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Samuel Bailey Coxon                           1833-1887
    Usworth Hall (originally Usworth Place) where Samuel lived for most of his life, was built in 1800. However he was born in Seaham Harbour when his father, Joseph Coxon, was employed by Lord Londonderry to construct a harbour there for seagoing vessels. Previously the little town had been known simply as Seaham with its stately home of the Milbankes where Lord Bryon had married Anabella Milbanke.
    Lord Londonderry's aim in trying to construct a harbour had been to allow his colliers to load and unload at a port that virtually belonged to him, thereby saving him the port dues levied on his ships at Sunderland and Hartlepool. It was considered an almost impossible task as the shafts had to be sunk through solid rock, and this had rarely been successfully attempted before. However Joseph's father, another Samuel, had evidently once succeeded and was thereafter always known as "Sinker Sam."
    All the Coxons appear to have been mining engineers and good ones and it was to Joseph that Lord Londonderry entrusted the task. His trust was not misplaced and the shaft was sunk and the harbour opened.
    This was to Londonderry's huge delight. He subsequently boasted that he would "see the grass growing in the streets of Sunderland." This, of course, never happened. In those
thriving Victorian days there was trade enough for all.
    Samuel Bailey followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and became a partner and associate of George Elliot, the "pit boy millionaire," one of the north's self made entrepreneurs. Among their many interests were several collieries, and in Samuel's case, especially Usworth which the firm sank in 1845. He married Susannah Bell Noble in 1858 and by her had a family of no less than fifteen children. She died 1875, and though many children died relatively young, the widower was still left with a large brood to bring up. However his sister, Ann, who had also married a Noble was by this time herself a widow. She and her four children came to live in Usworth Hall where both families apparently co-existed very happily together.
    Juliet and Kate, usually called Kitty, both went to finishing school in Belgium and were both converted to the Catholic faith. Juliet took the veil and eventually became Mother Superior in the Order of the Sacred Heart at Tal Bullot in Malta. It was an enclosed and strict Order. When her nephew, Noble Coxon, then only about nineteen, was on a Mediterranean cruise he called there but was only allowed to talk to her through a grille. Family photos that were sent her were returned.

Susannah Bell Noble                            1837-1875
Susannah was born on 19 May 1837, the daughter of Thomas Noble and Susannah Bell, at Penshaw, County Durham. She had a very untimely early death at age 38.
I have identified the following children.
  Jean Bailey Born 2 Sep 1858   Penshaw Died in Infancy
Joseph Born 18 Nov 1859   Penshaw, Durham Died 1875, Age 15
Susannah Georgina Born abt 1860   Usworth, Durham  
Thomas Noble Born 26 Feb 1862   Usworth, Durham Died 1874, Age 12
Anne Born abt 1864   Usworth, Durham Married William Donkin
Elizabeth May Born abt 1865   Usworth, Durham Never Married
George Elliot Born 7 May 1866   Usworth, Durham Married Clara Harding
Dora Lumsdon
Rosalind Jessica Born 9 Jun 1867   Usworth, Durham Married George Herbert Allison
Samuel Bailey Born abt 1869   Usworth, Durham Died in Infancy
Juliet Born 15 Jul 1870   Usworth, Durham  
Samuel Bailey Born 14 Dec 1871   Usworth, Durham  
Kate "Kitty" Born 4 May 1873   Usworth, Durham Married George Golding
John Bailey Born Jul 1874   Usworth, Durham Died in Infancy
Henry Coxon Born 16 Jun 1875   Usworth, Durham Married Elizabeth Coxon Noble
Robert Noble Born 16 Jun 1875   Usworth, Durham Died in Infancy

Birth of Parents
Samuel Bailey Coxon b: abt 1833  c: 4 Aug 1833       Dalton le Dale, County Durham
son of Joseph Coxon and Jane Bailey, Seaham Harbour

Susannah Bell Noble b: 19 May 1837               Painshaw, County Durham
daughter of Thomas Noble and Susannah Bell

Marriage
10 Apr 1858
Samuel Bailey Coxon
Susannah Bell Noble
Benfieldside       1858 2Q Durham 10a 293

