The surname Willcockson, meaning son of Willcock, is spelled Wilcoxson,Wilcoxon, Wilcoxen, Wi llcocks, Willcox and Wilcox, interchangeably.Daniel Willcockson, and most of his siblings an d issue in Kentucky,generally used the spelling Wilcoxson. John Willcockson has been identified as the son of George Willcockson and Elizabeth Powell. [Note 2] Sarah Boone was a daughter of Squire Boone andSarah Morgan, who moved from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Rowan County,North Carolina in 1750. [Note 3]
Elizabeth Powell, who married George Willcockson, was a daughter ofRowland Powell and Maud Richard who were married in 1695. [Note 4] George Willcocksoncame to Pennsylvania from Cossal, Nottinghamshire, England: [Note 5]
Wilcox (or Wilcoxson) sometime of Cossal ... John Wilcoxson of Cossal, Notts., was father of George Wilcoxson of Cossal, Notts., and afterwards of Pennsylvania where he m. 15 April 1719, Elizabeth, daughter of Rowland Powell, a native of Wales, and d. 1739. His son, John Wilcox moved to North Carolina in 1750-2, Member of Assembly1771, served in the American Revolution, moved to Kentucky before 1782, m. 1742 Sarah, dau. of Squire Boone of Pennsylvania (b. Manchester, England, 25Nov. 1696; d. 1 Jan. 1765), later of Rowan Co., N. Carolina, by Sarah his wife(b. 1700; m. 23 July 1720; and d. 1777), daughter of Edward Morgan of Gwynedd, Montgomery Co., Pa. (a town settled by a colony of Welshmen in 1698,where he purchased 300 acres in 1711), and formerly of Philadelphia. This EdwardMorgan (b. 1678-9; d. 1718), according to family records was a son of Sir James Morgan, 4th Bt. of Llantarnam by a first marriage to Anne (by whom he hada dau. Sarah, b. 1676, who m. 1691, Stephen Beasley, and settled in Philadelphia), dau. of Judge Richard Hopton of Bishop Frome, later ofCanon Frome (and his wife Susan, dau. of Sir William Harvey), Chief Justice ofN. Wales, temp. Charles II and James II, and first cousin therefore of Sir James's second wife, Alice, widow of Nicholas Jones (whom she had m. 13April 1683), and dau. of Sir Edward Hopton of Canon Frome (see that family in Landed Gentry of Great Britain), by Deborah (d. 13 July 1702), dau. ofRobert Hatton. Sir James Morgan d. 30 April 1718, when the Baronetcy appears tohave become extinct (but see The Morgan Family by James Appleton Morgan). John Wilcox was killed by Indians at battle of Bryant Station, Kentucky, 1782.His son, Lieut.-Col. George Wilcox, of Shelby Co., Kentucky, J.P. (1801),High Sheriff (1811), served in the War of 1812 with 8th Kentucky Militia, b. 1766; m. 1789, Elizabeth (b. in London 1774; d. 1814), dau. of John Pinchbeck ...
This genealogical sketch contains several inaccuracies, which do not necessarily diminish the credibility of most of the statements. GeorgeWilcox of Shelby County, Kentucky, whose family used that spelling of thesurname, was a son of George Willcockson, Jr. and a nephew of John Willcockson who married Sarah Boone. George Willcockson, Jr. married Elizabeth Hall. John Willcockson was not killed at Bryan's Station in 1782. He was alive inNorth Carolina in 1790 and 1798. [Note 6] Squire Boone was born in Devonshire,England, not Manchester. He married Sarah Morgan on 23 September 1720; not in January.[Note 7] Edward Morgan built his house in Towamencin Township in 1695 and thedeeds for the land were dated in 1708 and 1714. [Note 8]
James Appleton Morgan confused the marriage sequence of Sir James Morganby publishing that his first wife was Anne Hopton, widow of Nicholas Jones,and that she bore one son, Edward Morgan, who died in infancy. He identifiedthe second wife of Sir James as Alice Hopton, the mother of Sarah Morgan, who married Stephen Beasley, and Edward Morgan, the father of Sarah MorganBoone. [Note 9] A chronological analysis of the facts proves that Sir James Morgan of Llantarnam had to be married first to Anne Hopton and then to Alice Hopton Jones. Edward Morgan, who, traditionally, was the father of Sarah Morgan Boone, and Sarah Morgan Beasley had to be children of the first marriage.[Note 10]
Supporting proof of the Burke lineage has not been found but it is substantiated by the evidence that has been located. George Willcocksonand Elizabeth Powell were married on the 15th of the 2nd month 1719: [Note 11]
Page 37 George Wilcockson, son of John Wilcockson of Nottingham,Great Britain and Elizabeth Powel, daughter of Rowland Powel ofHaverford married in meetinghouse in Haverford 2.15.1719
