The name Welden/Weldon/Weltden/Whieldon/Whildon/Wheldon/Whelden/Whyldon is quite ancient and prominent in England. But just which branch of that family extends to us is unknown.
Gabriel Whelden was born about 1582, probably in Basford or Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England. These are now adjoining suburbs just north of Nottingham, and about 10 miles south of "Shirewood Forest," traditional home to Robin Hood some 400 years earlier. Gabriel is reported to have married Mary Davis on 3 Aug 1617 in Arnold. But no documentation has been offered, and no record found in the Parish Registers of Arnold, Basford, or Nottingham. Until some evidence is found, I disbelieve that report. His wife was Jane in 1637. He married about 1649 Margaret Matthews, sister of Rev. Marmaduke Matthews, who returned to Wales with her brother after Gabriel's death in 1654.
Gabriel inherited a blacksmith shop and tools of the farrier trade (horse-hoof care) from his uncle Thomas Whelden in July, 1610, along with a kiln, horse-powered mill, and land in Basford. Other land in Bagthorpe Field went first to Thomas' wife Christobel, then to Gabriel. Thomas' daughter Margaret Fellowe received only a pewter dish and 12 pence. Gabriel was co-executor of his uncle's will, and therefore at least 21 years of age in 1610. Christobel remarried Thomas Huitt 6 Apr 1611 in Basford. She made her will 1 Feb 1618/9, which was proven 22 Apr 1619. Thomas Whelden had a brother Henry Whelden and sisters Helen Stamford and Jane Crampton. It is thought that Gabriel was Henry's son, but no proof has been found. Henry was mentioned in Christobel's will in 1619. Gabriel served as church warden at St Leodegarius Church in Basford in 1622.
Gabriel was a blacksmith in Basford 4 April 1617, when he rented land from William Stafford, on a 21-year lease [expired 4 Apr 1638]. "Gabriel Whelden, husbandman of Basford, and Jane his wife" exchanged the land in Bagthorpe Field for tracts in Quarry Field, Middle Field, and Neather Field from John Hutchinson 5 August 1637. On 10 March 1638, "Gabriel Whelden, yeoman of Basford," leased his kiln, mill, and land in Basford to John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare. Since Jane is listed in the first transaction but not in the second, she can be assumed to have died in the time between them. There is no record of Gabriel having a wife in America until he married Margaret in 1649. On 20 Apr 1638 The Earl of Clare assigned the lease of the mill house and three acres "currently in the occupation of Gabriell Wheld" to Robert Wright for the next 21 years.
See New England Historical and Genealogical Register, October 2009, pp.253-261, for an article by Jan Porter and Daniel Stramara analyzing the information available in Nottinghamshire. PDF Also, when checking that article, please check the corrections Mrs. Porter made to the magazine's mis-editing of her work, printed in October 2010, pp.295-6 PDF2
Gabriel and his children must have left Basford soon after April 20, because on 3 Sep 1638, Gabriell Wheildon was licensed by Plymouth Colony to settle and own land in Mattacheese (later renamed Yarmouth) Massachusetts, and was the town surveyor of highways in March 1641/2, June 1642, and June 1647. He was not listed among the men, aged 16 to 60, in Yarmouth in 1643, though his son Henry was. This would indicate that Gabriel was born before 1583. The baptismal registers from Basford are missing from 1582 to 1595. So it would appear that he was probably born in 1582. Some time before 14 May 1648, he moved to Lynn, and later to Malden. He and his youngest son John sold his remaining land in Arnold, and elsewhere, to William Crofts of Lynn, MA, 21 Oct 1653. His will dated 11 Feb 1653/4 and probated 4 Apr 1654, names only his wife Margaret, mentioning money still owed him by Crofts. He is buried in Bell Rock Cemetery in Malden, but there is (currently) no marker.
According to Pope's Pioneers, Katherine Whelden, eldest daughter of Gabriel, wrote to a John Shanvat of Nottingham in a letter dated 29 June 1639 concerning the drowning death of Martha Weelden in Dedham, Mass, some 12 days earlier, probably her sister Martha. The full content of that letter is unknown, as is the identity of Shanvat, although he might have been related to Gabriel's aunt by marriage, Christobel, whose will mentions her sister Morris Chamlet.