Children
Jane Bailey Coxon b: 2 Sep 1858               Penshaw, Durham       1858 4Q Houghton 10a 287
daughter of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died 1858 4Q Houghton le Spring 10a 187
Joseph Coxon b: 18 Nov 1859  c: 18 Jan 1860   Penshaw, Durham   1860 2Q Houghton le Spring 10a 345
son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died Age 15, 1875 2Q Houghton le Spring 10a 296
Susannah Georgina Coxon b: abt 1860  c: 27 Jan 1861             Penshaw, Durham       1860 4Q Chester le Street 10a 342
daughter of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble

1861 Census RG9-3754 8 April 1861 Penshaw, County Durham
Whitefield Pit
Thomas Noble (Widower)
Thomas R.
Samuel B. Coxon (SonLaw)(M)
Susannah Coxon (Dau)(M)
Joseph Coxon (GSon)
Susannah G. Coxon (GDau)
Plus 3 Servants
Age 69
Age 24
Age 26
Age 23
Age 1
Age 5 Mon.
Fire Brick Mfgr.
Fire Brick Mfgr.
Mining Engineer
Gateshead
Penshaw
Seaham
Penshaw
Penshaw
Usworth
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
abt 1792
13 Feb 1840
abt 1833
abt 1837
18 Nov 1859
abt 1860

Thomas Noble Coxon b: 26 Feb 1862           Usworth, Durham     1862 1Q Chester le Street 10a 407
son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died Age 12, 1874 2Q Houghton le Spring 10a 324
Anne Coxon b: abt 1864  c: 27 Jul 1864         Usworth, Durham     1864 2Q Chester le Street 10a 427
daughter of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Elizabeth May Coxon b: abt 1865         Usworth, Durham   Elizabeth Mary = 1865 2Q Chester le S. 10a 467
daughter of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died Age 69, 1934 2Q Wandsworth 1d 532
George Elliot Coxon b: 7 May 1866               Usworth, Durham       1866 2Q Chester le Street 10a 480
son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died Age 52, 1918 3Q Castle W. 10b 418
Rosalind Jessica Coxon b: 9 Jun 1867               Usworth, Durham      1867 3Q Chester le Street 10a 445
daughter of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died Age 47, 1915 1Q Sunderland 10a 1066
Samuel Bailey Coxon b: abt 1869               Usworth, Durham      1869 2Q Chester le Street 10a 480
son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died 1869 3Q Houghton le Spring 10a 228
Juliett Coxon b: 15 Jul 1870               Usworth, Durham      1870 3Q Chester le Street 10a 485
daughter of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble

1871 Census RG10-4994 3 April 1871 Usworth, County Durham
Usworth Hall
S. B. Coxon
Susan Bell (Wife)
E. May
G. Elliot
Rose J.
Juliett
Plus 4 Servants
Age 37
Age 33
Age 6
Age 5
Age 4
Age 8 Mon.
Mining Engineer Seaham
Penshaw
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
abt 1833
abt 1837
abt 1865
7 May 1866
9 Jun 1867
15 Jul 1870

1871 Census RG10-4979 3 April 1871 Houghton le Spring, County Durham
Kepyer School
Joseph Coxon (Pupil)
Thomas N. Coxon (Pupil)
Age 11
Age 9
Scholar
Scholar
Penshaw
Usworth
Durham
Durham
18 Nov 1859
26 Feb 1862

Samuel Bailey Coxon b: 14 Dec 1871               Usworth, Durham       1872 1Q Chester le Street 10a 511
son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Kate "Kitty" Coxon b: 4 May 1873               Usworth, Durham       1873 2Q Chester le Street 10a 600
daughter of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
John Bailey Coxon b: Jul 1874               Usworth, Durham       1874 3Q Chester le Street 10a 632
son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died 1874 3Q Chester le Street 10a 368


  Susannah Bell Coxon with (some of) her children.
  The only boy in the picture is George Elliot Coxon.