George Willcockson died before 25 October 1739 in Chester County, when Elizabeth Willcockson was granted administration of his estate, against a bond inthe amount of 160 pounds, secured by Philip Yarnall and Joseph Pugh. [Note12] Elizabeth Powell Willcockson died shortly thereafter because the administration ofher estate occurred in 1740. Philip Yarnall, administrator for ElizabethWilcox, widow and relict of George Wilcox, her late husband, who had diedintestate leaving several children to survive them, particularly Mary Wilcox, agedabout five years, who needed support, petitioned the court for Mary Wilcox to be bound out to John Yarnall until age eighteen, and to be taught to read and write, and "housifrey." [Note 13]
Philip and John Yarnall provide a thread of circumstantial evidenceconnecting George and Elizabeth Powell Willcockson with the Boone family. After thedeath of Samuel Boone, brother of Squire Boone, Sr., his widow Elizabeth Cassel Boone married Joseph Yarnall, son of Francis Yarnall and Hannah Baker, onthe 29th of the 07th month, 1748. [Note 14] The relationship between Philip,John and Joseph Yarnall has not been determined, but they must have been kin.
There is another connection between the Willcocksons of Chester Countyand the Boones of Lancaster County which supports the theory that JohnWillcockson, who married Sarah Boone, was the son of George Willcockson and Elizabeth Powell. When the parents of Elizabeth Powell Willcockson, Rowland Powelland Maud Richard, were married in 1695, William and Mary Howell witnessed the ceremony. [Note 15] Their daughter Deborah Howell married George BooneIV, an uncle of Sarah Boone Willcockson, in 1713. [Note 16] This coincidence establishesa social relationship between the Powells and Boones that could have resulted inthe meeting of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone. When the children of Georgeand Elizabeth Powell Willcockson were orphaned, it is conceivable that Deborah Howell Boone arranged for their sons to go to her father-in-law for employment. Squire Boone reputedly operated a substantial weavingbusiness, so it is plausible that John Willcockson was a weaver in the employ ofBoone. It is known that John lived with the Boone family before he married Sarah.
George Willcockson was also a weaver and his residence in UwchlanTownship, Chester County, was about fifteen to twenty miles from the Boone home in Lancaster County. If the eldest child of George and Elizabeth Powell Willcockson was a son, born soon after their marriage in 1719, he wouldbe of the approximate age of John Willcockson who married Sarah Boone. Presuming that the eldest child of George Willcockson was eighteen or nineteenyears old when George died about 1739, he may have assumed responsibility foryounger brothers, without enactment of official guardianship or apprenticeshippapers.
George Willcockson, who apparently lived with Squire Boone, Sr. at thesame time as John Willcockson, probably was George, Jr. He was identified as a relative of John Willcockson by Isaiah Boone, a nephew of Daniel Boone:[Note 17]
George Wilcoxen a young man entirely unacquainted with thepractical use of a gun, expressed a desire to go out a deer-hunting. For thispurpose, he borrowed Squire Boone's long musket, and requested Mr. Boone to load itfor him over night, that he might lay it away for early morning use. Duringthe evening, Miller and young Boone learning this sporting design, quietlytook away the musket from its position, drew the ball, & put in load enough for half a dozen ordinary charges, and carefully replaced it. On the morrow at peep of day, Young Wilcoxen shouldered his gun and started out to try his luck ... and after he had started, Miller and Boone began to have their misgivings lest the over-loaded musket should burst, and kill or seriously injure Wilcoxen.
About sun-rise they heard a loud report, like a small cannon,some distance off, and, soon after, much to their relief, discovered Wilcoxenapproaching ... his face all covered with blood ... nose and face badly bruised and a deep gash in his forehead ... not of a serious character, enquired if hehad shot at a deer and with what success? Yes, he had a pretty fair shot at a short distance; described the glade ... but, from the mingled effects ofpain and fear, could not tell what had become of the deer ... Miller and Boone went to the spot indicated, and there found the deer dead. This George Wilcoxen was a relative of John Wilcoxen, who, about this period, married Boone's eldest sister Sarah ...
