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Gladys Campbell

Father: James C. Campbell
Mother: Loula Wheelock

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Robert Freeman

Father: Robert Freeman
Mother: Nellie Wheelock

Partner: (--?--)

Partner: (--?--)

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Mary Osgood

Birth: 7 Apr 1718, Lancaster, Worcester, MA

Father: Hooker Osgood
Mother: Mary Wheelock

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Elizabeth Thayer

Birth: 6 Dec 1749, Mendon, Worcester Co, MA

Death: before 16 Sep 1803

Father: David Thayer
Mother: Hannah (--?--)

Spouse: Stephen Weld
Marriage: 21 Oct 1767, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

  1. Josiah Weld, born 29 Oct 1768, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  2. Mary Weld, born 22 Jul 1772, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

Spouse: Seth Wheelock
Marriage: 8 Apr 1784, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

  1. Welcome Wheelock, born 26 Sep 1784, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  2. Wate Wheelock, born 16 Apr 1786, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  3. Wales Wheelock, born about 1788, Charlton, MA
  4. Wainy Wheelock, born about 1793, Charlton, MA

Notes:

Elizabeth Thayer married Stephen Weld in 1767 in Charlton, MA. Stephen died in 1775, after which she married Seth Wheelock in 1784. The marriage to Seth has not been documented in the published Wheelock genealogies, nor has it been represented in the Wheelock or Weld genealogies posted online (as of mid 2019). However, the vital, probate, and land records of Worcester County, Massachusetts point directly to that conclusion. The details are discussed below.

Elizabeth Weld is referred to as "widow Elizabeth Weld," of Charlton in the Charlton record of her 1784 marriage intention to Seth Wheelock.[1] A search of the Charlton Vital Records to 1850 shows only one female widow named Elisabeth Weld - namely Elisabeth Thayer who married Stephen Weld 21 Oct 1767.[2] Together, they had two children, Josiah Weld, born 1768, and Mary/Molly/Polly Weld, born 1772.[3] Though there is no entry in the Charlton vital records for Stephen's death, his administration of estate was filed 6 Nov 1775, and his widow Elisabeth was appointed administrator.[4]

The 1775 death of Stephen leaves room for the widow Elizabeth to marry Seth Wheelock in 1784. There is abundant evidence supporting this marriage in the network of relationships between Elizabeth and her children with the extended family of Seth Wheelock. They lived near each other in the Northside of Charlton, and had many opportunities to interact. But the most convincing evidence involves Elizabeth Weld's dower right, a 1/3 share of her late husbands property, to be used during her lifetime, transferring thereafter to her children. Tracing this property and neighboring parcels through their various owners makes it clear that Seth Wheelock and Elizabeth lived on the property. The details of this are discussed in the following paragraphs.

Stephen Weld's administration of estate stipulates that 1/3 of his land was to be set aside for his widow to use "during the time of her natural life," and the remainder to the children, giving preference to the only son, "a double portion." This division of property was finally made in June 1783, when Elizabeth was given a parcel of about 39 acres, with a house and barn. Why she waited 8 years to divide up the property, and what triggered the decision in 1783 is unclear - maybe her pending marriage to Seth necessitated it. The administration of estate gave her use of half the house, and half the barn during her lifetime, reverting to the children thereafter. Her daughter Molly had rights to the other half of the house and barn. The metes and bounds of this approximately 39 acre plot (referred to as 40 acres in subsequent deeds) are spelled out in the administration of estate. The land abutted David Wheelock's land (Seth's uncle). It also abutted land owned by Seth Jones, who later sold it to Aaron Wheelock (more below).[4,7] When her husband died, guardians were appointed for Elizabeth's young children. Elizabeth herself was the first guardian, appointed in Dec 1775.[5]

In 1783, Josiah Weld chose Peter Sleeman as his guardian. Edward Wheelock, Seth's brother, posted bond for this guardianship. In 1791, Molly chose her uncle, Esquire Weld, as her guardian.[5]