Henry Coxon Coxon b: 16 Jun 1875               Usworth, Durham       1875 2Q Chester le Street 10a 698a
twin son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Robert Noble Coxon b: 16 Jun 1875               Usworth, Durham       1875 2Q Chester le Street 10a 699
twin son of Samuel Bailey Coxon and Susannah Bell Noble
Died 1875 3Q Chester le Street 10a 355

Death
Susannah Bell (Noble) Coxon Died 18 Jun 1875, Age 38,       1875 2Q Chester le Street 10a 324
Burial 21 Jun 1875, Holy Trinity Churchyard

1881 Census RG11-4984 4 April 1881 Usworth, County Durham
Usworth Hall
Samuel B. Coxon (Widower)
Annie
Elizabeth M.
George E.
Rosalind J.
Juliet
Samuel B.
Kate
Henry C.
Ann B. Noble (Sister)(W)
Susannah B. Noble (Niece)
Thomas G. Noble (Nephew)
Elizabeth C. Noble (Niece)
Catherine Temperly (Niece)(s)
Jessie Holman (Visitor)
William Player (Visitor)(M)
Plus 4 Servants
Age 46
Age 17
Age 15
Age 14
Age 13
Age 10
Age 9
Age 7
Age 5
Age 43
Age 18
Age 16
Age 11
Age 24
Age 27
Age 52
Coal Mining Engr.
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar

Scholar
Mining Engr.
Scholar


Artist Landscaper
Seaham Harbour
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Usworth
Seaham Harbour
Penshaw
Penshaw
New Harrington
Consett
Torquay
Potters Bar
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Devonshire
Hertfordshire
abt 1833
abt 1864
abt 1865
7 May 1866
9 Jun 1867
15 Jul 1870
14 Dec 1871
4 May 1873
16 Jun 1875
abt 1837
abt 1862
abt 1865
abt 1870
abt 1856
abt 1853
abt 1828

Death
Samuel Bailey Coxon Died 28 Dec 1887, Age 53,   Elsham Road, Kensington, London       1887 4Q Fulham 1a 180
Burial 31 Dec 1887, Usworth, County Durham

1891 Census RG12-4081 6 April 1891 Barnard Castle, County Durham
District North Easton County School
Henry Coxon Coxon (Boarder)
Plus 237 other boys
Age 15
Scholar Usworth Durham 16 Jun 1875

1901 Census RG13-1109 1 April 1901 Basing, Hampshire
District Basingstoke Union Workhouse
Thomas Arter
Alice (Wife)
Winifred Alice (Dau)
Walter Briscoe
Rachel Annie (Wife)
George Ashby
Minnie Crockford
Kate Coxon
Mabel Pearce
Mary Ewing
Bessie Butler
Rose Stubbington
Plus 1 Servant
Age 45
Age 46
Age 9
Age 27
Age 32
Age 24
Age 29
Age 27
Age 22
Age 38
Age 21
Age 21
Workhouse Master
Workhouse Matron

Cook
Asst. Matron
Porter
Girls Attendant
Supt. Nurse
Asst. Nurse
Asst. Nurse
Asst. Nurse
Asst. Nurse
Stauway
Norton
Bromyard
Manchester
Llanelly
Tysoe
Greenwich
Usworth
Sturminster Newton
Stirling
Basingstoke
Overton
Gloucester
Gloucester
Hereford

Wales
Warwick
Kent
Durham
Dorset
Scotland
Hants
Hants
abt 1865
abt 1864
abt 1891
abt 1873
abt 1868
abt 1876
abt 1871
4 May 1873
abt 1878
abt 1862
abt 1879
abt 1879

THE LONDON GAZETTE, December 23, 1904
Queen Alexandra's
Imperial Military Nursing Service
  The undermentioned Ladies to be Staff Nurses
(Provisionally) :-
Miss Kate Coxon,                     Dated 6th Dec, 1904,
Miss Ernestine Eardley,        Dated 6th Dec, 1904,
Miss Frances A. L. Smith,      Dated 6th Dec, 1904,
Miss Florence N. Roberts.   Dated 7th Dec, 1904
THE LONDON GAZETTE, August 27, 1907
Queen Alexandra's
Imperial Military Nursing Service
The undermentioned Staff Nurses to be Sisters.
  Dated 1st August 1907 :-
        Miss Kate Coxon,
        Miss Ethel St. Quintin.

1907 Tempe, Orange Free State, South Africa
  Kate "Kitty" Coxon, is pictured on the left in both photos. She became a nursing sister and went out to nurse in the Boer War. She was so seasick that she was medically advised that if she went home she should only do so by land. Consequently she never returned home, becoming matron of a military hospital.
From the photo album of Ronald Anderson Bryden, RAMC

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 3 September 1912
Queen Alexandra's
Imperial Military Nursing Service
    Sister Miss Kate Coxon resigns her appointment. Dated 1st September, 1912.