Wilcox Family Genealogy
My grandmother Kate (Harriett Wood) was a story teller. Names and anecdotes about people in our family would roll off her tongue as though they had happened yesterday. Some she knew from her experience and some of the stories she passed on as in an oral tradition. Stories about the family that happened before any of us were born. She spoke of the Wilcox family - the Wilcox's - as part of the Wood family history in the same breath and phrase as though the two families were one unit: the Woods-and-Wilcox's. She told us that the Woods-and-Wilcox's had walked from Connecticut to Pennsylvania. She didn't say when and she never said why. I never thought to ask. I was simply mesmerized by her tales.
Growing up, we never knew any Wilcox's, so they were a mystery. Later, maybe when I was in my late teens and began to take an interest in our family history, my mother told me that Julia Etta Wilcox was my grandfather Forrest's mother - my great-grandmother. She had married my great-grandfather Nathaniel Wood. My mother even produced a photograph of her.
While searching for information on our family I found documentation supporting the story Kate told of the Woods-and-Wilcox's coming to Pennsylvania from Connecticut. Whether or not they walked is not confirmed. In A History of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania By Alfred Mathews, [published R.T. Peck & Company, 1886, Monroe County, PA.] we can read on page 472: "On the farm of D. W. Wilcox, another of the pioneers of this section of the township, is the largest elm-tree in the county." This is probably Darius Whitman Wilcox, grandfather of Julia Etta Wilcox. See the Wilcox genealogy. Darius Wilcox and Sophronia Simmons had a son (also named Darius) born in 1832, in Ashford Connecticut, where Sophronia had been born. By the late 1830s the Wilcox family had moved to Damascus township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. The Wood family, led by Stephen Wood, had also moved to Wayne county about the same time. Stephen Wood's grand-son, Nathaniel, married Darius Wilcox's grand-daughter, Julia Etta Wilcox. Their oldest son, Forrest, is our grandfather. In 1902 Emma Jane Rosevear emigrated from England to Beach Lake, Wayne county. Her daughter, my grandmother Kate, met and married Forrest Wood, Julia Etta Wilcox's oldest son.
Map showing elm tree on Darius Wilcox farm, Damascus township from Map of Wayne County, PA published 1860. Held at Library of Congress. Also, the saw mill of Joseph Wood, Thomas Boyd and the Mitchell family.
Julia Etta Wilcox: born: 12 January 1871, Damascus, PA; died: 25 April 1920, Damascus, PA. Find a Grave
Married: Nathaniel Lyon Wood
Children: 1. Forrest N. Wood, born June 1890, PA
2. Arbutus (Arty) Wood, born October 1893, PA.
3. Searle Wood, born April, 1896, PA
4. Nathaniel (Nathan) Wood, born May 1898, PA
5. Floyd Wood
6. Edwin Wood
7. Gladys Wood
8. Ralph Wood (died in infancy)
John Truman Wilcox: born: 17 October 1838, Wayne Co., PA; died: 20 October 1920, Damascus, PA
Married: Francis Elizabeth Winkler (b. 1845, Wayne Co. PA)
Children: 1. Dora
2. Julia Etta: born: 12 January 1871
Darius Whitman Wilcox: born: 1798, Blacktown, Kent, Rhode Island; died: 1867 Damascus, PA
Married: Sophronia Simmons (b. 11 Jan. 1804, Ashford, Windham, CT)
Children: 1. Darius (born 1832, Ashford, CT)
4. John Truman (born 17 Oct. 1838, Boyds Mills, PA)
George Wilcox : born: 26 January 1781, West Greenwich, Rhode Island; died: 1860, Damascus, PA
Married: Hannah Whitman (b. 1781, West Greenwich, RI)
Children: 1. Darius Whitman
Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1639-1899
Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Arnold, James Newell. Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636–1850. 21 volumes. Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1891–1912. Digitized images from New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
Name: George Wilcox
Birth Date: 26 Jan 1781
Birth Place: Rhode Island, USA
Father Name: Abner Wilcox
Mother Name: Comfort Wilcox
Page Number: 116
1850 Fed Census Damascus Township, Wayne County, PA
1840 Fed Census Damascus Township, Wayne County, PA
1830 Fed Census Damascus Township, Wayne County, PA
1810 Fed Census Damascus Township, Wayne County, PA
Map of Wayne County, PA; Philadelphia : M.S. & E. Converse, 1860. Library of Congress
Death Certificate: John Truman Wilcox
See family tree here: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/40571250/family?cfpid=20449800114 . Thanks to dsinur for building this family tree in Ancestry.com
A History of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties, PennsylvaniaBy Alfred Mathews, published R.T. Peck & Company, 1886, Monroe County, PA.