On 24 Mar 1803, Seth Jones, an abutter to Elizabeth's dower property, sold his neighboring parcel to Aaron Wheelock, referring to Elizabeth's abutting property as "land of Esquire Weld and in possession of Seth Wheelock".[7] Her father's administration of estate gave Molly Weld rights to half the house and barn on the property. The identification of Esquire Weld as the land owner may have reflected the fact that he had been Molly's guardian. The identification of Seth Wheelock makes it clear that Seth was living on the property, with Elizabeth. Though Seth had no legal right to the property, his name was listed in preference to Elizabeth's, consistent with the custom of the times which generally gave ownership priority to men.

When their mother died, Polly and Josiah Weld took ownership of their mother's dower property. This happened probably shortly before 16 Sep 1803, when Polly Weld sold her 1/3 share of the 40 acres to her brother, Josiah, referring to her mother as deceased.[8] Elizabeth's death before 16 Sep 1803 is consistent with Seth Wheelock's 1805 marriage to his second wife, Lucy Johnson.

Seth Wheelock died intestate in Feb 1806, shortly after his marriage to Lucy Johnson. A few months later (27 Dec 1806), Polly and Josiah registered the sale (to Josiah) of Polly's share of their mothers dower property.[8] On the same day, Josiah recorded the sale of a portion of that same 40 acre dower parcel to Eli Curtis, giving the heirs of Seth Wheelock right to use the house - implying that Seth Wheelock had lived there previously, and his children had the right to remain.[9]

Eli Curtis then (on the same date) mortgaged the property to John Wheelock (Seth's brother), once again identifying the right of Seth's heirs to live in the house.[10]

Evidently, the dower parcel remained undivided during the lifetimes of Elizabeth, and her second husband, Seth. Both probably lived there until their deaths, after which the property was divided, and sold.[8,9,10]

Though the identification of Seth Wheelock living on Elizabeth's dower property is a strong indicator that Elizabeth (Thayer) Weld was his wife, there is more evidence to be found in the network of relationships between the Elizabeth Thayer's children by her first marriage, and the immediate family of Seth Wheelock.

Josiah and Molly Weld would have been half siblings to Welcome, Wate, Wales, and Wany, children of their mother, Elizabeth (Thayer) (Weld) Wheelock, and her second husband, Seth Wheelock. Deeds and probate records imply a strong network of relationships between the Welds and members of Seth Wheelock's family. Examples are enumerated in the following paragraphs.

Stephen Weld's administration of estate recorded payments to Daniel Converse, Benjamin Wheelock, Paul Wheelock, Eleazer Wheelock, Aaron Wheelock, and David Wheelock, all relatives of Seth.[4]

Josiah Weld posted bond on Seth Wheelock's administration of estate, Worcester County probate case 63808.[6]

In 1791, Joseph Thompson of Spencer, Seth's brother in law, sold his Spencer land holdings to Josiah Weld, Worcester deeds 115:279.[11]

In 1805, Josiah Weld sold land to Aaron Wheelock, Seth's cousin, Worcester deed 166:151.[12]

In 1809, Josiah Weld mortgaged land to John Wheelock, Seth's brother, Worcester deed 172:340.[13]

In 1809, Josiah Weld again sold land to John Wheelock, Worcester deeds 174:471.[14]

In 1811, after Josiah Weld's death, Nehushta Weld, Josiah's widow, acting as executrix of her late husbands estate, sold property to John Wheelock, Worcester deed 179:44.[15]

In 1816, Nehushta Weld, Josiah's widow, sold land to Wate Wheelock, Seth's son.[199:164]

The conclusion drawn from these records is that the identity of Elizabeth Weld who married Seth Wheelock in 1784 is Elizabeth Thayer, the widow of Stephen Weld. A genealogy online at www.FamilySearch.org identifies her parents as David Thayer and Hannah Parks, of Mendon (Jan 2020).

