Hello from Wilburn land.Here's onetidbit of recent DNA revelations. (Side note here:) Sadly, I must report that at least one Wilburn whoI long considered to be distant cousin instead via DNA has proved to be an un-cousin.I am currently awating the results of my first male cousin's own DNA test. Once completed, I will post matches accordingly. (hopefully there was no hanky panky generations back to mess things up.)
What we know to date include the following.There were at least two unrelated Wilburn/Welborn emigrants who settled into the colonies sometimeduring the 1600's.
First proved DNA line is that of Edward Wilburn who died in Baltimore Co MD in 1727.(If my memory serves me correctly?) Researcher Ann Grahn has written a book in which she records her emigrant ancestor, Edward Welbourne and many of his descendants. Surnames in this line include:TEAGUE and CRABTREE and of course a whole bunch of other guys. (Note here:One can be a descendant of Edward Welbourne and find this surname spelled in many different ways.So caution here:Ignore spelling.Doesn't mean much of anything.
And the second line of DNA testing that proves match ups, includes William W Wilburn of Mechlenburg VA b 1782 who later died in AR in 1834 (again, IF memory serves me correctly.) And that of Edward Wilburn who was married to Mary St Clair, lived in Fauquier Co VA and later died in 1806 in Surry Co NC. So for those of you who descend from either Edward Wilburn of Surry NC or William W Wilburn born in Va and died in AR, all of you are proved cousins.
Now the unanswered question remains....were these two above noted Wilburn/Welborn families related to Thomas Welborn and his wife Arcadia Tolf of Accomack Co VA?(forget the Baltimore MD line)I'm now referring only to the Wilburn families referenced in second paragraph.
Next question:IsRichard Wilburn, married toAnn Whitlock and who later died in debt in 1756in Goochland, VA, related to any of these referenced Wilburn families?(This would be my line.Think also Amherst Co VA, Wilkes Co NC, Giles, VA, Carter Co KY, Pike and Highland, Co OH, Claiborne and Hancock Co TN, kinships before 1850)
And the answer is:I don't know.But if I had to quess, I would say that it is highly likely that my line of Wilburns are related to Edward Wilburn of Surry NC and his proved kin,William W Wilburn.) However, I wouldn't wager my dogs or cats on a bet that I've got this right. Car maybe, but animal friends. Never!
As soon as results are in, I will post accordingly.
Cheers from San Diego(where homes values have fallen 50%)