Family History: George Willcockson; c. -1739: Chester Co, PA
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GEORGE WILLCOCKSON [NOTE 1]
Died c1739 Chester County, Pennsylvania
Married 281. Elizabeth Powell 15 Apr 1719 Chester County, Pennsylvania
Born 10 Mar 1696 Chester County, Pennsylvania
Died 1740 Chester County, Pennsylvania
b. c 1735 Chester County, Pennsylvania
Probable children (order of birth unknown):
b. c 1721
d. bet 1798-1805 Rowan County, North Carolina
m. Sarah Boone 1742 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
d. c1766 Rowan County, North Carolina
m. (1) Martha Bane 1747 Pennsylvania
(2) Edith Philpot c1758 North Carolina
m. Daniel Lewis
George Willcockson Jr
b. c 1730
d. Sep 1785 Rowan County, North Carolina
m. Elizabeth Hall
George Willcockson was a son of John Willcockson of Cossal, Nottinghamshire,
England. Elizabeth Powell was a daughter of Rowland Powell and Maud Richard of
Chester County, Pennsylvania: [NOTE 2]
Wilcox (or Wilcoxson) sometime of Cossal
... John Wilcoxson of Cossal, Notts., was father of George Wilcoxson of
Cossal, Notts., and afterwards of Pennsylvania where he m. 15 April 1719,
Elizabeth, daughter of Rowland Powell, a native of Wales, and d. 1739. His
John Wilcox moved to North Carolina in 1750-2, Member of Assembly 1771,
served in the American Revolution, moved to Kentucky before 1782, m. 1742
Sarah, dau. of Squire Boone of Pennsylvania (b. Manchester, England, 25 Nov.
1696; d. 1 Jan. 1765), later of Rowan Co., N. Carolina, by Sarah his wife (b.
1700; m. 23 July 1720; and d. 1777), daughter of Edward Morgan of Gwynedd,
Montgomery Co., Pa. (a town settled by a colony of Welshmen in 1698, where he
purchased 300 acres in 1711), and formerly of Philadelphia. This Edward Morgan
(b. 1678-9; d. 1718), according to family records was a son of Sir James
Morgan, 4th Bt. of Llantarnam by a first marriage to Anne (by whom he had a
dau. Sarah, b. 1676, who m. 1691, Stephen Beasley, and settled in
Philadelphia), dau. of Judge Richard Hopton of Bishop Frome, later of Canon
Frome (and his wife Susan, dau. of Sir William Harvey), Chief Justice of N.
Wales, temp. Charles II and James II, and first cousin therefore of Sir
James's second wife, Alice, widow of Nicholas Jones (whom she had m. 13 April
1683), and dau. of Sir Edward Hopton of Canon Frome (see that family in
Landed Gentry of Great Britain), by Deborah (d. 13 July 1702), dau. of Robert
Hatton. Sir James Morgan d. 30 April 1718, when the Baronetcy appears to have
become extinct (but see The Morgan Family by James Appleton Morgan). John
Wilcox was killed by Indians at battle of Bryant Station, Kentucky, 1782. His
Lieut.-Col. George Wilcox, of Shelby Co., Kentucky, J.P. (1801), High Sheriff
(1811), served in the War of 1812 with 8th Kentucky Militia, b. 1766; m.
1789, Elizabeth (b. in London 1774; d. 1814), dau. of John Pinchbeck ...
This genealogical sketch contains several inaccuracies, which do not
necessarily diminish the credibility of most of the statements. George Wilcox
of Shelby County, Kentucky, whose family used that spelling of the surname,
was a son of George Willcockson, Jr. and a nephew of John Willcockson who
married Sarah Boone. George Willcockson, Jr. married Elizabeth Hall. John
Willcockson was not killed at Bryan's Station in 1782. He was alive in North
Carolina in 1790 and 1798. [NOTE 3] Squire Boone was born in Devonshire, England, not
Manchester. He married Sarah Morgan on 23 September 1720; not in January. [NOTE 4]
Edward Morgan built his house in Towamencin Township in 1695 and the deeds for
the land were dated in 1708 and 1714. [NOTE 5]
James Appleton Morgan confused the marriage sequence of Sir James Morgan by
publishing that his first wife was Anne Hopton, widow of Nicholas Jones, and
that she bore one son, Edward Morgan, who died in infancy. He identified the
second wife of Sir James as Alice Hopton, the mother of Sarah Morgan, who
married Stephen Beasley, and Edward Morgan, the father of Sarah Morgan Boone. [NOTE 6]
A chronological analysis of the facts proves that Sir James Morgan of
Llantarnam had to be married first to Anne Hopton and then to Alice Hopton
Jones. Edward Morgan, who, traditionally, was the father of Sarah Morgan
Boone, and Sarah Morgan Beasley had to be children of the first marriage. [NOTE 7]
Supporting proof of the Burke lineage has not been found but it is
substantiated by the evidence that has been located. George Willcockson and
Elizabeth Powell were married on the 15th of the 2nd month 1719: [NOTE 8]
Page 37 George Wilcockson, son of John Wilcockson of Nottingham, Great
Britain and Elizabeth Powel, daughter of Rowland Powel of Haverford married
in meetinghouse in Haverford 2.15.1719
The marriage of George Willcockson and Elizabeth Powell is stated in the terms
the Julian or Old Style (O.S.) calendar which was in effect until 1752 when
Gregorian calendar was adopted: [NOTE 9]
An act of Parliament was passed in 1751, prescribing the adoption of the
Gregorian Calendar throughout Great Britain and her colonies; making the
succeeding year begin with the first of January and dropping eleven nominal
days (3-13) from the month of September, 1752, so that what would have been
the third of the month was called the 14th. The Quakers at their yearly
meeting adopted this method, directing the members to recognize the change of
style, and decreeing that thereafter the months should be numbered beginning
with January. Formerly their numbering had begun with the month called March.
