Spring has arrived and the country is going green – and red, yellow, blue, purple, orange, etc. The colors of the rainbow and more bless our scenic views daily, and we can only be more and more impressed with the wonders of nature. (I say this as I look out my window at home at the gorgeous, crystal clear scene of the Rocky Mountains in all their “Purple Mountain Majesty.”)


Please read this letter and enjoy. As usual, if there are any errors, let me know and I can correct them in the next Brandywine Crucible Newsletter. I hope that you are all well and enjoying the end of winter.


One final note… We could sure use a lot more human interest stories. Obituaries are necessary, of course, and appreciated, but it seems as though we are receiving mostly obits and less human interest information (births, marriages, reunions, where you have moved, new family members, family stories or history, etc.). Please give a few minutes to reflect on something you can submit on the lighter and beautiful sides of life. (See the article below.)


You can always contact me at [email protected], or 720-470-4265, or 5237 West 11th Street, #1711, Greeley, CO  80634



Blow Out Those Candles!


The tradition of putting candles on birthday cakes is said to date back to the early Greeks who believed that the smoke of the candle carried their wishes to the gods. Today, too, people make a silent wish before blowing out their candles, and it’s believed that blowing them all out in a single breath means their wish will come true. If you’re celebrating a birthday this Spring, we hope it’s a happy one and we hope all your wishes come true!




 Former Brandywine board member Missy Cox Jones has suggested that our organization solicit family stories to be placed on our web site and possibly to be published as a collection in book form.  They will be incorporated into our database and can also be included in our newsletter from time to time.  This suggestion was discussed at our May 2012 board and membership meetings in Lampasas, Texas, and it was agreed that this was a great idea for Brandywine Crucible to adopt.


We solicit your family stories, whether proven or unproven.  Stories put flesh on the bones of genealogy.  If a story recurs in your family line, it should be preserved.  The stories can revolve around a personality, an event, or any combination.  They can be humorous, happy, sad, or even tragic, but if you deem them important to your family, we want to preserve them.  There sometimes will be overlap with our autobiography-biography program, which records the lives of individuals, but this will be a separate program.   


Please submit your family stories to Debbie Cox, 708 Creekridge Dr, Goodrich, TX 77335; [email protected], ph. 936-329 - 1519.  This is an important part of our work to preserve our family history.





The Board of Directors encourages all descendants of Solomon and Naomi Hussey Cox and related families to develop short biographies for Brandywine.  This is a way of documenting who we are and preserving the story of our lives for future generations.  A one - page bio will suffice, telling the family what we should know about you, although longer ones will be fine.  We will post on our web site and perhaps at some time publish in book form all our biographies, so please indicate with your submission your willingness to have your biography posted and published.  We do hope that all of you will agree to share on behalf of our family posterity.  Please forward biographies to data base manager Debbie Cox, email: [email protected], or 708 Creekridge Dr., Goodrich, TX 77335, phone (936) 329-1519.




            News from members:


My husband, John Winfred Tyler, passed away September 1, 2016. He was a U.S. Marine who served in the Vietnam Conflict. His Battalion was the first Marine ground troops who made an amphibious landing in 1965. He passed away from complications of Agent Orange. He left a loving wife, me, Judith Marie Hicks Tyler and two devoted daughters, Wendy Knight Tyler, and Elizabeth Anne Tyler.


Judith Tyler (My linage is from Fleming Trigg and Samuel Hampton Cox)


We are saddened by the passing of our sister, Gladys Frances Cox Hansen, on March 5, 2017 in South San Francisco, CA. She was 91 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.  She is survived by her son Richard Barton Hansen, his sons and grandsons, plus her loving siblings Barton Riley Cox, Robert Edward Cox, predeceased by her brother David Henry Cox on 1 June 2000.

A date for a memorial service has not been set. Her ashes were scattered at sea. An article about her career has been published at and can be viewed at:


Gladys Hansen, SF archivist and 1906 earthquake expert, dies


To correct any misconception, please note she and her husband divorced in 1950; he later remarried.


Robert Edward and spouse Marie M. Cox





b. 04 Apr 1942 in Lovington, Lea, New Mexico, USA

d. 08 Feb 2017 in Lovington, Lea, New Mexico, USA


Son of Joe Thomas Tarry and Hazel Pauline Cox

Husband of Joycie Blackledge


On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Thomas Tarry passed away at the age of 74. Tom, or "Skeeter" as many in his family knew him, was born April 4, 1942, in Lovington, New Mexico to Joe and Hazel Tarry. Hazel passed away when Tom was still an infant. His father passed away in 1984.

