When William Lawrence Wheat was born on 20 January 1818, in Columbia, Georgia, United States, his father, Moses Wheat, was 36 and his mother, Artemesia Jemison, was 26. He married Naoma Beaty on 5 December 1852, in Harrison, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 20 June 1892, in Texas, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Marshall Cemetery, Marshall, Harrison, Texas, United States.
English (North Midlands, chiefly Nottinghamshire): nickname from Middle English whete ‘active, bold, brave’ (Old English hwǣt).