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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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COX, JOHN C., farmer; Sec. 16; is the only living son of a family of six children that lived to adult age, of George W., and Elvira (Crawford) Cox, the father a native of Virginia, the mother of Kentucky. They were married in the latter state and removed to Illinois, and settled in Honey Creek township, Adams county, where John was born Jan. 4, 1838. He was reared on a farm; learned the trade of house carpenter and followed that business for fourteen years. He served the Government during the war of the rebellion as a member of Co. L., 2d Regt. Ill. Cav. He entered the army Aug. 11, 1861, as Corporal; was mustered out, Aug. 11, 1864, as Sergeant; was married in September, 1863, while home on a furlough, to Lucy J. Miller, born in Hancock county, Ill., Sept. 2, 1845. They have had two children, one living, George E., born Oct. 1, 1871, and William M., born April 15, 1873, died Feb. 18, 1876. In 1871 and 1872 Mr. Cox was engaged in express business, in the employ of the American and United States Express Companys. He was Constable in 1865 and Collector in 1876, of Camp Point township.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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