Family Lineage of Henry Cox

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Family Lineage of Henry Cox

of Blount County, Tennessee

Summary of the Cox Family

There is an undocumented statement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Library that John Cox born about 1578 in England was the father of William Coxe who came to Virginia in June 1610.  I have seen nothing to discredit nor substantiate this statement.

However, the history of William Coxe, s/o John, is documented in several documents such as the excerpts from the Hopkins  of Virginia and Related Families, chapter IV.  In the list of Adventurers as they were styled in the Charters of the Virginia Companies, 1609 and 1620, the name was spelled Cock, Cocks, Cox, Coxly.  See Magazine  of History and Biography, Vol. III, P. 282.  William Coxe, age 12 years, came over on the ship Godspeed in 1610 with the party of Thomas West, Third Lord De La Warr.  The fact that Robert West, brother of Thomas West, married Elizabeth Coxe, d/o of Sir Henry Coxe of Brokburn, Hertfordshire, suggests that William Coxe may have been of that family.    Also a William Coxe was granted 100 acres of land in Elizabeth City County,  VA. on 28 Sept. 1628 by Governor West  per Land Book I, p. 89.   On 29 Nov. 1636 Governor John West granted William Coxe 150 acres of land in Henrico County, VA. situated about three and one half miles above Harrowattocks for the transportation of three heads into the Colony viz:  Thomas Braxton, Richard Bird, and Richard Hewes per Land Book I, p. 403.  Governor John Harvey granted William Coxe 150 acres of land, being in the County of Henrico, above three and one half miles above Harrowattock (Arrowhattocks), for transportation of three persons into the Colony at his own expense; names of persons not found, Land Book  I, p. 492.

After the Indian Massacre of 1622, a muster was taken in Feb. 1624/5 and William Coxe was listed with Thomas Bouldinge at Elizabeth City County.  William Coxe was dead by 14 Dec. 1656 when Peter Lee patented 126 acres in Henrico County adjoining the land “belonging to the orphans of William Coxe,” Patent Book 4, p. 44.

Planters at Arrowhattocks (a type written paper; New Orleans, 1964, p.50) in an unreferenced chart, shows William Coxe married to Elizabeth Hutchins with four children, John, Thomas, Elizabeth wife of Robert Porter and Mary Catherine wife of John Burton.  The great value of this work lies in a series of eight maps showing land holdings in the Arrowhattocks area 1611-65.  See Adventurers of Purse and Persons, p. 212.

John Cox, s/o William Coxe of Arrowhattocks, on 29 March, 1665 patented 550 acres in Henrico County on the North side of Harristocks, (Arrowhattocks), adjoining the land of Capt. Edloe.   This must, of necessity, have joined the land formerly owned by William Coxe and then by his orphans.  On 5 Feb. 1685/6 he made a Deed of Gift to his son William Cox and on 11 July 1693 he gave 100 acres and a Negro girl to his son Bartholomew Cox, his wife Rebecca and their son George.  Henry Cox witnessed both deeds.  The Will of John Cox, 19 Feb. 1691/2- 1 Feb. 1696/7 named his wife Mary and six sons Henry, John, William, George, Bartholomew, and Richard.  On the day the Will was proved, Mary Cox, widow of John Cox, deceased, entered a suit for her dower against Henry, John, William, George, and Bartholomew, but not Richard.

John Cox was married more than once.  The first wife may have been the daughter of Robert Cradock  or Mary Elam, there is no definitive answer.  The wife who survived him was Mary Kennon whom he married (license #22) Sept. 1682. On p.679 in the same County Court Deed Book of Henrico County, VA. as the above will was probated, appears the following item.  “Mary Cox, widow of John Cox Sr. Deceased, put in her place and stead, Bart Fowler, her attorney, in all causes and actions in Henrico County Court.  Witness my hand this 26th day of Nov. 1696.”  She must have been unhappy with the silver spoon he willed her.  William Elam, of Henrico County, in his Will, dated 18 Feb. 1688/9 left one Shilling to his son-in-law, John Cox, Sr.  Issue: (by earlier wife or wives) William, Bartholomew, Henry, John, George, and (by Mary Kennon) Richard.  See Adventurers of Purse and Persons, pp. 212-213.  Also see, for marriage of John Cox and Mary Kennon, Virginia Magazine of History and Biographicals, Vol. 37, p. 156.

Richard Cox I, s/o of John Cox, married by 8 Jan. 1700/1, to Mary Trent, daughter of Henry Trent and his wife Elizabeth Sherman.  See: Wills Henrico County, VA “Colonial Wills, 1654 to 1737; Will of Henry Trent where he gives daughter Mary Cox wife of Richard Cox, one gold ring.   Richard Cox held 300 acres of land in Henrico County, VA 1704.    He left a will, 13 July, 1734- Feb. 1734/5 and his wife left an undated will, probated 2 Feb. 1735/6, see Henrico County Wills and Deeds 1725-37; for Richard p. 466; for Mary p. 513.

Issue: John married Elizabeth____; Henry Trent Cox married Judith Redford; Mary married ______ Fore; Elizabeth married Strangeman Hutchins; Richard II; Obedience married Philemon Perkins; Edith married James Whitloe; Martha married James Ferguson.  See Adventurers of Purse and Persons, p. 215.