There is a persistent but quite apocryphal story that Gabriel and one or two of his brothers arrived soon after the Mayflower, seamen who deserted ship, escaped to the Wampanoag Indian village at PoKoNet [Pokanoket?], and took wives among the daughters of Chief Massasoit's brother Quadequina. Returning to Plymouth after the birth of several children, he was tried by the court at Plymouth and "sentenced to exile" at Mattacheese, on land donated by the Cape Tribes, regaining "Freeman" status only after many years. This "legend" appears to have started with a 1935 article by Franklyn BeArce, a claimed descendant of Massasoit, "From Out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors Back to 1628," supposedly based on information handed down for 300 years by word of mouth. Historians and genealogists have demonstrated many fallacies in this story, such as documentation of Gabriel's presence in England in 1637-8, and his grant of lands in Mattacheese as a Freeman, and holding office there within three years. That town was, in fact, not a place of exile, but a prestigious expansion community as Plymouth grew. There also is no record of a trial or sentence or sanctions of any kind in Plymouth; nor of the three-way, top level negotiations that would have been needed to obtain land for him from the Indians. A search of the records of Massachusetts Bay Colony also found no reference to any legal action against Gabriel under any spelling of his name. BeArce also identified Gabriel's wife Margaret as a full-blooded Wampanoag, and mother of all of his children, when she is known to have been the sister of Reverend Marmaduke Matthews, native of Swansea, Wales, and Yarmouth neighbor and friend of Gabriel Whelden, and married Gabriel in 1649, and was possibly the mother of only his daughter Sarah.
. . However, one researcher quotes a note from Plimoth Plantation Records, yet to be found, that "Gabriell Wheildon - a fisherman came 1629 - ship Lyons Whelp to Salem, later in 1638 moved to Yarmouth" Whether this is the same person is not determined. But, as noted above, Gabriel is documented as still resident in England on 20 Apr 1638. Charles Banks' The Planters of the Commonwealth names 14 of the 40+ passengers on the Lyon's Whelp, (but not Gabriel), which sailed from Gravesend, east of London, 25 Apr 1629, arriving in Salem in the middle of July. She also brought "six fishermen from Dorchester," without the usual fee, on a special agreement that they help feed the passengers, and spend some time fishing for the colony. They would then be allowed to return to England if they wished. Since the supposed record at Plymouth says that a Gabriell Wheildon was a fisherman, he was probably from Dorchester, and not the Gabriel Whelden, blacksmith and farmer, from Basford. I was unable to locate any record in Plymouth resembling the one reported. It may have been a list of settlers compiled many years later by someone who connected similar names whether or not there was evidence of any relationship.
. Nottingham and Dorchester
. are 165 miles apart "as the
. crow flies."
. . Although . . . The Court Orders of Plymouth Colony, 17 June 1641, record: "It is ordered by the Court, that Willim Lumpkine & Hugh Tilly shall pay to Gabriell Wheildon [15 shillings] for his third part of the skiffe or boate they were partners in, & his damnag sustayned in the want thereof to fetch fish to fish his corne wthall, and the boat or skiffe to be theires." This would indicate that Gabriel Whelden of Yarmouth was, at least sometimes, a fisherman, as well as a blacksmith and a farmer. However, "to fish his corn" indicates that he used the fish he caught to fertilize his corn crop. Commonly in that time period, a hill of corn would be planted with a fish, or part of a fish, on top of the seeds as fertilizer.
. . A variation of the Indian story, seeking to claim Indian ancestry, tries to explain the birth of Gabriel's half-Indian children in England by the claim that Oguina, daughter of Quadequina, was six years old in 1608 when she was picked up off the beach on Cape Cod (alternate story says Rhode Island) by a British fishing vessel, taken to England, baptized Margaret, and eventually married Gabriel Whelden. No explanation is offered of how she could have gotten from the fishermen on the south coast to Nottinghamshire, no baptismal nor guardianship nor any other records. This myth derives from Gabriel's will mentioning his wife Margaret, but ignores his wife Jane, party to the land exchange in 1637. The mention of "fishermen" in this story merely allows contact with the Indians on Cape Cod prior to 1620. The use of the same occupation in the Lyons Whelp story is entirely coincidental.
. There is no record of Gabriel having a wife between his arrival in Plymouth in 1638 and his marriage to Margaret Matthews in 1649. If he had a alliance with an Indian woman during that time, no record has been found. One of the guesses of the birth of the alleged Oguina is 1614, which could have been possible; but she would still not have been the Margaret in Gabriel's will, nor the mother of any of the children listed below, who were born in England before 1638.
. The Wampanoag tribe of south-east Massachusetts and Rhode Island currently includes a prominent Weeden family. But they would more logically trace back to James Weeden (1585-1673) who settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island; or to a slave belonging to one of his descendants, who assumed his last name when freed.
Gabriel Whelden (c1583-1654) married (1) about 1610 Unknown; [possibly m(2) 3 Aug 1617 Mary Davis] m(3) Jane; m.(4) 1649 Margaret Matthews. Lived in Basford, Nottinghamshire, until moving to Yarmouth, Massachusetts, in 1638; then in 1648 to Lynn, and later to Malden, where he died. Children were baptized at St Leodegarius Church, Basford.
