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Cox, Pearl Painter, 1876-1963


Biographical Note

Pearl Painter was born January 25, 1876 at Painter Creek, Tennessee, part of a family that included six sisters and one brother who lived past childhood. She married Thad Cox in December 1898. Mrs. Cox was very involved in the design and furnishing of their Johnson City house and grounds (“The Oaks”) and purchased many specialty items from importers in New York City. She also helped with the landscape design, personally did much of the gardening, and for a time ran The Oaks Nursery. Thad and Pearle Cox had no children of their own, but in 1936 they formally adopted their niece, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Matthews, a daughter of Mrs. Cox’s sister, Nenah Painter Matthews and Dr. William A. Matthews.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Cox-Painter-Adams Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-763
Arrangement The collection is arranged in six series, as follows: Series 1, Correspondence, 1889-1988 and undated; Series 2, Family Business and Financial Records, 1867-1975 and undated; Series 3, Cox, et. al. Law Practice Records, 1893-1951 and undated; Series 4, Subject Files, 1896-2005 and undated; Series 5, Memorabilia and Scrapbooks, 1896-2004 and undated; and Series 6, Photographs, Postcards, and Photograph Albums, 1906-1970 and undated.
Dates: 1867 - 2005