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queen was engraved, together with the family
Bible, printed in London in 1680. This Bible
is now in the possession of Mrs. T. L. Nuiinelly,
of Springville, Alabama, a cousin of
our subject. It is believed that the family
of Bowling Cox are lineally descended from
Anne Boleyn, the mother of the good c" Queen
Bess," who governed England through a long
and memorable reign over 350 years ag, .
Nannie Cox, daughter of Bowling Cox, wlho
married Archie Walker, is yet living in St.
Clair county, Alabama, at the age of ninetyone
years; Martha, deceased, was the wife of
E. Mayfield, of Talladega county, Alabama;
John; Bowling; Elizabeth, the mother of ot r
subject; Mary; William; Francina, wife of
Lewis Dupree; Marion; Julia, who married
first William King, and secondly John Long;
and America, who married Travis Altord.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. M. S.
Hooper are: John, who died young; Francina,
the wife of James Landrum; Bowling,
who married Alice Osborne; Addie, now
Mrs. Dr. M. E. Dozier, all in Alabama. In
Texas are John G. Shorter, C. C., Gus B.,
and America, now Mrs. William Moore, of
M. S. Hooper was a planter's son. Ite
secured a fair English education in the district
schools of his native county, and after
his marriage settled down to the vocation of
When the Civil war burst upon the country
with all its horrors, Mr. Hooper responded
to the call of the Confederate Government
and gave four years of faithful military service
in defence of his invaded country. At
the close of the war he returned to the farm
and began building up his lost estate. The
conditions were changed; labor could not
be depended upon as it had been, fields were
washed and injured by ditches, the soil was
tlhe first permanent white settler in St. Clair
county, and who emigrated to that place from
the North about the beginning of the nineteenth
century. I-e was born January 16,
1782, a son of Richard Ilooper, who was a
patriot soldier in the Revolution,and a brother
of William Hooper, one of the signers of the
Declaration of Independence.
John Hooper married Ester E. Goodwin
and became the father of the following named
children: James; M. S.; Thomas; John;
Rachel, who married a Mr. Montgomery; and
Martha, the wife of a Mr. Cornelius. John
Hooper was a man of strong physique, industrious
and ambitious. He always took
considerable interest in politics in his county;
was always a Demnocrat, never voted any other
ticket, never missed voting at an important
election, and, what is more unusual and wonderful,
cast his last presidential ballot for
Grover Cleveland after he had reached the
age of 100 years. He was a successful business
man, made money rapidly, was a large
slave-owner and accumulated much property.
M. S. Hooper married Elizabeth Cox, a
daughter of Bowling Cox, whose wife was a
Miss Cabiness of Georgia. This branch of
the Cox family was a very prominent one in
Virginia and is related to the famous John
Randolph. A brief account of this family
will be very appropriate in this article.
Bowling Cox settled in St. Clair county,
Alabama, about sixty-four years ago. Mrs.
Cox was of French-Huguenot descent, her
ancestors emigrating with the Bayard family
during the reign of the wicked Louis IX.
Bowling Cox's oldest child wore a breastpin
of gold, an exact copy in miniature of the
key to the room in the Tower of London, in
which Anne Boleyn spent the last night of
her life. This daughter also had nine silver
spoons on which the name of the unfortunate
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