The corresponding date on the current Gregorian calendar may be determined by
adding eleven days to a date given in Old Style. Under the Julian calendar,
the year began on 25 March, which was called the 1st month by the Quakers who
did not approve of the names given to the months and referred to them by
numbers, a practice which they followed under the new calendar as well. [NOTE 10]
Historians and genealogists frequently show years as 1701/2, for example, to
cover the months of January, February and March which, in this instance, was
at the end of 1701 under the Julian calendar and the beginning of 1702 under
the Gregorian calendar.
George Willcockson died before 25 October 1739 in Chester County, when
Willcockson was granted administration of his estate, against a bond in the
amount of 160 pounds, secured by Philip Yarnall and Joseph Pugh. [NOTE 11] Elizabeth
Powell Willcockson died shortly thereafter because the administration of her
estate occurred in 1740. Philip Yarnall, administrator for Elizabeth Wilcox,
widow and relict of George Wilcox, her late husband, who had died intestate
leaving several children to survive them, particularly Mary Wilcox, aged about
five years, who needed support, petitioned the court for Mary Wilcox to be
bound out to John Yarnall until age eighteen, and to be taught to read and
write, and "housifrey." [NOTE 12]
Philip and John Yarnall provide a thread of circumstantial evidence connecting
George and Elizabeth Powell Willcockson with the Boone family. After the death
of Samuel Boone, brother of Squire Boone, Sr., his widow Elizabeth Cassel
Boone married Joseph Yarnall, son of Francis Yarnall and Hannah Baker, on the
29th of the 07th month, 1748. [NOTE 13] The relationship between Philip, John and
Joseph Yarnall has not been determined, but they must have been kin.
Rowland Powell and Maud Richard were married on the 10th of the 03rd month
(May), 1695 at Haverford and their daughter Elizabeth Powell was born on the
10th of the 1st month (March), 1696. [NOTE 14] This marriage provides another
connection between the Willcocksons of Chester County and the Boones of
Lancaster County to support the theory that John Willcockson, who married
Sarah Boone, was the son of George Willcockson and Elizabeth Powell. William
and Mary Howell, who witnessed the marriage of Rowland Powell and Maud
Richard, had a daughter Deborah Howell who married George Boone IV, an uncle
of Sarah Boone Willcockson, in 1713. [NOTE 15] This coincidence establishes a social
relationship between the Powells and Boones that could have resulted in the
meeting of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone. When the children of George and
Elizabeth Powell Willcockson were orphaned, it is conceivable that Deborah
Howell Boone arranged for their sons to go to her father-in-law for
employment. Squire Boone reputedly operated a substantial weaving business, so
it is plausible that John Willcockson was a weaver in the employ of Boone. It
is known that John lived with the Boone family before he married Sarah.
George Willcockson was also a weaver and his residence in Uwchlan Township,
Chester County, was about fifteen to twenty miles from the Boone home in
Lancaster County. If the eldest child of George and Elizabeth Powell
Willcockson was a son, born soon after their marriage in 1719, he would be of
the approximate age of John Willcockson who married Sarah Boone. Presuming
that the eldest child of George Willcockson was eighteen or nineteen years old
when George died about 1739, he may have assumed responsibility for younger
brothers, without enactment of official guardianship or apprenticeship papers.
John Willcockson who married Sarah Boone was not a member of the North
Carolina Assembly in 1771. John Willcox, who was a burgess to the North
Carolina Assembly, was a representative from Chatham County and the son of
Thomas Willcox of Concord, Pennsylvania, who died in North Carolina in 1793. [NOTE 16]
A connection between the two has not been made.
Sarah Boone, who married John Willcockson, was a daughter of Squire Boone and
Sarah Morgan, who moved from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Rowan County,
North Carolina in 1750. [NOTE 17]
Among the "several" orphans of George Willcockson and Elizabeth Powell, who
apparently did not need the intercession of the court for their welfare, there
probably was a George Willcockson, Jr., perhaps the George Willcockson who
lived with Squire Boone at the same time as John Willcockson. They were
described as relatives by Isaiah Boone, a nephew of Daniel Boone: [NOTE 18]
George Wilcoxen, a young man entirely unacquainted with the practical use of
a gun, expressed a desire to go out a deer-hunting. For this purpose, he
borrowed Squire Boone's long musket, and requested Mr. Boone to load it for
him over night, that he might lay it away for early morning use. During the
evening, Miller and young Boone learning this sporting design, quietly took
away the musket from its position, drew the ball, & put in load enough for
half a dozen ordinary charges, and carefully replaced it. On the morrow at
peep of day, Young Wilcoxen shouldered his gun and started out to try his
luck, ruminating, as he entered the forest, the various gunning instructions
with which his friends had favored him. Deer were plenty in the neighborhood;
and after he had started, Miller and Boone began to have their misgivings
lest the over-loaded musket should burst, and kill or seriously injure
About sun-rise they heard a loud report, like a small cannon, some distance
off, and, soon after, much to their relief, discovered Wilcoxen approaching.
