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Birthplace: Cranfield, Central Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
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Thomas WHEELER was born about 1591 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England. He died on 23 AUG 1654 at Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. @T4113@

Parents: Thomas WHEELER and Mrs. Thomas WHEELER.

Spouse: Ann HALSEY. Thomas WHEELER and Ann HALSEY were married on 5 MAY 1613 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England.

Children were: Captain Thomas WHEELER, Richard WHEELER, Mary (Mariah) WHEELER (twin), Joseph WHEELER (twin), Alice WHEELER, Anna (Hannah) WHEELER, William WHEELER, Ephraim WHEELER, Obadiah WHEELER, John WHEELER, Sarah WHEELER.

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2700. THOMAS WHEELER. May be a brother of Ephraim No. 7900. He was undoubtedly born at Cranefield, Bedfordshire, England. The dates of his birth and baptism are not available, as the parish registers at that place were not kept until 1600, but it is recorded in these registers that Thomas Wheeler and Anne Halsey were married as early as May 5, 1613. He may have come to America with the Rev. John Jones' Company in the ship Defiance, which landed in New England Oct. 3, 1635, for, with his wife, children, and most probably some grandchildren, he was in Concord as early as April 17, 1636-7, when he was made freeman there. Of his life in Concord, substantially nothing is known. Being a supporter of the Rev. John Jones at the time of the dissension in the Church at Concord, he became one of those who removed with him to Fairfield in 1644, settling at Pequonnock, on Uncoway Brook, where his home lot of 2l/2 acres is recorded, Jan., 1649. This was at Black Rock. His will was dated Jan. 16, 1653-4, and proved Aug. 23, 1654, mentions his wife Ann. To his eldest son Thomas he gave all of his property in Concord. He also mentions his daughter Sarah Sherwood and her son Thomas Sherwood; and his grandchildren Mary, James, Thomas and John Bennit. His son John was made executor and was to receive the estate in Fairfield. The will of his widow Ann was dated Aug. 21, 1659, and probated Oct. 20, 1659, showing that her death occurred between those dates.

Children: (born at Cranefleld, England.)

2701. MARIA WHEELER, baptized Oct. 20, 1615.

2702. ANNA WHEELER, baptized Feb. 20, 1617. (Called Hannah.) Mar

ried 1639, James Bennett, of Fairfield, Conn. Ch: 1. Sarah B ,

who m. John Osborn. 2. Hannah B . 3. James B . 4.

Thomas B . 6. John B . 6. Mary B . 7. Jane B— .

2703. WILLIAM WHEELER, baptized March 16, 1618.

2704. THOMAS WHEELER, baptized April 8, 1620.

2705. JOHN WHEELER, baptized Feb. 27, 1024.

2706. SARAH WHEELER, baptized Aug. 10, 1628; m. Thomas Sherwood.

Ch: 1. Thomas S . 2. Sarah 8 , who m. John Whitlock.

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Captain Thomas Wheeler may have come to America with the Rev. John Jones' Co. in the ship Defiance, which landed in New England Oct 3,

1635. He was in Concord as early as April 17, 1637

Thomas Wheeler was born in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England about 1590. He married Ann Halsey on May 5, 1613 in Cranfield. She was the daughter of Thomas Halsey and wife

Phebe. It was a double wedding with Robert Halsey and Ann Wheeler. Presumably it was a case of brother and sister marying a sister and brother, but the relationships have not been proven. From Bedfordshire tax list, the Roll of Arrears of Payment of Ship Money, 1637, is listed, "Thomas Wheeler gone into New England 010500". He was made a freeman of the colony on April 17, 1637.

Thomas Wheeler came to America with numerous other Wheelers and was in Concord, Mass. for a time, where he was called Thomas Wheeler Senior. He, his family and others went to Fairfield, Connecticut with the Reverend John Jones in September 1644. Land was recorded to him in January 1649-50 and at the same time, land adjacent to his was recorded to Thomas Wheeler, Jr. He is said to have settled at Black Rock, erecting a stone house or fort, on whose plank roof he mounted two four-pounders, one pointed toward the mouth of the harbour and the other toward the Indian fort, now called the Old Fort at the head of the harbour. The Indian fort had at times a garrison of 200 Indians and served as their protection in the numerous wars they had with the Indians of the interior.

