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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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Ada Cox and Rufus Hale

108 years ago today February 17th 1906 my great great Aunt Ada Cox and uncle Rufus Hale got married in Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama.

Ada Cox and Rufus Hale

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Eliza Smiley Cox

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. Eliza Smiley Cox
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