Name: Samuel Wilbore
Birth: JAN 1596/97 in Sible Hedingham,Colcester,Essex,England
Death: 24 JUL 1656 in Boston,MA,USA
Ancestral File #: GH3NSP
Samuel Wibore, immigrant ancestor and founder, was born in England and is believed to have come to this country before 1633 with his wife and several children. His first wife, Ann, is thought by many authorities to have been the daughter of Thomas Bradford, of Doncaster, York County, England. He married (second) Elizabeth Lechford, widow of Thomas Lechford. In 1633 Samuel Wilbore was made a free man in Boston, and with his wife was admitted to the church in December of the same year.
In 1634 he was assessor of taxes. By 1637 he seems to have fallen away from the recognized church, for on November 20 of that year he was one of several disarmed "in consequence of having been seduced and led into dangerous error by the opinions and revelations of Mr Wheelwright and Mrs Hutchinson," and given license to depart from the colony.
Shortly thereafter, he removed to Rhode Island where he is next recorded in Portsmouth. On 7 March 1638, he was one of eighteen who entered into the following compact: "We, whose names are underwritten, do here solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick, and as He shall help, will submit our persons, lives and estate, unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given us in His holy word of truth, to be guided and judged thereby."
In 1638 Samuel Wilbore was chosen clerk of the train band. In the following year he was made constable and given an allotment of a neck of land lying in the great cove, containing about two acres. In 1640 he and Ralph Earle, who seems to have been associated in some way with him, were ordered to furnish the town of Newport with new sawed boards at eight shillings per hundred feet, and half-inch boards at seven shillings, to be delivered at the "pit" by the water-side. On 16 March 1641, he was made a freeman in Portsmouth. In 1644 he was sergeant of militia and in 1645 returned to Boston with his wife.
On 29 November 1645, Samuel Wilbore and his wife were received into the church in Boston. In a deposition made 2 May 1648, he made oath that when he married the widow of Thomas Lechford he received no part of her former husband's estate. In 1655 he was again at Portsmouth, but at the time of making his will he lived in Taunton and at the same time had a house in Boston. His will was recorded both in Massachusetts and in Plymouth Colony. It bore the date of 30 April 1656 and was admitted to probate November following.Samuel Wildbore was one of the founders of the iron industry at Taunton, Mass., building with his associates a furnace at what is now Raynham, the first built in New England. He became wealthy for his day, but his standing in the community could not preserve him from religious persecutions, and for embracing the “dangerous doctrines” of Cotton and Wheelwright he was banished from Massachusetts with seventeen others. Although he owned a house in Boston, and one in Taunton, he abandoned both, and on the advice of Roger Williams he, with seventeen fellow exiles, purchased from the Indians the Island of Aquidneck, he moving there with his family in 1638, these eighteen persons forming a colony under a solemn compact, March 7, 1638. The founder died September 29, 1656, twenty-two years after having been made a freeman at Boston. His first wife Ann was a daughter of Thomas Bradford, of Dorchester, Yorkshire, England. Two of their sons, Samuel and William, settled in Portsmouth, R. I.; another, Joseph, located at Taunton, Mass.; the fourth, Shadrach, in that part of the same town now known as Raynham. Prior to November 29, 1645, Samuel Wildbore married a second wife, Elizabeth.
Father: Nicholas Wilbore b: 1562 in Braintree,Essex,England
Mother: Mary Plume b: 9 OCT 1566 in Great Yeldham,Essex,England
Elizabeth Lechford b: 1570/1607
- Event: MARRIED
- Capt. Samuel Wilbore b: 10 APR 1622 in Sible Hedingham,Colcester,Essex,England
Ann Bradford b: 13 JAN 1598/1690 in Bentley,Marksey,Yorkshire,England
- Event: MARRIED
13 JAN 1589/90
in Sible Hedingham,Colcester,Essex,England