Thomas CRAFTS

Father: John CRAFTS
Mother: Rebecca WHEELOCK


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 _John CRAFTS ________|
| (1630 - 1685) m 1654|
|                     |_____________________
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|--Thomas CRAFTS 
|  (1656 - 1692)
|                      _Ralph WHEELOCK _____
|                     | (1600 - 1683) m 1630
|_Rebecca WHEELOCK ___|
  (.... - 1667) m 1654|
                      |_Rebecca CLARKE _____+
                        (1610 - 1680) m 1630

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The birth of Thomas Crafts to John and Rebecca does not appear in the Roxbury Vital Records. However, James and William Craft in their "Crafts Family Genealogy" argue that Thomas Craft of Hadley, MA was the first child of John and Rebecca, born circa 1656.

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Sophia FREAR

Father: William FREAR
Mother: Hannah WHEELOCK


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 _William FREAR ______|
| (1792 - 1874) m 1818|
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|--Sophia FREAR 
|  (1826 - 1904)
|                      _Esek WHEELOCK ______+
|                     | (1765 - 1848)       
|_Hannah WHEELOCK ____|
  (1800 - 1889) m 1818|
                      |_Sophia STEERE ______+
                        (1773 - ....)       

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Charles Mansel GREENLEES

Family 1 : Pearl JODWAY
  1. +Luella Mae GREENLEES

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Charles MARSHALL

Family 1 : Mary Jane WHEELOCK

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Charles was the son of Isaac Marshall.

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Alice Belle SCHWEITZER

Family 1 : Adelbert WHEELOCK
  1.  Charlie B. WHEELOCK
  2. +Franklin Tobias WHEELOCK
  3.  Edith Marie WHEELOCK

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Sarah THOMPSON

Father: Joseph THOMPSON
Mother: Sarah WHEELOCK


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 _Joseph THOMPSON ____|
|  m 1768             |
|                     |_____________________
|                                           
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|--Sarah THOMPSON 
|  (1772 - ....)
|                      _Paul WHEELOCK ______+
|                     | (1715 - 1776)       
|_Sarah WHEELOCK _____|
  (1744 - ....) m 1768|
                      |_Abigail CHAPIN _____+
                        (1721 - 1800)       

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Arnold WHEELOCK

Father: Peter WHEELOCK
Mother: Olive WHEELOCK


                       _Jonathan WHEELOCK __+
                      | (1713 - 1783) m 1735
 _Peter WHEELOCK _____|
| (1749 - 1820) m 1770|
|                     |_Martha WIGHT _______+
|                       (1718 - 1764) m 1735
|
|--Arnold WHEELOCK 
|  (1775 - 1778)
|                      _David WHEELOCK _____+
|                     | (1720 - 1789)       
|_Olive WHEELOCK _____|
  (1749 - 1782) m 1770|
                      |_Lydia WHITE ________
                        (.... - 1759)       

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Benjamin WHEELOCK

Father: Ralph WHEELOCK
Mother: Rebecca CLARKE

Family 1 : Elizabeth BULLEN
  1.  Elizabeth WHEELOCK
  2. +Mary WHEELOCK
  3. +Abiel WHEELOCK
  4. +Benjamin WHEELOCK
  5. +Obadiah WHEELOCK
Family 2 : Elizabeth FRENCH
  1.  Ann WHEELOCK
  2. +Ruth WHEELOCK

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                      |                     
 _Ralph WHEELOCK _____|
| (1600 - 1683) m 1630|
|                     |_____________________
|                                           
|
|--Benjamin WHEELOCK 
|  (1639 - 1720)
|                      _Thomas CLARKE ______
|                     | (1567 - 1638) m 1602
|_Rebecca CLARKE _____|
  (1610 - 1680) m 1630|
                      |_Mary CANNE _________
                        (1580 - ....) m 1602

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Benjamin Wheelock, b. 8 Jan 1639/40 in Dedham, Massachusetts, was probably the first Wheelock born in the American colonies. The Dedham Vital Records record the birth date of Benjamin as follows: "Benjamin born 8 of the 1[0] Month of 1639". His baptism date is given as follows: "ye 12 of ye 11th month 1639".

He lived for about ten years in Dedham, where his father, Rev. Ralph Wheelock, was an active leader in town affairs. He moved with his family to Medfield, MA in 1651, the year of its founding and first settlement. He married Elizabeth Bullen in 1668. The Medfield Town records indicates that he owned a house in that same year. [1]

In 1669 he received a small grant of land in Medfield "between his house and the brook, taking in some part of the brook". [2] In 1675 he is listed in the Medfield town records as a proprietor, along with his brother Gershom, and his father, Ralph. [3]

Sometime around 1688 he removed with his family to Mendon. [8] The first notice of him in the Mendon records is in 1688 when he aquired land from Mathias Puffer: "Mathias Puffers forty Acre Lott Now Benjemin whelocks with all the Rights and Priuelidges there unto belonging or any wayes Appertaining: As appears by A Deed of Sale baring Date Aprill 25: 1688". [4] A year later, he appears on a list of those paying taxes to "defray Mr. Rawson's Salary." Benjamin Wheelock's name appears as a proprietor on a historical plaque in the center of Mendon, amongst the third group of settlers. In 1693 Benjamin served the town as a "Tything Man", along with two others. According to the Annals of Mendon "tithing men were to present all the idle and disorderly persons, profane swearers or cursors, Sabbath-breakers and disorderly persons, that they may be duly punished and discouraged." In 1696 he served as a Constable, in 1700 as a selectman, and in 1701 on a special committee to "give the selectmen instructions".

