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Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Posted: 14 Mar 2002 10:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cozby
I want to learn more about my grandfather's family. He was born 16 Feb 1899 Wolf City, TX. He died 3 Sep 1982 in San Angelo,TX. He was married to Kaleta Jewel Lightfoot, but I believe he had a first wife. I am not sure if he is from the lineage of Robt. Marion Cozby or not. If anyone can help me with this research, it would be appreciated. Please email me at:


Jesse William Cozby, M.D.

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Susan Gillberg (View posts)
Posted: 15 Mar 2002 9:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
You sent me a query to my emailaddress and my reply bounced with a mail demon, so having tracked you down, here is what I sent that you didn't get
Subj: Re: Wm. Dervis (Devers) Cozby family
Date: 3/15/2002 4:26:37 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: Sjg3587

I myself have no William Devers/Dervis Cozby/Cosby, though I have a William Rae Cozby, b 1949 TX, William B Cozby, b 1809/14 TN, William Arthur Cozby, b bfr 1892 TX, and William Trimble Cozby, b 1908 TX and one William Cosby b. 1745 VA

When was your William D. Cozby born, where, and when did he die, where?
Who did he marry, when, where?
Who are his children, and when and where were they born?
Was he farmer, doctor, hobo, or thief? A farmer and doctor paid taxes, thus there are tax rolls; and farmers and doctors tended to vote, thus there are voters registrar's books.

Such aid as I can give you is in general research ideas:
Timeframe and locale, even if guesstimates, do aid a researcher -- it is from, when one has a mystery, such clues provided by children's timeframe/locale that you can begin to backtrack and locate the parent(s), and from those of parent(s) track forward and locate children. I have used these techniques a number of times. Obits are another clue, and burial records of the funeral home or the county clerk can sometimes tell you who paid for the plot and/or the funeral. Probate records are also useful, where they exist, and they will exist when there is land titles to consider or minor children.

Timeframes include droughts, wars, bank failures, by the way, for these can be causes of migration to other locales. I have upon occasion used these, for some wars also had land grants or warrants as part of the vet's benefits. And droughts and bank failures, and those tended to be successive in farming areas, can indicate a relocation when the family doesn't appear on the next census.

Occasionally the political entity will change, such as a county formed, or unformed, a state line drawn, and then it is not the person who relocated, but the name of the legal entity has changed -- I know one case where the man never relocated, but being born in one county, which was divided into two, and then three, it APPEARED he had relocated successively to two counties after his birth, as shown on various documents -- and had I not thought to check and see when these counties were formed ....

Cemetery transcriptions are often very useful. Some transcribers give only surnames, and these are the least useful, others will annotate with some points such as w/o, h/o, s/o, d/o, and so forth, and the annotated transcriptions are the best. In general most give the year of birth and death, when available.

Census starting with the 1850 give such details as the members of the household, and where born, and their age and gender -- although not 100% reliable, successive census, cemetery records, land deeds, marriage records, et cetera, can help substantiate such data.

I hope you find your William D. Cozby,


Susan Gillberg

---------original message ---------
Subj: Wm. Dervis (Devers) Cozby family
Date: 3/14/2002 9:04:44 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: (Dr. Jesse )

I am looking for the lineage of above who is my grandfather. Please email
me with any information that might help and I would be glad to help you if I

Jesse Wm. Cozby,M.D.

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Jesse Cozby (View posts)
Posted: 16 Mar 2002 1:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cozby
Wm. Devers Cozby b.16 Feb 1899 Wolfe City, TX; d. 3 Sep 1982 San Angelo, TX. Married to Kaleta Jewel Lightfoot of Texas > 3 children: Mark Cozby, Jesse "Jack" Cozby, Bertha Texann Cozby.
*** Wm. D. Cozby>?f/o Robt. Marion Cozby,Jr.> Robt. M. Cozby, Sr.> Wm. David Cozby> James S. Cozby b. 1778 NC> Wm. Cosby b.1743 Norfolk, VA> Wm. Cosby b.1713 London, Eng.> Gov. Wm. Cosby b. 1690 Stradbally Hall Queen's Ireland> Alexander Cosby???...***

I would very interested in any verification of the above or other pertinent exchanges with whomever can help!
Please email me at above address.

Jesse William Cozby, M.D.