. . 1. Thomas Whelden (bapt. 1 Feb 1611/2 - buried 15 Apr 1614)
. . 2. Ralph Whelden (c.1616-before 1627) uncertain whether this person ever existed
. . 3. Catherine (Kathren, Catone) Whelden (bapt. 6 Mar 1616/7-1689) m.9 Oct 1639 Giles Hopkins
. . . . .(1608-1689) son of Stephen Hopkins, both of the Mayflower 11 Nov 1620. Eastham, MA
. . . . . 21. Mary Hopkins (Nov 1640-22 Mar 1696/7) m.3 Jan 1665/6 Samuel Smith
. . . . . 22. Stephen Hopkins (Sep 1642-10 Oct 1718) m. 1667 Mary Marrick; m. 1701 Bethia Linnell
. . . . . 23. John Hopkins (1643-1643) Died at age 3 months
. . . . . 24. Abigail Hopkins (Oct 1644) M.23 May 1667 William Marrick
. . . . . 25. Deborah Hopkins (Jun 1648-1686)
. . . . . 26. Caleb Hopkins (Jan 1650/1-bef.22 May 1728)
. . . . . 27. Ruth Hopkins (Jun 1653-29 Oct 1738) may have married 1667 Samuel Mayo
. . . . . 28. Joshua Hopkins (Jun 1657-between 1734 and 1738)
. . . . . 29. William Hopkins (9 Jan 1660-after 5 Mar 1688/9) unmarried
. . . . . 20. Elizabeth Hopkins (Nov 1663-11 Dec 1663)
. . 4. Henry Whelden (bapt. 21 Feb 1618/9 - 28 Oct 1694) m.25 Jan 1647/8 Edith (d.15 May 1682);
. . . . .lived at Sandwich, Mass. He was listed among the "Males able to beare Armes" in Yarmouth
. . . . .in August, 1643. He also fought in King Philip's War in 1675-6.
. . 5. Martha Whelden (bapt. 23 Dec 1621- June 1639) drowned in Dedham, Mass.
. . 6. Mary Whelden (bapt. 23 Dec 1621-Dec.1673) m.1646 Richard Taylor, tailor of Yarmouth.
. . . . She was found dead 4 Dec 1673 in a wrecked boat off Duxbury, Plymouth Colony. His estate
. . . . was inventoried 13 Dec 1673, and was treated as though he were a widower. Whether he
. . . . died in the same shipwreck as his wife is unclear.
. . . . . 61. Ann Taylor (2 Dec 1648 - 29 Mar 1650)
. . . . . 62. Mary Taylor (18 Dec 1650-1 Feb 1716/7) married about 1673 Abishai Marchant
. . . . . 63. Martha Taylor (18 Dec 1650-27 Jan 1727/8) m.3 Dec 1676 Joseph Bearse of Barnstable
. . . . . 64. John Taylor (c1652 - bef 18 Jan 1721/2) m.15 Dec 1674 Sarah Matthews
. . . . . 65. Elizabeth Taylor (c1655 - 4 May 1721) m.20 Dec 1680 Samuel Cobb of Barnstable
. . . . . 66. Hannah Taylor (1658 -14 May 1743) m.19 July 1680 Deacon Job Crocker of Barnstable
. . . . . 67. Ann Taylor (c1659) m. 25 June 1679 Josiah Davis of Barnstable
. . . . . 68. Joseph Taylor (c1660 -13 Sept 1727) m.25 Apr 1684 Experience Williamson; Marshfield
. . . . . 69. Sarah Taylor (died 31 July 1695) unmarried
. . 7. John Wheldon (bapt.5 Nov 1623) died before Oct 1630, when his brother John was baptized
. . 8. Ruth Whelden (bapt. 5 July 1626 - 22 Jun 1693) m.27 Oct 1646 Richard Taylor, husbandman
. . . . "of the Rock," Yarmouth, (c1620-4 Dec1703) called that presumably either because his house
. . . . was made of stone, or because he lived near the boundary stone between Hockanom and
. . . . Nobscusset in the northeastern part of town.
. . . . . 81. Ruth Taylor (27 July 1647 -1648)
. . . . . 82. Ruth Taylor (11 Apr 1649)
. . . . . 83. Richard Taylor (9 June 1652)
. . . . . 84. Mehitable Taylor (23 July 1654) married Jonathan Smith
. . . . . 85. Keziah Taylor (18 Feb 1655/6) married Samuel Eldredge
. . . . . 86. Jasher Taylor (9 May 1659)
. . . . . 87. Hannah Taylor (17 Sept 1661) married Job Jenkins
. . . . . 88. Elisha Taylor (10 Feb 1663/4)
. . . . . 89. Mary Taylor (12 June 1667 )
. . 9. Ralph Whelden (c.1627 - after 1646) In June 1646, the court at Plymouth recorded that the
. . . . dispute between Teag Jones and Raph Wheilden and his daughter could not be settled due to
. . . . the absence of Wheildon and his daughter. Obviously, this was either the Ralph born in 1616,
. . . . or the record reads Ralph when it was really Gabriel.
. 10. Joseph Whelden (c.1628 - 1683) ?? not listed among the baptisms in Basford.
. 11. John Whelden (bapt.4 Oct 1630-20 Nov 1707) married about 1652 Mary Falland, see below.
. 12. Sara Whelden (born 21 June 1650) apparently returned to Wales with her mother. Or she
. . . . .might possibly have been the daughter of Henry Whelden, above. But no further record of
. . . . .her has been found.
John Whelden (bapt.4 Oct 1630-20 Nov 1707) married about 1652 Mary Falland (c.1630 - between 1711 and 1721), daughter of Thomas Falland, Sr. (d.1687), and lived at Yarmouth. Her name is often written Folland, but contemporary Yarmouth records consistently spell her father's name Falland. John signed the Oath of Fidelity in Yarmouth in 1657. He served in Plymouth's 4th expedition against the Narragansett Indians, March, 1675, otherwise known as Pierce's Ambush, then was exempted from military training in October, 1677 "on consideration that hee hath three sons fitted with armes for publicke service."
. . 1. Joseph Whilldin (c1654-c1725) m.c1683 Hannah Gorham (1663-1728), daughter of John
. . . . .Gorham and Desire Howland. Moved to Cape May, NJ, about 1689. Descendants "Whilldin"
. . . . .11. Hannah Whilldin (c.1683-1728) m.18 May 1701 Thomas Leaming; m.1724 Philip Syng
. . . . .12. Joseph Whilldin (c.1690-18 Mar 1747/8) m.1711 Mary Wilmon; m(2) Abigail
. . . . .13. Mary Whilldin (c1693-c.734) m.17 Dec 1708 Josiah Crowell
. . . . .14. Experience Whilldin (c1696) married William Foster
. . . . .15. Isaac Whildin (c.1698-after 1730) married Elizabeth
. . 2. John C Whilden (c1655-1706) m.1681 Mary. and moved to South Carolina in 1696.
. . . . .Descendants "Whilden" see below
. . 3. Elizabeth Whelden (c1656-after 1711) unmarried
. . 4. Jonathan Whelden (c1658-11 May 1743) m.1Dec 1698 Mercy Taylor (1671-after 1742),
. . . . daughter of Jasper Taylor and Hannah FitzRandolph; of Yarmouth
. . . . .41. Seth Whelden (14 Jan 1699/1700-5 Jun 1773) m.26 Jan 1732/3 Mary Mayo
. . . . .42. Mercy Whelden (22 Jul 1702)
. . . . .43. Hannah Whelden (22 Oct 1704-Mar 1799)
. . . . .44. David Whelden (13 Jan 1706/7)
. . . . .45. Jonathan Whelden (13 Jan 1706/7-c.1793) married Mary
. . . . .46. Ebenezer Whelden (9 Sep 1708-before 1742) m.24 Aug 1738 Ann Hallet
. . . . .47. John Whelden (14 Jan1710/11-30 Jun1797) m.29 Dec 1739 Susanna Hallet (1721-1751)
. . . . . . . . m.21 Sep 1752 Lydia Taylor
. . . . .48. Mary Whelden (c.1713-15 Jan 1804) m.29 Mar 1738 Joseph Basset
. . 5. Thomas Wheldon (c1660) m.21 Dec 1698 Elizabeth Marchant (c1675-1718), his cousin,
. . . . .daughter of Abishai Marchant and Mary Taylor; of Yarmouth.
. . . . .51. Samuel Wheldon (May 1699) died young
. . . . .52. Marcy Wheldon (9 Dec 1701)
. . . . .53. Thomas Wheldon (15 Dec 1702)
. . . . .54. John Wheldon (21 Jul 1707?-before Dec 1755) married Abigail Chase
. . . . .55. Elisha Wheldon (14 Nov 1707?) m.15 Apr 1731 Lydia Nickerson
. . . . .56. Samuel Wheldon (8 May 1708?)
