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William Wilcoxson

Also Known As: "Wilcox; "Father of Connecticut""
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
Death: Died in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wilcoxson and Joanne Grundick
Husband of Margaret Hayden
Father of John Wilcoxson; Joseph Wilcoxson, Sr.; Deacon Timothy Wilcoxson; Sgt Samuel Wilcoxson; Obadiah Wilcoxson, I and 6 others

Occupation: Lynnen weaver, Weaver
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About William Wilcoxson, of Stratford

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History of Stratford, Connecticut, 1639-1939 / by Wm. Howard Wilcoxson.

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1. WILLIAM1 WILCOXSON was born between 1540/1 and 1587, and died in 1626[11] in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom[11]. [11] Child: + 2 i. WILLIAM2 WILCOXSON, b. about 1601[10] in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England[14, 8]; d. in 1652[2] in Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, United States[2]; m. MARGARET BIRDSEYE, d. in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut[12] in 1655[8]. Generation Two

2. WILLIAM2 WILCOXSON (William1), son of (1) William1 WILCOXSON, was born about 1601[10] in St. Albans[14, 8], and died between 1 Jan. 1652 and 16 June 1652[2] in Stratford[2]. He married MARGARET BIRDSEYE, who died in 1655[8] in Killingworth[12]. [7, 14, 8, 2, 9, 10, 16, 13] Sailed England 5 Apr 1635 to Boston 26 May 1635 AAFHC: Immigrants book: Boarded "Planter" on 2 Apr 1635 in St.Albans,Hertfordshire Lynnen wever William Wilcockson (34), Margaret Wilcockson (24) Jo. Willcockson (2) The Ancestral File incorrectly shows William as the son of John and Joanne (Grundick) Wilcoxson of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. This information appears to have come from Thomas Wilcox's 1937 "Preliminary Report" which mentions John Wilkockson and Joane Grumsdish of Frosham, Chestershire, with "it is entirely possible that this couple were William Wilcoxson's parents." Although William and the other passengers of the Planter "were vouched for in a blanket certificate of character by the minister of St. Alban's, Hertfordshire", the preliminary report finds that no Wilcoxsons lived in Hertfordshire at that time. Finally, that same author's final report in 1963 gives evidence that William was actually from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, the son of another William Wilcoxson. Hence, we consider this to be the best information.[24, 20, 11] "22 March - 11 April 1635. The following passengers, having taken the oaths, are to be embarked in the "Planter", Mr. Nicholas Travice, bound from London to New England: ... With certificate from St. Albans parish, Herts: ... William Wilcockson, linen weaver 34; Margaret Wilcockson 24; John Willcockson 2; ..."[23] Children: + 3 i. JOHN3 WILCOXSON, b. about 1633[3] in England[3]; d. in Nov. 1690[3]; m. (1) about 1656[17] JOHANNAH TITTERTON; m. (2) on 19 March 1662/3[3] in Stratford[3] (GN-2) ELIZABETH BOURN, d. on 8 Oct. 1668[17], daughter of (GN-1) Elisha BOURNE. 4 ii. JOSEPH WILCOXSON, b. in 1636[12] in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, United States[12]; d. in 1689 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. 5 iii. TIMOTHY WILCOXSON, b. about 1638[12] in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts[12]; d. on 13 Jan. 1710/1[4] in Stratford[4]; m. on 28 Dec. 1664[4] in Stratford[4] JOHANNA BIRDSEY, d. in Stratford[4] in Aug. 1713[4]. 6 iv. SAMUEL WILCOXSON, b. about 1640[12] in Stratford[12]; d. on 12 March 1712/3[5] in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut[5]. 7 v. ELIZABETH WILCOXSON, b. about 1642 in Stratford; m. on 16 April 1663[2] in Windsor, Hartford Co.[2] HENRY STILES. 8 vi. HANNAH WILCOXSON, b. about 1644 in Stratford; m. on 17 March 1664/5[2] in Windsor[2] DANIEL HAYDEN. 9 vii. SARAH WILCOXSON, b. about 1646 in Stratford; m. on 7 March 1665/6[2] in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut[2] JOHN MEIGS. 10 viii. OBADIAH WILCOXSON, b. about 1648[12] in Stratford[12]; d. in 1714[5] in East Guilford, New Haven Co., Connecticut[5]; m. (1) MARY GRISWOLD, b. in Wethersfield, Hartford Co.[5] on 28 Jan. 1650/1[5], d. in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut[5] on 8 Aug. 1670[5]; m. (2) before 1676[5] LYDIA ALLING, b. in New Haven, New Haven Co.[5] on 26 Dec. 1656[5]; m. (3) SILENCE MANSFIELD, b. in New Haven[5] on 24 Oct. 1664[5]. 11 ix. PHOEBE WILCOXSON, b. about 1651[12] in Stratford[12]; d. on 20 Sept. 1743[2]; m. (1) on 11 Dec. 1669[2] JOHN BIRDSEY; m. (2) JOHN BEACH. 12 x. JOHANNA WILCOXSON, b. about 1653[2].

Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire, England and Stratford, Connecticut [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: Wilcox, Thomas.. Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire, England and Stratford, Connecticut. Pasadena, Calif.: unknown, 1963.

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.


immigrant


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

~MY ANCESTOR~

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:

Spouses:
 Margaret Birdseye Hayden (1610 - 1675)*
 Margaret Harvey Wilcockson Hayden (1611 - ____)
Children:
 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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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

~MY ANCESTOR~

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:

Spouses: Margaret Birdseye Hayden (1610 - 1675)* Margaret Harvey Wilcockson Hayden (1611 - ____) Children: 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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Name: William Wilcoxson 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 5 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Sex: M Birth: ABT 1601 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England 3 11 12 14 Death: ABT 1652 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 3 12 15 Will: 29 MAY 1651 Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT Note:

   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 29, 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.

Marriage 1 Margaret Birdseye b: ABT 1611 in England

   Married: ABT 1633 in England

Children

   Has Children John Wilcoxson I b: ABT 1633 in England
   Has Children Joseph Wilcoxson I b: ABT 1636 in Concord, Middlesex Co., MA
   Has Children Timothy Wilcoxson b: ABT 1637 in Concord, Middlesex Co., MA
   Has Children Samuel Wilcoxson I b: ABT 1640 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
   Has Children Elizabeth Wilcoxson b: 1 NOV 1642 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
   Has Children Hannah Wilcoxson b: ABT 1644 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
   Has Children Sarah Wilcoxson b: 26 OCT 1646 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
   Has Children Obadiah Wilcoxson , Sr b: ABT 1648 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
   Has Children Phoebe Wilcoxson b: 31 AUG 1650 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT

Sources:

