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About Sarah Cassandra Wilcoxson

DAR Ancestor #: A001440


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Birth Date 6/7/1724 4/7/1724

Abstracts of Marriage Certificates - Exeter Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvanis contains these entries:

  • 5/29/1742 - Sarah, daughter of Squire Boone, treated with for marrying out.
  • 5/29/1742 - Sarah Boone married out of Unity with Friends (1st offsense of this kind). Friends appointed to speak to the father, Squire Boone.
  • 6/26/1742 - Squire Boone declareth he did not contenance or consent to the marriage but confesseth himself in fault in keeping them in his house after their keeping company but that he was in great streight in not knowing what to do and hopeth to be more careful for the future.


The following appears to be excerpted from J.R. Murphy's Morphew/Murphy Story (2nd Edition) found at



Sarah Boone was a Pennsylvania Quaker, and was condemned when she married outside her church to John Willcockson. They possibly migrated to North Carolina with the Squire Boone family between 1750 and 1758. A question arises whether they stopped a year or two in Western Virginia before moving on to North Carolina. Later they moved to Kentucky and then returned to North Carolina.


On 9 January 1765, Rowan County court books ordered the appointment of overseers for a road, which included John Willcox to cover the road from the South Yadkin to Israel Boon’s old place. Later in 9 May 1765, John Willcockson witnessed a deed by David Jones to Edmond Dedman in Rowan County.

The March 1772 Rowan Count ordered John Luckey, Robert Johnson, Samuel Luckey, William and James and Morgan Bryan, JOHN WILCOCKS, James Brown, Theops Morgan, Thomas and Will Willson and Luke Lee to lay off a road from the road leading from Salisbury to the shoals of the Yadkin River. Then they were to do the same between Second and Third Creek with this road running towards Renshaw’s Ford on the South River, then along the dividing ridge between Rocky and Hunting Creek, until it intersected Hunting Creek, and from the head of the creek to the next ford above Widow Backis on the main Yadkin River, known as Samuel Bryant’s Bottom.


9 October 1779. #2328. John Wilcockson has a land entry request for 640 acres on Bear Creek, including his improvement and the old survey run by James Cailer (Koller?). This is probably State of North Carolina land grant #342, granted 10 October 1788.

9 January 1780, Warrant. Entry #2295. John Wilcockson is granted 640 acres on both sides of Bear Creek, in Rowan County, adjacent Benley’s corner and Thomas Mansfield’s corner. North Carolina Grant #959, surveyed 22 February 1783, and signed John “J” Wilcockson.

10 October 1783, the State of North Carolina Grant #861 titled 640 acres to John Wilcockson on both sides of Bear Creek, adjacent Bentley and Thomas Maxfield.


21 March 1780, Daniel Lewis was granted 100 acres on Bear Creek adjacent to Benjamin Bartley, Abraham Wiltey, John Wilcockson, and John McElhaney.

1 August 1783, #2602. Thomas Maxwell was deeded 150 acres on Bear Creek adjacent to John Wilcockson, Senior.

1 September 1783, Thomas Maxwell was also granted by the State #645, 327 acres on the west side of Bear Creek adjacent John Wilcockson and his former survey.

Bear Creek is northwest of Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, by about 20 miles in Davie County. An explanation is needed for these deeds. John Granville, who never saw his vast North Carolina lands, died in 1763, forcing his land offices to close. Consequently, it was not possible for a settler to obtain a land title between 1763 and 1778 within the Granville area. In 1778, this changed and a claim for land could be entered in county records, because British land rights ceased during the American Revolution.

Our first clue when John Wilcockson left Rowan County comes in August 8, 1778, when “John Willcoxon, Sr.” and son “Samuel Willcoxson” are named nonjurors (no-shows) in Captain Lyons District.


John Wilcoxson moved to Kentucky, possibly between 1778 and 1782 and was noted at Fort Boonesborough, or living nearby. Future research may better define the dates. An entry (below) by the Daughters of the American Revolution states John Wilcoxson was a soldier of Virginia, which must mean Kentucky County, Virginia. What do they mean by “soldier?” Do they know something we have not found yet?

From Daughter of the American Revolution in their Centennial Edition, Part III

John Wilcoxson, Senior: born about 1720 in Pennsylvania and died 26 February 1798 in North Carolina. Married Sarah Boone. Soldier Virginia.

Sarah (Boone) Wilcoxson: Born 7 June1724 in Pennsylvania and died 1815 Kentucky. Married John Wilcoxson. Patriotic service, Virginia.

There is a large monument at Fort Boonesborough, with the names of the settlers on it. Both John Wilcoxson and his wife, Sarah, are engraved on this monument, which is most impressive.

