Cordelia Cardwell

Female 1867 - 1903

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  1. 1.  Cordelia Cardwell was born 16 May 1867, Breathitt Co., KY (daughter of Thomas Perien Cardwell, Sr. and Ellen South); died 22 Oct 1903, Wolfe Co., KY.


    Breathitt County News (KY)
    23 Oct. 1903
    Mrs. B. D. COX DEAD
    Mrs. B. D. Cox died last Tuesday morning at the residence of her uncle Dr. B. D. Cox, in Wolfe Co., near Fincastle. She went about three weeks ago to visit her uncle, and while there took sick with fever; but the report reached her relatives here that she was out of danger but on Monday, she took a relapse, and after two hemorrages, she died suddenly before any of her relatives from here had time to reach her bedside. She was the widow of Dr. B. D. Cox, who was foully assassinated here on April 13, 1902 and the daughter of Hon. and Mrs. Thomas P. Cardwell, of this place. She leaves four small children. Her remains were brought here Wednesday morning and lay in state at her residence here til Thursday, when they followed to the chruch, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. W. Powell of the Presbyterian church in the presence of a large assembly of her friends, who followed her remains to the Sewell burying ground, on Marcum Heights, where they were laid by the side of her late husband.

    Citizen Newspaper Berea, Ky.
    22 Oct. 1903
    She ws the widow of Dr. B. D. Cox who was assassinated.
    Lexington, Ky. Oct. 21 - Mrs. Cordelia Cox, widow of Dr. B. D. Cox, who was assasinated at Jackson less than two years ago, died 30 miles west of Jackson Tuesday. She had gone to the home of her brother-in-law Dr. Breck Cox, last Friday and was stricken with typhoid fever. One of her brothers Jerry Cardwell killed John Hargis, a brother of Judge James Hargis several years ago. Another brother T. P. Cardwell, Jr., police judge of Jackson was, because of fear of assassination, a prisoner in his own home since the Cox assassination up until the time soldiers went to Jackson.

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: Cordelia Cardwell
    Home in 1880: Jackson, Breathitt, Kentucky
    Age: 13
    Estimated birth year: abt 1867
    Birthplace: Kentucky
    Relation to head-of-household: Daughter
    Father's name: Thomas
    Father's birthplace: Virginia
    Mother's name: Ellen
    Mother's birthplace: Kentucky
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Household Members: Name Age
    Thomas Cardwell 55
    Ellen Cardwell 46
    Jeremiah Cardwell 17
    Louellen Cardwell 15
    Cordelia Cardwell 13
    Thomas Cardwell 11

    Notes On The Cardwells & Hollans

    Author Unknown - About 1939

    John Cardwell came from Knoxville, Tenn., about 1825. He first settled in Harlan County where his son Thomas P. Cardwell, Sr., was born in 1829. He brought his family to Breathitt about 1830 John Cardwell was associated with Thomas Sewell, assisting in the operation of Sewell's stores of which he had several. (Sewell purchased timber extensively, later moving to Clay's Ferry, Fayette County, where he died). John Cardwell and his wife had several children, 6 sons and 3 daughters. He died in 1876 and was buried in the cemetery, then situated on what is part of High- land Avenue and a part of lees College Campus. Mr. John Cardwell's body was exhumed and moved to Marcum Heights Cemetery and reinterred there about 1889, for at this time the street was under course of being changed from the hollow to higher ground. Thomas P. Cardwell Sr., (the son born in Harlan Co.) married a Miss Ellen South, daughter of Jeremiah South (father of Breathitt Co.) Thomas P. Cardwell, Sr., was elected Representative to the Kentucky Legislature from Breathitt and...serving 1863-65. He was elected to the State Senate from the district of which Breathitt County formed a part, serving 1865-69. He was re-elected to the House of Representatives, Kentucky State Legislature, serving 1871-73. Thomas P. Cardwell, Sr., and his wife, Ellen(South) Cardwell had Thomas P. Cardwell, Jr., is their son. He served in the U.S. Army, 2nd Lieutenant, 4th Kentucky Infantry, full volunteer regiment, 1898-1900. He was elected City Police Judge of Jackson, serving 1902-11. Lieutenant Caldwell, or better known as Judge Caldwell, is a large real estate owner and operator. He has never married, but he, together with his mother, till her death, reared the youngest daughter, a posthumous child, of his sister, Cordelia (Cardwell) Cox. Doctor Braxton D. Cox, her husband, was assassinated in 1902 while on his way home about 9 o'clock at night walking down the hillside of Court St. He was considered "a physician of more than ordinary merit."

