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Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard ("Alice")

(27 March 1848 - 16 July 1940)

  • Founder of Cottey College, and its president from 1884-1922 and 1924-1929. She also taught languages and ethics.
  • Before founding Cottey College, she attended and taught at Central Female College in Lexington, Missouri.
  • Married Samuel Stockard on March 6, 1890 in Main Hall.
  • Died in Stockard Hall, of myocardial degeneration due to a hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis).

Spouse: Samuel Stockard

Stepchildren: John, George, Katie

Samuel McLean Stockard

(1838-1896)

  • Married V.A.C. Stockard on March 6, 1890 in Main Hall.
  • Served as secretary to the college for a couple years before his death, helping to interview prospective students in other towns.
  • Died on Thanksgiving 1896 in Kirbyville. His funeral was held in the old Cottey chapel.

Spouse: V.A.C. Stockard

Children: John, George, Katie

John J. Stockard

(b. 1876)

  • Sam Stockard's son from a previous marriage.
  • Attended Cottey from 1887.
  • Studied to be a minister at Vanderbilt University.
  • Taught English and Greek at Cottey from 1898, and started the Emerson and Magnoperian societies.
  • Married Edna Busby Stockard in 1903.

Spouse: Edna Busby Stockard

Children: Jack

Edna Busby Stockard

  • Attended and taught at Cottey College.
  • Married John Stockard in 1903.

Spouse: John Stockard

Jack Stockard

(1904-1905)

  • Son of Edna Busby and John Stockard.
  • Died of dysentery as an infant.

George Stockard

(b. 1878)
Sam Stockard's son from a previous marriage.
Attended Cottey from 1887, and made his first appearance as an orator there.
Studied pre-law at the University of Arkansas, and was a lawyer in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Katie Stockard Milam

(1880-1916)
Sam Stockard's daughter from a previous marriage.
Attended Cottey from 1886.
Taught voice and piano at Cottey.
Studied music at Brussels Conservatory from 1900 to 1902. Sang at the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904.
When she died in 1916, she left her children to V.A.C. Stockard.

Married Robert Milam in 1905 in Main Hall.
Children: George & Sam (twins), Virginia.

Robert Milam

Married Katie Stockard in 1905 in Main Hall.

George Milam

(b. 1908)
Son of Katie Stockard and Robert Milam.
Raised by V.A.C. Stockard after his mother died.
Attended University of Missouri. He paid for it by managing and playing in his own orchestra, alongside brother Sam.

Sam Milam

(b. 1908)
Son of Katie Stockard and Robert Milam.
Raised by V.A.C. Stockard after his mother died.
Attended University of Missouri. He paid for it by managing and playing in his own orchestra, alongside brother George.

Virginia Milam Perman

(b. 1912)
Daughter of Katie Stockard and Robert Milam.
Raised by V.A.C. Stockard after her mother died.
Attended Cottey College, graduating in 1926.
Became a teacher in Ohio.
Married then-Lt. J.E. Perman in 1930 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Note: It is said that V.A.C.S. was tutoring Virginia when Vera Neitzert was fatally injured in 1920.

Sara Eads Cottey
Sara Eads Cottey.4

Sara Elizabeth Eads Cottey

(1818- 20 June 1916)
Mother of V.A.C. Stockard. (Called "Mother Cottey" by most.)
Born in Knox County, Missouri.
Moved to Nevada with Rose Cottey around 1885.
Her house was where Ross Memorial Library stands today.
Had a slight stroke in 1916, and died on June 20th.

Married Ira Day Cottey.
Children: William, Louis, Virginia, Mary, Anne, Miriam, Ira Jr., Ella, Katherine.

Ira Day Cottey, Sr.
Ira Day Cottey, Sr.4

Ira Day Cottey

(1801-1883)
Father of V.A.C. Stockard.
Married Sara Elizabeth Eads.
Born and died in Knox County, Missouri.

William Cottey
William M. Cottey.4

William Martin Cottey  ("Willie")

(1844-1915)
Virginia Alice Cottey's oldest brother.
Farmer.
Died of heart disease.

Married Mary Inman.
Children: Rose, Bertha & William (twins).

Mary Ann Inman ("Molly")

(1850-1930)
Born in England.
Married William M. Cottey.
Died of a combination of a heart lesion and a hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis).

Rose Cottey

(18??-1917)
Daughter of Mary Inman and William M. Cottey.
Graduated from Cottey in 1888.
Attended the University of Chicago.
Taught math at Cottey from 1890 till her death in 1917.
Rosemary Hall and Rosemary suite were named after her and fellow professor Mary Boddie.

Bertha Cottey Ringer

Daughter of Mary Inman and William M. Cottey.
Married Charles Ringer.

