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Welcome to the Wheelock Genealogy website. Here you'll find a large and growing genealogy of the Wheelock family in the United States. Browse the Wheelock genealogy by clicking on the 'browse' button at the top, search using the search box to the right, or visit one of the topics in the sidebar.

What's New 2019


July 14th

More updates to source citations, replacing stale web links with original sources. Some of the families updated include Jonathan Wheelock and Prudence Smith, Fordyce Foster Wheelock and his wife Martha Ann Barnes, Manning Wheelock and his wife Marbra Southwick, Simeon Wheelock and Mary Scott (from work originally done by Marina Cole, see wikitree page for Simeon Wheelock here), and updated what is known (by me) about Clara DeFreezer, who seems to have disappeared after her divorce from David Lorenzo Wheelock. Thanks to family members Ruth Ann Scott (grand-daughter), and other grandchildren and great-grandchildren for information about her.

June 23rd

Updated the family of Joseph Wheelock, including an identification of his wife, Irene (Rainey) Patrick.

Updated most of the sources for Jonathan Wheelock, his wife, Prudence Smith, and the immediate family. The sources had become stale. The updated citations now reference original sources.

Added a PDF document, compiled by Edwin (Ted) Wheelock, outlining the genealogy of Selden Frank Wheelock, of Michigan. Most of the online genealogies for Selden (including here - as of June 2019) are incomplete.

May 27th

Uploaded the annual update to the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" PDF document, which can also be downloaded under 'featured downloads" on the right.

Made numerous additions, corrections and source citation improvements, including:

Mar 30th

Wrote a blog article on Sophia Wheelock and her husband Benjamin Buffum. The article examines the evidence relevant to this couple, shows that Benjamin was the same man that married Sophia's half-aunt, Olive Wheelock, presents evidence that Benjamin and Sophia had four children out-of-wedlock, and discusses the validity of that evidence.

Numerous other updates, corrections, and source citation improvements.

Feb 10th

Corrected an error in which Jay Wheelock and Jasper Wheelock, twin sons of Otis Wheelock of Vienna, Oneida Co, NY, had been merged into a single individual, Jay Jasper Wheelock. They are, in fact, two different individuals, as can be seen in the 1900 census, where they are listed as distinct individuals. Also, Otis's Oneida County will lists both sons individually. Thanks to Scott and Jesse Putnam, descendants of Otis Wheelock, for pointing this out.

Worked out the identify of Benjamin Buffum (1787-1861), who married Olive Wheelock in 1810, then married Olive's niece, Sophia, in 1849. The astonishing thing about Benjamin is that he had children with Sophia while still married to Olive. All the vital records support this conclusion (though there may be reason to doubt these records, see Mar 30th updates above), and the land records convincingly prove that Olive and Sophia married the same man. There is still one important record to examine, Sophia's will, which has been ordered. For a discussion of the evidence, read the notes for Sophia.

Further clarified the identity of Lydia Mitchell, the mother of Jeremiah and Calvin Wheelock, sons of Seth Wheelock of Burrillville, RI. It is now known that she was the daughter of Darius Mitchell, of Glocester, RI. She apparently never married, but fathered two children with Seth. See notes for Lydia Mitchell. Thanks to JD Saunders for help with the research.

A few other updates, corrections, and improvements to source citations.

Jan 26th

Identified the mother of Jeremiah and Calvin Wheelock, sons of Seth Wheelock of Burrillville, RI. Jeremiah and Calvin's death records each referred to their parents as Seth Wheelock and Lydia. Both were born after Seth Wheelock's wife, Levina Hunt, died - leaving Lydia's identity a mystery. No marriage record has been found for Seth and Lydia, probably because they were never married. But the Rhode Island probate records at Ancestry.com leave little doubt about her identity. For the summary of evidence, see the notes for Seth Wheelock and Lydia Mitchel.

Added more detail to the family of Sylvester Wheelock, thanks to Jesse Putnam, ggg-grandson, for supplying the information.

Jan 18th

Updated the family of Otis Wheelock and Hannah Eddy, based on newspaper articles found on fultonsearch.org. Added some details to the family of Ruth Wheelock and Robert Kelley, of Charlton, MA. Oneida County deeds and New York tax records had previously revealed that Ruth Wheelock's brother, Edward Wheelock, and his extended family had moved to Augusta, Oneida County, NY sometime around 1797. Now, Worcester County, MA, deeds reveal that Chapin Kelley, son of Ruth and Robert also moved to Augusta - not suprising, since Edward Wheelock was Chapin's guardian.

