Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

COX, CHARLES P (1841-1916)

Watsonville Pajaronian (November 8, 1916)

Charles P. Cox Died Early Today

Charles P. Cox, a well-known farmer in this valley for the past forty years passed away this morning at the home of his son, Arthur O. Cox, on Palm Avenue after a comparatively brief illness. He underwent an operation in San Francisco about two months ago and appeared to be on the road to recovery but about a week ago he suffered a relapse and death was the result. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Arthur Cox residence with interment in the Day Valley cemetery. The funeral will be private.

Mr. Cox was a native of Illinois and was aged 75 years, 9 months and 6 days. When a boy he removed to Michigan with his parents but later returned to Illinois. He enlisted in the 72d Illinois Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War and served throughout the war as a private. He has been a member of the R.L. McCook Post, G.A.R., of Watsonville ever since his arrival in this city. Mr. Cox married in Illinois before coming to California, his wife preceding him to the grave about two years ago. Mr. Cox came to the Pajaro Valley in 1876 and had resided here ever since. He engaged in farming in the Valencia district of this valley and met with much success, retiring a few years ago because of his advance age.

Mr. Cox was one of the most estimable citizens of the community. He was a man of sterling character and irreproachable morals, a loving father and husband and a good citizen, whose death will be mourned by all that knew him.

He is survived by three sons, Clarence W. Cox of San Francisco, Arthur O. Cox of Watsonville and James P. Cox of Valencia district; one brother James E. Cox of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Evans of Pasadena and Miss Alberta Cox of Watsonville.

Watsonville Pajaronian (November 10, 1916)

Charles Cox Is Buried

The funeral of the late Charles P. Cox was held yesterday from the home of A.C. Cox, his son, on Palm Avenue, was attended by members of the local G.A.R. and other friends of the deceased. Rev. CL. Thackeray of the Episcopal Church officiating. Interment as made in the Day Valley cemetery, the pall bearers being Messrs.: A.O. Cox, C.W. Cox, J.E. Cox, J.P. Cox, C.G. Cox and C.B. Cox.

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