Some Documentary Records of the name Cox
I don’t know for sure when our Cox family came into Kentucky, or where they came from. All I mean to do here, is to list what facts I have found.
These are people that may not be related, but are in the records. Some may be the same person, I have no idea.
(These 5 are taken from Madison county tax and marriage books)
1. A James Cox paid taxes in Madison county in 1795.
2. A James Cox married Lucy Richardson in Madison county in 1796.
3. A James Cox paid taxes in Madison county 9/2/1802. He had:
150 acres of 3rd rate land on Drowning creek, (at the Madison-Estill line, where it joins the KY river). He also owned 5 black males over the age of 16, 9 blacks total; 3 horses or mules, and might have had a tavern.
4. A James Cox, the next year had the same acreage and 4 horses or mules and no blacks.
5. Also in 1803, there appears in the tax records of Madison county, a Benjamin, Jesse, and Charles Cox on Muddy Creek.
Estill county: Station Camp Creek
The Station Camp Creek area, and different parts, has been (and is) located in 3 different counties over the last 200 years. When Kentucky became a state in 1792, Station Camp Creek was in Madison county. In 1808, Estill county was formed and the creek was in Estill. Then 50 years later, Jackson county was formed and the upper part of the creek was in Jackson and the lower, still in Estill.
The Estill-Jackson county line is about 2 miles NW of where the South fork of Station Camp Creek and War fork join to form the main stream.
The name “War” fork comes from the fact that a branch of the “Warrior’s path” ran along it, then along Station Camp to the river.
I have been told by a few family members that our Cox ancestors, homesteaded the land on Station Camp. In some of the above mentioned tax records, the original owners of the surveys were listed. On the tax record for James Cox (3 above) the original survey was in the name of John Snoddy (I kid you not). There was a man by that name listed in the settlers of Boonesboro. Land grants were given as payment for service in the Revolutionary War. It is likely that John Snoddy received such a payment. He then sold some of his land to others, maybe James Cox. And so, it is possible that James Cox did indeed homestead the land, in the sense that he was the first to clear it and farm it. Apparently other Cox's, maybe of the same family as James above, wanted land on Station Camp. If all the land grants were gone, then a person would buy from the state.
When a person wanted to buy land that belonged to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, he sent his money to the secretary of state in Frankfort. The secretary would issue a “warrant” for the land to the county surveyor. The surveyor would survey the land and send the warrant back to Frankfort and then the deed would be issued.
These are records, from the Jillson book, of some of those land warrants:
Name Amount Date WatercourseJAMES COX 100 ACRES 06/22/1818 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX 50 ACRES 02/14/1819 MIDDLE FORK STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX 50 ACRES 04/23/1822 STATION CAMP CREEK CHARLES COX 50 ACRES 06/18/1822 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK CHARLES COX 50 ACRES 02/26/1823 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX 92 ACRES 04/13/1836 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK CHARLES COX 50 ACRES 04/13/1836 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX 50 ACRES 04/14/1836 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX 50 ACRES 04/30/1836 CAVENDERS CREEK LEWIS COX 50 ACRES 02/10/1838 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK CHARLES COX 50 ACRES 03/11/1840 MIDDLE FORK STATION CAMP CREEK JAMES COX 50 ACRES 11/25/1847 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX, SR 50 ACRES 11/26/1847 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK JOHN & LEVI COX 50 ACRES 12/07/1847 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK WILLIAM COX 50 ACRES 02/04/1848 MIDDLE FORK STATION CAMP CREEK PERRY G COX 50 ACRES 02/11/1848 PEACH TREE BRANCH BENJAMIN COX 50 ACRES 02/12/1848 STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX, SR 123 ACRES 02/09/1849 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK JAMES COX 17 ACRES 02/09/1849 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK JOHN & LEWIS COX 50 ACRES 12/02/1849 SOUTH FORK STATION CAMP CREEK PERRY G COX 50 ACRES 11/29/1850 STATION CAMP CREEK BENJAMIN COX 100 ACRES 11/29/1850 STATION CAMP CREEK PERRY G COX 50 ACRES 12/30/1853 STATION CAMP CREEK