Wheelock Family Genealogy
1 Jan 2012
Added the family of Amasa Wheelock (1793 - 1838) and Sophia Bensley (1797 - 1888), presenting evidence that Amasa is the son of Amasa Wheelock and Abigail Chase (of Townshend, VT), or at least closely related. For more details, see the notes for Amasa Wheelock (born 8 Apr 1768 in Mendon, MA). Added information about other members of the Wheelock family in Townshend, VT. Added information about the descendants of Charles Wheelock (1789 - 1868), who came to NY from Ireland around 1810. His connection to the Wheelock family in America has not yet been established.
15 May 2011
Added many updates to the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock", including the genealogy of NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock (see Biographies of Notable Wheelocks); information about the descendants of Esek Wheelock and Sophia Steere of Glocester, RI, and Tunkhannock, PA; more information about the descendants of John Gleason Wheelock and Lavina Clark; and information supplied by Daniel Wheelock, a descendant, about Jonathan Wheelock (1806 - 1845), who married Sophia Hastings in Worcester, MA 27 Nov 1833, and later removed to Moline, IL. His ancestry is a mystery.
19 Feb 2011
Added an essay written by Kevin R. Wheelock, entitled "Was Hugh de Whelock a Norman from France?". In this well researched essay, Kevin Wheelock asserts that Hugh de Whelock, the most distant Wheelock ancestor known to date (and the first Wheelock associated with the village of Wheelock in Cheshire, England) was a Norman who brought his surname from France and bestowed it on the village that had previously been known as Hoiloch. This challenges the traditional view that Wheelock is an adaptation of Hoiloch, and originates from the Welsh word cheval-og (winding river). Furthermore, Kevin suggests that the surname Wheelock ultimately derives from a similar Norse surname Willoch. This is a provocative thesis, suggesting the need for more research into the surname history.
6 Feb 2011
Updated the Downloadable Genealogies section with up-to-date PDF and Help files (which are now runable directly on Windows 7). Also, updated the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" with more information from the Massachusetts Vital Records from 1850 to 1911, from the New England Historical And Genealogical Society online collection (www.NewEnglandAncestors.org). The most recent towns added include Adams, Chicopee, and Williamstown. More information about the children of Jesse Wheelock and Abigail Lovitt of Northborough, MA, and Maine has been found.
4 Apr 2010
Added "The Wheelock Family In Nova Scotia", by Edward Manning Banks Wheelock, 1987 to the downloads section. This well researched and meticulously compiled genealogy of the Nova Scotia Wheelocks was kindly supplied by the author's son, Dr. John Manning Wheelock. Updated information about the family of Levi Wheelock and Hepsibeth Mitchell, from information and research supplied by Vance Mead, a descendant. Land records suggest that Uriah Wheelock and Thomas Wheelock are both members of this family, and descendants of Uriah have been added. More Massachusetts vital records from the New England Historic Genealogical Society MAVR 1841-1910 collection have been added, as part of an ongoing effort to incorporate all of these records into the Wheelock genealogy presented here. Specifically, Wheelock VRs from Shrewsbury, Dudley, Adams, Grafton, and Oxford have been added; including significant updates to the family of Simon Wheelock and Rebecca Kittredge.
1 Jan 2010
Added the will of Benjamin Wheelock (1704 - about 1777); kindly transcribed by Barb Teague. Many updates to the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock", including placement of the professional baseball player Bobby Wheelock into the Wheelock family tree (see Warren Henry Wheelock, born 6 Aug 1864).
31 May 2009
Added a page describing the Wheelock DNA Project. Participants are needed. To learn more, click here. As usual, updated the Descendants of Ralph Wheelock with more information and improved sources. Information about the family of James Wheelock (b. about 1747) and Lois Starkey of Swanzey, NH was extended with help from Susan Hunt.
1 Jan 2009
The ancestry of architect Otis Leonard Wheelock (1816 - 1893) has been determined. For a discussion of the evidence, see his entry in the "Descendants of Ralph Wheelock".
