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:


Willcoxes in the History of Philadelphia

They are extremely valuable in sorting out "who's who" in the Willcox family and especially identifying the following photo:

Thomas Willcox, founder of Ivy Mills in 1729, apparently had three sons: 
John - left Pennsylvania and went to North Carolina. John's son, John, Jr. went on to Georgia and Telfair County. 
James - stayed in Pennsylvania, didn't help with business management at Ivy Mills but instead managed his own paper mill in Ridley Creek until his death in 1769
Mark - managed the family business at Ivy Mills and upon his father's death inherited the mill which he left to his posterity: 

"James M." in the photo above is Mark Willcox's son and Thomas Willcox's grandson. James M.'s sons Mark, James and Joseph are great-grandsons of Thomas Willcox. If I translated correctly....  

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting to see these photos of the Willcox men. We lived in the house on Polecat Road as renters in the 1970's. Mildred Willcox, the owner of the house at the time, told us that when they built the house, the stairway was built extra wide as the owner of the house was a very large man and they knew carrying his casket down the stairs would be a challenge if the stairs weren't built to wide enough.