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John Wilcox, II

Birthplace: Abbey of Bury St. Edmonds, Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wilcox, of Hartford and Mary Wilcox
Husband of Sarah Wilcox (Wadsworth); Catherine Wilcox; Mary Wilcox and Esther Wilcox
Father of Sarah Ensign (Wilcox); John Wilcox; Thomas Wilcox; Mary Sage; Israel Wilcox and 4 others
Brother of Ann Hall and Sarah Bidwell

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About John Wilcox, II

John Wilcox

(John1), born in England, perhaps about 1620 or earlier, certainly not later than 1620, died at Middletown, Conn., 24 May 1676; married first, at Hartford Conn., 17 Sept. 1646, Sarah Wadsworth, born in England, about 1626, died at Hartford, probably at the birth of her daughter in Oct. 1648, daughter of William and Sarah (Talcott) Wadsworth; married second, at Hartford, 18 Jan. 1649/50, Katharine Stoughton, probably daughter of Thomas Stoughton of Windsor; married third, after 1660, Mary (Lane) (Long) Farnsworth, who died at Middletown in 1671, daughter of William Lane, and widow of Joseph Long and of Joseph Farnsworth, both of Dorchester, Mass; married fourth, at Middletown, Conn., about 1671, Esther Cornwell, born at Middletown, May 1650, died there 2 May 1733, aged about 83, daughter of Sergt. William and Mary ( )Cornwell. Esther (Cornwell) Wilcox married second, in 1677, John Stow, born at Charlestown, Mass. (recorded at Middletown), 16 June 1650, died at Middletown, 30 June 1732, in his 83rd year, son of Rev. Samuel and Hope (Fletcher) Stow.

He removed to Middletown, Conn., before 1655, since on 4 May of that year, called at Middletown, pailmaker, he mortgaged land to Thomas Hosmer of Hartford, for 30 pounds, which he had bought from Hosmer; the mortgaged was released 29 Mar. 1664.


The will of William Wadsworth of Hartford, dated 16 May 1675 (inven) whom he gave twenty shillings. On 18 Sept. 1660 John Willcock gave to "my daughter Sarah willcox ye child that I had by my first Wife my house and Home lott at Hartford..this is left in ye hands of her Grandfather William Wadsworth dureing her minority"l if she die under age unmarried, the property is to revert to "my Two Eldest children, that is to Say John & Thomas." The land was entered as belonging to "Sarah Willcox ye daughter of John Willcox late of Midle Towne." Immediately beneath is entered "Land...belonging to Thomas Long," including "one percell of land which he Bought of his father John willcox," recorded 2 Jan. 1681.


The will of William Lane of Dorchester, Mass. made 28 Feb. 1650/1, proved 6 July 1654, named his daughter, Mary Long. By her first husband Joseph Long, she was the mother to Thomas Long who married her stepdaughter, Sarah Wilcox, also of Joseph Long, Jr., of Dorchester, who died 26 Aug. 1676. For her second husband, and as his second wife, she married Joseph Farnsworth of Dorchester, who in his will made 2 Jan. 1659/60 provided for his children and for his wife Mary and her children Joseph and Thomas Long. By him she had a son, Samuel Farnsworth, who settled in Windsor, Comm., and for his first wife married, 3 June 1677, Mary Stoughton, daughter of Thomas Stoughton and presumably neice of John Wilcox's second wife. Mary Willcox of Middletown, in her will dated 3 Apr. 1671, proved 7 Sept. 1671, gave to her son Samuel Farnsworth, 10 (pounds) out of her land in Dorchester, the remainder of the land to her husband, John Willcox, to son, Joseph Long, the bill she had of him for the purchase of the land; to Mary wilcox, some clothing; to Sarah Long, the bed and bolster already in her house in Hartford; witnesses; John Hall, Ann Hall (her mark).


The inventory of the estate of John Willcox of Middletown was taken 6 June 1676 by Richard Hall and John Kirby and amounted to 409.00.04 pounds. the children were named as Sarah Long, aged 28; Isreal, 20; Samuel 18, Ephraim 4; Hester 2 in Dec. 1675; and Mary born 9 Mar 1675/6. Distribution was ordered to the three sons and two daughters. A later distribution, dated 3 Jan. 1694/5, but probably signed earlier by some of the heirs, names Israel Wilcox, Samuel Wilcox, Ephraim Willcock, Easter Willcock, and Mary Willcock; signed by Joseph Hand Sen. in behalf of the wife of Joseph Hand Jr.; Sarah Willcock (by mark); Ephraim Wilcock; Mary Wilcock (by mark); Esther Wilcock; Esther Stow (by mark); Samuekl Wilcock; and Joseph Hand. Esther Stow (alias Wilcox), the administratirx, asked for acceptance of this distribution, 6 Dec 1726, and was discharged because of her age and informity; and as land had been laid out to the Estate of John Wilcox and hence not inventoried, administration was granted to Francis Wilcox of Middletown and David Ensign, Jr., of Hartford.

John Wilcox, b. in England, came to Hartford with his father, but rem. to Middletown Upper Houses, where he d. May 24, 1676/ He agreed to settle in Middletown, but failing to do so promptly the General Court in 1653, voted to compel him to occupy his grant or find a substatute. On Mar. 10, 1657, he purchased the homsteads of Joseph Smith and Matthias Treat, who were returning to Rocly Hill part of Wethersfield, but after combining these into one homestead, he sold to his cousin, Samuel Hall.

In 1659 he was on the com. on roads and on June 30, 1660 was given lands at Wongunk. It has been claimed that he rem. to Dorchester for a few years. On Nov l, 1665, Thomas Hubbard sold to him "one house where J Wilcox occupieth" and three acres of land therewith. Thomas Hubbard had already built near the corner of what are Pleasant and South streets, and the condition of his grant of 1663 was that she should not sell "till he doth inhabit four years," and so John Wilcox must have purchased and built before Nov. 1, 1665. These three acres have now what is known as the Beaumont-Hanmer House.

John Wilcox had bargained for seven acres in the rear of his homestead and had received from the town a grant of three acres in the rear of these seven. Hubbard must have been in financial straights as indicated by John Crow's getting possession of some of his land, which his heirs and the treasurer of the Colony deed in 1686 to Thomas Ranney, who proceeded to locate his two oldest sons, Thomas and John thereon. Hubbard had sold his homestead to Isaac Johnson, who had come from Roxbury. Wilcox had died. Then Isaac Johnson deeded to Esther Wilcox, widow of John, as executrix of his estate, the ssven acres aforesaid, retaining twelve acres which he soon sold to John Clark, who had married Elizabeth White, dau of Capt. Nathanil.

John Wilson married four times: (1) Sept. 17, 1646, Sarah Wadworth, who died 1649-50, dau of William Wadsworth, who left one child; m. (2) Jan. 18, 1650, Catherine Stoughton, dau of Thomas Stoughton, of Windsor who built the Stone house of fort seen herewith; m. (3) Mary, widow of Joseph Farnsworth, of Dorchester and before that the widow of ___ Long; she d 1671; m. (4) Esther Cornewell b May 1650 dau of William Cornwell. She m: (2) John Stow of Middletown and died May 2, 1733.




John Wilcox, Male 1622 - 1676 (54 years)

