Brumley Branches - Ralph H C Cox, my 2nd great-grandfather was born to Jesse Cox, Sr. and Elizabeth Clark March 2, 1822, in Lincoln County, Missouri. He was their firstborn son, other siblings were William Timothy, James M, Sarah, Mary Jane and Elizabeth Ellen Cox.
He also had a half-brother Jesse Newton and half-sisters Nancy Emily and Sarah Hannah Cox from his father's second marriage after his mother died.
He grew up in Lincoln County for most of his life. He was twenty-four when he took Nancy Elizabeth Baugh for his wife. They were married in St. Charles County, Missouri on December 15, 1846.
Soon after they started their family. Their firstborn child was Sarah Elizabeth, followed by Thomas Henry, Sophia Jane, Jesse, Mary Ellen, James William, Ralph Henry, Annie Perlina and my great-grandmother Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox.
On June 10, 1850, he purchased forty acres of land in Lincoln County.
The Civil War was beginning and with that came the draft registration. Ralph was forty-one years old on July 1, 1863, when he signed up for the draft. He served in 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union) Company A with Captains Joseph B. Howell, and William C. Teague in Lincoln County.
After the war, he returned to his family and to Lincoln County near Bedford. In the 1880 Census, he had moved his family to Maries County, Missouri and purchased 160 acres of land by 1882.
He and his family remained in Miller, Maries County through the Census of 1900. It is not clear the reason the family moved to southern Missouri.
Ralph was eighty-five years old when he died on July 16, 1907, in Dixon, Pulaski, Missouri. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Maries County.
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