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John Wilcoxson (b. September 06, 1720, d. 1782)John Wilcoxson (son of George Willcockson and Elizabeth Powell)24663, 24664, 24665, 24666, 24667 was born September 06, 172024668, 24669, 24670, and died 1782 in Fayette Co., KY24671, 24672, 24673.He married Sarah Boone on 1742 in Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania24674, 24675, 24676, 24677, daughter of Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan.
Notes for John Wilcoxson:
[Beck as of 071303.ged]
The surname Willcockson, meaning son of Willcock, is spelled Wilcoxson,Wilcoxon, Wilcoxen, Wi llcocks, Willcox and Wilcox, interchangeably.Daniel Willcockson, and most of his siblings an d issue in Kentucky,generally used the spelling Wilcoxson.
John Willcockson has been identified as the son of George Willcockson and
Elizabeth Powell. [Note 2] Sarah Boone was a daughter of Squire Boone andSarah
Morgan, who moved from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Rowan County,North
Carolina in 1750. [Note 3]
Elizabeth Powell, who married George Willcockson, was a daughter ofRowland
and Maud Richard who were married in 1695. [Note 4] George Willcocksoncame to
Pennsylvania from Cossal, Nottinghamshire, England: [Note 5]
Wilcox (or Wilcoxson) sometime of Cossal
... John Wilcoxson of Cossal, Notts., was father of George Wilcoxson of
Cossal, Notts., and afterwards of Pennsylvania where he m. 15 April 1719,
Elizabeth, daughter of Rowland Powell, a native of Wales, and d. 1739. His
John Wilcox moved to North Carolina in 1750-2, Member of Assembly1771,
served in the American Revolution, moved to Kentucky before 1782, m. 1742
Sarah, dau. of Squire Boone of Pennsylvania (b. Manchester, England, 25Nov.
1696; d. 1 Jan. 1765), later of Rowan Co., N. Carolina, by Sarah his wife(b.
1700; m. 23 July 1720; and d. 1777), daughter of Edward Morgan of Gwynedd,
Montgomery Co., Pa. (a town settled by a colony of Welshmen in 1698,where he
purchased 300 acres in 1711), and formerly of Philadelphia. This EdwardMorgan
(b. 1678-9; d. 1718), according to family records was a son of Sir James
Morgan, 4th Bt. of Llantarnam by a first marriage to Anne (by whom he hada
dau. Sarah, b. 1676, who m. 1691, Stephen Beasley, and settled in
Philadelphia), dau. ofJudge Richard Hopton of Bishop Frome, later ofCanon
Frome (and his wife Susan, dau. of Sir William Harvey), Chief Justice ofN.
Wales, temp. Charles II and James II, and first cousin therefore of Sir
James's second wife, Alice, widow of Nicholas Jones (whom she had m. 13April
1683), and dau. of Sir EdwardHopton of Canon Frome (see that family in
Landed Gentry of Great Britain), by Deborah (d. 13 July 1702), dau. ofRobert
Hatton. Sir James Morgan d. 30 April 1718, when the Baronetcy appears tohave
become extinct (but see The Morgan Family by James Appleton Morgan). John
Wilcox was killed by Indians at battle of Bryant Station, Kentucky, 1782.His
son, Lieut.-Col. George Wilcox, of Shelby Co., Kentucky, J.P. (1801),High Sheriff
(1811), served in the War of 1812 with 8th Kentucky Militia, b. 1766; m.
1789,Elizabeth (b. in London 1774; d. 1814), dau. of John Pinchbeck ...
