John Wheeler was born 4 November 1591 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England to Dominick Wheeler (1565-1615) and Mercye Jolley (1569-1615) and died 29 August 1670 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Anne Yeomans (1595-1662) 1 December 1611 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.


John Wheeler. Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England about 1589.[551],[550] St. Edmund's. Died on August 29, 1670 in Newbury, MA.[551]

John Wheeler sailed for America on March 24, 1634 aboard the ship "Mary and John" with his wife and six children, leaving four of his children in England.[551] His occupation has been reported as a barber.[590] His first year in New England was spent at Ipswich, MA, after which he moved to Salisbury, MA. as one of the original settlers. He held lands there as late as 1666 despite the fact that he moved to Newbury many years before that date.[551] He appears as a witness there in 1651 in the trail of a William Snelling who was fined for cursing as follows, "a plague on their heels and a pox on their toes"![591] He was one of a group of Newbury residents who petitioned the General Court in 1654 for a pardon for one of their townsmen, Robert Pike who had given offense to the court.[592] In a deed of 1666, he is noted as living in Newbury and sold ten acres of land in Salisbury for 30¹.[593]

Famous Descendants

Interestingly, John Wheeler is an ancestor of four United States presidents, James Garfield and George Bush (through son Henry), Herbert Hoover (through son David) and Gerald Ford (through daughter Ann).

The Will of John Wheeler

His will dated March 28, 1668 makes the following bequests: to son David - 10¹ of debt that he owed to his father to son Edward of Salisbury England - 10¹ to son Adam of the same city - 40s to son Thomas - 40s to son William in England - 40s to daughter Mercy - 40s to daughter Elizabeth Button - 4¹ to daughter Anne Chase - 4¹ to daughter-in-law Susannah Wheeler - 4¹ 20s to son George's children, Ephraim and Samuel (minors) - 4¹ apiece to son Roger's daughter, Mary - 3¹ to Roger's son, Joseph - 40s to daughter Elizabeth's children, Thomas, Mary and Elizabeth - 40s apiece to daughter-in-law Susanne, son George's wife - the land which he gave to George to son Henry - all the remainder of the estate.[551]

Family of John and Agnes Wheeler

He married Agnes Yeoman, on December 1, 1611 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.[550] 1313 Agnes Yeoman. Born about 1590. Died on August 15, 1662 in Newbury, MA.[551]

They had the following children:

  1. Edward[551]
  2. John
  3. Adam[551]
  4. William[551] #
  5. David Wheeler (1625-1699) David[594] (~1625-)
  6. Mercy[551]
  7. Elizabeth Wheeler (1618-1696) - md (1) to Thomas Dustin (1627-1662) and resided in Kittery, ME and then after his death md (2) to Matthias Button and resided in Haversill MA.
  8. Anne Wheeler (1621-1687)
  9. Roger[551] (-1661)
  10. George[596] (-1668)
  11. Thomas[551] 656
  12. Henry Wheeler (1634-1686)


Offspring of John Wheeler and Anne Yeomans (1595-1662)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Wheeler (1615-1668) 1615 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England 28 May 1668 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Susanna Stowers (1628-1695)
Adam Wheeler (1616-1688)
Elizabeth Wheeler (1618-1696) 20 January 1618 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England 16 July 1696 Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Thomas Dustin (1627-1662) Thomas Dustin (1627-1662) Matthias Button (1614-1672)
Thomas Wheeler (1620-1704)
Anne Wheeler (1621-1687) 20 December 1621 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England 21 April 1687 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Aquila Chase (1618-1670)
William Wheeler (1623-1668)
David Wheeler (1625-1699) 1625 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England 1699 Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Sarah Wythe (1625-1707)
Mercy Wheeler (1627-1667)
Roger Wheeler (1629-1661)
Henry Wheeler (1634-1686) 1634 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England 18 June 1686 Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Abigail Allen (1639-1696)


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