The children of John Wilcoxson, Sr. also came to early Kentucky, with Samuel Wilcoxson in 1775 and 1785, Rachel (Wilcoxson) Bryant in 1775, Daniel Wilcoxson by 1777, Israel Wilcoxson by 1779, John Wilcoxson, Jr., by 1780, Elizabeth (Wilcoxson) Cutbirth by 1790. A few stayed in Kentucky, such as Daniel Wilcoxson and Israel Wilcoxson, and others such as Samuel Wilcoxson returned to North Carolina. This is an impressive list for such an early date in Kentucky (statehood in 1792)!

In September 1778 at Fort Boonesborough, 440 Indians and 12 French-Canadians surrounded the fort and demanded surrender while displaying British and French flags. The Indians were lead by the Shawnee Chief Blackfish; Lieutenant-Governor Hamilton who sent them out to demand surrender of the Kentuckians and bring them back to Detroit as subjects of the King. The fort only had about 60 men and boys to defend it, and yet the settlers voted to fight, instead of surrender. For two days, Daniel Boone pretended to negotiate a treaty while the settlers slipped in food, cattle, hogs, horses and supplies into the fort. Finally, after the Indians attempted to grab the Kentuckians at the negotiations, the battle for Fort Boonesborough began. They attempted to torch the fort, pretended they had left the area, and began several tunnels from the riverbank into the fort. So desperate were the settlers that Daniel fashioned two wooden canons out of logs. One cannon managed to get off one shot before it burst. Little food was left after a week of fighting. Then a heavy rain developed one night, and when it ceased, the sound of digging in the tunnel could no longer be heard. The heavy rain caved-in the tunnels and caused the Shawnee Indians to quit the 9 to 11 day siege. The following morning, the people from Fort Boonesborough came out and searched the woods for Indians, but they had gone.

John Wilcockson was probably at Fort Boonesborough after this battle, between the years 1778 to 1783. Wilcockson settlers at Fort Boonesborough were:

William “Billy” Wilcox (son of George Wilcockson, born ~1725).

Daniel Wilcoxon, Sr.

Elizabeth Wilcockson, who married Benjamin Cutbirth.

John and Sarah “Sally” (Boone) Wilcoxon, Sr.

Rachel Wilcoxon, who married William Bryant.

(From “Early Settlers of Fort Boonesborough,” by H. Thomas Tudor, 1995)

Bryan Station is another settlement that some Wilcoxsons – Daniel Wilcoxson, Sr. and Israel Wilcoxson lived at or nearby. The station was about 5 miles northeast of present-day Lexington, Kentucky, on the southern bank of the North Fork of Elkhorn. The Bryans settled at the Station in 1779, but a cabin had been built by Joseph Bryan, a son-in-law of Col. Daniel Boone, in 1776. The history of Bryan Station included a number of Indian attacks. In one of the worst attacks in 1782, the women of the Station prevented its fiery destruction by carrying badly needed buckets of water from the spring to the station while surrounded by Indians. A memorial exists for their efforts. Men at the Station included Daniel Wilcoxen, son of John Sr. Daniel Wilcoxen was in Captain in Holder’s Company on 10 June 1779.

There is confusion on the name of Bryan’s Station. In 1779 and 1780, eight Bryans made 13,000 acres of land entries near the Station. Joseph, William, John, and James Bryant entered an additional 6,000 acres. The names Bryan, Bryan’s, Bryants, and Bryant Station, were used at different times by Daniel Boone.


John is said to return to North Carolina by 1783, and lived in North Carolina until 1798 or beyond. “John Wilcoxon, Sr.” is recorded on the U.S. Census of 1790 Rowan County, North Carolina, with his wife and one male under age sixteen. In 1798, the last of his lands in Rowan County were sold to his son, William (witnessed by son, Samuel, and grandson, Squire Willcockson). He probably died shortly after this.


26 February 1798. John Willcockson, of Rowan County, North Carolina, deeded to William Willcockson of Rowan County, for 525 pounds a parcel of land containing 165 acres on both sides of Bear Creek...part of tract of 640 acres granted unto Jacob Koller, conveyed by J. Koller to John Willockson and now by John Willcockson to William Willcockson. Witnesses were Samuel Wilcockson and Squire Willcockson. Signed: John (x) Willcockson. (Rowan County Deed Book 19, page 254)

26 February 1798. John Willcockson of Rowan County, North Carolina deeded to William Willcockson for 250 pounds, estimation of 160 acres on Bear Creek including John Rowland’s line, now Edward Parkers to Jacob Keller corner. Witnesses were Samuel Willockson and Squire Willcockson. Signed John (x) Willcockson. (19:256)

“Sarah Boone Wilcoxson died at the home of her daughter, Elizabeth Cutbirth in 1815 in Madison County, Kentucky. ...No will of either Sarah (Boone) Wilcoxson or her husband John have been found, and no complete list of this children” (From “The Boone Family – A genealogical History of Descendants of George and Mary Boone,” by Hazel A. Spraker, 1923). This is disputed, as the Cutbirth family was thought to be living in Tennessee at this time.

