Mary Ellen Cox
Mary Ellen Cox, the third daughter of James William Cox and Mary Elizabeth (Mitchell) Cox, was born in the wintertime, December 6, 1869. At age twenty-one, she was married September 11, 1890 to William Cornelius Stewart. “Willie” Stewart was the son of John Franklin Stewart and Catherine R. Douglass. They had five children:
1) James Adrian Stewart; born June 26, 1891; died
2) Bertie Stewart, born April 5, 1894;
3) Mabel Stewart, born Feb 25, 1895;
4) Ola Myrtle Stewart, born May 1, 1897,
5) Zelphia Brenis “Zeffie” born Mar 15, 1900.
After W. C. Stewart’s death in 1914, Mary Ellen married Frank Crawford on October 30, 1915, and when he died, she married James Christian on October 31, 1933. Mary Ellen was a widow when she died of a stroke at age ninety-two, on May 31, 1962, at her home on Route 3, Beaver Dam. She was buried June 2 in the
Stewart Family Cemetery,
near White Run, Kentucky. Her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Hocker, signed her
Family members always recall and never fail to mention the “little jig” she performed at age seventy-one on the occasion of the Golden Wedding Anniversary and Cox reunion that Loretta Westerfield gave for her parents, H. T. and Cinderella (Cox) Crowder in 1946. My grandparents attended and many family photos were taken that day.
“MRS. MARY E. CHRISTIAN,
at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Hocker, of Route 3, Beaver
Dam, following a lengthy illness.
She was born December 6, 1869, in
, and was Ohio
a daughter of the late J. W. and Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Cox. She
was a member of the
of Christ and of the Rosine Select Church
Chapter No. 342 Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Christian was first married to Willie Stewart and later
to Jim Christian, both having preceded her in death.
In addition to Mrs. Hocker, she is survived by another daughter,
Mrs. Brenis Davis, of Route 3, Beaver Dam; one son, James A. Stewart,
of Route 1, Cromwell; one sister, Mrs. Cinderella Crowder, of Rosine;
two brothers, O. C. Cox, of Murray, and J. N. Cox, of
14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at the
Rosine Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ernest Griffin, pastor, of the
Barnett’s Creek Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Stewart
Cemetery at White Run.
Pallbearers were Noble Stewart,
Allen, Roscoe Leisure, Stanley
Sandall Thomas Crowder, and Pen Beck.
Casebier Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, was in charge of arrangements”.
Loretta Westerfield passed along an obituary for Aunt Mary’s youngest daughter, Brenis Zeffie Moseley:
“Mrs. Zeffie Moseley
Beaver Dam – Mrs. Zeffie Stewart Moseley, 71, of Route 2,
died at 10 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, at her home following an
apparent heart attack.
Mrs. Moseley was born March 15, 1900, in
and was a member of
Baizetown. Mt. Zion
Survivors include her husband, S. A. Moseley, McHenry
two daughters, Mrs. Willie Bratcher, Horse Branch, and Mrs.
James Howell, Highland, Indiana; one son, Orel E. Iler,
sister, Mrs. Arol Hocker, Beaver Dam, and a brother, James A.
Stewart, Cromwell; six stepsons and five stepdaughers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 3,
at the William L. Danks Funeral Home. The Rev. Arnett Williams,
and burial was in Concord Baptist
Loretta wrote: “This is Aunt Mary’s youngest daughter. Uncle Newton will not recognize her by this name. She used the name Brenis until she married her third husband.
This week, December 5, 2008, I received a package with photos of Aunt Mary and her children from Pat Drake (Mrs. Robert Drake) of
Gabriel Netter Cox
Gabriel Netter Cox, the third son of James William and Mary Elizabeth (Mitchell) Cox, was born at Select, December 10, 1871 in
. He was twenty-five when he married Leva
Eunice Howard on Christmas Day, December 1897 in Baizetown, a few miles north
of Select. Family and friends called
him “Netter.” He and his wife had four
1) Infant twins, Zada
2) and Zoda, born in
. Zoda may have died at
birth. Butler County,
3) Leslie Ray Cox, the first son, was born at Select,
Ohio County, Kentucky
on October 15, 1906. He married Berneice Price at Light,
, Greene County
4) The last and youngest son, Orville Clinton, was born in Walcott, Greene
Arkansas on February 17, 1911. He married Provie Daugherty on
September 3, 1927 at Baizetown,
. Ohio County, Kentucky
Loretta Westerfield wrote me that Uncle Netter moved to
when Ray was small and the folks in Kentucky
didn’t get to see them as often as some of the other family members.
In the 1900 Federal Census, Gabriel, called “Netter” by family and friends, and his wife, Levy E., lived in
County, Kentucky. He was twenty-eight and she was eighteen, and
they said they had been married two years.
They had one child, a baby five months old, whom they had named
Zada. By the time of the 1910 census,
the family was living in Arkansas
and Ray was three years old.
One year later, there was a very sad occasion when little Zada died. According to an article in the Hartford Republican, dated February 29, 1901, the following obituary appeared:
In Memory of Little Zada Cox, the baby of Mr. Smallhouse, Ky.
and Mrs. G. N. Cox. She departed this life January 21, 1901. God
in his wisdom saw fit to call her home and she is a bright and shining
angel in the land of glory. She was thirteen months old. She was a
bright-eyed babe and would sing in baby form; her sweet voice will
be missed by her parents.
Her grandpa, Mr. J. W. Cox, never had the trial of giving up a darling
baby, but Zada was the next to his own for he had been with her the
past five months and she was a great pet with all the family. We extend
our sympathy to her bereaved parents and a large number of relatives. D
Ten years later, when the 1910 census was taken, Netter and Leva had moved to
and were reported living at Cache. He
was then thirty-eight and she was twenty-eight, and they had one little son,
Ray Cox, age 3. Netter listed his
occupation there as “general farming.” Greene County, Arkansas
When the WWI Draft Registration took place in 1917-1918, Gabriel Netter was past the age for registration, since he was already forty-seven. The maximum age was forty-five for those who had to register in one of the three draft registrations held. However, in the draft registration held in September 1918, his three younger brothers, Orlando Clay, Ira Clinton, and Jasper Newton were required to register. Fortunately, the war ended before any of them were called up to serve. Both Ira and
had previously joined the Army in the early 1900s, and their service record is
written and outlined in their chapters in this book.
When the census was taken in 1920, Gabriel Netter and Leva E. were listed as forty-eight and thirty-eight, living at
Bryan, . Their children were Ray and Orville, ages
thirteen and nine. Greene County, Arkansas
Four years later, Gabriel Netter Cox, a teacher and a Baptist, died an untimely death at age fifty-three at Beech Grove,
Greene County, Arkansas on August 16, 1924, and is buried in there. Mt. Zion
County is located in Northeast
Arkansas, about sixty-nine miles northwest of Memphis,
Tennessee, and about seventeen miles from Paragould, the county seat of . Greene County
His widow, Leva Eunice Howard, was the daughter of Eli Howard and Martha Moore. Leva was born May 29, 1881 in
. She outlived her husband by forty-eight years
and died at Butler County, Kentucky Paragould, Greene
County, Arkansas, August 14, 1972,
and was buried beside her husband at . Mt.
Submitted by Janice Cox Brown, Coppell, Texas