Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, M.A., compiler and publisher, Wilcoxson and Allied Families (Willcockson, Wilcoxen, Wilcox), privately printed by Commercial Service, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1958.
"During the colonial period thousands of Scotch-Irish and German immigrants made their way down the 'Great Wagon Road' from Pennsylvania into the piedmont region where they met the Trading Path which carried them across the Yadkin into Rowan County. These land-hungry racial groups fanned out in all directions taking up generous offers of land made by the McCulloh Land Company and the Earl of Granville. As the land became settled, Salisbury continued for many years serve as the outpost of civilization to these immigrants. Here was located the nearest court center, the nearest land office, the only stores where merchandise could be purchased, and the center for all social contact in the western part of the colony. In 1765 Gov. Tryon reported that more than 1,000 wagons passed through Salisbury in a year.
"By 1790 it was the only county in the State to have a population of 15,000. Among these were the sturdy ancestors of Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson, Senator Alben Barkley, Pres. James R. Polk, and such bold spirits as Kit Carson and David Crockett. Other notables were born, have lived, or were educated here: Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boone, Gov. William R. Davie, Gen. William Lee Davidson, Gov. Alexander Martin, . . . who lived adjacent to them."
Migration from Rowan Co., N. C. by way of Wilderness Road to the vast wild lands of Kentucky began about 1775 and the Boones, Willcocksons and many others followed the long, perilous trail to build new homes in what was still part of Virginia.
R. S. Cotterill in "History of Pioneer Kentucky," 1917, (pp. 25-27) writes of the endurance and character of these pioneers, as follows:
"It was from the Shenandoah Valley of the backwoods and the frontiers of Caroline, that the mass of settlers came . . . . In the men of the Yadkin and the Shenandoah there was found a type capable of doing the work of settling Kentucky . . . . men of the most rugged mold . . . . So clearly did their fitness display itself in the history of early Kentucky that we are prone to designate them in the phrase that Filson applied to Boone 'as instruments ordained to settle the wilderness' . . . . By far the strongest motive in the early settlement of Kentucky and at the beginning practically the only one was the love of adventure."
Some descendants have joined the Daughters of the American Revolution on the service of John Wilcoxson as an Indian Fighter in Colonial times.
A list of the children of John and Sarah (Boone) Willcockson was given in a letter by Jeremiah Wilcoxen, grandson of Samuel Willcockson, to Lyman C. Draper. (Draper Mss 23 CC 49)
"Postmarked" Canton, Ill.
April 18th, 1861
Mr. Draper - Dear Sir:
I received yours of the 5th inst and will proceed to answer your questions as nearly as Mother can remember. (as we are not in possession of the family record so far back)
1st. Grandfather had 6 Brothers and 4 sisters all older than himself except one and his name was William. The names of the older ones were John, George, Isaac, Daniel Jr., Israel (Israel was killed by the Indians at Booneborough, Ky.) Elizabeth, she married Benjamin Cutbirth, Mary married Walker, Rachel married William Bryant, Sarah married Thomas Hagans.
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