SAMUEL K. COX was born June 16, 1838, in Hawesville, Ky., a son of Samuel K. and Caroline (Davidson) Cox. The father, a steamboat man on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, was a native of Virginia, and came to Kentucky with his parents. He was born in 1799, in Norfolk, Va., and died at Lewisport, Ky., in 1860. The parents were for many years members of the Methodist church. They had nine children, four now living: Mrs. Margaret A. Jarboe (widow), Mrs. Jennie P. Mosely (widow), Samuel K., and William T., a carpenter in Hartford. Our subject was reared in Hawesville, attended the schools of that place, and at the age of fifteen began supporting himself by clerking in a store at Hawesville, and was thus chiefly engaged until twenty years of age. He then accepted a position as clerk on a steamboat one season, and came to Hartford in 1860. He entered the county clerk's office as deputy, under R. S. Mosely, and after five months went to Morgantown, and was there deputy county clerk one year. In September, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Seventeenth Kentucky Infantry, as private. In May, 1862, he was promoted by order of Gen. Nelson, to second lieutenant, and transferred to Company F, same regiment. In the spring of 1863 he was made first lieutenant, and assigned to company E. In March, 1864, he was made captain and put in command of the old Company A, and served until January, 1865, in all three years and four months, and never lost a day from his command. He participated in the battles of Ft. Donelson, Shiloh (both days), Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and in the Atlanta campaign. It was his regiment that brought on the fight at Franklin. After his return to Hartford he entered the county clerk's office as deputy in 1865, and served five years, when he was elected clerk. He was elected three times consecutively, and from 1870 to 1876 was master commissioner. In 1882, at the time of his expiration of office, he organized the Bank of Hartford, with Mr. McHenry, and took the position of cashier, which he still holds. April 20, 1870, he married Miss Irene Brotherton, of Owensboro, Ky., daughter of John and Rebecca Brotherton. They have four children living: Mary W., Ella W., Corinne, and Samuel S. Mr. and Mrs. Cox are Methodists.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895
Note: Mr. Cox died 26 April 1924 in Ohio County and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Hartford.