Small amount of the Cox History by W.S. Cox
Tradition, which seems to be reliable, says that the original Cox family came from England to what is now Chesterfield County, Virginia. Still pursuing the westward journey, one or more of them followed the “Old Trail” up the James River to near what is now Lynchburg and from there to Yadkin Valley in North Carolina. The route from James River to the Yadkin Valley is a matter of dispute and it is not essential to this sketch. At any rate “The Pioneer Trail” led into the Yadkin Valley and from that point “The Empire of the West” started.
Daniel Boone made his way from Pennsylvania into the valley and extended “The Trail” into Kentucky. It is said he and his companions “blazed out the wilderness trail”, after Colonel Henderson’s treaty with the Indians at Watauga.
Boone, it is said, made one of his first trips of adventure and hunting to what is now Fort Blackmore and perhaps one of the Cox’s was with him. (According to best information the name would be Blakemore). Here John Blakemore, Sr., John Blakemore, Jr. and Joseph Blakemore and another whose name has been lost in the ages past in 1774, established the Fort. Two or more of the Cox brothers came later. Tradition tells us, that one of them stopped and “settled” at Fort Blackmore and the others went to Kentucky. David C. Cox built one of the first houses outside of the stockade. It was located just north of where Mrs. Ava M. Davidson now lives. When Dr. James S. Cox married he built a house near what is known as the Old Spring, north of Dr. R. W. McConnell’s residence. Later he built another house farther west at the foot of what is locally known as “The Dumpling Hill” in top of which an Indian Burial Mound was built. This was the home of E.M. Cox.
This information was written by W.S. Cox – for the paper after S.L. Cox’s death.