Cox Family

Relationship to the Oram family

Mary Cox 1820-1905 married William Oram 1809-1873 son of James Oram and Susannah Bartlett.

  • Born: c.1820 at Sutton Montis, Somerset, England
  • Parents: Job Cox 1799 – 1863 and Mary Ann Dyke 1798 – after 1871
  • Siblings: Ann Cox c1818-1894; Elizabeth Cox c1823 – ?; Amelia Ellen Cox c1833 – 1927; and probably at least one more sibling who died in childhood
  • Married: William Oram 1809 – 1873 on 17 Jan 1843 at Sparkford, Somerset, England
  • Offspring: Job Cox Oram 1843-?
  • Lived in: Sutton Montis, Sparkford, and Weston Bampfylde, Somerset; Bryanston, Dorset; Chislehampton, Oxfordshire; Weare, Horsington and Clevedon, Somerset, England
  • Died: In the 3rd quarter of 1905 in the Long Ashton Reg District that includes Clevedon.

All that is known about Mary’s life is included in the entry for her husband William Oram.

Mary’s father was Job Cox 1799-1863. The Cox family tree goes back to Robert Cox, born in Limington in about 1737 who married Mary Burt, a Quaker. Mary’s father Job was the son of Job Cox 1763-1840 and Amelia Pitt 1770-after 1812. Mary’s mother was Mary Ann Dyke 1798-1872, born Weston Bampfylde who married Job in 1817 at Sutton Montis.

Job and Mary Ann’s first three daughters, see below were born in Sutton Montis. Job and Mary had moved to Sparkford by 1833 where Amelia was born. Job was farming at Sparkford at the time of the 1841 census, living with his wife Mary and daughters Elizabeth and Amelia. There may be more offspring who died in infancy.

By the 1851 census Job and Mary had moved to Little Weston in the parish of Weston Bampfylde where his wife Mary had been born. Job was farming 169 acres, employing 11 labourers. By the 1861 census Job had decreased the size of his Little Weston holding to 100 acres employing 3 men and 2 boys. Job Cox died on 25 November 1863 at Weston Bampfylde, probably in the hamlet of Little Weston leaving effects valued under £800 to his widow Mary Ann Cox “…. for Life if she remain a Widow named in the said Will she having first sworn.” There is a transcription of the will with interesting notes including that his son-in-law Samuel Vagg was a violent man.

The last census record for Job’s widow Mary is in 1871 when she was living North Cadbury with her son-in-law and daughter Isaac and [Amelia] Ellen Lintern and their three offspring.

Job and Mary’s daughters who survived childhood

Ann Cox c1818-1894 married George Talbott c1811-1884 who had been born in Sparkford. George was a miller and baker who lived in North Cadbury for all his adult life. Ann and George’s eldest son was Job Cox Talbott. His wife Ellen was the informant of the death of William Oram in 1873. In 2018 it was confirmed by DNA that George Talbott was the son of Philip Talbott and Elizabeth Humphries and so uncle of Jane Talbott who married John Oram 1824-1907. See number 7 on Philip Talbott’s page.

Mary, sometimes ‘Mary Ann’ 1820-1905 married William Oram

Elizabeth c1823 –? married Samuel Vagg in 1843. Their son Samuel junior, born c1845 in Bridport, Dorset was living with Job and Mary during the 1851 and 1861 censuses. On 18 March 1845 Samuel Vagg, a baker was imprisoned in Bridport for non payment of rates, and was to remain incarcerated until the rates were paid. So it seems likely this was Elizabeth’s spouse. Samuel junior was a police constable in London in 1871 but by 1881 and until his death. In 1903 he was a voluntary patient, rather than an inmate at Wincanton Union Workhouse, always described as an ‘ex-policeman’. see note above about the will of Job Cox.

Amelia Ellen 1834 – 1927 was baptised away from the family’s main villages in Fifehead Magdalene in Dorset, her abode given as Sparkford in the register and later censuses. On the same day and place as Valentine, son of John and Martha Vallis of Sutton Montis. The story of John Vallis can be followed here. In 1856 Amelia married labourer Isaac Lintern who may have been one of the local family of Linterns from Little Weston. Isaac and Amelia had at least six offspring Ellen Louisa born c.1853 in South Lambeth, London, Mary Elizabeth born c.1856 in Westbury, Wiltshire and the others born in various parishes in the Sparkford area. In 1871 Job’s widow Mary was living North Cadbury with the family.

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