Descendants of John Cox of England

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John Cox of England

A significant number of records herein were gleamed from Our Cox and Whipple Families, "Thomas Cox of Londongrove" <https://sites.rootsweb.com/~coxwhipple/cox5thosfincher.htm> 23 August 2020.

Research Note: John Cox, Immigrant, has been reported to be the grandson of Thomas Cox of London, England.

Thomas Cox I of London

And, John is reportedly the son of Thomas Cox II of London, England.

Thomas Cox II of London

John Cox was born in about 1660 in London, England. And, he was born to a Quaker family. In 1688 in London, England, John married Rachel Embree b. 1765 in England. Of note, the Embrees are probably the same family who immigrated to New York and whose descendants migrated to Cane Creek MM, Orange Co NC and then Bush River MM, Newberry Co SC in the next century.

By 9/1708 John and family immigrated from Berkshire, England, to the Pennsylvania Colony. We know of John and the Cox family primarily from Quaker records. Thus, the Cox family are members of the migration stream of Welsh and English Quakers to Pennsylvania. John's arrival is marked by the Kennett MM, Chester Co PA record which states "Kennett Monthly Meeting held at ye Center; A Certificate being produced to this meeting by John Cox a Friend Lately come from Ould England, which said Certificate being read is Excepted of by this Meeting"; record dated 9/1708.

The family first settled in (then) New Garden TWP, Chester Co PA. Son Richard lived on an adjacent property. They, probably, were farmers. John bought and sold land. But, their fortunes took a downturn. By 1735 John would have been as old as 75. With their children gone, they needed help. And, the Society of Friends provided:

1732, 10mo (Dec) 2:  Newark Meeting held at Center: "Four of the friends above (appointed at the previous meeting held on 9mo (Nov) 4, 1732 - Abraham Marshall, Peter Collings, Wm Harvey, Ellis Lewis, Christopher William and Gayon Miller) appointed to inspect into the circumstance of the affairs of John Cox and his Wife upon the account of their necessity of relief makes report that they have taken an opportunity to inspect into it, and the find they have necessity of a house to Live in and they have ordered one to be built which is not yet perfected Therefore it is left to the next monthly meeting where the above sd friends are desired to take Care and bring up an account of the Charge thereof in order that it may be defrayed."
During that time, not only did the couple receive clothing, blankets, yards of cloth and monetary assistance collected from members, the Meeting built them a house and Friends defrayed the cost:
1735, 8mo (Oct) 4: Newark Friends Meeting held at Center: "The Friends above appointed to take care of John Cox and wife reports that they have taken an opportunity with them and assisted them as far as they at that time can: they had oration."

    Find-a-Grave, John Cox <https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/131616895/john-cox> 16 August 2020

John and Rachel disappear from records after 10/1735.

Berks QM, Newberry, England:
1707.15. Sep (7thmo.). At Berks Quarterly Meeting at Newbery, John Cox, Sr., of Draiton proposed his intention of transporting himself, his wife and family into America at a Monthly men's meeting held at Chawloe on the 28 6th month last and by reason he could not stay until the next monthly meeting to have a certificate, it was proposed and considered of at this Quwarterly meeting and finding all things clear, friends consented and agreed to sign a certificate for him from the meeting which was done by 5 or 6 friends on the behalfe of the meeting.
Hinshaw Index to PA Quaker Meeting Records, v6 p. 65:
1708, 7mo (Sept) 4. Kennett Monthly Meeting
Rec. John Cox  produced a certificate from Ould England to Newark/Kennett MM, Chester Co. PA.

The Bicentennial of Old Kennett (PA) Meeting House":
September 1708. John and his wife Rachel; daughter Sarah who married Thomas Leech ca. 1712; son Joseph Cox disowned 11m, 5d, 1716 for marrying out of unity; Amy married John Allen, 1719 [???] and John marrying Hannah Jenkins, 1720.

