The cemetery is located one mile in a straight line northeast of the community of Sidney, closer to 2 miles by road. It is four tenths of mile south of FM 589. An overhead sign for Cox Cemetery is over the road at the highway turnoff, which is about 2.8 miles west of TX 36.
William Driscol Cox (1839-97) and his wife Amanda (Shugart) moved with their family from Tennessee to Texas in 1872, then in 1876 bought and moved to a 300-acre ranch at this site. He taught the first school in Sidney and served as Sheriff of Comanche County 1882-84 . This cemetery was opened at the death of infant Mary Jane Cox (1875-76), sixth child of the family. Amanda (Mrs. W. D.) Cox was buried here in 1882. In 1886, Cox donated the 1-acre family burial ground as a public cemetery to the Methodist Mission in nearby Bibb. Although Bibb Mission closed in 1908, this facility continued in public use. In 1934, J. S. Cox bought and added three-fourths of an acre to the original ground. Under leadership of O. S. Cox, a grand-nephew of W. D. Cox, the fence and arched gate were installed in 1959. Reunion associations of the Hurt and Steele Families, connected by marriages to the Coxes, have helped maintain the cemetery. The Cox Cemetery Association was organized in 1968 with L. D. Cox, grandson of J. S. Cox, as the first president. (from historical marker installed at cemetery in 1977)
GPS Coordinates: 31.9534, -98.72093
- Added: 9 Feb 2002
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1082411
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