Braxton Dickerson Cox

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  • Name  Braxton Dickerson Cox 
    Born  15 Mar 1844  Owsley Co., Ky. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Military  17 Aug 1865  Discharge from Union Army - Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  07 Feb 1917  Campton, Wolfe Co., Ky. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Cox Cemetery, Big Andy Ridge, Lee Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: Brackston J. Cox [father living with son]
      Home in 1880: Precinct 4, Wolfe, Kentucky
      Age: 70
      Estimated birth year: abt 1810
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to head-of-household: Father
      Father's birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Occupation: Physician
      Marital Status: Widower
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Household Members: Name Age
      Brackson S. Cox 36
      Elisabeth Cox 30
      Mary E. Cox 9
      Lueratia Cox 6
      William S. Cox 5
      Rossia B. Cox 3
      Florance Cox 1M
      Brackston J. Cox 70
      Ambrose G. Powell 16

      1910 United States Federal Census
      Name: Braxton D Cox
      Age in 1910: 66
      Estimated birth year: abt 1844
      Birthplace: Kentucky
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Spouse's name: Elizabeth
      Home in 1910: Campton Ward 1, Wolfe, Kentucky
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members: Name Age
      Braxton D Cox 66
      Elizabeth Cox 60
      Sampson Cox 20
      Stewart Cox 17
      Catherine Reynolds 23
      Elizabeth Reynolds 3
      William H Reynolds 1
      Jesse Legg 26


      Sources: Cox and Kin by Bruce K. Cox, 1986
      Wolfe Co., Ky 1870 Census, Hazel Green, Pct. 4, #18, farmer, $1047 in property
      1900 Census, #120-126

      Hazel Green Herald, Sept. 17, 1896 ? Dr. Breck Cox, of Jackson, was visiting in Hazel Green Sunday night and Monday, mixing pleasure and business.


      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, October 29, 1896 page 5
      The Kentucky Valley Medical Association met in regular session at Jackson, October 23 and 24, 1896. The meeting was called to order by the president. Minutes of previous meetings read and approved. The president then read an opening address which was well received by all the members present. Papers from several of the associations were read and enjoyed by all. Dr. R. D. Cox, sr (sic B. D. Cox), was re-elected president; Dr. R. D. Cox, jr, (sic B. D.) vice president, and Dr. B. Littlepage secretary. The next meeting will be held at Torrent, May 28 and 29, 1897.

      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, Feb. 4, 1897 page 1
      Dr. B. D. Cox left for Louisville Sunday morning, where he intends taking a special course in surgery.

      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, May 20, 1897 page 5
      The Kentucky valley medical association will convene at Torrent on May 28 and 29. A banquet will be given by Dr. B. D. Cox, sr., president of the association. Good music and a special program arranged by Drs. Bush, Pryse and Irvin will be rendered. The Clark county medical society will meet with them. A cordial invitation is extended to all.


      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, June 3, 1897 page 4
      The K. V. M. A.
      Proceedings of the fourth semi-annual meeting of the Kentucky Valley Medical Association held at Torrent, Ky., May 28 and 29, 1897.
      The following members were present: Dr. B. D. Cox, sr., Dr. W. G. Daily, Dr. B. D. Cox, jr., Dr. H. H. Stamper, Dr. Proffit, Dr. J. H. Stamper, Dr. W. R. bush, Dr. C. B. Baker and Dr. B. Littlepage.
      The president, Dr. B. D. Cox, delivered the address of welcome. Several members had papers, which were read and discussed by all, of great interest to the medical fraternity.
      Dr. W. B. Bush, as an honorary member of the society, also read an interesting paper on dentistry.
      Drs. J. H. Stamper, J. W. Ishmale and B. Littlepage were appointed a committee to arrange a program for the next meeting.
      The society was given a banquet by Dr. B. D. Cox, sr., the spread consisted of birds, fish and all the delicacies of the season, which was enjoyed by all present.
      Dr. J. W. Ishmael and Dr. Hamblin were made members of the association.
      Music and dancing was brought into while away the fleeting hours and make thehearts of the doctors glad.
      The meeting was one of the most successful that has been held, and while it was not attended as it should have been, it was a howling success in every sense of the word.
      Moved and seconded that the association invite the doctors of Clark and Montgomery counties to join us. Carried.
      The association begs to extend to Mr. and Mrs. Gaines their heart-felt thanks for their kind and hospitable treatment.
      The next meeting will be held at Clay City, Ky., September 24th, 1897. B. Littlepage, M. D., Secretary.

