George Willcockson (Wilcoxson) 1692 - <1739


·        New Information


New for 2011

·                     Completely Revised -  3rd Generation Wilcoxson/Wilcox

·                     A different lineup for Rachel Boone who married Wm Wilcockson

·                     David Wilcoxson newly revised (May, June & August 2011)

·                     New Info – John Wilcox (1766-1819) + Sarah “Sallie” Boone (1770)

·                     Changes to Lt. Col. George Wilcox (~1761) and Dr. George B. Wilcox (~1794)


New for 2012

More on Isaac Wilcockson (~1724 – 1765)

Major additions to Martha Willcockson and 2nd Husband John Whitaker

Family Records from G.T.Wilcoxson – See John Wilcox 1766 – 1819

Controversy on Daniel Wilcoxson, son of Isaac Wilcoxson (~1727 – 1765)

New - Isaac Wilcockson + Martha Bane Marriage in Delaware

New - Martha Bane in Trouble with Pennsylvania Quakers 


     George Wilcockson

         Born: 10 March 1692* England

         Married: 15 April 1719 at Haverford Quaker Meeting House, Chester County, Pennsylvania

         Died: before October 1739, at the age of 47, probably Chester County

         Parents: John Wilcockson of Cossal, Nottinghamshire, England

         Immigration:  1718 or before


     Elizabeth Powell

          Born: 10 March 1696* in Chester County, Pennsylvania

          Died: 1740 at the age of 44 in Chester County.    

          Parents:  Rowland Powell and Maud Richards, both born in Wales

Children: Daughter Mary Wilcockson is recorded, but John, Isaac, Hannah, and George Wilcockson lack proof.

* Reliability and source of dates is unknown


2nd Edition, Morphew/Murphy Story – J.R. Murphy, last previous revision – 8 April 2012; this update is 29 April 2012.   




There are several immigrant lines of Wilcocksons in this country; but George Wilcockson and Elizabeth Powell family line originated in eastern Pennsylvania.   Reader beware that there is a (1) John Wilcoxon (Wilcoxson) line originating in Maryland who use similar first names, (2) William Wilcoxson (1602-1652) line in very early New England, and (3) possibly a poorly understood Isaac Willcockson from Middlesex County, New Jersey, noted from 1730-1732 and possibly 1750.    Great care is needed to keep them separate. 


The reader needs to beware that recent y-dna results between descendants of John Wilcockson (~1720- 1798) and New England’s William Wilcoxson show a “close” relationship.  When referring this to Lisa Wilcox of the Wilcox Project on, Lisa replied: “From what we know about this family, based on DNA results, is that John Wilcoxson and William Wilcockson (New England Immigrant) share a common ancestor, likely back across the pond.”

Email courtesy of Lisa Wilcox, 23 June 2011.


Questions continue to arise if George Wilcockson (1692) + Elizabeth Power (1696) are the correct parents.  More evidence would be useful tying the immigrant to his children and grandchildren.  There are several problems:

(1) Why was son George Wilcockson “II,” at age 12 or 13, not named an orphan in 1742 Chester County Orphans Court along with sister Mary?  

(2) Is Isaac Wilcockson (~1724 – 1765) a brother to John and George “II.”  

(3) Why didn’t John and Isaac marry as Quakers when their parents appear obviously so?  

(4) In an 1861 letter to Lyman Draper, Jermemiah F. Willcoxen stated his great grandfather was a “native of Wales.”   Jermemiah was great grandson of John Wilcockson (~1720) whose information came from his mother Charlotte Calloway Willcockson, who was also a great granddaughter of John Wilcockson by way of Benjamin Cutbirth, Sr. 


Until the parent problem is better understood, this writer still projects George Wilcockson (1692 – 1739) + Elizabeth Powell (1696 – 1740) to be parents of John, Isaac, and George Wilcockson.  


In regards to surname spelling, the immigrant George Wilcockson was usually spelled "Wilcockson."   After this, the spelling of the Wilcockson surname varies greatly before it stabilizes after 1850.    Spellings found include Wilcockson, Willcockson, Wilcoxson, Willcoxson, Wilcoxen, Wilcoxon, Wilcoxen, Willcox, Wilcox, Wilcock, etc.  Surname spelling in documents will be retained whenever possible, and “Wilcoxson” and “Wilcockson” will be used in a generic fashion.  Several lines did change the spelling to Wilcox.  Beware of middle names and initials with 2nd generation Wilcoxsons.  None have been found in any original records.  


This Chapter includes:


Part One - Immigrant: George Wilcoxson (1692-1739) + Elizabeth Powell


Part Two - Children and Grandchildren of George Wilcoxson and Elizabeth Powell


            (I) John Wilcoxson (born 1720) - see his separate chapter


            (II) Isaac Wilcoxson (~1724 - 1765)

                        1. Daniel Wilcockson (~1755-1771+)

                        2. Martha Wilcockson Wilson Whitaker (~1757-1798)

                        3. William Wilcockson (~1752 - <1828)

                        4. Rachael Wilcoxson (1760)

                        5. Catherine Wilcoxon Holman (1762-1803?)

                        6. Aaron Wilcoxon (1764-<1820)


            (III) George Wilcoxson "II" (~1730 - 1786)

                        1. Isabel Willcockson Adams

                        2. George B. Wilcox (1767/68)

                        3. Isaac Wilcox (1765/70-1840+)

                        4. John Wilcox (1766-1819)

                        5. David Wilcox (1750/52 - 1815/16)

                        6. Elizabeth Willcockson

                        7. Mary Willcockson Cook

                        8. James Wilcox


            (IV) Hannah Wilcoxson Lewis (~1729)

            (V) Mary Wilcoxson (~1735)


Part One: George Wilcockson – the Immigrant


George Wilcockson immigrated to America before 1719.    At the time of his marriage in 1719, his father was noted living in Cossall, Nottinghamshire, England.  His 15 April 1719 marriage to Elizabeth Powell was recorded at the Radnor Quaker Meeting given below.  The Quakers did not give their months names, but as 1st, 2nd , 3rd, etc.  This can be misleading in Colonial times when they sometimes began their year with the first month beginning in March or April, instead of January.    


Marriage of George Wilcockson and Elizabeth Powell



            2dly Monthly Meeting Radnor Monthly Meeting of Overseers, Chester County, Pennsylvania:  That George Wilcockson proposes his Intention of Marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Powell.  David Lewis and Henry Lawrence are appointed to inspect into his clearness and conversation and bring an account thereof to the next meeting.


15 April 1719 - Radnor Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania (with some spelling corrections and punctuation added, but names as spelled):  Whereas George Wilcockson, son of John Wilcockson of Cossal in Nottinghamshire in Great Britain, Batchelor, and Elizabeth Powell daughter of Rowland Powell of the Township of Haverford in the County of Chester in the Province of Pennsylvania, Spinster, having declared their intentions of Marriage before several Monthly Meetings of the People called QUAKERS, according to the good Order used among them whose proceedings therein after a deliberate consideration thereof and having consent of Parents and Relations concerned, nothing appearing to obstruct were left to their freedom to proceed by the said Meetings.


NOW THESE ARE TO CERTIFY all whom it may concern that for the full accomplishing of their said Intentions, this fifteenth day of the Second Month (called April) in the year One Thousand Seven hundred and nineteen, they the said George Wilcockson and Elizabeth Powell appeared in a public Assembly of the said people at their public Meeting house at Haverford aforesaid, and the said George Wilcockson taking the said Elizabeth Powell by the hand did in a Solemn manner openly declare (thus), he took her to be his wife, promising with God’s Assistance to be unto her a faithful and Loving husband until death should Separate (them), and then there in ye said Assembly the said Elizabeth Powell did in like manner declare that she took ye said George Wilcockson to be her husband promising with God’s Assistance to be unto her a faithful and Loving wife until death should separate (them).  And Moreover the said Geo: Wilcockson and Elizabeth Wilcockson (she according to ye Custom of Marriage Assuming ye name of her husband), as a further confirmation thereof did then and these presents set their hands, we whose names are here under written being among others presents at ye Solemnization of their said Marriage and Subscription in manner aforesaid as Witnesses thereunto have also to these presents set our hands the day and year above written.


            (Column One of names):  John Blumston, John Oxley, Joseph Allinson, Daniel Humphrey, Henry Lewis, Lewis David, David Llewelyn, David Lewis, Rees Phillip, Thos Lawrence, Obadiah Bonsall, James Hunt, Henry Lawrence

            (Column Two, separated by a line):  Wm Musgrave, Jno Wood Jur, Evan Bovan, Richd Moore

(Column Two, following):  Margret Thomas, Hannah Humphrey, Elizabeth Humphrey, Elienor Thomas, Anne Lewis, Sarah Lawrence, Sarah Rees, Hannah Humphrey Jur.

            (Column Three, separate):  George Wilcockson, “E” her mark – Elizabeth Wilcockson

            (Column Three, following):  Rowland Powell Senior, Rowland Powell Jur, Gobithia Powell, Jemima Powell, Dorithy Powell, Mary Powell, John Wood, Rebeckah Wood, Rebekah Hunt, Sarah Faucitt, Lydia Ellis  (transcibed from both a later typed copy and the original handwritten record)


            14th day of 3rd month 1719:  Monthly Meeting held at Merion Meeting House:  Account is brought by the friends appointed to see the accomplishment of George Wilcoxson and his wife’s marriage, that their said marriage was accomplished Orderly, and their marriage Certificate was brought to this meeting in order to be recorded. 



            Notice that there are no Wilcocksons at the wedding, but the Powell family is there in full force.


George Wilcockson was a weaver whose home was in Uwchlan Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  He was taxed there for 1726 to 1737.   No additional records of George Wilcockson were found at Radnor Meeting House.   Further research might be to find a Quaker Meeting House closer to where they lived.  There is, in fact, an early Uwchlan Meeting House as early as 1715/1720.  Records, if they exist, would be at the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Chester County, Pa. Tax Records which begin 1715


1726 Uwchlan Township:  George Willcocks, 0 pounds, 1 shilling, 6 pence

1729 Uwchlan Township:  name not listed

1730 Uwchland Township:  George Willockson, 0-1-6

1732 Uwchland Township:  George Willcockson 0-1-0

1737 Uwchland Township:  George Wilcockson

1740 - Wilcockson name not listed


Estate Administration for Father-in-law Rowland Powell


1726 September 22 – Burlington County: Samuel Wollson, James Pugh and George Willcockson consent to letters of administration on the estate (of Rowland Powell) being issued “to thee or theay or L (burnt out) Bee whoe itt will.”

Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Volume 1, 1670-1730, editied by William Nelson, 1901, on Heritage Books Archives CD #1171, page 374.

Chester County, Pa. Lands of George Wilcockson



Deed Sale by George Wilcockson


            1730 (30 December) Chester County:  On 30 December 1730 George Wilcockson of Uwchlan, weaver, to Phillip Yarnall of Edgmont, yeoman.  George Wilcockson for 21 pounds grants to Phillip Yarnall a tract in Uwchlan Counded by land of David Davis, Joseph Phipps, David Roberts, John Evans and Thomas Pugh containing 95 acres.  Signed George Wilcockson.  Delivered in the presence of Aubrey Roberts and Ruth Roberst.  Recorded 6 October 1740. (F6:74)

(From: Abstracts of Chester County Land Records, Volume Two 1729-1745 by Carol Bryant), page 117 as found ofn Early Records of Chester County, Pa, 1700's to 1800 by Colonial Roots on CD)


            Comment: This writer believes the 1730 date may be wrong, as George Wilcockson was granted 95 acres in 1734 - see details to follow.  


Land Patent of George Wilcockson


1734 Land Survey:  “By the Proprietaries, Pennsylvania.  At the Request of George Wilcockson of the County of Chester that We would grant him to take up two hundred acres of land in Uwchlan Township adjoyning to David Roberts and Thomas Puch in the said County of Chester for which He agrees to pay our use the Sum of Fifteen Pounds Ten Shillings current Money of this Province for each Hundred Acres, and the yearly Quit-rent of one Half-penny Sterling for every Acre thereof; THESE are to authorize and require thee to survey or cause to be survey’d unto the said George Wilcockson at the Place aforsaid, according to the Method of Townships appointed, the said Quanity of 200 Acres that hath not been already survey’d or appropriated, and make Return thereof into the Secretary’s Office, in order for a further Confirmation, for which this shall be thy sufficient Warrant, which Survey, in case the said George Wilcockson fulfil the above Agreement with six months from the Date hereof, shall be valid, otherwise to be void.  GIVEN under my Hand, and the lesser Seal of our Province, at Philadelphia, this 6th day of November, Anno Dom. 1734.  To Benjamin Fastburn, Surveyor General.”


