Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox

Nancy Elizabeth Baugh

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. 


Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox

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. 


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Thanksgiving in the Midwest



Thanksgiving in the Midwest can mean many things to many people. It is the beginning of a season of colder weather and wonderful fragrances coming from the kitchen. Thanksgiving in the Midwest means enjoying a short holiday break from school to visit with family and friends a little longer than normal and to partake of all the cold weather favorite foods that make this holiday special. Thanksgiving in the Midwest especially in Illinois can be chilly with even some snow on the ground, like they are experiencing now.

I remember my mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik beginning the planning of the Thanksgiving Day meal right about now. We did not have relatives that lived nearby to share our dinner, it was just the five of us. My mother put just as much effort into getting the meal right than if she was planning to feed a houseful.

I would watch closely how to prepare the meal every year because I knew one day I would be fixing Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I also learned a few new ideas along the way that I added to my Thanksgiving dinners but I always had the traditional tasty food favorites every year.

My mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik enjoyed preparing our Thanksgiving dinner because there were times in which her family did not have the luxury of having a Thanksgiving meal in the 1930's. The Great Depression was hard on many families just trying to make ends meet, so extra food meals did not happen unless someone would give them a turkey or potatoes for free so my grandmother, Nellie Opal Sells Brumley could prepare the Thanksgiving meal. They were thankful when those opportunities came along to feed their family.

My mother never wanted to go back to those times and thankfully she didn't have too. She reminded me often that if I had to go through the Depression again like she did - I would probably not make it. That statement has been in my head for many, many years.

So bring on the Turkey, the mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, homemade rolls and don't forget the cranberry sauce! But as you put your napkin in your lap to enjoy all the favorite foods of the season - say a prayer of thankfulness for what you have been given over the year, for your family near or far, for new friendships and old, for the love of God and country and for being alive to see it unfold for another year.

I wish all my family and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving and please be safe in your travels.

And one last thing - I will take one piece of Pumpkin pie with whipped cream please and thank you!!!!