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Wheelock’s in Western Australia

We arrive at the 6th of Blog and a change of pace from Latin America and United Kingdom, my research has also to taken me to Western Australia where most Australian Wheelock’s originate.

I will return to the Origins of Wheelock in the next blog but it has taken me longer to write up. This an extract of the research which I am just starting to build a picture but it will take me sometime.

We do know the two migrants came from Ireland and settled in the Colony of Western Australia, previously known as the Swan River Colony in 1839.

Extract taken from “The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians Pre 1829-1888”

WHEELOCK, John, b. County Wexford, Ireland c.1822, d 4.12.1888 (Chapman Bay district), arr 20.4.1839 per Hindoo  with brother (George or James), m 3.6.1840 (Perth) Elizabeth Matilda BARRON, dtr of Edward & Jane, d 21.1.1866 (Ellen).  Chd Isaac b August1842, Edward b July 1844 (d May 1846), John Boxwell b April 1845 & bp 1845, John b July 1847, Jane Pearson b June 1848 d 1934, Samuel b August1850 (Toodyay), James b 1852, Elizabeth Matilda b 1853 d 1938.  Farmer & grazier, tenant at Toodyay 1840’s & 1850’s at “Roesland”.  Greenough, Champion Bay 1860’s.

WHEELOCK, Charles Thomas, B 6th of January 1858 Toodyay, d 15.5.1916,  m 16.6.1885 (Carnarvon) Jessie Nevin McJANNET.  Chd Elizabeth b 1886 d 1964 ((carnarvon owned drapery store), Darcy, Gerald d 1964 Shepherd at Irwin, drover  of flocks into Gascoyne district.  In patnership with C J Gooch, established “Wandagee Station” 1880.  Was at meeting there when 1st Gascoyne Rd. Bd. was formed 1882.  To Carnarvon, built “Red House” 1883.  Town council employee as well  at station manager, town butcher, Presbyt.

WHEELCOK, Edmond, son of John & Elizabeth (nee BARRON), m 1st 23.5.1883 (RC Geraldton) Margaret HENNESSY b 1864, dtr of Loughlan, m. 2nd 26.1.1888 Rosanna Agnes Mcdonnell B 2.6.1864 d. 22.1.1906, dtr of John & Ellen (nee McCABE).  Droverr & labourer Mt Magnet.

WHEELOCK, Edward, b 1854 m Mary Ann b 1854.  Chd Veronica Maud b 1891 d 1891 (Champion Bay district).  Mounted Police Constable Albany 1879-1884.  Transferred to Bunbury 10.9.1884, resigned 1.2.1885 having been appointed to “Mt Wittenoom”.

WHEELOCK, Elizabeth Matilda, b 1853, dtr of John, m 1873 Thomas BROAD

WHEELOCK, George (=?James), arr 20.4.1839 per HINDOO  with brother John.  Employed as a caretaker Middle Swan district.

WHEELOCK, Isaac, b 8.1842, son of John & Elizabeth Matilda (nee BARRON), of Greenough, employed a s T/L labourer 1868.

WHEELOCK, James.  Witness at marriage of John Wheelock 3.6.1840 (Perth).

WHEELOCK, James Lowe White, Bp 29.3.1852, son of John & Elizabeth Matilda (nee BARRON).  m 6.4.1893 (Dongara) Florence Josephine FOGARTY, b 1868, dtr of Joseph & Harriet.  Farmer, Greenough (1884-6 Alm).

WHEELOCK, Jane Pearson, b 1848 dtr of John, m Thomas CRAINE

WHEELOCK, John b 7.1847, son of John & Elizabeth Matilda (Nee BARRON), m ?Maria HOGAN, chd. Edward.

WHEELOCK, Margaret, d .19.6.1883 (Geraldton).

In a different edition of this book it states:

WHEELOCK G. “ ……..Was employed as a Caretaker in the Middle Swan district”

WHEELOCK John “………In November 1840 signed a petition with his wife for a Methodist minister’s stipend at Perth.  Was mentioned in the 1849 Toodyay census as a farmer.  In 1850 signed a petition for a publican’s licence at Toodyay.

 Obituary Charles Thomas Wheelock

The late Charles Thomas Wheelock was born at Newcastle, now called Toodyay, in the Northam district, on January 6, 1858. As a young man he worked on the station of the late Mr. C. D. V.

Foss, who was later Resident Magistrate of Gascoyne Police District. At nineteen years of age, with the late Charlie Brockman, he journeyed to Boolathana from the Upper Irwin (now Mingenew). In

1879 he brought sheep to Doorawarrah, for Messrs. Gale and McNeil, and in 1880 he entered into partnership with the late Mr. G. J. Gooch, at Wandagee station.

