William Cox

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Cox Family Line
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William Cox
John Cox
Daniel Root Cox
John Nelson Cox
Daniel Franklin Cox
Marvin Luther Cox
Ronald J Cox
Sean Marvin Cox
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Jemima Turner (family)
Abt. 1762


Abt. 1740/1750
Pittsyvania, Henry Co., Virginia
7 Jan 1820
Lee Co., Virginia



David Chadwell

David Chadwell is married to Jemima Turner's sister, Elizabeth Turner.

The #Cox Family Grave links three Charles Coxes, one a Captain Charles Cox, to the Smith River in Henry County Virginia.

Evan Walden

A YDNA match indicates that there is a Walden line which has a common ancestor with this Cox line, probably at or shortly before William Cox.


Regarding William's birth, there is no source for the data presented. This comes from an earlier genealogist. No city of Pittsylvania seems to exist, suggesting that the given city of Pittsylvania is really an expression of an ambiguity in place names. The YDNA link with the Walden line suggests that William Cox may be a child of the Cox long hunters who hunted with the Waldens. These Coxes are noted to have been from Pennsylvania, and hence, may be Quakers.

Lee County, Virginia

Formed from Russell County in 1793.

Russell County

Formed from Washington County in 1786.

Washington County

Formed from Fincastle County in 1776.

Fincastle County

Formed from Botetourt County in 1772.

Botetourt County

Formed from Augusta County in 1770.

Augusta County

Formed from Orange County in 1738. (Before our interest begins.)


Land Transactions

Abstract of Henry County, Virginia vol. 1

Found in the Family History Library in Salt Lake, City
US/Canada Books 975.5692 R28a
This transaction, along with a few others, connect William Cox with Smith River in Henry County, where another Cox family was located.
p. 51

Deed pgs 283, 284
28 October 1779
WILLIAM COX and JEMIMAH COX his wife of the county of Henry to CARR BAILEY of the same for the sum of fifty pounds sells land, etc as may more fully appear in the pattent granted DAVID HALEY in the year 1755 10th September. This land on the south side of Smith River and contains 40 acres.


Supplemental Information
  • From http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=bh342&id=I06371
    • David Haley is reported to have sold his 40 acre parcel on the south side of the Smith river to John Turner on 20 Jan 1757. Presumably this is the same John Turner who's daughter, Jemima Turner married William Cox, which would explain how William Cox, with Jemima, is found to be selling the land to Carr Bailey in 1779.
  • Records can be sought through the Library of Virginia
    • The patent granted DAVID HALEY in the year 1755 10th September, appears to be available in the Library of Virginia, though, their website gave an error when I tried to download the record.
    • Based on other land grant records associated with David Haley, it would appear that William Cox's land was located on the south side of the Smith River where Town Creek branches off.

Entry Record Book 1737-1770

From the "Entry Record Book 1737-1770: (Land Entries in the Present Virginia Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin, and Patrick), Transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito"

These are mostly records under the name William Cox. Evidence suggests at least two William Coxes, one notably older than this William Cox. Really, anything in the 1750's couldn't reasonably be our William. Given the rather consistent practice of marking a white oak with a "W.C.", none of these are likely to be our William Cox.

Page Date Entry
121 19 Mar 1752 Wm. Cox 400 Ac Ld on the long Branch on the Nth. Side of the South fork of Panther Creek begin: at a Wh. Oak Mark't W C thence up both sides of sd Long Branch.
178 30 Jul 1754 (S.W.) Wm. Cox 400 beginning at a White Oak Mark't W. C. on the So. Side of Banister Rivr. about half a Mile above the Mouth of Stinking Rivr.
185 14 Jul 1755 Wm. Cox 400 on the So. Side Irwin Rivr. begin: on Wm. Blevins's Line at the Mo. of the Great Br. thence up sd Line.
194 1 Oct 1756 Wm. Cox 400 begin: in Caldwells Line on the So. Side Banister at a Pine mark't W. C. running off for Complt.
328 23 Jun 1767 William Cox 400 Ac Beg. at a W.O. in Joseph Faris Line Mark't W C Th.e up Calaways mill Cr.
332 27 Nov 1767 William Cox 400 Ac of Land on a Br. of Leatherwood Cr. Beg. at a W.O. Mark'd W.C.
357 4 Apr 1796 Jno. Acriff 400 Ac on the Brs. of Coxes Mill Cr. Beg. at a Marked pine on the Road th.e Each way.

