Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Cox

Male Bef 1672 - 1754  (> 82 years)


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  • Name William Cox 
    Born Bef 1672  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Mar 1754  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I074460  Tree1
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2021 

    Father Henry Cox,   b. Bef 1652,   d. 2 Nov 1675, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 23 years) 
    Mother Arabella Strachey,   b. Bef 1658, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1683, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 25 years) 
    Married Bef 1674  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F32955  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances MNU Wood,   b. Abt 1670, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1729, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married Bef 1695  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Cox,   b. 1711, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1776, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years)
     2. Thomas Cox,   b. Bef 1694,   d. Bef Jul 1731, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 37 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F29871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Wills of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia [William Montgomery Sweeny] Wills in the Record Book entitled Deeds, &c., 1695-1699.
      COX, JOHN, 9 November, 1669; Recorded 10 February, 1695.
      Virginia this 9th day of Novemb : in ye year of our Lord 1669. In the name of God amen I John Cox of the County of Rappahannock being at psent very Sick & weake of Body but in perfect Sence and memory blessed be ye Almighty for ye Same do hereby make & declare this to be my last Will & Testament.
      It : my Soul I give into the hands of Almighty God and my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ in & through whose meritts only I hope for Salvation & my body to earth from whence it was taken decently to be buryed in Sure & certain hopes of resurrection at the last day.
      It : for my worldly Estate my debts & ffunerall Charges being paid I do dispose of as ffolloweth
      It: It is my Will that what ffraight I have taken this year by my freind mr Henry Mees may by my Executor hereafter named be performed as neare as possible
      It: I give unto Henry White Son of Nicholas White with all the Lands & buildings thereon or thereunto belonging, to be delivered hands of his said father two years after my decease and during the said Tearme my executor hereafter named for the profitt of the same to give ye sd Henry his Education but if my Executor shall refuse forthwith upon his refusall the premises be surrendered into the hands of Nicholas White father to ye and he out of ye said profitts give him education by being
      It : I give unto John White Sonne of Nicholas White years old and to his sister Elizabeth White four Cowes or Heifers to be the next Spring after my decease.
      It : I give unto Eme Johnson two Cowes & one ffeather bed whereon she now lieth And I farther desire she be paid other two Cowes it being in leiu of her Wages.
      It: I give unto James ffackett ( ?) Sonne of the said Eme one Cow or heifer to be delivered with his mothers Legacie in april one thousand six hundred Seventy & one but hir Wages to be delivered in Januarie next after the date hereof.
      It: I give unto my Godsonne John Moseley three Ewe Lambs to be delivered in april next after my decease.
      It : I do hereby constitute & ordaine my well beloved Kinsman Henry Cox ye Sonne of my brother William Cox & now present in Virginia my sole this my last Will & Testament to whom I doe hereby give all my esta reall & personall both Land else doth or of right may belon or any other place whatsoever and Legacies hereby given and Lawfully begotten for ever but if so it his part hereby given I doe heer brother William Cox and the Child of them as shall be then live Henry Cox my Kinsmen
      It: I do appoint Capt: John Hull, mr William Moseley, mr John Mott, mr George Mott or the survivor or survivors of them to be overseers of ye same in ye behalfe of my said Neeces & Nephewes, and I do desire my said ffreinds or ye survivor or survivors of them that the same may be by them or him sold at an outcry both Lands Goods & Chattles as before specified & that they make return home of ye produce made to my forementioned Nephewes & Neeces.
      It : It is my Will if Henry White before menconed in ye fourth Article of this my Will do dye without heires of his body Lawfully begotten that then ye Lands & plantation there to him given do fall to his two sisters Elizabeth & Sarah.
      It : I do hereby revoake, null & make voide all or any Will or Wills Testament or Testaments heretofore made & have & do confirme this to be my last Will for confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seale ye day & yeare before mentioned.
      Signed Sealed in presence of us JOHN Cox Beale
      Signum
      JOHN BIBBEY DAVID FFOX Junr
      Signum Signum
      RICHARD BECKLEY RICHARD HALES
      Vera Copia Test EDMUND CRASKE Cl: Cur:
      Truely Recorded according to an order of Essex County Court bearing date ye 10th : day of ffebrY : Ano Dom 1695
      Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER Cl Cur
      Page 12.
      === is the the right William Cox?