Miller and young Boone, the pranksters of the episode, were Henry Millerand Daniel Boone. Miller, who was several years older than Daniel Boone, was employed by Squire Boone in his gunshop. He and Daniel were closecompanions for many years. [Note 18]
The description of George Willcockson and Daniel Boone as young suggeststhat they were boys. Daniel Boone, who was born in 1734, would have been eight years old in 1742. Going out to hunt alone, George Willcockson probablywas in his early teens, perhaps born about 1730, which could make him a younger brother of John Willcockson.
The exact date of the marriage of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone has not been determined, but it was shortly before the 29th of the 5th month,1742. They were married in the part of Lancaster County that became BerksCounty in 1752. The Boones were members of the Exeter Meeting of the Society ofFriends and John Willcockson was not, so, when John and Sarah married, she and her parents were condemned by the Quakers for her act: [Note 19]
5-29, 1742, Sarah, daughter of Squire Boone, treated with formarrying out. 5-29, 1742, Sarah Boone married out of unity with Friends, (1stoffence of this kind). Friends appointed to speak to the father, Squire Boone. 6-26, 1742, Squire Boone declareth he did not countenance orconsent to the marriage but confesseth himself in fault in keeping them in hishouse after their keeping company but that he was in a great streightin not knowing what to do, and hopeth to be more careful in the future.
It is evident, from the wording of the confession of Squire Boone to the Friends of Exeter Meeting, that John Willcockson and Sarah Boone had been living together in the house of her father, who admitted that he hadfailed to keep them apart, "after their keeping company." Squire did not attempt to dignify the relationship by saying, "after they were married." In statingthat he, "did not countenance or consent to the marriage," Boone undoubtedlywas saying that he did not approve of their intimacy, but that, after ithappened, he was remiss in permitting them to continue the relationship without the benefit of the blessings of the law or the clergy. Marriage in thisinstance probably was spontaneous and by consent and intention, rather than byformal ceremony; a not uncommon procedure in the wilderness, where ministers and justices were scarce. Had a marriage been anticipated, John Willcocksoncould have been accepted into fellowship with the Friends, by a simple requestfor membership after professing belief in their principles. In this instanceit appears that Squire and Sarah Morgan Boone were subject to strongercriticism than is recorded in this portion of the church minutes, because Sarah was pregnant when the marriage took place. The Boone family's difficultieswith the Quakers began earlier, when Squire Boone's sister Mary married JohnWebb in 1720, and ended when Squire's eldest son Israel married out of unity in 1747: [Note 20]
Once again the Boones fell out of harmony with the Friends.Sarah, Daniel's eldest sister, had fallen in love with a young man named Wilcoxen, and in 1742 married him though he was not a Quaker. She was promptlycensured by the Exeter Meeting for "marrying out," as were her mother and father forallowing it, and all three expressed contrition. But Squire Boone said, "that hewas in a great streight in not knowing what to do, seeing he was somewhat Sensible that they had been too Conversant before."
That Sarah and her young man had been "too Conversant" wasalready a community rumor and, if true, a transgression the Meeting could hardly overlook. A committee of Quaker ladies was appointed to look into the question and counting backward, "found the truth of a former suspicionvis., that Sarah Wilcoxen, daughter of Squire Boone, was with child before shewas married." The ladies listened solemnly to the paper Sarah "produced tothis Meeting condemning the said action," then they expelled her.
It was a trying time for Squire Boone and his wife. Exeter, asmall settlement with little enough for diversion, kept few secrets. Nor was Sarah's their only disgrace. "The Boones were active for good," theMeeting book notes around this time, "but sometimes overcome with evil. Strongdrink, so common, overcame one or more who had to be dealt with."
Squire began thinking about leaving Pennsylvania. And thoughtrouble with the Friends prodded him, it was not the only reason. His free spirit,his wanderlust, was at large again. He wanted to be where the forest wasoutside his front door.
Obviously Squire and Sarah placed their love for their daughter, their daughter's happiness and her love for John Willcockson, above their formal connection with religion. It was a difficult situation, but they seem tohave put family first and rallied together to survive against oppression.
The guides at the (now) Berks County, Pennsylvania, homestead of SquireBoone point out that the affair of John Willcockson and Sarah Boone was one ofthe events that drove the Boones from the Society of Friends. It was part oftheir narration in 1980 to relate that, when Squire finally made up his mind to leave Pennsylvania, he was so embittered by his neighbors' attitudesthat, on the day that he left, he made a pile of all of his belongings, whichwouldn't fit into the wagons, and burned them, rather than let his neighbors havethem.
