Marki Jones didn’t really have a chance. She is the granddaughter of Missy Jones, who has been telling Marki, along with sisters Morgan and Jolee, stories of history and adventure exactly all of their lives. For Marki, that means 11 years.
This summer, Marki decided to enter a contest held by the Cox family reunion. It was an essay contest, and Marki decided to put some of those stories to work for her. The following is the product of that work. Marki calls it “The Journey of the Cox Brothers,” and she did quite a bit of research to make it all fit together.
Marki’s Unedited Story
Pa walked in and said, “Guess what kids? We are going to Texas.” We had heard Ma and Pa talking about it. We were always listening when someone was over visiting and talking about the trip to Texas. We never thought much of it. Sometimes Jack would cry while we were listening. And that was when Ma and Pa made sure we were in our beds asleep.
We all asked, “Where is Texas?” Pa said, “We will travel south through Arkansas and into the corner of Texas and then we will soon reach Dallas.” Ma asked, “Why do we not traveled through Oklahoma?” Pa said, “Oklahoma is Indian Territory.”
“We have three weeks until we leave for Texas. We have lots to do to get ready to go.” Ma asked, “May I bring my piano?” Pa said, “No, we only have very little room in the wagons. We will take the two trunks with clothes and dishes packed in them. I went to town and got two good boxes. That will help with the bedding and the kerosene lamps.”
We would take flour, cornmeal, sugar, coffee, beans, and kerosene for the lamps and lanterns. Pa had killed some hogs, and we had hams, bacon, and sausage.
Finally we were ready to go. Ma started to cry, she did not want to leave good friends and neighbors or her piano behind. This was a long wagon train and we took our place in line. There were several young man who were going along. They went hunting and brought meat back for the wagon train. Also they would help scout the road we would take.
Brother Andrew was 23 years old, Hannah was 21 and the oldest girl, Joseph was 20, Heidi was 17, Elizabeth was 16, Christopher was 9, George Henry was 7, Jacob was 4, and baby Jack was one year old.
The train stopped every few days so the women could wash clothes. Elizabeth and Hannah would help Ma wash clothes. We helped take care of the kids and baby Jack.
Elizabeth was 16 years old, and all of us kids teased her about Richard Bruton. He was one of the young men traveling with us. Joseph said he saw them holding hands. As we traveled along we had lots of fun and Elizabeth laughed with us. She would say, “Redbird, redbird, fly to the right. I’ll see my fellow before tonight.”
Our wagon train reached Dallas, Texas on March 10, 1845. Pa took up land with the Peters Colony. He received 640 acres of land. This was Third Class Certificate No. 2149.
Texas Time Line
Margaret to Cox, the last child, was born in Dallas County in 1846.
Ma, Katherine Jackson Cox, died in Dallas County about 1850.
Pa, Cornelius Cox ,died in Dallas County in 1855.
The War Between the States was declared in 1861.
On March 15, 1862, Jacob W. Cox enlisted in the 18th Texas Cavalry, Darnells Regiment in Dallas County.
On March 21, 1862, Christopher and Harvey Cox enlisted in the 19th Texas Cavalry, Buford’s Regiment in Dallas County.
On September 21, 1862, Andrew, George Henry, and Cornelius Jackson Cox road 90 miles from Dallas to McKinney, Texas to the rendzvous to enlist in the sixth Texas Cavalry, Colonel B. Warren Stone.
Jacob W. Cox was killed on April 8, 1864, in battle in Mansfield, Louisiana.
By the way, do you remember “Redbird, redbird?” Elizabeth Cox married to Richard Bruton on August 7, 1848, in Dallas County, Texas.