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Can we talk Gillespie/ Gillispie

Started by Kay Dilley Nichols. Last reply by Kay Dilley Nichols Mar 23, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Brenda Cox Stetson on March 2, 2017 at 1:30pm

I am back to doing genealogy research after having to take a break of several years because I just didn't have time to spend on it. I'm starting with my Cox line and have come upon an interesting book online called The Cox Family in America that gives a lot of history on the several Coxes that came to America from England, Sweden, Holland, Scotland to name some. And even includes early genealogies for many of them. From what I understand Coxes from these different lines spread far and wide across America. Since certain names were so common in different lines (like Isaac, Thomas, Wm), I still haven't connected my Isaac to which one he may have descended from. What I do know is that his folks migrated from Greene Co, PA over to the area of Tyler Co., WV by 1850 when he shows up on the census there. From what I have gathered he was born about 1795 in PA and married Mary Wise, probably also from PA and probably married they were married in PA but I haven't found a marriage certificate.

What I have come to seriously question is that my Isaac was the son of Michael and Jeruthea (Brooks) Cox in Ohio Co, VA(WV). I see a number of folks have put them on their trees as being his parents, but the more I dig the more I doubt this. They did have a son named Isaac, BUT his place of death is different than my Isaac, who I know to have died in Pleasants Co, WV. Which is in keeping with him living in Tyler Co, WV in 1850 and I believe Pleasants Co was created from parts of other counties, including Tyler. Having grown up in Pleasants Co and living in the same area where my grand and great-grandparents had lived for years I know which is my Isaac in WV.

Comment by John J. Teets II on October 29, 2012 at 3:15pm

Brenda, et al, have you tried searching via or the Allen County Public Library online at Those sites have surprised me more than once...good luck on your search.

Comment by Brenda Cox Stetson on October 29, 2012 at 2:48pm

Hi Kay, there are several other relatives who have not been able to get past Isaac and Mary either.  I search on quite a bit and other online sites as I have time to find any leads or make contact with others who may have info on my Cox line.  We've looked at local library in books they have but one of the things that is confusing is that there is more than one Isaac Cox in WV.  One ended up moving south to another state and seems to be well known as far as his military history.  Mine was born around 1795-1799 I believe in PA.  My grandma had a great memory and told me lots about her and my grandpa's families about older relatives she knew.  She only knew her father-in-law, Josephus (Joeseph, Joe) but never really heard about the line further back except that they came from Greene Co, PA.  I'm not sure just when Isaac died but someone has him listed as died abt. 1870 in Pleasants Co, WV.  I haven't verified this, but it makes sense since that's where my family is from and he was there with Mary in the 1860 census.  1850 census shows them in Tyler Co, WV - I just can't recall how the county lines ended up changing when WV split off from VA into a separate state - maybe they lived in the same place both times.  I appreciate any suggestions you might have.

Comment by Kay Dilley Nichols on October 29, 2012 at 9:23am

Brenda, Where all have you searched?  Do you have any dates for birth or death?


Comment by Brenda Cox Stetson on October 29, 2012 at 8:58am

Looking for parents of Isaac Cox who married Mary Wise and came to WV from Greene Co, PA around the mid-1800's.  Have never been able to find out for sure who his parents were and if they also moved to WV or stayed in PA.  Any help is appreciated.  

Comment by JR COX on July 10, 2012 at 10:29am

Amos Shumate is my ancestor.His line flows through the Gwinn/Guinns and Cozort/Cossarts of WV and NC

Comment by Brenda Cox Stetson on March 25, 2012 at 2:48pm

Laressa, do you have an Isaac Cox in your family that married Mary Wise?  I have found two different Isaacs in WV.  Mine had a son, Josephus who I'm descended from and they lived in Pleasants Co, WV.  Please let me know if you think what you have is connected to my line.  Thank you very much.

Comment by Laressa Northrup on March 24, 2012 at 5:16pm

I have a cox family from Harrison Co., WV.

Comment by Brenda Cox Stetson on March 24, 2012 at 1:17pm

My lines are from WV, mainly Pleasants Co.  These lines are Cox, Coss, Bowie, Leeson, Webb, Smith.  Anyone else researching any of these lines?  Please connect with me if you are.  Thanks.

Comment by Shawna Sines on March 21, 2012 at 3:30pm

Jeanne, my great grandmother, was Anzelly Liston. She was a Liston, then married, then don't know what else before she married my great grandfather, Mc. Martin Liston.


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