Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oscar Cox

A lot of my research has focused on the older generations of the Cox Family (Jesse and Benjamin Cox). Recently, I have put more effort into my more recent relatives. I started with a general search on I found my Great-grandmother, Beatrice Ora Cox. She was born in 1903, a few months after her father, Oscar Myron Cox, died. Finding Beatrice and her mother, Ella Ora Burchell Cox, wasn't easy since Oscar (head of household) had died. The 1905 Wisconsin Census listed Ella and Beatrice as living with Ella's parents, Alma and Urban Burchell (also of Vernon County, Wisconsin). Later on Ella marries John Watson. I was able to find this information by using an advanced search on Ancestry to link Ella and Beatrice Cox together. This lead me to them in John Watson's household in 1910. With this new information it was much easier to find Ella and Beatrice in the 1920 Census.

Beatrice was found in the 1930 US Census in Marinette, Marinette, Wisconsin, with her husband, Oscar E Anderson. My grandfather, Donald Anderson, is also listed in this census. I am excited for the release of the 1940 Census to see more information on this family.

A general search on Ancestry also led to some good pictures. I found one picture of my Great-grandfather, Oscar Elwyn Anderson. I wasn't sure that the picture was of him so I sent a copy to my mom to confirm it. She promptly replied back that it was her grandfather. Seeing a picture of him was a big help to putting a face to the information that I have.

   This is my Great-grandpa, Oscar Elwyn Anderson.


  1. Great story. And what a great find with the picture! Oh that I were so lucky. :)

  2. Pictures are priceless! I have found that I can pick out characteristics from my ancestors in my children. It is interesting how some traits skip a generation or two and then reappear. I'm glad you were able to come up with some photos for your own collection.

  3. Ben, I have a photo of the marraige certificate of Ella Burchill and Oscar Cox. I saw the certificate at the Vernon County Historical Society in Viroqua, WI.
    I would be happy to send you a copy of the photo but don't see an email address for you. I will check your blog again looking for a response. We are members of; is there a place I could post it for you?
    I took the photo because Burchill is a variant spelling of a name in my family.
    ~ Ev in Wisconsin

    1. Ev,
      I would love to have a copy. My email address is Just remove the - after the @.