This genealogical sketch contains several inaccuracies, which do not
necessarily diminish the credibility of most of the statements. GeorgeWilcox
of Shelby County, Kentucky, whose family used that spelling of thesurname,
was a son of George Willcockson, Jr. and a nephew of John Willcockson who
married Sarah Boone. George Willcockson, Jr. married Elizabeth Hall. John
Willcockson was not killed at Bryan's Station in 1782. He was alive inNorth
Carolina in 1790 and 1798. [Note 6] Squire Boone was born in Devonshire,England, not
Manchester. He married Sarah Morgan on 23 September 1720; not in January.[Note 7]
Edward Morgan built his house in Towamencin Township in 1695 and thedeeds for
the land were dated in 1708 and 1714. [Note 8]
James Appleton Morgan confused the marriage sequence of Sir James Morganby
publishing that his first wife was Anne Hopton, widow of Nicholas Jones,and
that she bore one son, Edward Morgan, who died in infancy. He identifiedthe
second wife of Sir James as Alice Hopton, the mother of Sarah Morgan, who
married Stephen Beasley, and Edward Morgan, the father of Sarah MorganBoone. [Note 9]
A chronological analysis of the facts proves that Sir James Morgan of
Llantarnam had to be married first to Anne Hopton and then to Alice Hopton
Jones. Edward Morgan, who, traditionally, was the father of Sarah Morgan
Boone, and Sarah Morgan Beasley had to be children of the first marriage.[Note 10]
Supporting proof of the Burke lineage has not been found but it is
substantiated by the evidence that has been located. George Willcocksonand
Elizabeth Powell were married on the 15th of the 2nd month 1719: [Note 11]
Page 37 George Wilcockson, son of John Wilcockson of Nottingham,Great
Britain and Elizabeth Powel, daughter of Rowland Powel ofHaverford married
in meetinghouse in Haverford 2.15.1719
George Willcockson died before 25 October 1739 in Chester County, when
Willcockson was granted administration of his estate, against a bond inthe
amount of 160 pounds, secured by Philip Yarnall and Joseph Pugh. [Note12] Elizabeth
Powell Willcockson died shortly thereafter because the administration ofher
estate occurred in 1740. Philip Yarnall, administrator for ElizabethWilcox,
widow and relict of George Wilcox, her late husband, who had diedintestate
leaving several children to survive them, particularly Mary Wilcox, agedabout
five years, who needed support, petitioned the court for Mary Wilcox to be
bound out to John Yarnall until age eighteen, and to be taught to read and
write, and "housifrey." [Note 13]
Philip and John Yarnall provide a thread of circumstantial evidenceconnecting
George and Elizabeth Powell Willcockson with the Boone family. After thedeath
of Samuel Boone, brother of Squire Boone, Sr., his widow Elizabeth Cassel
Boone married Joseph Yarnall, son of Francis Yarnall and Hannah Baker, onthe
29th of the 07th month, 1748. [Note 14] The relationship between Philip,John and
Joseph Yarnall has not been determined, but they must have been kin.
There is another connection between the Willcocksons of Chester Countyand the
Boones of Lancaster County which supports the theory that JohnWillcockson,
who married Sarah Boone, was the son of George Willcockson and Elizabeth
Powell. When the parents of Elizabeth Powell Willcockson, Rowland Powelland
Maud Richard, were married in 1695, William and Mary Howell witnessed the
ceremony. [Note 15] Their daughter Deborah Howell married George BooneIV, an uncle of
Sarah Boone Willcockson, in 1713. [Note 16] This coincidence establishesa social
relationship between the Powells and Boones that could have resulted inthe
meeting of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone. When the children of Georgeand
Elizabeth Powell Willcockson were orphaned, it is conceivable that Deborah
Howell Boone arranged for their sons to go to her father-in-law for
employment. Squire Boone reputedly operated a substantial weavingbusiness, so
it is plausible that John Willcockson was a weaver in the employ ofBoone. It
is known that John lived with the Boone family before he married Sarah.
George Willcockson was also a weaver and his residence in UwchlanTownship,
Chester County, was about fifteen to twenty miles from the Boone home in
Lancaster County. If the eldest child of George and Elizabeth Powell
Willcockson was a son, born soon after their marriage in 1719, he wouldbe of
the approximate age of John Willcockson who married Sarah Boone. Presuming
that the eldest child of George Willcockson was eighteen or nineteenyears old
when George died about 1739, he mayhave assumed responsibility foryounger
brothers, without enactment of official guardianship or apprenticeshippapers.
