(Sir) Thomas Wheler b. 1465 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England d. May 27, 1456 at Wing, Buckinghamshire, England (81 years old) m. Joan Jane Buckingham(b. 1469 in Wing, Buckinghamshire, England). They were married in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England in 1490.
**This Thomas Wheeler was knighted by King Henry VII on June 16, 1487 for bravery at the battle of Stoke(Field) Simnel’s Rebellion. This was the last battle in the War of the Roses. The battle was a victory for Henry's army. To signify his victory Henry raised his standard on Burham Furlong. The spot is marked by a large stone memorial with the legend "Here stood the Burrand Bush planted on the spot where Henry VII placed his standard after the Battle of Stoke 16 June 1487". Henry knighted many of his supporters in the aftermath of the battle. A handwritten list of the new knights by John Writhe survives inserted into a copy of the book Game and Play of Chess. Thirteen new bannerets were created and fifty two men were knighted.
Thomas Wheler then changed the family name to Wheeler after being Knighted.
Ancestral Wheeler Family of Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England, Whose Descendants Settled in Colonial New England. Raymond David Wheeler Publication: Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 94-78109
**I am directly descended from this Thomas Wheler. Funny thing is that I stayed in a cottage in England this summer in Stewkley, which is the village right next to the Parish of Wing! The lady that owns the cottage has been very helpful in finding information about this Thomas.