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X: David Cox #AtoZChallenge

April 28, 2021

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual 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. Participants can post on a chosen theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove

The Letter X has caused me a bit of worry. I have no ancestor or no place where my ancestors live that begins with X. So I have decided to go a bit rogue and post about an ancestor whose name ends with the letter X.

David COX is my half 2nd great granduncle. He is the third child of my third great grandfather Richard COX and his first wife Mary DAVIS. He was born in Bath, England, in 1842. His mother Mary, passed away in Bath when he was three years old. Two years later, his father married Mary Jane Edgecombe SULLY. Two more children were born in Bath, before the family migrated to Australia, on the ship Chowringhee. They left England on 12 March 1852 and arrived at Hobson’s Bay on 5 July 1852.

The family settled at Heathcote, where David’s father Richard became a successful sheep farmer. In 1892, when Richard passed away, David inherited the farm named She-Oak, where he lived until his death on Tuesday July 13, 1915.

From: The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser, Thursday 22 July 1915, page 2.

We are very sorry to have to record the death of a very old and much respected resident of Heathcote and district, namely, Mr David Cox, who passed away at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, on Tuesday, 13th inst., at his residence, The Oak Farm, She-Oak. He had been ailing since May last, but had only been laid up for two days prior to his decease, which came suddenly from heart failure.

Mr Cox was the second son of the late Mr Richard Cox, formerly of Heathcote and She Oak, and was 72 years of age, having been born at Bath, Dorsetshire, England, on 23rd April, 1843. He arrived with his parents and elder members of the family at Heathcote in 1853. They first went to Bendigo, and after staying there a short time, came on to Heathcote, and resided for a number of years, where Mr Jas. Tranter’s residence now is, the late Mr Cox, sen., taking up land at She Oak, and going to reside there with Mrs Cox and family.

Mr David Cox followed farming and stock raising, taking over The Oak Farm, on the death of his father. He was for a time in New South Wales, many years ago. He was well known as an excellent rider, took much interest in sport, and was for long a supporter of the local racing club, in recognition of which the club at its meeting on Tuesday evening last week, resolved that a letter of condolence be forwarded to Mrs Cox, extending sympathy.

In the early days, Mr Cox, on many occasions rode in races on the local course. He was possessed of considerable intelligence and judgment, and could give good advice, and was much liked for his thorough straight forwardness, and exceptionally kind and generous nature.

He married Miss Charlotte Roberts, and he leaves his wife and four young children to mourn their sad loss, and much sympathy is felt for them in their bereavement, sympathy also being extended to his four married sisters, namely, Mrs A. Davis (Williamstown), Mrs J. L. Dale (Kyneton), Mrs Jas. Tranter (Heathcote), and Mrs A. M’Lennan (Top Forest), one sister, Mrs J. Stafford (Colombo, Ceylon), and one brother, Mr Edwin Cox (near Dubbo, N.S.W.), being deceased.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon last, and was numerously attended, the place of interment being the Heathcote Cemetery. The bearers were Messrs. A. M’Lennan, E. Tranter, sen., W. Tranter, C. Tranter, V. Tranter and A. Tranter. The burial service was read by the Rev. W. Bennett, and the funeral was conducted by Messrs. Perry Bros. There were a number of nice floral tributes.

Please Note: Please note: paragraphs and punctuation have been added for ease of reading.

Obituary. (1915, July 22). The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved April 28, 2021, from

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  1. What a great theme, I love the idea of paying tribute to your ancestors.
    Good luck with the last few days.

  2. Quite acceptable and clever to choose an ancestor whose name ends with X. I am first discovering your site today as I go through the sign-up list and will have to return and read more of your April posts.

    You are lucky to find such an informative obituary for David Fox. These days the obits so often are bare of ancestral facts but this one is a treasure trove of names.

  3. You rascal…fancy “going rogue”. X is always a nightmare isn’t it and you solved it nicely.

  4. mollyscanopy permalink

    An excellent insight into David Cox’s life. And thank goodness they listed his wife’s full name, instead of just “his wife” as so many obituaries do. Also, She Oak is an interesting name for a town. Wonder what the history of that name is.

    • Molly, She Oak is the name of the Cox farm. A she oak is a native Australian tree. I imagine there were many of them in the property.

  5. Yeah, X can be challenging. Good job with the post!
    I love letter X posts! Always such variety.
    It’s hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over for 2021. Down to the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
    Plus, I’m taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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