I have pretty much completed the family and now taking a break of sorts from it. Back to doing research. below is an example how raw data looks like.
When I first receive the data is all just names and dates then for me is just a matter of interpreting, some comments even though it doesn’t make sense are my notes so I understand for future reference or research.
So to get to the family tree in a final format is a matter cross referencing and tabulating the data. I hope this helps in how research in genealogy works.
Shropshire, Whitchurch Parish Registers, baptisms 1633-1732
23 Jul 1679 John s Philleman Whillock
4 Sep 1691 William s Philemon Wheelock
30 Dec 1704 Mary dau John Wheelock of Whitchurch
15 Dec 1705 Sarah dau John Wheelock of Whitchurch
24 Apr 1708 John s John Whillock of Whitchurch
23 Feb 1711/2 Anne dau John Whillock of Whitchurch
18 Oct 1719 Elizabeth dau John Whillock and Sarah of Whitchurch
24 Sep 1678 Philemon Wheelock & Jone Edwards
7 Feb 1681/2 Phillemon s Phillemon Whillocks
7 Sep 1691 William s Philemon Wheelock
26 Jun 1703 Philemon Whilock of Whitchurch
6 Sep 1710 John s John Wheelock of Whitchurch
31 Dec 1710 Ann dau Philemon Whilock of Whitchurch
8 Apr 1723 John Wheelock of Whitchurch
I know these are a bit early but Whitchurch is a border parish with Cheshire so thought they might be worth following through at some point.
Work done at Stafford CRO 27/7/99, 2.0-4.45
Written up with all this report 1/8/99, 10.45-11.15, 2.0-4.15
This first section was done before I went to Shrewsbury, and is the Tatenhill group
Noted Tatenhill St. Michael is on IGI from BTs only.
F926/1 and F3625/1/ baps and burs 1700-1812, F3625/1/4 mars 1754-82
25 Apr 1764 Thomas s Richard & Mary Wheelock
26 Jun 1766 Mary dau Richard & Mary Wheelock
28 Jun 1767 Richard s Richard & Mary Wheelock
19 Nov 1768 John s Richard & Mary Wheelock
26 Apr 1772 William s Richard & Mary Wheelock
29 May 1774 George s Richard & Mary Wheelock
16 Jun 1777 Alice dau Richard & Mary Wheelock
18 Sep 1785 Thomas s Thomas & Jane Wheelock
25 May 1806 Francis s Sarah Wheelock of Dunstall, spurious
26 Oct 1806 Mary dau John & Sarah Wheelock
6 Sep 1807 Thomas s Lydia Wheelock, spurious
Note no bap of a Richard c.1737 – I feel this was a patron entered guess based on LDS standard formula for calculating birth date from marriage date.
27 Jun 1763 Richard Wheelock (x) and Mary Clarke (x) both of this parish, witn. John Slater & William Earp
18 Apr 1785 Thomas Wheelock (x) of parish of Netherseal & Jane Batthew (x) of this parish, by banns, witn. William Rowley & John Cholderton. Banns register exists for this period, on same fiche, searched and found entry but adds nothing
3 Oct 1790 Richard Wheelock & Elizabeth Newbold botp
Netherseal is in Leicestershire and there is nothing on the IGI for this Thomas.
14 Oct 1777 Alice dau Richard & Mary Wheelock
2 Jun 1778 Mary wf Richard Wheelock
23 Dec 1812 Sarah Wheelock pauper of Dunstall
Then I checked the IGI for Staffs and noted:
Thomas Wheelock and Jane having children in Burton: 1788 Mary, 1794 Alice
William Wheelock & Ann having children in Burton: 1794 Mary, 1799 Ann
Thomas Wheelock & Elizabeth having children in Colwich: 1804 Emma, 1807 John
George Wheelock & Elizabeth having children in Barton under Needwood: 1797 John
Uttoxeter events including names Richard and Thomas, 1765, Richard 1744 and 1738. Decided this looked promising so followed it up:
F3891/1/6 Uttoxeter St. Mary. Baps and mars are on IGI for mid C18th so concentrated on burs.
