Our subject remained a resident of his native country until reaching his majority, receiving a somewhat limited education, but being trained by his wise parents to those habits of industry and frugality, which laid the foundation of his success in life. As a youth he was more than ordinarily ambitious, and not being satisfied with his condition or his surroundings in the home of his youth, determined to see what lay beyond the Atlantic. Accordingly in the fall of 1858 he secured passage on a sailing vessel bound from Liverpool to New Orleans, and reached the latter city after a voyage of nine weeks.
Mr. Cox from the Crescent City made his way directly to this county, where he secured employment on a farm at $13 per month. In due time he met his fate in the person of Miss Charlotte Thorp, to whom he was married on the 8th of May, 1859. This lady was born April 25, 1834, in Rutland County, England, and is the daughter of Daniel and Susan (Knight) Thorp, who were natives of England. The young people began their wedded life together in Morgan County, and they are now the parents of nine children, eight of whom are living. Mary A. is the wife of Henry Urven, of Kansas; Ellen E. married Samuel Brockhouse, of this county; Charles R. is farming in Bethel Precinct; William H., Frank S., Sarah E., Susan I., George T. are at home with their parents; John died when three years old.
Mr. Cox first farmed on rented land east of Concord village for a short time, then removed to the Meredosia bottoms where he sojourned two years. He settled on his present place in 1874, and has brought his land to a good state of cultivation. He has effected all the improvements which have made it a valuable piece of property, and in his labors has been ably assisted by his excellent and sensible wife, who has borne with him the heat and burden of the day. Mrs. Cox is a lady respected by all, and a member in good standing of the Methodist Protestant Church.
Our subject, politically, affiliates with the Democratic party, and keeps himself well posted upon events of interest to the intelligent citizen. In the fall of 1883 he crossed the ocean to old England, and spent six weeks very pleasantly among the friends and associations of his boyhood. Mrs. Cox visited the old home in the summer of 1886, sojourning in England two months. The Cox homestead comprises 220 acres of land, while Mr. Cox owns twenty acres in the vicinity of Jacksonville. He commenced life at the foot of the ladder, and by his own perseverance and energy has attained to a good position among his fellow men, and better than all enjoys their entire confidence and esteem.