The attached article is an original piece of research I did on the Wheaton and Bowen Family origins. If you would like to quote this information you may do so for personal purposes, but I request you cite me as author in published works. This work is copyrighted. Recent DNA results have not confirmed a connection between Robert Wheaton of Rehoboth and any known Devon Wheaton however we have a match with a Devon of another surname stay tuned.
An earlier article, I wrote, again speculative in nature, that I have seen quoted as fact without attribution is Robert Wheaton's English Origins.
Note: the information that I wrote years ago on the possibility that Robert Wheaton's parents could possibly be Robert Wheaton and Margaret Bastine has become oft repeated on the web as fact. This is NOT proven and may turn out to be as far from the truth, as is, the widely reported birthplace of Robert Wheaton as Swansea, Wales. Robert Wheaton was likely born in Devon, England and it is believed his roots lie there. It is our hope that DNA Testing will provide some answers.
Summary of Earliest Wheatons (updated):
In England the earliest recorded Wheaton that I have located is of a Roger le Whetene recorded at the Exeter Guildhall (Devon, England), in the year 1298. There he witnessed two deeds as a steward and bailiff. Records in Exeter show Roger Whetene was Mayor of Exeter for 5 years between 1303-1320. Also in Exeter a Gilbert le Whetene is mentioned in records in 1323 and a John le Whetene in 1346 becoming freemen. The next record is of a John Whetene in the Dartmouth Archives (Devon, England) in 1353 then John Wetene in 1367 as Mayor of Dartmouth. Then a John Whetene in 1409 and 1411, as a landowner mentioned in two deeds. By the year 1524 the Devon Subsidy Rolls lists 23 Whetons (Whetton) in Exeter and surrounding parishes. And in 1569 the Devon Muster Roll mentions fifteen Wheatons. In a period of 370 years the name le Whetene changed to Whetene, Wheton, and then to its present day Wheaton.
Please see the Wheaton Wheadon What's the connection page
Note: Many of these are available under Wheaton Specific Resources