It was on July 30, 1880, that the two partners discovered Wandagee. Up to that time no white man had ever trod on this part of the State. On the station they placed 2,000 sheep in November, 1860. About five years later

Mr.Wheelock sold out his interest in Wandagee and settled in Carnarvon, where he established a butchering business. It is now being conducted by the Carnarvon Traders, after passing through many hands.

While settled in Carnarvon he married Miss Jessie Nevin, daughter of the late

Williiam Hogan McJannett, and two sons and five daughters comprised his family,

most of them living today in Carnarvon district.

The late Mr. Wheelock was a grandson of Major Barron, a pioneer of this State whose wife is said to be the first white woman to arrive in Western Australia.

Although a resident of Carnarvon for many years, Mr. Wheelock took no active part in public affairs of the town and district. He was a keen lover of the bush, where he spent the major part of his life engaged in pastoral pursuits. He was a man of happy disposition. No matter what the hardship and difficulties he would always face them with a joke and a good hearty laugh. In that spirit he lived and helped very largely in the settlement of the Gascoyne.


Wheelock Origins and Alternative Definitions

We arrived at the 5th Blog and we discuss the origins of the name:

The accepted definition of the origins of the Wheelock name by all bodies including the College of Arms is:

The Name of the village is first recorded as Hoileck, and Hoiloch in the Domesday book then Changed in 1316 to Quelock and again in 1382 to Whelock, in 1384 to Welock, finally in 1390 it seems to have settled, and recorded as Wheelock as it is known today. The main reason for changes stem from people spelling as they sound it.

The word come from the word Chevel-og meaning winding, twisting, turning and the conclusions seem to be the river with its many twists and turns until they reach the central body of the river outside the village. Sketch of the locks: (History of Sandbach and District”, Cyril Massey, Published 1982).

Wheelock Village

The word come from the word Chevel-og meaning winding, twisting, turning and the conclusions seem to be the river with its many twists and turns until they reach the central body of the river outside the village. Sketch of the locks: (History of Sandbach and District”, Cyril Massey, Published 1982).

Mr. Massey did not identify the language for “cheval-og” nor did he cite the source of this information.

When a Welsh-English dictionary was consulted, neither “cheval-og” nor “cheval” could be found.

However, the following was found

“Cheval” in French means “horse”

“og” in Norwegian means “and”

“òg” in Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic means “young”

Further research has revealed A more obscure definition of the name is as follows:

The development of Wellock via Wailock, Wallock from walok in 1379. This is the form which requires investigation and the evidence suggests that it was a diminutive of a personal or Christian name “Wal” in Yorkshire This may have been meaningless when used in the 1300s, but etymologically it is probably the Old High German word “walh” meaning Romance Speaker (Roman Empire) to Old English welisċwælisċwilisċ, (Meaning Romano-British)

The following examples, whilst not being directly connected with the Wellock family in Linton ,illustrate the use of such a personal name

1297 Walkoc in the Wra    )

Monkton.  Subsidy Roll

Alienora Walkoc      )

1305 Peter, son of Walcok,(Long Preston) Yorkshire Inquisition

1313 Emma Walhoc (Stanley, nr Wakefield) Court Roll.

1323 Thomas Wallesone (Horton) Bowland Deeds.

The suffixes ‘cock’ and ‘ock’ were interchangeable as diminutives.

©RRRA, 2018

According to the Oxford Dictionary there is also an obscure definition coming out of Surrey the origins are unknown but is acknowledged as  14th cent. Whelok [lack of suff. early forms makes this unique name difficult to elucidate: prob. the second element is Old English loc(a, enclosure, stronghold, and the first for Old English hwít, white]

The problem with the accepted definitions is the locations of some of the original Wheelock’s across the United Kingdom and the phonetic use of Chevel-og.

In 1970 J. McN. Dodgson (John McNeal ) correctly identified the Old Welsh word chwyl-og to be what the Welsh used for the proper noun of “Whelock” and “Wheelock.” Chwyl-og translates to “winding river” and is based on the Old Welsh word chwyl, part of which means “a turn, a rotation, a course,” with an adjective suffix of og.  Unlike “cheval-og,” chwyl can be found in the Welsh-English dictionary. In addition, the pronunciation of chwyl-og is similar to “Wheelock.”

