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Mary Powers Wheeler

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Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Mary Powers Wheeler was born 1663 in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Walter Powers and Trial Shepard.

She married Lieutenant Joseph Wheeler on January 1, 1681 in Chelmsford. Joseph was born in 1660. He was probably the son of Lieutenant Joseph Wheeler, later Captain Wheeler. Joseph had been married before.

Mary and Joseph's children included:
Ruth Wheeler Robbins (1682),
Mary Wheeler (1684),
Rebecca Wheeler (1686),
Elizabeth Wheeler (1690),
Jane Wheeler (1692/93),
Joseph Wheeler (1694/95), and
Ephraim Wheeler (1698). 

According to Cutter, they built the first house in Littleton.

Joseph died in 1706. She died on April 5, 1740 in Littleton.

Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1686 by English settlers and was the the location of the Native American village called Nashoba Plantation

Children of Walter Powers
and Trial Shepard
  • William Powers
  • Mary Powers Wheeler
  • Captain Isaac Powers
  • Thomas Powers
  • Lieutenant Daniel Powers
  • Increase Powers
  • Walter Powers, Jr.
  • Jacob Powers
  • Sarah Powers Barron
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.



    Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Volume 2 by Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs

    Mary [Powers], born 1663, married, January 1, 1681, Lieutenant Joseph Wheeler (1660-1706), who was probably a son of Lieutenant Joseph Wheeler, later Captain Wheeler.

    Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled early by the English as a frontier outpost of  the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

    The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family by Albert Gallatin Wheeler

    Joseph Wheeler. Stated to be a brother of Thomas No. 1 and Timothy No. 1900. He was made freeman at Concord, Mass., May 13, 1640, where he is frequently referred to as Lieutenant. He was one of the men who

    were foremost in the town's business, by virtue of their large estates as well as their integrity and good judgment,

    and was a signer of almost every petition made in behalf of the town in its early days.

    He was the owner of a large amount of property, his house lot containing 20 acres; and in 1668 an additional grant was made to him of 610 acres on the Chelmsford line

    lying in the form of a triangle, the point towards the northwest and extending southwest. tp Nashoba, southeast of Nagog Pond.

    He married (1) Elizabeth , who died May 19, 1642. Married (2) Sarah (Goldstone) Merriam, who died at Concord, March 12, 1670-1, dau. of John Goldstone, of Tonbridge, Kent, England, and widow of Joseph Merriam.

    Children, 1st marriage: (born at Concord, Mass.)

    Ephraim Wheeler, born April 14, 1640; d. July 10, 1642.
    Joseph Wheeler, born Dec. 1, 1641; d. July 18, 1642.

    Children, 2d marriage: (born at Concord, Mass.)
    Mary Wheeler, born Sept. 20, 1643.
    Rebecca Wheeler, born Sept. 6, 1645; m. April 16, 1667, Major Peter Bulkeley, b. Nov. 3, 1641; d. May 24, 1688. She m. (2) L. Jonathan Prescott, Dec.18, 1689.

    Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was incorporated in May, 1655

    from The Records of Littleton

    Mary [Powers] m. Jan 1st 1681 Joseph Wheeler. She was probably his 2d or 3d wife. He probably died in Stow about 1705-6. Children:
    Ruth b. Sept 19 1682
    probably Mary b. Oct 24 1684 probably d. young, perhaps at Stow
    probably Rebecca b. July 31 1686
    Ephraim m. Nov. 20 or Nov. 1, 1720 Maria Glazier, probably dau. George and Sarah (Barrett) Glazier


    The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family by Albert Gallatin Wheeler, American College of Genealogy

    Joseph Wheeler. He lived at Concord, Mass., and married there March 1, 1681, Mary Powers.
    Children: (born at Concord, Mass.)
    Ruth Wheeler, born Nov. 19, 1682; probably m. Jan. 10, 1709-m. Eleazer Robbins.
    Elizabeth Wheeler, born Aug. 8, 1690.
    Jane Wheeler, born Jan. 16, 1692-3.
    Joseph Wheeler, born Jan. 12, 1694-5.