- Born: 25 Dec 1760, Randolph Co., N. Carolina 1307,1308
- Marriage: Rachel Duskin in 1781 in Randolph Co., N. Carolina 1192
- Died: 16 Oct 1847, Holly Spring, Randolph Co., N. Carolina aged 86 1307,1309
Last Will and Testament of Joshua Cox, dated 10th day of December, 1844
Randolph County, N.C. Wills book 8, page 529-531, Joshua Cox.
In the name of God Amen, I, Joshua Cox of the County of Randolph & State of North Carolina, being of sound mind & desposing? memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, do make & publish this to be my last will and testament as follows to wit.
First, I will and direct that my Executor here after named provide a decent Christian Burial & that my Executor pay all the expenses of my Burial out of my Estate & also all my just debts out of my Estate.
Second, I will & bequeath to my daughter Nancy Cox a portion of Lands Being at the Northeast Corner of the Mill Tract the same being the North West corner of the Henson Tract & running in a Southern direction Croping? Richland Creek whre the tract comes unto the creek that comes betwen Two Large Mountains on the South East? of the Richland Creek, Thence South to the East & West line of the Henson Tract. She to have all the land East of said line, also two beds and necessary furniture, one Round falling leaf table, one case Drawers, one side saddle & bridle and sixty dollars in cash to her & her heirs forever.
Third, I will and bequeath to my son Michael Cox a Tract of land , parcel of land including the Mills. Begining at the Larvel Branch & runing down the various courses of Richland Creek to the forks on the line of the Mill Tract thence South as described in the deed of the land Mill Tract. Thence the said Michael Cox hold the said lands & Mill to him & his heirs & asigns forever. Also one bed and furniture.
Fourth, I will and bequeath to my son Abel Cox my home , the rest of land & all others Tract or Tracts of Land that I may own on his paying my son Joshua Cox Twenty Five Dollars, one bed and furniture that he already received.
Fifth, I will and bequeath to my son Joshua Cox one Still Cap? & ? Twenty five Dollars to be received from Abel and One Hundred Dollars to him out of my estate to him and his heirs forever.
Sixth, I will and bequeath to my Daughter Sally, wife of Abel Cox One Hundred Dollars to be paid her out of my Estate. to her and her heirs & asigns forever.
Seventh, I will and bequeath to my Daughter Rachel wife of David Moffitt, One Hundred Dollars to be paid her out of my Estate.
Eighth, I will and Bequeth to my Daughter Jane wife of John Branson One Hundred Dollars to be paid out of my estate to her & her heirs & asigns forever.
Ninth, I will and bequeath to my Two Grand Sons Nathan Craven & Joshua Craven one hundred Dollars to be paid to them out of my estate and one bed & furniture to Nathan Craven.
Tenth, I will and bequeath to my Son Thomas Cox Fifty Dollars and haves? to him and his heirs forever.
Eleventh, I will and bequeath to my son William Cox One Hundred Dollars to be paid him out of my Estate to him & his heirs forever.
Twelth, I will and direct my sons Michael Cox and Abel Cox have in addition to what is already divided to them, Two Waggons, all the gears, one set of Smith Tools, all the ploughs, Hoes, Axes, Mattach? Saws? of every description one Wheat fan & all other working tools that I may own at my death as Tenants in common upon condition that my sons Michael and Abel, Keep and support me and my daughter Nancy so long as she remains single also to support my Grand Son Nathan Craven until he arrives to the year of maturity.
Thirteenth,, I will and direct that if there is any part of my estate remaining after paying off Diveses heretofore made, that it be Equally divided between Michael & my daughter Nancy.
Lastly, I nominate and appoint my son Michael Cox Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking all other wills by me heretofore made & ratifying and confirming this and no other to by my last will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 10th day of December A.D. 1844.
signed Joshua Cox (x his mark)
in the presence of Hugh McCain & Nathanuel Brown.
Codicil to the last will and testament dated 15th day of second month AD 1845
Whereas I Joshua Cox have maid my last will and testament in writing bearing date on the 10th day December AD 1844 I have thereby made sam? diveses bequeath according to them. Existing circumstances having now a little changed I do by this my writing which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my said will to be taken & construed as a part thereof .
I will and direct that the sum of fifty dollars more be paid to my grand son Nathan Craven Provide he and the fifty dollars before will to him making one Hundred dollars in all out of my Estate to be disposed of by my Executor as directed in my said will & Testament of which this a codicil is hereby declared to be a part. I also will and direct that my son William Cox be Guardian from my two grandsons Nathan and Joshua Craven to keep the money at Interest or lay it out for land for them as he may think best.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of the second month AD 1845.
signed Joshua Cox (x his mark)
in the presence of Nathanuel Brown, Rueben Cox
Extract from an email from Charles R. Pugh, of Boone, North Carolina, January, 1, 2001.