      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, September 16, 1897 page 1
      The Republican senatorial convention held at this place Saturday nominated Dr. B. D. Cox, of this county, for state senator. Mr. Cox was placed in nomination by S. H. Hurst, seconded by Benj. Sewell; Mr. Adams was placed in nomination by Maj. W. J. Seitz, of west Liberty, seconded by Mr. Cisco, of the same place. Maj. Seitz made the speech of the convention. His eloquent plea for Uncle Jonce Adams adds new laurels to his crown as an orator. Cox will be defeated in November. Sept. 13. Supple Jack.

      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, October 14, 1897 page 1
      Hon. A. D. Roberts, Democratic candidate for state senator in this district is a nice man and would make a good senator. He has fought many battles for his party and now asks to be remembered by electing him to the senate of Kentucky. Bro. Roberts has preached a great many funerals in his day and he will preach the funeral of Dr. B. D. Cox on the first Tuesday in November. Oct. 11 Supple Jack.

      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, October 21, 1897
      Elder Roberts, who has been preaching at the Caskey school house for a few nights, and carrying his senatorial canvass along as a side line, was seen by your correspondent at Grassy church Sunday, and the way he was shaking hands was a-plenty. Dr. Cox, his opponent, was there, as were also Asa Pieratt and John Tolson, candidates for the legislature. But the last named three are not in it when it comes to shaking hands with the preacher.

      --(column Maytown Missiles) Dr. Cox, of your county, was in town last week in the interest of his senatorial race.

      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, October 28, 1897 page 1

      (column Lee City Lilacs)Dr. B. D. Cox, candidate for state senator, was the guest of Dr. Carroll last Sunday night.

      Hazel Green Herald, Thursday, March 24, 1898 page 1
      Dr. B. D. Cox, of Torrent, was in town Saturday. The doctor is being urged by his friends all over the 10th district to become a Republican candidate for Congress.

    • Source: History of Wolfe Co., Kentucky
      THE LIFE OF DR. BRAXTON D. COX FROM BIRTH TO HIS DEATH IN CAMPTON, February 7, 1917 (by Mrs. Katherine Riggs)

      Dr. Braxton D. Cox was born on March 15, 1844 in Owsley County, Kentucky. His parents came from old Virginia in a covered wagon not long before Braxton's birth. He was the son of Dr. Braxton Jason Cox and Lydia Cox. In 1861, when they were beating drums calling volunteers for the Civil War, Braxton D. Cox, 17 years of age, walked up and volunteered in Company G, 8th Regiment of the Kentucky Infantry. He went through many hard battles on Lookout Mountain, at Chicamauga and other points. On the 20th of September 1863, in the evening of the last day of the fight at Chicamauga, Braxton was wounded, his collar bone was broken and his right ankle dislocated. Two days after the others in the 8th Regiment reached their quarters or camp in Chatanooga, Cox was brought to camp unable to travel or to be on duty for several months. On August 17, 1865, he received an honorable discharge from the service.

      He came to Wolfe county, Kentucky, 16 miles from what is now Campton, to what is now called Big Andy [Ridge]. He bought a farm of 300 acres, all in woodland. He cut timber, rived boards, and built himself a log house on this farm, just a one room cabin, 18x18 feet, with a stone chimney dobbed with clay mud and a wood fire place.

      In the year 1869, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Spencer of Lee County, Kentucky, from the place which is now called St. Helens. She was the daughter of Goolie and Phoebe Ann Spencer. They started their married life on the farm in the little log cabin. Elizabeth proved a real good wife and helpmate. They worked, prospered and finally built a nice big farm house, sealed and weatherboarded it, and painted it white. To this union were born nine children.

      In 1886, Mr. Cox went to Louisville and attended medical collage until he received his doctor's diploma. His wife and children worked on the farm. They raised corn, oats, hay, potatoes, and all kinds of garden produce, as well as cattle, horses, sheep, chickens, and had lots of things to sell.

      When he went to Louisville they were pulling street cars with mules. While he was there in College they got electricity. He saw the first electric street car start. He said everyone was thrilled to see something like that running without some animal pulling it.

      He came home with his medical diploma and began practicing medicine in 1889. Following his return from Louisville, two more sons were born in the family. They reared ten of their children to adulthood, and all had married but two younger sons when they left the farm and moved to Campton in 1904.

