Mary Ellen Cox

Female 1871 - 1910


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  • Name  Mary Ellen Cox 
    Born  25 Aug 1871 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  27 Jul 1910 
    Buried  Cox Cemetery, Big Andy Ridge, Lee Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • This is what I have found I hope you can follow this. I have dated the picture sometime in 1898 and here are my reasons for doing so.
      1. The mystery family in the pictures fits Mary Ellen Cox/Wiles and Isaac Wiles and their children. At this date (1898) they would have been as follows Braxton D. 5yrs born 1893, Louis 3yrs born 1895, William 1yr born 1897 Elizabeth born 1898, John L born 1900, Samuel born 1902, Rhoda born 1905 and Cora born 1907. The second picture of just this family would have included the first 5 children born and have been taken probably around 1901 after John and before Samuel.
      2. The next identifier of the 1898 date would be that Rose's daughters are pictured Naomi and Dorothy. Naomi would have been 1yr and Dorothy 2 yrs at this date. One probably just turned 1 yr and the other ready to turn 3 yr. This also fits.
      3. Next would be the other woman first thought to be Mary Ellen. This I believe is Lucretia. I have found a 1910 census that states that Clement Holmes was living in Ohio with his elderly father Solomon at this date. This would mean that he and Lucretia were not married yet nor would they have been married in 1898 when the picture was taken. So this was her still as a single woman with no children. This also fits the picture.
      4.The last facter would be that my great-gandfather Sampson D. was born in 1889. This would have made him 9yrs in 1898. This also looks to be accurate.

      So conclusion would be that the mystery family portrait would Mary Ellen Cox/ Wiles Isaac Wiles Braxton D., Louis, William, Elizabeth and John L. If you look closely at both pictures you can see that the 2 boys first thought to be possible twins are really not that close in age. Note the hieght difference in the sepia photo. Also I will go so far as to say that the mystery picture of the little girl is Elizabeth Wiles.

      Now I will say that I still believe that the last name here is probably Wiler and not Wiles.
      I have attached the documents that I used to reach this conclusion and you check things for yourself. Got any other mysteries you need throw them at me this was fun!!!

      Samantha Elam, descendant of Dr. BD Cox
    • Names from the 1910 Census Clark Co., KY.
    • Courier Journal 15 June 1906
      MRS. WILER WANTS DIVORCE
      ALSO $10,000 OF HER HUSBAND'S MONEY.
      Campton, Ky, June 14. - (Special) - Mrs. Isaac Wiler, of this county, this morning filed a suit in the Circuit Court against her husband, Isaac Wiler, for divorce and $10,000 alimony. The plaintiff is the daughter of B. D. Cox, a prominent physician of this city, and the defendant is one of the wealthiest and most prominent merchants of the county. Attachments were issued for the property of the defendant to secure the amount of any judgment for alimony that might be obtained.

    Person ID  I093  Cox-Hobbs-Shoemaker
    Last Modified  25 Jul 2016 

    Father  Braxton Dickerson Cox,   b. 15 Mar 1844, Owsley Co., Ky. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Feb 1917, Campton, Wolfe Co., Ky. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Spencer,   b. 25 Mar 1850,   d. 22 Jun 1926 
    Married  Abt 1867 
    Family ID  F040  Group Sheet

    Family  Isaac Wiles,   b. 14 Jul 1856,   d. 20 Sept. 1933 
    Children 
     1. Braxton D. Wiles,   b. abt. 1893
     2. Lewis N. Wiles,   b. 01 Aug 1894,   d. 04 Feb 1920
     3. William C. Wiles,   b. abt. 1897
     4. Elizabeth Wiles,   b. abt. 1898
     5. John L. Wiles,   b. 11 Mar 1900,   d. 30 Mar 1971
     6. Samuel F. Wiles,   b. 01 Mar 1902, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Rhoda C. Wiles,   b. abt. 1905
     8. Cora F. Wiles,   b. abt. 1907
    Last Modified  4 Sep 2009 
    Family ID  F1212  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Unknown ...Cox family?
    Unknown ...Cox family?
    Was unknown but now known as Mary Ellen Cox that married Isaac Wiles ...This same woman and man and children are in the group photo connected to Dr. Braxton D. Cox (#1090).
    Mystery family may be solved:
    This is what I have found I hope you can follow this. I have dated the picture sometime in 1898 and here are my reasons for doing so.
    1. The mystery family in the pictures fits Mary Ellen Cox/Wiles and Isaac Wiles and their children. At this date (1898) they would have been as follows Braxton D. 5yrs born 1893, Louis 3yrs born 1895, William 1yr born 1897 Elizabeth born 1898, John L born 1900, Samuel born 1902, Rhoda born 1905 and Cora born 1907. The second picture of just this family would have included the first 5 children born and have been taken probably around 1901 after John and before Samuel.
    2. The next identifier of the 1898 date would be that Rose's daughters are pictured Naomi and Dorothy. Naomi would have been 1yr and Dorothy 2 yrs at this date. One probably just turned 1 yr and the other ready to turn 3 yr. This also fits.
    3. Next would be the other woman first thought to be Mary Ellen. This I believe is Lucretia. I have found a 1910 census that states that Clement Holmes was living in Ohio with his elderly father Solomon at this date. This would mean that he and Lucretia were not married yet nor would they have been married in 1898 when the picture was taken. So this was her still as a single woman with no children. This also fits the picture.
    4.The last facter would be that my great-gandfather Sampson D. was born in 1889. This would have made him 9yrs in 1898. This also looks to be accurate.

    So conclusion would be that the mystery family portrait would Mary Ellen Cox/ Wiles Isaac Wiles Braxton D., Louis, William, Elizabeth and John L. If you look closely at both pictures you can see that the 2 boys first thought to be possible twins are really not that close in age. Note the hieght difference in the sepia photo. Also I will go so far as to say that the mystery picture of the little girl is Elizabeth Wiles.

    I have attached the documents that I used to reach this conclusion and you check things for yourself. Got any other mysteries you need throw them at me this was fun!!!

    Samantha Elam, descendant of B.D.Cox
    Dr. Braxton Cox and family
see article on his family page
    Dr. Braxton Cox and family see article on his family page
    Back Row: fifth over from left - William Sherman Cox and wife Cora Hobbs Cox. Wm. Cox, the submitter of the photo to Ky. Explorer states that lady on right on front row is Rose Profitt. Braxton D. Cox had a daughter Rossia (Rose) that married a Profitt. This Braxton D. was the uncle to the B. D. Cox that was assassinated.