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Olive Davis Wheeler

A joiner is a carpenter skilled in finished woodwork.

New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.

Olive Davis Wheeler was born on September 11, 1740 in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Simon and Jane Davis.

She married Peter Wheeler about 1759 in Littleton.  He was born February 4, 1732/33 near Littleton, Massachusetts. He was the son of Hezekiah Wheeler and Sarah Buss. Peter was a carpenter and joiner.

In 1762 they settled in Chesterfield County, New Hampshire where he helped build the old meeting house.

Their children included:
Lydia Wheeler Johnson
(1760, married Moses Johnson),
Peter Wheeler (1762, married Sarah Hubbard),
Jane Wheeler (1763),
Ephriam Wheeler,
John Wheeler (1765)
Jonathan Wheeler (1770, married Salome Killicut and Persis Newton),
Olive Wheeler, and
Sally Wheeler Walker (1780).

Peter signed the Association Test in Chesterfield on April 12, 1776.

In 1790 Peter and Ephriam appeared in the census of Chesterfield.

Peter died about 1814 at Chesterfield, New Hampshire.

Chesterfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire was incorporated in 1752. It is on the Connecticut River and bounded on the southeast by Swansey and Keene. In 1790 during the first census, Sullivan County was part of Cheshire County.

Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1686 by English settlers and was the the location of the Native American village called Nashoba Plantation

Children of Simon and Jane Davis
  • Captain Simon Davis
  • Captain Isaac Davis
  • Jane Davis
  • Thankful Davis Hinds
  • Bettey Davis Emmons
  • Mary Davis
  • Dinah Davis Hildreth
  • Olive Davis Wheeler
  • Elias Davis
  • Lieutenant Ebenezer Davis
  • Lydia Davis Davis
  • The New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.


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    New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial edited by William Richard Cutter published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915

    Peter [Wheeler], son of Hezekiah Wheeler [William, William, was born at Concord, February 4, 1732-33. According to the history of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, he served an apprenticeship of seven years under Captain Patch, of Littleton. Massachusetts, a town adjoining Concord.

    Soon after his marriage to Olive Davis, a descendant of Dolor Davis, the immigrant ancestor, he removed to Chesterfield, where he followed his trade as carpenter and joiner and also farming. He purchased lot nine in the fifteenth range of Chesterfield, July 23, 1762, and on January 22, 1766, he bought lots one and two in the twelfth range.

    He settled where Russell H. Davis lately lived, not far from the brook that bears his name. It is said that he helped to build the old meeting house and that he was an active citizen. He signed the Association Test, April 12, 1776. He died about 1814.

    Lydia, born September 8, 1760, died at Putney, Vermont, April 16, 1816;
    Peter, 1762;
    Jane, never married, died May 26, 1790;
    John, married twice, died at Stratton, Vermont;
    Ephraim, a merchant at Townshend, Vermont;
    Jonathan, mentioned below;
    Olive, died young;
    Samuel, died May 27, 1794, aged eighteen;
    Sally, 1780.

    The Association Test
    “We, the subscribers do hereby solemnly engage and promise that we will, to the utmost of our powers, at the risque of our lives and fortunes, with arms, oppose the hostile proceedings of the British fleets and Armies against the United American Colonies." 

    Cutter's work is available on CD
    Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled early by the English as a frontier outpost of  the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

    Peter Wheeler He is said to have been born about 1733 in the neighborhood of Littleton, Mass., and to have died 1814 at Chesterfield, N. H. He lived a short time at Littleton, Mass., but bought property at Chesterfield, N. H., July 23, 1762, and removed to that place.

    Married Olive Davis, daughter of Capt. Simon Davis.
    Lydia Wheeler, born Sept. 8, 1760; d. at Putney, Vt., April 16, 1816; m. as 2d wife, about 1789, Moses Johnson, of Stafford, Conn., a Lieutenant in the Rev. War. Res. Putney, Vt. Ch:
    1. Jane W. [Johnson], b. Jan. 11, 1791; d. July 4, 1872; m. John Hollenbeck.
    2. Lucinda [Johnson], b. Dec. 19, 1793; drowned in Conn. River, July 1, 1811; unm
    3. Sarah [Johnson], b. July 5, 1796; m. (1) Moses Day; m. (2) Erastus Downey.
    4. Olive [Johson], b. Jan. 1, 1799; m. Ashbel Johnson.
    5. Moses [Johnson]. b. Dee. 26, 1804.

    9752. Peter Wheeler, born 1762.

    9753. Jane Wheeler, died May 26, 1790 in 27th year; unm.

    4. John Wheeler, died Stratton, Vt.; m. (1) Salome Killicut; m. (2) Mrs. Persis Newton, of Newfane, Vt.

    9755. Ephraim Wheeler, died Stratton, Vt., 1850; m. Converse. Res. West Townshend, Vt.

    9756. Jonathan Wheeler, born Sept. 30, 1770.

    9757. Olive Wheeler, died y.

    9758. Samuel Wheeler, died May 27, 1794, aged 18

    9759. Sally Wheeler, born 1780; d. May 17, 1856; m. Aija Walker, b. Aug. 20, 1778; d. May 25, 1840. Ch:
    1. Mary Priscilla [Walker], d. July 9. 1837, aged 33; m. 1821, Rufus Harvey.
    2. Samuel Harry [Walker], d. Oct. 4, 1864. aged 57; m. Dec. 30, 1830, Laura Pierce, who d. Jan. 28, 1861.
    3. Sophia [Walker], m. 1827, Abel Parks.
    4. Elizabeth [Walker], d. April 4, 1849; aged 35; m. 1837, William F. Barnard.
    5. John [Walker].

    Europeans first settled New Hampshire in the 1620s.



    Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont edited by Hiram Carleton published by The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903

    John Wheeler was a son of Jonathan Wheeler, born September 30, 1770, and Lavina (Fisk) Wheeler, born October 27, 1773, both natives of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and were married in 1801.

    Jonathan Wheeler was a son of Peter, born in 1733 in that part of Groton that became Littleton, and Olive (Davis) Wheeler, daughter of Captain Simon Davis, of Greenwich, Massachusetts.

    Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled and incorporated in 1655


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