My 9x Great Grandparents. Ephraim Wheeler and Ann Turney are the immigrants in this line of my ancestry. Ann may have come over with her father but it is uncertain when they came over. It is estimated she was born in 1620.
Ephraim Wheeler came over around 1638 from Bourne End, Cranfield, England. It is estimated he was born in 1619. He settled in Concord, MA and was a freeman in 13 March 1639. There were 7 Wheeler’s in Concord, MA and that 2 of them may be related are Thomas and Timothy. There was a letter written 0n 7 September 1643 petitioning for better land in Concord.
They did receive it but, about one year later, Ephraim and Ann they moved to Fairfield, CT in 1644 following Rev John Jones and his company.
Ephraim and Ann married around 1640 in Concord, MA. They had 10 children one or two were born in Concord and the rest were born in Fairfield. Isaac 1642, Mary 1644, Ruth 1646, Hannah 1648, Rebecca 1650, Judith 1652, Abigail 1654, Samuel 1657, Timothy 1660, Ephraim 1661. All births are estimates except for Isaac.
Ephraim received 3 acres of land near the Pequonnock and eventually amassed a large fortune becoming one of the wealthiest men in the area. He was a leading citizen and became a sergeant in the train band.
Ephraim died in 1670 and his will gave land and houses to Samuel, Timothy, and Ephraim when they become of age, 30 shillings to Isaac, Mary, and Ruth having already received their share. He gave 15 pounds to Hannah plus land in Greenlea, CT and 30 pounds to Rebecca, Judith and Abigail when they come of age or are married. His widow, Ann received the rest of the estate. Inventory taken 28 October 1670 was appraised at 1026 pounds.
I haven’t been able to figure out what happened to Ann Turney. Below is a list of names of landowners in 1670. These were long lots as they were only a few rods wide but extended for 6 to 8 miles.
In 1681 Ann paid taxes on 706 acres of land. I don’t know if she remarried and I haven’t found a will. It is thought she died in 1708 but I haven’t found the evidence for this. It is not known where they are buried.
Ephraim Wheeler married Ann Turney their son,
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
Samuel Orcutt A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport Part 2 page 343.
Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch Ann Turney Wheeler, 1708; Burial record ID 125699285, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
Andrews, H. Franklin List of freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 to 1691 : with freeman’s oath, the first paper printed in New England Publish Data 1906, p 37
The genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler in America, Issue 594 page 491.
Hurd, D. Hamilton History of Fairfield county, Connecticut Publish 1881 page 69.
Hudson, Alfred Sereno The history of Concord, Massachusetts. v. 1-Publish 1904 p 279-280.