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:


Why were Thomas and Elizabeth married in the Old Swedes church?

A great explanation comes from Joseph Willcox, writing about the Willcox family in the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, Volume 15, p. 428:

"Living eighteen miles from Philadelphia, Thomas Willcox did not often attend church in that city. Until the station was established at his house, no opportunity was afforded, unless incidentally, for Catholics to be married by a priest in the vicinity of Philadelphia. In 1727, Thomas Willcox was married to Elizabeth Cole, of Chester, by Herr Samuel Hessellius, pastor of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) church, in Wilmington, Delaware, and the marriage was registed at that church, as usual, in the Swedish language (translated and published by the Historical Society of Delaware).

In the list of marriages by Pastor Hessellius, the following occurs: "Married June 3d, 1727, Thomas Wilcocks and Elizabeth Kohl" [Cole]."

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