John Cox II (my great grandfather) was the son of John Cox Sr. (1847-1906) and Sophia Bolton (1846-1940). The English Marriage Index indicates they were married in Leicestershire England in 1869.
John Cox II is born in February of 1870 in Shardlow, Derbyshire. The 1871 English Census has the family, John Sr., Sophia and their infant son, residing at 50 London Rd, Shardlow with John Sr. working as a Coachman. Younger brother Harry was born about 3 years later in 1873 also in Shardlow, Derbyshire. Sometime between 1873 and 1880, the family moved to Anstey Pastures, Leicestershire which is where their first daughter, Edith, was born. According to the 1881 Census, the family resided in the Coachman's Cottage at Anstey pastures with John Sr. continuing to work as a Coachman. At that time they also had a domestic servant, a 14 yr. old girl named Jessie, living with them as well as a border. Their last child, Ivy, was born in 1889. Both the 1891 and the 1901 census records show the family residing in the same place in Anstey Pastures.
John Cox II emigrated to America in April of 1891 and married Winifred Cooney.. Edith Cox married John Gibbons in England in 1902 and emigrated to Ontario Canada in 1911. Of note, Edith's grandson did a great of work tracing the Cox and Bolton family histories and shared the family photo posted to this blog. Harry Cox stayed in England and married in approximately 1905.
John Cox Sr. passed away in the early part of 1906 at 58 years old in Leicestershire, England. In 1911 Sophia, widowed, resided at 64 Mere Rd., Leicester with her daughter, Ivy Cox, who was 22 yrs. old and working as a Stenographer. Sophia (Bolton) Cox passed away in December of 1934 at 88 years old in Leicester, England.