Person:Isaac Cox (17)

Col. Isaac Cox
m. Bef 1740
  1. Col. Isaac Cox1744 - 1788
  2. David CoxEst 1746 - 1820
  3. Gabriel CoxAbt 1747 -
  4. George Cox1749 - 1837
m. 1775
Facts and Events
Name Col. Isaac Cox
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1744 Frederick County, Virginia[area later became Hampshire County in 1753]
Marriage 1775 Hampshire County, Virginia[alt. Greene County, PA]
to Mary A. Enoch
Death[1] 31 Mar 1788 Nelson County, Virginia[Slain by Indians]

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - Alexander Wells vs. Decker's Heirs--O. S. 78; N. S. 26--Bill in Brooke County, 1799. Defendants are Joseph, Abraham, Moses, and Luke Decker, and George Cox and Susannah, his wife, heirs-at-law of John Decker, deceased, who died intestate. Isaac Cox claimed to have made a settlement before 1779. Richard Elson deposes, 14th August, 1801, that in 1773 he saw a cabin on the land; it was called Cox's; Isaac moved to the Mingo bottom in 1775. George Cox of Brooke County, deposes, 14th August, 1801, that in September, 1772, he raised a cabin on the land. Certificate by Dunmore, 24th March, 1774, to Surveyor of Augusta County, that Sarah Gibbs, as representative of John McNeely, deceased, is entitled to 200 acres by his proclamation of 1763. Thos. Lewis's certificate, 10th May, 1774, that Alexr. Wells, assignee of Sarah Gibbs, wishes to locate above on 200 acres at the Mingo Path. Sarah has assigned to Alexr. Wells, of Baltimore County, Maryland.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable primary source).

    Received grant for less than 100 acres, Hampshire Co., VA (WV), but acquired additional land and married the daughter of a large landholder in the area..

    1764: Ensign, Col. Henry Boquet's expedition against the Shawnee & Delaware Indians. Not paid until 20 Mar 1767..

    March 14, 1775: Sold land in Hampshire Co., VA..

    March 15, 1776: Sold 4 tracts of land at public sale in Romney, VA..

    1775/6: Moved north to Yohogania Co., VA, near present Washington, PA. He became prominent & wealthy..

    April 1776: Marked and improved 1,000 acres along Cox's Creek in KY, later Nelson Co.. Was accompanied by Thomas Polk..

    December 1776: Appointed one of the 1st justices for newly created Yohogania Co., VA, along with Henry Enoch. In 1780, this area became part of Washington Co., PA..

    Served in the Yohogania Co., VA militia..

    1779: Sold land in Yohogania Co., VA..

    October 25, 1779: Issued U.S. Passport by VA court..

    March 1780: Moved to KY with brothers David and Benjamin, William Chenoweth, and accompanied down the Ohio River by Jacob Decker and James McDonald..

    January 1781: Served in Jefferson Co., Kentucky militia..

    May 1781: Appointed member board of trustees of Transylvania Seminary at Danville, now Transylvania College at Lexington, Kentucky..

    Nov 1781: Elected 1st representative from Jefferson Co., Kentucky to the VA Legislature..

    October 21- November 25, 1782L Served as Col. under Gen. George Rogers Clark when he attacked and destroyed Shawnee settlements at Chilicothe, OH..

    June 1783: Appointed one of the trustees for Louisville, Kentucky..

    1784: Justice, Jefferson Co., Kentucky court..

    May 24, 1785: When Nelson Co., Kentucky was organized at Baird's Town, he and brother David were appointed among the first justices..

    May-August 1785: Represented Nelson Co., Kentucky at the Constitutional Convention at Danville, seeking KY statehood..

    September 5, 1786: Isaac Cox wrote his will. Left nearly 7000 acres and 900 lbs. to 6 brothers and certain of their children. Left his plantation on which he lived, livestock, household and every other part of his real and personal property to his wife Mary. She inherited nearly 5,000 acres. Estate settled 9 Jan 1798. Had no children.

  2.   Vanderburgh, Indiana, United States. GenWeb.

    Col. Isaac Cox Moves West
    Written by David Hall and published in the Kentucky Standard 1985

    The founder of Cox’s Station (established April 1780) which stood on the middle branch of Cox’s Creek, Nelson County, was the son of Isaac Cox, the immigrant, and Susannah Tomlinson (old Isaac and his brothers, Gabriel and Friend Cox had been born in Switzerland, where their Scotch-Irish parents sought refuge from political and religious persecution around 1700. The three brothers came to America about 1740.)

    Col. Isaac Cox was one of 12 children. Probably born in Maryland, he grew to manhood in what is now Hampshire County, W. VA. A youthful George Washington surveyed the land for various members of the Cox-Enoch and Friend families (all were intermarried in that region about 1750.

    Young Isaac was probably educated in the Romney Academy or its predecessor, which operated in Hampshire County. He and his brothers had adequate education enabling them to rise above the average and become pioneer leaders.

    Young Isaac Cox first appears in public service as an ensign serving with Col. Henry Bouquet’s expedition against the Shawnees and Delawares in 1764. He had married Mary Enoch sometime before they sold their landholdings in Hampshire County in 1775 and moved northeast to the Monongahela River country. They were joining other members of the Cox family, who had preceded them by 3 t0 6 years,

    Three forts were eventually erected by various members of the Cox family in this area, part of the great Ohio Valley drainage system, near present day Pittsburgh.

    It was after relocating in what soon became Yohogania County, Va. (Dec. 1776) that young Isaac served in one public position after another. In that county’s militia he was a captain in 1776, lieutenant colonel in 1777 and full colonel by 1778.

    In addition to military duties, Col. Isaac Cox was appointed among the first Justices for the new county. He helped contract for the first courthouse and jail and had responsibility for the precious salt distribution. His brothers, cousins and in-laws shared similar duties in the frontier government, which was basically the same as our present county government 200 years later. This proving ground readied him for the same positions, which awaited him some years later in the Kentucky wilderness.

    From the time Col. Isaac Cox raised the walls of Cox’s Station, April 1780, until his untimely death in 1788, he was involved in the affairs of pioneer Kentucky. Cox’s Station soon became a favorite stopping place in the Middle Trace between Harrodsburg and the Falls of the Ohio.

    After Jefferson County (including what is now Nelson) was created in Nov. 1780, the station played a part in county government because of increasing danger near the Ohio from Indian raids. Col. Cox was appointed to the Jefferson County Militia in Jan. 1781 and barely a year after arriving in Kentucky was elected Jefferson County’s first representative to the Virginia legislature.

    In the fall of 1782, following the tragedy Blue Licks and the burning of Kincheloe’s Station only a few miles distant, Col. Cox served with George Rogers Clark as the Kentucky militia invaded Ohio, laying waste five Indian villages. That retaliation ended what had been regular invasions by Indian armies under British leadership. But hit and run raids would continue for another decade, making 19 years of guerilla warfare.

    When Col. Isaac Cox returned from that military duty north of the Ohio, he found events had created a situation putting himself and Cox’s Station in the very center of Jefferson County’s governmental affairs.

    For the next few years, the once quiet waters of Plum Run would see much coming and going, as new paths were created to Cox’s Station.