TX Vital Records - The Texas Vital Statistics law to register births and deaths was not passed until 1903.Texas was then and is now a dual registration state which means the local registrars retain a copy of all birth and death records for the events that take place within their jurisdiction and the state retains the original of all birth and death records for the entire State of Texas.However, the statutes for registering these events were not made mandatory until 1926.However, many local registrars did not adhere to the statutes until the late 1930’s or early 1940’s.This means some records reside only in the local registrars’ files and not with the State.
statement source - Sherry Crawford Group Manager Request Processing Vital Statistics Unit (888) 963-7111, ext 6195
So, you should be able to order John's death cert. from the county of death clerks office.Parents names should be listed, provided the informant knew that info.
1900 - Name: John Cox [John N Cox] [Jhon Cox] Age: 30 Birth Date: Jul 1869 Birthplace: Louisiana Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 4, Polk, Texas [Polk] Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Nannie Cox Marriage Year: 1889 Years Married: 11 Father's Birthplace: Un Mother's Birthplace: Un Occupation:
John Cox 30, 7/69 LA -birthplace of parents are unknown Nannie Cox 30, 10/69 LA - 6 children; birthplace of parents are unknown William Cox 9, 7/90 TX Lizzie Cox 8, 1/92 TX Rosie Cox 6, 10/95 TX Jim Cox 4, 12/95 TX Fredie Cox 2, 8/97 TX Jessie Cox 3m, 2/00 TX - son
1910 - Name: John N Cox Age in 1910: 40 Birth Year: 1870 Birthplace: Louisiana Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 4, Polk, Texas Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Meliothie N Cox Father's Birthplace: United States of America [United States] Mother's Birthplace: United States of America [United States]
John N Cox 40, LA - farmer Meliothie N Cox 40, TX - married 19 yrs; 13 children & 10 living; does not know where either parent was born William C Cox 19, TX Sabre E Cox 18, TX Rosa A Cox 16, TX Joe A Cox 14, TX Freddie T Cox 12, TX Jessie M Cox 10, TX Oliver R Cox 6, TX Ollie L Cox 6, TX Aden M Cox 4, TX Nancy C Cox 1, TX
There is a 20 yr gap in the census records [[1880 - 1900] as the 1890 census was destroyed by fire in the 1920's.
So, John Cox will only appear in the 1870 & 1880 census with his parents.Cox is a common name.
Seems others searching for John Cox have the same story -
For as long as I can remember, even as a child, family members have searched for the elusive John N. Cox. He was said to have immigrated into Texas with a wagon train with a family called Desmukes from Louisiana. On the only US Census record I have found (apparently he was even good at hiding from the government) he listed his place of birth as Louisiana. No record of him has ever been located there.
It is also told that John taught Malathann to read and write. He would never tell anyone where he was from or talk about his family at all. Now comes the good part - the mystery. On the day that John died it is said that Malathann took all their records into the yard and burned them!! WHY??? I guess we may never know.
So here is your challenge, dear reader - find John N. Cox and your extended family will be forever grateful and not a little in awe of your accomplishment. My search goes on.Good luck and good hunting!