4. James2 Cox (John1) was born about 1789 (tax list) or 1782 (1850 census) in Virginia and married Elsa Ann Sellers on 2 Jan 1810 in Preble County, Ohio. Elsa (also spelled Ilsy or Alcy) was born in Barren County, Kentucky in 1797 (Michael Cox says about 1793 in Bourbon Co.), a daughter of Nathan and Sarah Sellers, and died of lung fever 26 March 1869 at the home of her son, Harvey Cox, in Eaton, Preble Co, Ohio. Her obituary states that her husband James Cox died "some 10 years ago," from which I conclude that he was the James who died in Eaton 17 Nov 1860 of consumption.
In 1804, James's father John is listed in the tax list for Henry County, Kentucky without mention of any tithables over 16 other than himself. In 1805, however, he is listed with "Jas Cox" as a tithable over 16 and under 21. This fixes James' approximate year of birth as 1789.
During the War of 1812 he was a private in Capt. William Holeman's company of Indiana militia, serving from 28 Nov 1812 to 2 Feb 1813.
James Cox bought 30 acres from his father-in-law, Nathan Sellers, in 1812. In 1820, James was living near Nathan Sellers, as were two of Elsa's brothers-in-law. James and "Ailcey" Cox, sold their Preble County land in Feb 1830 to James Waddell (30 acres of SE4, sec. 9 in T7, R2E; Deeds 14:314). James is not listed in the 1830 census for Preble County, but appears to have removed to Delaware County, Indiana, where a James Cox with a perfectly matching family was then living. He bought land in Rush County, Indiana in July 1831, which he then sold and moved to Greenfield in Hancock County, Indiana later that year. He bought three lots in the town of Greenfield, which he sold in 1832. There is no mention of James owning land after that date. By 1840 he was in Union County, Indiana and was probably there by 1836 when Sarah Cox married Armond Scott. James was listed in various records as a farmer, blacksmith and brick maker.
The above account was supplied by Michael Cox of Centerville, Indiana, a descendant of James, who has carefully researched his family. Nearly all our information on the descendants of James has been supplied by Michael Cox.
Census records pertaining to James are as follows:
1820 Washington township, Preble County, Ohio
1830 Center township, Delaware County, Indiana
1840 Union County, Indiana (p. 587)
In 1850, James Cox is listed as a bricklayer in the town of Philomath, Brownsville township, Union Co. (p. 302B, ln 15; 325/325; 15 Aug 1850):
30 i. Solomon3 Cox, b. abt 1811, Washington tp, Preble Co, Ohio; m. Melinda _____
31 ii. Sarah Cox, b. abt 1812, Ohio; m. Armond Scott
32 iii. Margaret J. Cox, b. 5 Jan 1813, Ohio; m. William Murphy
33 iv. Nathan Cox, b. 15 Oct 1816, Ohio; m1 Julia Ann Pierson; m2 Nancy S. Lewark
34 v. John S. Cox, b. 25 Jan 1823, Ohio; m1 Elizabeth P. Naylor; m2 Sarah E. Duggins
35 vi. Ruth Anna Cox, b. abt 1825, Ohio; m. William B. Silvers
36 vii. James Harvey Cox, b. 14 Mar 1827, Ohio; m. Margaret Snodgrass
37 viii. Letitia Cox, b. abt 1830, Ohio; m. Elisha B. Babcock