BIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY SKETCHES

for the

TOWN OF WORTH

from The Growth of a Century

by JOHN A. HADDOCK, 1895


These biographies and family sketches are copied exactly as found. Undoubtedly there will be minor variations found in later research.


LEVI WILCOX.---In the year 1805, while yet Jefferson county was an almost unbroken wilderness, Joseph Wilcox, a native of Connecticut, emigrated to the present town of Worth. At that ime there was but one other family in the town. he purchased 150 acres of wild land, built a house, and moved into it with his family, which at that time consisted of his wife and six children. This old pioneer couple lived to advanced ages--the wife dying at the age of 76, and the father at the age of 88.


STERLING WILCOX, the son who succeeded to the old home, was born in 1791, and lived in Worth from 1805, on the same spot. He was married in 1818 to Miss Sarah Smith, of Lorraine, by whom he became the father of six children: Lydia, Philura, Levi, Caroline, Gilbert and Charles. Mrs Sarah Wilcox, the mother, died March 22, 1867, age 67 years..


LEVI WILCOX was born November 26, 1825, and was united in marriage with Miss Mary Fox, of the same town, in 1847. Two children have been born to them, Emma G. and Gilbert H. Thus could be seen three generations of this pioneer family, living for years together in one family, on the same spot selected by the great-grandfather of the younger members of the family. The farm consists of 220 acres, and is one of the finest in the county. Mr Levi Wilcox erected a very fine and commodious house near the old home, which adds much to the beauty and comforts of this old landmark of Jefferson county..


LEONARD BULLOCK.---One of the very earliest settlers of the town of Worth was Leonard Bullock. He came originally from the State of Rhode island, to Oneida county, N. Y., and to the present town of Worth in 1802. He here located a tract of land, which has since been the home of himself and his descendants. He built a log shanty and commenced clearing up his land. He was married to Miss Bethsheba Hancock, and at the time of his settlement in Worth was the father of two children. The whole number of children reared by this worthy couple was 12---four sons and eight daughters, who all grew up to manhood and womanhood except one son, who died in infancy. Mr. Bullock lived to the age of 55, dying in 1828..


LEONARD, next to the youngest of these 12 children, was born january 3, 1817. He was reared a farmer, and after his majority bought out the other heirs, and thus became possessed of the old home farm, where he was born. At the age of 20 he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Gillet, of Worth, the daughter of Elihu Gillet, another old settler of Worth. To them were born three children: Emily L., Levi S. and Leonard C. The farm owned by Mr. Bullock consisted of 320 acres of the finest farming lands in the town.


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