Benjamin Wheelock, Jr. (1678 - 1746)

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Birthplace: Medfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Mendon, Massachusetts, United States
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Benjamin Wheelock, Jr.

Notes for Benjamin Wheelock: Benjamin Wheelock, third generation Wheelock in the Massachusetts

Bay Colony, was born in Medfield, Massachusetts, 12 Dec 1678; the first male child of Benjamin

Wheelock, Sr. and Elizabeth (Bullen) Wheelock. His grandparents, Rev. Ralph Wheelock, Rebecca

(Clarke) Wheelock, Samuel Bullen, and Mary (Morse) Bullen were all early settlers of both Dedham and

Medfield. [1]

Benjamin, Sr. was a proprieter of the town of Mendon, and moved there with his family circa 1685, thus

becoming one of the founding settlers of the town. Benjamin, Jr. was but six or seven years old at the

time. Benjamin, Sr. was a large landholder in Mendon, and was the third owner of the Albee Cornmill. In

1713, when Benjamin, Jr. was 25 years of age, his father deeded mill priveledges to he and his brother,

Obadiah. [2] Thus Benjamin became established as a miller and a farmer in Mendon, where he lived out

the rest of his life.

Benjamin married twice; first to Hulda Thayer, whose grandfather, Ferdinando Thayer was the principle

founder of Mendon [3], and second to Rebecca Kinney. Having married Rebecca fairly late in life, all of

Benjamin's children were born to his first wife, Hulda.

In 1722/3, Benjamin acquired a parcell of land near Oxford, Mass, which he deeded to his sons

Jonathan, David, and Paul between the years1735 and 1740. This land was later annexed to Charlton

(in 1757), where the three brothers played principle roles as early settlers and leaders of town affairs. [4]

On 13 Sep 1746 Benjamin died in Mendon, leaving his wife, Rebecca, and eight children. His will is on

file with the Worcester Probate Office, case number 63618. In it, he leaves bequests to his wife Rebecca

(to sustain her for the rest of her life, or until she remarries); land to his sons Benjamin, Daniel, Silas,

and Peter; money to his sons Jonathan, David, and Paul; money and miscellaneous domestic items to

his grandchildren Peter Thayer, Mary Thayer, and Abigail Thayer (the children of his deceased daughter

Mary Wheelock); money to his daughter Hulda (Wheelock) (Sanford) Rice; money and other items to his

grandchildren Seth and Mary Sanford (children of Hulda)

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Benjamin Wheelock, Jr.'s Timeline

1678
December 12, 1678
Medfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1700
December 9, 1700
Age 21
Mendon, Worchester, Massachusetts
1701
1701
Age 22
Mendon, Massachusetts, United States
1702
January 21, 1702
Age 23
Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1704
April 10, 1704
Age 25
Mendon, Worcester County, Province of Massachusetts
1707
December 20, 1707
Age 29
Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1710
August 17, 1710
Age 31
Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1713
July 20, 1713
Age 34
Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1716
January 13, 1716
Age 37
Mendon, Massachusetts, United States
1718
March 11, 1718
Age 39
Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States