NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The ancestor of this family came from England during the early part of the eighteenth century, and settled in Long Island, New York. John Cox, with his brothers and sisters, together with his parents, removed from Long Island to Orange county, New York, when he was two years old, and the people of the name in Orange county are descendants from John Cox and his brothers. Members of the family participated in the struggle for national independence, the war of 1812-1815 and the civil war of 1861-65.
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(I) John Cox was born on Long Island, New York, and removed to Mechanicsville (near Middletown), Orange county, New York. He was a revolutionary soldier, and the records show that he was a private in Captain Jacob Onderdon's company, belonging to the regiment of Orange county militia commanded by Colonel Ann Hawkes Hay, and that he performed active service in the revolutionary war.
He married Keziah Thompson Curtis.
John and William Thompson.
(II) William Thompson, son of John Cox, was born at Mechanicsville, Orange county, N.Y., in the latter part of the eighteenth century. He served in the second war with Great Britain, and rendered efficient service. After his discharge from the army he settled in the town of Forestburg, Sullivan county, N.Y., and his death occurred in the town of Liberty, in the same county, in 1886, at the advanced age of over ninety years.
He married Fannie B. Sproat.
(III) Abraham, son of William Thompson and Fanny B. (Sproat) Cox, was born in the town of Forestburg, Sullivan county, N.Y., in 1838. He served in the war of the rebellion (1861-65), being a member of Company A., One Hundred and Forty-third Regiment, New York Volunteers. He resided in the town of Fremont, Sullivan county, N.Y., in 1883, where he now  resides.
He married, at Oxford, New York, Nancy M. Wheeler.
(IV) Harry W., son of Abraham and Nancy M. (Wheeler) Cox, was born in the town of Fremont, Sullivan county, N.Y. He graduated from the Lowville Academy in the class of 1893, and afterwards studied law in the office of Merrell, Ryel & Merrell, being admitted to the bar in March, 1901. The junior member of this law firm is now a justice of the supreme court of the fifth judicial district of this state. Mr. Cox afterwards opened a law office at the village of Lyons Falls, N.Y. devoting himself to the genearl practice of law. Politically he supports the Republican party. He is now clerk of the surrogate's court of the county of Lewis, and has been clerk of the village of Lyons Falls for the last eight years. He is a member of Turin Lodge, No. 184, Free and Accepted Masons, and also of the Lowville Club. He attends the Presbyterian church. He is unmarried.
John Cox was born about 1658, according to a deposition made by him Sept. 18, 1736, that he was about seventy-eight years old. He further states that he was born at the eastward side of the Kennebec river, where he lived until driven away by the Indians in 1676. He removed to Dorchester, Mass., where he died Nov. 23, 1742, in his eighty-fifth year. He was a fihserman and owned land on Squantum Neck, which he bought April 4, 1721, of the selectmen of Dorchester.
He married (first) Susanna Pope; (second) in Salem, Nov. 6, 1712, Christian Milliken, who died Dec. 17, 1721; (third) Rebecca _____.
The mention of a providential escape of a John Cox of Dorchester, from the Indians in 1725, probabaly refers to him.
Children, probably all by first wife:
All five were baptized June 27, 1694.
6. William, born May 27, 1694.
7. James, baptized April 18, 1696.
8. Ebenezer, baptized May 10, 1696, mentioned below.
9. Elizabeth, born Aug. 27, 1697.
10. Thomas, baptized May 9, 1698.
11. Susanna, born Nov. 29, 1698.
12. Joseph, born April 8, 1700.
13. Submit, born Sept. 20, 1703.
14. Benjamin, baptized April 1, 1705.
(II) Ebenezer, son of John Cox, was baptized May 10, 1696. He was a cooper by trade. He "fell or pitched out of a canoe near ye wharf in Dorchester and was drowned," Oct. 7, 1753.
He married, Nov. 16, 1719, Thankful, who died Dec. 8, 1751, daughter of Ebenezer and Dorcas Davenport.
