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PVT: DANIEL COX of the 9th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery. 

Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

Daniel Cox was born on November 3, 1832 in the Village of Manea in the County of Cambridge in Great Britain. During the Civil War he enlisted into the 9th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery as a Private in 1863. He was mustered out in Madison, Wisconsin in 1865. On June 2, 1869, he married Miss Susie Hill, a native of England. He and his wife located to California a month later. Daniel Cox die on June 4, 1910, his internment took place at the El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, California. Mr. Cox was a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 179 based out of Pacific Grove, California.

The following transcriptions are from a biographical sketch, obituary, funeral notice and an article on Mr. Cox’s will.

COX, DANIEL (1832-1910) Pacific Gove, El Carmelo Cemetery 

(History and Biographical Record of Monterey and San Benito Counties, Guinn pg 749)
Travel by land and by sea, as well as experiences in times of war and of peace, have given to Mr. Cox a broad fund of general information, wider in scope than that possessed by many who proudly claim university degrees and scholastic attainments. England is his native country, as it was that of his parents, William and Mary (Bent) Cox, descendants of Anglo-Saxon ancestry identified with Great Britain as far back as the lineage can be traced. Born in the Village of Manea, county of Cambridge, November 3, 1832, he passed the years of youth in the manner customary with farm boys, alternating help on the land with attendance at country schools. From an early age he began to be interested in the new world and emigration thither became the acme of his ambition. The hope so long cherished was realized during the spring of 1856, when he crossed the ocean on the sailing vessel, William Stetson, of Thomaston, Me., a slow-going craft that consumed six weeks in the voyage. In those days the expense of the trip was much greater than at present and the young stranger landed in new York on May 14 with very little money left in his possession/ After having visited a brother in new Hampshire for a short time Mr. Cox proceeded to Vermont and became interested in farming. During December of 1856 he removed to Wisconsin and was employed on a farm in Walworth county, where he was following agricultural pursuits at the time of the Civil war. AS soon as possible he offered his services to the Union and in 1863 he was assigned to the Ninth Wisconsin Light Artillery, in which he remained for two years, receiving an honorable discharge at Madison after the close of the struggle. Returning to his home he remained for a time, but he had become interested in California and had decided to migrate to the coast. The year 1867 found him a member of an expedition comprising forty two wagons with drivers and emigrants that crossed the plains. It became necessary to spend the winter in Salt Lake City and during the sojourn of five months he made n that place he frequently listened to sermons by Brigham Young, the apostle of Mormonism. Upon his arrival in California in 1868 he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land near Clayton, Contra Costa county, and also before his marriage he had spent some time in Nevada.

After having taken all the necessary steps to secure the land Mr. Cox returned to the east via Panama. While traveling he was taken very ill with the Panama fever and suffered much with the disease before it was conquered. Finally he landed in New York and thence traveled to Wisconsin, where at Waukesha, June 2, 1869, he was united in marriage with Misses Susie Hill, a native of England. Accompanied by his young wife he came to California over the Union and Central Pacific Railroads, reaching his destination in July of that year. The tickets cost $156 each and were the first through tickets to California issued from Milwaukee. On his return to Contra Costa county he was disappointed to learn that his claim had been “jumped” during his absence. It thus became necessary to seek another location, so he bough two horses and with his wife started up the San Joaquin valley search of a desirable place to establish a home. In a short time he bought land near Cottonwood, Merced county, and her he engaged in raising grain for eighteen years. Meanwhile he acquired a dairy and sold butter in the city markets.

Upon retiring in 1887 from active agricultural interests Mr. Cox came to Pacific Grove, and now makes his home at No. 238 Lobos avenue. Here Mrs. Cox passed away October 22, 1906, aged sixty two years. Arduous work is no longer necessary and in the afternoon of existence Mr. Cox is able to enjoy the fruits of former labors. At no time has he been a participant in politics aside from voting the Republican ticket at all general elections. The only office he ever consented to occupy was that of school trustee, which he filled in Merced county. The old war times are kept in memory through his membership in Lucius Fairchild Post, G.A.R. In times of peace, as well as in war, he has proved himself to be loyal to the country of his adoption and devoted to movements for the national development.

(Pacific Grove Daily Review June 4, 1910)
Death of Daniel Cox at Old Capital
Daniel Cox died this morning about ten o’clock at the home of his nephew Mr. Hill, who resides on Abrego Street in Monterey. He had been in poor health for some weeks past, and his death was not unexpected.
Deceased was born in Manea, Cambridgeshire, England, on November 3, 1832, and was in his eightieth year at the time of his death.

He came to the United States in 1856, and in 1869 he was married at Waukesha, Wisconsin. He served years in the civil war in the Ninth Wisconsin Battery, Light Artillery, and was honorably discharged in 1865. At the close of the war in 1867 he drove across the plains to California, locating for a time in Placerville. Later he removed to Nevada, where he remained until 1870 when he returned to California. For the past eighteen years he has resided in Pacific Grove.

He was a lifelong Methodist, having united with the Wesleyan Presbyterian church in England before coming to America.

Deceased was an upright citizen and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him.
His wife died about two years ago.

The funeral services will be held at the undertaking parlors of J.K Paul n Wednesday morning next at ten o’clock. Rev. Dr. J.H.N. Williams will be the officiating clergyman.

(Pacific Grove Daily Review June 8, 1910)
Funeral of Daniel Cox
The funeral of the late Daniel Cox was held this morning from the undertaking parlors of J.K. Paul under the auspices of Lucius Fairchild Post Grand Army of the Republic. A large number of the veterans were present to pay the last tribute of respect to their departed comrade.

Rev. Dr. J.H.N. Williams was the officiating clergyman

The pall bearers were Messrs. Moor, F.W. Oliver, Christensen, L. Shepardson, J.C. Browne, F.A. Wert

(Salinas Daily Index June 22, 1910)
Numerous Heirs of Monterey Man
Daniel Cox, Bachelor, Divide Estate Among Thirty One Relatives
The will of Daniel Cox, a resident of Monterey, whose death occurred at that place about three weeks ago, together with a petition for letters testamentary, was filed for probate this morning by the First Federal Trust company. The will was executed on Nov. 5 last, at Monterey and was witnessed by T.R. Weaver and Sylvester Strong of Pacific Grove.

Cox was a well to do Bachelor and left an estate estimated to be of the value of $15,000 or more. Having neither wife nor children he disposes of it to numerous surviving relatives, thirty one in all, residing in London England; Merced county, Cal.; Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz Calif; and Minneapolis, Minn.; and St. Croix, Wis.
the estate consists of lots in Pacific Grove, lots in Contra Costa county and Alameda county, and personal property as follows; A promissory note for $1200, secured by a first mortgage on real estate; two notes of $2000, secured by certificates of capital stock of a certain corporation; unsecured promissory notes amounting to $414, and cash in banks amounting to $600 and household goods valued at $200.

July 5 has been set as the time for proving the will and hearing the petition of the First Federal Trust company for letters testamentary.

Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC

Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca

Dept. of Calif. and Pacific

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

P. O. Box 1641, Monterey, Ca. 93942-1641


Oct 2009



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