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Susan Gillberg (View posts)
Posted: 16 Mar 2002 4:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cozby, Lightfoot
Obituaries, Standard-Times Online, San Angelo, TX
Kaleta Jewel Lightfoot Cozby, 83 , of Richland Hills died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Richland.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Day Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Galloway-Edgar officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Kaleta was born Aug. 17, 1916, in Santa Anna. She married William D. Cozby and he preceded her in death.
She attended school in Santa Anna and graduated from Miles High School. Before moving to Richland Hills, she lived in San Angelo from 1950 to 1998. She was a past worthy matron of San Angelo Chapter 10 of the West Texas Order of the Eastern Star. She loved traveling and visiting Europe. She was a homemaker and a member of Day Memorial United Methodist Church.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who placed friends and church above all else.
Kaleta was also proceeded in death by one brother, Oral Lightfoot; two sisters, Robbie Lee Barrett and Avyce Murphy; and two sons, Marcus and Jacky Cozby.
She is survived by one daughter, Bertha C. Millwee; three sisters, Jessie Burson, Myrtice Hudson and Allie Mae Bearfield; four grandchildren, Billy Cozby, Tara Dixon, Chad Cozby, and Matthew Millwee; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Dixon and Robin Cozby.
SSDI has one KALETA COZBY 17 Aug 1916 17 May 2000 (V) 76903 (San Angelo,
Tom Green, TX) (n/s) 451-14-3778 Texas

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Posted: 3 May 2002 1:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Apr 2006 9:18PM GMT
William Devers Cozby b16 Feb 1899 was a son of Robert Marion Cozby Jr. b25 Jan 1867 Wolfe City TX and Mary Margaret Berry, gs of Robert Marion Cozby b30 Jan 1838 Birmingham AL and Elizabeth Williams, ggs of William David Cozby b27 Feb 1808 NC and Mary Cowden, and gggs of James S. Cozby Sr bc1775 NC and Elizabeth Moore. The father of James S. Cozby Sr is in question, although he has been reported to have been William Cozby b1743 NC, SC or VA. Most of the generations after that are reasonably well documented.

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Susan Gillberg (View posts)
Posted: 3 May 2002 2:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
OK, thanx, that explains quite a lot! That info will help a number of folks, Andy, bless you.


Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

BILLY M. BROWN (View posts)
Posted: 4 Dec 2002 8:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
William Devers Cozby is my grandfather. He was previously married to Sadie Thelma McGrew and produced two children, Robert William Cozby born 1926 in Christoval, Texas; died March 1976, buried in Christoval; Juanita Christine Cozby Brown McAtee, born September 3, 1926 in Christoval, Texas; died May 30, 1985 in Odessa, Texas, buried in Mullin, Texas. Juanita has three living children, Billy Mac Brown (me), born April 24, 1947-Santa Anna, Texas ( I live in Odessa, Texas), Regina Ann Brown born May 18, 1948 in Santa Anna, Texas, lives in Odessa, Texas; and Tony Victor McAtee, born October 1, 1954 lives in Odessa, Texas

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Dr. Cozby (View posts)
Posted: 15 Nov 2003 3:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: COZBY
New address for Jesse Wm. Cozby, M.D. I am interested in knowing about the lineage of ROBERT MARION COZBY, SR.

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Dr.Jesse Wm. Cozby (View posts)
Posted: 8 Dec 2004 1:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a new address and appreciate and contributions!

Re: Family of Wm.Devers Cozby

Billy M. Brown (View posts)
Posted: 3 Jul 2006 7:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
William Devers Cozby is my grandfather. He was married twice, the first to my grandmother, Sadie Thelma McGrew of Mills County, Texas. That marriage produced two children (Robert William Cozby, born Aug 1928 in Christoval, Tom Green County, Texas-died March, 1976-Odessa, buried in Christoval, Texas next to William Devers Cozby's parents, Robert Marion Cozby, Jr. and wife Maggie Berry Cozby); daughter, Juanita Christine Cozby Brown McAtee, born September 3, 1928 in Christoval, Tom Green County, Texas. Died Odessa, May 31, 1984, buried in Mullin, Mills County, Texas.)

My grandfather and grandmother divorced around 1935. He married Cleta Lightfoot of Coleman County, three children, Marcus, Jesse Winston (Jackie), Bertha Texanna Cozby. Mark died in 1952 from polio, Jackie died in 1996 or 1997 and Bertha lives in the Fort Worth area.

Billy M. Brown
grandson via Juanita Christine Cozby Brown McAtee
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