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:


James White Family

James White, merchant, of Philadelphia, born in 1704, married, in 1747, Ann Willcox, daughter of Thomas Willcox, of Concord [now Ivy Mills], Chester County, Pa. He died February 8th, 1770, and was buried in St. Mary's Graveyard, Philadelphia, in a vault of stone, near the western wall, towards Locust Street.

His son, James, born June 16th, 1749, was educated at the Jesuit College St. Omers, in French Flanders. He became a Doctor of Physick at Middletown, County of Chester. In 1787 he came to Philadelphia and had pew, with his uncle, Mark Willcox, in St. Mary's. In 1790 he moved to vicinity of Fayetteville, South Carolina, later to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1799 moved to Attakapas, near New Orleans, Louisiana. He was appointed judge of Western Louisiana. Died at St. Martinsville, La., and is buried there. His son, Edward Douglass White, born at Nashville, March, 1795, was in 1799, taken with his father to Louisiana, but studied law at the University of Tennessee, was elected to Congress from Louisiana for three terms, 1829-1834; resigned to take place of Governor of the State, in which he served 1834-1838. In 1839, again elected to Congress and served four years. He died at New Orleans, April, 1847.

He married Miss Catharine Sidney Ringgold, of Georgetown, D. C. Their son, Edw. D. White, was United States Senator from Louisiana, and is now a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. [Records A. C., H. S. (Jos. Willcox) Vol VI, No. 4, Dec., 1895.]

All these Whites kept the Catholic faith - an unusual circumstance with Colonial families.

From The American Catholic historical researches, Volumes 1-2 edited by Martin Ignatius Joseph Griffin, Villiam Leo Joseph Griffin p. 89 at this link: http://books.google.com/books?id=fImHm8tU4wIC&pg=PA89&dq=mark+willcox&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ioZ8T7PnC7HViAKWudCJDg&ved=0CFAQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=mark%20willcox&f=false

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