William Leland Cox,
was born June 22nd 1839 to Edward Cox and Mary Jamieson Leland Cox in Ashmore,
Coles County, Illinois. He was enrolled in the 3rd Missouri Cavalry on
the 1st of January 1862 in Palmyra, Missouri. He was discharged in
Little Rock Arkansas on the 31st of December 1864 upon the completion of
his three years. His description at his time of enlistment was 5'
11" in height, dark complexion with brown eyes and black hair. Upon his
discharge he held the rank of Corporal.
During the Civil War he contracted
Scurvy the effects of which remained with him the rest of his life, as
evidenced by his pension affidavits which follow. After the war he
returned to Ashmore Township in Coles Co., he then moved in March 1869
to Embarass Township in Edgar County, Illinois, right after his marriage,
and resided there for about seven years. His wife Martha VanSickle
was from that area. They then returned to Coles County, Illinois in December
of 1876, where he was still living at the time of his death April 4th 1921.
The above photograph and the
accompanying transcribed documents are from a packet of information I received
from Steve Woodfall, great-great grandson of William Leland Cox.
The affidavits appear to be incomplete, they all seem to end in the middle
of a thought.