Children of Thomas Wheeler and Ann Halsey

1) Ann, baptised January 30, 1613, buried in Cranfield July 16, 1615

2) Alice, baptised June 15, 1616; m. John Billington on October 16, 1634

3) Anna, baptised February 15, 1617; m. James Bennett about 1639. James died 1659 and Anna m. Joseph Middlebrook , who was born about 1610 and d. 1686.

4) Thomas, Jr.

5) Elizabeth, baptised November 4, 1622

6) John, baptised February 27, 1624, d. 1690; m. (1) Judith Turney in 1660 (2) Elizabeth Rowland

7) Sarah, baptised August 10, 1628; d. before 1659; m. Thomas Sherwood, Jr.

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Thomas was of Fairfield in 1645, was a lieut. in 1653, came from Concord with first sett. bring. w. Ann, and ch. prob. all adult, or marriagable, exc. one or two and perhaps his eldest s. Thomas may not have accomp. the f. At least from his will, pro. 23 Aug. 1654, wh. we read imperfect. as part of the rec. in this place is burn. it is clear that the est. in Concord, old homestead, was giv. to Thomas; Fairfield est. to John; with notice of wid. and three ds. of wh. Hannah, the eldest, m. a 1639, James Bennett, had two ch. at Concord, and was now d. leav. four; ano. was Sarah Sherwood; and a third not m. without name. His wid. in her will of 21 Aug. 1659, pro. Oct. foll. names eldest s. Thomas, and ch.2

From the History of the Wheeler Family in America, 1914, Albert Gallatin Wheeler, Jr: Thomas Wheeler came to Ameirca with the Rev. John Jones' Company in the ship Defiance, which landed in New England 3 October 1635, for, with his wife, children, and most probably some grandchildren, he was in Concord as early as 17 April 1636/1637, when he was made freeman there. Of his life in Concord, substantially nothing is known. Being a supporter of the Rev. John Jones at the time of the dissension in the Church at Concord, he became one of those who removed with him to Fairfield in 1644, settling at Pequonnock, on Uncoway Brook, where his home lot of 2.5 acres is recorded, January 1649. This was at Black Rock. His will was dated 16 January 1653/1654, and proved 23 August 1654, mentions his wife Ann. To his eldest son Thomas he gave all of his property in Concord. He also mentions his daughter Sarah Sherwood and her son Thomas Sherwood; and his grandchildren Mary, James, Thomas and John Bennit. His son John was made executor and was to received the estate in Fairfield.

On 5 May 1613 Thomas married Ann Halsey (1382) , daughter of Robert Halsey (465) (ca 1552-Apr 1610) & Ellen Alley, at Cranfield, Bedfordshire.80 Born ca 1591 at Cranfield, Bedfordshire. Baptized on 30 May 1591 at Cranfield, Bedfordshire. Ann died at Fairfield, CT, on 20 Oct 1659.

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Thomas may have come to America with the Rev. John Jones' Co. (The

Bennetts did) in the ship Defiance, which landed in New England Oct 3,

1635. He was inConcord as early as April 17, 1637

Thomas Wheeler was born in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England about 1590. He married Ann Halsey on May 5, 1613 in Cranfield. She was the daughter of Thomas Halsey and wife

Phebe. It was a double wedding with Robert Halsey and Ann Wheeler. Presumably it was a case of brother and sister marying a sister and brother, but the relationships have not been proven. From Bedfordshire tax list, the Roll of Arrears of Payment of Ship Money, 1637, is listed, "Thomas Wheeler gone into New England 010500". He was made a freeman of the colony on April 17, 1637.

Thomas Wheeler came to America with numerous other Wheelers and was in Concord, Mass. for a time, where he was called Thomas Wheeler Senior. He, his family and others went to Fairfield, Connecticut with the Reverend John Jones in September 1644. Land was recorded to him in January 1649-50 and at the same time, land adjacent to his was recorded to Thomas Wheeler, Jr. He is said to have settled at Black Rock, erecting a stone house or fort, on whose plank roof he mounted two four-pounders, one pointed toward the mouth of the harbour and the other toward the Indian fort, now called the Old Fort at the head of the harbour. The Indian fort had at times a garrison of 200 Indians and served as their protection in the numerous wars they had with the Indians of the interior.