. . . . .57. Thankful Wheldon (Jun 1715)
. . . . .58. Gershom Wheldon (9 Nov 1717) m.24 Oct 1745 Priscilla Nickerson
. . . . .59. Desire Wheldon (1 Oct 1723)
John C Whilden was born about 1655 in Yarmouth, and married Mary about 1680. The wars with the Indians had been discouraging, and new land scarce, so they took Gov. Danforth's suggestion and moved to Maine, settling on Back Cove south of Falmouth (now part of Portland). His pastor there was Rev. George Burroughs, who had been in Salem 1680-83. King William's War in 1689 persuaded them to move back to Massachusetts. They lived at Salem Village (now Danvers) between 1689 and 1696. The Baptismal Record of the Salem Village church is missing the date column from 1694 to 1698. During that time, John Whilden's wife (unnamed) and six children were baptized on the same day. The ages of the children are given in the Baptismal Record. Since it shows Gershom aged 13, and his death is recorded about a year later, we may estimate the children's years of birth from their age at baptism. [The Church Record has been digitized, and isHERE. That is on page 8. On page 36, the record from 27 Jan 1694/5 states "Received into full comunion wth the church Mary (wife to John) Wheldon & Baptized." The children are not mentioned.] John was called to testify in the witchcraft trial of Rev. George Burroughs in August 1692. The atmosphere of the witch trials, continued Indian troubles, and the bad winter weather persuaded many families to move to better climates. John's brother Joseph moved to New Jersey. John immigrated to Carolina in 1696 as part of a 52-person colony from Salem. The ship wrecked at Cape Fear, North Carolina, and it was with some delay and difficulty, but with the help of the Indians, that they reached their destination at Seewee Bay northeast of Charleston. John purchased 500 acres of land in April, 1697, and 450 more in May, 1701. He died in 1706, his estate probated 20 Nov 1706 at Charleston. He was one of the founders of the Wappetaw Congregational Church in 1696, at a point located on Wando Neck about three miles west of Seewee Bay and about 14 miles northeast of the present day town of Mount Pleasant. His family's story (possibly partially fictionalized) was told in the celebration of the church's tricentennial in 1999. STORY The Wappetaw Meeting House was appropriated by the British as a headquarters in 1781; and burned, with all its records, when abandoned at the end of the war. See Wappetaw Congregational Church by Petrona McIver, South Carolina Historical Magazine, v.58 (1957) pp. 34-47, 84-93.
. . 1. Gershom Whilden (Oct 1681 - 25 Dec 1695) died in Salem, age 14y 2m
. . 2. John Whilden (c1683 - 1723) married after 1702 Mary (see below)
. . 3. Mary Whilden (c1685)
. . 4. Jonathan Whilden (c1687-1736) married before 1715 Elizabeth DuBose (b.1691-after 1642),
. . . . .daughter of Isaac DuBose, He purchased 140 acres in Berkeley County 16 Feb 1709/10, and
. . . .by 1734 owned 1,364 acres in his own name, and was taxed for 250 acres as guardian to
. . . .his nephew John, in Berkley and Craven Counties, and for 250 acres as administrator of the
. . . .estate of John Baskerfield. His will was written 26 Jul 1736, and his estate was inventoried
. . . .2 Mar 1736/7. His son Jonathan was of age at the administration of his estate, indicating
. . . .he was born by 1715. But C Michael Harrington's well annotated The Whilden Family in
. . . .the War Between the States estimates his son's birth, and therefore Jonathan and Elizabeth's
. . . .marriage, as occurring in 1722.
. . . . 41. Jonathan Whilden (1715?1722?) m.19 Dec 1749 Ann King
. . . . 42. Joseph Whilden (20 Dec 1724-1777) married Dorcas (Murrell?)
. . . . 43. Elizabeth Whilden (20 Mar 1726)
. . . . 44. Elisha Whilden (30 Dec 1729-24 Mar 1790) married Ann
. . . . 45. John Whilden (1731-1760) m.20 Feb 1755 Susannah Murrell (1726-1794)
. . . . 46. Susannah Whilden (21 Dec 1733)
. . . . 47. Mary Whilden (5 Oct 1736)
. . 5. Joseph Whilden (c.1690) undocumented report born 19 Jan1692/3, no further record found
. . 6. Samuel Whilden (c.1692-after 1731) Unmarried in St James Santee Parish in 1731, he
. . . . .deeded all his property to his "loving cousins" Sarah and Ann Whilden, identity unknown.
. . 7. Elisha Whilden (c.1695-after 1722) married Sarah. Witnessed a will in 1722.
. . . . 71. Elisha Whilden (born 2 Sep 1719)
. . . . 72. Hannah Whilden (bapt 19 Apr 1724)
John Whilden (c.1683-1723) married after 1702 Mary He purchased 490 acres on Jeremy Creek in January, 1705, which today includes the town of McClellanville, selling the same to Col Thomas Lynch on 27 Nov 1717. John wrote his will 9 Feb 1722/3, and it was probated in December 1723. All children were minors at the time.
. . 1. Mary Whilden married 1730 John DuBose, son of Isaac DuBose
. . 2. John Whilden (d.1746) m.14 Jul 1744 Martha King. Shoemaker. One daughter Elizabeth
. . 3. Elizabeth Whilden
. . 4. Martha Whilden
. . 5. Sarah Whilden
. . 6. Lydda Whilden
Mary Whilden (born after 1702) m.1730 John DuBose (c1700-1788) He sold his land in Berkeley County in 1744, and settled on the Santee River by 1750, and on Lynches Creek in 1756. As an old man, he was one of eight DuBoses in Capt. Elias DuBose's Company under Gen. Francis Marion in the Revolution.
. . 1. Martha DuBose (c.1731) married John Warren
. . 2. Mary DuBose m(1) Henry Sparrow; m(2) Josiah Clemmens
. . 3. Margaret DuBose (c1735) married in 1760 William Dick; lived on Lynches Creek
. . 4. Capt. Elias DuBose (19 Oct 1737-16 Mar 1789) m.20 Jan 1763 Lydia Cassels (1745-1806)
. . 5. Capt. Daniel DuBose (19 Oct 1737-1798) m.11 Nov 1766 Mrs. Frances Villeponteaux Simons;
. . . . .m(2) Mary Nettles; m(3) Mary Paulemeraug
. . 6. Isaac DuBose (5 Nov 1742-18 Apr 1816) married Sarah DuBose, daughter of Peter, moved
. . . . .to Liberty County, Georgia, about 1796, when he joined Midway Church..
. . 7. Elizabeth DuBose (5 Nov 1742) married Clements Brown, no issue
. . 8. Joseph DuBose (1745) m(1) Mary Ann Mell; m(2) Miss Simonds; m(3) Margaret Green
. . 9. Rebecca DuBose (1752) married Andrew DuBose, son of Peter.
Martha DuBose (c.1731-c.1808) married John Warren (c.1726-c.1806) Their son John was baptized in 1752 in Prince Frederick Parish Winyah, Craven County, South Carolina. John and his son John served in the Revolutionary War in Capt. Elias DuBose' Company of Volunteer Militia from St David's Parish, 1776. John and his son Joseph sold corn to the Revolutionary Militia in 1781. When the war went badly in South Carolina in 1781, he moved to Brunswick County, Virginia. After the war, he moved to Liberty County, Georgia, where three of his children had moved about 1778. He and his wife were still alive for the Georgia Land Lottery of 1805, and Martha was listed in the 1807 Lottery.
. . 1. Mary Warren (c.1750-1 Oct 1831) m.1774 Capt. John Norwood
. . 2. John I. Warren (1752-1821) m.1773 Elizabeth Perkins
. . 3. Elias Warren (c1755-1825) m.22 Dec 1788 Susannah Burford
. . 4. Martha Warren (1758-after 1827) m.1778 John Piggott (c1758-1827)
. . 5. Joseph Warren (c1760-between 1797 and 1805) married Penelope (Lott?) Radcliff
Unnamed Whilden Plantation – Cooper River – Charleston County
Special thanks to Alan Tompkins for contributing the information on this page.
Location – North shore of the Cooper River, Charleston County
Origin of name – ?
Other spellings –
Current status – Plantation no longer exists; current use of land unknown
1697 – Earliest known date of existence
John C. Wheldon received a warrant for 500 acres on the north shore of the Cooper River after he immigrated from Danvers, Massachusetts with his wife Mary and their children (Warrants for Lands in South Carolina Volume 3, 1692-1711.) Around this time, John changed the spelling of his name to Whilden.
? – John C. Whilden granted 450 acres under the title of ????? Plantation to his son Jonathan.
1736 – Elisha Whilden, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth DuBose Whilden, became the next owner upon the death of his father.
1790 – Upon Elisha's death, his son Elias Whilden Sr. became owner of ???? Plantation.
1835 – The plantation passed again to the next generation in Elias Whilden Jr. who became a commissioner, mayor, and planner of the town of Mount Pleasant. Due to the Civil War, Elias moved to Greenwood, SC never to return to the Lowcountry.
House built – ?
Number of acres – 500 in 1697
Primary crop – Rice - 40,000 pounds produced per 1850 Federal Census
Alphabetical list – John C. Whilden (1697-?), Jonathan Whilden (?), Elias Whilden Jr. (1835-?), Elias Whilden Sr. (1790-1835), Elisha Whilden (1736-1790)
Number of slaves – 9 in 1790; 42 in 1830; 325 at the peak of rice production under Elias Whilden Jr.
Alan Tompkins' recollection of photographs of ???? Plantation he has seen describes, "The plantation, itself, has massive oaks with spanish moss; the owner's house is white clapboard and has a stately porch with columns, outlying buildings, slave quarters, etc."
South Carolina, USA
Jonathan Whilden with his brother, John, and father, John C(?) were among a group of approximately 52 New England Congregationalists who arrived at See Wee Bay, SC after being rescued (were shipwrecked) from Cape Fear, NC by Governor Archibald of SC.
They settled Christ Church Parish and founded the Wappetaw Congregational Church near Awendaw, SC. It is likely that Jonathan is buried in an unmarked grave in the church cemetery beside many of his descendants.
From his 1736 will it is known his wife was Elizabeth DuBose of French Hugenot descent. His estate in the will was valued at 3,337 pounds.
There is no proof he is buried in this cemetery other than based on the knowledge his family was involved in its founding and some of his descendants are buried in it.
John Whilden (1658 - 1706)
Elizabeth DuBose Whilden (1691 - 1736)*
Jonathan Whilden (1722 - ____)*
Joseph Whilden (1724 - ____)*
Elisha Whilden (1729 - 1790)*
John Whilden (1731 - 1767)*
Old Wappetaw Independent Congregational Church Cem
South Carolina, USA
Elizabeth DuBose Whilden
South Carolina, USA
South Carolina, USA
One of 8 children of Isaac DuBose & Susan Couillandeau of French Hugenot descent. Both were born in France & immigrated to America in about 1686.
The thought has been offered that Elizabeth & two of her siblings were smuggled out of France in wine casks to avoid persecution.
Her lineage can be traced to the 1500s.
There is no proof she is buried in the cemetery other than knowledge her husband's family was involved in the founding of the cemetery and some descendants are buried in it.
Jonathan Whilden (1689 - 1736)
Jonathan Whilden (1722 - ____)*
Joseph Whilden (1724 - ____)*
Elisha Whilden (1729 - 1790)*
John Whilden (1731 - 1767)*
Old Wappetaw Independent Congregational Church Cem
South Carolina, USA
John WHELDON (1632 – 1711) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.
John Wheldon was born in 1632 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Gabriel WHELDON and Margaret DIGUINA [or OGUINA]. John died 20 Nov 1711 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
Alternatively, John Whelden was baptized 4 Oct 1630 and died 20 Nov 1707.
Mary Folland was born 1630 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Thomas FALLAND and Elizabeth [__?__]. Mary’s name is often written Folland, but contemporary Yarmouth records consistently spell her father’s name Falland. Mary died 10 Dec 1700 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
Children of John and Mary:
1.Joseph Whilldin~1654 or 1660 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.Hannah Gorham (daughter of John GORHAM)
Cape May, New Jersey
2.John C Whilden~1655 Yarmouth, Barnstable, MassMary [__?__]
St James Santee, Charleston, South Carolina
3.Elizabeth Whelden~1656UnmarriedAft. 1711
1 Jul 1658 Yarmouth, Barnstable, MassMercy TAYLOR
1 Dec 1698 Yarmouth 11 May 1743 in Yarmouth
5.Thomas Wheldon~1660 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.Elizabeth Marchant
21 Dec 1698 Yarmouth Unknown
John signed the Oath of Fidelity in Yarmouth in 1657. He served in Plymouth’s 4th expedition against the Narragansett Indians, March, 1675, otherwise known as Pierce’s Ambush (See my post Nine Men’s Misery), then was exempted from military training in October, 1677 “on consideration that hee hath three sons fitted with armes for publicke service.”.
1. Joseph Whilldin
Joseph’s wife Hannah Gorham was born 28 Nov 1663 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were our ancestors John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND. Hannah died 1728 in Cape May, New Jersey.
Joseph was a sea captain and they soon moved to Cape May in New Jersey about 1689.
Cape May is named for 1620 Dutch captain named Cornelius Jacobsen Mey who explored and charted the area between 1611–1614, and established a claim for the province of New Netherland. It was later settled by New Englanders from the New Haven Colony. Cape May began hosting vacationers from Philadelphia in the mid 18th century and is recognized as the country’s oldest seaside resort
Cape May City and County, New Jersey
Joseph and Hannah had five children, the first two were born in Yarmouth, the rest in Cape May :
i. Hannah Whilldin b. 1683 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1728 Cape May, New Jersey; m1. 18 May 1701 Thomas Leaming (b. 9 Jul 1674 in Southampton, Long Island, New York – d. 31 Dec 1723 in Cape May, New Jersey); m2. 1724 Philip Syng (b. 1676 in Ireland – d. 18 May 1739 in Annapolis, Maryland)
ii. Joseph Whilldin b. ~1689 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 18 Mar 1748 Cape May, New Jersey; m1. 1711 in Cape May to Mary Wilmon (b. 9 Dec 1689 in Cape May – d. 8 Apr 1743 in Cape May); m2. Abigail [__?__]
iii. Mary Whilldin b. ~1693 Cape May, New Jersey; m. 17 Dec 1708 Josiah Crowell (b. 1675 Cape May – d. 1734 in Cape May)
iv. Experience Whilldin b. 1696 in Cape May, New Jersey; m. 15 Nov 1712 to William Foster (b. 1692 in Burlington, New Jersey)
v. Isaac Whilldin b. 1698 in Cape May, Cape May, New Jersey; d. 1730; m. Elizabeth [__?___]
2. John C Whilden
John’s wife Mary’s origins are not known.
The wars with the Indians had been discouraging, and new land scarce, so John and Mary took Gov. Danforth’s suggestion and moved to Maine, settling on Back Cove south of Falmouth (now part of Portland). His pastor there was Rev. George Burroughs, who had been in Salem 1680-83. King William’s War in 1689 persuaded them to move back to Massachusetts. They lived at Salem Village (now Danvers) between 1689 and 1696.
John was called to testify in the witchcraft trial of Rev. George Burroughs in August 1692. The atmosphere of the witch trials, continued Indian troubles, and the bad winter weather persuaded many families to move to better climates. John’s brother Joseph moved to New Jersey.
George Burroughs Fact Sheet
He was the second Salem Village minister, but quarreled over his salary and left.
He had five children.
He was widowed three times.
His second wife died about a year after their arrival in Salem Village.
