Royal M. Wilcox
Royal M. Wilcox, a farmer on section 20, Geneseo Township , has been a resident in Henry County since 1842. In that year he came to Geneseo to make the brick for the seminary building. He was the pioneer in that line of business in the county. He a native of the State of New York and was born in Bergen , Genesee County , May 30, 1816 . He was the son of Titus and Sarah ( Stafford ) Wilcox. His father died when he was two years old, and not long after the second marriage of his mother placed him under the charge of a step-father. The reconstructed family went to Riga , in the same State, and there Mr. Wilcox passed the remaining years of his minority. His step-father was a farmer and also a brick-maker, and he was instructed in both arts. When he was 21 he set out to operate in his own behalf and passed the few years next ensuing in the pursuits in which he had been trained. He found employ at different points in his native State until the year preceding that in which he came to Henry County . He spent a part of the year 1841 in Michigan and came thence to Geneseo. He opened a brick-yard for the purpose that has been mentioned and was occupied in its management several years. In 1848 he bought a tract of land on section 20, in the same township, on which 30 acres had been placed under the plow. It was also fenced. In 1850 he built a frame house of ample dimensions, of which his family took possession, and the place has since constituted the homestead. Mr. Wilcox has devoted his entire time to his agricultural projects and has made all necessary and suitable improvements on his farm until it is in excellent condition. He gives much attention to stock-breeding. His marriage to Hannah Wright occurred April 6, 1847 . Her birth took place in Cattaraugus Co., N.Y., Feb. 6, 1830 , and her parents were John and Anna (Hunt) Wright. They were natives of the Empire State . Following is the account of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox: George A. married Alice Batchelder and they reside at Logansport , Ind. ; Frank D. married Lu Seymour and is a citizen of Elgin ; Flora S. is the wife of Edwin C. Jones. They are residents of Elgin . Marion L., Jessie V., Royal P. and Lucy May are the names of the younger children, who are unmarried. All the members of the family are connected with the Congregational Church. Politically, Mr. W. is a Republican.
1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois page 470
Transcribed by Jan Roggy
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