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COX CEMETERY

Originally known as the Gibbs Family Graveyard this cemetery is located on FM 1653 at VZCR 4106. There is a Texas Sesquicentennial marker at this cemetery honoring Robert K. Gibbs who, along with his family, settled the area in the early 1850's. Their infant daughter, Ellen S. Gibbs, has the earliest marked grave with date of birth October 08, 1853 and date of death November 28, 1853. The Cox Cemetery was offered as a public graveyard in the late 1800's or early 1900's. There are 5 generations of the Cox family buried here and several of the unmarked graves are believed to be those of slaves.

Additional information:
written by Sandra Cox Whiting; transcribed by B. Miller, 1999

Although no written records are available it is clearly apparent that Cox Cemetery located in Van Zandt County Texas south of Canton began as a family burial place. The R. K. Gibbs family settled a 320 acre tract on the Nacogdoches District of Van Zandt County deeded to them by the state of Texas in October 1857. From an inscription on a headstone in the cemetery it is noted that they probably settled the land prior to that time. The oldest gravestone in the cemetery has an inscription dated 29 November 1853 of an infant “Ellen S daughter of R. K. and S Gibbs”. Later other Gibbs family members were buried near that grave including R. K. and his wife Sarah. Those graves are the only documented beginning of what is now the Cox Cemetery.

In 1872 a portion of the R. K. Gibbs survey was sold to M. A. Cox, County Commissioner of Van Zandt County from 1867-1870. In 1880 the land sold to R. D. Cox a brother to M. A. R. D. Cox was a Confederate soldier who served with the Ashville Artillery from St. Claire County Alabama beginning in 1861. At some time after 1880 R. D. offered a small area near and around the Gibbs graves to the community for a public cemetery. From that unknown time the cemetery was known as Cox Grave Yard.

In 1920 a neighbor and friend to the Cox family deeded 1 and 5/44 acres of land to Cox Grave Yard and its heirs. That 1 and 5/44 acres of land was a portion of the Cox Acreage which Sandra Cox Whiting acquired in a trade with Sandra Cox Whiting a son of R. D. Cox. J. A. Cox and E. E. Sides owned large piecesof land separated by the Brownsboro Road known at the time as Highway 19. They also owned a small acreage on the opposite side of the road from their homestead. In order to aggregate their property an agreement was reached whereby the smaller acreage would be traded. This agreement placed each man’s property on the same side of the road as their homestead. It also passed ownership of the Cox Grave Yard property to E. E. Sides and prompted his deeding the land to the Cemetery Association and its heirs.

In 1933 another 1 and 19/22 acres of land joining the 1 and 5.44 acres was deeded to Cox Grave Yard by Christie Davis daughter of E. E. Sides. That transaction brought the cemetery to its present size.

Oral history verifies that there are at least two Negro slaves buried in the Cox Cemetery. Two graves by the west gate ar marked by large rocks and crosses made of iron pipe. There are several other unmarked graves near the two reported slave graves. Some of these are also believed to be graves of slaves. Prior to death in 1980 A. T. Cox grandson of R. D. Cox related the story that other unmarked graves were slaves graves. According to Mrs. Onie Mae Koen great-granddaughter of M. A. Cox “We children knew which wer Negro Slaves’ graves even though their only marker was large rocks. We always wanted to work those graves first”. It is not documented to whom the slaves belonged. However one consideration is that the slaves belonged to R. K. Gibbs who settled the land prior to the Civil War. The land first came into the possession of M. A. Cox in 1872 seven years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Of the 254 graves in the Cox Cemetery thirty-six markers are inscribed with the name Cox. Many others were Cox females who bore a married name at death. One of the most significant facts is that there are five generations of Cox males buried in the cemetery. In addition to the Civil War Veteran R. D. Cox there are three veterans of World War I, five veterans of World War II and a serviceman who was killed in a car accident during his tour of duty who is buried in the Cox Cemetery.

Even though the name of the cemetery has been changed from Cox Grave Yard to Cox Cemetery the manner in which the cemetery is maintained has not changed. Several years ago the Saturday before the fourth Sunday in June was set aside as Memorial Day. To work the cemetery all families who could brought their lunches and spent the day cleaning the cemetery. They would meet to hoe sweep and mound the graves. At some later time the need was seen for the cemetery to be worked by contract. A contract was secured by the lowest bid and paid by donations on Memorial Day which has changed to the fourth Sunday in June. This manner of maintenance and business is still maintained at Cox Cemetery. The only exception being that the association voted to dispense with the mounding of graves except for families who wished to do it themselves. A trust fund was established by the Cemetery Association in August 1972. Through the years a tabernacle was built and the acreage was fenced with chain link fencing.

