My relative sailed to America on the Mayflower. His name Richard Wilder. I was told this by my father. He said his father told him(Beverly D. Wilder) from Boston, Mass graduated from grammer school in Boston in 18--. He was born in New York 1845. His mother Lelia David Branch told him about Richard Wilder. I did learn that he died about 6 or 7 months after arriving in America. He was a man-servant. The only thing I can think is that there must have been more Wilders that migrated to America after Richard arrived. Ialso bear the sir name of Sturdivant. I do not know much about the people. You see my grandmother Lelia ( a white woman) married Adam Wilder(a mulatto) from Virginia and after that her family (Branch) did not have much to do with them. They lived in Saratoga Springs New York and I have the family Bible and a few photos. The stamp on the back of the photos name a studio in Petersberg Virginia
On my mother's side I know that my great great grandfather John Bell fought in the Civil War. He used to get a small pension check after the war. I used that data to get a copy of his muster in paperwork. He and his brother Frank Bell migrated to Indiana from North Carolina with their parents(father Henry Bell) in a covered wagon. They were half American Indian and half Irish. My grandmother's mother was a mix of French, American Indian and African. Her husband(Fauver) sold his part of a plantation he and a relative owned giving him the rights to my grandmother. After this he gave her her free papers, married her and migrated north to Illinois.