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Moses Cox Sr. (abt. 1594 - 1687)

Moses Cox Sr. aka Coxe
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1640 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
Husband of — married 16 Jun 1658 in Hampton, Norfolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
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Moses Cox (or Coxe) arrived in Hampton in 1639 according to Anderson.[1]

His birth date is uncertain, but is placed about 1595 in various family trees. Presumably he was born in England.

His wife Alice (see Research Notes below) was lost at sea, along with her son John, in 1657 and he married Prudence Marston Swain on June 16, 1658.[2]

Moses died on May 28, 1687 in Hampton.[3]

The following is from Dow:

Moses Coxe was at Hampton as early as the spring of 1640, when he was appointed the first herdsman for the town. In 1662 he was a selectman. His house stood a few rods from the "mill road," on the westerly side. His wife, Alice, was lost at sea, Oct. 20, 1657, with their son, John, and six others ...

Mr. Coxe married June 16, 1658. He died May 28, 1687, aged ninety- three years.

Children :
John lost, as above.
Mary, b. ab. 1644; m. John Godfrey
Sarah, m. Nicholas Norris.
Rachel, m. Rawlings. .
Moses, b. Nov. 2, 1649 ; prob. d. young.
Leah, b. Ap. 21, 1661; m. James Perkins (7); d. Feb. 19, 1749. She was her father's principal heir, and, with her husband, succeeded to the pa ternal estate, and lived on a part of the homestead, which has ever since belonged to the Perkins family, and is now held by Dea. James Perkins, of the fifth generation."[4]

Moses was in Hampton in 1639, unmarried, having moved from Ipswich. Margaret, wife of John Stubbin of Watertown testified 19 July 1640 to purchasing from him: "dried suet about the month of October last was twelve month, when he was going from Ipswich to live at Hampton first."[5] In the spring of 1640 Moses was appointed the first herdsman for the town.[6]

On 20 Oct. 1657 Alice, their son John and six other people drowned going in a boat from Hampton:

“The 20th of the 8 mo 1657 The sad hand of God upon eight psons goeing in a vessel by sea from Hampton to Boston, who ware all swallowed up in the ocian soon after they ware out of the Harbour the psons wear by name as ffolloweth- Robert Read, Sargent: Will Swaine, Manewell: Hilyard, John: Philbrick & Ann Philbrick His wife, Sara: Philbrick their daught, Alice the wife of moses Cocks: and John Cocks their sonn: who ware all Drowned the 20th of the 8 mo: 1657.”[7]

"A boat sailed down through the winding ways
Of Hampton River to that low shore,
Full of goodly company
Sailing out on the summer sea,
Veering to catch the land breeze light,
With the Boar to the left and the Rocks to right…

The skipper hauled at the heavy sail;
“God be our help!” he only cried,
As the roaring gale, like the stroke of a flail,
Smote the boat on its starboard side…

But far and wide as eye could reach,
No life was seen upon wave or beach;
The boat that went out at morning never
Sailed back again into Hampton River…

The wind of the sea is a waft of death,
The waves are singing a song of woe!
By silent river, by moaning sea,
Long and vain shall thy watching be:
Never again shall the sweet voice call,
Never the white hand rise and fall!

O Rivermouth Rocks, how sad a sight
Ye saw in the light of breaking day!
Dead faces looking up cold and white
From sand and sea-weed where they lay…

Solemn it was that old day
In Hampton town and its log-built church,
Where side by side the coffins lay
And the mourners stood in aisle and porch.
In the singing-seats young eyes were dim,
The voices faltered that raised the hymn,
And Father Dalton, grave and stern,
Sobbed through his prayer and wept in turn…

As, two by two, with their faces hid,
The mourners walked to the burying ground…

“Lord, forgive us! We’re sinners all!
And the voice of the old man answered her:
“Amen” said Father Bachiler…" [8]

The Wreck of Rivermouth- John Greenleaf Whittier

Moses married the widow of one of the victims, Prudence Swain.[9]

Moses was relieved from training in 1662 and was a selectman in the same year. He was then on the grand jury in 1668.[10]

On 30 Dec. 1672 “Moses Cox of Hampton... for a valuable sum of money and other considerations, sells to Francis Jenness, of Hampton, and his son, Thomas Jenness, all his right, title and interest in a tract of land to be hereafter laid out (about 50 acres), it being the right of two shares in the cow common in a late division of land called ye North Division, abutting upon Portsmo bounds towards the north & extending southward towards Hampton Meetg hous- the 63 lot in number, bounded on the East by a grant to Edward Gove and on the West by a grant to Abraham Perkins.”[11]

