University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Cox-Murray Family Papers, 1920-1961

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cox family
Creator: Murray family
Title: Cox-Murray Family Papers
Dates: 1920-1961
Abstract: Papers of the Cox-Murray family include World War II letters, business, financial, and legal records, printed material, and family photographs.
Accession No.: 89-157; 96-108; 96-175; 96-195
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

The Cox-Murray family is best described when relationships are drawn to Maggie Cox, the donor of the collection, and former librarian at the University of Texas at Austin. Her father, Ben Cox, attended White Point High School in Concho County, Texas, and worked in livestock, including sheep and cattle trading. Additionally, he was a member of the Agricultural Conservation Program, 1936-1939. Maggie’s maternal grandparents, Annie and Zack M. Murray, saved letters from their World War II soldier sons and nephews, 1942-1945. Dan Malloy is Maggie Cox’s nephew, her sister’s son.

The most frequent writer was Maggie’s uncle John Carol Murray (brother of Evelyn Murray), nicknamed Pete, who was a waist gunner on a B-29 bomber and survived many bombing missions over Japan with "Deacon’s Disciples," led by Major Charles J. "Deacon" Miller. Dan Malloy is Maggie Cox’s nephew, her sister’s son.After the war, Murray settled in Great Bend, Kansas, and established the Murray-Simpson Oil Well Casing & Tubing Co.

An ancestor of John Carroll Murray, Baptist missionary and minister Zachariah Martin Wells (1829–1896) was born in Maury County, Tennessee. In 1857, he moved to a farm in Burleson County, Texas, with his wife and son. After the death of his first wife and two sons from illness in 1861, he married Nancy Autry of Caldwell, and moved to San Saba County in 1875. Affiliated with the San Saba Baptist Association, Wells was a pastor to numerous Baptist churches in Edwards, Lampasas, Mills, San Saba, and Menard Counties throughout the 1870s and 1880s. In 1889, Wells settled on a tract of land between present-day Moore and Norman, Oklahoma, and established Baptist churches in both towns. A tornado in 1893 destroyed Wells’ farm, but spared his life.

Source: Flores, Vetal. “Wells, Zachariah Martin.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed on April 7, 2011.

Scope and Contents

The Cox-Murray Family Papers, 1920-1961, include letters, military documents, school records, ranch records, military records, photographs, memorabilia, scrapbook pages, printed materials, and financial and legal records. The letters, from John Caroll Murray and others to Zack M. and Annie Murray, concern World War II war experiences and family matters. Letters from Carroll Henry Hall (1895-1976) to his family describe his experiences during World War I. Also included are school records and ranch records, Concho County, Texas, of Ben Cox. The papers contain Dan Malloy’s military records and Evelyn Murray’s school and person records. The collection also includes two letters, one written by Wells and the other by his daughter, Georgia, describing Wells’ survival during through a tornado in 1893. Furthermore, the collection includes photographs of the Murray and Cox family members.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cox, Maggie
Cox, Ben
Murray, Zack M.
Murray, Annie
Murray, John Caroll--Archives.
Cox family--Archives.
Murray family--Archives.
Hall, Carroll Henry
Wells, Zachariah Martin
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American--Sources
World War, 1939-1945--Archival resources
Frontier and pioneer life -- Oklahoma.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Baptist churches -- Texas.
Concho County (Tex.)
Texas -- History -- 20th century.
San Saba County (Tex.) -- History.
Moore (Okla.) -- History.
Norman (Okla.) -- History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cox-Murray Family Papers, 1920-1961, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2.325/B95 Ben Cox Papers:
White Point High School 1920-1926
Coleman Production Credit Association, pay stubs 1938-1939
General 1935-1951
Producers Grain Corporation 1952
Wool/Mohair 1933-1952
Tax receipts 1931-1942
Business records
Livestock Mortgages 1932-1949
Dagget-Keen Commission Company 1939-1940
Agricultural Conservation Program 1936-1939
Letters 1936-1950
Greeting cards 1943-1944
Printed material
Cox-Murray family photographs
Evelyn Murray, school papers 1921-1936
Correspondence: 1944, 1961
Ruth Sheil to Mrs. Zack Murray 1944-1945
Ruth Sheil (Murray) to Evelyn Cox, 1944, 1961
2.325/B95a Robert C. Fischer to Mrs. Zack Murray 1944
Leroy Jurgens to Mrs. Zack M. Murray 1944, 1945
Zack Murray, Jr. to Mrs. Zack Murray
H. W. Dail (Jack) to Mrs Zack Murray
Dan Malloy to Mrs. Zack Murray 1943-1945
John C. "Pete" Murray:
To Mr. and Mrs. Ben D. Cox 1944-1945
To Maurine Johnson May 13, 1944
Correspondence received 1943, 1945
To Mr. and Mrs. Zack Murray 1942-1943
3F514 Jack Carroll Murray Obituary 1970
World War II letter, ration stamps 1945
World War II papers and photographs 1931-1945
2.325/B96 To Mr. and Mrs. Zack Murray 1944-1945
General correspondence
Dan Malloy
Hair, John C. "Pete" Murray from bootcamp haircut
4Zc168 Chinese money 1941-1942
2.325/D4d World War II newspapers 1944
3F514 Carroll Henry Hall World War I letters and photograph 1917-1918
Letters written by Wells and daughter concerning tornado 1893
Cox family letters 1943-1945
John C. Murray military discharge and World War II papers