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Stephen Wilcox

Birthplace: Croft, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Death: February 06, 1690
Westerly, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Kingdom of England
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Wilcox and Susanna Wilcox
Husband of Hannah Wilcox
Father of Bethiah Cottrell; Edward Wilcox; Thomas Wilcox; Daniel Wilcox; Hannah Clark and 4 others
Brother of Daniel Wilcox, Sr; Mary Sherman; Elizabeth Wilcox; Lydia Wilcox and John Wilcox
Half brother of Daniell Wilcox

Occupation: Representative and Deputy
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About Stephen Wilcox

Stephen Wilcox

  • Stephen Wilcox (Edward2, Daniel1) was baptized on 26 Dec 1634 in Croft, Lincoln, ENG
  • Death: died: 6 Feb 1689-90, Westerly, Washington Co., RI,

Edward Willcocke in entry for Stephen Willcocke, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 - Name: Stephen Willcocke, Gender: Male, Christening Date: 26 Dec 1634, Christening Date (Original) 26 DEC 1634, Christening Place: CROFT, LINCOLN, ENGLAND, Father's Name: Edward Willcocke, Mother's Name: Susanna, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch: 11 February 2018, Edward Willcocke in entry for Stephen Willcocke, 26 Dec 1634); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 421,979 -


Children from this marriage were:

  • Bethia Wilcox; was born about 1659 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI and died after 17 Dec 1711 in Kingstown, Washington Co., RI.
  • Edward Wilcox; was born in 1662 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI and died on 5 Nov 1715 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI.
  • Thomas Wilcox; was born on 18 Feb 1663/64 in North Kingston, RI and died in 1728 in Exeter, Washington Co., RI.
  • Daniel Wilcox; was born about 1666 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI and died after 1717 in Stonington, New London, CT.
  • William Wilcox; was born about 1668 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI and died on 27 Dec 1757 in North Stonington, New London Co., CT.
  • Stephen Wilcox; was born about 1670 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI.
  • Hannah Wilcox; was born about 1672 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI and died in Newport, Newport Co., RI.
  • Jeremiah Wilcox; was born between 1675-1680 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI.


Hannah mentioned in her father’s will and received a legacy of 1 shilling likely due to her objections to his marriage to Martha Sheriff. Named as Hannah Wilcox.

Baptized on St. Stephen's Day

He is not in the list of Rhode Island Freemen made in 1655 (R.I.. Col. Rec. 1:299), but was admitted an inhabitant of Portsmouth on 13 Dec, 1656 (Portsmouth Records, P. 75). On 10 Dec, 1657, he was granted land with Thomas Kent. He is listed as freemen there in 1658, and of the colony at Weslerly on the organization of that town, 1669. His farm at Watch Hill, Westerly, passed out of the Wilcox family in 1880. He was deputy to the general assembly in 1670 and 1672.On 30 Jan, 1657/8 Thomas Hazard gave him 34 acres in Portsmouth in dowry with his daughter, Hannah (Portsmouth Rec., printed, p. 383). He removed to Westerly, RI, upon the settlement of that town and was an inhabitant there on 18 May 1669. He is the ancestor of the Wilcox family of Washington Co., RI, and Stonington, CT.

Lieutenant-Governor Edward Wilcox, of Charlestown, RI, was great-great-grandson of this Stephen (through Edward his son). He was a prominent merchant; served many terms in the legislature between 1794 and 1823; and was presidential elector, 1816 [1].

Another of his great-grandsons was Isaiah Wilcox (through Edward his son) who entered the Baptist ministry; was baptized in February, 1766, and ordained February 14, 1771; was first pastor of the "Wilcox Church" of Westerly, and in 1785, under his ministry, more than two hundred members were added to the church [1].

Stephen was either arrested or sued June 21, 1670, for unjustly possessing, with others, five hundred acres of land in Stou (t) ington (Stonington?).This controversy which resolved itself into a question of boundary and jurisdiction between Massachusetts and Rhode Island continued for several years and was finally settled in favor of the latter state [2].

Most of Stephen's descendants other than those of his son, William, seem to have remained in Rhode Island.

"Stephen Wilcox, son of Edward Wilcox, was born in 1633 and died in 1690.He had a grant of 16 acres, Dec 10, 1657, and in 1657 from his father-in-law, Thomas Hazard, a deed of 30 acres as a dowery with the daughter. He was a free man May 18, 1658.In May 1669, he was among the free inhabitants of Westerly, RI.He was (obliterated) June 21, 1670 for unjustly possessing, with others, five hundred acres of land in Stovington. This controversy, which resolved itself into a question of boundary and jurisdiction between Mass. and RI, continued for several years and was finally settled in favor of the latter state. In 167? and 167? he was of the first from Westerly. In a paper dated Feb. 6, 1690 he is mentioned as 'lately deceased.'In 1648, he married Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Martha (

) Hazard of Portsmouth. Thom Hazard was a ship carpenter by trade and came from Wales to Boston about 1635.In the Hutchinson, he was driven from Mass. and settled upon Aquideeck."

This was transcribed from notes recopied by Kate Wilcox Thorsen, 4/26/1980.Researched and copied by Agnes Wilcox Limas 9 May 1958 for Jeffrey Wilcox. Also see NEHGR Vol. 147, pp 188-191.

Received a grant of land with Thomas Kent at 2s per acre [4] Received a deed for 34 acres from Thomas Hazard as dower for the latter's daughter Hannah. Listed among the inhabitants of the town. He was complained of, with his partakers, by John Richards, Treasurer of Harvard College, for unjustly possessing 500 acres in Pequot County, east of the Pawcatuck River, within the bounds of Stonington. Served as Deputy Mentioned as of 6 Feb 1690 as lately deceased. [4]


[1]Genealogical and Family History of The Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys Pennsylvania, Vol. II, Ed. by H.E. Hayden, Alfre Hand and John W. Jordan, The Lewis Publishing Co., NY, 1906, p.208-210. [2]The Wilcox Family by Agnes Wilcox Leonard, Delmar, Albany County, NY, August 1, 1978, p. 7-9. [4]Edward Wilcox of Lincolnshire & Rhode Island by Jane Fletcher Fisk.Publication: New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 147, Apr 1993, p 188 & subsequent Page: citing South Elkington Parish Registers (FHL Microfilm 432, 477) Quality: 3.

As to Stephen's son, Daniel, I only birth and death dates and who he married.

  • Stephen's birth and death information is from Collins, George Knapp. Mortuary Records with Genealogical Notes of the Towns of Spafford, Onondaga County, New York. Published by the Onondaga Historical Association. Dehler Press, 1917, page 47.
  • Also from Collins, page 47: "Stephen Wilcox was a deputy in the R.I. Court in 1670 to 1672, and the owner of 500 acres of land in the Pequoit Country."


@R453428716@ Ancestry Family Trees Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Family Tree


Stephen and Hannah came to Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island before 1662.

History of Stonington, Connecticut, 1649 - 1900 Author: Richard Anson Wheeler Publication: New London, CT, Press of The Day Publishing Company, 1900 Media: Book Page: page 658. Palmer (June) Family Records Author: June A Kimball Palmer Publication: 1997, 1998 and 1999 Media: Letter.



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Stephen Wilcox's Timeline

Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
December 26, 1634
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
December 26, 1634
December 26, 1634
Croft, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
January 9, 1658
Age 23
Probably Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode island
November 5, 1662
Age 27
Westerly, Washington Co., RI
February 16, 1664
Age 29
North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Age 31
Westerly, Washington, RI