Tom was the youngest of five children, his siblings are William Tarry, Helen Hare, Joe Tarry, and Margaret Livingston. In 1962, Tom married Joycie Blackledge at Jackson Avenue Baptist Church in Lovington. Together they had one child, Shane, in 1963.

Tom was a proud member of the US Army, serving from 1959 until his honorable discharge in 1967. His civilian career began as an operator with Lea County Electric, later becoming an electrician at New Mexico Electric in Hobbs. In 1976 Tom joined Phillips Petroleum, a career that would take him and his family to Colorado, Alaska, and Wyoming. He later worked for Barrick Gold in Elko, Nevada.

Tom and Joycie moved to Roswell in 2000 after his retirement. Joycie continued to work, retiring from Covenant Medical in 2012.


Find A Grave Memorial# 176162197


1) Solomon Cox Sr. & Naomi Hussey

2) Thomas Isaac Cox & Rachel Carr

3) Solomon Cox & Elizabeth Johnston

4) Pleasant C. Cox (#45693336) & Martha Jane Bybee (#45693442)

5) Francis Marion Cox (#47030912) & Iola Pearl Sims (#47030959)

6) Hazel Pauline Cox (#16512983) & Joe Thomas Tarry (#16512984)

7) Thomas Edgar ‘Skeeter’ Tarry (#176162197) & Joyce Blackledge


\Jan Sutton Age 72, of Pflugerville, passed away Jan. 5, 2017. Memorial Jan. 9, 12:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, Round Rock, TX. Austin Cremations, Round Rock, TX. Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 8 to Jan 9, 2017


Debbie Cox




b. 10 May 1940 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA

d. 12 Nov 2016 in Austin, Travis, Texas, USA


Son of Sterling Thomas Carr and Frieda Catherine Stall, Husband of Verna Lee Mueller, m. 17 Mar 1973 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA.


On November 12, 2016, Rocky, 76, entered eternal life surrounded by his loving family at his home in Austin, Texas.


Born in San Antonio on May 10, 1940, Rocky was the fifth child of Sterling and Frieda Carr's eight children. Rocky attended St. Gerard Catholic School for 12 years where he excelled in sports, achieving all-state and all-city honors in football. After attending San Antonio Junior College for two years, Rocky joined the US Coast Guard Reserves in 1962 where he served aboard Coast Guard Cutters along the West Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico for ten years.


Rocky's career included over fifty years of meritorious service through pioneering achievements and contributions in database management and software development. Rocky retired in 2012.


He met Verna Lee in 1972 and entered the sacrament of marriage on March 17, 1973 in San Antonio. Over the years, they lived in various cities, but in 1982 Austin became their permanent home. During his final days, Rocky fondly looked back on the 34 years in their home known as R&V Double Acres and the lifetime of joyful memories they made with friends and family by opening their home for others to cherish as much as they have.


Rocky had a gentle and peaceful spirit that always brought a sense of calm to any situation. He treasured the love he gave to and received from his wife, children and grandchildren and felt especially blessed to watch his grandchildren grow.


A spiritual, generous and compassionate person, Rocky participated in numerous charitable, civic, family, and religious organizations and activities. He was a charter member of and held several positions at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin and held the position of Past Grand Knight for Knights of Columbus Council 8156. He held key positions for 25 years with People Against Violent Crime, the unique and commendable Texas organization devoted to helping crime victims and to promote their rights.


Rocky always made time for his family and friends and had many interests that kept him active including fishing, hunting, gardening, horseshoes, and swimming. He also enjoyed his monthly "Special Projects Committee" of playing poker with some of his dearest friends for the last 30 years. Rocky was a devoted collector of Dallas Cowboys and Charlie Brown memorabilia, both of which brought him and the grandchildren great joy.


Rocky was a cancer survivor for 25 years. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July and gave one final courageous battle. He was always true to a quote, "Life is God's gift to man. What we do with it is our gift to God." Rocky's endless love and dedication he had for his family was a joy to behold, and his example as a husband, father, grandfather and friend leaves a remarkable legacy.


