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John Winborne, Upper Parish, 1700's, vestryman
Posted by: karen dutton Date: September 11, 2001 at 16:20:53
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I am looking for more information on the family of John WINBORNE, who was a vestryman of the Upper Parish of Nansemond County from 1744-1760. I am especially interested in info on his wife and his parents/siblings. I have some clue that her name may have been Phoebe THOMAS, daughter of Elizabeth MARSHALL and Richard THOMAS; and that both John and Phoebe may have come from the Isle of Wight. John's daughter, Elizabeth m. Charles JENKINS, grandson of Gov. John JENKINS of NC. Most of John's children appear to have moved to NC in the 1730-1748 time period. There have been several posters on the Winborne list who have John's wife as Anne HUNTER, but I am disinclined to agree for the following reason.

I have found the Benjamin Winborne book on the Vaughan Family, and find the info in it about the parentage of Elizabeth WINBORNE m. Charles JENKINS to be somewhat confusing. On p. 78-79, he writes:

"All the old Winbornes came to NC from Nansemond County, Va. John Winborne came about 1730 [to NC] and settled on the east side of Bennett's Creek and married Anne Hunter. Maj Henry Winborne, the old ancestor of the Hertford County Winbornes, came in 1742. His brother Thomas came soon thereafter, and William, Philip, John and Benjamin Winborne came to Northampton Co. NC about 1748.
Since writing the above, the writer has ascertained from old records on file in the Theological Seminary, in Fairfax County, Va. that Maj. Henry Winborne, who came to NC as a very young man in 1742 from Nansemond County, Wa., was the son of John Winborne of the Upper Parish of Nansemond, Va. and was a vestryman of the established Church of England in that Parish from 1744 to 1760, and was selected as one of the church wardens in 1748. He voted, 1746, for the rebuilding of the brick church in Suffolk [at the time in Nansemond County] which was completed in 1748. Elizabeth Winborne, the wife of Charles Jenkins, was the daughter of the old vestryman."

Now, I first read this as Elizabeth being the daughter of Henry, but, if Henry came to NC in 1742 as a very young man, he was unlikely to be either a) Elizabeth's father (she had a child in 1725) or b) a vestryman in Virginia from 1744 to 1760, so I then interpreted it to be that John was the father of Henry, Elizabeth and Thomas (and possibly John, Phillip, William and Benjamin as well). As for John, if the John who m. Anne HUNTER came to NC in 1730, the above reasoning also applies. Therefore, I am inclined to think that Anne HUNTER was the sister-in-law of Elizabeth (who m. Charles JENKINS), rather than her mother, as many have it.

Would appreciate any further or better information on this, as I am very aware that the book is secondary info at best.

Karen Dutton


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