1. Mary, born Nov. 2, 1722.
2. Ebenezer, March 13, 1725-26.
3. Christian, March 1, 1727-28; died young.
4. Christian, March 1, 1729-30.
5. Dorcas, Aug. 19, 1733.
6. John, July 29, 1737.
7. Benjamin, mentioned below.
(III) Captain Benjamin, son of Ebenezer Cox, was born Nov. 3 and baptized Nov. 9, 1740. In 1757 Ebenezer Corwell, of Wrentham, gunsmith, was appointed his guardian. He removed to Hardwick from Wrentham about 1760. He was in the French and Indian war as private in Captain Ebenezer Cox's company in 1758, as sergeant in 1759 and as insign in 1760. He removed to Barnard, Vermont, about 1777, where he became one of the most active citizens. He was chosen captain of militia in the revolution, and in 1780 was in command of a company at a fort in Bethel. He was justice of the peace and representative. He died Sept. 25, 1788.
He married, Oct. 15, 1761, Jerusha, daughter of Richard and Jerusha George.
1. George, born July 31, 1762.
2. Jerusha, Feb. 16, 1764.
3. Benjamin, Aug. 13, 1766.
4. Ebenezer, Nov. 28, 1768.
5. Philena, June 1, 1771.
6. Charles, Oct. 18, 1773; mentioned below.
7. Lucinda, Jan. 26, 1776.
8. Thomas, Aug. 20, 1778.
9. Fanny, Nov. 30, 1783.
(IV) Charles, son of Captain Benjamin Cox, was born Oct. 18, 1773 in Hardick, Vermont, died in Potsdam, New York, March 26, 1814. He kept a general store in Barnard, Vt. for a time. He married (first) Susannah, born in Pomfret, Vermont, 1782, died there Oct. 13, 1807, daughter of Thomas Swift. He married (second) Jane Peggy Swift, who died in Potsdam, Sept. 19, 1838, aged fifty-four, sister of his first wife.
Child of first wife:
Children of second wife:
1. Paulina, born July 14, 1810; married Hubbard Hathaway, of Potsdam.
2. Charles, mentioned below.
(V) Charles (2) son of Charles (1) Cox, was born Jan. 2, 1813, in Potsdam, N.Y., died there June 13, 1887. His father died when he was an infant, and he went with his mother to Pomfret. Vermont, where he spent his youth. When he was about fourteen years old he returned to Potsdam and lived with his uncle, Thomas Cox, a fur dealer. For a time he worked for Zenas Clark in a dry goods store, and later went into the dry goods business in the firm of Cox & Herrick. His son was later admitted as partner, the firm name becoming Cox, Herrick & Company. About 1873 he retired from the firm and devoted his attention to stone quarries in Potsdam in which he was interested.
He was a Democrat in politics and in religion an Episcopalian.
He married (first) Cynthia Burton; (second) in 1843, Martha Jane McCrea, born in Fort Covington, N.Y., 1819, daughter of John and Harriet McCrea. She is still living. [this was pub. in 1910].
Child of first wife:
Charles, born May 5, 1840.
By second wife:
1. Dr. Henry M., June 6, 1845; died 1904; prominent physician in New York City, member of the health department.
2. Alice C., May 4, 1847, died Feb. 7, 1899; married Leonard Ames, of Oswego, April 20, 1870.
3. James A., mentioned below.. (See McCrea).
(VI) James A., son of Charles (2) Cox, was born in Potsdam, New York, nov. 28, 1850. He was educated at the St. Lawrence Academy. He began his business career in New York City, where for two years he was a clerk in a jobbing house. In 1873 he returned to his native town and was admitted to partnership in his father's firm, under the name of Cox, Herrick & Company. The partnership continued thus until the death of his father in 1887, when the name became Cox & Herrick. Mr. Herrick died Jan. 13, 1889, and the business was continued by Mr. Cox. In 1888 he built a three-story building at 5 and 7 Market street, in which the business has since then been conducted. A very extensive and flourishing business was enjoyed by Mr. Cox, who retired from business in October, 1908. He is a director of the People's National Bank of Potsdam and of the Thatcher Manufacturing Company. He is independent in politics. He is a member of Raquette River Lodge, No. 213, Free Masons; of St. Lawrence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Potsdam; of St. Lawrance Commandery, Knights Templar, of Canton; of Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown; and of the thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Masonry, Syracuse.
He married, June 12, 1888, Alice A. Heath, of Watertown, daughter of Charles and Martha Heath. Mrs. Cox is the mother of one daughter, Lula L.
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