      1697-1699 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 163-165
      IN THE NAME OF GOD, Amen. I JOHN MESS [Moss] being very sick & weake in body but I thank God in perfect sence & memory, do make this my last Will & Testament in manner & forme as followeth:
      First I give my soul to Almighty God that gave it me hopeing through the merits & mediation of my Lord & Savr: Jesus Christ to receive eternall hapiness after this paynfull life is ended and my body to th earth from whence it came to be decently buryed at. the hands of my &ex: hereafter followeth;
      Itm. I give and bequeave unto my Daffter, ANNE MESS, one parcell of Land that lyeth on the West side of a brance called the POPLAR BRANCH, as is already layd out from the head of the said Brance to the back line so adjoyning upon the Division line of JNO. HARPER & her heiers for ever
      Itm. I give & bequeave unto my Dafter, MARY MESS, that Land and plantation where HENRY KURBEY now liveth with all ye Land on the South side of a Brance called the MEREY BRANCE to take into her possesssion after my death & so to remains until! please God my Wife, MARY MESS, shall dye, and after the death of my said Wife, I give the above sd Land & Plantation to my Daffter, ELIZA: MESS, and her hares for ever and the Plantacon and land belong to it wch: is not already bequeaved where I now liveth I then give unto my Dafter, MARY MESS, and her hares for ever;
      Itm. I give all the Increase of my Mare to be eaqualley to be devided between my to Daffters, MARY MESS & ELIZA: MESS, as long as my said Mare shall live to them and there hares for ever;
      It. My will & desier is tht my old Mare & my Spaied Mare shall run upon my now dewell Plantation for the yuse & service of the sd Plantation;
      It, I give and bequeave to MARY BOUGHAN, Daffier, to JNO: BOUGHAN, one yowe & a Lame to take into her harn hands & posesion presently after my death;
      It: I give and bequeave unto DIANEY RICHARDSON, Daffter of ROBT. RICHARDSON, one yowe & Lame to be take into har porsisian presently after my death
      Itm. I give & bequeave to my Brother, JOHN BOUGHAN, all my waring gloves to take into his posision presently after my death;
      It: I give and bequeave to my Son in Law, WM. COX, one pare of gloves & one pare of Spures to take into his hands & p;osision presently after my death;
      It: I give and bequeave unto JOHN TAYLOR four yards of Karsey that I have noe in the Chest wth: butons & thread to make it up to take into his hands & posision presently
      after my death; And all the rest of my Estate that please God have bestowed upon me, my will & desier is that it should be eaqually devided between my Wife, MARY MESS, & my three Children, as above menconed, making my Daffter, ANN MESS & my Wife, MARY
      MESS, my solde & holle Exectricks of this my last Will & Testamt., as witness my hand & seal 22d. day of Desember 1697
      Sined seal! in the presentes of us
      HENRY KEARBY, JOHN MESS
      WILLIAM SAMES
      JAMES BOUGHAN
      Prov'd by the oathes of the witnesses hereto in Essex County Court ye 10th day of March 1697 & truely recorded
      Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur

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      1693-1694 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 107
      Essex County Court 10th of June 1693
      WM. BALL brought his accon of Trespass on Battry. to this Court against WM:COX and declar'd that the said COX did with force & armes on or about the 4:th day of April' last at the House of JOHN HARPER in this County and contrary to the Peace & so forth assault his, ye Plts. Wife, ANN BALL, and did then and there fore beate & knife ye sd ANN with his hands and feet with stamping on her upon the ground and almost beate her eyes out of her head and the breath out of her body and taring her Cloaths all of her back that of her life she did dispair to the Plts. great damage and damage hath to Two thousand pounds of tobo: caske; wherefore he humbly pray'd order against thesd COX with all costs & damages &c., To which the Defendt. by Mr. JNO. EVERIT, his Attorney, appear'd and pleaded to ye insufficiency of ye Declaracon as not agreeing with the accon and thereupon moved for a nonsuit against the Plt., wch: this Court have granted, and ordered that the same be paid with costs als Exo.
