The Wildbores in America

Title:The Wildbores in America
Author:Wilbor, John Reid
Publication date:1933
Publisher:Baltimore, Md., G.W. King printing Co.
Digitizing Sponsor:Internet Archive
Contributor:Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Repository:Internet Archive
Wildbores in America TP
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This volume is supplementary to the book printed in 1907 under the same title, “The Wildbores in America.” Aside from the older generations, we have the newly weds and the newly born to consider and place. Hundreds of members of the family have contributed to the wealth of information contained in this volume and the ones yet to be printed on the generations following those herein.

The name Wildbore appears in many records in England and is still used by some families in that country.

On the American continent, Samuel, the first emigrant is referred to in various records, public and private, as Wildbore and Wilbore. On the occasion of the signing of the pact or agreement on March 4, 1638, Samuel’s signature appears as “Samuel Wilbore.”

This spelling appears to have been used by Samuel’s sons and to a greater or lesser extent by succeeding generations. Changes have come with the passing years and for reasons impossible to ascertain, until at the present time we have in use Wilbar, Wilber, Wilbor, Wilbore, Willbur, Wilbour and Wilbur. Of these, Wilbur is mostly largely used with Wilber next.

To some extent the spelling is indicative of the early residence of the family using it, but as different spellings are found among brothers and their families, the spelling is not conclusive. Generally speaking the William or Rhode Island branch use Wilbour and Wilbor, altho the other spellings also appear. The Shadrach or Massachusetts branch use Wilbur almost exclusively.

Regardless of the present day spelling all, so far as we have been able to find, are descendants of Samuel Wildbore and of his sons.

Wherever possible through this work, the spelling used by the family is given together with “Wilbor” which we use as a matter of simplification and convenience. It is impossible in many cases to determine with accuracy which spelling was actually used.

Public records are frequently at variance with other public and private records, making this question of spelling still more difficult of satisfactory solution.

Notes About the Book

  • No copyright page.
  • No table of contents.
  • Volume I of 5 volumes.
  • Tight margins.
  • Damaged pages.


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