Sixth Generation


50. Anna PICKEL was born on 12 September 1814 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey.1 She died on 6 July 1887 at the age of 72 in Sanpete County, Utah.1

Anna Wilcox received a Patriarchal Blessing, 7 Jul 1845, at Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, from William Smith. She was born in New Jersey, 12 Sep 1814 - her father was Minard Pickell, her mother Barbary.

Anna PICKEL and Elisha WILCOX were married on 15 January 1834 in Franklin County, Ohio.1 Elisha WILCOX1, son of Francis WILCOX and Mary "Polly" [WILCOX], was born on 24 October 1809 in Day Creek, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.1 He died on 26 February 1894 at the age of 84 in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah.1

Land Patent: Certificate #6155. SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Section 35, Twp 2, Range 3 West, in the district of land subject to sale at Quincy, IL. 40 acres. 3 Nov 1840

1840 Census. Schuyler, IL (on the same page with Seeley Owen & Minor Lynn - married to Anna's sisters)
Elisha Wilcox: 2m under 5, 1m 30-40; 1f under 5, 1f 20-30

1850 Census. Utah, Utah Territory, Hh 240
Elisha Wilcox, 41
Anna, 36
Miner 17. Polly 14. Francis 12 (male). Margaret 10. Joseph 3. Hiram, age 1

1860 Census. Battle Creek, Utah Co, Utah Territory
Elisha Wilcox, 50. Anna, 45.
Francis, 22. Josh 14. Hyram 12. Elisha 10. George A., 8. Asa, age 2.

1880 Census. Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, Hh 411
Elisha Wilcox, 70, b. PA, parents b. NY
Annie, 65, wife, b. N.J., parents b. N.J.

Elisha Wilcox and Anna Pickle had the following children: Miner, b. 1834 in Franklin Co OH, d. in Idaho; Polly Ann b. 1836 Franklin Co, d. 1906 Graham Co, AZ; Francis b. 1839 Franklin Co OH, d. 1917 Davis County UT; Margaret b. 1840 Schuyler Co IL, d. 1942 Sanpete Co UT; Sally, b. 1845 ?Franklin Co OH; Emma b. 1843 ?Franklin Co OH [Sally & Emma both said to have died in 1847; Joseph b. 1847 in Iowa, d. 1888, Sanpete Co UT; Elisha b. 1851 In Utah, d. 1923 in Cumberland WY; Hyrum b. 1849 Wyoming, d. Idaho but buried in Sanpete, UT; George b. 1853 in Utah; Asa b. 1858 in Utah, d. 1915. [Some of the places of birth are puzzling.]

Elisha is buried with Anna Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Sanpete Co, CA

Elisha was a member of the LDS Church
The Ezra T Benson Company began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, (Council Bluffs) Iowa. They combined with the George A. Smith company as they traveled close together crossing the plains. Elisha Wilcox and his family traveled with this group:
Wilcox, Anna Pickle (age 34) Wilcox, Elisha (age 38) Wilcox, Francis (age 9) Wilcox, Hyrum (infant) Wilcox, Joseph (age 1) Wilcox, Margaret (age 8) Wilcox, Miner (age 14) Wilcox, Polly (age 12)Wilcox, Sally (age 4)
Ordained Seventy. Ordained High Priest Patriarchal Blessing Date: July 7, 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA Officiator: William Smith
LDS Temple Ordinace Data: Baptism Date: December 7, 1967 Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA Endowment Date: January 31, 1846 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA Sealed to Spouse Date: May 16, 1868
In 1850, Elisha had a household of 8 and a real wealth of $50.2. In 1860, he had a household of 8, a real wealth of $400, and a personal wealth of $550. Elisha came to Utah in 1847.


FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CANUTE PETERSON (also in the Benson party)
Peterson, Canute, Autobiography, 1900, 19-25.ON THE PLAINS
On the 18thof April 1849. a company of 22 Saints left La Salle to come to Utah[.] In this Company were Brother [Henry] Sabe and his family, Mother [Anna Johanna] Dahl and her family (her husband, Brother Dahl, had gone to Utah the year before: and her son, Christ, had gone with the pioneers in 1847), Brother Shure Olson and his family. There were several young people in the company, among whom I may mention Sister Sarah Ann Nelson, Christ[ian] Hayer [Hyer], and myself. We had six wagons in our company.
A journey of about 200 miles brought us to Burlington, Iowa. We found the city deserted with the exception of the ferrymen and a few guards who were left to watch the city. The streets and porches had been strewn with new lime, because of the great Cholera epidemic.
We passed out of the city as quickly as we could and camped about 8 miles from there on a beautiful little creek.
When we came to Chardon Point in Iowa, Sister Sarah Ann Nelson was seized with a violent attack of cholera. The sisters did all they could for her relief, but it was of no avail.
I became impressed to go down into the woods on the creek and pray to the Lord for her recovery.
Here I earnestly besought the Lord that He would spare her life, and I became so filled with the Spirit of the Lord that I thought I hardly touched the ground while going from the place of prayer to the wagon.
When within a few rods of the wagon, I could hear her groan. I went to the side of the wagon nearest to her head, put my hand between the wagon cover and the wagon box, and placed my hand on her head and silently rebuked the Destroyer.
She immediately straightened herself out of the cramp, smiled, and told the Sisters, "I am healed."
She was well aware whose hand it was that had touched her. She had the disease no more.
There were a few others who were also attacked with the cholera, but when administered to they were healed. The last one attacked was an aged lady, Sister Lathrop. We administered to her. I was mouth. The Destroyer was rebuked and commanded to leave and return no more, which was verified.
We now traveled on in peace and safety and reached Kanesville, Here we found three companies preparing to go to Utah that Season. We joined Apostle Benson's company, which was the last one to start for Utah that season.
In order to have feed for our teams, we camped about five miles east of Kanesville. It was while camping here that Apostle Orson Hyde, According to previous arrangement, came about four o'clock in the afternoon of July 2nd and tied the knot of matrimony between Sarah Ann Nelson and myself.
Next day we resumed our journey and came to the upper crossing of the Missouri River.
When we arrived at Elkhorn River, about 30 miles from the Missouri River, we found to our great astonishment two large companies on the bank of the river. Brother George A. Smith was the captain of one, and Brother [Silas] Richards the captain of the other. These companies had not been able to cross the river, because the ferry had been left on the other side, and a heavy rain storm in the upper country had swollen the stream to the height of twelve feet. They had tried in many ways to get a rope to the ferry, but had failed.
The question was sprung as to who could and would swim across with the rope and fasten it to the ferry.
The thought came to me having had considerable practice in swimming rivers in Illinois, I volunteered to attempt this difficult task. Ira Sabe offered to assist me.
I fastened the rope around me and began to swim. When I was about one third of the distance across the stream, my partner then started in to help to pull the rope across. but before I reached the ferry, he began to give out.
When I saw this predicament, I knew that if I failed to reach the ferry, we would both be in a very dangerous condition. I therefore exerted myself to the utmost to reach the ferry which I did. In a moment I had the rope secured and began to pull Brother Sabe in after me.
The crowd on the opposite side had watched me with intense interest and became very anxious about our safety. When they saw our success in reaching the ferry-bonnets, handkerchiefs, and hats were waved, and a loud shout of joy went up from the crowd. We soon had the ferry boat in operation, and before evening we had quite a number of the wagons across.
After this, when there was any swimming to be done, I was generally asked to do it, and so became quite popular.
We then traveled in good peace along the Platte River, and had a prosperous journey for many weeks. There was an abundance of game, such as buffaloes, Antelopes, elk, etc. I was a lucky hunter, and brought probably as much meat into camp as most any of the men.
When we reached Independence Rock, we were met by Brethren from the Valley who had come to assist us on our journey. They had both cattle and wagons.
Brother Thomas E. Ricks was assigned to assist us Norwegians, which he did. Brother Ricks was just as kind and accommodating as any man possibly could be, and was a great help to us. He stayed with us until we reached Salt Lake City. He won our love and confidence which he has to this day.
When we came farther up Sweet-water, the weather changed and became stormy and windy and though we were uncomfortable at times, we made good progress on our journey.
When between the two last crossings of the Sweetwater, we were obliged to cross some high ridges, which were a part of the Wind River Mts. Our camp was then within seven or eight miles of the last crossing of the Sweetwater, a place called Willow Creek. Here we were blockaded by a tremendous snow storm which lasted about forty hours.
During this time we were all obliged to keep in our wagons. Christian Hayer [Hyer] was the first one to come out and make a fire, and I was the next to join him.
Brother Hayer and myself then started to go up the creek to find our cattle. We found quite a number that were yet alive but the largest number we saw in that direction had perished.
After returning to camp, we found quite a number of the people up, and they listened very anxiously to our report which was very discouraging.
Apostle [Ezra Taft] Benson, the captain of our company, Called for volunteers to go to George A. Smith's camp, which was within about three miles back on Strawberry Creek, to ascertain the situation there of both men and beast.
Brother Christian Hayer [Hyer] and myself volunteered to go. We started out afoot, and found it to be a very hard and tedious journey, because the snow was nearly waist deep. Our path lay over a ridge between the two creeks--But we found Brother Smith's camp and learned that they were situated in circumstances very similar to our own. Brother Smith was just then sending some of the strongest men to go down on Sweetwater to hunt up the cattle.
We then returned to our camp and told them what we had learned. While we were away, a number of our strong men had gone down the creek to Sweetwater to look for our cattle, and they were fortunate in finding the great majority of our cattle in quite a good condition, considering the awful storm. There was an abundance of large willows there which had served both as food and as shelter. Those of the cattle that had gone down the river, or creek, had fared much better than those that had gone up the creek.
When these brethren returned with this favorable report, our great anxiety for our welfare was much relieved. We camped in this place three days.
After gathering up all the cattle we could find, we then found that we were about 70 or 80 head short. This necessitated our yoking up and putting into service every animal that could do any work.
When we had travelled about ten miles, we came out of the snow to bare ground and next day we reached the Pacific Springs where our cattle had good food again. From there we traveled on and had good luck until we reached Salt Lake City, October 25, 1849.

