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She was born October 23, 1756, and died March i,
1831. They had nine children. He died July 2,
1840, at the age of eighty-seven years. His name
is mentioned in the Croydon records as a soldier of
the Revolution, and the church records show that he
was chiefly instrumental in building the once
flourishing church at Northville, in the town of
Newport, of which he was a worthy member and
deacon for many years. He was decided in his
religious views, and of his time and means gave
liberally to the support of the church and the work
of the gospel. The children were: Hannah, Mehit-
able, Nathaniel, John, Simeon, Abigail, James, Sarah
and Anna.

(V) Deacon Seth, youngest son of Nathaniel
Wheeler, of Sutton, and brother of Deacon Na-
thaniel Wheeler, of Croydon, came with his brother
to the town in 1775 and settled on what in later years
became known as the M. C. Bartlett farm. He
afterward located* at Dryden, New York, and died

(VI) Colonel Nathaniel (3), son of Deacon
Nathaniel (2) and Mehitabel (Haven) Wheeler,
was born May ID, 1781, and died July 13, 1864. He
married Huldah Whipple, daughter of .\aron
Whipple, and granddaughter of Moses Whipple, the
latter of whom was born in Grafton, Massachusetts,
and came to Croydon in 1766, with his three sons — -
Thomas, Aaron and Moses, and one daughter,
Jerusha. He was one of the first three settlers in
Croydon. Huldah (Whipple) Wheeler died in 1833,
leaving seven children, and after her death Colonel
Wheeler married Lucy F. Freeman, of Lebanon,
New Hampshire, whom he survived only a short
time. There were no children of his second mar-
riage. Colonel Wheeler's farming operations were
extensive and his lands and stock always were well
cared for and in good condition. For many years
he kept one of the largest and best dairies in the
town, which was noted for the number and quality
of its dairying interests. He took an active part
in military and political affairs, and in the war
of 1812 was the first man in the town to volunteer
as a private, although at that time he held a com-
mission. In the state militia he was subjected to
successive promotion until he had in 1817 obtained
the colonelcy of the Thirty-first New Hampshire
Regiment. He was first elected selectman of
Croydon in 1815 and served in that office eight years,
and in 1816 he represented his town in the general
assembly. For more than fifty years he was a
Free and Accepted Mason. He had lived at Lebanon,
New Hampshire, several years after retiring from
active pursuits and died in that town. Colonel
Wheeler's seven children were : Grisvvold W., Anna,
William P., Edmund, Morrill, John and Lucy P.

(VII) Griswold Whipple, eldest son of Colonel
Nathaniel and Huldah (Whipple) Wheeler, was
born in Croydon, New Flampshire, February 22,
1808, and died June 7, 1865. He was educated at
Kimball Union Academy, studied medicine with Dr.
Willard P. Gibson, of Newport, New Hampshire,
and graduated from the medical department of Dart-
mouth L'niversitv with the degree of M. D. After



spending about one year at Hopkinton, New Hamp-
shire, and a year at Covington, Kentucky, he settled
at Perryville, the county seat of Perry county,
Missouri, and for the next twenty-five years was the
leading man of his profession in all that region.
While attending to his professional duties he found
time to master the German and French languages,
and gave much attention to the natural sciences,
especially chemistry, geologj^ and botany, to which
he was passionately devoted. His clear and logical
mind and love of study and observation, combined
with his great industry, gave him a high standing
as a professional and scientific man. His attachment
to country life was so strong that no inducement
could prevail upon him to remove to the city, and he
declined a professorship in the St. Louis jMedical
College. Dr. Wheeler never married. A large share
of his time and of his earnings was devoted to deeds
of benevolence.

(VH) William Plummer, son of Colonel Na-
thaniel and Huldah (Whipple) Wheeler, was born
in Croydon, New Hampshire, July 31, 1812, and
died JNlay 10, 1876. He lived at home on the Wheeler
farm in the south part of the town until he was
about thirteen years old, and then went to live with
his uncle, James Wheeler, in Newport. He re-
mained there until about 1836, and after the death
of his uncle was for a time engaged in business as
a harness maker. He pursued kis studies in the
academy at Newport and afterward attended Kim-
ball Union Academy, remaining there about three
years, then took up the study of law, first at Keene,
New Hampshire, later at Harvard Law School, and
still later in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1842 he
was admitted to practice in the courts of New
Hampshire, and soon afterward opened an office
for general practice in Keene. He was a member of
the Cheshire county bar until the time of his death.
He was solicitor for Cheshire county ten years,
and in 185 1 was appointed justice of the court of
common pleas, which he declined, and afterward
was several times offered a seat on the bench of
the supreme court, which honor he as often declined,
preferring the general practice of the courts. In 1855
and again in 1857 he was a candidate for congress
in the third district of New Hampshire. He was a
trustee of the State Reform School and also of the
State Agricultural College. In the latter institution
he took a deep interest, and it was largely through
his efforts that that institution was located at
Hanover and made a department of Dartmouth
University. At the time of his death Mr. Wheeler
was president of the Keene Savings Bank, and was
prominent among those who organized the Protes-
tant Episcopal Church of Keene. He received the
degree of A. M. from Dartmouth in 1842, and the
honorary degree of LL. D. from Harvard University
in 1850. He married, November 19, 1849, Sarah
D. Moulton, of Randolph, Vermont, born RIarch 4,
1825. Their children were Alice and William

