DAVID A. COX
6. David A.2 Cox (John1) was born about 1793 at Maysville, Mason Co, Kentucky, according to the pension application submitted by his widow (W.O. 39789), and died on 19 March 1859 at New Paris, Preble Co, Ohio. He married Amy Fleming on 20 Dec 1825 at New Paris. She was born about 1806 or 1807 in Ohio and died between 1 Jun 1880 and 25 Aug 1881, probably at Indianapolis, Indiana. (Obituary Abstracts 1877-1895 from Preble County Newspapers, vol. I, p. 119)
David Cox served in the War of 1812. From 28 Nov 1812 to 28 Feb 1813 he was a corporal in Capt. Holeman's company of Indiana militia (with his brothers James and Joseph) and, from 18 May 1813 to 18 Jul 1813, he was a private in Col. McFarland's detachment of Indiana militia (with his brothers John and Joseph). Unfortunately, his widow Amy, who he married ten years after the war, submitted a pension application on 10 Jun 1880 based on the service of a David Cox who served in New York troops, which application was rejected. Amy states that David Cox was 5 feet, 11 inches tall with dark hair and brown eyes. Before the war he was a farmer and after the war a physician and surgeon.
A Preble County, Ohio history claims that David Cox came to New Paris in 1820, but he was in Liberty, Union Co, Indiana at the time of the 1830 census with one male 30-40, one 20-30 and one under five, also females aged 5-10, 10-15, and 20-30. Moreover, his children appear to have been born in Indiana through 1841, but in Ohio beginning in 1842. The Union County land records show David to have been a resident of that county from 1833 to 1839, when he acquired several lots in the town of Liberty.
David A. Cox was also listed in Union County at the time of the 1840 census (p. 585), although his household is described as 1 male in his 20s in agriculture, one male under 5, a female in her 20s, a female under 5 and one 5 to 10. David's brother Joseph mentions having recently learned of the deaths of two of David's sons in a letter to Sandford Cox dated 21 Aug 1840.
David had removed to Preble County by 18 Mar 1841, the date of the first of several transactions by which he sold his Liberty property (Amy joined in each of these conveyances):
date Grantee lot $ LR
3/18/41 Chitwood & Casterline pt #9 $600 I:387
1/21/42 Archibald Estep #22 & 46 $80 I:443
5/4/49 Isaac Vandegrift pt #10 $25 M:238
A letter of Joseph Cox to his son Sandford, dated 21 Aug 1840, states that Joseph was very sorry "to hear of the death of your Uncle Davids two sons." A letter of Helena M. Cox dated 18 May 1845 mentions that she has a little brother, five months old on the 7th of May.
On 26 Apr 1850, David A. and Amy Cox sold to John C. Reed for $40 lot number 46 in the town of Gettysburgh in Preble County (Preble Co. LR 38:409). David Cox is listed in New Paris, Preble County in the census of 1850:
Cox, David A. 58 Ky physician
Amy 44 O
Helena M. 16 In
Sarah L. 9 In
Eliza Ann 8 O
Critenden A. 6 O
Fleming, Verrilles 26 O (fem)
Eaton, Thomas J. 26 NY physician
David was a director of the Dayton & Western Railroad, constructed in 1851 and 1852 and he was elected to the Ohio state senate in 1854. (History of Preble County, Ohio, pp. 270, 96, 37 [H.Z. Williams & Bro., 1881: Cleveland])
Amy Cox, David's widow, requested that Patrick McGrew be appointed to administer David's estate on 2 April 1859. The sale of property on 25 April 1859 brought $141.51, although Amy received an allowance of $235 for her benefit and that of Critenden Cox, minor. (Bud Thomas, citing Preble Co. Case #2498). Amy Cox lived in Jefferson township, P.O. New Paris, at the time of the 1860 census, with her daughters Eliza and Edna. Amy is listed as having had $800 worth of real estate and $200 of other property.
A Mary C. Snediker, with her husband John, conveyed to David's widow Amy Cox for $2800 the E2 of the SW4 of section 21 in Jefferson township, Preble County on 14 March 1862 (Preble Co. LR 50:567). Amy reconveyed the property for the same consideration to Mary C. Snediker on 11 April 1862 (LR 51:510). This Mary C. Snediker was born between 1812 and 1815, according to census records, and is thus not a daughter of Amy.
Amy's daughter Helena moved to Indianapolis by 1860 Amy left Preble County for Indianapolis about 1863. In 1870, Amy and her daughters Sarah and Edna were living in a household adjacent to Helena in Indianapolis's second ward. Amy was living in Indianapolis at 143 Pendleton Pike in 1880 when she made her pension application. The census of that year shows her living with Sarah and Helena and Helena's two children.
43 i. Helena M.3 Cox, b. abt 1834, Indiana; m1 Peter Coon; m2 James P. Davis
ii. [son], b. 7 May 1840; d. aft 18 May 1845
iii. Sarah L. Cox, b. Jun 1841, Indiana; [unmarried; res 36 Cherry St, Indpls 23 Jul 1882, w/ sister Edna; res Kansas City, Mo, 11 Sep 1893; res South Fork tp, Howell Co, Mo, Jun 1900]
iv. Eliza Ann Cox, b. abt 1842, Ohio; m. 24 Oct 1865, Marion Co, Indiana, Henry Lively [res Kansas City, Mo, 11 Sep 1893; res South Fork tp, Howell Co, Mo, Jun 1900; no children]
46 v. Crittenden A. Cox, b. 7 Dec 1844, Ohio; m. Emma C.A. Sharpe
vi. Edna A. Cox, b. Sep 1856, Ohio; m. 13 Feb 1878, Marion Co, Indiana, George S. Carrington [res in Indpls in 1880 & 23 Jul 1882; in Chicago, Ill, Nov 1900; no children]