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William Cox

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: July 27, 1838 (88)
West Fairlee, Orange, VT, USA
Place of Burial: West Fairlee, Orange, VT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Cox, Sr. and Elizabeth Cox
Husband of Mary "Molly" Cox (Sawin)
Father of William Cox; Mary "Polly" Dodge (Cox); William Cox; Susan "Sally" Sleeper (Cox); Daniel Sawin Cox and 3 others
Brother of Walter Cox; Elizabeth COX; Agnes COX; Samuel COX; Lydia COX and 4 others

Occupation: Boston Tea Party, Revolutionary War Soldier, Tanner, Farmer
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About William Cox (Boston Tea Party)

MARY (Molly) Sawin, b. 1756, m. Wm. Cox,* and followed his fortunes as farmer's wife through Cambridge, Dorchester, where 6 of her ch. were b., Maiden, Woburn, and Charlestown, Mass., and in March, 1803, to Vershire, Vt., where she died, 1848, a venerable matron, a strong-minded woman, a devout Baptist; surviving 5 ch. and leaving 3, and a numerous, prosperous, and honorable posterity.-

 *  He was of the party who made a tea-pot of Boston harbor, and served the army at C. as teamster. He was for a time a tanner, but after his marriage devoted himself to farming chiefly, and from Ch. a little north of North Cambridge departed for Vt. where, as a comfortable and staid farmer, he died.

See the book "Sawin: summary notes concerning John Sawin, and his prosterity": http://books.google.com/books?id=HHgtAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA21#v=onepage&q&f=false


Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 for William Cox

Name: William Cox

Gender: Male

Baptism/Christening Date: 08 Apr 1750


Father's Name: Mathew Cox

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C50078-1

System Origin: Massachusetts-ODM

Source Film Number: 496864


Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850 about William Cox

Name: William Cox

Gender: Male

Spouse: Mary Sawen

Marriage Date: 25 Nov 1779

City: Cambridge

COUNTY: Middlesex

Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0496864.