(VII) Edmund, third son of Colonel Nathaniel
(3) and Huldah (Whipple) Wheeler, was born in
Croydon, New Hampshire, August 28, 1814, and
died in Newport, New Hampshire, August 21,
1897. His education was acquired at Kimball Union
Academy, and in 1833, after leaving school, he
went from Croydon to Newport, where he entered
the employ of his brother William who was a
harness maker and dealer in saddlery. After six
years of this association William sold his interest in
the business to his brother and turned his attention
to the profession of law; and Edmund from 1839

to 1866 carried on the business alone, and in
partnership association with Granville Pollard, until
1866, and then retired to devote his attention to
literary pursuits. In 1867 he published the "Croydon
Centennial," a work of nearly two hundred pages
including a short history of the town of Croydon,
its settlers and its centennial celebration. In 1878
he issued his "History of Newport," a six hundred
page volume in which is reviewed the history of
that town from the time of its settlement in 1766
to the year of publication, with an appendix of valu-
able genealogical records. In 1870 and 1871 Mr.
Wheeler was contributor to the Granite State
Journal and Aurora of the Valley, and in 1872 a
regular contributor to the columns of the Boston
Advertiser. In this connection it is interesting to
note that in 1878 a large number of citizens of
Croydon, his native town, entered Mr. VVheeJer's
residence in Newport, and with speeches and other
ceremonies appropriate to the occasion, presented
him with an elegant gold-headed cane as a token of
respect and an appreciation of his services as the
historian of that town.

For many years Mr. Wheeler was' a conspicuous
figure in the political history of Sullivan county,
and incidentally of the state of New Hampshire.
At one time he was an adjutant in the state militia,
and for two years a member of the staff of Gov-
ernor Williams. He took an active interest in the
movement to maintain the old state militia system,
which was abandoned just before the outbreak of
the Civil war. He was a member of the state legis-
lature in 1851 and again in 1852. During the session
of the year last mentioned he was chairman of
the committee on incorporations and a member
of several important special committees, and also
took an active part in the discussion of all leading
measures before the house. In 1863-64 he was a
candidate for the office of county treasurer, and in
1878 a candidate for a seat in the state senate.
Locally he was a director of the Sugar River Bank
and of the First National Bank of Newport, an
earnest friend of education and a firm advocate of
the union of the Newport village schools under a
single head. He was a member of the board of
the Union School District several years after its
organization in 1874, and later on was president of
the Newport board of education, and for years a
member of its school board. The formation of the
district suggested by him the new town hall ot
1872 ; he also originated from material removed in
erecting "Wheeler's Block" in 1S58-59, a better-
ment of the village sidewalks, and' suggested the
naming of the village streets in 1875 by a com-
mittee of which he was a member, and the improve-
ment made in the original cemetery of the town
by James Buell. Many of the leading incidents in
the literary, political and social life of Newport,
though carried into effect largely by others, found
their inception in him. Pie gave largely to the intro-
duction of the telegraph and railroad to the town,
and to industrial and other enterprises intended foe
its welfare. He was one of the board of trustees
of the Newport Savings Bank.

Mr. Wheeler married (first), September 21, 1851,
Susan Chittenden Rossiter, of Claremont, New
Hampshire, born May 2, 1819, died March 2, 1856,
daughter of Sherman and Olive (Baldwin) Rossiter,
of Claremont (see Rossiter). ]\Iarried (second),
June 25, 1863, Augusta L. Sawyer (see Sawyer),
born August 31, 1839, died March 25, 1886, daugh-
ter of Joseph Sawyer, Jr., of Newport, New Hamp-
shire. Bv his first marriage Mr. Wheeler had one






son, George Baldwin, born Newport, February
4, 1854, a practical printer and newspaper man,
now one of the publishers of the Neiv Hampshire
Argus and Spectator. By his second marriage Mr.
Wheeler had two daughters, Grace, born November
ID, 1867, died December 28, 1870, and Anna L.,
March 8, 1872, died August 5, 1872.

is an ancient occupative surname

WHEELER corresponding to wheelwright, and

designated the person who made

wheels. Its use as a surname probably dates from

the fifteenth century, perhaps earlier.