   Title: The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660, Peter Wilson Coldham
   Author: Peter Wilson Coldham
   Note: Secondary Source
   Repository:
   Note: St. Louis City Public Library
   Media: Book
   Page: p 128
   Text: Abridged: 22 March - 11 April, 1635. The following passengers, having taken the oaths, are to be embarked in the Planter, Mr. Nicholas Travice, bound from London to New England:
   With certificates from St. Albans parish, Herts:....William Wilcockson, linen weaver 34; Margaret Wilcockson 24; John Willcockson 2;.....
   Note: The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660, Peter Wilson Coldham, p 128.
   Title: History of Stratford, The First Settlers
   Repository:
   Media: Book
   Page: p 86
   Title: The Wilcox Family History
   Author: Julia Ida Wilcox
   Publication: The Kent Tribune; Thursday, April 16, 1925
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: Files of James B. Lindsley
   Media: Newspaper
   Page: p 10
   Title: List of Freemen of Massachusetts 1630-1691
   Author: Lucius R. Paige
   Repository:
   Note: St. Louis City Public Library
   Media: Book
   Page: p 14
   Text: Col. Rec., VOL I, p 194: "Dec 07, 1636 Willi. Wilcockson"
   Title: The Pioneers of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List
   Author: Charles Henry Pope
   Repository:
   Note: St. Louis City Public Library
   Media: Book
   Page: p 497
   Text: "WILCOCKSON, William, linen weaver, ae. 34, with Margaret, ae.24, and son John, ae. 2, cert. from St. Albans, Herts., Eng. came in the Planter April 2, 1635. Residence unknown. Fr. Dec. 7, 1636."
   Note: The Pioneers of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List; Charles Henry Pope, p 497.
   Title: Provancha Family Page
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/9352/NAMEW.HTM
   Media: Electronic
   Page: p 7
   Title: The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660, Peter Wilson Coldham
   Author: Peter Wilson Coldham
   Note: Secondary Source
   Repository:
   Note: St. Louis City Public Library
   Media: Book
   Page: p 128
   Text: Abridged: 22 March - 11 April, 1635. The following passengers, having taken the oaths, are to be embarked in the Planter, Mr. Nicholas Travice, bound from London to New England:
   With certificates from St. Albans parish, Herts:....William Wilcockson, linen weaver 34; Margaret Wilcockson 24; John Willcockson 2;.....
   Note: The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660, Peter Wilson Coldham, p 128.
   Title: A Genealogical History of the Descendents of William and Margaret Wilcoxson
   Author: Lynnette Jane Burge
   Publication: 1999
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/3828/index.html
   Media: Electronic
   Title: Colonial Familiesof the United States of America
   Author: Mackenzie, George Norbury
   Publication: New York, 1907
   Note: Copyright 1998-200, My Family.com Inc., and its subsidiaries
   Repository:
   Note: www.ancestry.com
   Media: Electronic
   Page: Vol 2; Vol 3; p 205
   Title: Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: St. Louis County Library
   Media: Book
   Page: Vol. 41, pp 258-259
   Title: Staten Island and Its People, 1609 - 1929 (Volume IV)
   Author: Charles William Leng
   Publication: Lewis Historical Publishing Co.; Chicago; 1929 - 1933 (5 Volumes)
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: Allen County Library; Ft. Wayne, IN
   Media: Book
   Page: p 468
   Title: The Descendants of William Wilcoxson, Vincent Meigs, and Richard Webb
   Author: Reynold Webb Wilcox
   Publication: T. A. Wright, Publisher and Printer; New York 1893
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: James B. Lindsley Library
   Media: Book
   Page: p 5
   Title: William Wilcox(son) of Stratford, Conn.
   Author: H. F. Johnson
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: Family History Center; Salt Lake City, UT
   Media: Microfilm
   Page: p 954
   Title: New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial
   Author: William Richard Cutter
   Publication: Lewis Historical Publishing Company; New York 1914
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: Allen County Public Library; Fort Wayne, IN
   Media: Book
   Page: Vol. 3, p 1225; Vol. 4, p 1777
   Title: New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial
   Author: William Richard Cutter
   Publication: Lewis Historical Publishing Company; New York 1914
   Note: Secondary
   Repository:
   Note: Allen County Public Library; Fort Wayne, IN
   Media: Book
   Page: Vol. 3, p 1225 

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http://www.randycbrown.com/lib_wilcox.pdf

purports father of Wm. the immigrant as another William Wilcoxson, b. circa 1560 in Derbyshire. -d. 1635

sunrname and children's histories after immigration.

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William Wilcoxson (son of William Wilcoxson and Anne Howdische) was born 1601 in Wirksworth, Derbyshire,ENG, and died 1652 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.He married Margaret Birdseye on Abt. 1632 in England, daughter of John Birdseye and Elizabeth Andrews.

Includes NotesNotes for William Wilcoxson:

William, age 34, sailed from London on 2 April 1635/36 to New England with his son, John, age 2, and wife, Margaret, age 24, on the ship "Planter."He was designateda "lynnen wever" on the passenger list.They arrived at Concord, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, May 26, 1653 and he became a freeman of the Colony that same year.For some time, it was thought William had originated in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, ENG because the group which sailed on the "Planter" were vouched for in a blanket certificate of character by a Church of England minister attached to St. Albans.However, there are records in Wirksworth, which was a center of the linen weaving industry, showing the name of Wilcoxson back to the 15th century.(From "Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire, England and Stratford, Connecticut" by Reynold Wilcox c. 1964)There are no Parish Records with any Wilcoxson mentioned in St. Albans. The Wilcoxson's probably had heard Reverend Adam Blakeman, an ordained Episcopal minister in England, who had preached in Derbyshire. Blakeman is considered the one who got the required certificate of character for the group on the "Planter" from the minister in St. Albans. The Wilcoxson family remained in Concord, MA until 1639 when they left to settle Stratford, CT.When they appeared in Stratford, the family was composed of the father, mother, and three small children. From this, it is surmised that the two children after John were born in Concord. Stratford was first called Pequennocke, then Cupheag Plantation and finally Stratford.Here, six more children were born to William and Margaret.All the childred lived to adulthood, married, and had families of their own.William was a Deputy from Stratford to the Connecticut Legislature which met in Hartford in 1647.His will, dated May 29, 1651, named his wife, his eldest son; "the rest of my sons", his daughters, and bequethed forty pounds to the church.We know he died early in the year 1652 from the fact that there is a record of the inventory of his will on June 16th, 1652. More About William Wilcoxson and Margaret Birdseye: Marriage: Abt. 1632, England. Children of William Wilcoxson and Margaret Birdseye are:

   John Wilcoxson, b. Abt. 1633, Wirksworth, Derbyshire,ENG, d. 1690, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.
   Joseph Wilcoxson, b. Abt. 1636, Concord, Middlesex Co., MA, d. 09 Feb 1703, Killingsworth, Middlesex Co., MA.
   Timothy Wilcoxson, b. Abt. 1638, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, d. 13 Jan 1713, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.
   +Samuel Wilcockson, b. Abt. 1640, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, d. 12 Mar 1713, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.
   Elizabeth Wilcoxson, b. Abt. 1642, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, d. date unknown.
   Hannah Wilcoxson, b. Abt. 1644, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, d. 04 Oct 1722, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.
   Sarah Wilcoxson, b. Abt. 1646, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, d. 24 Nov 1691, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.
   Obadiah Wilcoxson, b. Abt. 1648, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, d. 1713, East Guildford, New Haven, CT.
   Phoebe Wilcoxson, b. 31 Aug 1650, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, d. 20 Sep 1743, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.

