My paternal great great grandmother Eliza Smiley was born in the mid 1850s to Jesse and Ann Smiley. Eliza met and married Richard Cox, together they had five sons and one daughter, William, Matthew, Richard Jr. Scott, Wardie and Ada. By 1900 Eliza was a widow and a single mother. So she and her children from the eldest to the youngest worked as farmers. By 1920 Eliza and four of her children and their families had migrated from Lowndes County, Alabama to Bay Minttee, Alabama. On January 6th 1924 Eliza Smiley Cox died in Bay Minette. Eliza Smiley Cox is part of my history.