LITTLE COMPTON FAMILIES, page 707.
Cousin of Samuel Wilbore of Boston and descendant of John, Joseph, Nicholas and maybe Thomas Wilbore.
He was called cousin several times in the will of Samuel Wilbore, Jr., the son of Samuel Wilbore of Boston, who was born in Braintree, England, the son of Nicholas and Elizabath Wilbore of Sible Heddingham, Essex County, England and grandson of Nicholas and Ann Wilbore of Colchester, Essex County , EN.
He first appeared in the legal records when his cousin Samuel of Boston transferred to him a piece of land in Portsmouth, 10 July 1654. He also owned land touching the land of Samuel Sr. and also of Samuel Jr. in Portsmouth, on the west road there near the coal mines. He lived on the farm which later became the Burrington Anthony farm, on the road that leads to the ferry, bound on the south of Freeborne Street.
Besides owning land in Portsmouth, he bought much land in LC and about 1690 four of his sons settled there--Samuel, William Jr., John and Joseph. He had two other sons, Daniel who settled in Swansea, and Benjamin who settled in Dartmouth.
Samuel owned what is now the Oliver H. Wilbor Place, Joseph settled on what was later the Isaac W. Howland place on the road south of the Commons, John settled on the place later owned by Walter Bullock on the Long Highway, and son William owned what was afterwards the Ephraim Sisson place near the South Shore.
In the will of William Wilbore of Portsmouth, recorded there, dated 1 March 1710 and proved 15 Aug. 1710, he gives as follows: "...To son John Wilbore's two children, John and Mary Records, 30 pounds; to son Daniel Wilbore all land in the first division, great neck in Swansea; to son Samuel 43 pounds which he owes me; to daughter Mary Mowrey money that she owes me and then to her children; to son Joseph Wilbore 100 pounds in money; to son John Wilbore 20 pounds in money; to son Benjamin Wilbore the money which is due me from Daniel Wilcox; to daughter Martha Sherman 10 pounds and to daughter Joan 10 pounds; to four sons, John, William, Joseph and Samuel, all my lands that I now have in the township of LC equally divided between them..."
Children, recorded in Tiverton although William lived in Portsmouth:
"THE WILDBORES IN AMERICA" pub 1933 gives William as son of Samuel, but the Commerative Biographical Record of Dutchesses Co., NY page 530 gives the following.
An early settler in New England was William Wilbur who in 1630 came to America with his Uncle Samuel Wilbur from Doveaster, Yorkshire, England.
They were Quakers and settled first in Boston, were driven out by religious persecutions, William Wilbur settled in Portsmouth, RI in 1656. And died there in 1710. He had a family of ten children, several of whom settled in Little Compton, RI where they owned large tracts of land some of which is still in possession of descendants. He made his will Dec. 15, 1701.
THE WILDBORES IN AMERICA, Vol. 1, by John Reid Wilbor and Benjamin Franlin Wilbour, 1933, page 36.