After his second wife’s death, he remarried and moved to Maine.
He was rumored to have mistreated his wives.
One of his children was not baptized; a fact that was brought up in his trial.
He was well known for his physical strength.
Upon his arrest for witchcraft, his wife took everything that was valuable in the house, sold his books and loaned the money for interest. She then took her own daughter and left George’s children to fend for themselves.
During his trial, witnesses testified that his two dead wives came to them in their dreams explaining that he had killed them.
He was also identified by the afflicted girls as the “Black Minister” and leader of the Salem Coven.
At his execution, he repeated the Lord’s Prayer flawlessly.
John immigrated to Carolina in 1696 as part of a 52-person colony from Salem. The ship wrecked at Cape Fear, North Carolina, and it was with some delay and difficulty, but with the help of the Indians, that they reached their destination at Seewee Bay northeast of Charleston.
John purchased 500 acres of land in April, 1697, and 450 more in May, 1701. He died in 1706, his estate probated 20 Nov 1706 at Charleston. He was one of the founders of the Wappetaw Congregational Church in 1696, at a point located on Wando Neck about three miles west of Seewee Bay and about 14 miles northeast of the present day town of Mount Pleasant.
John’s family story (possibly partially fictionalized) was told in the celebration of the church’s tricentennial in 1999. S The Baptismal Record of the Salem church is missing the date column from 1694 to 1698. During that time, John Whilden’s wife (unnamed) and six children were baptized on the same day. The ages of the children are given. Since it shows Gershom aged 13, and his death is recorded about a year later, we may estimate the children’s years of birth from their age at baptism. The Wappetaw Meeting House was appropriated by the British as a headquarters in 1781; and burned, with all its records, when abandoned at the end of the war.
Children of John and Mary:
i. Gershom Whilden (c.Oct 1681 – 25 Dec 1695) died in Salem, age 14y 2m
ii. John Whilden (c1683 – 1723) married after 1702 Mary (see below)
iii. Mary Whilden (c1685)
iv. Jonathan Whilden (c1687-1736) married before 1715 Elizabeth DuBose (b.1691-after 1642), Elizabeth’s parents were Isaac DuBose and [__?__]. John and Elizabeth had seven children born between 1715 and 1736.
Jonathan purchased 140 acres in Berkeley County 16 Feb 1709/10, and by 1734 owned 1,364 acres in his own name, and 250 acres as guardian to his nephew John, in Berkley and Craven Counties. His will was written 26 Jul 1736, and his estate was inventoried 2 Mar 1736/7. His son Jonathan was of age at the administration of his estate, indicating he was born by 1715. But C Michael Harrington’s well annotated The Whilden Family in the War Between the States estimates his son’s birth, and therefore Jonathan and Elizabeth’s marriage, as occurring in 1722.
v. Joseph Whilden (c.1690) undocumented report says born 19 Jan 1692/3, no further record found
vi. Samuel Whilden (c.1692-after 1731) Unmarried in St James Santee Parish in 1731, he deeded all his property to his “loving cousins” Sarah and Ann Whilden, identity uncertain.
vii. Elisha Whilden (c.1695-after 1722) married Sarah. Witnessed a will in 1722.
Sarah xxx Elisha and Sarah had two childrem Elisha (b. 1719) and Hannah (b. 1724)
4. Jonathan WHELDON (See his page)
5. Thomas Wheldon
Thomas’s wife Elizabeth Marchant was born about 1675 or 1681 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. She was Thomas’ second cousin. Her parents were Abishai Marchant (1650 – 1717) and Mary Taylor (1650 – 1718); of Yarmouth. Her maternal grandparents were Richard Taylor (____ – 1673) and Mary Whelden (1621 – 1673) and her great grandparents were Gabriel WHELDON and Jane [__?__]. Elizabeth died 9 Feb 1718
Thomas lived at Yarmouth and at Martha’s Vineyard.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth
i. Samuel Wheldon b. May 1699 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; died young
ii. Marcy Wheldon b. 9 Dec 1701 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass;
iii. Thomas Wheldon b. 15 Dec 1702 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass;
iv. John Wheldon (twin) b. 21 Jul 1707 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d, efore Dec 1755; m. Abigail Chase (b. 30 Oct 1714 in Marthas Vineyard, Dukes, Mass)
v. Elisha Wheldon (twin) b. 14 Nov 1707 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Unknown; m1. Mary [__?__]; m2. 15 Apr 1731 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. to Lydia Nickerson (b. 1703 in Harwich). Lydia’s parents were William Nickerson (1678 – 1765) and Lydia Maker (1684 – ____)
vi. Samuel Wheldon b. 8 May 1708? Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass;
vii. Thankful Wheldon b. Jun 1715 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass;
viii. Gershom Wheldon b. 9 Nov 1717 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; m.24 Oct 1745 Priscilla Nickerson
ix. Desire Wheldon b. 1 Oct 1723 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass;