Rev John Calhoun Coss

Rev John Calhoun Coss

Greene County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 13 Oct 1906 (aged 66)
Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Burial Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 76334401 · View Source
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John's parents were:
Charles B. Coss 1815 – 1902
Rebecca Louvina Clovis 1818 – 1897

John & his siblings:
Mary Coss 1836 – 1923
Samuel Milton Coss 1837 – 1922
John Calhoun Coss 1840 – 1906
John Clovis Coss 1841 – 1928
Elizabeth Malinda Coss 1842 – 1920
Charles Benton Coss 1845 – 1928
Sarah Ellen Coss 1846 – 1873
Conrad Elliott Coss 1848 – 1902
Levi A. Coss 1852 – 1907
Lemuel Coss Coss 1853 – 1907
Reuben W. Coss 1855 –

John lived in Perry, Green Co, PA in 1850/1860. His first marriage was to Evalina Foster.

On Aug. 30, 1870,
John C. & Evalina, ages 30 & 26, lived in Benton Township in Cedar Co, MO. He made his living farming.

Evalina gave birth to four children before dying in Moundville, Vernon County, MO in 1879.

June 1, 1880,
John Coss, age 40, lived in Moundsville, Vernon Co, MO with his four young children James, age 9; William, age 6; Martha, age 4; and Mary, age 1, where they were boarding with Thomas Phillips, a farmer.

On September 28, 1880, he married a young widow, Martha M. (Thornton) Weyand, age 27. She lived in Richmond, Vernon Co, MO, and had one daughter, Clarice, age 2, from her first marriage to Tillman Weyand.

John & Martha moved to California, Moniteau Co, MO & were there when their daughter, Mabel, was born on July 18, 1886.

Sometime later they moved to Lexington, MO.

June 6, 1900,
John & Martha Coss, ages 60 & 47, lived in Lexington, Lafayette Co, MO. John was still in the ministry. John's daughter's Martha, age 24, and Mary, age 21, were with them. As was Martha's daughter, Clara, age 22, and their daughter, Mabell, age 13.

Waynesburg Democrat
December 21, 1906
"We hear that John Coss, a son of Charles Coss, deceased of near Mt. Morris, died at his home, Lexington Mo., about two months ago. He was the father of Chas. Coss, Jr., who was reared by his grandfather Chas. Coss.

John Coss had been a minister of the gospel in Missouri for many years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and his son Chas, was a soldier in the Spanish-American war. His first wife died near Jollytown. He has been twice married in Missouri. Chas Coss Jr., was the only child by his first wife. By the second union there were five children and by the last one. All of the children are living and grown.

Hon. Charles E. Coss, although county judge of Randall County, Texas, Mr. Coss is a teacher by profession and during his residence in Randall County has proved his ability and skill as an educator, so that his elect into the office of county judge is a deserved tribute to the efficiency which he had previously displayed in all his relations with this county.

Previous to coming here Mr. Coss practiced law in Vernon County, Missouri for a short time, but most of his life has been spent in educational work. Charles E. Coss was born in Greene County Pennsylvania April 14, 1865. His paternal ancestor came from Holland setting in Maryland in the midst of a Quaker Colony.

On the maternal side the ancestry is Scotch. Judge Coss's father was John C. Coss a native of Pennsylvania who died in 1905 at Lexington, Missouri at the age of sixty three. He gave forty years of his life active career to the ministry of the Southern Methodist Church. He became a resident of Missouri, and during the four years previous to that, had lived in Ohio. During the Civil War he served in the Union Army although his service was contrary to his principle, his sympathy being all with the South. The maiden name of the mother was Mary Daly who was also born in Pennsylvania and who died ten weeks after the birth of her son Charles.

The father was again married and by this marriage had two sons and two daughters. Charles E. Coss was educated at Mt. Morris College in Morristown, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1882 and began his career as a teacher near Morristown. He followed the work of education for thirty one years and served in all capacities from teacher to principal and superintendent. For one year he taught in Cooper College at Moundsville, Missouri and altogether taught for seventeen years in that state.

He first became a resident of Texas in 1901 and taught school at Navasota. After his first term he took up the reading of law and subsequently passed the examination and practiced for two years in Vernon County Missouri. He came to Randall County and located at Canyon City in August 1908.

During the first three years in Canyon City he taught in public schools and on July 27, 1912 was elected to the office of County judge. This office also carries with it ex-officio, the duties of County superintendent of public instruction, and Judge Coss has active supervision over the schools of Randall County. He is secretary of the County Board of Education of Randall County. In politics he is a Democrat and has always been more of less active in political affairs.

He is affiliated with the Masonic order and is secretary and treasurer of the Christian Church at Canyon City. He was married March 17, 1889 in Vernon County Missouri to Miss Nettie H. Hale who was born in Missouri a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Hale. Mrs. Coss died in 1895 at the age of twenty four.

The one son of that union was Joseph Clay Coss born in Vernon County Missouri in 1890. On December 24, 1909 Judge Coss married in Canyon City Miss Emma Brandon who was born in Texas a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A Brandon her father being an old time Texan and one of the leading lawyers of the Panhandle. The one son of the second marriage is George Brandon Coss born at Canyon Texas, November 25, 1910.

Judge Coss during his youth worked his way through school and the attainments and position of influence which he has acquired have all been due to his steady ability and persistent effort in advancing his career."

Information about Rev. Coss has been provided by Gary Wise, FindAGrave member 47775712, on April 22, 2012.

Lexington Intelligencer
October 20, 1906

Died Saturday morning at his home on the corner of Main and College streets Rev. J.C. Coss, aged 66 years. Rev. Coss had been in declining health for the past five or six years. His condition has been very serious for the past year, and for several weeks death had been expected daily.

Rev. Coss was born at Morristown, Pennsylvania, March 23rd 1840. He was married three times. By the first wife he had one son, Charles. By the second wife he had two sons, James; of Wichita, Kansas, and William; of St. Louis, and two daughters, Mrs. P.B. Marshall, of this city, and Miss Mattie, who lives at home. Rev. Coss is survived by his third wife and their daughter, Miss Mabel.

Rev. Coss became a member of the Methodist church at the age of 20 years. He joined the conference of the M.E. Church South which met at Miami, Missouri in 1872. Rev. Coss remained in the active service of his church until the failure of his health. With his family he came to Lexington about twelve years ago.

The funeral services were held at the M.E. church South Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. T.M. Cobb. The services at the grave were in charge of the Masons."

Thanks to Find A Grave member, Member # 47526185 (#47526185), for Rev. Coss's obituary (May 28, 2016).

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