On behalf of Rocky's family, we extend our gratitude to all who have shown our family so much love and generosity. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Jamie with Hospice Austin. We would also like to thank our special angel, Carol Funderburgh, for her perpetual friendship and compassionate care for us all through this journey.


Rocky is preceded in death by his parents, Sterling Thomas and Frieda Catherine (Stall) Carr.


He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted and loving wife of 43 years, Verna Lee, son Gary Carr (Ann) of Spring Branch, son Vernon Carr (Jennifer) of Corpus Christi, and daughter Kristy Almager (Ruben) of Dripping Springs. Rocky had six grandchildren, Colton (22), Justin (17), Catherine (16), Kelly (13), Olivia (10), and Landon (7). Seven siblings all from San Antonio; Arlene Mahan (James), Fr. Alton Carr, Jean Shaner, Sylvia Doderer, Sterling Carr, Nancy Brown and Shirley Jones (Rick). Rocky also leaves numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.


Mass of Resurrection will be officiated by his brother, Fr. Alton Carr, CSsR, Fr. Robert Ruhnke, CSsR, and Msgr. Oliver Johnson at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm.


Interment will follow at Cook Waldon Forest Oaks where Rocky will be laid to rest in the Garden of Memories located at 6300 West William Cannon Drive in Austin, Texas. Visitation and reception immediately following.


Find A Grave Memorial# 72330415



4) Doctor Rufus Carr & Rebecca Greenlee

3) Thomas Winston Carr (#52305563) & Dovie Smith (#52305562)

2) Sterling Thomas Carr (#154398570) & Frieda Catherine Stall (#154398602)

1) Robert David Carr (#72330415) & Verna Lee Mueller




b. 24 Sep 1928 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

d. 30 Dec 2016 Cedar Park, Williamson, Texas, USA


Daughter of Louis John Lyons and Catherine Ann Baker

Wife of Roy William Cox, m. 09 May 1952 at Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Joyce Lorraine (Lyons) Cox, age 88, of Cedar Park, Texas, peacefully passed away on December 30, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

Born September 24, 1928 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Louis John and Catherine Ann (Baker) Lyons, Joyce married Roy Cox, of La Junta, Colorado, on May 9, 1952 at the Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Roy was serving in the US Navy at Pearl Harbor. During the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, Roy was assigned to the Battleship USS Pennsylvania. In 1954, Roy and Joyce were transferred to the Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, for the remainder of his 20 years of service. After Roy’s retirement from the Navy in 1957, the family settled in Amarillo, Texas, where Roy took a position with the Pantex Atomic Energy Plant there.

A caring and devoted mother, Joyce raised her family and lived in Amarillo even after Roy’s death in 1992, until she moved to Central Texas in 2012 to be closer to her family. In Amarillo, Joyce developed a deep love for bowling and joined the Amarillo Women’s Bowling Association, participating in weekly leagues during the season, oftentimes traveling across the United States with teammates and cherished friends to highly competitive regional and national tournaments. During her 50 years as a member of the AWBA, she rose through the ranks of AWBA officers and was president for 2 years. She was very active in Junior Bowling in Amarillo, overseeing the Junior Bowling organization and encouraging participation among Amarillo kids and running the Bantam Leagues. She developed a broad circle of friends and admirers throughout the US bowling community due to her leadership and vision. A lifelong baseball fan, Joyce particularly rooted for the Texas Rangers, and looked forward to each new baseball season.

She is survived by: Joseph and Lynn Cox, son and daughter-in-law, of Austin, Texas; Dr. Susan Cox and Doug Morris, daughter and son-in-law, of Austin, Texas; James and Olga Cox, son and daughter-in-law, of Jacksonville, FL; as well as Michelle and Lee Mohrmann, granddaughter and grandson-in-law, of Austin, Texas, and their children, Joseph, Aaron and Lianna Mohrmann, Joyce’s great-grandchildren. 

She is also survived by Bettie Lyons, sister, of Gansevoort, New York, and Kathy Kinnin, niece, and her partner Jody Wexler, both also of Gansevoort, and by Robb Kinnin, nephew, and his wife, Carol, and their two sons, all of Kingston, New York, as well as numerous nieces and nephews across the US. 

Her family and friends and all who knew her saw a sterling example of grit and determination, a generous spirit and a pleasant personality. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, spouse and siblings; Ruth Buonomo of Bellerica, Massachusetts, Alvin Lyons of Lamar, Colorado, Ernest Lyons of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Mary Lyons and Robert Lyons.

