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Tony Cox

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Tony L. Cox
Born 1940s.
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I've studied my family history for over 50 years. I enjoy reading the original historical records. Still, even after all this time, I have three unresolved brick walls: Joseph E. Cox, b. abt. 1836, IN, first found listed in a Marvel household on the 1850 US Census for Fulton County, IL, James Finley, who married Mary Ann Skelton in Lowndes County, MS, 1846, and Francis A. Evans, b. abt. 1829, TN, Father born in SC.

I have webpage with has a lot of data on the southern Duke families that I haven't updated in years until recently, [1] and a sporadically updated blog. [2]

The most important thing I learned in my genealogical studies. False data has a longer lifetime than true data.


Looking at the wikitree entries for Robert Duke, deceased 1785, Fairfield Co., SC, it appears that they were heavily influenced by the Evelyn Brandenberger's books on the Duke family. I respect and admire her work. Genealogy was difficult to do in the 1940s and 1950 before computers and the Internet. Better access to the historical records and DNA test results have mostly disproved her information on the Dukes of SC.

It was more complicated than she assumed. Where she found one Robert Duke and one Moses Duke, more recent genealogists: me, Lynn Teague, and Joe Lineberger, and Gary Duke to name a few, found at least five Robert Dukes and three Moses Dukes.

Fifteen years ago, I wrote a report on the three Moses Dukes. It is available here: [3]. My Moses Duke is the last of the three. The historical records show a single sibling for Moses. Her name was Elizabeth Duke who married Thomas L. Foster. [4]

If we assume Moses and Elizabeth used the customary naming pattern; the first male in Moses' family was named Richard, the third male in Elizabeth's family was named Richard, then the name for the father Moses and Elizabeth Duke would be Richard Duke(s)

Circa the time of the birth of Moses and Elizabeth, 1780, one Richard Duke(s) is listed in the historical records on the SC Colony's Jury lists for 1778-1779, Ninety-Six District, between Turkey Creek and the Savannah River. He is listed near his suspected older brother John Duke(s) of Lancaster. The Jury lists were created from earlier property tax lists. The parents of Elizabeth Duke's future husband Thomas L. Foster's is found nearby. [5]

The final proof that the Richard Duke(s) was the father of my Moses Duke came when I discovered the circa 1902 Dawes Commision testimony of Elizabeth Duke Foster's grandson (MCR-3037) among the testimonies of many other Duke/Foster family members. Part of the Duke/Foster family tried to enroll in the Choctaw Nation during the Dawes Hearings. They were refused, but the trial left a genealogical treasure trove of testimony.

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My Cox ancestors were Quakers, immigrating to America from England about 1700. My 67-marker Y-DNA results indicate I descend from Thomas Cox, vintner, b. 1641 or his brothers, or his first cousins. My earliest proved ancestor was Joseph E. Cox, listed in a non-Cox household on the 1850 Census for Fulton county, Illinois, age 14, born in Indiana. The 1880 US Census lists the birthplace of his father as Virginia, mother, Ohio. I've narrowed my search to descendants of John Cox, son of Thomas Cox.
My Evans ancestors were Quakers, immigrating to Ireland, then to America before 1700. I have several Autosomal DNA cousin matches that yield ancestor Aaron Evans, 1739, Chester, Pennsylvania-1786, Chatham, North Carolina. He is the son of Owen Evans and Mary Harlan. He married Ruth McPherson. There is one, maybe two unknown Evans ancestors between him and my Francis Asbury Evans, born 1829, Tennessee, his father born in South Carolina.
James Finley, born about 1822 in Georgia, married Mary Ann Skelton in Lowndes County, MS, 1846. They were listed on the 1850 US Census for Chickasaw County, MS along with their first boy-child, Zachary T. Finley, my great grandfather. James and Mary had two more boys, the last about 1853, then james is no longer in Mary's life. Thanks to Autosomal DNA cousin matches, I suspect the name of James' father is George, but which George?

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On 11 Jul 2018 at 02:14 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! I was going to see if WikiTree thought we were related, but I can't (your privacy level). But you can! Go to Special:Relationship & plug in my WikiTree ID - Noland-165 ... let me know if WikiTree finds us a common ancestor!