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      1695-1699 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 9; [Antient Press]; (Page 20)
      THIS INDENTURE made this Tenth day of January 1695/6 and in ye Eighth year of ye Reigne of our dread Sovereigne William by the grace of God &c. Between JOHN HARPER and LYDIA his Wife of SOUTH FARNHAM Parish in Essex County, Planter, on ye one part and WILLIAM COX of ye aforesd. Parish and County, Planter, on ye other part; Witensseth that ye sd JOHN HARPER for Five thousand pounds of sweet sented tobacco & caske fully grant unto ye sd WILLIAM COX & his heirs & assignes forever a certaine tract of land being in ye aforesd. Parish & County being part of a greater Divident of Land bounding as followeth; Begining at a white Oake in ye mouth of a Branch, runing thence up ye sd Branch the severall courses & turnings to a Maple standing at ye head of ye sd. Branch, thence by a line of marked trees South to a Hickory in DENHAMs line, thence along DENHAMs line South West to a white Oake at ye head of a small branch, thence down ye sd. branch to ye mouth thereof, thence down a bigger branch the severall courses till it meet with HILLS SWAMP, thence up HILLS SWAMP till it meets with HILLS line, thence along HILLS line North West to a read Oake in HILLs line. thence to ye place where it first began, containeing Two hundred acreo of Land together with all wayes profitts & interest; To have & to hold all ye sd Land with the appurtenances unto WILLIAM COX his heirs & assignes and ye sd JOHN HARPER for himselfe his heirs that ye same shall remain unto ye said WILLIAM COX & his heirs & assignes forever, deer & kept harmless from all other sales & against all other persons whatsoever lawfully claiming any right; And lastly that he the said JOHN HARPER and LYDIA his Wife by herselfe or lawful' Attorney shall make acknowledgmt. of these presents, and her right of Dower in open Court to be held for Essex County; In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seales
      Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us
      ALDER. DENHAM, JOHN HARPER
      WILLIAM FFOSAT LEDEY HARPER
      Acknowledged & right of Dower relinquished in Essex County Court ye 10th day of Aprill 1696 Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, CI Cu
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      1699-1702 Essex County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 13
      Essex County Court 11th of September 1699
      - THO: WOOD, WM. COX & FRANCES his Wife, presented ye Inventory & Appraismt. of ye Estate of JNO: WOOD deced, upon oath wch: is ordered to be recorded
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      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; (Page 11)July ye 27th 1699. Then in Obedience to an Order of Court abearing date ye 10th day of janry. 1698, we ye Subscribers being first sworne before Mr. THO: EDMONDSON have accordingly inventoried & appraised ye Estate of JOHN WOOD deced as was presented before us by WM. COX & FRANCES COX his Wife, &THO: WOOD, exrs. of the Estate of JNO. WOOD as followeth: long list but Son John & Thomas, and Daughter Elizabeth mentioned.
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      1701-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; (Page 132)
      THIS INDENTURE made the 9 day of February in the first yeare of the Reigne of or: Soveraigne Lady Ann by the Grace of God &c, and in the yeare of or: Lord One thousand seaven hundred & two Betweene RICHARD MEADERS of the Parish of Farnham in the County of Essex wthin: the Colony of Virginia, Cooper, & ANNE his Wife, one of the Daughters of JOHN MOSS, late of the Parish County & Colony aforesd., of the one part & WILLIAM COX of the Parish County & Colony aforesd,, Planter, of the other part Witnesseth that for diverse other good causes & valuable considerations them the said RI: MEADERS & ANNE his Wife moveing but more especially for the whole sume of Two thousand pounds of good sweete scented tobo: & caske truely paid by the said WILLIAM COX, they the said RICHD. MEADERS & ANNE his Wife doe sell unto the sd WILLIAM COX his heires & assignes forever all that p:cell of land bounded as followeth (vizt.) lying on the West side of a branch called ye POPULAR BRANCH as already laid out from the heades the sd branch to the back line and soe adjoyning upon the Division Line of JNO: HARPER which said land is part of a tract of land that the said MOSS bought of JOHN & HENRY BOUGHAN by a certain Deed of Sale bearing date the 2d day of April! 1684 and acknowledged in RAPPAHANOCK County Court which said land containes by Estimacon One hundred acres together with all & singular houses & structures, gardens orchards & appurtenances whatsoever to sd parcell of land belonging, To have & to hold unto the said WILLIAM COX his heires & assignes forever, And the said RICHARD MEADERS & ANNE his Wife for themselves & their heires the said Tract of land will warrant & forever defend & doe promise with the said WILL: COX his heires and assignes that he will at all times forever hereafter lawfully & quietly have and enjoy the sd land & the pr:misses without any trouble of the said RICHARD MEADERS & ANNE his Wife And further do promise upon ye reasonable request of & at the proper costs in the Law acknowledge all further acts in the Law for the further & absolute conveying of all the before granted pr:misses as by sd WM. COX his heires or assignes or their Councell learned in the Law shall require In Witness whereof the parties their hands & seales have sett Signed sealed & delivered in the pr:sence of us
