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William Wilcoxson

Also Known As: "Wilcox; "Fther of Connecticut""
Birthplace: Ikleston, Derbyshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Old Congregational Burying Ground , Stratford, Fairfield, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Wilcoxson, of Wirksworth and Anne Howdische/Howsische
Husband of Margaret (?Birdseye) Wilcoxson Hayden
Father of John Wilcoxson; Joseph Wilcoxson, Sr.; Deacon Timothy Wilcoxson; Sgt Samuel Wilcoxson; Elizabeth Stiles (Wilcoxson) and 6 others

Occupation: Lynnen weaver, Weaver
Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
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About William Wilcoxson, of Stratford


From The History of Stratford (CT), The First Settlers. (p86): and The Complete Book of Emigrants, p 128.

William Wilcoxson came from England to America on board the ship "Planter" (Nicholas Travice, master) which sailed from London to New England the morning of April 2, 1635. A total of thirty-eight persons were listed as..."the parties having brought certificates from the minister of St. Albans in Hertfordshire and attestations from the justice of the peace according to the Lord's orders." This party, along with eighty others and the crew filled the small ship.

The Customs House records in London state that William was a linen weaver by trade and at the time of his departure was thirty-four years old. His wife, Margaret, was twenty-four and their son, John, two.

William was made a freeman in Massachusetts Colony December 7, 1636, settling in Concord prior to moving to Stratford in 1639. He was a juryman, or deputy, in Hartford in 1647. At the time of his death, he left a widow and five sons. His will, in which he gave 30 £ to the church at Concord, is dated May, 1651/52. There is a record of the inventory of his estate dated June 16, 1652.

His sons, Timothy and John, remained in Stratford, but Joseph settled in Killingworth in 1661. Samuel eventually settled in Simsbury, and Obadiah settled in East Guilford (now Madison.)

Little is known of William's true origins in England. Although he, his wife and son, and thirty-five others received a blanket certificate of character from the minister at St. Albans, this alone does not attest to his home as being in Hertfordshire. His trade was 'linen weaver,' and at the time of his departure this embryonic industry was centered in the towns of Belpre, Chesterfield, and Wirksworth in Derbyshire. The parish records of Derbyshire confirm that many Wilcoxsons lived in the surrouding villages. In the will of a 'William Wicoxson' of Wirksworth (dated 1626) behests are made to George, Anne, 'Mazie,' and William (descibed as a younger son, age twenty-five.) Peter Wilcoxson signed as a witness. As the younger son, William would not be entitled to receive any lands or property according to English Common Law. Therefore he would have been apprenticed to a trade (in this case linen-weaving.) Age, place, and trade provide strong evidence that this is the William who emigrated to America.


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William Wilcoxson (1601-1652) was apparently born and raised in England and became a linen weaver in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England. He married Margaret Birdseye (Birdseye or Beardsley, ancestry sought) in England in about 1632 and their first child was born in England in about 1633. On 05 April 1635 William Wilcoxson (age 34) and his wife Margaret (age 24) and their son John (age 2) sailed aboard "The Planter" from England and they arrived at Boston Harbor on 26 May 1635. They settled first at Concord, MA and William Wilcoxson was on the 07 December 1636 Freeman list there. Two more children were born to this family at Concord, MA. By 1639 William Wilcoxson and his family (wife and 3 children) moved to Pequonnocke (later Cupheag, later still Stratford, CT), CT and they received homelot #70 on Elm Street and a share in the Common Field. Six more children were born to this family at Stratford, CT. William Wilcoxson represented Stratford, CT as a Deputy at General Court at Hartford in 1647. Some sources suggest that William Wilcoxson and his family lived later at Hartford, CT and/or Windsor, CT, but his Stratford estate inventory indicates that they lived at Stratford, CT at the time of his death in 1652. William Wilcoxson's will was dated 29 May 1651 and his Stratofrd, CT estate inventory was dated 16 June 1652.

TRADITION has it that widow Margaret Birdseye Wilcoxson married widower William Hayden (wife Mary died in 1655, 3 children) of Windsor in about 1663. Where and when they met is not known, but it is known that they married and lived at Hamonoscett (later Killingworth), CT and were among the first settlers there in about 1655. It is believed that William Hayden and his children went to Hamonsett first and were soon joined by Margaret and the younger Wilcoxson children (Hannah, Sarah, Obadiah, and Phoebe). Her son Joseph Wilcoxson and his family also joined them in Killingworth, CT. The older Wilcoxson children were married and remained at Stratford, CT or Windsor, CT with their families. On 22 October 1668 the Wilcoxson children signed an agreement concerning their father's estate as it related to their mother's second marriage.

Son Obadiah Wilcoxson (1648-1714) married first at Killingworth, CT in about 1669 to Mary Griswold and they had had no children when she died in 1670. Widower Obadiah Wilcoxson moved to Guilford (East Guilford, now Madison), CT and married second in about 1675 to Lydia Alling (1656-1687) and they settled at Guilford, CT and had 4 children there. After Lydia Alling Wilcoxson died in 1687 their 2 living children apparently went to live with and be raised by their maternal grandparents in New Haven, CT by 1689. Widower William Wilcoxson married third at Guilford in about 1689 to Silence Mansfield and they had 7 children there. Obadiah Wilcoxson's will was dated 18 December 1710 and it was proved 01 November 1714. It mentions his wife Silence and sons Ebenezer (from second marriage), John, and Joseph and daughters Mary (from second marriage), Mindwell, Jemima, and Thankful.

Granddaughter Mary Wilcoxson (1676-1755), daughter of Obadiah Wilcoxson (1648-1714) and Lydia Alling (1656-1687), married at New Haven, CT in 1694 to Thomas Munson (1671-1746) and they had 11 children there.

Sources: Genealogical Dictionary by Savage, 1860; History and Genealogy of Old Fairfield by D. L. Jacobus; Wilcox/Wilcoxson Families of New England by M. S. Osborne, 1990; Descendants of William Wilsoxson by T. Wilcox, 1937 and 1963; Wilcox Family History by Ol Wilsox, 1911; Records of the Connecticut Line of the Hayden Family; Barbour Collection of Guilford, CT, Vol. A; New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Torrey


Per Orcutt's History of Stratford and Bridgeport, William came from England c 1636 on the "Planter", thence to Stratford 1640. --------------------

"The word is of Saxon origin, and the first Connecticut settler of the name appears to have been William Willcoxon, born 1601 at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, who, at the age of 34 years, came to America on the ship "Planter" (1635), accompanied by his wife, Margaret, aged 24. He died in 1652 and Margaret in 1653. They had nine children - John, Joseph, Samuel, Obadiah, Timothy, Elizabeth, Hannah, Sarah and Phoebe. (NEB genealogy)

-------------------- (f/g) William Wilcoxson Birth: 1601 Walton-on-Trent, England Death: May 29, 1651 Stratford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA


WILLIAM WILCOXSON came to Boston on the good ship, "Planter" at age 34 with wife, Margaret aged 24 and son, John age 2. They sailed from London on April 15, 1635 and arrived at New England on May 6, 1635. He brought a certificate from the minister at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England confirming his character.

Because William was a linen weaver by trade, he probably came from Derbyshire where they grew flax for weaving and many with the name of Wilcoxson lived. He may be the son of William Wilcoxson of Wirkswork. The will of William Wilcoxson, Sr. mentions a younger son, William, aged 25 years in 1626.

He was made a freeman in Massachusetts Colony on Dec. 7, 1636, first living in Concord, Mass., removing to and settling in Stratford, Conn. by 1639 where he was one of the early settlers & had a homelot in the center of the village. He represented Stratford as deputy to the General Court in Hartford in 1647.

