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Biography of Mark A. Leftwich

One of the well known newspaper men of the state is Mark A. Leftwich, proprietor of the Coweta Times-Star. He was born in Bedford county, Virginia, in May, 1852, a son of Thomas and Maria (Warwick) Leftwich, natives of Virginia. The father was an extensive planter and he served as Major in the Confederate army for three years. He was discharged at the termination of that time, because of poor health and he then went to Missouri, locating in Carrollton, Carroll county, where he became a dentist. He practiced there, enjoying substantial success, until his death, at the age of sixty-eight years. Mrs. Leftwich was sixty-four years of age at the time of her death. Mark A. Leftwich was reared and educated in Carrollton, Missouri, and Lebanon, Illinois, and after putting his textbooks aside he went to Texas, where he secured a position driving cattle across the country. He made several trips to Abilene and Baxter Springs, Kansas, and in 1868, between trips, he went to work on the “Examiner,” learning to set his first type. For five years he lived in Lexington, Nebraska, where he published the Dawson County Herald, and he then removed to Steelville, Missouri, where he published the Crawford County Democrat. For some time he published the Madison Times in Madison, Missouri, and in 1900 he came to Oklahoma, locating in Shawnee, where he published the Shawnee Quill until 1905. On the 13th of July, that year, he came to Coweta, and established the Coweta Times. In 1918 he purchased the Coweta Star and consolidated the two. His plant is up-to-date, having the most modern...

Biographical Sketch of William R. Cox

William R. Cox, farmer; P. O. Hutton; was born in Bedford Co., Virginia, Feb. 25, 1832; when he was 16 years of age, his parents, Joel and Margaret Cox, moved to Ross Co., Ohio, living there eight years; they came to Coles Co. in 1856, and, three years afterward moved to Independence, Warren Co., where they died, his mother in 1874, and his father in March, 1876. While living in Ohio, Mr. Cox married Miss Hannah C. Thompson, April 28, 1853; she was a daughter of Nathan Thompson, who was a native of Virginia, and moved to Ross Co., Ohio, at an early day; he remained there three years; engaged in farming and milling, and in the year 1856, moved to Coles Co., Hutton Tp., and in September, 1870, purchased and moved upon his present farm on Secs. 22 and 23, containing 129 acres. For twelve years, before coming to his present home, he carried on the “Blakeman Flouring-Mill,” three and one-half miles southeast of Charleston in this county. Soon after the organization of the townships, he was elected Commissioner of Highways, serving three years; he was elected Supervisor in 1877,-for two terms. His wife was born Oct. 19, 1834; they had six children, five living – Emza H. (now Mrs. Fred. Cottingham), born June 28, 1854; Mary C. (now Mrs. Daniel Pipher), born March 9, 1856; Joel F., born Feb. 25, 1858; Elizabeth T. (now Mrs. Flavius Boyd), born April 26, 1860, William A., born Aug. 14, 1872, and one deceased, Emma H., born July 14, 1862, died April 17,...

Virginia Wills Before 1799

A complete abstract register of all names mentioned in over six hundred recorded wills, arranged alphabetically from Adams to Wright. Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties of Virginia.

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