1734 Actual Survey (C-224, page 78) with drawing:  “In pursuance of a warrant from the prop’es dated the 6th of November 1734.  Surveyer unto George Willcockson on the 10th of May then next ensuring the above described Tract of Land Situate in Uwchlan Township in Chester County containing 95 acres and the usual allowance for roads.  Jno. Taylor.”


            1734 Land Patent (A-8, page 320), two pages condensed:  John Penn, Thomas Penn, and Richard Penn, Esq., absolute Proprietaries and Governors in Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania and Counties of New-Caste, Kent and Sussex on Delansart...present greeting...on the sixth day of November 1734, there was surveyed and laid out on the Tenth Day of May...for George Wilcockson of the County of Chester a certain track of land situate in the Township of Uwchlan in said County...containing 95 acres (with survey details).  Recorded 21st Day of January 1737/8.                 



Final Years


                        In 25 October 1739, Elizabeth Wilcockson is given administration of the estate of her husband, George Wilcockson, deceased.  No details could be found in a 10/2002 visit. (from Wills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, based on the Abstracts of Jacob Martin, page 91).


However, Dorothy Ford Wulfeck in her book Wilcoxson and Allied Families,” 1958 (page 6), has the Elizabeth Wilcockson administratrix bond for her husband, George, deceased, bond dated 25 October 1739, Chester County, Pa.  The estate Inventory included a tract of 95 acres of land, cows and horses, corn in the ground, hay and corn in the stacks, weavers looms, etc.  (Estate File 677)


            In 17 April 1740, Philip Yarnall, who had previously purchased the Wilcockson land, became the administrator to the estate of Elizabeth Wilcockson, deceased.  The estate file packet had only two papers, and suggested missing information.  For instance, there must be an estate sale with purchasers and-or final estate totals.  Perhaps, a much older genealogy history might have this.  This was what was found:



Estate File #704 for Elizabeth Wilcockson, with information condensed and subject to interpretation due to difficulty reading the document:  Phillip Yarnal, John Wharton and Thomas James, of Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, yeomen, bound unto Peter Evens, Reg. General to administer the probate, dated 17 April 1740.  Phillip Yarnal is to make an inventory or possessions and credits of the estate of Elizabeth Wilcockson, deceased...before 5th of May...with orphans court named...for chattels and credits delivered to pay to such person or persons, as appointed by this court.  (Signed on left side of document by) David Ranken and Jo Parker, (and on right side by) Philip Yarnall, John Wharton, and Thomas James.


            21st of 2nd month 1740:  The inventory of the rights, goods and chattels of Elizabeth Wilcockson, late deceased (the following has many unreadable items):

            Right to remainder of a lease - 3 pounds-0 shillings-0 pence; corn in the ground - 1-0-0; one weavers loom - 2-5-0; slays? and geers? - 0-15-0; one hcvs? - 1-0-0; one pot - 0-4-0; one pail - 0-1-0; two chairs - 0-2-0; one box grain - 0-1-6; one frying pan - 0-5-0; one Beak? stone - 0-6-0; one Dugh? trough - 0-3-0; one brass kettle - 0-3-0; boards - 0-4-0; one grnls? ngues? - 0-3-0; broken wheels? - 0-2-0; - one side saddle - 0-1-0; __ goen_bs? - 0-1-0; bed and bed clothes and bedsteads - 0-10-0; one hanging gren and pothooks - 0-2-0; washing pans and trough - 0-?-0; two caggs (kegs?), one tub - 0-2-0; Two glass bottles - 0-0-10; earthen ware - 0-1-0.   __ accounts __ (incoming?) - 6-18-9; move to __ accounts __ (owed?) – 2-14-5.  (Ap)praised by Edward Goff and Joseph Pugh. 

Orphans Court for Mary Wilcockson, 1742


            The next document is a petition to Orphans County by John Yarnall, with the original nearly impossible to read and its “translation,” subject to other interpretations.  Letters such as “r”, “o”, “x”, and “e” appeared uniquely incorrect from today’s English lettering.     



Petition of John Yarnell of the Township of Edgemont and County of Chester in the Province of Pennsylvania at Orphans Court held in Chester, 21st day of September 1742.  Jhenothy George Wilcox of Youkland in the County of Chester, died in said year 1739 and his widow Elizabeth Wilcox administered to her Husband, Deceased, and that she also dyed in ye year 1740 and allyed children remaining unprovided for by her deceased Husband, Werd (reared?) by her (crossed off is – “untill they arrived at age, except”) taken cared off untill they word fitt to be bound out to trades except Mary Wilcox the youngest surviving which was lost at age of five years without any friends to take any care of her, and Phillip Yarnell, administering to said Elizabeth Wilcox as principal credetor finding her estate fall very (in)sefficiant, could not allow her any support.  John Yarnoll, the petitioner did then out of compasion to the said child take her to his house and has since maintained her past his own proper cost and charge for about 18 months.  Therefore Beggs this Honourable Court will ce pleased to bind her out to him untill she arrives att the age of eighteen years.  Your Petitioner Shall greateffully acknowd this, Mo 21-1742.  (signed) John Yarnall


The Minutes of Orphans Court in 1742 for Mary Wilcoxson (very hard to read and open to other interpretations): 


John Yarnall, administrator of Wilcockson petition ye Court for ye binding of its within named Child with right is supposed to be 6 years ­­__ old and at ye Just an (supposed) honour that said Court put forth ye with_ Child to John Yarnall till she arrives to 18 years and he have her to read and write and he to instruct in husbandry and at ye his  __ turns to give her now new such __ of __ she wears.



Comment: Yarnall was going to teach Mary to read and write?  


Part Two - Probable Children of George Wilcockson and Elizabeth Powell:


            Information below is sometimes a blend of other records, with their accuracy undetermined.   Reconstructions of the Wilcocksons are still on-going and u-turns can be expected.    The children of George Wilcockson will be noted with roman numerals (I) (II) (III), etc.


Grandchildren noted with (1) (2) (3), etc (3rd Generation).

Great grandchildren with (i) (ii) (iii), etc.

Great-great grandchildren with (a) (b) (c), etc.

Great-great-great grandchildren with (aa), (bb), (cc)

Gx4 grandchildren with (^1), (^2)


(I).  John Wilcoxson (6 September 1720) - See his Chapter for Details


Born 6 September 1720 at Lancaster County (later Berks County), Pennsylvania

Married 1742 to Sarah Boone, daughter of Squire and Sarah (Morgan) Boone

Died 1798 in North Carolina. 


(II). Isaac Wilcockson (~1724 to 1765)

Hunting Creek, Rowan County, N.C.


Isaac Wilcockson's birth is estimated ~1724, based on his grave stone which reportedly stated he died in 1765 at age of 41.   He and 1st wife Martha are buried at Joppa Cemetery, Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina.

Married 1st about 1747 in and about Chester County, Pennsylvania to Martha Bane (~1727 Pennsylvania – 9 September 1757 Rowan County, North Carolina; last two dates per her Joppa grave stone).   Her parents are not known.

Married 2nd about 1759 at Rowan County, North Carolina to Edith Philpott (23 April 1740 to 17??).  After Isaac died, Edith Philpott Wilcoxon later married Mathew Busey about 1767 at Rowan Co, N.C., and is reported to have nine additional children.          

Died before October 1765 at age of 41 years in North Carolina.


Details of Isaac Wilcockson (2nd Generation Wilcockson)


1747 August 25 – Wilmington, Delaware:  “Martha Bean” married “Isaac Witocck” at Old Swede Church, Wilmington, Delaware.   


            My thanks go to David C. Cope for this find, email of 13 April 2012.  According to David: “I have found many of the Quakers’ who married O.U.T. in Chester County, Pennsylvania got married in the Old Swede Church, Wilmington, Delaware, a Lutheran Church.  Most (parents) did not give their consent.  Quaker marriages were mostly arranged marriages.  Old Swede church (page 90) shows Martha Bean married Isaac Witocck 25 August 1747 (page 90).  Many of the first and last names in this book are misspelled.   (Two other Banes, sons of Alexander Bane, also spelled Bean, married here).   William Bean married Margaret Evans 1 February 1747 (page 88) and Daniel Bean married Mary Meridith 12 June 1747 (page 89).  Since Mordecai Bane has a will that does not list Martha and Martha was a member of the Goshen Monthly Meetings, she may be a daughter of Alexander of Alexander Bane and could be a sister to this William Bane.”


1748?/ 2nd month/ 18th day - Goshen Monthly Meeting (Quaker), Chester County, Pennsylvania: “Goshen Meeting brought a complaint against Martha Bane now Wilcox for going out in her marriage and was married by a Priest; likewise for having a child sooner than chastity could allow.  Jane Davis and Elizabeth Harris are appointed…(blotted out area)…against her and remand her therewith.”

Goshen Monthly Women’s Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania, from original microfilm records at Swarthmore College.   


This original passage is very worn and could be subject to other interpretations.    


1748/ __ month/ 16th day – Goshen Monthly Women’s Meeting: “The Friends appointed to draw a testimony against Martha Willcox produced one which was read and signed.  Jane Davis and Elizabeth Harris are appointed to read it to her and give her a copy.”  

Goshen Monthly Women’s Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania, from original microfilm records at Swarthmore College. 


Additional Quaker records for Martha Bane were sought at Swarthmore College, the northern repository for Quaker Records.  Incomplete Quaker indexes failed to show any more entries for Martha.  A librarian there also suggested the name “Martha” could be a nickname.     This same librarian also suggested another possibility to Martha’s origins.     Martha could immigrated as an indentured servant and not be directly related to the Chester County Banes.   Her reasoning: indentured servants who become Quakers usually do not have earlier Quaker records, i.e. birth records or introductions to membership.  


(Questionably) 1750 April 24 – Burlington County, New Jersey: Will of John Hudson of Evesham, Burlington County, Yeoman.  Mentions land on Rancocus or Northampton River etc.  Witnesses were John Champion, Dennis Mulloy and Isaac Wilcockson.  Proved 25 May 1751. 

Colonial New Jersey Source Records 1600’s – 1800’s. Family Archives CD #518, Burlington Co. WB2/250.


1750 October 13 – Anson County, North Carolina:   Isaac Willcockson witnessed an Anson County, North Carolina deed on 13 October 1750, which tells us how early he came to North Carolina.    In 1753, Rowan County was established from Anson.


1761 Rowan County Tax: Isaac Wilcockson


1761 December 21 - Rowan County, North Carolina:   Isaac Wilcoxon purchased from the Honorable John Earl Grandville, Viscount Carteret of Hawnes in the County of Bedford, Great Britain.  320 acres of Rowan County land lying on both sides of Hunting Creek.  He is to pay a yearly rent or sun of 12 shillings and 10 pence.  Witnesses were James Coupland, William Gibson and John Frohock, Surveyor. +   Isaac was also a chain carrier for a Lord Granville deed to Edward Roberts on Bear Creek on the same date of 21 December 1761 as his grant.

+ Granville District of North Carolina 1748-1763, Abstracts, Volume 3 by Margaret M. Hofmann, 1995, page 112


            Comment: Hunting Creek is the next stream west of Bear Creek in today's Davie County.   It arises in Wilkes County and flows through today's Iredell to empty into the Yakin River in Davie County.  Maps do show a "Long Branch" at the south edge of today's Yadkin County and emptying in Hunting Creek in Iredell County.  Long Branch is close to Wilkes County. 


1765:   Isaac Wilcoxson was buried at Joppa Cemetery, near Mocksville, N.C., reported at the age of 41.   On 9 October 1765, Rowan County court books ordered _?_ Willcock, Widow of Isaac Willcocks and George Wilcox to administer the estate of Isaac Wilcox, deceased.