(I) Whitcher Wheeler was born about 1774,
probably in Goffstown, where he was a farmer. He
married Lydia Cheney, and they had nine children :
Joseph, Sallie, Lydia, Dolly, Susan, Jane, Lavinia,
Betsey and George W., whose sketch follows.

(H) George Washington Wheeler was born in
Goffstown, where he acquired the schooling then
and there furnished in the common schools. When
a young man he went to Bow where he resided for
the remainder of his life, and pursued the voca-
tions of' carpenter and farmer. When twenty-eight
years old he built the Methodist Church at Bow
Bogg, which is still standing. He married Betsey
Morgan, a native of Bow, and they had twelve chil-
dren : John, Daniel, Allen, Jesse, Cyrus C, Eli,
Susan M., Rufus H., Oliver, Wesley L., Ann and
Asenath. The first four were born in Dunbarton,
the next three in Goffstown, and the others in Bow.

(HI) Cyrus Colby, fifth son and child of
George W. and Betsey (iMorgan) Wheeler, was
born July 6, 1839, in Dunbarton, and educated in
the public schools of Bow. When a young man
he joined his brothers, Rufus H. and Oliver, who
had preceded him, and engaged in the general mer-
chandise business in Shelly, Michigan. In 1849
he gave up that employment and returned to Bow
and bought a farm of seventy acres which he still
resides upon, and is engaged in raising various
kinds of fruit for market. He is a Republican in
politics, and has served three years since 1898 as
selectman, one year as chairman. He is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married
Myra Julette, and they have one child, Florence,
born February 24, 1874. She married Samuel Sar-
gent and lives in Bow (see Sargent, IX).

(Ill) Wesley Luther, tenth child and seventh
son of George W. and Betsey (Morgan) Wheeler,
was born in Bow, December 3, 1849. He attended
school in Bow, and at Pembroke Academy. His
whole life has been spent in Bow, residing on a
farm of three hundred acres near Bow Centre,
where he was engaged until 1905, then moving to
Bow Mills, where he has since lived, directing the
cultivation of his farm from there. Besides at-
tending to his agricultural tasks he has done team-
ing and at different times has worked about saw
mills. Since his removal to Bow Mills his sister
Susan M. has resided with him. Mr. Wheeler is
a man of sterling character and progressive ideas,
a good farmer and reputable citizen. He is a mem-
ber of Bow Grange, No. 189, and of the Methodist
Episcopal Church.

roll of Captain Stephen Parker's company, in
Colonel Moses Nichol's regiment, and General
Stark's brigade of New Hampshire militia, which
company marched from New Ipswich (and joined
the Continental army under General Gates at Still-
water) July 19, 1777. This company was actively
engaged throughout the day at the battle of Ben-
nington, August 17, of the same year.

(II) George W., son of Samuel Wheeler, was
born in New Ipswich, April 8, 1812, and died Janu-
ary 30, 1891, aged seventy-nine years. He was a
farmer, and devoted considerable attention to dairy-
ing, supplying a milk route for fifty years. He was
also engaged in the manufacture of potash. He
married, December 4, 1834. Elvira Blanchard, who
was born in New Ipswich, July 21, 1814, and died
there January 3, 1876, aged sixty-two years, daughter
of Levi and Hannah (Blanchard) Blanchard. Two
children were born of this union : Clara E., who
married George T. Raymond, now a resident of
Florida ; and George S., whose sketch follows.

(III) George Samuel, only son of George W.
and Elvira (Blanchard) Wheeler, was born in New
Ipswich, April 30, 1840. His education was ob-
tained in the common schools of the locality and
New Ipswich Appleton Academy. On the death
of his father he became the possessor of the old
homestead where he makes a specialty of raising
poultry and bees, and is also engaged in the milk
business. He has made farming profitable, and in
addition to his New Hampshire farm has an orange
grove in southern Florida where he spends his

This family name is not among
WHEELER those of the grantees of New Ips-
wich, 1749, nor on the ministers'
rate for the year 1763, yet in 1774 the list of taxpay-
ers shows the names of John Wheeler. Jonas
Wheeler, Jonas Wheeler, Jr., and Seth Wheeler.
(I) Samuel Wheeler was a private on the pay

Several families of this name settled

WHEELER in New Ipswich, some before the

Revolution, and others at later

periods. Those who first made their homes here

were probably of the same family stock.

