Amos Wheeler
Papers, 1810-1818

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Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Collation of single accessions 4898-4929; original accession number identified in parenthesis following the description of item listed in the inventory.
Processed by: Manuscripts and Special Collections, January 2013

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Biographical Note:

Amos Wheeler was a seaman from Stonington (New London County), Connecticut. Published genealogical records indicate he was born June 27, 1784, was the oldest of 12 children of Amos Wheeler (1759-1843) and Lucy Holmes Wheeler (1765-1837); married Ann Charles; and died June 9, 1832.

Scope and Content Note:

The papers are related to the seafaring activities of Amos Wheeler, Jr., especially when he was on the crew of private mercantile ships commissioned by the U.S. Navy for military duty during the War of 1812. The papers include letters, diaries, and financial and legal papers concerning Wheeler’s capture by British authorities and subsequent imprisonment at Halifax, Nova Scotia, from about mid-August to mid-October 1812; serving as an officer aboard the schooner Saratoga from November 1812 to March 1813, during which time he was wounded on February 9, 1813 when the vessel came under attack. Also included are account memorandum books, logbooks, inventories, contracts, accounts, and receipts related to bounties and prize money awarded for capture of the British ship Trevor by the American ship True Blooded Yankee on October 2, 1814; affidavits and other legal documents concerned with the indictment of Giles Slocum II for financial losses incurred when cargo ships he chartered were seized by the British; and sundry papers related to operations of the cargo ships Saratoga, Yankee, George, Nabby, and Young Hornet.

