My goddaughters are descended from Marcus and Margaretta Horth Jacox so I've been compiling their family genealogy along with my own (I've promised my 'project' to my youngest goddaughter as her inheritance *LOL).
It certainly sounds like there is a long-standing relationship between the Jaycox, Hull, Tainter and Godfrey lines. Usually when I see the same surnames intermarrying within a couple of the same families, I usually find out they are related. Here is what little I know.
I found Henry and Sophia Jacox in Royalton Township, Cuyahoga County OH in the 1850 census. His birthplace was listed as OH, hers as NY. They did not have children living with them at that time and I assumed they had been recently married. I have been unable to find Marcus in the 1850 census with any Jacox/Jaycox family, or indexed alone, in 1850.
There is an LDS IGI record that names Sophia Godfrey and her Jacox husband as the parents of a James Jacox, born about 1859 in Leslie, Ingham County, MI. This would correspond to Henrietta's brother James shown as about 10 years old in 1870. I have found, in the 1900 census in Leslie Twp, Ingham County MI, a James Jacox, wife Mary A and three children; they are living next door to Sophronia Hull, age 69, widowed and her brother Benjamin Ingals. Is she related in some way to Cortez and Eliza Alice Hull?
I am trying to find Henry and Sophia Jacox in the 1860 census. We know Sophia was living in 1856 when she and Henry witnessed Marcus and Margeretta's marriage, so it is likely that she is Henrietta's mother. If I can find them in the 1860 census, it should confirm that.
I believe that Cortez and Henrietta did have descendants based on the 1900 census -- Hamlin Twp, Eaton County MI. They are shown as having been married 26 years; Henrietta is shown as having had 3 children, all 3 still living. One or more of these children should be listed with them in the 1880 census, but I haven't done that lookup yet.
With Richard and Polly Godfrey having involvement in the collateral families, I would say it's likely that Sophia is related to them in some way. Why else would Richard witness Austin Hamilton and Sarah Horth's marriage?
Do any of these families --- Hull, Tainter or Godfrey --- have any Ohio origins or perhaps side trips. I've been struggling to identify which Jacox/Jaycox line Marcus and Henry belong to. Both appear to have been born in Ohio (although Henrietta's 1900 census record states that both parents were born in NY). It was not helpful that Marcus got himself killed in the Civil War, after hiding from the census takers in 1850. I only have him in one census, 1860 in Fulton County IL, which is a long way from Jackson County MI. Austin and Sarah Horth Hamilton were living with them at the time. After Marcus was killed in the war, Margaretta went back to Michigan as did Austin and Sarah. Margaretta remarried, to Elisha Richardson, and they did reside in Ohio long enough to have at least one son, Frank, before moving back to Michigan.
I would love to have a picture of Henrietta and Cortez. You can email it to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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