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Michael & Elizabeth Cox, Fayette County, Pennsylvania 1780s

Updated June 19, 2002

Kenny Ray Cox (and son) David W. Cox
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
and Paris, France

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Michael Cox Senior and Elizabeth Desloch(?)
of Fayette, County, Pennsylvania
our 18th century ancestors

The primary aim of this web publication (and our book in print entitled "Cox Characters") is to correct the numerous errors found in other genealogical research on the three eighteenth century men in southwestern Pennsylvania named Michael Cox. Our book is currently going up on-line at this address:

"Cox Characters" (web site for the book) :
Clickable link provided below.

Often confused throughout history as having been one, or at best, two individuals, the compilers of this research set out to prove their distinctness in the hopes that future researchers will not commit the same errors.

Whether spelled Cox, Cock, Cocks, Cocke, Cockes, Koch, or Kocher, the name usually spells a very cocky character—a near prerequisite for pioneers moving into rugged frontier lands.

Our Cox folks were slightly askew, tilted, different. Some of us Coxes are outright misfits, while others merely have gypsy feet.

There have been prohibitionists and bootleggers alike; a few soldiers, a few Indian-fighters, a few watermelon peddlers. They have done odd things, and odd things have happened to them. The pages in our book contain handsome stories demonstrating our characters’ character.

Sometime between 1892 and 1896, a boy, named William Newton Cox and his siblings were mysteriously separated from their parents in near Boggy Depot (now in southern Oklahoma, but then Indian Territory). Presumably, young William never saw his parents again. He spent the rest of his childhood with an Indian family, whom he later left once adult. What were the secrets of his life? Who were his parents? How did the separation occur? Where, when and how did his parents die?

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  • William Newton Cox (131 KB)
    circa 1920. Who were his parents? Why did they abandon him and his siblings in southern Oklahoma in the 1890s?
  • Celestial Elizabeth Cox Vaught (25 KB)
    We knew her simply as "Aunt Lizzie." She was William Newton Cox's sister.

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