Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox
Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox holding girl cousins, Dorothy Mae Townsend and Thelma Elizabeth Townsend
Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox - my great-great Grandmother was the daughter of John Henry Baugh and Sarah Elizabeth Higginbotham. She was born in January 1828 in North Carolina. Nancy had at least three siblings; Mary Ann, John and Samuel Valentine Baugh, at this writing I have been unable to find other siblings.
On December 15, 1846 in St. Charles County, Missouri Nancy Elizabeth Baugh married my great-great grandfather Ralph H.C. Cox. Nancy and Ralph had nine children; Sarah Elizabeth, Thomas Henry, Sophia Jane, Ellen, Jesse M, James William, Ralph Henry, Annie Perlina and my great-grandmother Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox.
In the 1850 Missouri Census Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox and Ralph H.C Cox were living in District 49, Lincoln County, Missouri with two of his siblings, Sarah E and James M Cox. In the 1860 Missouri Census Nancy and Ralph had started their family and was living in Troy, Bedford County, Missouri. During the Civil War her husband served in the Missouri Militia as a Private in Company A 37th Regiment, he was discharged on November 20, 1865 and returned home to his wife and children. In September of 1870 the last of the nine children were born, my great-grandmother Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox. The family was still living in Bedford, Lincoln, Missouri.
By the 1880 Missouri Census Nancy Elizabeth Baugh and Ralph H.C. Cox had moved their family to Miller, Maries County, Missouri. Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox and her husband lived in Maries County for ten years, in the 1910 Missouri Census it shows that she was a widow and was living with her granddaughters, Bessie and Eva Cox, in Pulaski County, Missouri.
These were the daughters of her son, James William Cox who had lost his wife in 1896 to an untimely accident that resulted in death at a young age, leaving the girls without a mother. James William Cox was working so Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox stepped in to raise the girls.
In the 1920 Census she is living with her son James William and another relative in Galena, Cherokee, Kansas at the age of 92. Sometime during that year she died and is buried next to her son James in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Galena, Cherokee, Kansas.
I never got to meet Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox or her daughter Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox but they were strong women who did what had to be done to survive.