The name Obedience was interjected into the Trent family by the marriage of Obedience Branch to Alexander Trent, brother of Mary Trent, wife of Richard Cox.  Obedience Branch, d/o John Branch and Martha, surname is unknown, married first, in 1696 to John Cocke; second, Alexander Trent; and third, Thomas Turpin, all of Henrico County, VA, she died in 1746.  This statement is made in a deed from Thomas Turpin and Obedience, his wife, to James Branch, dated April 2, 1716, in Henrico Records, Vol. 1714-18, p. 75.

The additional proof that Obedience Branch married Alexander Trent, is derived from the fact that Mrs. Obedience (Branch) Cocke-Trent-Turpin in her will recorded in Goochland County, VA June 17, 1746, mentions her son Alexander Trent.  This fact taken in connection with the Will of Alexander Trent, Probated in Henrico County, VA, 1703, furnishes the evidence of this marriage.  See William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 25, p. 108.

John Cox, s/o Richard and Mary Trent Cox, was married to Elizabeth ______, surname unknown.  Regarding John Cox, s/o Richard Cox and Mary Trent, Adventurers of Purse and Persons Edition # 4 states that his brother Henry Trent Cox made a Deed in 1753 mentioning the half acre where his brother, Richard II and his wife and the children of his brother John are buried.  See Henrico County, VA Deeds 1706-1737, Vol. # 2 by Benjamin B. Weisiger.  The Will of John Cox of Goochland County, VA Parish of Saint James Northam, written 13 March, 1785, probated 19 Sept. 1785 in Goochland County, VA.  in this will John gave his son Edward 100 acres of the land he lived on, which was one half of the two hundred acres he had bought from Henry and Elizabeth Richardson Cox in 1761.  A comparison of the two survey plats, of this property, verifies that this 100 acres is part of the original Richardson survey.

Issue:  Edward married Cecily Guillam 10 Dec. 1767 in Prince Edward County VA; Obedience married John Hilton 24 Nov. 1757; Glassre married Joseph Davis 16 Sept. 1759 in Goochland County, VA; Henry married Elizabeth Richardson, no license was found; John II married Phoebe Williamson 17 November, 1757 in Cumberland County, VA; See: Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607-1800, by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, Virginia Magazine of History and Biographicals, Vol. 43, p. 23, Douglas Register and William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 22, p.26.

Edward Cox’s, s/o John and Elizabeth Cox, will was probated in Goochland County, VA Deed Book, # 21, p. 76.  Written 3 May, 1805, Recorded 17 June, 1811, probated 2 Dec. 1813.

Issue: Henry married Susannah Jarrett 2 Jan. 1812; John married Nancy______; Redford married Lucy Roundtree 1811; Claiborne married Cynthia Hampton 1814; Trent married Rebecca, last name not found; Elizabeth married Jesse Mullins 3 July, 1788; Sarah; Mary; Ann/Anne married Tartlin Bagly 29 Dec. 1814; Glassre; Obedience; Jesse married Polly Roundtree 1808.  See Douglas Register.


Glassre Cox married Joseph Davis 16 Sept. 1759 in Saint James Northam Parish, Goochland County, VA.  He was born 1710 and died 1790, she was born 1735 and died 11 March, 1816, Glassre and Joseph are both buried in Wake County, North Carolina.

Issue:  Elizabeth born 16 July 1762; John born 17 Nov. 1764; Jesse born 21 July, 1768; Obedience; Glassre born 1772 Wake County, N.C.; Edward; Polly; Sally; and Charity.

John Cox married Phoebe Williamson 17 Nov., 1757, in Cumberland County, VA, she being the daughter of Thomas Ballard.  She had previously been married to George Williamson of Cumberland County, VA.  See William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 20, p. 26 also Cumberland County, VA. land records.

As can be seen from the three generations, Richard, John, Edward, and Glassre have used the unusual names of Trent, Obedience, and Glassre.  The odds that these unusual names were used in unrelated families are astronomical; therefore, I have to conclude that these people are of the same family.

John Richardson married, before Feb. 1739/40, to Mary Curd, daughter of Edward Curd of Henrico County, VA who’s will of that date proves it.  Per Goochland County, VA  Wills and Deeds; 1728-1736, p. 419, Deed of Edward Curd of Henrico County, VA states that for love and good will and affection I give to my daughter, Mary Richardson, 200 acres on North side of the James River, 17 July 1733.  In the will of John Richardson, he states that I give and bequeath to Eliza Richardson, my daughter, three hundred and twenty acres of land lying on Lickinghole Creek in Goochland County, VA to her and her heirs forever.  See Cumberland County, VA Wills 1749-1782.  The will was recorded in Cumberland County, VA 24 Sept. 1753.  Then Henry and Elizabeth Cox are selling the same amount of land on 21 April, 1761, as can be seen in the following two deeds.

A deed of conveyance from Henry and Elizabeth Cox, of Cumberland Parish, for land being and lying in Lunenburg County, VA to John Cox.  The land being and lying on Branches of Lickinghole Creek in Goochland County, VA.  This parcel of land containing two hundred acres more or less and is recorded in Goochland County, VA Deed book #8, 21 April, 1761.  A Deed of Conveyance from Henry and Elizabeth Cox to Thomas Dawson, lying and being on Lickinghole Creek containing one hundred acres, more or  less, in Goochland County, VA Deed Book #8, Recorded 21 April, 1761.

