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REBECCA UPJOHN born to James UPJOHN and his wife Mary GARLE on 9th September 1762 at St.Martin le Grand U.K. Rebecca was from Bristol at time of her marriage at Wiltshire in January 1789 to William Cox. PHOTO is 'Clarendon', Richmond N.S.W. in 1990's.

The Upjohn family comprise a long line of clock and watchmakers as described in a book & quote;A Study in Ancestry & quote; which is available at the National Library in Canberra. There is a couple of threads that run through the family of Cox and Upjohn, one being the love of the sea - army, and their extensive interest in clockmaking. Even William Cox (1764-1837) was apprenticed to his brother Robert Harvey Cox in Christchurch, Hampshire U.K. for a time. A great and colourful story on the clockmaking enterprise will be included in a publication in due time, by Barry Cox and another English researcher.

Rebecca's father JAMES UPJOHN was son of Edward Upjohn, landed proprietor, near Shaftsbury in Dorset. Edward sold his land in 1723 intending to buy in at Philadelphia, but with failing health he returned to U.K. He settled at Exeter in 1726 and died aged 80, while his wife was aged 90 at her decease. His eldest son became a wealthy merchant in Red Lion Street, London, in a house left by Sir George Colebrook in 1764, at Prescot's Bank. He had Freedom of the City, Goldsmith's Co., and was Grand Juryman of Parish of St.John's. He married Mary Garle at Foster's Lane Church on 1.1.1745 where her father gave her away. They went to Exeter to visit his family - Mrs James Upjohn going by coach, while he rode his favourite horse. In 1775 he left London for Kentish Town (just west of London), where he kept his horse and rode out with his daughter every afternoon. That daughter Rebecca Upjohn married William Cox some years later.

William and Rebecca had issue:

1. William Cox married Elizabeth Piper and had issue William Hobart Cox, Ann Cox, Eliza Cox, John Hobart Cox, Frances Cox, Charles Cox, Sloper Cox, Matthew Cox, Jane Cox, Rebecca Cox. They lived at 'Hobartville' Richmond and also lived at 'Wybong', Muswellbrook. He was magistrate 1830-1847. Elizabeth was dau/of Capt.John Piper, 6th Reg of Foot & Frances Ayrault 'Colyton House' Devon.

2. James Cox married Mary Connell (Jas.Cox Web page)

3. Charles Cox b.1793 - killed by natives in Fiji 1813. He was third officer on vessel 'Hunter' enroute to China and was receiving a cargo of Sandalwood. Fourteen sailors were killed in that unfortunate incident. The vessel was enroute to China.

4. George Cox married Elizabeth Bell d/o Lieut.Archibald Bell of 'Belmont'. George settled 'Winbourn' Mulgoa, as pastoralist and magistrate 1830-1852. Issue - Georgina Eliza Cox, George Henry Cox, Archibald Bell Cox, Rebecca Maria Cox, James Charles Cox, Charles Clarendon Cox, Sophia Matilda Cox, James Dalrymple Cox, Frederick Savage Cox, Alexander Hassall Cox,Albert Tarlton Cox, Amelia Una Cox. On visiting what was supposed to be the remains of this homestead, we found a marvellous old building, occupied by a college. Renovations had been done, but original thick stone walls, ballroom and cellars to cater for the vineyards at the back, showed remnants of the lifestyle of those pioneers in Mulgoa Valley.

Both George and Henry were first, along with William Lawson in 1822, to explore and settle Mudgee District. Memorials can be seen there. Henry settled 'Menah' while George and his son developed beautiful 'Burrundulla'.

5. Henry Cox married Frances Mackenzie:- issue: Francis Cox, Anna Cox Kenneth Cox, Vivian Cox, Colin Beddek Cox, Henrietta Jane Cox, Maria Eliza Cox. Henry settled 'Glenmore' Mulgoa, now a golf course. The homestead was in disrepair during our visit, but the countryside was a delightful panorama for all those desiring to hit a little white ball around the greens. 'Fairfield' was original grant to Henry on his arrival in 1804. Henry was magistrate 1835-1844, and Frances dau/of Alexander Mackenzie, first secretary, Bank of New South Wales, for which he opened a branch at Bathurst.

6. Frederick Cox b.1797 Devizes - died young.

7. Frances Anna Maria Cox b.1802 Sydney. As Anna Maria Cox, she died at 9 mths and buried at St.Thomas Church. Edward Cox married Jane Maria Brooks:- issue: Christina Cox, Edward King Cox, Emma Cox, Richard William Cox, James Charles Cox, Jane Maria Cox, Rebecca Cox, Charlotte Cox. Edward was grazier at 'Fernhill' Mulgoa and magistrate 1834-1852. First four children born at 'The Cottage' Mulgoa. Edward is buried at St.Thomas Church.

ST THOMAS CHURCH was erected on land donated by Cox brothers Edward and George. Stained glass memorial windows are testimony to this. George loved his flower gardens and was noted as arriving with armloads of flowers and greenery each Sunday morning to decorate St.Thomas Church, where he is laid to rest.


Rebecca died 1819, which must have been a sad event, as she had been such a support to William during his years away and in the many building projects he undertook. She was always ready with supplies, when needed for the workers on the road construction. His memorial on her tombstone is testimony of his love for her and pride in her.

