Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #23 from Free Black Families of Colonial Delmarva (abstracted by Paul Heinegg)

State Maryland
County (Primary) Dorchester
Other Counties Talbot
Family Name Cox
Family History Notes 1. Elizabeth Cox, born say 1688, was the white servant of Thomas Coleman on 12 November 1706 when the Charles County court ordered her to serve him an additional 250 days for running away. Later that day in the same court she confessed to having an illegitimate "Mollatto" child for which she was sold (as a servant) to Jacob Miller for 2,000 pounds of tobacco [Court Record 1704-10, 271, 274]. She may have been the ancestor of i. Abner, head of a Baltimore City household of 3 "other free" in 1800 [MD:174]. Members of the Cox family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland were 1 i. Jemima, born about 1741. 2 ii. Ann, born say 1748. 1. Jemima Cox, born about 1741, was a "Mulatto Wench" with twelve years and nine months to serve when she was listed in the Dorchester County estate of Margery Gibb on 30 December 1760 [Prerogative Inventories 76:333]. She may have been the mother of i. Stephen, head of a Dorchester County household of 5 "other free" in 1800 [MD:684]. 2. Ann Cox, born say 1748, was bound as a "Mulatto" servant bound to Mary Hatcheson for thirty-one years in March 1769 when she confessed to the Kent County court that she had two illegitimate children during her service. The court ordered that she be brought to court to be sold when she arrived to the age of thirty one [Criminal Dockets 1766-71, nos. 8,9]. She was probably related to i. Levin, head of a Talbot County household of 7 "other free" in 1790. ii. Jacob, head of a Talbot County household of 6 "other free" in 1790. iii. Tom, head of a Talbot County household of 3 "other free" and 2 slaves in 1800 [MD:531].
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