Several other miscellaneous updates.

What's New 2018


Dec 23rd

Updated the family of Dr. Obadiah Wheelock and Celestia Seymour of Turin, Lewis Co, NY, and Minnesota, based partly on Seymour family correspondence held at the American Antiquarian Society. Filled in the family of Silas Wheelock and Almira Durant. Updated information about George L. Wheelock, son of Humphrey Wheelock, and Sophia Lesure.

Nov 15th

Added Abial Wheelock, daughter of Moses Wheelock and Lydia Bond, of Westborough. There is no birth record for Abial, but her death records in Westborough and Charleston leave no doubt about her parentage. Added Henry King, husband of Abigail Wheelock of Charlton, MA. It's not obvious from the Charlton vital records that this is the Abigail that married Henry King, but a Worcester County deed, Henry's administration of estate, Abigail's death record, and the lack of any other candidates for Abigail makes a convincing case.

Various other source updates and minor changes to notes.

Oct 22nd

Added two additional grandchildren of Paul Wheelock and Abigail Chapin of Charlton: Betsey Converse, and Elliot Converse, children of Mary Wheelock and Daniel Converse.

Confirmed that John Wheelock likely had only one child, based on the will of his wife, Lydia Davis, who identifed Sally Spurr, wife of John Spurr, as her only child. Lydia's will also named Paul Wheelock 3rd "illegitimate child of Betsey Converse" as a beneficiary ($200). A guardianship for Paul (discovered by Marina Cole) confirmed that he was the (out of wedlock) son of Paul Wheelock and Betsey Converse. This solves the longtime mystery surrounding the parentage of Paul Wheelock (aka John Adams Wheelock).

Paul Wheelock (aka John Adams Wheelock) was born in 1807, per death record. An entry in his aunt's diary points to a likely birth date of 11 March 1807. The aunt is Mary (Converse) Wheelock, Betsey's sister. She kept a diary between the years 1804-1809, currently in the possession of Margaret A. (Stockwell) Cole, a descendant of Mary (Converse) Wheelock. The 11 March 1807 entry reads as follows: "Betsy had a fine boy born, with but little difficulty thank to God the giver of good and evil too."

Oct 12th

In an ongoing attempt to identify all the grandchildren of Paul Wheelock and Abigail Chapin of Charlton, Worcester Co, MA - filled in the family of Abigail Wheelock (daughter of Paul and Abigail) and Asa Dresser of Charlton, MA. The public trees on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org have little commonality on the genealogy of this family, with many errors.

Aug 31st

Filled in the family of Samuel A. Wheelock, and Charlotte F. Robbins of Cambridge, MA; and the family of Caroline Wheelock and her husband, Warner Wheeler, of Michigan.

Added more information about the descendants of Ernest Alton Wheelock and Catherine Taube, thanks to help from Ryan Wheelock, their g-grandson. Also, added Elizabeth Shook, the first wife of Ernest Alton Wheelock's father, Andrew C. Wheelock - thanks to help from Marina Cole.

Aug 14th

Added birth dates to the family of Benjamin Wheelock and Elizabeth Thompson, based on a register of vital events maintained (probably) by Polly Converse, found by Peggy Cole (a descendant of Polly) while cleaning out the family home.

Added Daniel Wheelock, ancestry unknown. Add more details about the wives of Frank Wheelock. Various other minor updates.

July 14th

Added more detail to the family of Seth Wheelock and Levina Hunt, including Levina's relationship to her mother-in-law, Keziah Hunt. Most of their vital events are not recorded in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, leaving more than few mysteries for genealogists to solve.

Updated information on some of the children of Reu Wheelock and Rosanna Smiley, namely Augusta, Sarah, Caroline.

July 1st

Added Ithamar Wheelock (about 1805 - 1867), and family. Ithamar was born in Massachusetts, and lived in Ohio. Though his ancestry is not known for certain, it's likely he is closely related to Samuel Wheelock and Hannah Ammidown of Tyringham, MA, possibly a son of Ithamar.

Finally connected the David Wheelock of Readfield, ME with the David Wheelock born 1782 in Charlton, MA. The names and dates strongly suggested this connection, but two additional pieces of evidence clinched it. First, the death records of two of his children identify his birthplace as Charlton, MA; and second, a 8 July 1849 letter from David to his sister in law, Polly (Converse) Wheelock, exists, and is in the posession of Peggy Cole, a descendant of Polly (Converse) Wheelock. Thanks also to Dale Potter-Clark for her work on the early settlers of Readfield, Maine, and her genealogy of David Wheelock posted at ancestry.com.

