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Jefferson and Mary A. (Sharo / Sharrow) Cox, William G. and Martha (Sharrow) Brokaw, cousin Mary Sharrow (wife of James Cox), 1 South 43 West

In 1860 Fayette County, Ohio, Thomas "Shearo" is 35, M.A. 32, Wm 11, Hatty 8, Seymour 5, Jno. W. 4, Theopholis (Taylot) 1.

Thomas Sherow born 1825 in Ohio, died 1899 in Atlas Township, Pike County, Illinois. He married Mary Ann Lucas June 12, 1847 in Ross County, Ohio. One descendant wrote "Thomas Sharo had married Mary Ann Lucas, Harriett's sister. Harriett Lucas had married John Sharo, the brother of Thomas. Both families had children and, to confuse things, gave many of those children the same first names. After John & Mary Ann died between 1872 - 1875 the surviving spouses married and had Laura."

1880 Pike County Illinois, are
Sharo, Thomas 55 OH PA PA and Harriett 45 OH OH OH, with
Taylor 21 step-son OH, James 18 step-son OH ,William 22 son OH ,Elijah 14 son IL ,George 12 son IL , James 8 son IL , Rosa 11 dau IL , Rebecca 8 dau IL , and Laura 3 dau IL


FindaGrave has Thomas Sharrow 1824-1899 buried in Pike County, Illinois # 80499899.

Jefferson Cox arrived in Yuma County in May 1886.

Mary cash-claimed forty acres in 4, 1S 43W in 1891. This was next to Elizabeth Kennedy's 1891 cash claim.

Mary A. Sharo (Shaw) married Jefferson G. Cox June 16, 1892 at Condon, Colorado, performed by minister David Foreman of Condon, recorded in Denver. (The community of Condon was established about 1885 three miles northeast of present day Vernon on the northwest corner of a quarter section homesteaded by Bryon E. Condon, the first editor and publisher of the Wray Rattler. The Condon post office was moved to the new Vernon townsite in 1892)

In 1900 Glendale precinct, Alice M. Cox - birth date not listed - has been married eight years to Jefferson Cox born Nov 1870. Florence April 1893, Edith L. Apr 1897, Dewey H. June 1898, and Charley M. Aug 1899 were all born in Colorado.

In 1910 Yuma County, Jefferson Cox, 39, Wisconsin, and Mary E. 45, Ohio, both on their first marriage of 18 years, have Florence G. 17, Edith S. 13, Denny H. 12, Charly M. 11, Ethal 8, and Goldie L. 4.

1914 "As my wife, Mary Ellis Cox, has left my bed and board, I will not be responsible for any debt she may contract after this date,
Jefferson Cox"


Jeff Grant Cox was born in Payette Co. Ohio on April 21, 1870 and moved to Seward, Nebraska. When he was sixteen, he, his parents (Jacob and Elvira Cox), and three brothers and one sister, came from Seward to Wray, Colorado in a covered wagon in May, 1886 and located on a homestead south and a little east of Wray. They had to clear the land and cut sod to build them a sod house, as most people lived in sod houses, in the early days. They were cheap, warm, and the wind couldn't blow them away. They gathered cow chips to burn. They planted grain when the ground was ready. The winders were bad as the had blizzards that would sometimes last for three days. If anyone went outdoors in those wind storms, they tied a rope around themselves and tied the rope to the house so they could find their way back. There were no fences in those days, so had to have cowboys roam the hills to care for the stock..

Four more brothers and one sister were born in Colorado and, at one time, Wray was on the north side next to the sand hills and was only one store, one land office, and a small hotel..

Jeff married Mary Alice Sharrow (born December 18, 1864) and they homesteaded south of Wray on 160 acres. Times got so bad in spring 1895, he traded it off to pay a hundred dollar grocery bill and hitched up a team and wagon and loaded up his wife and their first born, Edith, and headed for Arkansas. He got a job splitting rails at $7.00 a cord. When fall came, he got a letter from his folks telling him they were having a big turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. He came home and stayed around Wray and tried farming again. They had four more children, Florence, Dewey, Charles, and Ethel. When the 5th child, Ethel was one year old, they moved to Salem, Oregon, and he worked in the hay fields and sheds. It rained every day and Mary Alice bawled because she couldn't get the kids' clothes dried for all the rain. They stayed about a year and moved back to Wray again in 1903 and bought a quarter (160 acres) on the north fork of the Willow Creek. He lived in that community until 1924 when he turned the farm over to his two boys Dewey and Charles, and their mother. Jeff died in Denver, Colorado on March 20, 1941 and Mary Alice died September 17, 1927 in Wray.
Alice (Sharrow) Cox 1864-1927 is buried in Vernon # 80232403, on the same stone as Jefferson Cox.