Instantly running forward and meeting him, and seeing his face all covered
with blood, they exclaimed, "Wilcoxen, how came so much blood on you!" He
laconically related his misfortune by saying "the darned gun" had kicked him
over - a result probably as much attributed to his awkward manner of holding
the gun as the over-charge of powder. Entering the house with his nose and
face badly bruised and a deep gash in his forehead, old Squire Boone wanted
anxiously to know what the matter was? When informed, he stoutly protested
against the fault being chargeable to the load; that he knew it was a very
light load, and could, without the least apprehension of danger, have rested
the breech of the gun against his nose, and discharged it.
Miller and young Boone, following Wilcoxen into the house, and finding his
injuries were not of a serious character, enquired if he had shot at a deer
and with what success? Yes, he had a pretty fair shot at a short distance;
described the glade in which he had fired; but, from the mingled effects of
pain and fear, could not tell what had become of the deer; he thought,
however, it was pretty deer (sic) shot. Miller and Boone went to the spot
indicated, and there found the deer dead. This George Wilcoxen was a relative
of John Wilcoxen, who, about this period, married Boone's eldest sister
Sarah; and soon getting over this mishap, learned to do his own loading, and
thus dispensed with the roguish help of his mischievous young friends.
Miller and young Boone, the pranksters of the episode, were Henry Miller and
Daniel Boone. Miller, who was several years older than Daniel Boone, was
employed by Squire Boone in his gunshop. He and Daniel were close companions
for many years. [NOTE 19]
Since this event occurred about the time that John Willcockson and Sarah Boone
married, it must have happened about 1742. Daniel Boone, who was born in 1734,
was eight years old in 1742, but the description of George Willcockson as a
young man suggests that he was in his early teens, perhaps born about 1730,
which would make him a younger brother of John Willcockson. The sibling
relationship between John and George is proved in the Rowan County, North
Carolina, will of George Willcockson, dated 21 June 1785, wherein he made a
bequest to his "Beloved Brother John Willcockson, Senr." [NOTE 20]
The exact date of the marriage of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone has not
been determined, but it was shortly before the 29th of the 5th month (July),
1742. They were married in the part of Lancaster County that became Berks
County in 1752. The Boones were members of the Exeter Meeting of the Society
of Friends and John Willcockson was not, so, when John and Sarah married, she
and her parents were condemned by the Quakers for her act: [NOTE 21]
5-29, 1742, Sarah, daughter of Squire Boone, treated with for marrying out.
5-29, 1742, Sarah Boone married out of unity with Friends, (1st offence of this kind). Friends appointed to speak to the father, Squire Boone.
6-26, 1742, Squire Boone declareth he did not countenance or consent to the marriage but confesseth himself in fault in keeping them in his house after their keeping company but that he was in a great streight in not knowing what to do, and hopeth to be more careful in the future.
George Willcockson was taxed in Uwchlan Township of Chester County in 1727,
and 1732. [NOTE 22] He obtained 95 acres of land there on 06 November 1734: [NOTE 23]
Pennsa. SS. By Vertue of a Warrant from the Proprs. dated the 6th Day of Novr
... 1734, I have caused to be surveyed on the 10th Day of May the next
ensuing unto George Wilcockson a Tract of Land situate in the Township of
Uwchlan ... County of Chester Beginning at ... Corner of David Davis's Land
... thence by Joseph Phipp's Land ... thence by Land of David Roberts ...
thence by Land of John Evans ... thence by Land of Thomas Pugh ... thence by
Land of David Davis ... to the ... Beginning Containing Ninety five Acres and
an Allowance for Roads &c. proportional to 6a. p Cent. Returned into the
Secretary's Office the 20th Day of Decr ... 1737. p Benja: Eastburn Survr. Genl.
George Willcockson may have lived on his land in Uwchlan Township before 1737
and cleared title then in order to convey it to Philip Yarnall. In a deed,
which may have been a mortgage since it was not recorded until 1740, after
George died in 1739: [NOTE 24]
Be it Remembered that the twenty seventh day of August Anno 1740 the
Indenture hereafter mentioned was produced before Caleb Cowpland, Esq. one of
the Justices of Peace for the County of Chester and thereupon came Aubrey
Roberts one of the Witnesses therein named who on his Solemn confirmation did
declare that he was present and saw the Grantor therein sign seal and by his
act and deed deliver the sd writing to the uses therein mentioned and that he
the sd Affirmed subscribed his name as a witness thereunto which Indenture is
received in the office for recording of Deeds in sd County of Chester the
sixth day of October Anno Domini 1740 in these words
This Indenture made thirtieth day of December in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and thirty seven Between George Wilcockson of Township
of Uwchlan in the county of Chester and province of Pennsylvania Weaver of
the one part and Philip Yarnall of Edgemont in the county aforesaid Yoeman of
the other part Witnesseth that for ... twenty one pounds lawfull money of
Pennsylvania ... George Wilcockson Hath ... Sold ... unto sd Philip Yarnall
... all the messuage or Tenament Land and plantation of him the said George
Wilcockson within the county of Chester and Township of Uwchlan beginning ...
