Cox-Day Family Papers, 1853-1939 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Cox-Day Family Papers, 1853-1939Add to your cart.

ID: A/143

Primary Creator: Day, J. A. (James Absolem) (1846-1941)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Subjects: Account books -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County, Church records and registers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County, Day, J. A. (James Absolem), 1846-1941 -- Diaries, United Friends of Temperance -- Records and correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Collection includes a daily diary of J. A. Day (1938-1939), account book (1875-1935) of J. A. Day which includes payments and collections of Melrose Circuit (Methodist Church); and photocopy of Minute Book of the Shady Grove United Friends of Temperance (1885-1887).

Collection Historical Note

John Randolph Cox was born January 2, 1822 in Craven County, North Carolina. He was the son of Frederic Isley Cox and Hollon F. Patric Cox. On February 11, 1844 he married Louisa Louvinia Chapman, the daughter of Henri Levi and Lavinia Chapman. They moved to Texas from Alabama about 1850 and settled in the Shady Grove Community, near Nacogdoches.

John and Louisa were the parents of six children: Margaret, John Henry, George S., Zeno Hamilton, Hellena Francis and William McKenzie. John was a circuit riding Methodist minister who was admitted to the Conference November 1859 at Palestine, Texas. He rode horseback over long distances to preach to isolated farm communities. Reverend Cox died December 26, 1896. Louisa died August 2, 1897. Both are buried in the Shady Grove Cemetery.

James Absolem Day was born October 21, 1846 in Macon County, Alabama. He married Mary S. Rusk in November of 1868. Mary S. Rusk was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Reid Rusk. They had one child, William David, born January 22, 1871. Mary J. Rusk died from childbirth complications soon after. James then married Margaret Cox in May 1872. She was the daughter of James and Hollon Cox. They had four children: Joseph R. T., Marvin, Oliver, and Louvenia. James Day died January 14, 1941 and is buried in Shady Grove Cemetery.

(Fortenberry, Dorothy Cox. "Cox, John Randolph." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p. 230).

Subject/Index Terms

Account books -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County
Church records and registers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County
Day, J. A. (James Absolem), 1846-1941 -- Diaries
United Friends of Temperance -- Records and correspondence

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bond for the sale of land to John R. Cox in Nacogdoches County, 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Note concerning a preacher's license; deacon's appointment of John R. Cox in Nacogdoches County, 1866, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Poem written in memory of Mary Rusk Day, on the occasion of her death following complications of childbirth, ca. 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Funeral notice for H. L. Chapman, father of John R. Cox's wife Louisa Louvinia, in Nacogdoches County, 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Account book, probably kept by J. A. Day. Includes Melrose Circuit (Methodist Church) payments and collections (1900-1901); payments for work done on a farm (1875, 1896, 1925); and account of grocery items bought (1925-1926) and other kinds of accounting (1933-1935), 1875-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Daily diary of J. A. Day, 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 7: United Friends of Temperance, Shady Grove, Minute Book, 1885-1887Add to your cart.
Folder 8: United Friends of Temperance, Shady Grove, Minute Book, 1885-1887Add to your cart.


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