1915


Florence is a servant in 1930 Wray, and she registered for Social Security, born April 3, 1893 at Wray, father Jackson G. Cox, mother Alice M. Sherrell. Florence G. Thorell 1893-1953 is buried in Canyon County, Idaho # 74481571.

In 1930 Dewey is farming in Yuma County, 31, married to Gladys I. 23 with seven-month-old Donald.
In 1940, still farming in Yuma County, they have Donna 10, Jean 8, Geraldine 4, and Marilyn 2.
Dewey 1898-1988 # 32002788 is buried with Gladys 1906-1972 in Montrose, Colorado "Married Dec 24, 1923"
(Gladys' father was Arthur Thomas, who lived Holyoke in 1945. But this is questionable... Her brother Howard was living in Montrose in 1945.

Byrl Jean Newlin, 83, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015, with her family by her side.

Byrl was born Dec. 30, 1931, to Dewey and Gladys Cox in Wray, Colo. Her family moved to Montrose in 1944 where she graduated from Montrose High School in 1949. She met the love of her life, Bernard (Bernie) F. Newlin, and was married on Nov. 16, 1949. They celebrated 65 years of marriage this past year.

She is survived by her husband, Bernie Newlin, of Montrose; two sons, Larry (Suzanne) Newlin, of Montrose, and Terry (Debra) Newlin, of Cortez, Colo.; grandson, Kevin (Kaitlin) Newlin, of Johnstown, Colo.; two sisters, Jerlidean Sexton, of Jeolton, Tenn., and Maryland Collins, of Montrose; and sister-in-law, Thelma Newlin, of Montrose. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, Stanley Webb, Joyce (Ray) Pahl, Rick (Angelic) Fender, Randy (Marlene) Fender, Patty (Tom) Reed, Billy (Pam) Sexton, and Peggy (Phil) Shearon.

She was preceeded in death by parents, Dewey and Gladys Cox; daughter, Karen Sue; sister, Donna Webb, of Olathe; and Victor Cox and Dallas Cox, cousins whom her parents raised, and were considered brothers to the four Cox girls.

Byrl worked numerous jobs which included Calloway’s Drive-In, Ben Franklin and J.C. Penney’s, where she retired. Family was very important to Byrl and she enjoyed large family gatherings. She liked traveling and participating in various activities with her many friends. She enjoyed dancing, needlework and her pinochle club.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Crippin Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, in celebration of Bryl’s life. Interment will follow the service at Cedar Cemetery.
GOLDIE and Fred Kvarfordt are farming in Dawson County, Nebraska in 1930. He's 28, she's 24, and they have Virginia 5 Colorado, Jackie 3 and Fred 1, both born in Nebraska.

born June 7, 1905, died May 17, 1973. She and Fred Kvarfordt 1901-1974 are buried in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Pocatello, Idaho.

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ANOTHER MARY SHARROW - daughter of John "Sherer" and Harriett Lucas, who married November 3, 1853 in Ross County, Ohio.
Mary Sharrow b: April 20, 1858 in OH d: 1923 ...........+Jas. W. Cox m: September 25, 1877 d: March 04, 1923
James W. 1856-1923 and Mary Elizabeth ((Sharrow) Cox 1858-1935 # 138690315 are buried in Rockport, Illinois # In 1900 Cowley County, Kansas, "James R. Cocks" is 45, Mary E. 42, with Dora M. 15 and Harrison W., 9.

Minnie Jane Cox b: June 25, 1878 d: August 25, 1878

........... Etta Francis Cox b: August 31, 1880 +Geo. Sphar m: March 12, 1896
........... *2nd Husband of Etta Francis Cox: ...............+Sam Collins m: 1913
Maud Cox b: March 13, 1885 +Will Hoskins m: April 26, 1908
Harry Cox b: September 28, 1890 +Edith Worthenm: May 21, 1917

