COX, Cornelius
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COX, Col. CORNELIUS, son of John Cox and Esther _____, was born about 1750 in the city of Philadelphia. His father was a native of England, a physician of prominence in Philadelphia, in which city he died. He laid out Estherton, on the Susquehanna, in 1761, supposing at the time it would become an important place. Dr. Cox was twice married -- first to Sarah, widow of William Edgell, of Philadelphia; second to Esther ______, of the same place. We know nothing further, save that their son was the subject of this sketch. Cornelius Cox received a good education in his native city. Some time prior to the Revolution we find him at Estherton in management of the estate left him by his father. He early espoused the cause of the Colonies, was present at the meeting at Middletown which passed the patriotic resolutions of June, 1774, and when the people were called to arms was commissioned major of Col. James Burd's battalion of Lancaster county associators. Was appointed assistant commissary of purchases, and also issuing commissary July 7, 1780. Until the close of the Revolution he was actively engaged, whether it was in the collecting of flour for the French fleet, the gathering of blankets for the half-clad army at Valley Forge, or the superintending of the erection of bateaux for the use of General Sullivan in his expedition against the Six Nations. In 1792 he was chosen one of the State electors for president in favor of General Washington. Governor Mifflin appointed him one of the associate justices of the courts of Dauphin county, but preferring quiet, he declined the honor. He died February 3, 1803, at Estherton, aged about 53 years. Colonel Cox married Mary Foster, born 1767; died August 1, 1810; daughter of John Foster and Catherine Dickey.

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