Continued: From "Past and Present of the City of Lansing and Ingham County, Michigan" by Albert E. Cowles, (1905) (F572.I5, C87), The Michigan Historical Publishing Association, Lansing, MI Page 460-461. (Google books) JAMES A. WILCOX (Deceased) Although death has laid his chill hands upon the heart of Mr. James A. Wilcox, still there is living the spirit which characterized each act of his daily life with nobility and activity. He was born in Genesee country, New York, February 3, 1835, the son of Noyce and Martha (Pollock) Wilcox. The father was born December 12, 1800 and died May 5, 1884, and the mother, January 2, 1814 and died April 5, 1892. James A. Wilcox was the fourth of a family of five children, two brothers and a sister now living; William P., born April 25, 1828, died September 7, 1899; Mary J., born October 19, 1830; Warren P., born February 5, 1833; our subject and Henry J., born November 24, 1842. Mr. and Mrs. Noyce Wilcox came to Michigan in the early forties and settled in White Oak, when the country was covered with woods and there were no roads. Warren, a brother of our subject, bought one hundred and sixty acres of land. James Wilcox emigrated from New York to Michigan, settling in White Oak in 1863, when he bought eighty acres of his brother, Warren. This property was partly improved and Mr. Wilcox finished clearing it and here resided until his death, March 10, 1894. For a number of years his parents made their home with him and there died. James A. Wilcox was united in marriage September 7, 1858 to Polly Ann, daughter of Andrew and Polly (Watson) Crocker. Mrs. Wilcox was born December 21, 1837. Her parents came to Michigan in 1857 from New York; they were born in Vermont, October 3, 1799 and January 6, 1804, respectively. They settled on a small farm seven miles north of Jackson, and here, in connection with the work of the farm, the father conducted a cooper shop, this being his trade. To them were born eleven children: Sophia L., September 5, 1824, wife of Emerson Moore, lived in Jackson; Orlando, December 19, 1825, died in infancy; Amanda M., January 31, 1828, wife of Lucius Umstead (sic - Ulmsted); Alonzo D., died September 11, 1831 [sic?/birth date?], was sharpshooter in an Illinois regiment and died of blood poison from a wound in the hand received from falling in a trench, while fighting for his country; James A., August 2, 1835, lives at Stanton, Michigan; Polly Ann, our subject's wife; Cynthia A., March 29, 1840, wife of George Jackson, White Oak; William W., born December 17, 1842, served during the war in a Michigan regiment and died of consumption after the close of the war; Willis W., December 31, 1844; Agnes, September 15, 1847, died in 1875; and Orlando, No. 2, enlisted in Co. A, of the 25th Michigan Infantry, and died at Louisville, KY., November 19, 1862. Two sons came to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wilcox, Noyce Andrew, born in Stafford, NY, February 18, 1859, married Carrie, daughter of John W. and Zelpha Ann (Fish) Gifford, who were early settlers of White Oak township. Mrs. Wilcox was born August 26, 1846. To Mr. and Mrs. Noyce Wilcox were born two boys, James, July 28, 1882, and John, August 27, 1884. The second son of our subject, James A., born July 2, 1874, died February 14, 1877. Mr. James Wilcox cast his vote and influence with the Democrat party as did also the father of Mrs. Wilcox. Her parents were members of the Christian church. Mrs. Ann Wilcox, the highly respected widow of our subject resides on the farm, and the son, Noyce Andrew, is in charge of the place. She is a lady of many good qualities of heart and mind and her friends are only numbered by her acquaintances.
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