James Cox was born in the year 1778 in Orange County North Carolina to Isaac and Mary Cox. He was one of nine children that I have proof of. His siblings were: Frances, Sarah, Abraham, Rebecca, Cithia, William, Elizabeth and Polly. The family moved to Greenville District, South Carolina (near Simpsonville) about 1787, and here James met and married my 5 greats grandmother, known only to me as Miss Bonneau. James and wife had my 4 greats grandfather John Washington Cox, born in 1803. After Miss Bonneau passed, James married Dianna Black, and together they and most of the children lived out their days in Greenville County; James died on May 22, 1853, and Diana onJanuary 7, 1865. Both are buried in Standing Springs Cemetery in Simpsonville, SC.
Following is James Cox's will, dated December 14, 1848. I do not know when it was probated.
The State of South Carolina
In the name of God amen. I, James Cox of the District and State aforesaid, though the blessing of God being in the enjoyment of good bodily health and of sound and disposing mind and memory, but calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs, and directing how the property with with it hath pleased God to bless me, shall be desposed after my death, while I have strength and capacity to do so, do publish and make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all other wills and testaments by me here to fore made. and first I command my immortal soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body to earth from whence it came to be decently buried in a Christian manner by my executors hereinafter names.
And to my worldly estate and all the property real and personal of which I shall die seized and possessed as to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath, and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit:
First, My will is that all my just debts and funeral charges shall by my executors hereinafter named be paid out of my estate, as soon after my death as shall by them be found convenient.
Second, I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Diana Cox the plantation or tract of land whereon I now live, containing two hundred acres more or less, bounded by lands of Henry L. Henderson, James Woodside, Thomas Goldsmith, Rowland Cox, and John Cox, and William Smith. To have and to hold the said land to her for and during her natural life or widowhood.
Third, I also give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Diana Cox two beds, bedsteads, and furniture, two cows, one horse, all my household and kitchen furniture consisting of cupboards, chests, tables, chairs, dishes, plates, knives and forks, cups and saucers, and cooking utensils. Also my cart and yoke of oxen, and all my plantation tools and provisions. To have to hold all the said personal property to her for and during her natural life or widowhood.
Fourth, I give devise bequeath and release unto my son John Cox, the plantation or tract of land whereon the said John Cox lives, including as well a tract , two smaller tracts adjoining the same both containing about forty acres, which I have hitherto given to him verbally, containing in the whole one hundred sixty acres, more or less, and bounded by lands of John Baldwin, Thomas Goldsmith, Bud M. Moore, William Smith, John Riddle, and the tract whereon I now live. To have and to hold the said land to the said John Cox, his heirs and assigns forever.
Fifth, I give devise release and bequeath unto my son Rowland Cox, the tract of land whereon he now lives, heretofore conveyed to him by deed, containing one hundred and seventy seven acres more or less and bounded by lands of Henry L. Henderson, Isaac Richardson, Aquila Long and the tract whereon I now live, which land now bequeathed and devised is valued at five hundred dollars. TO have and to hold the said land to the said Rowland Cox, his heirs and assigns forever.
Sixth, I give devise and bequeath unto my son William Cox, the plantation or tract of land whereon I now live (described in item second) from and after the death or marriage of my beloved wife Diana Cox, to have and to hold the said land to the said William Cox, his heirs and assigns from and after the death or marriage of my said wife, forever.
Seventh, I also give devise and bequeath to my said son William Cox, one horse bridle and saddle, one bed, bedstead and furniture, one cow and calf, to have and to hold the same at my death to the said William Cox, his heirs executors administrations and assigns forever.
Eighth, I also give devise and bequeath to my said son William Cox at the death or marriage of my said wife Diana Cox, the cart and yoke of oxen bequeathed to her in item third, and also so much of the household and kitchen furniture and plantation tools described and bequeathed to my said wife in said item, as will be equal to the property of the same kind which I gave to each of my sons John Cox and Rowland Cox when they left me. To have and to hold the said personal property to the said William Cox, his heirs executors administrations and assigns, from and after the death or marriage of my said wife Diana Cox, forever.
Ninth, At the death or marriage of my said wife Diana Cox, I will and direct that all the personal property bequeathed to my said wife in item third, except what is bequeathed to my son William Cox in item eighth, shall be sold by my executors hereinafter named and the proceeds be equally divided between my five daughters, Elizabeth Henderson, Polly Hyde, Rebecca Griffith, Irena Brasher, and Lousia Jane Smith to their use and behoof forever.
Tenth, I give devise and bequeath unto the Standing Springs Baptist Church three acres of land immediately surrounding the meeting house of said church, for the use of public worship for all orthodox denominations of Christians, so long as the said meeting house continues to be used as a place of worship, or the said church desires to worship and assemble thereat.
Eleventh, I will and direct that all the balance of my estate not heretofore mentioned and bequeathed shall at my death be immediately sold by my executors hereinafter named, and the proceeds thereof be equally divided between my five daughters Elizabeth Henderson, Polly Hyde, Rebecca Griffith, Irenea Brasher, and Lousia Jane Smith, to their use and behoof forever.
Lastly, I do nominate and appoint my sons John Cox and Rowland Cox to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I the said James Cox have to this my last will and testament contained on two sheets of paper subscribed my name in the margin of the second page of the first sheet, and to this last sheet. I have subscribed my name and affixed my seal this the fourteenth day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty eight
Signed sealed published and declared by the said James Cox as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who who at his request and in his presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses there to.