From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Cox, Estella Tinsley

(born: October 1898  -  died: March 17, 1984) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

September 1, 1943

Active Duty Exit

June 29, 1945


Estella T. Cox was a widow when she enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in Owensboro, KY. She was one of the older women to enlist. She was sworn-in in Cincinnati, OH. Sources: Enlistment record in Ancestry; "Recruiting Notes," The Messenger, 01/31/1943, p.7.; and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death files in Ancestry.

Estella "Stella" Tinsley was born in Providence, KY, the daughter of William and Celia Tinsley. Her father was a coal miner. The family is enumerated in the 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. Census. In the 1900 U.S. Census, Stella Tinsley was two years old and her birthdate was listed as October of 1898. In the 1940 U.S. Census, Estella T. Cox was a widow living in Providence, KY, and she was working for a life insurance company.

After her military service, Estella T. Cox returned home. In 1968, she was living in Providence, KY, when her sister Agnes Moody died (source: "Mrs. Agnes Moody," Messenger and Inquirer, 01/17/1968, p.2). Estella Tinsley Cox died in Muhlenberg County, KY, in 1984 (sources: "Estella Cox," Evansville Press, 03/19/1984, p.18; and Kentucky Death Index in Ancestry).

Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: The Owensboro messenger (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Owensboro messenger-inquirer (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Evansville press (newspaper)

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