Sources:

[1] "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," database with images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/matownvital : accessed 5 Dec 2019), search for Seth Wheelock with spouse Elisabeth Wild, 15 Mar 1784 marriage intention; citing Massachusetts Vital and Town Records, Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and DeLene Holbrook); from "Charlton Births, Deaths, Purpose of Marriage 1742-1801," Book 1, p 125 of 198, Charlton Town Clerks office, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA.

[2] Vital Records of Charlton, Massachusetts, To the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, MA: Franklin P. Rice, 1905), p. 227; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofch1850char/page/n449 : accessed 5 Dec 2019).

[3] Vital Records of Charlton, Massachusetts, To the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, MA: Franklin P. Rice, 1905), p. 106; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofch1850char/page/n209 : accessed 5 Dec 2019).

[4] "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," AmericanAncestors.org (https://www.americanancestors.org/search/databasesearch/1635/worcester-county-ma-probate-file-papers-1731-1881 : accessed 5 Dec 2019); Worcester Probate and Family Court, Worcester, MA, case 62851, Stephen Weld, administration of estate, 1775.

[6] "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," AmericanAncestors.org (https://www.americanancestors.org/search/databasesearch/1635/worcester-county-ma-probate-file-papers-1731-1881 : accessed 5 Dec 2019); Worcester Probate and Family Court, Worcester, MA, case 63808, Seth Wheelock, administration of estate, 1806.

[7] Worcester County, MA, vol. 158, pg. 592, Seth Jones to Aaron Wheelock, 24 Mar 1803, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1805 vol 158-159, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 332 of 712.

[8] Worcester County, MA, vol. 162, pg. 612, Polly Weld to Josiah Weld, written 16 Sep 1803, acknolwedged at registry 27 Dec 1806, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1805-1807 vol 162-163, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 324 of 695.

[9] Worcester County, MA, vol. 162, pg. 613, Josiah Weld to Eli Curtis, written 25 dec 1806, acknolwedged at registry 27 Dec 1806, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1805-1807 vol 162-163, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 324-5 of 695.

[10] Worcester County, MA, vol. 162, pg. 616, Eli Curtis to John Wheelock, written 25 dec 1806, acknolwedged at registry 27 Dec 1806, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1805-1807 vol 162-163, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 326 of 695.

[11] Worcester County, MA, vol. 115, pg. 279, Joseph Thompson to Josiah Weld, written 26 Dec 1791, acknolwedged at registry on same date, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1792 vol 114-115, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 498 of 709.

[12] Worcester County, MA, vol. 166, pg. 151, Josiah Weld to Aaron Wheelock, written 13 Dec 1805, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1807-1808 vol 166-167, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 82 of 696.

[13] Worcester County, MA, vol. 172, pg. 340, Josiah Weld to John Wheelock, written 20 Mar 1809, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1809 vol 172-173, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 178 of 690. [14] Worcester County, MA, vol. 174, pg. 471, Josiah Weld to John Wheelock, written 15 Dec 1809, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1809-1810 vol 174-175, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 249 of 701.

[15] Worcester County, MA, vol. 179, pg. 44, Nehushta Weld to John Wheelock, written 22 Sep 1810, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1810-1811 vol 178-179, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 374-5 of 689.

[16] Worcester County, MA, vol. 199, pg. 164, Nehushta Weld to Wait Wheelock, written 26 Dec 1815, Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Worcester, MA; database with images, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," Worcester County, Deeds 1815-1816 vol 198-199, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2106411 : accessed 11 Dec 2019), image 460 of 724.

