Cox Family Ancestry

The majority of my ancestors trace back to England, Scotland, Germany and Ireland.  In the 1600’s many migrated and landed in New Jersey and Massachusetts USA (including John Alden).  My father’s side (Cox, Graham, Nail, Whitehead, Kendrick, Staley, Titus)  migrated to Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  My mother’s side (Tallent, Applegate, Wood, Jackson, Horton) migrated south to Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas.


Cox – My connection to the Cox family traces back to Richard Cox of New Jersey, USA. We have not been able to locate any birth or migration records for Richard back to the Cox family in Europe. We do find the birth of his son George, in Monmouth, New Jersey in 1784, and their relocation to Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio. George had a son, George W, who had a son, George H. (they were evidently fond of the name George) who relocated to Turon, Kansas and had a son, Neil Ned Cox, my grandfather. They relocated to Big Spring, Benton, Arkansas. Neil married Artie Belle Nail, and had a son on December 4, 1933 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jack Carl Cox, my father.

Artie Bell Nail / Cox

Nail – Nicholas Hunter Nail  from Devonshire, England, migrated to Virginia, USA and then on to Tennessee and Arkansas. Nicholas had a son, Nicholas P, who had a son, Andrew H, who had a son Andrew J, who had a son, James who married Fannie Belle Graham who had a daughter, Artie Belle Nail, my grandmother, who married Neil Ned Cox, my grandfather, who had a son, Jack Carl Cox, my father. 

Graham – Christopher Graham from Edinburgh, Scotland migrated to Virginia, USA and traces back to James Graham, the first Marquess of Montrose and is entombed in St. Giles, Edinburgh.  James was knighted by Charles, King of England, and his crest is on the ceiling in Windsor Castle, England.  Christopher had a son, William, who had a son, William Jr., who had a son Peter, who had a son, Nelson, who had a son William, who had a daughter, Fannie Belle Graham who married James Nail, who had a daughter, Artie Belle Nail who was my grandmother who married Neil Ned Cox and had a son, Jack Carl Cox, my father.

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose (1612 – 21 May 1650) was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, lord lieutenant and later viceroy and captain general of Scotland. From 1644 to 1646, and again in 1650, he fought in the civil war in Scotland on behalf of the King. He is referred to as the Great Montrose.


Tallent – Richard Tallent from Suffolk, England migrated to Blount, Tennessee in 1710.  Richard had a son, Thomas, who had a son, Aaron, who had a son, James, who had a son William, who had  son, David, who had a son, Issac who married Susan Nettie Horton, who had a son, Rex Tallent, my grandfather, who married Lola Applegate and had a daughter, Daisel Susan Tallent, my mother.

ApplegateThomas Applegate who likely traces back to WIlliam Applegate of Norfollkshire England, migrated from England during the Puritan Disorders. He traveled to Amsterdam and arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635. He had a son, Thomas, who had a son, Benjamin, who had a son, Thomas (evidently they liked the name Thomas), who had a son Samuel, who had a son, Samuel., who had a son Joseph, a school teacher in Kentucky who had a son, Peter Newkirk, who had a son, Miles Gilbert Applegate, who was born in Kansas, moved to Arkansas and married Martha Jackson and had a daughter, Lola Applegate, my grandmother. They eventually moved to Sand Springs, Oklahoma. More about the Applegate family can be found here:

Gilbert and Martha Applegate

Wood – The Wood family likely traces back to Native Americans and Africans as former slaves. Records are difficult to find, but we have been able to trace back to George Washington Wood who had a daughter, Sarah Wood who married John George Jackson in Arkansas and they had a daughter Martha Jackson who married Miles Applegate whose daughter was Lola Applegate, my grandmother, who married Rex Tallent and had a daughter, Daisel Susan Tallent, my mother.

Horton – My connection to the Horton family is through Susan Nettie Horton who married Issac Tallent. The Horton family traces back to Alexander Horton (1816) from Ireland who migrated to Alabama.

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