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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cox Cemetery

                                                Cox Cemetery
It's odd how you can pass something hundreds of times and not notice it and then all of a sudden, one day, there it is. Whether I happened to look at just the right moment or the light was just right, there was a headstone I'd never seen before.
This unkept cemetery is at the edge of a hay field along State Rt. 10, between Caddo and Fossett's Bend in Pendleton County, Kentucky.  Owning a farm and growing up on a farm I understand that you don't go tromping through a hayfield, so I waited until the hay was cut and then asked the owner if I could go visit.  He graciously said I could.  The field around the cemetery is cleared and level, but the hay/weeds in the little cemetery area are almost shoulder high.

At one time there was a woven wire fence around the stones, but there's just a small section left now.

This stone is so worn that the inscription is worn off.

I located another one hidden in the weeds and then flattened them so I could see the whole stone.

This is Mary Dean, second wife of Samuel Cox.  The stone says died June 1, 1836, aged 46 years and one month.  If there are days listed also it's buried in the ground.

Mary's footstone.

Outside the maze of hay and weeds I found Samuel.  His stone is flat on the ground.

Samuel's inscription says died Dec. 2, 1857 aged 74 years, 11 months, 28 days.  Samuel married Barbara Sharp as his third wife on August 17, 1845 in Pendleton County. Barbara was married first to Ross McCall on December 2, 1830 in Pendleton.  She is buried in the McCall/Cox Cemetery at Caddo. 

Update August 2013.
Samuel and Mary have been re-interred in the Lenoxburg Cemetery, Bracken, KY.

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  1. Hi, I have an ancestor buried in this cemetery, Israel McGill (b. 6-10-1812, d. 8-7-1874). I am looking for Israel's father, James McGill (b. abt 1755, d. 9-20-1834 in Pendleton Co. KY). Could you please email me and let me know if you have any leads as to where I could look to find him? I haven't been able to locate his grave as of yet. Thank you!

  2. Mary Dean, buried next to Samuel was his first wife. Note her death date of 1836. By late 1837, Samuel remarried to Mary Parker/Walker - last names reported in the divorce record of 1840/41. And of course, as reported above, Barbara was last and survived Samuel.