692. Samantha Wright1,12 was born on 26 September 1836 in Harrison Co., OH. She died on 22 May 1929 in Franklin Twp., Harrison Co., Ohio. She was buried on 25 May 1929 in Deersville Cemetery, Deersville, Harrison Co., OH. See 1870 census for Mill Twp., Tuscarawas Co., Ohio for Samantha 33, Clarinda 18, John W. 16, Mary E. 14, Matthew 13, Rebecca J. 10, Sylvanus 7, and Thomas 6.
See 1880 Tuscarawas Co. Census, Mill Twp., for Samantha, age 46, Matthew L., Sylvanus, and Thomas. Samantha lives beside her brother and his family, Sylvanus Wright Jr., and sister Emarella Livingston and her family.
See 1900 Tuscarawas Co. Census, Mill Twp., for Samantha, who is 65 years old and living alone. According to this census year, she was born Sept. 1834, rather than 1836. Her husband, Thomas Cox had died in a Rebel prison in Danville, VA., in 1864. She did not remarry. She is shown as having 8 children, 5 of whom are living in 1900.
See 1910 Tuscarawas Co. Census, Mill Twp., for Samantha, who is 73 and living alone. Living nearby are her brother and his wife, Sylvanus and Sarah Wright.
See 1920 Harrison Co. Census for Samantha, age 83, living alone, and beside Perry Blackwell and wife, Jane (Rebecca Jane, or Jennie). This census shows that Samantha was born in New York, although it is believed that she was born in Ohio and her father, Sylvanus, in New York.
It is reported that Samantha smoked a corn cob pipe.
See Samantha's obit. from the Freeport Press for Thurs., May 30, 1929. It says she died on Wed., and the date I have been given for her death was May 29. However, at the time of the printing of the obit. the services had already been held and she was buried, the previous Sat. Therefore, her date of death would have been Wed., May 22, 1929 at 11:15 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Jennie (Rebecca Jane Cox) Blackwell, of Tappan, Ohio. Rev. John Pringle of Kenmore officiated. The obit states that she died of organic heart disease and that she is survived by four children.
Samantha Wright and Thomas W. Cox were married on 2 October 1851. Thomas W. Cox1,12 was born between 1830 and 1831 in Harrison Co., OH. He died on 21 December 1864 in Libbey Prison, Danville, Va.. He was buried in National Cemetery, Danville, Va.. Thomas was in Military, 100 Days Co. D. 170 Regiment Ohio Volunteers May 2, 1864.. See 1860 Census for Harrison Co., Stock Twp., Deersville, Ohio, for Thomas 29, Samantha 24, Clarinda 7, John W. 6, Mary E. 4, and Matthew L. 2. Living nearby is Aquilla and Nancy Tipton, Thomas's grandmother's (Keturah (Tipton) Cox) brother. Also living nearby is "Sylvas" Wright 56, Samantha's father. (Unknown where mother, Desire is,) and David Wright 60, born in N. Y. (probably Sylvanus's brother) is living in the home.
See Notes on Samantha Cox for later census years.
Thomas Cox left his wife and 7 children, to enlist in Co. D, 170th. Regiment Ohio Volunteers, May 2, 1864, for 100 days. He was 34. He was captured by Confederate Soldiers before his 100 day enlistment was up, and taken to a Rebel Prison in Danville, Virginia, namely Libbey Prison, where he died Dec. 21, 1864. See info regarding the conditions at the prison, where 5 men died each day. He is buried at Danville Virginia National Cemetery.
From Dyer's Compendium:
Kernstown, Second Virginia
"Believing that Early's army was no longer a threat in the Valley, Maj. Gen. Horatio Wright abandoned his pursuit and ordered the VI and XIX Corps to return to Washington, where they were to be sent to Grant's "army group" before Petersburg. Wright left Brig. Gen. George Crook with three divisions and some cavalry to hold Winchester. Under orders to prevent reinforcements from being sent to Grant, Early marched north on July 24 against Crook. After an hour of stubborn resistance at Pritchard's Hill, the Federal line collapsed and Crook's divisions streamed back in disarray through the streets of Winchester. Col. James Mulligan commanding Crook's 3rd Division was mortally wounded. Rutherford B. Hayes commanded a brigade against John C. Breckinridge's wing. Crook retreated to the Potomac River and crossed near Williamsport on July 26. As a result of this defeat and the burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on July 30, Grant returned the VI and XIX Corps and appointed Sheridan as commander of Union forces in the Valley."
"Result: Confederate victory
"Thanks to the efforts of the Kernstown Battlefield Foundation and Glen Burnie, large portions of the Kernstown battlefields have been preserved. Interpretation is ongoing, with plans to open more of the sites to public visitation. The first battle, March 23, 1862, was considered a defeat for Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson, who impetiously attached a strong Union force gathered in the area. Jackson's aggressive behavior, however, scared official Washington enough to hold up thousands of troops destined for the major offensive against Richmond. The tables were turned July 24, 1864, when Confederate Gen. Jubal Early defeated an inferior Union force on nearly the same ground."
"Kernstown Battlefield Foundation property, entrance just off Route 11 south of Winchester at the Saturn dealership...more than 300 acres of the Kernstown battlefields have been preserved here, including the Prichard's Hill, which figured prominently in both the First and Second Battles of Kernstown. Interpretive signs are in place. A visitor orientation center is open weekends May 8 -
Thomas is buried in Danville, Va. National Cemetery, Plot # G1118.
Samantha was left to raise her 7 children alone and did not remarry. She lived to 92 years old.
From "The History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio" by Warner, Beers and Co., 1884, pg. 806, Biographical Sketches:
Samantha Wright and Thomas W. Cox had the following children: