Archbishop William Laud (7 October 1573 – 10 January 1645) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 to 1645. He pursued a High Church course and opposed radical forms of Puritanism. This and his support for King Charles I resulted in his beheading in the midst of the English Civil War.
Name: George WHEELER 
Sex: M
Birth: 23 MAR 1604/05 in Cranfield Parish, Bedfordshire County, England 
Death: BET FEB 1686/87 AND JUN 1687 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 
Will: 28 JAN 1683/84 Written at Concord, Mass. 
Event: Will probated 2 JUN 1687 Willa admitted to court 

Note:
Concord was the original home in America to all the Wheelers, from there they scattered throughout the New England area. George and John of Salisbury were said to be related.

According to the GENEALOGY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND there were 30 distinct families of Wheeler's living in Concord between 1650-1680.
In the book DIRECTORY OF THE HOH NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES 1620-1700 BY HOLMES
PAGE cclix
Wheeler
A name of a trade
George, B. Eng., 1600 freeman, Concord Mass. 1641.
Book Ref:
Genealogy of the first settlers of New England page 311:
George , Concord 1636. freeman 1641, D. 1684 leaving issue.

Book Ref: Genealogy Directory of New England Families page 496-7:
George,Concord,freem. 2 june 1641, had Sarah, B. 30 March 1640; John, 19 March 1643; and by wife Catharine, who perhaps was the mother of the two former children, Mary, 6 Sept 1645; and possibly more. Mary M. 26 Oct. 1665 Ebenezer Fox.

HISTORY OF THE WHEELER FAMILY
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George Wheeler baptized Cranfield, Bedforeshire, 23 March 1605/6 , son of Thomas Wheeler ( F.G. Emison, Bedforeshire Registers, 27, (1943, Cranfield)  hereinafter PR) and died at Concord, Mass. by 1687 ( Wheeler Am ., 17) He married at Cranfield, 8 June 1630, his only wife Catherine Pin ( PR , 27 :39, Cath Pin; at Cranfield , the name Pin is also spelled Ping and Pyng; at Holcote, Pinge, at Kempston there were Enns, but no Pins; the surname may be a variant of Penn) She died at Concord, 2 Jan 1684/5.
Concord Ma births , Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850.; hereinafter VR.
At Cranfield in 1633, This George Wheeler was called "of Wharley End" to distinguish him from the George Wheeler of East End who married Mary Studd of Cranfield,. Both of these Wheelers had children baptized in 1633.

HISTORY OF THE WHEELER FAMILY IN AMERICA.
The principal reason for the emigration of so many from England , closely paralleled the cause which led to all of the emigration of the period, 1. religious persecution under William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, from 1663-1645 in the days of King Charles the I., 2. the forced loans (taxes) of Charles I, as they were not levied with the consent of Parliament. It was a turbulent time eventually culminating in the English Civil War.
Following their pastor Rev. Bulkeley, the Puritan exodus in Cranfield was one of the centers of dissatisfaction caused by the severity of Bishop William Laud enforcing the Act of Uniformity ( Act of 1593) . The resulting church upheavals were having a profound effect in Cranfield and neighboring parishes. Rev. Buckley had been deprived of his living for nonconformity. In 1635 he departed with his family to New England to become on of the founders of Concord. During that time the ship money tax was levied to pay off debts of the Spanish Armada War. Bedforeshire, the county of residence of our ancestors , was assessed 3,000 pounds which was prorated to individual heads of households. An unpopular tax, it may have been the catalyst that prompted many a Bedforeshire yoeman to leave England.
Records of 1637 list of arrears included Thomas Wheeler of Cranfield, ... Gon out of contry, Thomas Halsey and Richard Odell :Gone nto New Englnde" \
It must have been in preparation of their leave taking that Timothy Wheeler, Joseph Wheeler sold 2 1/2 acres of land called Ferry Feilds on 19 Feb 1635 to Edward Odell of the Ashe for 12 pounds. joining the exodus from Cranfield and surrounding villages were families of Odell, Halsey, Turney, and Letting. Nearly all of the families were related to the WHEELERS by blood or marriage. Many of these families settled at Concord or near their former Pastor Rev. Bulkeley.
Our first generations in the MA Bay Colony begin 18 years after the landing of the Mayflower. It is known that the Wheelers were proprietors. They shared in the division of land at Concord, and purchased more. They built comfortable homes for thier families, and were respected in the community.

