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Cyrus  B.  Cox

          Cyrus B. Cox  is a native of Ripley Township [Rush County], born April 22, 1827, being the son of  Benjamin and Mary (Price) Cox;  both of whom were natives of North Carolina, English descent.  He was reared upon a farm and received in the district school a knowledge of the ordinary branches of learning.  At the age of twenty-two he turned his attention to the carpenter's trade to which it was directed at that time about three years, or until his first marriage, which occurred September 15, 1852.  The lady that became his wife was  Miss Sarah Haskitt, who was born in Hancock County, October 29, 1833, being the daughter of  Silas and Milla Haskitt.  After their marriage they settled in Hancock County, where for one year Mr. Cox was engaged at saw milling and farming.  In the fall of 1853, he moved to a farm near Richmond, where for a period of eighteen months he farmed and worked at his trade.  In 1855, he returned to Hancock County, but in the spring of 1856, he moved his family to Ripley Township, in which he resided three years, giving his attention chiefly to his trade.  His first wife died December 7, 1857, and on the 24th of May, 1859, he was married to  Miss Mary Binford, a native of Ripley Township, born in 1837, and daughter of  William and Mary (Jessup) Binford.  For eight years after this marriage Mr. Cox resided in Shelby County, this State, where his attention was given to farming.  In the fall of 1867, he returned to Ripley Township, in which he has ever since resided.  His second wife died September 18, 1873.  On the 23rd of December, 1874, he was married to  Miss Phebe Lamb, who is a native of Hancock County, born November 3, 1841.  Her parents, Phineas and Hulday (Bundy) Lamb, were natives of North Carolina, of English descent.  In all, Mr. Cox is the father of eight children, as follows:  Benjamin F.,  James P.,  Albert T.,  Charles S.,  Annetta,  Sarah,  Michael  and  Mary P.,  of whom the first three were by his first marriage, the next four by his second, and the last one by his third marriage.  The children are all living except Albert T., who died in infancy.  Mr. and Mrs. Cox are members of the Friends' Church.  He owns 100 acres of land, about four-fifths of which is in cultivation.  Politically, Mr. Cox formerly affiliated with the Whig party.  In 1854, he helped to organize the Republican party of Wayne County.  In 1856, he voted for the first Republican candidate for President, and he has ardently supported Republican principles ever since.
The History of Rush County, Indiana , Brant & Fuller, 1888., page 565-566.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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