at the corner of David Davis's land ... thence by Jos Phipps land ...
thence by Land of David Roberts ... thence by land of John Evans ... thence
by land of Thomas Pugh ... thence by land of David Davis to the ... beginning
containing ninety five acres ...
Sealed and delivered in presence of Aubrey Roberts and Ruth Roberts
When George Willcockson died about 1739, the 95 acres still were considered
his property, because the tract was included in an inventory of his estate.
Elizabeth Willcockson was granted administration of the estate of George
Willcockson on 25
October 1739 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. [NOTE 25] Elizabeth Willcockson made an
administratrix bond, in the amount of 160 pounds, on the same day, which she
signed with her E mark. Phillip Yarnall and Joseph Pugh were sureties on the
bond and Edward Goff and Joseph Pugh appraised the estate: [NOTE 26]
Inventory of the Estate, Goods, and Chattles of
George Willcockson, dec'd.
Tract of land containing 95 acres 45
Eight (3 words illegible) containing 8 acres 3
Hay and corn in the stacks 5 6
Corn in the ground 2
Cows and horses 77 15
Waring apparel and household goods 7 6
Implements of husbandry ware 2 8
Weavers looms and geares belonging 3 16
The 8 acres may have been George Willcockson's share of 60 acres on the
River that he acquired in partnership with Griffith Bivens, Thomas Duckett,
William Powell, Jonathan Duckett and Isaac Warner on 07 January 1692. If
divided equally, the shares would have been ten acres each: [NOTE 27]
Surveyed and laid out the 7th of the 11th Month 1692. by Vertue of a Warrt.
from the Commissioners dated the same day unto Griffeth Bivens Thomas
Duckett, William Powell, Jonathan Duckett, George Willcox and Isaac Warner a
certain Piece of marsh Criple and Meadow lying before Passayunck in the
County of Philadelphia beginning at a corner post standing near unto the
Schuylkill and likewayes near unto the head of a small Creek thence S:21 W:8
Perches to the head of the said Creek thence down the severall Courses
thereof to the Schuylkill thence up the severall Courses thereof to the Place
of beginning the whole containing 69 acres in which said Number is included
nine acres of Moveable Meadow lying in severall Parcells within the aforesaid
Bounds which was formerly Granted by a Warrant from the Proprietary and laid
out unto Peter Rambo the present possessor there soe that there is sixty
acres remaining unto the above said Griffeth Bivens Tho: Duckett Will Powell
George Willcox Jonathan Duckett and Isaac Warner being all equally concerned
with the whole said 60 Acres. Returned according to which above said Survey
and Bounds into the Proprietarys Secretarys Office the 3d. of the 12th. Month 1692/3.
The possibility that this survey pertains to George Willcockson of Chester
County, is supported by the connection with the Powell family. Members of the
Bevan family witnessed the marriage of Rowland Powell and Maud Richard.
Although the administrations of the estates of George and Elizabeth Powell
Willcockson mention that they had children, only their daughter Mary, who was
five years old in 1740, is positively identified. The weaving trade, naming
patterns and the factors of time, place and opportunity, all strongly support
the conclusion that the unidentified children include John, George, Isaac and
Hannah. The circumstantial evidence is fragmentary, but the logic is
Isaac Willcockson was a contemporary of John and George in Pennsylvania and
County, North Carolina, as was Hannah Willcockson (Wilcox), who married Daniel
Lewis. Daniel Lewis, who was born in 1730, was a son of James Lewis and Sarah
Potts of Berks County, Pennsylvania, where the Boones once resided. Daniel and
Hannah moved to Rowan County, North Carolina, where he died in 1801. [NOTE 28]
William Willcockson, who is mentioned in some genealogical notes about the
family of Rowland Powell and Maud Richard, also may have been a son of George
and Elizabeth Powell. William took the Oath of Allegiance on 03 June 1778. [NOTE 29]
More than likely, however, this was William Willcockson, son of Isaac
Willcockson and Martha Bane, who married Rachel Boone, daughter of James Boone
and Mary Foulke, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, before 30 July 1777, when she
was condemned by the Exeter Meeting of the Friends for marrying out of the
Society. William and Rachel moved to North Carolina in 1790. [NOTE 30]
Died 1801 Rowan County, North Carolina
Married Hannah Willcockson c1766
Died after 1810 Rowan County, North Carolina
Children (order of birth unknown):
Daniel Lewis Jr
b. 13 Oct 1767
m. Hannah Stapleton
m. (1) Joseph Lewis
(2) John Hendricks
b. 23 Apr 1772 Rowan County, North Carolina
d. 16 Feb 1842 near Center, Alabama
m. John Cunningham Jan 1794 Rowan County, North Carolina
Daniel Lewis, Sr. and Daniel Lewis, Jr. were enumerated on the 1790 census for
Rowan County, North Carolina.