At Joyce’s request, there will be no services.

Her family would like to thank all who have assisted Joyce over the years, and especially thank the nurses and staff of The Isle at Cedar Ridge in Cedar Park, Texas, and Texas Home Health and Hospice for the wonderful care she received.

Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 1, 2017




2) Louis John Lyons and Catherine Ann Baker

1) Roy William Cox* & Joyce Lorraine Lyons

4) Nu Cox* & Elizabeth Mnu

3) Rufus L. Cox* (#113437382) & Martha I. McClelland (#113437318)

2) Charles Berlin Cox* (#176771446) (b. 14 Apr 1873) & Hazel Mary Dwyer

1) Roy William Cox* (#176769753) & Joyce Lorraine Lyons (#176770975)






(Another familiarity with this family line, although not a direct descendant of Solomon Cox & Naomi Hussey, Eugenia Myrtle Cox Greer (grandmother to Joe Robert Baulch), is a sister to Frances Bartow ‘Bart’ Cox. She is a great aunt to Freda Beth Whitt Cockrell, a previous obit.)

b. 03 Nov 1932 in Howard County, Texas, USA

d. 20 Dec 2016 in Austin, Travis, Texas, USA


Son of Joe Melton Baulch & Hazel Greer

Grandson of Fred Greer & Eugenia Myrtle Cox

Husband of Sarah Nell Elliott, m. 1961 in Sweetwater, Texas, USA.

Joe Robert Baulch passed away December 20, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Born in a farm house November 3, 1932, in Howard County, Texas to Joe Melton and Hazel (Greer) Baulch, he was educated in Sweetwater schools, graduating in 1950 from Newman High School. Following four years in the Navy Submarine Service, he completed baccalaureate studies at Southwest Texas State University, and masters and doctorate degrees at Texas Tech University. There followed forty-four years as teacher and administrator at Schreiner Institute, South Plains College, Clayton State University in Georgia, and Schreiner University. In 1961, he married Sarah Nell Elliott in Sweetwater and soon had a family of four children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David Fred, and grandparents Fred and Eugenia Myrtle (Cox) Greer, David and Sallie Ann (Ozment) Baulch.

He is survived by his loving wife, sons and wives Clay Elliott and Kathryne Baulch of Quemado, Texas, and Joel David and Paula Baulch of Pearland, Texas, daughters and husbands Sally Annice and Donis Rhoden of Austin, and Amy Helen and Jamieson Mackie of Carlsbad, California, and grandchildren Michael Guerrero of San Antonio, Sarah Brigid and Mattie Olwyn Rhoden of Austin, Kelly Claire Baulch of Pearland, and Harriet Inez Mackie of Carlsbad; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Gisela Baulch of Copeville; and, sister Emma Kathleen Baulch of Dallas.

Throughout his life, Joe loved researching a good story, which was reflected in his passion for history. This passion started with sports and statistics, when he played for the Sweetwater Mustangs and later the SWT Bobcats. The Silent Service was next, and he enjoyed sharing his intimate knowledge of diesel subs from stem to stern. From there, he took an interest in Texas history, and south Texas politics in particular. He parlayed this quest of education into family and career, and hoped to simply pass along a desire to learn in a peaceful coexistence. In his later years, Joe conducted extensive genealogical research, presented papers to the West Texas Historical Association, wrote some Texas historical markers, donated his time and resources to helping those in less fortunate circumstances, read a little more, and loved on his grandchildren. He could always be counted on to talk football statistics and swap west Texas stories with his brother and sister every Thanksgiving.

As per his wishes, there will be no service or memorial; just a family get-together for a special meal and story-telling. Joe championed the acquisition of noted Texas historian Ernest Wallace's library to the Archives and Special Collections of the William Logan Library at Schreiner University. Any memorial gifts can be made in behalf of Joe Baulch, Professor Emeritus of History, to the Special Collections at Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Boulevard, CMB 6229, Kerrville, Texas 78028.