Box and Folder List


Box Folder Description
1 1 Diary of Amos Wheeler, Jr., as a prisoner of war at Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 15-October 13, [1812]. ca. 64p. (4898)
1 2 Abstract of a journal aboard the armed schooner Saratoga, November 6, 1812-February 6, 1813. ca. 40p. (4898)
1 3 Letter: Wheeler, Amos, Jr., to Amos Wheeler, Sr., New Orleans, March 21, 1813. 4p. (4899); letter details his experiences aboard the schooner Saratoga.
1 3 Letter: Wheeler, Amos, Jr., to Gurdon Wheeler, New York, January 24, 1814. 4p. (4900)
1 3 Draft of a letter of Charles Wooster, commander of the private armed vessel Saratoga, [ca. 1813]. 2(4)p. (4901)
1 3 Draft of a petition to Congress by Simeon Haley regarding his service on the ship True Blooded Yankee. [New London], 1814. 2(4)p. (4902)
1 3 Proceedings of a meeting to form a new Masonic Lodge at North Stonington, Connecticut. Amos Wheeler, Jr. (clerk), North Stonington, Conn., October 5, 1811. 2p. (4903)
1 3 Warrant (draft) for the arrest of Joshua Stanton in the case of Wheeler and Grant vs. Brown, [Groton, Conn.], ca. 1810. 4p. (4904)
1 3 Deed (copy): Charles F. Brown to William Grant and Amos Wheeler of land in Marcellus township. Lot 9, 600 acres, December 12, 1810. 2(4)p. (4905)
1 3 Deposition (copy) of John Green of Halifax, Windham County, Vermont, before Joseph Henry, Justice of the Peace, regarding the case of Wheeler vs. Hull, 1814. 2p. (4906)
1 3 Deposition (copy) of John Green of Halifax, Windham County, Vermont, before Joseph Henry, Justice of the Peace, July 24, 1808, regarding the case of Wheeler vs. Hull, 1814. 3p. (4907)
1 3 Deposition of William P. Rathbone concerning Amos Wheeler. Washington, January 23, 1818. 2(4)p. (4908)
1 3 Petition (draft) to Congress on behalf of the widow and children of Caleb Wood, Fair Haven, Mass., November 30, 1817.  4p. (4909)
1 4 Letter: Wheeler, Amos, Jr., to Lemuel Barrows and the crew of the barge Yankee, Stonington, Conn., May 13, 1818. 2p. (4910)
1 4 Certification of the incident in which Amos Wheeler, Jr., prize masters mate on the schooner Saratoga, was seriously wounded during engagement between the schooner Saratoga and the British ship Algeria, off Cape Antonio, Cuba, on February 9, 1813. 4p. (4911)
1 4 Power of attorney: Amos Wheeler, Jr., appoints Samuel Tooker as his attorney to represent him in all matters relative to his service on the private armed ship Saratoga, [New York], October 19, 1813. 1p. (printed form) (4912)
1 4 Petition concerning James Stewart, Groton, Conn., February 5, 1815 (4913)
1 4 Warrant for apprehension of Samuel Burrows and others by sheriff Alexander C. Smith of New London County, Connecticut; Stonington, November 14, 1814. 3p. (4914)
1 4 Subpoena for Amos Wheeler, Jr., issued by Coddington Billings, justice of the peace for New London County; Stonington, [Conn.], April 7, 1815. 1p. (4915)
1 4 Letter: Wheeler, Amos, Jr., to Amos Wheeler, Sr., Newport, June 28, 1813. 1p. (4916)
1 4 Power of attorney: James Black, to Amos Wheeler. St. Louis, November 18, 1817. Endorsement and signatures of Rufus Easton, Joshua Oglesby, F.M. Buyola, William Clark, Frederick Bates. 4p. (4917)
1 4 Memorandum relative to the testimony of Amos Wheeler, Jr., before U.S. District Court at New York, [ca. 1817]. 2p. (4918)
1 4 Receipt of payment from Amos Wheeler, Jr., to Amos Clifts, Groton, [Conn.], May 2, 1818. 1p. (4919)
1 4 Receipt for money paid Nathaniel Clifts by Amos Wheeler, Jr. Stonington, May 12, 1818. 1p. (4920)
1 5 Notes on sailing and navigation, September 21, 1815 (4921)
1 5 Deposition of Ebenezer Learned relative to the case against Paul Barrows and Amos Wheeler, Jr. May 31, 1814. 4p. (4922)
1 5 Letter: Amos Wheeler, Jr., to Henry W. Edwards, Stonington, [Conn.], April 5, 1815. 1p.  (4923)
1 5 True copies of affidavits of Amos Wheeler, Jr., and others filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts relative to the case of Giles B. Slocum II; certified by William S[mith] Shaw (clerk), September 11, 1816. 13p. (4924)
1 5 Summary of proceedings of U.S. District Court in Massachusetts relative to the case of Giles B. Slocum II; certified  by William S[mith] Shaw (clerk), September 11, 1816. 7p. (4925)
1 5 Evidence in the case against Giles Slocum, II, New London, March 1815. 3 items. (4926)
1 6 Account memorandum book of Amos Wheeler, Jr., in company with George Haley, Nathaniel Clift, Simeon Haley, Jeremiah Holmes, and Thomas Hammond, 1814-1815. 12(36)p. (4927)
1 6 Account memorandum book of Amos Wheeler Jr., agent for barge and crew, sloops Nabby and Nancy, 1814-1816. 28p. (4927)
1 6 List of names in groups numbered 3 to 8, ca. 1814. 24p. (4927)
1 7 Account memorandum book of Amos Wheeler, Jr., with barge owners, 1814-1815. 48p. (4927)
1 7 Account memorandum book of Amos Wheeler, Jr., with barge owners, 1814-1815. 48p. (4927)
1 8 General orders relative to the Stonington regiment as originally drawn up by Jonathan Palmer, Jr., October 8, 1793, executed by hand of Jonathan Palmer, Jr., April 1, 1811. On verso appears to be a list of troops. 2p. (4928)
1 8 Letter: Amos Wheeler, Jr., to Capt. Appleton March, New York, January 28, 1813. 3(4) p. (4829); concerns the state of affairs aboard the schooner Saratoga.
1 8 Letter (copy): Amos Wheeler, Jr., to Hon. William Jones, Secretary of War [sic] at Washington, D.C., concerning the incident in which he was wounded when the privateer [schooner] Saratoga came under attack, February 9, 1813, n.p., [March 1813?]. 2(4) p. (4928)
1 8 Affidavit of Abram Judah, surgeon of the schooner Saratoga, relative to attending the wounds afflicted upon Amos Wheeler, Jr., on February 9, 1813, New Orleans, March 13, 1813. 1p. (4929)
1 8 Certification that Abram Judah, a surgeon, was aboard the schooner Saratoga from November 6, 1812 to March 6, 1813, New Orleans, March 13, 1813, 1p. (4929)
1 8 Order of Captain Charles Wooster, commander of the schooner Saratoga, concerning payment to Amos Wheeler and others for the value of property on board the schooner Saratoga from November 6, 1813 to March 6, 1813; received payment at New York, May 8, 1815. 1p. (4929)
1 8 Remarks on board the privateer Saratoga on the Hudson River, Charles Wooster, commander, April 26, 1813 to May 1, 1813. 1p. (4929)
1 8 Receipt of payment for services performed on board the schooner Saratoga, Newport, July 1, 1813. 1p. (4929)
1 8 Remarks on board [the schooner Saratoga?], December 11-16, 1812. 4p. (4929)
1 8 Narrative of a voyage commencing from New York, Saturday June 18, 1814. 8p. (4929)
1 8 List of goods and furnishing on board the ship Nelson, March 30, 1813. 4p. (4929)
1 9 Roster of crew on board the sloop George, September-October 1814. 14p. (4929)
1 9 List of Crew entitled to prize money in the prize sloop George and cargo captured on the 3rd day of October 1814 by the barge Yankee; Lemuel Burrows, Captain, Amos Wheeler, Jr., Lieut., December 24, 1814. 1 p. (2 copies) (4929)
1 9 List of articles seized from the schooner Old Britain, October 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 9 Affidavit signed by Simeon Haley, Lemuel Barrows Jr., and John Wolf regarding the capture of the British ship Trevor by True Blooded Yankee and their agreement with Amos Wheeler regarding financial compensation, [1814?]. 1p. (4929)
1 9 Letter (draft): Amos Wheeler to Hezekiah Huntington, North Stonington, December 7, 1814. 4p. (4929); letter details Wheeler’s experiences of serving on private armed vessels during the war.
1 9 Memorandum relative to an agreement between Simeon Haley and Amos Wheeler, Jr., Stonington, February 4, 1815. 1p. (4929)
1 9 Extract from the log book of the private armed boat Yankee of Mystic, Lemuel Barrows, commander, September 21 and 22, 1814; certified by Jed Huntington, New London, February 6, 1815. 1(4)p. (4929)
1 9 Receipt for bounties paid for prisoners taken captive from a British ship on August 6, 1814, by the private armed boat True Blooded Yankee; Simeon Haley, Stonington, March 30, 1815. 1p. (4929)
1 9 Account of the sale of cargo of the sloop George to the privateer barge Yankee sold by [Robert] Fairchild at New London, December 23, 1814. 4p. (4929)
1 9 Receipt of Robert Fairchild for payment from Amos Wheeler, Jr., for prize goods cargo of the sloop George sold at New London, December 23, 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 9 Receipt of Amos Wheeler, Jr., from Robert Fairchild for payment of a promissory note, New London, December 24, 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 9 Account of the money paid to the crew of the sloop George, [1814]. 1p. (4929)
1 9 Account of payments made to owners of the barge Yankee, [1814]. 1p. (4929)
1 9 List of the crew of the barge Yankee on October 2, 1814, which captured the sloop George, October 3, 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 10 Account for the barge Yankee, ca. 1813. 2(4)p. fragment. (4929)
1 10 Memorandum relative to expenses of Amos Wheeler, Jr., June 1815. 3(4)p. (4929)
1 10 Amos Wheeler, Jr., order for George Haley to make payment on a note to Ambrose Barrows, 1815, 1p. fragment. (4929)
1 10 Schedule of accounts; possibly for bounty payments, ca. 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 10 Statement of account – cash payments to barge and crew, ca. 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 10 Receipt of payment for magazine belonging to the boat Experiment, New London, [Con.], September 12, 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 10 Account of payments received from William Jeffers, November 2, 1814; relates to the sloop Nabby. (4929)
1 10 Receipts for bounties, ship Young Hornet, March 16, 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 10 List of the crew of the sloop Nancy, September 13, [1814?]. 1p. fragment. (4929)
1 10 Draft of articles of agreement between Amos Wheeler, Jr., owner of the boat of war American Leviathan and the Port of New York, June 5, 1814. 1p. (4929)
1 11 Accounts and receipts for goods carried on board the barge Yankee, 1813-1815; Amos Wheeler, Jr., agent. 50 items. (4929)
1 12 Accounts and receipts for goods carried on board the barge Yankee, 1813-1815; Amos Wheeler, Jr., agent. 23 items. (4929)
Last Updated: January 2, 2014