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Dominicke Wheeler (abt. 1569 - bef. 1616)

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Dominicke "Domny" Wheeler aka Wheller
Born about in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 3 Jun 1588 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified 22 Sep 2019 | Created 14 Apr 2010
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Parentage; Date and Place of Birth

Dominicke Wheeler's parentage and his date and place of birth are uncertain. Many online family trees say that his was the son of Francys Wheeler and Margerye (Owen) Wheeler. The evidence for that parentage, however, consists mostly of their having the same surname, living in the same parish, and having children during the appropriate time period. St. Edmund's parish records show that Francys and Margerye were married in 1565 and had children baptized in 1565 and November 1567,[1] which would mean that, if Dominicke was their son, he would probably not have been born before 1569. That, in turn, would mean that Dominicke would have been only 19 when he got married to Mercye Jellye in 1588. Since 19 was an unusually young age for a man to get married, normally that would be evidence against Dominicke being Francys's and Margerye's son. However, since Dominicke had a son who was buried only 6 months after he got married, it seems quite plausible (if not likely) that Mercye was 3 months pregnant when she got married and that Dominicke and Mercye were forced to get married at an unusually young age due to her pregnancy. It thus seems reasonably plausible, but definitely uncertain, that Dominicke was Francys' and Margerye's son and born in Salisbury about 1569.


Dominicke's will states that he was a "Sherma'" or shearman. Salisbury was a major center of the wool and cloth industry in England in the medieval period and up through the 16th century[2] and many of its residents, including Dominicke, worked in the industry. The process of making cloth from wool thread involved weaving the cloth, fulling (or cleaning) the woven cloth, stretching (or tentering) the cloth, teaselling to raise the nap (or roughness) of the cloth to rake of impurities, shearing the cloth to remove the excess nap, and planing or flattening the fabric.[3] As a "shearman," Dominicke was involved in the next to last stage of this process.

Marriage and Children

Dominicke Wheeler married Mercye Jellye on June 3, 1588 at St. Edmund's, Salisbury, Wiltshire.[4][5][6]

Dominicke had the following children, all presumably by wife Mercye (although it is possible that the first John, who was buried 6 months after Dominicke and Mercye were married, was the son of a prior wife):

  1. John, b. probably in 1588, bur. December 8, 1588. (See discussion and sources in John's profile.)
  2. John, b. probably in January 1589/90, bur. January 22, 1589/90. (See discussion and sources in John's profile.)
  3. John, bpt. November 4, 1591, m. December 1, 1611 Agnes Yeoman at St. Edmond's, d. before October 11, 1670 in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. (See discussion and sources in John's profile.)
  4. Jone/Jane, bur. February 15, 1593/4. (See discussion and sources in Jone/Jane's profile.)
  5. Elsabeth/Elizabethe, bpt. August 3, 1595, bur. September 9, 1604 at St. Martin, Salisbury. (See discussion and sources in Elsabeth's profile.)
  6. John, bpt. November 6, 1598, bur. November 7, 1598. (See discussion and sources in John's profile.)
  7. Robart/Robert, bpt. October 12, 1599. (See discussion and sources in Robart's profile.)

Some online family trees also include the following persons as children of Dominicke and Mercye, but no reliable evidence for their parentage of any of these persons has been found: Adam Wheeler Ann Wheeler, David Wheeler, Moses Wheeler, William Wheeler, Henry Wheeler, Mercy Wheeler, George Wheeler, Roger Wheeler.