Find A Grave Memorial# 176766626

Lineage: Not a direct descendant of Solomon Cox & Naomi Hussey


10) Richard Cox* & Nu

9) Thomas Cox* 1 & Nu

8) William Cox* & Nu

7) Cary Cox* & Mary Magdalene Horn

6) Cary T. Cox II* & Martha Roundtree

5) Willis Cox* & Elizabeth Moore

4) Walter Willis Cox* (#15089937) * & Saphronia Annette Robertson (#15089950)

3) Fred Greer & Eugenia Myrtle Cox* (

2) Joe Melton Baulch & Hazel Greer *

1) Joe Robert Baulch * & Sarah Nell Elliott



*Not a direct descendant of Solomon Cox & Naomi Hussey but is listed in the database.

b. 07 Apr 1930 in Copperas Cove, Coryell, Texas, USA

d. 24 Nov 2016 in Austin, Travis, Texas, USA

Daughter of Alvin Runnels Cox (#57887883) & Eva Mae Atkison (#101589224)

Wife of Otto Herman Lentz (#51038855)

Frances Ivon Lentz, age 86, of Austin, passed away on November 24, 2016 due to complications from Alzheimer's. She was born on April 7, 1930 in Copperas Cove, Texas to Alvin and Eva Mae (Atkison) Cox.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Otto, and her sister, Oweta. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her three children, Kenneth Lentz and wife Glenda of Austin; Barbara Liveoak and husband Loyd of Austin, and Judy Dickson and husband Todd of Little Elm; brother, Alvin Cox; sister, Oleta Maxwell; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Find A Grave Memorial# 58608422

8) Samuel Cox & Agnes Bridgewater

7) Samuel Saul Cox & Anne Nancy Woolfolk

6) Sowyell Cox & Louisa V. Moxley

5) Joseph M. Cox & Phebe Turpin

4) George Washington Cox & Jane Lucinda Wise

3) Samuel Cox (#43820007) & Myrtle Johnson

2) Alvin Runnels Cox (#57887883) & Eva Mae Atkison

1) Frances Ivon Cox (#58608422) & Otto Herman Lentz





b. 27 Jan 1934 in Levelland, Hockley, Texas, USA

d. 12 Nov 2016 in Burnet, Burnet, Texas, USA

Son of Tolbert Fanning Cox & Jessie Lee McAnally; Husband of Emma Jane Peacock

Carol M. Cox passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the age of 82. 

He was born January 27, 1934 in Levelland, Texas in Hockley County to Tolbert Fanning Cox & Jessie Lee McAnally Cox. 

Carol was a member of the Class of 1953 at Burnet High School. He married Emma Jane "Janie" Peacock on July 5th, 1958. 

He worked many different jobs. He drove trucks for Burnet County when he and Janie first married, was a tour guide at Longhorn Caverns (where they lived on the premises). He sold insurance in West Texas and returned to work at a family owned convenience store in Copperas Cove, TX. He and Janie ran fireworks stands in Copperas Cove for years. 

When they had their fourth child, they penned a letter to President LBJ in search of better and steadier work. Carol was appointed to a position of honor as Congressional Appointee at Ft. Hood Texas: commissary food preparation and motor pool dispatching were his details until he retired in the 80's. He also worked on his farm raising hogs and working on cars and tractors. Frequently selling loads of melons with his brother Dale. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Emma Jane "Janie" Peacock Cox on October 30, 2004. He was also preceded by his parents, and his siblings: Malcolm McCall Cox of Kermit, TX; Johnnie Pauline "Polly" Humphrey of Levelland, TX; Tolbert Greenfield "TG" Cox of Burnet, TX; Hazel Myree McCulloch of Levelland, TX; Celia Vio Smith of Burnet, TX; Jesse Darrow "JD" Cox of Burnet, TX; Bille Jean Shelburn of Burnet, TX; Gweynetha Maydell Cox who passed away as an infant in Levelland, TX

He is survived by his brother Calvin Dale Cox of Levelland, TX; his four children: SON-Stacey Dale Cox & Wife Linda of Burnet, TX their 2 sons Garrett & Preston. DAUGHTER -Amanda Jane "Mandy" Robson & husband Samuel of Burnet, TX and their children: Keenan Carey of Burnet, TX, Jordan Carey and wife Stephanie of Leander, TX and their two boys – Aiden and Landen; Tyler Hockett of Burnet, TX; Christy and Nathan Shows and their son Brody of Cypress, TX; Courtney & Nicholas Lambert of San Diego, CA. DAUGHTER-Sandra Susan "Susie" Jobe & husband Bobby of Midland, TX and their son Perry Lee. And, SON-David Carol Cox and wife Terry of San Saba, TX and their children Kelli, Luke, and Micah.