In the William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. # 20, Series # 1, p. 323; Cumberland County, VA Marriage Bonds, 4 Jan. 1764, Lewis Jackson and Francis Richardson were married, with the consent of Henry Cox, her guardian.  Wit: Mary Richardson, Samuel Vawter, Powell Hughes, Lewis Jackson, and Frances Richardson.  Elizabeth Richardson Cox, wife of Henry Cox, sister of Frances Richardson, and daughter of Mary Richardson was not in attendance of this wedding which would lead one to believe she was incapacitated or some other compelling reason.  It should be noted that Curd Cox was born about 1762 on the Little Roanoke River, in Luenenburg County, VA.

Will of Mary Richardson, w/w 2 Jan. 1788, w/r 3 Oct. 1791, named Martha Dawson,  Fanny Jackson, Agness Vaughter, Isham Richardson, Anne Harvey, Susannah Gullian, and G. D. Lumkin; the Court noted that Isham Richardson was dead at the time the Will was recorded.

In his 1832 pension application Curd Cox, s/o Henry and Elizabeth Cox, said that he was born in 1762, on the Little Roanoke River in Charlotte County, VA as he was informed by his parents.  Curd Cox of Knox County, TN private in the company of Capt. McDaniel in the Regiment of Col. Cocke in the Virginia Line for nine months, was placed on the East Tennessee pension roll at $30.00 per annum under the Act of 1832.  Certificate # 19002 was issued 26 July, 1833.  He joined the Army while living in Halifax County, VA and fought at Guilford’s Courthouse, known today as Greensboro, N.C. against General Cornwallis’ forces during the Revolutionary War.  Actually he would have been born in Lunenburg County because Charlotte County was not formed out of Lunenburg County until 1765. Curd named his fourth child Richardson which indicates a strong connection between the families of Cox, Curd, and Richardson.

Deed of Conveyance from Godfrey and Thomas Jones to Henry Cox, all parties of Charlotte County, VA One hundred pounds pad for a parcel of land in Charlotte County, VA on the branch of Ash Camp Creek.  Deed signed by Godfrey Jones, recorded 6 May, 1765.

Deed of Conveyance from Henry Cox to Elisha Almond, 75 pounds for 75 acres, land Cox purchased of Godfrey Jones, except 40 square feet, lying on branch of Ash Camp Creek.  This deed was registered in Charlotte County, VA 2 June, 1777, Deed Book #4, p. 16.  Whoever is buried in the 40 square feet family cemetery died after 1765 and before 1777.  Elizabeth Richardson Cox would have been dead by 1773 when Henry remarried; therefore Elizabeth is probably buried in this family cemetery.

Henry Cox had to give his consent for Frances Richardson to marry Lewis Jackson 4 Jan. 1764 with family witnesses of Mary Richardson, who I believe was Mary Curd Richardson.  It seems to me that Elizabeth Cox would have attended her sister’s wedding if she had not been incapacitated or some other compelling reason.

By the preponderance of the evidence I believe that Henry Cox married Elizabeth Richardson, the mother of Curd Cox; however, there was no record found of this marriage.  Henry Cox’s second marriage was to Anne Madison, d/o Roger Madison, 5 April, 1773 per a license registered in Charlotte County, VA and witnessed by Thomas Read and the bond was signed by Roger Madison, Anne’s father.

An entry made in the Lunenburg County, VA Land Patent,1746-1916, Book # 31, p. 326, 400 acres, 6-14-1853, to Henry Cox on Heather Branch, neighbor Frances Rann.  This probably is the land that got Henry established in Lunenburg County, VA.


An entry in Lunenburg County Court & Order Book # 11, 1765-1766, p. 160; Robert Haste & Company, Plaintiff, assignees Thomas Read vs. Henry Cox, Clement Read & Paul Carrington, Defendants.  Plaintiff recovered 50 pounds except cost to be discharged by the payment of 19 pounds, 3 shillings and 9 pence.  There were eight other court actions taken against or by Henry Cox during the year of 1765 in Lunenburg County Court.

A Deed of Trust from Henry Cox to Neill Buchanan and Company, 19 Aug. 1767 Charlotte County, VA that Henry was indebted to the said Neill Buchanan and Company in the sum of one hundred and two pounds and four shillings and ten pence for which he forfeited two Negro women slaves and one hundred and ninety six acres in one tract of land and a second tract containing one hundred and fifty acres.  As can be seen by the last two entries above Henry had fallen on hard times in Charlotte County.  It must be recalled that Charlotte County was formed from Lunenburg County in 1765.

“Thomas Jefferson Squire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to all to whom these present shall come greeting known ye that in consideration of the ancient composition of forty Shillings Sterling paid by Henry Cox into the treasury of this Commonwealth unto the said Henry Cox a certain tract or parcel of land containing three hundred and seventy four acres by survey bearing date the thirtieth day of May one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven, lying and being in the county of Halifax on Bull Run Creek”.  This is a land grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia to Henry Cox.

