COX, William J.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1289-1290

On a fertile and well-developed farm consisting of 165 acres on section 15, Burritt Township, Winnebago County [IL], William J. COX pursues the even tenor of his way, gaining the good will of his fellows and winning maintenance from the soil.  He was born in NJ, 16 Mar 1843, and is the son of William COX, a native of Hampshire, England, where the grandparents of our subject spent their entire lives.  [See also the Winnebago County, IL, biography of Henry COX.]

William COX was reared and married in England, setting sail from Liverpool with his young bride on 03 Nov 1841, and landing in NY on 24 Dec 1841.  They made their home in NJ for five years, at the end of which time the father of our subject removed to Genesee County, NY, and in 1851 came by way of the Lakes to Chicago, thence by team to Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], in which city he lived for a few months.  He later came to Burritt Township, where he purchased 40 acres on section 14, only six of which were broken.  Mr. COX soon entered 40 acres more from the Government, and again added to his estate 80 acres, upon which he resided until 1876, when he moved into the city of Rockford, and departed this life on 10 Apr 1891.

On 03 Nov 1841 the parents of our subject [p 1290] were married in England, the mother being Ann RADFORD, daughter of James RADFORD.  Her father came to the New World and lived with his children until his decease.  The mother of our subject still resides in Rockford, and has reared the following 10 children:  William J., Mary A., Alfred, Charles, Maria, Alonzo, Carrie, Frank, Joseph, and Vern.  Alfred served during the late war as a member of the 12th IL Cavalry, and died in the service.

Our subject was nine years of age when he accompanied his parents on their removal to the Prairie State [IL], and here he assisted his father in developing a new farm until reaching his 22nd year.  During that time, however, he had become the owner of 80 acres which are included in his present farm, to which he has since added until his estate comprises 165 acres.  It is well improved with good buildings, and besides that tract Mr. COX owns considerable timber land.

The date which united the fortunes of Miss Annie SMITH to those of our subject was 16 Mar 1870.  The lady was born 23 Nov 1845 in Bedfordshire, England, where her father, James SMITH, the son of Mark and Elizabeth SMITH, was born.  The father was married in Bedfordshire to a lady who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth BETTLE, a daughter of William BETTLE.  Mr. and Mrs. SMITH had the following children:  William, Mark, Susan, Thomas, George, Sarah, Alfred, James, Elizabeth, and Mrs. COX.  The latter, together with William and Mark, are the only members of the family who came to America.   Our subject and his wife have one son, William G.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.