John Wheeler, of Oyster River

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John Wheeler, of Oyster River

Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: April 27, 1706 (37)
Oyster River, Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire (Killed by the Indians)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Wheeler, Sr.; William Wheeler; Hannah Wheeler and Elizabeth Wheeler
Husband of Mary Wheeler and Elizabeth Wheeler
Father of William Wheeler; Richard Wheeler; Joseph Wheeler and John Wheeler
Brother of William Wheeler; Elizabeth Marten; Thomas Wheeler; Hannah Wheeler; Rebecca Shavally and 5 others

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About John Wheeler, of Oyster River page 379

John Wheeler 3rd son of William was born in Concord Mass. 10 May 1668. Married Elizabeth Perkins before 10 June 1694. Elizabeth’s parents deeded them a house and 60 acres on Little Bay at Oyster River in New Hampshire for a wedding present.


John and Elizabeth had at least 4 children

  • William
  • Richard
  • *Joseph born c 1700
  • unknown child

John and Elizabeth and their unknown child were killed in an Indian raid at Oyster River (Durham N.H.) 27 April 1706, during Queen Anne’s War.

William, Richard and Joseph were raised by their uncle William Wheeler of Concord. He was granted guardianship 10 Dec 1711, but had probably kept the boys since their parents were killed in 1706.

William, Richard and Joseph were sole heirs to their parents estate.



Lineage . Signed a petition to Massachusetts 20 Feb 1689 for training soldiers to protect the New Hampshire settlers from the "enemie" (Indians); it didn't work, as he and his wife were killed by Indians.

His sons lived with their "uncle" William Wheeler after he was killed. This has led to the assumption that John was the son of William Wheeler and Hannah Buss, William's parents. However, Source:Wheeler Families of Old Concord, Massachusetts showed that the John who was son of William Wheeler and Hannah Buss married Dorothy Hosmer. Speculatively, they offer the suggestion that John was the son of Obadiah Wheeler, who was co-administrator of his father's will in 1671, and beyond that nothing more is known. In this case, William is actually a second cousin, but being about 25 years older, maybe he was called an uncle?

  • John of England -> George -> William m. Hannah Buss -> William of Concord (guardian)
  • John of England -> Susanna -> John (second child of this name) -> William, Richard, Joseph (orphans)

↑ Wheeler, Albert Gallatin. The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler family in America. (American College of Genealogy , 1914), 21.

John Wheeler killed by Indians at Oyster River (Durham, NH) 27 Apr 1706. Estate expenses mention child's funeral so at least one child killed, and possibly his wife, at same time. Guardianship of the three boys, William, Richard, and Joseph, granted to their "uncle" William Wheeler of Concord.

[Note the reference to uncle William Wheeler led this source, and others, to assume John was the son of William Wheeler and Hannah Buss, but that John has been shown to have married Dorothy Hosmer.]

George Tolman, Joseph C. Wheeler. Wheeler Families of Old Concord, Massachusetts:

Children of Obadiah Wheeler and Susuanna Wheeler: 6) John [#1007]. "Was he killed by Indians at Oyster River, Durham NH leaving three sons?"

John was appointed co-administrator of his father's estate in Dec 1671, so born by 1650 to be of legal age. This implies he was a child of his father's first marriage, born before Mar 1648/49. The birth is estimated as about 1647 to fit him in a gap between Samuel and Susannah (Samuel is second oldest son, so older than John per father's will).



Age: 37


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John Wheeler, of Oyster River's Timeline

May 10, 1668
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
October 21, 1694
Beverly, Essex, MA, United States
Durham (formerly Oyster River), Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire
April 19, 1700
Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire
April 27, 1706
Age 37
Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire
March 27, 1943
Age 37
April 27, 1944
Age 37
June 2, 1945
Age 37