WILLIAM COX chose another wife to share his life when he married ANNA BLACHFORD dau/of Joseph Blachford and Susan Pike. Her sister Elizabeth Blachford married Windsor lawyer Francis Beddek. They lived as tenants in William Cox's, Claremont Cottage, adjoining the land William donated to St.Matthew's Church. At a later time Beddek's bought Claremont from William.

ISSUE to WILLIAM and ANNA COX - All four children were born at 'Clarendon' and it appears that William and Anna only moved across the river to 'Fairfield' c.1833, four years before his decease. Anna was respected by all William's children as a caring, loving wife and nurse during his times of illness.(See Cox Homes)

1. Edgar Cox b.1822 married Mary Andrewina Piper dau/of Capt.John Piper, 102nd Reg., nephew of Capt.John Piper aforesaid. I have an old, small hardback book of poems written, published by Mary Andrewina Piper. Issue:- Edgar William Piper Cox, Bertha Marian Cox, Hugh Alfred Rankin Cox. Edgar, who lived at 'Hereford' at Bathurst, which he inherited from his father, spent his time breeding and racing fine horses. He was not inclined to the land, even after spending some years in Tasmania with Uncle James. Neither was he inspired for 'civic' things like other family members and I have a document drawn up by Edward concerning his father's Will.

2. Thomas Cox b.1823 Clarendon married Marie Laura Jones, Somerset U.K. Issue: Arthur Blachford Cox, Sydney Thomas Cox, Charles Herbert Cox, Hamilton (Lionel ?)Cox, Hubert Henry Cox, Lionel Cox ?, Alice Maud Cox, Eleanor Cox, Ethel Mary Blachford Cox, Agnes Anna Cox, Violet Cox ?. There seems to be some differences in that issue of (11). Information sought. Thomas began his education at King's school, Sydney and after attending Trinity College, Cambridge, entered the Anglican Ministry.

3. Alfred Cox b.1825 Clarendon married Mary McPherson:- Issue - Alfred Swen Cox, Edmund Blachford Cox, Anna Blachford Cox, May(Mary?) Florence Cox, Catherine Cox, Marian Cox, George McPherson Cox, Jane Wilson Cox, Arthur Gladstone Cox, Edith Margaret Cox, Eva Constance Cox, Amy McPherson Cox, Maud Hamilton Cox. Alfred lived for a time at 'Burrandong' N.S.W, before migrating to New Zealand, where all issue after Catherine were born. Alfred Cox was magistrate 1851-1852. (keeping family tradition). In 1854, Alfred bought property at Canterbury, N.Z. where he finally resided in 1857.

I have just recently read a marvellous book on "Family Reminiscences " by Alfred Cox, edited by Bryan Cox of New Zealand. This is a marvellous insight into all the family as Alfred, the last son of William and Anna, born 1825, who wrote down a great deal about every member of the family. He had lived through those years when his step brothers were older and had much communication with them. Alfred explains how he stood beside the grave of William Cox (his dad), when laid to rest with Rebecca in St.Matthew's Churchyard Windsor. These writings bring to life a story of the very nature of these pioneering men and women. Thank you Bryan.

4. Anna Clarendon Cox b.c1828 'Clarendon' Richmond, m.1844 Windsor, Capt.Richard Ramsbottom (aka. Isherwood). As only surviving daughter of William, she is said to have been rather spoiled. She married young and went to England to live, where they had issue of four sons and nine daughters.


After William's death in 1837 aged 72, Anna married again to Dr.Alexander Gamack, surgeon at Windsor Hospital, as she was still a young woman. She eventually went to New Zealand to live, as many of her family seem to emigrate there. Anna Blachford b.1796 at Isle of Wight, died 1869 at Christchurch, New Zealand aged 80. Anna Gamack had issue of 1 son John Alexander, who worked with Cox families in New Zealand.

William and Anna married 1821 at St.Matthews Church, Windsor and Rachel Roxburgh describes it beautifully in her volume of "Early Colonial Houses of New South Wales" pub.1974. Rachael says 'An account of this occasion is given in a letter to Mrs.John Piper' - "Miss Blachford....wore a clear muslin dress, beautifully worked at the bottom and lace let in, over a sarsanet slip, the hem of the skirt was satin and the body trimmed with pipings of white satin and lace, and a lace pelerine, silk handkerchief, and watered ribbon band, a leghorn bonnet trimmed with satin ribbon and a handsome white veil ".....Even the horses bringing Mrs.William Cox Jun. from Hobartville to this 'gay turnout' wore white favours."

Rachael continues "About this time (1828) William became ill while sitting on the Bench at Windsor. This occasioned a long notice in Sydney Gazette 15.9.1858 stating - The sensation in the public mind occasioned by the indisposition of Mr.Cox is beyond description.....Very many inhabitants of the Hawkesbury enjoy sweet liberty under his auspices, hold land under his recommendatioin, have reared families under his employ.......'Conspicuous for his humanity, his judgements had been equally just toward the poorer class of settlers, with all whose necessities had brought them under his jurisdiction', and there were constant enquiries of 'How is Mr.Cox ?' When he died in 1837 some nine years later, he was mourned by many" end quote....... William, although just, was a compassionate man, becoming founding President of Hawkesbury Benevolent Society in 1819.

There are more family stories under Cox Homes of N.S.W.


The Clock of TIME is wound but ONCE and no man has the POWER, to tell just when the hands will STOP - at a late or early hour.

NOW is the only TIME you can LIVE - LOVE and TOIL with a WILL. Place no faith in Tomorrow, for the hands may then be STILL.

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