Children of Thomas Wheeler and Ann Halsey

1) Ann, baptised January 30, 1613, buried in Cranfield July 16, 1615

2) Alice, baptised June 15, 1616; m. John Billington on October 16, 1634

3) Anna, baptised February 15, 1617; m. James Bennett about 1639. James died 1659 and Anna m. Joseph Middlebrook , who was born about 1610 and d. 1686.

4) Thomas, Jr.

5) Elizabeth, baptised November 4, 1622

6) John, baptised February 27, 1624, d. 1690; m. (1) Judith Turney in 1660 (2) Elizabeth Rowland

7) Sarah, baptised August 10, 1628; d. before 1659; m. Thomas Sherwood, Jr.

-------------------- Thomas Wheeler known as Senior came to Concord, MA and from there removed to Fairfield, CT, coming presumably with the party which Rev. John Jones brought from Concord in September 1644. His brother or half brother, Lt. Thomas Wheeler came from Concord with him. English families at that period sometimes gave the same name to two living children and this was done occasionally in the early days in New England. Great confusion is found in printed accounts, due to the fact that there were two Thomas Wheelers in Fairfield, another in Milford, and still a fourth in New Haven, all on the coast of Connecticut, and at least three of these men gave the name Thomas to sons. The will of Thomas Wheeler Sr was dated May 5, 1654 and probated August, 23 1654. -------------------- Thomas Wheeler married Ann Halsey on 5 May 1613.

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THOMAS2 WHEELER SR. (Thomas "the elder"1), son of (1) Thomas "the elder"1 WHEELER, was born in 1591 in Cranfield[12], and died between 5 May 1654 and 23 Aug. 1654 in Fairfield[12]. He married in Cranfield, on 5 May 1613, ANN HALSEY[6, 16, 18], who was born about 1587 in Great Gadsden[12], and died in 1659 in Fairfield[12]. [5, 16, 18, 12]

Children: Their first two children died young. Their 6th child died young. Their 8th child died age 10.

14 i. RICHARD3 WHEELER, bp. on 13 July 1614[16].

15 ii. ANN WHEELER; bur. on 16 July 1615[19].

+ 16 iii. ANNA ("HANNAH") WHEELER, bp. on 15 Feb. 1617/8 in Cranfield[19]; d. after 1659 in Fairfield[4]; m. (1) in 1639 in Concord (EO-1) JAMES BENNETT, b. in Cranfield in 1618[12], d. in Fairfield in 1659[4]; m. (2) JOSEPH MIDDLEBROOK.

17 iv. SGT. THOMAS WHEELER JR., bp. on 8 Dec. 1621 in Cranfield[16, 19]; d. on 24 Dec. 1704 in Concord[13, 19]; m. SARAH _____, d. on 1 Feb. 1676/7[13].

18 v. JOHN WHEELER, bp. on 27 Feb. 1624/5 in Cranfield[6, 16, 19]; d. in 1690 in Fairfield[8]; m. (1) (AQS-9) JUDITH TURNEY, b. about 1635, d. about 1672, daughter of (AQS-6) Benjamin and (AEZ-3) Mary (ODELL) TURNEY; m. (2) before 1673 ELIZABETH ROWLAND, d. in 1702/3.

19 vi. SARAH WHEELER, bp. on 10 Aug. 1628 in Cranfield[19]; d. before 20 June 1630[19].

20 vii. SARAH WHEELER, bp. on 20 June 1630 in Cranfield[19]; d. before 1659[19]; m. THOMAS SHERWOOD JR.

21 viii. ALICE WHEELER, b. after 1630[19]; d. on 17 March 1640 in Concord[19].

Source: see James Bennett

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1589
March 2, 1589
Cranfield, Central Bedfordshire, England
1590
1590
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
1598
1598
Age 8
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
1603
November 20, 1603
Age 14
Warley, Cranfield, Bedford, England
November 20, 1603
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Cranfield, Bedford, England
November 20, 1603
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Cranfield, Bedford, England
November 20, 1603
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Warley in, Cranfield, Bedford, England
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Cranfield,Bedford,,England
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Warley, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
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Warley in, Cranfield, Bedford, England