William Henry Harrison Cox registered for WWII in Pike County, Illinois, born Sept 28, 1890 at Vernon, Colorado.
Funeral services for William H. Cox of Atlas were held at 11 a.m. Monday in Lummis-Bennett Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Rasche officiating. Burial was in the Samuel Taylor Cemetery near Rockport. Mr. Cox, 99, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 1990 at the Barry Community Care Center where he and his wife Edith had been residents since 1988. Born Sept. 28, 1890 on a ranch near Wray, Colo., he was a son of James and Marry Sharrow Cox. He married Edith Worthen May 31, 1917 and they began housekeeping on a farm near Rockport where they lived until 1945. After his health failed they moved to a home they had purchased in Atlas, living there until 1988. Survivors include his wife, Edith, of the Barry Community Care Center, and several nieces and nephews. Three sisters preceded Mr. Cox in death. During his early life Mr. Cox and his family traveled in a covered wagon from Colorado to Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas more than one time. After graduating from high school at New Salem, Mr. Cox started teaching at Fairmount, later teaching at Rockport, Cincinnati Landing, El Dara, Summer Hill and other country schools. He and his wife taught at Toll Gate for 17 years. After retiring from teaching they spent 23 winters in the South. He had hoped to reach his 100th birthday but recently told friends he was afraid he "wouldn't make it." As his 99th birthday was nearing last fall he sent to the Pike Press some reminiscences of his life which were printed. Mr. Cox was a member of the Rockport Christian Church and of Pittsfield Masonic Lodge 790. He was an Army veteran of World War I, serving one year in France. Memorials may be given to American Legion Post 152 of Pittsfield. "
WILLIAM H.H. COX
Corporal, 45th Reg., C. A. C., M. D. Son of James and Mary Cox, of Rockport. Born at Wray, Colo., Sept. 28, 1890. Enlisted at Pittsfield, June 25, 1918. Transferred from Camp Taylor, Ky., to Camp Greenleaf, Ga., July 15, 1918; to Camp Eustis, Va., July 28, 1918: to Camp Stuart, Va., Oct. 15, 1918. Overseas Nov. 3, 1918. Discharged at Camp Grant, Ill., March 13, 1919.

PIKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Funeral services for William H. Cox of Atlas were held at 11 a.m. Monday in Lummis-Bennett Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Rasche officiating. Burial was in the Samuel Taylor Cemetery near Rockport. Mr. Cox, 99, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 1990 at the Barry Community Care Center where he and his wife Edith had been residents since 1988.

Born Sept. 28, 1890 on a ranch near Wray, Colo., he was a son of James and Marry Sharrow Cox. He married Edith Worthen May 31, 1917 and they began housekeeping on a farm near Rockport where they lived until 1945. After his health failed they moved to a home they had purchased in Atlas, living there until 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Edith, of the Barry Community Care Center, and several nieces and nephews. Three sisters preceded Mr. Cox in death. During his early life Mr. Cox and his family traveled in a covered wagon from Colorado to Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas more than one time. After graduating from high school at New Salem, Mr. Cox started teaching at Fairmount, later teaching at Rockport, Cincinnati Landing, El Dara, Summer Hill and other country schools. He and his wife taught at Toll Gate for 17 years. After retiring from teaching they spent 23 winters in the South. He had hoped to reach his 100th birthday but recently told friends he was afraid he "wouldn't make it." As his 99th birthday was nearing last fall he sent to the Pike Press some reminiscences of his life which were printed. Mr. Cox was a member of the Rockport Christian Church and of Pittsfield Masonic Lodge 790. He was an Army veteran of World War I, serving one year in France.


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Martha - sister of Mary Sharrow



Mattie Jane Sharrow was born January 25, 1869 in Fayette County, Ohio (daughter Emma wrote that she was born in 1863). Her family moved to Illinois in 1865 where she grew up, marrying Gilbert Wiliam Brokaw December 25, 1886. They had Cordelia M. Brokaw Februray 20, 1888, married Glenn W. Whisler, dying Nov 22, 1932, Thomas Gilbert Brokaw born Oct 28, 1889, marrying Phillis Sparks, and Emma Viola Brokaw Sept 2, 1902, marrying a Rogers.

William G. Brokaw proved up a quarter in 9, 2S 44W in 1895. Daughter Emma wrote "When Martha went to her sister's in Superior, Nebraska, William followed, and they were married December 25, 1886, farmed a year near Crete, Nebraska."
In 1900 Glendale precinct, William G. born April 1857 in Illinois, married 13 years to Martha J. January 1863 Ohio, have Cordelia Feb 1888 Nebraska, and Thomas G. Oct 1889 Colorado.
1904 William Brokaw of Vernon had the Gazette sent for one year to his brother, A. Brokaw of Milton, Illinois.
1905 Wray High School Notes "Corda and Bert Brokaw spent Saturday and Sunday in the country."
1909 "The Misses Golda and Bertha Brokaw and Orfa Hoover of Pike County, Illinois, arrived Wednesday for a few weeks visit with Wm. Brokaw and family near Vernon. The Misses Brokaw are nieces and Miss Hoover is a cousin of Mr. Brokaw."

