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DAR, family place marker at founder's grave

Revolutionary soldiers show gratitude to the late patriot.

Staff photo by Gabby Boyd

By Gabby Boyd

gboyd@dailycorinthian.com

Members of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) gathered in a patriotic ceremony of the La Salle chapter founder, Clara Weyman Connelly Cox at the City Cemetery earlier this week.

Clara's descendants teamed up with DAR and placed a marker on her grave in remembrance of her accomplishments and dedication to her community.

"It's an extraordinary feeling, especially knowing that I am connected to her. It's amazing learning about my ancestor's contributions to the U.S. and how she helped make the country work after the Civil War,"� said Angela Cox Smith, who is the great-great-granddaughter of Clara.

SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) members also attended the ceremony, dressed in Revolutionary War attire and marched to show their gratitude for the local historical figure including Weyman H. Cox II, who is Angela's father and the great-grandson of Clara.

"It was a very meaningful experience because our family goes back three to four generations. It meant a lot to me,"� said Cox, the color guard commander of the San Diego chapter of SAR.

Clara did not have a marker on her grave, which was a big shock to Angela and local DAR members.

"She was the founder of our local chapter, she did a lot for this organization and our community. She should have had a marker because all DAR members are supposed to have one,"� said Lou Perry, the regent for Corinth La Salle chapter of DAR.

Clara was born in New York in 1856. Growing up, she was very patriotic and always wanted to help and comfort people. This led her to the path of becoming an educator and becoming a member of DAR. Clara relocated to Corinth immediately after the Civil War because she was distressed about the conditions in the South and wanted to do something about it. She aided those in need and later began a relationship with a local man, George Cox, Jr., who's family owned the Tishomingo Hotel. The two later married and raised a family together. Clara and George, Jr. soon took over the hotel. The hotel was destroyed by fire, but the family rebuilt it and renamed it The Cox House. In 1907, Clara and her daughter, Helen, founded Corinth's La Salle DAR chapter. They chose the name La Salle because of the French explorer and fur trader who settled in Mississippi in the 1600s.

The La Salle chapter of DAR was very successful and is still around today with at least 34 members. DAR is a volunteer based/nonprofit organization that promotes patriotism, retains American history, and helps children with their educational needs. The organization was launched in Washington, D.C. in 1890 and has expanded throughout multiple countries, primarily the U.S.

"It's also a lineage society. We help people trace their heritage to family members who fought in the Revolutionary War,"� said Perry, who helped organize the ceremony. In order for someone to join DAR, they must be able to trace their lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution.

Cox's ancestor, Smith has the same sentiment as Perry. "It's important for people to study their genealogy. They get to understand the value that they have in their family and see where they came from,"� said Smith, who is also a DAR member in California.

People interested in learning more about the DAR organization can visit their website at dar.org.