Biography of Lyman D. Cox
Winona County, MN Biographies

LYMAN D. COX, one of the leading citizens, and a pioneer of the county, was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, April 2, 1826. His parents were Benjamin and Mary Bowman Cox. His great grandfather was a native of Hardwick, Massachusetts, as was his father. The great grandfather was an officer in the revolution, and the grandfather served as an aid to him. The latter in after-years had command of the forces stationed at Fort Defiance, Vermont. They are a race of farmers. The grandfather removed from Hardwick to Barnard, Vermont, and was among the early settlers in that vicinity. The father, Benjamin, was reared on a farm, and received a meager education. His mother was of Scotch descent. The father went to St. Lawrence county, New York, in 1818, at the age of twenty-one years, but soon returned to Barnard, and was married. Soon after his marriage he returned to St. Lawrence county, and took up his residence. Here Lyman grew up on his father's farm. At the age of twenty six, he left St. Lawrence county and went to Indianapolis, Indiana, where, on June 3, 1853, he wedded Miss Esther Cox, a daughter of Aurin and Hortense Cox. She was a native of Windsor county, Vermont, having been born there January 3, 1832. Mr. Cox remained at Indianapolis for one year, where he followed the business of a butcher. In 1854 he came to Winona county on a prospecting tour, and laid claim to the S.W. of Sec. S in Saratoga township. He went back to Indianapolis and remained during the winter, and in the spring of 1855 came west again and began to improve his claim. In the autumn following his family came on, and the family were reunited. Here they have since lived and wrought. Mr. Cox owns a fine farm of nearly four hundred acres. He is a member of Evergreen Lodge of Masons, No. 46; a republican in politics, and was for a number of years president of the board of supervisors for Saratoga township.

Mr. and Mrs. Cox are the parents of four children: Franklin, born March 19, 1854; Benjamin, born August 15, 1861; Mary. born April 13, 1870, and Julia, born March 11, 1873.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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