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Mary Adams

Father: Joseph Adams
Mother: Abigail Baxter

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Elizabeth Batherick

Birth: 1817

Death: 27 Feb 1895, Grafton, Worcester Co, MA

Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery, Grafton, MA

Spouse: Nathan Smith Wheelock
Marriage: 14 Jul 1836, Grafton, Worcester, MA

  1. Helen M. Wheelock, born 26 Oct 1839, Grafton, Worcester, MA

Notes:

Elizabeth was from Shrewsbury, MA. Per death record, she was born in Westborough, daughter of Timothy Batherick.

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George Abbott Cutter

Birth: 17 Jun 1835

Death: 27 Jun 1835

Father: John Abbott Cutter
Mother: Nancy Wheelock

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Stephen Goldthwait

Death: Sep 1880

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, MA

Spouse: Polley Leonard Rawson Wheelock
Marriage: about 1826

Notes:

Stephen is referred to as Stephen Goldthwait, Jr. in the marriage intention recorded in Mendon. He was from Northbridge.

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Leonore Laabs

Death: 10 Jul 1937

Spouse: Lincoln Arden Wheelock
Marriage: 2 Oct 1929, Cuyahoga Co, OH

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Beatrice Wheelock

Birth: 17 Apr 1898

Father: Daniel Wheelock
Mother: Katherine MacDonald

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C. Webster Wheelock

Birth: 2 Jul 1939

Father: Joseph Albert Wheelock
Mother: Catherine Stack Skelly

Notes:

C. Webster Wheelock and Joseph A. Wheelock are both 10/12 years old in the 1940 Census; and so the two are presumed to be twins.

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Caroline James Wheelock

Birth: 18 Jan 1826, Barre, MA

Death: 9 Sep 1846, Barre, MA

Father: Moses Wheelock
Mother: Mary J. Foster

Notes:

Caroline died of Typhus fever, according to the Barre VRs.

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Eleazar Wheelock

Birth: 14 Aug 1737, Lebanon, CT

Death: 23 Nov 1737, Lebanon, CT

Burial: Old Columbia Cemetery, Columbia, CT

Father: Eleazar Wheelock
Mother: Sarah Davenport

Notes:

A transcription of Eleazar Wheelock's headstone is given in the notes for his brother, Eleazar born and died in 1744.

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Etta L. Wheelock

Birth: about 1898

Father: Henry Eugene Wheelock
Mother: Adelia E. Taylor

Spouse: Robert Mack
Marriage: DATE UNKNOWN

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Hiram Wheelock

Birth: 30 Aug 1822, Sturbridge, MA

Death: 11 Sep 1822, Sturbridge, MA

Burial: Town Hall Cemetery, Sturbridge, MA

Father: Hiram Wheelock
Mother: Fanny Corey

Notes:

The Sturbridge Vital Records indicate that Hiram died as an infant of dysentery.

Hiram has memorial stones in the Town Hall Cemetery, Sturbridge, MA, and in the nearby North Cemetery, where is mother is buried.

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Julia Susan Wheelock

Birth: 7 Oct 1833, Avon, Ohio

Death: 7 Jun 1900, Quincy, Ill.

Burial: Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.

Father: Alden Wheelock
Mother: Elsie Morey

Spouse: Porter C. Freeman
Marriage: 18 May 1873, Ionia Co, MI

  1. Frank Wheelock Freeman, born 10 Oct 1875, Middleville, MI
  2. Frederick Orville Freeman, born 1879

Notes:

Julia Susan Wheelock, teacher, author, and heroine of the Civil War was born in Avon, Ohio, on October 7, 1833, the seventh child of Alden and Elsie (Morey) Wheelock. In her time, she was referred to as "The Florence Nightingale of Michigan"; a tribute to her efforts tending wounded Civil War soldiers. She kept a well written diary of her Civil War experiences that serves as a captivating chronicle of the war and her times. The diary is part of the Civil Warm collection housed in the Lincoln Museum of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU).

When Julia was four, her father moved the family from Ohio to Erie, Pennsylvania. Her father died when she was 11 years old, and her mother when she was 21. After her mother died, Julia moved to Michigan to be near her brothers Orville and Chapin. In 1858, she entered Kalamazoo College, majoring in Latin and higher Math. Upon graduation, she began teaching.

Julia's story as a courageous participant in the Civil War begins in 1861, when her brother, Orville, enlisted. On September 23, 1861 he was mustered into Company K, Eigth Michigan Infantry. After a brief assignment as a recruiter in Detroit, he was sent to Washington, DC, with his regiment. The Eight Michigan Infantry saw action in September of 1862 at the Battle of Chantilly, Orville's first battle. He was seriously wounded during the encounter, loosing his left leg.

Julia was preparing for the new school year when a messenger delivered word of her brothers condition. She started her diary that day (September 10, 1862) with this entry:

"At 1/2 past 8 o'clock Tinie Stone called and wished to see me: I went to the door, when she informed me, that brother Orville was seriously wounded the first day of Sept. in the battle near Centerville, that he lay several days on the field, had his left limb amputated -- but was finally taken to a hospital in Alexandria, Va."