~1767?   After Isaac died in 1765, his second wife Edith Philpot Wilcoxson married next to Mathew Busey.


1771 February 12 - Rowan County: Orphans of Isaac Willcock, deceased – William, Daniel, and Martha came into court and chose as their guardian to be Isaac Willcocks.    “Isaac Willcocks,” “Georg Willcocks,” and “John Bryant” posted a 100 pound bond as security.   Their guardian signed his signature as “Isaac Willcockson.”   Judy Brown suggests William, Daniel, and Martha were likely named from oldest to youngest, and estimates their birth dates to be: William c1753, Daniel c1755, and Martha c1757.   

Copy and info kindly furnished by Judy Brown, email of 8 February 2012.


As “orphans” in 1765, William, Daniel, and Martha Wilcockson were less than age 21 and more likely under age 16.  Age 16 was the earliest age one could be taxed.  English law about “orphans” meant only the father was dead, not necessarily the mother.  If their ages were less than 16, then their birth dates might begin after the year 1749.  In 1771, Orphans County still identifies the 3 children, suggesting they are still under age 21, giving us estimated birth dates beginning about 1750 or 1751.


~1788: Busey and his family moved to Kentucky about 1788, stopping first at Boonesborough, later in Franklin County.^

^ (Anderson County, Kentucky by Turner Publishing Company, page 91)


Children of Isaac Wilcockson and his 1st Marriage to Martha Bane:      


            (1). Daniel Wilcocks/Wilcockson (born estimated ~1755 and last noted 1771 in Orphans County).  Kin report Martha had an unnamed brother die when she was a child.  


            A controversy currently exists on whether Kentucky’s early pioneer Daniel Wilcockson is this Daniel, son of Isaac Wilcockson or a son of John Wilcockson.  Evidence given for Isaac Wilcockson being the father: (1) Near similar birth date years for this Daniel Wilcockson and Kentucky’s Daniel Wilcockson,+ (2) 1755 conflicting birth dates for Daniel Wilcockson and “brother” Samuel Wilcockson, (3) sister Martha Wilcockson Wilson Whitaker later lived on Craig’s Creek in Woodford County, Kentucky as did Daniel Wilcockson, (4) Historian John Shane interviewed an unrelated George Bryan in the 1840’s who referred Israel and Daniel Wilcox as cousins.  

From Chris Robinson, Wilcoxson Surname Message Boards on, posted 4 March 2009, kindly pointed out by Judy Brown, 6 February 2012.

+ Daniel Wilcoxson’s birth date appears accurate, but Samuel Wilcockson’s is questionable.


            In contrast, the best evidence for Kentucky’s Daniel Wilcockson being the son of John Wilcockson (~1720 – 1798) + Sarah Boone comes from a letter of Jeremiah F. Willcoxson.  Jeremiah was a son of Elijah Willcockson, grandson of Samuel Wilcockson “I” (~1755 – 1825), and great grandson of John Wilcockson (~1720-1798).   His information came from his mother, Charlotte Calloway Willcockson who was a great grand daughter of John Wilcockson (~1720) by way of the Cutbirth line.  His first letter postmarked 18 April 1861 at Canton, Illinois was sent to Lyman Draper, Wisconsin Historical Society.  (Draper Manuscripts 23C, #47- #50)  


“Grandfather had six Brothers and 4 Sisters all older than himself except one his name was William.  The names of the older ones were John, George, Isaac, Daniel, Israel (Israel was killed by the Indians at Boonesborough, Kentucky), Elizabeth she married Benjamin Cutbeard, Mary married Walker, Rachel married William Byant, Sarah married Thomas Hagans.”        


“Grandfather’s Brother Daniel Lived in Kentucky but we do not know whether he was the one you refer to and we do not know anything about his family.”


            The above Information given by Jeremiah Wilcockson’s mother appears accurate, but misses Nancy Wilcockson who died about 1790 (and possibly David).  If Jeremiah is wrong, this writer believes future evidence will need to be persuasive.  At this time, presenting the controversy seems the best option here.


            (2). Martha Wilcockson was reported born ~1757^ and died about 1798.  She married 1st to Joseph Wilson about 1774 in North Carolina and 2nd about 1782 to John Whitaker (ca1760 to 1837 in Lincoln County, Tennessee).  After Martha died, Whitaker married 2nd to Nancy Guess and lived on Mulberry Creek in Lincoln County* and had two children (i) Madison Guess Whitaker (14 April 1811 to 23 January 1893 Texas) and (ii) Newton Whitaker (1 July 1816 to 28 August 1878 Lincoln Co. Tn).

* Lincoln County, Tennessee Pioneers by Jane Waller, 1976.

^ Birth date estimate per Whitaker/Whitacre family records, per Judy Brown.


Martha’s kin state that a brother died when Martha was a small child, and her father died when she was still a minor.  The guardian Isaac Willcockson must be the son of John Wilcoxson.  After the guardian Isaac Willcockson died, his wife Ruth later followed Whitakers movements, and was in 1789 Fayette County tax records, followed by Woodford County tax records from 1791 to 1795 with lands on Clear Creek.  Clear Creek is the next creek south of Craig’s Creek where Whitaker owned land. 


              Martha’s 2nd husband, John Whitaker made the following early records, with Woodford County, Kentucky deeds in detail:


1782 Wilkes County: John Whitaker

North Carolina Taxpayers 1679 – 1790, by Donald E. Ratcliff, 1987/1990


1786 Kentucky: John Whitaker, David Wilcocke, and John Wilcocks are named as privates in Capt. Cave Johnson’s Kentucky Company.


1788 Fayette County, Kentucky tax: John Whitaker, Daniel Wilcoxson, Aron Wilcoxson; in 1789, Woodford County was established from Fayette.   Other yearly county tax records in Kentucky have not been reviewed for Whitaker except 1800.


1798 Woodford County:  John Whitaker of Woodford County relinquished land in Wilkes County, North Carolina which had come to him through his wife, Martha W. from her former husband Joseph Wilson of Wilkes County, North Carolina.  

Wilcoxson and Allied Families, Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, 1958, page 47.


1800 Woodford County, Kentucky: Tax records include John Whitaker.


1808 September 20 – Woodford County: Whereas I formerly purchased a certain ___ of land, then estimated to contain 100 acres and it now appears to contain 121/9…12/?…27/p …said land hereafter be taken by a superior claim, I do hereby exonerate Daniel Wilcoxen and his Heirs for being responsible in any manner whatever, for the surplus or any part thereof. Witnessed my hand and seal this 20th day September 1808.  Signed: John Whitaker (seal) Witnesses: Richard Fox and Hawleigh Hudson. 


1808 September 28 – Woodford County: Indenture – Robert Johnson, surviving trustee of John Craig and the said John Craig and Sarah his wife of Boone County, Kentucky deeded to Daniel Wilcoxen of Woodford County for $2310 Kentucky money…tract or parcel of land in Woodford County…north side of the south fork of Craig’s Creek corner to William Strather, meandering up said creek…to corner of said Strather in Rawleigh Hudson’s line…to Bullocks line…to Delanys Road, then with middle of road…to Spencer Gill’s line …to Mitthels old survey…near _?_borough Meeting House…to Robert Shell, crossing a branch….  Estimated 231 acres.  Signed: John Craig (seal) and Sally Craig (seal).  Witnesses: Isaac Wilson, John Whitaker, John Whitaker, Jr.   Entered 28 September 1808.  


         Isaac Wilson is the son of Joseph Wilson + Martha Wilcoxson.


1808 October 8 – Woodford County: Indenture – John Whitaker, Senior of Woodford County deeded to Rawleigh Hudson of same county, for $1395 Kentucky dollars, a certain tract or parcel of land in Woodford County…on the east side of Delberry’s Road, …Hudson’s line along the middle of the road…to Spencer Gills…to Bullocks line…containing 139 1/3 acres.  (Signed) John Whitaker (seal).  No Witnesses.  Entered 4 October 1808. (DB D/387)


1808 October 8 – Woodford County: Indenture – Daniel Wilcoxen and Sally his wife of Woodford County, deeded to Rawleigh Hudson of same county for 1000 dollars Kentucky containing a tract or parcel of land in Woodford County on waters of Craig’s Creek, bounded…stone on Delany’s Road to John Whitaker...corner of William Strother…to east side of the road (along) the middle of the road…containing 109 acres.  Signed: Daniel Wilcoxen (seal) and Sally Wilcoxen (seal).  Witnesses none.  Entered 18 October 1808. (DB D/390)


1815 July 27 – Woodford County: Know all me by this presents that I, John Whitaker of Lincoln County, Tennessee do hereby appoint and make Thomas Bullock of Woodford County, Kentucky my lawful attorney for the special purposes of transacting my business in the State of Kentucky….  (Signed) John Whitaker (seal).  Entered 27 July 1815 (DB E/308)


Children of Joseph Wilson + Martha Wilcockson:


(i) Isaac Wilson and (ii) Elizabeth Wilson


Children of John Whitaker + Martha Wilcockson:


(i). John J. Whitaker (2 December 1785 to 30 April 1853 Lincoln Co. Tn), (ii) Martha “Patsy” Whitaker (born __ to 4 January 1862 Nacogdoches Co. Tx.), (iii) William Whitaker, (iv) Joseph Whitaker (19 September 1788 to 20 September 1874 Lincoln Co. Tn.), (v) Nancy Whitaker (~1790), (vi) Benjamin Whitaker (~1793), (vii) Thomas Whitaker, (viii). Daniel Whitaker.


            (3). William Wilcockson was born ~1751 and died in Barren County, Kentucky before November 1828.  Names of his wife(s) have varied, and now this writer now believes the wife to be Nancy Sparks, whose father William Sparks names William Wilcox as an Executor in his 1801 will.^

^ Thanks go to Judy Brown, email of 8 February 2012.    


            William Wilcockson - son of Isaac Wilcockson is easily confused with William Wilcockson - son of John Wilcockson + Sarah Boone.    Keeping them separate is helped by using U.S. Census records which identify how many (sadly to report) slaves each had in census records from 1790 through 1820.   William Wilcoxson - son of John, had a stable number of two from 1790 thru 1820, while William - son of Isaac has an increasing number.


Deeds and Details for William Wilcoxson


Undated - Wilkes County Deed Book A-1: (1) State of NC Grant #427 to William Wilcoxson 320 acres in Wilkes County on north side of Hunting Creek.  (2) State of NC Grant #432 to William Wilcockson, 50 acres in Wilkes County...beginning at the line of Randolph Mitchell....

                        (Wilkes County Deed Book A-1, page 283 and abbreviated A-1:283)


1772 Rowan County, N.C. Tax:  William Sharp's District:  David Jones with Daniel Wilcox; 7 entries away is "Isaac Wilcox and William Wilcox - 2 polls."   


            Keep in mind, that in 1771, William Wilcox (orphan of father Isaac), chose guardianship by what appears to be Isaac Wilcockson, son of John + Sarah Wilcockson.  William has now become taxable.


1782 Wilkes County Tax List:   William Wilcoxen.   Wilkes was established in 1777.

North Carolina Taxpayers 1679 – 1799, by Clarence E. Ratcliff, 1987/1990


1784 Wilkes County Tax List:   William Wilcox.

North Carolina Taxpayers 1679 – 1799, by Clarence E. Ratcliff, 1987/1990


1787 Wilkes County Tax List:   William Wilcox with 1 male 21-60, 3 males <21 or 60+, 2 females.

State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787 by Alvaretta Kenan Register, 1973.     


1787 September 14 Wilkes County: Power of attorney from Ruth Willcockson, Rowan County to William Willcockson to sell land in Wilkes County to Benjamin Adams.  Signed; Ruth Willcockson.  Witnesses: James Reed and Martha Gray.  (Wilkes County Will Book 1/274/275)    Ruth Willcockson was the widow of Isaac Wilcockson who previously took over guardianship duties for William, Daniel, and Martha Wilcockson in 1771.  Thanks go to Judy Brown for finding the 1787 entries.


