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Elizabeth (Bourne) Wilcoxson (1627 - abt. 1668)

Elizabeth Wilcoxson formerly Bourne aka Wells, Curtis, Welles, Wilcockson
Born in Englandmap [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married before 1647 in Wethersfield, Connecticutmap
Wife of — married 19 Mar 1663 in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Elizabeth (Bourne) Wilcoxson is currently protected by the Puritan Great Migration Project for reasons described in the narrative.
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She is being protected by the Puritan Great Migration project due to disputed origins and marriage to a PGM immigrant.



Elizabeth Bourne

Disputed Name, Evidence points to Bourne

Elizabeth is often mistakenly called "Elizabeth Curtis," but Anderson, Jacobus, and Lemuel Welles all agree that John Welles, Sr's only marriage was to Elizabeth Bourne.[1][2][3]

Anderson makes note of Elizabeth's maiden name with this quotation from the record:

on 6 November 1677, in the distribution of the estate of Ellen (_____) Bostwick, the court took notice of a claim against the estate by "Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson sometime Elizabeth Bourne next of kin with her children to the deceased and the said Elizabeth was by Mr. Tomlin[son] & the deceased brought from her friends with an engagement to give her child's portion" [Stratford PD, Case #903 and FOOF 1:91].[1]

Hollister Family of America:

"Mary [Hollister] daughter of Lieut. John Hollister, the settler, and Joanna Treat, was born in Wethersfield. She married John Welles, son of John Welles and Elizabeth Curtis, and grandson of Gov. Thomas Welles. John Welles, Jr., was born in Stratford, Conn., in 1648, and died March 24, 1714"

Some sources list as Elizabeth Curtis/Bourne. Potential that Curtis or Bourne is a married name preceding or superceding.


Elizabeth married twice.

  • Elizabeth Bourne married before 1647, in Wethersfield, Connecticut, first to John Welles.[4]
  • She married on March 19, 1662/3 in Stratford, Connecticut, second to John Wilcoxson.[5][6]


John Welles and Elizabeth Welles' known children were:[2]

  • John, b about 1648
  • Deacon Thomas, b about 1651 (twin)
  • Captain Robert, b about 1651 (twin)
  • Temperance, b about 1654
  • Sgt. Samuel, b about 1656
  • Sarah, b about 1658
  • Mary, b August 29, 1661[7]

Note: Other researchers do not include daughter Mary among the children of John Welles.[3][2]

Death and Legacy

Elizabeth died on October 8, 1668 at Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anderson, Robert C., "Thomas Welles," Featured Name The Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y, Vol VII, Page 291 (Online database accessed 4 March 2016. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011, Reference page 291.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Welles, Lemuel Aiken, [ The English Ancestry of Governor Thomas Welles, NEHGR 80:303, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database accessed 4 March 2016:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, 1952 Hale, House, and related families, mainly of the Connecticut ... (Page 777) Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, accessed 1 March 2016.
  4. Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700, (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015, reference Volume 3, page 1625, John Wells (sic), Wethersfield, Connecticut
  5. Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700, (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015, Reference Volume 3, page 1670
  6. Brown, Coralynn, transcriber, Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT, Vital Records from Barbour. accessed 23 March 2016.
  7. Welles, Albert, The History of the Welles Family in England and Normandy, published 1876, Reference Page 133

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I found one possible source that people may be using to identify that her mother's last name may be Collyer, and it shows her as well. Joseph Collyer wrote his will in 1648, proved Sept 28, 1649. In it he mentions his sister, Elizabeth Bourne, and her daughter, Elizabeth Bourne.

However, in 1648, when he wrote his will, Elizabeth Bourne (this profile) would have been Connecticut already, married to John Wells. In his will, he also mentions his sister, Mary Browninge in New England. The fact that he acknowledged Mary as being in New England, but not either his sister, Elizabeth Bourne or her daughter, Elizabeth Bourne, makes me doubt that he was referring to the same Bournes. Link: NEHGR 47:281 Page 281

posted by S (Hill) Willson
I feel quite confident they didn't exist in Stratford - Not mentioned in either 'History of' or 'Families of'

PGM is ok with the disconnect and disputed section addition

posted by Anne B
I have not been able to find any sources for her parentage, nor any information about the parents shown in the data fields.

How do the other PMs feel about removing these parents but adding them to the Disputed section?

posted by S (Hill) Willson
moved son listed as spouse, kept him as son only (Welles-457)
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Name Elizabeth Bourne
Event Type Baptism
Event Date 23 Sep 1627
Event Place Lapley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original) Lapley, Staffordshire, England
Parish All Saints
Father's Name John Bourne
Mother's Name Fraunch Bourne
Affiliate Image Identifier D3082/1/1
"England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 December 2017), Elizabeth Bourne, 1627.
posted by Erik Granstrom
On Family Search a researcher writes that Elizabeth Bourne "was not the daughter of Elisha Bourne and Patience Skiff, as is widely reported."

And instead lists John Bourne and Frances Bourne as the parents.

There are some Baptism records as sources that back this up.

"Elizabeth Bourne." Family Search. Accessed March 6th, 2018.

posted by Erik Granstrom

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