THE WHEELOCK FAMILY
“They lived at Dawson”
Uncle Johnny Wheelock,
born 1871, lived on a small farm just south of Dawson in the 1930s, across
the road from Felix Davis. Uncle Johnny…John Ripley Wheelock… had
married Lillian Ellura Wilkes in 1900. Elura was a daughter of Milton
Alexander and Jane Wright Wilkes who had migrated from Marshall Co.,
Uncle Johnny and Ellura
had two daughters.
Theresa Ermadean Wheelock, b. 1903
Married Barney Wells
Son of: William David Wells & Martha Ann Quinn
G-Son of: Nonamous Gordon Quinn & Mildred Ann Coffee
GG-Son: James Jefferson Coffey & Anne Elizabeth
GGG-Son of : Sampson Stewart Matthews & Sarah
& Ermadine had two sons:
Raymond Douglas Wells b. 1921
Weldon Earl Wells, b. 1924.
Alta Quinn Wheelock, b. 1914
Married Newton Barron and had no children.
Uncle Johnny was a kind, soft spoken, hard working
individual who had moved to the farm when The Great Depression came to
Dawson. He had worked in retail stores in the town and had owned a store
himself. His….was the only Wheelock family in all of Dawson.
Who was he….where had his family lived….did he have siblings?
The Wheelock Family name
has been traced to the Welsh word…”Chevel-og”….which means “Winding
River.” Family origins were found in the village of Wheelock, Cheshire,
England where Wheelock Manor was owned by Hugh deWheelock in the 1100s.
The manor remained in the family until the mid 1400s when the family moved
Ralph Wheelock, born
1682, married Ruth Huntington., and was living in Windam, Connecticut by
1711 when his son.Eleazar, was born. Other children born to Ralph and
Ruth Huntington Wheelock included: Elizabeth, Ruth, Abigail, John, Gersham,
and Benjamin Wheelock. History records that these children were achievers
with interests in education and religion.
The Reverend Eleazar
Wheelock completed his education at Yale University, and, in later life,
became the founder and first President of the prestigious Ivy League College
known as Dartmout… located Hanover, New Hampshire.
An additional claim to
fame by Reverend Eleazar Wheelock is the fact that he had taught members of
the Stockbridge Mahican Indian tribe. This tribe took the name Wheelock in
honor of their beloved teacher. A historical marker in upstate New York
states that the Indian, Dennison Wheelock, married the daughter of Onieda
Chief Sandwahde, and had many descendents. When the Onieda Tribe was
removed to Wisconsin, many of the Wheelock families were among that group
and their descendents are found there today.
His son, Eleazar Wheelock
II, born 1756 at Hanover, New Hampshire, had a son, Col. Eleasar Louis
Ripley Wheelock, born in 1793.
It was Col. Wheelock who
became part of the Mexican Texas settlement begun by Sterling Clack
Robertson. Robertson’s Colony was located between the Brazos and Trinity
Rivers and North of the Old San Antonio Road (OSR) which ran from San
Antonio to Nacogdoches. Col Wheelock had visited Mexican Texas in the
early 1830s…possibly in the 1820s….had met Sterling Robertson…...migrated to
Texas in 1833 with several other families from the St Claire Co IL area.
Col. Wheelock had married
Mary Prickett at St Claire Co. Illinois in 1818. They had the following
children of record:
Ripley Wheelock b. 1819 IL
Woodward Wheelock b. 1821 IL
Hillman Wheelock b. 1830. IL
Prickett Wheelock b. 1830 IL
Ford Wheelock b. 1832 IL
The Wheelock family was
found in the 1820s in Bond Co IL which was surrounded by Madison,
Macoupin, Montgomery, Fayettte, Clinton, & St Clair counties…all of which
had been created from a larger St Clair Co.
Not a few of the early
residents of Western Navarro Co. Texas migrated from those very counties and
included family names of Spence, Sawyer, Vinson, Turner, Powers, Ward, Dunn,
and others. Bond Co IL is located 60-70 miles northeast of St Louis MO.
Col. Eleazor Louis Ripley
Wheelock, born 1793 at Hanover, New Hampshire; had migrated with his family
to Boat Run, Ohio; married Mary A :Pritchett from Lexington, Kentucky at St
Clair Co IL. Abraham Pritchett and E L R Wheelock are shown as original
land owners in Bond Co IL.
