One of the most horrible and diabolical deeds in the annals of crime, was committed on last Saturday night near Blackhawk, in this county. Two white men, disguised, entered the quiet and happy little home of Mr. Samuel Cox, one of the county's oldest and most respected citizens, and while he was surrounded by his aged wife and little grandchildren, shot him to death. By long years of hard labor and close economy, Mr. Cox had saved up a little money a small part of which he generally kept in the house. The purpose was robbery. Entering one of the party threw Mr. Cox a sack and commanded him to put his money in it, but instead of so doing he picked up a chair and tried to defend himself with it. After killing Mr. Cox as they thought, the cowardly brutes shot his defenseless and aged wife, fortunately the ball inflicted only a slight wound, breaking a finger on the left hand.
Mr. Cox was wounded in the breast, and died from the effects of the wound last Tuesday morning at three o'clock.
The people are greatly excited over the dastardly crime, and no stone will be left unturned in bringing the guilty parties to swift punishment if the right parties are found, their guilt fully established, no power under heaven could save their necks from the noose.
The perpetrators of such dastardly crimes must not, and will not go unpunished, and the good citizens of Carroll County, while they will be careful not to punish with death innocent parties will with assistance of the law we trust, see to it that the death of Samuel Cox, an honest and respected man, his head white with old age, shall be avenged.
Later: John Catron and Hurshall Browning were indicted Thursday by the grand jury for the murder of Mr. Samuel Cox and Judge Campbell set the case for the first day of the next term of court. They died at the penitentiary at Parchman, Mississippi. This happened on April 1896.
[An unnamed newspaper source.] Note: Hurshall Browning was a cousin of the Cox family.
From the History of Carroll County, Mississippi by William Franklin Hamilton: "Samuel W. Cox lived for many years near where Blackmonton now stands but later lived nearer Black Hawk. He was always known as a very quiet industrious, honest man. By good management he had accumulated some money which induced two young men to attempt to rob him. His resistance led them to kill him. They failed to secure the money, but received as a penalty for their crime a sentence to imprisonment in the Penitentiary for life. His children live in the neighborhood of the old home."
Headstone: Double marker [Husband and Wife]
Census info: Carroll County MS, Township of Emory, Federal Population Schedule MS 1860 Federal Census Index MS54017600. A farmer, property valued at $1,000 and personal worth at $1,025.
Land Record issued October 1, 1859 to Samuel Cox for 40.99 acres in Carroll County, Mississippi. Samuel Cox was one of the early settlers of Blackhawk.
A Samuel Cox married Arminda Ferguson 10/23/1847 in Carroll County, Mississippi. Cox had a birth date of 1823. Too coincidental not to be the same Samuel. Samuel is buried next to Leumanda Cox, last name reportedly Wright. According to the newspaper account above, Samuel was shot in front of his wife and Leumanda had been dead at least 2 years by that time. Marriage Records for Carroll County, Mississippi, the Second District, records the marriage of a Samuel Cox and Amealia Bagley in 1895. It is likely that this was Samuel's third marriage.
Samuel Cox is NOT listed in the 1834 State Tax Assessment Roll for Carroll County or the 1835 Personal Tax Roll.
From the Early County Settlement information: Black Hawk, located six miles south of Coila, was formed from an Indian village and named for a famous Indian chief who lived in the vicinity. The place is classed with Carrollton as being one of the oldest settlements in North Mississippi, being formed in 1828. The town was incorporated in 1836, but had been a village long before Mississippi ever became a state. A flour mill was in operation here in 1846 along with a number of other business establishments. There were two taverns in the town prior to 1852. Other businesses there were that of a doctor, blacksmith, shoemaker, tailor, hotel and churches. The Black Hawk Academy was also in operation at that time. The first telegraph line to extend over the Natchez Trace was built through Blackhawk in 1850. The story is told that when a drought struck the community in 1851, superstitious people in the vicinity thought the singing wires had caused it and proceeded to cut down almost two miles of the line. The line was soon rebuilt, and an awe-stricken group in the store where the telegraph office was located heard the operator announce, 'Daniel Webster died this morning."
Some of the early settlers to this community were: O' Keefe, Marshall, Carpenter, Smith, Gillespie, Standley, Brewer, Martin, Johnson, Atchison, King, Hendon, Fleming, Avera, Moore, Stevens, Semple, Faucher, Bland, Bennett, Harris, Terrell, Kittrell, Cooley, Hill, Reeves, Murdock, Lundy, Pate, Purcell, Austin, Streater, Meek, Spann, Sharkey, Calhoun, Hinson, Cox, Bacon and Brown.
More About Samuel W. Cox: Date born 2: 1823, Georgia.419 Date born 3: 1823, Tennessee.420, 421 Burial: April 1896, Old Salem Cemetery, Carroll County, Mississippi.422 Census 1: 1860, MS54017600, p. 884.423 Census 2: 1880, FHL Film 1254642. Died 2: April 21, 1896, Tombstone. Occupation: Farmer. Residence: 1880, Blackhawk, Carroll County, MS.424
More About Samuel W. Cox and Arminda Ferguson: Marriage: October 23, 1847, Carroll County, Mississippi.
Marriage Notes for Samuel W. Cox and Arminda Ferguson: There are historical marriage records for a Samuel Cox, born 1823, who married Arminda Ferguson in 1847 in Carroll County, Mississippi. Our ancestor Samuel Cox was born in 1823 and lived in Carroll County, Mississippi. However, in the Old Salem Cemetery and according to Fannie Belle Cox Wimberly Robinson, granddaughter of Samuel Cox, her grandmother was Leumanda Wright Cox. Leumanda is buried next to Samuel in Old Salem Cemetery. Confusion reigns since there is mention of a living wife at the time of Samuel's death in 1896. Leumanda died in 1894, two years before. According to Carroll County marriage records, Samuel Cox married Amealia Bagley in 1895, after Leumanda's death and before his own in 1896.
More About Samuel W. Cox and Amealia Bagley: Marriage: March 28, 1895, Carroll County, Mississippi.425
Children of Samuel W. Cox and Arminda Ferguson are: