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Anne Wildbore (Bradford)

Also Known As: "Ann Wilbur"
Birthplace: Bentley, Arksey, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Bradford, Sr. and Mary Bradford
Wife of Zacharias Wildbore
Sister of Richard Bradford; Thomas Bradford, Jr. and Katherine Bradford

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About Anne Wildbore

Not the same as Anne Wilbore

Ann Bradford was NOT the wife of Samuel Wildbore

According to the New England Historic and Genealogical Society in "American Ancestors", Volume 112, pp. 108/109 Ann Bradford is not the wife of Samuel Wilbore. It is Ann Smith. I will quote some:

"In 1923 I went to the city of York, England, and examined the original will of Thomas Bradford of Doncaster and found the following statement as to his daughter Ann: "To my daughter Ann Wildbore, the wife of Zacharias Wildbore"......(she did marry) according to the Boyd index at Thorne, Yorkshire, in 1607, Zacharias Wildbore.
In the year 1944, I employed Mr L. H. H. Whitehead, of Long Melford, co. Suffolk, to go to Sible Hedingham and examine the parish records. He found not only the marriage of Samuel Wilbore and Ann Smith, but also the baptisms of the five children, namely, Samuel, Junior, Jespheff or Joseph, Sidreake, Arthur, and William, these two last died at Sible Hedigham an the remainder corresponded to the children who came over with Samuel and Ann.

The author says Mr Savage in his "Genealogical Dictionary" jumped to conclusions while looking at a copy of Bradford's will that omitted the name of Ann's husband. The purpose of the copy was the search for Gov. Bradford's ancestry (not proof of his descendants). The author I quote, Benjamin Franklin Wilbour of Little Compton, RI, himself inspected the original will.


What is written below is INCORRECT since it was not Ann Bradford, but Ann SMITH who married Samuel Wildbore

"Ann Bradford grew up at Maiden Manor and was descended fr o m a line of at least four generations of Bradford in the Bentley, Yorkshire area dating back to 1435. Her great grandfather, Peter Bradford, was the great great grandfather of William Bradford, the longtime governor of the Plymouth colony founded by the Pilgrims."

"The families probably were farmers as the area in which they lived possessed the richest soil for growing crops in a l l of Yorkshire. Their home village of Bentley is locate d i n the eastern part of the county about 15 miles northeast of Sheffield, a town that became famous as a cutlery making center and later for its silversmiths."

"After their marriage, Samuel and Ann moved up the road to Sible Hedingham, Essex Co, England, a village six miles north of Braintree and near the ancient Castle Hedingham . They were the parents of five sons, two of whom died in infancy. At some point in the 1630's, Samuel uprooted his family, hoping to capitalize on opportunities for them in the colonies. They arrived in Boston and lived there for a time. The next known of him comes from WEBSTER'S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY:(See Samuel Wilbore notes)."


Detached from Samuel Wildbore whose wife was proven to be Anne Smith NOT Anne Bradford.

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Anne Wildbore's Timeline

April 26, 1995
April 26, 1995
August 22, 1995
August 22, 1995
Bentley, Arksey, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)