Ransom Wheeler

25 January 1810–19 April 1889 (Age 79)
Southbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Ransom

When Ransom Wheeler was born on 25 January 1810, in Southbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, John Wheeler, was 44 and his mother, Thankful Beecher, was 31. He married Sarah Ann Beecher on 29 January 1831. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States in 1850 and Bridgewater, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States in 1880. He died on 19 April 1889, at the age of 79, and was buried in Bridgewater, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ransom Wheeler
Sarah Ann Beecher
Marriage: 29 January 1831
Charles Wheeler
Mary Marie Wheeler
Eliza Ann Wheeler
Ann Elizabeth Wheeler
Amelia Wheeler
Dwight Wheeler
Ophelia Wheeler
Daniel Morse Wheeler
Desmond Hawley Wheeler
Clark H. Wheeler
David Clark Wheeler

Spouse and Children


    Sarah Ann Beecher


29 January 1831


    Charles Wheeler


    Mary Marie Wheeler


    Eliza Ann Wheeler


    Ann Elizabeth Wheeler


    Amelia Wheeler


+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Age 19

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 22

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker of wheels (for vehicles or for use in spinning or various other manufacturing processes), from an agent derivative of Middle English whele ‘wheel’. The name is particularly common on the Isle of Wight; on the mainland it is concentrated in the neighboring region of central southern England.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ransom Wheeler, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Ransom Wheeler, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ransom B Wheeler, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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