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Collection Number: 05052

Collection Title: Willcox Family Papers, 1852-1957

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 35 items)
Abstract The Willcox family of North Carolina and Mississippi included William Penn Willcox (1825-1883), a physician in Carthage, Moore County, N.C., and Jesse Womble Willcox (b. 1879), who attended the University of North Carolina and was a physician in North Carolina and superintendent at several sanitoria, including the North Carolina State Sanitorium, 1911-1912. The collection consists of letters, deeds, receipts, autograph albums, a tintype, and other papers of the Willcox family. Letters are dated 1852-1933, most of them addressed to William P. Willcox in North Carolina during the 1850s. Topics include the health of friends and family, politics and the railroad, farming, cotton, teaching, and slaves. Later letters concern hiring hands in North Carolina for planters in Louisiana, estate settlement, and personal financial matters. Deeds are dated 1868-1936. The two earliest are from Lafayette County, Miss. The rest are from North Carolina, five from Moore County, N.C., 1921-1936. Other papers include a 1920 United States Army discharge for Jesse W. Willcox; a 1957 newspaper clipping about him; three sheets of handwritten Willcox family genealogy; a 1903 students handbook from the University of North Carolina that Jesse W. Willcox used as a cash account book; an autograph album, 1884-1886, belonging to Mary Vincent, a teacher in Tennessee; an autograph book, 1928-1929, belonging Patricia Alvinne Louise Willcox, with autographs collected in Custer, S.D., where she went to high school; and a tintype of Mary Alvin Vincent Ashburn (1861-1938).
Creator Willcox family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Willcox Family Papers #5052, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcriptions of many of the letters are available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bobby Vincent Willcox through Carol Melton of Durham, N.C., in March 2001 (Acc. 98894). Addition purchased from Mrs. Bobby V. Willcox of Southern Pines, N.C., in April 2003 (Acc. 99577).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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George Willcox (b. 1783) married Mary Ann Tyson (b. 1790). Their son, William Penn Willcox (1825-1883), a physician in Carthage, Moore County, N.C., married Ann Eliza Harrington (1830-1872). Joseph D. Willcox, brother of William P. Willcox, lived in Wyatt, Miss., in the 1850s.

William P. and Ann Willcox had a son, William Cyrus Willcox (1855-1932), who married Virginia B. Waddell (1856-1933). Jesse Womble Willcox was the son of William C. and Virginia Willcox.

Jesse W. Willcox was born on 20 September 1879 in Carthage, N.C. He received a Ph.B. degree in 1903 and an M.D. degree in 1906 from the University of North Carolina. He married Meta Vestal Watson in 1907. He practiced medicine in Carthage, 1906-1911, and was resident physician and acting superintendent of the North Carolina State Sanitorium, 1911-1912. He was a physician at Laurel Hill, 1912-1918 and 1920-1922; first lieutenant, United States Medical Corps, 1918-1920; passed assistant surgeon, United States Public Health Service, 1922-1923; and medical director of the Pine Breeze Sanitorium in Chattanooga, Tenn., beginning in 1924. He was superintendent of the Glenridge Sanitorium in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1933.

Mary Vincent, whose autograph book and tintype are in this collection, was born in October 1861 and died in October 1938. She was the daughter of Dolfus Ferdinand Vincent and Mary Shakelford Vincent and was later known as Mary Alvin Vincent Ashburn (Mollie or Polly). She appears to have been a teacher in Manchester, Tenn.

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The collection consists of letters, deeds, receipts, autograph albums, a tintype, and other papers of the Willcox family of North Carolina and Mississippi. Letters are dated 1852-1933, most of them addressed to William P. Willcox in North Carolina during the 1850s. In them, his brother Joseph D. Willcox of Wyatt, Miss., and others discussed the health of friends and family, politics and the railroad, farming, cotton, teaching, and slaves. Later letters concern hiring hands in North Carolina for planters in Louisiana, estate settlement, and personal financial matters. Deeds are dated 1868-1936. The two earliest are from Lafayette County, Miss. The rest are from North Carolina, five from Moore County, N.C., 1921-1936. Other papers include a 1920 United States Army discharge for physician Jesse W. Willcox; a 1957 newspaper clipping about him; three sheets of handwritten Willcox family genealogy; a 1903 students handbook from the University of North Carolina that Jesse W. Willcox used as a cash account book; an autograph album, 1884-1886, belonging to Mary Vincent, a teacher in Tennessee; an autograph book, 1928-1929, belonging Patricia Alvinne Louise Willcox with autographs collected in Custer, S.D., where she went to high school; and a tintype of Mary Vincent.

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Contents list

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About 35 items.

The collection consists of letters, deeds, receipts, autograph albums, a tintype, and other papers of the Willcox family of North Carolina and Mississippi. Included are 15 pages of typed transcriptions of most of the letters. Researchers should use their own discretion regarding the accuracy of these transcriptions. The letters are dated 1852-1933, most of them addressed to William P. Willcox in North Carolina during the 1850s. In them, his brother Joseph D. Willcox of Wyatt, Miss., and others discussed the health of friends and family, politics and the railroad, farming, cotton, teaching, and slaves. Family matters are discussed in two more letters and a letter fragment written by Annie, Mollie Willcox, and Sallie M. Willcox. An 1870 letter from C. Harrington to William Willcox gives news of a farm in Mansfield, La., and describes a plan for hiring hands from North Carolina for planters in Louisiana. There are two letters, 1879 and 1880, from Willcox's legal counsel regarding debt collection and payments related to an estate settlement. Another 1880 letter is from a firm in New York to W. C. Willcox, about money he was to receive because of his lease of the Henly Hill Gold Mine. A 1904 letter states that P. A. Willcox was willing to pay for his cousin, Jesse W. Willcox, to go to the University of North Carolina. A letter from Billy to Pat, 25 November 1933, on letterhead of the Glenridge Sanitorium, Schenectady, N.Y., scolds Pat for urgently requesting money to buy a class jacket.

Deeds are dated 1868-1936. The two earliest are from Lafayette County, Miss. The rest are from North Carolina, five from Moore County, N.C., 1921-1936. There are also two receipts: one from a Philadelphia bookstore in 1867; the other from a Fayetteville, N.C., dry goods store in 1867.

Other papers include a 1920 United States Army discharge for Jesse W. Willcox, a 1957 newspaper clipping about him, and three sheets of handwritten Willcox family genealogy.

Also included are three small volumes: two autograph albums and a 1903 students handbook from the University of North Carolina that was published by the Young Men's Christian Association of the University of North Carolina and used by Jesse W. Willcox as a cash account book. One autograph album belonged to Mary Vincent, who was a teacher in Tennessee. The majority of the autographs in it are from Tennessee, 1884-1886. The other autograph book belonged to Patricia Alvinne Louise Willcox. The majority of these autographs were collected in Custer, S.D., where she went to high school, 1928-1929. The collection also contains a tintype of Mary Vincent.

Folder 1

Letters, 1852-1933 #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." Folder 1

Folder 2

Typed transcriptions of letters #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." Folder 2

Folder 3

Deeds and receipts #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." Folder 3

Folder 4

Autograph album, 1884-1886 #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." Folder 4

Folder 5

Autograph album, 1928-1929 #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." Folder 5

Folder 6

Cash account book, 1903 #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." Folder 6

Folder 7

Miscellaneous #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." Folder 7

Special Format Image SF-P-5052/1

Tintype of Mary Vincent #05052, Series: "Papers, 1852-1957." SF-P-5052/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Kristin Soya, November 2001

Encoded by: Kristin Soya, November 2001

Updated by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2006; Kathryn Michaelis, November 2009

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