By David Miller (Lead
On April 24,
1856, The Cox’s family sat down for breakfast. After breakfast (Samuel)
the father was getting ready to go out into the woods to hunt. While (Susannah)
the mother was cleaning up after breakfast, the two young boys George (7)
and Joseph (5) went out the door to go with their father.
As time went
by Samuel took a different path home, not seeing that his two boys were
following. As the boys followed their father deeper and deeper into the
woods they realized that they had lost him.
arrived home, he found out the boys followed him into the woods. He went
out to call for them, but there was no response. Samuel raced over to the
neighbor’s house to get help and then called upon the other neighbors for
The night came
fast, but it was warm that evening so he knew his boys would survive the
darkness. As the sun came up the next day, the search started again. This
time with a lot more people than they had before. The men searched for
miles for the boys, but no one came back with any information about the boys.
The parents of the Cox children began to look guilty and the other town’s people
began to accuse them of murder.
About 12 miles away, a farmer named Jacob Dibert had a dream that
he could not understand. He explained that in his dream he was doing a
solo search for the boys. As he was rummaging around for any signs, he
came across a dead deer. He decided to follow the blood trail it had left
behind, but to his surprise he found a small child’s shoe at the end of the
trail. He continued to follow the trail searching desperately for
another clue of the boys. He crossed a creek and followed it until he saw
a large tree that had fallen down. At the end of the tree, where the roots
were, he saw two boys lying together dead. Jacob didn’t know what to think
about his dream when he awoke, but he did know that he had to tell his wife.
After telling her, he woke up many nights after, having the same dream.
Finally he told his wife to tell her brother about the dream, hoping that he
would know what it meant. Her brother (Harrison Whysong) told them that
the woods that he described were familiar to him. They got some people
together and went out into the woods to see if what he dreamt was actually
there. They followed the dream exactly the way it happened and found the
shoe and the deer exactly where he did in his dream. It ranged from two to
five minutes after that, when they found the two boys dead at the foot of a tree
that had fallen down.