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.

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Wilcox family 'extremely good to the Irish'

I found the following biography online that mentions the Willcox family. 

"James J. Tinneny, said that he believed the reason his great-grandfather John changed his name from Spillane to Spence was to better fit in when he went to England from Ireland to apprentice as a papermaker.   
He must have learned his trade well since the first job that he had after landing in America [1850's] was in the employ of the Wilcox family who James believed had a paper mill in Glen Riddle Pennsylvania.  The Wilcox family were socially and financially important in the Diocese of Philadelphia and were extremely good to the Irish...."


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  1. My Great Grandfather William Wilcox of Cordova Illinios (1840s -1880) always employed Irish immigrants.
    a Tooley family and a Mr. Sullivan come to mind. - James Wilcox

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