Col. Wheelock served in
the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and was said to have served during the
Texas War for Independence. He, also, served as Captain for a company of
Texas Rangers, as a Regional Texas Land Commissioner, and, as Texas Indian
He purchased a huge tract
of land in what became known as Robertson County, Texas. The southern
boundry of his land fronted on the Old San Antonio Road….OSR…. a primitive,
but major roadway across early Texas. It was there that Col. Wheelock
established the town which would bear his name. His accomplishment
throughout the state became legend as he served as a military leader,
lawyer, farmer, rancher, surveyor, land agent, and other governmental
Military Rolls of the
Republic of Texas 1835-1845 reveal that Capt. E L R Wheelock commanded a
company of Rangers beginning May 8, 1836. S A Kimble, who would marry his
daughter the following December, is listed as his First Sergeant. G R
Wheelock, his son, was listed but without rank.
Col. Wheelock & The University of Texas
Of note is the fact that
he was elected, May 10, 1837, President Protem of a group which met at his
home to form The University of Texas. The group was composed of….
Richard Bogan Jarmon
Colonel in Tennessee Militia, his father had been General of the
Married: Tabitha H Kilpatrick
Lived at Fayette Co Texas
Delegate from Viesca to 1835 Texas Consultation
Served Texas Army… 1836 at Harrisburg
Appointed Chief Justice of Milam Co Texas 1836 by Sam Houston
Probably the father of
William “Bill” Walker who married Mary Minerva McCandless
Elizabeth Walker who married Brit Dawson
John Walker who married Isabella Fullerton
Nancy Walker who married Henry Fullerton
Robert Henry, son of William Henry who family settled at
Robert Henry owned a cotton gin at Benchley in 1850.
Col. E L R Wheelock died
at age fifty four while on a visit to Illinois. His body was returned to
Texas, first buried at Wheelock, and, later, removed to the Texas State
Cemetery at Austin. His wife lived until 1881 and is buried at the
GEORGE RIPLEY WHEELOCK 1819 IL
Son of E L R Wheelock
1837 Lucinda Powers
Daughter of Elijah Powers, Esq.
No record of children exist
1854 Susan Glidewell d. Aug 1, 1855
left ten day old infant.
1858 Mary Ann Jane PUSS Slaughter
An early Robertson Co.
Texas map reveals that George Ripley Wheelock owned a large tract of land
adjoining a larger tract owned by his father at Wheelock. An early
Navarro Co Texas map, also, shows his name on a large tract of land near the
present town of Emmett. Samuel A Kimbrell/Kimbell, a brother in law, is
shown on two adjacent properties to the west and south.
died in January 1837 and must have established some title to the property
prior to that date. It could be assumed that the two young men took title
at or near the same time. George Ripley Wheelock would have been eighteen
at the time.
George Ripley Wheelock
was twenty-two when he married LUCINDA POWERS in 1837. Both families were
part of the Sterling Robertson Colony, both had migrated there from Bond Co.
Illinois in 1833. Lucinda was a daughter of Elijah and Catherine McSwarin
Powers who had lived in Tennessee prior to migrating to Illinois. Her
brothers included: Lewis Barker Powers, b 1820..married Nancy Caroline
Barron; William Carroll Powers; Andrew Jackson Powers; Lecuffa Powers;
Elijah Powers II; and Francis Marion Powers.
Lucinda died at some
point prior to 1850. It is assumed that their seventeen year marriage
produced children, but none of record have been discovered.
There is, however,
speculation that Lucinda may have given birth to a daughter whose name was
Catherine and called “Kate.” Some family members recall stories that Kate
Byram/Byrom (could the name have been Barron?) had married a man whose
name was Simms/Syms and who bore several children, one of whom was Daniel G.
Simms who, for many years, was a resident of Dawson TX.
George Ripley was thirty
five when he married SUSAN GLIDEWELL in 1854. Susan, was a daughter of
James and Mary MOLLY Dick Glidewell who lived and were buried at Madison Co.
Tennessee. Susan Glidewell died the following year, leaving an infant.
The death was recorded by a Nashville Tennessee newspaper. The name of
the infant was not given.
Three years later, thirty
nine year old George Ripley Wheelock wed seventeen year old MARY ANN JANE
“PUSS” SLAUGHTER, daughter of Judge Francis and Minerva Katherine Matthews
Slaughter. The Slaughter family had migrated to Robertson’s Colony in
December 1835, but Minerva had returned to Maury Co Tennessee in 1841 to
visit her ailing father and…to have her baby…Mary Ann Jane PUSS Slaughter.
Judge Slaughter died in 1842. His widow, then with three children,
married Dr George Washington Hill in November 1847. The new family moved
from Fort Franklin to
Western Navarro Co. Texas in 1848 and established a residence and Trading
Post just south of the existing Spring Hill Cemetery.
