Friday, June 15, 2012

Abraham Wheeler

Abraham Wheeler, son of Richard and Sarah (Prescott) Wheeler, born at Dedham, Dec. 7, 1659, married about 1682 or 1683 Tabitha ______________.
The children of Abraham and Tabitha were:
1.      Abigail born at Lancaster, March 2, 1683-4, married Feb. 8, 1703-4 Dea. Daniel Stone of Framingham, died Oct. 28, 1711.
2.      Jonathan
3.      Samuel.
4.      Daughter

            Abraham Wheeler was between 16 and 17 years of age at the time of his father’s death and the destruction of Lancaster.  He accompanied his mother to Concord when the town was abandoned and afterward to Dedham.  Later he returned to Lancaster where he remained until his death.  He was a member of the “Western Regiment of Middlesex County”, his name appearing on the rolls as late as March 18, 1691-2.
            (N.E. Hist and Gen. Register Vol 43.  Page 371)
            History says that Abraham was shot by an Indians one Sabbath morning in Nov 1695 while going between the fort and his house.  Although mortally wounded he succeded in wresting the gun from the Indian and ran with it toward the fort until he was met by a party who went out to his relief.
            At the same time, his wife, Tabitha was taken prisoner by the Indians.
(taken from Wheeler Family of Ruthland, MA by Daniel M. Wheeler, Pittsfield, MA 1924.)

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