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In memory of Samuel Wilbur Sr, my Maternal 14th Great-Grandfather on the DECKER branch.


  • “New England Historical and Genealogical Record”, Vol 112 (April): 108-118; 113 (January): 55-58; and 113 (April): 94-104, by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, 1958/59, gives much information including proof that Samuel did not marry Ann Bradford, as had been previously published by James Savage abt. 1862 (on pages 544-545 of Volume 4 of his book, “A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692”).

  • “New England Marriages Prior to 1700”, by Clarence A. Torry, 1985.

  • “Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York”, Vol. III, by Lewis Hist. Publishing Co., 1910. Note: This source erred on information about Samuel’s son, William, who died in infancy.

  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1633, by Robert C. Anderson, 1995, Volume 3.

  • Samuel Wilbore article on Wikipedia 

  • The Portsmouth Compact article on Wikipedia

  • "The English Ancestry of Samuel Wilbore, of Boston, and William Wilbore, of Portsmouth, R.I.". New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 113: 94–104.

  • Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, by John O. Austin, 1887.

  • The Early History of Narragansett, by Elisha R. Potter, 1835. [Link]

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Samuel Wilbur Sr

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1598 (est.)

Braintree, Essex, England







1656 Sep 29

Boston, Massachusetts


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Samuel Wilbur (or Wilbore) was the son of Nicholas Wilbore and Elizabeth Thickines. He was born between 1596 and 1600, in Braintree, Essex County, England. He married Ann Smith in 1620 and they set sail for America in 1633. Samuel was an early settler in Boston. He was accepted as a freeman there in March of 1633/34. Although he was a large land-owner in Taunton, he was dismissed from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637/38 for his support of dissenting ministers, Anne Hutchinson and John Wheelwright. They established a settlement at Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island in the Narragansett Bay, which later became the part of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. His cousin, William Wilbore, was another early settler of Portsmouth. Samuel returned to Boston in 1645, later building an iron furnace at Taunton. He owned land in Taunton, Portsmouth and Boston. His will was signed on the 30th of April, 1656 and proved on the 6th of November, 1656. He died in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 29th of September, 1656, at the time the seventh month of the year.


Samuel Wilbur Sr & Ann Smith were the parents of my ancestor,

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