George Ripley Wheelock
and his bride, twenty-two years his junior, were married in Navarro Co.,
but made their home at Wheelock.
The following children
Wheelock b 1859
Wheelock b 1862
married William Warren Turner
Pauline Turner m. Robert Head Smith
Wilmer Turner m. Lenora Sessions
Elizabeth Turner m. Mossie Clyde Sims
Son Clyde Turner Sims
Lenoard Turner m. Zelma Garner
Son William Clay HAPPY Turner
Clemerence Turner m. Kathryn E McCluney
Son Clifton C Turner Jr
Dau Kathryn DIMPLES Turner
Son Billy Gene Turner
Wheelock b. 1864
married James Rucker Smith
James Verner Smith
Buena Smith m. Albert Wright
Annie Lucie Smith
Joyce Smith m. Anderson
Son Samuel Herbert Anderson
William Andrew Smith m. Lovella Weir
Dau Mary Ann Smith
Wheelock b 1869
married Albert Henry Berry
Carrie Annette Berry m. William H Foster
Wheelock b 1871
married Lillian Elura Wilkes
Ermadine Wheelock m. Barney Wells
Alta Quinn Wheelock m. Newton Barron
Wheelock b. 1874
George Ripley Wheelock
died in 1889, was buried at Wheelock, and the family, apparently, moved to
Dawson. The Wheelock House at Dawson, constructed in the 1890s, is located
directly across from the new Methodist Church, and occupied for several
years by the Frank Comer Family.
THE SIMMS FAMILY CONNECTION
The 1880 Robertson Co.
Census listed Thomas Alexander Simms, age nineteen, living in the home of
George Ripley Wheelock and Daniel Simms. age fifteen, living in the home
of, Annette Woodward Wheelock Killough, a sister of George Ripley Wheelock.
Family tradition stated that the two boys were brothers, but placed in
different homes due to their sibling clashes. Family stories told that
Mary Ann Jane PUSS Slaugher Wheelock had changed the diapers of Daniel Simms
when he was a baby.
There is strong suspicion
that Daniel Simms b 1865 and Thomas Alexander Simms b 1861 …were
grandchildren of George Ripley & Lucinda Powers Wheelock by a daughter whose
name was Catherine KATE Wheelock. Catherine KATE McSwain Powers would have
been her maternal grandmother.
Family traditions hold that the mother of Thomas Alexander Simms II was Kate
Byrum. (Could that name have been Barron) Kate Wheelock could have
married a Byrum, become a widow and married Thomas Alexander Simms. Thomas
Alexander Simms, born 1861… was reported to have stated
that his mother was KATE
Byrum and that his father was Thomas Alexander Simms.
Catherine KATE Wheelock
Byrum Simms may have given birth to four children….
Alexander Simms II born 1861
Simms (“G” for George?) born 1864
Simms m. Lawrence B Walker born c1866
William A Simms
married Mary T, lived for many years at Frost, Texas, both are buried
there. William A and Mary T…had a daughter whose name was KATE. Kate
Sims was editor of the Frost newspaper in the early 1930s.
the use of the name “Catherine.”
Catherine KATE McSwayne…mother of Lucinda Powers….
KATE Wheelock Byrum Simms….
Catherine KATE Simms…. editor of the Frost newspaper
Thomas Alexander Simms
married at age
twenty-three to Josephine Dunn, daughter of a prominent Robertson Co. family
who, like the Wheelocks, had come to Texas from Bond Co. Illinois. Thomas
Alexander Simms served as a Texas Ranger, lived at Wheelock, died at San
Antonio, and was buried at Wheelock.
William A Simms b 1869 ..married Mary T…
Lived and died at Frost
TX, named a daughter..KATE.
Simms b. 1812
Morgan Co IL….Elizabeth Russell b. TN-NC 1813.
daughter, Mary E, was born 1843 in IL.
son,Charles A Simms, was born 1846 in IL.
Morgan Co IL
is adjacent to Cass Co IL where Charles Turner had settled. W W Turner
arrived in Texas from IL during the Civil War and married Mary Olivia
Wheelock in 1868.
Daniel G Simms b1865
lived at Dawson TX during
the 1890s and worked in a meat market. Daniel G Simms b.1865 married
Mary Ann Jane PUSS Slaughter Wheelock..b.1841…at some point in the 1890s..an
age difference of twenty four years. The marriage of a lady to a man
twenty four years her junior, whose diapers she had changed when he was a
baby, and… probably his step grandmother…no doubt rattled more than a few
cages around Dawson, Texas in the 1890s.
