Wheelock, Mary (née Brinsmead)

last name (variants): Wheelock
honorific(s): Madam
Birth: 1714-07-26 in Milford, Connecticut
Death: 1784 in Hanover, New Hampshire




  • Milford, Connecticut (from 1714-07-26 to 1747)
  • Lebanon, Connecticut (from 1747 to 1770)
  • Hanover, New Hampshire (from 1770 to 1774)
Marital status

Mary married Eleazar Wheelock in 1747. They had five children together: Mary Woodward, Abigail Ripley, John Wheelock, Eleazar Wheelock and James Wheelock.


Mary Wheelock was born Mary Brinsmead on July 26, 1714 in Milford, Connecticut. In the year following the death of his first wife, Eleazar began to court Mary Brinsmead, and the two married on November 21, 1747. Mary and Eleazar had five children together, including John, who would succeed his father as President of Dartmouth College. Little appears in the historical record about Mary, but many of the people who wrote to Wheelock, especially his Native correspondents who often lived with the family, referred to her warmly. In September 1770, Mary dismantled her longtime home in Connecticut, and travelled with her children to the Wheelocks' new home in the wilderness of New Hampshire. They rode in a coach sent over from England by John Thornton, accompanied by 30 Charity School students on foot. Eleazar, who had gone ahead to build housing for everyone, wrote a letter to Mary with many instructions about the move; the disposition of domestic animals, people, supplies; and the acquisition of money that suggests she was an able and trustworthy manager (manuscript 770510.1; this manuscript is not included in Occom Circle documents). She died in 1784 in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she is buried in the Dartmouth College Cemetery.


http://www.geni.com/people/Mary-Wheelock/6000000002367001061. Love, W. DeLoss. Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England. Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1899. Web. McCallum, James Down. Eleazar Wheelock. New York: Arno Press & The New York Times, 1969. Print.