http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/f/i/e/Harold-A-Field/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-1024.html

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William Wilcoxson, or Wilcockson is the spelling used by Robert C. Anderson[1] Origin

William was born about 1601 (aged 34 on 2 April 1635).[1] Research of Jane E. Wilcox has shown circumstantial evidence i the parish registers of Ilkeston and vicinity that William's father may have been William Wilcockson of Biggin-by-Hulland, Derbyshire.[1]

William was a linen weaver, so he may have come from Derbyshire where they grew flax for weaving and many with the name of Wilcoxson lived. A William Wilcoxson of Wirkswork mentioned a son, William, aged 25 years in 1626.[citation needed] Immigration

William, "Lynen wever," came to Boston aboard the "Planter" at age 34 with wife, Margaret aged 24 and son, John age 2.[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.[2]

The family settled initially at Concord where on 7 December 1636, William achieved freemanship.[1] By 1639, they removed to Stratford, Connecticut. Marriage and Children

William married about 1633 to Margaret Harvey, daughter of James Harvey of Ilkeston, Derbyshire.[1] She married as her 2nd, to William Hayden.[1]

Children:[1]

   John Wilcockson
   Joseph Wilcockson
   Timothy Wilcockson
   Samuel Wilcockson
   Elizabeth Wilcockson
   Hannah (Wilcockson) Hayden
   Obadiah Wilcockson
   Sarah Wilcockson
   Phebe Wilcockson 

The above are the only documented children of William and Margaret. Some include the child below, without citation.

   Johanna Wilcoxson 

Positions and Property

William Wilcoxson served Stratford as Deputy in the Connecticut Assembly.[citation needed] or as deputy to the General Court in Hartford in 1647.[citation needed] Death and Legacy

William wrote his will on 29 May 1651, and inventory was taken on June 16, 1652 at Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.[1] William left 30 pounds to the church in Concord, Mass. where they attended so many years before.[citation needed] Sources

   ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Anderson, Robert Charles, William Wilcockson, Featured Name Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.)
   ↑ 2.0 2.1 Hotten, John Camden, 1874 The original lists of persons of quality ... (Page 45) London: Hotten, Archive.org accessed 2 March 2016.

See also:

   Bradford, Mildred, Moses S. Curtis Descendants and Ancestors. (Baltimore, Md: Gateway Press, 2000) 
   Nareen, et al, William Wilcoxson Find A Grave Memorial# 28453933, Record added Jul 22, 2008, accessed 2 March 2016. 
   Davis, Charles Henry Stanley, 1870 [History of Wallingford, Connecticut from Its Settlement in 1670.] (Page 640) Meriden, CT: The Author, Archive.org accessed 2 March 2016. 
   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:37V2-BSG : accessed 2015-08-21), entry for William /WILCOXSON/. 

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 pounds 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.) wikitree

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William Wilcoxson - Margaret Birdsey

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William was born about 1601 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, the son of William Wilcoxson and Anne Howdische. He married Margaret Birdsey about 1632 in England. She was born about 1611, the daughter of John Birdseye and Elizabeth Andrews. About three years after they were married they departed for the American Colonies.

On April 5, 1635, William, along with his wife, Margaret, and two-year old son, John, sailed from London on the ship “Planter”. The ship arrived at Boston on May 26th of that same year. William and his family settled in Concord, Massachusetts, where sons Joseph and Timothy were born. They remained in Concord for about four years. From there, William became one of the original settlers of Stratford, Connecticut. Here, six more children were born to William and Margaret.

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

William was a linen weaver.

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 in 1639, shows seventeen families living there. This map shows William Wilcoxson's lot in the central part of town.

William died early in the year 1652. All of his children were still young. John, the oldest, was only nineteen. Margaret remarried in 1663 to William Hayden of Windsor, Connecticut. He was a widower with three young children. They moved to Killingworth (now Clinton), Connecticut. Joseph, already the father of three children, followed his mother to Killingworth and settled there

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WILLIAM WILCOXSON – MARGARET BIRDSEY

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Wilcoxson-158 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8979208 (1601-1651) (1611-1655)

William was born about 1601 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, the son of William Wilcoxson and Anne Howdische. He married Margaret Birdsey about 1632 in England. She was born about 1611, the daughter of John Birdseye and Elizabeth Andrews. About three years after they were married they departed for the American Colonies.

On April 5, 1635, William, along with his wife, Margaret, and two-year old son, John, sailed from London on the ship “Planter”. The ship arrived at Boston on May 26th of that same year. William and his family settled in Concord, Massachusetts, where sons Joseph and Timothy were born. They remained in Concord for about four years. From there, William became one of the original settlers of Stratford, Connecticut. Here, six more children were born to William and Margaret.

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

William was a linen weaver.

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 in 1639, shows seventeen families living there. This map shows William Wilcoxson's lot in the central part of town.

William died early in the year 1652. All of his children were still young. John, the oldest, was only nineteen. Margaret remarried in 1663 to William Hayden of Windsor, Connecticut. He was a widower with three young children. They moved to Killingworth (now Clinton), Connecticut. Joseph, already the father of three children, followed his mother to Killingworth and settled there

