Saturday, November 27, 2010

Peter Fox of Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York

Peter Fox is listed in the 1820 census as living in the town of Schuyler.  Schuyler once encompassed the town of Deerfield in Oneida County.  Peter Fox is a generation older than my Joel Fox in Deerfield.  Peter was born in 1760 and is buried in Schuyler along with his son Josiah Fox, born in 1812.  The image below is my map with Ansel and Charles Fox (covered in previous posts) and my Joel and Faucet Fox placed in proximity to Peter Fox.  This should give you a geographical idea of where these families lived in relation to each other.
Every time I am writing one of these posts, I end up spending most of the day searching all the nooks and crannies of the Internet.  It's just amazing what a Google search can turn up.  Both Charles and Ansel were born in Connecticut.  The only record I have for Joel's place of birth is from the 1880 census for his daughter, Sarah Ann Fox.  Both her parents are listed as being born in New York.  Peter Fox is a New York Fox.

Peter's family is difficult to reconstruct.  Josiah is the only other individual I can place.  He has two males born between 1795 and 1800.  By the 1820 census, both of those individuals are gone.  Peter Fox is the only household with the surname living in Schuyler in the 1820 census.  I guess I'll put this family on my research list for Salt Lake City, too.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Charles Fox of Herkimer County

I jumped to Charles Fox of Warren in Herkimer County because he is a brother of Ansel Fox of Trenton, Oneida County.  Charles is said to have arrived in Warren in 1805.  He also was the first commercial cheese maker, or at least according to the History of Herkimer County.  Reuben Fox also moves to Warren where he dies in 1806 (I found the cemetery listing on the Herkimer County Genweb site).  The map below shows Ansel and Charles Fox in proximity to Faucet and Joel Fox.
Charles Fox's family is a little harder to piece together.  I suspect Charles had a son named Joseph, but beyond that I can't say who any of the other individuals are.  The census image below is for the 1820 census of Warren, Herkimer County.
I wonder who the Male born between 1795 to 1803 is?  There is a family tree file online, (of course unsourced) that claims Charles also had a son named Charles.  I wonder if Ansel and Charles visited each other?  I find it interesting they would have had to gone through the town of Deerfield (where my Joel Fox lived) in order to visit.

I can't wait for my next trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake... 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ansel Fox of Trenton, Oneida County,New York

I'll start my new Fox hunt with Ansel Fox of Trenton.  I picked him because he is the closest Fox family to my Joel Fox (with the exception of Faucet Fox whom I can find nothing on - at least for now).  I usually start this kind of research off with a quick name search on  It didn't take much to find the family sketch in the Hazen Family in America. 
This family is a perfect match for Anson Fox in Trenton.  What I find even more interesting is that Anson was born in Connecticut.  We also learn his parents names are Reuben Fox and Hannah Williams.  This family sketch also states Ansel was born in Cornwall, Connecticut which is in Litchfield County.  I copied the 1820 Trenton census with the names from the above sketch so you could also see how well the information matches.
If the list of children are correct, Ansel should be in Oneida County in 1810.  The only problem with the 1810 census is that only the first initial of the first name is listed - for everyone!  I just hate that.  However, you have to work with what you have.  I have yet to locate Ansel in 1810.  In 1800 he is still living in his father's household in Cornwall, CT.  I have clipped the census page below.  The names and dates are from the Barbour Collection for the births in Cornwall, CT.

The birth date for Reuben Fox come from the Barbour Collection births for East Haddam, CT.  The only child I couldn't find is Levina Fox.  She was born in 1773 and most likely would have been married by 1800, assuming she lived.   

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Foxes Strike Back

OK, so I just can't let this family go.  I know it appears that my Sarah Ann Fox Perry is not related to Henry Fox, who is living close to her in the 1840 St. Clair County, Michigan census.  I traced, at least through online sources, Henry's family back to Connecticut.  It appears that Sarah Ann Fox's father Joel cannot fit into the family of Henry Fox's Joel.  So I have decided to approach this from a different angle.

I know that there are eight Fox families enumerated in the 1820 Oneida County, New York census.  Now all I have to do is figure out who these Fox families are and to whom they are related to.  How hard can it be - right?

The map of Oneida County above shows the eight Fox families with arrows pointing to the towns they lived in.  My Joel Fox is shaded in red.  Of course, just like my ancestors, Joel Fox is living in the town that borders another county.  Herkimer County is the neighboring county so I found another map and merged the two together and mapped all but one town's Foxes, too.  German Flatts had too many Foxes to list.  Looking at the map below I guess I have a little work to do to sort all these families out.

So off to work I go...