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Subject: Re: [Barnstable Co MA] Gabriel Wheldon and spouse MargaretDiguina(?) 1620's
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 14:42:14 -0000
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The maiden name of Gabriel Wheldon's wife Margaret is _NOT_ known. His daughter Ruth Wheldon was not born in Matachee Indian Village (Yarmouth), and she was not his first born. Gabriel Wheldon arrived in Plymouth Colony with a family of grown children (Ralph, Catherine, Henry, Ruth and John) and was probably already married to Margaret.
It is believed he immigrated to New England circa 1638, for he first appeared on the records there on 3 Sep 1638 when he was licensed to live in Matachee Village: "Gabriell Wheildon is lycensed to dwell at Mattacheese, wth consent of the committee of the place and to have lands there." [Plymouth Colony Court Records 1:95] Before 14 May 1648, he sold his lands in Yarmouth to Edward Sturgis. It appears that he removed to Lynn, Essex County, and then to Malden, Middlesex County, just outside Boston.
Gabriel Wheldon was probably from Arnold, Nottinghamshire, since on 21 October 1653 he and his son John sold lands there to their New England neighbor William Crofts of Lynn, Massachusetts [Essex County Deeds, i 24]
TAG 48:5 (Jan 1972) The will of Gabriel Whelden of Malden dated "11. 12. 1653" (which Savage read as 11th month (e.g. January), 12, 1653/54, gives 10 shillings to the Malden Church, and all the rest of his estate to his wife Margaret Whelding, including "what money is due unto mee from William Crofts of Linne." It was signed by mark and witnessed by John and Nathaniel Upham, James Laenard and ----- Matthews (Original will, docket #24, 387; copy in Middlesex Probates 1:113). He died at Malden in January 1653/4 [NEHGSR 10:240]. The will was presented for probate, 4 (2) 1654, when the Uphams were sworn as witnesses. An original, undated, inventory survives, showing among other items, the house lot at 4, a house frame at 5, the total, 40.11.8. The widow Margaret may have survived her husband but we find no probate or death date for her. There is nothing to indicate whether she was the mother of any of his children. The fact that the will does not mention, either directly o!
r by implication, any children, is unusual, and the most likely explanation is that Gabriel gave them their portions of his estate either at marriage or by gifts of money or deeds to Barnstable County land. If Margaret was a second wife, there may have been a pre-nuptial agreement setting forth the reasons why she was to have all the estate at Gabriel's death. However, the records show that the two sons, Henry and John, were not satisfied with the terms of the will
See: "The History of Malden" (1899), by D. P. Corey, p. 158,NOTE-- (Rev.) Mr. Matthews he was known as '"Marmaduke Matthews". His wife, Katherine.
He _may_ have been Margaret's brother. He immigrated 1638.
Preacher of the Church of Malden.
He returned to England in 1655, and Several of the Malden Church members went with him. Of these returning pilgrims, the widow Margaret Wheldon, who left a law-suit over the estate of her deceased husband, Gabriel, also went to England. (from: Pg 155 The History of Malden, Massachusetts, 1633-1785). Rev Matthews died 1683 in England.
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