Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oscar Cox

A lot of my research has focused on the older generations of the Cox Family (Jesse and Benjamin Cox). Recently, I have put more effort into my more recent relatives. I started with a general search on I found my Great-grandmother, Beatrice Ora Cox. She was born in 1903, a few months after her father, Oscar Myron Cox, died. Finding Beatrice and her mother, Ella Ora Burchell Cox, wasn't easy since Oscar (head of household) had died. The 1905 Wisconsin Census listed Ella and Beatrice as living with Ella's parents, Alma and Urban Burchell (also of Vernon County, Wisconsin). Later on Ella marries John Watson. I was able to find this information by using an advanced search on Ancestry to link Ella and Beatrice Cox together. This lead me to them in John Watson's household in 1910. With this new information it was much easier to find Ella and Beatrice in the 1920 Census.

Beatrice was found in the 1930 US Census in Marinette, Marinette, Wisconsin, with her husband, Oscar E Anderson. My grandfather, Donald Anderson, is also listed in this census. I am excited for the release of the 1940 Census to see more information on this family.

A general search on Ancestry also led to some good pictures. I found one picture of my Great-grandfather, Oscar Elwyn Anderson. I wasn't sure that the picture was of him so I sent a copy to my mom to confirm it. She promptly replied back that it was her grandfather. Seeing a picture of him was a big help to putting a face to the information that I have.

   This is my Great-grandpa, Oscar Elwyn Anderson.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bunker Quaker Map and Lewis Cox

I finished the Google Map, tracing the movement of the Bunker Family. The map can be seen below.

View Indiana Quaker Sites in a larger map

I also tried a new approach to research this week. Instead of focusing on my direct ancestor, Benjamin Cox, I researched his brother, Lewis Cox. I have made a big push to link Benjamin Cox with his father, Jesse Cox. The research has been unsuccessful. I have found a few insights and new records to search that say that Lewis Cox is the son of Jesse Cox. Now I hope that those records will lead to more information on Benjamin Cox.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Quaker Records

The search that was discussed last week led to several other clues. Primarily, I began looking more into quaker records. The search focused mainly on Jesse Cox. There were several listings in Indiana, so I began to search for the Bunker family. Jesse Cox's son, Benjamin Cox, married Judith Bunker. The two families had similar migration patterns. I found Judith listed with her parents and siblings in several monthly meeting (congregations) records in Indiana. I am currently working to map out the location of each of these monthly meetings and plan to share that map with all of you soon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jesse Cox Podcast

I was recently searching on and came upon a story about Jesse Cox. It was a public member story that wasn't well sourced, but matched Jesse Cox's migration pattern meticulously. I made a podcast of the story and you can listen to it here on the blog. It is located on the right sidebar.

Making the podcast was a unique experience. It was my first time creating a podcast. Creating the podcast was a good experience and I look forward to doing it again now that I have some experience doing it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

William and Oscar Cox's Marriage Record

Several weeks ago I ordered microfilms from the Family History Library. They came in last week and I was anxious to find marriage records for William and Oscar Cox. The film was indexed and I had previously determined that these records were available. William Cox was married twice and both records were on this film. These records are very useful since they list the name of the couple and their parents. Oscar Cox's marriage record was also easily accessible. He married Ella Ora Burchell. Their only child, Beatrice Ora Cox, is my great-grandmother.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Simon Cox

I was recently searching through the Family History Library Catalog and found historical accounts from Randolph County. I browsed through trying to find any listing of the surname Cox. I came across a story about Simon Cox. I don't know if he is related to Jesse Cox, but their were many similarities. His father was Benjamin Cox (not the Benjamin Cox mentioned previously), possibly an brother of Jesse Cox. The unique thing about Simon Cox was his migration pattern, it matches exactly with the migration pattern of Jesse Cox. He started out in North Carolina, moved to Ohio, and then to Randolph County, Indiana. This migration pattern is too similar to that of Jesse Cox to ignore it.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thomas Cox

Benjamin Cox had eight children. Thomas Cox, his youngest son, is my direct ancestor. This past week I did some research in the 1905 Wisconsin State Census. I found the family of Thomas Cox living in Forest, Vernon, Wisconsin. The record was found on The surname Cox was very common in Vernon County. I went through the other images for the township of Forest and found William Melvin Cox, Thomas' eldest son. It was an exciting find.