John Cunningham and Hannah Lewis had five children. [NOTE 31]
Died c1766 Rowan County, North Carolina
Married (1) Martha Bane 1747 Pennsylvania
Died c1757 Rowan County, North Carolina
Children (1) (order of birth unknown):
b. probably c1752
m. Rachel Boone c1777 Berks County, Pennsylvania
b. c1757-60 North Carolina
d. 1798 Kentucky
m. (1) Joseph Wilson c1772
(2) John Whitaker 25 Feb 1782
b. after 1750
Married (2) Edith Philpot
Born 23 Apr 1740 North Carolina
b. 26 Feb 1760 Rowan County, North Carolina
b. 14 Feb 1762 Rowan County, North Carolina
m. Isaac Holman
b. 11 Jun 1764 Rowan County, North Carolina
d. 11 Jul 1830 Washington County, Indiana
m. Hannah ------
Isaac Willcockson and Martha Bane were married in 1747. She was a Quaker and
he was not, so the women of the congregation brought it to the attention of
the church: [NOTE 32]
8th of 2nd month, 1748. The Women Friends Acquaint this Meeting that Martha
Bane (Bon-Ban-Bone-Bane; Indexed Bane), now Willcockson hath ...
in marriage, contrary to the Good
Order established among Friends, by a Priest ...
Isaac Willcockson (Issacher Willcocks) witnessed a deed in Anson County, North
Carolina, on 13 October 1750. [NOTE 33] Rowan County was formed from Anson County in
1753. Isaac Willcockson was listed near John Willcockson and John Willcockson,
Jr. on the Rowan County tax list in 1761. On 25 July 1761 Isaac Willcockson
(Willcoxen) sued William Grant in Rowan County Court. There are three
Willcockson tombstones, that are partially illegible, near that of Squire
Boone in the Joppa Cemetery, at Mocksville, North Carolina: [NOTE 34]
Isaac Willcockson, died Sept. ____ age 42 years
Martha Willcockson, died Sept. 9, ____ age 30 years
_____ Willcockson, died Oct. 11, 1769.
In Rowan County Court in 1771, William, Martha and Daniel Willcockson, minor
orphans of Isaac Willcockson, deceased, chose Isaac Willcockson as their
guardian. George Willcockson signed the guardianship bond with Isaac
Willcockson. [NOTE 35] The Willcockson, who died in 1769 and is buried next to Isaac
and Martha, could be another child.
Edith Philpot Willcockson was born on 23 April 1740 in North Carolina. As the
widow of Isaac Willcockson (Wilcoxen), she married (2) Matthew Busey in 1767
in North Carolina. He was born on 09 April 1742 in Maryland. By Isaac
Wilcockson, Edith had three children, Rachel, Catherine and Aaron, whose names
and birth dates are entered in early Busey family records. They moved to
Kentucky with their step-father and mother. [NOTE 36]
William Willcockson, son of Isaac Willcockson and Martha Bane, returned to
Pennsylvania, where he married Rachel Boone, daughter of James Boone and Mary
Foulke. A Quaker, Rachel was condemned by the Exeter Meeting of the Society of
Friends on the 30th of the 7th month 1777, for being married by a priest, out
of unity with her church. An old Boone family record contains two statements
about William and Rachel Boone Willcockson: [NOTE 37]
1790, Sept. 13. Then William Wilcoxson and his family moved for North
1797, Aug. 1. Then Rachel Wilcoxson came from North Carolina to see us, and
her neighbor Elizabeth Freelan and her son Harry Freelan on the stage..
