Cox (nee Ellis), Mary Edith

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Principal occupation=Storekeeper

Mary Edith Ellis was born on 8 September 1871 at Morphett Vale, SA. She was the daughter of William Ellis (1834-1890) and Emma (née Harrowfield) (1832-1888). Religion – Church of England. Mary Edith, aged 17 years, married Charles Cox (1860-1947), aged 27 years (actually 29 years), at Trinity Church, Adelaide on 24 April 1889. Charles was born on 2 December 1860 at Adelaide and was the son of John Cox (1816- ) and Eliza Fry (1819-1915). In 1886 he was described as Charles Cox, saddler of Port Germein, and later as a saddler of Aldinga. Charles and Mary Edith Cox had four children:

  • Emma Eliza Florence (1890-1960) born at Goodwood, married Anthony Jordan (1884-1958) on 16 November 1910 at St Aidan Church, Marden. She died in hospital in Adelaide
  • Clarence Charles Clem (1892-1916) born at Aldinga and baptised on 1 January 1893 at S. Ann’s Anglican Church, married Ida Elizabeth Sisley (1871-1947) on 30 September 1913 at the Methodist Manse, South Terrace, Adelaide, he died at Pozieres on 4 August 1916 and was buried at Villers-Bretonneux
  • Ellis Bertie George (1896-1951) born at Aldinga, married Daisy Olive Ruby Harrison (1901-1970) on 5 October 1925 at the Presbyterian Church, Adelaide, died in hospital in Adelaide
  • Ivy Edith Celia (1900-1972) born at Adelaide, married Norman Edward Cotton (1895-1947) on 3 December 1918 at Hindmarsh; she died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital

Mary Edith Cox, wife of saddler Charles Cox, lived at Aldinga for about a decade (1892-1902). She owned the property (part of section 407) at 15 Old Coach Road, Aldinga for about six years from 9 April 1896 until 1902. Her husband Charles was listed in the Directories at that time as a saddler of Aldinga until 1900 and they may have operated the building as a saddlery/store. In later life Mary Edith worked as a storekeeper in partnership with her daughter Ivy’s husband Norman Cotton as Cotton and Cox in Woodville in the 1920s. Charles and Mary Edith Cox appear to have separated sometime about 1900 and by 1939 Charles Cox, saddler, was living at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. He died in the Old Folks’ Home at Magill on 20 June 1947 and is buried in West Terrace Cemetery. Mrs. Mary Edith Cox (née Ellis) died at her residence at 34 Logan St, Adelaide on 12 September 1947 and she is buried in Centennial Park Cemetery.


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