William Ernest Cottey ("Wilmer")

(1874-1946)
Son of Mary Inman and William M. Cottey.
Married Evalyn H.
Died of chronic inflammation of the heart's myocardium.

Louis Cottey
Louis Cottey.4

Louis Francis Cottey ("Lewis")

(1846-1920)
Married Florence Miller.
Lawyer and Missouri State Senator from 1878 to 1894.
Died of heart disease.

Florence Miller Cottey

(1852-1932)
Married Louis Cottey.

Mary Cottey's house
Mary Cottey's house near the college (before she was married).

Mary Cottey
Mary Cottey Bright.4

Mary Matilda Cottey Bright

(1850-1934)
Taught drawing, painting, and art criticism at Cottey from 1884, and was the principal of the primary department.
Married E.K. Bright in Mother Cottey's house in 1902, with a reception in Main Hall.
Died of cerebral hemorrhaging in Nevada.

E.K. Bright

Married Mary Cottey in Mother Cottey's house in 1902, with a reception in Main Hall.

Anne Cottey
Anne Cottey.4

Anne Eliza Cottey ("Annie")

(1852-1915)
Lived with Mother Cottey (Sara Eads Cottey) from 1907 till her death.
Died of organic heart disease in Nevada.
She set up a fund in her and Katie Cottey Nunn's name, meant to endow a scholarship for Cottey College.

Tinie Cottey Price
Tinie Cottey Price.4

Miriam Sophronia Cottey Price ("Tinie")

(1854-1892)

Married Wycliffe Wilmot Price.
Children: Agnes, Andrew, Alice, Bess, Wilmot.

Wycliffe Wilmot Price

Married Tinie Cottey.

Agnes Price Buck

Daughter of Tinie Cottey and Wycliffe Price.
Attended Cottey College.
Married William Buck in 1911.

Andrew Price

Son of Tinie Cottey and Wycliffe Price.

Alice Price Holmdale

Daughter of Tinie Cottey and Wycliffe Price.
Married Julius Holmdale.

Bess Price Griffith

Daughter of Tinie Cottey and Wycliffe Price.
Taught at Cottey, and became superintendant of the teaching department in 1904.
Married Joseph Griffith.

Wilmot Price

Son of Tinie Cottey and Wycliffe Price.

Ira Day Cottey, Jr.
Ira Day Cottey, Jr.4

Ira Day Cottey, Jr.

(1856-1940)
Hardware store owner.

Married May Payne.
Children: Elizabeth.

May Payne Cottey (or Mary)

(1862-1939)
Married Ira Day Cottey, Jr.

Elizabeth Cottey

Daughter of May Payne and Ira Cottey Jr.

Dora Cottey, 1888
Dora Cottey McClure, 1888.4

Ella Medora Cottey McClure ("Dora")

(1860-1956)
Graduated from Central Female College in Lexington, Missouri in 1877. She was valedictorian, and recited "Searching for the Slain" at her commencement.
Taught elocution at Cottey from 1884-88.
Lived with V.A.C.S. in Stockard Hall after W.T. McClure died.
Died of pneumonia.

Married W.T. McClure in 1888.
Children: Kate, Virginia, Elizabeth.

Walter T. McClure ("William")

(1856-1932)
Married Dora Cottey in 1888.
Was a Southern Methodist Episcopal minister.
Had children from a previous marriage.
Died of chronic inflammation of the kidney (nephritis).

Kate McClure

Daughter of Dora Cottey and W.T. McClure.

Virginia Alice McClure

Daughter of Dora Cottey and W.T. McClure.
Named after Virginia Alice Cottey.
Graduated from Cottey in 1918.2
Became a teacher, and was honored in 1956 with an Alumna Achievement Award for "service to the profession of teaching."2

Elizabeth McClure Campbell

Daughter of Dora Cottey and W.T. McClure.
Wrote The Cottey Sisters of Missouri, a history of the Cottey family and college through 1949.

Katie Cottey Nunn
Katie Cottey Nunn.4

Katherine Lee Cottey Nunn ("Katie")

(1862-1901)
Taught instrumental music at Cottey from 1886, and was for some time the Vice-President of the college.
Married George J. Nunn in Main Hall on December 12, 1900.
Died after tumor-removal surgery.

George J. Nunn

Married Katie Cottey in Main Hall on December 12, 1900.

Works Cited:

  1. "Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1957." Missouri Digital Heritage. Database. Web.
  2. Stockard, Orpha. Cottey College: The First 75 Years. Joplin, MO: Joplin Printing Co., 1961. Print.
  3. Troesch, Helen DeRusha. Life of Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard. Wayside Press, Inc., 1955. Print.
  4. "Virginia Alice Cottey's Family." Cottey.edu. Cottey College. Web.
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