Added detail to the family of Luther Wheelock (1782 - 1868) and Clarissa Marcy, of Berkshire Co, MA.

Numerous other updates, corrections, and improved sources.

Jun 7th

Listed Joel Wheelock, Jr. of Sweden, Monroe Co, NY as the son of Joel Wheelock, Sr. of New Ipswich, NH, based on an accumulation of additional information that linked the two together. For details, see the notes for Joel Wheelock, Jr.

Added Betsey Wheelock as a daughter of Joel Wheelock.

Added Miranda Wheelock, born 1822 in Batavia, Genesee Co, NY, parents unknown. Another possible child of Eli Wheelock, or sibling.

Corrected a transcription error in the will of Jonathan Wheelock (1727-1798) of Cavendish, VT. A bequest to son Jotham Wheelock was incorrectly transcribed as Jonathan Wheelock. (Thanks to Marina Cole for catching this.)

Jun 4th

Corrections, improved sources, and updated research notes for various individuals.

Added a link to the Wheelock One Name Study page on WikiTree.

Apr 30th

Updated information for Phoebe Wheelock, who married George Hedley, with research help from Marina Cole (see here).

Added George Granville Wheelock, whose ancestry is not yet proven, but is likely closely related to Abner Wheelock and Lydia Tillotson of Sugar Grove, PA.

Filled in some of the descendants of William Wallace Wheelock, with help from David Balken, a descendant.

Mar 3rd

Added the family of Calvin Wheelock (about 1777 - 1851), of Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Chenango Co, NY. This was a joint effort with Marina Cole, who has information about this family on www.WikiTree.com here.

Numerous other corrections, additional dates, and improved sources.

Feb 17th

Updated the "Descendants of Ralph Wheelock" and "The Wheelock Family of Charlton, MA" PDF files in the downloads section. Added a section for the Wheelocks of Batavia, Genesee Co, NY, including a number of unplaced Wheelocks, all of whom are probably closely related to Edward Wheelock and Martha Daggett of Charlton, Worcester Co, MA.

Added the family of Seth Wheelock (about 1805 - 1868), and Christina Wesley, of Kalamazoo Co, MI. Seth's ancestry unknown.

Added partial family of Joseph Wheelock and Rainey (--?--) of Windsor Twp, Windsor Co, VT. They had at least two children: Woodward Wheelock, and Eleazer Wheelock. Joseph's ancestry is not proven, but he is likely to be the son of Eleazar Wheelock (b. 27 June 1747), and his wife Betty Woodward, of Charlton, MA. See notes for Joseph

Added the second marriage/partnership of Timothy Erastus Wheelock (1828 - 1878) of Grafton and Boston, MA.

Jan 13th

Added updates for Allen Wheelock (1813-1889), son of Caleb Wheelock and Sally Allen of Townshend, VT.

Added Obadiah Wheelock, born about 1792, presumed child of Obadiah Wheelock, of Floyd, NY. Research by Marina Cole.

Added the family of Robert Upton and Anna Wheelock of Cavendish, VT, and Salem, MA.

Added Almira Wheelock, Adelia Wheelock, and Anna M. Wheelock, all from Genessee Co, NY and MI. The three are closely related, and presumed to be sisters, probably daughters of Eli Wheelock, of Batavia, Genessee Co, NY. For a discussion of the evidence, see the notes for Adelia. Thanks to Marina Cole for bringing Adelia and Almira to my attention.

What's New 2017


Dec 14th

Added updates for Merrill G. Wheelock, architect in Boston.

Added marriage and death info for Laura Lucretia Wheelock, thanks to information from Linda Porter, whose ancestor was her brother.

Updated the notes and death date for Edward Wheelock of Charlton and Oneida Co, NY. Based on Oneida Co deeds, it is known that he purchasaed land in Augusta, NY in 1797, near his daughter Relief, and her husband Jabez Howe. He is enumerated on the tax rolls there from 1799 to 1803. His whereabouts after 1807 is still unknown.

Nov 6th

Added the family of William F. Wheelock and some notes for Orrin E. Wheelock, both children of Eliab Wheelock and Ruth Blackman of Poland Center, Chautauqua Co, NY.

Added Silas Wheelock, of Dorchester, MA, died 6 Nov 1831, ancestry unknown.

Updated the family of Luman Cyrus Wheelock, (most notably his wife, Kathryn Sutton) with info supplied by Greg Wheelock, a direct descendant.

Added a place holder for John Wheelock, who is possibly a brother of Eli Wheelock, Reu Wheelock (1785 - 1833), and Silas Wheelock (1781 - 1851), though proof has yet to be found. John appears in the 1820-1870 Census records, living in or near Batavia. In 1850 and 1860 he is living in the household of Sally Lusk, daughter of Relief Wheelock (sister of Reu and Silas); adding support to the theory that he is a close relation.

Oct 2nd

Added Benjamin F. Wheelock and James H. Wheelock to the family of Haskell Wheelock and Lydia Dunham. Haskell and family moved from Royalton, VT to Wisconsin, circa 1810.

Added a place holder for Eli Wheelock, who is probably a brother of Reu Wheelock (1785 - 1833) and Silas Wheelock (1781 - 1851), though proof has yet to be found. Reu and Eli jointly purchased land in Batavia, Genessee Co, NY in 1817 and 1820, and are enumerated next to each other in the 1820 Federal Census. But further information about Eli has proven elusive.

Also, fixed an "Internal Server Error" that occured on searches originating from the search page.

Sep 11th

Updates to the family of Aubrey Vane Wheelock, thanks to some help from Ted Wheelock. Updated Kimber Gadsby Wheelock, an early contributor to WheelockGenealogy.com, who passed away 12 Aug 2017. His obituary is here. Various other corrections, including notes on the births of the children of Francis S. Wheelock and Ruth Orcutt - with thanks to Greg Wheelock for identifying incorrect birth information.

Aug 7th

Updates to the family of Orville Edgar Wheelock, and his granddaughter, Ruby Alice Wheelock (with help from Brian Chapman).

Various corrections, and improvements to source references.

May 23rd

Thomas Wheelock has retired the www.WheelockGenealogy.org website, and has transferred the information there to the Wheelock One Name Study website at http://Wheelock.One-Name.net. He continues to update the website with information on the English roots of the Wheelock surname, and the Latin American branches of the Wheelock family, from which he descends.

Updates to the notes of Cyrus Wheelock (b. 1763), identifying additional information about his wives and children. Cyrus moved from Milford, MA to Readfield, ME between 1800 and 1810. At the time, Maine was still part of Massachusetts. Wheelock genealogies, published and online, have little to say about his children or their descendants. The updated notes show that Cyrus probably had two additional children that are not normally enumerated in Wheelock genealogies.

The family of Calvin H. Wheelock (b. 1844) and Bridget Kane, of Cedar Co, IA has been filled in. There is still more work to do to fill this family in completely.

The family of Levi C. Wheelock (b. 1831) and Mary Howard, of Hopkinton, MA has been filled in.

Apr 26th

Updates to genealogical info about Oscar Merritt Wheelock, including his birth date, his brother's middle name and some vital facts about his near relatives, thanks to Larry Lashaway.

Updates to several additional families, including the families of William Wheelock (1816 - 1876), and Oscar Wheelock (1840 - 1922).

As always, updates to sources and dates for numerous other individuals in the Wheelock genealogy.

Feb 11th

Updates to several families including the families of Arnold Morgan Wheelock (1917 - 1990) (thanks to Derek Ashley Wheelock), Alfred Pearce Wheelock (1832 - 1897), and Waitstill Dickinson Wheelock (thanks to Greg Wheelock for the research). Some information about Maryette Wheelock (1821 - 1884, m. Lewis St. Ores) has been added, thanks to Marina Cole. Maryette was probably born in Lyme, NY, but later moved to Wisconsin, and finally California. Her parentage is unknown - if anyone has information about her, I'd love to see it. Also, a bug in upper/lower case searching has been fixed. All searches are conducted in lower case, regardless of whether you use upper case letters in the search box.

Jan 9th

Updates to many families including the families of Paul Wheelock (1803 - 1858) and Susan Allen of Rhode Island, Edmond Blood Wheelock (b. 1813) and his three wives, and Edgar Warren Wheelock (b. 1870). In addition, all the PDFs on the Downloads page have been updated, and a link to the talk I gave to the Medfield Historical Society has been added there.

2016 Updates


Nov 16th

Further updates to the family of David Lorenzo Wheelock, reflecting some clarifications by Angela Jennes, great-granddaughter of David. There are other minor updates to the families of Joseph Barber Wheelock (1832 - 1910) and Benjamin C. Wheelock (1830 - 1909), reflecting information gleaned from www.FindAGrave.com.

The Wheelock Family Genealogy talk I gave to the Medfield Historical Society on Oct 3rd has been published on the YouTube Medfield TV Channel here. A PDF version of the PowerPoint slide deck can be found here. I am working on a transcript of the talk, which will be available on the Wheelock Genealogy website blog shortly.

Oct 25th

Updates to the family of Elizabeth Jeanne (Wheelock) Davis, who goes by the name Betts. Betts has done a lot of research on the Wheelock family, and has been very helpful in filling in some of the gaps in the Wheelock genealogy.

The family of David Lorenzo Wheelock of East Moline, Rock Island Co, IL has been updated with information kindly supplied by Matt Newberg, a descendant of David. The information supplied by Matt was instrumental in sorting out some of the confusing relationships in this family.

Updates to the family of Cyrus J. Wheelock, with information kindly supplied by Sam Stuhlmiller. Cyrus has no living descendants, but Sam's ancestors were related to Cyrus' daughter, Lucy, by marriage; and found some information of genealogical interest in her effects.

Still waiting for Medfield TV to post the Wheelock Genealogy talk I gave on Oct 3rd.

Oct 4th

Updates to the family of Henry Wheelock and Phoebe Dickinson, based on discussions with Greg Wheelock, Mikey Seabury, and Mary Gilmore. In particular, the existence of Phoebe Irene Wheelock is called into question. No primary records exist which can confirm her birth. Also, more details have been filled in for family members, based on research kindly supplied by Greg, Mikey, and Mary. In particular, more information about Dickinson Wheelock, son of Henry and Phoebe has been found; and detailed vitals for some of his siblings have been updated.

The talk I gave to the Medfield Historical Society on Oct 3rd was recorded and will be posted on YouTube in the near future. I'll post a link to the video here when it becomes available.

Sep 11th

Numerous updates, including updates to David Lorenzo Wheelock (thanks to Angela Jennes), Madeline Ruth Wheelock (thanks to Angela Aimee Bisson-Lambert), Everett Baxter Wheelock, and several others. The Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock PDF in the Downloads section has been updated.

May 26th

Updated the blog with an essay on the family of Josephus Wheelock (1792-1872).

Several updates to the Wheelock genealogy, mostly involving error corrections, improved source references, and the addition of new individuals. The family of Josephus Wheelock is now filled in. Josephus was an interesting study. He moved from New England to Alabama prior to the Civil War. Despite being a slave owner, he remained loyal to the Union. For more, read the blog entry.


February 28th

Updated the blog with an essay on events leading up to and shortly after Rev. Ralph Wheelock's arrival in Massachusetts.

Posted a research essay about Oscar Merritt Wheelock, alias Oscar Creighton, who fought with notoriety in the Mexican Revolution. The essay was written by Larry Lashway, who has studied newspaper articles written during the time that Oscar and his wife Winnie lived in Butte, Montana. It sheds light on what transpired during the year that Oscar lived there, what events led up to his hasty departure on the eve of 1911, and how his wife, Winnie, and her relationship to the mayor of Butte influenced these events. The essay can be found here, and is linked at the end of the biography of Oscar Merritt Wheelock here.

Also made some minor updates to the genealogy of Rev. Ralph Wheelock.

January 22nd

Added a blog to capture thoughts, essays, and research notes that didn't seem to have any natural home on the WheelockGenealogy.com website.

Two generations of descendants of Philip Wheelock, of Floyd, Oneida Co, NY have been added, based on census records, obituaries, and www.FindAGrave.com records. In addition, the following have been added: descendants of Dexter Wheelock and Elsie Gray, of Atlas Co, IL; children of Henry Wheelock and Adelphia Converse (of Newfane, VT, and Byron, IL); and numerous other addtions and corrections.

Included a copy of Ralph Wheelock's signature, as it appeared circa 1655, at the end of his will.

Dec 28th

The genealogies of many new families have been filled in, including Haskell Wheelock, Alonzo P. Wheelock, Burtis Lemuel Wheelock, Alpheus Wheelock, Thomas Seabury Wheelock, Alonzo J. Wheelock, and many others. Several corrections have been incorporated, and source references have been improved.

A discussion of the ancestry of Brigadier General Charles Wheelock (1812 - 1865) has been added to the Wheelock Mysteries page. To the best of my knowledge, there are no primary sources that identify the ancestry of his father, Daniel Wheelock (1768 - 1812). The oral tradition in this family insists that he is the son of Daniel Wheelock and Beulah Albee, of Uxbridge, MA; yet the vital and probate records do nothing to substantiate this claim. In fact, the vital records are silent about Daniel, and at first glance seem to contradict the family stories. But these oral traditions may still be true. A deeper discussion can be found here.

Finally, the documents in the downloads section have been updated to reflect these changes.