Next we find a Deed of Conveyance from Spelsby Trible to Henry Cox, 2 Dec. 1777, Halifax County, VA.  Spelsby Trible and his wife Mary do grant, bargain, sell, and confirm unto the said Henry Cox of Charlotte County, VA two hundred and two acres of land for the consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds of current money of Virginia.

Also we find a Deed of Conveyance from Minoah Dyer and Haman Dyer and Frankey, his wife, of Halifax County, VA on the one part and Henry Cox of the same county the other part.   In consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds of current money of Virginia to them in hand paid.  They do grant bargain sell and confirm unto said Henry Cox a certain tract of land containing two hundred acres more or less lying and being in Halifax County, VA.  One of the witnesses was Roger Madison, Henry’s father-in-law.  At a court held in Halifax County, VA 19 Aug. 1779 this indenture was sworn to by both parts.  The above shown land Patent and two deeds show that Henry had established himself in Halifax County, VA by the year 1779.

In the Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 32, p. 45; British Mercantile Claims, 1775-1803; List of debtors to Buchanan, Haste, and Company on 1 Jan. 1777 at their store in Charlotte, all of the debtors were residents of Halifax County, VA.  James Eastman Agent’s Report 15 Aug. 1782.  Henry Cox: indebted 80 pounds, 18 shillings and 9 1/2 pence, due 1776.  Henry lives in Tennessee and has a sufficiency of property.  A list of debtors to the Eilbeck, Chamber, Ross and Company, due 1 Jan. 1777, at their store in Petersburg was compiled and all debts have been claimed irrecoverable.  All debtors are residents of Halifax County, VA  Special Agent James Eastman’s Report:  Henry and John Cox, indebted 20 pounds, Henry lives in Tennessee and is good; John Cox lives in Mecklenburg County, VA.  This is the earliest report of Henry being in Tennessee.

This Indenture made this seventh day of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty four between Henry Cox and Anne, his wife, of the one part and James Broughill of the other part Witnesseth that the said Henry Cox and Anne for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds current money of Virginia to the said Henry Cox in hand paid the receipt whereof is personally acknowledged before the Sealing and Delivering of these presents hath granted, bargained Doth and by these presents Doth grant bargain and sell unto the said James Broughill his heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Halifax, containing by estimate two hundred acres the same more or less.  At this time Henry is trying to divest himself of his property in Halifax County, VA.

The Personal Property Tax Lists for the year 1787 for Halifax County, VA, Halifax County – Tax List “A” shows  Henry Cox’s tax was collected on 5/28 and Curd Cox’s tax was collected on 5/26.  Also Moses Overton, Susan Overton’s father, tax was collected on 5/28.  The fact that Henry’s and Curd’s tax were collected on different dates indicates that they were living in separate residences.  It is probable that Curd and Susan Overton were married by this time, as Curd was not residing with Henry at this time.

This Indenture made this 31st day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six between John Garrett of the County of Jefferson and State of Tennessee of the one part and Henry Cox of the County and State aforesaid of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said John Garrett  for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred and sixty six dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath and these present doth grant sell alien Enfeoff and confirm unto the said Henry Cox his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land containing eighty seven acres being the same more or less lying and being in the County of Jefferson and State of Tennessee lying and being on the North Branch of the Nolichucky River.  This is the first and only property that a deed has been found for Henry Cox in Tennessee.

This Indenture made this twenty fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven, Between Henry Cox of the County of Jefferson and State of Tennessee of the one part and John Cox of the County and State aforesaid of the other part, Witness:  the said Henry Cox for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred and sixty six dollars to him in hand paid the receipt thereof is hereby acknowledged both and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien Enfeoff and confirm unto the said John Cox his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land containing Eighty seven acres be the same more or less lying and being in the County of Jefferson and State of Tennessee on the North Branch of Nolichucky River.  This is the same property that Henry bought from John Garrett in 1796. 

This Indenture made this twenty sixth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four, between John Cox of the County of Jefferson and State of Tennessee of the one part and Jesse Moore of the County of Cocke and State of Tennessee ;  Witnesseth that the said John Cox for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred dollars to him in hand paid the receipt thereof is hereby acknowledged and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien Enfeoff and confirm unto the said Jesse Moore his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land containing eighty seven acres be the same more or less lying and being in the County of Jefferson and State of Tennessee on the North side.   This is the same property that John Cox bought from Henry Cox in 1797.   At this time Henry and his family moved from Jefferson County, TN to Blount County, TN, near the small village of Louisville.    

Know all men by their presents that I, Henry Cox of the State of Tennessee and County of Blount for sundry good causes and considerations have nominated constituted acclaimed and appointed William Jameson of the State of Virginia and Halifax County my true and lawful attorney to act demand sue recover and receive in my name and acclaim debt due by bond from Conrad Botts to me the said Henry Cox and Martin Beard, a security bond, granting to my said account my full and sole powers and authority to collect the said debt and I do hereby verify and confirm whatever my said Attorney shall do or cause to be done in using measures to collect this said debt and Witness whatever my said Attorney shall do shall be a binding and obligatory as if I were personally present and set my own signature.  In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 31st day of August one thousand eight hundred and five.  This power of Attorney proves that Henry Cox moved to Blount County before 1805. 

