I didn’t know too much or have any contact with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox’s family before I started researching, so I never thought I would find, let alone meet any of her relatives. Well allow me to introduce you to Frank Moorer Sr., Jessie’s first cousin. Frank was one of 12 born January 27th 1896 to Thad Moorer and Caroline Hale in Farmsville, Lowndes County, AL. Frank lived until rightful age of 104 years old. Frank was the “living connection to the past, for he had known many people who had been slaves, who has witnessed the Civil War and Reconstruction.” Last September I had the great pleasure of meeting four of Frank’s children who shared memories of their father. Connecting with them was amazing.
I think it’s only right I end with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer, who according to documents was born on this day 124 years ago.(Feb. 28th 1890) Jessie was the second eldest child born to Cornelius Moorer and Linda Snow in Lowndes County, Alabama. On December 23rd 1904 Jessie married Scott Cox and together they had eight children, Mary, Susan, Lola Mae, Willie, Jessie, Albert, Ruth and Eloise “Ella”. Both Jessie and Scott worked as farm laborers to provide for their family. By 1920 they were living in Bay Minette, Alabama where most of the other Cox family members migrated to. On March 15th 1950 Jessie Belle Moorer Cox passed alway leaving behind her growing family.
My paternal two times great uncle Wardie (Wattie) Cox Sr. was born February 14th about 1881 to Eliza Smiley and Richard Cox Sr. Wardie and his five siblings were raised in Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama where they worked as farm laborers. Farmsville was also the home of his future bride and the mother of his 15 children Jessie Lee Soles. By 1930 Wardie and his growing family had migrated to Bay Minette Alabama for better opportunities. Wardie continued to work in the farming industry while in Bay Minette and was able to purchase his own property. Wardie Cox Sr. died October 1st 1940 in Bay Minette. Wardie Cox Sr. Is part of my history