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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Surname: Whelden (also Whelding, Wheldon)

The Whelden surname comes to me via Rosmer Pettis Kerr. One of his eighth great-grandfathers may have been:
  • Gabriel Whelden, born in England, probably in the late 1500s. He may have been from Nottinghamshire. His first wife's name is unknown. His second wife's name was Margaret. He died in January, 1654. Gabriel and his first wife may have been my tenth great-grandparents.
  • Catharine Whelden, born about 1615 in England. The Whelden family was at Plymouth Colony by 1638. On 9 October 1639 at Plymouth, Catharine married Giles Hopkins. They were my ninth great-grandparents.
In Early Wheldens of Yarmouth (p. 732-733, Library of Cape Cod History & Genealogy, No. 43, pub. 1914), author James W. Hawes says:
Gabriel Whelden, b. in England, was in the Plymouth Colony in 1638. The date of his arrival in America and the place of his landing are not known. He probably came from Nottinghamshire. His children were no doubt born in England and were probably by a first wife. When he died in 1654 his wife was Margaret, who, it seems clear, was his second wife and not the mother of his children....
...Children, order uncertain:
Ralph, probably; m.
Henry, m.
John, m. Mary, dau. of Thomas Folland, Sr.
Catharine, probably; m. Giles Hopkins Oct. 9, 1639.
Ruth, m. Richard Taylor after Oct. 27, 1646.
Well, that sounds fairly noncommittal, eh?

It doesn't appear that a lot has been written about this line, although my discovery of this twig in my family tree is fresh and my searching has been limited to Google Books and Internet Archive. If anyone knows of additional Whelden research that's been done, I'd appreciate hearing about it.

See also "HOPKINS" in Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs (p. 296+ and particularly p. 297, col. 1: "(II) Giles, son of Stephen Hopkins... "


Martin said...

Gabriel Wheldon's English origins were published in the October 2009 Issue of the New England Historical & Genealogical Register 163:245-52.

T.K. said...

Thank you so much, Martin! I've just added that to my library list, along with the Rogers update in the Mayflower series as you mentioned before and about a dozen other titles I need to look up. When I've got about 20-25 items on there, I'll go spend a day at either Detroit Public Library or Allen County. Probably in May. That'll be fun!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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