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Thomas Wheeler, of Bourne End

Also Known As: "Thomas Wheeler"
Birthplace: Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
Place of Burial: Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wheeler, of Cranfield
Husband of Rebecca Wheeler; Rebecca Sayre; Katherine Wheeler; 1st wife of Thomas "the elder" Wheeler and Rebecca Wheeler
Father of Lieut. Thomas Wheeler; Susanna Wheeler; Priscilla Cockes; Deborah Wheeler; John Wheeler I and 11 others
Brother of John "of the farm" Wheeler

Occupation: Yeoman
Managed by: Carol Ann Selis
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About Thomas "the elder" Wheeler

Thomas "the elder" Wheeler, of Bourne End

  • Baptized - 2 March 1563/4 - Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
  • Parents: John Wheeler, Alice Sayre
  • Spouse: Unknown woman, Rebecca
  • Marriage: 1) Before 1588 2) Feb 11 1600/1 - Cranfield,  Bedfordshire, England
  • Buried: 11 Feb 1634/5 - St. Peter & St. Paul Churchyard, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England

Father of the Concord Wheelers.

Yeoman of Bourne End. Also lived at Wharley End c. 1602.1 He left a will on 29 December 1627 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England.


Thomas WHEELER was born about 1565 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England. He died on 18 JUN 1633 at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England

Spouse: Mrs. Thomas WHEELER. Thomas WHEELER and Mrs. Thomas WHEELER were married about 1590 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England.

Children were: Thomas WHEELER, Priscilla WHEELER, John WHEELER, Elizabeth WHEELER.

Spouse: Rebecca WHEELER. Thomas WHEELER and Rebecca WHEELER were married about 1600 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England. Refs:

  1. Wheeler Genealogy; Raymond David Wheeler Vol. 3 pg 1. 2 99 121.
  2. Researcher: Walter Harwood
  3. Savage's A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England


Death year was either 1634 or 1635. Birth date was seen as both 1561 and 1563.

DOD: c. 2/11/1634

His will on file in Birmingham, England:

