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William Wilbore

Also Known As: "William /Wilbor/", "William /Wilbore/"
Birthplace: Sible Hedingham, Colchester, Essex, England
Death: Died in Portsmouth, Newport, RI, (will Dated)
Place of Burial: Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Biological son of John Wilbore and Joan Wilbore
Foster son of Samuel Wilbore and Ann Wilbore
Husband of Martha Wilbore
Father of Mary Mowry; Joseph Wilbur; John Wilbore; Thomas Wilbore; William Wilbore, Jr. and 5 others
Brother of John Wilbore and Samuel Wilbore

Occupation: weaver of cloth
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About William Wilbore

From "American Ancestors", New England Historic and Genealogical Society, Volume 113, pp 101-102

It is not known when William came to America, but according to the Manor Rolls of Braintree, co Essex, England he bought land in Braintree of Jonas Webb on 30 March 1647, as William Wilbore, son of John. On 2 Jan. 1650 he sold this land to Thomas Rowell and Mary, his wife. According to these transactions William was not married in 1647, for usually in the Manor Rolls the name of the wife is given when a person buys land.

We do not hear of William again until July 1654, when his cousin, Samuel Wilbore, transferred ten acres of land to him in Portsmouth, land that belonged formerly to Thomas Emmons.

William Wilbore's will was made 1 March 1710 and proved in Portsmouth 15 Aug. 1710. His children were never recorded, but are all given in his will. Arnold's "Vital Records of Rhode Island" gives a list of his children in both Little Compton and Tiverton, with the years of birth, but on looking at the original records in Little Compton they are not to be found. They are, however, in Otis Wilbor's transcript of the records in Little Compton and are also given in the same way in a fairly modern book in Tiverton, which gives the year of birth of the children and also his own birth, namely, 1630. This would seem to be the work of Otis Wilbor, who died in 1856, and consequently the births given are only approximate. The original will of William Wilbore is in the hands of Mrs. Edward P. Garland of Wellesley Hills, Mass., a descendant. In signing William always makes a mark or "W" for Wilbore. His lack of education is rather surprising when you consider that his cousin, Samuel, and his three sons could write, and the son, Shadrach, was a beautiful penman. This situation would seem to come from a difference of environment and would be easily explained if we know that John Wilbore of Braintree, who went to the Isle of Old Providence off South America, was William's father, John.

If John Wilbore returned to Braintree in 1641, after the Spaniards conquered Old Providence, and brought with him our William, it would fit in with his buying the land in Braintree in 1647.


Find A Grave:

  • Birth: May 21, 1630 Braintree Essex, England
  • Death: Apr. 15, 1710 Tiverton Newport CountyRhode Island, USA
  • Son of John Wilbore and Joan/Joanna Drane of Braintree, Co.Essex, England. (NEHGR 112:111 and 113:99-100)
  • First Husband of Martha ----, married about 1653.
  • Children: Mary Wilbore Mowry, Joseph Wilbore, John Wilbore, Thomas Wilbore, William Wilbor, Martha Wilbore Sherman, Samuel Wilbore, Daniel Wilbore, Joanna Wilbore Potter, and Benjamin Wilbore.


It is uncertain whom he married. He had nine children. The record of their births is as follows:

  1. Mary, born in 1654, died 1720, married Joseph Mowry
  2. Joseph, born 1656, died May 4, 1729, married Ann Brownell
  3. John, born 1658
  4. Thomas, born 1659
  5. Wil1iam, born Dec 1660, died 1738. Married first --- Tallman, married second Joan Biggs
  6. Martha, born 1662/3, married William Sherman
  7. Samuel, born 1664, died 1740, married Mary Potter
  8. Daniel, born 1666, died 1741, married Ann Barney
  9. Joan, born 1668, died 1729, married Nathaniel Potter
  10. Benjamin, born 1670, died 1729, married first Mary Kinnicut and married second Elizabeth Head

There is a record dated May 12, 1681, of the marriage of Thomas Sherman of Marshfield to “Martha, daughter of William Wilbor of Portsmouth, R.I.” Martha must have been nineteen at that date. This only assists in establishing the early history of his family.

William died early in 1710, aged eighty.

Created will - March 1, 1710

aka - William Wilbore

1665 - juryman at Portsmouth

1668 - Constable

1669 - Grand Juryman

1672 - Member of the Court

1678 - Deputy to the General Assembly at Warwick, Portsmouth, Newport and Providence Plantations

1680 - Tax collector

According to Little Compton Families, published by the Little Compton Historical Society, the earliest settlers of the Plymouth Colony, seeking to expand their boundaries, discovered a "garden spot" called Sogkonnet, meaning "haunt of the black goose" in the language of the inhabitants, the Sogkonitte tribe of Indians. The land was later called Sakonnet until 1682, when it was incorporated by Plymouth Colony and renamed Little Compton. In 1747, the town, along with Barrington, Bristol, Cumberland, Tiverton, and Warren was ceded by Massachusetts to Rhode Island, and Little Compton became an incorporated town of Rhode Island.

"Possibly the nephew of Samuel Wilbour of Boston and Taunton. Deputy 1678"

This is what is written in our book, but I have found some info that indicates William is the son of Samuel Wilbur. Here is the link to the googlebook.


I am going to include Samuel in our tree as his father, please let me know if any of you find anything that would contradict this.

