- Wheelock Genealogy, by Carlyle C. Wheelock, of
Woonsocket, RI, and Winifred (Thomson) (Argersinger) Gonseth of Clayton, NY,
1955, unpublished manuscript. Available in the New England Historical
Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Also available in Special
Collections of Dartmouth Library, Hanover, N.H.
This book is a tremendous resource to any Wheelock genealogist, and contains
a wealth of information about the early history and genealogy of the
Wheelock family in America. Most of the information here was compiled by
Carlyle Wheelock between 1905 and 1920. In the 1930's, Winifred Gonseth
organized Carlyle's material, and compiled it into book form. The book
contains a comprehensive genealogy of the first five or six generations of
Wheelocks in this country, with detailed references to source material.
Carlyle's sources included Vital Records, probate records, land
records, published materials, and extensive correspondence with other
Wheelocks around the country. Unfortunately, the book has no index.
- The Wheelock Family of Calais, Marcus Warren
Waite, published in 1940 by The Driftwood Press, North Montpelier, Vt.
Available in many libraries.
Calais, Vermont, was founded by Abijah, Peter, and Asa Wheelock, from
Charlton, Mass. This books outlines the genealogy of these three founders,
and discusses their role in the development of Calais. The book was written
in the early 1900's, and published in 1940. It contains an excellent index,
and good references to source material.
This book can be purchased on the WWW from Higginson
- The Wheelock Family in America, 1637 - 1969.
Compiled by Walter T Wheelock. Published by Walter T Wheelock, of Uxbridge,
Mass. Available in many libraries.
This book is in the New England Historic and Genealogical Society
circulating library, and can be borrowed by NEHGS members. It contains a
partial genealogy of the Wheelocks down to about 1800. Among other things,
it has the Wheelock coat of arms, Ralph Wheelock's will, and short
biographies of many of the early Wheelocks. Most of the book concentrates on
the descendents of Charles Wheelock, whose relationship to Ralph is as
follows: Charles/Jerry/Simeon/Silas/Benjamin/Benjamin/Ralph. The book
contains many pictures of Walter T. Wheelock's ancestors.
Unfortunately, the book does not have an index, and source citations are
- History of the Town of Medfield Massachusetts, 1650-1886,
by William S. Tilden. Available for a small fee (around $15) from the Town
of Medfield, Mass.
Medfield was founded by the Rev. Ralph Wheelock. The book summarizes the
founding and early history of Medfield. It distills the town
records into a picture of how Medfield evolved in the earliest years of
it's history. Many references to Ralph Wheelock and his successors can
be found here. The later third of the book contains a genealogy of the early
residents of Medfield, including a Wheelock genealogy that partly covers
- The English Ancestry of Joseph Clark (1613 - 1683) of Dedham
and Medfield, Massachusetts, by Christopher Gleason Clark,
published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
Volume 152, January 1998.
This article presents strong evidence that Rev. Ralph Wheelock, founder of
Medfield, Mass., married Rebecca Clarke. Other published genealogies have
asserted that Ralph married Rebecca Wilkinson or Rebecca Barber. A great
deal of original research is presented here that verifies the Clarke
connection. Christopher Gleason Clark can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mr. Wheelock's Cure, by Christopher Gleason Clark,
published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume
152, July 1998.
This article presents proof that Gershom Wheelock and Rebecca Wheelock
(children of Rev. Ralph Wheelock) were born in England. Records of their
baptism were found in the parish register at the village of Eccles, near
Banham, County of Norfolk. Furthermore, the article presents strong evidence
that Rev. Ralph Wheelock served clerical duties at this parish for several
years after his graduation from Clare Hall, Cambridge, and before his
departure for the Mass Bay Colony in 1637. Christopher Gleason Clark can be
reached by email at email@example.com.
- Eleazar Wheelock
and the Adventurous Founding of Dartmouth College, by Dick Hoefnagel
with the collaboration of Virginia L. Close, published by The Friends of
Dartmouth Library, Hanover, NH, 2006.
This is an extremely well researched book on the life of Eleazar Wheelock,
and the founding of Dartmouth College, written by a man who has an
unflagging fascination with Wheelock, his life, and times. Dick Hoefnagel, a
retired member of the of the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School has read
through the collection of Wheelocks personal papers, and is, no doubt, the
worlds expert on Dr. Eleazar Wheelock.
- The Hatch and Brood of Time, Five
Phelps Families in the Atlantic World, 1720-1880, by Peter
Haring Judd, published by the Newbury Street Press, Boston, MA, 1999.
This book presents an excellent account of the relationship between Rev.
Eleazar Wheelock and his son in law, Alexander Phelps; drawn from the
perspective of Phelps. The life of Alexander Phelps and his many
interractions with Rev. Wheelock, and the Wheelock family, is skillfully
woven into the context of New England history. This is a great
book for those who love history and genealogy.
The book also contains a genealogy of Rev. Eleazar Wheelock and his family.