In the name of God amen. the seaventh day of december in the yeare of our lord god one thousand Sixe hundred Twenty and Seaven I Thomas Wheler sen of Cranfield in the County of Bedf. yeoman weake in bodie but of good and pfecte remembrance Gods holie name be praised doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge That is to say ffirst I give and bequeath my soule unto allmightie god my Creator hoping assuredly through the merittes of Jesus Christ to be made ptaker of life everlastinge And my bodie to the Earth whereof it is made Item - I give and bequeath unto Rebecca my wife [for and during the terme of her life if she keepe herself a widow] all that Capitall messuage or tenement with the apptenances lying and being in the Towne end of Cranfield aforesaid wch I lately purchased of John Vause Esquire And after the decease of the said Rebecca my wife or day of her marriage with any person whatsoever I give and bequeath the said Capitol messuage or tenements with all houses edifices buildings yards and gardens grounds commons pfitts and apptenances thereto belonging to Joseph Wheler my sonne and his heirs for ever upon theese condicons followings viz - that he the said Joseph my sonne shall well and truly pay or cause to be payd out of my said messuage and pmisses the full sume of Thirtye pounds of lawfull money of England to my executor or executrix hereafter named or to such other pson or psons as my said executor or executrix shall nominate and appoynte of of debts where I owe - And also pay or cause to be payd out of my said Messuage with the apputenances unto Thomas Wheler my youngest son the full sume of Twenty pounds of lawfull money of England wch sumes of Thirty pounds and twenty pounds are to be payd by the said Joseph when he cometh to the full age of one and twenty years within one yeare after my decease - And for the better payment of the said sumes by him the said Joseph I have surrendered to his use Twelve acres of Coppie hold land Provided allwaies and my will and minde absolutly is that if the said Joseph my sonne or his assigns doe not pay the said sumes of Thirty and twenty pounds in such manner and forme at such dayes and to such pson or psons as afore is expressed then the gift and bequest of the said Messuage or tenement with the apptenances shalbe voyd and of none effect to all intents and purposes whatsoever And I give and bequeath the said Messuage wth the appetenances commons and pfitts whatsoever to the said Thomas Wheler my youngest sonne and his heirs for ever and for default of such issue the remaynder thereof to Efraim Wheler my sonne and his heirs for ever aniething herein to the contrarie hereof in anie wise notwithstanding - Item I give and bequeath to Thomas Wheler of Warley my eldest sonne the sume of Twelve pence - Item I give to Prisila Cockes my daughter twelve pence - Item I give to John Wheler my sonne twelve pence - Item I give to Elizabeth Broad my daughter twelve pence - Item I give to Suzana Wheler my daughter one ewe lamb a table and fframe standinge in the plor at Borne end house - Item I give to Abiah Wheler my daughter one whyte weanings calfe and Two table clootes - Item I give to Marie Wheler my daughter one standingse bedsted and Two Table Clootes - Item I give to the said Joseph my sonne one fframe scovell standing in the yard at my messuage at the towne end the old carte and ould wheels and a dung carte - Item I give to the said Efraim Wheler my sonne one frame scovell at the ould Barne end ffower principall postes for a house And all the longe timber under the little scovelles in the close yard at Borne end and one weaning calfe - And my will is that Thomas Tomkins shall lawfully convey and assure That ffrehold I bought of him to the said Efraim my sonne and his heires for ever - Item I give to the said Thomas Wheler my youngest son one pott one Tegg and ffive pounds of lawful money of England to be payd him by my executor and executrix at the age of 24 years - Item I give to Allin Broad my sonne in law one carte Bodie lying behind the stoles in the ould barn and 2 broad ristes - Item I give and bequeath to the said Rebecca my wife all my movable goodes wthin my two dwelling houses at Borne end and the towne end [unbequeathed] and two heffers the one a red the other a little browne one and one ewe sheepe - And also my will in that Timothie Wheler my sonne shall have halfe of my messuage closes lands and meadows at Borne end aforesaid and half the benefitt and pfitt thereof for three yeares next after my decease [for an ease or helpe towards the payment of my debts] - All the rest of my goods and cattelles as well reales as psonales unbequeathed I give and bequeath to the said Timothie my sonne whome I make my full and sole executor of this my last will and testament. And if he the said Timothie refuse to be executor of this my will then I make Rebecka my wife executrix of this my last will and I doe hereby utterly revoke and annull in deed and in law all former wills testamentes legaces bequests and executors by me formely made - And lastly my will is that the legacy of xx pounds shall be payd by the said Joseph to the said Thomas my youngest sonne out of my said messuage with the appurtenances when he cometh to the age of xxi years In witness whereof I the said Thomas Wheler the elder have to this my last will and testament sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above writ

Children of Thomas Wheeler and Rebecca 1) Priscilla, b. about 1585 in Cranfield 2) Thomas 3) John, b. 1597 in Cranfield; d. December 27, 1611 4) Thomas b. about 1599 in Cranfield 5) Timothy b. about 1601 in Cranfield 6) Elizabeth b. July 18, 1602 in Wharley, Cranfield; d. March 17, 1690 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 7) Susannah b. about 1603 in Cranfield 8) Joseph b. about 1605 in Cranfield 9) Abdiah b. about 1607 in Cranfield 10) Mary b. abt 1609 in Cranfield (This list of children was obtained from LDS, and differs somewhat from others. I chose to stay with this list.)

Baptized on 2 Mar 1563/4 at Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
Source: & & MyHeritage.
3. THOMAS3 WHEELER (JOHN2, OBADIAH1) was born 1561 in Cranfield, Bedford, England, and died 11 Feb 1633/34 in Cranfield, Bedford, England. He married REBECCA 11 Feb 1600/01 in Cranfield, Bedford, England. She was born 1572 in Cranfield, Bedford, England, and died 03 May 1653 in Cranfield, Bedford, England.

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Thomas "the elder" Wheeler's Timeline

March 2, 1563
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
March 2, 1563
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
March 2, 1565
Age 2
Maulden, , Bedford, England
March 2, 1565
Age 2
Maulden, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
August 15, 1580
Age 17
Tanworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
March 2, 1589
Age 26
Cranfield, Central Bedfordshire, England
Age 26
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Age 27
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
Age 29
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