On 12 September 1788, William Willcockson of Berks County, Pennsylvania,
bought 393 acres of land, on Bear Creek in Rowan County, North Carolina, from
William Hall, by a deed witnessed by John Willcockson and Elizabeth Welsh. [NOTE 38]
William Willcockson and his wife Rachel of Rowan County, North Carolina, sold
this tract to John Reese on 10 April 1795. [NOTE 39]
Martha Willcockson, daughter of Isaac Willcockson and Martha Bane, married (1)
Joseph Wilson about 1772 in North Carolina. He died before 25 February 1782,
when she married (2) John Whitaker. Martha died in Kentucky in 1798. Whitaker,
who was born about 1758 or 1760, married (2) Nancy Guess in December 1809 and
died in Mulberry, Tennessee, on 13 June 1837. [NOTE 40]
Isaac Holman, who married Catherine Willcockson, was born in Rowan County,
Carolina, in 1757 and died in Clark County, Indiana, in 1843. [NOTE 41]
The wife of Aaron Willcockson (Wilcoxson) was named Hannah and their children
were Edey, who married Robert Carter; Anna, who married Jacob Miller; David,
who married Elizabeth Callahan; Isaac, who married Mary A. Standiford; Lillis,
who married William Daniels; Rebecca, who married Maurice Morris; Berry, who
married Sarah Casswell (sic); John, who was born on 07 March 1807 and married
Margaret Johnson; and William Henry Harrison, who married (1) Nancy Taylor and
(2) Angeline Byrn. [NOTE 42] Aaron Wilcoxson was born on 11 June 1764 and died in
Washington County, Indiana, on 11 July 1830. He and his wife Hannah
(1766-1839) are buried in a family cemetery in Washington County, where their
gravestones contain their birth and death dates. [NOTE 43] Aaron got a patent for 160
acres of land in Clark County, Indiana, on 16 April 1808, which later was in
Jackson Township, Washington County. [NOTE 44]
John Wilcoxson was appointed to administer the estate of Aaron Wilcoxson in
February 1833 and reported a cash balance on 14 August 1833, for distribution
to the unidentified widow, five sons and four daughters. [NOTE 45] A biographical
sketch of Berry Wilcoxson, who was born in Franklin County, Kentucky, in
February 1804, states that, in his 25th year, he married Sarah W. Cassell
(sic), who was born on 15 March 1808. His parents took him to North Carolina,
when he was four years old, but did not stay there long. They moved to
Indiana, settling near the Falls of the Ohio, in what became Washington
County. In the spring of 1843, Berry Wilcoxson moved to Lee County, Iowa. [NOTE 46]
GEORGE WILLCOCKSON JR
Died Sep 1785 Rowan County, North Carolina
Married Elizabeth Hall
Died 15 Dec 1782 Rowan County, North Carolina
Children (order of birth unknown):
m. (1) Daniel Adams
(2) Samuel Casey
David Willcockson (Wilcox)
d. c1815-1816 Franklin County, Kentucky
m. (1) Elender (Sally) Boone
(2) Jannett Pemberton 04 Feb 1804 Franklin County, Kentucky
George Willcockson III (Wilcox)
b. c1761 Rowan County, North Carolina
d. 1819 Howard County, Missouri
m. Elizabeth Pinchbeck 23 Feb 1789 Rowan County, North Carolina
John Willcockson (Wilcox)
b. 06 Sep 1766 Rowan County, North Carolina
d. 03 Feb 1820 Shelby County, Kentucky
m. Sarah Boone 01 Mar 1791 Jefferson County, Kentucky
m. Wiles Cook
m. John Cook 22 Jan 1793 Rowan County, North Carolina
Isaac Willcockson (Wilcox)
b. Rowan County, North Carolina
d. c1846 Shelby County, Kentucky
m. Elizabeth Gooch
James Willcockson (Wilcox)
The male descendants of George and Elizabeth Hall Willcockson spelled their
surname Wilcox. The surviving children of George Willcockson are named in his
will which was dated 21 June 1785 and proved in Rowan County, North Carolina,
in August 1786: [NOTE 47]
In the Name of God, Amen, I George Willcockson of Roan County and province
of North Carolina - being sick and weak in Body but of perfect Mind and
Thanks be to God; calling into Mind the mortality of my Body, and knowing
is appointed for all Men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will
First, I give & bequeath to my Eight Children a tract of land, lying on Bear
Creek Containing five hundred Acres ... to be Equally Divided amongst them at
the discretion of my Exrs.-
Also, I give to my well beloved Children above mentioned A tract of Land
in Wilks County on Roaring River known by the name of the long bottom
Containing three hundred Acres more or less - to be likewise Divided at the
Discretion of my Executors-
likewise I give the land and plantation whereon I now live to my well beloved
Children above mentioned being too hundred and fifty acres to be Divided
them all at the Discretion of my Exrs.
I also desire that all the rest of my Estate should be sold by Exrs if they
cause to do it and Equally divided amongst my Eight Children above mentioned
Viz- Isabella Adams David Willcockson George Willcockson John Willcockson
Elizabeth Willcockson Mary Willcockson Isaac Willcockson James Willcockson
I also desire that my Book Accounts should be collected By my Exrs & that
with what I have in hand & what is Due me by NOTEs should be bestowed on my
five youngest Children in Schooling & other Necessaries Only one half Joannas
(sic) and that I give to my Beloved Brother John Willcockson Senr.
I constitute and ordain my beloved son John Willcockson and David my beloved
son the Executors of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I
have here unto Set my hand & seal this twenty first Day of June one thousand
seven hundred and Eightyfive.
Signed and Sealed and Delivered His Seal
in presents of George Willcockson
David Jones, Jr.
Will proved August 1786
Joanna, the child whose portion of a bequest was to be divided with the
testator's brother John Willcockson, Jr., may have been a ninth child but that
it a puzzling inconsistency which is not addressed by the author of the
Wilcoxson genealogy and presumably the transcriber of the will. Perhaps it
should read James.
