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Robert Wheaton

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Christopher Wheaton and Katherine Wright Wheaton
Husband of Alice Eleanor Wheaton
Father of Joseph Wheaton; Samuel Wheaton; Jeremiah Wheaton; Charles Wheaton; Abigail Wheaton and 7 others
Brother of Jeremiah Wheaton; Joseph Wheaton and George Bowen

Occupation: Pioneer, Farmer
Managed by: Elizabeth Goldgraber
Last Updated:

About Robert Wheaton

Most of my research on Robert is listed on a one name website. Go to Click onto American Wheatons. Then click onto Robert b.1606 married Alice Bowen. This site has my work and the best work from others about Robert, Rehoboth and Roberts family.

Born in England in 1603 and migrated to Salem, Mass in 1630 and then married Alice Bowen in 1640. Alice migrated to Salem with her parents from Wales. Forced out of Salem due to his Baptist beliefs, Robert and family moved to Waymouth, Mass and then on to Rehoboth, Mass. where he was one of the 58 men who purchased a ten square mile of land from the Indians. He later purchased land in the Attleboro called the North Purchase and the Medows are which included Swansea, Mass. Roberts sons fought in the King Phillip war in 1675. The Baptist did not have a church in Rehoboth but held services in the members homes. They were fined for by the Mass. Bay Company for holding their services but they continued until the Mass. Bay Company set aside Swansea, Mass. as a place for the Baptists. One of the other original 58 men of Rehoboth, William Carpenter, was a signator to Roberts final will. Down through the years the Wheatons and the Carpenters have intermarried. When Gerald Thomas married Florence J. Wheaton the connection was again made as Gerald's great grandmother was Sarah P. Carpenter whose line goes back to William Carpneter in Rehoboth.

Grandsons of Robert's a few and many times removed have helped shape history. President Taft's line goes back to Robert. The cities of Wheaton, Ill. Wheaton, Maryland were named for Wheaton men whose line goes back to Robert. Also the colleges, Wheaton College in Wheaton Ill. and Wheaton College in Norton MA. were named for Wheaton men whose line goes back to Robert.

Will of Robert WHEATON

Be it known unto all men by these presents, that I, Robert WHEATON of the Town of Rehoboth in ye county of Bristol, in his Majesties Territory and Dominion of New England, being weak & aged, yet through the goodness of god of a good competent memory and understanding, do this second day of October 1687, make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disannulling and making void all former wills and testaments made by me.

I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Joseph and to the heirs of his body, Twenty acres of land that was laid out on the East side of Palmers River and a parcel of Salt Marsh at the hundred acres above the Dirth, and Ten pounds Estate of Commons in Rehoboth. And if it so happen that Joseph die without issuance then all the said lands given to my said son Joseph at his decease (allowing the thirds to his wife her lifetime,) shall descend to my son Samuel's children.

I give and bequeath to my son Jeremiah my lot last laid out in Wachamoket Neck, and my Meadow at Busliy Meadow , and Ten Pounds Estate of Commons in Rehoboth to him & his heirs and assign forever.

I give and bequeath unto my son John and his heirs & assign forever Ten Pounds Estate of Commons in the Town of Rehoboth.

I give and bequeath unto my son Obadiah & his heirs assign forever all the rest of my lands in the North Purchase the lands which I have not given "to my sons Ephraim & Benjamin by Deed under my hand & seal.

I give unto my son Ephraim Twenty acres of land at Palmers River & a piece of meadow at Palmers River, being the upper piece joining to Rivo Leonards and a third part of the undivided land on the North side and Ten Pounds of Commons in Rehoboth all which is lands and meadow I have given his as appears by Deed and Gift.

I give unto my son Benjamin over half of my fifty acre lot on the North side and my share of Meadow on the North side and one third part of my Undivided land in the North Purchase all which I have formerly given a Deed and Gift.

I give to my son Samuel's children Ten Pounds Estate of Commons in Rehoboth to them their heirs & assigns forever.

I give and bequeath unto my three Daughters, Berthia, Hannah & Mary Twelve Pounds apiece.

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Alice my House & lands & Meadows Divided and Undivided and all my house-hold Goods & Stock of cut wood of all sorts which I have not before disposed of for her comfortable lively hood. And that at her deceased she shall leave Liberty & Authority to Dispose of it according to her disercression.

It is my Will & I do hereby ordain & appoint my Beloved Wife Alice to be my Sole Executor of this my last will.

It is likewise my will that if it please god by his providence so to order that if my beloved wife die before me that what housing lands or other Estate which I have given my wife by this will or what remains of it at my death shall be equally divided among my children both sons and daughters. And it is my will that my Son Joseph have my house & home lot Upon and Indifferent appraisal made by indifferent men paying the value so appraised to his brother & sisters. In witness hereof that this is my last Will & Testament, I have hereunto sell my hand and seal the day & year first written on this will.

                                                               Robert Wheaton

Signed, Sealed & Acknowledged in the presence of us.

       John Peck
       William Carpenter
       John Butterworth
Proved, the 24th Feb. 1695(6)                 Ent March 2, 1695(6) 
                                               John Carey, Reg'.

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Robert Wheaton's Timeline

May 1604
Age 34
Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Age 36
Providence, Providence Plantation
Age 38
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 40
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
January 20, 1647
Age 42
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
January 20, 1647
Age 42
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
April 20, 1650
Age 45
Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, USA
May 20, 1652
Age 48
Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations