My ancestor is Edward Wilbourn, first seen in Prince William Co., VA in 1753 and died in Surry Co., NC in 1806. I have my line completely documented back to Edward with physical documents (copies of state records). I would like to take the line further back. I tried this by finding circumstantial evidence (records) that appeared to point to a father for him by naming patterns, location, age ranges, and other theoretical possibilities. Taking all of these into account, I came to a conclusion that it was most probable that he was a son of Thomas and Margaret Wilbourn of Frederick Co., VA, but could find no document to prove it. Also, another family claimed Thomas as the father of their Edward Wilbourn, born about the same time. The document they relied on was a family bible that named Thomas and Margaret as his parents.
They started a DNA Project to prove their claim. There were some Wilburn/Welborn/etc. participants from several different lines that were shown to be not from their family. I took a DNA test and found that I also didn't match them. My conclusion from this is that no matter how convincing a theory is as to an ancestor being in your line, the only way to know for sure is physical documents or DNA. I did find from this is that I am an exact match with what was identified in the group as the Arkansas Wilburns, whose earliest documented ancestor was William W. Wilbourn who was born in Mecklenburg Co., VA on 12 May 1782 as shown on his tombstone marker in Carroll Co., Arkansas. I had never even considered them as in my line. I just submitted a male first cousin of Vikky Wilburn Anders to be tested. His test showed that that line is also a match. Here we have 3 Wilbourn lines that have the same DNA. There appears to be 1 or 2 other distinct lines in this group, but I can't determine from the available information which these other lines are.
I would like to find someone from the Accomac line that has taken a DNA test with any provider to compare with ours to see if there is any connection or not. If not, then I can narrow my search within the 3 lines that I have proven. It would be very easy if there was an Accomac Welborn tested in the same group with FtDNA Company. Then I could just check their test # and know whether to eliminate the Accomacs from my search.
If any male Wilburn/Welborn/Welbourn/etc. has take a DNA test, lets get together and compare and get some benefits from the test.