Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Looking for ancestors of John N Cox b. 1869 married Malathann Nancy Lewis 1887
Post Date:October 02, 2012 at 05:29:22
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Iím not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

TX Vital Records -
The Texas Vital Statistics law to register births and deaths was not passed until 1903. Texas was then and is now a dual registration state which means the local registrars retain a copy of all birth and death records for the events that take place within their jurisdiction and the state retains the original of all birth and death records for the entire State of Texas. However, the statutes for registering these events were not made mandatory until 1926. However, many local registrars did not adhere to the statutes until the late 1930ís or early 1940ís. This means some records reside only in the local registrarsí files and not with the State.

statement source -
Sherry Crawford
Group Manager
Request Processing
Vital Statistics Unit
(888) 963-7111, ext 6195

So, you should be able to order John's death cert. from the county of death clerks office. Parents names should be listed, provided the informant knew that info.

1900 -
Name: John Cox
[John N Cox]
[Jhon Cox]
Age: 30
Birth Date: Jul 1869
Birthplace: Louisiana
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 4, Polk, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Nannie Cox
Marriage Year: 1889
Years Married: 11
Father's Birthplace: Un
Mother's Birthplace: Un

John Cox 30, 7/69 LA - birthplace of parents are unknown
Nannie Cox 30, 10/69 LA - 6 children; birthplace of parents are unknown
William Cox 9, 7/90 TX
Lizzie Cox 8, 1/92 TX
Rosie Cox 6, 10/95 TX
Jim Cox 4, 12/95 TX
Fredie Cox 2, 8/97 TX
Jessie Cox 3m, 2/00 TX - son

1910 -
Name: John N Cox
Age in 1910: 40
Birth Year: 1870
Birthplace: Louisiana
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 4, Polk, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Meliothie N Cox
Father's Birthplace: United States of America
[United States]
Mother's Birthplace: United States of America
[United States]

John N Cox 40, LA - farmer
Meliothie N Cox 40, TX - married 19 yrs; 13 children & 10 living; does not know where either parent was born
William C Cox 19, TX
Sabre E Cox 18, TX
Rosa A Cox 16, TX
Joe A Cox 14, TX
Freddie T Cox 12, TX
Jessie M Cox 10, TX
Oliver R Cox 6, TX
Ollie L Cox 6, TX
Aden M Cox 4, TX
Nancy C Cox 1, TX

There is a 20 yr gap in the census records [[1880 - 1900] as the 1890 census was destroyed by fire in the 1920's.

So, John Cox will only appear in the 1870 & 1880 census with his parents. Cox is a common name.

Seems others searching for John Cox have the same story -

For as long as I can remember, even as a child, family members have searched for the elusive John N. Cox. He was said to have immigrated into Texas with a wagon train with a family called Desmukes from Louisiana. On the only US Census record I have found (apparently he was even good at hiding from the government) he listed his place of birth as Louisiana. No record of him has ever been located there.

It is also told that John taught Malathann to read and write. He would never tell anyone where he was from or talk about his family at all. Now comes the good part - the mystery. On the day that John died it is said that Malathann took all their records into the yard and burned them!! WHY??? I guess we may never know.

So here is your challenge, dear reader - find John N. Cox and your extended family will be forever grateful and not a little in awe of your accomplishment. My search goes on. Good luck and good hunting!