Joseph Wheelock was the Older brother of Thomas Wheelock and was an eminent Attorney, who had offices in Gray’s Inn even though he was not a Barrister.
Attorneys (forerunners of modern solicitors) could join an Inn of Court up to the first quarter or so of the nineteenth century but they did not have to and many did not.
Joseph was admitted to the roll of attorneys in Michaelmas Term 1836 and was working for Messrs. Clowes and Wedlake’s at 10 King’s Bench Walk in the Inner Temple.
He had a long career in law up until the time of his death in 1884.
From his family there are two branches, one in England where one of his grandsons is known to have served in the great war and three of his Great-grandson’s served in WWII.
In England the Female line remains.
One of his youngest grandchildren went to South Africa, his name was Arthur Wheelock grandson and a former member of the Royal Artillery who served in the Boer War and was twice decorated for actions in the field. Following his resignation from the British Army he decided to stay in South Africa and joined the Transvaal Mounted police.
This branch has diversified into engineering and diamond industry. There are currently 2 known lines; A Female line in South Africa and a Male line in New Zealand.