Surnames: Harrison, Gage, Gatt, Gillett, Birdseye, Beardsley, MItchell
Passing away of Stephen Wilcox, the earliest settler in Troy Township, Wright Co., Iowa, on January 27, 1901. Stephen Wilcox, age 76 years, 10 months, and 24 days. Mr. Wilcox was born in Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, March 3, 1824. His parents moved to Lagrange Co., Indiana, while the subject of this sketch was still young, and at the time he was seventeen, they moved again and settled in Bureau Co., Illinois, where he grew to manhood. He married there to Miss Sabrina Harrison in 1845 where three children were born to them. He and his brother-in-law, William Stryker, concluded that they could do better in the then new state of Iowa, so they sold out and started the 7th day of June, 1854, by teams overland bringing quite a drove of cows and young stock with them. They arrived in Wright County on July 5th the same year. Mr. Wilcox bought 100 acres of land at government price and went to work to make a home for himself and family and by judicious management he has added 233 acres, so that when he died he had possession of almost 400 acres of good land worth in the neighborhood of $20,000.