Abstracts of Deed Books III & IV of Henry Co., VA v.2

Found in the Family History Library in Salt Lake, City
US/Canada Books 975.5692 R28a
Land transactions along the Smith River which cite land of William Cox in the vicinity.
p. 11

Deed pgs 64, 65
12 Nov 1784
GEORGE SUMPTER of Henry County to BENJAMIN POSEY of the same for forty pounds sells land on both sides of Smith River beginning at WILLIAM COX'S on the south side of the River containing 106 acres.

p. 129

Pgs 247-8
12 Nov 1784
BENJAMIN POSEY of Henry County to STANWIX HORD and JOHN HORD of the same for the sum of Forty pounds sell 106 acres by survey dated 13 Dec 1773, 62 acres part thereof surveyed by CHRISTOPHER BOLLING (since sold to BENJAMIN POSEY) on both sides of Smith River, with lines of WILLIAM COX and ADAMS.

same as above SUSANAH POSEY

Miscellaneous personal genealogies


Claiborne County Pioneer Project

Lists a Jemimah Turner married to a William Cox. No other information is given, but the following was received in response to an email inquiry to the operators of the site:

We appreciate your inquiry! We have William Cox & Jemima Turner Cox as the parents of Barthena Cox who was married to Green Berry Cloud who is buried in the Cloud Cemetery in Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN. We have further info for them upon request if you are interested but that's all that we have for William & Jemima Cox.

Deed Books, Claiborne County

Index to the First Deed Books of Claiborne County, Tennessee 1801-1865 v.1
Found in the Family History Library in Salt Lake, City
US/Canada Books 976.8944 R22f

pp. 34-35

Grantor Grantee Inst. Date Book Page Consid.
Cox, Aaron Austin, Benjamin d 1827 H 361 120.00
Cox, Aaron Bussel, Bird d 1845 T 66 50.00
Cox, Aaron Massengill, Bennet d 1846 S 459 100.00
Cox, Christian Higgins, James t.d. 1860 Z 374 75.00
Cox, Joseph/Josiah Renfro, William d 1810 C 201 500.00
Cox, Joshua Morgan, William d 1816 E 73 100.00
Cox, Joshua Fulps, John d 1826 H 217 30.00
Cox, Josiah/Joshua Hunter, Andrew d 1830 S 97 25.00
Cox, William Roark, William d 1840 Q 65 200.00
Cox, William Eastridge, Lawson d 1842 S 538 150.00

p. 156

Grantor Grantee Inst. Date Book Page Consid.
Hunter, Joseph Cox, Hickenson d 1828 M 243 50.00
Owen, William Cox, Josiah d 1805 A 23 270.00
Carrol, Benj. Cox, William d 1838 O 186 80.00
Cloud, B. F. Cox, William d 1838 R 282 50.00
Carrol, James Cox, William d 1842 S 517 100.00

Chadwell history

Describes a David Chadwell married to an Elizabeth Turner, who's sister, Jemima (presumably really a sister-in-law) married a William Cox in Lee Co. Virginia before 1785. This history describes David Chadwell as acquiring land in Lee County and "adjoining" Claiborn County, Tennessee. This would seem to make the inclusion of William Cox and his wife in the database of the Claiborn County Pioneers site listed above. Henry County also plays a prominent role in this history.

Potential Sources

These sources don't tell me anything directly, but may potentially be useful in the light of further information.

Cox Family Grave

Follow the Periwinkle Vol. 2
Found in the Family History Library in Salt Lake, City
US/Canada Books 975.5692 V3f
Gravestones were laid out in two columns and ordered left to right, then top to bottom under the theory that spouses were often set next to each other. This theory seems to hold true for this grave.
This source is interesting due to the the settling place of the family interred here. Our William Cox also lived along the Smith River.

Cox Family - (English Pioneers) - settled at Cox, VA., on Turkey Pea Branch and Smith River nearby in Henry Co., VA., year 1769, Grant 1781 by Thomas Jefferson to Capt. Charles Cox, the second.

Charles Cox - 1690-1790 Ida Bennett Cox - 1692-1786
Capt. Charles Cox - 1721-1816 Eleanor Watts Cox - 1722-1810
Charles Cox - 1755-1850 Frances Kelley Cox - 1758-1848
William Cox - 1798-1856 Nancy Gilley Cox - 1800-1879


Lee County Tax Record
http://ftp.rootsweb.ancestry.com/pub/usgenweb/va/lee/taxlists/1795land.txt (Land tax record.)
http://ftp.rootsweb.ancestry.com/pub/usgenweb/va/lee/taxlists/1802property.txt (Only one William Cox appears. The same for subsequent years.)
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/lee/taxlists/1810tax.txt (Only John Cox appears here.)
http://ftp.rootsweb.ancestry.com/pub/usgenweb/va/lee/census/1830/1830.txt (Only John Cox appears here.)
http://ftp.rootsweb.ancestry.com/pub/usgenweb/va/lee/census/1850/1850indx.txt (1850 census index. Should check images to see who is listed.)