Portsmo ye 16 : of ffebr : 1679…
An act made for the Calling of A Gen : Assembly :

Wee the president & Council of his majties province of N-Hampshire being reqrd by or commiss’on to call a Gen Assembly of ye said province and it being left to us to Judge & detirmyn wt persons shall chuse yr deputies for the sd Assembly- Doe hereby ordr & declaire in his Majties Name that the Psons hereafter named in the severall Townes shall meet together on ye first day of march nex by 9 of the Clock in ye morning & having first each of ym taken ye oath of alleigiance… chuse from among themselves by ye major Vote given in writing not exceeding the Number of three persons wch persons so chosen are to appeare at portsmo on ye 16th day of march following… to attend his majties service for ye concernes of the said province of N-Hampshire… And wee doe further ordr yt the Constable… in ye several Towns shall publish this writ & warne all the persons concerned to attend their duties as is above expressed… & make a true Returne… of ye Names of ye persons soe chosen further it is ordered… yt no man shall Vote for deputies but such as are menctioned on this List upon penalty of paying a fine of five pound & yt no man put in but one vote for one man… Hampton… Moses Cox[12]

I Moses Coxe of Hampton… do make this my last Will & Testament…

Ittem I give and bequeath unto prudence my welbeloved wife if she doe outlive me the one half of all my land medow & marsh & Comonages and the use of the moveables (Excepting what shall be here after disposed of in this my last will) All during the Tearme of hir Naturall Life And after hir decease then to Returne unto my son in law Jeames Perkins & my Daughter Leah his now wife.

Ittem I give and bequeath unto my son in law Jeames Perkins and to Leah his wife the other Half of all my Lands both upland meadow marsh & Comonages

Ittem I give unto my Daughter Mary Godfree & my Daughter Sarrah Norris five shillings apece to be payd by my Exequetours…

Ittem I give unto my Daughter Rachell Rawlings the some of twentie pound five pounds to be payd the first yeare after mine & my wifes decease and five pounds to be payd within two years… and five pounds more to be payd within three years… and five pounds more to be payd within fower years after mine & my wifs decease to be payd by my Exequetour… Also I give unto my Daughter Rachell Rawlings one feather Bed & bolster after mine & my wifs decease

And I doe… Appoint my Trustie and Welbeloved son in law Jeames Perkins to be mysole Exequetour… this first day of November… Sixteen Hundred & Eightie two…
Moses Cox
In the presence of uss
Henry Dow
Samuell Dow

The inventory was taken 10 June 1687 by Henry Dow, Abraham Cole and John Moulton and amounted to £124.14s.[13]

Research Notes

Moses Cox's marriage to Alice Wise is not documented at this time. According to Torrey, he married Alice ____ by 1640 in Hampton. Chadwick-1021 18:04, 19 February 2016 (EST)


  1. Anderson, Robert Charles, "The Great Migration Directory", Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015, page 81.
  2. Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.NEHGS NEHGS
  3. New Hampshire: Births to 1901, Deaths and Marriages to 1937. (From microfilmed records. Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014.) NEHGS
  4. Dow, Lucy Ellen, "History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire: From Its Settlement in 1638, to the Autumn of 1892, Volume 2", Salem, MA, Salem Press, 1894, page 649, Google Books
  5. Thomas Lechford’s Note Book- quoted by Charles Henry Pope in The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire- Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1965- pp.46-7
  6. History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire- Joseph Dow, Salem Press, Salem, MA, 1893- Vol. II, p.649
  7. Hampton Town Record; more details sought
  8. The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier- Ward, Lock & Co., London, 1881- pp. 240-2
  9. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England- James Savage, Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1965- Vol. I, p.467
  10. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- p.167
  11. Joseph Dow, History of the Town of Hampton, Vol. II, p.766
  12. Provincial Papers of New Hampshire- Albert Batchellor, Ed., John Clarke, Printer, Manchester, 1891- Vol. XIX, pp. 658-9
  13. Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire- Vol. I- State Papers Series- Albert Stillman Batchellor, Ed, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, 1907- Vol. XXXI, pp. 261-2

See also:

  • Thomas Lechford’s Note Book- quoted by Charles Henry Pope in The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire- Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1965- pp.46-7
  • History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire- Joseph Dow, Salem Press, Salem, MA, 1893- Vol. II, p.649
  • Early Records of New Hampshire Families- NEHGR- Vol. 7, p. 117 (Apr. 1853)
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #131657283

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