The Welsh pronounce ch as in the Scottish loch or German bach, wy is usually “oo-ee” and l-og would sound like “log” in English. Chwyl-og would be pronounced as “ka oo-ee log”. If said fast enough, it starts to sound like “ka-wheelog.”

However, a more obscure comment from the author alludes at a possible connection to the old English word suilaco which means turn, rotate and thus the winding river.

The Towns close to the English-Welsh border frequently have both English and Welsh names, and the dominance of one name over the other reflects the cultural tensions between the two entities. probably Leominster (Llanllieni), the English name seems to have derived from the Welsh name. In other cases, such as Llwydlo (Ludlow) and Henffordd (Hereford), the Welsh name derived from the English name of the settlement.”

The village of Wheelock was no exception, and the Welsh used their word chwyl-og to pronounce, as best as they could, the Norman name of this English village. In addition, the use of the Welsh ch with its hard consonant pronunciation in chwyl-og could explain why the village changed its spelling from “Whelock” to “Quelok” and “Qwelok” during the 1300s.

While J. McN. Dodgson for identifying the possible correct Welsh word, I disagree with any notion that the phonetically-spelled word “cheval-og” or the Old Welch word chwyl-og was anglicized into “Whelock” and became the name for the family, the village and the river Wheelock. There are two opposing questions in this debate: First question did “Wheelock” derive from the Welsh adjective chwyl-og? Since these surnames appear throughout England, are all of these surnames connected? And how?

Professor Melville Richards says that the word is chwil (beetles))and then and adjective of Chwilog (abounding with beetles), assuming the English form represents OWelsh  then OEnglish to Middle English, He also states that the adjective chwelog is not to be found in the University of Wales Welsh Dictionary, But he finds the stream of Chwilogen. This is a lost name in Llanystumdwy, Caernarvonshire, but the name of a village Chwilog remains.

Here the professor is on surer ground. Welsh chwil means “beetle, chafer”, and the adjectival compound chwilog “abounding with beetles”. This then is our Cheshire Wheelock, with the -ee representing the long Welsh /. Chwilogen is a diminutive in en from chwilog. Chwil and its compounds is very common in Welsh place names, and is often found with an anglicised spelling wheel, particularly in South Wales where chw- in dialects becomes wh-.

However the flaw in this argument is the progression of Wheelock, using the Richards argument we end up in Whylock (Wailok) instead of Wheelock (Wi:lok)

Finally Dodgson identifies the use of Weloc in France in 1260 but cannot find the source of attribution

For next Blog on the subject:

Second Question: Did the Norman surname “Willoch” or “Willock” become anglicized into “Whelock” and then “Wheelock”? is Wheelock a Norman name and not Welsh?

To answer this question, one must consider the origins of all surnames similar to Wheelock (including “Wheelocke,” “Wheeloc,” “Whelock,” “Whilock,” “Whillock,” “Willock,” etc.). Since these surnames appear throughout England, are all of these surnames connected? And how? What is the connection.


1.- A Dictionary of Yorkshire Surnames – George Redmonds – 1935

2.- The Place-Names of Cheshire by J.McN Dodgson – 1970

3.- Cheshire Place Names by Anthony Poulton Smith – 2012

4.- The National Archives, Domesday Book

5.- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walhaz

6.- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Wheelock

7.- http://roadsofromanbritain.org/gazetteer/yorkshire/historical_background.html 


Blogs returning in 2020

I know I haven’t written or given people news. but I am returning in January 2020 with new blogs and information.

Come back on January 5th the first of a series of 10 blogs will be published.

Have a Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year

Raw Data how it looks

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

marriages 1627-1744

24     Sep  1678         Philemon Wheelock & Jone Edwards

burials 1681-1750

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)

2009 negative

  • Wheelock on fo. 593, 607, 605 (all Trentham)
  • negative

2002 negative

2003 negative

2004 negative

2005 negative

  • negative
  • 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)

2011 negative

2012 Wheelock on fo. 23, 65 (Burton) and 397 (Barton under Needwood)

2013 negative

2014 negative

2015 negative

2016 Wheelock on fo. 637 (Essington)

2017 negative

2018 negative

2019 negative

2020 negative

2021 negative

2022 negative

2023 Wheelock on fo. 335 (Walsall)

2024 negative

2025 Wheelock on fo. 134 and 574 (West Bromwich)

2026 negative

2027 negative

2028 negative

2029 negative

2030 negative

2031 negative

2146 negative

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.  

Artist Impressions of the Village of Wheelock

Here’s an Artist Impression of the Wheelock Village. Click on the image to see the full size.


Wheelock Village

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