History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 525
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
the most part were generally unmarried,
men of intelligence, patriotic, brave, active,
alert, enterprising, and, barring a certain
amount of dash and zeal in arms, sturdy in
purpose-men who were eminently fitted for
the task of laying the foundation of a new
State like Texas, as they had vindicated its
honor by their valor abroad.
One of these men was William Cox, a
native of Alabama, who enlisted in tlhe Federal
service from that State when the call
was made for volunteers against Mexico, and
who, after rendering faithful service in behalf
of his country, settled down to the ways
of peace on Texas soil. He was then a young
man, unmarried, and after drifting around
for a short time he took up his residence in
Burleson county. Here he shortly afterwards
met and married Cordelia Watson, a
daughter of William Watson, who had settled
here about 1840. With his newly acquired
companion William Cox established
himself on a farm and embarked in agriculltural
and stock-raising pursuits. He began
with very limited means, but made steady
advance until, at the time of his death in
1860, he had amassed considerable property
for the times. He left surviving him a
widow and six children, the latter being
John A., David O., Charles H., George T.
James W., and Finetta, who was afterward
married to S. W. Hilliard. Of these but
three are now living: David O., whose
name heads this sketch; James W., now a
resident of Young county, Texas, and Mrs.
Hilliard, who lives in Burleson county. The
mother, who was a daughter of William and
Rebecca Clark Watson, was a native of
Georgia, where she was born about 1832.
She was the eldest of twelve children and
was verging on to womanhood when her
parents came to Texas. She died in this
county in 1863. Iecr father was not (;nly
an early settler of this county, but wa.s tor
many years an honore(l citizen of the salne,
having served as Sheriff aidl leld manity other
The birth of David 0. Cox occurred in
llurleson county on November 22, 1852.
The death of his father. in 1860 and that of
his mother, three years later, left hiim an
orpan at the age of eleven. His boyhood
and early youth were pas,-ed in the home of
his maternal aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham,
at whose bands he received kind treatment.
His time was divided between the labors of
the farm and the range and attendance. :it
the local schools, where he managed to pick
up the rudiments of a common English education.
In 1875 he married Miss Susan
Matilda Perry, of Burleson county, and settled
on a rented farm, on which lie lived itntil
1879. That year he made his first purchase
of land, buying from his aunt, IMrs.
Oldham, a tract of fifty acres, on which lie
took up his residence. He met with reasonably
good success in those years, and about
1883 bought 243 acres of his present place,
where he settled and has since lived. IIe
has added to this place until he now owns
600 acres, about half of which is in cultivation
and is well-stocked and well-improved.
Mlr. Cox raises a variety of products, not believing
it safe to rely upon one crop. He
is also devoting some attention to improving
his stock, raising the grade the best he can
with the means at hand. Ile is an intelligent
and thoughtful farmer, a man of enterprise,
thrifty and energetic. Having been
trained in the school of adversity he has
learned to do for himself and to rely largely
upon his own efforts. He belongs to the
Burleson County Co-operative Association
and is a stock-holder in the oil mills at
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/566/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .