"Mark Willcox, of Concord, Chester County, and Thomas Lilly, of York County, were, on June 23rd, 1776, appointed by the Provincial Conference of Pennsylvania Judges of Election for members of the State Convention to be held July 8th. They were Catholics, and probably, the first in Pennsylvania to be appointed to a civil position. Prior to the Revolution all officials had to take an oath framed by the Parliament of England, which no Catholic could take, and so were debarred throughout all the Colonies as well as in England."
From The American Catholic historical researches, Volumes 1-2 edited by Martin Ignatius Joseph Griffin, Villiam Leo Joseph Griffin p. 83 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
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.