Memorial Day for the cemetery is always the fourth Sunday of every June. A business session is conducted a short sermon by a guest minister or speaker and lunch is spread under the tabernacle for everyone to share. The Cox Cemetery dating from 1853 is rich in the heritage of its community. The appearance signifies the interest and concern the community has for the cemetery.

(Transcriber’s note: The information above was taken from a narrative included in Book 4 Van Zandt County Texas Cemeteries published in 1995.)



Surname First Name Birth Death
AKINS ELIZABETH 1871 1936
AKINS R. NONE NONE
BERRY FREEMAN 1920 NONE
BERRY-COX LOUISA NONE NONE
BONNER INFANT B&D 1931
BONNER SAME 1878 1954
BONNER, JR. SAM 1924 1998
BONNER-SINGLEY HATTIE A. 1890 1983
BRANNAN CLYDE 1897 1959
BRANNAN-STILLWELL FLORENCE 1895 1986
BROWN J. E. 1852 1927
BROWN JAMES B. 1889 1950
BROWN WILLIE MAE 1890 NONE
BROWN-COX SARAH COLON 1858 1931
CALDWELL WILLIAM R. 1903 1957
CASTELBERRY RICHARD W. 1869 1871
CASTLEBERRY SARAH A. 1830 1884
CASTLEBERRY SARAH C. 1796 1865
COLE-PARKS JULIA ANN 1841 1932
CONNER GARY DON 1940 1941
COX AKIN 1911 1980
COX ANDREW ALLEN 1881 1884
COX C. ANDERSON 1885 1966
COX DAVID LEVI 1890 1970
COX DONALD NONE 1875
COX INFANT NONE NONE
COX INFANT NONE NONE
COX INFANT B&D 1893
COX J. ALEX 1885 1940
COX JOHN THOMAS 8152 1875
COX L. A. 1845 1921
COX MARION A. 1831 1887
COX MARY L. 1863 1868
COX NIKKI L. 1940 1956
COX NITA FAY 1917 1953
COX PEARL A. 1898 1899
COX R. D. 1842 1898
COX RONNIE DONALD 1940 1986
COX THOMAS L. 1882 1965
COX THOMAS RICHARD 1915 1977
COX Wm BARTLEY 1856 1931
COX Wm HARVEY 1885 1886
COX, JR. DENNIS E. 1968 1974
COX-BIRT MARY JANE 1857 1888
COX-HALLMAN MARY ANNA 1861 1912
COX-LASSATER MIRTIE L. 1886 1972
COX-McWILLIAMS LELA 1891 1959
COX-NORRELL LOPEZ C. 1917 NONE
COX-STILLWELL SUSIE 1890 1974
COX-TILLERY ROSIE L. 1891 1970
CROSS-HOLLIS ERNEST B. 1900 1980
DAVIS A. G. 1910 1910
DAVIS ALICE 1879 1948
DAVIS ALVA FAY 1913 1944
DAVIS HATTIE LOU NONE NONE
DAVIS HENRY 1884 1934
DAVIS HOWARD M. 1914 1971
DAVIS IDA 1872 1945
DAVIS JOHN 1859 1926
DAVIS LUCINDA 1858 1897
DAVIS SAWNIE E. 1908 1979
DAVIS W. W. 1861 1919
DAVIS-BRANNON ORA 1888 1911
DAVIS-KEARBY OLETA F. 1910 NONE
DEARBY CLIFFORD JAROME 1908 1990
DONOHOE Wm HAMILTON 1887 1940
DONOHOE-PARSONS BIRTIE L. 1882 1905
DOUTHIT C. D. 1915 NONE
DOUTHIT-COX MARY SENORA 1913 NONE
DUNN JOHN M. 1874 1949
DUNN-MARTIN KATE K. 1881 1960
ELLIOT JAME I. 1861 1900
ELLIOTT ADA E. 1890 1896
