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:


Wilcox in American Antiquarian Society

Following are six pages from the 1922 edition of the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society. Of interest to me is the description of Thomas Willcox arriving in America in 1712 at the age of 23, and his being from Staffordshire, England. It also gives a description of what he did for 14 years before establishing Ivy Mills. I don't know where William McCulloch the writer got his information, and this publication came out after Joseph Willcox published "Ivy Mills, Willcox and Allied Families." It's very interesting, though, and worth considering.

I can see that some information on James is incorrect, which of course, casts some doubt on the info I have just described.  "James, a son of Thomas, built a mill on Ridley creek, Providence township, a few miles from his father's, about the year 1767. He continued from 10 to 15 years, and then died. This mill is now owned by Wm. Levis, sen. It was converted into a cotton factory in the fall of 1813." (Correction: James Willcox died in 1769, although technically the mill was still "his," kept in the family until it sold to John Lungren and later Wm. Levis.)

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