6 Sep 2008
Various updates to the "The Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" have been added, including new information about the family of Abel Wheelock (1768 - 1831) of Lancaster, Boston, and Greenfield, MA; from information kindly supplied by Nancy Jackson. Updates to the descendants of Franlin Tobias Wheelock were supplied by Charlotte (Wheelock) Kennedy, and Linda (Wheelock) Gruno. The downloads page has been completely updated with new PDF files, and Windows help file (including instructions on how to use this with Windows Vista).
27 Oct 2007
Updated the Wheelock Mysteries page with a discussion of Ralph Wheelock's birth date, and his English origins. I've removed the English ancestry of Rev. Ralph Wheelock from the genealogy pages, because there is reason to doubt that the genealogy shown is Ralph's ancestry. You can click here to see the removed genealogy. As always, new individuals, sources, and notes for "The Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" have been added, including information about the descendants of Seymour A. Wheelock (about 1848 - 1935) of Barre, MA, kindly supplied by Seymour Wheelock; and more accurate information about the descendants of Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock (1813 - 1894), an early leader of the Mormon Church, kindly supplied by Thomas Stuhler and Shawn Wheelock.
9 April 2007
Updated the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock", and updated the downloadable genealogies section with new and updated PDF files. Also, added a deed index of the Wheelock surname for Oneida County, NY; kindly transcribed and supplied by Marina Cole, a descendant of Maryette Wheelock (born about 1820 NY, ancestry unknown). The deed index proves that Edward Wheelock (born say 1754 in Charlton, MA, death date unknown) resided in Oneida County between 1805 and 1821, a fact that was hitherto unknown (at least, not by me). Added a book to the bibliography: Eleazar Wheelock and the Adventurous Founding of Dartmouth College, by Dick Hoefnagel, in collaboration with Virginial L. Close.
29 July 2006
Updated the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock", including new info about Otis Leonard Wheelock (siblings), updated genealogies for the Shaftsbury, VT Wheelock families (Joseph Wheelock and Anna Fuller Chappell - thanks to Elizabeth Wheelock Davis), and info about the family of William R. Wheelock, Captain in the Mass 15th Regiment. Also revised the text for Daniel S. Wheelock, to more accurately reflect his involvement with the Mormon Chuck (thanks to Shawn Wheelock, a descendant of Benjamin F. Wheelock).
7 Jan 2006
Added information about Otis Leonard Wheelock (1816 - 1893), an architect who designed many buildings that still stand in Chicago, IL and Watertown, NY. Thanks to John Graf (author of "Chicago's Mansions, Images of America") and Brian Gorman for bringing Otis to my attention. Updated the downloadable genealogies section, including an updated Wheelock Windows 'help' file, and updated PDF files for the descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock, and for the Charlton, MA Wheelock line. Massachusetts Vital Records from 1841-1910 for the towns of Worcester and Boston, MA were added to the genealogy, expanding the information about the early Wheelocks in Massachusetts.
23 May 2004
Added a biography of Oscar Merritt Wheelock, alias Oscar G. Creighton "the dynamite devil". Added a link to the biography of Lt. Col. Douglas H. Wheelock, astronaut. Douglas' descent from Rev. Ralph Wheelock has not been determined. Also, added a link to Thomas Wheelocks' website that documents the English and Latin American Wheelock lines. As usual, new individuals, sources, and notes for "The Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" have been added, including some new information about Eleazar, son of Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth (thanks to Rick Gagne).
3 Jan 2004
Made many updates to the Downloadable Genealogies section. Updated several Adobe PDF documents: (1) "The Wheelock Family of Charlton, Massachusetts", containing a genealogy of Jonathan, Paul, and David Wheelock who settled Charlton circa 1735; (2) "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock of Medfield, MA", and (3) "The Wheelock Family of Eden and Cambridge in Lamoille Co, VT". If you would like a PDF file showing your own Wheelock line, please send an email here, and I'll be happy to provide one for you. As always, many updates to the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" have been made. Additional people have been added, more expansive biographies have been written, and new and improved source information has been incorporated.
7 Jan 2003
Made many updates to the Downloadable Genealogies section. Added several Adobe PDF documents: (1) "The Wheelock Family of Charlton, Massachusetts", containing a genealogy of Jonathan, Paul, and David Wheelock who settled Charlton circa 1735; (2) "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock of Medfield, MA, (Six Generations)", and (3) "The Wheelock Family of Eden and Cambridge in Lamoille Co, VT". These files are large (>1 Megabyte) and will take some time to download. Also, the Wheelock Genealogy Windows help file has been updated.
