Following on from this post, two additional DNA matches have come to light, which link into the wider family (Giving 5 known matches in total who are linked to this family), seemingly cementing the case set out below.
Both matches appear on My Heritage:
From all available evidence, when initially looking at the first couple of matches to appear, it seemed as though the link had to be somehow related to my unknown great grandfather. Trying to fit in the matches on known lines did not make any sense, particularly when many of the other lines have now been confirmed through DNA, and with only the one unknown great grandparent of mine.
All the related DNA matches, and the amount of shared DNA, make the case that I am descended from a child of William Cox (1847 – 1915), son of Robert and Amelia (nee Morgan) and Louisa Moore (1851 – 1897), daughter of John Isaac Moore and Elizabeth Smith, who married in Shoreditch, London in 1869.
William Cox and Louisa Moore had 7 children; Louisa (died as a baby), William (1871 -1962), Louisa (1874 – 1890), Robert (1876 – 1910), Edward (1880 – ), Benjamin (1882 – ) and George (1886 – 1973).
Several of these children emigrated to Australia at roughly the sort of time when a child of theirs would have had to have been born to make them a match for my unknown great grandfather.
Attention quickly turned to Louisa (1874 – 1890), was it possible that before her death at an early age of 16, she had a child? This would make the most sense as a candidate for my great grandfather or great great grandfather..
As I mentioned, Louisa sadly died in 1890 aged 16, which meant that if this theory were to prove true, Louisa would have had to have had a child fairly shortly before her death.
I decided to do a search of the new online GRO birth index, which includes mother’s maiden name from 1837 to look for any possible Cox’s which could fall into that category, and found the following entry:
A Walter Fordham Cox was born to a single Louisa Cox on the 11th March 1890 at 27 Richmond Road, Walthamstow, Essex, England.
The Louisa on the birth certificate was a domestic servant. It seems probable that the father’s surname was Fordham.
At this point in time it cannot be 100% confirmed that this Louisa is the same daughter of William and Louisa (nee Moore), and I have not been able to sight Walter Fordham or Cox in the English, Welsh or Scottish Census of 1891, 1901 or 1911.
However, neither have I found a likely death for this Walter Fordham Cox. There was a Walter Fordham born towards the end of 1889, who appears to have died in 1891, both birth and death registered as Walter Fordham.
Additionally, it has now been confirmed through another distant cousin in Australia that Louisa did indeed have a child. Much of the wider family did not know apparently.
I believe that Walter Fordham Cox could possibly be my great great grandfather, and I suspect if this is my direct descendant, that Walter, like his mum became a parent at a young age, and that child, possibly born between about 1904 to 1908 in Scotland, or possibly France, who is likely registered under his mum’s surname, whatever that is, is my great grandfather.
I mention France as it has been said that there is some link to France, as of yet, no link has been discovered. If there is a link then it could very well explain the disappearance of Walter Fordham Cox from England, with no sign of him in England, Scotland or Wales between 1891 and 1911. Possibly his son, my great grandfather, partner of Frances Eleanor Chapman was born in France in the early 1900s?
If a descendant of Walter is reading this post, and has considered doing a DNA test for family history, then that would be a great idea!