In 1910 William and Martha have Cordelia 22 teaching school, Thomas (Gilbert "Bert") working on the farm, and Emma Viola Brokaw, 7.
In 1912 Cordelia Brokaw was among the Yuma County teachers attending the Normal institute.
1913 Miss Corda Brokaw has been teaching school at Culbertson, Nebraska for the past seven months.
October 1913
November 1913

1917 "Bert Brokaw closed the deal Monday whereby he becomes the owner of a quarter of land near Vernon formerly owned by S.W. Gillan of Exeter, Nebraska."

In 1918 W.G. Brokaw was president of the District # 65 school board.
In 1920 William 62 and Mattie J. are still farming in Yuma County, with Thomas G. 30.
William and Martha are alone, farming in Yuma County in 1930.
In 1940, still living in section 9, William 82 and Martha Jane 77 have grandson John Whisler, 15, living with them.- John was in Brush, Colorado in 1935.
1957 "William Gilbert Brokaw will be honored on his 100th birthday Tuesday by the combined congregations of the Wray and Vernon Methodist Churches. Born in Milton, Illinois, the son of a fisherman and trapper, Brokaw came to Colorado as a homesteader and has been a resident of Wray since 1886. He has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Emma Rogers, since his wife died in 1942. A son, Bert Brokaw, lives in Colorado Springs."
Martha Jane (Sharrow) Brokaw - 1863-1942 is buried in Vernon # 80214512, with William Gilbert Brokaw 1857-1957 # 80214555.

In 1920 Brush, Glen "Whistler" is a mail carrier, 29, Cordelia 31, Harold 5, Marion 5, and sister Emma Brokaw 17.
In 1930 Brush, Glenn and Cordelia have Harold G. 14, Marion E. 14, Lois E. 8, John G. 5, Shirley J. 2, , and Rose L. Davey 17 is a servant in a private family, born in Nebraska (she became a nun, according to # 136508743).
Cordelia M. Whisler, born Feb 20, 1888 at Crete, Nebraska, died Nov 22, 1932, and is buried in Brush, Colorado # 75755538, with Glen W. 1890-1968.
Lincoln, Nebraska, September 4, 1927 " Announcements have been received of the marriage of Miss Emma V. Brokaw of Vernon, Colo., and Charles F. Rogers of Fort Collins, Colo., son of Mrs. Frances Rogers of Lincoln, which took place at the home of the bride August 28. Mrs. Rogers received her bachelor of science degre in home economics the Colorado Agricultural college in June. Rogers is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan in 1923, and received his master of science degree at Iowa State college In 1928 Sine that time h ehas been a member of the teaching and research ; staff of the botany department at Fort Collins, where he will remain the coming year."
Emma V. Rogers is in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1930, married to Charles F. Rogers 27, both born in Colorado. Charles is teaching at the university.
Emma wrote "Our children are Ellanna Barbara Winchell, William Brokaw Rogers, and Charles Fletcher Rogers, Jr."

In 1984 Oliver D. Diller's obituary in Wooster, Ohio listed a foster daughter "Ellana Rogers Winchell of West Lafayette, Ind" Rittman, Ohio "Charles F. Rogers, 98, died of pneumonia on Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Horns Nursing Center in Wooster. He was born on June 15, 1902.
Surviving are children, Alana of Lafayette, Ind., William of West Sand Lake, N.Y. and Charles III of Oregon. "
Another post says "Charles Fletcher Rogers Jr., was a professor of agronomy at the College of Wooster."