The next day Julia set out for Washington, DC, to the aid of her brother. Anna, Orville's wife, and her sister, Sarah, both accompanied Julia on her journey. In two days they arrived and immediately began looking for Orville among the wounded and dying in the hospitals of Washington. During her search Julia befriended Elmina Brainard, a nurse from Michigan who had come to attend to the wounded soldiers of the Seventh Michigan Infantry. She and Elmina became close friends and would work together throughout the Civil War.

On September 14, 1862, Julia, Anna, and Sarah were told that Orville had been seen in a hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. When they arrived, they went first to the Southern Methodist Hospital, and then to the Lyceum, where they were told that Orville was just across the street, at the Baptist Church hospital. They started across the street, but were called back and told that Orville was at the Lyceum, and was doing fine.

But hope quickly turned to despair when they were met at the door, and told that Orville had died on September 9, 1862, and had been buried the next day in grave 207 at the soldiers cemetery in Alexandria (now the Alexandria National Cemetery).

The grief stricken women were taken to the cemetery by Clara Jones, the nurse who attended to Orville in his final hours. Clara greatly impressed Julia with her account of Orville's sickness.

Several days later, Anna and Sarah left for Michigan; but Julia stayed behind and visited hospitals with her new friend, Elmina. By the end of September, both had been appointed visiting agents of the Michigan Relief Association.

Julia's duties during this period were to administer to the sick, wounded, and dying soldiers; with an emphasis on those from Michigan. She would assist the nurses, help feed the soldiers, write letters home for those unable to do so themselves, and provide moral support for those who might not live to see the morrow.

Julia's diaries are filled with accounts of anguish and suffering. She worked for up to twelve hours a day, caring for the wounded and dying, after which she would return to her Alexandria boarding and bake pies to take to the soldiers the next day.

Julia fought to improve the conditions of the warehouses and churches that were used to house the wounded. They were often dirty and unsanitary. She felt that they were looked upon as repositories for the dying rather than houses of healing.

In time, Julia's kindness and hard work became well known amongst the soldiers. She was paid five dollars a week, funded with donations by the people of Michigan.

She occassionally did some sightseeing. Her diary has stories of visits to the Capitol, Mt. Vernon, and Christ Church in Alexandria, where she wrote about running her hand over the pew that George Washington sat in.

During a speech, given by Andrew Johnson, she saw Abraham Lincoln, and his young son, accompanied by members of his cabinet. She met Ulysses S. Grant, in 1864, during one of her visits to the front.

She writes at length of Lincoln's assasination. She visited Lincoln lying in state at both the White House and the Capitol. The following is her account:

"The windows, mantle & walls were heavioy draped in black. In the middle of the room on a platform covered with black sat the coffin which was beautiful beyond description. A wreath of white flowers and green leaves lay all around the coffin & overhead was a canopy of black. There in the cold embrace of death lay the Chief Magistrate of our country - a placid smile was upon his countenance. It seemed he must only be sleeping, that he would soon awake, but alas! he sleeps the sleep that knows no waking."

Julia's work with the Michigan Relief association ended in July 1865. She stayed in Washington, working at the Treasury Department, until 1873, when she returned to Michigan.

She married Porter C. Freeman, of Middleville, Michigan, on May 18, 1873. The couple lived in Middleville, where they had two sons, Frank Wheelock Freeman, born 1876, and Frederick Orville Freeman, born 1879. The family later moved to Springfield, Missouri, where Frank died at the young age of 14. Fred became a geologist and oil operator.

Julia wrote "Boys in White, Experiences of a Hospital Agent in and Around Washington" while in Middleville. The book described her wartime experiences. It sold reasonably well, and received good reviews.

In 1890, Julia was granted a pension of 12 dollars a month for her service during the war. A document, issued by the House of Representatives stated, "Julia Wheelock was a brave woman, a patriot in the highest sense of the term."

She died on June 7, 1900, at the age of sixty six. She was buried next to her son, Frank, in the Hazlewood Cemetery, in Springfield, Mo. Today, the site overlooks the Springfield National Cemetery.

In Oct 2002 she received a post-humous award from the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, for her selfless, tireless efforts during the Civil War. The award, presented by Dr. Weldon Petz, was received on her behalf by Bonnie Bergeron, a gg-niece.

Sources

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o Records of Bonnie Bergeron.

o "Michigans Florence Nightengale", by Weldon Petz, published in the July/Aug 1998 issue of ???.

o "In Bonnet and Shawl, Adventures of a Michigan Relief Agent During the Civil War", by Frances Davis McTeer, published in ??? on date ???.

o "Julia Susan Wheelock, The Florence Nightingale of Michigan During the Civil War", by Robert L. Kincaid, published in ??? on date ???.

o "The Boys in White: The Experiences of a Hospital Agent in and around Washington", by Julia S. Wheelock, NY, 1870.

o "Diary of Julia S. Wheelock, 1862-1867", Civil War Collection, Lincoln Museum, Lincoln Memorial University.

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Mary Wheelock

Birth: 8 Aug 1833

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy, Chautauqua Co, NY

Father: William F. Wheelock
Mother: Deborah (--?--)

Notes:

Her headstone inscription in Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy, NY reads as follows: Mary M. Wheelock wife of O. R. Weatherly born Aug 8, 1833.

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