    The Cox's had 2 sons and 3 daughters. One son, Edward Greendorf, was a graduate of the Louisville Pharmacy department of Louisville University. He volunteered with the Kentucky National Guards and served with the U.S. Army in Mexico 1910-17. He was transferred to Co. K, 148th Infantry (Ohio) 37th Division, commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, transferred to the 5th Division and saw much service overseas during the World War. One daughter still lives in Jackson, married here. The youngest child, posthumous, was educated by her uncle, Judge Thomas P. Cardwell, Jr., also lives in Jackson, a clerk in the First National Bank. Her grandmother died in 1914 when Miss B. Cox was 12 years old.

    Cordelia married Braxton D. Cox 08 Nov 1893 (Breathitt Co. Marriage Records Book 6, page 244, ), Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY. Braxton (son of Sampson David Cox and Lucretia Smith) was born 1867; died 13 Apr 1902, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY. [Group Sheet]

    1. Edward O'Rear Cox was born 26 Jul 1896, Court Street, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY; died 28 Jan 1923, Jefferson Co., KY; was buried Marcum Heights Cem., Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY.
    2. Lucy Cox was born Aug. 1898.
    3. Breck Cox was born abt. 1903, after his dad's murder.
    4. Tom Cox was born abt. 1900; died Jul 1904.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Thomas Perien Cardwell, Sr. was born 12 Jul 1829, Williamsburg, Whitley Co., KY (son of John W. Cardwell and Araminta Watkins); died 27 Dec 1915, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY.


    Source: In the Land of Breathitt
    The Cardwells of Breathitt (county) trace their first settlement into the county to John Cardwell, who immigrated from Knoxville, Tennessee to the mouth of Panbowl Branch around 1830. His son Thos. P., became active in Breathitt county politics, serving several terms in the State Legislature (H.R., 1863-65, 1871-73, S.S., 1865-69).

    Breathitt County News, Friday, September 15, 1905 page 2
    A Short Sketch of the Life of T. P. Cardwell, Sr.
    T. P. Cardwell, Sr., was born in Williambsurg, Whitley county, Ky., July 12, 1829. His father, John Cardwell, and his mother, Araminta Watkins, were of the most prominent families in Tennessee. His father moved to Knox county, Tenn., eight miles above Knoxville, from there he moved to Jefferson county, Tenn., from there to Harlan county, Ky., and from there to Breahitt county in 1839, and resided there until his death in 1876. His mother departed this life in March, 1891.
    T. P. Cardwell married Ellen South, daughter of J. W. South, and departed this life in Frankfort in 1880 and was at the time of his death Keeper of the State prison. Said Cardwell has resided in Breathitt county since 1839. The first vote he ever cast was for the Whig party. He remained as such up to the late war and has been an ardent worker in the Republican party to this date. He was a candidate for the legislature from the counties of Breathitt and (illegible) and was defeated by Hon.Joseph Gardner in 1861 by thirty votes, but in 1873 was elected to the legislature without opposition from Breathitt and Magoffin; was elected to the senate from Breathitt, Perry, Letcher, Harlan and Clay counties in 1865, by a large majority, being opposed by James Farmer, of Harlan. In 1872 was elected to the legislature from Breathitt, Wolfe and Powell counties by 100 majority, his opponent being Mr. Falkner, of Powell, the nominee of the Democratic party, and the late Hon. John S. Hargis, of Breathitt, was an independent candidate.
    Cardwell was nominated by the Republican party at Hazel Green in 1888 for the senate from the counties of Breathitt, Owsley, Lee, Wolfe, Powell, Menifee, Morgan, Magoffin and Johnson. Morton Pieratt, of Morgan, was the Democratic candidate to fill the unexpired term of his brother, Raney Pieratt, who died as senator, and was defeated by Pieratt 437 votes carrying a majority of 252 votes his own county of Breathitt, which usually gave from 300 to 400 Democratic majority. In 1865, when he made the race for the Senate, he only lost five votes in Breathitt county to wit: Col. Edward Strong, of Crockettsville district, two of the Ledfords, who were related to Mr. Farmer, from the Crawford precinct, Henry Cockrill and a Mr. Hollen from the Holly precinct. Cardwell receiving all the votes cast in the county but the five named. He never made a race at any time only by the united solicitation of the Republican party.

