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Joseph Fox Family

This came as a letter, dated 10 Apr 1991:

To Kathryn Fox
4620 Fox Boro Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Dear Kathryn,

I have noted your advertisement in the Des Moines Sunday Register for
April 7, 1991, asking for contacts with Fox family descendants. I happen to be a descendant of a Fox family. probably it will be difficult to trace any relationship, but I will inform you about what I know of the earliest origins of my Fox family

This family seems to have lived at hanging heaton, a suburb of the mill town of Dewsbury in Yorkshire in northern England. I was shown the general locality when I visited England in 1971. The Foxes, before 1800, seem to have been weavers.

My great grandmother was Deborah Fox, who married George Standing. her grandfather was Joseph Fox. A genealogy written by Bernard Thistlethwaite, The Bax Family states:

"Joseph Fox the 1st, of Hanging Heaton, near Dewsbury, died in or about 1792, at the age of 32 years, when his son David Fox the 1st was only two years of age. he was a Wesleyan methodist. he married Hannah (or Sarah) Smith, whose brother, Mahlon Smith, died in his old age at Dewsbury.  According to family tradition he had two brothers and a sister, namely:

(i) a brother Marmaduke Fox the 1st, who had sons named Ephraim and a daughter, mary Fox the 2nd, who were prosperous carpet weavers, and a daughter, Mary Fox the 2nd, who married mark Oldroyd and had issue Sir Mark Oldroyd, a prosperous mill owner, and prominent Wesleyan of Dewsbury, who married Maria Tew Mewburn of a Quaker family;

(ii) a brother, Mark Fox the 1st, who had a son named Mark the 2nd who married Sarah Newsome and had issue Joseph Fox the 2nd and mary Fox the 3rd; and

(iii) a sister mary Fox the 1st who married Matthew Milnes the 1st and had a son Matthew Milnes the 2nd, and a daughter Rhoda Milnes. Matthew Milnes the 2nd (who married secondly Martha Brown) had issue (by his first wife) Isabella, Edward, mary, Charles and Rebecca."

Joseph Fox the 1st had only two children:

1. Hannah Fox the 1st, born about 1788, who married James Taylor the 1st of Staincliffe, Chapel Fold, Dewsbury. They had nine children.

2. David Fox the 1st, b. ca. 1790; d. 21 May 1871; m/1 Sarah Wilby, m/2 Rebecca payne. he had seven children by his first marriage and eight children by his second marriage. He had three children of his second marriage who came to the United States to settle: Sarah Fox who married Fuller Bentley, Deborah Fox who married George Standing, and Samuel Fox who married Sarah Emma Scott.

Since my great grandmother's brother, Samuel Fox is known to have had only three children, only a daughter Lucy lived to marry and was living at Maricopa, California in 1911, and it is not known that she had children, I know of no relatives of mine living in the United States with the name of Fox.

However, since a brother of my grandmother, Mary Alice (Nicholson) Standing, married Margaret Fox Bentley, daughter of Sarah Fox and Fuller Bentley, I know that Sarah Fox had many descendants. my great-grandmother Deborah Fox, who married George Standing, had even more descendants. They are to have a reunion in my home community near Earlham, Iowa June 14-16, 1991. Patricia King of Crum Utah has recently compiled an update of a portion of the Bax Family by Bernard Thistlethwaite. This Pedigree Eleven update includes most of the descendants of Sarah (Fox) Bentley and Deborah (Fox) Standing.

If you are interested in more details concerning these Fox descendants, please let me know.

In friendship,

Herbert C. Standing
1806 348th Circle
Earlham, Iowa 50072


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