My John Cox was probably of British birth.
He supposedly married a woman from Charleston
named Ann or Mary Ann Brown, and her father
was said to have owned a rope factory there.
Since she was born in 1769 I would guess his
birth date to be around 1765. There was also
talk of a relative, perhaps a sister, who
owned a castle in Edinborough, Scotland.
Even though Cox is a British name, he may well
have been Scottish. I'm just guessing he was
born somewhere in Britain and emigrated to
America around 1780. He and his wife had one
son, John Charles Cox, born in 1787, some say
South Carolina, others say Florida. John
Cox died around that time (drowned) and his wife moved
back to South Carolina, settling around
Orangeburgh, and married a man named Gideon
Jennings, a captain. John Charles Cox and
his half-siblings apparently were on very good
terms, all moving to Mississippi in the early
1800s. That's about all I know. Most records
that show the marriage of Gideon Jennings to
Cox's widow have her listed as Ann "Unknown".
The oral tradition in the family has Cox
drowning in the St. John's River in Florida but
this would have to be around of after 1787, since
he fathered a son born that year. Our family
research has discovered that there were some
Loyalists that remained in east Florida after
the other loyalists fled to Canada and the
Carribean but Spanish censuses don't list a
John Cox. These Loyalists apparently were
hidden far back in the wilds there.
So, anything you can find would be appreciated.
We're at a road block here. There was no
shortage of John Coxes in early America!
Thanks for your help! - Steve Cox