Facts and Events
Thomas Cox's origins are unknown. He was married on 7th July 1798 at Barnack in Northamptonshire to Catherine Newborn. They stayed in Barnack and had three children there. Thomas worked as a blacksmith, and also appears to have owned at least two cottages in Barnack. His will, written in 1825, made provision for his grandchildren by his son Matthew's first marriage, possibly because Matthew was about to remarry.
Thomas died in 1830, being buried on 8th August 1830. The burial record says he was 62, implying that he was born in about 1768.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Church of England. Parish Church of Barnack (Northamptonshire). Parish registers, 1695-1974. (Northampton: Northamptonshire County Record Office), Primary quality.
|234||8 Aug 1830||Thomas Cox||62 [1767/8]||Barnack|
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Northamptonshire Record Office, in Will of Thomas Cox of Barnack, Northamptonshire proved 22 Jan 1831, P Will lib2 396, 1 Aug 1825, Primary quality.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Cox of Barnack in the County of Northampton Blacksmith as follows
I give and devise all those my two messuages or tenements and premises with their appurtenances situate in Barnack aforesaid and in the several tenures of William Handson and Knowles unto my dear Wife Catherine and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I Give and devise the said two messuages or tenements and premises unto my Daughter Sophia her heirs and assigns for ever subject nevertheless and I do hereby charge the said Estates with the payment of the Legacy or Sum of Forty Pounds unto my son William and I do direct that the same shall be paid to him within twelve months next after my said Daughter shall come into possession of the same Estates
I Give and devise all that my messuage or tenement and premises with the appurtenances situate in Barnack aforesaid in the tenure of William Barron unto my Grandson Thomas Cox (son of my son Matthew) his heirs and assigns for ever but in case my said Grandson Thomas shall die before he shall attain the age of twenty one years then I give and devise the said Estate and premises unto my Granddaughter Mary Ann Cox the Daughter of my said son Matthew her heirs and assigns for ever
I Give and devise all that my messuage or tenement and premises with the appurtenances situate in Barnack aforesaid and in tenure of Thomas Gray unto my said Granddaughter Mary Ann Cox her heirs and assigns for ever but in case my said Granddaughter shall die before she shall attain her Age of twenty one years then I Give and devise the said Estate and premises unto my said Grandson Thomas his heirs and assigns for ever
But I do hereby also declare my will to be that in case both of my said Grandchildren shall die before they shall have attained the age of twenty one years then and in such case I give and devise the said two messuages or tenements and premises hereinbefore devised to them unto my said dear wife and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I Give and devise the said messuage or tenement and premises in tenure of William Barron unto my son William his heirs and assigns for ever and I Give and devise the said messuage or tenement and premises in tenure of Thomas Gray unto my son Matthew his heirs and assigns for ever I give and devise all those my three roods of land lying in Southorpe Field and all other my Real Estates whatsoever and wheresoever situate unto my said two sons Matthew and William their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants
I Give and bequeath unto my said Dear Wife such Articles of my Household Furniture and Linen for her life as she may think proper to select and after her decease I Give and bequeath the same unto my said Daughter Sophia
All the rest residue and remainder of my Household Goods monies and securities for money chattels personal Estate and Effects which I may die possessed of (subject to the payment of my just Debts Funeral charges and expences and also the payment of the fin and fees due upon the Admission of my said Wife to the several Estates hereinbefore devised to her I give and bequeath unto my two sons Matthew and William in equal shares and proportions whom I do nominate constitute and appoint Executors jointly of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills be me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be last
In witness whereof I the said Thomas Cox the Testator have to this my said last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal (that is to say) to the first sheet hereof my hand only and to this second and last my hand seal this first day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty five. Thomas Cox
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Thomas Cox as and for this last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto the word second being first obliterated I Hickman Wm Baker, attorney, Market Deeping Wm Baker junior
Proved on the 22nd day of January 1831 before the Reverend William Head Clerk a Surrogate on the oaths of Matthew Cox and William Cox the joint Executors to whom administration was granted.
Estate valued at: under £300