      All who knew him said he was one among the best citizens and doctors that Wolfe County ever had. On Feb. 7, 1917, Dr. Cox died at his home in Campton; leaving to mourn his wife, Elizabeth Spencer Cox; four daughters, Mrs. Loucretia Holmes of Congress, Ohio; Mrs. Rose Profitt, Slade; Mrs. Florence Profitt, and Mrs. Katherine Reynolds, both of Campton; five sons, Sherman, Brack, Dr. John L., Samp and Stewart Cox; and 44 grandchildren. At this date (Dec. 1954) all of his children have passed away except Mrs. Rose Profitt, Mrs. Katherine Reynolds Riggs and Sampson D. Cox. He was the grandfather of Mr. W. H. Reynolds of Jackson, Ky., and Mr. James B. Reynolds and Mr. J. T. Reynolds, both of Lexington.

      (Given by Katherine Riggs of Campton, who has all those old dates given by her father. She also has his discharge papers from the Army and the old deed to the farm he bought in 1865.)

    • See photo above of the family that goes with this story.

      CORRECTION by S. Kouns....the Dr. Cox that was murdered in Jackson, Breathitt Co., was married to Cordelia Caldwell. She died in 1903 of typhoid fever shortly after her husband's assassination. Her brother, Jerry Cardwell, had killed a brother of Judge Hargis several years prior. Dr. Cox and Cordelia had 4 children. I have the names of 3, Lucy, Edward and Breck.

      Dr. Braxton Cox & Family
      Dr. Braxton Cox's Family (around 1902). Caption which appeared in the April 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer under the Cox family photo....

      [Sharon has been in touch with William R. Cox. He did not write the article and apologized for the errors made in stating that this Dr. B. D. Cox was the one assassinated. It was the nephew of this Dr. Cox that was assassinated. Several of us are trying to identify the rest of the people in the photo. If you know, please email me at skouns7@aol.com THANKS]

      "William R. Cox, ..., shares this photo of his great-great-grandfather, Dr. Braxton D. Cox, and other family members. Dr. Braxton D. Cox (seated front center) was the victim of a brutal murder in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky. He was probably the least involved and the least participating victim of the Hargis-Cockrill feud. He was only 36 years old when he was ambushed in the heart of Jackson by hired men said to have been members of the Hargis-Callahan clan. Born on December 27, 1866, Cox was of a poor family. He worked hard for his education and was on his way to fame as a doctor when he met his untimely death. The useless assassination took place on Sunday night, April 13, 1902. According to townsmen, the night was one of bright, clear conditions. Dr. Cox had made a late visit to his office in the Crawford Building. This building is at the corner of Court and Main streets on the same side of Main as the courthouse. The time was about 8:15 p.m. He had just come out of his office. He proceeded to cross Main Street to go down Court Street to his home near the corner of Cherry and Court. At that time the Hargis Brothers? Mammoth Department Store occupied the corner of Main and Court in the site now occupied by Citizens Bank. Directly behind the store was a barn belonging to James Hargis, used as stables. It was here, inside the barn, that the assassins waited. Later, rumors placed Curtis Jett, Tom White, and William Britton in the barn. The trio waited until Cox walked within 20 feet of their hiding place, then opened fire with deadly shotguns. Death came within minutes. The death cries of Cox were reported to have been heard by Judge Hargis and Ed Callahan who were conveniently located on the second story porch of the Hargis home, located on the site of Breathitt County High School. Hargis is reported to have later said to a friend, "When the guns fired, I heard him bellow like a damned bull, then I knew the boys had him." Whether true or not, the newspapers of the day really played up the Hargis comment. The news of Cox's death swept through the town. The names of Cox's murderers were whispered and probably known by half of the town. However, later an attempt to convict any assassins failed. The people of Jackson and Breathitt County showed what they thought of Dr. Braxton D. Cox when many hundreds attended his funeral. Very soon after Cox?s death his young wife followed him to the grave. Some say she died of a broken heart. Cox is buried in what is now the Marcum Heights Cemetery in Jackson. (Also shown in the photo, seated at far right, is Rose Profitt. She lived on a farm at Slade where Lil? Abner Motel is today.) Readers may find the complete story, which is only a small part of the last Breathitt County feud that involved many prominent families, in Volume 4, No. 1 (May 1989) of The Kentucky Explorer magazine. Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the magazine are now available on compact disc. See page two for details." - Elisha Richardson, Kentucky Explorer
    • Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953
      Name: B D Cox MD
      Death Date: 7 Feb 1917
      Death Location: Wolfe
      Residence Location: Wolfe
      Age: 72
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity: White
      Birth Date: 15 Mar 1844
      Birth Location: Kentucky
      Father's name: Jason Cox
      Father's Birth Location: North Carolina
      Mother's name: Lydia Sturgeon
      Mother's Birth Location: North Carolina

    • Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953
      about B D Cox MD
      Name: B D Cox MD
      Death Date: 7 Feb 1917
      Death Location: Wolfe
      Residence Location: Wolfe
      Age: 72
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity: White
      Birth Date: 15 Mar 1844
      Birth Location: Kentucky
      Father's Name: Jason Cox
      Father's Birth Location: North Carolina
      Mother's Name: Lydia Sturgeon
      Mother's Birth Location: North Carolina

    • Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929
      about Braxton D. Cox
      Name: Braxton D. Cox
      Birth Date: 1845
      Death Date: 13 Feb 1917
      Death Place: Campton, KY
      Type Practice: Allopath
      Medical School: Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville: Transylvania University Medical Department, 1889, (G)
      JAMA Citation: 68:727
      Cause of Death: disease, liver

    • Name: Braxton Cox
      Birthplace: Kentucky
      County: Wolfe, Campton
      Relatives: Wife Elizabeth 60, Kentucky
      Son Sampson 20, Kentucky
      Son Steward 17, Kentucky
      Daughter Catherine Reynolds 23, Kentucky
      Daughter Elizabeth 03, Kentucky
      Grandson Wiliam 01, Kentucky
      1 non-relative

      Enumeration District: 0195
      Visit: 0206
      Color: W
      Age: 66
    • Jan Covey and I have come to the conclusion that the Braxton Cox Jr. mentioned in the medical articles with Braxton D. Cox Sr. is the nephew of Sr. and not his son.
      from Jan:
      Dr. John L. Cox was still alive in 1918 when he certified for the death certificate of Joel Cox that I recently sent to you. Also, it was definitely the son of Sampson that got killed as was indicated in the news article you sent me and because the Brack [Doc] in the museum photo was only 18yrs old in 1900 and would have been only 15 yrs old in 1897 when KVMA was using the Sr/Jr. I think KVMA started the Sr/Jr thing to keep straight the two doctors and the concept was perpetuated even though they were not a father/son but a uncle/nephew relationship. --Jan

    • Hazel Green Herald KY 3 Sept 1908 Thu page 1
      Dr. B. D. Cox last week filed a damage suit in the Wolfe Circuit court against Prof. E. E. Whiteside, in behalf of his minor son, Sampson, alleging that his son had been wrongfully and without warrant of law suspended from school and asking damages in the sum of $500.

    • The Clay City Times (Clay City, KY) 15 Feb 1917 Thur Page 1
      Mrs. Profitt was called over to Campton Thursday by the sudden death of her father, Dr. Brack Cox. He was one of the most prominent men of Wolfe County, and his death was a great shock to a wide circle of friends.
    • The Clay City Times 29 June 1911 Thur.
      Excerpt ? has list of living:

      ?Fifty years ago this Sept. the 8th Regt., Ky., Vols, Inft., rendezvoused at Estill Springs; and all members of said 8th Regt. Who are still living and able to be so, are earnestly requested to rendezvous Sept. 21, 1911, to hold a two day reunion of the Estill Springs Camp ground. Come in boys and let us take a farewell peep at each other and have a two day good time. (signed) Dr. B. D. Cox, Campton, Ky.
    Person ID  I090  Cox-Hobbs-Shoemaker
    Last Modified  25 Jul 2016 

