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What's New 2020


Mar 19th

Added the family of Eli Wheelock, son of Edward Wheelock and Martha Dagget. There is no record that specifically says Eli is the son of Edward and Martha, but the emergence of two new pieces of information render it a near certainty. First, one of his daughters, Adelia Wheelock, never had children. When she died her probate records named all of her siblings as legal heirs. Since most of them were deceased, the probate also named all of their children. Unless the executors missed siblings, this probate record identifies all children of Eli Wheelock. They were all born either in Batavia, or near Batavia, where Eli lived; and some had sons named Eli. Second, a listing of burials in the Old Batavia Cemetery was found, which lists Eli W___lock and Charity W___lock, citing death date, and age at death. The dates for Eli fit perfectly with census records, land records, and the records of births for his mother, Martha Daggett.

For a detailed discussion of the evidence, see the Research Notes for Eli Wheelock.

Added more information about the family and descendants of Andrew C. Wheelock, of Wyoming Co, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and New York. Thanks to research by Ryan Wheelock, a descendant.

Updated the notes and source citations for Reu Wheelock, another son of Edward Wheelock and Martha Daggett.

Feb 25th

Corrected misinformation about the parents of Euphemia Turnbull, wife of John T. Wheelock. Thanks to Hannah Frances Thomas for the research. See Euphemia Turnbull's wikitree entry here for more details and images of orignal sources.

Added parents, birth and death dates for Winifred O'Malley, second wife of Oscar Merritt Wheelock, alias Oscar Creighton, hero of the Mexican Revolution. Research kindly supplied by Larry Lashaway, who has written a sketch outlining Winnie's interesting life path. Click here to read/download the sketch.

Add information about the parents and out-of-wedlock daughter of Beulah Johnson of Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Numerous other updates, including research on spousal lines, and improving source citations.

Jan 1st

Numerous updates to the family of David Wheelock and Naomi Fairbanks of Northborough and Leominister, MA, including the addition of Henry P. Wheelock as a son of Naomi, born out of wedlock. The marriages of several of Naomi and David's children (Eliza Wheelock, Nancy Wheelock) were updated and corrected, based on information in Naomi's administration of estate. A plausible marriage record was found for their daughter, Sophia Wheelock, and her husband David Cawthorne. Unfortunately, no progress on the central question of David Wheelock's parentage. His (extensive) probate records contain no obvious clue about his ancestry or Wheelock relatives.

Updated the marriages of Ruth Wheelock, daughter of Benjamin Wheelock and Elizabeth Thompson. Acknolwedged that the "Mrs. Ruth Morey" who married Adams Wheelock was the former wife of Thomas Morey. Documented the evidence for this in the notes for Ruth. Also, added a second marriage for Ruth Towne.

A few other minor updates to source citations.

Uploaded the annual updates to the Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock, and The Wheelock Family of Charlton, Massachusetts PDF documents, which can also be downloaded under 'featured downloads" on the right.

What's New 2019


Dec 15th

Updated the family of Moses Wheelock, and Mary J. Foster, of Barre, MA. Made corrections to his wives, and added several children.

Updated the family of John P. Wheelock and Marrietta K. Fisher, of Newport, Orleans Co, Vt - with help from Leanne (Thurber) Joeckel, a descendant.

Worked out the identify of Elizabeth Weld, wife of Seth Wheelock of Charlton, MA, with help from Marina Cole, who first noticed the reference to Elizabeth Weld as "widow" in the record of marriage for Seth and Elizabeth. Based on a process of elimination, Marina concluded that Elizabeth Weld must have been the widow of Stephen Weld, who died in 1775. A comprehensive examination of the probate records and deeds confirms this identification, providing plenty of evidence to support it. For details, see the notes for Elizabeth Thayer.

Numerous other smaller updates, and improvements to sources.

Nov 15th

Researched the genealogy of five men named Harrison Wheelock, born before 1840. One of them, the son of Humphrey Wheelock and Sophia Lesure, couldn't be traced after birth. Perhaps he died young, left a small imprint on the records, or went by a different name later in life.

Another, the son of Otis Wheelock and Hannah Eddy of Vienna, NY, went to California, perhaps with his brother, Jay, and cousin, Samuel. He was probably the Harrison Wheelock that wrote "Guide and Map of The Reese River and Hombolt" in 1865, for miners and prospectors who flocked to the San Francisco region during the gold rush years. He came east, married a woman in Danbury, Connecticut, then, perhaps during a business trip, died in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, where he is buried.

There were at least two Harrison Wheelocks who fought during the Civil War, both from Iowa. One of them was born circa 1822 and died in 1864, presumably from wounds received during the war. No original records have yet been found that identify his parents, but "History of the Original Town of Concord, Being the Present Towns of Concord, Collins, North Collins, and Sardinia", by Erasmus Briggs, 1883, identified him as the son of Elijah Wheelock and Lucretia Taylor. Harrison's son, Henry H. Wheelock, had an interesting story. His father died when he was an infant. He was raised by his mother and step father in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. He married, was in and out of trouble with the law, served two prison sentences in Iowa - for robbery and attempted murder. Not surprisingly, his wife divorced him, and remarried. When Henry was released from his second prison term, he went back to his home town, and confronted his ex-wife. In self defense, she shot him, killing him instantly. The incident was heavily covered by the newspapers, which cast their sympathies with the ex-wife.

The other Harrison Wheelock who fought in the Civil War was born in Vermont, and lived in Poweshiek Co, IA. His genealogy has been well documented at FamilySearch.org, and in various family trees at Ancestry.com.

The fifth Harrison Wheelock is also well documented on the internet. He was born in Iowa, died in Michigan.

Identified the surname (Hanson) of Lydia Wheelock, fifth wife of Joseph Wheelock, of Coventry, VT.

Numberous other updates and corrections.

Sep 13th

Updated the family of Joseph Thompson and Sarah Wheelock, identifying additional children. The ancestry of Joseph is unknown, but it seems likely that he was closely related to Elizabeth Thompson, who married Benjamin Wheelock in Charlton, and whose parents lived in the same part of Charlton as the Wheelocks (the "County Gore").

Made some further updates to the family of Samuel H. Wheelock, grandson of Jonathan Wheelock, and Lucy Beaman - following the work of Marina Cole on www.WikiTree.com here, and FamilySearch.org here.

Numerous other corrections, source improvements, and updates.

Sep 1st

Updated the family of Amariah Wheelock and Roxelana Derby, of Watertown, NY. Updated the family of Jonathan Wheelock, of Concord, MA and Concord, NH. Concluded that he married twice, and that two of his presumed children, Jonathan and Thankful Wheelock were misinterpretations of the Concord Vital Records.

Aug 1st

Sorted out the time line for Clara De Freezer, after her divorce from David Lorenzo Wheelock, with help from David and Clara's granddaughter, Ruth Ann (Newberg) Scott. From a genealogical perspective this was particularly challenging, because there was so much incorrect information about Clara to lead researchers astray. Her gravestone marker has a birth date that is off by thirteen years, and her brother's 1975 obituary claimed she was still alive, when she wasn't. Despite these false clues, there is a clear trail of records to her identity.

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.