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Betsy Converse

Birth: 30 May 1788, Spencer, Worcester Co., MA

Death: before 8 Sep 1814

Father: Daniel Converse
Mother: Mary Wheelock

Partner: Paul Wheelock

  1. John A. Wheelock, born about 1807

Notes:

In 1807, Betsy Converse had a child out of wedlock, with Paul Wheelock of Charlton (b. 8 Mar 1775). The child is identified as Paul Wheelock 3rd "illegitimate child born of Betsey Converse" in the 21 Oct 1818 will of Betsy's aunt, Lydia (Davis) Wheelock. (Src: Worcester County Probate Records case 63748.)

Betsey died before 8 Sep 1814, when her administration of estate was begun. (Src: Worcester County Probate Records, case 13198, filed 8 Sep 1814.)

Adams Wheelock was appointed guardian of Betsey's child, Paul, in 1818. The guardianship identifies the parents of Paul as Paul Wheelock and Betsey Converse. (Src: Worcester County Probate Records case 63784.)

The child is almost certainly the John A. Wheelock who died in Worcester 21 Sep 1848, having previously changed his name from Paul to John Adams Wheelock.

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Elliot Converse

Birth: 9 Oct 1791, Spencer, Worcester Co., MA

Father: Daniel Converse
Mother: Mary Wheelock

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Aaron Daggett

Birth: 12 Mar 1757, Petersham, Worcester Co, Mass.

Death: 3 Jun 1759, Charlton, Worcester Co., MA

Father: Thomas Daggett
Mother: Martha Stockwell

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Hannah Daggett

Birth: 23 Dec 1753, Petersham, Worcester Co, Mass.

Father: Thomas Daggett
Mother: Martha Stockwell

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John Daggett

Birth: 15 Sep 1748, Sutton, Worcester Co., MA

Father: Thomas Daggett
Mother: Martha Stockwell

Notes:

This may be the John that married Sarah Jones, 19 Oct 1773, and Mary Stephens 22 Aug 1775, per Charlton VRs.

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Lydia Daggett

Birth: 4 Oct 1758, Sutton, Worcester Co., MA

Father: Thomas Daggett
Mother: Martha Stockwell

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Mary Daggett

Birth: 30 Mar 1750, Sutton, Worcester Co., MA

Father: Thomas Daggett
Mother: Martha Stockwell

Notes:

This may be the Mary that married Seth Jones 23 Feb 1773, per Charlton VRs.

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Dexter S. King

Birth: 16 Aug 1806, Leicester, Worcester Co, MA

Death: 27 Jul 1871, Boston, Suffolk Co, MA

Father: Henry King
Mother: Abigail Wheelock

Notes:

His birth record lists middle initial 'O', but most other records list 'S'. He was a minister in Boston.

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Henry King

Birth: 27 Feb 1779, Leicester, Worcester Co, MA

Death: 3 Aug 1827, Leicester, Worcester Co, MA

Father: Henry King
Mother: Prudence Dudley

Spouse: Abigail Wheelock
Intention: 23 Feb 1805, Charlton, Worcester Co., MA

  1. Dexter S. King, born 16 Aug 1806, Leicester, Worcester Co, MA
  2. Pamelia D. King, born about 1813
  3. Amasa W. King, born after 2 Oct 1813
  4. William H. King, born after 2 Oct 1813

Notes:

Henry is probably the son of Henry and Prudence (Dudley) King, of Sutton and later Leicester, Massachusetts. For reasoning, see the Research Notes.

Henry King died intestate, Worcester County probate case 35287. His widow, Abigail King, declined to settle the estate of her husband, so the duties fell to her son, Dexter S. King. Bond was filed on 25 Aug 1827 by Dexter S. King, yeoman, John King, Esquire, and Daniel Livermore, yeoman, all of Leciester.

Other children of Henry King named in Worcester County guardianship case 35333: 2 Oct 1827, Pamela D. King, over 14 years of age, a child of Henry King late of Leicester, decd, and made choice of Abigail King for her guardian. The "above named Abigail King" also appointed guardian of Amasa W. King and Wm. H. King, two children of Henry under fourteen years. Signed by Dexter Sutman King, John King, Esq, both of Leicester.

Research Notes:

Henry is referred to as Henry King, Jr. in the land and vital records. For example, on 17 Mar 1808 Henry King, Jr. of Leicester, and his wife, Abigail, mortgaged a tract of land in Leicester to John Wheelock of Charlton (Worcester County deed 169:317). The records of births of his children in Leicester also refer to him as Henry King, Jr.

This suggests he was the son of Henry and Prudence King, born in Leicester 27 Feb 1779. He would be just the right age to record his intention to marry Abigail Wheelock on 23 Feb 1805.

The bond for Henry's administration of estate was posted by Dexter S. King (his son), Daniel Livermore (a neighbor), and John King, Esq. John was probably his brother, another son of Henry and Prudence King.

The 1810 U.S. census shows Henry and John King living jointly on property in Leicester. This was probably Henry, Sr, and his son, John, based on an 1804 deed in which Henry sold half his property in Leicester to John King of Ward (now Auburn), Massachusetts (Worcester County deed 154:257). The deed has no dower signature. In 1814 he sold the remainder of the property to John King (Worcester County deed 193:568). There is again no dower signature, which implies that it must have been Henry, Sr, since Abigail would have signed such a deed if it were Henry, Jr. Prudence died in 1802, explaining the lack of her signature on either deed.

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Abial Wheelock

Birth: calculated Aug 1781

Death: 20 Apr 1860, Charlestown, Suffolk Co, MA

Father: Moses Wheelock
Mother: Lydia Bond

Notes:

There is an 1860 Charlestown, MA death record (MA 139:68) for Abial Wheelock, age 78, single, born in Westborough, daughter of Joseph and Lydia. The Westborough death record identifies her parents as Moses and Lydia, her death place as Charleston, her marital status as single, and her age at death 78 years and 8 months.

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