John Willcockson Jr.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death unknown
Franklin, Howard County, Missouri, USA
Burial Franklin, Howard County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 61220959 View Source
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Son of John Willcockson, Sr., and Sarah Boone.

I try to use the "original" spelling of Willcockson, or slight variations, as seen on many of each individual's documents during their time. The spelling of "Wilcoxson" is considered by some as the "modern" spelling. However, many families still use "Willcockson." My direct line uses neither of the above spellings.

John married Sarah Notson before 1780, in Rowan Co., NC, as some of their children were born there before that year. Their first child was born about 1775.

So far, there is no proof of John's or Sarah's dates of births or deaths.

John Jr. was still in North Carolina, listed with his own family on tax lists as late as the 1790 Census.

Mary Willcockson (m. Jul. 24, 1805-John Mathews)
Isaac Willcockson abt. 1777-1835 (m. Rebecca White)
Daniel Willcockson (had family in 1830)
William Willcockson 1779-1864 (m. Mary Jane "Polly" England)
Israel Willcockson 1783-1841 (m. Mary "Polly" Fleming)
Martha Willcockson 1785-adult (never married)
John Wilcockson III, 1790-in or aft. 1870 (1m. Adah Lander) (2m. Harriet Price)
Amos Willcockson 1792-1871 (m. Lavina "Vina" Dawson)
David Wilcockson 1794-1882 (m. Nancy Johnson)

Mrs. Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, M. A., author of "Wilcoxson and Allied Families (Willcockson, Wilcoxen, Wilcox)," states that a lineage sheet shows John married to Sarah Notson in 1780, near Lexington, KY. She states she found no marriage record at the time of her book published in 1958. It is also believed by some that Sarah's maiden name may not have been spelled "Notson."

Grandson, Richmond Rogers Willcockson, author of the above stated marriage date and location, compiled a list of their children, found at the Pennsylvania Historical Society in a drawer of manuscript and typescript files known as the "Meherrin Collection." This collection is still at the Society, but is no longer under this description.

Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution: Missouri-Patriot-Graves.pdf - Revolutionary War Soldiers in Missouri:
"Wilcoxson (Willcoxson), John (Jr.), b. ca 1744 PA, d. after 1830 Howard Co., MO, bur. on farm, serv. KY, m. Sarah Notson."

John Jr. was on the 1820 Tax Record for Clark Co., KY, and soon settled in Howard Co., MO. He and Sarah were listed in the 1830 Census for Howard County, and died afterwards at "very old ages."

John and Sarah were buried on the "family farm," according to descendant, Miss Eva May Peeler, not far from the Peeler farm. Their grave markers were later "trampled by cattle, and their graves plowed by farming."

(I have intentionally not entered his wife, Sarah, on Find a Grave, as her data and the date of their marriage is unknown.)

My two-cents worth:
John Willcockson, Sr. built a home in Mocksville, Rowan Co., NC. Gordon Tomlinson wrote in his article: "200-Year-Old House," posted online by The Willcockson Society, that Armand Daniel purchased the house in 1955.

While remodeling, Mr. Daniel found a brick from one of the house's two chimneys with a carved date of "Feb. 2, 1719." Mr. Daniel assumed the date could be John Sr.'s birth date.

Another source: "Linville families 7 September 2012," notes by Patricia Curl Dowden, gg daughter of Person 3 Alice Bryant:" states that "John Wilcox or John Wilcoxon" was born Feb. 4, 1719 in Berks Co., PA, and was christened 6 Sep. 1720 Berks Co., PA.

The following description of John Willcockson was contributed by his great-grandchildren in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Fulton Co., IL, 1890":
"John Willcockson was born in Wales and upon coming to America, settled in North Carolina, where he was occupied as a farmer and mechanic. He is reputed to have been the possessor of marked genius, and was endowed with strong faculties and a generous heart."

The above location of birth in Wales has been ignored by many in order to reconcile the following:

Circumstantial evidence indicates that John's parents were George Willcockson and Elizabeth Powell. The couple was married (documented) on "Feb./April 15, 1719," during a Radner Quaker Meeting in Chester Co., PA. George died without a will, and although there were children, there was only one proven child named Mary. Those who presume the relationship of John Sr. to George and Elizabeth, use family associations to show the probability that John Sr. and George and Elizabeth were related.

John Sr. was not a Quaker (why not?), as were his so-called parents, George and Elizabeth, but was called a "worldling" or "outsider" by the Quakers, when he married Sarah Boone.

Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, M.A., compiler and publisher of "Wilcoxson and Allied Families (Willcockson, Wilcoxen, Wilcox)," privately printed by Commercial Service, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1958, p. 16, includes a letter written by Jeremiah Wilcoxen, grandson of Samuel Willcockson, to Lyman C. Draper, postmarked Canton, Ill. April 18th, 1861, in which he clearly states that his "Great grandfather (John Sr.) was a native of Wales."

If you have **documented** proof to add or correct, please contact me!

Gravesite Details There is no longer a grave site for John or Sarah.


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  • Created by: Janet de la Peña
  • Added: 6 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 61220959
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Willcockson Jr. (1744–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial ID 61220959, citing John Willcockson Jr Family Farm Cemetery, Franklin, Howard County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Janet de la Peña (contributor 47119472) .