This information was taken from the Blount County Court House, Maryville, TN, Deed Book “B”, p. 370.  In a Deed of Conveyance from John Cox to Phillip Fouth 7 Sept. 1818, paid $700.00 for 165 acres of land, where Henry Cox lived.  This deed also proves that Henry Cox lived in Blount County, TN and establishes that he was living on property owned by his son, John Cox.

Will of Henry Cox was written 21 July, 1807, Will Probated 8 May, 1809, in Blount County Court.  In this Will, Henry gave and bequeathed unto his beloved wife, Ann Cox, all my Estate both real and personal during her widowhood.  Also he states that Margaret Matison, Ann’s sister, shall have constant maintains out of my Estate while she continues to live with my family and at the decease of my wife Ann Cox.   He gave and bequeathed sixty cents to sons Jack, Curd, Tolliver, Clemmons, and Samuel.  He states that all the rest of my Estate real and personal after the decease of my wife to be equally divided between my three children namely Betsey Saffell, Ambrose, and Nancy Cox.  With the exception that Nancy Cox shall have a good bed and furniture extra ordinary.  He appoints Jack Cox and Samuel Saffell Executors of his Last Will and Testament.  The will was witnessed by: George Moore, Harry McAnnaly, and Matthew Whittenburger.

Henry Cox and Anne Madison, his wife, and her sister Margaret French Madison are buried in the Middlesettlement Cemetery in Blount County, TN.,  adjacent to the grave of Dr. Henry Madison Cox.   Henry died before 1809; Anne died before the 1840 census was taken, and Margaret died before the 1850 census was taken.

Henry and Cury Cox and Moses Overton appeared in 1782 tax records for Halifax County, Virginia as “Heads of Families – Virginia 1782”  - Halifax County:  Henry Cox, 6 whites, & 3 blacks (1782), Curd Cocks (Cox) 2 whites, (1785), Moses Overton, 7 whites (1785).  Curd married Susan Overton, and I think it is safe to assume Moses is Susan’s father.

In his application for a pension, Curd (X) Cox, s/o Henry and Elizabeth Cox, on 23 August, 1832 in Knox County, TN at age 70, declared he lived in Halifax County, Virginia.  There was a call for men to resist the British Army of Cornwallis who was close on the Virginia Line in the fall of 1790.  He volunteered for eighteen months under Captain William McDaniel in Col. Cock’s regiment and General Stephenson’s Brigade, they rendezvoused at Halifax’s old courthouse and joined General Green’s army.  They marched across the Dan River into North Carolina and followed Cornwallis until they came to Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781.  There 1,900 seasoned British troops led by Gen. Charles Cornwallis defeated 4,400 Continentals, many of them militia and raw recruits, led by Gen. Nathaniel Greene.  Both sides suffered heavy casualties, which on the British side led to a decision to abandon the Carolina Campaign.  About the time Cornwallis took shipping or shortly after Curd was discharged.  He requested Commissary Officer Ambrose Madison, who was the uncle of Ann Madison or her brother, to keep his discharge papers.  He served over nine months because he entered service in November, 1780 and was discharged in September of 1781.   Curd (X) Cox, on the 24th of May, 1833, Knox County, Tennessee of said county declares he was born in Charlotte County, Virginia on Little Roanoke River in 1762 as he was informed by his parents, the month and day not recollected.  Actually he would have been born in Lunenburg County, VA because Charlotte County was not formed out of Lunenburg County until 1765.

Curd Cox of Knox County, Tennessee, private in the company of Captain McDaniel in the regiment of Col. Cocke in the Virginia line for nine months, was placed on the East Tennessee pension rolls at $30.00 per annum under the Act of 1832.   Certificate # 19002 was issued 26 July, 1833.  (Information obtained from “The Southside Virginia”.)  Curd Cox’s name is in an incomplete listing of the officers and men that participated in the King’s Mountain Campaign.  (Information obtained from “The Overmountain Men” by Pat Alderman, published by the Overmountain Press, Johnson City, Tennessee).

Curd and Susan had four children born in Virginia; James married Elizabeth “Betsy” Gammon, Sarah “Sally” married William Conner, Jr; John married Alice Gammon, and Richardson married Mary “Polly” Julian, then they came to Knox County, Tennessee.  Other children born in Tennessee were Mary “Polly” married John Roads, Henry married Elizabeth Giving, Moses married Mary “Polly” Conner, Milly married Marvel Hill, and Elizabeth married John Manuel Jett.  Curd’s property in Knox County, Tennessee was purchased in a Deed of Conveyance from Walter Alvis to Curd Cox, 400 acres on Bull Run Creek, Lot E, for $500, dated 10 June 1809.  Curd and Susan are buried on this property in a private cemetery where Pedigo Road crosses Bull Run Creek.  His tombstone said he had 2000 acres of property, but I can find only this one deed for 400 acres in Knox County.


Curd Cox’s will was probated in Knox County Court in the December Session 1853.  “I will and bequeath to my sons, to wit, John, James, Richardson, Moses Cox and daughters Sally Conner and Milly Hill, all my effects, real and personal, to be equally divided between the above six heirs; with the exception to bequeath to Henry Cox a certain tract of land where he now lives”.  And he named five slaves to be given to other children.   By naming his third son Richardson, Curd has made a strong connection between the families of Cox, Curd, and Richardson.