      HENRY KEARBY, RICHARD MEADOR
      JOHN PICEETT ANN MEADOR
      Acknowledged by RICHD, MEADOR & ANN his Wife (the sd ANN being examined according to Law ) at a Court held for Essex County ye 10th day of Febry: 1702 & truely recorded
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      1701-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 133
      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whome these pr:sents shall come THOMAS WOOD of the County of Essex send Greeting in or: Lord God everlasting Now Know yee that the sd THOMAS WOOD for diverse good causes me thereunto moveing &out of the natural! love & affection I have to my Grand Children & for their further advancement & benefitt & especially for the paymt. of the sume of 18:15:4 by them to be made unto WILLIAM COX of the said County his heires & administrators when he they or any of them come to the age of One & twenty yeares or to the possession & enjoyment of these prmisses by me given do give & confirme unto my Grand Son, JOHN WOOD, after my decease & to the heires of his body lawfully begotten all my land and plantation whereon I now live being in the County abovesd and on the branches of a Great Swamp called or knowne by the name of PESCATAWAY PACOSON, Provided alwayes and it is the true meaning of these pr:sents that if my sd Grandson, JOHN WOOD, do happen to dye without issue of his body as abovesd that then my Grandson, THOMAS WOOD, shall have & enjoy sd land & planation to him & to his heires of his body lawfully begotten he or they paying ye sume above specified unto the said WILLIAM COX his heires And if it soe happen that my said Grand Son die without heires of his body lawfully begotten and paying the sume of money abovesd. or Tobo: in lieu thereof att the then currant price as it sells that then my Grand Daughter, ELIZABETH WOOD, shee paying the sume above specified unto the sd WILLIAM COX his heires shall have & enjoy my said land & Plantation to her & to the heires of her body lawfully begotten as abovesd. forever but if it soe happen shee die without issue as abovesaid, & paying the same sume abovesd. (as above appointed) that then WILLIAM COX of the abovesd County, Father in Law to my sd Grand Children shall have & enjoy my sd land & Plantation in Lieuw of the sd sume of L 18:15:4 to him & his heires To have & to hold the said land & Plantation unto my said Grandson, JOHN WOOD, & the heires of his body or to my Grandson, THOMAS WOODS & the heires of his body or to my Grand Daughter, ELIZABETH WOOD, and the heires of her body lawfully begotten as abovesd. forever; And if die without issue then to the sd WILLIAM COX to him & his heires forever To have and to hold forever In Witness whereof the said THOMAS WOOD hath sett his hand and affixed his seale this 7th day of January in the yeare of or. Lord 1702
      Signed sealed and delivered in the pr:sence of
      THO EDMONDSON, THOMAS WOOD
      MARY EDMONDSON
      Acknowledged in Essex County Court ye 10th day of Febry: 1702 &truely recorded
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      1728-1733 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 19; [Antient Press]; Page 13-14
      THIS INDENTURE made the Twenteth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & Twenty nine Between WILLIAM KETON & ELIZABETH his Wife of the County of KING & QUEEN and Parish of Drysdale of ye one part and JOHN PICKET of the aforesaid Parish of Drysdale & County of KING & QUEEN of the other part Witnesseth that said WILLIAM KETON & ELIZABETH his Wife for the sum of Fifty pounds Sterl. money of England paid by said JOHN PICKET wee the said WILLIAM KETON and ELIZABETH his Wife hath granted unto the said JOHN PICKET his heirs and assigns a Certain Tract of land in the Parish of Southfarnham & County of Essex containing Eighty acres Beginning at the Mouth of the MIREY BRANCH & running up the Western Branch of MAJER ELLETs line & up the said line to COXes line & along the said line to the begining To Have and to Hold the said Tract of land & premises unto the said JOHN PICKET his heirs or assigns from the day before the date hereof unto the full term of one year paying the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn at ye feast of St. Michael ye Arch Angel if lawfully demanded that by virtue of these presents & of the statute for the transferring of uses into possession the said JOHN PICKET may be in the actual possession of the premises and be enabled to accept of a grant of the reversion. In Witness whereof the parties have set their hands and Seals
      in presence of WM. COX, WM. KEATON
      FRANCIS COX ELISABETH KEATON
      At a Court held for Essex County on the 20th day of May 1729
      WILLIAM KEATON & ELIZABETH his Wife acknowledged this Indenture to JOHN PICKET (the said ELIZABETH being first privately examined by THOS. STHRESHLEY JR. gent on his motion is admitted to record


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