Who Was William Driscol Cox?

W.D. Cox

W.D. Cox

Last week I told you that Eddie Cox found an old photograph of a man he did not know. As it turned out, that man was William Driscol Cox, Eddie’s gr-gr-grandfather and since finding that photo, EddieJa has learned quite a lot.

W.D. Cox was born in Tennessee on October 15, 1839, to Samson and Elizabeth Cox. Fortunately, the couple believed in educating their children, and William received a very good education for that day.

In the year of 1862, William Driscol Cox married Elizabeth Shugart (The Shugart family would eventually own Shugart Studios, that we all remember.). Of course, the Civil War was raging and it wasn’t long before W.D. and three brothers, Edward, Gainer, and James, were off fighting Yankees with the Confederacy. Believe it or not, all four brothers survived.

In 1872, William, Elizabeth, and their children left Tennessee for Texas, the “starting over place” after the war. They first settled Robertson County, where W.D. took his first teaching job at a school called Oak Grove. In 1875, the family pulled up stakes and moved one more time…to Comanche County, where they settled in the community of Sidney on their 300-acre ranch.

Sadly, the very next year, the couple’s daughter, Mary Jane, died, and W.D set aside the land where she was buried. The plot eventually became the Cox Cemetery, and it still remains in Comanche County today.

In 1877, W.D. Cox became the first teacher in Sidney, originally called Jimmy’s Creek. That school was first called Round Mountain School, and it was located on Jimmy’s Creek, not far from where the Sidney school is located today.

Cox served as the sheriff of Comanche County from 1882-1884; he also was a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Dave Cunningham, and he was a teacher in the Comanche College.

And to think that no one knew who he was on that day some years ago when he was found in an old cedar chest! Do YOU have a story locked away in your chest?

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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