Boston Tea Party

DECEMBER 16, 1773 Via BostonTeaPartyShip.com: On May 10, 1773, the British parliament authorized the East India Co., which faced bankruptcy due to corruption and mismanagement, to export a half a million pounds of tea to the American colonies for the purpose of selling it without imposing upon the company the usual duties and tariffs. With these privileges, the company could undersell American merchants and monopolize the colonial tea trade. Not only did this action create an unfair commerce to the merchants of the colonies but it proved to be the spark that revived American passions about the issue of taxation without representation. To fully understand the resentment of the colonies to Great Britain and King George III, one must understand that this was not the first time that the colonists were treated unfairly. In previous years, the 13 colonies saw a number of commercial tariffs including the Sugar Act of 1764, which taxed sugar, coffee, and wine, the Stamp Act of 1765, which put a tax on all printed matter, such as newspapers and playing cards, and the Townshend Acts of 1767 which placed taxes on items like glass, paints, paper, and tea. The Tea Act of 1773 was the last straw.Three ships from London, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver, sailed into Boston Harbor from November 28th to December 8, 1773. Loaded with tea from the East India Company, they were all anchored at Griffin’s Wharf but were prevented from unloading their cargo. Fearing that the tea would be seized for failure to pay customs duties, and eventually become available for sale, something had to be done. Demanding that the tea be returned to where it came from or face retribution, the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams began to meet to determine the fate of the three cargo ships in the Boston harbor.On the cold evening of December 16, 1773, a large band of patriots, disguised as Mohawk Indians, burst from the South Meeting House with the spirit of freedom burning in their eyes. The patriots headed towards Griffin’s Wharf and the three ships. Quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner, the Sons of Liberty boarded each of the tea ships. Once on board, the patriots went to work striking the chests with axes and hatchets. Thousands of spectators watched in silence. Only the sounds of ax blades splitting wood rang out from Boston Harbor. Once the crates were open, the patriots dumped the tea into the sea.The silence was broken only by the cry of “East Indian” as patriots caught Charles O’Conner filling the lining of his coat with tea. George Hewes removed O’Connor’s coat, threatened him with death if he revealed the identity of any man present, and sent him scurrying out of town. The patriots worked feverishly, fearing an attack by Admiral Montague at any moment. By nine o’clock p.m., the Sons of Liberty had emptied a total of 342 crates of tea into Boston Harbor. Fearing any connection to their treasonous deed, the patriots took off their shoes and shook them overboard. They swept the ships’ decks, and made each ship’s first mate attest that only the tea was damaged.When all was through, Lendall Pitts led the patriots from the wharf, tomahawks and axes resting on their shoulders. A fife played as they marched past the home where British Admiral Montague had been spying on their work. Montague yelled as they past, “Well boys, you have had a fine, pleasant evening for your Indian caper, haven’t you? But mind, you have got to pay the fiddler yet!”Montague’ s words were to be an omen for the patriots. The party was indeed over for Boston. Here from the archives of BostonTeaPartyShip.com are the participants in the Boston Tea Party oh so long ago on that cold, cold day. December 16th, 1773 The following brave men are historically said to have participated in the Boston Tea Party that cold December night in 1773. JOSEPH ACKLEY BENJAMIN ADAMS BENONI ARMSTRONG MOSES AXTELL WILLIAM BABBITT GEORGE BACON NATHANIEL BARBER SAMUEL BARNARD HENRY BASS JOSEPH BASSETT EDWARD BATES ADAM BEALS Jr. ELIJAH BEARDSLEY ANDREW BLANCHARD THOMAS BOLTER DAVID BRADLEE JOSIAH BRADLEE NATHANIEL BRADLEE THOMAS BRADLEE JAMES BREWER THOMAS BRIMIGION JOHN BROWN SETH INGERSOLL BROWN STEPHEN BRUCE BENJAMIN BURTON JEREMIAH CADY NICHOLAS CAMPBELL GEORGE CARLETON THOMAS CHASE NATHANIEL CHILD JONATHAN CLARK BENJAMIN CLARKE JOHN COCHRAN GILBERT COLESWORTHY GERSHOM COLLIER ADAM COLLSON JAMES FOSTER CONDY DANIEL COOLIDGE JOSEPH COOLIDGE SAMUEL COOLIDGE SAMUEL COOPER WILLIAM COX THOMAS CRAFTS, Jr JOHN CRANE OBADIAH CURTIS THOMAS DANA ROBERT DAVIS JOHN DE CARTERET DAVID DECKER JOHN DICKMAN EDMUND DOLBEAR GEORGE DUTTON JOSEPH EATON JOSEPH EAYRES BENJAMIN EDES WILLIAM ETHERIDGE SAMUEL FENNO SAMUEL FOSTER NATHANIEL FROTHINGHAM Jr. JOHN FULTON BENJAMIN GARDNER JOHN GAMMELL ELEAZER GAY THOMAS GERRISH SAMUEL GORE MOSES GRANT NATHANIEL GREENE TIMOTHY GUY SAMUEL HAMMOND PETER HARRINGTON WILLIAM HENDLEY GEORGE R. T. HEWES ROBERT HICHBORN JOHN HICKS SAMUEL HOBBS JOHN HOLYOKE WILLIAM HOSKINS JOHN HOOTON ELISHA HORTON SAMUEL HOWARD SAMUEL HOWARD (Hayward) EDWARD COMPTON HOWE JONATHAN HUNNEWELL RICHARD HUNNEWELL RICHARD HUNNEWELL, JR THOMAS HUNSTABLE ABRAHAM HUNT DANIEL INGERSOLL CHARLES JAMESON ROBERT JAMESON JOSEPH JEPHERSON JARED JOY DAVID KINNISON ROBERT LASH NATHANIEL LEE JOSEPH LEE AMOS LINCOLN JOHN LOCKE MATTHEW LORING JOSEPH LOVERING JOSEPH LUDDEN DAVID LYONS THOMAS MACHIN PETER MACKINTOSH EBENEZER MACKINTOSH ARCHIBALD McNEILL _______ MARTIN JOHN MARSTON THOMPSON MAXWELL JOHN MAY ______ MEAD HENRY MELLUS THOMAS MELVILL Dr. AARON JOHN MILLER JAMES MILLS WILLIAM MOLINEUX FRANCIS MOORE THOMAS MOORE ANTHONY MORSE JOSEPH MOUNTFORT ELIPHALET NEWELL SAMUEL NOWELL ANDREW OLIVER JOSEPH PEARSE PALMER JONATHAN PARKER JOSEPH PAYSON SAMUEL PECK JOHN PETERS WILLIAM PEIRCE ISAAC PITMAN LENDALL PITTS SAMUEL PITTS THOMAS PORTER AARON PRATT NATHANIEL PRENTICE HENRY PRENTISS EDWARD PROCTOR HENRY PURKITT SETH PUTNAM JOHN RANDALL JOSEPH READ PAUL REVERE BENJAMIN RICE JONATHAN DORBY ROBINS JOSEPH ROBY JOHN RUSSELL WILLIAM RUSSELL JOHN SAWTELLE GEORGE SAYWARD EDMUND SEARS ROBERT SESSIONS JOSEPH SHED BENJAMIN SIMPSON PETER SLATER Jr. SAMUEL SLOPER EPHRAIM SMITH THOMAS SPEAR SAMUEL SPRAGUE JOHN SPURR JAMES STARR PHINEAS STEARNS EBENEZER STEVENS CAPTAIN WILLIAM STEVENS JAMES STODDARD ELISHA STORY JAMES SWAN ABRAHAM TOWER BARTHOLOMEW TROW Jr. JOHN TRUMAN BENJAMIN TUCKER Jr. THOMAS URANN JAMES WATSON JOSIAH WHEELER THOMAS WHITE JOHN WHITEHEAD DAVID WILLIAMS ISAAC WILLIAMS JEREMIAH WILLIAMS THOMAS WILLIAMS CHARLES WILLIS NATHANIEL WILLIS JOSHUA WYETH ELKANAH YOUNG THOMAS YOUNG


American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) about William Cox

Name: William Cox

Birth Date: 1750

Birthplace: Massachusetts

Volume: 35

Page Number: 383

Reference: Heads of fams. at the first U.S. census. Ms. By U.s. Bureau of the Census. Washington, 1908. (363p.):67, 147 soldiers and sailors of the Rev. War. Comp. By secy. Of the commonwealth, Ms. Boston. 1896-1908. (17v.): 4:55-6 Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 10 Nov 1909, 1001; 19 Jun 1922, 9860; 27 Aug 1930, 560; 14 Jun 1934, 7372

DAR Index:


Ancestor #: A027095




Service Description: 1) AIDED AT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY

Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots about William Cox

Name: William Cox

Cemetery: West Fairlee Cem

Location: Fairlee VT 46

Reference: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.1, p. Serial: 11127; Volume: 2



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William Cox (Boston Tea Party)'s Timeline

April 8, 1750
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
April 8, 1750
Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
April 25, 1780
Age 30
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
January 4, 1783
Age 32
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
August 15, 1784
Age 34
West Fairlee, Orange, VT, USA
April 7, 1786
Age 35
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 24, 1787
Age 37
Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 5, 1790
Age 39
Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
October 8, 1796
Age 46
Woburn, Middlesex, MA, USA