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Cox - Abijah Franklin

Abijah Franklin Cox

Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Wed Nov 22, 1911

Darlington -- The sudden death of Abijah Franklin Cox, one of the leading retired farmers of the county, which occurred at his home here Tuesday shortly before noon, came as a great shock to his relatives and friends, as he died alone with his daughter, who has been his housekeeper for several years, was away for the day on a visit with Miss Naomi Voris of Crawfordsville. When she left home her father was as well as usual and neither father nor daughter had the least idea that the death angel was hovering so near, it was the little granddaughter who found the deceased. She had gone to the post office after school was out at 4 Tuesday afternoon and after securing her grandfather's mail she went to his home. When she entered the house she found him cold in death lying on the couch. She gave the alarm at once and a physician was called but it was of no use as he stated that Mr. Cox had been dead several hours. The physical condition surrounding the death bearer out this statement as the dinner that his daughter had left on the table had not been touched. He had taken a bath and after dressing in his street clothing had laid down to rest, or perhaps on account of the attack of heart failure which had seized him and which resulted in his death. For several years he has suffered with stomach trouble which finally aggravated his heart. Last Sunday two weeks ago he had a very bad spell and a doctor worked with him for four hours before he could revive him. He attended church Sunday and was in attendance at the revival meeting Monday night. Mr. Cox was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abijah Cox, two of the early pioneer settlers of Franklin Township. The old homestead of 240 acres the deceased owned at the time of his death is located near Kingsley Chapel, five miles south of Darlington, it was there the deceased was born and spent many years of his life. He was born Feb 3, 1852, and was therefore 59 years of age. He was married to Miss Amezera Morris, daughter of Owen D. Morris Nov 13, 1873. To this union 4 children were born, 3 daughters and one son. One daughter died in infancy and Mrs. Stella M. McClaskey, wife of WP McClaskey died Sept 2 of this year. Wallace of this place and Beulah survive. His wife died Feb 8, 1901. The deceased was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church having joined soon after Kingsley Chapel Church was built. An older brother was killed during the civil war and two sisters, Mrs. Clinton Tribbett and Mrs. William Dixon are dead. He was one of the really good upright citizens of the county and always stood for what was right. The funeral will take place at the Darlington Methodist Church at 10 on Thursday and interment will be at Knights of Pythias Cemetery at Mace. The services will be in charge of Rev. Rayl. C.W. Stewart of Crawfordsville will sing at the request of the family. The deceased has been living in Crawfordsville for the past two years having moved back to Darlington the first day of November. -- kbz
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