John and Sarah Boone Willcockson apparently accompanied her family toNorth Carolina, where John appears on the first known tax list that wascompiled in 1759. Subsequent tax lists show the presence of others of the Willcockson family in North Carolina: [Note 21]
10-08-1761 Isaac Wilcockson, John Wilcockson and son George;Benjamin Cutbeard, Michael Beem, Peter Beem
1761 - Thomas Stillwell's List Isaac Wilcockson, John and son George Wilcockson,Joh n Wilcockson, Jr., John Cook, Benjamin Cutbeard
1768 List David Wilcocks, Isaac Wolcokson, John Willicokson
1772 - Johnston's District David Wilcoxson, Isaac Wilcoxson, George Wilcoxson
1772 - Lyon's District John Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, Jr., GeorgeWilcoxson
1778 George Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson,Jr., Isaac Wilcoxson, George Wilcoxson
1782 George Wilcockson, John Wilcockson, JohnWilcockson, Jr.
1787 George Wilcockson 1 male 21-60; 0 males under 21;1 female George Wilcockson, Jr., John Wilcockson, SamuelWilcockson, William Wilcockson
1790 Tax List - Rowan County William Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, Sr., JohnWilcoxson, Jr.
The 1790 North Carolina tax list, which serves as a replacement for the destroyed 1790 Federal census, gives the following family groups for theWillcocksons, who resided in Salisbury District, Rowan County: [Note 22]
Wilcoxson, William 3 white males over 16; 2 white malesunder 16; 2 white females; 2 slaves John, Sen. 1 white male over 16; 1 white maleunder 16; 1 white female John, Jun. 1 white male over 16; 4 white malesunder 16; 6 white females
John Willcockson (Willcoxson), Sr. was a constable in North Carolina. On15 January 1760 Jacob Hunter was appointed "in the Room of John Wilcox, Rowan County." In 1768/9 John Willcockson was security on a bond when SamuelHall sued George Willcockson (Wilcocks), weaver. [Note 23]
John Willcockson, Sr. was not a member of the North Carolina Assembly in1771, as stated in Burke's genealogy. John Willcox, who was a burgess to the North Carolina Assembly, was a representative from Chatham County and the son of Thomas Willcox of Concord, Pennsylvania, who died in North Carolina in1793. [Note 24]
The Rowan County land of Squire Boone was in the Yadkin River valley, onBear Creek, in what is now Davie County. An historical marker denotes the siteat a bridge over Bear Creek on US64, west of Mocksville. John Willcockson hadtwo North Carolina grants for land on Bear Creek, which were recorded in Rowan County on 10 October 1783: [Note 25]
The State grants (#342 at 50 shillings the 100 acres) to JohnWilcockson 640 acres on both sides Bear Creek next ----- Bentley & Thomas Maxfield.
The State grants (#337 at 50 shillings the 100 acres) to JohnWilcox 500 acres on Bear Creek next Benjamin Gaither.
On 24 September 1787 John Willcockson (Wilcockson), Sr., a farmer of Rowan County, North Carolina, let the deceased Abraham Weltey and his heirs have 520acres on Bear Creek, next to Thomas Maxfield, for 300 pounds. The deed waswitnessed by Benjamin Hodgens, Samuel Willcockson and Joseph Roland and proved bythe last named in February 1788. [Note 26] There was no wife's signature.
John Willcockson (Wilcockson) and Elizabeth (Elibeth) Welsh witnessed adeed on 12 September 1788 from William Hall of Rowan County, North Carolina, toWilliam Willcockson (Wilcoxson) of Berks (Burkes) County, Pennsylvania, for 393acres on the waters of Bear Creek, for 244 pounds current money of NorthCarolina. [Note 27]
On 20 July 1795 John Willcockson, Sr. of Rowan County, North Carolina, let Daniel Lewis have 30 acres on Bear Creek, next to John Rowland, for 30pounds. The deed was witnessed by Jacob Roland (sic) and Samuel Kaufman andproved by John Hendricks in August 1801. [Note 28] There was no wife's signature.Daniel Lewis married Hannah Willcockson who probably was a sister of John Willcockson,Sr.
