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Elizabeth Cox

Also Known As: "Black", "Gantanaga", "Hester", "Esther"
Birthplace: North Carolina,USA
Death: 1813 (67-68)
Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Thomas Benjamin Black and Morris Cox
Mother of Rachel Cobb; Ephraim Black, Sr.; Esther Thompson; Joseph Black; Martha Black and 1 other

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Elizabeth Cox

Thomas Benjamin Black (son of David) and Elizabeth had three children, Joseph, Ephraim, and Rachel, all mentioned in court records, and possibly a fourth, a daughter Martha. Esther (Black) Thompson is also seen as a daughter.


As recorded in the Lincoln County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions: July Court 1779

On motion of Henry Gifford, Esq. ordered that Letters of Administration issue to Elizabeth Black, relict of Thomas Black decd, with James Miller on all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased who gave bond of £12,000 with Mr. Gilbert, Henry Reynolds, Lawrence Kyzer & John Carpenter as securites. [7] October Court 1779

George Lamkin, Sheriff, on behalf of Elizabeth Black and James Miller, administrators of Thomas Black decd, returns into Court an Inventory of Sales and said deceased’s estate amounting to £7,701.11 which was filed in this office.

On 21 May 1797, the same day as her marriage to Morris Cox], she gifted the Broad River plantation to her son-in-law, Ambrose Cobb (husband of Rachel Black).

1139. May 21, 1797 Elizabeth Black (Lincoln Co) to Ambrose Cobb; for love and affection gave 3 horses: (1) brown bay mare 13.5 hands high branded with a “B” 15 years old, (2) a sorrel mare 14 hands high 8 years old branded with a “B”, and (3) a sorrel horse 3 years old, a colt branded with a “B” , 14 “barned” cattle, all hogs & sheep, all bedding & household furniture & farming utensils, & all “my” property of any kind, and her dower rights to “plantation” where she lives being where Thomas Black lived & died; condition: (1) property given in trust for Elizabeth’s use, (2) 500£ bond for Ambrose reporting to Elizabeth about the proper use of the property, & (3) Elizabeth keeps the interest gained on the property. Signed Elizabeth Black’s mark. Witness Wallace Alexander, Saml Carpenter & John Crouse. Wit. oath Oct. 1799 by Wallace Alexander. Book 19 p. 280.


From https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/4:1:LVQL-XRT

“Many descendants claim that Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Black, was either full-blood, half, or quarter Cherokee; however, three mitochondrial DNA tests for descendants from three different daughters of Esther Blacks, show that Esther (and thus her mother Elizabeth)'s mtDNA haplogroup is "H" which is a European haplogroup, not a Native American haplogroup. Therefore, Elizabeth cannot be full-blood Cherokee, and if she was Cherokee at all, it had to come from either her father, or mother's father's side of the family. The mtDNA tests prove that Esther's mitochondrial ancestor was European, not Cherokee. — Tom Kryssbek (2017).

All records located thus far about Elizabeth do not provide her family name (it was not Ramsey!), and only call her by the name Elizabeth (never Esther).”


  • "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VH6X-5VR : 12 March 2018), Thomas Black, 1779; citing Lincoln, North Carolina, United States, State Archives, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 2,297,089.
  • from https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/sources/LVKR-6YW “Court of Common Pleas Quarter Sessions OCT Court 1779 Lincoln NC” “Elizabeth Black and James Miller- Administers of James (Thomas) Black deceased return into Open Court an Inventory of said estate, Orded that the personal estate of said deceased be sold by the Sheriff”
  • Page: Year: 1790; Census Place: Lincoln, North Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 7; Page: 115; Image: 75; Family History Library Film: 0568147 APID: 1,5058::177492 link on MyHeritage
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Elizabeth Cox's Timeline

North Carolina,USA
February 14, 1763
Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States
February 11, 1767
Lincoln County, NC
January 17, 1769
Little Broad River, Lincoln, North Carolina, USA
September 8, 1771
Mecklenburg County, NC, United States
Age 68
Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States