John Cox
(Between 1688/1690-)


Family Links

1. Mary Garretson
2. Mary Harlan

3. Hannah Jenkins

John Cox 1336,1360,1361

  • Born: Between 1688 and 1690, Of New Castle, N.J.
  • Marriage (1): Mary Garretson
  • Marriage (2): Mary Harlan about 1720
  • Marriage (3): Hannah Jenkins about 1720 1359

bullet  General Notes:

The proliferation of possible wives for John Cox may never be sorted out.
various groups have Mary Garretson, Mary Harlan or Hannah Jenkins as the mother of his children.
Irish Quaker Immigration into Pennsylvania
Contribution by Andi Harmon


A meeting was held at the house of William Cox, at Hockessin, in Mill Creek Hundred, in New Castle County, as early as 1730, but was not regularly established until 1737. The meeting received its name of Hockessin from an Indian village formerly near the place. Among the first settlers were John Baldwin, William Cox, and the Irish Friends, Henry and John Dixon. In 1738, a meeting-house was built, and enlarged in 1745.

It is probable that meetings were held in the vicinity of Warrington as early as 1740, for on the 22d of 8 Mo. of that year a marriage was held “at ye house of William Garretson,” who resided in Warrington. This was the marriage of James Frazier to Rebecca Cox, daughter of Thomas Cox. The following is a list of the persons who signed the marriage certificate: Eleazer Mires Christopher Hussey Ann Cox JAMES FRAZIER Joseph Garretson John Garretson Anne Noblett Joshua Kenworthy Joseph Bennett Content Garretson REBECCA FRAZIER Francis Fincher John Earl Theodate Hodgin Thomas Cocks Edward Mulleanoux Samuel Underwood Mary Crage Alexander Frazier Wm. Griffith John Noblitt Anne Waankin Mary Cocks Andrew Rogers Charles Phillips Ester Daviss Alexander Frazier Wm. Garretson Anne Garretson Isaac Cox Daniel Early Rebecca Rogers John Cox George Alford Rebecca Bennett John Fincher Jane Fincher Nathan Hussey

The following paper drawn up at that time is of interest as showing who were the subscribers to the fund for the building of the first meeting-house: “We the Subscribers knowing the Necessity of Publick Worship, & being Destitute of a pice of Land to Set a Meeting House on Do Each of us Promise to pay the Respective sums under written in order to get a Warrent for 25 acres of Land adjoyning Stephen Ails Land, as witness our Hands: John Earl, 5s; Alexander Underwood, 3s; Thomas Cox, 5s; Joseph Garretson, 5s; William Garretson, 5s; Christopher Hussey, 5s; James Frazier, 4s; Isaac Cox, 3s; Samuel Underwood, 3s; Thomas Cook, 3s; Richard Wickersham, 3s; William Underwood, 3s; Peter Cook 15. 6d.”–MS. among title papers of Menallen Monthly Meeting. This log meeting-house stood a little south-east of the present stone building, on a part of the tract that has since been enclosed in the graveyard. The foundations were discovered in the latter 80's by persons digging in the graveyard.

About nine miles south-west of Warrington, in Latimer, now Huntington, Township, Adams County, is Huntington Meeting House, situated on a wooded ridge overlooking Bermudian Creek, some two miles south-east of the Borough of York Springs, formerly Petersburg. Unauthorized meetings were held in the neighborhood as early as 1745, for at Sadsbury Monthly Meeting, 9 Mo. 4, 1745, William Garretson was directed to read three papers of acknowledgment “at Huntington Meeting.” These meetings evidently convened at the house of JOHN COX, where nearly all the early marriages

Minutes and Marriage Book of Sadsbury Monthly Meeting. The first marriage at Huntington was that of Nicholas Wierman, son of William Wierman, of Huntington, to SARAH Cox, daughter of JOHN COX, of the same place, 8 Mo. 24, 1745. The signers were: Alexander Underwood Rebecca Kenworthy Nicholas Wierman William Underwood Sarah Cook Sarah Wierman JOSEPH Cox MARTHA GARRETSON William Wireman John Powell NAOMI GARRETSON Gertruyed Wireman John Wireman HANNAH Cox JOHN Cox Thomas Powel Ann Hussey THOMAS Cox Jacob Beals Mary Garretson WILLIAM Cox Valintine Isickers NAOMI Cox SAMUEL Cox Benj. Underwood Rachel Beals ANN Cox Richard Underwood Hannah Wireman Joseph Garretson John Pope Pricila Wireman Henry Wireman William Wireman Sarah Proctor BENJAMIN Cox Joshua Kenworthy Elizabeth Brown John Beals Elizabeth Powel Caleb Beals Jane Underwood Olive Underwood Ruth Underwood


John married Mary Garretson.


John next married Mary Harlan, daughter of Moses Harlan and Margaret Ray, about 1720. (Mary Harlan was born about 1692 in London Grover, Chester, PA 1192 and died in 1753 in Huntington, York, Penn.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

• Alt. Marriage, Abt 1713.


John next married Hannah Jenkins about 1720.1359

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