Biography of William Cox
Lawrence County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM COX, a representative and substantial citizen of Mahoning Township, residing on his excellent farm of 160 acres, divided into two tracts, the home place containing fifty two acres, is one of the old settlers of this section. He was born in . Union Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, April 19, 1826, and is a son of William and Esther (Sankey) Cox.

The Cox family is of Scotch Irish extraction and the name of William is a family one, appearing in four successive generations. William Cox, the grandfather, lived in Eastern Pennsylvania and from there, in 1800, came his brother Joseph, to what is now Lawrence County. They established themselves on the present site of Mahoningtown, but later William Cox located in Union Township, at Harbor Bridge. The country all round about was covered with forest at that time and he and family lived as typical pioneers. Of his children but two survive: William and Ross, the latter residing in Clarion County. The father lived to be ninety one years of age.

Although born in Union Township, William Cox may almost be called a native of Mahoning Township, as he was only three years old when his parents settled here and it was here he grew to manhood, obtaining a district school education and his training that fitted him for his life work. Mr. Cox has devoted himself to agricultural pursuits and together with farming and stockraising, for fourteen years operated a threshing machine, traveling through the season to all parts of Lawrence County. During many years his life was one of great industry, but one of ample recompense. His land is some of the best and most desirable in Mahoning Township.

Mr. Cox was married in early maühood to Matilda Lockhart, who was born in what is now called Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, a daughter of Hiram and Margaret Lockhart. Mrs. Cox died April 11, 1898. She was a most admirable woman in every relation of life and was a consistent member. of Hopewell Presbyterian Church at New Bedford, Pennsylvania. A family of ten children was born to William Cox and wife, namely: Flora J., residing at home; John H., residing at New Castle; William S., residing in Beaver County, Pennsylvania; Frank, residing in Mahoning Township; Edwin G., residing in Columbina County, Ohio; Margaret E. and Sadie B., both residing at home; Goldena M., deceased; Samuel D., residing in Mahoningtown, and Grover R., living at home.

In his political views, Mr. Cox is an Independent voter. For several years he has served on the Mahoning Township School Board and for several years was road supervisor. He has never been eager to hold public office but has ever been ready to do a good citizen's part in developing and improving the neighborhood in which he has lived so long. He is a member of and liberal contributor to the Harbor United Presbyterian Church.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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