Find A Grave Memorial# 172635141


Lineage: Not a direct descendant of Solomon Cox & Naomi Hussey *


7) Unk

6) John P. Cox (#62600813) & Sarah Nunally

5) Coleman Cox (#60616757) & Margaret/Martha Buchanan

4) Edminston Cox (#75119577) & Dorcas A. Brown

3) Greenfield Cox (#44666629) & Mary E. Darrow

2) Tolbert Fanning Cox (#44679564) & Jessie Lee McAnally

1) Carol Marion Cox (#172635141) & Emma Jane Peacock



b. 27 Sep 1934 in Port Arthur, Texas, USA

d. 16 Dec 2016 in Harker Heights, Texas, USA


Daughter of Louis Arnold Whitt & Mattie Fay Cox

Granddaughter of Francis Bartow Cox & Cora Arthur Peavy

Wife of Winford Cockrell, m. 03 Aug 1968 in Williamson, Texas, USA

Funeral services for Freda Cockrell 82 of Harker Heights will be Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2 PM at the Church of Christ in Killeen. Burial will follow the service at the Killeen City Cemetery.

Mrs. Cockrell was born September 27, 1934 in Port Arthur, Texas to Louis Arnold Whitt and Emma Fay Cox Whitt. She passed away on December 16, 2016 at her home in Harker Heights. She was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1953 at Copperas Cove High School.

Mrs. Cockrell taught bowling for 27 years at Central Texas College and gave instructions to beginners and advanced bowlers at the Killeen Bowlerama for almost 40 years, and coached the youth programs. She and her husband co-owned the Killeen Bowlerama for almost 50 years.

She was Past President of the Killeen Women's Bowling Association; she was inducted into the Killeen-Ft Hood Women's Bowling Hall of Fame and past Regent of the Thomas Hueling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was active in the "Red Hat Society".

She was a person of many talents; excelling in several athletic sports like basketball, softball, golf and bowling where she won the State Championship along with many other prestigious tournaments. She was an accomplished musician with keyboards and vocals from her early years until her illness. She was an accomplished seamstress and cake decorator. She also collected Depression glass, 4 complete sets.

She is preceded in death by her parents Arnold and Fay Whitt., a daughter Yolonda Wiley Iacoletti.

Surviving her are her husband of 48 years Winford Cockrell, daughters Tawana (Claude) Ramey of Killeen, Linda Dreher of Georgetown, Susan (Philip) Weaver of Hockley, son Raymond (Cherie) Cockrell of Killeen, two sisters Theda Teague of Biloxi, MS and Arlene (Arnold) Wiley of Madison, GA. Also surviving are her grandchildren Dylan Ramey of Austin, Rachel Iacoletti of Fairfax, VA Fred Iacoletti of Alaska, Jami Dreher, Lane Cockrell, Joshua Cockrell, Cody Weaver, Mandy Weaver, Corey Stanton Chris Cockrell and Raelynn Cockrell, four great grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Find A Grave Memorial# 174091148

Lineage: Not a Direct Descendant of Solomon Cox & Naomi Hussey *

Richard Cox & Nu

Thomas Cox 1 & Nu

William Cox & Nu

Cary Cox & Mary Magdalene Horn

Cary T. Cox II & Martha Roundtree

Willis Cox & Elizabeth Moore

Walter Willis Cox (#15089937) * & Saphronia Annette Robertson (#15089950)

Francis Bartow ‘Bart’ Cox (#55157862) * & Cora Arthur ‘Artie’ Peavy (#39983635)

Louis Arnold Whitt (#10171395) & Mattie Fay Cox (#77014903) *

Freda Beth Whitt (#174091148) * & Winford Lee Cockrell






To discover and document more family stories and create more interest in family history among younger generations, Brandywine is sponsoring an essay contest for young family historians.


(For young family historians who are members of Brandywine Crucible Families)


Age group for essay entries: Junior Division, 13 years and under

Senior Division, 14 to 18 years


Essays will be submitted from family members in time to be received by Missy Cox Jones at the address below by Monday, 22 May 2017. Email submissions are accepted.  (The annual reunion in Lampasas, Texas, is held the first weekend of each June.)  Specific dates for each year are available in October on the Brandywine Crucible web site.) 

Essay entries will be judged Saturday afternoon at the reunion, with winners in the two age groups to be announced at dinner that night.  Winners in each age division who are present will be presented with a plaque at the dinner, and the winning entries from each age group will be placed on the Brandywine Crucible website.  Winners will also receive a $25 Game Stop gift certificate and will not need to be present for this award.



