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Thomas Wheeler (b. Abt. 1588, d. January 1653/54)Thomas Wheeler (son of Thomas Wheeler) was born Abt. 1588 in Cranfield, Bedford, England, and died January 1653/54 in Fairfield, CT.He married Anne Halsey on May 05, 1613 in Cranfield, Bedford, England, daughter of Robert Halsey and Ellen Alley.
Notes for Thomas Wheeler:
Cornelia Penfield Lathrop. Black Rock - Seaport of Old
Fairfield. The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company. Pg. 2.
Morris Library, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
19717, F104.B52 L35.
"Thomas Wheeler, the elder, came from Concord [MA] with
a company of other pioneers in 1644. his companions
settled in Stratfield and Greenlea, --as the section
near Seaside Park in Bridgeport was then known. Thomas
Wheeler separated from them and established his home at
the head of Black rock Harbor. Here he was a short
distance across the waters of `shipharbour creeke' from
his relatives and friends* at greenlea, and not too far
from Fairfield [settled in 1639].
The first wheeler homestead was surrounded on three
sides by water and stood on a rise of ground overlooking
the level plain to the west. Thomas built his hose of
stone with a strong plank roof, and upon this roof, to
supplement the natural advantages of his location, he
placed two small cannon. One pointed down the harbor
against possible dutch invasion from the sea: the other
was directed toward the Indian fort that stood north of
the little hill. The Indians were friendly and the Dutch
were invisible, but Thomas wheeler was a cautious man.
This Wheeler `homelot' at the `head of the harbour' was
the nucleus of Black Rock village. The village was for
many years inhabited by Thomas Wheeler's grandchildren
and their children almost exclusively.
* The earliest recorded settlers at Greenlea and Black
Rock are: Ephraim Wheeler; Thomas Wheeler; Thomas
Wheeler Jr.; William Odell; John Evarts: Joseph
Millbrooke; James Bennet; Peter Johnson; and Benjamin
Name: Thomas Wheeler , Sr. 1
Birth: ABT. 1588 in England 2
Death: 1654 in Fairfield, Ct.
Event: Fact 1 (2) 1639 Arrived Concord, Mass. 3
Event: Fact 2 (2) 1644 Moved to Fairfield Co., Ct. (supposed) with Rev. Jones
Event: Fact 3 (2) JAN 1648/49 Accorded land adjacent to Thomas, Jr., 2.5 acres, Pequenock, Uncoway, Black Rock
Event: Fact 4 (2) 5 MAY 1654 Will
Event: Fact 5 (2) 23 AUG 1654 Will Proved, Wife Ann
Event: Fact 6 (2) 23 AUG 1654 Land in Concord to Eldest son Thomas
Event: Fact 7 (2) 5 MAY 1654 Bennett gr. children in Will assumed children of James Bennit
Event: Fact 8 (2) 23 AUG 1654 Brother Thomas, Lt.
Event: Fact 9 (2) 7 SEP 1643 Petition for Land, Concord Mass., w/ Timothy, Ephraim and Thomas Wheeler, Jr. and Roger Draper and Richard Lettin, having arrived 4 years earlier 4
BAPTISM: The American Genealogist and New Haven Register;
Vol. XII, 15 Sep 1936; Pg4, Article by H.W. Brainard
entitled Captain Wheeler and Some of his Descendants.
DEATH: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old
Fairfield; Donald Lines Jacobs; Vol. 3, page 1012.
PIONEER: First settler in Black Rock, CT;Black Rock,
Seaport of Old Fairfield Connecticut 1644-1870; Cornelia
Penfield Lathrop; Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Company;
New Haven, CT; 1930.
Father: Thomas Wheeler b: ABT. 1560 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
Mother: Unknown Unknown
Marriage 1 Anne Halsey
Married: 5 MAY 1613 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, Eng. 1 5
Connecticut Genealogies, Vol. II, page 635 states)entered by Sue Mickley):
Concord, Massachusetts, was the original home of the Wheeler families in the country.Joseph, Obadiah and Thomas Wheeler all doubtless related, settled there about 1640.George Wheeler, of Concord, and John Wheeler of Salisbury, Massachusetts, were related.Issac Wheeler, of Charlestown; Richard, of Dedham; Thomas, of Salem; Thomas of Boston, and Timothy, of Watertown, pioneers before 1660, were probably of the same stock.Timothy removed to Concord.The family is of ancient English ancestry.
(1) Lieutenant Thomas Wheeler, immigrant ancestor, settled early in Concord.He came to Fairfield, Connecticut, with the first settlers, and became prominent there.He died at Fairfield and his will, dated January 16, 1653-54, proved August 23, 1654, has been partly destroyed, but the names of some of his children are legible.He left an estate at Concord to his son Thomas; property at Fairfield to John and mentions three daughters.His widow's will, August 21, 1656, also mentions son Thimas.He married Ruth ____, (Sue's Note:This conflicts with other documentation).Children:Thomas, John, mentioned below; Hannah, married James Bennett; William; Sarah, married Thomas Sherwood; daughter.
(II) Sergeant John, son of Thomas Wheeler, came to Fairfield, Connecticut, with his father, apparently in 1644.He owned a large part of Grover's Hill at Black Rock, where he resided.In 1681 he paid taxes on one thousand and four acres of land, and was the third largest taxpayer in Fairfield.He died early in 1690, and his inventory, dated March 8, 1689-1690, amounted to one thousand five hundred and sixty-six pounds.The will of his widow (Elizabeth or Judith) was dated February 21, 1702-03, proved March 24.The ages of the children are found in the father's will in 1690, whence the dates of birth are estimated.He was a member of the general court of Connecticut in 1671-72-74-77.Children:Judith, born 1661; John, 1663-64;Elizabeth, 1667;Mary, 1671; Rebecca, 1672;Joseph, 1674, mentioned below; Hannah, 1676; Abigail, 1680; Obadiah, 1682; Ann, 1684; Johnathan, 1687; David, 1690.
(III) Joseph, son of Sergeant John Wheeler, was born in Fairfield in 1674.He was the ancester of Vice-President Wheeler (under the Hayes Administration).
More About Thomas Wheeler and Anne Halsey:
Marriage: May 05, 1613, Cranfield, Bedford, England.
Children of Thomas Wheeler and Anne Halsey are:
- +John Wheeler, b. February 27, 1623/24, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, Eng., d. 1689, Fairfield, Connecticut.
- Thomas Wheeler, d. date unknown.
- Hannah Wheeler, d. date unknown.
- William Wheeler, d. date unknown.
- Sarah Wheeler, d. date unknown.
- Daughter Wheeler, d. date unknown.