COX CEMETERY - Grantsville

Center District


Photo by Maria Smith.

Located at junction of Rt. 16 and Yellow Creek Road on S. W. Corner of Intersection.

     According to Cemeteries In Calhoun County, W. Va.: "No markers can be located at present. Folks living nearby remember the cemetery. It was small and was disturbed by road construction in the area. Folks remember veterans organizations placing flags on graves there."

     However, the following cemetery list was complied by Ilene Wager and published by Calhoun Lines & Links, Fall 1986. The list was submitted by Maria Smith, owner of the property where the Cox Cemetery is located.

     The Cox Cemetery is located near the fork of Yellow Creek Road and Rt. 16. Part of the cemetery was destroyed when Rt. 16 was widened some years ago. This cemetery was well kept until about 1940, and had a white picket fence around it.

     The Cox family lived near by. Isaac Cox Jr. was one of the first settlers on Yellow Creek, along with Edward Jackson. Isaac Cox Jr. was the son of Isaac Cox Sr. and Francis Fisher Cox. He was the grandson of a Revolutionary War soldier, Abraham Cox and wife, Elizabeth Clark Cox.

     Isaac Cox Jr. was listed in the 1850 Calhoun Co. census as being born in Virginia, his age 58, and his wife, Nancy Coburn Cox, age 55. In 1860 census, he was listed as a farmer, born in Summersalt Co., Virginia , age 68. His wife Nancy, as born in Washington Co., Ohio, her age 65. He is not listed in the census of 1880. He died Ca. 1860 - 1880. In the 1880 census Nancy Cox is found living with her granddaughter, Christena Ann (Cox) Collins and her age 86.

     Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Cox Jr. are buried in the Cox Cemetery. They were the parents of eight children, William, John, Isaac B. Leonard, Sarah, Phillip P., Elizabeth and Catherine. (Phillip P. and Isaac B. Cox were in the Civil War)

Isaac Cox II - b. 1792 d, between 1860-1880
Nancy Coburn Cox, wife of Isaac Cox, - b. 1794 d.1884
Sarah Cox, d/o Isaac II & Nancy Cox, - b. 1832 d. 1889 (single)
Catherine Cox, d/o Isaac II & Nancy Cox, - b. 1835 d. 1849
Isaac B. Cox, s/o Isaac II & Nancy Cox, - b. 1826 d. 1892, was a Union soldier (11th WV Inf.)
Pricy Duncan Cox, wife of Isaac B. Cox, - b. 1832 d. 1875
Phillip P. Cox, s/o Isaac II & Nancy Cox, - b. 1838 d. 1900, was a Union soldier
Wife of Phillip P. Cox
Elizabeth Cox Cornell, d/o Isaac B. & Pricy Cox, - b. 1851 d. 1879
Hannah Cox, sister to Isaac II, - b. 1795 d. 1858, (single)
Ethel Cox - d/o P. S. & E. Cox, b. Dec. 25, 1900 d. Jan. 29, 1901
Adaline McGinnis Cox, 2nd wife of Isaac B. Cox, - b. 1869 d. 1880, at age 19
Mahlia Norman Cox, 3rd wife of Isaac B. Cox, - b. 1841 d. 1900, at age 59
T. E. C. Aug. 2, 1877.
P. (I. or T.) C. May 30, 1878.

Maria's notes:
1) Ethel Cox - (d/o P. S. & E. Cox, b. Dec. 25, 1900 d. Jan. 29, 1901 - info taken from Ethel's marker, the only remaining marker, other than field stones.)
2) There are approx. 6 to 8 visible graves, some marked with field stones.
3) Some sources state the graves were moved during road construction. I don't believe this is so. I have talked to several people that lived here during the construction, they say no graves were moved, but the cemetery was damaged. I have been able to find no record indicating where the graves were moved to.

From Maria Smith, 28 May 2007:

I just wanted to send you an update on the cemetery. We (my husband and I) were cleaning up the cemetery and I attempted to uncover a stone, what we thought was just a rock, and we found some writing on it. So that got us started looking at some of the other stones, and we ended up finding 3 that have writing on them.

One of the stones has half of the top broke off, but appears to say I. B. C. with the date of death July 2, 1892. This is the exact date of death that is recorded for Isaac B. Cox.

T. E. C. Aug. 2, 1877. With the research we have done, we found one of Isaac's daughters, Thursey E. Cox. She is in the 1860 and 1870 census but not in the 1880 census and there is no record of marriage for her.

P. (I. or T.) C. May 30, 1878. To this point we have not been able to find record of anyone with these initials or date of death.

"Cemeteries In Calhoun County, W. Va."
Maria Smith, owner of Cox Cemetery property.