Descendants of Caleb WHEATON

 

Updated 19th December 2014

Generation No. 1

 

1.  Caleb1 WHEATON1,2,3 was born Abt. 17134, and died Bet. 15 - 27 October 17875.  He married Elizabeth PARKS 17 March 1765 in Headcorn, Kent6.  She was born Abt. 17187, and died Unknown.

 

Notes for Caleb WHEATON:

Will of Caleb WHEATON

I Caleb Wheaton of the parish of Hoo in the County of Kent being weak in Body but perfect in  mind and memory thanks be to God do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following   first I give and bequeath to my Dearly beloved wife Elizabeth whom I make my full and whole Executrix all that it has pleased God to bless me with in this world viz: all my household ffurniture my (Qhare) and (lier) ffurniture and all my money that (rome) due to me from Mr Wm Willery in Bathinghall Street No 17 and the other money that belongs to me and to be paid at Whitehall for my Losses in America and likewise my pension that is to be paid at Whitehall which I sign and seald witness my hand this fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven Caleb Wheaton O /-/ signed in the presence of us who in the presence of each other do sign our names the day and date above written John Barton T Sands

 

This Will was proved at London the twenty seventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven before the worshipful John Nicholl Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert also Doctor of Law Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Elizabeth Wheaton widow the relict of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having first sworn duly to administer....I have received information from a variety of sources, which does not always agree.  Below are details sent to me by various WHEATON researchers.

 

from Bill WHEATON 20/10/2001

from "The History of Kings County, Nova Scotia" by Arthur W H Eaton

"Captain Caleb and Mary (OWEN) WHEATON seem to have been the founders of the WHEATON family in King's County.  They arrived in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia in 1761.  Cornwallis is across the Minas Basin from Fox River and West of Wolfville along the Bay of Fundy"

 

"Grants given in Cornwallis:  Caleb WHATON 250 acres September 6th 1763"

 

from Jean SHERWOOD 29/10/2001

"Caleb born in the US 1716-1788, who fought in the US wars and was banished under the Massachuesetts Banishment Act to Nova Scotia, where he landed with his wife Mary and founded the name WHEATON in Kings Co.  He was granted land in 1763 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, just outside Halifax.  He was a United Empire Loyalist as was his son James, Thomas and Daniel".

(My (JKW) note - at present I do not have sons James, Thomas and Daniel)

 

From Meg CROSTHWAITE to Bill WHEATON 9/1/2002

from "Planters and Pioneers Nova Scotia 1749-1775" by Esther Clark WRIGHT P 285

"WHEATON Caleb, Capt....Cornwallis 1761

Children: George Lucana, Caleb Jr. Joseph, Sarah, Edward Cornwallis, Letitia, Comfort, Cynthia"

 

from Daniel WHEATON 6 March 2002

"Caleb WHEATON sr, served in the Provincial forces as a Lieut. and Quarter Master as far back as Annapolis and Minas.  He returned to Halifax after the evacuation of Boston.

 

Lieut.Caleb WHEATON visited England and had breakfast with the Duke of Kent". (JKW- See Report for Caleb below)

 

Information from Daniel WHEATON 7/3/2002

From the History of the County of Guysborough pagew 125 and 126

"Caleb Wheaton, an officer in the British Army, came here to locate.  He had occasion to visit Antigonish, and was obliged to make the journey in a canoe, with an Indian.  He was appointed by the Government "to look after vessels," and was coming from Halifax with his wife and family, when the vessel struck on a rock near St Andrews.s Channel, west of Canso, and sank.  A boat had hastily been made ready, in which Mrs. Wheaton, who was ill, was placed on a bed, and with what few articles could be saved, they escaped to the shore.  That night was passed in the woods.  The next day, a sail appeared.  The ship-wrecked party rowed out and hailed the stranger, which proved to be a French vessel bound to Arichat.  All assistance was refused till Mrs. Wheaton spoke to them in French, a language with which she was quite familiar.  This produced an immediate change.  They tarried to render assistance, but finding upon closer investigation that the forlorn party was really English they hearlessly declined giving any help.  The magic influence of gold was next resorted to, and even a enemy's heart was no proof agains this subtle agency.  A lavish transfer was soon arranged, and they were safely landed at the  Strait.  During a visit to England Lieut. Wheaton was invited to breakfast with the Duke of Kent and found 200 sovereigns under his plate. (JKW - See Report for Caleb below)

 

History of Antigonish Harbour

Page 10

Lieutentant Wheaton lived at Antigonish Harbour

Wheaton sold liquor at the Town Point."

