Part 4: Chapter 3
When I went into the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio and told the librarian what I needed, she began to grab books and dig in the files. I had information so fast that my head was buzzing. She insisted that I also go to the Courthouse that very day. After all the years of searching for family history on William Newtonís family, my dream of putting the family story together was finally being realized.
Iíll start with the will of Jacob Cox. Unfortunately, the exact date that it was written is not clear on my copy. The will clearly shows William Newton as his son. It states: "My son Newton to have $100.00 and all obligations that I hold against him for taking care of me during my life. Should he fail, the estate will be divided equally."
By March of 1885, at his death, Jacob had gotten rid of all his belongings except for a stove and bookcase, and had rented out his farm. Executors paid Jacob A. White for a yearís boarding for Jacob. This must mean that between June of 1880 and March of 1884, Newton had left his father.
On the application to Probate the will, Newton is in Chautauqua County, Kansas. By April of 1886, executors have collected notes (owed) from heirs, stating Will N. owed $179.85. All accounts show heirs receiving equal amounts, so Newton obviously didnít stay with Jacob in the last year of his life.
It would be interesting to know how Jacob based his interest on his childrenís notes. Alpheus seems to have owed the largest amounts as Seiberling & Cox does the collecting. He is supposedly in Doylestown, not far from Wooster. Why didnít he collect it himself? Perhaps he also owed this company money.
Jacob may have owned several pieces of property. On April 1, 1886, $2000.00 was collected on real estate. On April 1, 1887, another $3000.00 was paid on Jacobís estate. On April 2, 1888, $4270.75 was paid. This could mean a payment was made annually for three years on one piece or payments could have been made separately.
I was able to read a few newspapers while in the Wayne county Library. I found Jacobís obituary (click here to go to Jacob's obiturary) and his story in the Wayne County History Book. He had lived in Wayne county on the same land since his early teens. He married Jane Denman, of Ten-Mile, Washington County, Pennsylvania on December 4, 1823. They celebrated their fifty year anniversary. Jane died the 18th day of April 1874. They raised eight of their own children. He had financially supported his church and stated that any monies left of his estate go to the Baptist Mission Society. Perhaps William Newton and Ellen Loretta became missionaries.
Looking at the census records, Jacob probably took care of his father, in his final years. If that was Peter living with him in 1830 and 40, where did he bury Peter? Iíve searched surrounding counties and didnít find any clue. He must have buried him on the farm. Why isnít there a tombstone? Some Denman children were living with Jacob in 1850-1870, probably his wifeís siblings. Newton lived with his father about 39 years (with wives and children). This tells us that Jacob raised a great many children during his lifetime.
Jacob had two sons in the Civil War. I talked to a gentleman in Wooster, who told me that Alpheus had served, but Iíve never located this information. Jacob Freeman Cox served. 10-8-1862 to 7-17-1863 with NSN Army 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He died of cirrhosis of the liver on 23 June 1880. Also serving was William Newton Cox (#1), my great-grandfather.
Children of Rebecca Jane Denman & Jacob Cox
Children and grandchildren of Rebecca Jane Denman & Jacob Cox
2. Suzanna Cox, b. ca 1829 (1850 census); d. unknown, lived in
Corunna (formerly spelled Corona) in 1885 and Kendalville Indiana, 1908;
m. Sebastian Echart (spelled with final d or t).
3. Jacob Freeman Cox, b. 1831; d. 23 Jun 1880 Wayne County, Civil
4. Andrew Cox, b. ca 1833; d unknown. Lived in Corona (Corunna)
in 1885 and Kendalville, Indiana in 1908.
5. Rebecca Jane Cox, b. ca 1836; d unknown; lived in Dalton Ohio
6. Alpheus Cox, b. ca 1838; d. unknown, lived Doylestown
Ohio 1885, and Wadsworth Ohio 1908;
Oliver Cox b. 14 May 1870 Wayne County, Ohio;
7. Samuel Denman Cox, b. 01 Jun 1842 Wayne County, Ohio; d. 17
Jan 1908, Ashtabula, Ohio
1. Melvin E. Cox (lived in Cleveland, Ohio 1908)
8. William Newton Cox, b. ca 1845 Wayne Co.,
Ohio; death still unknown. He was in Chautauqua, Kansas in 1885, Bonham,
Texas in 1890 and Mannsville, Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in 1896.
1. Laura M. Cox, b. 06 Feb. 1871; d. (unknown)
m.2 Ellen Adams, b. ca 1854 Cumberland Co., Illinois;
1. Lydia Ursula Cox
9. Mary Ann Cox, b. 14 Mar 1851; d. 27 Jan 1852
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