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Biography of Henry and Adelia Wiglesworth Cox – Harrison County

Cox Monument, Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky

from History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, William Henry Perrin, 1882

Mrs. Adelia Cox is a daughter of Joseph and Evaline Wiglesworth, of Virginia, and was married in Cynthiana in 1848, to Henry Cox, by whom she had eight sons and one daughter.  Henry Cox, the husband of our subject, who departed this life December 7, 1880, at the age of sixty-four years, ten months and eighteen days; was the son of William and Lucy Cox, who emigrated to America from a small sea-coast town in England, in November, 1815, coming to Kentucky from Virginia, where they sojourned for a short time, and in 1816 Henry was born.  When Henry was only fourteen, he connected himself with the Christian Church, and before he was twenty-one years of age he set up in the cabinet-making business, which trade he had learned from his father.  He worked at his trade in Cincinnati and Lexington; he also started business at Centerville, but not finding it up to his expectations, he was induced to move to Cynthiana and open business.  After a few years in the cabinet making business with his brother, he sold out and opened a small grocery store, which he continued with improving success until 1861, when the war coming on, he sold out and moved to the country; after a residence in the country several years, having engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods, he removed to Cynthiana, where he dealt largely in the productions of the Covington factory, in which he had become a partner.  He also bought the house and business of C. G. Land, which he continued several years, and then sold out and turned his attention to farming and trading, doing an extensive business.  Mr. Cox was a man of marked decision of character and possessing more than ordinary ability and energy.  For many years he was the largest buyer of stock of all kinds in the county; was well posted in values, of great discrimination, and yet was just in all his dealings with his fellow man.  In his family relations he was a model, being invariably kind and attentive to those around him, and to friends always courteous and considerate.  In the death of Mr. Cox, Cynthiana lost a citizen whose void is difficult to fill.

Henry and Adelia’s children listed in Harrison County census records are William H., Frank, George N., Miles, Irvin, Saunders, Arthur, Ellen and Edward.

Henry Cox, born January 19, 1816, died December 7, 1880.

Adelia A., wife of Henry Cox, born January 18, 1829, died November 19, 1899.

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  1. Henry and Adelia (Wiglesworth) Cox are my second great grandparents. Had I known you would be posting about them I would have sent you a photo taken of them in 1848. There are some wonderful biographies written about Henry which include his parents, William and Lucy (Hopkinson) Cox who immigrated in 1815 with their first child, Lucy. The story of their immigration, or more accurately, William’s escape, is fascinating. He was sufficiently outspoken against the English government re social injustices that his considerable wealth was confiscated by the government. To escape imprisonment, he and his family, virtually penniless, were smuggled out by a friend on his shipping vessel, under his friend’s name, Sandford. His carpentry tools were also smuggled out as it was illegal for any craftsmen’s tools to leave England at that time. William was an accomplished clock cabinet and furniture maker. Henry completed his first bureau when he was twelve.

    I wish I knew more about Adelia’s family. The name, Wiglesworth is well known in Harrison County, but the names I have come across while researching are not her immediate family, though possibly, relations.

    What a treat to have come across your postings. Thank you for doing that!

  2. Henry and Adelia also had a daughter who died young, Evaline Wiglesworth Cox, 1851-1853. The son listed as Irvin is actually Erwin Lair Cox and Saunders is properly spelled Sanders. Thank you for this site, Phyllis Brown, and for sharing the results of your research with all of your readers. Genealogy makes history fun and interesting and your style of writing enhances the information.

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