States: Missouri: Ralls
Yes - Sallie and James raised Marion Ely together. He remained on the farm after they died. Ely never married, but left the farm to a farmhand who had helped him for many years. Sallie, James and Ely are buried in a shared grave at Salem Baptist Church, right next to the farm.
Sallie was the keeper of the family history. There was a book that had been maintained since before the family came over from England. Ely kept it after Sallie died and in the early 60's offered it to my grandmother. She told him to leave it to her when he died, but when they went back it was no longer in the house. We are still trying to find out who may have the book, as we've been unable to determine who James Cox's (1791-1876)father is. James came to Ralls County in 1819. His father's name was said to be John Cox, but we have no other information.
Just throwing this out there in case anyone can help us find information on James' father.
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