Biography - Francis Cox

Francis M. COX, M. D., Harvel, was born in Montgomery County, Ill., November 18, 1853. His father, Tipton COX, was born in Monroe County, Tenn., April 24, 1825. He was a farmer by occupation; came to Montgomery County in 1852, and settled near Donnellson, where his death occurred February 12, 1880. He was in the Mexican war, and held a prominent position among the practical farmers of the county. His wife, Eliza WILSON, was also a native of Tennessee, born in 1827, and died in 1869. She was the mother of eight children, of whom Francis was the second child. His early education was received in the common schools of the county, and while out of school, he assisted his father upon the farm, where he remained until of age, when he began farming for himself, following in that occupation about five years, and two years of which, in addition to the duties of farming, he read medicine, and at the end of which time he entered the American Medical College, at St. Louis, where he graduated June 2, 1881, and received his degree as M. D. He located at Walshville, where he immediately entered upon the practice of his profession, and where he was very successful, and had a large ride. Six months later, he disposed of his practice, and located at Harvel, where he is successor to Dr. MATNEY, and where he is highly respected, not on account of his professional abilities alone, but owing to social qualities. He was married in his native county, January 28, 1875, to Miss Malissa BUZAN, who was born in the same county December 4, 1854. She has borne him two children, viz.: Norma D. and Walter E. Mrs. COX is a daughter of Thomas and Mary A. (MOSS) BUZAN; he deceased in 1854; she living. The Doctor has held the office of Township Clerk of Grisham Township. Politically, he is identified with the Republican party.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 245-246.

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