Charles Fletcher Rogers III Passed away April 25, 2001, at a local care center in Roseburg, Oregon. Charlie (Buck) was born March 29, 1935, in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from high school in Ohio, Charlie worked as a pastry cook aboard a ship in the Great Lakes.
In the early 1960s, Charlie attended the Northrup Institute of Technology and was later employed as an engineer by Douglas Aircraft. After a large layoff at Douglas Aircraft, Charlie became co-owner of a health food store in the late 1960s in Marina Del Ray, California. In the early 1970s he was hired on as a liaison engineer at Northrup Grumman Corp. Aircraft Division, in Hawthorne, California. He spent much of his career working on the F-5 and F-18 aircrafts.
Outside of his career, Charlie enjoyed exploring his extra curricular interests through various classes including pottery, photography, astronomy, cooking and nutrition, meteorology, psychology and physical education.
Charlie settled in the Melrose area of Roseburg, Oregon, after taking an early retirement in 1995. Charlie's 'love of the land' became apparent through the clearing of land and planting of trees across his property, giving his surroundings a very 'park-like' sense. Charlie's father, Charles F. Rogers II, died approximately two months prior to Charlie at the age of 99 in Ohio. Charlie is survived by his sister Barbara Winchell of West Lafayette, Indiana and his brother William Rogers of West Sand lake, New York.
Charles donated his body to Oregon Health Science University for medical research. A memorial service will be held at the Melrose Grange, May 26, 2001, at 11 a.m. His family and friends will forever remember and miss such a kind and gentle person.
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West Sand Lake-Laura Rogers (most of us know her as Liz) 67, died suddenly on October 29th, 2004, of a stroke. No warning: quick, clean, while at the top of her game.
Life began as a farm girl on the western edge of the American Prairie in the shadow of Colorado?s Long?s Peak. She occasionally escaped the hard work in potato fields and chicken coops to be drum majorette for Platteville High. This was no easy accomplishment: time, money and parental support for such frivolity were hard to come by. She designed and sewed the outfits for herself and her squad with funds earned giving baton-twirling lessons to envious young girls. She?s always loved to prance in nifty clothes.
Onward to the University of Denver (sorority president), then San Francisco, to begin her teaching career. After ONLY A YEAR, she left her dream city, and moved to the South (western Kentucky, before air-conditioning) with her new husband, William Rogers. Four years later, onward to Austin, Texas (after air-conditioning) and Timothy soon arrived. When Tim was four, Family Rogers moved to what was to be home: West Sand Lake, NY.
In 1971, she began teaching at West Sand Lake Elementary. "In 2 R, Mrs. Rogers spent many wonderful years doing the thing she did best?teaching and inspiring not only the young, but all of those around her. The children were the most important and brought tremendous joy into Liz?s life.? (Friend and colleague, Jean Chenette.)
In 1990, the miracle of neurosurgery saved Liz from a dreadful fate. These extra 14 years have been pure gravy. She retired in 1997, after 35 years of teaching, still with the same marvelous enthusiasm she brought to everything. Retirement was just an opportunity to pursue latent interests. She soon found the Red Cross? adult swim program moving from non-swimmer into the advanced class. She melded this with the water aerobics program at the Cohoes Community Center and remained active in both to the last. She participated in the Defreestville Book Club and the Monday Morning Discussion Group at East Greenbush Library. She also spent glorious hours teaching and participating in classes at the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALR) in Saratoga. Another circle of fine friends came with these activities.
When tragedy struck, Meme was preparing to spend another month in Europe with her Pepe, visiting Nancy, Nicholas, Kyle and Tim. Life is too short when done right. Laura is now sorely missed by sisters Gibby Tomich and Ellen Imgrund, and brothers Harry, Ed, Arthur, and Maurice Wise; Liz by scores of friends; by "Group?; by her son, daughter, and grandkids; and most especially by Will, but she lives on through a donation to the organ transplant program.
Friends are invited to call on Friday November 5th, 2004 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Lyons Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, NY (286-3400.)
A Memorial Celebration will be held at Lyons on Saturday, November 6th at 1:30 pm. Friends are encouraged to come and share their special memories, read a poem, sing a song ? as we celebrate her life.
The family requests that memorial contributions in lieu of flowers be sent to either: 1) the Hoover Fund, West Sand Lake Elementary School, 24 Meeler Road, West Sand Lake, NY 12196. The Hoover Fund provides clothing and eyeglasses to children in need at the West Sand Lake School, or 2) Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga, NY 12866. A cover letter should indicate: in memory of Liz (Laura) Rogers in support of the New York City Ballet.

1931 Haxtun, Colorado "Mrs. Bert Brokaw, her two daughters, and Miss Madge Parker returned to their home at Vernon last Saturday.
Emma wrote about Bert "married Phyllis Sparks and lived a mile south. Their children are Martha Evalyn Dilts and Bonny Beth Lundy. They moved to Fleming, then to Loveland, Woodland Park, and Colorado Springs."
Bert # 84377853 is buried in Colorado Springs, with Edna Phyllis (Sparks) Brokaw 1899-1989
June 4, 1966 Colorado Springs "Mr. Thomas G. 'Bert' Brokaw, a former resident, died May 27 in a Colorado Springs hospital. We extend our sympathy to his family."
1970 Colorado Springs "Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Dilts and family, Mrs. Sara Dilts, Mrs. Phyllis Brokaw, all of Colorado"

Alvin Dilts 1921-2002 is buried in Colorado Springs # 62066866, survived by wife Martha (Brokaw) Dilts.

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