There are a few mistakes in the children of Rev. Ralph Wheelock, but
The book can be obtained from the Newbury
- Mr. Ralph Wheelock, Puritan. by Rev. Lewis Hicks,
Jointly authored by Thomas Seabury, 1899, published by the Hartford Press in
This paper was read before the Connecticut Historical Society, 7 Nov 1899,
by Rev. Lewis W. Hicks in Hartford, Conn. It contains a very thorough
biography of Rev. Ralph Wheelock. The Rev. Hicks was a descendent of Ralph
- Early Families of Lancaster Massachusetts, 1643-1700,
Vol I-IV, by Rev. Frederick Lewis Weiss, Minister of the First Church of
Christ in Lancaster, Lancaster, 1941. These volumes are deposited in the
public library in Lancaster, and have not been published. The four volume
set covers most of the early families of Lancaster, including Wheelock, and
extends the lines down to the residents of Lancaster, 1941, who descended
from these early families.
- Sketch of the Life of Deacon Jonathan Wheelock of Cavendish,
Vt., by Gertrude Bernadette Wilgus, Privately Published, 1942,
Ascutney, Vt. Available in the New England Historical Genealogical Society,
Boston, Massachusetts. Also available in Special Collections of Dartmouth
Library, Hanover, N.H.
This book is a well researched and detailed account of the Shrewsbury,
Massachusetts Wheelocks, specifically the line of Deacon Jonathan
Wheelock It contains details of Wheelock and Drury land transactions
in Shrewsbury, the story of Gershom's construction of the "whistling
house", the first house built n Shrewsbury, and the genealogy of
Gershom's son, Deacon Jonathan, who later moved to Cavendish, Vt. Deacon
John's relationship to Ralph is as follows:
- The Families of Cavendish (Windsor County) Vermont,
Volume 1, by Linda M. F. Welch, Cavendish Historical Society.
This book contains the genealogy of Deacon Jonathan Wheelock, of Shrewsbury,
MA, and Cavendish, Vt.
- History of the Town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, From Its
Settlement in 1717 to 1829, With Other Matter Relating Thereto Not Before
Published, Including An Extensive Family Register, by Andrew H.
Ward, Member of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, Boston,
Published by Samuel G. Drake; J. Howe, Printer, 1847.
This book is a detailed account of the early history of Shrewsbury, with
multiple references to Samuel Wheelock, his son Gershom Wheelock, and his
grandson, Deacon Jonathan Wheelock. It contains accounts of the earliest
land transactions in Shrewsbury, details of the founding of the church in
Shrewsbury (in which Samuel Wheelock was active), information about the
officers and early selectmen of the town (Samuel and Gershom referenced
frequently), and a comprehensive genealogy of the of the earliest settlers
of the town, including many Wheelocks.
- Old Times in Shrewsbury Massachusetts, Gleanings from History
and Tradition, by Elizabeth Ward, 1892.
This book, available in the Shrewsbury Library, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts,
contains a delightful account of Gershom Wheelock's construction of the
first house in Shrewsbury.
- History of Grafton, 1647-1879, by Frederick
Clifton Pierce, 1879, published by the author.
This book covers the history of Grafton, Massachusetts. Grafton was once
part of Sutton, and is very near Shrewsbury. Many of the Shrewsbury
Wheelocks removed to Sutton and Grafton in the early 1800's. This book
contains an extensive genealogy of the Wheelocks, particularly the
descendants of Leonard Wheelock; and contains a detailed biography of Jerome
Wheelock, an inventor and businessman prominent in Worcester, Mass.
- Capt. Ralph Wheelock of Sturbridge, His Ancestry and Some of
His Descendants, by Henry J. Clarke, Esq., Quinabang Historical
Society Leaflets, Vol 1, No. 15. Read in part before the historical society,
29 June 1903.
This essay documents the family history and genealogy of Capt. Ralph
Wheelock, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Capt. Ralph's relationship to Rev.
Ralph Wheelock is as follows: Capt. Ralph/Ephraim/Eleazar/Rev. Ralph
Wheelock. There are some interesting stories here of the Captain and his
descendents, including the story of his son Calvin, who chased off a ghost
in the neighborhood, warning it to never return!
- 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.
Milford was formed from Mendon, Massachusetts. This History of Milford
includes genealogies that cover the founders and early settlers of Mendon,
including brothers Eleazer and Benjamin Wheelock (sons of Rev. Ralph
Wheelock). The genealogy section discusses briefly the roles of Eleazer and
Benjamin in early Mendon, where they lived, and what they did. It then
outlines the genealogy of Benjamin. Not much is said about Eleazer's
genealogy except "he had sons and drs. of whom I need not treat".
- Eleazar Wheelock-founder of Dartmouth College , by
James Dow McCallum, Dartmouth College Manuscript Series # 4 published in
This book contains a biography of Rev. Eleazar Wheelock.