Probably of all the Wheelers who came to America before the year 1640 none was of greater distinction or of more importance to the town in which he lived than George Wheeler of Concord. His name appears on the Concord records the first year they were kept and every year thereafter until he died. The circumstantial evidence of his having been the brother of Timothy Wheeler and of Captian Thomas Wheeler is of the highest order. The English records make it quite clear that George Wheeler had a brother Thomas and Thomas is clearly proven to have been a brother to Timothy.
With Timothy he owned considerable property jointly, and together they were in possession of most of the real estate left by Rev. Peter Bulkeley. Authorities agree that Geroge Wheeler came to Concord about the year 1638 with his wife Katherine and several children. Walcott in his History of Concord asserts that he was one of the few men who " were formost in the town's business, by virture of thier large estates as well as thier intergrity and good judgment." He was a man of education, and the owner of a large amount of property. his house lot alone consisting of eleven acres, while he possessed lands in every part of town.He held many positions of trust and was as active in the direction of the town's affairs as any individual in Concord, serving at various times on substantially every committee of consequence , and leading in all matters of moment , as evidenced by the fact that nearly every town deed and petition of any importance from Ether the Church or the civic community of that time bears his signature. His will is dated January 28, 1684/5 and was admitted to probate June 2 , 1687, thus establishing the approximate time of his death.

WILL OF GEORGE;
I George Wheeler Senir in the Town of Concord in the County of Middlesex in the Massachusetts Colony in new england being in a confident measure of memory & understanding: praised be God: doe make this my last Will & Testament in manner and forme as followety: First: My soul I commite to God ye gave it to me believing in the Lord Jesus Christ my onely Lord & Savior who will raise my body att the last & great day to life eternall: & my body to decent buryall: first : I will ye my due depts be paid honebly paid & funnerall charges satisfied: for my temprall estate as followeth: first I will comfortable maintenance in all respects during the term of my life : & as to my funnerall charges to be borne by my whole state also the charges of execution & all court confirmation and enroulment be borne by my whole estate: I will to my two sons Thomas Wheeler & John Wheeler my mansion dwelling house barns cow houses Y orchards wiyth ye part of the home lot joying to said house & orchards down to the cross hrnce y stood cross ye sd lot in equall right of p'priety the lower part of sd lot down to John Scorthford house I give to my son Thomas & y part of my lot lying between Joshua Wheeler & John Scorthford I give to my son John: I give to my two sons Thomas & John my six acres bought of Gershon Bulkeley lying over the hills equally in right: also I give to my sons Thomas and John my twenty eight wcers of woodland lying in the north quater over the river equall in rihgt: also I give to the children of my son William , deceased as a legacy out of my estate the sume of sixty six puonds seven shillings to be paid to them by the executors of this my will in equall right of propriety only my will is my medow at brooke medow on both sides of the brook excepting the piece I give to my son Thomas as also my one acer in ash swamp at Fairehaven: be by the excecutors of this my will be sispoossed of to my son Williams children& to be as pte of Y above sd legacy: also the two acres & a halfe of a medow on the northwest side of the brake at brooke medow joying ot my son Williams pastor it is not my said son Williams but I will it to my executors to administer upon it as my estate. I give to my son Thomas my piece of medow at Brooke medow joying to John Wheeler medow lying on the northwest side of the brooke three acres more or less. I give my son John mytwo acers & a halfe of medow in spring medow more or less. I give to my tow sones Thomas & john my medow in ye medow called the great medow with my pte of the post in equall right: I give to my son John my fourteen acers at the south field on the east side of the County way againt Compe's house also two acers in muddy medow swamp: I give to my sons Thomas & john my fourty four acres ,lying north of Walson Pond in equall right: I give to my son Thomas my fourteen acres lying on the southeast of the south river joying to Nathaniel & John Billings I give to my son John my six acres joying to Daniel Dane southeast from mount Taber: I give to my Sones Thomas & John my eight acers joying to Mr. Flints pound lying by the east quater lyneee in Equall right: I give to my son John my four acers in John Mills pastor yjoying to the south river: also I give to my two sons Thomas & John out of my moveable estate five pounds a piece. I give to myson Thomas ten pounds out of my moveable estate in consideration he is short of his brothers in recit of parts( msg) give to my daughter foxes children six ounds equall amongst them. I give to my four daughters Elizabeth Fletcher, Sarah Dudley, Ruth Hartwell & Hanah Fletcher the sume of fifteen pounds apiece in good & currant Countery pay to be paid to them in Concord currant price: allso I will & reserve to my selfe during my life a comfortable maintenance upon my estate viz begine in the year one thousand six hunderd eighty & tow on to the day of my Death: which said charge is to come out & be leavied upon my estate I meane this my estate in this my will given & legacyes bequeathed: & my will is y when that all charges concerning my maintenance & decent buryall & otherwise be satisfied" Y then each legacye & estate given doe then abate their due & true & just proportion: what exectors of this my will shall bring in account truly due all & each of my children sons & daughters resting contented with thier due part of my estate in this my will given be it more or less ye whole ore but part here given: for I know not the day of my death & so not what my comfortable maintenance may spend: I give to my sons Thomas & John my seven acres lying in ye corner near Watertown lyne also my will these lands I give to my two sons Thomas & John their heirs & asigns be it more or less also will constitute & make my two sons Thomas Wheeler & John Wheeler the exectors of this my will & equally to pay all legacys each his equall portion: This I geogre Wheeler Senir make this my laste will all my former wills to be anullity & voide. Witness my hand & seal this twenty eight day of Jenuary in the year one thousand six hundred eighty & four.

