Manuscripts/Mixed Material [John T. Cox]
Page No. 1
Miss Effie Cowan, P. N.
McLennan County, Texas.
District No. 8
No. of Words 1,750
File No. 240 Reference
Interview with Mr. John T. Cox, White Pioneer, Groesbeck, Texas.
“I was born at Prairie Grove, Texas, twenty-five miles northeast of the present town of Mart, and between the present towns of Mexia and Groesbeck. At the time I was born, the town known as Mart, was called Willow Springs and there was no town near except the old county seat of Limestone County, Springfield, a few miles southeast of the community of Prairie Grove. This was in the year 1870.
“I am the oldest of eleven children who were born to my parents. My father Milton B. Cox married the widow, Mrs. Mary Herring who came to Texas from Jonesboro, Alabama. She had one son, Will M. Herring. They reared twelve children.
“My father, Milton B. Cox, celebrated his 100th birthday on the fourth day of October, 1938. He passed to the Great Beyond, November 10, 1938, at the age of 100 years, one month and six days. Father was born in Jefferson County, Alabama, October 4th, 1838.
“At the age of twenty-three he enlisted in the cause of the Confederacy, and served in the infantry until the close of the war. He belonged to Company G-18th Alabama, Infantry and served under Captain Hogg. He fought in the battles of Shiloh, Chattanooga, Kennesaw Mountain, two battles around Atlanta. Then to Jonesboro, Georgia, crossed the Tennessee River and fought in the Battle of Franklin. When the war was over he returned to his home. On October 21, 1866, father was married to Mrs. Herring, and in October 1869 they came to Texas and built their home at Prairie Grove, where he lived for nearly seventy years. Mother preceded him in death in