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Cox (nee Ellis), Mary Edith

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1871
Place of birth Morphett Vale, SA
Date of arrival c. 1892
Principal occupation Storekeeper
Date of departure c. 1902
Date of death 1947
Place of decease 34 Logan Street, Adelaide

Mary Edith Ellis was born on 8 Sept 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 Dec 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) b. at Goodwood, m. Anthony Jordan (1884-1958) on 16 Nov 1910 at Adelaide, South Australia

Clarence Charles Clem (1892-1916) b. at Aldinga and baptized on 1 Jan 1893 at St. Ann’s Anglican Church, m. Ida Elizabeth Sisley (1871-1947) on 30 Sept 1913, he died at Pozieres on 4 Aug 1916 and was buried at Villers-Bretonneux

Ellis Bertie George (1896-1951) b. at Aldinga, m. Daisy Olive Ruby Harrison (1901-1970), d. at Adelaide, SA

Ivy Edith Celia (1900-1972) b. at Adelaide, m. Norman Edward Cotton (1895-1947) on 3 Dec 1918 at Hindmarsh, SA,

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, KI. He died at Kingscote, Kangaroo island on 21 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 Sept 1947 and she is buried in Centennial Park Cemetery.


  • Passengers in History Database - South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births - Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages - Index of Registrations 1842-1947
  • South Australian Deaths - Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Statton J (ed) 1986. Biograhical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 1

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