Anna PICKEL and Elisha WILCOX had the following children:

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Minor WILCOX.

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Polly Ann WILCOX was born on 15 September 1836 in Franklin County, Ohio. She died on 20 December 1906 at the age of 70 in Safford, Graham County, Arizona.

Mormon Pioneer - came in 1849 with the Ezra T. Benton Company

1850 Census. Utah, Utah Territory, Hh 240
Elisha Wilcox, 41
Anna, 36
Miner 17. Polly 14. Francis 12 (male). Margaret 10. Joseph 3. Hiram, age 1

Married Alma Harrison Bennett, 25 Dec 1856, Pleasant Grove, Utah Co, Utah.

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Francis WILCOX.

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Margaretta "Margaret" WILCOX.

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Emma WILCOX was born on 5 December 1843 in Franklin County, Ohio. She died in 1847 at the age of 4.

Said to have died crossing the Plains on the way West.

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Sally WILCOX was born on 13 February 1845 in Franklin County, Ohio. She died on 21 October 1849 at the age of 4.

Said to have died crossing the Plains on the way West with the Mormon Ezra T. Benson Company.

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Joseph WILCOX was born on 9 October 1847 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He died on 30 December 1888 at the age of 41 in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah.

1850 Census. Utah, Utah Territory, Hh 240
Elisha Wilcox, 41
Anna, 36
Miner 17. Polly 14. Francis 12 (male). Margaret 10. Joseph 3. Hiram, age 1

Married Candace Blanchard Rowe, 28 Aug 1867

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Hyrum WILCOX was born on 15 October 1849 in Green River, Emery County Utah. He died on 14 May 1929 at the age of 79 in Lava Hot Springs, Bannock County, Idaho.

Married Sirinda Jane Allred, 2 Oct 1876, Spring City, SanPete Co, Utah.

Listed with Elisha & Anna in both 1850 and 1860 censuses.

Idaho Death Certificate #66085
Hyrum Wilcox of Salt Lake City, Utah died at the White Stone Hotel, Lava Hot Springs, Bannock Co, Idaho, on 14 May 1929. Widowed. Married to sirinda Jane Albred. He was born 15 Oct 1849 in Wyoming and was retired. Found dead in private bath at the hotel. Apoplexy. Accidental drowning. Parents were inexplicitly listed as Joseph Wilcox, b. Ohio and Mary Ivy, b. Iowa. F. H. Wilcox of 1111 S. 8th East, Salt Lake City, was the informant.

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Elisha WILCOX was born on 15 September 1851 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah. He died on 14 March 1923 at the age of 71 in Cumberland, Uinta County, Wyoming.

Married Lucinda Adeline Oliver, 17 Oct 1875.

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George Albert WILCOX.

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Asa WILCOX was born on 11 July 1858 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah. He died on 2 August 1915 at the age of 57 in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah.

Married Sarah Davidson, 5 Jun 1886, Sanpete Co, Utah.