Some sources say that he left Stratford to live in Hartford & Windsor, but it is evident that he died in Stratford in 1651 and an inventory of his estate was taken in Stratford on June 16, 1652. In his will made in May of 1651. William left 30 pounds to the church in Concord, Mass. where they attended so many years before. His son, JOHN WILCOXSON, and daughter, PHEBE (WILCOXSON) BIRDSEYE, were my ancestors.

He married MARGARET BIRDSEYE around 1632 in England. After William's death, she married William Hayden of Windsor, Conn., and the Haydens removed to Killingworth, Conn. before her death in 1675.

Other children of William & Margaret Wilcoxson: John Wilcoxson, Joseph Wilcoxson, Deacon Timothy Wilcoxson, Obediah Wilcoxson, Elizabeth Wilcoxson, Hannah (Wilcoxson) Hayden, Sarah Wilcoxson, Johannah Wilcoxson.

Family links:

 Margaret Birdseye Hayden (1610 - 1675)*
 Margaret Harvey Wilcockson Hayden (1611 - ____)
 John Wilcoxson (1633 - 1690)*
 Joseph Wilcockson (1635 - 1703)*
 Timothy Wilcoxson (1638 - 1713)*
 Samuel Wilcoxson (1639 - 1714)*
 Elizabeth Wilcockson Stiles (1641 - ____)*
 Hannah Hayden (1644 - 1722)*
 Obadiah Wilcockson (1645 - ____)*
 Sarah Wilcoxson Meigs (1648 - 1691)*
 Sarah Wilcockson Meigs (1648 - 1691)*
 Phebe Wilcoxson Birdseye (1650 - 1743)

Burial: Old Congregational Burying Ground Stratford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: Jul 22, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 28453933 -tcd ___________________

Notes for William Wilcoxson: The first specific allusion to William Wilcoxson in either English or American records, is to be found in Hotten's "Original Lists of persons emigrating to America prior to 1700". There we find that William Wilcoxson, age 34, together with his wife, Margaret, age 24, and their infant son, John, age 2, sailed from London on the ship, Planter, April 5, 1635.

The vessel arrived at Boston, May 26th of the same year, and we have the word of Orcutt's "History of Stratford and Bridgeport" that his first American home was at Concord, MA. Since he appeared at Stratford, CT in the year 1639, he could not have lived more than four years there in MA.

At the very beginning of its settlement, Stratford was called Pequennocke, then changed to Cupheag Plantation, and then to Stratford. The earliest map of Stratford (as it was 1639) shows seventeen families living there. William Wilcoxson's lot was in the center of the "town"; his neighbors were William Beardsley and John Peat. Across the street, lived the Widow Elizabeth Curtis. The is of particular interest, as this Elizabeth Curtis is the immigrant ancestor of Vinnie May Curtis, my husband Mark's grandmother.

William Wilcoxson was selected to serve his town as Deputy in the Connecticut Assembly and was on intimate terms with Governors Winthrop and Bulkley.

William died early in the year 1652. This is known as fact as there is record of the inventory of his will on June 16, 1652. Margaret remarried in 1664 to William Hayden of Windsor, CT, later removed to Killingworth, CT.

The name of this line was originally Wilcoxson, but the last syllable was generally dropped about the middle of the eighteenth century.

From "Abner Wilcox & Lucy Eliza Hart Wilcox" the fact that just because the passengers of the Planter embarked with a blanket certificate from the minister of St Albans, Hertfordshire, there is no reason to believe that William lived there. The records of the shire do not contain his name, and he was more likely from Derbyshire, the town of Biggin. If so, his father could have been William Wilcoxson who married Anne Howdische 2/8/1575. Since William was a linen weaver, and Biggin was an area where flax was grown and woven into cloth, there is credibility to this theory.

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William Wilcoxson, of Stratford's Timeline

July 1, 1601
Ikleston, Derbyshire, England, (Present UK)
March 19, 1633
Age 31
Age 31
England, (Present UK)
Age 33
From England to Concord, Massachussets on the ship "Planter".
Age 33
Age 34
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 35
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Age 38
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
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Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
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Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut