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Delaware County, Iowa


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George B. Cox


Oneida Township



         George B. Cox devotes his time and energies to the operation of his farm of two hundred acres on section 7, Oneida township, and is a successful agriculturist. He was born in St. Lawrence county, New York state, on the 13th of June 1842, a son of Daniel and Adelia (Tracy) Cox, both natives of Vermont. Shortly after their marriage they removed to New York state and in 1865, when the subject of this review was a young man of twenty three years, the family removed to this county and located upon a farm in Oneida township. As there was no railroad connection between Delaware county and Chicago that part of the trip was made by driving a team through from the Windy city to their destination here. The father passed away upon his farm in 1895, but his widow survives at the age of ninety three years. Her memory is still good and her health is better than that of many a woman twenty years her junior.

         George B. Cox is the only one surviving of the four children born to his parents. He received the advantages of a common school education and learned the principles of farming under the tuition of his father, whom he assisted with the work of the homestead. He has always lived upon the home place, which is included in his present farm, and is still carefully watching out for the interests of his aged mother. He owns two hundred acres of improved land, located on section 7, Oneida township, and has erected a number of good buildings upon his property. He is a practical and enterprising farmer and raises excellent crops, which insure him a good annual income.

        Mr. Cox was married in 1872 to Miss Mary Elizabeth Ferry, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Alonzo and Catherine (Garrison) Ferry, both likewise natives of the Keystone state. About 1866 the family removed to this county and settled in Honey Creek township, but the parents later removed to Pennsylvania and there passed away. To their union were born eleven children, nine of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Cox became the parents of five children: Eugene and Forrest, deceased; Adelia, at home; Pearl M., a graduate of the Manchester high school and of Highland Park College at Des Moines, Iowa, who has been engaged in teaching; and George B. , Jr., at home. The family are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church and aid in the furtherance of the work of the organization.

       Mr. Cox is a republican in his political views and is now a member and treasurer of the school board. Fraternally he belongs to the Grange and finds that that organization not only affords him a means of pleasant social relations, but also helps him to keep up to date in his farming methods. He holds friendship inviolate and there are many who entertain for him the warmest regard because of his many admirable traits of character.  



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 218-219. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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