Essays can be based on a specific family member or on families based on information handed down through written or oral histories.

Essay length: Junior Division, maximum of 300 words, Senior Division, maximum of 500 words.


Must be typewritten

Each essay must have a cover page containing:

Story title

Your Cox family line

Your name

Your age

Parents’ names

Mailing address, city and state

Telephone number

Email address


If further information is needed, please contact Missy Cox Jones, 205 North Worth, Comanche, TX 76442-2640, Ph. 325-356-3547, [email protected]







  Family Reunion of the Descendants of George Washington Cox, Sr., (b. 1854, Bell County, TX) & spouse, Francis Arkansas (Jones) Cox.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mid-morning to Mid-afternoon. Bring a food to share for buffet lunch.

Bell County Sportsman’s Club on Lake Belton, Belton, Texas.

If questions, contact: Eileen Cox Goldborer, Secretary

                                   Austin, Texas

                                  (512) 462-2537

                                  [email protected]


“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails…”



And a hell-o…:


This is Jim Smith. My grandmother was Erma Cox. My wife, Marie, and I went to the reunion in '08 or '09. We had not been married long at that time. We were married in August 2008. Since that time, we had a little girl and named her Sarah. She is now 6 and in kindergarten. Most folks our age have grandchildren. I'm 58 and Marie is 48.

We don't know if we will make it to the reunion this year, but I wanted to let y'all know what's been going on with us. If we don't make it, we hope you all have a wonderful time.

Take care,

Jim & Marie Smith

Gilmer, TX


Just in time for this, but my son was just born Tuesday 2/7/2017.  I don't know how much is already on file, but I have included a brief heritage below:

Kyle Carter Cox (2/7/2017)

Parents:  Mark & Michelle (Loftus) Cox (Married 9/28/2013)

Grandparents (Paternal):  Billy Cox & Lisa Lynn (Cooper) Cox

Great Grandparents (Paternal):  Bill & Julia Cox


Mark Cox





            A Gift has been presented by:

            Duryl Middleton "Gibby" Bailey      

            Ada Cox Stump         

            in Memory     

            BAILEY, NANCY EDITH AKIN     

            (OCT 3, 1938 AUG 31, 2016)           


            Duryl Middleton "Gibby" Bailey      

            Spouse’s Lineage:     

            Ardian Leonald Bailey* & Pauline Margaret Justice

            Yates Dan Bailey & Polly Beatrice Middleton*       

            John Madison Middleton & Mary Angeline Cox*    

            Fleming Trigg Cox* & Mary Ganevera Leigh          

            Samuel Cox Jr.* & Jane McClure     

            Samuel Cox Sr. & Martha Cox*       

            Solomon Cox* & Naomi Hussey      


            A Gift has been presented by:

            Ada Cox Stump         

            in Memory     

            COX, WILLIAM HOWARD "BILLY"        

            (NOV 25, 1930   2016)          


            DELLA MARIAN HARGRAVE      

            Billy was preceded in death by his parents,  

            Jack T. Cox and Agnes Voigt,           

            Billy is survived by two daughters    

            Janice & Carolyn       

            are active supportive members of Brandywine.        

Janice Jenkins, and her husband Gil of Austin, TX              

Carolyn Cox Williams and her husband CH of Livingston, TX                        


            A Gift has been presented by:

            Ada Cox Stump         

            in Memory     

            BAISDEN, JOE BON

            (DEC 7, 1936 AUG 17, 2016)           

            Joe B. was a Minister

            In the Church of Christ for over fifty years.  


            JANELLE DAVIS     

            Survivors: his wife, Janelle; a son, Donnie;  

            daughter, Jane Anne & husband, Scott Cox; 

            (Scott Cox is the son of Joe & Helen Cox)   

            daughter, Katherine & husband, Brent Gibson         


            William Joseph Baisden & Bonnie Dean Whatley.  



