Part 2: Chapter 3
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Map 1: Fruit Hill and the 1769 Frontier Region
Many pre-Revolutionary American settlers, like our ancestor Michael Sr., were upset with the Treaty of Paris and the Act of Quebec. Snubbing their noses at political agreements made in far-away capitals, they pushed their settlements further and further west; some ventured beyond the Ohio River. Western boundaries of the colonies were hotly contested by all sides.
See Map 4 below for more details on the hotly-disputed District of West Augusta.
Map 2: Cox Farms 1769-1820
Michael Sr., Elizabeth, and their youngest son, Joseph died at Fruit Hill. But Michael Jr. settled his family in (West) Virginia. Peter bought farmland when Ohio Territory opened up in 1814. Martin settled south of Peter. Jacob headed even further west to Darke County. Eve Ann and her husband settled near Parkersburg, (West) Virginia, while their cousins and neighbors pushed onwards into Virginiaís Kentucky area.
Map 3: Michael Cox Sr. and neighbors
Neighbors play an enormously important role in day-to-day rural life. We encounter many neighbors in Michael Cox Sr.ís and Michael Cox Jr.ís papers and genealogy. Some of the more important neighbors are: (1) Lewis Deem, (2) George Dearth, (3) Charles Porter, (4) Roger Roberts, (5) Henry Enoch, and that poor (6) Henry Swindler who risked debtorsí prison. This map shows where they lived.
Eve Ann Cox married one of John Deemís son, Jacob. Peter Cox married Magdalin who may have been the daughter or close relative of Roger Roberts.
George Dearth (who must have been related to the James Dearth on the map) was co-executor with Michael Cox Jr. of Michael Sr.ís will.
Map 4: District of West Augusta, Virginia in the late
Map 5: The Cox settlements
The sites where Michael Cox, Sr. and his children settled are located today in four states. We have used modern-day borders and county lines; but back then, the area was disputed territory.
Fayette County, Pennsylvania contains the Fruit Hill site founded by Michael Sr. in 1769.
Michael Jr. settled in Ohio County, West Virginia. His brother Peter settled in Wayne County, Ohio. His sister Eve Ann went to Wood County, West Virginia.
Hampshire County, West Virginia is the birthplace of the "other" Michael Cox, frequently confused with our ancestor.
Map 6: The Hiller and Brownsville Pennsylvania area
The modern area of Brownsville and Hiller, Pennsylvania along the Monongahela River.
The gray area shows the location in 1769 of Michael Cox Sr.ís farm, Fruit Hill.
Carole Porter Teslovich now lives on part of the old Cox farm. Carole is a descendant of the Porters who were Michael Cox Sr.ís neighbors. According to her property deed dated 1863, the farm was then owned by Jesse Crawford. After, it went to Kenneth Calvert. One of the Calvert daughters, Mary Emma, married Columbus Porter who became owner of the farm in 1885.
Map 7: Washington County, Pennsylvania (1781-1788)
Just west of Michael Coxís home in Fayette County Pennsylvania, was Washington County.
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