Biography of Roswell Wilcox
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Wilcox, the late Roswell, was born in the town of Ulysses, near Taughannock Falls, March 7, 1828, was educated in the common schools and Trumanshurgh Academy, and followed farming. December 29, 1853, he married Cornelia, daughter of Smith Norton, of his native town, and they had two children: Fred E., born August 5, 1855, died June 21, 1889, and Flora C., who married George H. Fowler, of this town; they have two children: Lulu M., and Harry S. Mr. Fowler is a manufacturer of wagons. agricultural articles, etc., and is also a coal dealer at Taughannock Falls under the firm name of G. H. Fowler & Co. Mr. Wilcox died January 19, 1886. He gave the right of way through his farm to the Geneva, Ithaca and Sayre Railroad in 1872, and he was the first station agent at Taughannock Falls; also kept the first postoffice there. His father, Elisha, was born September 28, 1804, and was a pioneer of the town. Mrs. Wilcox's father, Smith Norton, was born in New Jersey, February 18, 1792, and came here when a boy with his parents. He married Abigail Hildreth, and they had ten children: Hannah, Jerusha, Jane, Malissa, Christine, Jehiel, Jonathan, Statia A., Cornelia and Clara. The father, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, died June 6, 1880, and the mother August 31, 1877.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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