FAGLIE LILLIE E. 1896 1954
FAGLIE WILLIAM G. 1890 1973
FAULK LEVI B. 1827 1862
FAULK SAVANNAH 1820 1895
FISHER MARY B. 1909 1980
FLOWERS BRYANT 1913 1980
FLOWERS JOY B. 1916 1984
FUNDERBURK JIMMIE B. 1927 NONE
FUNDERBURK, JR. DOUGLAS C. 1923 1992
GIBBS ELLEN S. 1853 1853
GIBBS LUCINDA E. 1859 1862
GIBBS ROBERT KENYON 1823 1861
GIBBS-ASHABRANNER SARAH 1828 1859
GILLIAM CLEBURNE 1900 1900
GILLIS CHARLIE F. 1899 1959
GOODWIN DAVID RICHARD 1897 1972
GOODWIN SUSAN O. 1857 1935
GORE LaWANDA JO 1951 1986
GREENHAW LETHAJ. 1862 1900
GREGORY MAUD 1897 1925
GREGORY TRANNIE C. 1897 1963
HARRIS DEBORAHL. 1955 NONE
HARRIS L. ALIECE 1923 NONE
HARRIS MR. CHARLIE NONE 1989
HARRIS THIREL C. 1922 1971
HARRIS, JR. THIREL C. 1944 1994
HAYNES INFANT B&D 1902
HAYNES MATTIE J. 1864 1934
HAYNES SAMIE 1901 1901
HAYNES SAMUEL W. 1860 1930
HEARD KATIE M. 1884 1959
HEARD WILEY W. 1878 1954
HEARD WORTH 1906 1962
HENDERSON EARL B. 1907 1971
HENDERSON FLAY V. 1885 1982
HENDERSON J. C. 1913 1965
HENDERSON JOHN C. 1872 1947
HOLLIS M. L. 1862 1922
HOLLIS MARION D. NONE 1943
HOLLIS SAFRONIA 1854 1935
HUDSON LUCIE M. 1880 1964
HUDSON WALTER W. 1871 1950
JACOBS BILLY FRANK 1939 1956
JACOBS MARTHA EVELYN 1940 1940
KEARBY BARBARA B&D NONE
KEARBY CARL DON B&D 1937
KEARBY ELIZABETH 1884 1983
KEARBY PHILIP J. 1949 1987
KEARBY ROBERT L. 1904 1959
KEARBY ROY J. 1882 1971
KEARBY-BRANNAN LATRIECE 1915 1950
KINSEY-WRIGHT  JEAN EVELYN 1942 2000
KOEN ELLA JO 1925 1953
KOEN EMMETT 1893 1976
KOEN KENTON LEON 1943 1965
KOEN-GILLIAM ONIE MAE 1901 1990
LASSATER CORNELIOUS 1850 1926
LASSATER JULIA ANN 1840 1936
LYNCH HELEN O. 1900 1973
LYNCH JOHNNIE ROY 1902 1986
MANN ATTACUS 1899 1900
MANN BABY NONE 1945
MANN BERYL B. 1925 1987
MANN CHESTER 1911 1913
MANN EFFIE 1901 1913
MANN EVELIN 1915 1931
MANN HORACE B. 1899 1977
MANN HUBERT D. 1935 1956
MANN MARY ALMA 1903 1984
MANN SAMUEL L. 1889 1950
MANN-GOODWIN WILLIE V. 1890 NONE
MARTIN A. F. 1855 1929
MARTIN F. F. 1891 1891
MARTIN S. C. 1859 1929
MAYBERRY A. C. 1919 1989
MAYBERRY BILLIE LOUISE 1923 NONE
MAYBERRY BOBBIE JO 1927 NONE
MAYBERRY JAMES CARNEY 1924 1974
MAYBERRY JOHN H. 1876 1958
MAYBERRY-PARSONS ELVIE 1884 1934
McWILLIAMS MARION L. 1854 1933
McWILLIAMS VIRGIL A. 1880 1975
McWILLIAMS-ANDERSON JESSIE J. 1882 1957
McWILLIAMS-PARSONS-WHIDDEN EVA E. 1877 1947
MILLER MARTHA C. 1856 1859
MOORE SOPHRONIA A. 1847 1897
MORRIS-PARKS DOROTHY 1921 1948
NEWBURN-HAYNES SARAH FRANCES 1886 1964
NIXON LUTHER 1887 1962
NIXON LUTHER E. 1887 1962
NIXON RUTH VASSIE 1889 1974
