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Henry Wells

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Henry Wells

Co-Founder of American Express and Wells Fargo and Co.

    Rebecca -----

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    • 4th Great-grandmother of Henry Wells — 7th Generation
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    • There is a tradition that Rebecca's maiden name is Hilton and that her ancestry includes a descent from the Plantagenets.

      According to a note in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1879, 33:98), "The tradition that [Thomas Roberts] came with the Hiltons should be abandoned."

      In a 1986 issue of the NEHGS NEXUS (3:315), there is a response to an earlier query about the issue Rebecca being a Hilton. Here's what was said "It is traditional that Rebecca Hilton is the w. of Thomas Roberts of Dover. N.H. I visited Dover and found g.s. and the site of his house, also info at the town library. See also History of Dover, N.H.; Notable Events in the History of Dover, by George Wadleigh (1913); Historical Memoranda of Ancient Dover, by Alonzo Quint (1900), Vol. I."

      The Edward Hilton profile in Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration series mentions the brothers Edward, William and Richard Hilton, but no reference is made to a sister Rebecca being married to Thomas Roberts.

      The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (p. 589) has a profile of Thomas Roberts that states he is "said to have come with the Hiltons, which is very prob. as he was a fellow member of the Fishmongers Co. of London with Edw. Hilton both marked 'in New England' in a list of 1641." It also mentions he had a wife Rebecca in 1669 but who died before 1673 (the year of his will). Although this mentions a link to the Hiltons, it makes no reference or speculation to Rebecca being a Hilton.

      Without further evidence, it seems very speculative that Rebecca's maiden name was Hilton. Her parentage at this time is considered unknown.

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