1790 U.S. Census of Wilkes County, N.C:   Wm. Wilcox: 3 males 16+; 4 males <16; 3 females all ages, 1 slave.  In contrast, compare this to the 1790 U.S. Census of Rowan County, North Carolina with a different William Wilcoxon 3-2-2 with 2 slaves; John Wilcoxon, Sr. 1-1-1; John Wilcoxon, Jr. 1-4-6


1791 August 10 – Wilkes County Court: “ view a road…beginning at William Wilcoxson on the Wilkes (County) Line and so passes by Airs Hudspeths and so into the Iron Works Road…across Forbis Creek to said Lashes’ Ferry.”   Justices further stated: “Matthew Sparks is appointed overseer of the new road already laid out from Wilcoxon’s Shop to Lashes’ Ferry.”  Matthew Sparks was the brother to Nancy Sparks Wilcoxson and owned 400 acres on the North Fork of Hunting Creek.

 Surry County Court Order Book, from Sparks Quarterly, page 5346, as kindly pointed out by Judy Brown, email of 6 February 2012. 


1792 January 23 - Wilkes County NC:   William Wilcockson deeded to George Denny, both of Wilkes, 100 acres lying on waters of Hunting Creek at the county line. (B/206).  


1797 Wilkes County NC:   Isham Harwell to William Wilcoxson deed for 150 acres in Wilkes, North Fork of Hunting Wilcocks lines...1797 – (not better dated). 


1797 Wilkes County Tax Record:   William Wilcockson with 470 acres and 1 tax pole; Daniel Wilcockson with 150 acres and 1 tax pole.  For the most part, Wilkes County tax records that survived appear to be seconds to lost main records.


1798 Wilkes County:   William Wilcoxson deeded land to Jacob Adams (D/401).


1800 U.S. Census of Wilkes County, N.C. (alphabetical by A's, B's, etc):

Daniel Wilcoxson 20100-00100 with 0 slaves and William Wilcoxson 02201-32010 with 5 slaves.  This contrasts to the 1800 U.S. Census of Rowan County, N.C for the other William Wilcoxon 10101-10101 with 2 slaves.


1801 December 21 – Surry County, North Carolina:  Will of William Sparks of Surry County, North Carolina give my Loving Wife Ann Sparks, her feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf and her chest during her life.  Rest of estate may be sold and money equally divided amongst my children and wife.  Appoint
William Wilcox,
William Sparks, Thomas Sparks and George Sparks Executors. Probated May Session 1802.

Surry County WB 3/52, from Sparks Quarterly, page 3791, as kindly pointed out by Judy Brown, email of 6 February 2012.   Thank you, Judy.


1802 Wilkes County:  William Wilcoxson deeded land to John Willcorn (C-1/396)


1803 June 13 - Wilkes County deed:    William Wilcoxson of Wilkes County to Daniel Wilcoxson of Wilkes County... 24.5 acres on North Hunting Creek:  Signed: William Wilcoxson.  Recorded April 1804 term.   A second Wilkes County deed on same date:  William Wilcoxson to Daniel Wilcoxson, both of Wilkes County 185 acres...North Hunting Creek in Wilkes County.  (Signed) William Willcoxson. (F-1:54-55)


            The next two appear to be our subject – William Wilcoxson:            


1810 U.S. Census of Green County, Kentucky:   William Wilcoxson, 45+ years of age with 8 slaves: Nearby, is a George Wilcoxson.  In contrast in 1810 in Montgomery, County, Kentucky (next to Clark County), there is another William Wilcoxson 45+ with 5 younger males and 2 slaves.


1820 U.S. Census of Green County, Kentucky:   William Willcoxon, 45+ and 10 slaves.  


1828 November 6 – Barren County, Kentucky: William Wilcoxson reportedly died in Barren County, Kentucky before 6 November 1828 when his estate inventory was filed without a will.  Wife not named in inventory.   Two administrators were George Wilcockson and William Wilcockson.   Estate inventory included 14 cattle, 6 horses, and 6 sheep.


1829 March 18 – Barren County: Heirs named in Court file #454 Barren County 18 March 1829 were Thomas Wilcoxson of NC; Daniel Wilcoxson of NC; Mary Wilcoxson, George Wilcockson; Sarah Wilcoxson, Nancy Wilcoxson, Polly Master – wife of John Masters, Rachel (Wilcoxson) Tibbs – wife of John Tibbs; Martha Wilcoxson; William Wilcoxson; Catherine Wilcoxson; Patsy Caldwell – wife of David Caldwell, Isaac Wilcoxson, deceased whose children are Joseph Wilcoxson, Hiram Wilcoxson, and Jefferson Wilcoxson, and other children whose names are unknown, all infants in Missouri.      


            Keep in mind that “heirs” means more than children; relatives can be included when there is no will.  Both sons George Wilcockson and William Wilcockson continued to make records in Barren County.       


1830 U.S. Census of Barren County: Anna (or Ann, hard to read) Wilcoxon, age 70-79 with two slaves.  Next to her is son William Wilcockson and nearby son George Wilcoxon.  Judy Brown believes “Nancy’s middle name may have Ann.”  (Email courtesy 8 February 2012).


Children of William Wilcockson:

(Birth dates need better accuracy)


(i) Daniel Wilcoxson was born in 1775 "Wilkes County, North Carolina," according to his 1850 U.S. Census of Wilkes County.   He lived all his life in Wilkes County.

            1797 Wilkes County tax:   Daniel Wilcockson with 150 acres

            1800 U.S. Census of Wilkes County:   Daniel Wilcockson

            1805 Wilkes County tax:   Daniel Wilcoxson with 200 acres

            1810 U.S. Census of Wilkes County:   Daniel Wilcockson

1820 U.S. Census of Wilkes County includes Isaac Wilcoxson, Jesse Wilcoxson in 1820, in all probability are his sons

1830 U.S. Census of Wilkes County includes Aaron Wilcoxson, David Wilcoxson, George Wilcoxson, Lve? Wilcoxson

1839 Wilkes County tax:   Isaac Wilcoxson with 150 acres on Grays Creek; Daniel Wilcoxon with 150 acres on the North Fork Yadkin River; Meridith Wilcoxon with 28 acres on the North Fork of Yadkin River.

1840 U.S. Census of Wilkes County includes Elijah Wilcoxen, Meridith Willcoxen, and William C. Willcoxen.   

1850 U.S. Census of Wilkes County


 (ii) Mary "Polly" Wilcoxson (1782)


(iii) George Wilcoxson (1783) is found in U.S. Census of Barren County 1820-1850.    He has not been researched, except to note:


            There is (1) a 10 September 1806 Wilkes County, N.C. marriage bond for a George Wilcockson to Nancy Yates with Hugh Yates, bondsman and another (2) 4 April 1808 (nearby) Green County, Kentucky for a George Wilcockson to Nancy Hall by the consent of her father Thomas Hall.  Either or none could be his wife.  In his 1850 census, his wife was "Rachel Wilcoxen" (born 1786/87).     In 1870, U.S. Census of Barren County indicates Rachel was living in the family of George F. Wilcoxson.


(iv) Isaac Wilcoxson (1784 to before 1828).

(v) Rachel Wilcoxson (1786) married John Tibbs.

(vi) Thomas Wilcoxson

(vii) Nancy Wilcoxson (1791) – “daughter of William Wilcoxen,” married in 4 April 1808 in Green County, Kentucky to William Mann (county record).

(viii) William Wilcoxson, Jr. (~1794) is noted:


1812:  Private William Wilcoxson enlisted in Captain Liberty Green’s Company in the War of 1812 on 1 September 1812 and was furloughed due to sickness before 25 December 1812.   Liberty Green was from Green County, Kentucky.

Report of Adjutant General of State of Kentucky – Soldiers of the War of 1812, 1891, reprint, page 56.

1830, 1850, & 1870 U.S. Census of Barren County, Kentucky.  In 1850, wife was Milly (born 1795/96) and in 1860 with "Rachel" (born 1809/1810).   Children living with them in the 1850 census were: (aa) George Wilcoxson (1821/22), (bb) Samuel Wilcoxson (1823/24), (cc) Joseph Wilcoxson (1826/27), (dd). Elizabeth Wilcoxson (1833/32)


(ix). Sarah "Sally" Wilcoxson (~1796)

(x) Catherine Wilcoxson (7 November 1798) married 1st cousin William Wilcoxson in 1818. (From Sparks Quarterly, page 3795)


+ State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787 by Alvaretta Kenan Register, 1973/2001

^^ North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1799 by Clarence E. Ratcliff, 1987/1990.    


(?). Name unknown Willcockson was born at an unknown date and died 1769, per grave stone at Joppa Cemetery and lies next to Isaac Wilcockson.   Mother could also be Isaac’s 2nd wife, Edith Philpott.

Thanks go to Judy Brown for pointing this out, email courtesy 25 March 2012 


Children of Isaac Wilcockson's 2nd Marriage to Edith Philpott:


            (1). Rachel Wilcoxon was born 28 Feb 1760*


            (2). Catherine Wilcoxon was born 14 Feb. 1762* and died 1803(?).  She married Isaac Holman (1757-1843) who was a private in the American Revolution.  Isaac Holman is buried at the New Chapel Cemetery, near Jefferson, Clark County, Illinois.  DAR notes "Catherine Wilcox" was the first spouse to Isaac Holman and 2nd was Lillis Mitchell.*

(SAR Revolutionary War Graves Register 2000 Edition, CD by Progeny Publishing.) 


           (3). Aaron Wilcoxon was born 11 June 1764* Rowan Co, N.C. and died 11 July 1830 in Washington County, Indiana.  He married Hannah __ (3 February 1766 to 18 June 1839).   

* (From a Busey Bible as noted in "Wilcoxson and Allied Families, by Dorother Ford Wulfeck," 1958, page 45.)               .


Events and Locations for Aaron Wilcoxson


1788 Fayette County, Kentucky:   Daniel Wilcoxson, Aron Wilcoxson with 2 horses

1789 Fayette County:   Aaron Wilcocks, Ruth Wilcocks, Daniel Wilcocks.

1791 and 1792 Woodford County, Kentucky:   Aron Wilcoxson with 4 horses and 16 cattle in 1792.

1795 Mercer County with 3 horses and 18 cattle.

1795 Franklin County -   "Aron Wilcockson" with 1 white male 21+, 0 white male 16-20, 3 horses, 18 cattle, and 1 slave, no owned acreage*; Reported but not confirmed to be with stepfather Matthew Busey.

* Source: Early Kentucky Tax Records, from Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

1796 to 1806 Franklin County, south end, Tax : Aaron Wilcockson - rate based on 95 acres (unclear), one white male 21+, 0 white males 16-20;   Water course – Bailey’s Run; land patented by John Ward (Waid), 4 horses, 1 to 2 slaves.  Although tax lists are by A, B, C’s, Aaron is listed next to William Wilcoxon (only 1803), with Isaac Wilcockson (1804-1805 only).  Isaac has only one horse and no other details; William Wilcoxon is listed only once -  1803, no water course, no tax rate, with 2 white males 21+, 1 white male 16-20, 7 slaves, and 2 horses.    Source – County tax records.


1813 Kentucky:   Private Aaron Wilcoxon - soldier in the War of 1812, in Captain James Sympson’s Company, Kentucky Mounted volunteer Militia, mustered at Newport 26 August 1813 and mustered out 5 November 1813.  Also mentioned is Jesse Wilcoxon in same company and same time span.  

Report of Adjutant General of State of Ketnucky – Soldiers of the War of 1812, 1891 reprint, page 129.


1820 Shelby County, Kentucky:   Matthew Busey with an additional unnamed adult male   

1830 Washington County, Indiana – Wife Hannah without Aaron.


            Children of Aaron Wilcoxson are reported to be: (i) Berry Wilcoxson, (ii) Aaron Wilcoxson (22 March 1801 to 17 April 1866), (iii) possibly John Wilcoxson, administrator of Aaron's will. 


(III). George Wilcoxson "II" (~1729/30 to 1786)   

Rowan County's Bear Creek and Dutchman Creek

Also, Wilkes County


George Wilcoxson

Born ~1730 (probably) Pennsylvania 

Married 1st (possibly) to __  and 2nd on 20 October 1767 Rowan County to Elizabeth Beam.  Bondsmen were George Boone, John Wilcockson and witness was Thomas Frohock (county record).    

