Capt. Thomas "The Indian Fighter" Wheeler

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Thomas Wheeler

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
Death: December 10, 1676 (56)
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America (as a result of wounds sustained in battle)
Place of Burial: Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas "the elder" Wheeler; Thomas Wheeler; Rebecca Wheeler and Rebecca Wheeler
Husband of Ruth Wheeler
Father of Alice Wheeler; Ruth Prescott; Thomas Wheeler, III; Nathaniel Wheeler; Ephraim Wheeler and 4 others
Brother of Lieut. Thomas Wheeler; John Wheeler I; Ann (Augure) Halsey; John Wheeler, II; Deborah Wheeler and 10 others
Half brother of Priscilla Cockes

Occupation: soldier, trader, land mngmnt
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About Capt. Thomas "The Indian Fighter" Wheeler

Capt. Thomas Wheeler was born about 9 April 1620 at Cranfield, Bedford, England (baptized 8 APR 1620) and died 10 December 1676 at Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He is NOT Thomas Wheeler of Milford, CT.

  • parents: Thomas Wheeler, yeoman (1565-1634) & Rebecca

He married before 1640 to Ruth Wood, who was born about 1626 at Matlock, Derby, England and died 17 March 1640/41 at Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

  • applied for Freeman status 18 May 1642 Concord, Middlesex, MA
  • prob. removed 1644 to Fairfield Co., CT 1644 with Thomas, Elder.
  • Proprietor 1669 in Nashua, Hillsborough, NH, with bro. Joseph
  • Along with Capt. Hutchinson, led the defense of Brookfield in King Philip's War; wounded and rescued by son

 Notes for Thomas WHEELER: Captain Thomas Wheeler, of Concord Massachusetts, this 'gallant and intrepid' Indian fighter was among the most interesting and important characters of our colonial period, and was preeminent among the few pioneers through whose restless daring the frontiers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony were so persistently extended.

The date of his arrival in America and the name of the ship in which he came are not known. Several historians assert that he was a resident of Concord as early as 1640, and even before this date was in this country trading among the Indians. The first written record that refers to him, however, is in 18 May 1642, when he took the oath of freeman at Concord, Massachusetts.

He was one of the original proprietors of the Ockoocangansett Plantation -- the land purchase from the Indians which became part of Marlborough, Massachusetts. His high standing is proved by the important part taken by him in the direction of the welfare of the various communities in which he dwelt; on several occasions being one of those to take title from the Indians, and to hold in trust, lands intended for the establishment of new colonies. His greatest historical prominence was reached during King Philips' War in which he took a very active part, receiving wounds of so severe a character that he died the following year. This exciting encounter he made the subject of the following 'Narrative,' often referred to as an 'epic of colonial times.'



Savage's identification of him, as having had a second wife Sarah, etc. is still more absurd, he died 19 Dec, 1678 . The births of his children are not of record here, nor is his marriage, nor the death of his wife, but the record of his death is explicit: "Capt. Thomas Wheeler, husband of Ruth, died 10-10-1676". Thomas Wheeler, son of the widow Ruth died 17-12-1676/7. Nathaniel Wheeler, son of ye widow Ruth died 9-12-1676/7


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Capt. Thomas "The Indian Fighter" Wheeler's Timeline

April 8, 1620
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, GRANDE BRETAGNE
April 9, 1620
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
April 9, 1620
Cranfield, Bedford, England
April 18, 1620
Christened Bourne End In Cr, Bedford, England
December 8, 1621
Age 1
Cranfield, Central Bedfordshire, England
December 8, 1621
Age 1
Bedford, Beds, England
December 8, 1621
Age 1
Bedford, Beds, England
December 8, 1621
Age 1
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 19
Concord, Middlesex, MA