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Lieut. Thomas Wheeler

Male about 1591 - 1654  (~ 63 years)


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  • Name Thomas Wheeler 
    Prefix Lieut. 
    Born about 1591  Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation taylor 
    Died May/Aug 1654  Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 23 August 1654  Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Jacobus’s Ackley/Bosworth Ancestry:
      Thomas Wheeler, known as “Sr.,” born at Cranfield, co. Bedford, about 1591, died at Fairfield, Conn., between 5 May 1654 (date of will) and 23 Aug. 1654 (date of probate); married at Cranfield, 5 May 1613, Ann Halsey, who died at Fairfield between 21 Aug. 1659 (date of her will) and 20 Ocdt. 1659 (date of probate).
      Several of the Wheeler family followed Rev. Peter Bulkeley of Odell, co. Bedford, to his newly established town of Concord, Mass. Since some of them had children baptized at Cranfield as late as 1637, most of them probably came over between 1637 and 1640. In September 1644, Thomas Wheeler came with Rev. John Jones from Concord to Fairfield, Conn. Two of his half-brothers also came to Fairfield, of who Ephraim remained there, but the youngest, who bor the same name as himself, returned eventually to Massachusetts.
      The will of Thomas, “Sr.” named his wife Ann; gave his Concord property to his elder son Thomas; mentioned his daughter Sarah wife of Thomas Sherwood and their son Thomas; a daughter (not named) and four grandchidren, Mary, James, Thomas and John Bennett; gave his Fairfield lands to his son John; and appointed his “brother Thomas Wheeler Lieuteant,” Robert Lockwood, and Andrew Ward, all of Fairfield, overseers. Ephraim Wheeler was an appraiser of his estate.

      Jacobus’s Ackley/Bosworth Ancestry names only 7 children of Thomas: Ann (d. soon), Anna also called Hannah, Thomas, John, Sarah (d. soon), Sarah, and Alice.

      Thomas was of Fairfield in 1645, was a lieut. in 1653, came from Concord with first sett. bring. w. Ann, and ch. prob. all adult, or marriagable, exc. one or two and perhaps his eldest s. Thomas may not have accomp. the f. At least from his will, pro. 23 Aug. 1654, wh. we read imperfect. as part of the rec. in this place is burn. it is clear that the est. in Concord, old homestead, was giv. to Thomas; Fairfield est. to John; with notice of wid. and three ds. of wh. Hannah, the eldest, m. a 1639, James Bennett, had two ch. at Concord, and was now d. leav. four; ano. was Sarah Sherwood; and a third not m. without name. His wid. in her will of 21 Aug. 1659, pro. Oct. foll. names eldest s. Thomas, and ch.

      From the History of the Wheeler Family in America, 1914, Albert Gallatin Wheeler, Jr: Thomas Wheeler came to America with the Rev. John Jones' Company in the ship Defiance, which landed in New England 3 October 1635, for, with his wife, children, and most probably some grandchildren, he was in Concord as early as 17 April 1636/1637, when he was made freeman there. Of his life in Concord, substantially nothing is known. Being a supporter of the Rev. John Jones at the time of the dissension in the Church at Concord, he became one of those who removed with him to Fairfield in 1644, settling at Pequonnock, on Uncoway Brook, where his home lot of 2.5 acres is recorded, January 1649. This was at Black Rock. His will was dated 16 January 1653/1654, and proved 23 August 1654, mentions his wife Ann. To his eldest son Thomas he gave all of his property in Concord. He also mentions his daughter Sarah Sherwood and her son Thomas Sherwood; and his grandchildren Mary, James, Thomas and John Bennit. His son John was made executor and was to received the estate in Fairfield. [1, 2]
    Person ID I29931  Schirado
    Last Modified 16 May 2013 

    Father Thomas Wheeler,   b. about 1563, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. February 1634/5, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Family ID F28682  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Ann Halsey,   b. about 1591, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 October 1659, Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 5 May 1613  Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Ann Wheeler,   b. about 1615, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. July 1615, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +2. Hannah Wheeler,   b. ca February 1617/8, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about April 1658, Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
    +3. Capt. Thomas Wheeler,   b. about December 1621, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 December 1704, Concord, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
    +4. Sergt. John Wheeler,   b. ca February 1624/5, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 April 1690, Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
     5. Sarah Wheeler,   b. about August 1628, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Sarah Wheeler,   b. about 1628, Cranfield, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1659, Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
     7. Alice Wheeler,   d. 17 March 1640, Concord, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F21478  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S583] Donald Lines Jacobus, (N.G. Parke, Woodstock, VT, 1960).

    2. [S9] Joseph Savage, (Little Brown, Boston, 1860).


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