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Old Chester, PA: Biographical Sketches
(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
Willcox (1815-25), son of Mark and Anna Mary (Croffman) Willcox, was born
at Ivy Mills, Concord, Delaware county, April 15, 1789. In June, 1811, he
was admitted into partnership with his father in the manufacture of paper
at Ivy Mills. He was one of the commissioners of banking for the district
of Delaware county, appointed by the Legislature in the Act of March 21,
1814. In the fall of that year a troop of horse was raised in Delaware
county, and when the British fleet and army threatened Philadelphia,
Willcox, with his command, was in service at Camp Gaines, Marcus Hook, for
nearly three months, until honorably discharged. He was elected County
Commissioner in 1816, and, in 1826, was one of the committee appointed
"to ascertain the number, extent and capacity of the manufactories,
mills, and unimproved mill sites in the County of Delaware."
Willcox died at Ivy Mills, July 16, 1826, aged 37 years and 3 months.
the meeting of manufacturers and citizens in the Court House, Chester,
August 5, 1826, Hon. George G. Leiper offered the following resolutions,
which were unanimously adopted:
That this meeting regrets the loss the county of Delaware has sustained by
the decease of John Willcox, Esq., one of her most public spirited and
respected citizens, and begs leave respectfully to offer to the family
their condolence on this melancholy occasion.
That a copy of this resolution, signed by the chairman and secretary, be
delivered to his venerable father, and three copies be enclosed to Mrs.
Willcox, one for herself, the others to be handed by her in proper season
to her children."
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