Biography of Timothy Wilcoxson
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Timothy Wilcoxson was born February 20th, 1818, at Stratford, Connecticut. His ancestors tors settled in that state as early as 1689. At fifteen years of age he left his father's farm, going to New Haven, where he attended evening schools and recited privately to the tutors of Yale College. His parents were of the Methodist belief but the son was ordained deacon of the Episcopal church at Hartford. Soon after, he had charge of parishes in Wilton, Harwinton and Wolcott, and in 1850, came to St. Paul, Minnesota. Here he was associated with Rev. Drs. Breck and Merrick in a private missionary enterprise, which gave great impetus to the growth of the Episcopal church of Minnesota. This association purchased five acres of land for the church in St. Paul, for $290. This land is now worth over $100,000. Dr. Breck soon went to his labors among the Indians and as Dr. Merrick's health failed, Mr. Wilcoxson was left in charge of Christ's church at St. Paul. He was subsequently appointed itinerant missionary, and in May, 1855, came to Hastings, having since resided here. From 1856 to 1861 he was rector of St. Luke's church and held the first Episcopal services at Hastings, Bed Wing, Faribanit and Northfield. He has been a zealous laborer, going on foot from St. Paul to St. Peter for the purpose of holding services, and has walked one hundred and fifty miles to visit Dr. Breck's Indian mission.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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