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April A-Z Challenge – R for Richard Cox

April 22, 2017

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

RICHARD COX was my great great Grandfather. He was born in 1817 in  Ashton, Wiltshire, England.

In 1838 Richard married Mary Davis in Bath, Somersetshire, England. They had 4 children:
MARY ANN COX born 1837
EDWIN COX born 1839
DAVID COX born 1842
ANN DAVIS COX born 1843

In 1845, when the youngest child was two years old, Mary passed away at Bath and was buried in the Bath cemetery.

In 1847, Richard married Mary Jane Edgecombe Sully at Bath. Their first two children, were born in Bath:

EMILY JANE born 1847
SARAH JANE born 1851

On 12 March 1852, Richard and his family sailed from Plymouth, England on the ship Chowringhee, to start a new life in Australia. After 114 days at sea, they arrived at Hobson’s Bay on 5 July 1852.

They settled into life on the land just outside Heathcote, Victoria, Australia. Richard became a very successful farmer who was very well respected in the area.

Five more children were born after their arrival in Australia:
ALFRED born 1855
ELLEN ADA born 1855
RICHARD born 1856
GEORGIANA MARIA ANNETTA born 1857
LOUISA FRANCES born 1860

Richard passed away at Heathcote in 1892 and is buried in the Heathcote cemetery.

from: McIvor Times, 01 August, 1892

DEATH OF MR. RICHARD COX; A very old resident of McIvor, Mr. Richard Cox, died at his residence She Oak, on Thursday last after a serious illness of a little over a week previous to his decease, seriously affecting use of his kidneys. He had, however, been ailing for some years and at times suffered greatly from the internal complaint. The deceased, who carried his years well, was aged 78. He was one of the very old residents of McIvor, having come here with his family in 1853, and resided for many years on his property opposite the turn off at the Kyneton road. He afterwards took up land at She Oak and followed farming pursuits, combining sheep farming and agriculture. Being a good farmer and careful manager, he got on well. Of late years, however , he confined his attention principally to sheep farming, and in addition to his own property, rented a portion of what was the old Moorabbee run from the Government for that purpose. He was noted for his kindly nature, and was a great favourite with the children about him. He leaves a wife and grown up family. Being one of the oldest residents here, his familiar face will be missed from amongst us. The funeral took place on Saturday, and notwithstanding the inclement state of the weather, was largely attended, there being about 26 buggies in the procession, besides horsemen and people on foot as the procession came into the town, relatives from a distance being present. The remains were interred in the Heathcote Cemetery, the burial service being read by Rev. Mr. Dredge, who also gave an excellent and earnest address.

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Mary died in 1845, and Richard married MARY JANE EDGECOMBE SULLY in 1847, in Bath. They had four children in quick succession and emigrated to Australia in 1852, where they settled on the land outside Heathcote on a property they named She Oak.

Richard became a successful farmer and was a wealthy man at the time of his death. He is buried at Heathcote cemetary in a family plot with his wife, Mary Jane and son-in-law and grandaughter

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