Lewis J. Cox

Funeral services for Lewis J. Cox, who died suddenly Monday of a heart attack in his car at Netcong, will be held this afternoon at 2:30 at Luse & Smith Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. A Masonic service was conducted last night at the funeral parlor by Harmony Lodge, F.&A.M. Mr. Cox had left the store of O.A. McPeek, of Netcong, at 6:15 P.M. Tuesday. A salesman who had left the store a few minutes later found Mr. Cox slumped over the wheel of his automobile, Dr. Frank L. Bird was summoned. He pronounced Mr. Cox dead. Mr. Cox had been associated with the Woodward concern 47 years. He had been vice-president of the company since 1923. He was born at Cox’s Mills, Wantage Township, and came to Newton 48 years ago. When he first came to Newton he was employed in the hardware store of John Hibler. He was a clerk in the Woodward establishment about seven years. He had been a traveling representative of the company the last 40 years. He covered parts of Warren, Hunterdon and Morris Counties and sections of New York and Pennsylvania. Before the automobile became popular he covered his territory in a horse and wagon. He was one of the first in this section to adopt the automobile as a means of transportation. Mr. Cox was a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 8, F & A.M.; Baldwin Chapter, No. 17, R.A.M.; Sussex County Forest, No. 37, Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Newton Lodge of Elks; Ivy Lodge, I.O.O.F. and the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Cox leaves his wife, Mrs. Lelia Cox, and a twin brother, Martin J. Cox of Newton. Rev. J. Charles McKirachan, pastor of Presbyterian Church, will officiate at the funeral service. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery.

Source: Sussex Register, March 30, 1939.

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Gaspar Rorick, Jr.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. lived probably about four years in Pennsylvania. Of his early life little is known to us at the present time. The most we know is obtained from a letter from the Veterans Administration, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C. where it is stated: You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pensions claim S. 833 that Gasper Rorick was born in Pennsylvania. His father died when he was about 4 or 5 years old (about 1752 or 1753) possibly later as there seems to be some discrepancy about Gaspar’s age, and his mother moved from Pennsylvania. The names of his parents are not given, nor is it stated to what place they moved. While residing in Sussex County, N.J. he enlisted and served with the N.J. Militia, as follows:

In the spring of 1776, one month in Capt. Frank Hedley’s company; in the same year, one month in Capt. Richard Edsall’s company, one month in Capt. Kirkendall’s company, one month in Capt. Hill’s company, one month in Capt. William Johnson’s company, two tours of one month each in Capt. Bockhover’s company, and two weeks in Capt. Jacob Stoll’s company under Major Harrison, and was at the Battle of Germantown. There are no specific dates of service given. He was allowed pension on his application executed August 31, 1832, at which time he was living in Wantage Township, Sussex Co., N.J., aged 81.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. was a little man and in his declining years wore a red cap with a long tassel like old people used to wear years ago. He also smoked a pipe according to information which was sent by Miss Margaret Cox, a descendant of Gasper Rorick, Jr. who resided in the vicinity of Gasper Rorick Jr.’s home.

May 14, 1936 Sussex County, N.J. the following news item appeared in the papers:

“The Chinkchewunska Chapter of D.A.R. will unveil three markers on Saturday, May 15, 1936 on graves of Revolutionary Soldiers in Papakating Cemetery on the Hamburg Road. Gosper Rorick, Jr. of the N.J. Troops will be one of the soldiers so honored, and at the Rorick grave Miss Margaret Cox of Newton, a descendant, will read the biography. Anson DeWitt of Sussex will unveil the marker. The other two so honored were Quartermaster Azariah Martin and Nathaniel Martin.

Source: Lundahl, Helen Rorick. (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America. (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)

Nellie Fotens Cox

Newton — Mrs. Nellie F. Cox, seventy, widow of Martin J. Cox, died at her home, 125 Main street, on Monday afternoon. She was born at Albany, N.Y., the daughter of the late John H. and Mary T. Fotens. She was a member of Newton Presbyterian Church, the Fortnightly Club, Past Matron of Melchior Chapter, O.E.S., past district deputy of the 19th district, Grand Chapter O.E.S. She leaves one daughter, Miss Margaret Cox, at home, and one son, William M. Cox, of Syracuse University, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Fleming, of Whittier, Calif.; Mrs. Margaret Macholz, of Brooklyn, NY, and Mrs. Edith B. Washburn, of Hempstead, L.I. Merchoir Chapter conducted Eastern Star service at her late home at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening. Rev. Charles J. McKirachan, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield, will conduct the service at her late home today at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Tranquility cemetery.

