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William Wilcockson

Male Abt 1601 - Bef 1652  (~ 51 years)


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  • Name William Wilcockson  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1601  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Linen weaver  [7
    Died Bef 16 Jun 1652  Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 8, 9
    • inventory
    Notes 
    • Deputy (Stratford) to Conn. Leg., May 1647
      Born about 1601; came in Planter, Apr 1635, ae 34, with wife, Margaret, ae 24, and son John, ae 2. Was first located in Concord. He early settled in Stratford, where he died in 1652; his widow married William Hayden of Windsor.
      Will 29 May 1651; wife Margaret; eldest son; the rest of my sons; daus; £40 to be sent to Concord to be ordered as in a letter to Bulkely already sent; overseers, Adam Blackman, Thomas Thornton, Philip Grove, and Willaim Beardsley. Inv. 16 June 1652
      Agreement 22 Oct 1668, of children and heirs, referring to their mother's marriage; the heirs named in document and signatures were 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.

      ORIGIN: Derbyshire [Wilcockson Gen].
      MIGRATION: 1635 on the Planter (on 2 April 1635, "linen weaver W[illiam Wilcockson, aged 34, "Margaret Wilcockson," aged 24, and "Jo[hn] Wilcockson," aged 2, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the Planter [Hotten 45]).
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Concord.
      REMOVES: Stratford.
      OCCUPATION: Linen weaver (in England) [Hotten 45].
      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Concord church prior to 7 December 1636 implied by freemanship.
      FREEMAN: 7 December 1636 (second in a sequence of five Concord men) [MBCR 1:372].
      EDUCATION: His inventory included "books" valued at £3 14s.
      [Fairfield PR 1:87].
      OFFICEHOLDING: Deputy for Stratford to Connecticut Genera] Court, 20 May 1647 [CCCR I : 149].
      Connecticut petit jury, 21 May 1647, 24 May 1647 [CCCR 1:148, 149; RPCC 46, 47
      BIRTH: About 1601 (aged 34 on 2 April 1635 [Hotten 45]). (Jane E. Wilcox has carried out research in the parish registers of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and vicinity, and has suggested, but not proven, that the immigrant was son of William Wilcockson of Biggin-by-Hulland, Derbyshire [Wilkinson Gen.]
      DEATH: Between 29 May 1651 (date of will) and 16 June 1652 (date of inventory).
      MARRIAGE: by about 1633 Margaret Harvey, daughter of James Harvey of Ilkeston, Derbyshire [Wilcoxson Gen.]. She married (2) after May 1656 [RPCC 162, 163] and before 22 December 1657 [WMJ 269] WILLIAM HAYDEN [Windsor Hist 2:369-70; FOOF 1:267-68]. (On 22 December 1657, John Winthrop Jr. treated "Heiden William his wife 47 years old" at Windsor [WMJ 268].)
      ESTATE: William Wilcockson made his will on 29 May 1651. The top right comer of the will has been lost to fire, and what remains of the top left corner is fragmentary. The inventory of the estate of William Wilcoekson, dated 16 Jane 1652, totalled £322 13s. 3d. [Fairfield PR 1:87].

      William Wilcoxson, ancestor of all that name in the vicinity of Stratford, came from England to America in the ship "Planter" which sailed on the morning of April 2, 1635. Richard Harvey and William Beardsley, both of whom afterwards settled at Stratford were also among the 38 adults and children who were gathered on shipboard that April morning ready to be transported across the ocean to New England on the "Planter", Nicholas 'Travice, Master, bound thither "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." From the Custom House records in London it appears that William Wilcockson was a Linen Weaver by trade and that at the time of his coming to America, in 1635, he was 34 years old, his wife, Margaret, 24 and their son, John, aged two years.
      He was made a freeman in Massachusetts Colony, Dec. 7, 1636 and was settled for a time in Concord, Mass., coming •thence to Stratford in 1639. He was a juryman at Hartford in 1647. His wife's first name was Margaret but her maiden name is unknown. In his will dated May, 1651, he gave £30 to the church at Concord. He left a widow and five sons, through whom the descendants of this name are widely scattered throughout the nation. His sons, Dea. Timothy and John, resided in Stratford, but Joseph, soon after 1661 settled in Killingworth ; Samuel, was an early inhabitant at Simsbury and Obadiah, settled in East Guilford, now Madison about 1713. After his death, his widow married William Hayden of Windsor. She died in 1655.