    Father  Braxton Jason Cox,   b. 15 Mar 1810, Wilkes Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1902, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Lydia Sturgeon Sturgis or Sturgill,   b. 8 Sep 1809, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1863, Lee Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1833  Caldwell Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F029  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Spencer,   b. 25 Mar 1850,   d. 22 Jun 1926 
    Married  Abt 1867 
    Children 
     1. Martha Ann Cox,   b. 27 Aug 1869,   d. 17 Jan 1870
    >2. Mary Ellen Cox,   b. 25 Aug 1871,   d. 27 Jul 1910
    >3. Lucretia Cox,   b. 1874
     4. William Sherman Cox,   b. 05 Jan 1875,   d. 1940
    >5. Rose Belle Cox,   b. 1877,   d. 1961
    >6. Florence Cox,   b. 07 Apr 1882,   d. 17 Nov 1943
     7. Braxton Jason Cox,   b. 14 Apr 1882,   d. 17 Nov 1945, Cedar Grove, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. John Logan Cox,   b. Aug 1884,   d. 09 Jun 1951, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. Katherine Cox,   b. 08 Aug 1886,   d. 15 Jul 1968, Fayette Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >10. Sampson David Cox,   b. 16 May 1889,   d. 20 Jan 1960
     11. James Stewart Cox,   b. 10 Oct 1893, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1938, Campbell Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Aug 2009 
    Family ID  F040  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Dr. Braxton Cox and family
see article on his family page
    Dr. Braxton Cox and family see article on his family page
    Back Row: fifth over from left - William Sherman Cox and wife Cora Hobbs Cox. Wm. Cox, the submitter of the photo to Ky. Explorer states that lady on right on front row is Rose Profitt. Braxton D. Cox had a daughter Rossia (Rose) that married a Profitt. This Braxton D. was the uncle to the B. D. Cox that was assassinated.
    Unknown ...Cox family?
    Unknown ...Cox family?
    Was unknown but now known as Mary Ellen Cox that married Isaac Wiles ...This same woman and man and children are in the group photo connected to Dr. Braxton D. Cox (#1090).
    Mystery family may be solved:
    This is what I have found I hope you can follow this. I have dated the picture sometime in 1898 and here are my reasons for doing so.
    1. The mystery family in the pictures fits Mary Ellen Cox/Wiles and Isaac Wiles and their children. At this date (1898) they would have been as follows Braxton D. 5yrs born 1893, Louis 3yrs born 1895, William 1yr born 1897 Elizabeth born 1898, John L born 1900, Samuel born 1902, Rhoda born 1905 and Cora born 1907. The second picture of just this family would have included the first 5 children born and have been taken probably around 1901 after John and before Samuel.
    2. The next identifier of the 1898 date would be that Rose's daughters are pictured Naomi and Dorothy. Naomi would have been 1yr and Dorothy 2 yrs at this date. One probably just turned 1 yr and the other ready to turn 3 yr. This also fits.
    3. Next would be the other woman first thought to be Mary Ellen. This I believe is Lucretia. I have found a 1910 census that states that Clement Holmes was living in Ohio with his elderly father Solomon at this date. This would mean that he and Lucretia were not married yet nor would they have been married in 1898 when the picture was taken. So this was her still as a single woman with no children. This also fits the picture.
    4.The last facter would be that my great-gandfather Sampson D. was born in 1889. This would have made him 9yrs in 1898. This also looks to be accurate.

    So conclusion would be that the mystery family portrait would Mary Ellen Cox/ Wiles Isaac Wiles Braxton D., Louis, William, Elizabeth and John L. If you look closely at both pictures you can see that the 2 boys first thought to be possible twins are really not that close in age. Note the hieght difference in the sepia photo. Also I will go so far as to say that the mystery picture of the little girl is Elizabeth Wiles.

    I have attached the documents that I used to reach this conclusion and you check things for yourself. Got any other mysteries you need throw them at me this was fun!!!

    Samantha Elam, descendant of B.D.Cox


    Brack Hobbs, Braxton Jason "Doc" Cox, Henry Hobbs, Hiram Spencer and Corbett Hobbs
    Catherine Cox daughter of Dr. B. D. Cox
    Catherine Cox daughter of Dr. B. D. Cox
    Sherman Cox and wife, Cora Hobbs Cox
    Sherman Cox and wife, Cora Hobbs Cox
    Sampson David Cox
    Sampson David Cox
    Sharon's mother has the original of this picture and she says it is Joel but maybe someone else can clarify for sure.
    Name: Bill Newman
    E-mail: wnewman106@aol.com
    Hi. I'm a descendant of Joel Sturgis Cox and Naomi Reasor Hobbs Cox. I have a copy (or original?) of your picture 134. My picture says it is Sampson David Cox, picture taken 1929. The other pics I have of Joel (1835-1918) show him as bearded and balding.
    William Edward Profitt and wife Rose B. Cox
    William Edward Profitt and wife Rose B. Cox
    Dr. John L. Cox
    Dr. John L. Cox
    Elizabeth Spencer Cox
    Elizabeth Spencer Cox
    Elizabeth, daughter of Goolman and Phebe Shoemaker Spencer standing by the monument of her late husband Dr. Braxton D. Cox at the Cox-Hobbs-Spencer Cemetery, Big Andy Ridge, Lee Co., KY

    Headstones
    Martha Ann Cox
    Martha Ann Cox
    Daughter of B. D. & E. Cox
    (Braxton D. and Elizabeth Spencer Cox