George Wheeler (seal)
His x mark
Sighned & sealed in presenc of Samuel Meriam, Johnathat Hubard, John Scorthford
By his Excellency the Governor
The hereunto written Samuel Meriam, and Johnathan Hubard witnesses to this will personally came & appeared before me & maide oath on the holy Evangelist that they saw the above written Geoge Wheeler signe seale & declare this to be his last will & testament.
Sworne y second day of July 1687
before me
E. Andros.
John West , D Secr"y.
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Concord was the original home in America to all the Wheelers, from there they scattered throughout the New England area. George and John of Salisbury were said to be related.

According to the GENEALOGY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND there were 30 distinct families of Wheeler's living in Concord between 1650-1680.
In the book DIRECTORY OF THE HOH NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES 1620-1700 BY HOLMES
PAGE cclix
Wheeler
A name of a trade
George, B. Eng., 1600 freeman, Concord Mass. 1641.
Book Ref:
Genealogy of the first settlers of New England page 311:
George , Concord 1636. freeman 1641, D. 1684 leaving issue.

Book Ref: Genealogy Directory of New England Families page 496-7:
George,Concord,freem. 2 june 1641, had Sarah, B. 30 March 1640; John, 19 March 1643; and by wife Catharine, who perhaps was the mother of the two former children, Mary, 6 Sept 1645; and possibly more. Mary M. 26 Oct. 1665 Ebenezer Fox.


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Father: Thomas WHEELER b: ABT 1571 in Town End, Bedfordshire County, England
Mother: Dorothy HOLLOWAY b: 13 OCT 1574 in Baptised at St. Mary's in Bedford, Bedforeshire England.

Marriage 1 Katherine PIN b: 25 FEB 1610/11 in Cranfield Parish, Bedfordshire County, England
Married: 8 JUN 1630 in Cranfield Parish, Bedfordshire County, England
Marriage Ending Status: Death of one spouse
Note:
George and Katherine came to Concord Mass. about 1638 with there children. They were amoung the earliest settlers of Concord. There they lived until there deaths.[wheeler02.FTW]

George and Katherine came to Concord Mass. about 1638 with there children. They were amoung the earliest settlers of Concord. There they lived until there deaths.
Children
Elizabeth WHEELER b: in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Thomas WHEELER b: in England
William WHEELER b: 30 JAN 1629/30 in England
Hannah WHEELER b: ABT 1637 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Sarah WHEELER b: 30 JAN 1639/40 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Ruth WHEELER b: 23 FEB 1640/41 in England
John WHEELER b: 19 JAN 1642/43 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Mary WHEELER b: 6 JUL 1645 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts