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James Pike COX, Jr. b. 29 June 1921 m. Edith Louise RILEY b. 7 Sept 1921, on 10 Jan 1946 after a chance meeting in St.Louis, MO 1942 after a brief stopover on his way to China in WWII (14thABDivision). 4 children (Janet Louise, James III, Wm Larry and Kem Lindon). James d. 17 Feb 2004; "Louise" d. 10 Dec 2001 after a long battle with Alzhiemer's. Cox side of the family included surnames (paternal) of Wilcoxen (Ky,Payson, IL); Cox from Brandenburg, Ky and James Alligood Cox (Fraquier Co., VA), first settlor in Sumner, TN. As a little boy, James (my father)would visit Abijah and Emily MANN in Kingman, KS. From his stories of the "moon and stars" watermelons and "Fly" the horse, I tracked down the Mann's in Ks. I learned that Lucy J. Collier, a single woman, who lived with the Mann's was a direct descendent of his grandmother, Carrie J. Wilcoxen, through her mother, Lucretia COLLIER/COLYER (Payson, IL). I found Lucretia's detailed probate in Adams Co., IL from 1882 and learned about the "shyster" BIL Harvey LANDSFORD, who married "Nairy/Narcepa", a sister to Lucretia and Emily Mann. A surviving cousin, Dorothy MANN Tillery in Wichita, KS, held a treasure trove of photographs and the Collier family bible. Wilcoxen descended from Daniel Boone's sister, Sarah, who married a Wilcoxen, my 3x grandfather, Pike WILCOXEN (Ky). Betsy JAMES m. a Cox and was related to the family of Frank and Jesse James. Col George Eskridge/Kenner was the guardian of Mary BALL, George Washington's mother (George was named after "George" Eskridge}. A lg ESKRIDGE family reunion takes place every year. Surnames through my paternal grandmother, Ruth McClenahan Cox, W.J.CHASE (Canada E from England) and Lorton (Mo, Ky). W.J. is buried alone in Yukon Cemetery, and I found his wife, Nancy LORTON, buried in Richardson Co., NE; her daughter, Fannie McClenahan's father, Robert (Ireland), immigrated to US in mid 1800's. (brick wall on McClenahans back to Ireland). On the RILEY side, I have discovered Nancy Louisa LATIMER, a "Mayflower" family. The original homestead, built in 1710, remains in Mystic, CT. Lawson WOOLARD, original family of S.C., Matilda PATTERSON (N.J. family whose roots have been traced back to the early 1500's in England). Larkin RILEY I was killed in the battle of Vicksburg and his namesake, Larkin Riley was born 3 mos later. Malachi MITCHELL, an early family name, who married Phoebe PYLE, a cousin to the WWII Pulitzer Prize Journalist, Ernie Pyle. I uncovered a family 'secret' that my mother was illegitimate, but my grandfather (Walter Riley)later married Ella Pearl Mitchell (explained my mothers need to please and hide her lack of education). It has been an interesting journey and has led me to many living branches of each family, some just a couple hours away in Tulsa and Woodward. I discovered a brother to W.J. whose ancesters live in Woodward, OK; that one of the Cox's (Ky) was killed by lightening and that he had children by his slave and those descendents later moved to Indiana. McClenahan brother whose cousins live in Tulsa, OK and San Francisco (LUDLOW). Contact with another McClenahan produced photos of Nancy Ann Lorton and W.J. Chase, and tintypes handed down from Cox family, including a photo of Asa B. OVERALL solved a 150 yr old mystery of the death of his brother Noel Overall in the Civil War. A mystery of the connection to A.P Wilcoxen remains to be solved. I've only hit the tip of the iceberg and know that I have found a life long hobby.
UPDATE: 01/29/2005. A.P. Willcoxen was one of 16 children born to Lewis and Lurannah (Swearingen) Willcoxen. Born in Bullitt, Ky, A.P. died in 1875 in Payson, Il and is buried in the Franks Cemetery, Richfield Co., Adams Co., IL. His daughter, Carrie, now an orphan at 9, appears to have moved to
Meade Co., KY, to live with A.P.'s sister, Luvena, who had married James Seaton Cox, after the death of his first wife, Sarah Phillips. Carrie's future husband, James Golde

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    James Pike Cox, Jr., and Edith Louise Riley m. 8 January 1946, First Baptist Church, OKC, OK
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