Timothy Wheeler and Rebekah Turney of Fairfield

My 8x Great Grandparents, Timothy Wheeler and Rebekah Turney are both from Fairfield, CT. It seems that Timothy’s parents and Rebekah’s grandparents (including her 17 year old father) moved from Concord, MA to Fairfield, CT at about the same time in 1644, so the families must have been close for a long time and Timothy and Rebekah grew up knowing each other. An older sister of Rebekah also married a brother of Timothy.

Timothy Wheeler was born to Ephraim Wheeler and Ann Turney about 1660 in Fairfield, CT. His father died in 1669 when Timothy was 9 years old. Ephraim’s will stipulated that Timothy along with 2 other son’s who were also minors were to receive land and housing when they came of age.

Rebekah was born to Robert Turney and Elizabeth Holly 10 July 1671 in Fairfield, CT. Her father died in 1689 and his will named his children and Rebekah was married as she was given a smaller share as she had already received a share previously.

Timothy and Rebekah married 11 April 1689 in Bridgeport, CT. They had 5 children: Timothy 1691, Samuel 1692, Benjamin 1695, Rebekah 1697, and Abigail 1703. (Rebekah is my 7x gg who married Joseph Bostwick.) They owned land and farmed but nothing was written about him. They were members of the First Congregational Church in Bridgeport. It is not known when Rebekah died but it was before Timothy. I have found no documentation or grave.

Timothy died in 1730 and in his will he was married to a woman named Margery. I have found no documentation of this marriage and do not know what family she came from. Timothy’s will was dated 13 April 1730 and the inventory was taken 4 August 1730. In addition to his wife, only his oldest son, Timothy and his 2 daughters, Rebekah and Abigail were named in the will. His other 2 sons may have predeceased him although I haven’t been able to verify this. Also, there were no grandchildren named in the will so they may have died young.

Timothy Wheeler is buried in the Old Stratfield Cemetery, Stratfield, CT. His tombstone still stands and looks in pretty good condition. There are 23 other Wheelers buried in this cemetery from 1659 to 1859 so odds are that Timothy’s wives are buried there also. I’ve seen a wider angle of the cemetery and there are large open spaces between tombstones. The art on the tombstone is cool. It shows a winged skull with crossbones and symbolizes that although the physical journey on earth is over the spiritual journey continues. The Puritans did not believe in using religious symbols and this is considered a non religious symbol. There is also side and bottom designs on this stone. These designs were also found on furniture. The tombstone reads:

Here Lyes Ye Body

of Mr Timothy

Wheeler Who Dec’d.

June Ye 5th 1730

In Ye 70th Year

Of His Age

Photo courtesy Erik Anderson

Lineage:

Timothy Wheeler married Rebekah Turney their daughter,

Rebekah Wheeler married Joseph Bostwick their son,

Joseph Bostwick married Bette Hurd their son,

David Bostwick married Currence Hard their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother

References

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7W9-MQT : 3 December 2014), Rebecka Turney, 10 Jul 1671; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.

Ancestry.com Robert Turney Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1689 – Connecticut, USA

Ancestry.com Timothy Wheeler Sr Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920Rebecca Turner 11 Apr 1689 11 Apr 1689 – Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Ancestry.com Timothy Wheeler Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1730 – Connecticut, USA

The genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler Family in America, Issue 594 By Albert Gallatin Wheeler, American College of Genealogy.

Find A Grave Created by: Jan Franco Record added: Apr 08, 2006, Memorial# 13891842, Photo added 2/26/2012 Erik Anderson.

 


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