Thanks for writing.However, I'm very sorry that I don't have the information that you're seeking.I do show William Wilburn m to Mary Wilkes and that she later went to ILL after his death.What I don"t show are William Wilburn's parents.I have seen no evidence that he was the son of Edward Wilburn and Martha Curtis.This is not to say thisis incorrect, but that I merely do not know who his parents are.I have over 30,000 entries in my database and every entrie connects in some fashion.In making these entries I did lots of guestimations, based upon what I considered probable. Many times I've also relied upon the research of others when adding entries. To my mind, it still remains an open question as to the parents of William Wilburn who m Mary Molly Wilkes.I have eight children listed for this couple.None of them are named Edward.With naming patterns such a standard practice, this provides me with some doubts that William's father was Edward.One would also expect to find a son whose given name wasCurtis in this family too.Again, I come up empty handed.
I think it is likely (at least this is what I've entered) is that William Wilburn had a brother named Julius Wilburn. I know that he named one of his sons Julius.What is proven from marriage records is that the older Julius Wilburn m Lucy Puryear on March 15, 1798 in Mechlenburg Co VA.Lucy Puryear had a brother named Robert Puryear and he married Mary Ellen Stovall in 1808 in Granville NC. (name also spelled different ways such as Stoval.)There was also a William Wilburn b 1750 whose second wife was Tabitha Stovall. They lived in Powhaton Co VA. All of these early Stovalls are related going back to early 1600's Stovall families of VA.
About the Wilkes line....I only have two Wilkes entries.I show that Mary Molly Wilkes was the d/o Isaac Wilkes and Elizabeth Branch.This Branch line goes back to Christopher Branch b 1602 in Middlesex England who m Mary Addie.There are lots of interesting families connected to this Branch line, includingancestors of President Thomas Jefferson. So it appears to me very possible that you and Thomas Jefferson share kinships of some sort.Not surprising, since millions of Americans also share kinships with many US Presidents including some Wilburn families.(One example of people born to ordinary families comes to mind.Elvis Presley shared a kinship with George Washington.)
About the Branches...I have lots of Branch entries.Some of them are related to Wilburn families.One name that gets passed down many times is OLIVE Branch.Yep!This given name is repeated many times. Descendants all, Christopher Branch.At least to the best of my knowledge they are.
Ann, you've done considerable research so you know that families tended to marry into each others's lines for many generations.Just about everyone who married during this era married someone who was related to them, albeit often distantly.As one history professor from VA told me, he descended from the same colonial VA ancestor, five times.Often parents were distant cousins to their own children and so on. Sure makes family research a challenge.Right?
Please let me know if you think that I might have other ifformation that you would find useful.And again, sorry not to be able to help on this request.