George Willcockson, who apparently lived with Squire Boone, Sr. at thesame
time as John Willcockson, probably was George, Jr. He was identified as a
relative of John Willcockson by Isaiah Boone, a nephew of Daniel Boone:[Note 17]
George Wilcoxen a young man entirely unacquainted with thepractical use of a
gun, expressed a desire to go out a deer-hunting.For thispurpose, he
borrowed Squire Boone's long musket, and requested Mr. Boone to load itfor
him over night, that he might lay it away for early morning use.Duringthe
evening, Miller and young Boone learning this sporting design, quietlytook
away the musket from its position, drew the ball, & put in load enough for
half a dozen ordinary charges, and carefully replaced it. On the morrow at
peep of day, Young Wilcoxen shouldered his gun and started out to try his
luck ... and after he had started, Miller and Boone began to have their
misgivings lest the over-loaded musket should burst, and kill or seriously
About sun-rise they heard a loud report, like a small cannon,some distance
off, and, soon after, much to their relief, discovered Wilcoxenapproaching
... his face all covered with blood ... nose and face badly bruised and a
deep gash in his forehead ... not of a serious character, enquired if hehad
shot at a deer and with what success? Yes, he had a pretty fair shot at a
short distance; described the glade ... but, from the mingled effects ofpain
and fear, could not tell what had become of the deer ... Miller and Boone
went to the spot indicated, and there found the deer dead. This George
Wilcoxen was a relative of John Wilcoxen, who,about this period, married
Boone's eldest sister Sarah ...
Miller and young Boone, the pranksters of the episode, were Henry Millerand
Daniel Boone. Miller, who was several years older than Daniel Boone, was
employed by Squire Boone in his gunshop. He and Daniel were closecompanions
for many years. [Note 18]
The description of George Willcockson and Daniel Boone as young suggeststhat
they were boys. Daniel Boone, who was born in 1734, would have been eight
years old in 1742. Going out to hunt alone, George Willcockson probablywas in
his early teens, perhaps born about 1730, which could make him a younger
brother of John Willcockson.
The exact date of the marriage of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone has not
been determined, but it was shortly before the 29th of the 5th month,1742.
They were married in the part of Lancaster County that became BerksCounty in
1752. The Boones were members of the Exeter Meeting of the Society ofFriends
and John Willcockson was not, so, when John and Sarah married, she and her
parents were condemned by the Quakers for her act: [Note 19]
5-29, 1742, Sarah, daughter of Squire Boone, treated with formarrying out.
5-29, 1742, Sarah Boone married out of unity with Friends, (1stoffence of
this kind). Friends appointed to speak to the father, Squire Boone.
6-26, 1742, Squire Boone declareth he did not countenance orconsent to the
marriage but confesseth himself in fault in keeping them in hishouse
after their keeping company but that he was in a great streightin not
knowing what to do, and hopeth to be more careful in the future.
It is evident, from the wording of the confession of Squire Boone to the
Friends of Exeter Meeting, that John Willcockson and Sarah Boone had been
living together in the house of her father, who admitted that he hadfailed to
keep them apart, "after their keeping company." Squire did not attempt to
dignify the relationship by saying, "after they were married." In statingthat
he, "did not countenance or consent to the marriage," Boone undoubtedlywas
saying that he did not approve of their intimacy, but that, after ithappened,
he was remiss in permitting them to continue the relationship without the
benefit of the blessings of the law or the clergy. Marriage in thisinstance
probably was spontaneous and by consent and intention, rather than byformal
ceremony; a not uncommon procedure in the wilderness, where ministers and
justices were scarce. Had a marriage been anticipated, John Willcocksoncould
have been accepted into fellowship with the Friends, by a simple requestfor
membership after professing belief in their principles. In this instanceit
appears that Squire and Sarah Morgan Boone were subject to strongercriticism
than is recorded in this portion of the church minutes, because Sarah was
pregnant when the marriage took place. The Boone family's difficultieswith
the Quakers began earlier, when Squire Boone's sister Mary married JohnWebb
in 1720, and ended when Squire's eldest son Israel married out of unity in
1747: [Note 20]
Once again the Boones fell out of harmony with the Friends.Sarah, Daniel's
eldest sister, had fallen in love with a young man named Wilcoxen, and in
1742 marriedhim though he was not a Quaker.She was promptlycensured by the
Exeter Meeting for "marrying out," as were her mother and father forallowing
it, and all three expressed contrition. But Squire Boone said, "that hewas
in a great streight in not knowing what to do, seeing he was somewhat
Sensible that they had been too Conversant before."
