Edwin Carter Wilcox, a prominent lawyer of Anthony, Kans., was born at Outville, Ohio, May 20, 1870. He is a son of George Carter and Lucetta (Hilbrant) Wilcox. The father was born in Ohio, February 19, 1841, a son of Josiah Carter and Mary (Beecher) Wilcox, the former a native of New York, born in 1826, came to Ohio with his parents when an infant. He spent his life in Ohio, and died at Outville, Ohio, in 1911. His wife, Mary Beecher, was a daughter of Lyman Beecher, a close relative of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mary Beecher was born May 20, 1830, at Outville, Ohio, and now resides at that place. She, like many other members of the Beecher family, is a well known literary woman, and known in the world of letters as a short story writer, chiefly dealing with religious topics. Josiah Carter and Mary (Beecher) Wilcox were the parents of seven children as follows: George Carter, the father of the subject of this sketch; Edwin, deceased; Emily; Roswell; Susie, deceased; Charles, and Zina. George Carter Wilcox was educated at Granville Academy, Granville, Ohio, and has made farming and the hotel business the principal occupations of his life. He removed to Cedar county, Missouri, in 1887, and is now living retired at Bromough, Mo. He is a veteran of the Civil war, having served in Company F, Ninety-fifth Regiment, Ohio infantry, for four years and took part in many important engagements, including Missionary Ridge, Nashville and Franklin. He was seriously wounded on three occasions and when discharged was sergeant of his company. He was married February 1, 1866, to Miss Lucetta Hilbrant, a native of Newark, Ohio, born May 5, 1848. She was a daughter of Aaron and Ella Hilbrant, natives of Virginia, who settied in Ohio at an early date. To George Carter and Lucetta Hilbrant Wilcox were born five children, as follows: Mary Belle, born January 21, 1867, married William R. Stomp, August 20, 1887, and they have three children, Hazle, Pauline and Willis; Minnie Emily, born August 13, 1868, married Fred F. Brown, August 20, 1887, and they have one child, Clara; Edwin Carter, the subject of this sketch; Gertrude Quinetta, born January 21, 1876, married George T. Davis in 1897, and they have three children: Vesta, Vincent and Marvin. Florence Fawn, the youngest of the family was born December 20, 1887. She married Clyde Strickland in 1906, and they have one child, Clydine. Edwin Carter Wilcox, whose name introduces this article, has been a hard student all his life and is practically a self-educated man. He remained on his father's farm in Madison county, Ohio, until he was seventeen years of age, when he went to work in a machine shop to learn the machinist's trade. He remained there eighteen months, and during that time he was also reading law, and in 1888 came to Anthony, Kans., pursuing the study of law and on January 20, 1890, was admitted to the bar of Kansas. He was admitted to practice in both the State and Federal courts, and has been successful in his chosen professional field from the start. He is a Republican and since coming to Kansas, has taken an active interest in politics. For four years he was a member of the city council of Anthony, and in 1892, acted as assistant attorney general in the prosecution of liquor cases in Harper county. In 1910 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Harper county, serving two years, and while in that office stood for an honest and impartial enforcement of law, and Harper county never had a more conscientious prosecuting attorney. In 1913 he organized the Wilcox Adjustment and Title Company of which he is president. This company does a general farm loan, abstract and collection business. Mr. Wilcox has one of the best law libraries in Harper county. He was married September 17, 1896, at Franklin, Tenn., to Miss Anna Josephine Couch, a native of that State, born August 14, 1872. She is a daughter of Joseph E. and Josie (Anderson) Couch, both natives of Tennessee. The father was a Confederate army veteran. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox have been born two children: Edwin Harold, born June 23, 1898 and Joseph Howard, born August 1, 1900. Mr. Wilcox is a Thirty-second Degree Mason and Mrs. Wilcox is a member of the Eastern Star, and is prominent in the local lodge having passed all the chairs. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of which Mr. Wilcox is a steward and trustee. The Wilcox residence is one of the finest in Harper county, and is known for its hospitality.Pages 128-130 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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