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Name John Wilcox

  • Born 13 January 1622 Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Gender Male
  • Died 24 May 1676 Middletown, [1]
  • Notes
    • John Wilcox, also spelled Wilcock or Wilcocks,
    • first married Sarah Wadsworth; second Catherine Stoughton; third Mary (Lane) (Long) Farnsworth, widow of Joseph Long and Joseph Farnsworth; and fourth Esther Cornwell.
    • Person ID I52487 Schirado; Last Modified 21 July 2012
  • Father: John Wilcox,
    • b. ca 1595/1598, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffulk
    • d. 1 October 1651, Hartford, CT (Age ~ 53 years)
  • Mother: Mary [Wilcox],
    • d. about December 1668, Hartford, CT
    • Family ID F33100 Family Group Sheet
  • Family/Spouse 1 Sarah Wadsworth,
    • b. about 1626, Braintree, Essex
    • d. about 1649, Hartford, CT (Age ~ 23 years)
    • Married 17 September 1646 Hartford, CT [2]
    • Children
      • + 1. Sarah Wilcox, b. 3 October 1648, Hartford, CT; d. 3 February 1717/8, Hartford, CT (Age 69 years
      • Family ID F25744 Family Group Sheet
  • Family/Spouse 2 Katherine Stoughton,
    • b. about 1622, Great Coggeshall, Essex
    • d. about 1660, Connecticut (Age ~ 38 years)
    • Married: 18 January 1649/50 Hartford, CT
    • Children:
      • 1. John Wilcox, b. 29 October 1650, Hartford, CT
      • 2. Thomas Wilcox, b. about 1652
      • 3. Mary Wilcox, b. 13 November 1654, Middletown, CT , d. before March 1676 (Age < 21 years)
      • +4. Israel Wilcox, b. 19 June 1656, Middletown, CT, d. 20 December 1689, Middletown, CT (Age 33 years)
      • +5. Samuel Wilcox, b. 9 November 1658, Middletown, CT, d. 16 March 1713/4, Middletown, CT (Age 55 years)
      • Family ID F24098 Family Group Sheet
  • Family/Spouse 3 Mary Lane,
    • b. say 1615, England ,
    • d. 3 April 1671, Hartford, CT (Age ~ 56 years)
    • Family ID F35830 Family Group Sheet
  • Family/Spouse 4 Esther Cornwall,
    • b. May 1650, Hartford, CT,
    • d. 2 May 1733 (Age ~ 82 years)
    • Married before 1672 [2]
    • Children
      • 1. Ephraim Wilcox, b. 9 July 1672, Middletown, CT, d. 4 January 1712/3, Middletown, CT (Age 40 years)
      • +2. Esther Wilcox, b. 9 December 1673, Middletown, d. 15 March 1695/6 (Age 22 years)
      • 3. Mary Wilcox, b. 29 March 1676, Middletown, CT
      • Family ID F19756 Family Group Sheet


  • [S251] Middletown Vital Records.
  • [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).

John WILCOX 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 was

  • christened 13 Jan 1622 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England.
  • He died 24 May 1676 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.
  • John married Mary LANE on 1661 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut. [3rd wife]
  • Other marriages:
    • # WADSWORTH, Sarah
    • # STOUGHTON, Katherine
    • # CORNWALL, Esther
    • # Mary LANE was born 1614 in Beaminster, Dorset, England. She died 3 Apr 1671 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut. Mary married John WILCOX on 1661 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.
      • Other marriages:
        • LONG, Joseph
        • FARNSWORTH, Joseph


  • born 1626 in Braintree, Essex, England.
  • She died 1649 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Sarah married John WILCOX on 17 Sep 1646 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • John Wilcox, died May 24, 1676 in Middletown CT.
  • He married 2107. Sarah Wadsworth September 17, 1646. (2107 = Sarah Wadsworth)

More About John Wilcox:

  • Immigration: Immigrant?

More About Sarah Wadsworth:

  • Immigration: Immigrant?

Child of John Wilcox and Sarah Wadsworth is:

  • 1053 i. Sarah Wilcox, born October 03, 1648 in Hartford CT; died February 03, 1716/17; married Thomas Long October 1666 in Windsor CT.

