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Subject: [GM-L] WHEELWRIGHT, William of Newburyport, MA b. 1798 d. 1873
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 21:44:19 EST
Source: Encyclopedia Americana 1829
p.705 Vol 28
William Wheelwright, American shipping and railroad pioneer in South America;
b. Newburyport, MA Mar 16, 1798 d. England Sept. 26, 1873. He attended
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA and at sixteen shipped as a cabin boy to the
West Indies, later becoming a ships' master in South American waters. In
1829, he was United States consul at Guayaquil, Ecuador, and then moved to
Valparaiso, Chile, where he built gas and waterworks, a lighthouse and other
facilities. By 1838 he had obtained concessions from South America west coast
countries for a steamship line, and in 1840 he secured British financial
a charter for the Pacific Steam Navigation Company, which inaugurated service
between Valparaiso and Callao, Peru, later extended to Panama. Between 1849
and 1852 he built the first railroad in South America, connecting the Chilean
of Caldera with the rich copper and silver mines of Copiapo and in 1850 also
Chile, the first telegraph line. His greatest ambition was to build a
railroad across the Andes between Argentina and Chile, and in May 1870 with
British financial support, he completed a line from Rosario on the Parana
miles above Beunos Aires to Cordoba, 246 miles northwest; however, political
financial complications delayed further work and the trans-Andean part of the
was not completed until 1910. In 1872 Wheelwright completed a railroad from
Buernos Aires to Ensenada, on the Rio de la Plata gulf, thereby permitting
ment of the port of La Plata. Athough he rarely visited the US he maintained
with his hometown and left part of his fortune for the technical education of
"Men of Andover by Claude M. Fuess pub. at New Haven 1928
Source: Farnsworth Memorial
Benjamin Farnsworth/Mary Prescott Line, Groton, MA
Sidney Woods Farnsworth, Jr. son of Sidney Woods Farnsworth and his wife,
Louise Stevenson of Evanston, ILLinois.
Sidney Woods Farnsworth Jr. b. May 16, 1927 at Montclair, N.J. m. March
15, 1958 at Cohasset, MA, Laura Wheelwright b. June 6, 1932 dau of Josiah
and Lois (Nelson) Wheelwright. He graduated B.S. Yale Univ. 1950, served in
the U.S. Navy, 1945-1946 and was Manager of Manufacturing for John F. Cain
Co., Cambridge, MA.
1. Samuel Prescott Farnsworth b. 1960 at Boston, MA
2. William Stevenson Farnsworth b. 1962 at Boston (twin)
3. Thomas Nelson Farnsworth b. 1962 at Boston (twin to William S.)
Source: Savage Dictionary of first settlers of New England
WHEELWRIGHT, JOHN, Braintree, bred at Sydney Coll. Cambr. where he had his
degr. 1614 and 18, was min. at Belleau, near Alford in Co. Lincoln, whence
with his w. Mary, sis. prob. of William Hutchinson, and of his ch. certain.
Thomas, Catharine, and prob. Samuel, perhaps all exc. John, he came to Boston
in the same ship with Rev. Samuel, Whiting, arr. at Boston, 26 May 1636, and
on 12 June foll. he, his w. and the wid. Susanna Hutchinson, her mo. as I
judge, unit. with Boston ch. and on 25 June 1637, his d. Mary was bapt. But
the long troubles of the antinom. controv. had begun, and being banish. with
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princip. friends and adherents in 1638, he rem. to Exeter, of wh. he is
justly call. the founder, being the first signer of the civil combinat. on
Friday, 4 Oct. 1639; there prob. had Rebecca and Hannah, and at his next
home, prob. Elizabeth and Sarah. When the N. H. planta. came under rule of
Mass. in 1642, he rem. to Wells, but aft. reconcil. with Winthrop and the
rest of the governm. went 1647 to be collea. in the serv. of the ch. with
Dalton at Hampton, in 1657 was in Eng. and had favor with Oliver Cromwell,
wh. had been intimate with him at the Univ. but he came back soon aft. the
restorat. and was sett. min. 9 Dec. 1662, at Salisbury, there d. 15 Nov.
