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|Cox, Charles||1792 - 1872||Charles Cox was born in North Carolina in 1792, and his wife Mary (O’Neal) Cox was born in Putnam County, Georgia in 1800. Charles Cox came with his parents to Georgia when he was four years old. He received a fine English and classical education and became a civil engineer. He surveyed nearly all of southern Alabama under the auspices of the government of the United States. He married in 1817 and the next year moved to Alabama, settling near Columbia, Henry County, and in 1821 moved to where Clayton now stands in Barbour County, while the Indians were still there. He surveyed and laid out the town, and in 1830 returned to Georgia, and there taught school twelve years. In 1848 he removed to Russell county, Alabama, engaging in farming and milling for eight years. He then removed to Coosa county, where he followed the same occupation till his death, which occurred in 1872. He was a man of great ability, energy and perseverance. He was tax assessor and collector of Pike county. He served in the war of 1812 and also in the Indian war. He was very active in public affairs, was a great politician and was widely known. His widow died in 1878. His father, William Cox, was a native of North Carolina, served in the Revolutionary war during the last four years, when he was only a boy, and died in Clayton, Alabama about 1842. The father of William Cox was a Welshman, and his mother an English lady.||The Memorial Record of Alabama, Volume 1, Page 663.|
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