Dennis Cox of Lakewood, Colorado sends an inventory of Curd’s Estate.  Money on hand $398.16, outstanding notes $510.75 and one share of stock in the East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad, valued at $50.00.  And a long list of household and farming items but no value has been assigned to them.  Curd has a multitude of descendants in Knox and Anderson Counties, and they are documented by several different people.

I believe that Taliafarro is the first child of Ann & Henry Cox because Roger Madison in his will leaves his daughter Ann Cox one negro boy named Isaac and to his grandson Taliafarro Cox one negro girl named Phanny.  Also Ann Madison’s mother is named Elizabeth Taliafarro therefore holding with the custom of naming the children after the mother’s family members we have the name Taliafarro.  Roger Madison, the son of John Madison II, wrote his Will on the 28th of April, 1789, in Halifax, VA and it was probated on the 25th day of January, 1802 in Halifax County, VA.  I have received a copy of a Deed of Conveyance from Toliver Cox to Elijiah Lyon, Edgefield District, South Carolina, Book 31, pp 91-92, dated 14th day of April, 1812 and also the Last Will and Testament of Toliver M. (Madison-?) Cox.    It was submitted by oath of Charley I. Hammon the 5th day of February 1828 in the District of Edgefield in the State of South Carolina, wife Honor Cox but no issues named.

I believe that Clement was the second child of Henry and Ann, and I also believe he was named after Clement Read who was a prominent attorney in Charlotte County at the time the Cox’s were there.  Also in Charlotte County, VA, Wills there was a Francis Clement who named Josiah Cox, his brother-in-law as Executor therefore his wife must have been Elizabeth Cox.  This does not follow any of the customs of family names.  Both Toliver and Clement settled in Edgefield County, S.C.  Toliver had no issue, he married Honor Cox the widow of Joseph Cox of Augusta, GA.  Clement Cox, married _____Bowers and they had Henry, Madison E., and Caroline.  Also I have a Deed of Conveyance from Clem Cox to David Bowers of Edgefield District, State of South Carolina, Bk. 45, p. 312. Also the Last Will and Testament of Clement Cox, Bk. “D”, p. 420, Box No. 21, Pkg. No. 760, Edgefield District, State of South Carolina, names two sons Henry and Madison Cox. In the 1850 Census records Henry had six children, Nathaniel, Cornelius, Anna, Abraham, Caroline, and Susan; also Henry was dead by 1848.  In the 1850 Census of the Barnwell District, Madison had five children Eliz, Carolina, Emma, Willam, and Clement.  These families could not be found in the 1870 census.  Therefore it must be assumed that the Civil War displaced these family members.  (Information pertaining to the location of the wills was supplied by Dennis Cox, Lakewood, Colorado).

John Madison Cox was next in order and the custom was that the fourth son was named after the father’s elder brother; see British Mercantile Claims, Henry & John were debtors jointly, therefore this John was probably Henry’s elder brother or his father.

John Madison Cox was born 4 June, 1777 in Charlotte County, VA and married Susannah H. Kelly 21 Oct. 1799, Jefferson County, TN; Bond was signed by Charles Porter.  Susannah was born 1783, Halifax County, VA.  Both are buried in the Middlesettlement Cemetery, Blount County, TN.  John Cox sold property he bought from Henry Cox to Jesse Moore on 13 July, 1804, Jefferson County, Tn.  Registered in Bk. “G”, p. 35.  Then I find John bought property from David Lowe on 17 June, 1809, Blount County, TN.,  Bk.  “A” p. 161.   John and Susannah had four children Sarah M. who married Andrew Singleton, James Kelly who married Sarah Elizabeth Miers, Dr. Henry Madison who married(1) Eliza Russell, (2) Margaret H. Farland, (3) Janes C. Cannon, and Nancy S. who married Hugh Singleton.  In the W. E. Parham Papers, Blount County Library, in regard to the John Cox Estate, deceased, 10-1842, bond to administer the estate is signed by James K. Cox, Alexander McNutt, David Tedford, and Major Reeder.  In the file of the Blount County Court House, his administrator had to make a bond of $10,000.  Beside his real estate property he left about $1,160 to be divided among his heirs.  He must have been a well read man, for in the inventory of his estate, he had books on Latin, English Grammar, Algebra, Geometry, several on Philosophy, Commentaries of the Old Testament, Volumes of Locke’s Essays, and others.

Nathaniel Hall Cox I, “Major”, was the fourth child of Henry and Ann, and I believe he was named after a minister, Nathaniel Hall, in the area when the Cox’s were in Charlotte County; and he may have performed the marriage ceremony of Henry and Ann.   I can not find any other Nathaniel Hall in this Cox line.

Nathaniel Hall Cox I was born 4 July 1780, in Virginia and married Elizabeth Smith Talbot on 11 April 1811 in Jefferson County, TN.  There is a Deed of Conveyance from John White to Nathaniel Cox registered 11th Dec. 1813, Bk. “L” , pg. 61, Jefferson County, Tennessee for $950 a parcel of land lying in Jefferson County, Tennessee, situated on Mossy Creek containing three hundred acres.   Also there is a bill of sale from Alexander T. Outlaw to Nathaniel Cox registered 11 June 1818, Bk. “O”, pg. 291, for a Negro boy named Lewis.  Also there is a Deed of Conveyance from Nathaniel Cox to Edward Humston, registered 1 Sept. 1820, Bk. “P”, pg. 339 Jefferson County, Tennessee, 300 acres, for $1200.  This deed is witnessed by Williston Talbot, who was the father of Elizabeth Talbot.

