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Jasper Alexander Cox Family
|Title||Jasper Alexander Cox Family|
|Author||Mercer County Pioneer Traces Vol I, Page 209, Submitted by Beverly (Coffelt) Cox|
Jasper Alexander Cox Family|
Called "Alex" by friends and family, Jasper Alexander Cox was born October 17, 1864, in Mercer County, Missouri, the fifth of nine children born to Rev. John Willis Burton Cox and Mary Jane (Rockhold) Cox. He learned early what was needed to take care of a farm. Alex learned from his father to make bricks to construct their own buildings and sold to others for a cash crop. He learned how to be a good woodsman, handy with an ax, saw and other woodworking tools.
Alex was rather dark complexioned with blue or hazel eyes. He was about 5'10" tall and strongly built, weighing about 185 pounds. He had dark curly hair. He usually had a handsome, long mustache which was dark brown.
Religion was important to him, although he was very quiet about it.
Alex was married to Eliza Augusta Duncan, called "Auda," April 14, 1890, by Preston Hampton, Justice of the peace for Mercer County. Witnesses for the wedding were William Brown and Jimmy Duncan, Auda's brother. She was the daughter of John Thomas Duncan and Mary Diana Brown. To the union of Alex and Auda, seven children were born: (1) Wyona Ivan Cox, (2) Iona May Cox, (3) James Alexander Cox, (4) John Burton Cox, (5) Albert Porter Cox and twins (6) Dora Eleanor Cox and (7) Maggie Susan Cox.
Alex served on the school boards of both the Ilia and Duncan school districts.
Music was important to Alex. He played the organ for his family, and they would sing together. In 1913 a new house was built on the Cox home place. It was here the younger children grew up, played on the rolling hills, learned to work from their father and mother and felt the happiness that comes from a loving family.
Alex died January 29 1919, at the age of 53 years. It was a sudden death due to apoplexy (Stroke). He is buried in the South Lineville Cemetary, Mercer County, Missouri.
TRIBUTE TO FATHER
When I was just a little lass
Of four or five, it seems,
You gaily tucked us in our beds
And wished us "Pleasant Dreams."
We used to follow you about,
Throughout the sunny days,
And you never grew impatient
With our rough and tumble play.
You tought life's fundamentals
With a twinkle in your eye,
And you lulled us to sweet slumber
With a lilting lullaby.
The years are many, Father,
Since you left our home down here,
But oft in quiet moments
We can feel your presence near.
-Dora Cox Mostert
"In this world." Papa said, "one's goal should be learning to, yearning to, become as good a person as possible for him to be."
From Our Cox Cousins by Trudy (Mostert) Wiltbank, submitted by Beverly (Coffelt) Cox