Will; Death

Dominicke made the following will on December 12, 1615:

In the name of god Amen, the 12th daye of December 1615 That I Domny Wheller of the Cittye of newe Sarum in the County of WIltes Sherma' beinge by the p'vidence of god stricken Sicke of body but of perfect & good memory thanks be unto god, I do by this my laste will & Testament I will & give unto my wife Mercy Wheller all & Singular my goodes & Cattell both Reall & p'sonall movabill & unmovabel during her naturall life & after her life ther Endinge that then both thes thinges afor Specified to Come unto John Wheller the Eldeste Sonne of the forsaid Domny Wheller. I will also & give unto my sone John Wheller a littell Clock & a plater moreover I will & give unto Annes Wheller the wife of John Wheller five shillgs or anythinge to the value thereof I will & give unto Edward Wheller my son John Wheller's Eldeste sone on silver Spone & to his brother John Wheller 1 pottinger. in witnis hereof I have sett my hand the Date abve writtend W D Si'nu' Domny Wheller, Si'nu' John A M Malyerd, Si'nu' Will W C Courstis.[7]

Dominicke was buried at St. Edmunds, Salisbury on January 12, 1615/6.[4][8][9]

Dominicke's will was proved on February 16, 1615/6.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 See the profile for Francys Wheeler.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Salisbury: Economic history to 1612" in A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 6, ed. Elizabeth Crittall (London, 1962), pp. 124-129. Link to pages at
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Craft of Clothworking," The Clothworkers' Company. Accessed on 18 September 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Parish registers of St. Edmunds, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. FHL Film # 1279311. Viewable at Family History Centers. See image attached to this profile.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Phillimore, W. P. W (editor). Wiltshire parish registers : marriages. Vol XIII. London: Phillimore & Co., 1913. p. 22. Link to page at
  6. 6.0 6.1 "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Dominick Wheeler and Mercye Jellye, 1588; citing St Edmunds, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, reference 2:3ZTRNS8, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,279,311.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Withington, Lothrop. "English Notes About Early Settlers in New England." The Essex Institute Historical Collections. Vol. XLIV - 1908. The Essex Institute, 1908. p. 292. Link to page at
  8. 8.0 8.1 "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Dominicke Wheeler, burial 12 Jan 1615; citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,279,311.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Davis, Walter Goodwin. The Ancestry of Annis Spear 1775-1858 of Litchfield, Maine. 1945. p. 133. Link to page at

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On 21 Sep 2019 at 15:53 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

I disconnected all the children for whom there was no evidence, but kept links to their profiles in this profile and links to Dominicke's profile in theirs.

The second Robert should be merged into the first.

On 18 Sep 2019 at 15:34 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

Just a heads up that I am going to be working on this profile, including going to a Family History Center to examine the St Edmund's parish register.

On 18 Sep 2019 at 02:41 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

There seems to be no evidence for most of the children. Moses existed but no evidence that he was Dominick's son.

On 20 Jul 2019 at 22:04 GMT Clare Bromley III wrote:

Bassett-Preston ancestors : a history of the ancestors in America of Marion Bassett Luitweiler, Howard Murray Bassett, Preston Rogers Bassett, Isabel Bassett Wasson, and Helen Bassett Hauser, children of Edward M. and Annie (Preston) Bassett

By Preston, Mary Isabella, 1863- . Wheelers are on pages 317-318

On 20 Jul 2019 at 21:33 GMT Clare Bromley III wrote:

Thanks for managing this profile!

On 26 Feb 2017 at 19:43 GMT John Bentley wrote:

Wheeler writings - v.4, no.4 February 1998 has a list of 18 children but does not include Moses

On 26 Feb 2017 at 18:59 GMT John Bentley wrote:

in the book Ancestry of Annis Spear (listed as a source on this profile) only lists six children for Dominick. Then on page 135 it lists 12 children of John, Dominick's son. Many of those names are listed as children here, but with different dates. The source also mentions that these name where in the grandfather's (Dominick's) will which could lead some to think he was the father?

On 20 Feb 2017 at 02:58 GMT Anne B wrote:

A dose of skepticism: There are a lot of children attached to this profile. I didn't find anything in the New Engl Hist. Reg on Dominic. Marriages are available on line and his is there, but cant find all these children. Ancestry of Walter Goodwin (Link at Ancestry) lists Dominick but only 6 children no Moses.

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