Trying to find the father of Thomas Benton Cox Cox-25124

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My great grandfather was Thomas Benton Cox Cox-25124.  I can not find his father.  I find him and his mother Mary Sturm listed in the 1850 Census in Lincoln, Tennessee.  There is no mention of his father.  On some of the family trees it just lists him as Mr. Cox.  Any help would be appreciated.
WikiTree profile: Thomas Cox
in The Tree House by Calvin Harkins G2G1 (1.9k points)

I find these two records which confuse me.

Mary Jane Cox

 in the Tennessee, Compiled Marriages, 1851-1900

Name: Mary Jane Cox
Gender: Female
Spouse: William Y. Lackey
Spouse Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 14 Jul 1857
County: Lincoln
State: Tennessee


Margaret Cerder

 in the Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002

Name: Margaret Cerder
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 1 Jun 1872
Marriage Place: Lincoln, Tennessee, USA
Spouse: Wm Young Lackey
Her married name was Cox.  I believe her maiden name was Sturm.

In the 1850 census for Subdivision 2 Lincoln, Tennessee I find Mary Cox and two pages from that record is a James Cox who is 20 and a Stabler. Here is James Find A Grave

James Alexander Cox

 in the U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

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Name: James Alexander Cox
Birth Date: 26 Aug 1829
Birth Place: Tennessee, United States of America
Death Date: 11 Nov 1904
Death Place: Coxville, Crockett County, Tennessee, United States of America
Cemetery: Cox's Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Coxville, Crockett County, Tennessee, United States of America
Has Bio?: N
Father: Moses Cox
Mother: Mary Cox
Spouse: Penina C. Cox
It would be logical that James is Mary's son. It is not factual proof but a good hint yes?
In this census Mary is living with Francis. Let's learn more about Francis.

Here is Frances living with George and Joseph.

George W Cox

 in the 1870 United States Federal Census

Name: George W Cox
Age in 1870: 26
Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: Tennessee
Dwelling Number: 307
Home in 1870: Precinct 2, Leon, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Occupation: Farmer
Male Citizen over 21: Y
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph M Cox 22
George W Cox 26
Frances W Cox 54
Calvin I have edited this because I was in error.

At present I just have the 1850 Census that you already know.


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Born in Wilson County, Tennessee, USA on 11 Feb 1847 to Cader Cox and Edna "'edney'" Bishop Cox. Thomas Benton Cox married Martha Ann Foutch Sanders Cox and had 8 children. He passed away on 16 Sep 1933.

Relatives of Thomas Benton Cox


Cader Cox

1814 - 1899

Edna "'Edney'" Bishop Cox

1814 - 1865


Martha Ann Foutch Sanders Cox

1858 - 1913

Margaret Foutch

1845 - 1875


Susan Cox Clanton

1868 - Unknown

George Cox

1877 - Unknown

James Edward Cox

1882 - 1939

Charles Estel Cox

1898 - 1963

Thomas Winfield Cox

1888 - 1954

Joseph Henry Cox

1890 - 1968

Vesta Rose "Belle" Cox

1893 - 1951

Olive Ida "Ollie" Cox Mcilvain

1885 - 1971
by Living Wood G2G6 Mach 2 (21.2k points)
Can you give me a source for where you found this information?  I would appreciate it.  My great grandmother was Olive Ida Cox McIlvain

I located it on Ancestry although I am not actually a Member.

I have endeavoured to verify Cader myself without success. On reflection I am not yet convinced Cader is actually correct. I am wondering if the answer lies in different children from different marriages/relationships? It appears that Cader married his sister-in-law (perhaps after the death of his wife?)
I find Cader Cox in the Census for 1860, 1870, and 1880  I do not find a listing for Thomas Benton Cox among those living in the household.  I believe you are correct.  There is some mixing of records.   Thank you for looking.  If you find anything else please let me know.

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