      William Willcockson, immigrant ancestor, was aged 34 when he came with his wife Margaret, aged 24, and their son John, aged 2, on the ship Planter, sailing from London, 10 Apr 1635, arriving at Boston, Mass., 7 Jun 1635. Evidence has been found suggesting that Derbyshire was the probable county of origin. William became freeman of Massachusetts Bay on 7 Dec 1636 (NEHGR 3:94), and he may have lived in Concord, Mass. before moving to Stratford, Conn. where he was a linen-weaver and deputy to the General Court in 1647. He died in 1652, leaving a will dated 29 May 1651, inventory 16 Jun 1652. Margaret then married second in 1663, William Hayden, and on 22 Oct 1668 an agreement was signed by her and her Willcockson children. Children: John 1633, Joseph 1635, Timothy 1637, Samuel 1640, Elizabeth 1642, Hannah 1644, Sarah 1646, Obadiah 1649, Phebe 1650, Johanna 1652.

      William was a linen weaver. He emigrated in April 1635 on the Planter. He, his wife, and their son arrived in America on the same voyage as the two other founders of Stratford, William Beardsley and Richard Harvey. William Wilcoxson was a freeman in Massachusetts in 1636. He left Concord for Connecticut and arrived in Stratford around 1639. In May 1647 he was a Deputy to the Connecticut Legislature. He made a will on 29 May 1651 in which he made a bequest of £40 to the church in Concord, Mass. [1, 3, 7, 10, 11]
    Person ID I39185  Mindrum
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2018 

    Family Margaret Harvey,   b. Abt 1611,   d. 1664, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married Abt 1633  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Children 
     1. Deacon John Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1633, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 Nov 1690, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
     2. Joseph Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1635, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. by 1684, Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
     3. Deacon Timothy Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1637, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1710/11, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     4. Samuel Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1640, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1712/13, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
     5. Elizabeth Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1642, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 22 Oct 1668  (Age ~ 26 years)
     6. Hannah Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1644, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1722, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     7. Obadiah Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1645, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1714, East Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     8. Sarah Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1646, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1691  (Age ~ 45 years)
     9. Phoebe Wilcockson,   b. 31 Aug 1650, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1743, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     10. Johanna Wilcockson,   b. Abt 1653, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F26724  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Wilcockson, William - Will

  • Sources 
    1. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:689.

    2. [S2759] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, (New England Historic Genealogy, 2011), p. 396.

    3. [S204] Wm. H. Wilcoxson, History of Stratford Connecticut, 1639-1969, (Stratford Tercentenary Commission, 1969), p. 86.

    4. [S4550] The Connecticut Willcoxsons, George E. McCracken, The American Genealogist, Vol. 59 (1983), pp. 33-46, pp. 33-46.

    5. [S2759] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, (New England Historic Genealogy, 2011), p. 399.

    6. [S4550] The Connecticut Willcoxsons, George E. McCracken, The American Genealogist, Vol. 59 (1983), pp. 33-46, p. 34.

    7. [S7481] Ellwood C. Curtis, The Descendants of William Wilcoxson and his wife Margaret, (Galactic Press, Cedar Falls, IA, 2004), p. 1.

    8. [S4550] The Connecticut Willcoxsons, George E. McCracken, The American Genealogist, Vol. 59 (1983), pp. 33-46, p. 35.

    9. [S7481] Ellwood C. Curtis, The Descendants of William Wilcoxson and his wife Margaret, (Galactic Press, Cedar Falls, IA, 2004), p. 1, 1652.

    10. [S2759] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, (New England Historic Genealogy, 2011), pp. 396-400.

    11. [S4550] The Connecticut Willcoxsons, George E. McCracken, The American Genealogist, Vol. 59 (1983), pp. 33-46.