The History of Otsego County, New York
D. Hamilton Hurd
Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia
WILCOX, Henry - Milford
Henry WILCOX was born in the town of Laurens, Otesgo
County, Sept. 15, 1805, being the son of William Wilcox. The
latter was a native of Dartmouth, Mass., and removed from there
with his father to Dutchess Co., N.Y., but in about 1800 came to
Otsego County, where he married Letitia, daughter of John BREES,
an early resident of this county, from originally from the State of
Virginia. On her mother's side she was connected with the noted
Mr. Wilcox early turned his attention to farming, and followed
that avocation during his life. He passed away April 1, 1857. During
the last few years of his life he was deprived of the companionship
of his wife, she having died Sept. 13, 1853.
Henry, the eldest child, was brought up on his father's farm,
and received his education at the district school. He married, Oct.
15, 1829, Lucina, daughter of Robert M. and Sarah J. TUNNEY.
She was born at Windham, Greene Co., N.Y., Nov. 9, 1808. Their
family consisted of three children, who of whom died in infancy.
The youngest, William H., was born in Milford, Aug. 2, 1840, and
was married Sept. 29, 1863, to Emogene SHUTE. He died May 13,
1873, leaving but one child, John Henry, born Nov. 24, 1866; he,
therefore, being the only one left in the town where the family has
lived for four generations, to hand the honored old name of Wilcox
down to posterity.
Mr. Wilcox has always belonged to the Republican party, and
has held several town offices, including that of justice of the peace,
in which capacity he officiated twelve years.
Both he and his wife have been member of the First Presbyterian
church of Milford about forty years. Mr. Wilcox is probably at
the present time the oldest living citizen of the town of Milford
born in the county; and he has during his life maintained a
reputation for honesty and integrity among his friends and neighbors.
Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 200
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