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Died April 9, 1833
Æ 84 years.

Great-great-great-great-great-grandpa Oliver Wheeler II, of Acton, Massachusetts, a Plantagenet descendant, married Hepzibah Munroe of Billerica in 1773 and fought in the Revolution. Around 1778, as the war wore on elsewhere, the young couple joined a number of relatives in settling “Concord End” in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

Two pieces of evidence indicate that Oliver was not far from Concord Bridge on the 19th of April, 1775, when the Redcoats came:
  • The “Muster Roll of Concord Minute Men” lists Oliver Wheeler.

  • In 1875, at observances of the centennial of the Lexington/Concord Alarm, many visitors admired relics including “The sword of Oliver Wheeler of Acton, worn by him April 19, ’75”
One could conceivably identify the sword-bearing Oliver Wheeler as six-greats-grandpa Oliver Wheeler I, this one’s father. At age 54, he would have been a senior member of the Acton Militia in 1775. One wonders whether Oliver Wheeler II (then aged 27) would have been an officer with a sword. Perhaps the deciding bit of evidence may be the flag and star in this photo: the Sons of the American Revolution haven’t seen fit similarly to decorate the father’s grave.

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