Mount Zion Church
|Please see also History and restoration of Mt. Zion Cemetery - generously donated by Johnnie Rhodes Knight|
|James Lea Willcox Lot in
Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Wilcox County, GA material submitted by Gloria
Holback, April 2003 Surveyed by John D. Willcox and wife Polly Willcox
Willcox. This page is dedicated to the memory of John D. Willcox who spent
the last years of his life tending to all of the cemteries in neighboring
counties where Willcox family members and their allied families were
buried. He and his wife Polly along with Tad Evans set up the Willcox
Family Cemetery Foundation to maintain cemeteries where Willcox family
members are buried. The idea came to John D. Willcox and Tad Evans during
some of their discussions about the need to care for family burial
grounds. Though their mutual respect of their ancestors they began their
dedicated work. They have placed headstones on graves and cleaned all of
the cemeteries which had Willcox family members interred...Polly Willcox
and Tad Evans, both living should also be honored for what they too have
done. This information was abstracted from pages 29 and 30, "Cemeteries of
the Willcox Family", John D. Willcox and Tad Evans, published by authors,
1988. Book given to me as a gift from my cousins Polly and John D. Willcox.
Material was used on the old GAGenWeb Project Willcox County pages with
the permission of both John D. Willcox and Tad Evans. This and many other
cemeteries are maintained by donations to the Willcox Family Cemetery Fund
for perpetual care.
In 1985 a monument was erected in this cemetery to the memory of the members of the Willcox family buried here. Some members of the family are listed on the monument although they are not buried here. Those persons are indicated below by an asterisk (*) in front of their name:
This cemetery contains five separate infant graves with no names or dates
James Lea Willcox Oct 30, 1803 Jul 16, 1861
Page 29.......beginning of page 30
James Lea Lot in Mount Zion Church Cemetery
George Brown 1854 1860
John Woodson came to Virginia on the ship George, from England 29 January 1619. A fellow passenger was Governor, Dir George Yeadley. See Hotten's Emigrants To America. John's son, Dr. Robert Woodson was slain by Indians during an attack on 18 April, 1644. Robert was on his way home from attending a patient...he was ambushed and killed, near his home. His wife, Sarah, two young sons Robert and John were at home alone, other than a male servant, ? Ligon. Mr. Ligon held the Indians off with an eight foot muzzle loading gun (I have seen this gun and have a photo of it, taken during my visit to the Virginia Historical Society, where it is housed in a glass case as you enter the gallery). It is huge and so long, one would wonder how a small person could handle such a weapon. According to the family legend, Sarah made the two boys hide, one in a tub and the other in a potato pit, while she and Ligon held off the Indians till help arrived. She managed to pour boiling water on one indian coming down the chimney and the other she stabbed with a cooking/roasting spit. She must have been an amazing woman.....or perhaps in defending our children we would all find the courage to fight off anything or anyone. Well enough about that....more cemetery records will follow soon from other burial grounds in Wilcox County.
The Woodson, Lea, Herndon, New, Winston, Tarleton, Bates, Butler, Barry lines are all ancestors of the Willcox family in Wilcox, Dodge, Telfair and Pulaski Counties. All of the aforementioned families were among the first families of Virginia.
Compiled by authors, John D. Willcox and Tad Evans, Cemeteries of the Willcox Family, (written and published by, compilers/authors, John D. Willcox & Tad Evans: 1988). 1996,1997,1998, Gloria D. Holback. All rights reserved by author. No portion of this and the attached pages are to copied or reproduced without the author's written expressed consent.
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