How many people on wikitree have a Cox/Cocke/etc. ancestor?

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I've found it fascinating to see all the people who have a Cox tag on their profiles.  Admittedly, there are more than one Cox/Cocke/Coxe family in wikitree and many of them now are just plain Cox.   I was surprised by it all.

Not all of them have the same national origin either.

I don't know if all the tag lines at the bottom represent all the different Cocke/Cox lines in wikitree either.

in The Tree House by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
we do .. Anna Mary Cocke (1686-1749) married to Robert Bolling, Jr. but we don't have parents for her at this time.   Sorry.
Hi my grandmothers paternal family was Cox.

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There are about 15474 COXs. Related surnames: COCK (822) KOK (430) COCKS (382) COOKSEY (273) COXE (93) COAKES (22) COOKS (19) COXEY (18) KOCKS (17) ACOX (14) KOX (12) COK (15) COGGS (11) COOKES (13) CAUX (9).

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
edited by Frank Gill
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I've just recently gotten back into researching my Cox line, and I am also fascinated by what I'm finding out from my reading some books on the Cox family.  I have yet to find out just who the first one in my line to live in America is, let alone just where they moved here from, but have discovered that there were many spellings including the ones you list above.  I've found Cock, Cook, Cooke, Koch, and even where someone had changed their name to Cole(s).  To top off all this, I also found from my reading there were several who had our last name who came to this country in several different areas, and that they then branched off and went all over the country which makes it confusing when trying to find your direct ancestors.
by Brenda Cox G2G Crew (380 points)

It sounds like you must be doing the Cox one name study?  I am doing the Fritz one name study and you can study anything to do with the name you like.  However, I have learned a lot about my Maiden name Fritz.  I have a few profiles named Cox as my husbands mothers maiden name is Cox and she knew no one beyond her grandfather and great-grandfather.

Hi I see you are looking into the Cox, Cooke,. Cook

etc I have cox back 5th gg  , Cooke back 5th gg Grandparents,  and also a lot of them births are registered as Cook  these are through my DNA m atches  and family trees

I have not  got around to putting them on as I am doing my fathers family,
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My maternal grandparents are Cox. I haven't been able to reliably follow my grandfather's line very far though. I think the ubiquity of the name makes it difficult to figure out which Coxs are yours.
by Ed Unverferth G2G Crew (350 points)
My Paternal Grandfather is a Cox and I too can't seem to get too far. My family went to Utah and ended at 2 times great grandfather Meady Cox.I seem to be able to go pretty far on the Bates side if she is truly my ancestor. It is really hard to know.
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My mother's maiden name is Cox. I have managed to trace the line back to

Thomas Cox

27 AUG 1626 • St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey, England

I have his parents names as Robert Cocke and Elizabeth Clifford but no further information.


by Cliff Huffman G2G Crew (790 points)
edited by Cliff Huffman
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My Cox line goes back to Matthew Cox 1660-1734 and his son William Cox who died in Botetourt County, Virginia in 1754.
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
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My Paternal grandmother was a Cox. Part of her ancestors were from Kentucky, but I have not yet found the country of origin for my line.
by Peggy Tucker G2G Crew (310 points)
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My connection to the Cox family is through marriage and quite removed.  My mother's ggg aunt was Ruth Osborne who married Joshua McCowen Cox in 1784.  They lived in Virginia, but appeared to originally have come there from England, then Ireland, then Pennsylvania finally ending up in Virginia.  I have not confirmed all this yet (and have not added it to WikiTree because it has not been confirmed).  The information I have goes back to Richard Cox born in England in 1500, dying in 1581.  Anybody else familiar with this line?  Again, I haven't studied this line from Richard to Joshua yet.
by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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Agnes Cox born 1899 Minmi New South Wales, is my Grandmother

her father John Cox married Agnes Durie in new south wales Australia

His Father John Cox married Margaret Kirkwood in Blantyre Scotland and was killed in the Blantyre Coal Mine disaster in 1877 with his son Andrew

John Cox and Margaret Kirkwood also had a daughter who went to Wisconsin America and married John Lyons as my Great Grandparents John cox and Agnes Durie used to visit them a couple of times when

they were younger howard 11715
by Merrilyn Hunter G2G1 (1.1k points)
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Yes, I have been trying to find any info on the Reginald Cox family of Hamilton, Ontario. There was a son named Gordon for whom I cannot find a birth date or death date. I have used every search engine I can think of and have found absolutely nothing about his life.
by David Miles G2G Crew (320 points)
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I have a few COX profiles, which is my husbands mother's maiden name.

by Taylor Worthington Gilchrist G2G6 Mach 8 (84.8k points)
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My maiden name is Cox. I have a handwritten genealogy from my father that was written in the 1950s. It goes back to Jesse Cox, who died in Posey, IN in 1834. I think his parents were John Cox and Sarah Todd. But, I am not really sure of that. Any other Coxes on Wikitree from that line. I did connect with one cousin.
by Nancy Wilson G2G6 Mach 5 (60.0k points)
My name is William Cox. We also had a hand written family tree from the 1950s in our family that went back to a Jessie Cox in Indiana who would be my 3rd great grandfather. His son Thomas would lead a wagon train on the Oregon trail and open the first store in Salem Oregon
Hi Bill. Nice to connect. Are you going to connect Thomas Cox to wikitree? I haven't gotten that far on that line. Jesse Cox is my 5th great grandfather. just yesterday I was trying to find out what happened to his son by the same name. According to my handwritten geneology he died in 1845, but I can't find a primary source for that info.
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I was born a Cox. I have gone back to William Coxe born abt 1584 in Bristol England. He immigrated to Barnstable, Mass. USA

After many generations in the US is Capt. John Cox, 1719-1789.  His first wife was Sarah Proctor, granddaughter to John Proctor who was hung in Salem as a witch. His second wife, Sarah Bodkin, is my ancestor. They immigrated to Nova Scotia after the expulsions of the Acadians and settled on a grant of land.

My dad is also a John Cox from Nova Scotia.
by Faye White G2G Crew (650 points)
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My Cox line goes back to Edward Cox of Pembroke, Massachusetts in the 1700s. There I have a brick wall, although some on FamilySearch think they have found Edward's parents.  Likewise, there is controversy surrounding Edward Cox's wife Rebekah and who her parents are.
by Carleton Cox G2G Crew (610 points)
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My first Cox ancestor is Thomas Cox (ca. 1645 - 1681), who settled in Middletown, New Jersey.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (277k points)

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