m. ABT 1594/1597
m. 1 May 1581
Facts and Events
His father's namesake, Nickolas Wilbore was the youngest of his parent's eight children. He spent his entire life in the town of Braintree. Nicholas married twice. The first was to Mary Plume of Great Yeldham, Essex in 1586, with whom he had four children. The second was Elizabeth Thickines from Sible Hedingham, a village just a short distance away, in 1597. Elizabeth, too, had been married previously (to a man named Harrington) and also brought four children to the new marriage. To this merged family of eight they added another of their own, Samuel.
Supporting this sizeable family was probably no problem as Essex provided fertile soil for the growing of cereal grains, which found a ready market in London and on the continent. Wheat, oats and barley as well as peas, beans and a variety of other vegetables were raised. Reaping was done with a sickle, cut a handful at a time. To sharpen it, a stick would be dipped in grease and then in sand to make a whetstone. The cut stalks were bound into sheaves, brought in and stored to be threshed during the winter months be beating them with flails. Winnowing was accomplished by opening doors on opposite sides of the barn allowing the wind to come through, then tossing the grain and chaff into the air so that the chaff could be blown away.
Nicholas Wilbore passed on at only 49, leaving a 14-year-old son. Elizabeth outlived him by 13 years, long enough to see their grown children start to take notice of new English colonies being started in America. John Smith had established Jamestown in 1607, the Pilgrims had begun New Plymouth in 1620 and there was talk of a new colony to be called Massachusetts Bay.
As far as is known, only one of Nicholas' sons (Samuel, the youngest) actually emigrated to the colonies, but several grandchildren did so. (Taken from: A Family History, by Donovan Faust)