"the Will of Joshua Cox. .
(By the way the mill referred to was located adjacent to the farm where my wife grew up.In later years it was known as Humble Mill.)"
Daniel and Joshua Cox, page 201, The Heritage of Randolph County , Volume one , 1993
Published by the Randolph County Heritage Book Committee in cooperation with The Heritage Book Collection and Delmar Printing, Charlotte, N. Carolina
I, Estelle Councilman Hackney, have the original deeds with the N.C. State Seals to Land Grants to Daniel Cox on Aug. 10, 1791, by Governor James Turner, and a land Grant to Joshua Cox on Sept. 10, 1810, by Benjamin Smith, Governor's Seal of N.C. affixed. They were sons of Thomas and Martha Jenkins Cox. According to various tax lists there were 6311 1/2 acres belonging to the Coxes.
Daniel Cox B. 1762 had eight children: Thomas, Joshua, Daniel, John, Abner, Sara, Martha and Jesse. His will was probated in 1835.
Joshua Cox's will was also probated. He was born 12-25-1760 d. 10-16-1847, married Rachel Duskin, and they had ten children: Michael, Abel, Joshua, Jason, Thomas, William, Nancy, Sally, Rachael, and Jane.
His great-grandson Abel Clarkston (b. 1859) married Ella M., and they had six children: Ross, Fred, Ida, Elroy, Hattie, Rodemia and Clarence. Clarence D. Cox married Bronna Mae Councilman, my sister. I have heard them and Clarence's parents and neighbours tell that, during the Civil War, their cellars were robbed of food stuff and horses were stolen. The good ones were tied to trees on the mountain where the N.C. Zoo now is. Men who refused to fight hid out (Frank Cox hid in a hogshead and came out to eat at night.) The women were punished by placing their hands between fence rails that the soldiers sat upon if they wouldn't tell where the men were.
The fields at that time were free of stumps. Remains of where Indians had lived and worked were found. I have been to two graves of slaves who were buried in a field. Clarkstons's place had the house in which he was born, a big, white frame house he and Ella built, and in 1950 Clarence and Bonna Mae (she drew the blue-prints) buildt a brick home in which I now live.
Sources: Personal knowledge, various tax lists, probated wills, Library's Cox File
extract from Ancestors of Charles Ray Pugh, of North Carolina
50. Joshua Cox, born December 25, 1760 in Orange Co., NC; died October 16, 1847 in Randolph Co., NC. He was the son of 100. Thomas Cox and 101. Martha Jenkins. He married 51. Rachel Duskin 1781.
51. Rachel Duskin, born September 25, 1758; died February 26, 1842. She was the daughter of 102. Michael Duskin and 103. Sarah Johnson.
Children of Joshua Cox and Rachel Duskin are:
25 i. Sarah Cox, born April 16, 1782; died November 16, 1852 in Holly Springs MM,Randolph Co.NC; married Abel Cox 1800.
ii. Thomas Cox, born June 08, 1783; died July 02, 1871; married Phebe Allen February 11, 1813; born Abt. 1787.
iii. Joshua Cox, Jr., born February 11, 1787; died October 05, 1872; married Margaret --.
iv. William Cox, born October 04, 1788; died July 11, 1851; married Alice Hammond January 24, 1843.
v. Rachel Cox, born February 15, 1792; married David Moffitt.
vi. Nancy Cox, born April 01, 1794; died September 28, 1875 in Stucker Cemetery,Grundy Co.MO.
vii. Michael Cox, born March 15, 1796; died April 04, 1882 in Stucker cemetery,Grundy Co.MO; married Sarah Graves 1854; born August 11, 1827; died February 17, 1889.
viii. Jane Cox, born February 01, 1798; died February 13, 1868; married John Branson November 21, 1820.
ix. Martha Cox, born June 13, 1800; died November 11, 1837 in Holly Springs Cemetery,Randolph Co.NC; married Nathan Craven,Sr. February 28, 1833; born May 05, 1807; died November 23, 1897.
x. Abel Cox, born March 29, 1803; died June 20, 1880; married Nancy Brookshire January 02, 1843; born September 1820.
Joshua married Rachel Duskin, daughter of Michael Duskin and Sarah Johnson, in 1781 in Randolph Co., N. Carolina.1192 (Rachel Duskin was born on 25 Sep 1758 1192,1307 and died on 26 Feb 1842 1192,1307.)