I started this series off with an image of the 1840 census for St. Clair County, Michigan. William Perry, his wife Sarah Ann Fox and their son, James C. Perry are listed in the household. I also highlighted the family of Henry Fox who was living a few houses down from William Perry. Who is this Henry Fox? Is he related to Sarah Ann Fox? If so, how are they related?
Henry Fox marries Mary Avery and relocates to the Port Huron area of St. Clair County, Michigan. This is where we find William Perry and a Henry Fox. Is this Henry Fox the same Henry Fox described in this biographical sketch? I submit to you that these Henry's are indeed the same person.
Another key piece of data is a mention that Henry has a brother who also lived in Macomb County, named Gustavus A. Fox. Gustavus was born in 1810 and lives a long life, dieing at the ripe old age of 94 years. We will cover Gustavus in another post.
I copied a partial page of the 1850 census for the township of Clyde, St. Clair County, Michigan. This is the same township William Perry and Henry Fox are living in, in the 1840 census. Here we have Henry Fox and Mary his wife. The oldest child, Lewis must be Henry L. from the sketch. So now let's compare this 1850 census to the Henry Fox listed in the 1840 census.
I feel confident in identifying Henry Fox, above, as the son of Joel Fox and a brother of Gustavus Fox. Assuming the biographical sketch of his grandson is correct, Henry was born in Connecticut and came from New York to Michigan in 1833. Before I start looking for him in 1830, I will cover Henry's younger brother Gustavus Fox...