An American Family History

Nancy Taylor Cox

Buildings in Clark County, Ohio ranged from simple log cabins to sophisticated Italianate and Gothic Revival structures.
Guardianship is when a court gives an adult custody of a child and/or the responsibility of managing the child's property. Before women could own property, guardians were appointed for their minor children if their husband died.

Nancy Taylor Cox was born about 1832 in Fairfield, Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio. She was the daughter of David Taylor and Mary Bolen. The family moved to Shelby County, Ohio where her father died soon after. According to the Shelby County, Ohio Probate Court guardianship records, Ann was two years old on October 28, 1834. 

After her father's death, John Staley was chosen as her guardian and the guardian of her sisters Margaret and Nancy. On August 4, 1836, William J. Martin was appointed guardian to the Taylor children.

When the 1850 census was taken, Nancy was age 18 and living with the Jacob Barr family in Midway, Bethel Township, Clark County, Ohio.

Nancy Taylor married Benjamin Cox on November 1, 1855 in Clark County, Ohio. Benjamin was born on February 12, 1824 in Ohio. His parents were William Cox and Elizabeth Bridge.

Nancy and Benjamin's sons were:
Marshall B. Cox (1856-1925, married Emma P. Funderburg).
Benjamin Cox (1857 -1858, died at 7 months), and
William Cox (1859-1860. died at 7 months).

Benjamin, Jr. died on September 4, 1857. Benjamin, Sr. died when he was 36 on February 21, 1860 of consumption. He had been sick for 12 weeks. They were buried at Enon Cemetery in Clark County, Ohio.

When the census was taken in 1860, Nancy was 27 and living in Mad River Township with her three year old son, Marshall, seven month old baby, William, and a nineteen year old domestic named Sarah. William died on June 23, 1860.

Nancy appeared in the 1870 census of Mad River Township. She was a 37 year old, widowed seamstress and living with her son Marshall who was 13. She was still there in 1880. She was 47, widowed and living with her son Marshall who was 23.

Nancy died on February 21, 1920 in Clark County and was buried with her husband at Enon Cemetery.

Clark County, Ohio was formed March 1, 1817, from Champaign, Madison and Greene Counties. The first settlement was in 1796. The inhabitants of German Township were German Lutherans who came from Virginia.

Children of David Taylor
and Anna Bolen Taylor

  • John Taylor
  • Abraham Taylor
  • Richard Taylor
  • David Taylor
  • Jacob Taylor
  • Mary Ann Taylor Barr
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • and Mary Bolen
  • Ann Taylor Dill
  • Margaret Taylor Winget
  • Nancy Taylor Cox
  • Shelby County, Ohio is in western Ohio and was formed in 1819 from Miami County.

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.



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