Thomas Edward Cox books, 1829-1830, 1844-1854.

Creator: Cox, Thomas Edward, 1815-1855.
Collection number: 3309
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Abstract: Edward Cox (d. 1853) owned six farms in Henrico County, Va. His son, Thomas Edward Cox, physician and farmer in Henrico County, was educated at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He married Frances Eleanor Grant, probably in the 1840s, and had one surviving child, Martha Ellen. Two farm account books of Edward Cox, and two physician’s ledger/notebooks and three farm account/daybooks of his son, Thomas Edward Cox. These volumes chiefly document the farming activities of Thomas Edward Cox at his Laurel Spring farm in Henrico County, Va., on the James River, just below Richmond, 1853-1854. Accounts for wheat and flour sold and for supplies purchased and records of slave and other labor used are included. Considerable information also appears on Thomas Edward Cox’s medical practice in Henrico County in the 1840s and early 1850s, and limited information on his family and personal life can be culled from his daybook entries. Edward Cox’s farming activities, including his use of slave labor in the late 1820s receive some attention, but nothing appears on the elder Cox’s life, otherwise.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included are slave lists as well as slave medical accounts (1847); a record of shoes given to slaves (n.d.); inventories of slaves owned by Thomas Cox (1854); and meat and meal allowances to slaves and white farm hands (1854). Microfilm available.