The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903

Reminiscences of C. 5. Cox.

REMINISCENCES OF C. C. COX.
I.
My parents begun houskeeping about the year 1812. they were
both born in IKy. my maternal Grand Father emigrated to that
state, from Maryland[.] He had served in the war of 1 he Revolu-
tion, and moved to the "dark and bloody ground" in the days when it
was neccessary to carry his Rifle to the field, so as to be always pre-
paired if a red man called[.] This Grand Father of mine lived to
the age of 94 and died beloved of all men. I had the honor of in-
heriting his Christian name, but his virtues have fallen but lightly
upon my shoulders. My dear mother however still lives....
My Fathers ancestors moved from the "Mother of States" with
the early pioneers, who crossed the Ohio River. the earliest ac-
count I have of this Grand Father he was engaged in a large sad-
dlery business in Lexington. My Father was brought up to that
trade and followed it to his grave. His life was an eventful one,
saddened by many misfortunes, but cheered also by happy sur-
roundings, and his great loving heart, and genial disposition was a
perpetual source of joy to him and pleasure to his friends. at 88
he crossed over the dark River-and memories most dear follow
after the dear old man. Of brothers and sisters I will have occasion
to speak hereafter, suffice it to say now that there were five of us
in all. 3 sons and two daughters. the two last and the Elder
brother have long since gone to the spirit land, the baby brother
yet lives and dispenses hospitality at the old paternal Home and the
other brother, well it is of him and his career that I am now at-
tempting to write ................ About the time mentioned,
my parents transferrd their abode to the little town of Piqua in
the state of Ohio. it was here that on the 8th day of Dec 1825
........I am told that my eyes first opened to the light....
At the age of 5 years, I was so far developed mentally and physi-
cally, as to be able to accompany my parents on their return to their
native State. From this time I can date my earliest recollections,
and in the succeeding seven years are comprised the incidents and
pleasures, of my school days, stick Horses, skating and first love, in
looking back now over the lapse of 50 years-much of that part of
my life is as vivid as the Occurrences of a much later period-Ben-

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