            A Gift has been presented by:

            Burney, Crystal         

            Ada Cox Stump         

            in Memory     

            COX, JEAN MORT  

            (MAR 3, 1918 MAR 6, 1962)


            INEZ HODGES         


            Survivor: daughter, Crystal Cox Burney       


            MORTIMER COX & LULU PARDEW       

            Grand Parents:


            Great Grand Parents: 

            MEREDITH B. COX & HARRIET FARMER         

            Great-Great-Grand Parents:  

            PLEASANT COX & CHARLOTTA WILEY          


            A Gift has been presented by:

            Steve & Linda Atkins

            Ada Cox Stump         

            in Memory     


            (MAY 10, 1917 DEC 16, 2015)        


            MORGAN ALBERT HOOTEN        

            Preceded in death by;


            AUSTIN & JOSEPHINE RICE WARE        


            survivor: daughter;    


            (Joe Cox is a descendant of   

            Solomon Cox & Naomi Hussey)       

            survivor: son, 

            JAMES HOOTEN     


            A Gift has been presented by:

            Atchison, Kenneth & Diane  

            Ada Cox Stump         

            in Memory     

            KENNETH TELLA ATCHISON      

            (DEC 02, 1944 DEC 30, 2015)         

            KENNETH DIED 12-30-2015-IN A CAR CRASH 



            Preceded in death by;



            Grand Parents:


            Great-Grand Parents: 



            COX Lineage:




            SOLOMON COX & NAOMI HUSSEY       


            Linda Atkins  

            Ada Cox Stump         


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Attention All U.S. Military:   Veterans, Active, Retired

Please let us hear from you. We are in the process of compiling a collection of military photos on all the direct lineage COX family members who have served this wonderful country of ours.  This project will include all of our ancestors found through genealogy.  So dig out those military photos and send them in now. (photos of headstones accepted.)

Include with the MILITARY photo the following information:


ü  Full name of veteran

ü  Branch of service

ü  Dates of service

ü  Rank achieved

ü  Where stationed

ü  Name of war (if during war time) medals, awards, campaigns

                 (any other important event you want to mention).


 I will also need to know the Cox lineage. The last name does not have to be Cox. The person just needs to be a descendant from a Cox. Adoptives are accepted.               I am not collecting DD-214's, or other documents.


Send to:   Ladean Bowman 12206 Natchez Park Lane Humble TX 77346, Ph. 281-852-7878 Or Email: [email protected]

                (Attach photo and include the necessary info in the e-mail)

The link ( contains an article from the Olympia, WA, newspaper about Hodges Bailey, grandson of long-time Brandywine member and staunch supporter Duryl “Gibby” Bailey.



“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible…”






I hope that all of you have had an enjoyable start to 2017.  Please mark your calendars now for our 2017 annual Brandywine meeting and family reunion in Lampasas, Texas, scheduled for 2-4 June.  You can make reservations now at the Inn of Lampasas.  As usual, you will receive a notice through the U.S. mail.  In conjunction with that reunion, we do hope – and plan – to again have our family golf outing on Friday morning, 2 June.  As early as possible, please contact Linda Atkins (405-549-6588, [email protected]) if you are at all interested.  We hope many of you have that interest.

We are still working to enhance our website to meet the request made at our 2015 membership meeting that the Brandywine website link would appear when a researcher typed the name “cox” and perhaps three or four other seminal family names in his or her search engine.  This has proven more difficult to accomplish than we had anticipated.  We had hoped to accomplish it in-house with our own skilled members (and still may) but have been unable to do so to date.  We have contacted two web site developers and enhancers and have a bid from one.  I am working with a committee to evaluate the bid and the capability of its submitter to meet our requirements.   We anticipate that the full board will discuss this in Lampasas and that our assessment will be presented to the membership unless we actually find a way to do this by our members beforehand.

With the aid of several members of wife Helen’s family, we recently cleaned the Long Meadows/Cox/Terreros Presidio Cemetery on property that was patented by Pleasant C. Cox.  This is a very old and historic cemetery that is significant for all of our Brandywine family but is especially important for the descendants of Solomon and Elizabeth Johnston Cox in the Thomas Isaac Cox line. 

Please see newsletter editor Wayne’s request for family stories and the related item concerning our data base and web site repositories for this information.  These family stories are the “stuff” of our family history.  And, once again, please see the notice concerning our essay contest.  Participation is an excellent way to interest school age children and grandchildren in our family history.

Again, we hope to see you in Lampasas 2-4 June.  In addition to our presentations and the fellowship, the general membership meeting on Saturday afternoon is an excellent forum for discussing issues relating to Brandywine Crucible and for making suggestions, asking questions, etc.


We have a great family!

Joe (512-392-2097, [email protected]