John Willcoxen “died in Rowan County, North Carolina, after which she removed to Kentucky with her Grandson, Jesse Boon Willcoxen, with whom she lived until her death which took place in the year 1814, at the age of about 97 years.” (From a 1861 letter by Jeremiah F. Willcoxen to Lyman Draper in Draper Manuscript Collection, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Series C, Volume 24.). Another source stated that Sarah was probably buried in or near Jesse B. Wilcoxson’s farm in southern Clark County, Kentucky, not far from Boonesboro. Jesse (~1780) is believed to be the son of Samuel Wilcoxson (1755).


Apparently, the original log cabin of John and Sarah Wilcockson, thought built between 1752 and 1756 on south end of Bear Creek, has survived in Davie County, and over the years has been incorporated into newer sections of a larger private home. The original part of the house was a 17 x 33 foot room with floor planks three inches thick and over 1 foot wide, with a narrow staircase to the attic. The location of the house was not given, and is not open to the public. (From “Salisbury Sunday Post, 1B, 3 August 1975, article by Gordon Tomlinson, courtesy of Pat Frunzi)


Children – the list varies in numbers and names and suggests more research is needed. No will or probate has been found for John or Sarah Willcockson. As to their children, even Hazel A. Spraker wrote that there wasn’t a complete list of names. Jermaiah F. Willcoxen, in an 1861 letter to Lyman Draper, named six sons and four daughters of Samuel Wilcockson (From Draper Manuscript Collection, courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society, Series C. Volume 24). Missing on his list is David Wilcoxson and George Wilcoxson. Also notice the similar 1755 birth year for Daniel Wilcockson, Jr., and Samuel Wilcockson.


From THE BOONE FAMILY by Hazel Atterbury Sprater: The Boones were Quakers and John Wilcoxson was not. The Church notes say that they treated her (Sarah) for marrying out and her father (Squire) was spoken to by members of the Church. Her father was chastised by the Quaker church for letting her marry a non member and he apologized and said that he would be more careful in the future. According to the Friends church records 5-29-1742 , "Sarah daughter of Squire Boone, treated with for marrying out " Another says Sarah Boone out of the Unity with Friends (first offense of this kind). Friends appointed to speak to the father, Squire Boone. The same day Squire Boone declareth he did not countenance or consent to the marriage but confesseth himself in fault in keeping them in his house after their keeping company but that he was in great streight in not knowing what to do and hopeth to be more careful for the future.

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From SQUIRE BOONE AND HIS DESCENDANTS: Sarah Boone daughter of Squire and Sarah Morgan Boone born 7 June 1724 near Chalfont, New Britain Twp, Bucks Co. Pa. Married at Exeter Pa. 29 May 1742 a non-quaker, John Wilcoxson, born 1720 Berks Co. They went to N.C. when her parents moved there. They lived on a land grant near the present Coolumee, Davie Co. N.C. Then they went to Ky when her brother, Daniel Boone, and the others went to Ky probably in 1779.


From notes of Linda Jean Thompson Ryan - it is well documented Sarah Boone maried John Wilcoxson in 1742. The Boones were Quakers and evidently John Wilcoxson was not a Quaker; consequently, Sarah was Condemned for marrying out. Sarah's marriage and also the fact that her first child (David) was born suspiciously soon (Oct 22,1742) after the marriage ceremony (5/29/1742) added further strain to the already stretched relationship between Squire's family and their Quaker society. Soon thereafter, Squire moved his family from Penn to NC, Sarah and her husband also migrated with the rest of the family. Sarah and John had eleven children


From WILCOXSON AND ALLIED FAMILIES by Wulfeck Treated with for marrying out - friends appointed to speak to father, Squire Boone. John and Sarah went to NC about 1855 and appeared on the first tax list in 1759 in 1778 - 1782 and census of 1787.


She was cited for 33 patriotic service in Virginia with sister Mary and sister in-law Rebecca Bryan Boone. Defending the Fort, defending the frontier and rendering aid to the wounded top the list.

Abstracts of Marriage Certificates, Exeter Monthly Meeting in PA contains these entries: "May 29, 1742, Sarah Boone married out of unity with Friends (1st offense of this kind). Friends appointed to speak with father, Squire Boone." "May 29, 1742, Saray, daughter of Squire Boone, treated with for marrying out." "June 26, 1742, Squire Boone declareth he did not contenance or consent to the marriage but confesseth himself in fault in keeping them in his house after their keeping company but that he wass in a great streight in not knowing what to do, and hopeth to be more careful for the future."