Esther CORNWALL 1, 2 [4th wife]

  • was born May 1650 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • She died 2 May 1733 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.
  • Esther married John WILCOX on 1671 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.
  • Other marriages:
    • STOWE, John


  • 1 Whitmore, W. H., "The Wilcox Family," NEHGR 29:1 (Jan 1875) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 25, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 2 Cornwall, Edward E., "Family of William Cornwall," NEHGR 49:1 (Jan 1895) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 40, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 3 Farnsworth, Moses Franklin, Farnsworth Memorial II (La Mesa, California: 1974.), p. 749, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 F2367.
  • 4 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-), 3:1778, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 A549.
  • 5 Anderson, R. C., The Great Migration Begins, 3:1895.
  • 6Anderson, Robert Charles, George F. Sanborn, Jr., Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2007.), 4:232, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 A549-1.
  • 7Turner, Ethel McLaughlin, The English Ancestry of Thomas Stoughton, 1588-1661 (Waterloo, Wisconsin: Turner, 1958.), p. 74, Family History Library, 929.242 St765t.

Source material for the four spouses of John Wilcox can be found starting on page 25 here:,M1

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  • The Wilcox family by Whitmore, William Henry
  • Pg.2
  • It is evident as the father is called John, Sen., in 1648, that he then had a son John, Jr. , of adult age, and we identify this latter with
  • JOHN WILCOX, of Hartford, who m., first, Sarah, dau. of William Wadsworth, Sept. 17, 1646, and had:
    • i. Sarah, b. Oct. 3, 1648.
  • His wife dying, he m., second, January 18, 1650, Catherine Stoughton, moved to Middletown, and had several children, viz. :
    • ii. John, b. Oct. 29, 1650 ; d. before his father.
    • iii. Thomas, d. before his father.
    • iv. Mary, b. Nov. 13, 1654; d. before her father.
    • v. Israel, b. June 19, 1656.
    • vi. Samuel, b. Nov. 9, 1658.
  • This wife dying, he m. , third, Mary,1 widow of Joseph Farnsworth, of Dorchester ; before that, widow of ---- Long, who died in 1671.
  • He m., fourth, Esther, dau. of William Cornwell, and had :
    • vii. Ephraim, b. July 9, 1672.
    • viii. Esther, b. Dec. 9, 1673.
    • ix. Mary, b. March 24, 1676.
  • He d. May 24, 1676. March 1, 1676-7 (Co. Court Rec. iii. 161), the court ordered distribution. On the inventory (409 L., ii. 4) it is noted : "The children of the deceased are, Sarah Long, near 28 years old; Israel, 20 year old; Samuel, Nov. 9, '76, 18 year old ; Ephraim, 4 year old 9 July, 1676 ; Hester, 2 years old Dec. the last, 1675 ; Mary was born the 9, 1675-6."
  • These dates agree generally with the births as above recorded.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.5
  • John Wilcox, of Hartford and Middletown, had for his first wife Sarah Wadsworth, and her sister m. Thomas Stoughton, Jr. Wilcox m., second, Catherine Stoughton, sister of Thomas S. and dau. of the Thomas Stoughton, Sen., who went from Dorchester to Windsor. Catherine had many relatives living in Dorchester, and her last child was born in Nov., 1658. Probably she died soon after, and John Wilcox m. a third wife Mary, who died in 1671.
  • .... etc.


  • CORNWALL, Esther
  • b. 1650 Hartford, CT.
  • d. 2 MAY 1733
  • Parents:
  • Father: CORNWALL, William
  • Mother: Mary,
  • Family:
  • Marriage: MAY 1670 Hartford, CT.
  • Spouse: WILCOX, John
  • b. 13 JAN 1621/2 England
  • d. 24 MAY 1676 Middletown, Middlesex, CT.
  • Children:
    • WILCOX, Esther
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1678
  • Spouse: STOWE, John
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John Wilcox, II's Timeline

January 13, 1622
Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
September 17, 1646
Age 24
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
September 17, 1646
Age 24
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
October 3, 1648
Age 26
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
January 18, 1650
Age 28
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
October 29, 1650
Age 28
Middletown, Middlesex, CT
Age 29
Middletown, Middlesex, CT
November 13, 1654
Age 32
Middletown, Middlesex, CT
June 19, 1656
Age 34
Middletown, Middlesex, CT
September 9, 1658
Age 36
Middletown, Connecticut Colony