NIXON-HOLLIS VASSIE 1889 1974
NORRELL INFANT B&D 1940
NORRELL JOE L. 1894 1985
NORRELL LELA L. 1913 1977
NORRELL ROBERT LEE 1875 1955
NORRELL ROBERT LUCIOUS 1914 1963
NORRELL-COX ELLEN VIOLA 1878 1956
NORRELL-SHINN MARY L. 1894 1987
O'NEAL  VICTOR 1921 2000
PANTINOPLE-ALLEN  ROSALIE 1907 2001
PARKS FANNIE C. 1895 1963
PARKS JOHN W. 1885 1979
PARSONS GEORGE R. 1877 1879
PARSONS LOTTIE 1887 1902
PARSONS LOUIS MANUEL 1851 1905
PARSONS TILMAN 1894 1918
POSEY FREIDA O. 1920 NONE
POSEY ROY GARLAND 1917 1987
REED J. H. 1860 1906
RISNER RUTH VIOLA 1929 1963
ROGERS LILLIAN C. 1909 1962
ROWAN A. H. 1856 1896
ROWAN CHARLEY B&D 1884
ROWAN TILMAN L. 1894 1896
ROWAN-COX MOLLIE F. 1861 1942
SANDERS JESSIE 1860 1898
SANDERS JOHN E. 1917 1944
SANDERS JOHN N. 1882 1960
SANDERS-DUNN ARDELLA 1882 1975
SEALE CHARLES LESLIE (MUTT) 1914 1979
SEALE CHARLIE E 1883 1951
SEALE RONDAL CARL 1924 1924
SEALE-JESTER KATHLEEN 1917 1991
SEALE-PARSONS DAISY B. 1890 1968
SELLERS INFANT NONE 1937
SELLERS SIDNEY ALBERT 1898 1972
SELLERS-DAVIS ZELMA 1900 1966
SHINN LESTER 1900 1956
SHINN WILLIE 1900 1985
SIDES CLARENCE U 1896 1978
SIDES E. WILLARD 1905 1989
SIDES INFANT NONE 1926
SIDES KATHLEEN F. 1923 1978
SIDES THOMAS 1872 1889
SIDES WILEY WINSTON 1922 1985
SIDES-COX SARAH 1849 1888
SIDES-DAVIS WINNIEL. 1897 1970
SIDES-GILLIS LEONA 1906 1973
SIDES-HUDSON LAONE (MISS MOLLIE) 1905 1959
SMITH JAMES I. 1876 1946
SMITH-COX JIMMIE F. 1879 1968
TAYLOR ERWIN B. 1882 1963
TAYLOR MATTIE O. 1885 1974
THOMPSON EDDIE ODON 1872 1945
THOMPSON LURA O. 1894 1958
TURNER MARYJANE 1891 1891
TURNER-BONNER OLIVE V. 1918 NONE
WHIDDON BETTY 1890 1966
WHIDDON DORIS MARIE 1926 1979
WHIDDON JOHN D. 1870 1932
WHIDDON MARY 3. 1829 1926
WHIDDON MILTON R. (BOB) 1919 1986
WHIDDON NATHAN 1828 1900
WHIDDON NATHAN GREEN 1885 1895
WHIDDON WILLIAM E. 1896 1947
WHIDDON-BASS IRMA ROBERTA 1895 1933
WIMPEY ERNEST C. 1893 1965
WIMPEY ERNEST R. 1906 1989
WIMPEY GEORGE F. 1885 1967
WIMPEY HAZEL G. 1918 1965
WIMPEY JOHN E. 1917 1955
WIMPEY R. MAURINE 1913 NONE
WIMPEY-BASS MINNIE L. 1883 1944
WIMPEY-BLASINGAME OLLIE MAE 1894 1963
WOOD LLOYD 1919 1987
WRIGHT AUBIN VENLEY 1915 1980
WRIGHT BLAFA J. 1921 NONE
WRIGHT DOROTHY ANNETTE 1939 1972
WRIGHT JOELLA 1916 1978
WRIGHT JOHN H. 1900 1981
WRIGHT LINNIE LOUISE NONE 1936
WRIGHT MELTON ISAAC 1909 1966
WRIGHT ROY LEE 1944 NONE
WRIGHT WILLIAM ALVY 1877 1938
WRIGHT-DAVIS BEULA BEATRICE 1886 1935
WRIGHT-JOHNSON MINNIE B. NONE 1989



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