Wilcox, Edward Warren
Age: 0, credited to Middlebury, VT
Unit(s): 1st NC LARTY, 3rd NC LARTY
Service: enl, 3/1/62, Pvt, Co. G, 3rd NC LARTY (CSA), tr to Reiley's Battery (Co. D), 1st NC LARTY, 10/2/62, pr SGT, 10/15/62, pr 1SGT 12/1/63, no further details, but apparently served to the end of the war [MC, 54]
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Birth: 12/30/1834, Middlebury, VT
Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA
Marker/Plot: EXT, Block 10, Lost 3, Space 5N
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 122399765
Alias?: None noted
College?: MC 54
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA
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Edward W. Wilcox, a native of Vermont and a Confederate veteran, celebrated his 103rd birthday last Thursday in Norfolk, Va., saying he thought he "might make 104." A brother of the late Julius Wilcox, he adopted the south as his native land and fought in the Confederate army as an officer in the 10th regiment. His grandfather was Asa Wilcox, who is listed in the official roster of "Connecticut men in the American Revolution." His father, Amon Wilcox, fought in the War of 1812, according to the Vermont roster. Wilcox lives with his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Woolford, who is 66. His birthday has come to be almost a community affair in Norfolk. (The Vermont Journal, January 1, 1938).
Wilcox was born 30 December 1834, in Middlebury, Vt., the son of Amon and Emeline (McDonald) Wilcox. Amon, a native of Connecticut, and by trade a tin-smith. According to rosters, Amon served as a private in Captain Jehial Saxton's Company, Vermont Militia, during the War of 1812. Edward's grandfather, Asa Wilcox, served as a "private and drummer, Wadsworth's Brigade and other Conn. troops" during the American Revolution.
After graduating from Middlebury College in 1854, Edward moved to North Carolina. He was a school teacher in Tarboro, Edgcome County, in at least 1860. On 1 March 1862, he enlisted as a private in Co. G, 3rd North Carolina Light Artillery, and transferred to Reiley's Battery, 1st N.C. Light Artillery in October, was promoted Sergeant 15 October, and 1st Sergeant on 1 December 1863. There is currently no further record of his service, but according to his obituary, he was at Appomattox when General Robert E. Lee surrendered.
From 1877 to 1891, Wilcox was a school teacher in Windom, Nashville, Farmville and Rocky Mount. From 1892 to 1894, he was Secretary and Treasurer of Rocky Mount Iron Works, and served as assistant postmaster and postmaster there from 1895 to 1897. By 1898, had had moved to Richmond, Va., where he was managing a book concern that year. He was back in Rocky Mount, NC by 1900, and moved to Norfolk, Va., by 1910, residing there until his passing on 23 May 1938, from injuries sustained in a fall at his residence. At the time of his death he was the oldest resident of Norfolk, and the oldest alumnus of Middlebury College. He was one of the founders of the Wesleymen Bible Class of Epworth Methodist Church, Norfolk.
Wilcox married Mary Redmond Bunn (1839-1931) of Nash County, N.C., daughter of Redmond Bunn and Mary Hickman Bryan, on 17 October 1867. She predeceased him by seven years. He was survived by three children: Mrs. Elizabeth Woolford and Edward W. Wilcox, Jr., of Norfolk, and Judge E. B. Wilcox of Guayama, Puerto Rico, and two granddaughters, Mary Winfred and Adah Louise, daughters of Judge Wilcox, who were students at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md. at the time.
"E. W. Wilcox of Norfolk Dies at 103," Richmond Times Dispatch, Tuesday, May 24, 1938, p. 17
Edgar J. Wiley, Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and of others who have received degrees 1800-1915, (Middlebury College, 1917), p. 180.
The Vermont Journal, January 1, 1938, courtesy of Cathy Hoyt.
Office of the Secretary General, Official Bulletin, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, March 16, 1908, No. 8, p. 53.
1875 North Carolina State Census.
1850, 1860, 1880-1930 U.S. Censuses.
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