4 Oct 1739 Elizabeth dau Richard Wheelock
20 Jun 1740 Thomas Wheelock
25 Nov 1741 Mary wf Richard Wheelock
21 Sep 1744 Richard s Richard Wheelock and Mary his wife
19 Apr 1748 Richard s Richard Wheelock
moved back to F3891/1/5 for bap of first Richard
16 Jul 1738 Richard s Richard Wheelock and Mary his wife
there was no bap for the second Richard buried.
So could there be 2 Richard and Marys? There was one odd bap to a Richard and Mary in Checkley in 1731 but otherwise I couldn’t see anything that sorted these out.
Work done at Shrewsbury CRO 28/7/99, 1.30-4.45
Market Drayton Independent Chapel: original records are at PRO where you should be able to order prints. I was using the transcript in the Shropshire Parish Record Society vol.II (indexed)
13 Dec 1808 Elizabeth dau Thomas & Elizabeth Wheelock of Turley Castle, parish of Drayton-in-Hales, co. Stafford, born 25 Nov
4 May 1812 Joseph s Thomas & Elizabeth Wheelock of Turley Castle, parish of Drayton-in-Hales, co. Stafford, born 4 Apr
14 Dec 1813 Thomas s Thomas & Elizabeth Wheelock of Turley Castle, parish of Drayton-in-Hales, co. Stafford, born 13 Dec
(Drayton-in-Hales is the same place as Market Drayton. Parts of this parish are technically in Staffordhsire. Turley, usually Tyrley, was a township in the Staffordshire part, a peculiar whose wills were proved in a manoral court, but within Lichfield diocese)
1851 census index Market Drayton negative.
1841 census HO107/0899/4-5 went right through this but negative for your line as so far established, though I couldn’t find any ref to Tyrley except one household crossed through with a note “included in a different schedule”. There was just one Wheelock ref which I noted and which I am writing up because in the light of what I found later it could be relevant:
HO107/0899/5 fo.34, p.18 Cheshire Street
Susan Wheelock 55 draper N
Caroline Cheshire 30
Henrietta Cheshire 7
Sophia Cheshire 4
+ 1 servant.
I think the Cheshire family were probably lodgers, especially as so little information was given on them.
There was no Market Drayton parish file to take material from.
P97/109-112 and P97/157-8 Market Drayton baps 1808-12
27 Dec 1819 Eliza dau Thomas & Elizabeth Wheelock Tyrley Castle, farmer
printout obtained, will be in the post to you tomorrow.
P97/175-8 Market Drayton burs 1819-41
15 Jun 1822 Elizabeth Wheelock Tyrley 42
This appeared to be your Thomas’ mother. Printout obtained.
7 Mar 1836 Mary Wheelock Drayton 32
8 Feb 1837 Ann Wheelock Drayton 76
27 Jun 1838 Thomas John Wheelock Drayton inf
11 Sep 1838 John Wheelock Drayton 31 *
The Ann here could just possibly be Thomas senior’s mother, though he didn’t use the name for a daughter so far as we know so could be a stepmother or aunt.
I wanted to check some of these findings on Shropshire IGI but unfortunately the fiche for Wheelock had disappeared. I did however look at Staffs.:
Children on Thomas and Elizabeth in Cheadle – can now be ruled out because overlap date in Market Drayton above.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth in Colwich, Emma 1804 and John 1807 – this John looks like the one buried MD in 1838 and so these baps should be checked out.
Finally I decided to investigate the Elizabeth Walford who married Thomas senior. Would she have been 42 at burial in 1822?
IGI Shropshire showed Elizabeth bap 1780 to a William and Mary Walford in Prees *. This William and Mary also had a Thomas bap in Prees in 1770 – remember the witness to the marriage was a Thomas. So I feel sure this is the right Elizabeth and therefore the right marriage.
* printouts not possible because too late in the day to have them done – I can get them next time if you would like them.
