Little is known of the life of WILLIAM COX (2) from childhood until he joins the Wiltshire Militia c1795, taking him from Dorset to neighbouring WILTSHIRE county. While at Wiltshire, William at age 25 married REBECCA UPJOHN from Bristol in 1789. Memoirs of Wm.Cox - state " Young Cox was a man of good estate and served in the Wilts Militia, in the service where the country gentlemen showed both their will and ability to serve their country. During the French War he got a taste of the hostilitity and anxiety" end quote. WILLIAM COX wanted to be part of the action and on 8th July 1795 aged 31, he received his commission as Ensign in 117th Regiment of Foot. On 20th June the next year he transferred to 68th Regiment of Foot, becoming Lieutenant February 1797, at that time he made his first voyage to Australia. The second voyage was in 1799 when he was accompanied by his wife and four sons. As Captain of 102nd Regiment of Foot in 1799 following the Irish Uprising, he was appointed Paymaster and directed to Cork Harbour. Communication between the English and Irish were at their lowest ebb and Cox was ordered to await the loading of a vessel, with rebels bound for 'Botany Bay'. The "Minerva" under Captain Salkeld, some time later departed for Australia with Captain William Cox in charge of Irish rebels (political prisoners).
Rebecca and William's epitaph
"Here lieth entombed the remains of Mrs.Rebecca Cox, wife of William Cox Esq., of Clarendon, who departed this life 5th March 1819 aged 56 years. In testimony of the exalted virtues that adorned her character not only as a wife and mother, but in all other relative duties of life, this tomb is erected to perpetuate her memory by her affectionate husband."
The lower half
"Here also lie the remains of William Cox Esq., J.P. who departed this life the 15th day of March 1837 aged 72 years. 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his own mercy he saved us.' Reader, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and Thou shalt be saved.'
After Rebecca's decease William maintained 'Clarendon' and from his second marriage to Anna Blachford, four more children were born, at Clarendon. William hadn't forgotten his inability to get Rebecca to a doctor, when the river was in flood, so not being a well man himself, he relocated in 1833 to the site of 'Fairfield' Windsor. He built a palatial home on land granted to Henry, on arrival in 1804. This lovely home opens out on to the rolling greens of the scenic golf course and across to the foothills of the Blue Mountains. What memories he must have experienced in those twilight years. (See Homes - 'Fairfield' ) William COX married ANNA BLACHFORD b.1796 Isle of Wight and d.1869 N.Z. aged 80. Her sister Elizabeth Blachford married Windsor Lawyer Francis Beddek who arrived in the town in 1827, becoming tenants in Cox's 'CLAREMONT' Cottage. William Cox bought 'Claremont' in 1822 and began making repairs to outbuildings. William donated a large portion of this Claremont estate for the buildings and graveyard of St.Matthew's Anglican Church, Windsor. Anna and Elizabeth BLACHFORD descend from Joseph Blachford & Susan Pike of St.James, Clerkenwell, U.K.
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