 

Information from Mary Marshall BATES 24th April 2002

The primary compilers of the descendants of Caleb Wheaton were Anne Warner Hendsbee, brothers Daniel and Ronald Wheaton and Mary Marshall Bates.  Additional sources appear as endnotes.

         

According to record, Caleb Wheaton was an American by birth and was a Customs officer and trader in Machais, ME. From 1744, he served in all the wars in America. In the corps raised by Governor Shirley for the defense of the garrison at Annapolis Royal, he was Lieutenant and Quartermaster. Subsequently, he was commander of Fort St. George in Eastern Massachusetts. As a Loyalist, he was hunted from place to place. Ordered by General Sir William Howe, he pulled down the old North Meeting House in Boston, MA.

         

In 1761, Caleb was granted Lot 7 (44 acres), Div. 2 in Cornwallis Township. In March, 1776 on the voyage to Halifax, NS with British troops from Boston, MA, he and his family were taken prisoners on the brig Elizabeth and were detained in prison for three months. From 1777, he was a Lieutenant in the Guides and Pioneers.

         

Caleb Wheaton had sixteen children. During the Revolutionary War five son's served in the King's service, one of whom was killed in battle. At the end of the War, two sons, John and Caleb, were granted half-pay of lieutenants. Another was a pilot in the Royal Navy in Nova Scotia. The fifth son Joseph also a Loyalist was taken prisoner and confined in the Concord Jail. There he was induced to join the Americans and was given a commission as Ensign.

         

In Correspondence dated 26 March 1788 anouncing Captain Caleb Wheaton's death,  W. Collins added that Caleb "has" two wives living, one at Halifax who shared his sufferings and hardships as a Loyalist, the other near Rochester, Kent, England." (JKW - See Report for Caleb below)

 

Information from Jean SHERWOOD 1/2/2003

Captain Caleb WHEATON captained a Ferry the "City of Bristol" and after changing ships on a stormy night in November 1787 he drowned.  Lost at sea.

 

Note from JKW 8/2/2011about "Breakfast with the Duke of Kent" and "two wives living....the other near Rochester, Kent"

I do have information about a Caleb WHEATON in Kent near Rochester.  Although birth dates are approximate and the date of death is 1787 rather than 1788 there does seem a possiblity that this could have been this Caleb and his third "wife".  It does answer the comments above ("Breakfast with the Duke of Kent" and "two wives living....the other near Rochester, Kent").  The death date difference could be that it took time for the information to get from England to Halifax and an error was made.  However, the biggest problem is that the Halifax Caleb was lost at sea, whilst the Caleb in England appears to have died in his bed.  This information has been included here so that it is available for further research

 

Caleb WHEATON was born Abt. 1713 (approximate), and died Bet. 15 - 27 October 1787.  He married Elizabeth PARKS 17 March 1765 in Headcorn, Kent.  She was born Abt. 1718 (approximate).

 

Notes for Caleb WHEATON:

Will of Caleb WHEATON

I Caleb Wheaton of the parish of Hoo in the County of Kent being weak in Body but perfect in  mind and memory thanks be to God do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following   first I give and bequeath to my Dearly beloved wife Elizabeth whom I make my full and whole Executrix all that it has pleased God to bless me with in this world viz: all my household ffurniture my (Qhare) and (lier) ffurniture and all my money that (rome) due to me from Mr Wm Willery in Bathinghall Street No 17 and the other money that belongs to me and to be paid at Whitehall for my Losses in America and likewise my pension that is to be paid at Whitehall which I sign and seald witness my hand this fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven Caleb Wheaton O /-/ signed in the presence of us who in the presence of each other do sign our names the day and date above written John Barton T Sands

 

This Will was proved at London the twenty seventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven before the worshipful John Nicholl Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert also Doctor of Law Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Elizabeth Wheaton widow the relict of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having first sworn duly to administer....

 

More About Caleb WHEATON:

Probate: 27 October 1787, In London on oath of Elizabeth WHEATON widow

Will: 15 October 1787,

 

 

More About Caleb WHEATON:

Probate: 27 October 1787, In London on oath of Elizabeth WHEATON widow8

Will: 15 October 1787, See Notes8

 

Notes for Elizabeth PARKS:

Elizabeth PARKS possibly remarried to James MOORE 21 October 1788 at St Werburg, Hoo, Kent

 

 

Endnotes

 

1.  IGI.

2.  Bill WHEATON from "The History of Kings County, Nova Scotia" by Arthur W H Eaton 20/10/2001.

3.  Mary B Bates 13/4/2002.

4.  Approximation.

5.  Will of Caleb WHEATON.

6.  IGI.

7.  Approximation.

8.  Will of Caleb WHEATON.