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Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 2
Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
New York: Lewis historical publishing company, 1915
Pg. 910, 911
WILLIAM COX, who was born in Staffordshire, England, about 1835, emigrated to America about 1868, and settled at Fallbrook, Pa.He followed his calling as a shoemaker about three years, then came to McKeesport, where he followed his trade on Third Avenue, and carried this on two years, and during this time MRS. COX opened a store on Market Street and this she conducted for about seven years.She then opened a millinery store in Fifth Avenue, property she had purchased, and operated a larger store for a quarter of a century, this being now in the possession of her son, WILL J.MR. COX SR. continued in business for some time longer, when he retired, and died in 1908.MRS. COX retired from business about 1904, and is now living at No. 131 Seventh Avenue.Her maiden name was MARY A. DUNN; she was also born in Staffordshire, England, about 1835, and both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.They had children: THOMAS A., died December 24, 1902, unmarried, at the age of 24 years, and WILL J.
WILL J. COX, son of WILLIAM and MARY A. (DUNN) COX, was born at Fallbrook, Tioga County, Pa., Sept. 22, 1869.He received an education in the public schools of McKeesport, and received his business education in the store operated by his mother, of which he is now sole proprietor.In recent years the concern has been incorporated, as the WILL J. COX Company, of which MR.COX is the present.They handle millinery, cloaks and suits, and it is the oldest millinery store in McKeesport.There are 22 people employed, and the business occupies three stories in the Fifth Avenue building.MR. COX is independent in his political views, and he and his wife are members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church.He married, in August, 1899, MINNIE, born in McKeesport, a daughter of CASPER and WILHELMINA MATHIS, and they have children: MILDRED, WILLIAM, HELEN, ROBERT.