Notes

   REFN: 11998 From Thomas Wilcox, A Preliminary Report on the Descendants of William Wilcoxson (1937), pp. 18-25, online at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/_glc_/5757/index.html (subscription only): The scope of our historynow narrows to William Wilcoxson and his direct descendants. As we have seen, above, he sailed from England, April 5, 1635. The vessel arrived at Boston, May 26th of the same year and we have the word of Orcutt, "History of Stratford and Bridgeport," that his very first American home was at Concord, Mass.Since he appeared at Stratford, Connecticutt in the year 1639 he could onlyhave lived four years at Concord. Notwithstanding his brief residence there, William Wilcoxson and his immediate descendants seem to have entertained atender regard for this first home of the family in America. In his will, dated May 29th, 1651, he specified "40 pounds to be sent to Concord to be ordered as in a letter to Bulkley, already sent." It was understood that the donation was to be applied to educational purposes in Concord. It was from Concord that Samuel, one of William's five sons, chose his wife, and, it was in Concord, also, that John Wilcoxson, Jr., grandson of the immigrant, married and lived for a number of years.<p> When William Wilcoxson sailed from England hisfamily consisted of himself, aged 34, his wife, Margaret, aged 24, and son John, aged 2.<p> When they appeared at Stratford in 1639 the family was composedof the father, mother and "three small children." From this we know that two children were born at Concord. Inspection of the vital statistics of that town reveals the fact that they do not begin until the year 1640.<p> Hence the precise birth dates of these two children are forever beyond our ken. Nordo we know with absolute certainty which two children were born there. However, accepting the order given in "History and Genealogy of old Fairfield" asthe correct one, they were Joseph and Timothy.<p> The earliest map of Stratford(as it was in 1639) shows seventeen families living there. This map shows William Wilcoxson's lot in the central part of the "town". On one side of it was the lot of William Beardsley and on the other that of John Peat. Across the street lived widow Elizabeth Curtis, Francis Nichols, Thomas Fairchild andArthur Bostwick. Further down the street lived Richard Harvey, who, with William Beardsley, had come over in the Planter with William Wilcoxson.<p> In theyears immediately following other families settled in Stratford whose namesshould be remembered as our first neighbors in America. The names include those of Beach, Hull, Pickett, Groves, Porter, Hayden, Stiles, Judson, Hurd, Wheeler, Wells, Preston, Rice or Royce, Sherman, Sherwood, Nichols, Seabrook, Beers, Titterton, Tomlinson, Brinsmade, Birdseye, Mills, Coe, Blakeman or Blackman, Booth, Hawley, Crookes, Quemby and Uffoot or Ufford. In many cases notonly are these families to be thought of as our first neighbors but as kinsmen as well. For, as we shall see later, there were intermarriages between certain of these families and our own during the first generations in America.<p> At the very beginning of its settlement, Stratford was called Pequonnocke after the ancient Indian name of the environing region. Its name was first changed to Cupheag Plantation. It was then changed to Stratford.<p> There has beenmuch speculation as to how or why the first settlers of Stratford came to chose that name for their town. It was once suggested that the name was supplied by William Beardsley in remembrance of his English birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon. However, this theory was later cast into the discard since no recordhas been found to show that William Beardsley (or, indeed, any other resident of early Stratford, Connecticutt) ever lived at Stratford-on-Avon, England.<p> Upon this point -- the naming of Stratford --
   Unknown Description: Moved

Sources

   History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield  Jacobus, Donald Lines, M.A., compiler and editor Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, D.A.R., Fairfield, CT (1930, 2 vol.), reprinted with 1943 supp. of additions & corrections, Gen original research from Fairfield Historical Society records and manuscripts, plus parish records and gravestone inscriptions
   Preliminary Report on the Descendants of William Wilcoxson  Wilcox, Thomas Los Angeles, Calif, Feb. 1937; Internet: http://www.familytreemaker.com/_glc_/5757/index.html Cites sources, which appear largely secondary
   New England Marriages Prior to 1700  Torrey, Clarence Almon, and Elizabeth P. Bentley Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1985 (w/ rev'd intro. by Gary Boyd Roberts), c. 1985 by NEHGS Excellent compendium of New England marriages by Torrey, a towering figure in New. Eng. genealogy

Source Citation "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/SPC6-XTM : accessed 4 July 2012), entry for William /Wilcoxson/.

FIRST GENERATION 1. William Wilcoxson (1)(2) (3)(4) (photo) was born in 1601 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. He died in 1652 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT. He has reference number 1. 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. Besides the Wilcoxson family, the Planter's list included the families of John Tuthill, Thomas Olney, George Giddings and William Beardsley, as well as several single persons, including Richard and Charles Harvey, William Felloe, Thomas Savage, Michael Willinson, Francis Peabody, Francis Baker, Thomas Greene and a few others. The vessel arrived at Boston, May 26th of the same year and we have the word of "Orcutt, "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 for more than four years there.

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 in 1639) shows seventeen families living there. This map shows William Wilcoxson's lot in the central part of the "town". On one side of it was the lot of William Beardsley and on the other that of John Peat. Across the street lived widow Elizabeth Curtis, Francis Nichols, Thomas Fairchild and Arthur Bostwick. Further down the street lived Richard Harvey, who, with William Beardsley had come over in the Planter with William Wilcoxson.

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 Wilcoxson died early in the year 1652. This we know from the fact that there is record of the inventory of his will on June 16th, 1652. Margaret remarried in 1664 to William Hayden of Windsor, CT, later removed to Killingworth (now Clinton, 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 the 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.

He was married to Margaret Birdseye in England. Margaret Birdseye (5) was born in 1611 in England. William Wilcoxson and Margaret Birdseye had the following children:

+2 i. John Wilcoxson. +3 ii. Joseph Wilcoxson. +4 iii. Timothy Wilcoxson. +5 iv. Samuel Wilcoxson. +6 v. Elizabeth Wilcoxson. +7 vi. Hannah Wilcoxson. +8 vii. Sarah Wilcoxson. +9 viii. Obadiah Wilcoxson. +10 ix. Phoebe Wilcoxson.

Stratford (formerly known as Cupheag Plantation, and prior to that, Pequonnocke) was founded in 1639 by Puritan leader Reverend Adam Blakeman (pronounced Blackman), William Beardsley, and either 16 families [including Wilcoxson]—according to legend—or approximately 35 families—suggested by later research—who had recently arrived in Connecticut from England seeking religious freedom. Stratford is one of many towns in the northeastern American colonies founded as part of the Great Migration in the 1630s when Puritan families fled an increasingly polarized England in the decade before the civil war between Charles I and Parliament (led by Oliver Cromwell).

IMMIGRANT William Wilcoxson, head of our clan in America, was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England in 1601 to William Wilcoxson and Anne Howdische. He had one older brother and two younger sisters. He was married to Margaret in England. These data were developed by Thomas C. Wilcox in his book, "Descendants of William Wilcoxson"; based upon the Will dated 1626, of William Wilcoxson of Wicksworth.

William Wilcockson was a "lynen weaver". 2 This craft grew the flax, spun the fibers into yarn, and wove the yarn into cloth. Wicksworth had been a linen weaving center in England for "generations".

On 2 April 1635, William (age 34)( Lynnen Wever), and his wife Margaret (age 24), and their child John (age 2); embarked in the ship Planter for America. Margaret Willcockson apparently made the trip while pregnant with her 2nd child Joseph. The vessel landed at Boston on 26 May 1635; a fast trip.

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. Besides the Wilcoxson family, the Planter's list included the families of John Tuthill, Thomas Olney, George Giddings and William Beardsley, as well as several single persons, including Richard and Charles Harvey, William Felloe, Thomas Savage, Michael Willinson, Francis Peabody, Francis Baker, Thomas Greene and a few others. The vessel arrived at Boston, May 26th of the same year and we have the word of "Orcutt, "History of Stratford and Bridgeport", that his first American home was at Concord, MA.

William and Margaret established their first home in Concord MA, where they lived about 4 years; and where their 2nd child, Joseph Willcockson was born in 1635, during the 7 months following their arrival from England. It is believed that son Timothy Willcockson might also have been born in Concord MA. It was in Concord MA on 7 Dec 1636 that William became a "Freeman"; which, among other things, allowed him to vote. This also meant that William And Margaret had established themselves as members of the Congregational Church.