    Thomas married Ellen South 08 Apr 1852, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY. Ellen (daughter of Jeremiah Weldon South and Mary Magdalene Cockrell) was born 13 Apr 1832, Haddix, Breathitt Co., KY; died 2 Sept. 1914, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Ellen South was born 13 Apr 1832, Haddix, Breathitt Co., KY (daughter of Jeremiah Weldon South and Mary Magdalene Cockrell); died 2 Sept. 1914, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY.
    1. Charles Oscar Cardwell was born 17 Jul 1853, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY.
    2. Saith Sal Cardwell was born 06 Apr 1855, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY.
    3. Anna Eliza Cardwell was born 29 Mar 1857, Breathitt Co., KY; died 28 Feb 1938, Breathitt Co., KY.
    4. Miranda Cardwell was born 02 Nov 1859, Breathitt Co., KY.
    5. Adeline Bell Cardwell was born 14 Feb 1861, Breathitt Co., KY.
    6. Jeremiah Weldon Cardwell was born 14 Feb 1863, Breathitt Co., KY; died 29 Sep 1933, Breathitt Co., KY.
    7. Lou Ellen Cardwell was born 15 Apr 1865, Breathitt Co., KY.
    8. 1. Cordelia Cardwell was born 16 May 1867, Breathitt Co., KY; died 22 Oct 1903, Wolfe Co., KY.
    9. Thomas Perien Cardwell, Jr. was born 20 Jan 1869, KY; died 27 Apr 1941, Fayette Co., KY.
    10. Arrah Kit Cardwell was born Breathitt Co., KY.
    11. Mary Florence Cardwell was born 04 Dec 1870.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John W. Cardwell was born TN; died 1876.


    Not proven to be same:
    Breathitt County News, October 4, 1907
    J. W. Cardwell, Master Commissioner of the Breathitt circuit court, was thrown from his buggy while on his way to the home of G. T. Strong, his son-in-law, last Saturday evening and seriously hurt about the head and shoulders. Dr. Swango was called and dressed the wounds and it is hoped that he will speedily recover.

    1870 Breathitt County Census KY
    Cardwell, John age 46 b. KY
    Evora age 13
    Blackston age 11
    Edwin age 9
    John J. age 6

    Spouse must have died bef. 1870 ...Evora is probably Elmira see her death certificate.

    John — Araminta Watkins. Araminta died Mar 1891. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Araminta Watkins died Mar 1891.
    1. 2. Thomas Perien Cardwell, Sr. was born 12 Jul 1829, Williamsburg, Whitley Co., KY; died 27 Dec 1915, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY.

  3. 6.  Jeremiah Weldon South was born 06 Jul 1810, Madison co., KY (son of Samuel Drake South and Martha Patsy Glover); died 19 Apr 1880, Frankfort, Franklin Co., KY.


