Concerning Mary Ann Ross: I have seen her reported as being married to both Reuben Wilburn and Robert Talton Wilburn. Both Mary and and Susanna Ross are mentioned in the will of old Daniel McCleese. The McCleeses are very large in the Greenup-Carter County area. I believe I have a photocopy of Daniel's will around here somewhere. As I recall, it doesn't mention Mary Ann's husband's first name, so it won't resolve this issue.
No, I didn't know about a Wilburn-Vanlandingham marriage. Can you tell me more? I have a chart of Eastern Kentucky Vanlandinghams with about a hundred names on it, but no Wilburns.
As you may have read in one of my other posts, a Vanlandingham couple signed John Nelson Ross' marriage bond in 1839. In the bond text is the passge: "my son, John Nelson Ross". John's father disappeared (by death or otherwise) soon after he was born. I believe his mother married Josua Vanlandingham, and it is this couple who signed John's marriage bond. One name on the bond is clearly Elizabeth Vanlandingham, and the other looks like it could be Joshua Vanlandingham (his name is not clear). At the 1820 census, there is a Betsey Ross living among the Vanlandinghams, Dentons and Hunts. I believe Betsey Ross is the same person as the Elizabeth Vanlandingham who signed the marriage bond. I have recently tracked down several living descendants of Joshua and Elizabeth Vanlandingham and I am hoping that DNA fingerprinting will help verify our relationship.
Nelson as a middle name is uncommon enough to imply that there might be a connection there somewhere. My John Nelson Ross gave middle names to several of his children that arecommonly surnames: Johnson, Piatt, Hunt and Randolph.
I'll send you an e-mail with more on my John Nelson Ross.