Posted By:John Wolcott
Subject:Re: M. Elizabeth "Betsy" Woolcot TN and southern Il
Post Date:March 25, 2011 at 08:42:19
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Forum:Woolcott Family Genealogy Forum
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I believe that Betsy was the daughter of Jonathan Wilcott, born about 1798 in North Carolina, and Betsy Eaton, born about 1797 in Virginia. Jonathan was at Monroe Township, Washington Co., Indiana, in 1850. He is thought to have been the father of David, Isaac, Barnabas, and Henry, all born c.1818-1826, who were all at Washington Co. IN about the same time. David was born in Kentucky and the others in Indiana. Sarah was probably born about 1816. The family were frontiersmen and probablyly illiterate and spelled their surname many ways, Wilcott, Wolcott, Wilcutt, Woolcutt, etc., as did Jonathan's brothers, sons of Barnabas Wolcott/Wilcott/etc.
Barnabas was almost certainly a son of John Wilcott of Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania. John's family is the only one known to be living in Pennsylvania when Barnabas was born and his descendant's DNA is nearly identical to descendants of other sons of John. There is also a biblical connection between the names of John's sons, Paul and Silas, and Barnabas. Silas and Barnabas were spoken of in the Bible as disciples of the apostle, Paul. Barney Wolket lived at Rowan Co., North Carolina, in 1790, with 1 male over 16, Barnabas, 1 male under 16, James, and 2 females. Barnabas Woolcutt was at Adair County, Kentucky, in 1810 with 2 males under 10, Belden and Samuel, 2 males 10-16, James and Jonathan, 1 male over 45, Barnabas, 3 females under 10, 1 female 16-35, and 1 female over 45. Shortly after this the moved to St. Claire Co., Illinois. In 1828 Barnabas Woolcut and wife Sarah were dismissed by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Claire Co., Illinois, apparently because they were leaving the area. He is found on the Franklin County, Tennessee, census in 1830, and the Perry County, Illinois, census in 1840 and 1850. In 1850 Barnabas Woolcot was 83, born in Pennsylvania, with wife, Sarah 78, born Maryland He was listed between the families of Samuel Eaton and the family of Samuel's son-in-law, John Adair. Barnabus' name is generally found spelled Wilcott or Woolcott. His children used a variety of spellings.
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