect in that it was not witnessed, and administration of his estate was granted to "Thomas Wheeler the kinsman and John Wheeler the son" of the testator. The document names "son Joshua first born and heir;" 2nd son Samuel"; "son Obadiah"; "son John"; "youngest son Josiah, and daughter Susanna". This shows that the son John whose birth in 1641 is recorded, must have died young, and have [been] succeeded by another of the same name whose birth was not recorded.

      Obadiah 1 Wheeler died 29 Oct 1671 at 83. His wife Susanna died 24 March 1649. Their children, on authority of the Town Records, and of his will, were:

      1102 I Joshua 2 [born in England] m. Elizabeth

      1103 II John 2 b. 23 Jan 1640/1 d. young

      1104 III Ruth b. 23 April 1642 [m Samuel Hartwell]

      1105 IV a son b. 25 Nov. 1643 d. 29 Nov. 1643

      1106 V Samuel 2 b. 22 Feb. 1655/6 m. Mary Perry

      1107 VI John 2 [Was he killed by Indians at Oyster River, Durham NH leaving three sons, one of whom was Richard of Bedford? – RRW]]

      1108 VII Susanna b. 16 March 1649 m. Shipley

      1109 VIII Obadiah 2 m. Elizabeth [White]

      1110 IX Josiah 2 “who was slain in ye engagement with ye Indians at Sudbury April ye 21, 1676.” Administration was granted to John Wheeler and Elizabeth (wife of Joshua) who deposes that “I heard my brother Josiah say that he willed one half of his estate to his brother John.” (Middlesex Probate Records Vol. VI fol 91.)

      Probably the two youngest children were by a second wife, though there was no record of a second marriage.

      The Probable English Ancestry of the Concord Wheelers

      by George Tolman

      with notes from the Cranefield, Bedfordshire records

      [Note to reader: see also the American Genealogist , Volume 12 pp 4-17 and after p 135 and Volume 14 for later analyses by Homer W. Brainard – JCW]

      GEORGE WHEELER, son of John Wheeler, was baptized at Cranfield, Bedfordshire 18 March 1605/6. [Also reported to be 28 March, 1605 by Winifred Lovering Holman, genealogist of Lexington, in a letter of 21 June, 1945 to RRW. She also stated that George was the son of Thomas Wheeler.]

      SUSANNA, daughter of John Wheeler, was baptized 16 February, 1609/10.

      OBADIAH, son of John Wheeler of Doswell, was baptized at Cranfield 5 December 1609.

      KATHERINE, daughter of the same John, was baptized 25 February 1610/11.

      GEORGE WHEELER and KATHERINE WHEELER were married at Cranfield 9 December 1631.

      OBADIAH and SUSANNA WHEELER were married at Cranfield 20 January 1633/4.

      Apparently, then, George Wheeler married a sister of Obadiah and Obadiah Wheeler married a sister of George.

      The relationship between the two Johns, fathers of these four can only be guessed. The name of Wheeler was at that time the name most frequently occurring on Cranfield Parish Registers, of all the names therein recorded, and beside these two above quoted instances of intermarriages among members of the same family name (Wheeler) there are several more there recorded which it is unnecessary to mention here.

      The will of “John Wheeler of Cranfield the elder of that name” was dated 18 January 1642/3 and offered for probate 22 January 1644/5. In it he names “my oldest son John”, “son of Isaac”, “son Obadiah”, “daughter Mary Barrett”, daughter Katherine Wheeler”, “son William”, and several grandchildren. Wife Elizabeth to be Executrix.

      The will of “John Wheeler of East Inn Cranfield, Yeoman, the eldest of that name” is dated 29 October 1632, and offered for probate 7 January 1632/3. He mentions no wife so we may infer that she was by then deceased: also he names “eldest son Ralph” as executor. Sons Thomas, John, Henry, George and William, “daughter Susanna Wheeler” and two other daughters.

      It seems that George's father John was older than Obadiah's father John, but that there was still one, or perhaps more, Johns living after the decease of George's father.

      There seems to be no room for doubt that the George and wife Katherine, and Obadiah and wife Susanna, who turned up in Concord in 1638 or thereabouts are the George, Katherine, Obadiah and Susanna of Cranefield, Bedfordshire, England. The coincidence of names alone ought to go far in evidence, but there are some circumstances in confirmation of the theory.

  • Sources 
    1. [S01877] ConcordNet.Org.

      They married 10 Oct. 1657. His death not of record, nor that of his wife who survived him. On 21 Sept. 1687 administration of his estate was granted to his widow Hannah, and his son Thomas. The inventory begins thus: “an inventory of the estate of Thomas Wheeler, son of George Wheeler late of Concord deceased.” (Suffolk Prob. Reg. Vol. X fol 115-116).

      [RRW notes that Thomas's descendants in Marlboro, Worcester and Hardwick are described in a paperback on the Wheeler and Warren families compiled by Henry Warren Wheeler, Albany, 1892.] His children, as per Town Records, were:

      10. I Hannah b. 25 Oct. 1658 d.12 Aug 1659

      11. II Thomas 3 b. 1 Jan. 1659/60 m. Sarah Davis

      12. III John 3 b. 2 Sept. 1661 m. Elizabeth Wells