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Foot Prints on the Sands of Time



A History of South-western Virginia and North-western North Carolina by Dr. A. B. Cox
Originally Published by The Star Publishing Company in Sparta, North Carolina in 1900.

Aras Bishop Cox was born January 25, 1816, in Floyd County, Virginia. He married Phebe Edwards, daughter of David Edwards and Jane Osborne Reeves Edwards, of Stratford, NC.

Aras Cox worked as a Methodist Clergyman in 1850. At that time, he and Phebe and their children, Mary Jane, Henry, and Edward, lived in Ashe County, NC (which at that time included the area would become Alleghany County, NC.) By 1860, Aras had become a doctor and their family had grown to include another son, Charles.

May 3, 1862, at age 46, he enlisted in the Confederate Army in the 61st NC Infantry, where he served as Captain of Company I. He resigned that December, due to illness and disability.

In 1876 the family (Aras, Phebe, Edward, Charles, Jane, Albert, and James) lived in Atchison, Missouri. In 1885, he and Phebe lived in Madison County, Nebraska. March 8, 1886, Dr. Cox was appointed Postmaster of Purdum, Nebraska. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic while he lived there. After Phebe’s death, Dr. Cox returned to Ashe County, to live with his daughter’s family. At the time of the 1900 census, he lived with his son-in-law, Soloman Cox, two granddaughters, and two boarders. His daughter, Mary Jane, had passed away on August 7, 1899.

Dr. Cox passed away January 30, 1907, in Brewster, Nebraska. At the time, he was living with his son, Charles. He was buried next to his wife, in Purdum Cemetery, in Blaine County, Nebraska. A descendant states Dr. Cox donated the land for the Purdum Cemetery on the corner of his homestead.

Foot Prints on the Sands of Time was written in 1900 and originally published by Star Pub. Co. This edition uses type set by the original publishers. While we have made an effort to correct minor technical
errors, no content has been changed.

Star Route Books edition
ISBN 979-8-9861568-0-4
166 pgs
5″ x 8″ (203mm x 127mm)
Hardback book with matte case laminate cover.
Printed in black & white, on
cream paper.


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