William and Margaret could not have lived for more than four years in Concord. In 1639 they moved their family from Concord MA to the CT Colony, to present day Stratford CT; becoming the 3rd of 17 original proprietors to settle there. The rest of their family of 9 children were born and mostly raised in Stratford CT.

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 in 1639) shows 17 families living there. This map shows William Wilcoxson's lot in the central part of the "town". On one side of it was the lot of William Beardsley and on the other that of John Peat. Across the street lived widow Elizabeth Curtis, Francis Nichols, Thomas Fairchild and Arthur Bostwick. Further down the street lived Richard Harvey, who, with William Beardsley had come over in the Planter with William Wilcoxson.

   Stratford Records show that William & Margaret Willcockson made their home on Lot 10, Elm Street. Along with establishing his home, and providing for his family; William also served as a Deputy to the General Court in 1647. Unlike today, this job was volunteer community service
    Stratford was a new community. Life for these immigrants was difficult. The land had to be cleared, homes and town built,and planting established..Thomas C. Wilcox believed the passengers on the "Planter", and many of the early Stratford settlers were all from Derbyshire England, and knew one another as friends, neighbors, or even family relatives.
   Typical of other "Puritan" settlements; the group probably contained many different crafts and skills. They were established around their Congregational Church; and used their skills to aid one another in the common purpose of establishing a viable community. 

William Wilcoxson, or Wilcockson is the spelling used by Robert C. Anderson[1]

William[2][3] was born about 1601 (aged 34 on 2 April 1635).[1] Research of Jane E. Wilcox has shown circumstantial evidence in the parish registers of Ilkeston and vicinity that William's father may have been William Wilcockson of Biggin-by-Hulland, Derbyshire.[1]

William was a linen weaver, so he may have come from Derbyshire where they grew flax for weaving and many with the name of Wilcoxson lived. A William Wilcoxson of Wirkswork mentioned a son, William, aged 25 years in 1626.[citation needed] Immigration

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 pounds 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.)

William, "Lynen wever," came to Boston aboard the "Planter" at age 34 with wife, Margaret aged 24 and son, John age 2.[4] 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.[4]

The family settled initially at Concord where on 7 December 1636, William achieved freemanship.[1] By 1639, they removed to Stratford, Connecticut. Marriage and Children

William married about 1633 to Margaret Harvey, daughter of James Harvey of Ilkeston, Derbyshire.[1] She married as her 2nd, to William Hayden.[1]

Children:[1]

   John Wilcockson
   Joseph Wilcockson
   Timothy Wilcockson
   Samuel Wilcockson
   Elizabeth Wilcockson
   Hannah (Wilcockson) Hayden
   Obadiah Wilcockson
   Sarah Wilcockson
   Phebe Wilcockson 

The above are the only documented children of William and Margaret. Some include the child below, without citation.

   Johanna Wilcoxson 

Positions and Property

William Wilcoxson served Stratford as Deputy in the Connecticut Assembly.[citation needed] or as deputy to the General Court in Hartford in 1647.[citation needed] Death and Legacy

William wrote his will on 29 May 1651, and inventory was taken on June 16, 1652 at Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.[1] William left 30 pounds to the church in Concord, Mass. where they attended so many years before.[citation needed] Sources

   ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Anderson, Robert Charles, William Wilcockson, Featured Name Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.)
   ↑ Compiled and edited by Jacqyelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation of Vital Records of Early Connecticut (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006), p. 1387.
   ↑ Samuel Orcutt, A History of the Old Town of Statford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut - Vol 2, Fairfield County Historical Society, 1886, p. 1149.
   ↑ 4.0 4.1 Hotten, John Camden, 1874 The original lists of persons of quality ... (Page 45) London: Hotten, Archive.org accessed 2 March 2016.

See also:

   Bradford, Mildred, Moses S. Curtis Descendants and Ancestors. (Baltimore, Md: Gateway Press, 2000) 
   Nareen, et al, William Wilcoxson Find A Grave Memorial# 28453933, Record added Jul 22, 2008, accessed 2 March 2016. 
   Davis, Charles Henry Stanley, 1870 [History of Wallingford, Connecticut from Its Settlement in 1670.] (Page 640) Meriden, CT: The Author, Archive.org accessed 2 March 2016. 
   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:37V2-BSG : accessed 2015-08-21), entry for William /WILCOXSON/. 
   Orcutt, Samuel, Rev. A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, published 1886. Reference page 106 
   Wilcox, Reynold Webb Descendants of William Wilcoxson, Vincent Meigs, and Richard Webb, published 1893. Reference page 1-2 
   Savage, James A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #4, Wilbore - Wilkinson 
   Wilcox, Owen Wilcox Family History: Being Some Account of the First Five Generations in Direct Line from William Wilcockson of Stratford, Connecticut, to Josiah Wilcox of Brecksville, Ohio, published 1911. Reference page 3+ 

Additional Sources for Disputed Origin

   William Wilcoxson and Anne Howdische [1] Thomas Wilcox, Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire, England and Stratford Connecticut 
   "The Descendants of William Wilcoxson" A Genealogical and Historical Outline; Edited by Lynnette Jane Wilcox Burge; January 2000. Page 1 & 2. 

William Wilcoxson

HUSBAND: William Wilcoxson1 mar: bir: EST 1560 Derbyshire, Eng dea: 1626 Wirksworth, Derbyshire, Eng Father: an unknown person Mother: an unknown person

WIFE: Anne Howdische Wilcoxson bir: mar: Father: an unknown person Mother: an unknown person

CHILDREN X indicates ancestor of preparer

1 Name: George Wilcoxson M bir:

2 Name: Anne Wilcoxson F bir:

3 Name: Mazie Wilcoxson F bir:

4 Name: William Wilcoxson2 M bir3: 1601 Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Eng mar4: 1632 Eng to: Margaret Birdseye Wilcoxson Hayden dea5: 28 Nov 1652 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT

Individual biographical text for William Wilcoxson

From "The Wilcox Families" by Rev. S.P. Merrill, Rochester, NY in the Narragansett Historical Register, Vol. 2 -

The name Wilcox, like all our patronymics is variously spelled. It is a name dating back to an early period in English

history.

Its first appearance is at the battle of Agincourt, where one

"Wilcox or Wilcott", is recorded as furnishing men at arms. Another, in the last century, was a Bishop of the Church of England and Dean of Westminster Abbey.

Heraldry gives several coats of arms as worn by Wilcox families.

In the 15th and 16th centuries there was a considerable colony of Wilcoxsons around Croston, Lancashire. Before this period the name is found in Denbigh and other Welsh shires. There is circumstanial evidence that Will Coch, otherwise known as William de la Pole, Lord of Mowddy, of North Wales, was the first holder

of the name Wilcox. He lived from 1260 to 1315 A.D. and the line runs back patrilineally to Bleddyn, founder of the Cynfynian dynasty which ruled North Wales for three centuries.

1. Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire, England and Stratford, Connecticut.; Reproduced in the Spring of 1963 from data accumulated by intermittent research and correspondence over a period of thirty years.; LDS Library film #77226, found in Salt Lake City, September 11, 1997. (Thomas Wilcox, P.O. Box 462, Pasadena, California 91102 1963), (hereafter cited as Wilcoxson,

Wm Des, Thomas Wilcox). 2. Carroll V. Berryman; Rev. S.P. Merrill, "The Wilcox Family,"

Narragansett Historical Register 2 281-293 (hereafter cited as Wilcox Family, Narragansett Hist Reg); "William Wilcoxson," The American Genealogist 59 31 (hereafter cited as TAG, Wilcox); and

Wilcoxson, Wm Des, Thomas Wilcox. 3. The American Genealogist Vol 37:79 4. date from birth of first child; and . 5. Inventory taken 16 Jun 1652.; and Wilcoxson, Wm Des, Thomas Wilcox.

HUSBAND: William Wilcoxson1 bir2: 1601 Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Eng mar3: 1632 Eng dea4: 28 Nov 1652 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT Father: William Wilcoxson5 Mother: Anne Howdische Wilcoxson

WIFE: Margaret Birdseye Wilcoxson Hayden6 bir7: 1611 Eng mar8: 1632 Eng mar: 1663 prob Stratford, CT dea: 1675 Killingworth, Middlesex Co, CT Father: an unknown person Mother: an unknown person Other h: 1663: William Hayden

CHILDREN X indicates ancestor of preparer

1 Name: John Wilcoxson9 M bir10: CA 1633 Eng mar: EST 1655 to: Johanna Titherton Wilcox mar: 19 Mar 1662 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT to: Elizabeth Bourne Wells Wilcox dea: Nov 1691 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT

X 2 Name: Joseph Wilcoxson11 M bir: 1636 Concord, MA mar12: 1658 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT to: Anna (Mitchell) Wilcoxson dea: 30 Oct 1682 Killingworth, Middlesex Co, CT

3 Name: Timothy Wilcoxson13 M bir: CA 1637 Concord, MA mar14: 28 Dec 1664 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT to: Johanna Birdseye Wilcox dea15: 13 Jun 1711 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT

4 Name: Samuel Wilcoxson16 M bir: CA 1640 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT mar: BEF 1666 to: Hannah Rice Wilcox dea: 12 Mar 1713 Simsbury, CT

5 Name: Elizabeth Wilcoxson Stiles17 F bir: CA 1642 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT mar18: 16 Apr 1663 to: Henry Stiles dea: AFT 1668

6 Name: Hannah Wilcoxson Hayden19 F bir: CA 1644 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT mar20: 17 Mar 1664 to: Daniel Hayden dea: 19 Apr 1722

7 Name: Sarah Wilcoxson Meigs21 F bir: CA 1646 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT mar22: 7 Mar 1665 to: John Meigs dea: 24 Nov 1691

8 Name: Obediah Wilcoxson23 M bir: 1648 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT mar24: 1669 to: Mary Griswold Wilcox mar: 1675 to: Lydia Alling(Allen) Wilcox mar25: 1689 to: Silence Mansfield Wilcox Chatsfield dea: 1714 New Haven, CT

9 Name: Phoebe Wilcoxson Birdseye Beach26 F bir: 31 Aug 1650 Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT mar27: to: John Beach mar28: 11 Dec 1669 to: John Birdseye Jr dea: 20 Sep 1743

Individual biographical text for William Wilcoxson

Descendents of William Wilcoxson by Thomas Wilcox, Pasadena, CA:

In his fathers will, William is described as being "my younger son". He was a linen weaver. He left England as a follower of Adam Blakeman, an episcopally ordained clergyman who was then preaching in Derbyshire.

William Wilcoxson sailed from England at age 34 years, his wife,

Margaret aged 24 yrs and son John, aged 2 yrs. When they appeared at Stratford in 1639 the family was composed of the father, mother and three small children. From this we know that

the children were born in Concord. He had arrived from England May 26, 1635 and his very first American home was at Concord, MA. He lived there for four years. The children born here were Joseph and Timothy.

At the very beginning of its settlement, Stratford was called Pequennocke, then changed to Cupheag Plantation and then to Stratford. Here six more children were born to William and Margaret. Their entire family comprised nine children, all of whom lived to adulthood, married and had families of their own.

William Wilcoxson died early in the year 1652. All his children were still under age, with John, the oldest was but 19, and Phoebe yet a babe in arms.

Margaret evidently remarried in 1663 to William Hayden, an immigrant of 1630. By this time John, Joseph, Timothy and Elizabeth had married. William Hayden had removed to Killingworth with his three motherless children and there he was joined by Margaret and the younger Wilcoxson children. John and Timothy remained with their families in Stratford, Elizabeth moved with her husband, Sergeant Henry Stiles, to Windsor. Joseph, already the father of three children, followed his mother to Killingworth and settled there permanently. Samuel married the following year, thus did not live long at Killingworth. The younger chjildren who accompanied their mother to Killingworth were Hannah (who became the bride of her step brother Daniel Hayden),

Sarah, Obadiah and Phoebe.

Savage corroberates the names of the children of William and Margaret.

The name of this line was originally Wilcoxson, but the last syllable was generally dropped about the middle of the eighteenth century. There is a line of the family however, which still retains the original name in full.

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. Alban's, 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 the William Wilcoxson who married Anne Howdische

8 February 1575 and died in Wirksworth in 1626. This document made behests to: George Wilcoxson, William Wilcoxson (my younger

son), Anne Wilcoxson and "Maizie", or Margaret. 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.

In the book "Wilcoxson and Allied Families", the author quotes a

letter dated 23 March 1931, from Harold M. Wilcox, 60 Wall St., NY, to Mrs. Jane C. Stow, 8109 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA. This letter is in the Manuscript Files (Wilcox-Conn.) Penn. Hist. Soc., Philadelphia.

William Will 'Cocks' or Wilcox, who was the first of his line

to be designated by the name of "Wilcox" was William Goch, the fourth son of Griffiths, having his citadel at Powys Castle in Montgomeryshire, Wales, near the village of Welsh-Poole, situate

on Poole mount. (Ed. note: this theory is one of many of the origin of the name.)

William was a follower of Adam Blakeman, a preacher of some note, and had been the minister of the family in Derbyshire. He first

came to New England and was followed by many of the faithful.

