Biographical Sketch of Ella Cox Warfield

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Biography of Mrs. Ella Cox Warfield, 1865-1917

By Nicole Heaton

Mrs. Ella Cox Warfield, of Maryland, was born 14 January, 1865. She died after suddenly taking ill on 7 April, 1917. Her parents, also of Maryland, were Charles Elisha Cox and Lydia A. Cox. Her father was employed as a laborer; her mother was a housekeeper.

Ella married Charles D. Warfield in 1883. Charles was born in Maryland and worked for the postal service as a letter carrier. Their household in Baltimore, MD included five children, and for a while, Charles's parents and a sister. Eventually, the family employed a servant, named Sarah Griffith.

Mrs. Ella Cox Warfield was a member of the board of managers of the Florence Crittenton Home in Maryland. The Home was a refuge for unwed mothers. She was also a member of Mount Vernon Methodist Episcopal Church. Her activism in the woman suffrage movement included attending the Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, November 1912 as a delegate from Maryland. She is listed (as Ella Warfield) in The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6, 1900-1920 as a representative of Montgomery County in state conventions, though no years are noted.

Sources:

U.S. Bureau of the Census. Tenth census of the United States. 1880-Population. FamilySearch.org website

U.S. Bureau of the Census. Twelfth census of the United States. 1900-Population. FamilySearch.org website

U.S. Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth census of the United States. 1910-Population. FamilySearch.org website

National American Woman Suffrage Association. Fourty-Fourth annual report of the National American Woman Suffrage Association given at the Convention, held at Philadelphia, Pa. November 21 to 26, inclusive, 1912. New York: The Association, 1912 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100566003

Ida Husted Harper, The History of Woman Suffrage, Vol. 6 1900-1920. New York: J.J. Little and Ives Company, 1922. /view/work/2533045[LINK]

Ella Cox Warfield obituary, Baltimore Sun, 8 April, 1917, p. 6

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