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Amy Wheelock

Father: James Wheelock
Mother: Lucy Barker

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Anne Wheelock

Death: 5 Oct 1918

Father: Arthur Wheelock
Mother: Emogene Atchinson

Partner: Donald G. Robbins

  1. Donald G. Robbins
  2. Arthur W. Robbins

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Benjamin John Wheelock

Birth: 3 Jul 1891

Death: 15 Jan 1926

Father: John Perry Wheelock
Mother: Lucy Buchan

Partner: Margaret Jensen

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Eleazar Wheelock

Birth: 23 Feb 1807, Shrewsbury, Worcester, MA

Death: 13 Sep 1894, Amherst, Hampshire Co, MA

Burial: Long Plain Cemetery, Leverett, MA

Father: Gershom Wheelock
Mother: Priscilla Mason

Spouse: Mary W. Putnam
Marriage: DATE UNKNOWN

Notes:

Eleazar Wheelock's headstone in Long Plain Cemetery, Leverett, MA, indicates a birth date of 23 Feb 1807. This matches the Shrewsbury birth record, and is taken as sufficient evidence to identify him as the son of Gershom and Priscilla (Mason) Wheelock. This is, no doubt, the Eleazar whose death is recorded in Amherst (MA: 446:3).

Eleazar Wheelock was employed by Allen & Thurber gunsmiths of Worcester, MA in 1846. His brother, Thomas Prentice Wheelock, also employed there in the same year, would later become a partner of Allen & Wheelock. (Src: Allen & Thurber payroll records, researched by Paul Henry, 2003.) Eleazar witnessed Ethan Allen's first patent (number 461) on 11 Nov 1837.

Eleazar is enumerated in the 1880 Census living in Amherst, MA, with Mary W. His occupation is listed as gunsmith.

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Lyman Newton Wheelock

Birth: 10 Apr 1885, East Berlin, VT

Father: Herbert R. Wheelock
Mother: Ada A. Bradshaw

Spouse: Bessie Vaughan Wheatley
Marriage: 11 Jun 1913, Montpelier, VT

  1. Wheatleigh Wheelock, born about 1920
  2. Elsie A. Wheelock, born about 1923

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Thomas L. Wheelock

Birth: 11 Jan 1832, Grafton, Worcester, MA

Death: 16 Aug 1835, Grafton, Worcester, MA

Father: Thomas Wheelock
Mother: Sally Nurse Fairbanks

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Martha Wight

Birth: 10 Sep 1718, Medfield, Norfolk Co, MA

Death: 3 Aug 1764, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

Father: Joseph Wight
Mother: Mercy _____

Spouse: Jonathan Wheelock
Marriage: 22 May 1735, Bellingham, Norfolk Co, MA

  1. Rhoda Wheelock, born 14 Nov 1736, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  2. Jonathan Wheelock, born 9 Apr 1739, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  3. Asa Wheelock, born 2 Oct 1741, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  4. Joseph Wheelock, born 12 Oct 1743, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  5. Azubah Wheelock, born 15 Jan 1745/46, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  6. Huldah Wheelock, born 9 Feb 1747/48, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  7. Peter Wheelock, born 16 Feb 1749/50, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  8. Marcy Wheelock, born 24 Apr 1752, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  9. Amos Wheelock, born 28 Jun 1754, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  10. Jonathan Wheelock, born 24 Sep 1756, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA
  11. Eli Wheelock, born 7 Jul 1760, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

Notes:

Martha Wight, daughter of Joseph Wight and Mercy ____, was born in Medfield, but moved to Bellingham with her parents in 1729, a few years after her mother died. (Src: "History of Medfield", W. Tilden, 1887) Her father, Joseph Wight, was a signer of the 1719 petition to grant Bellingham a charter. Her brother, Elnathan Wight, was the first resident minister in Bellingham, a Baptist. In 1750, Martha, her husband, Jonathan Wheelock, his brother, Silas Wheelock, and others signed the Articles of Faith of the Baptist Church in Bellingham. (Src: "History of the Town of Bellingham Massachusetts", by George F. Partridge, published 1919.)

Martha (Wight) Wheelock kept a private family record book which was brought to Calais, VT, by her son Peter, and continued by him. A copy of the book was made for Marcus Waite, author of "The Wheelock Family of Calais, VT".

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