(I) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) Wheeler,
was born about 1792 in New Ipswich, and died 1882,
aged ninety years. He was a thrifty tiller of the
soil, a member of the Congregational Church, and
a man of influence in his neighborhood. He mar-
ried Rebecca Wilson, died 1882, daughter of Supply
and Susannah (Cutter) Wilson, of New Ipswich.
Her father was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, in
1750, and in 1769 settled in New Ipswich, where in
1777 he married the widow of John Cutter. Seven
children were born of this union; sons were: Jo-
seph A., Augustus C, Charles and George H.

(II) Charles, son of Richard (2) and Rebecca
(Wilson) Wheeler, was born in New Ipswich, Oc-
tober 27, 1832. He grew up on his father's farm,
and resided there until he was twenty-five years
of age. He then commenced to operate a saw and
grist mill on the branch of the Souhegan river,
which he has ever since continuously carried on.
Since 18 — his two sons, Charles and Edward, have
been associated with him in the business. He also
cultivates a farm. Mr. Wheeler is a man of plea-
sant address, has always been highly respected
in the community in which he has spent his entire
life, and has been honored with various official po-
sitions. For twenty-four years he has been a mem-
ber of the Congregational Church, and ten years of
that time he has been one of its deacons. He was
first elected selectman in 1866 and between that
time and the present (1907) has filled that office
seventeen years. He was elected to the legislature
in 1881 and in 1901.

He married, August 20, 1862, Nellie E. Shepperd,
who was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, daugh-



ter of Hiram, Jr., and Elizabeth Shepherd. Two
children were born of this union : Charles S. and
Edward R.

The Gove family was very early in New
GOVE Hampshire, being located at Hampton,

and was subsequently numerously rep-
resented in the town of Weare. It was first planted
in Massachusetts, and has supplied many useful
citizens of this and other states, the descendants
of those residing in New Hampshire, being widely
scattered throughout the country by this time. Its
associations are honorable and its record worthy
of emulation. It is an ancient name, being found
in the state papers in London as early as 1541, and
is common in some parts of England at the present

(I) The American founder of the family, John
Gove, was born, 1601, in England, and was an early
resident of Charlestown, Massachusetts, arriving
there some time before April 28, 1646. His wife
Sarah was also born in 1601, and accompanied him.
He was a dealer and worker in brass, as appears
by his will and schedule of personal property. He
must have died in middle life, as his wife subse-
quently married John Mansfield and removed to
Lynn, Massachusetts, where he died. She died in
Hampton, New Hampshire, March 4, 1681, aged
eighty years. Her children were : John, Edward
and Mary.

(II) Edward, second son of John and Mary
Gove, was born in England in 1630, and came with
his parents to Massachusetts. He resided in Salis-
bury, Massachusetts, as early as 1657, and pur-
chased a right of commonage there. He sold his
land and settled in Hampton, New Hampshire, in
1665. and was a prominent citizen of that town.
In 1683 he was a member of the assembly which
was dissolved by Governor Cramfield. The disso-
lution of the assembly created much resentment
among the the people of New Hampshire, and Gove
headed a movement to overthrow the government.
This he surrendered without bloodshed, and with
ten others, including his son John, was tried for
treason and convicted. He received a sentence of
death, and his estate was seized as forfeit to the
crown, the others being pardoned. Gove was sent
to England, and was kept a prisoner for three years
in the Tower of London, after which he was par-
doned and his estate restored to him in 1686. He
was the progenitor of a numerous family. He was
married, about 1660, to Hannah, daughter of Wil-
liam and Johanna (Bartlett) Titcomb, of Newbury,
Massachusetts, formerly of North Banks, England.
He resided in Salisbury, Massachusetts, as early as
1657, when he bought a right of commonage there.
He sold land there in 1665, and moved to Hampton,
New Hampshire. In March, 1665, while still liv-
ing in Salisbury, he bought of Eliakim Wardwell a
dwelling house and about thirty acres of land in
Hampton, "with one share in the Cowc Comons,"
also a .grant of fourscore acres of land at the New
Plantation, with the privileges thereto belonging.
He died. May 21, 1691. His children were: John.
William, Hannah, Mar>', Abial, Penuel, Abigail, Eb-
enezer, Edward, Jeremiah, Rachel, Ann and Sarah.
(Ebenezer and descendants receive extended men-
tion in this article).

