COXON CONNECTIONS

I am trying to compile a list where the name COXON is mentioned in connection with celebrities or events in history. Here are a few I have found so far. If anyone has knowledge of interesting COXONS, please let me know and we can add them to this list.

A very good friend of mine, Sarah Reveley, brought to my attention aTHOMAS COXONwho was a Vice-Consul in Spain in the 18th.century

Thanks to Alan Walker for bringing my attention to this talented lady ELIZABETH COXON, who was a talented painter, who with her husband, John Gould, provided some of the finest illustrations of the 19th.century. Elizabeth, who had worked with Edward Lear, accompanied her husband to the Far East and Australia, where many exotic species were recorded. John was a distinguished British Naturlist and one of his books, Goulds Birds, was one of the major ornithological works of the 19th.century. Elizabeth married John in 1829 and she died in 1841. Then there was MAUREEN COXON who was the first woman door-keeper at the House of Commons on March 26th.1994 and lastly CAPT.JOHN COXON of the East India Company ship - The Grosvenor, that ran aground in 1782 on the eastern coast of South Africa. Of the 140 who sailed from Madras, only 13 returned to England. Sixteen weeks after The Grosvenor went down, six of the castaways reached a Dutch Settlement; seven more seaman made it back to England. Capt.John Coxon wasn't one of them.

Edmund Coxon brought to my attention his talented family. His father ALLAN COXON, who died in 2001, was a Reader of Ancient Greek Philosophy at Edinburgh University and wrote 'The Fragments of Parmenides' and 'The Philosophy of Forms' and was considered a leading authority in his field. Edmund's brother John is one half of the musical duo, 'Springheel Jack'; his mother is a Doctor of Music and Edmund himself is a talented violinist who plays with leading orchestras and his own group 'The Lyric Quartet'.

Brian Coxon kindly sent me the following website http://www.bafa.org.au/legends/wcoxon.htm with details of BRIGADIER VIC COXON, DSO, MC of the 1st.Para; 4th.Para & 2nd.Para, a very brave man. It gives details of his life and military service details. It is a fascinating account of his bravery.

Trevor and Patricia Patterson, fellow Coxon researchers, kindly sent me the following articles. A NICHOLAS EUGENE COXON of Australia, who was a well-known journalist, editor and newspaper proprietor. Some of his publications involved him with a notorious Australian character and politician in the early 1900's - John Norton. Some of his confrontations with him were mentioned in 'Wild Men of Sydney'. They also mentioned PROF.JAMES M. COXON of New Zealand, who is a Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Science, whose field of study is 'Organic Reaction Mechanisms and Molecular Modelling'. James, a leader in his field, has written some very important scientific papers as well as co-writing several scientific books.

Greg Coxson, a friend from America, sent me the following snippet of Henry VIII, who appointed a JOHN COKESON as Water Bailiff of Calais, and told me about a LIEUTENANT COLONEL W.A.COXEN, the Australian Army's Director of Artillery, who formed the 1st.Siege Artillery BRIGADE for service on the Western Front in 1915. There was also a famous engraver THOMAS COCKSON mention in Shakespeare's Sonnets "Lord Devereux, Earl of Essex, on his charger, engraved by Thomas Cockson, circa 1597. The details under the horses legs, are of the storming of Cadiz in 1596"

Don Coxon from Canada sent me a cutting from the 'Derby Telegraph', dated Apr.12th.1930 about one of his ancestors.THEODOSIUS COXON claims to have been the first man in England to ride a cycle. He relates how he built his first machine and was mistaken for the devil and nearly mobbed, when he rode it from Sudbury. It was made of wood and had four wheels. It was before the 'Penny Farthing' cycle and used wooden rods, as chains hadn't been invented. Theodosius was 94 years old when the reporter called to see him, and he was working in the garden.

On January 20th.1882, a draper's shop called COXON and Company in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was the first shop in the world to be lit by incandescent electric light. It used Swan lamps.

Battle of Waterloo. Mentioned in the extracts of the London Gazette for the battle of June 18th.1815 LIEUTENANT STEPHEN COXON, 23rd.Light Dragoons, reported missing and LIEUTENANT EDWARD COXON, of the Ninety-Fifth Foot, severely injured. Later Edward was promoted to CAPTAIN EDWARD COXON, 60th.Foot. A memorial was erected to him from the Officers of the 1st.Battalion, 60th.Royal Rifles. "Sacred to the memory of Captain Edward Coxon, for 31 years, Paymaster to the 1st.Battalion, 60th.Royal Rifles, who died at Meerut on the 14th.February 1857, aged 77 years. He served at Flushing; throughout the Peninsula War; at Waterloo and in the campaign of 1848-1849 and received 3 medals and 12 clasps.

Lawrence of Arabia. A W.COXON of the R.A.S.C. was mentioned in the appendix of T.E.Lawrence's book. He probably served with him.

A friend I correspond with, Sarah Reveley, told me of a COOKSON/WILLIAM WORDSWORTH connection.WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, the famous poet, was born on April 7th.1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, to John and Anne (COOKSON) Wordsworth. The second of their five children.

Thanks to Arthur Barker for the following information, about John Major and Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Ministers, who were descended from an ELIZABETH COXON (died 1770) and John Crust (1702-1750) of the Leake area of Lincolnshire. John Crust and ELIZABETH COXON were married in 1726 at Friskney, Lincs. Their first son, Richard Crust (who married Sarah Shepherd) is the ancestor of John Major, and a younger son, Robert Crust (1737-1802), married Hannah Hastings in 1772 at Leake and is the ancestor of Lady Thatcher. Arthur is also a descendant of Robert and Hannah

A THOMAS COXON married an Alice Scurfield at Tanfield, County Durham, England on May 12th.1838. One of the witnesses at that wedding was a JOSEPH RODDAM who later married Alice's sister, Elizabeth. It is believed that this Joseph Roddam was the ancestor of HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, the wife of the President of the United States of America.

