A place to gather and share information about the Thomas Willcox and Elizabeth Cole Willcox Family of Ivy Mills, PA. For more information see the Home page link above or contact Deniane Kartchner at Denianek@gmail.com. My husband is a descendant of Thomas and Elizabeth's son James who married Prudence Doyle. Their son John's daughter Prudence married John Christopher Kartchner.

Note: This is a work in progress! I am trying to verify everything before I post, but feel free to send me corrections and/or suggestions. It’s also not a complete history of Ivy Mills or a website for current operations, although I will gladly try to answer any questions and/or lead you to the right information.

I'm currently working on tracing this family back to England through this link:


Article about the history of writing materials includes Willcox paper mill

Paper And Quill

This is a great article describing the history of paper making and other writing materials. 

Excerpt: In America the first paper mill was built in 1690 by William Rittenhouse and William Bradford, on Wissahickon Creek, which is now in Fairmount Park within the city of Philadelphia. The mill was largely to supply the needs of Bradford, who had set up a printing press in Philadelphia and wished to have an independent source of paper, which had previously all been imported. The mill was destroyed by a flood in 1701, but was rebuilt in 1702 and was in use until 1730....The success of the Rittenhouse mill encouraged others to go into the business and a second mill was built not far from the first in 1710 by Wm. De Wees, and a third, the Willcox mill, was established in 1729 about 20 miles from Philadelphia. 


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