Sarah's family had to publicly apologize for marrying a "wordling", or non-Quaker, while she was visibly pregnant. (Wikipedia-Daniel Boone)


Sarah BOONE3,401,426 was born on 7 Jun 1720 in Pennsylvania.3,401 She died in 1815.3,401 She was also known as Sally. She was also known as Sarah Cassandra Boone.3,405 She is reference number 73215. Fact 1 Sarah was condemned for her marriage to John because he was not a Quaker

Fact 2 died in the home of her daughter Elizabeth Cutbirth Parents: Squire BOONE and Sarah MORGAN. Spouse: John WILCOXSON. John WILCOXSON and Sarah BOONE were married on 25 May 1742 in Old Berks Co., PA.3,405 Reference Number:1208687 Children were: Israel WILCOXSON, David WILCOXSON, John WILCOXSON Jr., Nancy WILCOXSON, Benjamin Greer WILCOXSON, Rachel WILCOXSON, George WILCOXSON, Elizabeth WILCOXSON, Isaac WILCOXSON, Samuel WILCOXSON, Daniel WILCOXSON, William Red WILCOXSON, Sarah WILCOXSON, Mary WILCOXSON, Hannah WILCOXSON.

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She died in Madison county, Ky, at her daughter Elizabeth's home.

Birth: Jun. 7, 1724 New Britain Bucks County Pennsylvania, USA Death: 1815 Elliston Madison County Kentucky, USA

Sarah was born to Sarah Jarman Morgan and Squire Boone, Quakers of Berks County, Pennsylvania. She was the elder sister of Daniel Boone, famous frontiersman.

On May 25, 1742 (Recorded: 29 May 1742, Berks County, Pennsylvania) Sarah married John Willcockson. John was a "Worldling", not a Quaker, so this union was "Out of Unity" with the Friends of Chalfont, New Britain, Colony of Pennsylvania. It was the first offense of this kind by a member of the Boone family. Eventually Sarah and her parents would sever all fellowship with that Meeting House.

Sarah bore 15 children to John, including:

David Willcockson b: October 22, 1742 in Lancaster Co.,PA Nancy Willcockson b: May 17, 1743 in Lancaster Co.,PA John Willcockson , Jr. b: September 6, 1744 in Lancaster Co.,PA Elizabeth Willcockson b: 1745 in Lancaster Co.,PA Isaac Willcockson b: 1751 in Lancaster Co.,PA Israel Willcockson b: 1752 in Rowan Co.,NC George T. Willcockson b: January 20, 1754 in Rowan Co.,NC Daniel Willcockson b: March 13, 1754 in Rowan Co., NC Samuel Willcockson b: February 24, 1755 in Rowan Co.,NC William "Red" Willcockson b: 1757 in Rowan Co.,NC Mary Willcockson b: ABT. 1760 in Rowan Co.,NC Sarah Willcockson b: 1769 in Rowan Co.,NC Rachel Willcockson b: 1770 in Rowan Co.,NC

(There is some disagreement regarding dates and order of births. Research is on-going.)

Family links:

 Squire Boone (1696 - 1765)
 Sarah Morgan Boone (1700 - 1777)

 John Wilcockson (____ - 1798)*

 David Wilcoxon (1742 - 1834)*
 John Willcockson (1744 - ____)*
 Nancy Wilcoxson Greer (1745 - 1790)*
 Elizabeth Grant Willcockson Cutbirth (1745 - 1819)*
 Isaac Willcockson (1751 - 1783)*
 Israel Willcockson (1752 - 1781)*
 Samuel Willcockson (1755 - 1825)*
 Daniel Morgan Wilcoxson (1755 - 1837)*
 Mary Wilcoxson Walker (1756 - 1855)*
 William Wilcoxson (1757 - 1828)*
 Rachel Willcockson Bryant (1760 - 1821)*

 Nathaniel Boone (1722 - 1723)*
 Sarah Boone Willcockson (1724 - 1815)
 Israel Boone (1726 - 1756)*
 Samuel Boone (1728 - 1808)*
 Jonathan Boone (1730 - 1808)*
 Elizabeth Boone Grant (1733 - 1814)*
 Daniel Boone (1734 - 1820)*
 Daniel Boone (1734 - 1820)*
 Mary Boone Bryan (1736 - 1819)*
 George W Boone (1736 - 1820)*
 Edward Boone (1740 - 1780)*
 Squire Boone (1744 - 1815)*
 Hannah Boone Pennington (1746 - 1828)*
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Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial Specifically: On family land

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Sarah Cassandra Wilcoxson's Timeline

June 18, 1724
New Britain Township, Berks, Pennsylvania
October 22, 1742
Age 18
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 17, 1744
Age 19
Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
September 6, 1744
Age 20
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 20
Age 20
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Age 22
Berks, PA, USA
Age 26
Rowan County, North Carolina, United States