Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, M.A., compiler and publisher, Wilcoxson and Allied Families (Willcockson, Wilcoxen, Wilcox), privately printed by Commercial Service, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1958.
heirs. Brother Joseph Wilcox, sole executor." Signed 17 Feb. , 1693/4; prob. 24 Nov 1694. Witnesses: Griffith Jones, John DuPlouvys, Jno Moore, Albertus Brandt. This will indicates that he left no widow nor children.
2. Joseph Wilcocks, b. 1669; d. 1720/21; m. 25 Jan., 1687, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Ann Powell, b. ca 1665, dau. of Joan Powell, widow, who later married Griffith Griffiths. See Ann Wilcocks' will below.
3. Hester Wilcocks, b. 30 June, 1663; buried 6 July, 1702; m. (1) Philip James of Bristol, Eng.; m. (2) Edward Shippen, as his 2nd or 3rd wife. He d. 2 Oct., 1712. The will of Philip James, Philadelphia Co., dated 31 March, 1702; proven 1 July, 1702 designates him as merchant, and names his wife, Esther, who was then "with child" and daughters, Abigail and Sarah. His wife was named sole executrix and brother Joseph Wilcocks and Friends John Kaighn and Charles Read, trustees. Witnesses: John Guest, Samuel Powell, David Lloyd.
4. Hannah Wilcocks, m. 28 Aug., 1692, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, John Rhoads. Among the many witnesses were her mother, Sarah, her sister, Esther, and her brother, Joseph and his wife, Ann. No list of their children was found but one was mentioned: Barnabas Rhoads.
5. Abigail Wilcocks, b. 28 July, 1679; m. 31 Nov., 1700, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Samuel Powell. Among the witnesses were William Penn and Joseph, Rachel, Ann and Rebecca Willcocks. Their children were Ann, Samuel, Jr., Deborah and Sarah Powell.
6. Rachel Wilcocks, the youngest.
The will of William Freeland is significant as the Freeland and Willcockson families are friends and neighbors 100 years later in Rowan Co., No. Car. and perhaps more closely related than evidence has indicated. William Freeland's will, signed 23 Feb., 1697/8; proved 18 March, 1697/8, names wife Esther and daughters Susanna and Rebecca, under age; appoints wife sole executrix and requests "brother Joseph Wilcox to assist her." Witnesses: Charles Sober, John Craven, John McComb, and Joseph Wilcox.
This introduces a question: Did William Freeland marry a sister of Joseph Wilcocks' wife or was he the first husband of Esther (Hester) Wilcocks, the blood sister of Joseph?
It is the will of Ann Wilcocks, widow of Joseph, which provided the first clue for the probable parents of John and George Willcockson, two of the subjects of this book.
Ann Wilcox, Bristol, County of Philadelphia, widow; dated 14 May, 1730/1; probated 12 April, 1734. Executors: Sarah Branson and Ann Phillips. Devisees: Gr-dau Rebecca Phillips, friend Jenkin Jones, bro. Joseph Jones, gr-son Wilcox Phillips, Cousins Daniel Wilcox, Elizabeth Ballard (Pollard), Ann Jones. Joseph Wilcocks, son of Joseph and Ann had died young, being buried 16 Nov., 1695.
Christ Church, Philadelphia
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