That Sarah and her young man had been "too Conversant" wasalready a
community rumor and, if true, a transgression the Meeting could hardly
overlook.A committee of Quaker ladies was appointed to look into the
question and counting backward, "found the truth of a former suspicionvis.,
that Sarah Wilcoxen, daughter of Squire Boone, was with child before shewas
married."The ladies listened solemnly to the paper Sarah "produced tothis
Meeting condemning the said action," then they expelled her.
It was a trying time for Squire Boone and his wife. Exeter, asmall
settlement with little enough for diversion, kept few secrets. Nor was
Sarah's their only disgrace."The Boones were active for good," theMeeting
book notes around this time, "but sometimes overcome with evil.Strongdrink,
so common, overcame one or more who had to be dealt with."
Squire began thinking about leaving Pennsylvania. And thoughtrouble with the
Friends prodded him, it was not the only reason. His free spirit,his
wanderlust, was at large again. He wanted to be where the forest wasoutside
his front door.
Obviously Squire and Sarah placed their love for their daughter, their
daughter's happiness and her love for John Willcockson, above their formal
connection with religion. It was a difficult situation, but they seem tohave
put family first and rallied together to survive against oppression.
The guides at the (now) Berks County, Pennsylvania, homestead of SquireBoone
point out that the affair of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone was one ofthe
events that drove the Boones from the Society of Friends. It was part oftheir
narration in 1980 to relate that, when Squire finally made up his mind to
leave Pennsylvania, he was so embittered by his neighbors' attitudesthat, on
the day that he left, he made a pile of all of his belongings, whichwouldn't
fit into the wagons, and burned them, rather than let his neighbors havethem.
John and Sarah Boone Willcockson apparently accompanied her family toNorth
Carolina, where John appears on the first known tax list that wascompiled in
1759. Subsequent tax lists show the presence of others of the Willcockson
family in North Carolina: [Note 21]
10-08-1761Isaac Wilcockson, John Wilcockson and son George;Benjamin
Cutbeard, Michael Beem, Peter Beem
1761 - Thomas Stillwell's List
Isaac Wilcockson, John and son George Wilcockson,Joh nWilcockson, Jr.,
John Cook, Benjamin Cutbeard
David Wilcocks, Isaac Wolcokson, John Willicokson
1772 - Johnston's District
David Wilcoxson, Isaac Wilcoxson, George Wilcoxson
1772 - Lyon's District
John Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, Jr., GeorgeWilcoxson
1778George Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson,Jr., Isaac
Wilcoxson, George Wilcoxson
1782George Wilcockson, John Wilcockson, JohnWilcockson, Jr.
1787George Wilcockson 1 male 21-60; 0 males under 21;1 female
George Wilcockson, Jr., John Wilcockson, SamuelWilcockson,
1790 Tax List - Rowan County
William Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, Sr., JohnWilcoxson, Jr.
The 1790 North Carolina tax list, which serves as a replacement for the
1790 Federal census, gives the following family groups for theWillcocksons,
resided in Salisbury District, Rowan County: [Note 22]
Wilcoxson, William3 white males over 16; 2 white malesunder 16;
2 white females; 2 slaves
John, Sen. 1 white male over 16;1 white maleunder 16;
1 white female
John, Jun. 1 white male over 16;4 white malesunder 16;
6 white females
John Willcockson (Willcoxson), Sr. was a constable in North Carolina. On15
January 1760 Jacob Hunter was appointed "in the Room of John Wilcox, Rowan
County." In 1768/9 John Willcockson was security on a bond when SamuelHall
sued George Willcockson (Wilcocks), weaver. [Note 23]
John Willcockson, Sr. was not a member of the North Carolina Assembly in1771,
stated in Burke's genealogy. John Willcox, who was a burgess to the North
Carolina Assembly, was a representative from Chatham County and the son of
Thomas Willcox of Concord, Pennsylvania, who died in North Carolina in1793. [Note 24]
The Rowan County land of Squire Boone was in the Yadkin River valley, onBear
Creek, in what is now Davie County. An historical marker denotes the siteat a
bridge over Bear Creek on US64, west of Mocksville. John Willcockson hadtwo
North Carolina grants for land on Bear Creek, which were recorded in Rowan
County on 10 October 1783: [Note 25]
The State grants (#342 at 50 shillings the 100 acres) to JohnWilcockson 640
acreson both sides Bear Creek next ----- Bentley & Thomas Maxfield.
The State grants (#337 at 50 shillings the 100 acres) to JohnWilcox 500
acres onBear Creek next Benjamin Gaither.
On 24 September 1787 John Willcockson (Wilcockson), Sr., a farmer of Rowan
North Carolina, let the deceased Abraham Weltey and his heirs have 520acres
on Bear Creek, next to Thomas Maxfield, for 300 pounds. The deed waswitnessed
by Benjamin Hodgens, Samuel Willcockson and Joseph Roland and proved bythe
last named in February 1788. [Note 26] There was no wife's signature.
John Willcockson (Wilcockson) and Elizabeth (Elibeth) Welsh witnessed adeed
September 1788 from William Hall of Rowan County, North Carolina, toWilliam
Willcockson (Wilcoxson) of Berks (Burkes) County, Pennsylvania, for 393acres
on the waters of Bear Creek, for 244 pounds current money of NorthCarolina. [Note 27]
On 20 July 1795 John Willcockson, Sr. of Rowan County, North Carolina, let
Daniel Lewis have 30 acres on Bear Creek, next to John Rowland, for 30pounds.
The deed was witnessed by Jacob Roland (sic) and Samuel Kaufman andproved by
John Hendricks in August 1801. [Note 28] There was no wife's signature.Daniel Lewis
married Hannah Willcockson who probably was a sister of John Willcockson,Sr.
On 22 July 1795 Jacob Keller let John Willcockson (Wilcoxon), both ofRowan
County, North Carolina, have 164 acres on both sides of Bear (Bare) Creek.
next to the old survey of said Keller, for 100 pounds. The deed waswitnessed
by Elijah Renshaw and William Butler and proved by the latter in August1795. [Note 29]
On 26 August 1795 John Willcockson, Sr. sold to Jacob Keller, both ofRowan
County, for 3 pounds North Carolina money, 4 acres on the east side ofBear
Creek, which was part of a State Grant to John Willcockson, Sr. The deedwas
signed by John Willcockson with his mark and was witnessed by William
Willcockson and William Butlar. [Note 30]
On 26 February 1798 John Willcockson, Sr. let William Willcockson, both of
Rowan County, North Carolina, have 165 acres on both sides of Bear Creek,next
to Jacob Keller's half-mile branch, for 575 pounds. The deed waswitnessed by
Squire Willcockson and Samuel Willcockson and proved by the latter in May
1805. [Note 31] On the same day, John Willcockson, Sr. conveyed toWilliam Willcockson,
both of Rowan County, for 150 pounds specie, 160 acres on Bear Creek,which
adjoined Rowland's old line, now Edward Parker's, and Jacob Keller's
(Keeler's) corner. The deed was signed by John with his mark andwitnessed by
Samuel Willcockson and Squire Willcockson. Samuel proved it in RowanCounty
Court in May 1805. [Note 32]
These North Carolina deed transactions, and the 1790 tax list, indicatethat
John Willcockson, Sr. was alive in 1783 and as late as 1798, whichdisproves
the claim, by some of the descendants of John Willcockson, that he waskilled
at Bryan's Station in 1782. The deeds which were proved by JohnWillcockson's
son Samuel in 1805 indicate that John probably made the deeds out to his
youngest son William in advance, but retained ownership until his death,
between 1798 and 1805, at which time the deeds were presented into court.
