Mary McCloud Harper

7 April 1886–3 September 1972 (Age 86)
Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary McCloud

When Mary McCloud Harper was born on 7 April 1886, in Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, her father, Joseph H. Harper, was 30 and her mother, Mary Melissa McCloud, was 26. She married James Oscar Cox, I on 8 April 1908, in Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Surry, North Carolina, United States in 1935 and Franklinville Township, Randolph, North Carolina, United States in 1940. She died on 3 September 1972, in Durham, Durham, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Concord, Cabarrus, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Oscar Cox, I
Mary McCloud Harper
Marriage: 8 April 1908
Mary Virginia Cox
J. Harper Cox
James Oscar Cox II
Emmett Lane Cox
William Andre' Cox

Spouse and Children

8 April 1908
Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 4

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Age 8

On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 23

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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Story Highlight

James Oscar Cox Family in 1958

In March of 1958 My paternal grandparents James Oscar Cox and Mary McCloud Harper had a party to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. It was held in their home on Popular Tent Road in Concord, No …

Sources (3)

  • Mary M Harper in household of Joseph Harper, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary M Cox in household of James O Cox, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary M Cox in household of James O Cox, "United States Census, 1910"

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