Name: William COXHEAD
Birth: 1795 in London, England
Death: ABT. 1860 in Rochester, Monroe Cnty, New York
Residence: London, New York, Rochester
Reference Number: 116
According to the Coat of Arms Search & Attestation of Messrs. Holmes-Corey, Ltd., Coat of Arms #NSP382...
Coat of Arms Reference: J.B. Burke GENERAL ARMORY published in 1888.
This surname developed whither from a tradesign which displayed the head of a rooster or from the words used as a nickname for a proud man. Records dated 1412 and 1424 list the name of Thomas Cokkeshed of London.
"Argent a lesse sable between three cocks' gales."
Reference source: Reaney, Page 81
Per Mary Coxhead--William Coxhead was a well to do publisher in London, and lived in Islington with his wife and 6 children. He established a branch of his business in New York, making frequent trips between his business in London and the New York branch. He always supported his family in comfort and good style. Finally information reached his wife in Islington that he had a wife in New York. She came to New York to investigate and found that the information was correct. The lady whom he had married left him and her family threatened to make trouble for him so he left New York and went to Rochester, NY, where he took the name of Barrowdale. There he married again and had a family.
In the meanwhile, his first wife secured a divorce in New York before returning home. Later on she married a second time in England, Charles Mansfield, who kept a posting inn on the London and Brighton mail route. When he died, he left all his money to his wife. When she died in 1848, William Coxhead returned to England and claimed a share in her estate. Her children did not contest the claim and allowed him to have the money. Their mother's divorce, while valid in New York was not legal in England. They also did not wish to bring any shame or reproach on their mother's good name.
Elizabeth Ann BOLDEN b: ABT. 1795 in London, England
27 SEP 1814
in St. Mary, Islington, Middlesex, England
- William COXHEAD
- Henry COXHEAD
- Elizabeth Martha COXHEAD b: 4 MAY 1816 in London, England
- Charles Samuel COXHEAD b: 6 DEC 1821 in London, England
- Frederick COXHEAD b: 1846