John and Sarah Boone Willcockson came to Kentucky in 1779, with a family
group, [Note 33]
where they apparently resided for a time at Boonesborough. [Note 34]French Tipton, an
early historian who was commissioned to prepare a history of MadisonCounty,
Kentucky, died before his collection was published. Among his collected
research material is a list of persons at Fort Boonesborough whichincludes
Sally Boone Wilcox, Billy Wilcox and Daniel Wilcoxson. [Note 35] Theresidency there by
John and Sarah Boone Willcockson is accepted by the Society ofBoonesborough. [Note 36]
If John and Sarah Boone Willcockson were in Kentucky in 1779, they musthave
returned to North Carolina before 1783, when he was involved in land
transactions there, and afterward. A letter by Jeremiah F. Willcoxen of
Canton, Illinois, who wrote to Lyman C. Draper in 1861, states in part:[Note 37]
You say you was informed that my Father was a nephew of Col.Boon. He was a
Grand nephew of Col. Boon, being a son of Samuel Willcoxen whowas a son
ofJohn and Sarah Willcoxen, formerly Sarah Boon; a sister of Col.Boon.
JohnWillcoxen & Sarah Boon was married in North Carolina (we are notin
possessionof the date.) He died in Roann County N. Carolina. Afterwhich She
removed toKentucky with her Grandson (Jesse Boon Willcoxen) withwhom she
lived till herdeath which took place in the year 1814 at the age ofabout 97
The age of 97, attributed to Sarah in 1814, cannot be correct since it
calculates to a birth year of 1717 and she was born in 1724. Her age atdeath
was given as 91 in a death notice of Daniel Boone, which, coupled with her
birth year, calculates to a death year of 1815. [Note 38]
The children of John and Sarah Boone Willcockson were identified byJeremiah
Willcockson, grandson of Samuel Willcockson, in another letter to Lyman
Draper: [Note 39]
"Postmarked" Canton, Ill.
April 18th, 1861
Mr. Draper - Dear Sir:
I received yours of the 5th inst and will proceed to answer your
questions as nearly as Mother can remember. (as we are not in
possession of the family record so far back) 1st. Grandfather had6
Brothers and 4 sisters all older than himself except one and hisname
was William. The names of the older ones were John, George, Isaac,
Daniel, Jr., Israel (Israel was killed by the Indians atBoonesborough,
Ky.) Elizabeth, she married Benjamin Cutbirth, Mary marriedWalker,
Rachel married William Bryant, Sarah married Thomas Hagans. 2ndGreat
grandfather was a native of Wales. 3rd Uncle Jesse B. Willcoxenlived
in Madison County Ky he is not living he has been dead aboutthirty five
years 4th John Willcoxen's children are none living 5thGrandfather's
Brother Daniel died in Kentucky but we do not know whether he wasthe
one you refer to or notWe do not know anything of his family.
J. F. Willcoxen
The reference to Daniel Willcockson as "Jr." undoubtedly reflects his
juniority to Daniel Boone.
Since Jesse Boone Willcockson lived in Madison County, Kentucky, that
is where Sarah Boone Willcockson died.
It was stated that Sarah Boone Willcockson (Wilcoxson), oldest sister of
Daniel Boone, died in Madison County, Kentucky, in 1815, in anapplication for
membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, but the applicant
incorrectly claimed that she was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 18
June 1724, when Berks County was not formed from Lancaster County until1752
and, furthermore, Squire Boone resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in1724.
The applicant also stated that Sarah Boone and John Willcockson(Wilcoxson)
were married in Berks County in 1742. He mistakenly claimed that John wasborn
in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1720 and declared that he was killedon 19
August 1782 in Fayette County, Kentucky, while defending Bryan's(Bryant's)
Station, and is buried in Fayette County. [Note 40] This application wasbased on the
prior membership of the applicant's grandfather [Note 41] and referenceis given to the
Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Index, 1966, and the Sons ofthe
American Revolution Magazine, Fall 1984, but the magazine article, whichdeals
with the siege of Bryan's Station and the subsequent Battle of Blue Licks,
does not mention John Willcockson.
