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Richard and Mary Jane (Woods) Wilcox

Richard and Mary Jane Woods WilcoxRichard Wilcox was born 16 Oct 1841 in Illinois.  Living at home until he was 19, Richard undoubtedly assisted his father on the farm in Ellison Township.  He married Mary Jane Woods in Warren County on 21 Feb 1861, by the Justice of the Peace, John Coleman.  Mary Jane, 16 years old at the time of her marriage, was born in Mercer County, Kentucky on 24 Mar 1844.  She was the eldest child of William Woods and Martha Turner.  Their first child, Sarah Ellen, was born in November of 1861.  The family moved onto a farm just south of Richard's parents.  Richard's farm was valued at $1000 in 1870.  According to the 1900 census, the couple would have 7 children. Only five of the childrens' names are known.  A son named William, died in 1871 at the age of 17 months, while the two unknown children were presumably stillborn.  The 1900 census shows that the children had all moved out on their own, however, their granddaughter Bertha Wallace lived with them, along with a 27 year old "servant" named Joseph Massengale.  Joseph was actually a hired man who helped on the farm, rather than a servant who would tend to the house. It was typical during that time for hired laborers, particularly when single, to live with the familiy for whom they worked.  Richard suffered from a heart condition, as well as dropsy, also know as edema, a chronic swelling of bodily tissue.  He died 6 Oct 1907.  It is unknown where Mary Jane lived after the death of Richard, but she would live another 10 years until her death on 20 Dec 1917.  Both Richard and Mary Jane are buried in Salem Cemetery just south of their homestead.


RICHARD WILCOX

Birth: 16 Oct 1841 in Rock Island, Illinois          Death: 06 Oct 1907

Burial: Salem Cemetery, Ellison, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 21 Feb 1861 in Warren, Illinois

Father: HENRY H WILCOX

Mother: SARAH STEWART

Wife:

MARY JANE WOODS 

Birth: 24 Mar 1844 in Mercer, Kentucky           Death: 20 Dec 1917 in Warren, Illinois

Burial: 23 Dec 1917 in Salem Cemetery, Ellison, Warren, Illinois

Father: WILLIAM WOODS

Mother: MARTHA TURNER

Children:

1. SARAH ELLEN WILCOX

Birth: 04 Nov 1861 in Ellison, Warren, Illinois          Death: 27 Mar 1913 in Fairfield, Iowa

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 25 Dec 1882 in Warren, Illinois to JOHN L WALLACE

2. HENRY ALLEN WILCOX

Birth: 12 Feb 1864 in Ellison, Warren, Illinois          Death: 18 Jan 1949 in Monmouth, Warren, Illinois

Burial: 20 Jan 1949 in Salem Cemetery, Ellison, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 03 Dec 1890 in Warren, Illinois to MARY M BEASLEY

3. WILLIAM WILCOX

Birth: 12 Jun 1870 in Illinois          Death: 22 Nov 1871

4. MARY EMMALINE WILCOX

Birth: 30 Sep 1871 in Warren, Illinois          Death: 22 Apr 1942 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois

Burial: 25 Apr 1942 in Ellison, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 06 Jun 1888 in Warren, Illinois to JOHN F BEASLEY 

5. HESTER A WILCOX

Birth: 31 Mar 1874 in Illinois          Death: 19 Apr 1896

Marriage: 07 Feb 1895 in Warren, Illinois to OALKEY ADRIAN LANPHERE 

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