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.

Birth date discrepencies


In 1904, Joseph Willcox  wrote a sketch about the Willcox family—including a section about James Willcox and Prudence Doyle. The sketch was published in The Records of the American Catholic Society.


In 1911, he compiled this and several other sketches into a book “Ivy Mills, 1729-1866: Willcox and Allied Families.”


As far as James and Prudence are concerned, there are some interesting differences between the two accounts, mainly in the birth order of the children. In the 1904 account, Ann was born first (1754), John second (1756), and Thomas third (1758). In the 1911 version, however, a different date is given for Ann’s birth (1760), placing her as the third child with John as the oldest.

(Interestingly, a tombstone inscription included in the same 1911 publication says that Ann “departed this life on the 23d of November 1821, at sea, aged 63 years,” which would put her birth date in 1758 and make her two years older than her husband John Cassin, born 1760.)


There are definitely discrepancies in the birth order. Which is correct? (Interesting side note: in Prudence Doyle Willcox (Slater)'s will, she lists her children in the following order: Thomas, John, James, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary and Sibby.) For copy of will click HERE:

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