Jehu Cox – 1848

Jehu Cox -oldSarah Riddle PyleJehu Cox, my 3rd great-grandfather, and his family arrived in the Salt Lake valley on 24 Sep 1848 with the Heber C. Kimball company.  He and his wife, Sarah, were the parents of 16 children.

-Jehu Cox was born on 5 Sep 1803 in Knox County, Kentucky to Thomas Cox and Rachel Carr.  Here is a biography written for him.

-Sarah Riddle Pyle was born on 22 Jul 1807 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky to Edward Gant Pyle and Rosannah Mary McMahon.  Her parents emigrated to California, where her father participated in the rescue of the Donner Party.

-Jehu & Sarah met and were married on 13 Jan 1824 in Monroe County, Indiana.

First child, Rosannah, was born on 23 Jan 1825 at Salt Creek, Monroe, Indiana.

-Second child, Edward, was born on 15 Mar 1826 at Salt Creek.  He died a month later.

-Third child, Thomas, was born and died on 30 Apr 1827 at Salt Creek.

-Fourth child, Henderson, was born on 6 Nov 1829 at Wabash, Warren, Indiana.

-Fifth child, Sarah, was born on 28 Feb 1832 at Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana.

-Sixth child, my 2nd great-grandmother Mary Jane, was born on 19 Sep 1833 at Greencastle.  She later married Easton Kelsey.

-Seventh child, Elias, was born on 15 Jan 1835 at Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana.

-Eighth child, Rachel Ann, was born on 17 Mar 1836 in Crawford County, Missouri.

-Ninth child, Jehu Jr., was born on 15 Jun 1837 in Crawford County, Missouri.

-Jehu was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 13 Jan 1838 by Benjamin Clapp.  Sarah was baptized one month later on 13 Feb 1838 by Isaac Allred.

-Tenth child, Isaiah, was born on 18 May 1839 in Crawford County, Missouri.

-Listed in the 1840 US Fed Census was Jehu Cox with a wife and 8 children (i.e. Rosannah, Henderson, Sarah, Mary Jane, Elias, Rachel Ann, Jehu, and Isaiah) as living in Quincy, Adams, Illinois.

-Eleventh child, Lucretia, was born on 21 Dec 1842 at Quincy, Adams, Illinois.

-Twelfth child, Emma Elizabeth, was born on 16 Jun 1844 at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois… just several days before the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

-Both Jehu & Sarah received their endowments in the original Nauvoo Temple on 2 Feb 1846.

-Thirteenth child, Nephi, was born on 20 Mar 1846 at Nauvoo.  He died there a month later.

-Fourteenth child, Joshua, was born and died on 14 Jul 1847 at Campbell’s Ranch, Douglas, Nebraska.

-The oldest living son, Henderson, had joined the Mormon Battalion and marched to San Diego, California.  The family planned to meet him in the Salt Lake valley.  Unfortunately, as they traveled with their company, Lucretia fell off the wagon and was run over, killing her almost instantly on 15 Jun 1848 according to many journal entries.  Unbeknownst to the family, Henderson was killed around that same date by Indians as he and two other men scouted a pass over the mountains for members of the battalion and other saints coming from California.  The burial place was named Tragedy Spring.

-Jehu & Sarah established Fort Union in Salt Lake County, Utah.

-Fifteenth child, Martha Elizabeth, was born on 2 Aug 1849 at Union.

-Listed in the 1850 US Fed Census were Jehu & Sarah with 7 children living at Union.

-Sixteenth child, Elisha, born and died on 6 Jul 1851 at Union.

-Jehu & Sarah were sealed in the Endowment House on 7 Feb 1852.

-Listed in the 1860 US Fed Census were Jehu & Sarah with their two youngest daughters, living in Union.

-Jehu married a 2nd wife, Ann Catherine Copart/Koford; they were sealed in the Endowment House on 5 Oct 1867.

-Listed in the 1870 US Fed Census was Sarah living with her youngest daughter and son-in-law as well as Ann living with her own children, both living in Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah.  Jehu could not be found in this census.

-Listed in the 1880 US Fed Census were Jehu & Sarah, living in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah.  Ann Koford Cox was listed on the next page with her children from her previous husband.

-Sarah died on 25 Aug 1891 and was buried in Fairview.  Jehu died on 24 Dec 1893 and was buried next to her.  Here is his autobiography.

-Ann Koford Cox died on 23 Mar 1903 and was also buried in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Russell C Lilley
    Jun 12, 2016 @ 09:22:31

    Ancestry connects my Family to this family. Probably through the McMahon


  2. Nancy Berntson
    Aug 08, 2016 @ 11:03:29

    I Just learned that Jehu Cox, Sr. is my 2nd cousin, 5 times removed. I thought I was the first in my family to become a Mormon, then my mother years later. Learned I had a Swedish family join in 1854 and now even a more earlier member. The fun thing is they all ended up in Fairview. I am so excited.


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