Martha Cox was born June 4, 1836 in Georgia. She is said to be the daughter of George Rufus Cox and Malinda Findley who migrated from Georgia to the head the Caddo River in Montgomery County, Arkansas in 1848. Martha married John R. Shed in 1857 at the age of 21. They had a daughter: Alsie Jane Shed, who later married Berryman Jasper Smith, son of Washington H. Smith and Malinda Jane (Turner). Another daughter was Martha R. Shed.
After John Shed died, Martha married Elijah Benson Goss and they had one son, Elijah Bethel Goss.
Later Martha married S. Rodgers who was her junior by eleven years. They had no children.
Martha died on January 17, 1909 on the head of the Caddo River. She and her parents are buried in the Cox-
Head Cemetery located near Sulphur Springs in Montgomery County, Arkansas.