Name: Dorothy WILBORE , Immigrant 1 2
Birth: 1617-1619 in LIN 3 4
Death: 19 Feb 1695/96 in Portsmouth, Newport, RI 1 2
Reference Number: WILB1
The Wilbur (Wilbore) Family
The wife of our Potter ancestor, Nathaniel Potter I, was Dorothy Wilbur (Wilbore). She was the daughter of Samuel Wilbore, co-signer with her husband ofthe Aquidneck Charter of 1639. The earliest history ofthe Wilbore family has been found in the late 15 Century in Yorkshire, northern England. There, in Royston, West Riding, was bom a Thomas Wildbore (1482-1564). About 1501 he married an Alice (1484-1560). From 1549 to 1562, the Wildbore family lived in Colchester, Essex, where Thomas was a tailor and a Justice ofthe Peace (1549). Before his death in 1564, Thomas and Alice had at least these three children:
1. John (bom 1502), who married Alice Smith.
2. Nicholas Wilbore I (1504-1583), our direct ancestor described below, who married an Anne.
3. Joan (bom in 1512), who married George Brett in 1566.
Parish records show that Nicholas I was bom in Colchester. Within two years of his 1546 marriage to Anne (1525-1585), he had established himself as a mercer (a dealer in woolen fabrics and textiles) in Braintree, Essex. He accumulated considerable real estate there and owned a very old house (called "Le Stone House") which had been built, in part, of original Roman brick. He also owned a large hill (known as "Skitts Hill") in Braintree, where he pastured his substantial flocks of sheep. The eight children of Nicholas Wilbore I and Anne were:
1. Thomas (1547-1628) who married Ann Goodaye.
2. Joseph (born in 1549 and died before 1613) married a Mary.
3. Robert (bom 1550) married Dorothy.
4. Susan (born 1551 and died after 1613) married Robert Nicholson.
5. Mary (bom 1553) married John Lawrence.
6. William, (1555-1616) married Ellen.
7. Ann, (bom in 1559) married a man sumamed Baker.
8. Nicholas Wilbore II (1562-1611), our ancestor described below.
Bom in 1562, Nicholas II died at the age of forty-nine in 1611, having nonetheless managed to marry twice. His first wife, Mary (circa 1566-1595), was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Plumbe of Great Yeldham, Essex. She died at the age of 29. Samuel Wilbore and Anne Bradford.
It would be by his second wife that Nicholas II would produce our American progenitor, his son Samuel Wilbore (a.k.a Wilbur). That second wife was Elizabeth Thickiness (Harrington), the widow with two children of Robert Harrington, the Rector of Sible Hedingham, Essex. Elizabeth, bom in 1566, married widower Nicholas Wilbore II about 1596. Two years later Samuel was bom, when Nicholas was age 32. Some 26 years later, when his mother's Will was probated in 1624, Samuel was the appointed executor ofher estate. He was also later mentioned in the Will of his older half-brother, Robert. On January 13, 1619. Samuel Wilbore (1598-1656) married Anne Bradford (1602-1644) in the parish church at Sible Hedingham. She was the daughter of Thomas Bradford of Doncaster, Yorkshire. As were several generations of his ancestors, Samuel Wilbore was in the wool trade, an extremely important industry in England, particularly in the Middle Ages. The children of Samuel and Anne Wilbore were:
1. Dorothy Wilbur (Wilbore). (1619-1696), our ancestor who married Nathaniel Potter I.
2. Samuel (1622-1697), who married Hannah Porter.
3. Arthur (1623-1624).
4. Joseph (1629-1691), who married Elizabeth Farwell.
5. William (1630-1710).
6. Shadroch (1631 -c. 1698), who married Mary Dean.
Immigrating to America
Not long after the birth of their last child, Shadroch, Samuel and Anne Wilbore sailed, in
1633, to America. He was thirty-five; she was thirty-one. Along with their five
surviving children (Dorothy, Samuel, Joseph, William and Shadroch), they joined the
Puritan Church of Boston on December 1, 1633. Samuel was identified in a March 4,
1634, Boston town record as a Freeman. He prospered and soon owned property in both
Boston and Taunton, Massachusetts, maintaining residences in both places.
