Jonathan Wheelock, Revolutionary War Drummer Boy

Continuing my research into Revolutionary War veterans, I recently found the obituary of Jonathan Wheelock, a 16-year-old drummer boy.

An obituary for Jonathan Wheelock, Congregational Journal newspaper article 17 September 1845
Source: GenealogyBank, Congregational Journal (Concord, New Hampshire), 17 September 1845, page 3

According to this obituary:

“He was at the battle of Bunker Hill, at the capture of Burgoyne, and served through the whole of the revolutionary war, occupying the station of drum-major at its close.”

When he died in 1845, he was “85 years and 8 months” old – so that means he was born about 5 January 1760.

According to the article: “He was born at Lancaster or Lempster, Mass.”

So, using the basic facts that I had about him, I looked in to see what more I could learn about this Revolutionary War soldier.

I found a record that seems to be a match:

A screenshot of FamilySearch's search page showing a search for Jonathan Wheelock
Source: FamilySearch

That’s interesting – using FamilySearch’s “View My Relationship” feature, it says that I am related to Jonathan Wheelock.

A screenshot of FamilySearch's relations page showing connections to Jonathan Wheelock
Source: FamilySearch

Armed with his obituary and this record in FamilySearch, I can continue my research to determine the accurate dates, places and other details of Wheelock’s life.

Let’s take a minute and document all of our Revolutionary War kindred.

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