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Hopkins Cox and the Will of his Father

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Note 1393 by Jerry Cox

Originally posted to Cox-5659: Hopkins Muse Cox by Jerry Cox at 12:30, 16 October 2013.[1]

Father Remarries After Mother's Death

Hopkins was about 2 years old when his mother, Mary Stone Cox, died 12 Mar 1794. His father, William, married Mary Neal 5 Aug 1795.

Father Writes Will

On 19 Dec, 1804 William wrote his will. Hopkins was about 12 years old.

Stepmother Remarries After Father's Death

Mary married Robert Mcfarland 31 Aug 1805. Hopkins was about 13 at this time.

Younger Brother Has a Guardian

Mary E. Cox, Wife of Dr. Vinson Cox of Kennewick, Washington (1998), said: Robert Mcfarland was the guardian of Hopkins younger brother, James, until 1819 when he reached legal age. So, perhaps Hopkins also lived with his step-mother after William died.

Stepmother has Farm During Her Widowhood

Among other things, William left Mary "--the farm on which I now live during her widowhood, together with my farming utensils (during said term)". So they may not have lived on that farm.

Marries and Has Children

Elisa Orr (Ore) and Hopkins married in Granger Co. TN on 18 Sept, 1816. Their first six children were born in TN. (The two boys - JesseC and William Reed - would both die in a Union Prison during the Civil War; Jesse was unmarried but William had married Melvina Vaught about 1849.) Some time after 1827 when their Sixth child, Sarah Amanda, was born they moved to Alabama. At Stevenson, in Jackson Co. Nancy Caroline and Eliza were born 11 Ju 1832 and about 1834 respectively.

Court Appointed Overseer

The Court appointed Hopkins M. Cox overseer of the road from Nance's Ferry at the cross roads to Benjaman Neals field , 9 Sept, 1822. From court minutes Bk 8 1821 - 1822.

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Research Notes

Transcription of the Will of William Cox Sr.:

Originally posted to William Cox which was written 19 Dec 1804 on two pages of legal size paper. Note for William Cox RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.Mason on 30 Mar 2005 by Jerome Cox which predates the GEDCOM, My Ancerstors.ged imported by Michael Glen Snider on 2 Jul 2011. This GEDCOM included the Will of WIlliam Cox.

WILL OF WILLIAM COX, SR.
I William Cox of the County of Jefferson and state of Tennessee, being in
perfect exercise of my reason do make this divsion of my estate, to wit.
1st. I give unto my beloved wife, Mary, the furniture of my house, two
beds excepted, and all of my stock of every kind (except one sorrel mare
and colt), and also one negro woman named Nance, to her and her heirs
begotten by me forever, and the farm on which I now live during her
widowhood, together with my farming utensils (during said term)
Item 2nd. I give unto my daughter, Mary Gulls, one negro woman named
Sal, which she now has in her possession, also the sum of ten dollars.
Item 3rd. I give unto my daughter, Elizabeth Jones, the sum of ten
dollars.
Item 4th. I give unto my son, Dudley, one negro boy named Jacob, now in
his possession, and one dollar.
Item 5th. I give unto my two sons, William and Reed, all of my land
lying on the west side of Mossey (?) Creek, to be equally divided by an
east and west line, and also I give unto my son, Reed all of my land
lying on the east side of Mossey Creek, and in the division of the land
on the west side of Mossey Creek my son William to have the lower end to
them and their heirs forever.
Item 6th. I give unto my son, William, one negro boy named Dick. I
also give unto my son, William, one bed and furniture.
Item 7th. I give unto my son, Reed, one negro boy named Sam, one sorrel
mare and calf, and one bed and furniture.
Item 8th. I give my son, Hopkins, one negro boy named Sandy.
Item 9th. I give my son, James, one negro girl named Luce.
Item 10th. I give my daughter, Leannah, one negro girl named Rachel.
The remainder of my estate (after paying my just debts) to be equally
divided amoungest all my children. Lastly, I appoint my wife executrix,
and my son, William executor of this my last will and testament.
Signed this 19th day of December, 1804.
William Cox, Sr.
Witness Present:
Williston Talbott
George Hickle
Joseph Boyd
Jess Bennett
Notes: Jean was Williams first wife. Mary Stone was his second and seems to be the mother of all children. Mary Neal was the third wife, and still living at the time of his death.

Wife and 7 Children Each Receive One Negro

my beloved wife, Mary, one negro woman named Nance ...
my daughter, Mary Gulls, one negro woman named Sal ...
my daughter, Elizabeth Jones, the sum of ten dollars.
my son, Dudley, one negro boy named Jacob ...
my son, William, one negro boy named Dick ...
my son, Reed, one negro boy named Sam ...
my son, Hopkins, one negro boy named Sandy.
my son, James, one negro girl named Luce.
my daughter, Leannah, one negro girl named Rachel.

Sources

  1. Creation of Profile for Hopkins Muse Cox.

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Jerry Cox for authoring this note and including it in WikiTree profile Hopkins Muse Cox at its creation through the import of jcoxff.ged on Oct 15, 2013.


Note as moved from Hopkins Muse Cox

The original note, #NI393, was moved to Hopkins Cox and the Will of his Father, William, and is hidden here. Mnor typos may be corrected above.





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