Born: 17 April 1845 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 21 September 1919 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Brassell Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Nathaniel M. and Eliza S. (Cason) Cox
Occupation: Lawyer

Married: Amanda Belle Brassell in 25 December 1883 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 20 February 1858 in Jackson County, Tennessee (Tombstone says 19 Feb 1856)
Died: 24 May 1934 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Egbert H. and Mary (Baker) Braswell
Sister to: the Infamous Joseph Andrew and George Lewis alias "Teek" Brassell who were hung in Cookeville for the murder of Russell Allison.
Married to: James Prentice after the death of Nathan Cox


  • Brother: Captain Robert A. Cox - 3rd Tennessee Cavalry Regiment - CSA
  • Brother: William Cox - 4th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion - CSA
  • Brother-in-law: James Reuben Brassell - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA
  • Brother-in-law: William E. Brassell - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA


4th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion
(also known as Hamilton's or Shaw's Cavalry Battalion)
Company B


  • Not on 4th TN Cavalry Roll



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  • Filed: 28 Aug 1899
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Ai, Putnam County
  • Member: Company B, 4th TN Battalion, Commanded by J. Shaw
  • Wounds: Thrown from a horse while crossing the French Broad River, NC; Ruptured by the saddle
  • Enlisted: Sep 1864, 4th TN Battalion Commanded by Jo Shaw, Company B, Captain W. B. Harris
  • Wounded on the march from Saltville, VA to TN
  • Wife is 40 years old
  • No Children
  • Size of his family: himself, wife and mother-in-law
  • Attest: James M. Vinson & Henry Vinson

Supporting Documents:

  • James Vinson (?) - Supports claim
  • T. M. Gailbreath (25 Aug 1899) - Supports claim
  • Thos. A. Head (5 Sep 1899) - Calls NMC a "conundrum". Brother of Capt. Bob Cox of Gainesboro. Married a sister of the Braswell's who were hanged at Cookeville; Is considered to be a drunkard.
  • Nathan M. Cox (5 Dec 1899) - Lofton Lacy pulled him out from under a horse and carried him to a bank
  • M. L. Gore (5 Dec 1899) - Supports claim
  • Z. M. Young (5 Dec 1899) - Supports claim
  • Nathan M. Cox (6 Dec 1899) - NMC was ruptured during the war.
  • N. B. Young (22 Dec 1899) - Why was NMC removed from a roll?
  • Z. P. Lee (1 Feb 1900) - Supports claim
  • T. J. Williams (19 Feb 1900) - Supports claim
  • N. B. Young (26 Apr 1900) - Supports claim
  • Columbus Jackson Davis (17 Jul 1903) - Supports claim



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1st Application

  • Filed: 21 October 1919
  • Dropped From the Roll: 9 January 1922 due to marriage
  • Maiden Name: Amanda Belle Brassell
  • Born: 20 February 1858 at Carthage, TN
  • Husband: Nathan Montgomery Cox born 17 April 1845 in Gainesboro, TN
  • Husband Died: 21 September 1919 in Baxter, TN
  • Date: 8 October 1919
  • Witness: Lawrence Grase
  • Known Amanda Belle Cox for 14 years

2nd Application

  • Filed: 28 September 1933
  • Died: 24 May 1934
  • Name: Amanda Brassell Prentic
  • Born: 20 February 1858 as Amanda Brassell
  • Second Husband Died: 28 August 1933 in Putnam County, TN
  • Currently living with her niece
  • Date: 25 September 1933Witness: N. S. Maxwell


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 297
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 131
  • 1880 Census: Newton County, MO, Page 551C
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, 3A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, 188B


Putnam County Herald
25 September 1919
Vol. XVII, No. 39, Page 1

  • N. M. Cox Passes Away -- Nathan M. Cox died at his home in Baxter last Sunday afternoon, after a brief illness, and was laid to rest in the Baxter cemetery on Monday evening. Mr. Cox was about 74 years old and served in the Confederate army, He was an uncle of Jas. N. Cox of this city. He is survived by his wife, they having no children.

Putnam County Herald
31 May 1934
Vol. XXXII, No. 22, Page 7

  • Mrs. Amanda Braswell Prentice - Funeral services were held for Mrs. Amanda Braswell Prentice, 76, who died Thursday at the home of her brother, Samuel (Buck) Braswell, Friday afternoon conducted by the Reverend Jim Roberson and Reverend W. J. Fesmire. Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Survivors are her brother, Samuel C. Braswell, and four step-children. Her first marriage was to Nathan M. Cox, a Confederate soldier and uncle of James N. Cox, of Cookeville. Following his death, she was married to James Prentice, who preceded her to the grave eight months ago. She was a member of the local Methodist Episcopal Church.


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1919) - #468 Nathan M. Cox
  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1934) - #11428 Amanda Prentice Brazzell
  • TN Confederate Widows Application: #7289 Amanda Belle (Brassell) Cox
  • The Cookeville Press,19 February 1903, Page 4
    An Invention - Mr. Nathan Cox, of Ai, was in Cookeville Tuesday. Mr. Cox has just gotten a patent on improved sockets and hanles. By his invention every tool that is used on the fore-end of a handle can be easily removed, this handle serving for many tools, a saving in labor, a saving in handles and a convenience incarrying tools from one place to another.
  • Putnam County Herald
    12 April 1917
    Vol. XV, No. 15, Page 1
    HOME BURNED - The residence of Nathan Cox in the 8th District was burned Thursday night about 9 o'clock, together with practically all content. The loss is a serious one to Mr. Cox.

Newspaper Ad appearing in The Cookeville Press
22 November 1894