Tombstones at Eaton Cemetery, Rowan County, North Carolina: George Wilcoxson on September 1785 at age 55 (born 1729-30); Elizabeth Wilcoxson 15 December 1782, age 43 years.


Elizabeth Beam:

Born 1728/29

Died: 15 December 1782, Rowan County, North Carolina




Lands of George Wilcoxson (~1730 to 1785)


            19 December 1761 Granville District of North Carolina:  George Wilcoxson entry for 700 acres in Rowan County in the forks of the Yadkin joining William Grants old place on the waters of Bear Creek, known by the name of Henry Vernor's improvement.  Document is unsigned.

            (Granville District of North Carolina 1748-1763 Abstracts of Volume 3, by Margaret M. Hofmann, 1995.)


            21 March 1780:  State of North Carolina #143 to George Wilcockson, a tract of land, 248 acres in Rowan west on Sweet Creek waters of Dutchman's Creek...beginning on Hugh Montgomery's line...along Abraham Wood's line to a stake on said Montgomery's be registered in Rowan County Register's Office in 12 months.                             (Rowan County Deed Book, volume 9, page 237)


            10 October 1783: State of North Carolina #337 to George Wilcox, 500 acres in Rowan County on the waters of Bear Creek, beginning at a poplar in Benjamin Gaithers corners.... 

                        (Rowan County Deed Book, volume 9, page 513-514.)         



Locations and Events for George Wilcoxson:


Early years in Pennsylvania: Lyman Draper reported that “George Wilcoxen,” a young man unacquainted with guns, one day borrowed Squire Boone’s long musket to go deer hunting.  George loaded it with a half dozen ordinary charges, fired at a deer, and the kickback caused him a bloody nose and face and a deep gash in his forehead.   When Boone asked him what happened to the deer, Wilcoxen didn’t know, so he, Boone and a friend returned to the site and found a dead deer. 

(From Draper Manuscript Collection, Volume B2, page 30-31, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)


1767 October 20 - Rowan County, North Carolina: Marriage bond of George Willcockson to Elizabeth Beam with John Wilcockson and George Boone, bondsmen

(Marriages of Rowan County, North Carolina 1753 – 1868 by Brent H. Holcomb, 2001)


Wulfeck reported a Moses Hall Bible record indicated Gibson T. Wilcox’s grandfather was George Wilcox who married Elizabeth Hall.*    Gibson’s parents were John Wilcox + Sarah “Sallie” Boone who are mentioned later in this chapter.

* (Wilcoxson and Allied Families by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, 1958, page 50)   


1772 Rowan County tax: George Wilcox


1778 Rowan County tax: George Wilcoxen


1784 Rowan County tax:  Basil Gaither's District - George Willcoxon 284 acres - 1 white male poll, also 500 acres. 


            Notice the acreage appears close to that reported in his 1785 will, as noted below.  Missing is 300 acres in another county.   George Wilcoxson's 250 acres and last home place appear to be on the Sweet Water branch of Dutchman's Creek.


1785 (20 June) Rowan County:   The will of George Willcockson was filed in 20 June 1785 and probated 8 August 1786.  He gave to his eight children 500 acres on Bear Creek, 300 acres on Roaring River in Wilkes County, and the 250 acres at his home place (location not identified).  Children named were (1) Isabella Adams, (2) David Willcockson, (3) George Willcockson, (4) John Willcockson, (5) Elizabeth Willcockson, (6) Mary Willcockson, (7) Isaac Willcockson, (8) James Willcockson.    Will of George Willcox was proved by David Jones.   David and John Willcockson qualify as executors.  


            The children may be listed from eldest to youngest.  The five youngest children were to be schooled.  The will named sons John and David Wilcock executors and John Willcockson, Sr. as his brother.   Executorship later passed to son David.  Senior is clearly given to brother John Willcockson in this will.


1786 (8 August) Rowan County Court:   The estate of Isaac Wilcox was noted with a balance in administrator’s hands of 15.13.8.

(Abstracts of Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions – Rowan County, North Carolina 1775-1789 by Jo White Lynne, 1982, page 118, Rowan Court volume 5:3 and 5:90.)


            George Willcockson "II" was about 37 or 38 years old when he married Elizabeth Beam.  They were married about 18 years until his death.  His will mentioned 8 children seemingly all alive in 1785 or 1786.  U.S. Census records for two children suggest they were born earlier than the Beam marriage - those of David and George Wilcox.   If so, George "II" married twice, but we can't be sure.   If George Willcockson was married only once, the oldest would be born between the years 1768 – 1771.  If married twice, one or more could be born earlier than the 1767 marriage.  The five youngest "to be schooled" suggest they were born in the 1771-1786 range.


1787 Rowan County tax: Basil Gaither's District - "George Willcockson, Jr." with 1 white male 21-60, 0 males <21 or 60+, 2 white females. 


This entry is really confusing.  Early county records often separated two individuals by age with Sr. and Jr., regardless if they were related.  Most logically, this should belong to next generation George Wilcoxson "III," since he appears in Basil Gaither's district as did his dad in 1784.   But son, George Wilcox is also in 1787 Lincoln County, Kentucky tax records.  


Children of George Wilcoxson "II"


           (1). Isabel Willcockson married Daniel Adams and was deeded land in 1786 Rowan County, North Carolina land from brother, David Wilcoxson.  


1786 Fayette County, Virginia (Kentucky):   "David Willcockson of Fayette County" sold Rowan County land to (his sister) Isabella Adams, and the deed stated this was inheritance land from their father, George Wilcockson.    Fayette County was established 1780 from Kentucky County.

1799 - 1803 Shelby County, Kentucky: Isabella Adams is taxed for one horse. 


           (2). George Wilcox “III” (~ 1761 to 1819, probably Boone County, Missouri) is easily confused other George Wilcox/Wilcoxsons.  He is difficult to get a cohesive story and has conflicting information.  This George Wilcox “III” appears to be Kentucky’s Lt. Colonel Wilcox in the War of 1812.      


Information here has been corrected as of 16 August 2011.  A second and different George B. Wilcox (1793/94) can be found in the John Wilcox (1766) info below.  (JM)


Calculating his birth date is a problem.  The 1785 Lincoln County, Kentucky deed, if his and if he is at least age 20, suggests George was born before 1765.   His 1810 Shelby County, Kentucky census record states he is over age 45, i.e. before 1765.  Wulfeck estimates ca1761.   This contrasts to the Kentucky Historical Society’s estimate of 1780. 


            His father, George Willcockson, of Rowan County, North Carolina named him in his will which indicates he was alive in 1785.   He has a 23 February 1789 Rowan County marriage bond “George Willcockson” to Elizabeth Pinchback with William Hall bondsman and William Alexander witnesses (county record).  One of the sons was given the middle name of Pinchback.  At some early point, George begins using the "Wilcox" spelling. 


Locations and Events for George Willcockson “III”:


1781 America Revolution: Some reports suggest he served in the American Revolution; if so where?   He is not 2nd Lt. George Wilcox of the 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg, who was accompanied by his two brothers, Privates Robert Wilcox and Harman Wilcox.


(possibly) 1785 Lincoln County, Kentucky:  Martin Daniel, attorney for Robert Daniel of Jefferson County deeded to George Wilcox of Lincoln…for 5 pounds…a lot of land lying in the town of Danville and county of Lincoln.  Witnesses:  James Lawrence, Stephen McKinney and Barney McKinney.

Lincoln Co. Va/Ky Deeds, Volume 1 (page 139), by Pennington, Galloway and Watson, 1998.  


(possibly) 1787 Lincoln County, Kentucky Tax Payer:   George Wilcox 1 toll and 7 slaves; and Isaac Wilcox 1 poll and 1 slave.   1787 was the first year Lincoln County tax records survived.

Virginia Tax Payers 1782 – 1787, by Augusta B. Fotherfill and John Mark Naugle, 1940/1999.


(possibly) 1787 Rowan County tax: Basil Gaither's District - "George Willcockson, Jr." with 1 white male 21-60, 0 males <21 or 60+, 2 white females. 


1789 February 23 - Rowan County marriage bond “George Willcockson” to Elizabeth Pinchback with William Hall bondsman and William Alexander witness (county record).


(probably) 1791 Fayette County, Kentucky tax: George Wilcock with 1 pole and 3 horses.

(probably) 1792 Fayette County tax: George Wilcock with 1 pole and 5 horses


1795 - 1815+ in Shelby County, Kentucky tax: George Wilcox.   Shelby County tax records not checked after 1815.  During this time, he has 100-200 acres on Fox Run in Shelby County.   On the same Fox Run is his brother John Wilcox.    George Wilcox’s son Lazarus Wilcox is on the tax lists from 1811 through 1815 and is next to him on the 1811 tax.   On 7 September 1814, Lazarus Wilcox married Lucy Helm in Lincoln County, Kentucky (county record).   Lazarus Wilcox of "Shelby County" moved in 1817 to future Boone County, Missouri.  


1810 U.S. Census of Shelby County lists a "George Wilcox" with a birth age over 45+ (before 1765) and 7 younger members.  Another family may be with him.  In the census, he is next to what appears to be his brother "John Wilcox" and on another census page is a David Wilcox.  


1811 Shelby County, Kentucky: Sheriff


War of 1812 - Kentucky”   George Wilcox is “listed in Commissioned Officers of the War of 1812-1816”…promoted from Ensign in 85th (should be 8th)…(and was a) Lieutenant Colonel 18 May 1813.  “He died June 1853 in his 73 year.”

Register of Kentucky Historical Society, Volume 51. 


1813 War (Kentucky):  “His nephew Dr. George T. Wilcox…served with his uncle…Colonel George Wilcox on the Thames Campaign (Ontario, Canada) in 1813.”   (Boone Family, Ella Hazel Attebury Spraker, 1922, page 206)


1813 War (Kentucky) - In contrast, there is this: Private George Wilcox, Sr. and Private George Wilcox, Jr. in Captain John Hall’s Company, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel James Simrall.    Enlistment period was at Newport on 31 August 1813 and date mustered out not given. ^   Simrall is named in the 1810 U.S. Census of Shelby County, Kentucky. 

^ Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky – Soldiers of the War of 1812, 1891 with undated reprint, page 165. 


Comment: Some information adds confusion and needs to be sorted out.     The Adjutant General’s book has no Lt. Colonel George Wilcox, but then there is no 8th Kentucky Militia (Regiment) reported in this book.  This book publisher does state the possibility of missing pages and missing text. listings for soldiers serving War of 1812 includes Lt. Colonel George Wilcox, 8th Regiment (Wilcox’s) Kentucky Militia, roll box 226/roll exct 602.   So far, the only other Colonel Wilcox who can be found is a Colonel Joseph Wilcox in New York State militia.


1813 War (Kentucky):  The following is from “History of the Late War in the Western Country,” by Robert Breckinridge McAfee, 1816 and reprinted by Readex Microprint Corp, 1966.   McAfee is “soft” on dating events and he rarely uses first names.


            August 1812: “The regiment commanded by Colonel Barbour, when ordered into service at the call of Governor (and General William Henry) Harrison (Later 9th President of the U.S.) was directed to rendezvous at the Red Banks, with a view of marching to the aid of Governor Edwards at Kaskaskia in the Illinois Territory.  The regiments of Colonel’s Wilcox and Miller were ordered to rendezvous at Louisville, and on the Ohio below, for the purpose of marching to Vincennes to protect the Indiana Territory.” (p109)


            September 1812: “The regiments of Colonels Wilcox, Miller, and Barbour of the Kentucky militia, were now on their march to Vincennes, but they did not arrive in time to meet the Indians at Fort Harrison.”  …(others) finally arrived “to the great joy of the garrison, who were in a starving condition.” (p155)


            11-21 November 1812: “…General Hopkins determined to conduct an expedition of infantry from Fort Harrison against the Indians on the Wabash.  A corps of 1250 men was accordingly prepared for this service, consisting of the regiments of Kentucky militia, commanded by Colonels Barbour, Miller, and Wilcox, a small party of regulars under Major Z. Taylor (later 12th President of the US), and about 50 rangers and spies on horseback, under Captains Beckers and Washburn.  On the 11th of November the march was commenced from Fort Harrison, and conducted with much caution up the east side of the Wabash.  As the enemy had now been long apprised, and well informed….  So it was the 19th before they arrived at the Prophet’s town…containing at this time about 40 cabins; were all completely destroyed.  On the 21st a small party of Indians was discovered on Ponce Passu Creek, seven miles east of the prophet’s town, who fired on a reconnoitering party and killed one soldier.  On the next day Colonels Miller and Wilcox went out with a party of 60 mounted men, with a view to bury the man who had been killed, and to obtain more complete information respecting the enemy; but they fell into an ambuscade and lost 18 of their men in killed, wounded and missing….”   (p160-161)


            September/October1813 - Invasion of Canada: Per General Benjamin Harrison, “The right wing of the army will be composed of the Kentucky volunteers under command of his excellency, Governor Shelby, acting as Major General….”  On 22 September 1813, Admiral Perry’s victory ended British control of the Great Lakes.   On 5 October 1813, General William H. Harrison led 3500 American troops to the Thames River in Ontario, Canada and won a decisive battle on this date.  Later, Detroit, Mackinaw, and Michigan territory were returned to American control. 


