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.

James Willcox and Indentured Servants

Following are entries in the Pennsylvania Gazette--found and submitted to me by a family member. Thanks, Jim! They are very valuable in my opinion because they add to the records showing James Willcox, son of Thomas Willcox, in Upper Providence, PA. (His mill was established on Ridley Creek.) They also show his status as a "master" and the Willcox's affiliation with Irish workers.  The entries also encourage me to get a sound understanding of the indentured servant system at the time (which I think will help so much as I interpret other documents.)


Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette 
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: August 14, 1766
Title: FIVE POUNDS Reward.
FIVE POUNDS Reward. RUN away from the Subscriber, living near Chester, on Delaware, an indented Servant Man, named James Fennell, about five Feet ten Inches high, twenty Years of Age, has a thinish Face, down Looks, brown Hair, lost one of his fore Teeth, walks wide, and has a Kind of rocking in his Gait, like one that is just come from Sea: took with him, a blue Cloth Coat, the Lining torn, a brown Saggathy Coat, with a Rent in the Back, a figured brown Velvet Jacket, two white Shirts, one Check Ditto, a new Pair of Check Trowsers, three or four Pair of Stockings, and a Pair of Shoes almost new. It is supposed he will steal a Horse (being an arrant Thief) and make towards the Frontiers, forge a Pass, and change his Clothes; he is a sly still Fellow, looks like country born, tho'he came from the West of Ireland last Fall, where he was advertised, with a large Reward. Whoever takes up and secures said Fennel, so as he may be had again, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by
JAMES WILLCOX.

Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette 
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: November 12, 1767
Title: RUN away from the Subscriber, in Providence, Chester County,
RUN away from the Subscriber, in Providence, Chester County, an Irish Servant Lad, named Timothy Gafny, 19 Years of Age, of middle Stature, fresh coloured, has grey Eyes, wear his own light coloured Hair, speak good English, writes a good Hand, and may perhaps forge a Pass. He wears an old Castor Hat, broken brimmed, a light brown Thickset Fustian Coat, without Buttons, a Claret coloured Broadcloth Jacket, and white Flannel double breasted Jacket, with black Spots; a new homespun Shirt marked, W M on the Sleeve Gusset, leather Breeches, two Pair Yarn Stockings, and new Shoes, with large Metal Buckles in them. Whoever secures said Servant, so that his Master may have him again, shall have THREE POUNDS Reward and reasonable Charges, paid by JAMES WILLCOX.

Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette 
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: December 10, 1767
Title: FIVE POUNDS Reward.
FIVE POUNDS Reward. RUN away from the Subscriber, in Providence, Chester County, an Irish Servant Lad, named Timothy Gafny, 19 Years of Age, of middle Stature, fresh coloured, has grey Eyes, wears his own light coloured hair, speaks good English, writes a good Hand and may perhaps forge a Pass. He wears an old castor Hat, broken brimmed, a light brown Thickset Fustian Coat, without Buttons, a Claret coloured Broadcloth Jacket, and white Flannel double breasted Jacket, with black Spots; a new homespun Shirt, marked W. M. on the Sleeve Gusset, leather Breeches, two Pair yarn Stockings, and new Shoes, with large Metal Buckles in them. Whoever secures said Servant, so that his Master may have him again, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by JAMES WILLCOX.

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