George died before his son, John, who was born in 1766, was old enough to act
executor, so David acted as sole executor, although he was residing in the
Virginia that became Kentucky. On 14 September 1786 David Willcockson of
County, Virginia, conveyed to Isabella Adams of Rowan County, North Carolina,
100 pounds, 250 acres, adjoining Thomas Prather, which was part of a state
to George Willcockson for 500 acres. On 26 August 1796, David Wilcoxon of
County, Kentucky, as executor of his father, George W., late of Rowan County,
North Carolina, deceased, conveyed to John Cook, who married Mary, the
George W., deceased, 250 acres on Bear Creek, part of a tract granted by the
to George Wilcoxson. Later John Cook of Rowan County deeded to Samuel Casey of
the same place, for 225 pounds, 250 acres on Bear Creek, which was part of a
grant to George Willcockson, that his executor, David Willcockson, conveyed to
John Cook on 26 August 1796. [NOTE 48]
George and Elizabeth Hall Willcockson were buried in Eaton's Cemetery in Rowan
County, where their tombstones read: [NOTE 49]
George Wilcoxson, d. Sept., 1785, aged 55 years.
Elizabeth Wilcoxson, d. Dec. 15, 1782, aged 43 years.
The family Bible of Moses Hall, whose daughter Isabelle married Gibson Taylor
Wilcox, son of John Wilcox and Sarah Boone and grandson of George Willcockson,
Jr., identified the wife of George Willcockson (Jr.), as Elizabeth Hall and
listed six of their children as George Wilcox, Jr., who married Elizabeth
Pinchbeck; David Wilcox, who married Sarah (sic) Boone, daughter of George
Boone, who was brother of Daniel Boone; John Wilcox, who married Sarah Boone,
daughter of Squire Boone, youngest brother of Daniel Boone; Isaac (Isaic)
Wilcox, who married Elizabeth Gooch (Gouch); Elizabeth Wilcox, who married
Wiles (Wilds) Cook; and Nancy Wilcox, who married Samuel Casey (Cacy) and
remained in North Carolina. The brothers and their sister Elizabeth Wilcox
Cook moved to Kentucky.
Nancy may have been another name for Isabella Willcockson, who apparently
(1) Daniel Adams and (2) Samuel Casey. Daniel Adams died before 15 February
when George Willcockson was surety on the administratrix bond of Isabella
widow of Daniel. [NOTE 50]
Elender Boone, who married David Willcockson (Wilcox), was a daughter of
Boone and Ann Linville. She was born about 1766, died on 17 July 1799 and is
buried in the George Boone Cemetery in Madison County, Kentucky, where her
tombstone is inscribed: [NOTE 51]
In memory of Elender Wilcox, who departed this life the 17th of July 1799,
aged 33 years
Elender was identified as Sally Boone in the family history left by Gibson
Taylor Wilcox. G. T. Wilcox was interviewed in 1891, when he was aged 85. [NOTE 52]
Jannett Pemberton, the second wife of David Willcockson (Wilcox), was the
Richard Pemberton, by whom she had five children, who became wards of David
their marriage. David Willcockson signed his will, David Wilcox. [NOTE ] Nancy
daughter of David, married Joseph Helm in Franklin County, Kentucky, on 26
1815. Isaac Wilcoxson, who married Priscilla Hackley, daughter of Francis, on
August 1804, in Franklin County, could have been a son of David and Ellender
Wilcox. Ann Ewing Wilcox, who married William F. LeRoy on 22 September 1800,
have been a widowed daughter-in-law. [NOTE 53]
Elizabeth Pinchbeck, who married George Willcockson (Wilcox) in Rowan County
February 1789, with William Hall as surety on the bond, was a daughter of John
Pinchbeck and Isabel Rathgen, who were married at St. George's in Hanover
London, on 18 January 1772. Elizabeth was born in England in 1774 and died in
Kentucky in 1816. John Pinchbeck, who was born on 26 August 1739 and died in
1811, was a son of Thomas Pinchbeck of London and Lydia Farnsworth. George
Willcockson (Wilcox) was a Lieutenant Colonel in the 8th Kentucky militia
during the War of 1812. [NOTE 54]
Sarah Boone, who married John Willcockson (Wilcox) at Lynch's Station in
Jefferson County, Kentucky, on 01 March 1791, was a daughter of Squire Boone,
Jr. and Jane Van Cleve. Her father, who was a Baptist minister, as well as an
Indian fighter, performed the wedding. Sarah Boone Wilcox was born on 26
September 1774 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and died on 26 June 1846 in
Shelby County, Kentucky. [NOTE 55] G. T. Wilcox recalled that Sarah was seven years old
when her father established Boone's Station in 1779, but she was only five.
Other of Wilcox's recollections appeared in a letter written to Thomas W.
Bullitt on 23 July 1880. [NOTE 56]
Squire Boone, Jr. erected his station at the Painted Stone on Clear Creek, a
branch of Beargrass Creek, in the part of Kentucky County, Virginia, that
became Jefferson County, Virginia in 1780 and Shelby County, Kentucky, in
1792. It was near where Shelbyville now stands and was sometimes called
Painted Stone Station. About 1783, when Squire Boone was serving in the
Virginia legislature, he transferred the station to Colonel Lynch and it
thereafter was known as Lynch's Station.
Samuel Casey was bondsman when Mary Willcockson and John Cook were married in
Rowan County, North Carolina, on 22 January 1793. [NOTE 57]
Elizabeth Gooch, who married Isaac Willcockson (Wilcox), was a daughter of
Gooch and Lucy Grubbs of Albemarle County, Virginia. The will of Isaac Wilcox
dated 23 June 1845 and proved in February 1846 in Shelby County, Kentucky. [NOTE 58]
James Willcockson (Wilcox) apparently resided in Green and/or Muhlenberg
Kentucky. [NOTE 59]
[NOTE 1]. American Families with British Ancestry, Sir John Bernard Burke,
Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1977, reprinted from Burke's Genealogical and
Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, London, 1939.
