My Granddaughter, Kelsey
Plefka, partnered with Erik Martin Gutekunst.
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The parents of Erik Martin Gutekunst are Ralph Bernard Gutekunst, born in
Cook County, Illinois on 27 May 1931; and Carol Ann Cox, born in
Chicago 12 Feb 1937. Erick has a twin sister, Tracy who married Allen Roth.
The couple has two sons; Andrew and Tyler.
Ralph's parents were; Karl Friedrich Gutekunst born 02 Feb 1896 at Burch en
brun, Germany and Mathilde Emilie Mack born 10 Nov 1897 presumably also in
Carol's parents were Oren Leonard Cox II, born 25 Jul 1909 in Oak Park,
Illinois and Marian Catherine Cox born 30 Apr 1918 at Newark, Essex, New
Jersey. There is no evidence of a relationship of the two "Cox" families.
The parents of Marion Catherin were James Peter Cox and Bridget Martin.
Bridget was the daughter of James Martin born about 1850 at Doon, Araglen,
Tipperary, Ireland. Unfortunately we only know that his father was also
named James Martin and there are several men of that name born in Ireland at
that time. Without knowing which line to follow we were not able to trace
that line any further.
We found that Erik's 5th great grandfather, Johan Philip Olinger who was
born at Eschweiler, Zweibrucken, Germany on 06 Sep 1721 came to America
sometime before 1754. Did he participate in the American Revolution? We do
not know. We were able to trace his line of ancestors back to Erik"s 8th
great grandfather, Hanns Jacob Olinger born at Germany/Luxenburg in 1645.
Another branch of that line extends to Cornelius Engelman born in Germany in
1630. Branches of this line have origins in Switzerland, such as Erik's 11th
great grandfather, Rudolf Hurtzeler born at Zofingen, Aargau,,
Switzerland in 1665.
Oren Cox's family extends to Erick's 7th great grandfather, John Cox I who
was born 24 Sep 1676 at Dayton, Berkshire, England and migrated to the
British American Colonies having died in Chester County, Pennsylvania, This
line of the Cox family extends to Sir Thomas Cook Cox who was born in 1422
and includes, Capt. William "King of Arrowhattoncks" Cox and Bishop John
William Cox as well as "Sir Bishop of Ely" Richard Cox.
Catherin Cox's family extends to William Coxe, Erick's 15th great
grandfather, born in 1550 in England. Along the way we find:
Charles Cix: Birth: 1721 Death: 1799 He married in 1740.
He settled at
Cox, Virginia on Turkey Pen Branch and Smith River nearby in Henry County,
VA. in 1769. A Land Grant was issued in 1781 by Thomas Jefferson to Capt.
Charles Cox the Second, who served. English Pioneers - Coat of Arms: Two
Game Cocks. Motto: Prodesse Quam Conspici.
There is a marker placed
in 1962 by Thos. J. Cox in the old Cox Cemetery that lists names and dates
for Charles and Ida Bennett Cox; Capt. Charles and Eleanor Watts Cox;
Charles and Frances Kelley Cox; and William and Nancy Gilley Cox. He served
in the Indian Wars under Gen. George Washington. A long range hunter, he
went with Major John Redd and others to Southwest VA. on a hunting and
exploring party in the year 1769. He returned to Henry County, VA. in the
spring of 1770.
(Source: The History of Pittsylvania County, VA. by
Maud Carter Clement).
The marker indicates Capt. Charles Cox II date
of death as 1816; Henry County, VA.
Personal Property Tax shows
Eleanor Cox charged after 1798. She inherited her husbands' property in 1799
following his death.
Anne Vestal Miller indicates that some of the death
dates are incorrect on the monument. (?)
Charles Cox (1690 - 1790)
Ida Bennett Cox (1692 - 1786)
Eleanor Watts Cox (1722 - 1810)*
Charles Cox (1755 -
Burial: Cox Cemetery Henry County
Created by: deegraver
Record added: Feb 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33540729
We also found:
Thomas Coxe, Immigrant
His forbears having resisted the authority of the
English King, their lands were confiscated. Settled at Jamestown about 1614;
owned a fine estate on the James river; reared ten sons.
