Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sir Thomas Wheeler

   (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".[9] 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.[10] Thirteen new bannerets were created and fifty two men were knighted.
Thomas Wheler then changed the family name to Wheeler after being Knighted. 

Sources:

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.

24 comments:

  1. Hi, I am also directly descended from Thomas Wheler (Wheeler). Our family settled Woodbury, CT and then part of the family moved to Ohio. I would be interested in finding out how we are related. Linda Wheeler

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    1. Linda, I have my family lineage on a later post. You could start there. I also have a book written about the Wheeler family with various different lines…

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    2. Hello, Steven,
      My grandfather, Lionel Brough Wheeler, was an uncle to Sir Charles Wheeler, the sculptor. I came to the USA in 1963, and reside in Palo Alto, California. I would be most interested to hear if you have information per this branch of the Wheeler family. Thank you.

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  2. I am also directly descended from Thomas Wheeler he is my 14th great grandfather, my family settled in KY then in Wheeler Hollow, Vallonia IN. I would love to connect with other family members. I am trying to find our family coat of arms,family crest if anyone could help.
    Virginia Wheeler (Perez)

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    1. Virginia, I can send you a photo of the Wheeler Family Crest. Let me know if you are interested, steve

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    2. I would love that, my email is perezvl01@gmail.com
      Thank you very much for the help.
      Also, how are we related, or how are you related to Thomas Wheeler?

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    3. Virginia, I sent an email out this morning with the Crest. also posted on the blog.

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  4. I am going to try and do a quick rundown of how I am related to Sir Thomas by just listing the direct male relatives down to my father.
    Sir Thomas Wheeler
    Henry Wheeler
    Obadiah Wheeler
    John Wheeler
    Dr John Wheeler
    Henry Wheeler Sr
    John Wheeler Sr
    Thomas Wheeler
    Richard Wheeler I
    Richard Wheeler II
    Richard Wheeler III
    Jesse Wheeler
    John Jehu Wheeler
    William Alison Wheeler
    John William Wheeler I
    and my father John William Wheeler II
    My brother John William Wheeler III
    His son William Robert Wheeler
    How closely are we related?

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    1. I will spend some time this week and post by Friday! Just looking, we are descended from Henry…Looks like we are distant cousins. Will confirm soon…

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    2. I'm also related to Thomas Wheeler. WE are most likely distant cousins as well. -Robert Wheeler

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  5. Does anyone know of any Wheeler grave sites in Cranfield England?

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  6. I am also a direct descent from Thomas, though my branch settles the Midwest and comes from Obadiah Wheeler, who was the great great something grandson of Thomas - Levi Berg

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  7. Hi Steven,

    I am local to you. I too am a direct descendant of Sir Thomas. He is my 14x great grandfather, Henry is my 13 great grandfather, then through Thomas for 3 generations, Isaac Wheeler, Sr and Jr (both in the Revolutionary war), Stiles Denison Wheeler, Calvin Wheeler, great great grandfather and finally his daughter, Ethel Marguerite. I've stumbled upon your website after doing some searching on Google. Thanks for all your research and if you need anything from me, not sure that you would since you are a CT local and have already gone to England, please let me know.

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    1. Hi Donna, would love to speak with you. I currently live in East Lyme, CT. I am a school administrator in Groton, CT.

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  8. Steven -

    I am also in the line from Thomas Wheler (b. 1465). My line is through John (b. 1533), son of Henry (b. 1503) and brother of your Thomas (b. 1526). I am curious if you have more information or references to the knighting of Thomas Wheler by King Henry VII. Doing a quick search online, I couldn't come up with anything. I am thinking about a trip to England later this year, and may retrace some of your steps in Cranfield.

    Thanks,
    Richard Wheeler

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    1. Hi Richard, my father's name is also Richard! I am trying to confirm this Knighting of Thomas Wheler from sources in England. Still working on it, however, it may prove to be inconclusive.

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  9. If Wikitree is accurate, he's my 14th great-grandfather, I only discovered it today. we were wheelers for four generations, Gregoire's, a Mathew, Hartshorn, , Wolfinbarger, then Rarick. If anyone can dispute this please feel free. I would like to read as much as I can about him.
    Wikitree (Rarick-42)

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  10. I am related to Thomas three different times. The first two he and Joan are my 12th great grandparents as my mom's Halsey line married one of his third great granddaughters. Then my Mom's Halsey line married his 2nd great granddaughter married. Then my Dad's Shaw line through his 4th great granddaughter Abigail Wheeler.
    I found out recently that my son-in-law's brother-in-law's grandmother was a Wheeler. I have since connected his Wheeler line. So he and I are 13th cousins 4 times removed.
    I would like your permission to use your stories and pictures and I would definitely credit you and your website.

    Carla Johnson

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    1. Thomas Wheeler and Ann Halsey Wheeler are my 9x great grand parents. looking for more distant cousins to find out more of our shared history contact me at prdelmar@gmail.com

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  12. Sir Thomas Wheeler is my 14th great grandfather. My ancestors settled in Fairfield, Connecticut on my paternal side.

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    1. Hi Christy, I am trying to find proof that he was actually knighted. Any ideas??

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