Source: Sussex County Independent, December 19, 1946.

Lewis Cox, Sr.

LEWIS J. COX, SR. Died at the home of his son in Newton, on Wednesday, aged about 83 years. He was a son of James and Sarah Jane Cox, late of Wantage township, where the deceased resided until about thirty-eight years ago. He is survived by two sons, Martin J. and Lewis J. Cox, Jr., both of Newton, and a grand-daughter, Margaret Cox, of Dover. He is also survived by a sister, Miss Meribah Cox of Sussex. He was a veteran of the Civil War, ranking as a Sergeant in the Army. He married Margaret DeWitt, of Wantage, who died a number of years ago. He was a prominent man in Wantage township. The funeral takes place on Saturday at his late home in Newton at 3 p.m. Interment in Newton cemetery. (Undated newspaper clipping in a scrapbook owned by Elizabeth Headley)

Lewis J. Cox, Sr., passed away at the home of his son, Lewis J. Cox, Jr., at Newton, Wednesday, April 18, 1928, at the advanced age of 85 years and 8 months, after an illness of less than four weeks from a complication of diseases. Lewis J. Cox, Sr., was a son of James and Sarah Jane Wilson Cox, and was born in Wantage Township, Sussex County, August 22, 1842, and lived on his father’s farm until he reached manhood. He enlisted in the Civil War at Newark in 1862, serving for nine months with Company H, 27th New Jersey Regular Infantry. July 2, 1863 he was mustered out with the rank of sergeant. He then returned to Wantage township, remaining for two years with his father, after which he removed to Deckertown, now Sussex, and joined his brother in conducting a general store under the name of W.W. Cox & Bro. Disposing of his interest in the store after four years, he purchased a farm in Wantage township, and continued farming for several years, when he retired and since then has been living in Newton. Lewis J. Cox became a member of Capt. Griggs Post, No. 111, G.A.R., after becoming a resident of Newton, and served the Post as Commander at one time. Lewis J. Cox married Margaret DeWitt, daughter of James and Mary Carr DeWitt, February 26, 1868, she passing away December 31, 1910. To this union three children were born: Grace, who died in infancy; Martin J. and Lewis J. Cox, Jr. Beside the two sons, who have been residents of Newton for over 37 years, Mr. Cox is survived by on grand-daughter, M. Margaret Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Cox, and one sister, Miss Meribeh M. Cox, of Sussex borough. Since early manhood Mr. Cox has been a member of the Sussex Baptist Church, and has always retained his membership there, although attending the First Presbyterian church, Newton, since residing there. Funeral services were held April 21st, at his late home, 4 Franklin street, Newton, and was largely attended, the numerous contributions of beautiful flowers gave evidence of the high esteem in which he was held by his friends and acquaintances. The services were conducted by the Rev. Clarence W. Rouse, D.D., pastor of the Presbyterian church, Newton, assisted by Rev. Elmer E. Hoffman, pastor of the Baleville Christian church. Internment was in the family plot in the Newton Cemetery. The funeral was attended by a squad from Lieut. Chas. A. Meyer Post, American Legion, who accompanied the remains to the cemetery and fired a salute over the grave and sound the taps of the bugle. (Sussex Register, April 26, 1928)

Emma Barber Cox

Newton— Mrs. Emma L. Cox, seventy-five, of Franklin street, widow of Lewis J. Cox, died Monday night at Newton Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of the late William and Mary Barber and was born in Andover township. A resident of Newton for forty years. Mrs. Cox had been a member of the Newton Presbyterian Church. She is survived only by her sister, Miss Vida Barber, also of Franklin Street. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Luse and Smith Funeral Home by Rev. Andrew W. Blackwood Jr. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery.

Source: Sussex Independent, October 9, 1947.