Ransom Beecher Wheeler

25 January 1810–18 April 1889 (Age 79)
Southbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Life Summary of Ransom Beecher

When Ransom Beecher 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 Bristol on 29 January 1832, in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Connecticut, United States in 1810 and New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States in 1850. He died on 18 April 1889, in Bridgewater, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Bridgewater, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ransom Beecher Wheeler
Sarah Ann Bristol
Marriage: 29 January 1832
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

  • Marriage
    29 January 1832Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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    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 wheelwright, a maker of wheels (primarily for carts and other vehicles, but also other kinds of wheels, for use in spinning or other manufacturing processes), from Middle English wheler, whegheler, a derivative of Old English hweogol, hweowol, hwēol ‘wheel’.History: A founder of Salisbury, NH, in 1634 was John Wheeler.

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

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    Sources (10)

    • Ransom B Wheeler, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Ransom B Wheeler, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
    • Ranson Wheeler, "United States Census, 1860"

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