Work done at Stafford CRO 30/7/99, 1.0-4.30
Because Stafford has better listing for census returns I was able to find Tyrley quite easily:
CEN41/10-11, HO107/988/2 fo.7, p.3 Tyrley Castle
Emma Minor 35 farmer Y
Sarah Minor 13 N
Walter Minor 10 Y
George Minor 6 Y
Mary Minor 5 Y
+ 4 servants.
Fo.3, p.1 The Hills, Tyrley
William Minor 35 farmer Y
Mary Minor 15 Y
William Minor 12 Y
Sarah Minor 11 Y
Alice Minor 30 Ind. N
+ 6 servants
I felt there was a chance this could be the Emma bap in Colwich in 1804 and William Minor could have been her husband (I’ve seen husband and wife with 2 separate households before on census where one or other parent has recently died and they are having to keep 2 farms running for a while) as none of the children clash and neither seems to have a spouse. So I thought it worth going on to 1851:
CEN51/63 HO107/1996 fo.312, p.8 Tyrley
Emma Minor hd wid 53 farmer of 200 acres Maer
Sarah Frances Minor dau u 22 Salop, Longford
Wingfield H. Minor s u 18 farmer’s son Tyrley
+ 6 servants.
Fo.313, p.10 Hills Farm
William Minor hd wid 49 farmer of 215 acres Longford
Alice A. Minor sis u 44 annuitant Salop, Preeson (sic)
+ 1 servant.
So I was still hopeful that Emma was Thomas senior’s daughter, though age and place of birth were not quite right. In any case this is a good indication of date of Thomas senior’s death or move from Tyrley as Emma seems to have gone there in c.1830.
Nest I tried for a will for Thomas senior, or indeed any other Wheelock wills.
D848 Tyrley Manor probate index negative.
CAL/7 Lichfield Diocese Peculiar wills calendar 1570-1857 (includes Prees)
1796 William Walford Prees “at Shrewsbury”
8 Jul 1820 Mary Wheelock Burton
I feel this must be Elizabeth’s father’s will and I think it would be worth checking even though the marriage was later than this – did she have any property left to her?
CAL/5 1776-1820 and CAL/6 1821-60 Lichfield Diocese Consistory wills (includes most of east Shropshire and all Staffordshire except peculiars, plus disputed wills from peculiars and those with property in more than one peculiar/parish. There were a series of Wheelock from Grindon and Dilhorne which I am not writing up for the moment since this is well away from the right area and the lines there seem to continue past the point where they could tie to yours:
4 Feb 1790 Mary Wheelock Cheswardine
27 Apr 1837 William Whilock Stone
26 Jul 1848 George Wheelock Barton-under-Needwood
So nothing here. I think you should maybe now check the PCC wills in the PRO (now at the FRC I think but no index for this period). You should start from 1819 and go if necessary to 1851 for the moment I think. It seems unlikely that he would not have left one, and perhaps as he had apparently some wealth the family opted for the status of PCC probate, or maybe he had land in more than one diocese which necessitates PCC probate, as would a dispute.
Next I checked the IGI for Shropshire:
12 Feb 1829 Emma Wheelock mar Jonathan Buckley in Market Drayton.
This seems likely to be Thomas senior’s daughter and knocks my census theory, though he could have died and she remarried. I think this marriage should be checked.
22 Aug 1833 John Wheelock mar Mary Dale in Market Drayton
This seems to be John born in Colwich and the mar may prove this by witnesses, should certainly be checked. It seems likely that this was the Mary who died there in 1836. Need to check for a bap for Mary Dale c.1804.
28 May 1838 John Thomas s John & Susan Wheelock Market Drayton
I think this may be John remarried in view of second name (and switch of names when this infant was buried); then John died and this Susan carried on in MD as per census above. Again the bap record needs to be seen in full.
