|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1758|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1832|
John Cox, (Capt.) was born in Halifax County, Virginia, January 4, 1758. The Revolutionary War broke out when he was 18 years old and he signed the Oath of Allegiance in Henry County, Virginia, on August 30, 1777. Joining Brice Martin's company of militia, he rose from the rank of private to second lieutenant. (The Daughters of the American Revolution list John Cox as #A027043 in their "Patriot Index")
Later, in Kentucky, he would serve as a Captain in the militia. Clerks in Warren County frequently prefaced John Cox's name on records with the rank of Captain, which helps in the identification of the particular John Cox.
On December 26, 1777, John married 18-year-old Sarah "Sally" Nunnally in Henry County, Virginia. They were to have twelve children who survived to become adults; five of whom were born in Virginia and seven were born later in Kentucky. In 1787, John Cox was listed as a taxpayer on White's Creek in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. He remained in Tennessee only one year before moving on to Kentucky. John Cox is listed in the tax records of Logan County, Kentucky, as early as 1792.
Although most of John Cox's Kentucky lands lay in Logan County, his residence was in Warren County and he was instrumental in that county's formation. Serving as the first Tax Commissioner, he helped let the bids for the courthouse in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He continued to help with the chores of county government for a number of years and remained active in business until his death in 1832.
John Cox's will was recorded and sworn to on June 30, 1832 by Jackson Cox and Robert Johnson; Philip Cox and Jackson Cox were named as executors.
The following is a transcription of John Cox's noncupative will:
"On Saturday the last day of June 1832, John Cox, now deceased, late of Warren County, Kentucky, in the time of his last sickness at his habitation in said county, called on the undersigned to take notice of which was his will, which is as follows Viz:
"First, he directed that all his just debts to be paid.
"Second, he willed to his son Phineas, a Negro boy named Sam.
"Third, to his son John, a Negro boy named Jacob.
"Fourthly, to his son Coleman, one hundred dollars.
"Fifthly, to his daughter Elizabeth Mansker, one hundred and fifty dollars.
"Sixthly, to his daughter Nancy Posey, a Negro woman named Violet and her two children, now in the possession of John Posey until the suit between Samuel Sublet and himself in the Logan Circuit Court shall be decided and if the suit should be decided against him in favor of Sublet, those Negroes or as many of them as will be sufficient to satisfy said Sublet judgement be sold for that purpose by his Executors (will hereinafter name). But should the suit be decided in his favor, then his will was that his Executors shall convey said Negroes in such way that said daughter Nancy Posey shall have benefit of them during her life and after her death pass over and belong to her children.
"All the balance of his estate he willed to his wife Sally during her life and after her decease, he willed his Negro Polly and child Isham to his daughter Jimsey Sears.
"To his grandson, William C. Taylor, a Negro boy named George and his Negro man named Henry and Negro woman Milly to be sold by his Executors.
"To his daughter, Sinai, a Negro girl named Sylvia, to be passed to her or a trustee for her use and benefit in such manner as his Executors shall think proper.
"To his grandson, John Wheeler, a Negro boy named Peter during life and at death to his daughter Sinai's use and benefit in such manner and form as his Executors deem advisable. He moreover requested that at the death of his wife, his Executors should give to his daughter, Winney Grubbs, and his son, Burwell, something more than they heretofore received leaving that something to the discretion of his Executors. He appointed his sons, Jackson and Philip Cox, Executors to his last will and requested that they should be satisfied out of his estate for their trouble, stating that he had heretofore given them all that he intended for theirs.
"The property here given to his daughter Sinai be designed and so willed should at her death go to her children."
(Signed) Jackson Cox, Robert Johnson
(Warren County, Kentucky, County Court, July Term 1832)
"The foregoing nuncupative will of John Cox deceased, was produced in Court and proved by the oath of Jackson Cox and Robert Johnson subscribing witness and ordered to be recorded which is accordingly done."
Test: John Hobson, Warren County Clerk
John Cox came to Kentucky with a Virginia Treasury Warrant #8828 for 2,110 acres of land to be located on the Gasper River. He later purchased more Kentucky Land Warrants, but none of these were bounty land for his war service. No record has been found that he ever applied for a military pension. Logan County, Kentucky, tax records of 1792-1796 list both John Cox and his brother Phineas Cox as residents and owners of cattle, horses, and land.
Coleman Cox (1779 - 1852)*
Created by: Bill Hunt
Record added: Dec 05, 2010
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