~1817:  Lt. Colonel George Wilcox migrated to Boone County, Missouri.


1819 December 23 - Boone County, Missouri: George Wilcox filed his will in Boone County, which was probated 15 March 1823, naming sons Noah Wilcox, Lazarus Wilcox, James Wilcox, and Daniel Wilcox.   Brother John Wilcox was to guardian of son Daniel Wilcox, and son Larzarus Wilcox to be guardian of son James Wilcox.  No wife or daughters are mentioned.  (WB 1, pg 18-19)


Children of George Wilcox “III” and Elizabeth Pinchback include:


(a) Lazarius Wilcox (17 December 1790 to 23 October 1835 Boone County, Missouri).  On 7 September 1814, Lazarus Wilcox married Lucy Helm in Lincoln County, Kentucky (county record).   Lazarus Wilcox of "Shelby County" moved in 1817 to future Boone County, Missouri.  

(b) Dr. Daniel Pinchbeck Wilcox (~1800 to 26 March 1838) married in 1821 to Elizabeth Moss.

(c) James Wilcox

(d) Noah Wilcox 


             (3). Isaac Wilcox (Willcockson) (born about 1765-1770 and died 1840+) married Elizabeth Gooch and moved to Shelby County, Kentucky.   Isaac is found in the following records:


1787 Lincoln County, Kentucky Tax Payer:   George Wilcox and Isaac Wilcox. ++


1799 - 1815 Shelby County tax records - Isaac Wilcox, but not checked after 1815.  In 1807, Isaac Wilcox had 200 acres on Clear Creek.


1810 – 1840 U.S. Census of Shelby County, Kentucky: In 1810, he between the age 26-45 (1765-1784) with 4 younger ones in the household.  1820 census suggests he had 1 son and 4 daughters.  Both the 1830 and 1840 census indicates he was born between the years 1770-1779.   In 1811, he is next to David Wilcox in the Shelby tax record which includes John, George, Lazarius Wilcox .  The 1787 Lincoln County tax record would make Isaac Wilcox's birth year about 1770 or earlier.   The 1830 census record states he lived on the road from Louisville to Frankfort in Shelby County.


(4). John Wilcox (Wilcoxson) used the "Wilcox" spelling.  He was reported born 6 September 1766^ in Rowan County, N.C. and died 3 February 1819 at Shelby County, Kentucky.    He married on 1 March 1791 Jefferson County, Kentucky to Sarah “Sally” Boone (born 1770), daughter of Squire Boone with Joshua Morris, minister (county record).


Spraker states that John Wilcox married on 1 March 1790 or 1791 in Jefferson County, Kentucky to Sarah Boone, daughter of Squire Boone, Jr. and his wife Jane VanCleve.^   


G.T. or Gibson T. Wilcox wrote a number of letters from 1883 to 1887 to Lyman Draper of the Wisconsin Historical Society, in response to Draper’s questions.  He stated “I am a grandson of Squire Boone, the youngest brother of Daniel Boone.  I was born in Shelby County in 1806, 2 ½ miles from Squire Boone’s Station (Boone’s Station).  My mother was the only daughter of Squire Boone and was married to John Wilcox, my father, in Boone’s Station 1791.  Squire Boone’s wife’s maiden name was Jane Van Cleve.  They had five children, viz: Jonathan, Moses, Isaiah, Sarah, and Enoch, the latter born at Boonesborough 16 October 1777, he being the first male white child born in Kentuckhy.  …the last time my grandfather, Squire Boone, was at my fathers was in 1814; I was then 8 years old….”   “Sarah Boone was born 26 September 1774 on Monday about 4:00 in the morning.  She married John Wilcox and died in 1847, leaving several children.”  Wilcox added in another letter that “There were four brothers of my father’s family – George, John, David, and Isaac Wilcox.  They formerly spelled the name Wilcoxson but cut it off.  …My father John Wilcox died in 1819…leaving my mother a widow with eleven children and she remained a widow until her death in 184_.”

Draper Manuscripts, Series 19C, #181 and #183.


According to the Kentucky State Historical Society, G.T. Wilcox reported that his father, John Wilcox married at Lynch’s Station in 1791 and that the minister was the bride’s father (Squire Boone) who was a Baptist minister as well as an Indian fighter.  Immediately after the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox moved to a tract of land on Fox Run which Squire Boone had surveyed and patented in his daughter’s name (daughter Sarah Boone).   Squire Boone had established Boone’s Station in 1779 when his daughter (Sarah) was seven years of age.    Gibson recalled her mother saying food was little else than wild meats with no bread and vegetables during these early Kentucky years.

Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 14, page 92.


In 1781, Boone’s Station was abandoned to Indians.

Draper Manuscripts, Series 19C #32.


G. T. Wilcox continues with two more letters to Lyman Draper in 1883 and 1887: “Squire Boone’s Station was built on the south side of Cleave Creek, a branch of Beshear’s Creek, about 7 miles above its mouth on a beautiful bank and 15 feet above the creek, and about 100 yards from a plain about 2 mile east of Shelbyville.   ….Squire Boone, my grandfather sold his station and land adjoining the same in 1806 to Col. Charles Lynch and removed to Indiana with two of his sons, Moses and Isaiah and settled on Indian Creek. “

Draper Manuscripts, Series 19C, #185 and #188


It is not known how early John Wilcox was in Kentucky.  He is reported to have 13 children from 1794 to 1816.   After John died, his wife and children moved to Boone County, Missouri. ^

^ The Daniel Boone Family by Ella Hazel Spraker, 1922.


            According to Shelby County tax records, John Wilcox had 320 acres on Fox Run in Shelby County, 1000 acres on Salt River in Shelby County, and 1400 acres on Drummans Branch in nearby Henry County.    As noted in the tax records, Fox Run lands had been originally issued and surveyed for Squire Boone and Sarah Boone.


1786 Kentucky:  Militia list of Capt. Cave Johnson’s Company included John Wilcocks and David Wilcocke.  In 1786, Johnson served with General George Rogers Clark under Colonel William Steele.

Draper Manuscripts IMM164 as found on and pointed out by Charles Hunt, courtesy email 13 June 2011.     

1787 Fayette County tax:  Two John Willcox/Willcocks in 1787; one without a horse and one with 3 horses.

1791 Jefferson County - that part which became Shelby County in 1792: John Wilcox first settled here. ^^^

1795 - 1815+:  Shelby County, Kentucky tax list from its first saved one in 1795 through 1815+.  In 1796 was the surname spelled Wilcoxen.  Between 1811-1815, John Wilcox is on the same Fox Run as is his brother George Wilcox.

1810 U.S. Census of Shelby County shows John Wilcox (age 26-45 or 1765-1784) with 9 younger ones, next to his brother "George Wilcox" age 45+.

1815 August and October - Kentucky Court of Appeals for Deeds: Jno Wilcox of Shelby 500 acres on Panther Creek.  Details not known but indexes show Court Book Q/219 and Q/221.   

Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, 1969.


^^^ History of Shelby County, Kentucky by George L. Willis, 1929, page 179.


Children of John Wilcox (1766 – 1819) and Sarah Boone

In part from Hazel Spraker


(a) Dr. George B. Wilcox (20 January 1794 to 19 February 1862 and buried at Rocheport City Cemetery, Rocheport, Boone County, Missouri) married Sarah D. Porter (1803/04 to 1873).     He is easily confused with (1) George Wilcockson, son of John + Sarah and (2) George Wilcox “III” (1767-1770 to ?).   The “B” comes from a write-up in “The History of Boone County, Missouri (1882)” and on his grave stone.  


            1813 War (Kentucky):  “His nephew Dr. George T. Wilcox…served with his uncle…(Lieutenant) Colonel George Wilcox on the Thames Campaign (Ontario, Canada) in 1813.”   (Boone Family, Ella Hazel Attebury Spraker, 1922, page 206)


            About 1816, he moved to Rocheport, Boone County, Missouri.^  Another source states: "Dr. George B. Wilcox" was reported in what would become Boone County, Missouri (established 1820) by 1816 or so.^^   The 1860 U.S. Census of Rocheport, Boone County, Missouri, lists George B. Wilcox, age 66, Physician, born Kentucky with his wife Sarah D. Wilcox, age 56, born Kentucky.  

^ History of Boone County, Missouri, 1882.

^^ Genealogical Gems from Early Missouri Deeds 1815-1850 by Marsha Hoffman Rising


Children of Dr. George B. Wilcox + Sarah D. Porter, from Spraker, page 206: (aa) Sarah Hannah Wilcox, (bb) Eliza W. Wilcox, (cc) Dr. John W. Wilcox, (dd) Captain William Wilcox 


(b) Edwin Wilcox married Lizzie Barton and went to Boone County, Missouri.   Their children: (aa) John Wilcox of Linneus, Lynn County, Missouri, (bb) Wharton Wilcox died in Oklahoma, (cc) Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wilcox lived in Linneus, (dd) Sallie Wilcox lived in Linneus, (ee) Mary Wilcox did not marry (from Spraker, pages 206-207)


(c) Preston Wilcox


(d) Gibson T. Wilcox (1805/06) married on 18 July 1833 Shelby County to Isabella Hall (county record).  In 1880, he was living in Middletown, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  Reported living at age 85.


(e) Mariam Wilcox, daughter of John Wilcox, married on 20 October 1810 Shelby County to George Miles, with bond by John Wilcox (county record)


(f) Elizabeth Wilcox (22 September 1810 to 15 November 1887) married on 13 August 1835 to George B. Forbes (28 December 1799 to 15 September 1882).  They settled in Boone County, Missouri and had 9 children. (Boone Family, Spraker, page 207)


(g) Jane Wilcox married 1st to __ Collier and 2nd on 18 December 1832 Shelby County to Alfred G. Beckley (county record).  According to Spraker, they lived in Shelby County, Kentucky until 1855, then moved to Jefferson County, Kentucky.


(h) Amelia Wilcox married on 19 March 1820 Shelby County to Michael Collier (county record) and 2nd to Richard Lusk.  Spraker indicated children by the first marriage were (aa) William Collier, and (bb) Thomas Collier – unmarried; both of whom moved to California.  (Boone Family, Spraker, page 207)


            (5). David Wilcox (Wilcoxson, Wilcoxon)

(~1750/1752 to 1815/1816+)


There are two David Wilcoxsons (Wilcox, etc) who need to be untangled.  Separating them by spelling differences doesn't work.    Some records could belong to either.  At this time (14 May 2011), this writer believes most of the Rowan County, North Carolina and Kentucky records belong to David Wilcox/Wilcoxson, son of George Wilcoxson.   Wufeck estimates his birth date to be about 1747-1750. ^^   His birth date may be more likely 1750-1752 or later. 


