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Esther Wheelwright (1696–1780), by unknown artist, c. 1763

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Wheelwright, Esther [name in religion Marie-Joseph de l’Enfant Jésus; known as Mother Esther] (1696–1780), captive and Ursuline nun, was the fourth of eleven children born to John Wheelwright and his wife Mary, neé Snell. She was born in the town of ...