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A Family With Southern Roots

Above are pictures of four out of seven children belonging to Scott Cox and Jessie Belle Moorer as well as  eight out of fifteen of Wardie Cox Sr. and Jessie Lee Soles children.

Eliza was born about the mid 1850s according to census and vital records, not much is known about her upbringing but from her death certificate which was filled out by her son Scott (my great grandfather).Eliza or Liza was born in Alabama to parents Jessie and Ann Smiley or Smyly. Eliza married Richard Cox and gave birth to seven children but only six survived. The children were William, Matthew, Richard Jr., Scott, Wardie and Ada. Richard Cox Sr. passed away before the 1900 U.S. Census, leaving Eliza a to raise six children on her own. According to the 1900 U.S. Census Eliza and her children all lived in Lowndes County, Alabama and worked as farm laborers to support themselves. It is not known what happened to Matthew and Richard Jr. but son William married Lula and made his way down to Bay Minette, Alabama, Scott married Jessie Belle Moorer and followed suit.Younger brother Wardie married Jessie Lee Soles and the baby of the family Ada married Rufus Hale and followed in their brother’s footsteps to Bay Minette. Eventually Eliza moved to Bay Minette where she later died on Jan 6th 1924. Today not only does the Cox family still have strong roots in Bay Minette but they are now spread throughout the U.S.and in countries like Germany and Japan.

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