1. Carroll V. Berryman; Rev. S.P. Merrill, "The Wilcox Family,"

Narragansett Historical Register 2 281-293 (hereafter cited as Wilcox Family, Narragansett Hist Reg); "William Wilcoxson," The American Genealogist 59 31 (hereafter cited as TAG, Wilcox); and

Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire, England and Stratford, Connecticut.; Reproduced in the Spring of 1963 from data accumulated by intermittent research and correspondence over a period of thirty years.; LDS Library film #77226, found in Salt Lake City, September 11, 1997. (Thomas Wilcox, P.O. Box 462, Pasadena, California 91102 1963), (hereafter cited as Wilcoxson,

Wm Des, Thomas Wilcox). 2. The American Genealogist Vol 37:79 3. date from birth of first child; and . 4. Inventory taken 16 Jun 1652.; and Wilcoxson, Wm Des, Thomas Wilcox. 5. Ibid. 6. Carroll V. Berryman; and Ibid. 7. Pioneers of Mass by Pope 8. date from birth of first child; and . 9. TAG, Wilcox; Wilcox Family, Narragansett Hist Reg; and Reynold Webb Wilcox, Wilcoxson-Wilcox, Webb and Meigs Families (The National Historical Society, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York, 1938), (hereafter cited as Wilcoxson- Wilcox, Webb & Meigs, Reynold Webb Wilcox). 10. The Plantars of the Commonwealth 1620-1640 by Chas Edw Banks 11. Carroll V. Berryman; TAG, Wilcox; Wilcox Family, Narragansett Hist Reg; Wilcoxson-Wilcox, Webb & Meigs, Reynold Webb Wilcox; and Elsie Hart Wilcox, A Record of the Descendants of Abner Wilcox & Lucy Eliza Hart Wilcox of Hawaii, 1836-1950 (125 copies, Issued December, 1950, Honolulu, HA), (hereafter cited as Wilcox, Abner, Elsie Hart Wilcox). 12. The American Genealogist disproves Sheather as the name of Anna.; ; and Carroll V. Berryman 13. Wilcox Family, Narragansett Hist Reg; TAG, Wilcox; and Wilcoxson-Wilcox, Webb & Meigs, Reynold Webb Wilcox. 14. . 15. The inventory of Timothy's estate is dated 9 Feb 1710/1. 16. Wilcox Family, Narragansett Hist Reg; and TAG, Wilcox. 17. TAG, Wilcox. 18. . 19. TAG, Wilcox. 20. . 21. TAG, Wilcox. 22. . 23. TAG, Wilcox; and Wilcox Family, Narragansett Hist Reg. 24. . 25. . 26. . 27. "Genealogy of Families of Old Fairfield", Vol I, Part 2, pages 689,690 (hereafter cited as Families of Old Fairfield). 28. .

According to Hotten[1], William Wilcoxson (age 34), together with his wife, Margaret [surname unknown, although some sources report it as Birdseye[2]] (age 24) and their infant son, John (age 2), sailed from London on the ship Planter on 5 Apr 1635 and arrived at Boston, Massachusetts 26 May of that year. (The Curtiss Genealogy of 1903[3] states that Joseph Hawley[4] sailed to America on the Planter along with Stratford proprietors Adam Blakeman[5], William Wilcoxson and William Beardsley, but this has never been proved). William and Margaret probably married in England about 1632. The passengers of the Planter embarked with a blanket certificate, confirming their character, from the minister of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, there is no reason to believe that William was from that specific place. The records of the shire do not contain his name, and he was more likely from either the town of Biggin or Wirkswork, Derbyshire. The parish records of Derbyshire confirm that many Wilcoxsons lived in the surrounding villages. His father may have been William Wilcoxson (1560-1626) of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England who married Anne Howdische on 8 Feb 1575, and whose children were George, William (the younger son), Anne and Mazie. This William mentions his son, William (age 25), in his will of 1626. Since William was a linen weaver (according to the passenger records of the Planter), and Biggin was an area where flax was grown and woven into cloth, there is credibility to this theory. According to Orcutt[6], his first American home was at Concord, Massachusetts. William was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on 7 Dec 1636. Since he later appears at Stratford, Connecticut in the year 1639, he could not have lived more than four years at Concord, where two of his children were probably born (Joseph and Timothy).

William Wilcoxson was one of the early settlers of Stratford, Connecticut, and he had a home lot in the center of the village. 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, and his neighbors were William Beardsley and John Peat. Across the street, lived the Widow Elizabeth Curtis.

William represented Stratford as deputy to the General Court in Hartford in 1647. Some sources say that he left Stratford to live for a time in Hartford and Windsor, but it is evident that he died in Stratford, as an inventory of his estate was taken there 16 Jun 1652. In his will made in May 1651, William left £30 to the church in Concord, Massachusetts where the family had attended so many years before.

The children of William Wilcoxson and Margaret are listed as follows: (1) John, born in England and died 19 Mar 1690. He married (1st, 1656) Johanna Titterton, (2nd, 1658) Deborah Titterton and (3rd) Elizabeth Bourne; (2) Joseph, born at Concord, Massachusetts and died 9 Feb 1703. In 1658 he married Margaret Sheathers; (3) Timothy Wilcoxson, born about 1638 at Concord, Massachusetts and died 13 Jan 1713. He married Joanna Birdseye (possibly 1st cousins); (4) Samuel, born at Stratford, Connecticut and died 12 Mar 1713/4. In 1665 he married Hannah Rice; (5) Elizabeth, born at Stratford, Connecticut and died 16 Apr 1663; (6) Hannah, born at Stratford, Connecticut; (7) Sarah, born at Stratford, Connecticut; (8) Obadiah, born at Stratford, Connecticut and died 1714 and (9) Phebe, born at Stratford, Connecticut and died 20 Sep 1743. She married (1st, 1669) John Birdseye (possibly 1st cousins) and (2nd, 1680) John Beach.

All of these births occurred between about 1633-1651. The arrangement shown above is in the order presented in History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield[7] and the one which seems most reasonable in view of their respective marriage dates and other considerations. No birth record exists anywhere for any of these children.

William died early in the year 1652. This is known as there is a probate record of the inventory of his will dated 16 Jun 1652. Margaret was later remarried to William Hayden. Just when or where it was that the widow Wilcoxson met William Hayden (an immigrant of 1630) of Windsor we do not know. It may be that the two families had known each other in Derbyshire or that they had become acquainted at Concord. According to Records of the Connecticut Line of the Hayden Family[8], Margaret married William Hayden sometime in the year 1663[9]. The latter had then removed from Windsor to Killingworth with Margaret and the younger Wilcoxson children, along with his own children of his first marriage. By that time, John, Joseph, Timothy remained at Stratford with their families. Elizabeth removed with her husband, Henry Stiles to Windsor while Joseph and his family joined his parents in Killingworth. He settled there permanently. Samuel, who married the following year at Windsor, probably did not live long at Killingworth, if at all. Samuel eventually settled in Simsbury, and Obadiah settled in East Guilford (now Madison.) The younger children who accompanied their mother to Killingworth were, therefore: Hannah, Sarah, Obadiah, and Phoebe. Margaret died at Killingworth about 1675.