    April 20, 1880 - TWY - [From the Daily of Friday]
    Death of Col. Jere. W. South.
    At half past ten o’clock yesterday morning, Col. Jere. W. South died suddenly at the State House of apoplexy. He was sitting upon a sofa on the floor of the Senate when first attacked, and upon being removed to the rotunda died in less than two minutes. The announcement was immediately made in both Houses, and without a moment’s delay both adjourned. In a very short time the shocking intelligence was borne to all parts of the city, and a large crowd assembled at the State House and in the grounds. The body was taken to the cloak-room of the House of Representatives, where none but his family and friends were admitted, and where ensued a scene of the deepest distress.
    About ten o’clock Col. South came into the editorial rooms of the YEOMAN and had an interview of about fifteen minutes with the writer of this article. He had been confined at home by illness for a number of weeks, and this was the second occasion upon which he had ventured out. He entered the room looking paler and thinner than usual, with a weary but pleasant expression upon his face. He said: “I ought not to be out, but I want to respond to some the charges made against me.” He sat down, and taking from his pocket a newspaper, called our attention to an article, saying: “This does me great injustice. It charges me with not having paid my rent as Lessee of the penitentiary, and I want to give you the facts and get you to answer it in my name.” He then proceeded to discuss the whole question of the penitentiary, and sought to impress the idea that he did not intend to stand in the way of any solution of the penitentiary problem. His communication lately made to the Assembly he thought fully established his position upon that point.
    It was nearly a quarter past ten when he left the office, saying: “I wish to show this article to Senator Cromwell Adair and Senator Albert S. Berry, and I will return here in a half-hour.” Twenty minutes later the news of his sudden death reached the YEOMAN office.
    At the moment of attack Dr. James Shackleford, Senator from Mason, was within a few feet of Col. South, and rendered him instant attention. Dr. Yantis, of Fleming, was called in from the House, and there was no lack of the best medical skill, but the case was beyond the assistance of human hands, and death accomplished its mission.
    Had he lived three months longer, he would have reached the full period allotted to human life. He was born in Madison county on the 6th day of July, 1810. His father, Gen. Samuel South, an early settler and a companion of Daniel Boone, was distinguished in the early history of Kentucky. His brother, Lieut. Thomas South, was one of the gallant men who fell at Estill’s defeat, and whose names are engraved upon the State monument in the Frankfort cemetery. Of his early life little is known more than that he grew up under good influences, received the meager education of that day, and was inured to hardship and habits of industry. He soon developed characteristics of manhood that gave him leadership and prominence among men. He was brave, generous and honorable and won the respect and attachment of all with whom he was brought in contact. In 1840 he was elected a member of the House of Representatives and served a term. Four years later he was elected to the State Senate and served in that body. In 1846 he raised a regiment of cavalry and proffered his services to the Federal Government in the war with Mexico, but the army having its full quota from Kentucky, his regiment was not received.
    Throughout Eastern Kentucky, from Frankfort to Cumberland Gap and to the mouth of the Big Sandy, he became thoroughly known. He mixed with the people and identified himself closely with their social and political interest. He was perhaps the most popular and most influential man in that section of the State form his earliest manhood down to the day of his death.
    He served as Keeper of the penitentiary two full terms and a portion of a third term, having at the time of his death three years to serve in order to finish the present term.
    He had been in ill-health for a number of years, and the cares and annoyances of this public service no doubt contributed to hasten the sad event which occurred in the Senate Chamber yesterday.
    There is nothing good that could be said of Col. South which would not be most earnestly indorsed by the people of the section of the State in which he was best known. His kindness, his hospitality and his warm attachment to his friends were everywhere acknowledged. He was open-handed and open-hearted - always ready to contribute to the comfort and welfare of those with whom he was brought in contact. As a friend he was unflinching; as a politician he was zealous and most efficient. His whole career was a series of successes. He seldom failed in any undertaking, and for that reason his friendship was much coveted, and his influence consequently sought.
    His wife preceded him to the grave but a few years. His children are all grown to manhood and womanhood, but having trained his authority at the head of the household, and kept up the closest family ties, the loss is one which they will feel most sensibly, and for which they have the strongest sympathy of this community. Yesterday at the State House, when his body was lying the in the cloak-room and friends were crowding in, there were tears upon the brown cheeks of many men whose gratitude was due to him for acts of kindness.

    April 20, 1880 - TWY
    The sudden death of Col. South has removed one important obstacle to the immediate settlement of the penitentiary question. It terminates the Lesseeship, and leaves the Legislature free to change the system at once if it deems such a thing proper. While Col. South lived he had rights which the Assembly was bound to respect. He was both an officer and a contractor, and had given bond for the faithful discharge of his part of the agreement. He could not have been disturbed in the performance of his covenant except by extraordinary action, and this was not likely to have ensued. Death has intervened and removed all difficulty. It has been the great arbitrator to effect a settlement, and it only remains now for the Legislature to consider what is best, and to act wisely in proscribing the rules which shall govern this institution in the future.
    The Lessee system and the Warden system ought now to be fully understood by the members and they ought to be able readily to choose between them. Nothing is in the way to prompt action, and further great delay is not necessary. We understand the conference Committee had about concluded to report a compromise bill, a measure the design of which was to reconcile the difference between the Senate and the House. It proposed to submit the question to a vote of the people as to whether they would establish a branch penitentiary, as suggested by the Allen bill, and meanwhile hire out the convicts under the provisions of the Senate bill. This probably would have found favor as the best means of overcoming a great difficulty. Whether it will be regarded advisable now to pursue that course is another matter, and one which must be decided promptly.

    Served for many years in the Kentucky Legislature both in the House and Senate. He raised a regiment for the Mexican War, but Kentucky's quota being full, he was not allowed to go to the front. He had six sons and three sons-in-law in the Confederate Army. He was the eldest surviving son of Gen. Samuel South, who served in his father's command in the Revolution; ....see notes for Gen. Samuel South..
    1870 Legislature elects Jeremiah W. South to a second four year term as Lessee and he remains in power until his death in 1880. South gains a reputation by providing 25 legislatures with cheap boarding, cheap washing, and free drinks, and as many as 50 guests for meals. One-third of the legislators are reported under his control and he is considered the most influential man in eastern Kentucky.

    Jeremiah — Mary Magdalene Cockrell. [Group Sheet]

  4. 7.  Mary Magdalene Cockrell (daughter of John Cockrell/Cockrill and Amelia Alley).
    1. Mary Elizabeth South was born 11 Sept. 1830, Breathitt Co., KY; died 16 Mar 1900.
    2. 3. Ellen South was born 13 Apr 1832, Haddix, Breathitt Co., KY; died 2 Sept. 1914, Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY.
    3. Samuel South was born 15 Apr 1833, Breathitt Co., KY.
    4. Andrew Jackson South was born 03 May 1835, Perry Co., KY.
    5. Martin Van Buren South was born 28 Oct 1837, Breathitt Co., KY; died Mar 1876, Frankfort, Franklin Co., KY.
    6. Jeremiah Weldon South, Jr. was born 23 Mar 1840, Breathitt Co., KY.
    7. Thomas Jefferson South was born 01 Apr 1850.
    8. Narcissa South died 23 Mar 1901.
    9. Cass South was born 1851; died 1909, Forks of Elkhorn, Franklin Co., KY.

Generation: 4

  1. 12.  Samuel Drake South (son of John South and Margaret W. Drake).


    Gen. Samuel South, an early settler and a companion of Daniel Boone, was distinguished in the early history of Kentucky.

    He [Col. Jeremiah South] was the eldest surviving son of Gen. Samuel South, who served in his father's command in the Revolution; was commissioned captain in 1792 and served in several if the Indian Campaigns; was Colonel of the Kentucky Mounted Volunteers in the War of 1812. At the battle of New Orleans he was breveted General for bravery. He was for many years in the Kentucky Legislature and during this time was defeated for Speaker by Henry Clay by but one vote. He was Treasurer of Kentucky 1818-1826. He was the eldest surviving son of Lieut. John South ...[see notes for Lt. John South]
    Source: Genealogies of Kentucky Families from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.

    Samuel — Martha Patsy Glover. [Group Sheet]

  2. 13.  Martha Patsy Glover
    1. 6. Jeremiah Weldon South was born 06 Jul 1810, Madison co., KY; died 19 Apr 1880, Frankfort, Franklin Co., KY.
    2. Thomas South

  3. 14.  John Cockrell/Cockrill (son of Cockrell).

    John — Amelia Alley. [Group Sheet]

  4. 15.  Amelia Alley
    1. 7. Mary Magdalene Cockrell