PUSS died in 1910 and,
from all accounts, the couple had a successful and happy marriage.
However, the children of
PUSS were not pleased. The inscription on her tombstone was
purposefully turned away from the family plot at the Dawson Cemetery and
remains so until this day.
HAVE A COPY
OF THE WILL
MARY ANN JANE “PUSS” SLAUGHTER WHEELOCK SIMMS?
After her death, Dan
Simms married Bettye Priddy Matthews, widow of Robert Harve Matthews
1814-1894. Robert Harve Matthews was a brother of Minerva Kathryn
Matthews Slaughter Hill, mother of Mary Ann Jane PUSS Wheelock. Bettye
Priddy Matthews was eight years older than Dan Simms.
Bettye Priddy Matthews
Simms died in 1921 and left her considerable estate to Dan Simms. Dan
Simms was married a third time to Ella Smith, a widow twenty six years his
She had the words…
”The greatest man who ever lived”
inscribed on his
tombstone….and…he must have been ….just that.
WHEELOCK 1821 IL
Daughter of E L R Wheelock
m. 1836 Samuel A Kimbrell/Kimble at age fifteen
Andrew Jackson Powers at age sixteen
m. 1841 Samuel Blackburn Killough at age twenty
Husband No. One
admitted to the Nashville Colony February 1, 1836.
A Navarro County map, created from a survey in 1901,
shows the name…S A Kimbrell/Kimbell on two plots of land adjacent to one
held by George Ripley Wheelock and located near present day Emmett,
Texas. His grant number was 471, indicating that he was in the settlement
quite early and may have been older than George Ripley Wheelock.. He, also
held grant numbers….454, 455. G R Wheelock’s number was 824.
Research of the deed to the property
could, possibly, provide names of his heirs.
The names….B Kimbrell, H R Kimbrell, and James T
Kimbrell…were found in the 1874 minutes of The Liberty Hill Presbyterian
Church as “members who have left” and were “discontinued as members” by
resolution of the church. Emmett was located across Richland Creek from
Liberty Hill…approximately the same distance as Spring Hill where some
church members lived. However, crossing Richland Creek would have been
difficult more than a few times each year when heavy rains fell on the
The Kimbrell names were not among the Charter
Members of the Liberty Hill church in 1860. The possibility exists that
Samual A Kimbrell had arrived at The Nashville Colony/Robertson’s Colony in
January 1836 following the death of a first wife who had died giving birth
to a son who survived…..say James T Kimbrell. James T Kimbrell…possibly
with siblings…could have settled on the properties.
Interesting is the fact
that Samuel & Annette were married in Natchitoches LA November 1836 when
Annette was fifteen.
A search of that area
produced no Wheelocks.
Samuel Kimble died in
Louisiana..February 1837 of Yellow Fever. He was, also, recorded as
having “fought in the Runaway Scrape” during the Texas Revolution. He
was listed as First Sergeant in a Ranger Company commanded by Capt. E L R
Wheelock that was organized in May 1836.
Col. Wheelock was a wise
and prudent individual and an assumption could be made that he provided for
his family to flee to the east as Santa Anna and his vast Mexican army made
their way toward San Antonio to take the Alamo, and, later, to be defeated
at San Jacinto. Historical fact states that the Wheelock sons, George
Ripley Wheelock, William Hilman Wheelock, and David Prichett Wheelock…”fought
in the Runaway Scrape.”
Documentation exists that
Annette Wheelock and Samuel Kimbrell were married at Natchitoches, Louisiana
in November 1836 and that Sam died three months later in Louisiana of
Yellow Fever …February 1837.
Annette Woodward Wheelock
had become fifteen years of age in February 1836, near the time that the
“Runaway Scrape” began.
Samuel Kimble was in the
two large properties adjacent to Annette’s brother …
fought in the Runaway Scrape…
no doubt in company with the Wheelock sons.
He was a
member of the Ranger Company commanded by Capt. Wheelock
Could it have been
possible the two were seeing each other prior to leaving the settlement….to
have courted as they participated in the Runaway Scrape, and decided to
marry when they reached Natchitoches, Louisiana? Not likely in the spring
Texas history records
that heavy rains had flooded the Trinity River bottoms and that the fleeing
settlers were stopped in their “Runaway” at that point. The Wheelocks
would have been stopped there, far short of Natchitoches
Most settlers who had
fled the settlements as part of the Runaway Scrape returned quickly to their
homes after learning of the San Jacinto Victory of April 21, 1836.
Samuel Kimbrell and fifteen year old Annette
Wheelock…..may have “run away” to Louisana in November where Samuel may have
had relatives, married, and lived there until he died in February 1837.
The fact that the two lived in the area from November until February
strongly suggests that some support system existed there.
The possibility exists that Annette may have become
pregnant during the brief marriage and had a son who was given the name
Samuel A Kimbrell, but, later, known as Samuel A Killough.
Husband No. Two
Annette Wheelock, widowed
after only three months of marriage by the death of her husband in February
1837, must have enjoyed her brief marriage to Sam Kimbrell/Kimble. Samuel
Kimbrell died in February and…she promptly married Andrew Jackson Powers the
following month… March 1837. She had become a widow….. remarried and she
was only sixteen years of age.
The Powers Family had been neighbors of the Wheelock
Family in Illinois and had come to Texas with them in 1833. One reference
indicated that the Powers had come to Texas from Tennessee…probably meant to
state that they originated in Tennessee. George Ripley Wheelock had
married Lucinda Powers in 1837.
Two years later Annette
became a widow once again when Andrew Jackson Powers was killed in an Indian
fight near present day Marlin TX.
Thomas Washington Powers
was born in the above time frame and could have been their son.
BLACKBURN “Black” KILLOUGH 1813-1876
Husband No. Three
Son of Samuel Blackburn Killough
Born 1768 - Chester Co SC
Died 1842 – Rutherford Co TN
Annette Wheelock Kimbrell
Powers….remained a widow for two years following the death of Andrew Jackson
Powers. It is possible that she was busy during those two years caring for
two babies…one by Samual A Kimbrell…another by Andrew Jackson Powers.
She was twenty when she
married twenty eight year old SAMUEL BLACKBURN KILLOUGH from Rutherford Co
NOTE: The Killough Family was found in Mecklenburg Co NC in the 1770s and
were found in Williamson Co TN by the 1830s.
brothers were identified…..John Allen and Samuel Killough. John Allen
Killough married Anna Peeler who died in 1871 and was buried at Pin Oak
Cemetery near Hubbard TX. Members of this family settled in southeast Hill
Co and in Limestone Co TX after having lived in Tennessee, Mississippi, and
son, John Wallace Killough b 1832…married 1852 Mary Matilda Carlton b1835…
who lived at Natchitoches LA. He died in 1868 and she married Edward
Bowman, son of Jacob Bowman. Edward Bowman was a Baptist minister.
Members of the Bowman family married Treadwells, Skinners, Wrights, and
others in rural areas around Dawson.
Another son, William Henry Killough, married Jane Elizabeth Carlton, sister
of Mary Matilda Carlton. Both are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard TX.
Interesting is the fact that Elvy Josephine Carlton, born 1822 Duplin Co NC,
married Isaac Lee. She was living at Beat #4 Spring Hill, Texas at the
time of the 1870 census.
Samuel Blackburn Killough was, probably, a son of Samuel Killough.
“Judge” S B Killough is mentioned as having been in
a group of men from Fort Franklin who pursued a band of Indians who had
stolen horses in the area. Others in the group included A C Love, G H
Love, Harvey Matthews, and D Hill. The Indians were overtaken and a
fierce battle ensued with some hand to hand fighting.
It was a marriage that
would last thirty nine years and produce the following children:
Elizabeth Killough b 1847 m. William P Henry
Jane Killough b. 1845 m. George H Dunn
Woodward Killough b. 1849 m. Abraham McMordie
Cavendish Killough b.1852 m. Johanna W
L Killough b.1858 m. Cynthia A
Clifford Killough b.1859
Henry Clay Killough b.1880 Valverde Cem.
Milam Co TX
Killough b.1842 d. 1843
Josephus Killough b.1842 d. 1844
Ripley Killough b.1851 d. 1852
S Killough b.1861 d.1863
Killough…..possible son of Samuel Kimbrell
Samuel A Killough married 1868 Mollie O
Clark at Waco TX
Samuel Blackburn Killough
died 1876 at the age of sixty three. Annette Woodward Wheelock Kimbrell
Powers Killough lived twenty five more years. She died in 1901 at age
WILLIAM HILLMAN WHEELOCK
Son of E L R
Fought in the
Mexican War….returned to Wheelock..lived until 1896
DAVID PRICKETT WHEELOCK
Son of E L R
son E L
David Cameron Wheelock
Robert Burns Wheelock
Stella Augusta Wheelock
THOMAS FORD WHEELOCK
???? 1832 IL
Son of E L R
Corrections most welcomed…