Thanks for replying. It's going to take me a long time to sort though and make some additional entries in my database re: cluster families in Wilkes and Ashe Co NC. Most of these families have roots in VA c 1720-50. Until you replied, I was unaware of any Senter Baptist Church in that area. And no doubt it was named for its founder. Center/Senter...But I believe that it is also likely that the Senter name comes from an ancestor who married into one of these cluster families.
As I noted, the Tilghman/Tillmans/Tilmans were allied with Wilburns and in some fashion, the Wilburns were allied with Centers..so you might consider that the Senter given name in your ancestoral line was due to a Senter/Center family connection. My hunch is that this is the case.
Unforunately, only 25% of marriage bonds in
VA and NC still exist so this means that we researchers will always have gaps to fill in. But if we are not purists then often we can determine relationships due to nearest neighbors and given names within the family.
I appreciate your kind reply.
Vikky in San Diego
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