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.