David Wilcoxson/Wilcox (son of George) is linked to marriage with Ellender Boone (1766 – 1799), daughter of George and Ann Linville Boone.   Back about 1880, a gravestone with “Elender Wilcox 1799” was reported 2 1/4 miles from Richmond on Lexington Pike (Madison County, Kentucky).  The information is confusing but suggests nearby stones included (1) George Boon, Sr, (with no “e”) who died 14 November 1820 aged 84 and his wife Ann who died in 28 March 1814, (2) Susannah Hern (daughter of George and Nancy Boone), (3) George Boone, Jr., and (4) “Elender Wilcox 1799.” *   An 1883 letter from G.T. Wilcox to Lyman Draper stated Ellender Wilcox died 17 July 1799, at the age of 33.  +* 


Virginia Land Commission records indicate George Boone held 1000 acres on Tates Creek and that he marked and improved this land in the year 1775. +**  Tipton adds that George Boone lived on Tates Creek, not far from mouth in 1783 and by 1810 they were living in Gallatin County, Kentucky. *   David Wilcoxson and Jesse Cofer ran a ferry service across the Kentucky River at Tates Creek from 1790 for up to 5 years.  

*  French Tipton Papers, Volume 1, page 1, EKU Special Collections and Archives, Richmond, Virginia in the Archives Room

+* from The Genealogist, volumes 15-16, as quoted from Draper MSS, 19C272.  

+** Certificate book of the Virginia Land Commission 1779-1780, by the Kentucky Historical Society, 1981/1992


David Wilcox married 2nd to Jennette "Jane" Pemberton on 4 February 1804 Franklin County, a widow with 5 children. ^^   "David Wilcox" has his will in Franklin County, Kentucky in 1815/1816, naming his wife Jennette (Jane), sons Enoch Wilcox, Asa Wilcox, Jesse Wilcox, (son-in-law) Joseph Helm.   Executors were his brother George Wilcox and Alexander Wilson, Sr.  ^^  


            When did this David Wilcoxson/Wilcox + Ellender Boone have children?   In 1792, tax records in Madison County note David Wilcox had with him one white male between the ages of 16-21.   This could not be a son as his wife Ellender was born 1766.  


Details for David Wilcoxson/Wilcocks

Son of George Wilcockson "II"


Rowan County Record


1768 Rowan County, NC tax:  John Willcockson with David Wilcocks – 2 polls.


Notice the two different spellings.  Why?   Also, speculation suggests David reached a taxable age of 16 - 20.  Furthermore, surname spelling difference might suggest different families.


1778 Rowan County, NC List of Persons not yet giving Oath of Allegiance in Capt. Johnston district:  David Wilcoxson, Isaac Wilcoxson, David Willcoxon.   (It's unclear if these are two different persons or only one individual on different pages).  +++  


1787 Rowan County, N.C Court: Anthony Peeler versus David Willcoxon case.  No available details and why so late in North Carolina is not understood.


David is named in these last two Rowan County records, but there is no indication that he was living there.  Presumably, he should be in Kentucky.


Early Kentucky Records


1775 Kentucky:  "Thirty men of us came out in 1775.  It was 1776 when we got here.  (They included)...David Wilcox, son of John W., nephew of Col. Boon...."  ***


            Comment: David may be the son of George Wilcox.


1776 Fort Boonesborough:   David Wilcoxon (1747 - 1815), son of George Wilcoxon. +


1779:   "David Wilcoxson" marched with Colonel Bowman's expedition against the Ohio Indians in 1779.  ^   In June 1804, there was a deposition by David Wilcoxson, taken in Woodford County stating that in the year of 1779, he marched on the campaign against the Indians. 

(The Register of the Ky. State Historical Society, 1933, page 509.)


David Wilcoxson does not show up on the yearly Woodford County tax lists from 1791 through 1814.  The only Wilcoxson living there during this time span is Daniel Wilcoxson, son of John and Sarah Wilcoxson.


1779 May - Kentucky County - Certificate Book of Virginia Land Commission on 24 December 1779 confirmed David Wilcox began raising a crop of corn in May 1779.  His certificate for 400 acres of land on the South Fork of Elkhorn (probably today's Fayette County) was not issued “until the further order of this Court.”  Nothing more has been found regarding whether this certificate was issued.


1779 Kentucky events – David Wilcox’s, 1799 Court Deposition for Lexington District Court, June term 1800: Case for John Craig and Robert Johnson versus Leonard Hall. 


Petition: A certain Charles Whitacre on April 22, 1780 obtained from the Commissioners for the district of Kentucky a certificate for a preemption of 1000 acres on land lying and being in county of Fayette on Elkhorn…about three miles above McClellands’s Fort and about 3 or 4 miles up...a dry run running into North Elkhorn on north side.   Title to land was transferred to John May who transferred title to John Craig and Robert Johnson.  Land conflicts with Isaac Thrasher’s certificate, who transferred his rights and title to Leonard Hall.  Thrasher’s land was described on a branch of Elkhorn Creek 8 miles northwest from Bryant’s Station including a spring and camp made by Daniel Boone.


There were many depositions, which included the following:  “David Wilcox, of full age (taken at Capt. Hunter’s Tavern at Georgetown, Friday, April 19, 1799): Deposes that in year 1779 he went in company with others from Lexington on an expedition against the Shawnee Indians under the command of Colonel John Bowman and as the company went they passed through or near the Lick now called Eastin’s Lick, which is near the head of a branch being the waters of the north fork of Elkhorn and also the dividing line between Eagle Creek and Elkhorn waters, also that the northwest corner of a survey of 500 acres made for Augustine Eastin, is at the said lick.  Deponent says that a few days after he returned from said expedition he and one Lockhart went some distance from Bryant’s Station and fell on the tract company under Bowman had made, which passed said Eastin’s creek (as now called) and followed the trace to the lick to hunt, and that they camped about ten days near half a mile nearly west from the said lick and frequently hunted and set at said lick and killed some deer at the lick and this is proof to his own mind that he is certain it is the lick which said trace went through.  Eagle Creek was generally known in 1779 to be a branch of the Kentucky River.  The trace which passed the lick was not called Shawnee trace but was called Holder’s trace and Bowman’s trace from the year 1779 until this day.  Since 1779 he had resided in Fayette and mostly in Woodford Counties.” 


“Deposition of Thomas Herndon (taken at Robert Megowan’s Tavern, Lexington, April 29, 1799): He first came to this country in 1779 and lived at Bryant’s Station and in first of spring of 1780 he got acquainted with a trace called Bowman’s trace which he understood was made by troops under Bowman’s command from Lexington to the Shawnee towns in the year 1779 and he believes it was the only trace that lead from Elkhorn water to the Shawnee town.  At the time he first was acquainted with it he was informed where said trace went by David Wilcox and others from Bryant’s station and said Wilcox informed him it went through or near the edge of a lick now called Eastin’s lick.  That he heard the hunters at Bryant’s station in year 1780 call trace the Shawnee trace and sometimes Bowman’s trace.  Said lick is near the dividing line (ridge) between Elkhorn and Eagle Creek or Licking but he formerly thought it to be Licking waters but has been informed since it is Eagle Creek waters.”

Source for Depositions: Fayette County, Kentucky Records, Volume 1, by Michael L. Cook and Bettie A. Cummings Cook, 1985, pages 12-18.   Their source: Fayette County Land Trials Book, pages 183, and 198 or 199.  


1780 Kentucky events – David Wilcox’s, Fayette County Court Deposition for 8 February 1808: Case for William Helm versus Josiah Watson and 12 others.   Plaintiff Helm entered 2000 acres of land on a treasury warrant bearing date of July 17, 1780…. Watson entered 4000 acres on a treasury warrant on the waters of north fork of Elkhorn, and conveyed to various people….  Dispute is who owns land.


“Deposition of David Wilcoxson (taken in Woodford County on June 8, 1804): In the year of 1779 he marched on a campaign against the Indians, and we passed Eagle creek.  In the year of 1779 in the spring before I went out on the campaign named I encamped about one mile of this place and suppose it to be the head spring of Eagle creek.  In the year of 1780, I hunted from Bryant’s station about this spring and thought then that it was of the waters of Eagle creek.  This spring was some times called Big Spring and became a noted place in the year of 1784.”

Source for Depositions: Fayette County, Kentucky Records, Volume 1, by Michael L. Cook and Bettie A. Cummings Cook, 1985, pages 249- 250.  Their source: Fayette County Record Book B, pages 509. 


Fayette (established 1780) and Madison County (established 1787)


1786 Rowan County, North Carolina:   "David Willcockson of Fayette County" sold for 100 pounds 250 acres of Rowan County land to (his sister) Isabella Adams, and the deed stated this was inheritance land from their father, George Wilcockson, North Carolina land grant #337 of 500 acres which had been granted by the State of N.C.  Fayette County was established 1780 from Kentucky County. (10/506)


1786 Kentucky:  Militia list (112) of Capt. Cave Johnson’s Company included John Wilcocks and David Wilcocke.  In 1786, Johnson served with General George Rogers Clark under Colonel William Steele.

Draper Manuscripts IMM164 as found on and pointed out by Charles Hunt, courtesy email 13 June 2011.


1787 Fayette County, Virginia (Kentucky) tax: David Willcocks 1 white male over 16, 1 black?, 3 horses; John Willcocks 1 – 0 – 3, John Willcox 0  - 0 -  0


Although David Willcockson/Willcocks shows activity in this county, tax lists for Fayette (1787 - 1804) list him only in 1787 and 1791.  Adjacent Madison County has the same problem with a David Wilcocks noted in 1787, 1789, and 1791.  Notice that Fayette and Madison Counties record David at the same time in 1787 and 1791.   Tax records are spotty enough that David could be continuously in and taxable from 1787 through 1791.  Research shows why David is listed in both counties – see below.


1787 Madison County tax - 1st year Virginia (Kentucky) :  "David Willcocks with no whites 16-<24, 1 black under 16, 3 horses, 8 cattle.   Madison County was established 1785 from Lincoln County (Lincoln from Kentucky County).


1788 November 4 - Rowan County, North Carolina:  David Willcoxon of Fayette County, Virginia deeded to Ebenezer Frost of Rowan County, 248 acres, for 150 pounds, a piece or parcel of land lying in Rowan County on Sweet Creek Waters of Dutchman's Creek adjacent Hugh Montgomery and Abram Wood.   Signed: David Willcockson (seal).  Witnesses: Jas. Macay and Samuel Wilson.  Entered Rowan Court, February 1793.  (13/149 typescript copy)


1789 September 2  – Madison County, Kentucky Court held at the Courthouse: Ordered that Jesse Cofer, David Wilcocks, William Williams and David Hall be appointed to review the way for road at the mouth of Tates Creek.

Madison County Kentucky Court Order Book A (1787-1791), by Jackie Couture, 2006


1789 November 2:   (Abstract) Petition of Inhabitants on the North side of the (Kentucky) River in the District of Kentucky (old larger Fayette County on the north side in 1789 and Madison County on the south)...experience many difficulties in carrying their Tobacco to the Warehouses already established by Law (on Kentucky River) at Jacks Creek and Hickmans Creek, owing to the danger of descending the cliffs and badness of roads and risque of crossing the River, (find) there is a convenient place below the mouth of Tate Creek on the Lands of Michael Bedinger where  the main road leads by any easy safe descent.  Petition signers include "David Willcockson." +*


1790:  “David Wilcockson and Jesse Cooper (Cofer, Coker) Ferry at mouth of Tates Creek.” 

French Tipton Papers, EKU Special Collectons and Archives, Richmond, Kentucky, Volume 1, page 284


Comment: This ferry crossed the Kentucky River at Tates Creek.  On the north side was Fayette County and south side Madison County.   It would be understandable that Wilcockson and Cofer had buildings or structures on both sides which might be taxed.


1790 June 1 - Madison County Court: Ordered that a ferry be established from the mouth of Tates Creek to the opposite shore across the Kentucky (River) in the name of David Wilcocks and Jesse Cofer and that they give bond in the Clerk’s office as the Law directs.

Madison County Kentucky Court Order Book A (1787-1791), by Jackie Couture, 2006


1791 Fayette County tax: David Wilcox 1 white male over 16, 0 blacks over 16, 0 blacks under 16, 0 horses.    


1791 Madison County tax:  John and Edward Wilcox, David & George Willcock.   David Willcock has 1 white poll, 1 black 16+, no blacks <16, 2 horses, cattle not given.