Chester Co PA Deed Book E, p. 203:
30 Dec 1719. John Cox of Kennet Twp., yeoman, & wife Rachel, to Robert Carter of Marlborough Twp., yeoman - whereas ....on 1 Apr. 1713 sd Nicholas Pyle sold to sd John Cox the last mentioned 200 acres on the line of Letitias Mannor. Now sell the 200 a. to sd Robert Carter.
Signed by marks. Wits.: Vincent Caldwell, Henry Nayle, John Talkinton, Betty Caldwell. Ack. 30 May 1727; recorded 9 Nov. 1733.
Chester PA, Deeds E-494:
1722 Mar 13-14. John Cox of Chester Co, bought 250 A in London Tract from London Company.

    Children

Research Note: From "The Bicentennial of Old Kennett (PA) Meeting House," we learn that John had four sons. But, there is not a consensus as to which of the Cox boys from Chester Co PA belong to John and Rachel.

    1. William Cox, Laborer/yeoman of Newcastle

This William Cox was born about 1685 in Berkshire, England. He immigrated by 9/1708 with his family to Chester Co PA. He and his siblings' dates of birth are set by the baptismal records for William's children who were born in the 1710s and 1720s.

In about 1716 in New Castle on Delaware, William married Emey/ Emmetje Van der Coelen b. c. 1690 New Castle on Delaware. There is controversy as to Emey's name and parentage. But, extant records link William to the Van der Coelens and show his wife went by Emey. In 1734, Van der Coelen land was purchased by William. And in successive generations, at least one daughter was named Emy; Emey; Emmey, which was later Anglicized as Amy.

Gysbert Dircksen  (#139) from "Ophemer" was a corporal in the service of New Amstel when it surrendered to the English in 1664. He stated that he was born in "Hop Emert" and was widower of Annetie Jans on 14 August 1678 when he married Cattalyntie Gerrits, born in the city of Bommell, widow of Reynier Reyniersen van der Coelen. Dircksen's nuncupative will, proved 3 December 1682, named his wife and three daughters: Susanna, born by his first marriage, and Anna and Aeltie, born by his second. The eldest daughter was then married to Aemelius de Ring (see #150).

New Castle (DE) Record Book 2, pp. 28-32:
In 1671, Cattalyntie Gerrits lived in Kingston, NY, with her husband Reynier Reyniersen van der Coelen, who had previously been a resident of New Amstel and still owned land there. His children Reynier Jr., Zacharias, Soetje and Lucretia moved with his widow to New Castle.

    "1671 Census of the Delaware," <https://nc-chap.org/cranehook/1671census.php> 19 August 2020

Barent Egge (#149) was granted an English patent on 28 May 1669, under the name of Bernard Eken, for his house and garden on the Strand bound on the northeast by Isaac Tayne and on the southwest by the Dutch Church. This census [1671] is the last record of Barent Egge alive. Margaret, his daughter and sole heir, with her husband Reynier van der Coelen, Jr., sold his lot to John Cann in l690.

    "1671 Census of the Delaware," <https://nc-chap.org/cranehook/1671census.php> 19 August 2020 

William's  place of burial is not known. He could be buried at the Old Swede's Church; as he married a Swede and may have been married in their church. Regner VonDerCulen Cock d. 4/18/1727 is buried in the Old Swede's Churchyard. Gravesite details state "Son of William." Is this Reynier s/o William Cox and grandson of Reynier Van der Coelen? I think so.

William & Emy (Amy) Cox (Cock). Laborer/yeoman of Newcastle and died in 1742.
Their children were baptized at Old Swede's as follows: 1) Johann [John] - 21 Oct. 1716 2) Hanna - Apr 1720 3) Margarita - 14 Mar 1723 4) Regner Von der Culen - 4 May 1726 - d. 18 Apr 1727 5) Regner - 27 Feb 1728.
Delaware Land Records, 1677-1947, New Castle 005, Deed Book Vol 1, p. 32:
25 May, 1719. Wm Cocks conveyed to Jacob Shilly [Stille] 50 acres & plantation on north side of Christina Creek formerly belonging to Justaff Cock along the lines of Wm Green's & Robert Robertson's land; for 16.5.6.

New Castle MM:
16 3M 1728. William Cox signed Marriage Certificate for Ann (Cox) Garretson & Nathan Hussey.