And looking at your tags... I just did a ton of work on an Owen Evan family group (centered around Owen-1360)... Quakers, but not yours, apparently, which seem to be centered on Evans-3488 (in case you hadn't found that profile yet).

Cheers, Liz

On 10 Jul 2018 at 13:54 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Thank you Tonyfor taking the Pre-1700 Quiz.

Pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects coordinating them is essential.

Please ensure location data matches date of profile and avoid abbreviations. Citations & links for sources enable verification of data please add, from wiki ID go to Research to find sources

The United States History might fit based on your contributions & comments . Add the tag United_States_History for updates

Explore Pre-1700 Projects list for a project to fit your research focus, a location or time period. Read the goals & tasks of the project, join if it fits

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On 6 Jul 2018 at 04:36 GMT Neil Ball wrote:

Cox-19863 and Cox-20911 are not ready to be merged because: GEDCOM uploads have not been completed. Please process to complete merge.

On 16 Mar 2018 at 14:03 GMT Charlotte Shockey wrote:

Hi Tony,

You've been a member of WikiTree for about a week now so I thought I would check in to see how it's going. Have the How-Tos been helpful or left you with questions?

We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Charlotte ~ WikiMessenger

PS Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

On 14 Mar 2018 at 18:49 GMT Sherrie (Goley) Fields wrote:

I've not been doing genealogy for a while but today decided to go on and check my very basic WikiTree...and found Tony had entered some information. Thanks to you Tony. One of these days I'll add a GEDCOM of my tree, but for now, I appreciate your adds.

On 13 Mar 2018 at 17:20 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Thank you for your message Tony

Our GEDCOM process is a bit different than what might be used to on other sites. We have some great help pages to make your experience go more smoothly:

[ Uploading_vs._Importing]] [GEDCOMpare] [Splitting_a_GEDCOM] If you have any questions about your GEDCOM or our process, you can contact our [GEDCOM_Manager] for assistance.

I notice you have not amended your tags, to someone outside of the united states they make little sense which is why I requested that you amended them.


On 10 Mar 2018 at 17:32 GMT Edie (Nibling) Kohutek wrote:

Tony, I noticed that you have proposed a merge with a duplicate profile for yourself with one that Topher Sims manages. You gave also requested that he correct the data. It will also work, maybe better, if you put in the correct data in your profile, and then when the 2 profiles are merged, the correct data in your profile can be chosen for the final profile.

On 10 Mar 2018 at 12:50 GMT Edie (Nibling) Kohutek wrote:

Greetings, Tony!

I noticed that you have the same line of Coxes that my mother and I do. I ran the GEDcompare tool and you and my mother share a 8 cM match on the 6th chromosome. I guess we're distant cousins.

Edie Kohutek

On 10 Mar 2018 at 03:15 GMT Tony Cox wrote:

Cox-19863 and Cox-20911 appear to represent the same person because: Topher, I've joined Wikitree and uploaded my gedcom. I suggest you delete the incorrect tree you have for me (Cox-19863) and replace it with data from my tree (Cox-20911). Using historical data, I proved years ago the fathers of the three contemporary Moses Duke(s) in SC: John Dukes of Lancaster was the father of Moses Dukes of Barnwell, deceased circa 1821. Your Robert Duke of Fairfield was the father of Moses Duke of Richland, thought to have died circa 1850 in AL. My ancestor Richard Dukes of Kershaw/Edgefield was the father of my Moses (no proved middle name) Duke, deceased circa 1841, AL. You and I share an Autosomal triangulation that proves that John Dukes of Lancaster, Robert Duke of Fairfield, and Richard Dukes were brothers.

On 10 Mar 2018 at 00:34 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:


I am pleased to confirm you as a full member. Now you can start adding your family members.

WikiTree is quite different from other genealogy sites. So, we've put together a guided tour to help you learn how to make your way around more easily.

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Next week you'll hear from a Member who will check in to see how you're doing and answer any questions you might have.

Thank you for entering your DNA information. This can take 24 hours for it to fully show on your profile. Happy searching!

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