John Wilkins I am looking for the ancestors of my WILKINS line, who were in North Carolina by the early 1700s. If my research is correct, my 5g grandfather John WILKINS was born before 1727 in or near what is now Duplin County, NC. From other researchers, I have learned (but not confirmed) that his wife's name was Mary, and that they had 8 children: William, Michael, James, Nancy, Lidia "Leadey", Mary, Sarah and Benjamin. Other researchers believe that John's father (my 6g grandfather) was also John WILKINS (possible middle initial B), born circa 1701 in NC or Virginia, died after 1761 in Duplin. His wife's name may have been Prudence, and they had at least two sons: John and James. In my dream world, I'm able to find . . . • confirmation of my 6g grandfather's name • the surnames of both Mary and Prudence. • the parents, grandparents, etc., of these men and women • information on when these lines arrived on this continent • the countries of origin This is especially challenging because I find many WILKINS men named John, William and other common names. In the mid-1700s there was a WILKINS group in Norfolk County, Virginia, that named their sons Willis, William, Ivy and James – names that show up in several generations of my WILKINS line, even after their move to Kentucky in the early 1800s. Still, I haven't nailed down a firm link to that group. I'm eager to hear from anyone who can shed some light on these family history mysteries. Thanks.
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