Old Chester, PA: Biographical Sketches
(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
Years in parentheses are years of service as a Director of The Bank of Delaware County and/or The Delaware County National Bank
John Willcox (1815-25), son of Mark and Anna Mary (Croffman) Willcox, was born at Ivy Mills, Concord, Delaware county, April 15, 1789. In June, 1811, he was admitted into partnership with his father in the manufacture of paper at Ivy Mills. He was one of the commissioners of banking for the district of Delaware county, appointed by the Legislature in the Act of March 21, 1814. In the fall of that year a troop of horse was raised in Delaware county, and when the British fleet and army threatened Philadelphia, Willcox, with his command, was in service at Camp Gaines, Marcus Hook, for nearly three months, until honorably discharged. He was elected County Commissioner in 1816, and, in 1826, was one of the committee appointed "to ascertain the number, extent and capacity of the manufactories, mills, and unimproved mill sites in the County of Delaware."
John Willcox died at Ivy Mills, July 16, 1826, aged 37 years and 3 months.
At the meeting of manufacturers and citizens in the Court House, Chester, August 5, 1826, Hon. George G. Leiper offered the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:
"Resolved, That this meeting regrets the loss the county of Delaware has sustained by the decease of John Willcox, Esq., one of her most public spirited and respected citizens, and begs leave respectfully to offer to the family their condolence on this melancholy occasion.
"Resolved, That a copy of this resolution, signed by the chairman and secretary, be delivered to his venerable father, and three copies be enclosed to Mrs. Willcox, one for herself, the others to be handed by her in proper season to her children."
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: