Whelden Family Line


  • Gabriel Whelden (1595-1655)

    Gabriel Whelden

    b.abt.1590/1595 abt.Arnold, Nottingham, England; parents ukn
    d.bef.April 4, 1655 Malden, MA
    m.(1)Jane ______, who was living on Aug. 15, 1637
    m.(2) Margaret, Wampanoag Indian, dau. of Quadequina, sister of Massasoit
    d.aft.Oct. 2, 1655, presumably in MA

    CHILDREN [presumably all of Gabriel and Jane]included:

    1. Thomas Whelden bapt.Feb. 1, 1611/12 d/bur.April 15, 1614 Basford
    2. Catherine [Katherine] Catone Whelden bapt.March 6, 1616/7 d.aft. March 5, 1688/9 Eastham, MA m.Oct. 9, 1639 Plymouth, MA Giles Hopkins, s/o Stephen and Mary Hopkins
    3. Henry Whelden bapt.Feb. 21, 1618/9 d.Oct. 28, 1694 Yarmouth m.Yarmouth Jan. 25, 1647/8 Eed _______ d.May 15, 1682
    4. Mary Whelden bapt.Dec. 23, 1621. She was found dead in a boat off Duxbury, Plymouth Colony before Dec. 4, 1673, when there was an inquest; m.by 1648 Richard Taylor, tailor [a different man from the one who m. her sister, Ruth, who was also named Richard Taylor.
    5. Martha Whelden b.bapt.Dec. 23, 1621 d.June 17, 1639 drowned
    6. John Wildon bapt.Nov. 5, 1623 d.presumably bef.Oct. 4, 1630
    7. John Weelding bapt. Oct.4, 1630 d.Yarmouth Nov. 20, 1707 m.ca.1653 Mary Folland d/o Thomas Folland of Yarmouth
    8. Ruth Whelden bapt.July 5, 1626 d.ca.Dec. 13, 1673 m.Oct. 27, 1646 at Yarmouth MA Richard Taylor, husbandman, "of the Rock"

    From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700, by Holmes: GABRIEL, will probated at Malden, Mass., 1654.

    From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and First Annual Supplement American Ancestors Journal, Vol. 163 Oct. 2009: The first evidence of Gabriel Whelden's presence in NE was on 29 June 1639 when his daughter Katherine Whelden composed a letter back to England reporting the death of her sister, Martha Weelden of Dedham who was drowned abt. 12 days before.

    Gabriel cited as an inheritor in his uncle Thomas' will in Basford. Thomas also mentions a brother, Henry.

    Gabriel arrived in NE in 1639 or 1639, settling first at Dedham, MA, moving to Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony in 1639, and finally to Malden about 1649.

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