As part of the celebration of Women’s History Month, the Billups-Garth Archives is highlighting some collections created by and about local Lowndes County women.
One such collection is the Sarah Francis Cox Husband collection (MS 294). The collection includes photographs, letters, documents, books, genealogical notes, and much more relating to Sarah F. Cox Husband and her family.
Sarah was the descendant of several early Columbus families. Her grandfather, John Charles Cox, Sr., first settled in Lowndes County around 1830. Sarah, or “Sally”, was born March 4, 1917 in Lexington, Mississippi. Her parents were John “Jack” Charles Cox and Mattie Grace Cox. Sarah graduated from Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women) in 1938.
On July 19, 1941, she married Russell B. Husband, formerly of South Dakota.
Sarah was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of American Pioneers Society, the Magowah Gun Club, the Rose Club, and was a docent with the Lowndes County Historical Society.
On January 4, 1997 her husband Russell passed away and Sarah followed one year later on December 6. They are both buried in Friendship Cemetery.
Her collection is rich with genealogical and local history.