Benjamin Cox Family

Benjamin J Cox Family

Benjamin J. COX Born in VA 23 Dec 1773 Died in IN? 8 Jan 1846

m. Mary HUGHES Born VA 10 Oct 1778. Died IN 13 June 1850

Mary Hughes COX was a daughter of Thomas HUGHES Jr (1753-1837) and Mary (?) (b 1750). She was afraid of the Indians having lost some of her family to them. Her father, Thomas HUGHES, Jr. was a brother of Jesse and Ellis HUGHES who were noted Indian fighters.
Benjamin J COX is mentioned in early county histories. He is first positively found at his marriage to Mary HUGHES in Harrison Co VA 19 Feb 1795. He was an early settler approximately 1796 in what would someday become Jackson Co WVA, probably moving his family by flatboat along the Ohio River. Other early settlers there were William Hannaman, James McDade who all established homes on Warth's Bottom. Perhaps the first five children of Benjamin and Mary Cox were born in VA as they made their eventual way along the Ohio River to Greene Co OH near Yellow Springs where daughter Elizabeth was born. The family was in Logan Co OH by 1808 where the next 4 of children were born. Disqualified for military service because he had lost an eye, Benjamin COX served as a scout with Hull's army during the War of 1812, and in the course of his service visited Fort Findlay serveral times. I believe he was a private in Captain William Miller's Co. from Feb 16- Aug 15 1814 and he may have been active before that. At the end of the war, he moved his family to an abandoned one and a half story cabin that was vacated at the fort. He was a typical backwoodsman who spent his days clearing and cultivating some land, and hunting. He kept a small frontier tavern serving stray travelers. He lived in peace with the Indians of the area, in fact they offered him a farm, if he would move with them to Big Springs when the Indians were resettled by the United States in an 1818 treaty. He declined. He moved to "the Maumee" around 1823 and to Center Township Wood Co OH in late 1827 or early 28, moving his family there in 1828. It is said in the old histories that he sold out in 1832 and he and his wife moved to Indiana where they died at an advanced age. I think he and Mary are in Wood County at the home of Jacob and Elizabeth Eberly in the 1840 census. Also find him in court records in 1834 and 1841 in Wood county. A book has been written about Benjamin Cox and his family from about 1750 to 1850. If you are interested, contact me for it is available in several libraries in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.


1. Susanna COX b 14 Sep 1796. She probably died young.

2. Deborah COX b 9 Jul 1799 (VA?). She died before 1875. She married John GALATIN (GALLENTINE) 9 Jan 1823 Logan Co OH. They were in Wood Co OH in 1830 and 1837. Deborah Galentine is age 50, the head of household in Elkhart Co IN in the 1850 census. She has with her Abram age 21, David age 18, and John Galentine age 16 all listed as farmers. Also in the household is Henry 14, Joseph 9, Ruanna 23, and Mary 12. This census can be found on the internet. Vicky Stozich (a descendant of the following Thomas Cox) has found a Polly Galletin household in Logan County Ohio in the 1820 census and there is a young male who could be John .(1 male 16-18, 2 males 16-26, 1 female under 10, 1 female 10-16 and 1 female age 26-45). I have seen on the internet that Deborah died in 1859. One person shares the previous person as the source but I have not been able to find any place or proof, if you know of either, please let me know.

3. Thomas COX b 6 May 1801 (VA) Died 28 Sep 1882 Charlotte, Eaton Co MI. He m Alice HAYNES 25 Nov 1824 in Wood Co OH. Alice was born in VA in 1805/7. She survived Thomas. A farmer, he and his family lived in Wood Co OH for many years.
Children of Thomas and Alice COX
. . . . a.Catherine COX born Nov 1827. She died after 1900
. . . . Spouses: George L ROCKEY, Philo ORDWAY, Horace BEACH
. . . . b.Unknown COX born about 1830
. . . . c. John COX born ca 1834. Died 1877 Eaton Co MI, spouse Lavina HILL.
. . . . . John was a deserter in the Civil War.
. . . . d. Elizabeth COX b 29 Jul 1837 Wood Co. OH spouse Wm NORTHRUP
. . . . e. William COX born about 1845/6
. . . . f. Wealthy Ann b Nov 1851, m George PORTER Jan 1869 Eaton Co. MI
. . . . g. Antha Jane b about 1856 (dau of John??, with Thomas in 1860 census)

4. Joseph S. COX b 30 Sep 1802 in VA. died 7 Dec 1878 Wood Co, OH He married Jane Rebecca UNDERWOOD 3 Sep 1838 in Wood Co. OH. She was born 11 Mar 1818 in OH of unknown parents who were born in PA. She died 13 Jun 1887 in Wood Co, OH. Jane and Joseph COX are buried in Dowling Cemetery, Wood Co, OH.
Joseph COX moved with his family to OH, "whence, in 1816, he moved with his parents to Findlay, OH which at that time was but an Indian village"-(Leeson, Wood Co history 1897). continuing (he) "was a pioneer of Wood Co, and his life was one of hardships: but he was always upright and honest in all his dealings. was equally patriotic, and ever zealous for the right." Joseph made the first land entry in Center township (Wood Co OH) Jan 13, 1831. Recollection of grandson Jesse: "He would go away for a week at a time on his horse and stop and make shoes for a whole family. When he'd run out of materials he'd come home for more. They would prepare the leather at home."

Children of Joseph S. COX
........ a. Noah W COX b 17 Jun 1839 Hancock Co, OH. Lost vision in battle of Kennesaw
...........(GA) Mt in the Civil War in 1864. He married 4 times. Spouses: Rhoda STICKNEY,
........... Nina COUNTERMAN, Mrs. Sarah L. CRAMNER, Francis (Rose) AUSTIN. Noah COX
............died 21 May 1910 in Wood Co. OH. He was the father of 12 children.

........ b. Wesley S. COX b 5 Sep 1840 in Wood, OH. d 21 Apr 1915 in Portland, OR.
............A carpenter, a Civil War vet. 1898 in Rawlins, Carbon Co., WY. In 1904, in Hastings, NE
............ Married Leah (Lucy) MACK 24 Mar 1868 Wood Co OH. Had three children.



........ c. Benjamin F COX b 26 May 1842. d 27 Nov 1900 Wood Co, OH. Civil War vet.
...........Married Mary A. WALLACE in Wood Co OH 20 May 1866. Parents of 4 children.
........ d. Joseph U Cox b 25 Nov 1843. He died 15 Jan 1863 of wounds from the Battle of
...........Stone River TN, in the Civil War. Never married.
.........e. Thomas Jefferson COX b 16 Sep 1845 Elkhart Co, IN. d 3 Jun 1934 in Flushing,
...........Genesee Co, MI. He was a Church of God minister. He m Cecilia KNAUSE 13 May
...........1863 in Wood Co., OH. She lived from 1842-1923.They were the parents of 9
...........children. Thomas remarried Mrs. Carrie Goodell DAVIS Mar 1926.
........ f. Hester Ann COX b 20 Jan 1848 Wood, OH. d 13 Sep 1848
.........g. Deborah COX b 3 Jan 185 inWood, OH. d 8 Aug 1850
.........h. Samantha Ann COX b 19 Jun 1851 Wood, OH. d 23 Jun 1876 in Wood Co., OH.
...........She left a daughter Lottie PIXLEY. Lottie married Benjamin Ries and they had many children.
..........i. John Hughes COX b 2 Jun 1853 Wood, OH. d 11 Dec 1936 in Toledo, OH and is
............buried in Union Hill Cem in Wood Co. He married Naomi Esther DESELMS
...........(1855--1838) 27 Apr 1879 in Wood Co. OH. (I have copies of Naomi's diaries
...........which detail the lives of this farming family mentioning also their neighbors in the
...........Wood Co. OH area from 1911-1938. These were my great grandparents.) John and
...........Naomi COX were the parents of, Ethel Grace, Jessie May, Lucretia Leone, John
...........Wesley, Ralph Emerson, Clyde Harrison, Jason DeSelms and Dwight Lenwood.
........ j. Charles William COX b 18 Mar 1855 in Wood Co, OH. d 12 Jul 1941 in Lyons, OH.
...........A farmer, he married Annie HARRIMAN. They were the parents of six children.
........ k. Manson I COX b 28 Jun 1857 in Wood, OH. d 19 Apr 1941 in Toledo, , OH. Buried Wood Co OH. He was a farmer. He married Emma Rosetta WARD (1860-1938)
...........19 Sep 1878. They were the parents of eight children.
........ l. Elizabeth E COX b 24 Jun 1859 Wood, OH. d 23 Sep 1877 Wood, OH unmarried.

5. Mary (Polly) COX b 18 Aug 1804 in VA. d 18 Mar 1882 in Warsaw, Kosciusko County, IN. She married John Morris JAQUES of NJ on 28 Aug 1825 in Wood Co OH. John Morris JAQUES was a son of John Moses JAQUES. Mary and John JAQUES and their family moved to IN in 1849. They may have had 8 children, three of whom died young.
Children of Mary Cox JAQUES:
.... a. Mary Jane JAQUES.
.... b. Oliver Perry JAQUES b 1834, m 1) Lamy Jane LEPPER and 2) Lucretia Jane LONEY.
.... c. Ziprah E. JAQUES who married Lot MABIE and A.T.S. KIST
.... d. Susan E JAQUES who married Reuban JAMES
.... d. Francis M JAQUES b 8 Mar 1846 Goshen Elkart IN. m Phoebe E McCLURE. They
........lived for awhile in KS and moved back to IN.

6. Elizabeth COX was born 20 Sep 1806 near Yellow Springs, Greene Co, OH. d 17 Nov 1894 Wood Co, OH. She acted as an interpreter for whites with Ottawa and Wyandot Indians. Came to Findley in 1815, then to Wood Co, OH. Lived for sometime in family of Squire Carlin. She married Jacob EBERLY 28 October 1827 in Waterville (was Wood, now Lucas Co) OH. Jacob EBERLY was born 14 July 1804 in Huntington Co, PA and he died 31 Oct 1894 Wood Co, OH. He was a blacksmith and also was listed as a farmer the 1880 census. Elizabeth and Jacob had eleven children many of whom lived and died in the Wood Co area: Jane, John, Mary, Martha, Joseph C, Matilda, William Sells, Elliott, Harriet B, Benjamin C. and Lucy.

7. Ruanna COX born 21 Sep 1808 in Logan Co., OH (died young?)

8. Jemima COX born 17 Apr 1812 in Logan Co., OH (died young?). A teenage female is found with Benjamin's family in the 1830 census. Could this be Jemima? Was she a victim of the Black Swamp?

9. Benjamin COX born 26 Feb 1814 in Logan Co., OH. (died young?)

10. John COX born 20 Nov 1815 in Logan Co., OH. It appears that he died before 16 Jan 1837 when his land was sold by his parents and brothers and sisters after his death.

11. Lydia COX born 23 July 1816/1818 Fort Findlay, Hancock Co, OH. died 1 Jun 1892. Spouse George WICKHAM. George Wickham's parents were Asher and Meopy/Neopy or Hope Howland Wickham. He had several brothers as well. George and Lydia Wickham had about nine children: Nancy, Philander, Mary, John C., Albert, Elizabeth (Libbey), William, Lorenzo and Jennie, some of whom are mentioned in Naomi Cox's diaries. We have been gathering more info on this branch of the family, so drop a line if you feel there may be some connection, to be put in touch with some closer relatives than I am. George WICKHAM's family seems to have come from New York by way of Ross County Ohio. Many of the WIckham family were living in Michigan in 1886.


My mother, Mrs. Clyde (Helen) COX spent at least three decades gathering information about our family. How she loved doing that! I could not appreciate her hobby (passion? obsession?) at the time, though it was interesting to hear the stories that she would tell. Years later I finally have some idea of how she enjoyed this pursuit of the past. Mother passed away in 1989 and I often wish I could share some new bit of information with her, or ask her advice about how to proceed. Before she left, she had gathered pictures, papers, address books, and records. She also interviewed some of the older folks who have now passed on. At the time she died, she had probably never heard of the internet, nor did she consider that a personal computer could be a helpful "everyday" tool that was used in the home. While it is beneficial to make use of the new tools that we have, don't forget to make use of the very real sources that so many people are trying to transcribe to the internet, and that is starting with the treasures of your own family.

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