In 1706, or thereabouts, Benjamin Wheelock acquired posession of the "ancient" Benjamin Alby corn mill, which he purchased from Mathias Puffer. In 1713 he deeded mill priveledges to his sons Obadiah and Benjamin, Jr. Later, in 1719, all three deeded the mill to Josiah Wood. [6] Benjamin is reported to have lived on the "Old Rehoboth Road, near where Andrus Wheelock lived and died". [6,7] According to the proprietors records, "The House Lott being forty Acres Laid out upon the East side of the Road Leading to Rehoboth Nere the Round Medow : and bounded as followeth Weasterly on the Aboue sd Road Northerly upon the Land of Samuel Thayer Easterly Partly upon the Mill Riuer : and Partly on Medow and southerly upon Comon Land -- Laid out by Joseph White --" [4]

There is some uncertainty about the second wife of Benjamin. The Mendon Vital Records indicate that his first wife, Elizebeth, died in 1689, yet show two additional children born to "Benjemen and Elizebeth" in 1693 and 1695. There is no marriage record for Benjamin indicating a second marriage. Walter T. Wheelock, in "The Wheelock Family in America, 1637-1969" asserts that Elizabeth French, widow of Jonathan Thayer, was "probably" his second wife, but cites no sources. Charles Pope, in his book "The Pioneers of Massachusetts" indicates that "John French [father of Elizabeth French] died 1692, age 80 years. Division of estate was made to Dependence, Thomas, Samuel, to Temperance, wife of John Bowditch, to Elizabeth Wheelock of Mendon, and the child of Mary Lamb, deceased." The Elizabeth referenced here was probably his daughter, Elizabeth French. By process of elimination, it seems likely that Elizabeth French must have married Benjamin Wheelock. Torrey agrees with this conclusion, and lists the marriage in "New England Marriages Prior to 1700".

No record of death is found for Benjamin, nor has any record been found for the settlement of his estate.

(Written by Roderick B. Sullivan, Northborough, MA, Nov 1998)

Notes and References

[1] "History of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886", William S. Tilden, 1887, Boston, George Ellis Publishers, pg 507.

[2] ibid, pg 508

[3] ibid, pg 84

[4] "The Proprietors Records of the Town of Mendon, Mass., 1667-1816", Boston, Rockwell and Churchill Press, 1899, pg 221.

[5] "The Annals of the Town of Mendon, Mass.", John G. Metcalf, 1880, Providence, RI, E. L. Freeman and Company, pg 83.

[6] "History of the Town of Milford, Worcester County, Mass, From Its First Settlement to 1881", by Adin Ballou, published by the Town of Milford, 1881, Boston, Franklin Press.

[7] A map of Mendon, dated 1890, shows that "A. Wheelock" lived on Providence Rd., easterly side, just south of the intersection with Quisset Rd. This map, found in an old Almanac of Worcester County, places "A. Wheelock" near Round Meadow Brook, not far from Mill River, fully consistent with the proprietors records of Benjamin's house lot.

[8] Eliazer Wheelock, Benjamin's brother, removed to Mendon at an earlier date. The town records take first notice of him in 1681. But he later moved back to Medfield, where he died and is buried.

[9] "The Pioneers of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, Churches, and other Contemporaneous Documents", Charles Pope, Boston, MA, 1900

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Bennett WHEELOCK

Father: George D. WHEELOCK
Mother: Eliza P. ROBINSON

Family 1 : Cornelia B. (--?--)
  1.  Bennett Robinson WHEELOCK
  2.  Martha WHEELOCK

                       _John WHEELOCK ______+
                      | (1804 - ....)       
 _George D. WHEELOCK _|
| (1837 - 1920) m 1873|
|                     |_Salome PARSONS _____
|                       (.... - 1881)       
|
|--Bennett WHEELOCK 
|  (1874 - 1967)
|                      _____________________
|                     |                     
|_Eliza P. ROBINSON __|
   m 1873             |
                      |_____________________
                                            

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Florence WHEELOCK

Father: Stephen WHEELOCK
Mother: Lydia (--?--)


                       _Stephen WHEELOCK ___
                      | (1791 - ....)       
 _Stephen WHEELOCK ___|
| (1824 - ....)       |
|                     |_Amanda (--?--) _____
|                                           
|
|--Florence WHEELOCK 
|  (1856 - ....)
|                      _____________________
|                     |                     
|_Lydia (--?--) ______|
  (1824 - ....)       |
                      |_____________________
                                            

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The first name, Florence, is difficult to read, and may be a variation.

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Ida Addie ZIGLER

Family 1 : George A. WHEELOCK
  1.  Abbie B. WHEELOCK
  2.  Walter WHEELOCK
  3.  Daisy P WHEELOCK

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Ida Zigler was from New York City.

Ada Wheelock is enumerated in the 1930 Census living in the household of her daughter, Daisy Archer, in Springfield, MA.

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