Van Buren Cox

1836–1913 (Age 76)
Wilson, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Van Buren

When Van Buren Cox was born on 8 August 1836, in Wilson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Flemming Cox, was 41 and his mother, Martha " Patsy" Martin Williams, was 26. He married Minerva Julia Compton on 23 October 1869, in Sumner, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Eastern Township, Franklin, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 4 June 1913, in Lingleville, Erath, Texas, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Lingleville, Erath, Texas, United States.

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Van Buren Cox
Minerva Julia Compton
Marriage: 23 October 1869
Martha Cox
Nancy A. Cox
William J. Cox
Sarah Bowden Cox
Humphrey Bates Cox
James Franklin Cox
Mary Farrell Cox
Julia Minerva Cox
Alonzo Bettis Cox

Spouse and Children

23 October 1869
Sumner, Tennessee, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Flemming Cox


    Martha " Patsy" Martin Williams




    John Cox



    Mary Elizabeth Coxe


    Frank William Cox


    Margerett E Coxe


World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 3

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 10

Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.
1858 · A House Divided

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Cocke in any the senses described + the suffix -s denoting ‘son of’ or ‘servant of’.2 Irish (Ulster): mistranslation of Mac Con Coille (‘son of Cú Choille’, a personal name meaning ‘hound of the wood’), as if formed with coileach ‘cock’, ‘rooster’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Vanburen Cox in household of Wm Compton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Vanburen Corke in household of Flemming Corke, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Vanburen Coxe in household of Flemming Coxe, "United States Census, 1850"

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