A WILLIAM COXON was in the Fleet at the time of the battle with the SPANISH ARMADA. I believe he was on the William of Rye ship, an 80-ton, 60-crew ship, which was one of a fleet of Coasters under Lord Henry Seymour. Some of which were paid by the Queen, but most by the Port Towns

A DANIEL COXON was a Third Class passenger, who embarked at Southampton on the TITANIC, and was on the passenger list on April 14th.1912. His ticket number was 364500 and was priced at 7- 5s. A friend visiting a Titanic exhibition in St.Petersburg, Florida said that Daniel Coxon was from Merrill, Wisconsin, USA and was aged 59 years. His body was never identified.

A friend from America told me about a CAPT.JOHN COXON, who was a pirate in the Caribbean around 1679 and that he had a place called after him - COXEN'S HOLE, capital of Roatan Island. He thought he had previously been in the British Navy. There is a wonderful account, which has been painstakingly researched by DAVID HARVIE WHANTYou must read it!

EMILY LUTWIDGE COOKSON married MAXIMILIAN,Count of Lerchenfeld-Brennberg at Meldon, NBL on August 4th.1847

GRAHAM COXONguitarist with the famous pop groupBLUR

Fellow researcher, David Harvie Whant, told me of one of his relatives became Lord Mayor of London, 1939-40. He was Sir WILLIAM GEORGE COXEN, who later became Baron Coxen

CAPTAIN P.H.COXON of the Border Regiment, and who came from the Gateshead area in County Durham, won the Military Cross in the 1914-1918 First World War

The world-famous novelist CATHERINE COOKSON, whose books have been read by millions of people worldwide and some have been adapted for television, also to be seen in countries all over the world. She died in 1998, followed within weeks, by her beloved Tom Cookson

A colleague from America told me about his distant cousin, WILLIAM COXEN, who fought in the American Civil War and served with the 62nd.PA Infantry. He was captured in the "Wheatfield" and sent to Richmond where he was kept under guard at a tobacco shed for a couple of months. He end up dying at the Battle of the Wilderness, less than a year later

Ann Pickett from Australia sent me this interesting snippet
"SHIPS DESERTERS 1852-1900" by Jim Melton (printed 1986 Sydney, Australia)..page 48:"p1351 Notice dated 8/8/1853 - SAMUEL COXON "Argo"Steamer ,A.B.,5ft 2ins, fair complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, scar on nose; 15 reward.

Cameron Coxon-Smith sent me the following intriguing information
I had a letter from Geoff Coxon in Queensland, Australia who related a story to me. Briefly,he went to live and work in Samoa some years ago and when he was driven down the main street, on his arrival, he spotted a store sign with Coxon's over the door, and this is what he found out. " A few generations ago, a ship put into Samoa, and on it was a seaman called COXON. He jumped ship as many before and after have, in Samoa, and entered into Samoan society. He married a Samoan woman and they had children but the name Coxon disappeared rapidly because of female descendents and possibly the penchant for male Samoans to abandon names if there is a reason to do so. One of the female Coxons married a gent carring the german name of Von Reiche-no doubt the descendent of a german who had also jumped ship.This Von Reiche was a business man who ran the business under his own name.However,come WW2,this was not a good time to be carrying a german name so he renamed his business after his wife's name and hence the name Coxon on the store sign.According to the Von Reiche family historian,the original" Samoan" Coxon came from Newcastle,Northumberland

Another note from Cameron is as follows:-
JOSEPH COXON (25) P.O. R.N.A.S. Awarded a medal for conspicious bravery under fire on the Caucasian Front. 21st Oct 1916 "In the engagement of the 27th Aug/9th Sept 1916 at the village of Chavkiz, he, the first gunner under heavy Turkish rifle fire, by a well aimed shot at close range, exploded the enemy's Magazine" Joseph Coxon was son of Arthur and Ann Jane Coxon, 57 Lichfield Road, Hanley,Staffs

Ceramic Art Company (Lenox), Trenton New Jersey, USA - In 1889, Walter Scott Lenox left Willets and went into partnership with Jonathan Coxon, superintendent of Ott & Brewer, and founded the Ceramic Art Company (CAC). This partnership lasted until the spring of 1896 when Coxon sold his interest to Lenox.

Coxon & Thompson Pottery (Trenton Potteries Co.), New Jersey, USA - In 1863, Charles Coxon, one of the important designers and modelers of the nineteenth century, opened his own pottery in partnership with John F. Thompson. Coxon died in 1868. The family continued to operated the pottery until its was acquired by Alpaugh & McGowan in 1883.

COCKSON, Charles Thomas (1838-1900), pottery manufacturer, Cobridge. Charles Thomas Cockson was born May 31, 1838 in Alrewas, Yoxall, Staffordshire, U.K. In the 1851 census Charles Thomas Cockson, 13 years of age was listed as a china painter as occupation. His father William was listed as a potter. Charles Thomas Cockson worked as a china painter in Cobridge and Liverpool before emigrating to the U.S.A in 1870 with his wife and two oldest children. He worked the Globe Pottery in Cobridge along with his father. He was given title to a homestead in Polk County, Nebraska in 1880. While enroute to visit family, he caught pneumonia and died in London on June 5, 1900 where he lies in St. Pancras cemetery. He and Lucy had one daughter and four sons. In 1865 his first child was born in Liverpool, England. .