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The Legacy of James Monroe Cox - AR/TX/OK

Updated December 16, 2006

The story of James Monroe Cox and his family is full of intrigue. Join me in my quest to find his many descendents and discover his "roots"...

The first known history of Jim Cox was that he married Julia Ann Norman in probably Bowie County, TX. In a court document, dated 1886, Julia's sister stated that she is married to Mr. Cox and is living somewhere in TX. I, then, follow the family to DeQueen AR where their fourth child, Floyd Cornelius Cox, is born in 1892. Since the second child also was reportedly born in AR, it is possible that they lived in Sevier County for a few years. By 1893, Jim Cox was among the white intruders on the Cherokee Reservation. Also listed was a man named Floyd Cornelius. Joseph Riley Cox was born in Commanche OK in 1896, but the family was back in Atoka by 1897 when Dee Norman Cox was born. In 1898 he was among the intruders on the Kiowa reservation in SW Oklahoma. Dollie was the last child and was reported to be born in Atoka. Sometime shortly after her birth, the family had a store in the Commanche area of SW Oklahoma.

Did they really move back and forth across the state, or are the birth places in error? They were definitely in Atoka County in 1910, and Dollie is buried in High Hill Cemetery there.

The parentage of James Monroe "Jim" Cox still eludes me. I would very much like to find his family of origin. Was he part of the Cox Family that settled in Union Parish Lousiana? Or did Julia meet him in TX. He claimed to be black dutch. Was that a ruse to hide Indian blood? Family tradition says that when he was a child he was being harrassed by some men due to his dark color. He could not speak english, but a man somehow convinced him to hide under a building until after dark and he would come back and take him to safety. The man took him "across the great water" and a year later brought him back. The man was a Cox and so "Jim" took that name as his own. Fact or vivid imagination?

I would also love to correspond with other researchers from this family. I have done a lot of Cox Family research and am willing to share my information.

Related families: Redden, Norman, Lee, Gibson, Sims, Jacobs, Tomlinson, Welch, Bradley.

Betty J. Cox

131 Rainbow Drive #3199

Livingston, TX 77399-1031

United States

(559) 907-0962

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    I am looking for the Parentage of Jim Cox, who might have been born in Arkansas about 1862, married in TX, and lived in Oklahoma.

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