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This is 6GGF Oliver Wheeler I (1722-1804). He was apparently the second of our Wheeler line to make his home in this northern corner of Acton that later became southwestern Carlisle.

As the site of his grave, Acton has a strong claim on Oliver. So has Lancaster, where he was born. It appears, though not yet conclusively, that his homestead was in the District of Carlisle, by the time he died. Folks there are proud of him, too.

I used to believe that he was probably the “Oliver Wheeler of Acton” whose sword, “worn by him April 19, 1775,” was displayed at the centennial of the Lexington-Concord alarm. Now it appears that this must have been his son our 5GGF Oliver II. Explains why, on every patriotic occasion, the veterans decorate the son’s New Hampshire grave but not this one.

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