William Wilbore

Birth: circa 1630, Sible Hedingham, Colchester, Essex, England

Death: circa 1710, Portsmouth, Newport, RI, (will Dated) Father: John Wilbore b. 1594, Of, Braintree &, Hollis Grove, Essex, England

Mother: Joan/Joanna Drane b. 1595, Felsted, Essex, United Kingdom

Siblings: John Wilbore and Samuel Wilbore

Marriage: about 1653 (First Husband of Martha Holmes)

Spouse: Martha Holmes Wilbore b. circa 1636, Portsmouth, Newport, RI

Children: Mary Mowry; Joseph Wilbor; John Wilbore; Thomas Wilbore; William Wilbore, Jr.; Martha Wilbore; Samuel Wilbor of Rhode Island; Daniel Wilbor; Joanna Wilbore and Benjamin Wilbor


Seaconnet Cemetery, Main Road, Rt 77, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island

Also known as: Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Little Compton#10, Sakonnet Cemetery, Wilbour Family Cemetery


Curator Note from Hatte Blejer (11/13/2011): I believe that this is the William Wilbore who Samuel Wilbore and Ann Smith raised as their own son. Their William - A SEPARATE PROFILE - died in England. This William was possibly a nephew or cousin. Appears to be a great nephew.


William Wilbore (son of John Wilbore and Joan Drane) was born 21 May 1630 in Braintree, Essex County, England, and died 15 Apr 1710 in Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island.He married Martha Holmes on 1653 in Newport County, Rhode Island.

Includes NotesNotes for William Wilbore:

Sources: 1. Little Compton Families, Benjamin Franklin Wilbour: Cousin of Samuel Wilbore of Boston and descendant of John, Joseph, Nicholas and Maybe Thomas Wilbore, born about 1630 in Braintree, Essex County, England, died in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island in 1710. He married Martha Unknown. He was called cousin several times in the will of Samuel Wilbore Junior, the son of Samuel Wilbore of Boston, who was born in Braintree, England, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth Wilbore of Sible Heddingham, Essex County, England, and grandson of Nicholas and Ann Wilbore of Colchester, Essex County, England. He first appeared in the legal records when his cousin Samuel of Boston transferred him a piece of land in Portsmouth, July 10, 1654. He also owned land touching the land of Samuel senior and also of Samuel junior in Portsmouth, on the west road near the coal mines. He lived on the farm which later became the Burrington Anthony farm, on the road that leads to the ferry, bound on the south by Freeborne Street. Besides owning lands in Portsmouth, he bought much land in Little Compton and about 1690 four of his sons settled there-- Samuel, William junior, John and Joseph. He had two other sons, Daniel who settled in Swansea, and Benjamin who settled in Dartsmouth. Samuel owned what is now Oliver H. Wilbor Place, Joseph settled on the place later owned by Walter Bullock on the Long Highway, and son William owned what was afterwards the Ephraim Sisson place near the south shore. In the will of William Wilbore of Portsmouth, recorded there, dated March 1, 1710, he gives as follows: "...To son John Wilbore's two children, John and Mary Records, 30 pounds; to son Daniel Wilbore all land in the first division, great neck in Swansea; to son Samuel 43 pounds which he owes me and then to their children; to son Joseph Wilbore 100 pounds in money; to son John Wilbore 20 pounds in money; to son Benjamin Wilbore the money which is due me from Daniel Wilbore; to daughter Mary Sherman 10 pounds, to daughter Joan 10 pounds; to four sons John, William, Joseph and Samuel, all my lands that I now have in the township of Little Compton equally divided between them..." 2. The Wildbores in America, A Family Tree Originally Published in 1907, Revised and Augmented in this Second Edition, John Reid Wilbor, Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Press of George W. King Printing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1933, page 35. 3. English Origins of New England Families, From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, First Series in Three Volumes,Selected and Introducced by Gary Boyd Roberts, With an Index by Judith Mc Ghan, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. 1984, Volume 3, pages 275-277, 310. 4. Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850, First Series, Births, Marriages & Deaths, A Family Register for the People, James N. Arnold, Editor of the Narragansett Historical Register, "Is My Name Written in the Book of Life?" Published under the Auspices of the General Assembly, Providence, Rhode Island, Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1803, Volume 4, Litle Compton, Part VI, page 181. Wilbor, William, died 1710. 5. Little Compton, Rhode Island, Cemetery Inscriptions, available at: ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ri/newport/cemetery/cemetery.txt William Wilbore. 1630-1710. His wife Martha Unknown of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 6. The Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project Index, available at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/cemetery/cemetery384.html Last Name: Wilbore First Name: William Birth: 1630 Death: 1710 Cemetery#: LC010 More About William Wilbore: Ancestral File Number: 23RQ-3NB. Ancestral File Number 2: 9FX-MX. Baptised: 27 Aug 1626 Burial: Unknown, The New Wilbor or Seaconnet Cemetery/Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island. More About William Wilbore and Martha Holmes: Marriage: 1653, Newport County, Rhode Island. Children of William Wilbore and Martha Holmes are:

   +Joseph Wilbore, b. 1656, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, d. 04 May 1729, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island.
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William Wilbore's Timeline

August 27, 1626
<Sible Hedingham, Essex, England>
May 21, 1630
Sible Hedingham, Colchester, Essex, England
Age 23
Tiverton, Newport, Ri
Age 25
Portsmouth,Newport,Rhode Island
Age 27
Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island
Age 28
Portsmouth,New Port,Rhode Island
December 25, 1660
Age 30
Portsmouth, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
Age 31
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island