Robert Wheeler (1784-1820)
Elizabeth Surmeau (1781-1819)

Robert Wheeler was the sixth oldest of the eight children born to Henry Wheeler & Penelope Glover, born on 06 Sep 1784 at Everton, England. He married Elizabeth Surmeau on 09 Mar 1809 in Liverpool, Lancashire.  A couple of family historians have interpreted Elizabeth’s surname as Turmeau; the original record is at the top of a page and is fairly smudged. The last word appears to be Suinu, which is an island in Province of Western Finland, which would explain why no other UK records of Elizabeth exist:

Robert Wheeler and Elizabeth Surmeau had four children:

01. Elizabeth Glover (b. 20 Dec 1809, d. 23 Feb 1815) baptised 28 Feb 1810, buried on 24 Feb 1815 at Edge Hill, Liverpool, age 5

02. Robert Thomas (b. 13 Jun 1812, d. 27 Apr 1875) baptised on 26 Aug 1812 at St. Thomas’ Church, Liverpool

03. Charlotte Glover (b. 24 Jan 1816, d. ?) baptised on 13 Jun 1816 at St. Thomas’ Church, Liverpool

04. George Frederick (b. 07 Sep 1818, d. 1854) baptised on 26 Aug 18

Robert is described as a merchant on his marriage record and his son George’s baptismal record, oilman on the baptismal records of Elizabeth and Robert, and grocer on  Charlotte’s.

Elizabeth Wheeler (née Surmeau), died at the Soho St address on 18 Oct 1819 and was buried on 21 Oct 1819 (reference 283 EDG/4/1), aged 38 and just a year after George Frederick’s birth:

Sadly, Robert died just months later and was buried on 14 Feb 1820, aged 35, his address in the records showing as Brownlow St Liverpool – almost certainly his father Henry’s house, 21 Brownlow St Liverpool; from the 1821 Gore´s Directory of Liverpool:

Henry’s his wife Penelope had died in 1815, so it appears that Robert and his three surviving children moved from Soho St to Henry’s house, the children being brought up by their grandfather after Robert’s early death.

Generation 2

02. Robert Thomas Wheeler married Bella Seward on 23 Jun 1834 at St. Mary’s, Lancaster. Bella was born on 12 Dec 1811 (baptised on 13 Mar 1811 at St. Mary’s in Lancaster; item 14, FHL Film Number 1526146), her parents being Charles and Bella Seward.

There are duplicate baptismal records for a Henry Wheeler and Bella Wheeler in 1835, and a burial record of a Bella Wheeler on 01 Nov 1835, so presumably their first offspring were twins. Two years later another daughter was born, and they named her Bella as well:

01. Henry (b. 20 Oct 1835, d. ?) baptised 12 Dec 1836 Skerton, Lancashire, England

02. Bella (b. 20 Oct 1835, d. c. 31 Oct 1835) baptised 13 Dec 1835 Skerton, Lancashire, England

03. Bella (b. ?, d. ?) baptised 13 Dec 1838 Skerton, Lancashire, England (item 25 p 17, FHL Film Number 1517648)

04. Robert (b. 18 Feb 1841, d. ?), baptised 30 Apr 1841 – St. Mary’s, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

In the 1841 census the family lived in King St Lancaster; Robert Thomas was described as a clergyman, Henry aged 4. Bella aged 2 and Robert  3 months. Robert Thomas;s sister Charlotte, aged 25, was with them at the time.

In the 1851 census William is described as a “Perpetual curate, St [Tobias], Blackburn Lancashire”. The record was at 67 [East] Parade Hastings, so he and Bella may have been taking a seaside break at the time. There were no children listed with them.

In the 1861 census Bella appeared as a Clergyman’s Wife, aged 49. In the same household (in Kent) lived her daughter Bella (aged 22) and her husband Richard Whittington (aged 36, described as a teacher and curate, born in London) and two staff. Robert was visiting in Deal, Kent on the night of the census.

Bella appears to have died in Pancras, London, in 1872, aged 60. Robert died on 27 Apr 1875; probate was granted in £1064 15s. 6d., his estate being left to his son-in-law Richard Whittington:

03. Charlotte Glover Wheeler may be the same person as Charlotte Turmeau Wheeler who died, aged 92, at Ware, England. We base that on the age being correct and the middle name being Turmeau, which, as mentioned above, could well be the correct spelling for her mother,




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