John Cox, the father of this subject, was a native of Maryland, and came to Ohio in about the year 1800. He settled in Ross County, near the present city of Chillicothe. His wife, Isabel Arington, was also from Maryland. They were the parents of eight children: Sarah, Phœbe, Mary, Joseph, David, Rebecca, Nelson, and Wesley; these were all born in Ohio.

Wesley, the youngest of the family, was born in Madison County, May 13, 1833. He was married, November 12, 1857, to'Mary Catharine Porter, the eleventh child of Robert and Mary (Thomas) Porter, of Madison County. The Porters were Virginians, and immigrated to this county about 1820. The Thomas family came a few years later. To Robert and Mary Porter were born eleven children: John Milton, Robert, Moses, Rebecca, Lucinda, Griffith, William, Daniel, Benjamin, Isaac, and Mary.

In coming to Ohio, Robert Porter started in a two-horse wagon, but one horse failing on the way, the wagon was sold, the goods packed on the stoutest horse, and the mother, with her son Robert in her arms, made the rest of the trip riding upon the same horse which carried the household effects. Mr. Porter died in August, 1851.

Mrs. Cox was born June 4, 1839. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Cox have been born three children: A son, born September 16, 1858, died in infancy; Lucinda May, born September 8, 1859, died March 4, 1864; Almer W., born September 19, 1864. Following their marriage, they spent four years in Madison County, the next four in Fayette, and the next five in Madison. They then came to their present location, near Madison Mills, where they have ever since resided, on their comfortable little farm. They have been members of the Christian Church since 1859.


From R. S. Dills' History of Fayette County