The applicant, who descends from John and Sarah Boone Willcockson through
Hiram Bryant, son of William and Rachel Willcockson Bryant, does not have
proof of the appearance or death of John Willcockson at Bryan's Station.The
application gives the birth date of Rachel Willcockson as 1770 in Rowan
County, North Carolina, and her death date as about 1821 in CallawayCounty,
Missouri. William Bryant is shown as being born in Wales in 1739 and asdying
in Boone County, Missouri, on 06 September 1834. They were married inRowan
County in 1790. [Note 42]
After the death of Rachel Willcockson Bryant, William married (2) NancyWood. [Note 43]
It has been stated that Sarah Boone Willcockson died about 1815 in Estill
County, Kentucky. [Note 44] Estill County was formed from parts of Clarkand Madison
counties in 1808.
MARRIAGE OF SARAH (BOONE) WILCOCKSON
MOVEMENT AWAY FROM PENNSYLVANIA
Sarah Boone was a Pennsylvania Quaker, and was condemned when she marriedoutside her church t o John Willcockson.They possibly migrated to NorthCarolina with the Squire Boone family bet ween 1750 and 1758.A questionarises whether they stopped a year or two in Western Virgini a beforemoving on to North Carolina.Later they moved to Kentucky and thenreturned to Nort h Carolina.
JOHN WILCOXSON IN NORTH CAROLINA RECORDS
On 9 January 1765, Rowan County court books ordered the appointment ofoverseers for a road, w hich included John Willcox to cover the road fromthe South Yadkin to Israel Boons old place .Later in 9 May 1765, JohnWillcockson witnessed a deed by David Jones to Edmond Dedman in R owanCounty.
The March 1772 Rowan Count ordered John Luckey, Robert Johnson, SamuelLuckey, William and Jam es and Morgan Bryan, JOHN WILCOCKS, James Brown,Theops Morgan, Thomas and Will Willson and Lu ke Lee to lay off a roadfrom the road leading from Salisbury to the shoals of the Yadkin Rive r.Then they were to do the same between Second and Third Creek with thisroad running toward s Renshaws Ford on the South River, then along thedividing ridge between Rocky and Hunting C reek, until it intersectedHunting Creek, and from the head of the creek to the next ford abov eWidow Backis on the main Yadkin River, known as Samuel Bryants Bottom.
DEEDS OF JOHN WILCOCKSON
9 October 1779.#2328.John Wilcockson has a land entry requestfor 640 acres on Bea r Creek, including his improvement and the old surveyrun by James Cailer (Koller?).This i s probably State of North Carolinaland grant #342, granted 10 October 1788.
9 January 1780, Warrant.Entry #2295.John Wilcockson is granted640 acres on both si des of Bear Creek, in Rowan County, adjacent Benleyscorner and Thomas Mansfields corner.N orth Carolina Grant #959,surveyed 22 February 1783, and signed John J Wilcockson.
10 October 1783, the State of North Carolina Grant #861 titled 640acres to John Wilcock son on both sides of Bear Creek, adjacent Bentleyand Thomas Maxfield.
DEEDS MENTIONING JOHN WILCOCKSON
21 March 1780, Daniel Lewis was granted 100 acres on Bear Creekadjacent to Benjamin Ba rtley, Abraham Wiltey, John Wilcockson, and JohnMcElhaney.
1 August 1783, #2602.Thomas Maxwell was deeded 150 acres on BearCreek adjacent to Jo hn Wilcockson, Senior.
1 September 1783, Thomas Maxwell was also granted by the State#645, 327 acres on the w est side of Bear Creek adjacent John Wilcocksonand his former survey.
More About John Wilcoxson:
Date born 2: Abt. 172124678, 24679, 24680, 24681
Died 2: 1798, North Carolina.24682, 24683, 24684, 24685
Record Change: January 28, 200324686, 24687
Tax roll: 1759, ,, North Carolina Colony.24688, 24689, 24690, 24691
More About John Wilcoxson and Sarah Boone:
Marriage: 1742, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania.24692, 24693, 24694, 24695
Children of John Wilcoxson and Sarah Boone are:
- +Daniel Wilcoxson, b. March 13, 1754, Rowan Co, North Carolina24696, 24697, 24698, 24699, 24700, d. June 16, 1837, Shelby Co, Kentucky24701, 24702, 24703, 24704.
- +William "Red" Willcockson Sr., b. 1756, Rowan Co., NC24705, 24706, 24707, d. October 1830, Barren Co., KY24708, 24709, 24710.