Fourth Generation


94. Joseph Frank COX118,119,120,122,125,206,207,208,212,214,215,216,217 was born on 16 January 1840 in IL, Rock Island Co., Port Byron. He lived with his parents in IL, Rock Island Co., Port Byron in 1840. Between 1850 and 1880 he was a farmer . Joseph lived with his parents in IL, Mercer Co. on 9 October 1850. He lived with his parents in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 13 September 1860. On 3 September 1861 in IL, Rock Island Co. he enlisted in the enlisted for the Union in Co. M, Fourth IL Cav. in the Civil War. He lived in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 4 June 1870. Joseph lived and enumerated the census in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 1 June 1880. He lived in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 4 June 1900. On 4 June 1900 he was a furniture dealer in IL, Henry Co., Alpha. Joseph lived in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 15 April 1910. On 15 April 1910 he was a notary public at home in IL, Henry Co., Alpha. He lived in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 6 January 1920. Joseph died on 16 March 1925 in IL, Henry Co., Alpha. He was a Republican. He was a Mason. . Joseph wrote the following story: "I remember when I was twenty-one years old, I went to a red school house over north of here to a meeting one evening. When the meeting was out, I had a lady friend there and I went home with her to see her home, and I stayed an hour or so, and started to my home, and had to cross a little ravine, and when I got there, there was a wolf there. It was howling and pretty soon I heard another wolf in another direction, and they kept it up and the wolves kept increasing till they got the hair standing up on my head. I went to a picket fence and pulled up a stake and got ready to be attacked. Just about that time there was another young man came along, and we doubled our forces and made it through the wolves. They did not attack us, but we expected it every minute. Finally we got pretty near home, going through a big field. It was dark and we got lost and we had to stay out till pretty near morning before we found our way home." . From 1890 to 1896, he was the Henry County, IL Supervisor.

Per the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry Co., IL":
Joseph F. Cox farmer and stock-raiser, residing on section 20, Oxford Township, was born in Port Byron, Rock Island County, this State, Jan 16, 1840. His parents were John W. and Juliett (Williamson) Cox, natives of Kentucky.
Joseph Cox remained at home until he became 21 years of age, when he enlisted in the war for the Union, Sept. 3, 1861, in Co. M, Fourth Ill. Cav. He remained in the service for three years and a month, participating in the following battles: Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, and many smaller engagements. He was sick at the hospital in Keokuk, Iowa for a year. After returning home he immediately engaged in farming. He purchased 80 acres of good land on section 16, Oxford Township, and 80 acres on section 15, which land he put under good cultivation and then sold. In 1875 he purchased the land that he is now residing upon, being 160 acres; upon this he entered vigorously and energetically on the task of improvement, and later added to his original purchase by buying land in Pawnee Co., Neb., where he has 320 acres of good farming land.
Dec 5, 1864, Mr. Joseph Cox chose for his wife Miss Jane W. Sutton, a native of Canada. Of their union have been born six children, living, namely: Wilhelmina G., Elmer S., Clinton C., Walter K., Daisy M., and Treva. Mr. C. in politics is a Republican. Socially, he is a member of the Order of Masons. He has been Supervisor, and is considered one of the solid and reliable men of Oxford Township."

Joseph Frank COX and Jane Wilhelmina SUTTON were married on 6 December 1864 in IL, Henry Co., Oxford. Joseph wrote a in a short article which was later compiled in "Pioneer Stories of the Cox Family": "I was married on December 6, 1864, at 12 o'clock noon, to Jane Sutton. The Methodist minister married us. My father and mother and my wife's mother and a few friends were at the wedding, but I can't remember who all were there. About 3 o'clock in the afternoon, we started on our wedding trip.

When we got to Oneida, the snow was four inches deep. We got supper, took the train at 8pm for Chicago. On arriving at Chicago, the snow was two feet deep and the temperature was 40 degrees below zero. Our train arrived two hours too late to catch the Milwaukee train. We remained in Chicago all day, took the night train for Milwaukee, Wis., and got there at 12 o'clock at night, changed cars for Rolling Prairie. When we got off the train, it was snowing and blowing like a hurricane, and no hotel in sight. We saw a light a little way off and we went to the light and found an old man watching with his soldier son. He came to the door when we rapped, and said, "Come on in. This is a terrible night to be out." We went in and found an old friend of my wife's father's. He made us welcome. We stayed with him all night and till night the next day. Then we went to meet a friend by the name of Sawyer, and we remained there with them two months. During all that time it never thawed on the south side of the house. My brother Sam took us to the train when we left for our trip, and it got so stormy and cold he nearly froze getting home.

In April, we came back to Oxford, or Alpha, and lived there with my wife's mother for two years." Jane Wilhelmina SUTTON122,125,206,207,208,215 was born on 31 December 1843 in Canada. She lived in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 4 June 1870. She lived in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 1 June 1880. Her husband enumerated the census. Jane lived in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 4 June 1900. She lived in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 15 April 1910. She died between 1910 and 1920 in IL, Henry Co., Alpha.

Joseph Frank COX and Jane Wilhelmina SUTTON had the following children:

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Wilhelmina G. "Minnie" COX122,124,125,206,208,213,215 was born on 14 November 1865 in IL, Henry Co., Oxford. She lived with her parents in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 4 June 1870. She lived with her parents in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 1 June 1880. Her father enumerated the census. Minnie lived with her parents in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 4 June 1900. She lived with her parents in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 15 April 1910. She lived with her widowed father in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 6 January 1920. Minnie lived in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 11 April 1930. She was a nurse for a private family in IL, Henry Co., Alpha.

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Carlton Frank COX124,125 was born on 17 August 1867 in IL, Henry Co., Oxford. He died between 17 August 1867 and 1877 in IL, Henry Co., Oxford.

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Elmer S COX.

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Clinton C. COX.

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Walter Kirby COX.

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Daisy M COX122,125,207,208,212,215,218 was born on 2 June 1877 in IL, Henry Co., Oxford. She lived with her parents in IL, Henry Co., Oxford on 1 June 1880. She lived with her parents in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 4 June 1900. Daisy lived with her parents in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 15 April 1910. She lived with her widowed father in IL, Henry Co., Alpha on 6 January 1920. She died on 8 February 1920 in IL, Henry Co., Alpha. Quoted in the journal, "Pioneer Days of Major Richard Rue Cox" by Charles Epperson Cox:
"100 members of the Cox Family Association assembled at Campbellā€™s Island in the Mississippi River near Rock Island IL on August 15, 1917, for the 15th annual reunion. Ideal weather conditions added greatly to the enjoyment of the day...a banquet dinner was served at 1 o'clock, one long table at which all were seated at once, being laid beneath the trees. Suspended above the center of the table was a large American flag, members of the family thus showing their patriotism and love of country...Impromptu talks were given by various members of the family...Miss Daisy Cox of Alpha and Mrs. Henrietta Jones of Davenport were other speakers...Guests from out of the city...were...Miss Daisy Cox...Probably twenty families represented in the association have sons and grandsons who expect to enter the Great War, many of them being sons and grandsons of those who wore the blue in 61-65."

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Treva C. COX.

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T. Lyle COX.