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:


Prudence Slater's Will

Here is a copy of Prudence [nee Doyle Willcox] Slater's will. In it she wills her grand daughter Prudence, daughter of her son John, 60 dollars to be given when she is 18 years of age. The executors are Thomas, John, and Mark Willcox.

From my research I know that Thomas and John are her sons; Mark is her brother-in-law. The date of the will is May 1799; Prudence Willcox (later Kartchner) was born in Dec. 1787, so she was 12 years old when Prudence wrote her will. The will was proved in 1801; she would have been 15 by then, so not "eligible" for her inheritance yet. She doesn't give any other grandchild a specific amount....so I have started thinking about their relationship and how they must have been close. She was obviously a favorite, maybe due partly to the shared name...

Here's my thoughts. You would think that Prudence would have received the money easily enough...it would have been in 1805 that she turned 18 and all the executors (or at least John and Mark) were still alive. It's interesting, this matter of an inheritance, because Wm. D. writes that around 1817-1818 his father (John Christopher Kartchner) thought of "entering suit against Mr. Wilcox for his wife's part of an estate in Philadelphia left to his children by Mr. Wilcox" that she apparently hadn't received. Prudence's father died in 1818 and I have not yet found a will. Maybe she was supposed to receive money from her father and never got it. Or, was this the matter of the 60 dollars from her grandmother, still not taken care of? Hmm.

I'm just trying to use this information to look for more documents.

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