Timothy Wilcoxson and Joanna Birdsdeye were married on 28 Dec 1664. Joanna Birdeye was born 18 Nov 1642 in Stratford, Connecticut and died in August 1713 at the same place. The daughter of Timothy Wilcoxson and Joanna Birdseye (1st cousins) is Elizabeth Wilcoxson, born 6 Nov 1673 in Stratford, Connecticut and died 10 Sep 1762 in Farmington, Connecticut. On 7 Jun 1697 she married Joseph Hawley (the son of Samuel Hawley and Mary Thompson), born 6 Jun 1675 in Stratford, Connecticut and died 20 Nov 1752 in Farmington, Connecticut. The lineage of Elizabeth Wilcoxson and Joseph Hawley is continued under the heading of Joseph Hawley (1603-1690).

[1] John Camden Hotten, ed. The original lists of persons of quality: emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed, and others, who went from Great Britain to the American plantations, 1600-1700 (1874).

[2] The early generations of the Birsdeye family in Connecticut are a bit murky, and the facts that are generally reported are supported more by family tradition than documentary proof. There is obviously a complicated connection among the Birdseye, Wilcoxson and Hawley families that may reach all the way back to England. If Margaret is a Birdseye, then she is probably a sister or perhaps a cousin to our ancestors John Birdseye and Joseph (or Edward) Birdseye (our 10th and 11th great grandfathers), brothers who settled in Stratford and Wethersfield, respectively. They are the sons of John Birdseye (1571-1649), discussed under his own heading.

[3] Frederic Haines Curtiss. A genealogy of the Curtiss family: being a record of the descendants of widow Elizabeth Curtiss, who settled in Stratford, Conn., 1639-1640 (Rockwell and Churchill Press) 1903.

[4] My 10th g-grandfather, discussed under his own heading

[5] My 9th g-grandfather, discussed under his own heading

[6] Samuel Orcutt, A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut (1886).

[7] Jacobus, Donald Lines. History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield (New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor) 1930.

[8] Hayden, Jabez Haskell. Records of the Connecticut Line of the Hayden Family (Windsor Locks, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.) 1888.

[9] Other sources indicate dates as late as 1668.

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Life Sketch of William Wilcoxsen

· 11 November 2015 ·

  William Wilcoxson was born about 1601 in England.  Some sources say he was the child of William Wilcoxson and was born in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England.  Other sources say he was the son of William Wilcoxson and Anne Howdescle who married on February 8, 1575 and that lived in Biggin, Derbyshire, which was a area where flax was grown and woven into cloth.  William the son was a linen weaver, so there is some reason to believe this theory.  The Will of William Wilcoxson Senior mentions a younger son, William, who was 25 years old in 1626.
    Wiliiam married Margaret Birdseye about 1632.  He was 31, she was 21.  They had ten children; John 1633, Joseph 1636, Timothy 1638. Samuel 1640, Elizabeth 1642, Hannah 1644, Sarah 1646, Obadiah 1648, Phoebe 1651, and Johanna 1652.  John was born in England.  The next two children, Joseph and Timothy, were born in Concord, Massachusetts, and the remaining children were born in Stratford, Connecticut.
    William, his wife and infant son, sailed from England on April 2, 1635 on board "The Planter".  Nicholas Travice was Master, and there were a total of 28 passengers on board.  The Wilcoxsens were listed on the passenger list as William Wilcockson, Lynnen Wever (34), wife Margaret aged 24, and son John aged 2.  Per the English Government regulations, William, Margaret and other passengers were vouched for in a blanket certificate of character by the minister of St. Alban's, Hertfordshire".  They also had their required papers of "altestacon from the Justice of the Peace".  The ocean crossing took 51 days and "The Planter" arrived in Boston on May 26th, 1635.   
    Soon after arriving in Boston, the Wilcoxsons moved to Concord, Massachusetts.  William was a made a Freeman there in December of 1636.  They stayed in Concord only a few years, and by 1639 they had 'removed' to settle the new town of Stratford, Connecticut.  William was among those who helped name the new town.  In 1639 there were 17 families in Stratford.  At the beginning of its settlement, Stratford was called Pequennocke, then changed to Cupheag Plantation and then to Stratford.  In 1647 William was selected as a Deputy to the Connecticut Assembly from Stratford.  Also, in 1647, he was a "juryman" for the Court in Hartford.
    The earliest map of Stratford was in 1639.  It shows 17 families living there.  Williams lot was in the central part of the 'town'.  On one side was the lot of William Beardsley and on the other side that of John Peat.  Across the street lived widow Elizabeth Curtis, Francis Nichols, Thomas Fairhcild and Arthur Bostwick.  Further down the street lived Richard Harvey.  Richard Harvey and William Beardsley had both sailed to America on the "Planter" at the same time William and his family immigrated.  
    William died in June 1652 in Stratford, Connecticut.  He was 51.  Margaret was left a widow with ten children at home, John 19, Joseph 16, Timothy 14, Samuel 12, Elizabeth 10, Hannah 8, Sarah 6, Obadiah 4, Phoebe 2, and Johanna the new born.  William had written his will a year before in May 1651.  In it he mentions his wife, Margaret, his eldest son; "the rest of my sons", his daughters, and bequeathed forty pounds to the church at Concord.  "40 pounds to be sent to Concord to be ordered as in a letter to Bulkley, already sent".  This money was to be "applied to educational purposes in Concord". 
    Williams estate was inventoried in June 1652.  Evidently the estate was complicated.  It was sixteen years later in October 1668 before an agreement was made by "his children and heirs",  the heirs being: the widow, Margaret, now Hayden; Henry and Elizabeth Stiles, Daniel and Hannah Hayden, John and Sarah Meigs, and John, Joseph, Phebe, Timothy, Johanna, Samuel and Obadias Wilcoxson.  
    
    Margaret was a widow for 12 years before she remarried.  In 1664 she married William Hayden of Windsor.  The new couple with their children soon moved to Killingsworth, Connecticut.   William was a widower with three children.  Margaret's older children were married and stayed in Stratford, but the four younger ones went with her to Killingsworth; Hannah, Sarah, Obadiah, and Phoebe.  Within a year, Margaret's daughter, Hannah, married her new step brother Daniel Hayden.  It is uncertain when Margaret died.  She probably died in Killingsworth in 1675.  
              Information from; "Descendants of William Wilcoxson" by Thomas Wilcox, "Pioneers of Massachusetts" by Charles Pope, "Genealogy of New England" by Savage, Volume IV, "History of Stratford", "Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire England and Stratford Connecticut" by Jane Trotman, "History of Stratford and Bridgeport" by Oncutt, and "Webb and Meigs Families".  Compiled by G. Lewis, May 2008.  Updated September 2011.

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William Wilcoxson, of Stratford's Timeline

1601
July 1, 1601
Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
1633
March 19, 1633
Age 31
Probably England
1635
1635
Age 33
From England to Concord, Massachussets on the ship "Planter".
1636
1636
Age 34
Concord, Massachusetts
1637
1637
Age 35
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1640
1640
Age 38
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
1641
1641
Age 39
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut
1642
1642
Age 40
Stratford, Connecticut Colony