Delaware Land Records, 1677-1947, New Castle 003, Vol K 1, p. 293: 
21 Dec 1734. William Cox of the town of New Castle, county of Newcastle Upon Delaware, was a party to an Indenture of land described as "on the west side of the Delaware, north side of Christiana Creek. . . "originally owned by Reynier Vander Coolin who by deed dated 17 Dec 1695 sold to Luke Embly late of White Clay Cr. . . it fell to sons John & Thomas Embly at their father's decease . . . then to to William Cox of Newcastle, Laborer, who paid 35 for same. 
Delaware Land Records, 1677-1947, New Castle 003, Vol K 1, p. 295:
19 Feb 1735. William & Amy Cox of Newcastle mortgaged to William Cox of Ocashon [Hockessin] for 15.15 + interest, a tract of land in Newcastle Co on the north side of Christiana Creek - included all bldgs, orchards, timber, etc. The history provided in the deed: 1683 to H. Dull; then 1694 to H. Vandenburgh; then 1695 to Reynier VanCoolen; then 1695 to Luke Embly; then 1734 to William Cox. The mortgage due and payable by 6 Feb 1740. 
Delaware Land Records, 1677-1947, New Castle 004 - Vol N 1, pp. 544, 545, 546: 
18 May, 1743. John Cox of White Clay Creek Hundred in the county of New Castle Upon Delaware, as Administrator of the estate of his father William Cox, conveyed a tract of land to William Patterson of the same place that "Wm Penn, Proprietary, did by his Warrant bearing 18 Oct 1683, confirm to Henry Dull a tract of land on the west side of Christiana Creek in the County of New Castle. . ." This land was sold to pay debts of father William Cox, deceased - 82.10.
Delaware Wills and Probate Records, 1676-1971; New Castle Register of Wills 1684-1925:
21 May 1743. John Cox filed the Accounting of the Estate of his father, William Cox, account settled with Ammi Cox at 19 and amounts due Estate; Wm Cox of Hockessin bond 16:10:6; Cornelous Garettson bill 2:6:5; James Alrichs 3:16:2 Judgment, etc. ~ Pers estate & acct of sales: 30:7:9 + cash for timber: 4:0:0 + sale of plantation: 82:10:0 (1743 indenture above to William Patterson) = Total: 116:17:9 

    2. John Cox b. c. 1690 London, England

Research Note: There is no certainty that John and Hannah had any children.

England Records of Abingdon: -Whitney MM, Berkshire, ENG:
30 7M 1709. John Cox Jun, son of John Cox, Late of Draiton, but removed to Pennsylvania, requests a certificate to that Province as well.
Newark MM, New Castle Co, DE:
2 10M 1710 John Jr. received on certificate from a Mtg in old England.
1735 8mo (Oct) 9. New Garden MM. John Cox of Londongrove [s/o Mary Gerritsen] mar. Mary Harlin.
Among Cox witnesses: two Marys, two Williams, Samuel, Richard, Rebecca, two Johns, and Ann.

    2. Joseph Cox

"The Bicentennial of Old Kennett (PA) Meeting House":
September 1708. John and his wife Rachel; daughter Sarah who married Thomas Leech ca. 1712; son Joseph Cox disowned 11m, 5d, 1716 for marrying out of unity; Amy married John Allen, 1719 [maybe] and John marrying Hannah Jenkins, 1720.

    3. Sarah Cox

The Bicentennial of Old Kennett (PA) Meeting House":
John and his wife Rachel; daughter Sarah who married Thomas Leech ca. 1712; son Joseph Cox disowned 11m, 5d, 1716 for marrying out of unity; Amy married John Allen, 1719 and John marrying Hannah Jenkins, 1720.

    4. Richard Cox

New Garden MM Record:
1733 1mo 31. Richard Cox dismissed for marriage out of unity.
1735 8mo (Oct) 9. New Garden MM. John Cox of Londongrove [s/o Mary Gerritsen] mar. Mary Harlin.
Among Cox witnesses: two Marys, two Williams, Samuel, Richard, Rebecca, two Johns, and Ann.
Chester Co PA Deed Book 6, p. 31:
12/7/1741. Richard Cox and wife Mary of Chester Co. sell Londongrove land to James Skelton.

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