[NOTE 2]. Wilcoxson and Allied Families, Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, M.A., privately,
Naugatuck, CT, 1958.
[NOTE 3]. The Boone Family, Hazel Atterbury Spraker, Rutland, VT, 1922, reprinted
Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1974.
[NOTE 4]. Morgan data of compiler.
[NOTE 5]. A History of the Family of Morgan, J. Appleton Morgan, New York, undated,
facsimile copy, University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, MI, 1976.
[NOTE 6]. Supra NOTE 4.
[NOTE 7]. Abstract, Haverford and Radnor Monthly Meeting Records, Frank L. Baird,
Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA.
[NOTE 8]. Supra NOTE 3, Our Calendar, Gilbert Cope, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
[NOTE 9]. Julian to Gregorian, John W. Heisey, article, Antique Week/Tri-State
Trader, Genealogy Section, Knightstown, IN, 1986.
[NOTE 10]. Supra NOTE 2, transcript, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Will Book I,
page 177, 1714-1758, Envelope No. 0677, pocket 1, No. 173.
[NOTE 11]. Data of Frank Baird, supra NOTE 7.
[NOTE 12]. Supra NOTE 3.
[NOTE 13]. Supra NOTE 7.
[NOTE 14]. Supra NOTE 3.
[NOTE 15]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 16]. Supra NOTE 3.
[NOTE 17]. Supra NOTE 2, Draper manuscript 2B 29-35, Wisconsin Historical
[NOTE 18]. ibid.
[NOTE 19]. ibid, transcript, Rowan County, North Carolina, Will Book C, pages 104-105.
[NOTE 20]. ibid, abstracts, Exeter Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania, marriage records.
[NOTE 21]. Supra NOTE 11.
[NOTE 22]. Pennsylvania Warrants and Surveys Book 7, page 17, Philadelphia Archives.
[NOTE 23]. Chester County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book F, page 74, transcript, Frank
[NOTE 24]. Supra NOTE 2, transcript, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Will Book I,
1714-1758, page 177.
[NOTE 25]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 26]. Pennsylvania Warrants and Surveys Book 3, pages 216-217, Philadelphia
[NOTE 27]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 28]. Supra NOTE 11.
[NOTE 29]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 30]. ibid.
[NOTE 31]. ibid, abstract, Minutes of the Goshen, Pennsylvania, Monthly Meeting.
[NOTE 32]. Supra NOTE 2, Anson County, North Carolina. Deed Book 1, page 29.
[NOTE 33]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 34]. ibid.
[NOTE 35]. ibid.
[NOTE 36]. ibid.
[NOTE 37]. ibid, abstract, Rowan County, North Carolina, Deed Book 12 , page 606.
[NOTE 38]. ibid, abstract, Rowan County, North Carolina, Deed Book 13, page 960.
[NOTE 39]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 40]. ibid.
[NOTE 41]. Society of Kentucky Pioneers 1983 Yearbook, Sam McDowell, McDowell
Publications, Utica, KY, 1985; Member Number 96, Paul Caywood, Evansville, IN
(descendant of Isaac Willcockson [Wilcoxson] and Mary Standiford).
[NOTE 42]. Personal knowledge of Dorothy S. Payne, New Albany, IN, 1970.
[NOTE 43]. Data of Paul Caywood, Evansville, IN, 1987.
[NOTE 44]. Supra NOTE 2, Washington County, Indiana, court records.
[NOTE 45]. Supra NOTE 2, History of Lee County, Iowa, 1879, page 804.
[NOTE 46]. Supra NOTE 19.
[NOTE 47]. Supra NOTE 2, abstracts, Rowan County, North Carolina, Deed Book 10, page
Deed Book 14, page 677; Deed Book 19, page 21.
[NOTE 48]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 49]. ibid.
[NOTE 50]. Supra NOTE 3.
[NOTE 51]. Supra NOTE 2, Some Old Time History of Shelbyville and Shelby County, Ed.
D. Shinnick, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Volume 14,
Number 42, September, 1916.
[NOTE 52]. Franklin County, Kentucky, Will Book B, page 222.
[NOTE 53]. Marriage Records of Franklin County, Kentucky, 1790-1815, Elizabeth Prather
Ellsberry, Chillicothe, MO, undated.
[NOTE 54]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 55]. History of Shelby County, Kentucky, George L. Willis, Sr., Shelby County
Genealogical and Historical Society, Shelbyville, 1929, reprinted Cook and
McDowell Publication, Hartford, KY, 1979.
[NOTE 56]. Supra NOTE 2.
[NOTE 57]. ibid.
[NOTE 58]. ibid.
[NOTE 59]. ibid.
Our Family Homes--Then and Now
Our Homes, some were lived in for generation, some for just a short time.
Villages, Towns and Cities of my family.
Some of the homes and places my family and extended family have lived.
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