Oct. 11, 1840 Richlands Onslow County North Carolina, USA
Nov. 1, 1912 North Carolina, USA
VETERAN CIVIL WAR
Eli Cox, son of Durant Cox and Mary Jarman Cox, was born October 11, 1840, about three miles north of Richlands, Onslow County, North Carolina. A man of small stature, his story is a very colorful one. He married Huldah Shaw, daughter of Reuben Shaw [and Barbara Smith Shaw] about 1875 and died suddenly the morning of November 1, 1912.
They were affectionately known as Uncle Eli and Aunt Huldah. One son was born of this union: Arthur Crispus Cox.
Eli Cox was wounded in the Confederate Army when Grant took Richmond. The bone in his leg below the knee was shattered by a piece of artillery shell which he carried to his grave.
Heavy responsibility was placed on his shoulders when his father, Durant, died November 17, 1867. The Reconstruction days bankrupted this family. He was a prisoner of war, discharged by the Provost Marshall's office June 2l, 1865, and pledged by oath and did solemnly swear to support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States of America.
Eli Cox was a farmer, grist miller, soldier - honest as the days are long. He accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal savior when he was old and gray, he was a soldier for the Lord. His story goes that he was a true witness for God all the rest of his life and did much preaching to the vast number of people who brought their grain to his mill.
Eli Cox was the father of Arthur Crispus Cox, Arthur Crispus Cox was the father of Woodrow W. Cox.
--Sources: Cox Family History, U.S.Census records, Onslow County records; Woodrow W. Cox; accessed online, transcribed with some editing by Annie Duckett Hundley.