6 Oct 2002
Transcribed the 1740 Worcester County deed in which Benjamin Wheelock of Mendon grants to his son, Daniel Wheelock, of Uxbridge, 100 acres of land. Transcribed the will of Benjamin Wheelock of Charlton (11 Apr 1745 - 20 Sep 1814). Added the Google Search Engine to the Search Page. And, as always, added new individuals, made corrections, and improved sources for "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock".
17 Aug 2002
Added the will of Nahor Wheelock, of Shrewsbury, (6 Nov 1721 - Abt 1782). Updated the PDF file containing the genealogy of the Eden, VT, Wheelocks. Modified the Wheelock Mysteries section to indicate that Lucy Wheelock, founder of Wheelock College in Boston was a descendant of Stephen Wheelock and Lucretia Newton of Hubbardston, MA.
16 July 2002
Transcribed the will of Eleazar Wheelock (1654-1730/31) of Medfield, MA, grandfather of Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College. Transcribed the will of Abigail (Chapin) Wheelock (1721 - 1800) of Charlton, MA, wife of Paul Wheelock.
10 Jun 2002
Documented the genealogy of the Eden, VT, Wheelocks family, descended from Stephen Wheelock and Lucretia Newton, based on vital records, probate documents, and published genealogies. Added a transcription of the Wheelock surnames in the Franklin County, MA, Probate Index. Transcibed the Worcester County, MA, deeds from Benjamin Wheelock to his sons, Jonathan Wheelock, Paul Wheelock, and David Wheelock, progenitors of the Wheelock family in Charlton, MA; updated biographies to reflect the land transactions.
10 May 2002
Added the Worcester County, MA, grantee deed index, 1731-1839, transcribed from indices at the Worcester County registry of deeds. Added some descendants of Luke Wheelock (1806-1873) of Cavendish, VT, and San Francisco, CA, from materials supplied by David Hannon.
27 Feb 2002
Added a transcription of the will of Deacon Jonathan Wheelock (1727 - 1798) of Shrewsbury, MA and Cavendish, VT, kindly supplied by Dale Edward Wheelock, a descendant. Added several new downloadable genealogies, including a PDF file with the first three generations of descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock and Rebecca Clarke. As usual, added more individuals and improved sources to the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock".
2 Jan 2002
Added a transcription of the will of Jonathan Wheelock, 2nd, of Cavendish, VT, kindly supplied by Dale Edward Wheelock, a descendant. Updated the Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock with the genealogy of Jesse Wheelock (19 Dec 1784 - 23 July 1858), an early settler of Aroostook Co, ME. Also added the family of Jonathan Wheelock, 2nd, of Cavendish, thanks to Dale Wheelock.
5 Dec 2001
Added a biography of Lucy Wheelock, founder of Wheelock College in Boston. The ancestry of Lucy remains a mystery. Added a link to the biography of Edwin Miller Wheelock, who is probably not descended from Rev. Ralph Wheelock. Updated the Wheelock Genealogy 'help' file, in downloadable genealogies. And, as usual, added many new individuals and improved sources to The Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock.
30 Sep 2001
3 Sep 2001
Added a transcription of the probate documents for Samuel Wheelock of Milford, MA, and Tyringham, MA, kindly supplied by Christine Galbraith. Added some photographs of Wheelock points of interest to the History page and some headstone photographs to the Cemetery Index. Added the ancestry of Frederic M. Wheelock (1902-1987), author of "Wheelock's Latin", with help from Deborah (Wheelock) Taylor and Dave Lawrence. Added some of the genealogy of Major Cleveland Wheelock of Nova Scotia and Lawrence, MA; data kindly supplied by Kimber Gadsby Wheelock.
7 Aug 2001
Added the will of Joseph Wheelock (Say 1672 - 1752), of Lancaster, MA, founder of the Lancaster line of Wheelocks. Added the will of Obadiah Wheelock, Jr. (1712-1761) of Mendon and Shrewsbury, MA. Made corrections, added more individuals, and improved source information to the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock".
3 July 2001
25 May 2001
Added the will of John Wheelock (abt 1707 - 1778), of Lancaster, MA. John, a fourth generation Wheelock, has no descendants, but his will is of interest because it makes frequent reference to the family of Joseph Wheelock and Alice Page.
20 Apr 2001
Updated the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" with records from the following books: "Vital Records of Rockingham, VT", by Thomas Bellows Peck, 1908; "Vital Statistics of Keene, NH", by by Frank H. Whitcomb, 1905. Updated the Downloadable Genealogies section with new Wheelock GEDCOM and Windows "Help" files.
25 Feb 2001
Added a biography of poet John Hall Wheelock.
5 Feb 2001
Added an outline of Wheelock migrations for the first three generations.
5 Dec 2000
Implemented www.WheelockGenealogy.com domain name. Updated a few links, and made some other cosmetic changes. And, as usual, added more names and references to the Wheelock genealogy under "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock", including the descendants of Josiah Burley Wheelock, thanks to Karen Lansing.
5 Nov 2000
Added many Rhode Island Cemeteries, from information found at the Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcriptions Project. Updated the downloadable genealogies, with more up-to-date versions: many new families, improved references, and numerous error corrections. Merged the genealogy of Silas Wheelock of Hamburg, NY (my ggg-grandfather) into that of Rev. Ralph Wheelock. The GEDCOMs are combined into one, which can be downloaded here. Also, added a search engine.
8 Oct 2000
Added Vermont Revolutionary War soldiers, extracted from "Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots of the Revolutionary War - Vermont", by Major General Carleton Edward Fisher and Sue Gray Fisher, Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1992. Updated the notes in the "Origin of Wheelock Surname" section on the emigration of Abraham Wheelock to Virginia in 1673. Rresearch by Thomas Wheelock, London, Sep 2000, shows that he did not emigrate. Added an additional Wheelock Mystery, regarding the ancestry of Brigadier General Charles Wheelock, of civil war fame.
27 Aug 2000
Added a biography of Edward Wheelock, of Charlton, MA (say 1754 - ???); based on information obtained from Worcester County Deeds. Added some of the descendants of Lyman Wheelock, a revolutionary war soldier who lived in Easton, Bristol County, MA (thanks to help from Barbara Teague, and Robert Wheelock, both descendants of Lyman). Added the genealogy of Dr. Elisha Kent Kane Wheelock (thanks to help from Barbara Bishop).
12 July 2000
Added the will of Gershom Wheelock, of Shrewsbury, (1724/26-1806), transcribed by Michelle Cohen. Added the descendants of Amariah Wheelock (1759-1820), thanks to Christine Galbraith, and Andrus Wheelock (1800-1871), thanks to Richard Mullen.
15 May 2000
Updated the biography of Silas Wheelock, of Hamburg, NY. Added Town Hall Cemetery, in Sturbridge, MA, and Oak Ridge Cemetery, in Southbridge, which was once part of Sturbridge. Added a compilation of New Hampshire Revolutionary War Soldiers taken from "The State of New Hampshire, Part I & II, Rolls and Documents Relating To Soldiers in the Revolutionary War", Vol I of War Rolls, Vol XIV of Series, Compiled and Editted by Isaac W. Hammond, Concord, NH, 1885. Added Dave Wells' Wheelock Surname List Home Page to the "Links" section.
15 Apr 2000
15 Mar 2000
Updated the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock" with the Sturbridge, MA, Wheelocks (Rev. Ralph/Eleazar/Ephraim/Ralph), with help and motivation from Krista Leeder. Transcribed the Wheelock Probate Index for Suffolk County, MA. Added the wills of Daniel Wheelock, Sr. of Glocester, RI, and his son, Daniel Wheelock, Jr. Added "The Hatch and Brood of Time", by Peter Judd to the bibliography.
12 Feb 2000
Added the will of Jonathan Wheelock (1713-1783) of Charlton, MA. Added Wheelock cemetery listings for Pompey Hill Cemetery, in Pompey, NY; and Manlius Village Cemetery, Manlius, NY. Also, updated information about the ancestry of Lyman Wheelock, Revolutionary War Soldier, and his brothers, Eleazar and Alpheus.
