John Washington Cox

Brief Life History of John Washington

When John Washington Cox was born on 15 July 1843, in Johnson, Missouri, United States, his father, Jesse Cox, was 22 and his mother, Nancy Keeney, was 26. He married Margaret Parlee Breeding on 3 February 1865, in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States in 1880 and Fall Creek, Lane, Oregon, United States in 1900. He died on 31 October 1909, in Springfield, Lane, Oregon, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Eugene Masonic Cemetery, Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Washington Cox
Margaret Parlee Breeding
Marriage: 3 February 1865
Nancy Elizabeth Cox
Mary Jane Cox
Sarah Nellie Cox
Bertie Eugene Cox

Sources (10)

  • John Cox in household of Jesse Cox, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Washington Cox, "Oregon Death Index, 1903-1998"
  • John W Cox in entry for Bert Cox, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Historical Boundaries - 1846: Benton, Oregon Territory, United States; 1851: Lane, Oregon Territory, United States; 1859: Lane, Oregon, United States

1862 · The Homestead Act

The Homestead Act of 1862 gave each citizen 160 acres of land. The qualified applicants were required to build a home and cultivate the land for five years.  

Name Meaning

English: variant of Cocke and Cook , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

Irish (Ulster): mistranslation of Mac Con Coille (‘son of Cú Choille’, a personal name meaning ‘hound of the wood’), as if formed with coileach ‘cock, rooster’.

Dutch and Flemish: genitivized patronymic from the personal name Cock, a vernacular short form of Cornelius .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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