An American Family History


Edward Cox

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

Edward Cox was born in 1758 in Baltimore County, Maryland. His parents were John Cox and Elizabeth Sympson.

When he was a boy his parents moved to Sullivan County, Tennessee which at that time was Washington County, North Carolina.

He married Sarah (Sallie) Meredith.

Abraham Cox (1782, married Mary Cox),
Elizabeth Cox (1784, married John Vincent),
Jane Cox (married McAllister),
Catherine Cox (married Dungan),
Samuel Cox,
Jacob Cox,
John Cox (1802).

In 1774, Edward Cox built a two-story double hewn log house with a breezeway in the middle. Two chimneys with four fireplace openings were on both ends of the house.

Edward Cox served in the Revolutionary War militia from 1775 to 1781 He served under Captain Robison, Colonel Bletcher, Colonel Isaac Shelby, Colonel Joseph Martin, and Captain Wallace.

In 1784, Edward received a warrant for land in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At that time it was in North Carolina.

North Carolina land grant, Oct. 8, 1787, for 640 acres on Mill Creek.

On February 12, 1794, Edward Cox of Sullivan County, Tennessee gave his brother, Thomas Cox, in Davidson County, Tennessee, power of attorney for handling land transactions.

Indenture between
Thomas Rockhold, Sheriff of Sullivan County, and
Edward Cox of Sullivan County.
Whereas the previous sheriff, by virtue of a writ of execution and attachment dated 24 Dec 1799, in a suit Edward Cox vs. John Chrisman, exposed to public sale lots No. 8 and 9 in the town of Middletown. Edward Cox was the highest bidder, $56, but the former sherriff failed to convey the land to Cox. The present sheriff, John Rockhold, now conveys John Chrisman's right and title to the lots to Edward Cox. Sullivan Co., Court 11 July 1808. [from Sullivan Co., Tenn., Deed book 5:133]

February 17th 1795 Edward Cox vs John Carney Case
A jury sworn, to wit:
1. Thomas Hunt
2. Wm York
3. Jacob Brown
4. John Campbell
5. Johns Parker
6. Jesse Humphreys
7. John McInturff
8. Saml Woods
9. Robert Young
10. Saml Tate
11. John Shannon
12. Wm Greenway

Found for the plaintiff $32 2/3 damages and costs.

Edward Cox witnessed William Carr's and Abraham Cross' pension applications.

In 1835, he appeared on the Sullivan County pension list.

Edward Cox died in 1850.

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle of the American Revoluton. It took place on October 7, 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson.


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