5 Jan 2000
Added an annotated list of all Wheelocks that appear in "Massachusets Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War", compiled by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, published 1907. Extended the genealogy of Abigail Chapin (1750-1800), of Charlton, husband of Paul Wheelock, to show her relation to President John Adams (thanks to Joseph L. Pollard).
11 Nov 1999
Added a transcription of the Worcester County, MA Series A Probate Index for the Wheelock surname, 1731-1881. This is an index of wills, administrations, and guardianships for the early Wheelocks of Worcester County, MA. Added a picture of General Charles Wheelock. And, as usual, added individuals and improved references and sources for Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock.
7 Oct 1999
Added Prospect Lawn Cemetery, in Hamburg, NY. Added new information to the biography of Silas Wheelock, of Hamburg, NY. Updated the downloadable genealogies. Added the biography of the General Charles Wheelock, of the 97th NY Volunteers, transcribed from the history of the regiment, by Isaac Hall, 1890. Added a few new entries to the "Interesting Wheelock WWW Links", including a link the the RootsWeb Wheelock surname mailing list.
25 July 1999
Added Watervale Cemetery, Pompey, NY. Added Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, thanks to Beverly Wheelock Musick and Alta Pettengill. Added descendants of Archippus Wheelock, of Lancaster; thanks to Ellen Berg.
9 June 1999
Added a biography of Julia S. Wheelock, a relief agent for soldiers during the Civil War (thanks to Bonnie Bergeron for source materials). Added a new rendition of the Wheelock Coat of Arms, modified from the original by Thomas Wheelock. This new rendition better reflects the "sable" color as specified in the description.
8 May 1999
Added Greenville Cemetery, in Leicester, MA. Added Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA (thanks to Beverly Wheelock Musick and Alta Pettengill). Extended the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock", and the "Descendants of Silas Wheelock", adding new individuals, improved sources and references. Added the descendants of Phinehas Wheelock and Prudence Dodge of Lancaster, MA. (thanks to Su Wetzel).
28 Feb 1999
Added the will of Eleazar Lewis Ripley Wheelock, founder of Wheelock, Texas, courtesy of William Hutchinson, a descendant of ELR Wheelock. Added the section entitled Wheelock Mysteries. If you have the answers, let me know!
22 Jan 1999
Added the East Montpelier Cemeteries Cutler, and East Montpelier Village, courtesy of Tucky Sancibrian. Added a partial listing of Riverside Cemetery, in Grafton, MA. Added the will of Silas Wheelock (Silas/Benjamin/Benjamin/Ralph), transcribed from "The Wheelock Family in America, 1637-1969", by Walter T. Wheelock. Also, added the Grafton, MA Wheelocks to the Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock (see children of Paul/Paul/Samuel/Samuel/Gershom/Ralph). Updated the descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock "help" file.
3 Jan 1999
Added a Biography of Benjamin Wheelock, Sr. Added the following cemeteries: Pine Hill, Swandale, Bicknell, all in Mendon; Warfield in Hopedale, and Prospect Hill in Uxbridge. As usual, more individuals have been added to "Descendants of Ralph Wheelock", and "Descendants of Silas Wheelock", as well as improved sources and references. Also, the downloadable genealogies have been updated.
22 Nov 1998
The following cemeteries have been added: Vine Lake Cemetery of Medfield, Mass., Memorial Cemetery in Westborough, MA, The Old Indian Burial Ground in Grafton, MA, and Pine Grove Cemetery in Grafton, MA. Some new regional links have been added (Shrewsbury, MA, and Grafton, MA). A link to a biography of Jerome Wheelock, mechanic and inventor, has been added. And, as always, new individuals and better sources have been added to the "Descendants of Rev. Ralph Wheelock".
28 Oct 1998
New information about the children of Rev. Ralph Wheelock and Rebecca Clarke
has been documented in the biography of Ralph
Wheelock (proof of the birth of Gershom and Rebecca in England); a biography
of Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College, has been added to the
Biographies page, a few new web links and bibliography entries have been added,
and (as always) the "Descendants of Rev. Raph Wheelock" has been
extended with new individuals, and improved sources and references.