(III) John (2), eldest child of Edward and
Hannah (Titcomb) Gove, was born September 19.
t66i, in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and died in
Hampton about 1737. He was a joiner by trade,
and was among the petitioners for a church and
school to be established at Hampton Falls, soon af-

ter the settlement of that parish. He Was among
those convicted of treason on account of the Gove
Rebellion, and subsequently pardoned and restored
to citizenship, in April, 1686. He settled in Sea-
brook. The Christian name of iiis wife was Sarah,
and their children were : Mary, John, Hannah,
Jonathan and Sarah.

(IV) John (3), eldest son of John (2) and
Sarah Gove, was born May 29, 1689, in Hampton
Falls, and died March 23, 1759. He was married,
March 24, 1720, to Ruth, second daughter of Ed-
mund and Abigail (Green) Johnson. She was born
February 24, 1695, and died in 1737, in Hampton
Falls. Their children were : Edward, Daniel, Oba-
diah, Ruth, Jonathan, David and Patience. Ed-
ward and Daniel settled in Seabrook. Obadiah in
Kingston, and Jonathan and David are supposed
to have settled in Enfield, New Hampshire. (Oba-
diah and David and descendants receive notice in
this article).

(V) Daniel, second son and child of John (3)
and Ruth (Johnson) Gove, was born May 8, 1722,
in Hampton, and lived in that part of the town now
Seabrook. He died there August 23, 1761, aged
thirty-nine years. He married Rebecca Hunt, and
their children were : Stephen, Daniel, Johnson
(died young), David, Johnson and Edmond.

(VI) Daniel (2). second son and child of Dan-
iel (i) and Rebecca- (Hunt) Gove, was born March
3, 1749, in Hampton. He came to Weare in 1773
and began to clear lands for the preparation of a
farm. He spent two summers here, and in the
spring of the third year removed to Weare, where
he lived the remainder of his life. He died in 1786.
His house was built on the hill east of the Friends
meeting house, on lot 32. He married Miriam
Cartland. Their children were : Moses, Levi, Ly-
dia, Eunice, Daniel Peletiah, Joseph, Enoch and Mi-

(VII) Daniel (3), third son and fifth child of
Daniel (2) and Miriam (Cartland) Gove, was born
April 12. 1783, in Weare, and passed his life in that
town. He lived for some time at Clinton Grove,
and afterwards on lot T2 in range 2. He was a
tanner and shoemaker by occupation. He died
April 25, 1869. He married Elizabeth Paige, daugh-
ter of Eliphalet and Rachel (Chase) Paige of
Weare. She was born in 1788, and died 1874.
Their children were : Eliza, Paige E., Richard and

(VIII) Paige Enoch, eldest son and second
child of Daniel (3) and Elizabeth (Paige) Gove,
was born Febru^iry 2Z, 1818, in Weare, where he
passed his life. He was an attendant at the common
schools of his town, afterwards attended the
Friends' School at Providence, Rhode Island, from
which he was graduated and he early began the
trade of shoemaker from his father. For some
years he worked at this in Weare, then went to
Ljmn, Massachusetts, where he was employed in a
shocshop, continuing for several years. He re-
turned to Weare and engaged in farming, and also
continued work at his trade for intervals, and so
continued until his death, which occurred August
24, 1893, in Manchester. He was an earnest Re-
publican, and held several minor town offices. He
married ffirst) Clarissa Twiss, (second), Mary P.
Peaslee, and (third), Harriet Moody. His first
wife was the mother of two daughters : Angeline
E., who became the wife of Augustus W. Collins,
of Weare, and Abbie E., who died young. The
children of the second wife were : Edwin, (died
young). Clara .V., became the wife of Charles
Pike, of Lowell, Massachusetts ; died November 21,



1903 ; one son who died at the age of twenty years.
Daniel N., who receives further mention below.
Almena M., married Elbridge Peaslee, of Weare.
Freeman P., who resided iri Manchester till time of
his death, March, 1907.

(IX) Daniel Norris, second son and fourth child
of Paige E. Gove, and third child of Mary (Peas-
lee) Gove, was born August 6, 1854, in Weare, and
passed his early years in that town. He attended
the district school adjacent to his home and Clinton
Grove Academy. On leaving school he worked one
year in a wood turning shop in Gardner, Maine,
and subsequently removed to Lowell, Massachu-
setts, where he was employed for one year as a
clerk in a dry goods store. He removed thence to
Manchester. New Hampshire, where he entered
the employ of Holton & Sprague, afterward Charles

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