52 Ancestors/52 Weeks #9 ~ William Jesse Cox


William Jesse Cox was born on May 18, 1830 in Greenville County South Carolina to John Washington and Hannah Griffith Cox.   He was the first born of five children: 3 boys and 2 girls.  His siblings were: John Washington, Sarah, James and Diana. His mother passed on November 4, 1848 and within a year his father had met and married Harriett Ann League, and they had 5 children together.  William's half siblings were: Mary Mollie, Joel Anderson, Missouri Ellen, Roland Munro and a male child, whose name I have not found.
William married Harriett Howard, daughter of Moses and Mary Milburn Howard)  about 1849 in Greenville County, and their first two children; Newton and Allen were born there.  Between 1853 and 1854, the family moved to Georgia, where two more children were added to the family, ( Hannah Malissa and Nathan Buchanon), before the family moved once again to their final destination in Sevier County Arkansas.  Seven more children were born between 1859-1874: Mary Lou, Emer, Martha, John Mace, Dudley, William and an unnamed infant who died at birth or shortly thereafter.

In August 1860, William J. was elected Clerk of the newly formed Pleasant Hill (McHorse) Baptist Church and served until 1862 when he resigned to enter the Confederate Army. William J. served with the Army of the Confederate Sates of America during the Civil War. He was enlisted on 1 March 1862 at H.L. Simpson's by Col. C.L. Dawson for one year and served with Company A, Portlocks Regiment, Arkansas Infantry. It later became Company , 24th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry.He was elected third Sergeant on 16 August 1862. However, on 11January 1863 he was captured at Fort Hindman during the Battle of Arkansas Post and held prisoner at Camp Douglas, Illinois. He was paroled on 3 April 1863, then delivered and released at City Point,Virginia on 10 April 1863. He was elected Second Sergeant after his release and then elected First Sergeant in the later part of 1863.He fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia on 19 September 1863,and was wounded in the left hip. He was granted a furlough in March 1864 and did not return to military duty.
He lived out the rest of his days peacefully in Sevier County. After his wife Harriett passed in 1895 he moved in with his son William Ed at the Cannon Place near Provo, Arkansas.  He died on November 26, 1906 and both he and his wife Harriett are buried at McHorse Cemetery in Provo.

William and Harriett were my 3 greats grandparents.


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3 comments:

  1. Love the photo. It amazes me when we actually have old photos that have survived the generations.

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  2. He lived a very interesting life, but very difficult - losing his Mother and then fighting in the Civil War. It's wonderful to know the history of your ancestors - it gives you a framework of where you came from. So many people don't know these things except what has been passed down in 'legend'. He looks like a handsome fellow under the beard - those eyes are quite striking - maybe pale blue? xo Karen

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  3. This is a wonderful project! You are leaving behind a treasure for your family:)

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