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:



1.   John – b. about 1756; buried 1 Oct 1818; m. Sarah Walton, of Scotland. He was a hatter, and lived and died in Middletown, Del. Co, Pa.
Children: William, James, John, Prudence, Sarah and Ann[1]
William b. 1778, d. ? Married “Mrs Wilcox”, daughter Cathrin Willcox (1817-) I have found a William Wilcox in Lycoming, Burlington Twp, PA in the 1810 census. That is the only listing as head of household in PA. Nothing in the 1820 for PA.  6 Williams in the 1860 census in PA.
James b. 1785, d. 1886 – married Sarah Bicking 1812. He married Elizabeth Morford 13 May 1861.
John [2] b. 1792, d. 1882
“The three boys became famous for paper making”[3]
Prudence – John C. Kartchner (Christopher)
          Caroline – b. 11 Oct 1810
          Peter Wooliver – b. 29 Aug 1812
          Margaret – b. 9 Jul 1814.  “She married James Webb, a Yorkshireman and blacksmith, contrary to the wishes of her father’s family.”
          John C. – b. 13 Nov. 1816
Mark – b. 18 Apr 1818, d. 23 Apr. 1818
William Decatur – b. 4 May 1820 at Hartfordtown, Montgomery Co. Penn.
Sarah Ann – b. 7 Sep 1823.
Sarah – “Married to a Mr. Ellis, lived in Philadelphia until about the year 1830”[4]
b. 1789, d. 1830
Ann – “A virtuous old maid… who lived and died at the house of her sister, Prudence, aged about forty, at a place called Manayunk, six miles west of Philadelphia” b. 1781 d. 1821

[1] Wm Decatur’s journal.

[2] From Wm. D. diary: “About this time [Sept 1823, when Sarah Ann was born] John C. moved his family to Manayunk and shortly after John Wilcox, my Mother's youngest brother, came from Bucks Co., Penn. to visit the family. He was a young man and a great musician. He had three instruments, violin, clarinet and flute, which was very amusing to me and I think brightened up the dull scenes of our home considerable.
My father worked in the Manayunk Mills and my uncle, also a paper maker, worked with him and lived with my father. It was common for men to work by piece and would generally complete their day's work by two or three o'clock and then amuse the family with the sweet strains of music of evenings. My mother also worked in the paper mill in the room called the soup picking paper and had her baby [Sarah Ann] under the bench and a touch with her foot would keep it quiet in a kind of box cradle.”
[3] Wm. Decatur Kartchner journal.

[4] The following info is from Family Search: Sarah Wilcox married George Ellis about 1810 in Middletown Township, Delaware, PA – one child listed: Elizabeth Ann Ellis (1829-)

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