On 22 July 1795 Jacob Keller let John Willcockson (Wilcoxon), both ofRowan County, North Carolina, have 164 acres on both sides of Bear (Bare) Creek. next to the old survey of said Keller, for 100 pounds. The deed waswitnessed by Elijah Renshaw and William Butler and proved by the latter in August1795. [Note 29]
On 26 August 1795 John Willcockson, Sr. sold to Jacob Keller, both ofRowan County, for 3 pounds North Carolina money, 4 acres on the east side ofBear Creek, which was part of a State Grant to John Willcockson, Sr. The deedwas signed by John Willcockson with his mark and was witnessed by William Willcockson and William Butlar. [Note 30]
On 26 February 1798 John Willcockson, Sr. let William Willcockson, both of Rowan County, North Carolina, have 165 acres on both sides of Bear Creek,next to Jacob Keller's half-mile branch, for 575 pounds. The deed waswitnessed by Squire Willcockson and Samuel Willcockson and proved by the latter in May 1805. [Note 31] On the same day, John Willcockson, Sr. conveyed toWilliam Willcockson, both of Rowan County, for 150 pounds specie, 160 acres on Bear Creek,which adjoined Rowland's old line, now Edward Parker's, and Jacob Keller's (Keeler's) corner. The deed was signed by John with his mark andwitnessed by Samuel Willcockson and Squire Willcockson. Samuel proved it in RowanCounty Court in May 1805. [Note 32]
These North Carolina deed transactions, and the 1790 tax list, indicatethat John Willcockson, Sr. was alive in 1783 and as late as 1798, whichdisproves the claim, by some of the descendants of John Willcockson, that he waskilled at Bryan's Station in 1782. The deeds which were proved by JohnWillcockson's son Samuel in 1805 indicate that John probably made the deeds out to his youngest son William in advance, but retained ownership until his death, between 1798 and 1805, at which time the deeds were presented into court.
John and Sarah Boone Willcockson came to Kentucky in 1779, with a family group, [Note 33] where they apparently resided for a time at Boonesborough. [Note 34]French Tipton, an early historian who was commissioned to prepare a history of MadisonCounty, Kentucky, died before his collection was published. Among his collected research material is a list of persons at Fort Boonesborough whichincludes Sally Boone Wilcox, Billy Wilcox and Daniel Wilcoxson. [Note 35] Theresidency there by John and Sarah Boone Willcockson is accepted by the Society ofBoonesborough. [Note 36]
If John and Sarah Boone Willcockson were in Kentucky in 1779, they musthave returned to North Carolina before 1783, when he was involved in land transactions there, and afterward. A letter by Jeremiah F. Willcoxen of Canton, Illinois, who wrote to Lyman C. Draper in 1861, states in part:[Note 37]
You say you was informed that my Father was a nephew of Col.Boon. He was a Grand nephew of Col. Boon, being a son of Samuel Willcoxen whowas a son of John and Sarah Willcoxen, formerly Sarah Boon; a sister of Col.Boon. John Willcoxen & Sarah Boon was married in North Carolina (we are notin possession of the date.) He died in Roann County N. Carolina. Afterwhich She removed to Kentucky with her Grandson (Jesse Boon Willcoxen) withwhom she lived till her death which took place in the year 1814 at the age ofabout 97 years.
The age of 97, attributed to Sarah in 1814, cannot be correct since it calculates to a birth year of 1717 and she was born in 1724. Her age atdeath was given as 91 in a death notice of Daniel Boone, which, coupled with her birth year, calculates to a death year of 1815. [Note 38]
The children of John and Sarah Boone Willcockson were identified byJeremiah Willcockson, grandson of Samuel Willcockson, in another letter to Lyman Draper: [Note 39]
"Postmarked" Canton, Ill. April 18th, 1861
Mr. Draper - Dear Sir: I received yours of the 5th inst and will proceed to answer your questions as nearly as Mother can remember. (as we are not in possession of the family record so far back) 1st. Grandfather had6 Brothers and 4 sisters all older than himself except one and hisname was William. The names of the older ones were John, George, Isaac, Daniel, Jr., Israel (Israel was killed by the Indians atBoonesborough, Ky.) Elizabeth, she married Benjamin Cutbirth, Mary marriedWalker, Rachel married William Bryant, Sarah married Thomas Hagans. 2ndGreat grandfather was a native of Wales. 3rd Uncle Jesse B. Willcoxenlived in Madison County Ky he is not living he has been dead aboutthirty five years 4th John Willcoxen's children are none living 5thGrandfather's Brother Daniel died in Kentucky but we do not know whether he wasthe one you refer to or not We do not know anything of his family. Very respectfullyYours J. F. Willcoxen
The reference to Daniel Willcockson as "Jr." undoubtedly reflects his juniority to Daniel Boone.
Since Jesse Boone Willcockson lived in Madison County, Kentucky, that apparently is where Sarah Boone Willcockson died.