However, Samuel Wilbore was not totally pleased with the Boston Church. He was among those critics who were disarmed and banished from the Bay Colony in 1638 because of their association with Ann Hutchinson. On March 11, 1638, he joined in signing the "Portsmouth Covenant" which founded the Hutchinson settlement at Portsmouth on the north end of Aquidneck Island.
Shortly afterwards, however, Samuel and others were excluded from the Portsmouth colony by an act ofthe assembly on May 12, 1638, due to irreconcilable differences. Along with William Coddington and John Clarke, Samuel Wilbore helped to establish the town of Newport, farther south on the island.
Six years later, Anne Bradford Wilbore died at the age of 42. Samuel was left a widower at 46 with only two teenage sons left at home. Samuel Wilbore now retumed to Boston. He became a man of some wealth for those times and served in various civil posts including Town Clerk, Constable and Sargeant (1644). He later built an iron fumace in Taunton, the first in New England. While Anne Bradford was the mother of all of his children, after her death in 1644, he married a Mrs. Elizabeth Letchford (bom circa 1587), and on November 29, 1645, they were admitted to the Church of Boston. In 1655 Samuel was again on the list of Freemen of Boston (the Massachusetts Bay Colony).
In about 1655 Samuel and others purchased a large tract of land on the west side of Narragansett Bay from three chief sachems ofthe Narragansett Indians: Quassaquanch, Kachanaquant, and Quequaqueneut. This tract included a large part of what is now Washington County, Rhode Island, and was known as the "Pettaquamscot Purchase."
Samuel Wilbore's Will, dated in Taunton on April 30, 1656, was probated November 1, 1656. Because of his holdings, it was placed on record in both Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth colonies. His residual estate was valued at "382/19/2" and to his wife he left wife Ellen. Supervisors: Thomas Howldinge, gentleman, and my brother-in-law Robert Pemberton." Roger Stokes's Will was proved 29 March 1578 in the Archdeaconry of St.
Albans, Somerset House.
The sister of Roger Stokes, was Catherine Stokes. She was married to the Robert Pemberton referenced in Roger Stokes's Will as his "brother-in law." Catherine Stokes and Robert Pemberton had a daughter named Alice Pemberton whose son was the Rhode Island pioneer, Roger Williams.
This Roger Stokes I, who died in 1578, was bom around 1545, the son of Robert Stokes (c. 1520-1575). As we see from Roger's Will, his youngest son was also named Roger (II). He lived from circa 1570 to 1625. Roger II, in tum, had a son named Roger (III), who lived about 1605 to 1660 and who came to America (possibly with Roger Williams in 1630). He was present for the signing ofthe Aquidneck Charter in 1639. It was on Aquidneck, Rhode Island, that his daughter, Elizabeth Stokes, was bom that very same year. And on Aquidneck she would marry our Quaker ancestor, Nathaniel Potter II, in 1663.
Father: Samuel WILBORE b: Jan 1594/95 in ESS
Mother: Anne BRADFORD , Immigrant b: 13 Jan 1589/90 in Bentley, YKS
Nathaniel POTTER b: 1616 in St Bride, London, ENG
in Portsmouth, Newport, RI 1
- Ichabod POTTER b: 1640 in Portsmouth, Newport, RI
- Title: "Hatton-Exley Family Tree"
Author: HATTON, Ernest
- Title: "Thomas,Wilbur and Courser families"
Author: COURSER, Roger
- Title: "Bennett Family"
- Title: "Evans Family History"
Author: EVANS, Alan Edward; et al.
Publication: 2002, 2005
Text: b 1619