Nathaniel and Elizabeth moved to Blount County, TN after 1820 where they established a mercantile business in a building on Hill Street that was built by James and John F. Henry, and they ran a stage stopover in their home on Main Street.  He became the second postmaster of Louisville in 1822 after W. E. Gillespie was the first when Louisville was known as Gillespie Landing.  Nathaniel and Elizabeth had 13 children, Hester Ann married Jefferson P. Brown, Henry Talbot married Lucy Ann Nance, Williston Madison married Mary Jane King, John Raines never married, Clement Featherstone never married, Juliette Enlentine married Christerfer C. Hanby, Jackson LaFayette married Rosa Mead, Augusta Magnolia married William H. Rector, Octavia Adelaide married Alex McGee Wallace, Cordelia E. Wright married Jesse A. Pierce, Leonora Patton married Mr. Smith, Tennessee Virginia married Mr. Bell, and Nathaniel Hall II died as an infant. Nathaniel Hall II was born after the father’s death, and Mrs. Cox married Dr. George Heart Chaffin on 26 Jan. 1842.  Nathaniel and Elizabeth are buried in the Louisville Cemetery. 

Son Henry Talbot Cox  went into the mercantile business with his father, and he became the third postmaster at Louisville in 1839.  Henry Talbot married Lucy Anne Nancy on 28 Dec. 1847 by Fielding Pope in Knox County, Tennessee.  They had nine children, Mary P. died as an infant, Nathaniel Hall married Lula Laurance, Eliza Octavia married William Baxter, John Clement I married (1) Nora Gorely  and (2) Adria George, Mary Pryor married Horace D. Smith, Sarah Ellen married Alfred Nathaniel Jackson, Jr., Charles C. died as an infant, Kittie Talbot never married, and Henrietta never married.  Only two males lived to adulthood, Nathaniel Hall and John Clement I.  John Clement I married:  Nora Gorley on 22 February, 1876, and they had two children  (Lucy Ann married Joseph Lloyd Prater and Ransen Badgett died as an infant) and Adria D. George on 28 February 1881. Of this second marriage four children were born, Eliza George married Clarence Norman, Wright George died as an infant, Ruby Aline died as an infant, and John Clement II married Evelyn Willie Scott and entered the banking business and later,  in 1936, became President of the Bank of Knoxville.  As President of the Chamber of Commerce he worked to form a strong working relationship between the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority.


Williston Madison Cox was the third child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Cox, and he was born 23 May 1816 and married Mary Jane King 7 Dec. 1844.   Williston and Mary had six children, Isabella McNeill never married, Eliza T. married C. L. Carpenter, Caroline Stair married Hugh M. Wilson, James King never married, Richard LaFayette married Melinda White Williams, and Fanny C. never married, and only one son lived to adulthood, Richard LaFayette.   During the Civil War Williston was a Commissary Officer for the Confederate Army, & the family have passes issued to him to pass through the Confederate Army lines to perform his duties.  During the latter days of the  War, Williston was confronted and killed on 16th Aug. 1865 in the Fessenden & Co. store per Thomas A. Pope, who was present.  The store was on Gay Street in Knoxville, and Cox was killed by the son of a Federal Loyalist.  Williston and Mary Jane were buried in the Old Louisville Cemetery and when T.V.A. impounded Fort Loudon reservoir, the bodies were moved to Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knox County, TN.  This information is from The Blount Journal, Fall 2005, p. # 7 and “Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig”, published by William Brownlow, these papers are preserved in the McClung Historical Collection of the Lawson-McGhee Library, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, Microfilm roll Nov. 16, 1864 thru March 25, 1868, roll # 7 dated: Wed. Sept. 13, 1865, number 31, p 2.

Richard LaFayette Cox married Melinda White Williams 19 Dec. 1876 in Knoxville, TN. They had three daughters and three sons, Williston Madison I married Helen Gordon Mead, Morgan Williams married Ella Lee Chandler, Mary Jane King married Guido De Janes, Rufus Williams married Etta Marie Clemens, Anne Belle married Fredrick Elmore, and Fanny McNeill married Thomas Callaway Carson.  Richard and Melinda are buried in the Old Gray Cemetery in Knox County, Tennessee.  Williston Madison I was born in Louisville, Tennessee, 10 Oct. 1877.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree of L.L.B. in 1901.  Admitted to the bar in all state and Federal Courts in 1901, he was employed in the law department of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and in 1905 formed a law partnership with James G. Johnson, a member of the State Bar Association.  Williston Cox was appointed to the Board of Regents, of the University of Tennessee by Governor Hill McAlister.  He married Helen Gordon Mead 15 June 1905, and they had two sons and a daughter. Homer Mead I married Helen Griffitt, Williston Madison II married Edwine Watkins Powers, and Marjorye C. married Frank Hier.  Williston Madison II piloted a plane that was shot down during World War II, and he was captured and held in a Japanese prison camp until the end of the war.  He and his wife, Edwine, lived on the Cox plantation, Mead Haven, which was located in Louisville on Gilbert Street.

Elizabeth was the first daughter of Henry and Ann, and she married Samuel Saffell I on 9 Dec. 1802 in Jefferson County, TN.  She and Samuel had ten children.  Henry Cox Esq. never married, Nancy Madison married George S. Gilbert, John Samuel II married Clementine Augusta Meredith, Learner Blackman married Sarah Alexander Wallace, Elizabeth Tolliver married Thomas Melton Rooker, Thomas Fletcher married Minerva Case Bryant, Clement Hale married Elisa California Caroline Bennit, James Clark died as an infant, Samuel Floyd died as an infant, and Charles Paley married Mary E. Gamble.  Samuel and Elizabeth are buried in the Louisville Cemetery, Blount County.

Ambrose Cox married Mary Ray, and they had ten children; Samuel Thompson married Ann Maria Earnest, Ursula married John B. Frost, Elizabeth married Clement S. Orr, Henry Madison married Phebe Hunter, Martha Jane married Dr. Josiah T. Love, John Benson married Ann Maria Earnest, Sarah Ann (Sally) married James A. Mitchell, James B. married Sheila Copeland,  Cirus Saffell married Nancy Meyers, and Pleasant C. died as an infant.  Ann Maria Earnest, who was a descendant of John Sevier, married (1) John Benson Cox and (2) Samuel Thompson Cox.   John died and had no issue; after his death, Ann married Samuel Thompson Cox, John’s older brother, and they had eight children.  John Benson married Lucy M. Wallace, Mary Louisa married Jesse R. James, Thomas Ambrose married Eliza Mooney, Emma Sarah married Edward Pines, Homer Meade died as an infant, Eliza Gertrude married James Harden Smith, Samuel King died as an infant, , and Earnest Sevier never married.  A Deed of Conveyance from Henry Whittenburger and John Cox to Ambrose Cox was registered in the Blount County, TN by James Houston 16th September 1816 in Book “D” pp 245-246.  Ambrose was working on an adjacent farm, building a barn, and a heavy timber fell on his leg breaking it in three places.  He died three months later, 26 Aug. 1836.  Ambrose and his wife Mary Ray Cox are both buried in the Middlesettlements Cemetery, TN.  There is a James Ray buried in this same cemetery who is believed to be a Rev. War Vet and the father of Mary Ray; he was born 1741 and died 27 Nov. 1836.

Henry and Ann Cox had a son Samuel who was born approximately 1804, and the only thing known about him was a newspaper article found in the “Genealogical Abstracts from Tenn. Newspapers, 1821-1828”, compiled by Sherida K. Eadlemon, “Knoxville Register”, and published by F.S. Heiskill and H. Brown.  6 Feb. 1821, Vol. 5 p 237”:  “One dollar reward, runaway from Subscriber on the 28th Jan. four bound boys, viz. Robert and Alexander Crockett & John McGhee, apprentices to the Tanning business, and Samuel Cox, an apprentice to the Blacksmith business.  The two Crocketts are about 18 years of age, M’Ghee and Cox about 16 or 17.  Signed Robert & W.M. Lindsay, Knoxville, 6 February 1821.”  Samuel was named in honor of Samuel Saffell who married Elizabeth “Betsy” Cox , daughter of Henry and Ann.  He was a very prominent land owner and business man in the Louisville area.

Henry and Ann’s last child, Nancy, was born in Blount County circa 1805; and she was never married.  She owned a blacksmith’s shop, which was run by Joe Cox, a former slave.  Amy Love said in his “History of Louisville” that Joe got his share of the business.  Also I found in Blount County Court House, Mr. James A. Greer,  Clerk of the County of Blount, “I hereby make the suggestion that the estate of Nancy Cox (deceased) is insolvent, of which I am the Administrator.  This 1st Sept. 1873, W.L. Singleton, Administrator of the Estate, submitted it to the Blount County Court.”  I have no idea for whom Nancy is named, however, she was Henry’s last child and was born afer 1804 in Blount County, TN.  I could not find a burial record for Nancy.  Her Estate was filed for probate on 4 April 1873, and the Estate was declared insolvent.

In the Early Tennessee Tax Records, Blount County, 1801 listed Henry Whittenbarger who owned property on Lackey Creek near Louisville, TN.  Where he sold land to the Middlesettlements Methodist Episcopal Church and Campground to build a church.  The deed to this property was made 22 February, 1820, and the trustees were Samuel Saffell, Charles Warren, John Norwood, Henry Whittenbarger Jr., Ambrose Cox, Benjamin Bonham, and Henry Whittenbarger Sr.  Deed was found in the Blount County Court records in Bk. II, p 303.

The above summary is written in an attempt to outline the material gathered, and assumptions drawn by the authors pertaining to this line of the Cox family.  A positive connection has been made between Henry Cox and William Coxe of Colonial Virginia. If anyone can be of help in this endeavor or can discredit any of the assumptions drawn,  I will be glad to receive any and all information that is available on this family.

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Betty Jo Jones (dec)
Allen K. Jeffries
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