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The Log House That John Built:

The John and Sarah (Boone) WILLCOCKSON Home in Mocksville, North Carolina

Part 1

The following article written by Gordon Tomlinson appeared in the Salisbury Sunday Post, page 1B, August 3, 1975. It is under copyright and may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. The Willcockson Society is grateful to the author and the publication for allowing us to make it available on our website to the many descendants of John and Sarah (Boone) Willcockson.

Pat Frunzi, a descendant of John & Sarah's daughter, Sarah Willcockson Hagans, kindly transcribed this article for us exactly as it appeared in the newspaper. Pat is a co-founder and current board member of the Willcockson Society.

Please note: The sources and authenticity of the information in this article are not known to us at this time. It is, however, a very intriguing read!

200-Year-Old House
Davie County Family Restores
Log House of Historical Note

By Gordon Tomlinson

          The oldest original log house remaining in Davie County, which was built more than 200 years ago by John Wilcoxson who married Sarah Boone, daughter of Squire Boone and sister to Daniel Boone, has for the past 15 years been the home of Mr. And Mrs. Armand "Punch" Daniel and children.
          Just as many people trace their family tree, Daniel has spent a great deal of time going through old records, deeds, and tracing down every piece of information on the house and surrounding land believed to have been one of the first settlements in Mocksville.
          Armand Daniel bought the land from Grier in 1955 and at the time says he was not aware of the historical value of the house. Since discovering this, he began a project of restoring it. He has used all the old original lumber from barns and outbuildings on the place for the doors, cabinets and even some pieces of furniture in the house.
[Photo: exterior view, 50-foot log]
          It's quite exciting to visualize the life style of so far in the past. In the original portion of the house is a large 17 x 33 feet room where they cooked, ate, and the adults slept. For a room this size, the planks used in the floor were wide enough that only 14 were used and the floor measures three inches thick.
[Photo: interior view]
          Although the Daniel home has taken on a new look and been enlarged considerably over the years, the huge hand-hewn logs in the original portion of the house are just as solid as they were two centuries ago.
          The children all slept in the big attic room, which was also thought to be built for protection from the Indians. There is a door, which opens to the narrow staircase and the only entrance to the upstairs. There is no windows [sic] and when the early settlers suffer an Indian attack it was possible that one man, with enough ammunition, could hold them off indefinitely.
[Photos: the kitchen area and the staircase]

NARROWSTAIR

          The staircase was hardly wide enough for more than one man at a time and the steps began high off the floor. The settlers used a stool, Daniel says, to reach the first step and by taking the stool upstairs with them made it a little more difficult for the Indians. The original portion of the house was apparently built to serve as a fortress. The latch on the door to the stairs is original and Mrs. Daniel says, "shows the 200 years of wear."
          According to Daniel's findings, John Wilcoxson and Sarah Boone Wilcoxson sold the house in 1787, after raising 11 children here, to Abraham Welty who in 1788 sold to John Rowland.
          John N. Clement, a Mocksville lawyer, owned the land in 1868 and sold to a Dr. Taylor, dentist, in 1869. For 76 years Taylor heirs owned the house and land and in 1945 sold out to Tenneson Lowery, who sold to Grier Cotton Gin Co., Statesville in 1948.
          Rowland sold the house on March 19, 1796 to Edward Parker, Mr. Daniel's great-great-great grandfather, who later sold to his son, Turner Parker.
          In 1833 Parker remodeled the house and added two more rooms, one downstairs and one upstairs, basically like the two original. This was done after the birth of his eighth child according to Mr. Daniel's records.
          The walls to the 1833 addition are 22 inches thick and studded with hand carved 2 x 6ıs. There is also a built in corner cupboard in the downstairs room which is the only original piece of furniture.
          The house stayed in the Parker family until 1868 when he or his heirs lost it. Daniel says he traced back into history to find that one of the grandsons killed a man nearby and it took all the land from all the Parkers "to pay him out of it."
          Daniel's documented proof shows the original house was built between 1752 and 1756 by Wilcoxson.
          He has built a spacious kitchen, five bedrooms and an office all from old lumber some dating back as old as the original house itself. The furnishing are primarily antiques, however, there are some pieces of furniture which have been custom built from wood taken off their land.
          Mrs. Daniel says they have become more educated on antiques through the years and are searching primarily for 18th century pieces.
          The attractive guest room has a George Washington Bed, which she says was an original old cord bed. But for the comfort of todayıs living, they have a very comfortable box springs and mattress on it.
          While the Daniels were remodeling, two chimneys were torn down and the brick used elsewhere. They found the date "Feb 2, 1719 carved into one of the old brick. Daniel says this corresponds to the birthdate of Sarah Boone Wilcoxson and also the birthdate of her husband, who was 78 years old at the turn of the century.
          Daniel has also done a great deal of research on the Boone expedition and settlers in the area surrounding his home. His findings reveal this to be the vicinity of the first known community in Davie County. In fact he says Benjamin Bentley (the man for who the first community was named) was apparently here when the Boone expedition arrived and lived in another old log house on this land. Mr. Daniel is in the process of restoring this also, however, this is another story, which will be run in a future edition.
          The Daniel children, who recently found several old Indian flints in a newly plowed field, apparently like living in a 200-year-old house.
          At least "It's different from most" and besides "it's the only place we ever lived."
          It is beautiful on the Daniel farm, a beautiful lake and plenty of space to explore. They are also in the process of bricking the outside with old brick, which Mr. Daniel say is mainly to help preserve it.
          In fact, he says, "It should be good for another 200 years."

Several photographs by James Barringer appear with this article, all apparently taken in 1975:
Armand "Punch" Daniel outside of the house (above)
Interior view
The kitchen area and the staircase
Another exterior view (below)
Exterior view, 50-foot log
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