1 May 1801 Mary dau Thomas & Elizabeth Wheelock Weston under Redcastle
I think this could be the first bap to Thomas senior – I’m not just sure where this place is, but if it is Weston and Wixhill as per my Phillimore’s Atlas, then it is adjacent to Hodnet and Prees. If it is theirs, then the chances are strong that Thomas’ mother was Mary.
12 Dec 1830 Christiana dau George & Mararet Willock Market Drayton
Interesting this – could Thomas and Elizabeth have had a George that we don’t yet know of – there are gaps in the run of baps to them even now.
27 Dec 1776 Thomas s Thomas & Mary Willock Boningale
This is a long way south, against the Staffs. border so may not be relevant, but it’s about the earliest ref in Shropshire so must be considered.
Next I checked the Colwich baps:
F874/1/7 Colwich PR specific refs:
23 Mar 1804 Emma dau Thomas & Elizabeth Whelock of Shugborough
3 Jan 1807 John s Thomas & Elizabeth Wheelock of the Manor Farm at Shugborough
burials to 1812 were negative.
F874/1/6 mars 1790-1804 negative, so this couple were not married there and I rather think they are yours. The occupation and status appears correct.
I don’t know if you know of Shugborough – it’s now a National Trust property though still the home of the Queen’s cousin and photographer, Patrick, Lord Lichfield. What was the manor farm, presumably, is now the historic/experimental farm which is open to the public as part of the estate. I wonder if there is some connection of the Lichfield family with Tyrley and Hodnet? I didn’t have a chance to follow this up because it’s holiday season and neither of the archivists, as opposed to search room assistants, was on duty in the search room. But I think it bears looking into. And it might be worth looking at the 1841 census for Shugborough, too, in case Thomas senior “inherited” the tenure of the farm from his father, or any of his children from him.
Then I checked IGI for a Buckley/Minor marriage, still hoping to track down Emma, but there was nothing.
The most likely parish for events for people living in Tyrley, apart from Market Drayton, was Mucklestone, since this was actually the nearest church building. So I thought it worth ruling out for Thomas’ burial:
F4610/13 Mucklestone PR burs 1813-51 negative.
Finally I thought it worth checking the various 1851 census index volumes for Staffordshire:
1996 negative (this includes Market Drayton, Mucklestone, Tyrley)
- Wheelock on fo. 593, 607, 605 (all Trentham)
- Wheelock on p.85 (Longton, near the Caverswall boundary and probably the Dilhorne line)
- Wheelock on fo. 762 (Grindon)
2009 Wheelock on fos. 366,378,382,383,385,463 (Dilhorne)
2010 Wheelock on fo. 457 (Hanbury, Uttoxeter)
2012 Wheelock on fo. 23, 65 (Burton) and 397 (Barton under Needwood)
2016 Wheelock on fo. 637 (Essington)
2023 Wheelock on fo. 335 (Walsall)
2025 Wheelock on fo. 134 and 574 (West Bromwich)
Let me know if you think it worth checking any or all of these for details – some were variant spellings.
Finally I have checked the 1881 census index for Joseph – and found him!!
RG11/1391 Folio 38 Page 21 26 South Rd., Edmonton, Middlesex
Charles Phillip WILLIAMS hd m 52 Wine Merchant Hackney, Middlesex
Sophie WILLIAMS wf m 38 Islington, Middlesex
Herbert WILLIAMS s u 13 Islington, Middlesex
Frederick WILLIAMS s u 9 Islington, Middlesex
Charles WILLIAMS s u 4 Islington, Middlesex
Stanley WILLIAMS s u 3 Islington, Middlesex
Joseph WHEELOCK fa-in-law wid 68 Solicitor In The Supreme Court
Tynby Castle, Stafford
Anny Cunstance WILLIAMS nc 21 Islington, Middlesex
There is no Tynby in Staffs., age is right, so I think this is your man. It should now be possible to find his death in the GRO index, and then look for a will – let me know if you wish me to do these, or you may be able to do them yourself? You or I could also try for a birth for Sophie or bap in 1842/3 – if we could find this it would give us Joseph’s wife’s name and perhaps an address for the 1841 census.