|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1864|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 1935|
John Josiah "Jack" Cox Biography
John Josiah "Jack" Cox was born on October 2, 1864 in Boston, Thomas County, Georgia.
He came to Worthington Springs before 1906, where he was a merchant, builder and farmer. He married Susan Alice "Alice" DuBose on December 20, 1906.
Alice DuBose was born on October 11, 1889 in Ellisville, Columbia County. She was the daughter of Samuel Wiles ("Wiles") DuBose (February 22, 1854-March 8, 1936) and Susan Alice Pinkston DuBose (January 11, 1861-August 30, 1902). She was born on October 11, 1889 at her parents' home on Olustee Creek, near Providence, Florida in Columbia County. Her birthplace is listed as Ellisville, a nearby town in Columbia County, on many DuBose Family Group Records.
Worthington Springs is a rural community on the Santa Fe River. At the beginning of the 20th century, the spring area was developed into a large hotel and community swimming pool. Tourists visited (many be train) to stay at the hotel and attend community dances at the pavilion. The Gainesville Sun published an article about Worthington Springs in 1999 titled "When Worthington Springs was Booming":
Around the turn of the century, Worthington Springs teemed with activity every summer holiday, as people flocked to the village either for a refreshing dip or for what they believed to be the spring's health-giving qualities. The area around the spring was actually first settled before the Seminole wars. It became an attraction only when Sam Worthington dug out a pool around the spring after his sons happened upon a mere trickle of spring water. Initially, the pool had boarded sides, with little more than a shack for a dressing room. A wall divided the pool into two parts, one side for men, the other for women. A woman's bonnet would be hung on a tall pole at the time of day when women were allowed to swim. Eventually, a large hotel and store were constructed, and a concrete pool, pavilion, large dressing rooms and even a dance hall graced the premises…Today, the spring is no longer flowing and Worthington Springs is a sleepy hamlet.
Jack and Alice owned the Cox Store in Worthington, Springs. Jack died on March 31, 1935 in Worthington Springs.
After Jack's death, Alice married Charles "J.P." Watkins.
Alice died on July 27, 1983 in Gainesville, Florida.
Submitted on March 24, 2010 by Sandra Johnson Witt, his great niece.
Susan Alice DuBose Cox (1889 - 1983)*
Old Providence Cemetery
Maintained by: Sandra Johnson Witt
Originally Created by: Donna McPherson
Record added: Feb 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24302978