1792 April 3 – Madison County Court: Ordered that William Williams, Samuel Fox, David Wilcox, and Jesse Cofer view and report the alteration and repairs necessary on the hill at the mouth of Tates Creek.

Madison County Kentucky Court Order Book B (1791-1801), by Jackie Couture, 2006


 1792 Madison County tax:  John Wilcox, Edward Wilcox, David Willcocks, George Willcocks.   David Willcocks has 1 white 21+, 1 white 16-21, 1 black 16+, 2 horses, 9 cattle, no acres listed


            Madison County tax lists are recorded by A's, B's, C's, etc.  This eliminated who lives nearby.  Given this limitation, George Wilcock appears next to David Willcock.  On a different set of lists, a John Wilcox is near Edward Wilcox, who is not related.  This raises questions whether this John Wilcox is related to Edward.  John Wilcox/Wilcocks appears on the 1791, 1792 and 1793 tax lists of Madison County, before disappearing. 


            Notice that 1792 Madison County tax has David Willcocks with one young male between the ages of 16-21.     


1793 Madison County tax:  David Willcocks (questionable), John Willcocks, Edward Willcocks,

1794 Madison County tax:  David Wilcox, Edward Wilcox, Caleb Wilcox; Isaac Wilcoxon

(Original tax list on microfilm is partly unreadable; this from Madison County, Ky Taxpayers, 1787-1799 by T.L.C. Genealogy - no detailing). 


Clark and Montgomery Counties’ David Wilcox


1796 Clark County tax: David Wilcox.   Clark County was established 1792 from Bourbon and Fayette Counties.   In 1796, Montgomery County was established from Clark County.

1796 May 16 - Clark County Deed: Arthur Thomas Taul of Fayette County, Kentucky deeded to David Wilcoxon of Clark County, Kentucky for 40 pounds…land lying and being in the county of Clark on the waters of Hinston’s Fork of Licking Creek, it being part of a Treasury Warrant originally granted to Thomas Jamison…(later sold to) said Taul by a general warranty deed…bounded by Elon Thomas Junior sons northwest corner…100 acres of land.  Signed: Arthur T. Taul. (seal).  Witnesses: Benjamin J. Taul, Avington? Telps, Samuel Taul, Jonathan Milhollin.  Entered in Clark County Court 26 July 1798.   (DB1, pg 706)   

1796 (6 October) Montgomery County:   Will of Elias Lanson to daughter Mary Allison, wife Elizabeth and named David Wilcox, executor.  (entered 3 May 1797)

1797 (August) Rowan County: David Wilcoxson of Clark County, Virginia, executor of his father George Wilcoxson deeded 250 acres on Bear Creek to John Cook, husband of Mary Wilcoxson, daughter of George Wilcoxson.  This was part of a tract granted by the State of George Wilcoxson. (14:677 – Source: Dorothy Wulfeck’s “Wilcoxson and Allied Families, page 52.  Review of Deed Book 14 on microfilm found this indexed as such, but this deed could not be found, but there might be deed books 14A and 14B, each with pages beginning at 1)    

1797 Montgomery County tax list:   David Wilcox 1 white over 21, no whites 16-21, 2 blacks, 3 horses, and 100 acres on the Hingston watercourse.

1798 Montgomery County, Kentucky:   “On 8 February 1798, the Governor laid off a new regiment being the XXXI, to be included in the County of Montgomery,” under the command of James Poage, Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant.  The following Company officers were commissioned for this Regiment (including) "Capt. David Wilcox." ^

1799 Montgomery County tax: David Wilcox with 1 white male 21+, 0 white males 16+; 1 black 16+, 2 blacks total, and 5 horses  ^^

^ (Early Kentucky Tax Records from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, page194)

^^ Microfilmed Montgomery County, Ky. tax list from  Oddly enough, David Wilcox is not listed here in 1797 and the year 1798 has been lost.


1800 March 19 Montgomery County: David Wilcox of Montgomery County, Kentucky deeded to Robert Armstrong of same county…for 110 pounds money…a tract or parcel of land lying in Montgomery County on the waters of Hinston Fork of Licking River, being part of a Treasury Warrant originally granted to Thomas Jameson and from Jameson to Arthur Tall (Taul) and from said Tall to said Wilcox by general warrant…beginning at a buckeye and elm on Thomas Jameson’s land…containing 100 acres of land.  Signed by D. Wilcox (seal) and witnessed by Welder Cooke, Robert Armstrong, Junior and Elizabeth Armstrong next to the dates of 6 January 1800 (1806?) and 13 December 1805.  Deed was entered in court on 13 December 1805 and recorded again on 19 March 1808 with the same information, unless it was for a boundary correction.   The 1808 deed continues to say David Wilcox lived in Montgomery County and that is not correct.  (DB 3/531 and DB 6/158).


1800 Montgomery County tax and thereafter.  No David Wilcox.

David Wilcox in Shelby and Franklin Counties, Kentucky


1800 Shelby County tax: David Wilcox with 1 white male age 21+ ; 0 for 16-21 white male, 5 horses, 3 blacks and no acreage listed.  No detailing in given.

1803 Shelby County tax: David Wilcox with 1 w. male 21+, no w. males 16-21, 3 blacks, 5 horses and no acreage listed. (not on tax record 1804-1809)

1804 (4 February) Franklin County, Kentucky: Marriage record of David Wilcox to Jennett Pemberton.  Franklin County was established 1794 from Shelby County.

1807 (15 December) Permission by David and Jean Wilcox was granted for marriage of William Crockett to Peggy Pemberton.

1804 to 1808 and 1813 to 1815 Franklin County tax, south end (not checked thereafter):  David Wilcox/Wilcock, tax rate (possibly) based on 150 to 210 acres (unclear); Benson watercourse, Land in the name of Larren (1808), 1 white male 21+, 3 white males age 16-20 in 1813-1815, 7 horses, 10 to 16 slaves.      

1810 U.S. Census of Shelby County: David Wilcox, age 45+ (<1765), wife and 7 young persons, probably some from his wife’s first marriage.  Two other Wilcox appear in the 1810 U.S. Census of Shelby County who are George and John Wilcox, both listed as age of 45+.

1811 Shelby County tax: David is next to Isaac Wilcox.

1815 Franklin County: Will of David Wilcox named wife Jannett Wilcox; son-in-law Jonathan Gray; sons Enoch Wilcox, Asa Wilcox, Jesse Wilcox, Son-in-law Joseph Helm, daughter Eunice, deceased wife of Joseph Helm.  Executors were wife Jannett Wilcox, brother George Wilcox, Alexander Wilson.  Witnessed by John Butler and Ranson Reddick.  Probated January 1816.

(Franklin County Will Book B, page 222, typescript.)

1815 (26 August) Franklin County: (daughter) Nancy Wilcox married Joseph Helm.


1816 (26 January) Franklin County: Sale of Estate goods of David Wilcox, deceased, included purchases by Mrs. Jennett Wilcox, Henry Pemberton, Richard Pemberton, and George Wilcox.  Entered in June County 1816.

1819 (11 December) Franklin County: Marriage of (son) Jesse B. Wilcox to Elizabeth Russell.

1820 U.S. Census of Lawrenceburg, Franklin (now part of Anderson County), Kentucky: Jane Wilcox


Children of David Wilcox (~1750-1815) and Elender Boone (1766-1799)

(Children estimated born between 1784-1799, if Elender married at 18):


(i). Enoch Wilcox shows up on a single 1806 Shelby County, Kentucky tax record.  He may or may not be the following Enoch Wilcox (11 November 1784 to 28 January 1847 White County, Illinois).  This Enoch Wilcox married 28 June 1823 to Sebra Ann Conger in Wayne County, Illinois (from public member tree).  They lived in the following locations.

1826 Wayne County, Illinois:  State of Illinois released several persons including Enoch Wilcox from their Wayne County, Illinois leases in township 2 north, range eight east.  (Illinois Laws, Volume 4, page 75.)

1830 and 1840 U.S. Census of White County, Illinois


(ii). Asa Wilcox: no information


(iii). Jesse Wilcox:  There is a “Jesse B. Wilcox” with a Franklin County, Kentucky marriage 11 December 1819 to Elizabeth Russell (county record).  “Jesse B. Wilcox” appears on the 1830 U.S. Census of Franklin County, Kentucky (southern division) with a large family and a much older male who needs explaining.


(iv). Eunice Wilcox, wife of Joseph Helm is noted on her father’s 1815 will as deceased.  Eunicy Wilcox, daughter of David Wilcox, married 18 August 1811 in Shelby County to Joseph Helm, Jr. (county record).      



+ Early Settlers of Fort Boonesborough, by H. Thomas Tudor, 1995

++ Virginia Tax Payers 1782-1787 by Augusta B. Fothergill and John Mark Naugle, 1940/1999.

+++ Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Lists 1757-1800 by Jo White Lynne, 1995, pages 182, 184, 169

** Land Deeds of Jefferson County, Tn 1792-1836, Edythe R. Whitley, 1982.

*** William G. Scroggins 6 September 1998 on John Willcockson; his source from Draper Manuscript 16C976, 9 Sh 18B  

^ Pioneer Kentucky: An Outline of Its Exploration and Settlement, by Willard Rouse Jillson, 1934, page 112.

^^ Wilcoxson and Allied Families, Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, 1958, page 53.


(6). Elizabeth Willcockson was born between 1771-1785.   She married 13 August 1835 in Shelby County, Kentucky to George Bryant Forbis.  Shortly after this, they moved to Boone County, Missouri where they farmed 212 acres. ^

^ History of Boone County, Missouri, 1882. 


(7). Mary Willcockson was born between 1771-1785 and married John Cook. 


1793 (22 January) Rowan County:  Marriage bond of John Cook to Mary Willcockson, with Samuel Casey bondsman and Basil Gaither, witness (county record).


1797 (26 August) Rowan County:  David Wilcoxon of Clark County, Virginia, executor of his father George Wilcoxson deeded 250 acres on Bear Creek to John Cook, husband of Mary Wilcoxson, daughter of George Wilcoxson.  This was part of a tract granted by the State of George Wilcoxson.  (14:677)  


           (8). James Wilcox (Willcocks, Willcockson) was born between 1771 and 1785.  A "James Willcocks" is on a 1795 Green County, Kentucky tax record.  Another James Wilcocks in found with 175 acres in 1806-1809 Christian County, Kentucky tax records (not checked thereafter).  His trail is lost to follow-up.   


(IV). (possibly) Hannah Wilcoxson (~1720’s)   


            Original source for identifying Hannah Wilcoxson is not known and further evidence may be needed to confirm Hannah is a Wilcoxson. 


            Hannah (~1729 to >1801) married Daniel Lewis (1730 to 1801 Rowan County, North Carolina).   Both may have been married previously.   Children's birth dates suggest they were married about 1765 or 1766. 


1759 Rowan County tax names include Daniel Lewis.

1769 (1 July) Rowan County:  Marriage bond between George Gray and Mary Stuart which had sureties by Daniel ("D" his x) Lewis and notation that the bride was a step-daughter of Dan Lewis.

1778 (31 July) - #1174:  North Carolina land grant to Daniel Lewis, 600 acres on waters of Bear Creek, and bounded by William Giles, John McElhenny, John Wilcockson, Daniel Moles, including a meeting house and his own improvement. (9:209) 

1780 (21 March), Daniel Lewis was granted 100 acres on Bear Creek adjacent to Benjamin Bartley, Abraham Wiltey, John Wilcockson, and John McElhaney.  

1801 Rowan County will of Daniel Lewis names wife Hannah, daughters Sarah Hendricks Cunningham and Hannah Lewis, son Daniel.  Executors were wife Hannah Lewis and son Daniel Lewis. 


Children: (1) Daniel Lewis Jr. (13 October 1767 – 1801 Rowan County, North Carolina), (2) Sarah Lewis, (3) Hannah Lewis (23 April 1772 Rowan County, N.C. to 16 February 1842 Cherokee County, Alabama) married John Cunningham (1774-1859).


(V). Mary Wilcoxson (~1735)


            Mary Wilcockson was born about 1735.  Mary was about the age of five when her mother Elizabeth died in 1740, and is mentioned in orphans court papers.  Thereafter, her trail cannot be picked up.