It was stated that Sarah Boone Willcockson (Wilcoxson), oldest sister of Daniel Boone, died in Madison County, Kentucky, in 1815, in anapplication for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, but the applicant incorrectly claimed that she was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 18 June 1724, when Berks County was not formed from Lancaster County until1752 and, furthermore, Squire Boone resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in1724. The applicant also stated that Sarah Boone and John Willcockson(Wilcoxson) were married in Berks County in 1742. He mistakenly claimed that John wasborn in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1720 and declared that he was killedon 19 August 1782 in Fayette County, Kentucky, while defending Bryan's(Bryant's) Station, and is buried in Fayette County. [Note 40] This application wasbased on the prior membership of the applicant's grandfather [Note 41] and referenceis given to the Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Index, 1966, and the Sons ofthe American Revolution Magazine, Fall 1984, but the magazine article, whichdeals with the siege of Bryan's Station and the subsequent Battle of Blue Licks, does not mention John Willcockson.
The applicant, who descends from John and Sarah Boone Willcockson through Hiram Bryant, son of William and Rachel Willcockson Bryant, does not have proof of the appearance or death of John Willcockson at Bryan's Station.The application gives the birth date of Rachel Willcockson as 1770 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and her death date as about 1821 in CallawayCounty, Missouri. William Bryant is shown as being born in Wales in 1739 and asdying in Boone County, Missouri, on 06 September 1834. They were married inRowan County in 1790. [Note 42]
After the death of Rachel Willcockson Bryant, William married (2) NancyWood. [Note 43]
It has been stated that Sarah Boone Willcockson died about 1815 in Estill County, Kentucky. [Note 44] Estill County was formed from parts of Clarkand Madison counties in 1808. MARRIAGE OF SARAH (BOONE) WILCOCKSON MOVEMENT AWAY FROM PENNSYLVANIA Sarah Boone was a Pennsylvania Quaker, and was condemned when she marriedoutside her church t o John Willcockson. They possibly migrated to NorthCarolina with the Squire Boone family bet ween 1750 and 1758. A questionarises whether they stopped a year or two in Western Virgini a beforemoving on to North Carolina. Later they moved to Kentucky and thenreturned to Nort h Carolina. JOHN WILCOXSON IN NORTH CAROLINA RECORDS On 9 January 1765, Rowan County court books ordered the appointment ofoverseers for a road, w hich included John Willcox to cover the road fromthe South Yadkin to Israel Boons old place . Later in 9 May 1765, JohnWillcockson witnessed a deed by David Jones to Edmond Dedman in R owanCounty. The March 1772 Rowan Count ordered John Luckey, Robert Johnson, SamuelLuckey, William and Jam es and Morgan Bryan, JOHN WILCOCKS, James Brown,Theops Morgan, Thomas and Will Willson and Lu ke Lee to lay off a roadfrom the road leading from Salisbury to the shoals of the Yadkin Rive r.Then they were to do the same between Second and Third Creek with thisroad running toward s Renshaws Ford on the South River, then along thedividing ridge between Rocky and Hunting C reek, until it intersectedHunting Creek, and from the head of the creek to the next ford abov eWidow Backis on the main Yadkin River, known as Samuel Bryants Bottom. DEEDS OF JOHN WILCOCKSON 9 October 1779. #2328. John Wilcockson has a land entry requestfor 640 acres on Bea r Creek, including his improvement and the old surveyrun by James Cailer (Koller?). This i s probably State of North Carolinaland grant #342, granted 10 October 1788. 9 January 1780, Warrant. Entry #2295. John Wilcockson is granted640 acres on both si des of Bear Creek, in Rowan County, adjacent Benleyscorner and Thomas Mansfields corner. N orth Carolina Grant #959,surveyed 22 February 1783, and signed John J Wilcockson. 10 October 1783, the State of North Carolina Grant #861 titled 640acres to John Wilcock son on both sides of Bear Creek, adjacent Bentleyand Thomas Maxfield. DEEDS MENTIONING JOHN WILCOCKSON 21 March 1780, Daniel Lewis was granted 100 acres on Bear Creekadjacent to Benjamin Ba rtley, Abraham Wiltey, John Wilcockson, and JohnMcElhaney. 1 August 1783, #2602. Thomas Maxwell was deeded 150 acres on BearCreek adjacent to Jo hn Wilcockson, Senior. 1 September 1783, Thomas Maxwell was also granted by the State#645, 327 acres on the w est side of Bear Creek adjacent John Wilcocksonand his former survey.