Person:Samuel Wilbore (1)

Samuel Wilbore
m. 1 May 1581
  1. Samuel WilboreAbt 1595 - 1656
  • HSamuel WilboreAbt 1595 - 1656
  • WAnne Smith1592 - Bet 1633 & 1645
m. 13 Jan 1619/20
  1. Samuel Wilbore1622 -
  2. Arthur Wilbore1623 - 1624
  3. William Wilbore1626 - 1626/27
  4. Joseph Wilbore1629/30 - 1691
  5. Shadrach Wilbore1631 - Bef 1697/98
  6. Sarah WilborAbt 1633 -
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Wilbore
Gender Male
Birth? Abt 1595 Sible Hedingham, Essex, England
Marriage to Elizabeth Lechford
Marriage 13 Jan 1619/20 Sible Hedingham, Essex, Englandto Anne Smith
Death? 24 Jul 1656 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Reference Number[3] Q7412932?



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Samuel Wilbore (c. 1595–1656) was one of the founding settlers of Portsmouth in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He emigrated from Essex, England to Boston with his wife and three sons in 1633. He and his wife both joined the Boston church, but a theological controversy began to cause dissension in the church and community in 1636, and Wilbore aligned himself with John Wheelwright and Anne Hutchinson, signing a petition in support of dissident minister Wheelwright. In so doing, he and many others were disarmed and dismissed from the Boston church. In March 1638, he was one of 23 individuals who signed a compact to establish a new government, and this group purchased Aquidneck Island, then known as "Rhode Island", from the Narragansett Indians at the urging of Roger Williams, establishing the settlement of Portsmouth.

Soon after settling in Portsmouth, Wilbore repudiated the petition in support of Wheelwright and was thus permitted to return to the Massachusetts colony. He had returned to Boston by 1645, but he also owned property and resided in Taunton within the Plymouth Colony. He was living in Taunton when he wrote his will in April 1656, but was he living in Boston when he died the following September. His will distributed to his three sons all his land holdings in Boston, Taunton, and Portsmouth. Most of his Rhode Island descendants spell their name Wilbur.

The name Wilbore

Wilber (Wildbore) Arms-Sable, on a fesse between two boars passant argent,a javelin point of the field.Crest- The upper part of a spear proper thrust through a boar's head erased argent,Cropping blood proper.One of the many notable characters of early Massachusetts history, who were identified with the teachings of Mr. Wheelwright and Anne Hutchinson, and in consequence were exiled from the colony by the Puritan authorities was Samuel Wildbore, the progenitor of a large proprtion of the Wilber (Wilbur,Wilbor) families of New England today. The surname as used by the founder continued through one or two generations of his descendants, and in the records of the town where they settled entries are found using Wilbore,Wildboare,Wildbore. Soon afterward the contracted forms, Wilbur,Wilbar,Wilber and Wilbor appeared, and it is to the first orthography that the family in New England at the present time adheres most consistently. The majority of the descendants of Samuel Wildbore, of Boston,Portsmouth and Taunton, where the scene of his life was chiefly laid, have used the spelling Wilbur since the third generation. The name in its original form had its source in a nickname the signifies literally "the wild boar" Entry is found for "Willelmus Wyldebore" in the Poll Tax for West Riding of Yorkshire, 1379.

The Immigrant

Samuel Wilbore (also spelled Wilbur) grew up in Braintree and, in 1619, took for a wife Ann Bradford, who had previously been married to a man named Smith. She was from Yorkshire where she grew up at Maiden Manor and was descended from a line of at least four generations of Bradford in the Bently, 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 all of Yorkshire. Their home village of Bentley is located in 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, 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. 
In 1633 Samuel was made a freeman 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 20th 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 therafter he removed to Rhode Island as one of the founders of Portsmouth.  

In 1638 Samuel Wildbore 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 March 16, 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 November 29, 1645, Samuel Wildbore and his wife were received into the church in Boston, and in a deposition made May 2, 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 April 30, 1656 and was admitted to probate the following November. His estate His estate was inventoried at 282 pounds 19 shillings and 6d.

Samuel Wilbore later returned to Taunton and Boston. His wife Ann is listed as having died at Taunton sometime before (1639 at about 40 years of age. (Taunton had been established by the Pilgrims as a western outpost of their colony.) He later married a widow named Elizabeth Leckford and lived on for another 16 years. 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.


Will of Samuel Wilbore of Taunton, April 30,1656 - Proved November 1, 1656, and is recorded in both Mass. and Plymouth Colony. "To wife Elizabeth, goods in my house at Boston where at present I do inhabit, also my sheep and lands at Dorchester there kept to halves, also a mare & colt at Jno Moores of Brantry. To Samuel my eldest son all lands at "Road Island" etc.,also 600 of iron lying at Taunton in my dwelling house there. To son Joseph house & land where he doth inhabit, also 12 a. granted me by ye town of Taunton, lying by ye iron mills, also my share in said Iron Works at Taunton. To youngest son Shadrach house & lands thereinto belonging at Taunton wherein I dwell, except half the orchard & half sd. house etc. which I give to my wife provided she continue there, but if she marry another man and inhabit elsewhere my son to have said land allowing my wife 10 pounds.Wife Elizabeth & son Shadrach executors,etc.

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  1.   Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).
  2.   The History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical, From pages 121 to 123 of the larger edition.
  3. Samuel Wilbore, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
Founders of Portsmouth, Rhode Island
On March 7, 1638, a group of religious dissenters signed the Portsmouth Compact. They had been disarmed by leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. William Coddington, Anne Hutchinson, and John Clarke conferred with Roger Williams in Providence, who suggested that they buy land from the Native Americans on Aquidneck Island. They formed the settlement of Pocasset, later Portsmouth, on Aquidneck, later called Rhode Island. Portsmouth and Newport later united with Providence and Warwick in 1654 as the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Text of the Compact: The 7th Day of the First Month, 1638. We whose names are underwritten do hereby solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick and as He shall help, will submit our persons, lives and estates 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 in His Holy Word of truth, to be guided and judged thereby.
Signers: William Coddington - John Clarke - William Hutchinson, Jr. [husband of Anne Hutchinson]- John Coggeshall - William Aspinwall - Samuel Wilbore - John Porter - John Sanford - Edward Hutchinson, Jr. Esq. - Thomas Savage - William Dyre [husband of Boston martyr Mary Dyer] - William Freeborne - Philip Sherman - John Walker - Richard Carder - William Baulston - Edward Hutchinson, Sr. - Henry Bull - Randall Holden

Current Location: Newport County, Rhode Island   Parent Towns: Boston   Daughter Towns: Newport