We also found Erick's 7th great grandfather of the Oren Leonard Cox line,
Robert Williams, (1647-1743) who was born at Marion, Pembrokeshire, Wales
and migrated to Goshen Terrace, Chester County, Pennsylvania. We trace this
line back to Erick's 19th great grandfather born in 1260 and the
families' Welsh Royalty. Several "Lord's" preceded him including Maredudd ap
Bleddyn Prince of Powys, born in 1047. This line of ancestors is traced back
to Eric's 37th great grandfather, Gwineu Ap Bywyr (670 AD-704 AD) of Powys,
But this is not all. From this same Welch line are several branches and
among them we find:
(GGF , Great Grandfather;
GGM, Great Grandmother; GGP, Great Grandparents of Erick)
39th GGF Lago King of Gwynedd ab idwal ap
38th GGP Rhanullt Princes of Dubin O Olaf and King Owain Ap
30th GGP King Owain Meiyler Ap Hywel of Pawer and Quen Nest
Verch Rhodri Mawr
29th ggp King Ynyr ap Gufnwal of Owemt and Quene
Joyce deBaladon St Madron of Gwent
28th GGM Queen M orfydd Verch Vnyr
30th ggf Anaawd Prince of Wales, Ap Rhodn Mawr and Hywell
Prince of Wales Ap Cadell
27th ggf Cynfyn King of Powya Ap Gwgrystan
and Cynfyn King of Poways Ap Gwerystan
30th ggf King of Gwent Ynyr
31st ggf Gwerystan King of Powys Ap Gwaithfoed
30th ggf King of
27th ggm Angharad Queen of Powys Verch Maredydd and Auloed
Olaf King of Dublin & Denmark Sihtricson
28th ggp Siritic "Silken
Beard" King of Doublin Olafson and Stani Queen of Doublin Ingen OBrien
29th ggp Brian Boru, King of Ireland Mac Cenntig and Gomflaeth Ingen
Murchada, Queen of Ireland McFinn
30th ggf King Pwain Meilyr Ap Hywef
30th ggm Queen Nest Verch Rhodin Mawr
31st ggp Rhodin
"Mawr" King of the Welch Ap Merfyn and Angharad, Queen of Wales Verch Meung
32nd ggf Merfyn "Frych" King of Paways Ap Gwriad
33rd ggf Gwraid
Ap Elidyr King of the Isle of Man, Prince of Deheubarth
Elidir Ap Sandde, King of the Isle of Man
30ggf Anarawd Prince of
Wales Ap Rhodin "Mawr"
31th ggf Meiric II Gwentland King Ap Tnyr
32st ggf Cadell Ap Rhodin King of South Wales
33rd ggf Rhodin
Mawr great King of the Welsh Ap Merfyn tm
35th ggf Sandde Ap Alcwn
King of Ynya Manaw (Isle of Man).
35th ggf Clydog Anthlwys King of
36th ggf Anthlwys Arthfoddw King of Caredigion
ggf Elidir Lydanwyn Ap Meirchion Gul King os South Rhened
Usai King of Caredigion Ap Ceredig
43ggf Meirchion Gut Ap Gwrwst
Lediwen King of Rheged
44th ggf Gwrwst Ledlwn Ap Cenue King of Rheged
45th ggf Cenue Ap Cosi Hen Saint Cenau King of South Britan & Nidland
44th ggf Tewrig Ap Tudwal of Garthmadun King of Garth Madyn
43rd ggf Tudwal Ap Gwifawr King of Dummnonia
Our research ends with Erick's 48th great grandfather Cole Hen II Godeborg
Caeilus Votepacus Ap Guotepacus Ap Guetepauc who was born in 350 AD at Gwr Y
Gagiadd seat at Carlisle and died in 420 AD by drowning at Tarbolton
Note that our research is in conflict with some family members who do not
believe that there is Welsh ancestry in the family. We are unaware of the
reason for this claim. We welcome Erick and his rich royal Welsh heritage as
well as his German and Irish heritage to this huge and diverse family.
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