Quakers in Texas: Part One

ParisCoxLike yesterday’s Surname Saturday article, today’s article is inspired by my visit to historic Estacado Cemetery in Lubbock County, Texas.  Quaker colonists who arrived in late 1879 were some of the first settlers on the High Plains of Texas, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

Paris Cox was born on October 17, 1846 in Asheboro, North Carolina to parents Gideon and Huldah (Mendenhall) Cox.  According to Quaker Meeting Minutes, Gideon and Hulda had married on September 6, 1843 at the Holly Spring Monthly Meeting.  Before her death in 1857 Huldah bore Gideon five children: Anson, Paris, Larkin, Esther and William.  On September 30, 1858, Gideon married Asenath Barker and to their marriage were born five more children: Huldah, Orlando, Manly, Oliver and Lydia.

Most Quakers of that day were pacifists, so when Paris was drafted by the Confederate Army he purchased an exemption and moved to Indiana.  In 1870 he was living with the Mills family in Hamilton County, Indiana, employed as a sawyer.  After marrying school teacher Mary C. Ferguson, Paris worked at a sawmill with his father-in-law.

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  1. Hi Sharon! I just happened upon your blog and found some mention of my great-grandfather, Thomas Hadley Lewis. My grandfather, Glenn Hadley Lewis, was born in Estacado and spent his early years playing with the Cox and Brown children in Friendswood. I have never found much about Estacado, but was interested in what you shared. I traveled to Friendswood for the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the city, which were wonderful. My great-grandparents did not end up staying in Friendswood for very long, moving to California (Whittier & Fullerton) where they lived the rest of their lives. I do have some great pictures of a wagon train in Estacado that has families marked. I will look for it, if you are interested. Thank you again for your historical account. It was fun to read.

    – Charlene Lewis Haugen

    • Glad you enjoyed the article! I’d love to see those pictures if you can find them.

  2. 22 Oct 2015. I’ve just come across your articles about Estacado, TX. Gideon Cox is my great grandfather; Oscar Larkin Cox is my grandfather. I have the Jenkins book & quite a bit of Cox history back to their early Quaker time in England, about 1650. This is my mother’s paternal branch.

    Marla Brown

  3. Sharon: Where did you find the images? Thanks! E. R.

    • Paris Cox was my great grandfather; Oscar Larkin Cox, my grandfather. I would be interested in photos, too. I do have the Cox family photo and the photos from the Estacado Cemetary site. Thanks, Marla. (I left an earlier comment in May 2015, above.)



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