The best that I can do is tell you that all Ellingtons in VA, OH and KY came from the same line...this can be proved by allied families, who for the most part, were also their closest neighbors.
See, I was able to make this determination this way...I checked out all the census records in KY and OH and looked to see who their nearest neighbors were..(1850) jotted down these names and then looked to see if there were any matches...And I found these matches...which I was certain that I would since, it was about a 95% chance that these Ellingtons were all related in some fashion...By that I mean decending from the same porgenitor who first arrived to VA...
I also looked at the genfourm for addiitonal info proof and found it there...
Of course this is time consuming, but you could make this same verification and see for yourself...See, lots of folks overlook this method and instead spend tons of time looking for wills that spell everything out...and often such wills no longer exist...
The most important resource in hunting down ancestors is looking to see who their neigbhors were...because they all married into neihboring families and do so for many many generations...even in different locations, because these families relocated together...
Once people understand this pattern, it becomes much easier to find ancestoral lines...and the internet makes this all the easier...because once you find the neighbors you can log on to their surname gen forums and chances are good that someone has done some serious research on these lines...you can learn alot that way...I know that I learn something new everyday.
There is no doubt that some Ellington was m to a Wilburn...had to be the case.
Vikky wilburn Anders
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