Sarah, i have posted this on Jasper Co. Mo. site and jackson co. Tn, site, (on genforum) hope some of this helps, brenda
JUDGE JOHN C. COX
History of Missouri-Jasper County 1883
John C. Cox
Prominent among the old and respected citizens of Joplin, is the subject of this sketch.
Judge Cox was born in Burke county, North Carolina, Sept. 6, 1811. His parents, David
(Branch) Cox were also natives of North Carolina. his father was born August 14, 1782,
died Oct 16,1836. His mother was born Oct 20, 1784, died Dec 27, 1854. When about
eight years old he moved with his parents to Tennesse, Locating on a farm in Jackson
county. Judge Cox was raised on a farm & educated in the commons schools. About
the year 1829 his father was elected sheriff of Jackson county, and being re-elected,
held that position six years. During that time Judge Cox served as deputy.
In 1836 he came west and after traveling over the state, entered land at Ray county, Mo.
Soon after he disposed of his interests there and returned to Tennesse.
In June 1838. he came to this county (Jasper) entered land and settled on turkey Creek,
near where he now resides. At that time the present site of the Prosperous city of Joplin
was but a waste of prarie , covered with tall grass, interupted here and there with clump
of bushes and occcasionlly by a ledege of rock, which cropped out on the hillsides.
During the wasr Judge Cox suffered great loss from depredations of both armies. In
June 1863, the bushwhackers
burned him out and he went to Neosho, Newton County, where he remained until the
cessation of hosilities.
In the fall of 1866 he returned and erected his present residence. Judge Cox was
married in Jackson county Tennesse Aug 23, 1837, to miss Sarah A. , daughter of
Edward & Jane Mercer of Jackson County, Tennennse. Her father was born in that state
Oct 14, 1782 died in the fall of 1860, and her mother was born Oct. Oct 22,1787 and is
now living in Tennessee, at the advanced age of 96 years. Mrs. Cox was born 1816.
This union has been blessed with eleven children:
Lucy Jane born June 18, 1838 died Dec. 26, 1863
David S. born Mar 23,1840 died Nov. 30, 1857
Edward m. born May 30, 1842
John C. jr. born Sept. 27, 1844
Menerva J. born April 11,1846
Cassius E. born Dec 24, 1847
William T. bornDec 30, 1849
Sarah A. born Sept. 11, 1852
Samuel B. born Dec 24, 1854
James J. born April 7, 1857
Benjamin F. bornApril 27, 1860
In 1840 Judge Cox was elected Justice of the peace for what was then Center Creek
twp. He was chosen county surveyor in 1852, and in the fall 1873 was elected associate
justice of the county court. Judge & Mrs, Cox are quite pleasantly located on the original
site of Joplin, surrounded by a large circle of friends and are situated as to enjoy the
comforts of life during their declining years.
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