Posted By:Rebecca Walch
Subject:Re: Captain Thomas Wheeler-baptized Apr 1620, commanding officer in Westchester
Post Date:December 01, 2008 at 08:08:07
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Regarding Thomas the Elder of Cranfield, I believe his first wife was Sarah Saltonstall. This needs more research. The will of Sarah's father Richard was proved 19 May 1601. It mentions she was the wife of Thomas Wheeler.

This connection is intriging since Richard Saltonstall of New England gave money to the judges Whalley and Goffe before he returned to England. I have not figured out how Sarah and Richard were related. Check out this source:

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register - Google Books Resultby Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England ... - 1894
To my nephews Richard Middleton and Thomas Middleton, the sous of my late daughter Hester Saltonstall deceased, late the wife of Thomas Myddleton, ...

The aspect of the ambush called "Wheeler's Surprise" that really captivates me is the Hutchinson connection. In Concord, Thomas Wheeler (I believe Sr.) signed the petition in support of Anne Hutchinson. After she was banished, she settled in Dutch territory and was murdered by an Indian. In 1654, Thomas Pell bought land from Indians; one of them is believed by many to be the Indian who murdered Anne. So, Lt. Thomas Wheeler settled on land near where Anne died. Then, in 1675 Lt./Captain Wheeler escorted Anne's son, Edward, into what became an ambush.