Person:William Cox (108)

William Cox
m. 7 Jul 1798
  1. Matthew Cox1800 - 1862
  2. William Cox1802 - 1856
  3. Sophia Cox1805 - 1892
m. 19 Apr 1826
  1. John Cox1827 - 1891
  2. Elizabeth Cox1829 - 1902
  3. Ann Cox1830 - 1832
  4. Thomas Cox1832 - 1884
  5. Emma Sophia Cox1833 - 1834
  6. Mary Cox1835 - 1908
  7. Catherine Cox1837 - 1933
  8. William Cox1838 - 1917
  9. Matthew Cox1840 - 1915
  10. Josiah Cox1843 - 1912
  11. Sophia Cox1844 - 1915
Facts and Events
Name William Cox
Gender Male
Christening[1] 18 Apr 1802 Barnack, Northamptonshire, England
Marriage 19 Apr 1826 Barnack, Northamptonshire, EnglandSt John the Baptist
to Catherine Mason
Census[2] 6 Jun 1841 Barnack, Northamptonshire, England
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 Barnack, Northamptonshire, England
Burial[4] 15 Dec 1856 Barnack, Northamptonshire, England

William Cox was baptised on 18th April 1802 at Barnack in Northamptonshire, son of Catherine Cox, formerly Newborn, and her husband Thomas Cox, a blacksmith. William was the second of the couple's three children. He also had a half-sister, born to his mother before she had married Thomas Cox.

In 1827, aged about 25, William married a Catherine Mason, also from Barnack. William followed the same trade as his father, becoming a blacksmith. They would go on to have eleven children together, although two died young. William's father died in 1830.

By 1851, William was describing himself as a farmer of 95 acres. In both the 1841 and 1851 censuses, William's widowed mother (also called Catherine) was living with him and his family.

William died aged 54, and was buried at Barnack on 15th December 1856. Two months after his death an auction of his belongings was held. The notice of the auction tells us that he had owned two mares, two cows, eight ewes as well as a "well built narrow-wheeled waggon" and various other items of agricultural machinery. William's widow Catherine outlived him by 20 years.

  1. Baptisms register, in Church of England. Parish Church of Barnack (Northamptonshire). Parish registers, 1695-1974. (Northampton: Northamptonshire County Record Office), Primary quality.

    ch. 18 Apr 1802, Barnack, Northamptonshire: William son of Thomas & Catherine Cox

    This baptism has been linked to the William Cox who married Catherine Mason on the basis that one of the witnesses to their marriage was a Matthew Cox, and the William baptised in 1802 had a brother named Matthew, and the 1841 and 1851 censuses in which William's elderly mother Catherine was living with him (and her death certificate confirms that she was widow of Thomas Cox).

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 815; Book 2; Folio 10; Page 15, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.
    AddressBarnack, Northamptonshire
    NameSexAge*Implied birthdateOccupationBorn in county?
    William Coxmale391801/2BlacksmithY
    Catherine Coxfemale381802/3Y
    John Coxmale141826/7Y
    Elizabeth Coxfemale121828/9Y
    Thomas Coxmale91831/2Y
    Mary Coxfemale61834/5Y
    Catherine Coxfemale41836/7Y
    William Coxmale21838/9Y
    Matthew Coxmale11839/40Y
    Luke Broommale181822/3J. BlacksmithY
    Catherine Coxfemale681772/3IndY
    *Age was supposed to be rounded down to the next multiple of five for everyone over 15.
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 2094; Folio 484; Page 3, 30 Mar 1851, Primary quality.
    AddressBarnack, Northamptonshire
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    William Coxheadmarriedmale491801/2Farmer of 95 AcresBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Catherine Coxwifemarriedfemale471803/4Farmers WifeBarnack, Northamptonshire
    John Coxsonunmarriedmale231827/8Farmers SonBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Elizabeth Coxdaughterunmarriedfemale221828/9DressmakerBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Mary Coxdaughterunmarriedfemale161834/5Farmers DaughterBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Catherine Coxdaughterfemale141836/7Farmers DaughterBarnack, Northamptonshire
    William Coxsonmale121838/9Farmers SonBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Matthew Coxsonmale111839/40Farmers SonBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Josiah Coxsonmale81842/3ScholarBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Sophia Coxdaughterfemale61844/5ScholarBarnack, Northamptonshire
    Catherine Coxmotherwidowfemale771773/4Barnack, Northamptonshire
  4. Burials register, in Church of England. Parish Church of Barnack (Northamptonshire). Parish registers, 1695-1974. (Northampton: Northamptonshire County Record Office), Primary quality.
    BURIALS in the Parish of Barnack in the County of Northampton in the Year 1856
    No.NameAbodeWhen buriedAgeBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    761William CoxBarnackDec[embe]r 1555G.A. Booth
  5.   Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. William COX, December Quarter 1856, Stamford Registration District, Volume 7a, page [blank?]

  6.   Stamford Mercury (Stamford, Lincolnshire, England), Friday 13 Feb 1857, Primary quality.

    To be SOLD by AUCTION,
    By Messrs. RICHARDSON,
    On Monday the 16th of February, 1857, upon the premises of the late Mr. WILLIAM COX,
    A Very superior Five-year-old MARE, aged Mare, 2 well-bred COWS, 8 In-lambed EWES, well-built narrow-wheeled Waggon, Cart, Winnowing-machine, Iron Plough, 2 pair of Harrows, Roll, Harness, and other Effects.-The Sale to commence at Twelve o'clock.
    Stamford, February 10, 1857.