1679, aged above 80 yrs. Of his s. John it may be presum. that he was oldest
ch. and never came to our side of the Atlantic, but was a scholar, perhaps a
preach. in Eng. wh. publish. at London, a vindicat. of his f. in Nov. 1645,
against the bitter aspersions of Thomas Welde, and very likely may have thot.
it useful to display equal sprit. I can have no doubt that he was d. bef.
the will of his f. His will of 25 May preced. pro. 26 Nov. foll. names s.
Samuel, but not Thomas, wh. prob. was d. s.-in-law, Edward Rishworth, and gr.
ch. Edward Lyde, wh. was to pay something to his mo. Mary, then w. of the
first Theodore Atkinson, Mary White, d. of Edward Rishworth, Mary Maverick,
and William, Thomas, and Jacob Bradbury. In Lincolnsh. and in Maine he had
est. to bestow in beq. to heirs, but he thot. very little of any in N. H.
Several of these seem here not to be represent. but prob. they had been
provid. for at earlier days, or were d. without heirs. We must look for
fuller aco. to the will (made twelve yrs. bef.) of his bach. br. Samuel
Hutchinson. Of the six ds. with considerable confidence, I assign. hs. to
all: Sarah, the youngest, m. 1671, as his sec. w. Richard Crispe (to her,
for her portion, the f. call. hims. late of Belleau, Co. Linc. gave, 22 Oct.
1677, his messuage, with appurtenanc. at Mawthorpe in the parish of
Willoughby, Co. Line. to be enj. aft. d. of donor); Elizabeth m. George
Parsons, Person, or Pearson; Rebecca m. 4 Dec. 1660, Samuel Maverick, and
next, 12 Jan. or more prob. Mar. 1672, William Bradbury; Mary m. 4 Dec. 1660,
Edward Lyde, and next, Oct. 1667, Theodore Atkinson; Hannah m. Anthony
Checkley; and Catharine m. Robert Nanny, and next, Edward Naylor. *JOHN,
Wells, s. of Samuel, prob. or of Thomas, perhaps; was a col. and one of the
reps. 1692, bef. and aft. the new chart. a gent. of character above
suspicion, wh. to McGregor and his noble assoc. the pure blood of Londonerry
or Scotch Irish presbyterians, gave quitclaim deed, 20 Oct. 1719, at Boston,
of the ld. "NOT TO EXCEED TEN MILES SQUARE," call. Nutfield. That sale he
deriv. authty. for, as he said, in the deed of Ind. sachems to his gr.f. 17
May 1629, wh. most elaborately spurious, purported to convey many thousand
sq. miles, and has been satisfactor. shown
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to be a forgery, used, to be sure, above a dozen yrs. bef. the Norfield deed,
and prob. unsuspect. by him, and never seen by his f. as we may confident.
believe it never was by the gr.f. wh. had honest title only to five or six
hundred thousand acres under Ind. deed of a portion of the same region, made
near nine yrs. later. He d. 1745. *SAMUEL, Wells, s. of the first John, m.
Esther, d. of Jeremy Houchins of Boston, was town clk. 30 yrs. in 1665
appoint. by the governm. of Mass. a commissnr. for the town, or justice of
the peace, rep. for York and Wells 1671, for Wells in 1677, in 1681, nam. of
the Council for the Province under Presid. Danford, and d. 1700. THOMAS,
York, s perhaps eldest, of the first John, made freem. of Mass. with prefix
of respect, Nov. 1652, and Col. Rec. III. 333, shows he then dwelt at Wells,
a selectman 1653, and commissn. the same or the next yr. prob. d. bef. his f.
Among gr. at Harv. Coll. are nine of this name.