Rev. John C. Coss was one of the early ministers in southwestern Vernon County. By March 1879 a church was built between the two "towns" of Igo and Zulu not far from English School and a few miles south of Moundville. The name of the church was Mounds Chapel and it was located one mile north of what became Bronaugh and was on land that was later referred to as the James Quigley farm. Rev. J. C. Coss was probably the first pastor.
In the 1880 census, John Coss, age 40, and his four children were boarding with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Phillips in the town of Moundville. Coss was a "minister of the Gospel" at the local Methodist Church South. He had been born in Pennsylvania and had been a union soldier during the Civil War. So it is strange that although Coss had been a soldier for the north, he was ministering to a Methodist Church South in Missouri. His wife, Evaline, had died the year before and been buried at Moundville cemetery. Their four children had all been born in Missouri. They were, James, age 9; William, age 6; Martha, age 4; and Mary, age 1. Although the Coss's were listed as boarders, Mr. Coss and Mrs. Phillips were brother and sister.
Early census records show that John Coss and Elizabeth Coss (Phillips) were children of Charles and Levina Coss of Greene County, Pennsylvania.
On September 28, 1880 Rev. Coss re-married. His new wife was Mrs. Martha M. Weyand. A. W. Reynolds performed the marriage.
By 1886, the family was in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. On July 18, 1886, Mable Coss was born to Martha M. and John Calhoun Coss in California, MO.
By 1900, Rev. Coss and his family had moved on further north and were enumerated in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri:
Gary Wise wrote that John C. and Martha M. Coss are buried in the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington Lafayette County Missouri. He had been born Mar. 23, 1840 in Pennsylvania and died October 13, 1906. His wife Martha was born May 13, 1853 in Missouri, and died January 28, 1909. She is buried beside John. Three of the children born to John and his first wife Evaline, are also buried at Machpelah Cemetery: William, Martha and Mary. Gary has shared a great deal of other interesting tidbits about Rev. John C. Coss:
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